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Wexford Irish Cream Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BA SCORE
77
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338 Reviews
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Reviews: 338
Hads: 589
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 19
Gots: 46 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-24-2002

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Once the can is popped, the widget lets out a little whistle and cream-colored foam is poured into the can. The foam begins its cascading ascension to the top of the glass leaving behind a light brown body and eventually settles at a finger's worth of fluffy head.

S- Biscuity, buttery malts as per the usual pub-style aroma. A little sweeter-smelling than most, though.

T- Bready, doughy malt flavor that's sweet and has a slightly chalky aftertaste. Very, very smooth and unchanging with each sip consistently the same as the last. Low amount of bitterness and, as expected, a low alcohol presence.

M- Creamy but thin and light. Soft and fluffy with the so-called "flat" feel.

O- Pretty one-dimensional but good for what it is. Very easy and fun to drink. (833 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
2.42/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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!
Cheers!,
F. (624 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

Clear and copper, typically great nitro head. First whiff is of a bustling movie theater con- cession stand, buttery with some caramel in the back. Nitro smoothness is a given as the widget in the can rattles about. Just as much buttery tone in the palate as the nose, though there is enough caramel and bready maltiness to match it. Leafy herbal hop simply quells any cloying urge from the malt. Malty finish that lands a little toasted.

Aside from the nitro, which we don't mind the use of that much, this is a really tasty beer. Throw this against a plate of bangers and mash ... heavenly. (650 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great looks. Starts with a beige creamy appearance that turns into a copper color. Thick and creamy head with good retention and painting a wall of laces.
Aroma similar to a creamy English Bitter with earthy hops and a mild tangy citrusy.
Flavor follows nose, notes of English earthy hops, lightly tangy grapefruit, caramels, a bit of toasted malts, yeast and finishing herbal. Dry aftertaste with an elegant bitterness.
Medium body with low carbonation. Creamy sensation.
It tastes nice but it is a bit too bland and sweet, but not necessarily with a big drinkability. Anyway worth trying. (590 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
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. (1,789 characters)

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

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of off-white, super creamy nitro head. Retention is nitro good with no lacing.

3.5 S: Sweet breadiness and caramel.

4.0 T: Bready, caramel, sweet maltiness. Light herbal hops. Pretty tasty for what it is.

4.0 M: Chewy nitro mouthfeel. Surprisingly, there's some body to the base beer which enhances the creaminess.

3.5 D: Not a big fan of nitro beers, but this one is pretty good. (459 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

440ml "widget" can After it all settles down it is a plain copper coloured ale with a creamy off white head. Aroma mainlly malty, cereal, slightly toasted. Taste i rather the same as the aroma, faint toasted, cereal like maltiness. Pretty nice on the palate, nothing bad. Slight bitterness at then end. Overall a average smooth drinking ale. (341 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice finger of tight foamy head on a clear, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is a rich malty smell.
The taste is moderately sweet with a mild bitter finish.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation and medium body.
A nice, easy drinking ale.. (250 characters)

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

nitro-can, served chilled, in a pint glass.

A - almost clear, amber color with a creamy tan head that thinned down, leaving no lace.

S - buttery/malt smell

T - thin malt flavor

M - light bodied, watery feel

D - I ending up dumping the last 3 or 4 ozs of this brew, as I grew tired of the taste. (299 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ol' nitro cream ale poured with the cool cascading dense and rich ivory head of marshmallow cream. Some may not like it, but it is neat. Now, how about the beer?

Definite woody and earthy brew, the extreme smoothness really balances it out, this is the opposite of any hop bomb. I really like this brew, but I see others don't hold it up very high - but then the style in general doesn't rate very good scores. That ain't right.

This one was fine, and at 5%, close to a session type brew. Give one a try. (510 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color with beautiful head (as would be expected from a nitro can). Moderate sticky lacing. Smell is caranel malt and very pleasant. Taste is a bit flat with a distinct overpowering dryness. Very creamy with a strong dry finish. A good drink, but nothing great. (282 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.31/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wexford Irish Cream Ale has a thick, creamy, roiling, off-white head and a clear, copper appearance, with a large cream sheen of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of light, creamy malt and cream, and the flavor is of sweet, lightly-roasted barley malt, sugar, toffee, and cream, with some alcohol and bitterness in the back taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Wexford Irish Cream Ale finishes semi-dry, refreshing, mellow, and very drinkable. Overall, this is an excellent beer.

RJT (494 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an incredibly creamy head, which holds well. Unsurprisingly, the lace is not so much lace is it is a coat of paint on the sides of the glass. The liquid is curiously still -- no visible bubble activity. Like the calm of a lake in the morning, there's just nothing happening, it's quiet as can be. Interesting. Oh, it's a bronzed caramel-brown color.

Aroma is a big blast of toffee, caramel, buttered popcorn, caramel corn, a little nutty. It's like having your head deep in a box of Cracker Jack's.

The taste is not unlike the aroma, but without the dazzle. Still nutty, still very caramel/toffee-centered, still buttery. But muted, compared to how it smells. There's a bitterness that's almost metallic/chemical in nature in the finish, but it's not as unpleasant as that might sound. Just the hops saying "hello" I'm guessing.

For me, this kind of texture crosses the line from luxuriously smooth and creamy (which I like) to feeling thin and flat (which, uh, I don't). Not my thing I guess, but if you like those insanely smooth-feeling English beers, this one has that going on big time.

It's a fine line for me when it comes to these nitro-mellowed beers. And I'm a beer drinker who usually likes less carbonation than more. In the end, it tastes okay, but the delivery of the taste just isn't my thing. Worth trying anyway, no doubt. (1,350 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.06/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (844 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wexford- Irish Cream Ale

A- Deep reddish copper with the thickest foamy head! Very sticky too.
S- Light cream and applesauce.
T- Thin light toffee malt and seltzer water.
M- Velvety smooth and creamy but almost flavorless.

Overall- A mediocre offering but very little flavor. I can scratch this 1 off my Mug Club list and promptly move on! (341 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very deep copper color with a finger of thick and creamy head over top that gives no sign of breaking up. The requisite cascade from the nitrogen settles quickly and leaves a brilliantly clear beer. I really like the fortitude of the head on this beer. Its almost a colloid. Nose is light caramel and cream, with almost a hint of banana. Very mild, but very good. Flavor is more generically fruity than the nose, with a very healthy creamy character, finishing with just a kiss of bitterness on the finish that lingers just long enough to let me know its there. The feel is on the thicker end of moderate with a very light carbonation...as expected from a nitro can. Overall, this is a very tasty beer. I could see drinking this one to mix things up from time to time, as the ABV really makes it something to session, but there is enough flavor there to make it more approachable to me. (903 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (882 characters)

Photo of richkrull
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this one yesterday at Paddy Coughlan's Irish Pub in Fort Atkinson, WI.

Poured a bubbley amber color with a little bit of white head on it. Aroma is not real strong, some malt, maybe some honey to it. Taste left a bit to be desired. Very sweet and slightly bitter. Didn't really care for it. Light bodied beer. Couldn't drink too many of these. Worth a try on St. Paddys day, but I probably won't look for it again. (421 characters)

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

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. (338 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice flowing dance wheat in a pint, big fluffy head, solid lacing.

S - mild pine, earthy, subtle fruit.

T - creamy, mild bitter hops, balanced with fruitiness.

M - excellent carbonation and med/light body. goes down like liquid velvet.

D - This is a good session beer. Had it on-tap at an Irish pub in Chicago area, served by Irish and British bartenders just off the boat back in 1998. I wanted to revisit it again 12 years later; still really enjoy this brew. I think love Caffrey's over this, but this is a close 2nd. Definitely a beer I love to come back to, one of the first non-BMC beers I ever tried. (618 characters)

Wexford Irish Cream Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.