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Wexford Irish Cream Ale | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 01-24-2002

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Photo of mjurney
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-golden color, clear. Carbonation sticks on my glass. Very creamy head.

Malty, honey and pear.

Light creamy malt along with bitterness at the end. Light, yet creamy malt character, sweet toffee, a little honey. I'm getting lots of fruity character, mostly pear.

Silky, yet light and watery.

Fruity, slight bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: nitro-tap at Todd English Pub, Las Vegas, NV

I liked this fairly well. Thanks to the nitro, the pour and the mouthfeel was almost stout-like, though in reality much lighter. Bronzed amber in color, cascading nitro/carbonation, with a finger of creamy white head, when all settled. Sweet malts in the nose, caramel, popcorn. Taste of toasted grains, corn, sweet malts, light notes of peach and apple skin giving a bitter quality, with a definite earthy hoppiness mid- to end-palate. Medium mouthfeel, "thickness" from the nitro is an illusion, but still works. Overall a nice, drinkable beer.

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Photo of aasher
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a very murky honey cream gold in color that eventually settles down to a very clear and rich gold in color. The aromas consist of a good amount of malt and and toffee sweetness. It's pretty appealing. The flavors are very watery. You get a moderate amount of sweet, toffee esque malt with an ever so light bitter finish. The watery aspect, nitro can or not, really takes away from the potential flavor. It needs to be fuller in body and perhaps a bit richer. It's very, very light in body and the nitro can actually takes away from the beer. It started off pretty well, then quickly went downhill. I can see how drinking it would be easy though.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper orange with a nice thick creamy head. Big billowy movement as you dump the can. Some decent thick lacing.

Big caramel and mineral aromas. That is really it.

Buttery caramel up front, but the bitterness kicks in in a big way to help squash the caramel-corn element. Some mineral elements as well. The extra carbonation makes this much more drinkable than it should be. palate clears with lightly malty caramel and some light bitterness.

Carbonated but a little body. It works.

Overall, not too shabby. Flawed like the dickens, but that is ok -- this isn't perfect brew. A bit too sweet and caramel covered for a traditional bitter. If you can see past that point, you'll be ok with this one.

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Photo of ColTrain79
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass (nothing else)

1st review

A: The widget inside the can gives a good pour and leaves a one finger head. Bronze color.

B: Not a whole lot of aromatics, malty, and not real hoppy either. But pleasant.

T: very creamy, the beer mixed well with the head, some alcohol, but I enjoyed it.

M: Mixed feelings. it was very creamy which I enjoy greatly, may have have been creamier without nitrogen (some say No2 makes for more watery beer)

Overall: i enjoyed it and would recommend it to most people. Not a bad taste, great mouth feel, i would purchase again.

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Photo of redfire89
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- It pours a milk chocolate color, then it has the cascade effect where it turns to a deep brown color.
S- Kinda hoppy not much aroma
T- Toasted malts,a little bread flavor
M- Really creamy, has a slight bitter finish to it.
O- It's not bad but I think that there are better nitro beers out there.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14.9oz can poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance - Bronze, clear body. Very creamy tight white head.

Smell - Maltiness. No hop presence. Dark fruit.

Taste - Milky cream. Slight alcohol. Very subdued.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth. Creamy and silky. Little to no astringency.

Overall Drinkability - First of the style I've had, I believe, so I'm rating as a beer (or at least to analogues) rather than in the specific style. Very creamy, smooth with no bite or sharpness. Makes a great desert beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from a nitro can my wife shared with me -poured chilled into a DFH shaped glass.

The color is deep amber with thick cream and lace sticks very well from the nitro creaminess. The clarity is lightly hazed and there are light brown accents. The smell has a gentle ripe banana and slight 'fruity' note in general, possibly yeast or hops, it is mild and fragrant. The feel is creamy and fruity with slight bitterness and semi-dry finish with moderate carbonation.

I like the flavor, it has some mild malt and light bitterness from the hops, but the main flavor influence is the yeast which gives a slight fruitiness and hint of caramel. The overall drinkability is good as this is a decent brew, but pretty average for the style

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Photo of jayhawk73
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a bronze color w/ a one finger off white head. No noticeable carbonation, but amazing lacing. Nothing else really going on here.

S- Grain, malt, some hops. Somewhat bitter smell. Not very complex nose on this beer.

T- Fairly bitter, w/ hops and malt. Not impressed.

M- For a creme ale, this beer isn't creamy. It's thin, and and very one dimensional. It coats your throat w/ bitter grain, which lingers forever.

O- Can't recommend this beer. It just doesn't seem to do much well.

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Photo of tdm168
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a 1/4" of thick foamy head that lingers. Smells of sweet malt, mainly caramel. Taste is malty, creamy, and sweet. Mouthfeel is light bodied and mellow, very smooth.

Overall I'm not impressed. I'm always happy to try a new beer especially one considered a "classic" but I don't think I'll have this again.

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Photo of tieffenbrucker
5/5  rDev +48.8%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.54/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

2001 a beer odyssey. Another nitro can. This stuff was left in my house by a family member and I quickly realized that I had never reviewed it. Poured into a Guinness imperial pint glass.

Beer is amber and clear with an exterior cascading head of nitrogen bubbles that forms a soft head of tiny bubble, with ultimately moderate to low aeration and minimal lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

Aroma is sweet and grainy, kind of harsh, off putting.

Body is creamy and full, oddly bitter, grainy and harsh, some sweetness on the front, overall weak and nasty. People drink this beer? I don't like it at all.

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Photo of atr2605
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light amber/copper color with a dense creamy head
S- smells of butternut toffee
T-rich buttery flavor, with a hint of the nuttiness on the finish
M-medium-full bodied. right on par for a cream ale
O-pretty good. I have only had a few cream ales and I do enjoy the style. It's subtle, very creamy, and looks delicious. Enjoyable brew

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Photo of BelgiumBill
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Paid $2.49 for a single can at Total Wine.

I'm sorry, did open a beer or a cream soda?

i poured it into a Guinness pint glass which gave a 1 inch creamy head and gave way quickly. It was the exact color of a cream soda.

The smell was of sweet malts, not strong, not complex.

The flavors were weak, malty, sweetish, vanilla. Again, like a cream soda.

The mouthfeel was good but average for a nitro.

It was drinkable but overall I thought it was weak and watery. In fact, it seemed like the result of mixing 2 parts water to one part Guinness and at $2.49 a can hardly a value item


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Photo of Knapp85
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was pretty cool, I loved the fact that it was in the nitro can similar to a Guinness. The pours was awesome on this brew. It was just like watching the pour of any other nitro brew but it's always amazes me. The color of beer is a light copper color with a very creamy white head. The lacing sticks nicely to the glass. The smell of the beer is a bit subtle, some sweet malts on the nose and a few other fresh grains. The taste is a bit weak but gives off a good creamy mouthfeel. Overall this beer it worth trying I think. I'm glad I did for sure.

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Photo of alankwak
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper/Red and clear. Super head retention and lacing.

S: Not much going on here. Malty hint of beer.

T: Wonderful flavor of 2 row malt barley with a hint of fruit flavors. Low hop bitterness.

M: Full mouthfeel. Smooth too.

O: Although a nice beer I found this Ale to be empty on flavor but full on mouthfeel and appearance. Too little hop flavor/involvement. Intriguing was the fruit notes.

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Photo of Illtryit
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

14.9 oz nitro can into 16 ounce mug.

Pours a clear copper brew with that nitro can super head which settles into a 1/2 inch ivory head. Several drinks in and the head is still there. There is more going on here than lacing...more like a foam coating on the sides of my mug.

Not suprisingly, a sweet cream aroma burst through.

Taste like sweet cream and vanilla. Mild and mellow flavors.

The best part of this beer is the feel. The head is so creamy and smooth, you could decorate a cake with it. Smooth, mellow, silky, creamy.

I'm impressed with this beer. Great dessert beer!

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Photo of brentk56
2.44/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: All of the carbonation must have been used up when I opened the can as, within just a few minutes, the beer was pouring like apple juice

Smell: Buttery nose with a hint of caramel and bread

Taste: Fairly simple flavor profile, with grainy bread, a bit of butterscotch and a mineral character that dominates

Mouthfeel: Medium body but very flabby

Overall: I am afraid this one was a disappointment all around

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown amber and creates a perpetual white creamy head and lacing. Not bad looking and looks rather nice.

Smell: Yeasty malts and toffee but not much besides that.

Taste: Same as the smell but with slight hops to the taste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with no carbonation. Left a white mustache on my lips.

Overall: Not a bad beer and not very complex either. I can certainly drink this but I don't see myself buying any in the near future.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is a nice amber color with a big white head on it that lasts throughout the duration of the pour.

S: Smells pretty nice. Toffee and bready malts with a slight hop aroma. Mild floral aromas from the hops and a bit of a honey type smell to it. Fairly sweet all around.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor isn't quite as good. Much more bitter than anticipated with a lot of it seeming to come from malt, perhaps it's astringency, then. Lightly biscuity and bready giving the sweetness.

M: Medium in body with the smooth carbonation given by the nitrogen.

O: Smells nice but the flavor was pretty disappointing. Don't know if I'd be interested in having this again.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nitro can gives a big foamy glass that gives a cascade of falling bubbles. Beer settles down to a tight creamy head and a deep amber glass with good clarity.

Smell: Lots of butter and apples, a bit of a yeasty note as well.

Taste: Sounds funny, but tastes like an English Bitter. Reminds me of many of the ales I tasted in London. Mild overall with some apple juice and yeast flavor. Only a hint of hop leaf in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, yet lively in the mouth, finishes off dry.

Overall: A nice beer. Not going to get me out of bed in the morning, but much better than many other 5% beers out there.

Thanks to IlludiumQ36 for the sample!

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - For a beer sporting the widget I have to say I'm not all that impressed with the waterfall. That being said the copper body topped by a nice foam of pale tan head is a nice sight.

S - Mildly sweet roasted caramel and whiskey aroma.

T - It defiitely has that bitter Irish whiskey flavor down. While I'm not a big fan of the style I must admit this is what I would imagine it should taste like.

M - Smooth and creamy. Soft and silky.

~ If your a fan of the style you'll likely enjoy this brew. The nitrogen infusion really makes for a smooth texture and soft finish. In my opinion I don't think this to be an all that drinkable brew.

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Photo of JohnnyS17
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I watched the bartender pour the beer completely wrong, but oh well. The first thing you notice is the nice, foamy, creamy head that retains itself through the entire drink. The lacing is impressive as it coats the entire glass. The of the ale is a dark copper, initially cloudy, but then relatively clear.

The scent is weak, probably because it is masked by the thick head. There is a slight sweetness with a malty background. The taste is different, a burnt malt taste with a bitter finish. It is completely smooth with a medium to heavy body.

Overall, it was a decent beer. Something that would go well with a heavy dinner, but I wouldn't drink it outside of that.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-can into pint glass
A - Clear copper red, with the nitro can appropriate creamy off-white head, inviting appearance 4
S - A malty sweetness/toffee, with butter and a slight floral hop scent 3
T - Toasted malts & grains throughout, very smooth from the nitro carbonation as well as a good balance, caramel notes, a mild but poorly executed hop bitterness 3.5
M - Medium body with a light foot print, or could I better say creamy structure with a light thin mouth feel 3
O - A brew that I am glad I tried, and may try again if I see it on tap in a pub but won't seek it out again in a nitro-can. 3.5

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Photo of damndirtyape
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip stout glass. While there were date and time stamps on the bottom of the can, what it meant wasn't obvious to me.

Appearance: Pours that wonderful to watch nitro-can effect - the foam cascading down the glass slowly clearing up to show a clear dark copper (with shades of red) beer with a very persistent and densely thick light tan head, about 1/2" thick. Big sheets of lacing noted. Outstanding looking beer.

Smell: Weak tea and something metallic. There is a hint of something sweet in there (the malt) but it's not...well...appealing.

Taste: When cold this is really not great at all - kind of like drinking water that has rust in it - the metallic comes out that strong. But this is an English ale of a supposed Irish style, so it needs to warm up. Once warmed up it's better but still not great. The malt comes out more up front, with some toasted malt flavor in there briefly, moving quickly into a classic English bitter finish. The metallic flavor gets muted as the beer warms up but it's still there in the background. Meh...I've had better English bitters.

Mouthfeel: Quite creamy and smooth with very mild carbonation (or nitrogen release - not sure here) on the tongue. But after the initial creamy and smooth sensation it gets a little watery in the back of the throat.

Drinkability / Overall: High marks for appearance but what lies under the appearance is not great. Maybe there is reason this recipe from 1810 was left in 1810. It didn't quite work well with the meal I had (porkchops and snap-peas) but maybe with the right meal it would work. No, one is enough - I can't see having more. Neat to try for the appearance and the fun of a nitro-can, but that's it.

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Wexford Irish Cream Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.