Wexford Irish Cream Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Wexford Irish Cream AleWexford Irish Cream Ale

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77
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547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a thick cream that rises to the top in layers much line a Guiness does. There is a super thick creamy white head on top of the beer that is about 3/8" thick and looks like it is there to stay.

Aroma: Floral hops and some honey sweet malt come out to greet you at first pour. The aroma is so clean, that as it warms I believe that I am starting to get a bit of oxidation.

Taste: Very light bodied, so it is a little deceiving after seeing the staying power in the head. There is a buttery malt flavor that is the first thing that I noticed. There is also some floral flavors coming from the hops, but they play a much smaller role in the flavor as compared to the aroma. The finish somehow ends up being slightly balanced toward a reserved candy-like sweetness.

Opinion: Well, this is one of those beers that you just have an opinion on. As far as delivery, cleanlines, and balance...I would say that it is a decent cream ale. This is a British version, so you can't open this beer expecting to drink a Genessee. The British malts add a distinctive caramel/butter presence that is typical of British styles. It is not my personal favorite beer, but I don't drink too many of the British styles of beer. It's worth a try just to see if it agrees with your palate.

Photo of KoG
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cascading nitro effect in an amber body. Good retention and lacing.

Smell is grainy with a slight musty odor. No real hop presence.

Taste is light but malty with little bitterness until the end. Finishes a bit metallic when warming, but still not over the top.

Goes down silky smooth but almost too flat and thin. A drinkable brew, but not the best out there.

Photo of ryantupy
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish-amber hue. Pours as creamy and smooth as Jessica Simpons thighs. Lightly toasted malt aromas with delicate hop accents. Follows through on a medium-bodied palate with soft malty flavors to the fore and a hint of hop bitters on the finish. Highly drinkable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Any beer that you put on nitro is instantly a good beer.

Looks like yellows, coppers, and bronzes to the eye. Thick, dense, snow white head pours to 1/2" and stubbornly persists. Laces very well. High viscocity to sight.

Smells lightly malty, no hops, mildly sweet and eathy. Vaguely vegetable like, maybe corn sugars.

Tastes mildly malty and complex at the nose and gains complexity in malts through the body. Mouthfeel is medium, yet very creamy and smooth.

Finishes also smooth and mildly malty. Remains creamy and soothing to the palate.

Impression: Flavors are fair for style. Mouthfeel is worth shelling out the bucks for a nitro beer. Not a bold beer, so enjoy it early in your session.

Photo of hero27
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Beautiful cascading head, typical of all nitro cans...but I never get sick of it. Effect lasts for a minute or two, then settles into a modest, creamy head so dense that you could cut it with a knife. Leaves a nice lacing as well..

Smell: I failed to find something that stood out about the smell..very subtle roasted malty aroma.

Taste: Somewhat blandland taste and smell, overall. I'm not a big fan of the nitro pub ales..they all seem pretty tasteless to me.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fairly refreshing, actually. Extremely creamy and slides down the hatch pretty well.

Drinkability: $8.99 for a 4-pack of cans..you're kidding me, right? Not worth it for that price..glad I got to sample a can for free. Very similar to Boddington's, but a touch better, in my opinion.

Photo of bovrilburger
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A lovely theatrical pour, very much like Guinness with the bubbles running down the side of the glass in waves. Settled with a solid thick white head the consistency of whipped cream. I was impressed with the rich amber colour, but the smell was very plain. Couldn't really get a whiff of anything off this beer.

The mouthfeel is gorgeous, very creamy and goes down an absolute treat. Not a bitter note anywhere here - its smooth and buttery, deliciously malty. Leaves your mouth with a pleasant tingly aftertaste. The flavour of the beer isn't strong or overpowering, just nicely subtle and smooth. Good to sit down and relax with, not challenging at all.

Overall very nice, I'd drink it again.

Edit: The more I drain my glass, the more I can taste a faint touch of honey. Its there in the smell as well, however faint.

Photo of unklesyd
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured about the way I'd expect for a widget can: great magical-Guinness settling effect. Really a great looking beer after that: looks the way you would expect a "cream ale" to look.
Not a lot of scent coming off this one despite the sizable and friendly head, but also not offending.
Taste was representative blend of a smooth, low-hop, malt beer, and it went in and down wonderfully.
After drinking this one down to the end, I began to feel logey, if not bloato-full, so knocks on drinkability.
Overall a nice brew.

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

Pours like pretty much anything else out of a nitro can. Dark golden with a nice head.

Smells...like fucki malt and nuts, but they are almost completely overpowered by nitrogen fizz.

Thankfully, more taste comes through. Nutty upfront, moving into fruity esters, leaving a nutty aftertaste of nitrogen.

This would probably be great if it were just in a normal can. As it stands it is merely pretty good.

Photo of edchef1850
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is e beer i drink quite a bit of at my local bar. It pours a clear amber, after the nitro action calms down, with a nice creamy head. Low in carbonation, it needs to be cold, its incredibly drinkable, very smooth and creamy.It lacks much complexity, slight fruits in the nose for me, but nothing amazing. I enjoy this beer when im just sitting at the bar shooting the breeze, a quality standby

Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro can, widget and all, a hard pour elicits the expected creamy head and descending bubbles. This one pours hazy light amber with tons of tiny bubbles along the sides of the glass. Head is creamy off white and leaves oodles of frothy lacing. Nose is nutty, and malty. This is a light bodied ale, watery in the center. Lightly malty, hints of maple sugar on the lips. Goes down smooth and easy, fine light sessioner.

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

Not a bad Irish Cream Ale, not bad at all.

Poured a clear and attractive deep copper with a creamy white nitro head. Nose was nice, quite malty and with hints of fruit and spice. Taste was clean but very smooth and creamy, middle note of fruit and malt, aftertaste a bit on the dry side. The nitro can works well for this brew, the head definatly adds something.

I could put away a good number of these I think, it strikes a nice balance of creaminess and lightness, good for year round consumption.

Slàinte!

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro can. A swirling light murky dirt brown, turns into a hazy opaque orange with a full one inch cap sized white head. Hops and caramelized sugar grace the nose. Up front, a thin, yet satisfied palate – the nitro takes full affect via the decent malt flavorings, fresh fruit and some nutty offerings in the body. Pretty well balanced. Creamy and slick hops make this one well rounded; all in all a decent cream ale.

Photo of halo21
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro can opens up very carbonated. Had a 4 pack and all four 'exploded' even with some of them sitting s few days upright and chilled. It was odd...

Looked a pale golden yellow with a very white head. Head lasted the whole way to the bottem of the glass.

Smell VERY solfty - still cant distinguish what it is of though.

Tastes light and bubbly with a buttery and creamy aftertaste.

Feels smooth going down and defitnatly something I could drink many of in a row....In fact I have been.

Photo of allengarvin
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Say what you will about nitro beers: regardless, they pour out exceptionally beautifully. After a minute of settling, there's a still a luscious, thick white head nearly an inch deep. Rest of the beer is a dark, clear gold color.

Aroma: Sweet, apple-juice aroma.

Flavor: Light caramel flavor, subdued hops, and a lot of fruitiness make for a fairly simple but reasonably tasty combination. Touch of buttery diacetyl at the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, nitro feel, a little powdery in texture. I admit I dislike the sensation.

Photo of Brent
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint nitro-widget can. Poured a butterscotch gold, with one of the nicest reverse cascades I've seen from one of these cans. Aroma was sugary. Flavors were all of a sweet variety, without the beer being overly sweet itself- caramel, brown or raw cane sugar, toasted oatmeal. Watery in the moutfeel, but this is always the case with a nitro can pour. Overall, the beer seemed too processed.

Photo of Thrasher
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ripe copper-gold with thin, sticky head from nitro. Aroma of oaky chardonnay which is carried over into the flavor to marry with sweet malts and an ale fruitiness. There is a slight sharpness and sourness to the hops which is typical of many European brews. The beer is pleasantly buttery, and relatively full-flavored for a nitrogen can, but doesn't do much to excite the palate, or other senses for that matter. Perhaps it can be best appreciated as an exercise in restraint. Prolonged exposure to this beer will add to its appeal (i.e. the more you drink, the better it tastes). It may serve well as an accompaniment to a meal of hearty but bland lamb stew, or possibly a very mild cheese, or perhaps it may be best suited to soothe the stomach after a round of Jameson. Another decent nitro offering that again raises the question of when and where can I find my beloved Mansfield Ale?

Photo of SheepNutz
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro can poured into a snifter. It pours a medium copper color with just a little bit of head. There is a touch of lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet and malty, a little light. Some caramel aromas. The tsate is malty as well, but has a bit of fruitiness to it. There's a little bit of hops, but nothing really exciting going on. The mouthfeel is decent for a nitro beer, and the drinkability is fairly good too. Just needs a little bit more in the taste department.

Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don’t like widgets, but this brew (widget and all) was better than most. I probably served it warmer than I should have, since there was an explosive discharge on popping the can. The beer is a beautiful dark amber color with the usual nitrogen-corrupted thick foam. It’s got a mild, subdued aroma, that’s composed of a bit of malt and fleeting hop smells. The taste is creamy, buttery, sweet, and full of caramel flavors. Nicely balanced with a hop finish. It’s surprisingly good, given the disappointing aroma. It’s smooth and seems a little thicker than other nitro-brews. I enjoyed this one in spite of myself.

Photo of RedDiamond
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Photo of oelergud
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful light copper body, no carbonation but good retention and lace. Finely bubbled light tan head.
Smell is musty and molded hayloft with an almost undetectable citric scent to it
Taste is subdued, not much to come after there. some weak hoppyness and faint malts. Little after taste.
Very creamy mouthfeel as is typical with nitro brews, not much coating for a cream ale..
Drinkability is so so, this was an uneventful but ok experience.

-Oelergud

Photo of yen157
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro pint, light copper body with a cream colored nitro head. Light caramel in the nose, a tiny bit bready, some butter, and a hint of tinny hops. Caramel is much more subdued on the palate than it is in the nose. Bread is more prominent here as are the hops which provide surprising flavor and bitterness. Hops are a little bit metallic, but bitterness is firm. Fruity malt (yeast?) aftertaste isn't really scrubbed away because the carbonation is so low (damn nitro). All in all, a nice change of pace kind of beer.

Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This had a great cascading action, yielding a big, white head. Once the beer settled down, it was a light amber color with a sweet maltiness on the nose. It had a light mouthfeel, very creamy on the tongue, with a mild honey taste at the finish. It also left behind some great, clinging Belgian lace.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Polished orange-bronze that cleared much faster than other nitro beers. The cascading effect was minimal and the light tan head was never thicker than a half finger. I heard the usual loud nitro 'pffft', so I'm not sure what happened. I'm not at all impressed with the nose. It's not very strong to begin with and it smells of fermented grain flecked with moldering hop leaves.

The flavor is a little better, but not by much. The beer tastes like toasted grain and earthy, slightly spicy hops. The finish comes close to ruining everything. It's mineral-like, dry, bitter and watery. With each mouthful, the first signal from taste buds to brain is 'not bad', but things degrade very quickly thereafter. Given the fact that this is a cream ale from a nitro can, I was expecting some actual creaminess. Not to be. The body/mouthfeel is thin and harsh and is as far from creamy as it's possible to be.

For some reason, I expected good things from Wexford Irish Cream Ale, but it had other ideas. The simple, unvarnished truth is that it just isn't very good beer.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a whipped cream-like head, with a pretty standard nitro cascade. Smells only lightly of malt and hops, but this beer is still pretty good. The flavors are very subtle, but the creamy body makes this beer what it is. Tastes a lot like a nitro hen's tooth, not very flavorful, but still good.

Photo of palma
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pale gold body with a very nice creamy head. Malty aroma with little hoppiness. Taste is very sweet and malty with a strong artificial licorice flavor which I did not really care for. Great smooth and creamy mouthfeel but the flavor really ruins this brew. I got sick of the taste pretty quickly. Probably won’t drink this one again.

Wexford Irish Cream Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.