ChadPolenz (1818) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Cream Ale is the craft beer drinker’s adjunct lager. In fact, there’s not a whole lot of difference in the ingredients between pale lager and cream ales; the latter just has way more cache. The problem is so few breweries make an exciting cream ale (many are downright awful). City Steam Crème de la Crème may not exactly be a masterwork, but it’s better than most and a fun beer to drink.
sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It was bottled on 4/23/15 and cost $2.80 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Maize-yellow color with a hazy complexion. Carbonation is visible at first but it calms down. Pours to a small, white, foamy head which leaves a surprising amount of lacing.
Smell: Lager-like scent with prominent corn notes, though Noble hops are noticeable.
Taste: It’s amazing how much affect yeast has on a beer’s palette. When lagered, the ingredients in this type of beer tend to be grainy and harsh, but when fermented as an ale they’re much smoother and rounded out. There’s a light bready/biscuity flavor to the malts here. Flaked maize gives it a sweet, cornbread-like flavor (whereas in lagers it tends to taste like canned corn). The use of Noble hops imparts a little bit of spice; akin to a light rye flavor. This is a well-balanced brew with nuances worth appreciating, albeit a mild one.
Drinkability: The funny thing about cream ales is they tend to be light, thin and crisp – not creamy. Though in the case of City Steam Crème de la Crème I actually do detect a creamy smoothness to the texture. It’s still plenty well carbonated, though as it does seem to kick-off the tongue at the end of each swig. At 4.8% ABV it’s arguably sessionable, though this body could probably use a bit more flavor or a bit less alcohol. This beer should be packaged in cans, too.
Bottle. Very fizzy with foamy head. Initial taste of sweet malt and honey. Very sweet. The carbonation and foam filled me up quickly and didn’t leave much room for food at dinner. MWMBeerguy (203) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2014
A nice smelling beer with a thin white head, which laces the glass. The beer tastes very nice with a grainy element. The only reason I ding it a bit is due to how cloudy it is.
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Bottle courtesy of Adam of Somalia, thanks! Hazy bright golden yellow color, large fluffy white head with good retention and soapy lacing. Aroma of dusty and funky straw, white pepper. Taste is peppery citrus. OK. jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours gold with white head. Nose and taste of cream, lemon candy and light vegetable. Lighter medium body.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Pours yellowish with a white head. Smells of crisp, dry malt, earthy. Tastes dry with some light noble elements on the finish. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Pleasant sweetbread aroma, almost corny or sugary but not lager like. The appearance however, is very lagerish: light fizzy yellow. Lots of candied sweetness and a touch of tart. Not a bubblegum beer, but certainly sugary. Light refreshing body, just crisp enough not to be a washout. Streak (15) - - DEC 27, 2013
A bland and "normal" tasting beer. Not terrible, but unexciting. A tad disappointed and don't plan on getting again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Suckas! :-) blipp (9268) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Draft.Pours gold with a white head. Corny sweet malts, light toffee, and popcorn. Not horrible, but not good either. thornecb (5911) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Pours pale gold into a Sam glass. Bright white head with little retention recedes to skim surface. Caramel and yeast aromas. Crisp with sour caramel and mild earthy hops front to back.