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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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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 18.79%
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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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 68 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Calculat0r
4.5/5  rDev +43.3%

Calculat0r, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of YellowHammer
1.93/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

-Smells almost like a Coors Light.
-White head with no lacing.
-Taste is disappointing, no vanilla cream that you'd expect. The vanilla is basically nonexistent. This beer honestly tastes and smells almost like a Coors Light.

Overall a misleading beer which is very drinkable but not something that you'd savor. Its almost a funnel beer.

YellowHammer, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of LouDogg114
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

LouDogg114, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of slowdaddy
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

slowdaddy, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Bradwnelson
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Bradwnelson, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of GTB
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

GTB, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Lob
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Lob, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of swgwilt
3/5  rDev -4.5%

swgwilt, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very thin white head on a clear pale gold body. not very exciting. some lacing.

S: honey, vanilla, wheat, light biscuit notes. light on the nose.

T: where the appearance and nose lack, the flavor makes up for it. the vanilla really brings out the creaminess. wheat, honey and some sour lemon notes round this one out.

M: light body and high carbonation. crisp and refreshing.

Overall: this beer is incomplete. Ups and downs but I guess the flavor matters most and it is decent for the style.

kylehay2004, May 31, 2012
Photo of ColSanders123
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

ColSanders123, May 26, 2012
Photo of mattenglish
3/5  rDev -4.5%

mattenglish, May 17, 2012
Photo of NCLorax
3/5  rDev -4.5%

NCLorax, May 06, 2012
Photo of jmbraxton
2/5  rDev -36.3%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of rramsey
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

rramsey, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of dowen44
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

dowen44, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
2.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter on 12/6/11

Thanks to PDXHops

Timid golden yellow that has a shine to it in the light. A one thumb head doesn't last long, surrendering to a patch of bubbles and some haphazard trails of lace.

The aroma is weird and kind of off putting. Notions off vanilla taffy, marshmallow and dust swim in a pool of syrupy corn. Something makes me think "burnt citrus," whatever that means. As it starts to warm the nose shifts in favor of the vanilla and marshmallow, so that's nice.

Flavor-wise, this is pretty uneventful. Grainy and resembling the use of adjuncts; some grassy hops are strewn about, too. Vanilla is very mild and artificial.

Easily on the light side of the feel spectrum with moderate carbonation biting here and there. The finish is dry and has a lingering dirty presence that I don't care for; it sticks to the palate.

Overall impression - not outright terrible, but this isn't all that impressive. Maybe a decent summer beer or something.

Ryan011235, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -4.5%

jophish17, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Paincane
2.53/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden colored brew poured into pint glass produces a short-lived white head that has good retention and leaves moderate amount of lace.
S: Not much nose. Hint of vanilla with grain.
T: Grain, no cream. A little vanilla but it is there if you really try. Bitter, slightly tart finish that lingers for a bit.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: Disappointing and a bit of a misnomer. Lacked in vanilla or cream. I would not seek this one out again.

Paincane, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
2.58/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into a glass stein.

Appearance- The body is a pale golden yellow with a decent amount of carbonation columns. The head was about a half-finger in width before settling in at a slight, white film for a cap.

Smell- There is a big note of burnt grain on the nose, not subtle, and not appealing. I wish there was more to this head than that, but there is nothing.

Taste- Some bittering hops at the start, maybe some earthy note to it. Any vanilla or other biscuit quality I would have expected to really punch through in the middle to the finish, but no such luck!

There is some grain and roasted grain in the finish of the beer, maybe just a little bit of biscuit malt, but vanilla? I really, really wish there had been.

Mouth feel- The feel is pretty good to be honest. The body of the beer is balanced, not too light or heavy, and the creaminess is pretty good. It is not filling up the mouth, but it goes down pretty easily.

It is really that burnt grain that is taking away from the finish, not what has been done with the carbonation in the beer.

Overall- For as interesting as this one sounded, it did not deliver in the slightest. The nose had little to offer but burnt grain.

The taste was also a huge let down. Vanilla is virtually non-existent, and what is left, well, does not make for a very good drinking experience. No matter how tempted you are, this one can be avoided.

Pintofbrown, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of WillyMac
3/5  rDev -4.5%

WillyMac, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of iamsolidsnake
4/5  rDev +27.4%

iamsolidsnake, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Rhynes2
3.95/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this while vacationing in South Carolina. Pours a nice light color with little head and no lacing. The taste was of vanilla mostly but subtle honey flavor was also present. Very light malt character with a slight hop bitterness. Well rounded for the most part. The mouthfeel is the one thing i would change. I prefer this flavor to be less carbonated. The one I had was almost fizzy. Other than that it's a pretty good brew and something I would buy again given the chance.

Rhynes2, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a thin, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: A sweet aroma, with vanilla, malt, and a little hops coming through.

T: Tasted of some malt, vanilla, cream, and light hops in the finish. This is a surprisingly tasty beer. Very light, refreshing, and vibrant.

M: A high amount of carbonation with a tingly, smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this beer does have some flaws, it's still pretty enjoyable.

avalon07, Aug 22, 2011
Thomas Creek Stillwater Vanilla Cream Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.