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Highland Schenk’s Cream Ale

Highland Schenk’s Cream Ale
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 2.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
We are proud to present homebrewer Aaron Schenk’s Cream Ale as Best of Show in the first annual Highland Cup held earlier this year. Highland will enter this beer in the 2008 Great American Beer Festival’s Pro Am competition held in Octover. This limited edition beer will only be sold in the local Western North Carolina area. This cream ale strikes a perfect balance between the clean profile of American Two Row Barley Malt, the grainy maltiness of German Pilsner Malt, and the crisp bitterness of Mt. Hood hops. A perfect summer beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2008
12oz bottle thanks to Book m Dano. Lightly hazy onion skin colored pour with a light head. Musty aroma that is kind of like fresh top soil. The flavor is grain. Just smooth grain like flavors with a touch of earth. Drinkable for sure, just not particularly interesting. Fairly smooth medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Bottle shared by Butters. Poured golden with a white head that settles but renews with a twirl of the glass. Aromas and flavor of corn and malt with a light hop background. Light body and sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Pours clear gold with thick white head. Arom of malts, sweet corn. Similar taste, grainy with a easy bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Bottle, special adition from the local BP in Sylva NC. Pours a clear dark yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is grassy and malty. Flavor is clean earthy and grassy. Taste like a pilsner, the end is dry thin body. Only 2.99, I am glad I live so close to the brewery!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Bottled: We saw it at the BP in Sylva and had to try this rare beer, which was kind of a let down. Pours a gold color with thin white lacing. Nothing in the smell but malts and faint hints of grass. Taste crisp though, not to malty, but kind of bland, with a hint of cream that is extremly faint, that doesn’t last. Glad I had it, but probably wont get it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Clear fizzy yellow beer. Aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of apple and honey. Very sweet with just a touch of bitterness at the finish. Very plain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bomber pours a mostly clear pale yellow body with small white head. Faint aroma has a hint of pears. Lots of corn syrup sweetness with some earthy hop bitterness. Slight metallic note. Forgettable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldGrowth (3238) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2008
pint @ Barley’s Tap. Ok aroma, sweet. Little corn, little white sugar, sour grassy notes. Clean orangy gold color, good head that faded quickly, ok lace. Sweet bitter flavors, like aroma. Malt has that malt ball kind of taste. Lite body, thin creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Hits the mark for a cream ale. Didn’t make me want another. Flavor would be my favorite part as I got a little more out of it than aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SpringsLicker (3456) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Thanks to Butters for sharing this one at decaturstevo’s 2008 Zapit Tasing Tasting. Slightly hazy medium yellow body with a fleeting, thin white head. No aroma. No flavor Thin, watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Bottle. I just don’t understand the appeal of cream ales, number 1. Secondly, why would a large craft brewery choose a cream ale as the winner for it’s annual homebrew competition when nobody even knows what a cream ale is. Thirdly, this beer is not very good, but it may be great for a cream ale. I think Gennesee’s cream ale is the standard and its actually the best one I have ever had. This was way too sweet, corn flakes, grain, didn’t taste much of the crisp hops. And this year they chose a kolsch, and not only a kolsch, but a shat one. Surprise.

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