RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
In 1935, Richmond, Virginia made beer history as the first place ever to sell canned beer, a cream ale from Krueger Brewing Company. A tribute to the original canned beer, Hardywood Cream Ale is an unfiltered example of the style that embraces its east coast roots with an unbelievably smooth body and a refreshingly clean finish from extended cold conditioning in our lagering tanks. Raise a can to RVA, where the canned beer revolution began! Best with: Pub fare, fried or steamed seafood, a hot summer afternoon by the river.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
12 oz can into a pint glass. A: Pours a darker straw color. About two fingers of white-colored head is formed, and fades away almost at a record pace. The rough-looking texture is also pretty poor, as well. S: Cereal grains, perhaps unsurprisingly, are the dominant aromatic note. Two things really work in its favor - a lack of obnoxious corn sweetness, and even some nice grassiness. T: First things first: when looking at these basic styles (cream ale, pale lager, pilsner, or what have you) I look for one thing: how well-hopped is it? This one, thankfully, has a healthy citrusy finish to help balance the textbook adjunct character. While it is pretty sweet, it never becomes cloying. M: It’s definitely a light-feeling beer, as it should be. It’s not very dry, however - in fact, I think the carbonation is about 10% underdone. But it is refreshing and easy drinking. O: I’d reckon this is everything I could want in a good cream ale. I’m even regretting not picking up more than a single can.

anders37 (26637) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2017
Can. Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color with a long-lasting white head. Has a fruity malty grainy creamy caramel aroma. Fruity malty grainy caramel flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty grainy caramel creamy finish.

OnTheTrail (508) - Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2016
Pours medium dark yellow, good sized head. Subtle, biscuity aroma. Taste is bready, some apple, a hint of bitterness. Fairly light mouthfeel.

altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Can from Chevy Chase Wine and Liquors. Hazy gold body with medium head. Nose is wheaty, citrus and spices. Taste is eggy, corn, wheat and straw. Creamy texture. Very smooth and easy to drink. Nice dry finish.

koleminer20 (3597) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2016
12 oz can shared with ebone1988 from Dumpster Box No. 2. Canned on 04/13/15. Oh well. The pour is a hazy darker gold color with a thicker white head and a pretty sticky lace. The aroma is something else. There is a lot of metallic lager-yness. It's just got a strong grainy lager character and there isn't a whole lot else going on. It's a little disappointing. The flavor is pretty decent. There is a good creaminess to it and a strong lager grain. It's not too shabby. The finish is definitely incredibly metallic. I'm not a fan of that at all. The mouth feel is pretty decent. There is a decent grainyness to it and then the metallic nature just takes over and not good. Could be a bit better.

ebone1988 (1925) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Can shared with koleminer20, out of Dumpster Day box #2. Canned April 13, 2015. Whoops. Aroma is metallic, sweet malt, corn, lager-y, it’s not great but not horrible. Appearance is golden, white head, hazy. Taste is slight metallic, sweet grain, corn, not much else, but drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, all metallic aftertaste. Overall, it’s drinkable but very metallic.

ilovedarkbeer (2741) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Pours a golden color with a lacy white head. Notes of sweet breads, corn, and a little bit of earthy hops. Decent body.

CH-303 (2246) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - SEP 17, 2015
Appearance: Yellow golden, clear. Good amount of white head.
Aroma: Light malt and hops. Not much.
Taste: Nice light malt, some hops. Creamy, some fruit. Easy-drinking.
Bought: Total Wine (Sterling), 355 ml can, $1.99
Info: 17/9-2015

FlandersNed (395) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2015
12oz can - thanks Bill. Hazy straw gold hue. Light toast & malt smell. A bit toasty / different for a cream ale. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2015
12oz can. Poured a yellow color with a white head. Citrus, some breadiness, and sweet corn.

kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Can. Pours a clear straw yellow body under a small wispy white head that faded to a thin film. The nose is slightly sweet and creamy with just a bit of pale malt and fruitiness. The flavor is pretty good, very clean, just the lightest hint of hoppiness. Soft delicate pale maltiness. Light bodied and very easy drinking with soft carbonation. Nice beer, I could down a few of these.

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