Cream Ale - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 90
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 5.61%
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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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Neophytes associate low style marks with general taste. That is, people don't hate American adjuncts because they find the style unseemly but because they just don't like the flavor characteristics of that style. This is wrong. People hate certain styles as a matter of superficial affect that preempts that actual characteristics of the beer. And nothing proves this point more than the so-so score of Mikkeller's Cream Ale.

Pours quite dark with the style, with mid-strength fizziness and a decent head.

Smells like Mikkeller's trademark grain bill along with some light, bitter hops and very faint hints of lemon. It's lively and bold but still fits into the parameters of the style.

Tastes even better than it smells. The thick, creamy body showcases a firm, piney hop that perfectly accentuates the round cereal nodes of the grain bill. It's subtle but complex, the sort of great-tasting beer that should reasonably appeal to beer veterans as much as newbies, were it not for the taint of its style. (1,013 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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! (544 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (1,723 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What's with the machine guns on the label? Sorry, I felt that was an obligatory part of any review of this beer.

Pours a cloudy dull straw colour, very opaque with fine impurities. Head is fine bubbled but a little filmy, and the body is particularly watery, so there's certainly not a lot of lacing. Not bad, looks like it could be refreshing at least.

Nose is absolutely redolent with huge hoppy goodness, big fruity notes. Big tropical characters, with some musty phenols sneaking in to give some depth. Wow, that's quite incredible. Big and round and fruity, but also sharp and crisp. Delicious.

Taste is very pure and clean -- obviously the lager yeast makes an appearance here. Some grain sweetness on the front, before some musty cellar characters come through with a big punch of phenolic bitterness to cleanse it all away. Finish is lightly touched with almond essence. Feel is crisp and light, leaving excellent refreshment.

Wow, I was so underwhelmed by the look of this beer that it actually blew me away from my expectations. Very drinkable and extremely enjoyable. (1,082 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definately not a brew from Mikkeller that i have heard of before but looks most interesting it comes a creamy coloured label with two machine guns on the front label and it is a collabaration between Mikkeller and Revelation Craft Brewing,it pours a pale honey hue with nice carbonation that leaves a creamy two finger head and frothy lacing everywhere that sticks to the sides of the glass,the smell is quite subtle for a Mikkeller brew but still nice with hints of creaming soda(in a good way) and a tinge of fruity hops,it has a full creamy smooth mouthfeel with tastes of very smooth pale malts and some bitter hops that is smoothed out right at the finish to take away a little of the bitterness but its still there which i like,overall a nice brew that would buy again and would like to see some more examples of this style but i have had better brews from Mikkeller. (881 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +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. (1,363 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +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. (700 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +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. (584 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of richmof
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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 (743 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,306 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of lanbewardin
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Burger in Santa Cruz. Pours a light golden color with a firm white froth. Aroma is full of hay and grass with a faint fruit salad note. Flavor is pale malts and minerals with a big noble hop blast. Really nothing like a cream ale, reminds me more of a hop-forward american pilsner with an ambiguous ale-ishness. Slightly tart, maybe a touch of wheat. Great hop character, fresh and spicy. A little astringent and thin on the palate. (442 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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? (1,781 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (279 characters)

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Cream Ale from Mikkeller ApS
84 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.