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Sunlight Cream Ale - Sun King Brewing Company

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Sunlight Cream AleSunlight Cream Ale

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318 Ratings

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 18.86%
Wants: 22
Gots: 25 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

morimech, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Indy tasting room.

A-straw yellow with white head that sticks around for awhile

S-hard to really get anything off of the nose.

T-light, smooth crispy and very refreshing

M-light and smooth. Crisp...

O-very good example of the style. Would try again

brew3crew, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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

brentk56, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

BarryMFBurton, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear yellow gold with a diminishing white head and decent lacing.
S: not a lot going on here, some nice grainy sweetness, almost corn-like despite corn not being listed on the can (barley, wheat, and oats mentioned). Appropriate nose for style.
T: nice lightly sweet corny malt base manages to finish almost dry and crisp despite the lack of hop presence. this description doesn't do justice to how well this is done, especially in regards to style. Easy. Tasty. Likey.
M: smooth, a bit creamy, and just over light-bodied.
O: super drinkable. I was hesitant to crack this thinking I wouldn't like it, but if it was available it'd be a go to summer beer. Best cream ale I've ever had.

MrMcGibblets, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Preismj
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Preismj, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of suspect
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to my buddy Todd for bringing this from Indy.

A: Pale yellow, crystal clear. Aggressive pour leads to a 1.5 finger head that disappears almost immediately. No lacing.

S: Really nice hop and light malt nose. Some grain smell to it as well. Not a huge nose, but definitely nice.,

T: Follows the nose pretty closely but the flavor seems to lack something from the really nice cream ales I've had.

M: Ultra-light body, perfect carbonation. No aftertaste to speak of.

O: A solid beer and a perfect summer day/knock back a six-pack kind of beer. Would definitely drink more.

suspect, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of TheTot
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

As I poured this beer into the glass it looked a little pale to me. As i drank the beer it tasted just as bland. I never got a strong enough taste with the 4 that i drank to have anything bad to say about it other than just that: it was flavorless. There was a little creaminess to it but very little. I am a big Sun King fan but this is a weaker beer of theirs.

TheTot, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Marty30
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to dannyfrost for this.Poured into a schlafly pint glass at fridge temp.

A. Light straw yellow,very clear. Lots of carbonation in here,Not much lacing at all.

S. Lots of yeast and earthy malts pretty much sums it up.A slight sweetness.

T. Huh I didn't get the hops in the nose But they are In there.Hops pull through and meld with the bready malts.

M. Thin feel and very light. Tons of stinging carbonation. Clean aftertaste.

Overall this a summer beer in every sense of the word.Not very complex but after reading the can I don't think it's intended to be.Like it says a nice gateway into craft beer.

Marty30, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. undated can: bright and clear yellow-gold hue with a quickly receding white head.

I was surprised by the sharp, fruity and tangy hop aroma as I opened the can.

The noticeable hop aroma carries over to the flavor which has a restrained yet refreshing tropical fruit flavor with some grainy and yeasty aspects. A soft, bready malt taste can be detected in the aftertaste.

The body is thin and the ale has perhaps a little too much carbonation, but it does contribute to the clean, refreshing mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable, this sprightly ale is ideal for the heat of mid July. It has enough flavor and character to keep it interesting from beginning to end.

jkrich, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Cresant
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Cresant, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of StLThrash
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this in my very first in-person trade with Cosmonick @ Schlafly Bottleworks in STL. Was thrown in as an extra - thanks Randall!

I believe it was a 16 ounce can, poured into a pint glass.

A - Very clear, golden straw with significant head. Left a nice little white cap. Some lacing, but not much.

S - Not a lot there. Somewhat sweet and malty, with a little bit of lemon zest.

T & M - Smooth, crisp and refreshing. Not overpowered by anything. Smooth malt profile, not a lot of hop character. Mildly carbonated, and has a clean finish.

Overall - nothing really stands out too much here, but it's a nice, smooth, refreshing summer type cream ale. Much better session option than a MBC on a hot, sunny day. I'd definitely have this again.

StLThrash, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

jmarsh123, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

nrbw23, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

oline73, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of kjc51478
1.68/5  rDev -52%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Appearance is clear, pale yellowish with very little head.

S: Aroma is weak consisting mainly of what and some malty sugar.

T: Taste is very uninspiring and weak - wheat and barley malts with some faint grassy notes.

M: Palate is very watery, flat, and thin.

O: Couldn’t quite tell the difference between this beer and a BMC. Very disappointing.

kjc51478, May 21, 2011
Photo of Duff27
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
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!

Duff27, May 16, 2011
Photo of SirSketch
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A tall, consistent head forms quickly. Brilliantly clear, very pale yellow color.

S - The nose is mainly cereal grains, with a bit of vegetal hop and some fruitiness.

T - Dry, clean malt flavor, slight lemon, apple and still some vegetable character.

M - Honestly, a little thin, even for a cream ale. It does make it that much more drinkable, though.

O - Not terribly interesting, but not much wrong with it either.

SirSketch, May 12, 2011
Photo of ne0m00re
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

ne0m00re, May 06, 2011
Photo of output01x
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

output01x, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of jsh420
2.17/5  rDev -38%
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

jsh420, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of capra12
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed solo out of a short pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear and golden yellow, with a quick dissipating white head.

Smell: Light malt and mildly grainy.

Taste: Opens with light malts, with a slight twinge. Hints of Belgian yeast surface mid palate as subsides as the light and crisp malt profile finishes this brew. Throughout the transition there are hints of hop that emerge ever so briefly as if muted by the malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly drying.

Drinkabililty: I would definitely have this again. I recommend this to those seeking a solid cream ale, light and a better alternative than macro lagers.

capra12, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

BeerAdvocate, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into a pint glass.

A: Pale yellow color with a thin head and lots of bubbles.

S: Lots of lemon zest and orange with some light malt.

T: Light bread malt with some lemon zest. Also has some grassy hops in the finish with a bit of fruityness.

M: Light with some good carbonation.

D: High.

This is a lighter beer that would be great to drink on a hot day.

RunForYourBeer, Jan 04, 2011
Sunlight Cream Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.