PorterPounder (6046) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best ’Leiny’ I have tried yet. Bit of a chocolately malty flavor slipping through the creamy head makes this a good lower priced ’micro’. Worth a second glance if I get the chance.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, this was a bit fizzy, light, thin and a tad smoky. Pretty good stuff, and it makes me respect the things Leinie Brewery is up to.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not as heavy or as tasty as Murphy’s or Guiness, which helps its drinkability. It’s not my favorite, but not my least favorite. Try a pint if you don’t like dark beers, you might get turned on.
elickd (7) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2002 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A fine beer in the Leinenkugels tradition. Leine’s might be the only beer line that hasn’t been ruined by the merger with a corperate giant like Miller (except for their Honey Wheat).
I’d like to say first off that I’m annoyed by those of you who keep comparing this beer to stouts and porters. It’s not thin, watery or flavorless. It’s a LAGER (or Dunkel, if you like); it’s not supposed to be thick as Hershey’s syrup.
As a dark lager, this beer has a nice nutty, roasted flavor with just the right amount of hops and a clean, lightly sweet finish.
It’s certainly much better than the other commonly available darks like Beck’s Dark and Michelob Dark and is my beer of choice when the wallet is light and everyone around me is drinking MillerWeiser.
With a price weighing in less than a whopping 5 bucks a pack, Leine’s Creamy Dark Lager is a great dark beer that can be enjoyed all day long during those hot summer months without breaking the bank, your stomach or taste buds.
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Leinie’s beers are not going to woo any serious craft beer lover away from his favorites but they serve as good training brews for beer drinkers who are curious about better beers but who need to tip toe into the realm. Thankfully, Miller Brewing has probably done more good than harm to this once independent regional brewery in the north woods of Wisconsin. I’ve been to the north woods though and people there truly do love their Leinie’s so when in Rome…
Creamy Dark looks the part of a serious dark lager but it comes up short on flavor and character. I’m not quite sure how they can put in enough dark malt to give it it’s great appearance yet leave it so short on flavor notes we all expect from a good dark beer. Not even a hint of chocolate or coffee flavors…just dark beer that doesn’t taste much different from it’s lighter cousins.
Indra (2694) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 4, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lightly roasty-toasty aroma. Clear dark brown color, almost mahogany. Head and carbonation are average/appropriate for the style. Maltiness and bready flavors make up most of the profile, with a slight amount of sweetness and some lighter hop flavors towards the finish. Light bodied, and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Not impressive by any means, but a decent enough dunkel. I’d drink it again. It is very easy to drink, no doubt.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Watery. Subtle roasted flavors of coffee and chocolate. Tasted following a Sprecher Black Bavarian, which may have contributed to the wateryness and initial lack of flavor. At $9 a twelver, I’ll buy this again.
IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin and doesn’t deliver a lot of flavor. Looks good though. I’m a fan of the Leinie’s line, with this probably being my least favorite of the bunch.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Kind of watery with a very nice roasted malt flavor. Looks excellent, as I couldn’t see through it at all. The flavor is a little light, but I tend to expect that from Leininkugel’s.
ElGaucho (2285) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Faint, roasted malt aroma. Light tan, frothy head with decent retention. Roasted malt flavor; alcohol is unobtrusive to unnoticeable. ABV must be on the low side. Very drinkable beer, although could be a little more flavorful.