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Thomas Creek Stillwater Vanilla Cream Ale - Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek Stillwater Vanilla Cream AleThomas Creek Stillwater Vanilla Cream Ale

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
23 IBU

(Beer added by: aracauna on 04-26-2004)
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Photo of biggred1


3.2/5  rDev +1.6%

Pale yellow with a fluffy snow white head. Vanilla and pale malts in the nose. This beer tastes like cream soda with noble hop bittering. Light bodied and fizzy. This is my least favorite of the TCB beers I've tried so far and I'm not sure what beer drinker would enjoy this brew. Forgettable.

10-27-2010 01:32:19 | More by biggred1
Photo of feelmefoam

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +12.1%

One of the few Thomas Creek bottles at my store I haven't tried yet. Stillwater Vanilla Cream Ale pours a light wheat color with plenty of carbonation running up from the etching in my glass into a finger of white head that hangs around for a minute before falling away. Moderate lacing left around the glass, not too thick, but nice and lacy.

The smell is probably the least impressive part of the beer, simply because it doesn't provide much in the way of strength. I can smell pale malts with a little bit of vanilla in the background, and that's about it. Even though it's not bad, I need a little more complexity and intensity.

The flavor and mouthfeel are both pretty respectable. On the tongue, the beer starts out light and creamy with some mild buttery pale malts and a little bit of light hoppiness, followed by a nearly perfect amount of vanilla flavoring. All this sits atop a medium-light body with a good amount of carbonation that helps the creamy feeling of the beer.

Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer, even if it is a little far-flung from the typical barley-hops-water traditional beers being brewed out there. It's like the cream soda version of a beer. While I like it, some people definitely won't. Still, it's definitely worth a try as it is a neat little field trip away from some more typical beers.

10-25-2010 22:01:10 | More by feelmefoam
Photo of Bung


3.15/5  rDev 0%

12 oz. Electric yellow pour with just a small layer of white head.

Herbal grassy aroma with just a faint hint of malt and vanilla. Not sure what this should smell like, but it is kind of macro-esque.

Taste is also kind of macro-esque. Very grassy, itty bitty bread and ittier bittier vanilla. I feel like I've got a little Bud breath after this.

Mouthfeel is light, but a lively almost creamy body.

Extreamely drinkable, just not all that enjoyable flavor wise.

The flavor does come out better as this warms.

06-07-2010 01:57:55 | More by Bung
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +12.7%

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Pours a nice golden pale yellow with a one-finger white head that quickly subsides to a minimal amount. There was no apparent lacing evident. The aroma was comprised of a slight hop hint and vanilla. The flavor of this beer actually came in three stages in the same succession: First you would get a very light hop flavor that was followed by a note of vanilla, that was then followed by a note of cream upon swallowing. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very interesting brew with multiple flavors coming in as the sip goes along. This is a nice seasonal from Thomas Creek and is very smooth to drink and enjoyable. Worth a try for any cream ale lover.

05-25-2010 12:21:37 | More by thagr81us
Photo of branimal9

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured into a pint glass & consumed with Ronzonie. Light straw gold in color, with a fluffy white head. Lightly malty-sweet on the nose; smells pilsner-y. No real vanilla aroma to speak of. Taste is light & crisp, with a bit of vanilla flavor mid-palate. Slightly dry and refreshing. A good, easy drinking ale for the summer season.

05-24-2010 20:03:45 | More by branimal9
Photo of Cyberkedi


2.53/5  rDev -19.7%

Aroma is fairly strong and mainly of wilting lettuce - not too promising. It pours a clear straw yellow with a rather typical fluffy white head. Flavor is malty, a bit wan - not what I expect from Thomas Creek; I have enjoyed the other beers from this brewery that I have tried. Texture is fairly smooth and fizzy, about average.

05-04-2010 00:27:57 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -15.9%

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint.

Pours a hazy gold with a rather large fluffy, creamy head of uneven height. Excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma is very reminiscent of a cream soda, but with the addition of a vague graininess. The vanilla flavor is quite strong, threatening to drown out the crisp light grains and gentle hop bite toward the swallow.

Overall impression: Would prefer the vanilla to be toned down a bit, but a tasty, refreshing brew.

11-11-2009 21:03:50 | More by PDXHops
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +16.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Always nice to try out some SC beers. Thomas Creek's Class Five wasn't spectacular, but Up the Creek showed some real potential. I thought this sounded like a tasty beer the first time I heard its name.

Pours a golden yellow with about a finger and a half of rich, creamy head. The foam is thick and retains very well, and leaves behind some impressive lacing. Lots of bubbly activity in the glass. You can't ask for a better looking cream ale.

Not really pulling much from the nose at all. It's got a bit of a pilsener vibe, thanks in part to what smells like lemony hops, but with a touch of vanilla.

The flavor basically follows the aroma. Lightly sweet up front from the vanilla, with a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. It's got the malt sweetness and grainy kind of flavor that gives off the pilsener vibe again. I don't know the ingredients, and I'm no hop expert, but these taste German.

Medium light body. Feels maybe a tad over carbonated. Not much to contemplate with this one. Just an easy drinker. I'm pretty pleased with this one.

11-04-2009 03:26:16 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of MrStark

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance clear gold with a one-finger white foamy head. Lots of rising bubbles. The head sticks around pretty much till the end, with a little bit of lacing.

Smell seams pretty faint. Just a hint of vanilla and hops. Nothing too impressive.

Taste has a mild vanilla sweetness. A small amount of hops towards the end. It almost has the quality of a cream soda. The vanilla isn't as prominent as I had hoped though.

Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is not too bad. I could see this as a session beer if your in the mood for something a little sweet. Goes down pretty easy.

10-15-2009 21:00:40 | More by MrStark
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +10.5%

Presentation: poured into a tulip glass from a brown bottle as pictured.

A: Golden yellow with a thin white head and minimal lacing.

S: Faint vanilla and hop scent.

T&M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. Nice light ale taste with mild vanilla flavor that is stronger up front and fades slowly in the background. Dry finish.

Decent beer.

09-11-2009 01:08:24 | More by cdizinno
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured into my pint glass a pale yellow with a thin white head on top. Little retention and little lacing. Smells of grains and slight vanilla. Hints of grass in there as well.

The mouth is a little thin, but has a nice carbonation bite. This is a pretty mild, basic cream ale. Some grassy notes mixed with a slight vanilla sweetness. Finishes sweet. Not bad. Pretty refreshing, really.

08-21-2009 15:42:53 | More by Onenote81
Photo of scottyshades


3.05/5  rDev -3.2%

A: Pours a completely transparent yellow/straw color that produces a sparkly pure white, fully carbonated head that retains poorly, but leaves some spotty lacing along the glass. Honestly, it looks like a typical macro lager. Wasn't too impressed, but I like Thomas Creek, so I'll stay positive.

S: A whiff of soft vanilla right off the bat. Smells very much like a cream soda. Also, buttery notes follow a massive dose of lactose that provides that creamy nose. Some twangy, metallic-possibly citrusy notes that are pretty faint, but there. Very one dimensional. No hops present.

T: Pretty similar to the nose. A little lighter than I expected, also much more carbonated than I had hoped for. But still nice and easy to drink, session beer for sure if you like the style (I don't).

MF/D: Heavy carbonation, light body for the style, syrupy tasting/lactose finish that lasts a short while.

Not too bad, but not great, I just happened to pick it up because I was one short in my six-pack and wanted to try something different.

08-19-2009 23:32:16 | More by scottyshades
Photo of xfactor9600


2.63/5  rDev -16.5%

Appearance: clear pale yellow. Some head.

Smell: a slight vanilla flavor that wasn't a poignant as I was expecting

Taste: a sweet concoction of hops and vanilla. Not what I was expecting or hoping for. In some sips the vanilla would come through more than others.

Mouthfeel: a light feel that did not feel well carbonated.

Drinkability: Ok, in a one or two bottle setting at most. I could not picture myself getting again, but would drink at someone's house.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 17:02:03 | More by xfactor9600
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -0.6%

On tap at Vintage 301 last night,poured a very ;ight lemony yellow with a tight formed 1/2 finger white that was gone quickly.Faint toasted aromas along with a whiff of vanilla but its quite faint.The mouthfeel was nice and creamy and went down smooth,flavors are pretty heavy handed vanilla and some light toastiness almost like a vanilla wafer.Eh it isnt bad for what it is but its not my thing.

06-11-2009 12:18:46 | More by oberon
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.3/5  rDev +4.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a small-sized, white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented vanilla additive amongst light pilsner malt notes and some spicy-minded hop accents.

Taste: Sweetish pale malts and lightly grainy pils come together with a taste of vanilla flavoring. Spicy hop character with a medium amount of bitterness. Small hint of citrus. Light bitterness and final taste of vanilla in the dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: An acceptable, generally easy-drinking beer, but, for me, the gimmick wears a bit thin halfway through the bottle.

05-28-2009 03:48:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of br3wmeister


3.2/5  rDev +1.6%

A- Big bubbly white head sits atop a pale yellow beer. The had dissipates quickly leaving only a thins layer that caps the beer. Some moderate lacing but nothing to write home about.

S- Lots of nice sweet fruity aromas, peach, plums and bananas with a hint of vanilla and some nice citrus hops. The vanilla aroma becomes very apparent as it warms up.

T- Wow, Lots of vanilla, I was not prepared for the amount of vanilla after smelling this beer. Very sweet and cake like flavors up front then a nice citrus hop balance helps to keep this beer drinkable.

M- Fairly light bodied with not much going on, normal carbonation not overly crisp or dry, just kinda average.

Overall this is a very vanilla-e beer, if you like vanilla get this beer. I personally thought it was a little boring.

04-25-2009 01:38:58 | More by br3wmeister
Photo of HeyItsChili


3.93/5  rDev +24.8%

A - Blonde with a small to medium white head that sticks to the inside of my glass.

S - Smells sugary with hints of vanilla and honey

T - Crisp yet creamy, lots of vanilla and honey as the smell suggests.

M - Creamy but not thick, lingering in the mouth a bit after a sip.

D - Very drinkable if you're into a sweet beer. Not too heavy, but not overpoweringly sweet.

11-30-2008 23:23:58 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of DrJay


3.2/5  rDev +1.6%

Got this one in a recent trade from mikesgroove. Thanks!
Very close to clear with just a faint haze, the beer was a straw yellow with a thin, coarse cap of white bubbles. A little bit of stickage, but not much in the way of lacing. Light aroma overall with vanilla front and center, some cereal grain and sugary caramel notes were in the background. Taste was more of the same with mild bitterness. Vanilla and sweetness lingered. Light bodied, crisp carbonation, decent texture. A drinkable beer, fairly refreshing, but the vanilla didn't have much to play with. Even though the vanilla was fairly light, it completely dominated the flavour and aroma. Not bad though and sort of interesting.

09-12-2008 22:56:22 | More by DrJay
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -2.2%

Picked up one of the newly labeled bottles the other day and wanted to give it a try. I had this I think last year but did not really remember much about it so I figured I would give it one more shot. Poured into a pilsner glass it was a nice hazy, light yellow color with a good sized three inch high head of white foam. Very nice carbonation profile with rippling bubbles shooting skyward throughout the session. Decent head retention and some good side glass lace.

The aroma was nice and light, not really much of a hint of anything here with the faintest exception of some light vanilla just kissing the nose, mostly light grain and wheat though. The taste was just the same, very light, with a clean, crisp, and well carbonated light body to it. Light hints of malt mixed in with what seemed like an artificial vanilla flavor, not terrible, just not particularly impressive either. Easily session able, I was unsure if there was even alcohol in this one as it came off so light.

Overall not a bad light, outdoor on a hot day type of beer, but to be honest I have had better. Still though not a bad effort and I would not be terribly opposed to trying it again. Decent effort for sure.

07-03-2008 01:17:56 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.13/5  rDev -0.6%

I'm actually somewhat surprised with this one. Given my past experience with this brewery, it is a miracle indeed that I even agreed to to try something else from these guys. I understand, however, that TC has totally re-packaged their beer and is brewing with new recipes for a totally new start.
This wasn't an amazing beer. In fact, it was a notch or two above average at best. However, it was leaps and bounds better than anything I had from them in the past. It poured a golden straw colour with a two and a half finger thick frothy, soapy head. CO2 continually streamed upward resulting in terrific head retention. Smell was rather tame sweet malts, a very modest *hint* of vanilla, and bereft of any hops. Taste was somewhat light being mostly sweet malts with a bit of an earthy hop bitterness. The vanilla is very, very subtle indeed. In fact, any perception of vanilla at all is probably my mind fooling my palate. If you handed this to someone in a pint glass without them seeing the bottle and just said it's a cream ale, they'd likely never know that vanilla was involved at all. In the end, a rather forgetable beer that was neither fantastic nor dis-pleasing, but given their history, this is a monumental improvement. Great work Thomas Creek.
*Note* A visit to their website reveals that there are Kent Goldings and Fuggles in this. Okay, I'd believe that. It also says there's Cascade in here, as well. How much? One cone?

06-18-2008 03:07:26 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +10.5%

Hadn't had this one in a while but remembered it's quite refreshing. Served a nice gold yellow with a thin head that lasts as a thin layer. Aroma was some sweet malt and just a hint of vanilla. The taste is a nice subtle blend of vanilla and malt. The beer is nice and light with a refreshing crisp bite. This is a decent beer if you're looking for summer refreshment.

06-09-2008 18:31:25 | More by atsprings
Photo of clemsonbrewer

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +28.6%

Hazy lemon yellow appearance. HUGE white fluffy head that hangs around a long while. A thin head stays on the beer the whole time with good sticky lacing decorating the glass gracefully. Sweet grain smell. There's not a lot of vanilla in the smell like I had suspected but still a great smelling beer. Sweet grain taste with vanilla coming through in the end and hints of lemon shining through at random times. Such a creamy feel to it with a sweet citrus palate. This is a great brew from a brewery on the way up.

11-29-2007 04:06:35 | More by clemsonbrewer
Photo of beeragent


3.8/5  rDev +20.6%

Finally, I am able to try this brew. While on vacation in Tennessee, I was able to find a store that carried this. As a fan of vanilla beers, I have been waiting a few years to try this and it finally happened. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a glass. The beer pours a light clear straw, forming a good 1 inch head that slowly faded. The aroma is an interesting mix of vanilla and what smells like grain. The taste further brings out a grainy character, but also plenty of vanilla flavoring, along with a balanced hop and malt presence. Not complex, but still tasty. The mouthfeel is smooth and light. Low abv. and decent flavor make for a very drinkable beer. While not as sweet as some other flavored beers, this is still not something that I would want to drink continuously all night, but a great beer to start the night with or in between the heavy-bodied brews. Overall, well worth the wait IMO. I just wish this was available in Texas. Definitely worth seeking out on future out-of-state trips.

11-06-2007 03:48:16 | More by beeragent
Photo of Wasatch


3.63/5  rDev +15.2%

Thanks goes to slcbrewer for this one.

Pours a cloudy darker yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white head, some islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, hoppy, some hint of vanilla, some caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, some hint of vanilla, the finish is pretty dry. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad of a brew, would be great for the hot days of summer.

04-23-2007 00:51:12 | More by Wasatch
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3.7/5  rDev +17.5%

12oz. bottle courtesy of bobbyc881

Hazy, pale yellow in color. Large, creamy, off-white head.

Aroma had vanilla (surprise!), but not too heavy handed. Spicy and citrusy. Bit of sweet character, kinda like honey.

Taste was very citrusy, mainly lemon. Taste was not really sweet at all. Aftertase showed some of the vanilla (faint) and grass.

Light in body. Almost too carbonated. Pretty dry.

Overall, a good summer beer. Simple, but easy to enjoy.

03-12-2007 14:55:13 | More by
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