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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: 6 | 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 swgwilt


3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-10-2012 19:23:09 | More by swgwilt
Photo of kylehay2004


3.6/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

05-30-2012 23:31:53 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of ColSanders123


3.75/5  rDev +19%

05-26-2012 03:09:13 | More by ColSanders123
Photo of mattenglish


3/5  rDev -4.8%

05-16-2012 23:43:05 | More by mattenglish
Photo of NCLorax

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.8%

05-06-2012 15:59:59 | More by NCLorax
Photo of jmbraxton


2/5  rDev -36.5%

04-03-2012 03:00:20 | More by jmbraxton
Photo of rramsey

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-27-2012 20:29:52 | More by rramsey
Photo of UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-12-2012 20:49:09 | More by UltimateLivewire
Photo of dowen44


3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-21-2011 18:06:47 | More by dowen44
Photo of Ryan011235


2.55/5  rDev -19%

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.

12-07-2011 06:08:36 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of jophish17


3/5  rDev -4.8%

12-04-2011 18:48:23 | More by jophish17
Photo of Paincane


2.53/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

12-03-2011 01:19:15 | More by Paincane
Photo of Pintofbrown


2.58/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

11-25-2011 23:25:20 | More by Pintofbrown
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.8%

11-21-2011 15:32:35 | More by WillyMac
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4/5  rDev +27%

11-18-2011 00:39:06 | More by iamsolidsnake
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3.95/5  rDev +25.4%

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.

10-12-2011 19:37:54 | More by Rhynes2
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South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +22.2%

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.

08-22-2011 12:10:30 | More by avalon07
Photo of mdaschaf


3.33/5  rDev +5.7%

Review from notes.

A: Pours a light golden color with a small foamy head on top. Decent retention, but not much lacing at all.

S: Rather light, with a but of bready malt and a definite vanilla presence.

T: Similar to the nose, except that the vanilla is more pronounced. It reminds me of cream soda actually. Some bready malt, a bit of spice, and maybe a touch of honey.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth.

O: Not a bad beer. The vanilla gives it a nice flavor profile, even though I am not a huge cream soda fan. Probably wouldn't have it again though.

08-16-2011 18:17:29 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of THECPJ


3.33/5  rDev +5.7%

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: vanilla, biscuit, malts

taste: vanilla, malts, bread

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: not a bad brew if you like vanilla. glad I got to try it.


08-12-2011 03:34:18 | More by THECPJ
Photo of iadler


3.23/5  rDev +2.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip

A- Clear light gold with a two finger head that leaves a small amount of lacing.

S- Vanilla cream and bready malt. Not overly complex but smells like cream soda.

T- Similar to the smell with vanilla being less noticeable, sweet bready malt and some faint citrus hop notes such as lemon zest.

M- Medium carbonation and light body. Mouthfeel is a little too watered down and was wishing it had a little creamier mouthfeel.

O- While the vanilla is noticeable, there really isn't anything else going on with this beer. The mouthfeel is too watered down which hurt this brew. Not bad, but nothing memorable.

07-20-2011 03:30:47 | More by iadler
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours golden with a relatively thin white head. Smells like frosted breakfast ceral with milk and a splash of vanilla. Tastes like diet vanilla cream soda. I think the light hops here emulate the bitterness of the artificial sweetner. As bad as that sounds, it's not terrible. Extremely creamy and the vanilla is restrained. Crackery malt makes this lighter and dryer than it could easily be. Interesting enough and several of my house guests liked it, but I probably won't buy it again.

05-08-2011 22:47:02 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of kagent777


3.73/5  rDev +18.4%

Thanks for this one from Another6Pack! Poured into a curvey pint glass.

Appearance: An almost crystal clear dark yellow/ light gold beer with nice fluffy white head that has some staying power and great lacing.

Smell: The vanilla is in the nose but subtle. Maybe a faint earthy hop note with a very light malt smell.

Taste: The vanilla is also in the taste. This is a light summer refreshing beer. There is a very slight hops bitterness that goes along with the sweetness of the vanilla. The finish is short and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is prickly and works with the overall refreshing them of this beer. The body is medium for a low ABV beer as this one.

Overall: The addition of vanilla is a nice touch. I am not sure that this one would stand out without the vanilla. I would love to try this on nitrogen. A decent beer.

04-21-2011 04:16:28 | More by kagent777
Photo of aasher


2.85/5  rDev -9.5%

I grabbed this one soley because it sounds delicious and sounds refreshing. I haven't had a really light beer in forever. So here goes nothing...it poured a very light and extremely clear golden yellow with a two finger frothy bright white head. It smells of a light lager with the slightest hint of vanilla. The lack of vanilla is actually surprising, despite being an extremely light style in the first place. As it warms it starts to open up a little bit. The vanilla is a little more apparent. The flavor too is disappointing. There is maybe one drop of vanilla per bottle. As it warms, the vanilla is actually apparent in the taste and aftertaste but it is very subtle. This is a cream ale, yes. Is it average? Maybe, maybe. It drinks light but is there really a reason to go back for another sip? Probably not.

03-31-2011 23:40:24 | More by aasher
Photo of JayS2629


3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

I had high hopes on this because I am one of vanilla's biggest fans. I was disappointed.

A- Hazy yellow gold wwith a creamy white head. Little lacing.

S- Sweet malts, Grassy. Slight skunk. Musty. Of course there is a hint of vanilla but not as strong as I wanted. Weak smell. Very faint.

T- Sweet, bready. Pilsner. Weak hops. Cream soda. Real vanilla, but barely taste it. Stronger smell than taste. Skunk on the end.

D- Goes down fairly easy. I keep looking for vanilla and coming up short. Skunk taste makes the drinkability suffer for me.

11-17-2010 14:33:43 | More by JayS2629
Photo of FreshHawk


3.6/5  rDev +14.3%

A - Light sunflower golden color. Average sized, foamy, creamy, smooth, pearl white head. So-so retention leaving just a little ring of lace.

S - A little faint, but sweet corn and malt are strong along with a definite hit of vanilla. A faint spiciness with pretty much no hops present.

T - Similar to the nose but a little stronger. Sweet corn and malt provide the backbone and there is a strong kick of vanilla. The vanilla doesn't taste artificial either (not the best vanilla flavor I've had, but not bad/artificial). Again a very faint hint of spice as well as a touch of breadiness. Somewhat reminiscent of a cream soda.

M - Light body with average carbonation. Thin but slightly smooth.

D - Goes down very easy and not too sweet, in a cloying way at least. Would be able and willing to put down a couple in a sitting.

Notes: Not a bad beer and what you would expect in a vanilla cream ale. Definitely sweet and reminds me of cream soda. Not a lot else going for it though. I enjoyed it, but I don't really know when I would want to drink it.

10-31-2010 00:36:28 | More by FreshHawk
Thomas Creek Stillwater Vanilla Cream Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.