1. American Craft Beer Fest is this weekend in Boston, Mass. Join us for 640+ beers from 140+ brewers! Tickets for Friday, May 29 are still available. Cheers!

Cream Ale - Mikkeller ApS

Not Rated.
Cream AleCream Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 87
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADZA on 04-17-2010

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (280) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by richmof:
Photo of richmof
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mine poured a hazy golden amber with a transient carbonated head that dissipated very quickly and didn't lace at all - I poured into a Maredsous goblet for want of the house glass.

On the nose I get hops, citrus and a touch of malt with a deep inhale.

On the palate it is not at all what I was expecting. A real bitter fest. I get hops and citrus peel - lime and grapefruit, even angostura. The finish doesn't let up and there is an almost quinine bitter quality to the finish.

I am a fan of bitter hopped beers but this is an extreme example. So, while I enjoyed it, I imagine it is probably not to everyone's taste.

To add to the first review, while the label has two machine guns counterposed, one emits hops and the other barley emitting from the barrel.

More User Reviews:
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 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 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 biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle, a collaboration between Mikkeller and Revelation Cat Craft Brewing, an Italian brewer who apparently share the infatuation with the American hop bomb line of thinking. And the tommyguns on the label are sprouting grain stalks and hop leaves - um, ok. Some sort of riff on the flower-in-the-gun-barrel give peace a chance trope?

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow hue, with a ton of billowy white head, which renders some soap film lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of pale malt, and sweet citrus, like orange and lime candy, with a pine hop bitterness. The taste is bready malt, and strongly bitter citrus/pine hops. The carbonation is fairly fizzy, the body full in weight, somewhat smooth, but not creamy. It finishes sweet, the citrus cream (there it is!) blending with some latent pale malt graininess.

Cream ale, huh? While plowing this recipe with good ol' American bittering hops may make it taste good, if you're a hophead, this is more false advertising, than anything. What this really is, is a pretty hoppy west coast IPA. Minus significant points for not calling it so.

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 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 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 eric5bellies
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a very pale Gold colour with a large White head that reduces clowly to a film. Some lacing.

S - Gentle hop aromas from the bottle. Once poured it becomes slightly more delicate with a citrus aroma.

T - Delicate and sweet citrus hoppy flavour, with a slightly bitter finish , that is a little spritzy.

M - Light to medium body with low to medium carbonation.

O - Definitely different from your average AIPA and a little more refreshing. Worth a shot but wouldn't have another.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served into an Oversized glass.Enjoyed on mar´11
Pours pale yellow.Foggy.White persistent & dense crown.Medium size bubbles.Wheat & yeast aromas,citric notes.Crispy bitterness.Dry piney & gentle hoppy flavor.Very refreshing sensation & easy drinkability.Light body & correct carbonation.Very well balanced flavors & aromas.

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 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 lanbewardin
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from hopduvel in Gent into Chimay chalice, straw gold color, finger of off white head.
Smells piney, a bit floral
Taste is piney bitterness, a little citrus, very smooth, I got some cream soda aftertaste halfway through, but its not overly creamy.

Very sessionable. In belgium I would compare this to a Taras Boulba, its a very similar beer.

Photo of rarbring
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clouded deep yellow, a white small head with little lacing.

The smell is sweet citric, orange jam with lime, a spicy note.

Tasting of sweet bread upfront, then oranges and lemons, a herbal bitterness at the end.

Medium high carbonation, small bubbles, rather soft and fresh.

An easy drinkable ale, a bit short on bitterness. Tasted at a beer sampling at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed straw yellow, decent cap of white froth. Scent is pale and made up of grassy, earthy hops and fresh dried grains. Taste surprised and was bolder than scent dictated, good character extracted from the minimal ingredients. Solid notes of grassy and earthy hops, fresh yet lightly musty dried grains and light touch of sweetness and ale like fruityness. Lighter side of medium bodied, creamy and lightly grainy. A very easy drinker with some character.

Photo of Rifugium
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Farmers' Cabinet, Philly, PA

Poured into a tulip glass, a hazy golden-yellow with shades of orange. Grainy aroma, with scents of citrus--mainly lemon--and funk. Crisp and light on the tongue, some yeastiness, very grassy, musty and funky, in a good way. Light mouthfeel and rather refreshing; nicely drinkable.

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 Tone
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight hops, slight citrus, and slight earthiness. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight citrus, slight pale hops, slight earthy malt, and hint of wheat. Overall, good, but the 'creaminess' is quite hard to discern.

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 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).

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 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 jeranbrews
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - I like the way that when pouring this bottle the bubbles started collecting on the sides of the glass right away, like tiny frog eggs. The color is a slightly frosty lemon-honey. And the head is a nice clumpy yeasty splotchy cloud white.

S - Some hops, but lots of citrus smells. Sweet crystalline malt smells. Has a clean fresh smell. Like sweet air after a spring rain. Very soothing. Makes me think of lazy walks through a hop field in the Belgian countryside.

T - Initially very hoppy and bitter, much like an amber ale or an IPA. It's a bit too caustic and drying for me. At least when I imagine this style of beer. The bottle says it's all hop but I can't help but feel a little corn blandness.

M - Surprisingly doesn't quite live up to the name. I wish it were a bit creamier. It is a bit effervescent and a bit smooth, but bitterness takes away from the "cream"

D - Not quite what I had dreamed it would be, but pleasant none-the-less. This isn't one that I will reach for again anytime soon.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw colour, quite opaque and cloudy with decent white head being fed from below by steady carbonation. Leaves some specks of lace but not a lot. Acceptable, not amazing.

Nose is quite grainy. Hints of rice and corn on that with some light fruit notes, maybe citrus and pear. Yeah, sweet with a bit of a tang. Quite nice, really.

Taste is...curious. Fairly fruit on the front with some apple and pear characters and a lemon zest edge to it. Gets quite earthy on the mid-palate with a slight starchy character and a hint of soil. Develops a phenolic edge towards the back with a hint of aspirin and that attenuated-lager character. Fruit happily returns on the back, but is met by that medicinal bitterness. Quite good, I appreciate the oddness, but it doesn't amaze me.

Fairly thin body with some carbonation sizzle. Finish is quite smooth though, I guess that's the "creamy" aspect maybe? What the hell is it called a cream ale for anyway?

Yeah, not an offensive beer, some good flavours, a bit off-balance but fairly enjoyable.

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