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Cream Ale - Mikkeller ApS

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83
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ADZA on 04-17-2010

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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 39
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle served cold into an Innis & Gunn glass.

Appearance - hazy golden straw color. Half a finger of white head that lingers for a while.

Smell- lots of orange rind and a very floral aroma.

Taste - pretty much like the nose orange rind and plenty of hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

Overall- a smooth and creamy cream ale with some citrus action and a healthy dose of hops. A fine cream ale that will certainly appeal to many.

Photo of tykechandler
2/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

best cream ale ever is still a cream ale

Photo of 57md
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy straw in color. Lightly yeasty in the nose. Light and very drinkable (but too light). Mildly dry and bitter on the finish.

Would make a decent lawn mowing beer.

Photo of doktorhops
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller Cream Ale is unparadoxically: a Cream Ale, which a style of beer that originates from the US of A. Cream Ales were also produced by Canada during the prohibition era as a style that gained popularity amongst sneaky American drinkers, and further refined after prohibition, which ended when Al Capone was sent to prison for killing Sean Connery’s character in Stanley Kubrick’s seminal film ‘The Untouchables’ (which Kevin Bacon was awesome in BTW). It is a style that is brewed with Ale and Lager yeasts and usually contains adjuncts like corn and rice. This is my first ever Cream Ale. Ever. Srsly.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Pours a hazy saffron yellow body with a wispy white 2 cm head that sticks around for a while. I do generally like the look of Mikkeller’s brews and this one is no exception. 9/10.

S: Sweet notes of malt, lemon and a distinct pineapple note. Aroma is almost as delightful as the bright yellow bottle label which appears to have been drawn by a kindergarten student. The balance of the fragrance hints at a sweet/malty Cream Ale. 8/10.

T: So this is a Cream Ale - easy to drink but not very exciting - there are sweet malts forward, then lemon citrus and floral hops lead to a light(ish) bitter finish. If you’re looking for big flavours you’ve definitely come to the wrong place. 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, it really lives up to the word “cream” in the style with a creamy carbonation though. 8/10.

D: It’s like the original creators of the style were aiming to make a beer that’s easy to drink... easy to drink?! Beer?! I scoff at these olden days American beer style creators. That said I think my palate has been destroyed by years of American IPAs... either way I have American brewers to blame for my current Cream Ale predicament, damn you AMERICAAAAAN BREWWWAAAS!!! Overall I would have loved this beer 5 years ago, today = pass. Oh yeah, and because this is a Mikkeller beer it cost me an arm and a leg...... I got better*. 7/10.

Food match: Continuing the reference if you’ve skipped ahead to my footnote and still didn’t get it: Newts. Seriously though: Mild cheese platter with artisanal breads.

*Python reference - haven’t had one of them for a while now have we?

Photo of stcules
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden appearance, greenish edhes, clean. One finger of beautiful white foam.
Quite hoppy smell, citric notes, lemnon, a light resinous.
Pleasant and fresh.
Malty taste, creamy, with a good balancing hop.
Easily drinkable.
Bitter aftertate, hop, short.
Drinkable and interesting.

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller Cream Ale is yellow and has both a foggy complexion and sunny radiance; highlights are not only bright but blinding yet good luck making anything out on the other side. Translucent yes, transparent no. And whatever foam-dome blossomed from the pour cracked into pieces like a hollow shell, fragments of which wash up against the glass and stay there.

Columbus, Amarillo, and Challenger hops are not typical for the style (certainly not in this quantity). Nor, for that matter, do we normally see the inclusion of carapils, Vienna, and Munich malts on top of corn and the standard pale/pilsner. Naturally, these additions make for a beer of added character; cream ales tend to be vanilla but this one bursts with colour...

Colours that emulate its aromas and tastes: orange from a fresh grated peel; yellow from the squeeze of a lemon; green like wet grass clippings. While the more substantial malts have resulted in more body and texture, hops are in the driver's seat for flavour. It'd be easy to mistake this for a pale ale.

Mikkeller may be important to hipster name-droppers but few of his beers have impressed me - and the dude has released a ton of beers. Cream Ale, however, is one of the notable exceptions. It's got a lovely hop profile, soft but substantial maltiness, breezy drinkability and endless appeal; it's a perfect cream ale for craft drinkers. The only thing not to like is the price tag...

Prior to this review I would have told you there was no cream ale in the world worth paying $4.35/ 330ml bottle for - and, to be clear, I'm still telling you that. That kind of change can buy you much better beer (and, by the same token, similar beers can be had at much more reasonable prices). Then again, who am I to tell you how to spend your money?

Photo of MatChar
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not your typical CA: looks and tastes like a pale ale. Smell is surprisingly thin and "Pilsner-like". The mouth feel might be the main strength of this beer due to an interesting combination of malts. Disappointing batch from Mikkeller (my expectations were perhaps too high).

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes is quite tame. Taste is also pretty tame with light cereal notes and smooth finish. Body is average for style with good carbonation. Not bad for style but really nothing that good to write home about.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle purchased at the LCBO; best before June 19 2017. I quite enjoyed the other Mikkeller products that were brought in for the Fall release, which was enough to prompt me to try this last remaining one - despite the mundaneness inherent in this style. Served well-chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, topped with one finger of loose, soapy white froth that recedes over the next handful of minutes. A bubbly cap and foamy collar remain, alongside a curtain of lace that rings the entire glass. This brew is surprisingly fragrant - with a backbone of pale grains and crackery malt, and on top of that lies an inviting range of hop notes - including citrusy orange and lemon, grassy hay and some floral notes.

This is not an exciting beer, but it is nonetheless excellent for the style. Grainy pale malts and some bready sweetness provide a neutral backdrop for the Columbus, Challenger and Amarillo hop bill, which offers up some lemon/white grapefruit citrus, floral qualities and a mild note of pine resin that crops up toward the finish. Finishes rather dry, with a touch of citrusy bitterness lingering. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a very smooth, creamy, satisfying feel on the palate (likely thanks to those oats).

Final Grade: 4.16, an A-. I suppose it's not surprising that Mikkeller has managed to produce one of the most impressive cream ales I've ever had in my 8+ years on this site - and it's a good thing, because at this price point I'd be kind of annoyed if they hadn't. I could easily drink this all night - theoretically, anyway, because six of these would cost like 25 dollars. I'd say that this is worth a try, but a repeat purchase is probably out of the question.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Hazy straw colour with a finger of white foam that recedes promptly.

(4.25) S: Grains, orange, cloves, light pine, lemon, and floral elements. There’s a slight funky quality to this that comes across fresh and slightly tart. Excellent.

(3.5) T: Grain, floral qualities, light orange, faint pine, and spices. This leans towards a fairly bitter taste (pine and floral) with a bit of fruit sweetness. Slight funkyness is less present than aroma indicated.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

(3.75) D: This is a nice hoppy and bitter ale that has a creamy texture. The aroma was standout highlight for me but not something I would likely revisit at the price.

Photo of BGDrock
3.2/5  rDev -13%

Appearance: hazy, lemon yellow; white head with not great retention

Aroma: faintly of grapefruit, candied lemon peel; creamsicle

Taste & Mouthfeel: lemon juice, grapefruit and other citrus leads the way, with balanced sweet and tart notes; there's a sharp acidity throughout, accentuating a dry, lightly hopped finish; some mineral flavour, and a little metallic; light body and medium/light carbonation

Overall: a palate cleanser, bright, tart, and refreshing, but the finish strays to metal and stone; frankly not an amazing taste, despite the vibrancy

Photo of mick303
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle from the lcbo. Poured a hazy golden colour, some light film and lacing.

S - light floral hop aroma, pale malts, grassy with a subtle spice. Not particularly enticing, it does have some of the corn come through with a weird sort of musty graininess. Cornmeal, piney hops, florals.

T - a light start, citrusy grapefruit, pine develops, florals, with a zesty carbonation, then some of the grain bill comes to predominate the middle of the profile. Corn meal, dry light caramel, quite dry feel. Then has some light floral hops and spice emerge on the end. I feel that its a fairly flavourful example of the style but still not got a great balanced profile in general.

M - zesty and quite a solid carbonation, drinkable with a mild profile and springy florals, the combination of hop bitterness and musty graininess isnt especially pleasant but it is light enough that you can drink it without dwelling on this too heavily.

I feel like the constraints and guides of this style make it a hard outlet to create world class beers. Nevertheless I feel Mikkeller did a jgood job in spite of that in create a flavourful and zesty cream ale, but the tart mustiness and tough balance of flavour make it a beer I wouldn't seek regularly, it is still one of the better cream ales I can remember having.

Photo of DaveBar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Purchased at the LCBO for a steep $4.60 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.0- Opens well pours a good white head that lasts a bit. Unfiltered and very light gold

S- 3.75- An almost wheat beer quality.

T- 3.25- Big let down here. Bit sour. Not hearty at all. Not much to this beer believe it or not.

M- 3.0- Not creamy at all. Not much at all, just a slightly sour beer

O- 3.58- And this is it. Not a very good beer. I feel peeled paying nearly $5.00 for this.

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with....... Grilled cheese sandwiches

Enjoy

Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +8.7%

11/30/11 On tap at Rattle n HUm, NYC. Nice. Smooth. Dry to tart.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows spicy, piny hops along with some bready malt and soft wheat. A bit faint.
More spicy hops as flavours along with soft brady notes and a faint grainy hit. Also some booze with a slight industrial note. The hops and bready malt are nice though.
Great moderate carbonation and a lightish body.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014. Acquired quite a while ago from a webshop and stored in my garage. This is a collaborative brew with the Revelation Cat brewery in Rome. Cream ale is a style I haven't tried before - should be interesting....

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with intense carbonation and fine yeast sediment. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam with good retention; this slowly collapses to a surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of light malt with hints of earthy yeast, grain, floral hops, mild citrus and stewed hops. It smells enticing.

Tastes of light malt with a hoppy character and a dry finish. Notes of floral hops, subtle citrus, earthy yeast, grain and stewed hops. A faint quality of noble hop aroma and a whisper of solvent in the background. A restrained, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied for the style, with prickly carbonation. A creaminess comes through once the carbonation has died down a little; very nice on the palate. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and yeast.

Very tasty, and goes down all too easily. Not sure how true this is to style; I suspect the original cream ales were less hoppy. But I'm not complaining - this is nicely balanced and very drinkable. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Slightly hazy golden yellow pour with a one finger thin white head with nice lacing. Some subtle citrus hops initially on the nose, but that quickly gives way to hints of grass, lemon, and a bit of funk and bread. The taste is a bit harsh at first for a cream ale. A lot more bitterness than I had expected. But as it warms, the malt emerges and balances it out nicely. The flavors are very subtle with hints of lemon, corn, and grass. The mouthfeel is not creamy at all and is borderline fizzy. Big initial bitterness that yields to a crisp, dry, subtly sweet finish. It's been a while since I've had a cream ale, but this is not what I remembered. But then again, Mikkeller never follows the norm and that's why I love them.

Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from wordemupg, thanks Chris! 341ml into a tulip, holdbar til October 20, 2014. A bottle conditioned cream ale...

Hazy pale orange, a few fingers of white head with some webbed lacing and chunky retention. Juicy citrus hop notes on the nose with some big yeast wafting from the glass. A bit bready, lightly floral - unique to any 'cream ale' I've come across. Taste is more along the lines of what I had expected, grainer malt notes and solid, but restrained hopping still moderately juicy and citrusy. A bit drying in the finish with some yeast. Medium feel and excellent drinkability, wish I could have access to this year round. A well assembled cream ale.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy honey blonde with stiff snow white foam that webs. Butter cookie with orangey hops on the nose.
Peach melba with a touch of almond nougat then intricate but gentle waves of floral & citrus hops.
Sugar cookie and orange boiled sweet on the comeback with surprisingly tight and numbing linger. Medium, very soft, round and dry.

Columbus, Amarillo and Challenger, says the label.

Unsurprisingly, the thing about this is the feel. Tough to get excited about something purposefully understated, but it's done right. Could easily stay on this all night.

Would love to see this head to head with Sweet Action.

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a cloudy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of light sweet caramel malt, light yeast, and a bit of corn, grain, and bread.

T - Starts off with some light sweet caramel malt with some grain and corn with a touch of yeast. Through the middle some more sweet grains come through. The finish is a mix of light biscuit sweetness with some grain, bitterness, and some yeast flavor.

M - Light bodied with moderate-minus carbonation. Feels smooth with a light and very crisp finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice cream ale. Good yeast and grain flavor and the beer is super refreshing and balanced.

Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Craft Beer Co. into a goblet.

A: Clear light amber body under a dense, sticky white head. Classic.

S: Smooth, fruity, bready. Some citrus and tropical notes stand out. Very nice.

T: Rich. Follows the nose entirely, but with stronger flavors all around. Great balance of fruitiness and maltiness, with a bittersweet finish. Excellent.

M: Extremely frothy. Too frothy.

O: This was shockingly good. I didn't expect anything too crazy or distinctive from a 5% Cream Ale, but this was just drenched in flavor. Wonderful beer.

Cheers!

Photo of wordemupg
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/3/12

A pale yellow with a slight haze and a large 3 finger bone white head that leaves several rings of lace before falling to a thin film

S some citric hops with faint pine, very hopped up for a cream ale but you gotta know I'm not going to complain about that

T some yeast and lemon rind, interesting stuff but I preferred the nose, some biscuit and toffee come out as well

M creamy from the bubbles and a medium body, bready aftertaste

O throw enough hops at a style I've never been impressed by and viola a good beer out of nowhere, could drink a few of these without getting board

perhaps for style I'm being a little hard on this one, for a cream ale its up there give it a shot if you find it

Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a small, smooth white head. Fair head retention.

Rich and robust stonefruit and citrus hop aroma with some very mild malt. Exceptionally hoppy for a cream ale but nice.

Creamy pale malt with plenty of fruitiness and a reasonable dose of bitterness. The combination of fruit character and light malt is very nice but I find it hard to call this a Cream Ale.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

I really like this beer but the name Cream Ale is only slightly ironic. Well done to Mikkeller just don't be expecting what's written on the label.

Photo of dansmcd
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale orange in colour, with a frothy white head which receds quickly to a collar, leaving a white cloud in the middle surface. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Fresh peach and plum, strawberry and cream, yeast and some booze.

T - Canned peach, tangerine, strawberry, cream, under-ripened white grapes, champagne.

M - Quite tart, thin to medium bodied, not at all creamy, high carbonation, dry finish.

O - Wonderful aroma, has some belgian qualities, nice sessionable ale.

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Mikkeller goblet at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of white colour, slight cream, fair thickness, and poor retention (especially for the average ABV). Colour is a cloudy gold.

Sm: Cream, bittering hops, and barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Cream, bittering hops, and slight amber hops. Complex for the style; normally I wouldn't expect IPA style bittering hops in a cream ale, but it's well executed here. A far cry from Kilkenny, but lovely. Well balanced and built.

Mf: Smooth on the open with bittering hop coarseness on the climax to bring out the flavour. Wet and refreshing, but less creamy than expected.

Dr: 5% ABV makes this a good session beer. A great refreshing very drinkable beer, but I do expect more from me favourite brewer. It's also expensive as all hell (which doesn't influence my rating).

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Cream Ale from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.