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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: 139
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 18.67%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | 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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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

jp312, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

ToddGingerich, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

RochefortChris, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of tfsimpkins
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

tfsimpkins, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

KevinGordon, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of camartin27
3/5  rDev -5.1%

camartin27, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Bandi
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Bandi, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short but dense off white head that has very good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light aromas of biscuit malts are present in the nose along with faint bits of vanilla.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has light flavors of biscuity malts along with hints of vanilla.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit creamy and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but isn't overly flavorful and seems a bit thin on the mouthfeel.

metter98, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Chevelle66
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Chevelle66, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear gold color with a frothy white head. Nice retention and leaves a sheet of foam all around the glass. An impressive looking beer at least.

Nose is honeyed grains, with a hint of vanilla. Pretty standard Cream Ale aromas and is a little on the sweeter side than average. Im surprised the vanilla does not make more of a presence.

Taste is right in line with most cream ales I have had - the malts are light and grainy at best. There is something about cream ales that give it a unique taste - apart from blonde ales...they seem a little sweeter with a fuller body. The vanilla is pleasant, if a little on the light side. It a fairly well done beer, but being a little better than average in a rather uninspiring style category isnt going to garner the highest rankings unfortunately. I would drink this again for sure and if I was looking for a tasty, light-ish beer - this would do nicely.

twiggamortis420, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of akttr
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

akttr, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of CommanderCob
2.75/5  rDev -13%

CommanderCob, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of dowen17
1.44/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear piss yellow like cream soda. Two finger, VERY foamy, white head with low retention and some lacing.

Not much on the smell. A very small hint of vanilla on the nose. Other than that it smells like any other cheap beer you'd buy at a gas station. It's pretty repulsing, actually.

Taste is watery. Not really picking up any vanilla. Slightly bitter and not much going on for it. I don't understand the "vanilla ale" name at all.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated. Watery. Again, nothing special.

For this to be a "vanilla ale" it tastes just like any cheap beer you'd buy. Definitely wouldn't seek out/buy again. Only tasted because a buddy had some. If you like cheap beer I guess this is okay. The name is pretty deceiving for what it is.

dowen17, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of icehawk
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

icehawk, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Cylinsier
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a golden orange with a little bit of white lace for a head, dissipates away to nothing.

Mildly biscuity malt aroma with some citrusy hop and a noted vanilla character.

Mild vanilla flavor with some citrus and floral hop and bready malts.

Medium to light body with soft carbonation.

Not too bad actually, very light with minimal impact, but highly sessionable and unoffensive. Good thirst-quencher.

Cylinsier, Jul 31, 2013
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

WOLFGANG, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decent clarity. Pale orange-gold. Small head lipped up to a quarter-inch or maybe half. Doesn't really want to lace.

Stale and pale are the cereal grains with orange-y hops on the light and a familiar vanilla aroma that borders on artificial. Cream soda like, for sure. Just a little muted.

Artificial vanilla, lemon-orange citrus, pale grains, ale yeast, implied cream, low bitterness, light syrup/malt sweetness. Soft and watery with a filling-ness. Light-bodied and fairly unstrong with a woven bubble that saves it. Gone before you know it. A pushover at sub-5%.

A half-decent little cream ale. Charming in its own little way. For those who like their ales to taste like sodas.

thecheapies, Jul 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.1%

sluggo013, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, vanilla and somewhat creme soda like. In the taste, a small sweetness and a small vanilla presence. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry vanilla cream soda like aftertaste. Looks like a pils, tastes like a cream soda poured into a lighter ale.

OWSLEY069, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of macrosmatic
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Bright gold with some chill haze. One finger of white head over a fairly low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Light pilsner malts, vanilla, a bit sweet, and some almost lager-like fruity yeast esters.

T: Light cracker and pilsner malts, light vanilla undertones that increase noticeably as the beer warms, a bit yeasty with a sweet malty finish. This seems like a lager in a lot of ways.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation sensation. Low alcohol presence, but not a terribly creamy mouthfeel.

O: Not so good. Another miss from Thomas Creek. I've not been impressed with anything I've tried from them, with one notable exception - and this isn't it.

macrosmatic, Jul 08, 2013
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1/5  rDev -68.4%

mattday25, Jul 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

khoedhee, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of shand
1.88/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

This is a bad beer. This is a really bad beer. One of the worst I've had in a long time. It's got a decent enough golden body, but everything is far downhill from there. The aroma is generic, "wet dog", beer, with a huge artificial vanilla note messing everything up. The taste? Ugh. Not good. Not good at all. I can kinda taste the cream ale thing going on. It's not a good cream ale base, I'd take a Genny any day over it. And then you add in that big vanilla note, that big, fake tasting vanilla that doesn't even go with the base beer, and you have a prescription for bad times.

Don't buy this beer. It's not good. Nothing about it works, I had to chug it while it was still cool because I knew there was no way it would get better with temperature. Anderson Valley Summer Solstice does everything this beer is trying to do, but with a million times more aplomb.

shand, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

xShoWTeKx, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of wyatt13
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My friend Chris brought this bottle over as a surprise ... um, thanks? Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

A - A very light lemony yellow, with a good clarity. About one finger of white head sticks on top. Visible carbonation from bottom to top. Small amounts of lacing, but nothing too impressive.

S - A slight vanilla aroma, but it also has a watery and lemony aroma like a light beer. Not entirely pleasurable on the nose.

T - Pretty flavorless at the beginning of the taste. However, it later transitions to a bitter finish with a lot of vanilla that carries through the aftertaste. Not exactly a clean vanilla presence, but it is moderately creamy.

M - Very light bodied with a high carbonation level. Moderately dry after the swallow.

O - Chris described this as "a dessert beer for pussies." I'm not sure that I entirely agree, but it is not something I would actively seek out for any occasion. It is tolerable, but there are too many other options that are vastly superior.

wyatt13, Jun 11, 2013
Thomas Creek Stillwater Vanilla Cream Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.