iowaherkeye (2636) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz, no date. Wow, I donít think Iíve ever seen a beer pour this color--slightly hazy dirty dishwater yellow with a fading one finger white head. Aroma of corn/grain, grass, a bit of earthy hops. Flavor is the same grain and corn thing with minimal bitterness noted. A bit thin in body, though still somewhat creamy and having light-moderate carbonation. This is pretty tasty for a boring and for the most part boring style--this would be a good one to go camping in the summer with.
muzzlehatch (4425) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle (Rileyís Wines of the World, Madison WI October 2006) consumed a bit above fridge temperature from a Coors Banquet pils glass. Giant snow-white foamy-thick head subsides quickly to a moderate creamy wisp atop the clear light-honey body....fresh grainy nose, hints of honey, creamy malts dominating, bready and just right....body is soft and smooth, faint hints of sourness underlying the predominantly sweet malts, with light, pleasant woody bitterness to finish....low to moderate carbonation, touch of stickiness in the mouthfeel, this seems to represent much of whatís good and whatís boring in the style all at once. On the whole itís successful but also a reminder of how difficult (impossible?) it is to make "great" cream ale.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 oz. long neck bottle with the distinctive Lake Louie catfish logo, no freshness date.
Poured a lightly hazy golden orange with a small foamy white head.
Aromas of honey and lemons with soft bready malts.
Good medium carbonation and a softly crisp, velvety, creamy smooth light bodied mouthfeel.
Delicious tasting, a sweetness from the white corn that goes along with a pilsener-like honey maltiness, its easy to tell that fuggles hops were used from the cutting sour lemon flavor, the proper soft bitterness for a cream ale and a nice sweet and sour finish.
Iím not a big fan of cream ales, but this year Iíve had two excellent Wisconsin cream ales, first the Mallards Ale from the Great Dane, and now, Coon Rock from Lake Louie, a cream ale with an easy, highly quaffable drinkability, something I would recommend trying.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 Retried this at Scott and Sueís and it was a classic summer quencher. Not cloying like previous sample. Original post below may have been bad bottle so I will leave it and rerate.
I really like this brewer but this was amazingly bad. I sampled with 3 people and we all poured the glass down the drain. Way too much carbonation and sour and tart and a cloying sugary. A little like Buffalo Billís orange blossom. which is horrid. Perhaps a bad bottle but I rate what I get.
Nuffield (3348) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was suspicious of this beer at first but came to like it. It pours with a big white head on a hazy rich golden body. The aroma struck me of apricot before I started sipping, where I found a combination of grassy, creamy, butterscotch flavors. At first I thought this was a beer that had gone off--like a bottle of Viking, too much diacetyl or something--but no, I had to assume this was intended, and it was like a piece of candy. I noted an English note, like a pint of bitter, which I later took to be the influence of the Fuggles. Slightly frothy, oily, moderately well supported; decent palate with a sweet finish and a hint of metallic bitterness. Not for everyone, perhaps, but an interesting beer for around the house.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slimmer straw yellow with a slight smudgey body to it. Quick and faint white capping of thin stature makes its way from the pour but gets to its lower collaring quickly. Medium rising carbonation. Minimal lacing in strings mainly closer to the liquid than sticking elsewhere along the glass.
Aroma is faint of light creamy grass, corn, and hay with a slender underbite of bread dough.
Solid flavors of paled malt and white corn startch make for a steady flow of evenly handed sweetness that of which is simple, delicate, and fluffy in a bready/biscuity kind of way. Flavors last for a good bit too and has a slight touch and dance of spicy grassyness.
Feel is soft, smooth, and wholesome with a simple, delicate sweetening texture and bold lenghtyness. Bright, yet dulling, clean, and rounded with a bready dryish malt with a semi light drying sense and flint of spice and toastedness in the finish.
A solid cream ale. A summer quencher for sure to be enjoyed when ever, where ever within the dog days of summer. Gone in to time and another is just as easy to down.
Brigadier (2230) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cheers for a Cure
This is the highest rated cream ale, so I thought I would give it a try as
the day wound to a close. It was interesting and enjoyable, but obviously
cream ales lack the same presence as bigger beers. I do look forward to
buying this again in six packs now that I know it is well done. Pick it up
for a cool summer evening or early fall day.
Aroma / Appearance - The only thing that I was able to pick up after
trying repeatedly was vanilla cream soda. There may have been traces of
other things but the entire bouquet was exactly that. The hazy bronze body
had some mild carbonation working its way through the top to escape. There
was a one-finger head for the shortest time before it quickly collapsed onto
Flavor / Palate - Once again, the first thing I thought of on taking a
sip was cream soda. Howevever, unlike the nose, there was more complexity
here. A cross of honeycrisp apples, honey and almonds came next, enhancing
the experience. It reminded me of a flat version of a champagne from a
Door County vineyard called Stoneís Throw. It was extremely easy to drink
with a smooth finish that cools the throat. For a style that doesnít have
very many characteristics, this is an interesting beer.
1FastSTi (3150) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, here it is the number 1 rated Cream Ale. Picked it up in Madison for $1.59. The beer pours to a very effervescent bright honey golden body with a thick and very lively frothy white head. Nice lacing. The aroma is sweet corny cereal and caramel and butterscotch ice cream toppings. Perhaps the 3 musketeers shell as well? Very strange aroma. The flavor is sweet corny cereals, sweet toasty malts, lightly spicy/grassy hops. The palate is very clean with a moderate mouthfeel and velvety texture. Great for a not-so-great style.
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from ClarkVV. Pours a clear light golden color with a small white head. Head receedes a bit but a fair film is left and a thick ring rests along the edges. A nice sweet nose with hints of corn and sugar. Palate is clean and crisp. Flavor is sweet with a nice corny and grassy touch to it.
Ughsmash (6668) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured a bright clear golden with an inch or so of dense white head. Nose was very pleasant.. with creamy sweet malts, fragrant hops with an English feel, lighter, freshly-sliced fruits (pears and apples come to mind), and the requisite sweet corn. Ultra-smooth in the flavor department, too... sweet malts provide a nice base.. citrus hoppage appears at the edges.. light fruits are still there.. and corn is well-placed. Remarkably easy-drinking and tasty. Lawnmower-rific! Well done!