Sunlight Cream Ale - Sun King Brewing Company

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Sunlight Cream AleSunlight Cream Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

369 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 27
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: howardf on 08-29-2009

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Shiny, golden-yellow color, lively bubbles racing to the top which keeps the head intact. Smells of wholegrain cereal with the additions of wheat and oats, fermentation twang and hops in the nose as well. Crispness lays into the lighter but slick body; clean and grainy with a dry, doughy wholegrain bready flavor. Hops rest a modest bitterness on the palate, yet are big enough to balance. Drying finish has a clean linger of grain. A tasty canned treat, a lunch-time pounder. Craft tallboys, FTW!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a clear bright yellow body with a strong sea of carbonation and a snow white head that slowly boils away to a thin film.

S- The nice green sweet hint has a more faint sulfur note that dries it out just a bit. There is a field corn note in the finish that stays soft but has a nice compliment to the hops flavor.

T- The dry carbonic acid hint leads to a slightly sweet finish with a green sulfur note that takes on a faint candy quality before the woody hop hint in the finish. There is a gentle hop and field corn hint that lingers after the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel is light and crisp but it has a creamy texture with the carbonation and thick head.

O- This beer is a great cream ale. It has some nice flavors that all blend and compliment each other. There is a touch of sweetness here and there to add freshness to the flavor but it says dry making it very sessionable. As the summer heats up this becomes more and more sessionable.

Photo of kjoe19
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sun King is definitely a great brewery. Sunlight Cream Ale was the first microbrew product I ever tried, having been subjected to Bud Light and other domestics at hockey games. The first time it was definitely a very good brew, however as I have sampled more and filled my palate with more I would definitely say this is bottom of the rung of craft beers.

The appearance is a consistent bronze/tan pour with a fingertip length head of foam. It is a light smell and taste and is definitely a craft beer to welcome someone to the world of microbrews and high flavor.

Overall a 4/5 because of its consistency in taste and appearance, but not a favorite beer for most people I am sure.

Photo of secondtooth
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-cloudy golden from the pint can, with thick carbonation, but no lace.

Nose is pleasantly light, grainy, and malty, with a hint of buttered sweet corn. That's not to say it's bad, though. Actually it's pretty refreshing.

Taste is, expectedly, light and creamy. This one is sooo smooth and malty, but very drinkable and, as the can imparts, approachable. Sunlight Cream Ale wouldn't turn away lifetime macro drinkers, but has plenty of easy-going flavor for craft nerds, too. A solid and totally session-worthy brew here, not too complex, but smooth and well-crafted to style.

Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, topped with a couple billowy fingers of bright-white head. This sticks around with a thin foamy layer that leaves a cascade of light spotty froth behind, which quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet and grainy in the nose, with some soft fruit accents poking out, as well as a green floral character that rounds out the edges.

Malt sweetness splashes the tongue in the taste, with some green earthy citrus mixed in and just a light touch of balancing bitterness which prickles the tongue. Finishes with some lingering residual sweetness and a bit of grit. Fairly clean overall though. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a nice easy crispness to that gets maybe a little bit watery towards the back of the swallow.

This was definitley decent for a Cream Ale, with a little more a hop profile to it which helped add a bit more flavor and crispness. Not sure if this is worth the same $10 per 4-pack price as the Osirus but it's still a good one to keep chilled in the fridge and then go to town on during those hot summmer months.

Photo of output01x
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Auslander for including this extra in our recent trade.

Poured from a 16 oz. can (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2-finger off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin dusting and thin ring. The body is a clear pastel gold with a decent number or rising carbonation bubbles. Thick lacing attempts to stick to the glass, but is overcome by gravity.

Grains and light malt in the nose. Slight hints of lemon zest.

Sweet and bready malt flavors wash over the tongue easily. Then a lemony citrus stings the tip of the tongue. The flavors are light and subtle just as expected from this style. However, I personally believe that the flavors here are a little too mild as this beer seems rather watery.

Light bodied with decent carbonation, this beer definitely has good drinkability. It slides down the throat easily and is definitely a thirst-quencher.

Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow color with a slight haze. Not quite two fingers of head forms and hangs around for awhile. The head settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing forms down the glass.

Aroma of cereal grain with a slight lemon/wheat twang.

Sweet, light malt flavor. Bready and cereal qualities. Bitterness seems low with very little, if any hop flavor.

Seems a little undercarbonated for what is going on with the flavor. This is a beer that would benefit from fizzy carbonation.

It is a step above adjunct lagers, but some hops could of made this a much more interesting beer.

Photo of bwood06
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

A - Clear gold in color. Moderate to high carbonation. 2 finger white frothy head that dissipates quickly with a thin lacing that is retained. 3.75/5

S - Grainy malt. Corn. Earthy. Grassy. 3.5/5

T - Grainy. White bread. Cereal. Grassy hops. Malt overpowers hops but bitterness is pretty hefty. Very light lingering bitterness. 3.5/5

M - Some carbonation burn but also somewhat smooth as well. Finishes very dry. 3.75/5

O - Light medium body that is fairly carbonation but finishes smooth and dry. Malt forward beer with only a hint of hop flavor. 3.5/5

Photo of GOLDENDOMER
4.9/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

exceptionaly easy drinking beer. Low hops make it a great everyday beer. Crisp light flavor with out a strong after taste. Good beer to keep on hand for guests ,watching a baseball game or just to quench your thirst on those hot days around a barbecue.

Photo of DevAJ
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draft at the Broad Ripple area Bazbeaux's in Indianapolis. It's been about a month since I had it, but I remember how smooth and easy to drink it was.

Photo of nayelurena
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Perfect spring/summer brunch beer!

Photo of jsh420
2.21/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours clearbright golden yellow with a 2 finger fizzy white head that faded fast and left no lacing

smell faint some lemon? and grains

taste is very watery - a watered down beer creamsicle with a toch of hop bitterness and sweet grains

mouthfeel is thin carbonated water

drinkability is not good - not a drain pour - just a flavorless beer - i will try to enjoy the other 3 while watching some basketball/baseball game

Photo of Preismj
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: yellow copper with a quickly retreating head that tapers to nothing. plenty of little bubbles keep streaming in the class. This looks tremendously refreshing.

s: very light aroma of malt and lemon zest. not a whole lot going on here on then nose.

t: subtle lemon citrus creeps in at the end of a mostly malt taste. slight sweetness, very creamy malt profile that is nicely done. Not rich flavors, but what is there is a mild sweetness and a crisp taste.

m: light body, good pop from the carb. very slick in the mouth, but doesn't stick around long.

o: a nice transition beer, though I'm at a point where I look for more. It was plenty refreshing and I could see myself revisiting on a very warm day out by the pool as this isn't overbearing but has a nice abv to it. Would have like more of the creamy sweetness, though the velvety feel in the mouth made me happy i tried this.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.37/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden straw color. White head with good retention

S- Not a whole lot going on here. Very mild.

T - Very crisp and clean. Slightly sweet.

M - Highly carbonated leaves a dry finish, but has a little body to it.

D - This is probably my favorite lawnmower beer. Very light and crisp, but still actually contains flavor.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz tall boy can, 5.3% abv. Clear gold color, with some active carbonation showing. White frothy head stays for a minute, then disappears leaving no trace.

Cereal grains, and a bit of cooked corn in the nose. Slight earthy hop notes. A bit of a sour, lactic note. Perhaps a bit musty at the back end.

Fairly clean cereal malts. A very slight lactic sharpness. Not a whole lot going on here. Slight earthy hops at the end, that do not linger long at all.

Light to medium body, no traces of alcohol. This is made for quaffing, which is no problem. A very simple beer. Take it for what it is.

Photo of rlee1390
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, not much carbonation and no head.

S-Bread, floral and grassy notes but some skunkiness as well.

T-Very sweet, bread and floral notes. No bitterness. Grass and lemon as well.

M-Light, not much carbonation nice and crisp though.

O-A nice light session beer however there are much better options out there. A tad too light to my tastes.

Photo of maxwelldeux
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can. Pours a clear and very dark golden color with effectively no head on it. Nose has some corn notes to it, and is very reminiscent of a traditional lager. Taste is actually fairly crisp and not too lager-y, and without the eerie sweetness I feared. Very drinkable.

Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an unmarked, plain aluminum 16 oz. can procured from an early test run from the brewery before production canning gets under way.

Clear, dark yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves big scraps of lace on the glass. The nose is untoasted grain and mild floral hops. This is by no means a hoppy beer but is still the hoppiest example of the style I've encountered. Light grainy flavors with a splash of hop bitterness to balance. Finishes squeaky clean. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. An easy drinker.

Photo of oline73
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this over Memorial Day weekend and took notes. Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head that goes away very quickly.

Smell: Very mild with a slight sweetness and a hint of hops.

Taste: Mildly sweet and quite crisp. Just a bit creamy with a mild hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side with mild carbonation. The finish is super dry.

Overall: A decent beer, good for summer. Easy drinking, but it was a bit more bitter than I expected.

Photo of Cresant
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 16 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was light gold with a bright white head that sizzled out quickly leaving a faint ring.

The smell was underwhelming. A bit grainy, bit vegetal.

The taste was gently tangy, but with enough sweetness for a good balance. Rich but hard to describe flavors. Snappy but nondescript citrus. Dangerously drinkable. Great summer beverage. One of the best Cream Ales I've tasted.

The mouthfeel was interesting. Rich and smooth but with a coarseness in the carbonation.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes about a week ago of a 16 oz can.
A: Golden with constant bubbles and a thin white collar.
S: Cream witha slight corn and wheat. Very mild aroma overall.
T: Extremely crisp and clean, creamy wheat... quite pleasant.
M: Thinner, but with a creaminess from the frothy carbonation.
O: Good cream ale. Not my favorite style but it is refreshing.

Photo of sweethome
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brewery.

Light hazy yellow color. Straw nose, some c hop backing. Pleasant.

Entry is crisp, soft, satisfying. A nice warm weather quencher.

Bready flavors with some honey malts, and crisp hoppy finish. Dough, clover honey.

Decent beer for style - goes for a Northwest style golden ale.

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Chumleys in Lafayette, IN.

Appearance: Soft golden color, very clear, moderate carbonation, little white head

Smell: Smells of light pilsner or lager with slight sweetness on the backend

Taste: typical of a lighter lager or pilsner, slight sweetness in the finish, just ok. Features a light lemon zest like aspect to go with other grassiness.

Mouthfeel: very crisp to begin with, creaminess on the backend, decent

Drinkability: moderately drinkable, doesn't overwhelm with flavor, creaminess in the finish is most appealing aspect

Overall this is a nice intro beer for people first getting into craft. It's good for warm weather but I believe that this beer is best out of a can.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color with a finger of head and lots of effervescent carbonation.

The aroma is creamed corn, lemon peel, biscuits, and a very light tropical hop profile.

The flavor profile is musty and made up of creamed corn, light bready maltiness, and the slightest hint of lemon peel. Not really any hops at all.

The body is light and appropriate for the style.

Overall this would be a very nice light ale if it wasn't for the mustiness dragging it down. There really isn't anything offensive, nor is there anything of merit. I'm not even sure if I would be able to pick this out in a blind taste test vs. a group of American Adjunct Lagers.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
2.52/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sun King really surprised me with their Osiris Pale Ale: hoppy, refreshing, delicious. However, I tried their Wee Mac Brown and could hardly finish it. How can a brewery have two beers of such different qualities? Not sure, but I’m sure hoping this one is more like Osiris. And, since I’ve never had a cream ale, it’s new territory indeed. Cheers!

On-tap at Chumley’s in Lafayette, IN; poured into a (non-frosted) pint glass.

A: If there’s one thing that Sun King has down, it’s look. This one has a gorgeous, shining gold body, with a creamy white head. The foam looks a bit oily at times, as it does tend to dissipate quickly; lacing is there, but minimal. Could have been the pour, too – these pints are poured more for amount of liquid than head plumage. Still, there’s a pretty good showing. Love that color, though!

S: All I can think of is Budweiser when I smell this beer. Weak, slightly skunky grains, and a persistent corn smell behind. Not good. With a few swirls of the glass, some other aromas start to show up and, thankfully, cover up the less impressive tones. I can make out some actual cream scents, even, which mix with a mild strawberry scent to form some sort of fruit-yogurt feeling. Decent, but with quite a low intensity.

T: Grain, mostly, with that funny BMC taste front and center. It’s not as intensely unpleasant as a Coors Light, but it’s not a flavor I’d willfully choose to have in my beer. That tinge lasts throughout, but there’s some good cream flavors that come forward to augment the palate. Vanilla and oatmeal tastes are there to have a go, accompanied by some fruits on the end. They all sort of fizzle into the aftertaste, which is an acidic, lemon creaminess. Not my favorite style, for sure.

M: Pretty fizzy, but not without its proprietary cream. The flavor profile isn’t huge, so the body doesn’t have that much to accommodate. Average, I’d say.

O: To me, this is the essence of mediocrity in craft beer: unimpressive flavor wrapped in the shell of a unique style. Sorry guys, but this is one of the weaker beers I’ve tasted from Indianapolis’ own. Not undrinkable, but not worth seeking out.

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Sunlight Cream Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.