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Cream Ale - Mikkeller ApS

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38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 17.43%
Wants: 8
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 MatChar
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
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).

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%

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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of DaveBar
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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


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Photo of doktorhops
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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?

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of stcules
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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?

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Photo of illidurit
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of lanbewardin
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of rarbring
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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