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Wexford Irish Cream Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Wexford Irish Cream AleWexford Irish Cream Ale

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555 Ratings

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 16
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of Suds
3.89/5  rDev +16.1%
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
4.01/5  rDev +19.7%
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
2.84/5  rDev -15.2%
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.


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
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
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
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
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
2.84/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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

Very nice light pale color with a nice thick creamy head and a fair amount of lacing (about 0.5 in thick). It has a nice hoppy sweet aroma with hints of fruitiness. The taste is lightly malty. has a nice light sweetness to it along with a nice subtle hop finish. Overall a nice beer for sipping while sitting in the sun.

Photo of watermelonman
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This arrived at my table a little murky with a somewhat dark yellow and copper color. Not the most attractive color, but the head was good; it lasted throughout the pint and left a speckled lace all down the glass.

The smell and taste were better, being slightly sweet with an ever so subtle hop touch at the end.

Not bad by any means, but being a little bit "more" of everything would have made it much better.

Photo of edchicma
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper with a creamy head. No lacing was evident. Smell was non-distinct. Flavor was lightly malty with no distinct qualities on the start or the finish. Mouthfeel was light and smooth, and as with the taste, non-distinct. Easy enough to drink, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of rastaman
1.24/5  rDev -63%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had it superwarm out of a can. Crappy creamy shaving foam head, i'm sick of these nitro beer appearances. smooth and creamy, cat-pissy mouthfeel. Really bland and sweet aswell. Typical nitro crap. Bland, but perhaps it didn't help that it was a little warm, still, its obviously crap.

Photo of bditty187
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear honey-coppery hue with indefinite bronze influences too. Nitrogen induced creamy off-white head. Yes, the cascading affect is pleasant to look at but the “widget” is such an annoying gimmick. Anyway, the head settled at two fingers in height, very sturdy, the retention was fantastic. The subsequent lacing looked liked tattered wallpaper. The nose is uneventful, largely clean; maybe the massive head is filtering the aromas! Or not. There is some sweetness, some buttery hints, and a faint mineral/metal twang at the back. The potency is very poor and there fails to be a request to quaff. The palate is bearable, it is creamy and sweet with a little maltiness in the middle, and buttery after that, in the finish an indistinguishable trace of hops might have “blipped the radar,” maybe not. The aftertaste is mineraly and a tad muddled. I am not that well versed in Cream Ales, at this point I have had two: Genesee Cream Ale and Little Kings Cream Ale. That’s it, that’s the list. Wexford is better but the competition is not much. As a whole, the palate is simplistic (that is polite for boring). The mouthfeel is medium in body, nicely creamy, but it does fall apart at the end, a touch watery too. Typical it would seem for a nitro-can. I can’t see myself buying this one again; it is not awful or anything. It is just pointless. I picked up a nitro-can on a whim in Iowa City; it was a dollar at a grocery store. Not worth buying, if you ask me.

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

The color was dark gold with a creamy white head. The aroma was on the mild side. The taste was mellow and a little citrusy. The Irish malt was not too prominent. Overall it was a smooth beer with not much carbonation and it was not very bitter or sweet. The finish was slightly dry. I didn't find much to recommend it except it probably wouldn't be too bad with a heavy meal.

Photo of JackTheRipper
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one on a whim today.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color. Head is big and sticky, it lasted until I took the last sip of this beer and then called me a punk. I haven't seen a head like that since my last oatmeal stout.

Smell: Smooth malty smell, a little on the thin side, nose-wise.

Taste: Creamy and smooth. Hops are almost absent in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Again, smooth, creamy, and slick. I asked one of the more experienced patrons if these types of beers should be so (to me, at least) flat. Apparently that's how this beer is meant to be, so good on ya, mate.

Drinkability: Goes down surprisingly easy. Not something I'd necessarily buy a sixer of, but a pretty nice offering, nonetheless.

Photo of WesWes
4.06/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Photo of Ilacquin
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer looked great, right from the start. Nice nitro cascade as it was poured, resulting in a 2 finger thick creamy head that left a heavy lace from start to finish. Color was an inviting gold/amber. Aroma was a bit light, very malty and sweet w/ very little hop character being evident.

This was my first try of a cream ale, and as I usually stick to stouts and porters, I was very skeptical that I would enjoy this beer at all.

Taste could only be described as "sweet" and "smooth". Very little bitterness or after-bite at all. Sweetness can become a little cloying after the first glass, but goes great w/ spicy food.

Could use a bit more hopp to balance the sweet and it's a bit thin on the mouthfeel, otherwise it would make a decent session beer. Overall I was pleasantly surprised, it now holds a spot as one of my favorite "light" beers.

BTW- these nitro cans tend to spew when opened

Photo of merlin48
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint nitro can with widget. Pours a clear golden amber with a big frothy off-white head that lasts several minutes. Foamy lacing all over the pint glass. Floral hops jump out from the nose(a major surprise) before some caramel melds in. I don't really care for the mouthfeel. It's really smooth, but seems watered down, and all the carbonation must have gone to the head. Taste is medium malty, well hopped, and smooth and creamy. Not much else. It has a malty finish that is mostly smooth, with a touch of bitterness. Light enough to drink more than one, but not complex enough to want to.

Photo of tfinn
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy pour slowly rises to reveal an amber colored ambrosia with a fine-bubbled cream head.

smells faintly of malt, with a slight tang.

it's not fancy. it starts smooth, rolls around the mouth smooth, goes down smooth, fades away smoooth. it's creamy and a little malty; not a trace of hops to be had. a definite no-brainer one-trick pony flavorwise. you won't be thrown into a philosophical tizzy unwinding the complex interaction between complex isomers with this one. it's just... smooth.

draining the glass yields fine clinging bubbles; common with the brews found in widget-equipped cans, I suppose.

this is pure nectar to my tastebuds. epitome of a session beer. I could easily drink this until I fell asleep in a puddle of my own drool with a hand clasped around the pint that finally did me in. (if only I could get Kilkenny in the US I could hold my own personal taste-off.)

Photo of goindownsouth
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An interesting Irish ale. The bier poured out a wonderful golden color, and the density of the ale was forever omnipresent. The head, typical with a nitro can, lingered for a good long while. The aroma was sharp, almost cleansing the palate with every whiff. Interesting. The flavor is similar, leaving little if any aftertaste. The flavor almost seems to cut itself off at some point, leaving me wanting more complexity or something along those lines. Still, well worth the try.

Zum wohl!

Photo of SetarconeX
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Never quite come across something quite like this, and it gets points for that. Visually, it's almost a piece of art. Nitro widgets really are fun sometimes. And it IS quite creamy. I wish all beers felt like this going down. Shockingly smooth.

The taste, however? Not bad. Not great, but not bad. Kinda malty, not too hoppy, exceedingly creamy, however. A decent ale, I suppose. Better on the visuals than the actual taste. Might make a decent brew at a holiday party.

Photo of BitteBier
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An unappealing milky brown color quickly gives way to a brilliant copper hue that is topped off with a finger's worth of light beige foam that endures long but laces little. Smell is terribly weak with mere hints of crisp grains and creamy sweetness. This is a cream ale to be sure with a taste and texture that invokes dairy as much as it invokes beer. Grains and a bit of malty sweetness combine for a taste that is unsophisticated but, probably for the best, is largely overshadowed by the striking creaminess. Its smoothness is its greatest virtue, but I would happily trade it for some character.

Photo of clvand0
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very light amber color with a thick white (creamy) head that sticks around for a little while. Looks slightly watered down, but has a good head. The aroma is very weak, but a little metallic aroma is present and it is a little bready. This was surprisingly smooth to drink, but it didn't have a lot of character. It is a little bready just like the aroma but a little sweetness comes through after a little while. Slight metallic taste. Nothing too wonderful here, but it is pretty smooth.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Most didn't seem to be very impressed with this beer, but I really thought it was quite good. Just as the name says, it is indeed quite creamy. The smell seemed "light" but pleasant, and the taste, although indeed creamy, was mild and not at all strong. In fact, unlike most "widget can" beers from the UK, this one seemed almost thirst quenching. A really easy beer drink, Wexford is nice and smooth.

Photo of scottum
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber with a slim nitro head. Another brew that would be nothing without the nitro. Smooth mouthfeel is nice, but for a nitro brew this mouthfeel is subpar. Sweet malts and weak hops don't help the brew too much. I will not recomend this beer. There are many better brews out there. Although, anytime you pickup 64oz of beer for $3 in Boston, you feel good about it.

Wexford Irish Cream Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.