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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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565 Ratings

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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 18
Gots: 30 | 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 mynie
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
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.


Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
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
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
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
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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
3.89/5  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.

Wexford Irish Cream Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.