Wexford Irish Cream Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery
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3.18/5 rDev -5.4%
Appearance: Roils spectacularly when poured, the cream-colored head develops fairly slowly in the maelstrom of carbonation. Once the beer has settled, the head is about a quarter of an inch thick, but very dense and creamy; the beer itself is a clear medium amber color with modest carbonation.
Aroma: Caramel malt notes and a distinct butter note predominate along with some mild hops.
Taste: Begins with toasted malt and caramel, followed by a harsh and metallic bitterness. Towards the end of the taste there is an odd juxtaposition of berry fruit and vanilla notes. The finish is dry and slightly bitter.
Mouth feel: Extraordinarily smooth and creamy.
Drinkability: The nitro widget tries to raise the bar for this rather mediocre beer, with only limited success. The nitro device is better applied in Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout or Young's Oatmeal Stout.
04-11-2003 21:26:17 | More by Pegasus
3.25/5 rDev -3.3%
Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a day in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.
As expected, a dense, white nitro head leaves a thin film of lacing that covers the glass. A milky-gold cascade gives up a pretty, deep amber-colored beer.
The smell is British-malty, sweetish, somewhat metallic. Bananas in the front; sweetish maltiness with British butterscotch in the middle; a somewhat original bitter finish. As it warms, the metallic taste goes away, replaced by slight graininess. The feel is thick, nitro creaminess.
Overall, this is a fairly weak, uninteresting beer. It's drinkable, but really -- why?
03-28-2003 13:36:43 | More by kbub6f
3.35/5 rDev -0.3%
This nitro-can ("serve well-chilled" preaches the label) pours out a caramely/ amber, nearly opaque, and clear at the bottom, with a milky white head. Aromas are slightly sharp and almost sour, and take some getting used to, but before long they begin to sort themselves in the senses. Some fruit--bananas?!?!?!citrus, littles whiffs of vanilla, and so far our lead flavor sensation is that of Banana Cream Pie!
The head is like a thick shroud that one needs to swim through to get to the actual beer, this goofy, custardy flavor, and then, once traversed, you are left with the actual beer, then it vanishes, the cream, in a swift, and easily forgettable finish.
Flavor is nutty, and very smoooth, and perfectly balanced. Malt is strongly felt, and hops definitely take a backseat, if they are along for this ride at all.
Now I get it, at long last. The beer is a traditional malty, non-hoppy Irish Red Ale, and it's fortified by this creamy head. So there ya go! The flavor comes in waves here...cream, nuts, malt. Easily downable this one, but unlikely to hold my particular interest for long. Then again, are they brewing it for my particular interest in the least? Hell, no!
A nice session ale, pass the darts, and what did you say about me sainted mother?!?!?!?
03-27-2003 00:02:57 | More by feloniousmonk
2.4/5 rDev -28.6%
This nitro beer poured wonderfully. It had a beuatiful cascade and a nice colour to it. The head was very ample but the smell was sickly sweet and not very good. Perhaps this is a stale can???I do not know because there was no date code listed. This tasted tooooo sweet. I could barely taste any hops...all I tasted was sweet cream and nastiness. One of the worst beers that I have sampled recently. I'm pretty sure I got a bad can, cuz I have heard good things about this beer. The mouthfeel was good, but the drinkability hass to be chopped down due to the smell and the taste of this beer.
Not my favorite!
03-21-2003 07:50:30 | More by francisweizen
3.18/5 rDev -5.4%
Package: 1 pint “nitro-widget” can. No decipherable date information, but can is stamped on the bottom with some sort of batch/date code.
Cost: $5.99 a 4-pack at Bottle King ($1 more than all the other pub draught 4-packs)
Presentation: Imperial Pint glass at 50º
Appearance: Beautiful “widget-can” pour. Super-tight, voluminous, bone-white head with furious cascading under it for at least a minute. Body resolved to a crystal-clear red-gold color with a firm 1½” replenishing cushion. Filled the pint glass to perfection like it was auditioning for a commercial (or like Lana Turner filled a sweater), this is what a beer should look like when poured.
Smell: Almost non-existent aroma, with perhaps a whiff of doughy bread and malt sweetness.
Taste: Very pleasant taste upfront, helped by the creamy nitro-boosted texture and soft, sweet graininess. The hops seem an afterthought, but are faintly present. This is a true cream ale, with little pretense of palate-busting hoppiness or complexity. All of the flavor is at the beginning, with little body to carry it through the middle to the watery finish.
Mouthfeel:. Very luxurious and mouthfilling at first-quaff, but flavors are very evanescent, fading quickly. Body becomes a bit watery and thin however. After furious cascading effect, carbonation settles down to a fine, subtle sparkling sensation, reminiscent of an English casked ale.
Drinkability: This beer is eminently poundable, and worth recommending to a neophyte looking to step up to something better than the typical macro. Slightly higher ABV than some Irish cream ales is not apparent.
Pretty representative of what a cream ale should be. By no means something worth killing yourself to find, this is an unchallenging beer that might be perfect for that hot summer day or that inveterate macro-drinking friend. An imported Genny Cream!
Bottom Line: Might not be worth a premium, unless your enamored with the “widget can,” but an easy-drinking, beautiful-looking beer.
03-10-2003 13:38:18 | More by Dantes
3.25/5 rDev -3.3%
looks good and it's easy to drink, but that's about all this brew has going for it. i hadn't had a wexford in a while but remembered it having much more flavour in the past. the flavour is definitely lacking here. hints of caramel and maybe a bit of a buttery taste, but at times i felt like i was just drinking creamy water, if that makes any sense. pours a nice amber with a solid head that lasts (as expected w/a nitro). it's very creamy, but not overly thick. not a bad brew, but certainly nothing to write home about.
02-21-2003 17:50:21 | More by SixpointJMH
4.03/5 rDev +19.9%
Great looking brew. Typical nitro-can, huge, thick, creamy white head that lasts forever with thick sheets of brussels lace. The cascade effect seems to take forever to clear...more so than other nitro's I've had. Brilliant light-orange to light amber in color with very mild carbonation and microscopic bubbles. Aroma is interesting...The first thing I notice is...gasp....cloves?...wheat?...the alien step-sister of Unibroue? Hrmm, smells like the yeasty dredges of a fresh bucket of hybrid wheat homebrew.
Mouthfeel is soft and silken with a light body. Taste begins with a subtle bavarian wheat, phenolic character, quickly fades into a metallic note, and ends with a very wet, soft, mildly roasted malt finish with no noticeable hop aroma, flavor, or bitterness. Very drinkable...not at all complex...meant to be drank in mass quantities.
02-12-2003 16:52:14 | More by Mitchster
3.88/5 rDev +15.5%
This cream ale poured with the same effect as Guinness Draught from the same type of can. The cascading effect was just as enjoyable to watch, but different shades of color.
Appearance is darker tan with an off white ample head.
Taste: Wow, this beer is SOO smooth and easy to drink. But it is also bland, so if you're looking for strong flavor, look elsewhere. But for easy drinkabilty and smoothness, this is the one. There is no detection of hops whatsoever.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and buttery.
This cream ale is super smooth and reeks of "drink me all night" quality.
01-26-2003 21:41:32 | More by AudioGilz
4.47/5 rDev +33%
Appearance: Friggin' awesome! The seperation when you pour it
is just like Guinness, but cooler. Maybe it's the
lighter color or something, but it's really cool how it
Smell: There's a smell of a cream, mixed with milk and butter.
Taste: The taste is one of a kind. It's soooo smooth. Tastes like
cream and butter. Hopefully it's not as fattening.
Mouthfeel: This was very smooth and went down so easily. It was
so smooth, it just rolled down my tounge. Kind of left
a small amount of a film in my mouth.
Drinkability: I could drink this all day long, if I didn't get yelled at
by my fiancee that is. Maybe it's my catholic genes
in me, but this is a very drinkable beer and dare I say,
the best cream ale.
01-12-2003 19:28:59 | More by JISurfer
3/5 rDev -10.7%
Maybe Im a Beer Purist, maybe overly so as I just dont care for nor have I found many non-macros in cans nitro or otherwise to be very appealing, drinkable yes, anything but poor to average No! My Christmas rant so forgive this retched old humbug for his railings.
The beer pours a crystal clear amber color, the head quite creamy in texture, the size modest, and the lace quite fine and adequate to cover the glass. Malt aromas dominate the slightly sweet nose; start is also sweet and the top skeletal. Finish is sparsely hopped little if any carbonation; this was not unexpected due to the style, dry aftertaste. Average, and leaves me wanting to sample that great big bad boy Barley Wine in the fridge. Hopefully tonight after all the family Christmas Cheer has subsided to a dull roar and Im back home pounding on the keys and reading all the wonderful BA Christmas reviews and forum post.
12-25-2002 10:02:14 | More by Gusler
3.43/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours out of the can with a cream or beige color. Beer sits in the glass with a golden color with a dense brilliant white head. Typical appearance of nitro can product. I smell a little banana. Taste a slight banana and a sweetness. Not as creamy in mouthfeel as some other nitro cans. Some bitterness is detectable in the finish and aftertaste. Some malty flavors. Some sourness. You could have more than one.
12-20-2002 19:23:57 | More by mjohn27603
3.68/5 rDev +9.5%
Moderate amber color, with a creamy rich beige head from the nitro can. Nice lacing down the glass. Faint sweet malty smells, not much else. Taste is a mild combination of carmel malt sweetness and a thin hop presence, if any. Slightly waterly feel, and thin finish. No earthy undertones to it, like soem other notable Irish-Red Ales. Easy to drink, and good with hearty fall meals. I paired this with a pork chop with carmel apples, mashed potatoes and vegetables. I don't think it stands alone very well.
10-27-2002 15:21:23 | More by StevieW
4.3/5 rDev +28%
Color is a reddish tan/brown. Aromas are of trading-card bubble gum, honey, warm milk and ripe bananas. Flavors are a sweet blend of cream, tropical fruit, honey and just enough bitterness to give the hedonistic elements a little thrust and shape. Smooth smooth and extremely drinkable.
10-14-2002 12:18:16 | More by putnam
3.23/5 rDev -3.9%
Not super-impressed with this ale.I would like to try it on tap to give it a fair shot though.The nitro-cans down here can go through hell sometimes.It wasn't bad,but was lacking in taste,aroma and had a very watery mouthfeel for a Cream Ale.I think I will change glasses also to try and get the head to stay up a little longer and also trap a little nitrogen.I think that may have contributed to the watery feel.
09-13-2002 15:10:14 | More by dpend
3.55/5 rDev +5.7%
Once the nitro-head has settled, there's a clear amber body topped by a firmly creamy textured, and creamy-white colored head that holds extremely well but leaves no lace. Still, very nice to look at throughout the pint. The aroma is of a very light caramel maltiness and some rich, earthy hops. The bodys is light, and the carbonation level is well restricted (<1.9 volumes CO2), giving an amazingly smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is softly malty and fruity throughout the palate, finishing only lightly dry and barely noticeable with a long lingering maltiness and some earthy hops. Although some might argue that there's not enough character here, I feel it makes one nice, sweet & creamy pint; although it may become too sweet with a few in a row as a session beer - hence, a lower drinkablility.
09-10-2002 18:19:56 | More by NeroFiddled
3.25/5 rDev -3.3%
Nitro-can cascade in the glass, head is very creamy and hangs at 1/2 inch. Clearish amber after settling...smell is just a little of cream cheese. Very smooth malty flavor, nitro-can pleasant body. Maybe just a touch more hops than Boddington's but really little to none. OK, not a lot of taste, best feature is the creamy mouthfeel.
07-18-2002 08:29:46 | More by ADR
3.65/5 rDev +8.6%
Golden-amber color with an off white creamy head with sticky lace. Both the head and lace lasted to the last drop. Sweet, fruity, caramel and malt aroma. Very smooth, rich and creamy. Malt flavor with caramel. The presents of hops is almost nil. Could have used better/more hops to better balance the malt sweetness. Some fruitiness in the mix. A bit thin and maybe to mellow. Overall this is a tasty beer lacking in body as for most nito can brews.
06-23-2002 16:29:13 | More by ThreePistols
2.93/5 rDev -12.8%
Presentation: 1 pint nitro can with widget system, no freshness date to be found.
Appearance: Lightly hazed amber with a forced nitro head … it looks very appealing.
Smell: Caramel and buttery twang in the aroma with a faint hop in the back.
Taste: Big nitro smoothness that feigns a body bigger that it actually is, after the nitro leaves the palate it becomes a bit thin. Malt flavour seems displaced with caramel and bity grain thrown to the wind. Hops are all used up and seem like they were boiled for hours upon hours drawing some astringency. More caramel and some fruitiness flashes in the end then the astringent dry effect takes over an forces you to drink some more to get rid of it.
Notes: Give me a Caffrey’s in a can any day over this … oh yeah it is not available in the US anymore, I guess I have to go else where for an Irish Red. Not a horrible brew but I ask why even try this processed brew.
05-29-2002 20:29:46 | More by Jason
3.1/5 rDev -7.7%
Nitro Can. Beautiful head(duh). Light copper color. Sweet malt nose/flavors. Butterscotch undertones. Very slight bitter aftertaste. Extremely thin. Not bad for a nitro can, better than Caffrey's, but too sweet/thin for my taste.
01-24-2002 08:55:16 | More by pbrian
Wexford Irish Cream Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.