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Wexford Irish Cream Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

Wexford Irish Cream AleWexford Irish Cream Ale

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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.32%


Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-24-2002)
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tieffenbrucker

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 14.9 fluid oz. nitrogenated tall-boy poured into stout glass.

Appearance: Typical nitro-can cascade effect, always fun to watch. When the bubbles settle the beer has a penny-copper, transluscent hue with a one-finger, creamy nitrogenated head.

Smell: Rich, sweet cream, butter, sugar, malt. Not much (if any) hops aroma. Be advised that a lot of this smell comes from the head, rather than the beer itself.

Taste: The cream comes through very strongly. Rich, sweet, with a mild hops finish. Definitely a beer geared towards the malt, rather than the hops.

Mouthfeel: This is where I'm torn. I understand why a lot of people demonize nitro-beers, given that the mouth feel is thinner, waterier, and less full-bodied than normal carbonation. But honestly, for this beer, nitro just WORKS. It is thinner than most, but the head flavor plus the sweet maltiness really makes it feel full-bodied.

Overall: This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite beers ever. I find myself seeking it out in any specialty beer store. I normally HATE nitro-beers (Guinness, Murphy's, Boddington's) but for this beer, I couldn't have it any other way. It's a cream ale, and meant to be enjoyed that way. As pure, uncarbonated, heady cream.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-30-2011 03:44:54 | More by tieffenbrucker
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HomrQT

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer and it's one of the ones I keep constantly stocked at the house! Served in a can that kept the beer very well, let's out a satisfying froth and hiss when opening. Amber in color. A very smooth beer, sweet, earthy flavors with a very very light bite at the very end when swallowing. Keeps a very strong, frothy head for a long time during drinking. The exact opposite of a bitter IPA.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-11-2013 19:50:56 | More by HomrQT
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer came to me with a nice nitro-fed stay-put head. It was a tarnished brassy color. The smell was a beautiful mix of sweet musty gran, herbal hop, a barely dectable yeastiness. The taste is a swirl of sturdy honey, herbal hop, and malt swetness. There were definatly some other subtleties there but I was a little to destracted to pick them out. Simple but damn delicious. Mouthfeel was of course dreamy and creamy. Was delicious with Irish Root soup.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-21-2007 17:47:03 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Friggin' awesome! The seperation when you pour it
is just like Guinness, but cooler. Maybe it's the
lighter color or something, but it's really cool how it
cascades.
Smell: There's a smell of a cream, mixed with milk and butter.
Taste: The taste is one of a kind. It's soooo smooth. Tastes like
cream and butter. Hopefully it's not as fattening.
Mouthfeel: This was very smooth and went down so easily. It was
so smooth, it just rolled down my tounge. Kind of left
a small amount of a film in my mouth.
Drinkability: I could drink this all day long, if I didn't get yelled at
by my fiancee that is. Maybe it's my catholic genes
in me, but this is a very drinkable beer and dare I say,
the best cream ale.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-12-2003 19:28:59 | More by JISurfer
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IdentityAles

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clean slightly sweet aroma. Copper in color with a consistent white head. Flavor is slightly sweet and tart, with a balanced bitterness, and a noble hop flavor. Creamy nitrous infused brew that goes down smooth anytime. A great session brew ! I'd drink a lot more of this beer if it wasn't around $ 3.00 a can at my local. I LOVE IT!!!

Serving type: nitro-can

12-03-2006 11:54:46 | More by IdentityAles
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Limberg316

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very flavorful cream stout but I find it odd that it is an Irish cream stout and yet it's brewed in England. It has an excellent pour with an impressive head. Very creamy texture and very golden color. Wonderfully flavored with a distinctive sweet note to it.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-05-2007 03:36:46 | More by Limberg316
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9InchNails

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A orange ruby copper color body. Off white head that looks amazingly creamy. Very sticky lacing.

I get a toffee, burnt caramel and hazelnut smell. Very delicious aromas coming through.

Vanilla, burnt caramel, hazelnut, some toffee mixing very well together. Quite delicious all around!

Medium to approaching on the thick side. Feels great in the mouth. Very light to barely any noticeable carbonation.

This is very drinkable! The taste, the body is just awesome. I wish I bought a few more of these.

I don't understand the decent reviews but this is a great beer to try.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-14-2011 23:57:16 | More by 9InchNails
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Brad007

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a two-finger head that looks nice in my pint glass.

Aroma is smooth, sweet and creamy. Like sniffing a container of heavy cream.

Taste is smooth and creamy with a bit of bitterness upfront followed by smooth grain. Very easy to drink.

Creaminess lingers in the mouth followed by the sweet and grainy texture and mild bitterness. Beer goes down very easily and the creaminess is much desired.

It certainly lives up to its' name. The nitro can helps this style and it certainly is a good example. Not your dad's Genny Cream Ale though.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-08-2009 17:57:14 | More by Brad007
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timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic looking pour. The carbonation quickly rises to the top so that the head and liquid seem like they are trying to separate. Creamy bleach white head with tiny bubbles. Dark golden copper color. Wonderful retention that yields huge thick lacing that coats the glass.

Thin creamy taste and feel. Smooth malt taste that pleases my mouth with every sip. Easy going down with an amazingly pleasant palate. I will drink this almost anytime it's available.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-30-2006 21:42:59 | More by timtheenchanta
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mclanem

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer is a brownish tan very creamy and thick looking. poured with a great thick white head loved it.

Smell: just a simple beer smell hops barley a bit floral.

Taste: I loved this beers flavor a very smooth very balanced nice hops flavor. a little floral like th smell.

Mouthfeel: This beer is has an Ideal feel for me very creamy and thick. Great carbonation.

Drinkablilty: I could drink many of these, very good beer I was surprised it didn't have a higher average rating.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 22:20:31 | More by mclanem
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a slightly hazy gold, with one of the most beautiful white heads I have ever laid eyes upon. So beautiful it is hard to even take a sip because I know it will disturb it. The head leaves some nice lacing and cascading.

S-Caramel, licorice, toffee, and a nice balance between hops and malts.

T-Caramel, hint of toffee and licorice. Slightly more malty than hoppy. It has a really good flavor and is very refreshing.

M-Thick and creamy. It is sensational.

D-Its low abv., appearance, taste, and mouthfeel make this a true session beer. I could drink this all day.

Overall, this is a great beer. I absolutely love it. I hope to drink more in the future.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-11-2010 19:41:38 | More by thegodfather2701
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JimKal

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I used a hefeweisen glass. It had all the space I needed as this pours with a glorious head thanks to the nitro can. Even after the head settles it remains substantial at 1 and 1/2 inches.

I've been wanting a Cream Ale for a while and found one at a local store in High Point, The Brewer's Kettle. After the head settles, you are left with a nice head and an amber/copper beer in your glass.

There is a nice malty aroma but it isn't the reason you go for a cream. This style, for me, is all about mouthfeel and it delivers that nice creamy texture that is the hallmark of a cream ale.

If you can't stand a nitro can, stay away. I do love a nice IPA and this is the exact opposite of an IPA but I loved it. But isn't that the great thing about craft beer - the different tastes and mouth feels that span the spectrum.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-12-2012 17:19:08 | More by JimKal
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putnam

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color is a reddish tan/brown. Aromas are of trading-card bubble gum, honey, warm milk and ripe bananas. Flavors are a sweet blend of cream, tropical fruit, honey and just enough bitterness to give the hedonistic elements a little thrust and shape. Smooth smooth and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-14-2002 12:18:16 | More by putnam
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wexford Irish Cream Ale has a thick, creamy, roiling, off-white head and a clear, copper appearance, with a large cream sheen of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of light, creamy malt and cream, and the flavor is of sweet, lightly-roasted barley malt, sugar, toffee, and cream, with some alcohol and bitterness in the back taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Wexford Irish Cream Ale finishes semi-dry, refreshing, mellow, and very drinkable. Overall, this is an excellent beer.

RJT

Serving type: nitro-can

01-29-2013 18:28:39 | More by RonaldTheriot
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SimplySinister

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Milky White, latte-like head. Above average carbonation. Very attractive.

S - I didn't get a whole lot off the smell on this one.

T - Exceptional. I don't know why I liked this one so much, but I have to admit it was totally outstanding (in every sense of the word.) Honestly, I don't like many irish red beers, but this one is a keeper.

M - This brew left little or no aftertaste and no oil slick mouthfeel, but somehow still retained loads of character.

D - I could definately see relaxing with a few of these. Of course, not too many, but a few.

All in all, I couldn't have been more pleased with this beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-04-2010 04:29:53 | More by SimplySinister
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GordonQuid

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep honey with a rocky two inch head and thick lacing.

Smell is that of butterscotch and grass. Major earthy notes. Fresh mowed grass and buttery cupcakes.

Taste is full, fresh and smooth. Buttery-bitter note; like toasted sour-dough bread. Earthy Hop notes are apparent in the finish lingering for a moment.

I like this beer's drinkability and character. Not a good session beer because of it's fullness but in my opinion a very good summer night after dinner sipper.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-11-2008 18:15:05 | More by GordonQuid
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Schwarzbart

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal clear orange-amber beer with an extra creamy head that sticks around the whole time and nice cling.

Smell: Corn malts and grain with a hint of vanilla and some hop.

Taste: Much like it smells and well balanced with a nice earthy hop taste. Taste a little more bitter when cold, but balances out well as it warms slightly and everything can be tasted.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth just like it would be out of a tap.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could session this style any day and this one is particularly tasty.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-02-2007 03:03:08 | More by Schwarzbart
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WesWes

New York

4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a perfect gold color with an awesome head; the picture perfect beer. The aroma is good. It is creamy with a malty scent. The taste is decent. It is pale and creamy with a real Irish ale flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with perfect carbonation. This drinks great. It has great flavor and awesome mouthfeel; finally an English ale I like.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 02:21:52 | More by WesWes
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tjdietz

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro-can into a 20 oz. tumbler.

A- If you think the cascade is cool on Guinness, try on a lighter colored beer! Poured a nice yellow color that settled into a beautiful amber with 2 fingers of head. Left lacing along the glass as drank.

S- some malt, breadiness and nuts (hazelnut?) with a slight tinge of hops.

T- Very malty and smooth with a clean bitter finish. Some butteriness in there as well.

M- Very creamy due to nitro, but suites this beer well think!

Overall a very drinkable brew, I prefer this to anyother in this style that I've had! Would gladly pick up regularly!

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2011 17:59:51 | More by tjdietz
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Once the can is popped, the widget lets out a little whistle and cream-colored foam is poured into the can. The foam begins its cascading ascension to the top of the glass leaving behind a light brown body and eventually settles at a finger's worth of fluffy head.

S- Biscuity, buttery malts as per the usual pub-style aroma. A little sweeter-smelling than most, though.

T- Bready, doughy malt flavor that's sweet and has a slightly chalky aftertaste. Very, very smooth and unchanging with each sip consistently the same as the last. Low amount of bitterness and, as expected, a low alcohol presence.

M- Creamy but thin and light. Soft and fluffy with the so-called "flat" feel.

O- Pretty one-dimensional but good for what it is. Very easy and fun to drink.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-08-2012 01:30:18 | More by Immortale25
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great looking brew. Typical nitro-can, huge, thick, creamy white head that lasts forever with thick sheets of brussels lace. The cascade effect seems to take forever to clear...more so than other nitro's I've had. Brilliant light-orange to light amber in color with very mild carbonation and microscopic bubbles. Aroma is interesting...The first thing I notice is...gasp....cloves?...wheat?...the alien step-sister of Unibroue? Hrmm, smells like the yeasty dredges of a fresh bucket of hybrid wheat homebrew.
Mouthfeel is soft and silken with a light body. Taste begins with a subtle bavarian wheat, phenolic character, quickly fades into a metallic note, and ends with a very wet, soft, mildly roasted malt finish with no noticeable hop aroma, flavor, or bitterness. Very drinkable...not at all complex...meant to be drank in mass quantities.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-12-2003 16:52:14 | More by Mitchster
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You never know what to expect from a pressurized widget; could be lots of uncontained volatility leading to spillage and waste. For this reason I always open a nitro-can at the sink to manage any calamitous surges of head. But Wexford delivered plush rolls of froth with no disorderly loss of brew. There was lots of dense foam of course, but the nitro soon settled to reveal a honey gold beer crowned by a dense frothy head.

I didn’t care for the initial smell that emanated from both the beer and the can. It smelled like an American lager gone bad. And what exactly is Irish cream ale? Cream ale as I know it, is an American innovation going back to the mid-nineteenth century, but the print on the can claims the recipe goes back to 1810 in County Wexford, Ireland. What gives? Did they simply take an ordinary Irish ale, infuse it with nitro, and try to tie it to that other popular Irish cream drink? Or is there an historic legacy for Irish cream ales that predates German lagers and American creams? This beer would have to overcome my initial cynicism.

But I do like the taste. It has a smooth and casual sweetness with a peculiar splash of banana cream, though it is cursed with those most unAmerican of all taste properties: it is mellow and balanced. [cue sci-fi horror movie music] The mouthfeel is plush, as would be expected from a nitro pour, and the lace follows suit. Even the smell began to change properties after warming up a bit. The initial staleness gave way to a light buttery scent of banana and my skepticism soon yielded.

This is a comfort beer. It is not challenging enough to incite conflict, but it is personable enough to welcome companionship. In the end, I enjoyed it tremendously and found it to be smooth, relaxing, and highly drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-01-2004 22:36:18 | More by RedDiamond
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very deep copper color with a finger of thick and creamy head over top that gives no sign of breaking up. The requisite cascade from the nitrogen settles quickly and leaves a brilliantly clear beer. I really like the fortitude of the head on this beer. Its almost a colloid. Nose is light caramel and cream, with almost a hint of banana. Very mild, but very good. Flavor is more generically fruity than the nose, with a very healthy creamy character, finishing with just a kiss of bitterness on the finish that lingers just long enough to let me know its there. The feel is on the thicker end of moderate with a very light carbonation...as expected from a nitro can. Overall, this is a very tasty beer. I could see drinking this one to mix things up from time to time, as the ABV really makes it something to session, but there is enough flavor there to make it more approachable to me.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2006 02:54:42 | More by kmpitz2
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zuggy9

California

4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale pours a nice bronze amber, with nice mocha-colored dense creamy head. It has a light hoppy aroma, and it goes down smooth with an obvious creamy quality and good balance of sweet and sharp flavors. I didn't note much or any bitterness, though that may just be my palate. Definitely one to share and enjoy with friends.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-17-2006 22:51:09 | More by zuggy9
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iceball585

New York

4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden amber color, semi-clear, one finger thick creamy head that w/ good retention

S- Creamy, pale malts, buttery, bready

T- Creamy, buttery, light hops, pale malts, hint of caramel, a little bitter bite near the end

M- Medium/heavy body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, clean, slight dry finish

D- Good session beer (if you like nitro beers)

Really good cream ale. Not a lot of complexity but just good smooth taste.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-17-2007 18:43:18 | More by iceball585
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Wexford Irish Cream Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.