Sunlight Cream Ale - Sun King Brewing Company

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80 Reviews
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 373
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 19.09%
Wants: 27
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: howardf on 08-29-2009

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can pour at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (606 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a very light golden color and a modest head that doesn't produce much lacing

Smell: A bit grainy with a biscuity character

Taste: Biscuity malt flavors, up front, with a growing toffee character; by mid-palate, a fruity, lemony aspect hits the profile, though the finish reverts to the sweeter malt elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent little beer designed for mass appeal, but a little sweet for my palate

Thanks to JAYBLACK, for the chance to re-visit in the can (544 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i have said it many times but i will say it again, we need more cream ales out there. they aren't all going to be world class, but its a nice refreshing drink and definitely underrepresented on the beer scene. this one is very light, but still maintains a classic frothy mouthfeel and bright carbonation. there is indeed a milky sweetness to this that hints at corn-like sugar, but the finish is still clean. I'm missing a little body here, and also some balancing hops for bitterness, but i really like the drinkability and the package (four pack of pint cans), a very good dose. this is nothing earth shattering, but it is a useful brew. good blonde beer for colder weather too, as it has a little meat to it despite the thinner body. of the handful of beers i have had from sun king, this is not the highest quality but one of the ones i appreciate the most. let cream ales live on! (885 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for sharing this one on Friday.

A: The pour is a pale straw like color with a touch of haze and a short lived white head.

S: A bit of an off-putting nose which seems to be composed of corn for the most part. A slight skunkiness, but at least it's not as bad as Osiris.

T: The flavor is pretty standard for a cream ale, nicely sweet with a touch of yeast and bread. Very clean flavors and actually pretty refreshing.

M: Light in body as you would tend to expect with a crisp carbonation.

D: Not my favorite style, but this was a nice refreshing beer which is one thing I like about these kinds of beers. Worked well on a hot day at the Bruery. (661 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,118 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.92/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

CANtinuing the ongoing saga that is The CANQuest (TM), no CAN is safe from review! CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "A Pint In Every CAN"; "Sunlight Cream Ale is a crisp, easy drinking, East Coast Style-Cream Ale. Cream Ale is one of the earliest styles of AmeriCAN beer, but was virtually wiped out by AmeriCAN lager brewers. Sunlight Cream Ale is our most approachable beer and is a great introduction to the world of Craft Beer. Only the finest quality barley, wheat and oats are used to give this beer its smooth malt profile which is delicately balanced with AmeriCAN hops and a cool fermentation to give this beer a crisp, clean finish."

My initial pour netted me two fingers' worth of fluffy bone-white head fizzled and popped its way out of existence. Color was sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty sweet and adjunct-free. It is nice to smell an all-malt beer every once in a while. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a very clean malty sweetness on the tongue. I would be curious to know what hops were used since its bitterness is almost non-existent. Finish was crisp and refreshing, definitely approachable for novice craft beer drinkers. A solid CANdidate for the cooler on the way to the beach. Definitely seek this out! (1,256 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (997 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Booming three inch white head out of the can. Beer itself is an extremely pale golden color. A few streams of effervescence float upward. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Grainy/grassy/cereal grains.

T- Bready. Hint of lemon. "Adjuncty" aftertaste.

M- Crisp...nice carbonation bit to it.

D/O- Very easy drinking, refreshing. Good lawnmower beer. Thanks again dannyfrost for the Sun King! (405 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can courtesy of Trent!

It pours a straw yellow with a 2 finger head of foam.

I get floral hops and some caramel malt in the smell.

The malt in the taste is more of a grainy variety with the hops giving me a lemony kind of bitterness, not tartness, mind you. A bit of corn is noticeable but not a huge detraction.

Fairly light bodied, it does have a weak kind of watery finish.

Cream Ales are not a style that will turn heads but...this is a very good example of the style and it is certainly an easy drinking brew. I like. (533 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can poured into an imperial pint. No date. Thanks to kstrickler for giving me this one!

(A)- Pours a clear yet pale yellow color that produced a good white head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Lightly dry with a corn husk/meal sweetness.

(T)- A lightly dry honey and lemon sweetness with a corn husk finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A light bodied crisp feel with a light dryness and sweetness. Has a light acidity from that twist of lemon at the end which is nice.

(D)- A good light beer to mix it up with during the summer months. Crisp and dry and just an all-around easy to drink beer. (620 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.65/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahh Cream Ales, so unfairly maligned, so badly maintained. I understand why: it wasn't until 05 or 06 that I was willing to give pilseners a fair shake, seeing as how the only "pilsners" I had drank were, well, the ones everyone else had drank. Cream ales are even worse. You got Little Kings, which are charming but taste like metal, and then you got, what, Sleemans? Genesee? That's grody.

I've always been intrigued by the concept; a lagered ale that--through some convolutions of gypsy magic--takes on a creamy body. That could be fantastic. My abortive foray into brewing was bookended by two awful attempts at fashioning together a good cream, the first a variation of an adjunctless adjunct in which I diverged blindly from the fermentation instructions, and the second in which I figured that Pac Man yeast would solve all the world's problems. For shame, me.

So what I'm getting at is that this is kinda the beer I've always hoped existed but never really found until now: it's a light, super accessible, mildly hopped, macro-ish all malt that has an insanely creamy body. It's the best part of drinking a thoughtless lawnmower beer mixed with the best part of drinking milk. It's fab.

Trouble is that it is, at heart, a thoughtless lawnmower beer. As well made as it is, there's just not all the much going on aside from it's body and drinkability. So it's not a great beer, merely a very good one, and really that's always what I've hoped I would find.

EDIT:

I'm upping my scores after trying it on tap, with a fresher pallet. It was fabulous. Easily the best cream I've ever had. (1,598 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.35/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft poured into a pint glass

Cream ales are essentially a bridge from American style lagers into a top fermented style ale, while essentially retaining most of the characteristics of the former. Don’t let the name fool you, this doesn’t include “cream” or any variation thereof. The term is more of a description of the smoothness derived from the lagering period, or period of storage intended to let the flavors balance and mellow out. I think there are better words that could be used there.

A: Sunlight Cream Ale pours a straw yellow with a fizzy white head, pretty much what you’d expect.

S: The aroma is faint and, in my case, was overpowered by the butter and cheese smells lingering in the restaurant around me, but what I got was a bit adjunct with rice/corn and mostly reminiscent of light lagers.

T/M: It has a medium amount of carbonation, a mild bitterness, very pale dry maltiness, a little bit of sweetness on the back end like an amber, but overall a very basic, American lager tasting beer.

Unremarkable, to say the least, but I’m sure it has a place somewhere.

TheBeerAlmanac.com (1,121 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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! (556 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from Auslander. Thanks Chris!

16oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear, bright yellow color with a white head that thinned out leaving a few trails of lacing.

S - grainy sourness.

T - the sweeter malts start things out with the sour bitterness holding off until the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth and creamy feel.

O - a good example of the style. (383 characters)

Photo of jsh420
2.21/5  rDev -37%
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 (422 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear,golden straw color with a nice white head. Head has pretty solid retention, forms a cap of bubbles for a while before disappearing and leaves some nice spotty lacing.

S- A very light smell overall. A bit of honey, grainy, corn, and ceral.

T- Taste is very light malts, with corn and ceral. A very very light sweetness and the slightest bit of citrus.

M- Light in body and high carbonation.

O- This beer is very light and easy to drink. I just like a bit more flavour in by brew. (502 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice light yellow with some nice head and lacing. Very competing scents between the malt body and the English hops (Fuggle?). Very jerky-hop flavor, with the hops running wild over the malt; decent malt backbone with a decent sweetness, but would've been better with less hops. Goes down fine, nothing great, nothing bad. (334 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.37/5  rDev +24.5%
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. (323 characters)

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Sunlight Cream Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
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