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Wexford Irish Cream Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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573 Ratings
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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 17
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-24-2002

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Ratings: 573 | Reviews: 344
Photo of Phatz
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am fairly new to the "Cream Ale" style. I do love the appearance and texture of this beer though the flavor is slightly less exciting. Still, tasty, approachable and quaffable.

Appearance: *HUGE* Nitro head that kick but up one side and down the other. Incredible retention and the lacing literally paint the side of the glass with super thick sheets of heavy foam lacing that is simply impressive. The color is a nice, clear amber.


Smell: The aroma is reserved but decent. It had hints of caramel buried in a sturdy malt character. There is a bit of a buttery aroma as well.

Taste: The mouthfeel is so thick full and creamy that you almost forget to care what it tastes like. The creamy texture lets a malty fruity flavor seep through into the palate. The flavor is thin and straightforward but the pucker dry finish has a fruity malt attribute. There is a distinct dryness but I am not sure that I could actually isolate much of a hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: The feature gimmick of this beer! It is work trying if you have never had a beer so creamy.

Drinkability: This is really a pretty boring beer if you subtract the fact that is hypnotically beautiful to look at and sensational in the mouth. The aftertaste is not terrific which forces you to drink another causing it to go down quick and easy. So I guess the gimmicks work. The creamy “Cream Ale” worth the experience (at least once) in my book.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.62/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale orange amber with hazed clarity. Holds a one finger head well after the nitro ceases. Sticky patches of lace. Nitro aroma masks a typical macro aroma. Sour nitro tastes dominates, but cereal adjunct and butterscotch in the background. Extra-dry aftertaste with a hint of vannila cream flavor. Nearly flat carbonation and medium body allow a solid diacetyl mouthfeel, which is done well if you like it that way. A little light on the hops even for an irish cream ale, but aside from the slick finish it is mild and drinkable.

Photo of rjlemos
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Well, those nitro can beers are really impressive in appeareance, but they lose in their lack of complexity and mildness. This one was supposed to be a ultra-creamy beer, but it doesn't work. The nitrogen gives a good start, but after that the beer shows itself soapy, quite poor and over-bittered. It doesn't seem to be an ale, complex, fruity, etc... It didn´t impress me anyway.

Photo of cjgator3
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the nitro can that makes it resemble a pour from a Guinness nitro except for the blackness. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a creamy light tan colored head. Aroma is creamy with buttery notes of caramel. Taste is extremely smooth and thin with malt, caramel and a metalic taste. I absolutely love the appearance of the pour produced from nitro can's and this beer proves no different. However, it is just lacking on taste and body. Decent but nothing there that makes me want to try again.

Photo of tgbljb
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color with beautiful head (as would be expected from a nitro can). Moderate sticky lacing. Smell is caranel malt and very pleasant. Taste is a bit flat with a distinct overpowering dryness. Very creamy with a strong dry finish. A good drink, but nothing great.

Photo of gosurfobx
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice gold color with a tight creamy nitro head. Smell is not very strong with hints of malt and some hops, but no real dominate smell. Taste is very much the same, a blend of malt and hops that is very smooth yet a little bland. The mouthfeel is very flat with little carbination in the beer aside from the nitro head. While I don't find this beer to be outstanding, it still makes a good session beer.

Photo of BDTyre
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I consider this an English pale ale and am reviewing it as such. Why? Because this looks, smells and tastes exactly like Old Speckled Hen.

Kilkenny says cream ale. This says pale ale. It is a deep amber colour with a tight nitro head. Yeasty, doughy smell with malts in it. Same bready malt taste with a bit of hop bitterness as Old Speckled Hen.

A bit sour and acidic on the tounge, with a can hint to it. Nitro traces on the mouth. A good session ale.

Really, this seems like a relabelled Old Speckled Hen, appealing perhaps to the crowd that likes Kilkenny.

Good beer, but if I had known, I would have but OSH and got the extra beer and no nitro tab.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - this cream ale has a rich brown amber color, like that of root beer, with a smooth finger thick egg shell white head, no visible carbobation

S - an inviting typical musty ale-y aroma, with perhaps a slight honey twang to it

T - tastier than I expected, not a huge fan of cream ales, usually to watery for me, this one is similar in consistency, but it holds its flavor more than others ive had, like, from the same brewery, Abbott Ale, this one is smooth and slightly hoppy, a great flavor

M - watery as expected, but smoother

D - high, you could pound this beer very easy, in the future, this is a beer i would enjoy mroe straight outta the can

Photo of HochFliegen
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the Wexford Irish Cream Ale and was impressed with the nice thick and creamy white head ontop a pale gold body.
The smell was very simple of malt and a hint of vanilla. It wasnt a very strong aroma and it was quite hard to detect. The taste was mildy malty with a tad bitter in the end. A bit on the watery side with a low carbonation which one would expect from the nitro can. The low carbonation makes it a very smooth finishing beer that leaves a slight taste lingering on the palate.
I tasted this beer right out of the fridge after over 8hrs in and as it warmed the flavors really came out and I enjoyed it much more so than at the cooler temp. Can says serve well chilled next time id serve slightly chilled.

Photo of mclanem
4.29/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

Photo of jongillin
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this beer to be quite favorable in just about any situation. It is a smooth easy drinking beer and very welcoming to the palate.

I had this from a nitro can to a very nice Swedish glass mug.
While the style of cream ale is traditionally American and tends to be more on the honey colored lager side this has a very Irish red hue to it by comparison. Perhaps that's why it is an "Irish Cream Ale". It is pretty clear and has a nice head that laces the glass magnificently.

The smell does give off a bit of the traditional Irish ale smell a bit hoppy but not overly bitter. It's aroma is well balanced and one does not find himself over powered by any one scent. It is good to let this one breath just a little bit to bring out some more of the flavors.

The taste is also well balanced. It has some hop flavor but again nothing that is usually as strong as a traditional Irish ale and so it tends to be more on the cream ale side of things. Perhaps some traces of vanilla.

Light carbonation on this can. It's mouthfeel is actually a little on the creamy side. It goes down smooth and is very easily complimented.

Photo of OStrungT
3.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow with a thick creamy looking white head. The head fades slowly leaving thick laces.

This beer has a malty aroma. Some caramel is present. It has a slight vanila aroma also. It is just a little hard to detect any strong aroma. It is kind of boring.

This beer has a very mild malty flavor. Very slight caramel sweetness. Nothing else at all.

This beer is very creamy. It goes down smooth, leaving a very slight malty aftertaste.

Since this beer has almost no flavor or aroma, I think it would make a decent session beer. Also, with a low alcohol content, it would be easy to have a few. Not much to this beer. Better than bud though.

Photo of cameraman
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can, a deep golden color developes after the nitrogen settles, a nice thick head is there at the end. A lite citrusy scent is there at first, followed by a sweet creamy aroma at the end. The taste is what one would expect, creamy sweet taste, a touch fruitiness, followed by a hint of bitterness from the hops. In the mouth it feels slightly rich, but a little more to a watery feel, and finishes dry at the end. This is a very drinkable beer a nice taste, with an excellent finish makes this a solid beer.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml (?) nitro can purchased singly at LaBodega in Riverside, CA in March, 2006 for $1.89(?).

Pours a medium golden with a reddish tint with a nice creamy slightly off-white head. The nitro widget does its thing, making the pour very pretty, but not as pretty as a Guinness or a Tetley's.

Aroma is fairly weak- what's there is pleasant, but there's not much of it. Malt creaminess, slight vanilla.

Flavor is a nice creamy ale (as the style says), whith a slight oily hop counterbalance. Not bad, actually. Fairly simple flavor, very creamy mouthfeel, easy to drink.

Overall, if I wanted something pleasant to have without wanting to think about it, this wouldn't be a bad choice.

Photo of Enola
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a lighter colored beer. There was a creamy head as is typical with nitro beers. There was a little bit of bitterness in the smell. The taste had subtle notes of bourbon in it. I asked wcudwight his opinion and he seconded that. The mouthfeel was smooth. I could drink these again but I would not make a habit of it.

Photo of Lancer211
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass. Appearance is a deep goldenrod, almost orange even. As usual with nitro cans, head separates from the liquid immediately, with soothing waves of fine bubbles flowing upwards from the bottom. Head color is just barely off-white. Nice creamy white lacing which takes forever and a day to settle.

Smell is... a little bit of nothing, a hint of fruit but an overwhelming scent of.... old, that's the only way I can describe it.

Taste-- there's not a whole lot there, more flavor than a macro but less than many other cream ales. Malty at first, the vaguest taste of caramel and a slightly hoppy finish that increases towards the end of the beer.

I personally like the nitro mouthfeel, very smooth but not quite to the level of being flat. Beer flows down the throat very smoothly and easily. I feel like with a tad more flavor this could be a quite good beer.

Drinkability is good; could have many of these in a night.

This brew has a bit of sentimental value for me, it reminds me of sophomore year of college, but then again, I also feel like I shouldn't appreciate an English brew that claims to be Irish. All in all, a very drinkable beer, I would have it again if available, although it might not be my first choice.

Photo of Drew966
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, say what you will about nitro, it makes for a beautiful pour, truly a sight to behold. This beer poured a copper color with a creamy head from a one pint nitro can. Smell is on the malty side. The mouthfeel is luxurious as it usually is with nitro. Taste is pretty mild, malt up front fading to a little bit of a hop bite at the end (not much of one though). Very sessionable, not an outstanding beer by any means, but quite drinkable, and most definitely worth a try (unless you are a nitro hater of course, I think nitro beers have their place, much like malt liquor and Belgian ales have a place as different as they are, it just may not be the place you are at).

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.38/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

Photo of MattBrooks
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The cascade that forms when this brew is poured is excellent. It posesses a thick, heavy, cream-filled head and awesome amber-hue. The taste caught me a little off-guard though, as it was certainly more English in taste than Irish. Another look at the can revealed that this Greene King product does hail from England, although the name suggests someplace greener. All in all, a good brew; left me a little heavy at the end, though. It's a good thing this is only a 4-pack.

Photo of murphysbleachers
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draught flow can into a pint glass:
A: Draughtflow makes a nice cascading head, as expected, not quite as thick as I thought it should be, but my pour was a little weird.
S: Sweet straw and not much else.
T: A sweet creamy front gives way to a not entirely pleasant bitter finish.
M: Creamy and coats the mouth.
D: I could drink a bunch of these, wouldn't necessarily seek it out again though.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a caramel copper. Head is typical of a nitro can, medium-sized, creamy, and milky white. The retention is, of course, excellent. The aroma is of sweet English malt, a bit fruity, with a little of that "gassy" nitro aroma. Wexford's taste is more of the same, English malt, sweet and mildly fruity. A note of honey is a bit of a surprise. This is better than the few creams I've tried before and is certainly easy-drinking; but then again, this isn't that great and not worth buying again.

Photo of clippersfanbob
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber in color with a frosty white head that holds together beautifully in a thick lace, lasting until the last gulp. The soft, silky mouthfeel of this beer is the first thing you notice, followed elegantly by a subtle vanilla ice cream/irish cream flavor that lingers on the palate, finishing with an aftertaste reminiscent of a shot of Bailey's. A truly unique and delicious cream ale.

Photo of Troyone
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium/dark clear apple juice color with an amber hue, a creamy white head, and no carb action but lots of carb size bubbles around the sides of the glass.

Has a cookie caramel malt smell with a pine and citrus hops aroma.

Lightly sweet/bitter, moderately acidic, and roasted almost burnt caramel malt with a resin and grapefruit/orange hops flavor.

Light/medium bodied, creamy/watery texture, no carbonation, and a metallic.astringent finish.

The creamy/watery texture and grapefruit metallic/astringent finish would limit my session with this beer.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was really excited about this brew. Damn. Oh well, I guess my expectations were too high. Poured out to a nice orange color with a constant 1/8 inch creamy head. Nice so far. Low overall carbonation. Not much aroma, if any. Some buttery and creamy odors, but not much. Taste was a bit too rigid for what I would call a good cream ale. Flavors of caramel, nuts, and some malt. Little hops. Very smooth mouthfeel, but that is expected when discussing this style. I guess this is an average brew at best, but some thicker mouthfeel and flavor would really improve this brew. Worth a try.

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Wexford Irish Cream Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.