Kiwanda Cream Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Kiwanda Cream AleKiwanda Cream Ale

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 29
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marc77 on 03-15-2003

12.5 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 5.1% by volume
Bitterness: 25 IBU
Color: 5 lovibond
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Ratings: 173 | Reviews: 62
Reviews by hamilton23:
Photo of hamilton23
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden shower with a nice creamy, thick white head.

S: Dry grass/hay.

T: This really resembled a BMC pilsner or lager more than a Cream Ale. Not much flavor.

M: Thin and slightly dry.

O: I was expecting this to be a bit more like Boddington's or one of the other cream ales I have had. I was hoping for much more as the other Pelican beers were pretty good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JasonA
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber from my main duck in BIFIII.

Crystal clear light copper. I mean seriously clear. Unbelievably clear. Little head. Plenty of lacing. Some carbonation.

Smells light. No real smell at all. No alohol, hops, barley, yeast, fruit etc. Light vanilla almost.

Initial carbonation, but settles very quickly into a smooth and creamy beer. While not thick, seems thick with the way it finishes. Funishes a yummy beer. Almost like a Pilsner, but not. Some alcohol, but masked very well. I cant place the body (dare I say corn), but subtle and long lasting.

Cream Ale's arent for everyone. They are not very complex, but should be appreciated as soothing and relaxing. Definately a drinking beer, and one that should be appreciated more.

Photo of Thrasher
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with small white head, leaves a good amount of lace. Fruity yeast aroma, hints of apple and orange. Malts are mild and light, with a touch of sweetness. Hops are sparkly and lightly citric, a bit hoppier than some cream ales but that's because most are bland mass-produced pasteurized lager wannabes. Still, the hops are hardly noteworthy. Fruity ale yeast dominates the flavor with traces of butterscotch that linger. Some lactic sourness in the aftertaste. This is a solid cream ale, or, light golden ale, as I think of it, since it's not really creamy. But the style does almost nothing to excite me. The buttery flavors dominate whatever malt sweetness and hop bite there could be. I guess Pelican wanted to make a light, lager-esque beer for those who don't like big beers. A cream ale is a valid compromise if you don't have storage facilities or bottom-fermenting yeast. Still, I'd rather reach for a proper, crisper, cleaner-tasting lager any day of the week.

Photo of pwoods
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kels for sharing this bottle.

22oz. Brown bottle poured into a mug.

A: Pours a grainy straw yellow with good clarity. Medium head on the pour with some retention and good lacing.

S: Light cereal grain malt bill, somewhat earthy and husky. Very light grassy hops in the back.

T/M: Cereal grainy with a touch of sweetness and some more of the earthy husk. Hops come out a bit more with a snap of bitterness and some earthy, very grassy, and just a bit of floral quality. Body is medium light or so with nearly lager like crisp carbonation and a clean finish.

D: Low ABV and very easy to drink. I think it'd get boring after awhile but it's very well done.

Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kiwanda looks like gold, pure and clear and bright. A very slightly off-white head is creamy and compact, maybe reaching one finger in height but never fading away. It sticks around as more than a foam, about 1/2 a finger, the entire time, constantly regenerated by the steady bubbling activity. Lacing is left in patches and in good quantity.
A grains note in the nose starts it off, backed by a gentle sweetness. The undertone is a mix of herbal and lightly dusty earthiness. Cream ale isn't a big style, but it's a little tough to get everything out of the aroma.
There's a good balance of herbal and lightly grassy hops bitterness before the sweetness, and it does a good job of taming it. This beer is an interestingly herbal and "green" cream ale. There's also a bit of earthiness on the dustier side. Into the finish, it ends up a little metallic with a sort of thinness.
The feel is great, and it shows what the style should be in that regard. It's very soft without being weak, light and downright creamy, even fluffy, but with a light crispness all the way though. If the crispness gave a little more nip all the way, this is perfect. As it is, it's what you want a beer like this one to feel like.

Photo of ElGordo
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant golden hue with light, persistent carbonation and a very light, stark white head. Sweet nose of light fruit, honey, and the faintest whiff of hops. Fairly substantial body (cream is an apt description) holds a palate of lightly sweet malt and a touch of bitter hops, with background notes of citrus and light honey. Could drink this one all day.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy light straw colored body.
The aroma is a dry grain smell.
The taste is a light lemon bitterness with a creamy background.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's light on the "cream" but still enjoyable.

Photo of bum732
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Slightly herbal, oregana like hops, touch of spice, somewhat spicy.

L: Crystal clear, straw yellow, creamy white head, 1/8 inch retention, good lacing.

T: Slightly spicy, floral hops with a firm light malt backbone. Medium low spicy/fruity bitterness leading to a fairly clean malt. Fairly dry, clean finish.

M: Slightly creamy mouthfeel, clean, medium carbonation.

Delicious, could drink this all day.

Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant golden yellow from my 22oz bomber with a creamy white foam. Some lacing evident.

Smell is fruity, floral. Pleasant.

Taste is a creamy ale. Very clean, with mild hop prescence throughout. A somehwat filling 22 ounces, bur vey tasty.

Definitely drinakble and enjoyable. Was vey excited to hear that Sam's in IL was stocking these bombers.

Photo of souvenirs
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12-oz bottle brought back from Oregon by a friend.

A: clear yellow, visible carbonation, a few millimetres of head
S: pale malts, corn
T: fairly generic. "It tastes like beer."
F: smooth
O: nothing to get excited about, I certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it

Photo of basica
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear bright golden yellow with thick two-finger head that recedes fairly quickly to a milky clingy layer sheltering a fairly active level of carbonation. Looks really good in my large Thurn und Taxis Rogen glass (4.5)

S - Light malts with some cereal or straw; slightly bready or biscuity with a light floral hop aroma. Nose was generally light but still very pleasant (3.5)

T - Grains and maltiness upfront back with a light hint of fruity sweetness and lightly citrusy hoppy, mildly bitter finish with some pleasant graininess and fruitiness returning in the after taste (3.5)

M - Light-bodied and fairly carbonated going down easily with a creamy-watery smoothness. (4)

D - Light and refreshing brew that goes down really clean and well; very good summer session beer (4.5)

Photo of isualum12
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden glow with orange on the outside. Great looking.

Smell: Clean and fresh. Light malt with fruit.

Taste: Smooth and refreshing. Flavors are strong but not over powerful. Slight bitter at the end but very nice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a medium body on it.

Would order again in a heart beat. Loved it.

Photo of smakawhat
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the 1 pint 6 fl. oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very brassy pale amber body, hints of light brown color on the edges. Somewhat clear but a tad cloudy, and some slow rising tiny carbonation. Head is four fingers fluffy thick white, with lots of retention. Big cap on this beer.

Nose is a little acrid sour grain, with some of that creamy malt sense for the style. Little maple sugar, but kind of odd. Smell reminds me more of a blonde ale.

Palate hits with a rather ordinary flavor. Mild grains, but a lingering toasted white baked bread. No sweetness. Mouthfeel is full, but missing richness. Slight carbonation behind the body, aftertaste brings some nice crackling toast.

This is an ok brew, but it reminds me of nothing about a cream ale. Drinkable yes, but unfortunately not that memorable either.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a two finger white head that is kept intact by active carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt, grain, slighly soapy. Flavor is sweet biscuit malt and grassy hops, crisp. Light to medium bodied, with a slightly creamy head. A simple and light ale that hits the expected flavors for a cream ale. Nothing outstanding, but a pleasant lunchtime light ale with some off notes in the aroma.

Photo of jimmyray5150
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly complex but entirely approachable. No wonder this beer has racked up so many gold medals.

Photo of Gusler
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer as it sets in my glass after a day of toil and drudgery is a slightly hazy golden yellow with highlights of orange. The head is adequate and bright white in color with a creamy texture, as it erodes, a fine coating of lace is left upon the glass. Nose is malt sweet, fresh and clean, with hints of what to me seems orange peel? Start is sweet and loaded with malt, the top skeletal in feel with the finish leniently acidic. The hops are present and a bit understated and the aftertaste quite dry, a drinkable beer but borders on being a bit “weak” for my liking, but that’s not all bad.

Photo of nqdell
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Truly one of a kind. It finishes like a Stella without the taste of skunk. Feel is 5 because it nails the cream moniker. Not something you find in a lightweight ale.

Photo of marc77
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brilliantly clear golden hue. Topped by a fluffy porcelain white head that settles into a thin, but tight layer. Belgian lace remains. Doughy, wort like malt and herbal hops dominate the aroma, with subtle, but bright juicy undertones of guava. Clean and pleasantly fruity aromawise. Surprisingly assertive hop bitterness hits the palate at first, then fades into a melange of pseudosweet dextrins, bready base malt and light residual sweetness. Floral hop flavor extends from the lingering hop bitterness. Lightly bodied, with well calculated dextrins facilitating a smooth, but crisp mouthfeel. Finishes mostly dry, with briefly lingering suggestions of maltose like wort sweetness ceded by a mineral laced hop bitterness. Kiwanda Cream Ale is not a complex brew, but flavorful and light on the palate. The higher than norm hop bitterness and squeaky clean overall character lend it superb quaffability.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap outdoors at their beachside brewpub. Nice foamy head and a pale golden.

Bready biscuit aroma. Some herbal sweet hops and a real nice sweetness. Nicely fruity and clean. Crisp apples.

Taste is good, but still a bit grainy and a dry finish that then hits with a sticky sweetness. Overall the taste did not live up to the great aroma. Expectations are decieving?

Photo of guitarmage
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On-tap in Pac City, clear golden rod, lots of bubbles, ring of white lacing.

Smell: Floral sweetness, apple juice tartness, grassy/haystack mustiness.

Taste: Tasty sweet, bready and biscuity, hops are subtle, grain tannins.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is light, medium body, creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: This was delicious, an incredibly tasty lager or cream ale. If I wanted a lager, I'd grab for this.

Photo of Reidrover
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in the 22 oz bombber with the screen printed label with Pelican on the front.
Wonderful appearance for this beer, light amber almost hazy beer topped by a good sized off-white head that fades to a great lace all down my glass.
Great floral hop aroma complimented by some fruitiness.

Great tasteing beer I have here..creamy malty flavour..very fruity crab apple comes to mind maybe granny smith apples..not too much hops to speak of, but they are present always.
Great feel in the mouth nice and smooth.
A most excellent brew and very very drinkable..its great on tap to at the Pelican Brew pub..this is great drinking outside on the patio in summer with views of the monsterous rock and the waves beyond!

Photo of vkv822
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : flute

Clear, golden yellow with a thick foamy, white head that dissipates to leave a thin, craggy cap.

Floral, lightly grassy, spicy hops with a sweet, malty backbone. Very easy drinking, but tasty beer.

Medium+ body, foamy medium carbonation.

Subtle flavors and aromas, but quite tasty is the time is taken to appreciate them! This would be a great warm weather beer.

Photo of PDXHops
4.77/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery in an imperial pint.

Pours pale gold with a fluffy white head. Decent head retention and moderate lacing.

Smells wonderful. Straw and grain, baked bread and pale malt, with a nice delicate floral and fruity hop aroma. Hard to imagine a cream ale smelling better than this.

Or one that tastes better. What a nicely constructed beer. The balance between the delicate citrusy hops and the light malt flavors is great. A tiny bit of fruit- apples and pears. Delicate husky grains and light toasted notes. The barest hint of residual sweetness, spot on for the style. Nice mouthfeel, zippy and light, crisp and refreshing. Damned refreshing.

Drinkability is off the charts. Had couple at the brewery, then took a couple more back to enjoy in our friend's backyard under the surprising February sun.

Overall impression: A great beer doesn't have to be double-this, or imperial-that. The proof is in the pudding (or in this case, the glass). When rating to style, I can't help but score this so highly. Thoroughly enjoyable right now, even better come summertime.

Photo of sweemzander
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to hopsbreath for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color that produced a good white frothy head with great retention behind it. Plenty of lacing left behind as it slowly dissipated.

(S)- Rather dry, but with a mellow honey-like sweetness.

(T)- Same like the smell. A nice dry profile up front with touches of hay and very subtle earth. Finishes mildly honey-like in sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A lighter bodied beer with a mild bitterness/sweetness.

(D)- An all-around easy drinking beer with some good flavors. Nothing to write home about but it did go very well with pizza I had tonite for those who like input on beer/food pairings.

Photo of kels
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright golden-yellow , very clear, with tons of large carbonation bubbles rising throughout. A short white skim of foam bobbing back and forth on the wake. Little lips of white lace lap along the glass where the beer meets it.

Just the slightest notes of toasted grain come through - not much else to name.

This is a nicely sweet and mild beer. There's a good crisp grain presence along with a crisp, clean, tart citrus hoppiness. It finishes with a nice, almost lemony-honey finish with a slightly floral note. Feel is nicely carbonated and bright, giving a refreshing tone to the beer and rounding out a fullness in the mouth.

This is the highest drinkability ever. It is refreshing, filling, tasty and smooth.

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Kiwanda Cream Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.