Cali Creamin' Vanilla Cream Ale - Mother Earth Brew Co.

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Cali Creamin' Vanilla Cream AleCali Creamin' Vanilla Cream Ale

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 31
Gots: 88 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brew Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mactrail on 12-12-2012

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Photo of BlottoOtto
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Steady, even flavor. Tastes exactly like it should and as I hoped it would. Has nice soap sudsy head and mild hint of vanilla. Goes down easy and I don't mind it as a session beer. I really like it and so do the ladies who have sampled it.

Photo of TheBrewBrotha
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pretty smooth day time beer. Nice clear golden pour and a hint of vanilla to set a palate right.

Photo of docdeb56
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Easy to drink.

Photo of Auraan
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful deep orange/amber with a thin ring of whit head. It looks pretty good, not at all like any form of adjunct lager. Scent is very sweet, with heavy notes of cream, maize and sweet malt. It's a simple, yet pleasant scent, like a cream soda, or vanilla soda. Flavor follows the nose, very sweet. Heavy sweet cream flavors and vanilla, laid over a solid backbone of sweet malt and maybe some maize adjuncts, with a moderate level of floral and earthy hops that balance the sweetness. The end of the sip and the aftertaste are slightly bitter, especially for the beer's 21 IBUs. It's unique, has a nice combination of sweet and bitter and the vanilla notes are excellent. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It drinks smooth and creamy, as it should. Quite an excellent mouthfeel. I like this beer a lot. It has a nice flavor, that's sweet without being cloying and balances in some bitterness. It has a pleasant vanilla heavy scent and an excellent medium bodied creamy mouthfeel. I'd drink this one again.

Photo of samtrillo
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a dry cream soda with a bit of bitterness. Fuller bodied than a cream soda which would make this a nice choice when you want to fill that itch.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- clear copper color, almost no head
Smell- vanilla mostly, some malt
Taste- lots of vanilla, very good
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- I thought it was very good. I loved the taste of vanilla. Very nice!

Photo of wulfie85
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Smooth and refreshing with just the right amount of vanilla on the back side.

Photo of Walrus_J_Taco
4.66/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The vanilla cream notes are prevalent. This Isn't very light tasting refreshing beer.

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It smells so much like ice cream.
then the flavour is like a flowery bitter wave with vanilla foaming crest, unusual but really tasty

Photo of Alejandrolikebeers3445
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

smooth taste for smooth beer

Photo of demon
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed pretty close to room temp. Probably not the best idea. This beer is undeniably very smooth and creamy. Smell and taste wise, it was very light, and left more to be desired. Would recommend giving it a try, but as of my first impression, it's certainly not going to become one of my staples.

Photo of Gharker
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer. Light and refreshing, perfect for sipping on the beach. Trying to find this in Oregon.

Photo of Sm00thHoperator
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a can this is more bitter than I first thought it would be with a nice vanilla cream hint both in the aroma and Taste.

The vanilla I think is more present in the aroma than the taste. Its sweet and bitter at the same time with a smoothness and somewhat flavor of a cream soda.

This is a good beer give it a shot.

Photo of mactrail
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pleasant amber color with ample head. Nice foamy swirls in the tall Stella glass. Persistent and peculiar aroma which is apparently vanilla, but smells like honey as well.

Brewer says this is brewed with "flaked corn and honey malt," so you can call it an Adjunct Lager. But maybe they use ale yeast, so call it a Spiced Beer. Whatever. It's quite flavorful with vanilla along with some malty biscuit taste. Some earthy hops that seem wildly inappropriate to the spice. Rather bitter aftertaste, especially for 21 IBUs. Maybe around the holidays this could be appropriate. Seems well made, but unappealing for any "normal" drinking.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Best Damn for $6.50. Label printed on.

Photo of thomda11
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tried this because it seems to be a popular item where I work and I've heard good things about Mother Earth Brew Co. It pours a nice light orange color with a modest head. The smell is mild and pleasant. The initial aroma is faint vanilla that gives way to an earthy smell I can't really define. The taste is heavy on the malt with a subtle--yet noticeable--vanilla flavor. The taste finishes off with a distinct bready characteristic. The breadiness in the aftertaste is unique, but I can't really put my finger on what it is. Overall, this is a solid, refreshing beer that tastes a lot like cream soda. A perfect beer for a hot day, or if you need a break from some of more robust ales out there. (in fact, I bought this cause all I had was Mission's Dark Seas Imperial Stout, but didn't want anything heavy).

Photo of Zraly
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gift to me from a friend living in San Diego. He's a good man.

Little gold with two-finger, white head into an Allagash glass. The nose is a soft, pretty vanilla coupled with a touch of fresh fruit.

Damn -- this tastes like cream soda. I don't know what else to say other than this is an alcoholic version of cream soda. Even better, though, is there is just enough bitterness from keeping this from becoming too sweet and cloying. A nice vanilla note, however, lingers a few seconds.

This is quite tasty if you are into cream soda, which I am. Very well-balanced. Light to medium bodied. Delicious, and something a little different for warmer whether beyond the session IPAs, wheat beers, etc.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to whiskey for the bottle.

Appearance: Dark gold with some very soft orange when held to direct light. Head is small, bubbly, and white. Drops to a super thin collar with no lacing or cap. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Vanilla. Cream soda. Some lightly caramelized malt. Slightly bready. A touch of sweetness from the malt base as well coupled with the vanilla. Some general cereal grain and cooked malt. A touch of corn husk and uncooked malt. Vanilla hits almost artificial but there's some hint of vanilla bean. Very mild hop presence. Some slight earthy and grassy notes. Really hits like a hopped cream soda.

Taste: Vanilla and caramelized malt. Slightly sweet with cooked malt and sweet cereal grain. Vanilla is a touch artificial. Warming pushes a slight bitterness. Some very vague earthy notes from the hops with a touch of dirt. Caramel malt backbone. Some mild bready elements as well. Warming ups the sweetness and the vanilla feels even less genuine. Takes on a husky straw note after a few sips. Relatively clean.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly crisp.

Overall: Hard cream soda?

The idea is really interesting but it falls a bit shirt of the mark. Ends up a touch too sweet and the vanilla doesn't quite jive in the long run.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great cream flavored beer I found in a six pack of cans at a Bevmo.

Photo of 49ers
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

I myself am not a big cream ale guy but my wife loves this beer. Overall it's very good drinking but a pint is my limit. It's a tad sweet like a cream soda and the alcohol is well balanced and overall a good drinking beer.

Vanilla is the main flavor and finished nicely, solid if your a cream ale enthusiast.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, vanilla, the candy stick that comes in a Fun Dip, and slight grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla and grassy 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 pretty good beer with an interesting but fairly strong vanilla presence all around.

Photo of rspauldi
3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Aroma is a little off-putting but the taste is a little better. Still pretty average and unremarkable.

Photo of llscotto
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Dark gold pour, hint of vanilla at the end of the sip. I was afraid the vanilla would be overpowering, but it isn't. Definite recommend.

Photo of ihazabucket7
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love, love, LOVE this beer. Vanilla right away, kind of a creamy taste in the mouth with a bit of bite on the back end. Easy drinking.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of a handful of Mother Earth beers I got from my brother for Xmas. Not sure the cost but I know it was purchased at Holiday Wine up in Escondido. Poured from a 22oz bomber into an Odell Brewing branded tulip glass.

Also - not too sure why this is listed as an herbed/spiced beer. Comes across as a pale with vanilla bean added. Almost identical to Alpine's Willy Vanilly that is listed on BA as an American Pale Wheat Ale. The style listed above gives one an inaccurate expectation of the actual type of ale in the bottle.

A: Pours a fairly clean light amber/straw-like hue with a 2 - 3 finger white head that lingers a while giving way to nice lacing from start to finish.

S: Honey, fresh cracked grain, vanilla bean - no hop presence.

T: Similar to the nose...more earthy and a very light bitterness from the hop. Has a cheap lager finish - similar to High Life, but obviously far tastier overall.

M: Light crisp and dry, somewhat mild carbonation for the style. Feels like the finish is on the verge of being a bit weak, but comes through in the end.

Overall a tasty session ale. Not sure on the price, but if it comes in around $5 for a bomber, then well worth the price - otherwise not really worth it. Weird time of year to release this one in the bottle...definitely more of a Spring/Summertime all-day drinker, especially at 5.2% ABV.

Photo of Rickymt72
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I did a tasting in Panama and everybody loved this one

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Cali Creamin' Vanilla Cream Ale from Mother Earth Brew Co.
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