The Lawn Ranger Cream Ale - Cedar Creek Brewery

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The Lawn Ranger Cream AleThe Lawn Ranger Cream Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

92 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cedar Creek Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mora2000 on 08-19-2012

The Lawn Ranger leaps triumphantly, from yard to yard, knoll to brook, fighting overgrown weeds, ungodly insects and gnomes every step of the way. Cream ale in hand, he fights with a brazen display of malted, expertly fermented showmanship. He leaves a trail of hearty good times and happy hours in his wake. We’ll follow you anywhere, Lawn Ranger…
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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by woodychandler:
Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The wondrous JenRay has come through again with more CANned beers in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)! She is a regular CANtributor to the madness and one who is fully worthy of a trade. Texas seems to really be embracing the idea of craft CANs.

From the CAN: "Cream Ale is a style that is under-appreciated by most of the craft beer world. We want to change that. Lawn Ranger is a session ale with a solid malt character from the Ameri[CAN] 2-row, with rye and flaked oats thrown in for good measure. Rye and oats are not typical ingredients for Cream Ale, but we like the additional character and body they provide. We use a minimal blend of Apollo and Bravo hops to balance the malts and German Alt yeast. This 'Lawnmower Ale' is the one to drink during the hot Texas summers or when you want to have more than a couple. Saddle up, Mower Maverick!"; "Brewed in East Texas".

Well, I am in the minority, as usual. One of my favorite beers, as an underage CANsumer, was Genesee Cream Ale (Genny Cream) and I really drank it up during the summer of 1990 at Amigo's Bar & Grill in Portland, Maine. I will be interested to see what rye and oats do for the style. They CAN't hurt in lieu of corn, I will wager.

The Crack! unleashed a fair amount of foam, so I backed off and allowed things to settle just a bit before proceeding. It was certainly a brimful CAN, but I was unsure that volume was the root cause and so I went with a gentle pour. This was the right idea as mounds of pillow, bone-white head immediately formed and threatened to overmount the edge of the glass. I was left with just over a finger of rocky, bone-white head as a result. Color was a murky lemonade-yellow (SRM = 3.7). Nose had a grassiness to it that made me look up the hops varieties being used. Bravo was the aroma hop, but I was curious to see what Apollo was going to do to the taste. The mouthfeel was quite effervescent, paving the way for the riot of flavors to come: citrus, tropical fruit, black pepper and freshly-mown grass all came to mind. This was NOT the cream ale of my misspent youth, lemme tell ya! Great lacing began to form and cling to the interior of my glass as I pondered this beer. The finish was semi-dry with the rye providing a lingering black pepper taste that stuck in the back of my throat. Color me impressed! If this truly fits the definition of a session beer, then I would highly recommend loading up with some for the upcoming summer. If not, then CANsume at will, but know that it is a very different iteration of the style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
2.33/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano.

The beer pours a slightly dirty, hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a some strong banana notes, as well as some cream and wheat notes. The flavor is very similar. I get some sweet malt and a lot of banana and wheat, a handful of flavors that don’t really go well together. Overall, the beer tastes like a mess. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Not good, hopefully the brewery will improve as they get more experience.

Photo of Treyliff
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a pint glass

A- pours a hazy golden yellow color with a small creamy white head that retains nicely after the pour, leaving some lace behind

S- adjunct lager aroma with some toasted grain & oat, light sweetness reminiscent of cream soda

T- light creamy sweetness up front gives way to some toasted grainy flavor, just a hint of earthy hop, more toasted malt on the finish with a slight sweet linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy, almost chewy mouthfeel that continues through to the finish

O- high drinkability on a straight forward cream ale, the oats added a nice mouthfeel

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the incredible woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty. Taste is of malts, clean, refreshing, a touch of rye. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, as advertised, is a fine lawnmower beer.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz tallboy pours a fairly clear gold color with a dense cap of brilliant white head. Nice retention and moderate lacing...this is a good looker.

Nose is definitely traditional Cream Ale - light, soft malts and a touch of sweet fruitiness - maybe in line with pears and honeydew. Hopping is light.

Taste shows honeyed grains leading the charge with some fruity yeast undertones. Hops are light on flavor and aroma but definitely have a touch of bittering to clean things up on the back end. Mouthfeel is well done, it has a sweet side but is certainly not cloying and finishes dry enough. Carbonation level is good. I think this is a pretty dang good rendition of the style - problem is there is not much competition for it. Ive yet to have a Spotted Cow, Id put it above Genessee and Little Kings by a mile, buy a notch below AV Summer Solstice.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.57/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very cloudy golden color with a nice pillowy white head that settles at a fast to medium rate with no lacing down the glass.

The nose is sweet and fruity with with a sharp hop note that has hints of lemon, oranges, grass bread and the faintest hint of black pepper.

The taste is a nice creamy effervescent experience that is a light mixing of dry malt with spicy hops and creamy notes of citrus, grass and a nice clean dry finish that does not cling to the palate.

The mouthfeel is a definite cream ale. it is creamy and silky and is a definitive cream ale.

Overall this is an exceptional cream ale and meets all the criteria for such a style extremely well. This one is definitely Americanized Cream Ale and has a bit more hops, .less sweetness and is just damn good.

Definitely drink this beer

Photo of HipCzech
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 3rd Floor (Houston, TX), poured into a stemmed Pilsener glass. Slightly hazy pale yellow with a frothy white head. Lightly malty, grassy, slight yeast fruit and spice. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body and creamy carbonation. Easy to drink with some nice grain bill flavors.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.26/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly tan and clear, pretty good head and lacing.

Aroma and flavor: very nice. Light, and not especially strong in either flavor or aroma, but that's exactly how this style is supposed to be. In fact, I brewed a creme ale, which came out fantastic (much better than I thought it would, to be honest), and it's incredibly similar to this one. There's a good hops bite but it's not overly powerful, this ain't an APA after all, and the flavor has a nice corny sweetness with a touch of hoppiness and a little fresh cut grass (from the lawnmower!).

Body is light, high carbonation, super easy drinking. This is an excellent example of a creme ale and deserves a very high score. Done.

Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 fl oz aluminum can acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average. Reviewed as a cream ale for obvious reasons. "IBU: 16. OG: 11.2 SRM: 3.7."

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white colour. Fizzy and disappointingly thin. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Complexion and consistency are both subpar. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow of average vibrance. Clean; no floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a bit underwhelming for a cream ale. Far from unique or special. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Clean barley, oats, pale or pilsner malts, and a nice floral hop character. A slightly spritzy perfumey pleasant aroma of average strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

I'm excited to try it.

T/Mf: Creamy, sure, with the faintest hint of buttery character. Clean barley. Oats. American pale malts. A kiss of corn adjunct. Slight graininess. Wheat.

It's an admittedly simple build, but I find it nicely cohesive and balanced for what it is. Lacks subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. It doesnt' really come together as fully as it needs to. For a cream ale, it's not quite creamy enough. Maybe a nitro-widget is in order?

Light on the palate. Smooth and wet. Well-carbonated. Not creamy enough. Not crisp. Largely unrefreshing. Okay body and thickness. The texture doesn't suit the taste particularly well.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from world class. While I do like it in a general sense and could kill a 6 pack in one sitting, I can't see myself buying this again - especially with other superior cream ales out there around this price point (e.g. Kilkenny). It's a nice little beer from Cedar Creek, but it takes more flavour to run with the big dogs.

C+

Photo of cpetrone84
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is transparent yellow with a tight creamy off white head. Nose is strong grain, a bit stale and very grassy. Taste is a bit more palatable. The grain is strong, some creamy vanilla notes and grassy herbal hops in back. Lighter body with strong carbonation and a soft clean feel.

Photo of Premo88
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into tall mug

L: yellow ... very clear, just a hint of mistiness in it; over multiple pourings, the nice white head of foam that pops up can be almost whatever you want it -- on this regular pour, the head rose about 1/3 to almost 1/2 inch and is not sticking much

S: creamed corn ... lots of grain; subtle, light sweetness

T: everything is subtle here, so it's hard to pull out exactly what I'm tasting -- it boils down to a light, sweet barley with some grain (corn) and no bitterness whatsoever. there is a creamed corn taste at times, but again it's very, very subtle

F: as drinkable as anything I've had without being watery ... it *is* light

O: it's not perfect, but, man ... if you want "just a beer" without any bells and whistles, this sucker is fantastic. just enough sweetness from the malt to be tasty with no hop profile at all -- no bitterness, spiciness, nothing. there is a pinch of grain in there that's mostly corn and at times creamed corn, but it never gets that sour taste some brews have when creamed corn comes to mind.

what makes this a "cream ale"? i have no idea, but i can see why so many people are loving this brew. it's simple, easy-drinking and good.

Photo of drinkAK
4.96/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is only the fourth cream ale I have tried (new glarus, genessee, and my homebrew) theis brew exceeds them by far.

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a white bubbly head that lingers and leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Smell is floral and clove with a mild alcohol note.

Taste very well balanced with a little bitterness lingering on the tounge.

Mouthfeel is creamy... as a cream ale should be.

Fantastic! I will buy more and I look forward to visiting the restaurant!

Photo of NiceFly
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a quart mason jar.

I just picked this up out of curiosity and I am glad I did. I do not see a canning date; today is 6/7/2013.

A- Straw yellow with haze and a small head.
S- Smells of sweet grains and not much else.
T- Clean crisp refreshing. Not much in the way of esters. Perfect for an during/after lawn mowing. I am having this one after a Hopadillo and it cuts through nicely getting me ready for another Hopadillo or the like.
M- Full for such a light beer.

O- Will buy again. Performs as advertised, certainly not the next PTY.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 16 oz. can, this beer is straw- colored with a nice head of white foam at first, but it falls apart quickly and leaves little or no lacing. The nose is one of sweet grain and a dash of fruit but little else.

This beer has an interesting flavor profile for its style. It features the taste of bread and cereal grains including rye and oats. I had to research to see if I was really tasting oats and sure enough, oats are used in the brewing process. The taste is sweet overall and is very much like a bowl of cereal with a little bit of added spice and a touch of generic fruit.

This is an interesting version of the cream ale style and I liked it more as I consumed. One thing I did notice is that each can has some yeast sediment in the bottom and in order to taste the beer the way it was intended, you need to pour into a glass only part way at first, then agitate the remains of the can in order to mix up the sediment before pouring the rest. if you do not do this, you will miss out on some of the flavor at first and the beer will seem a little bland.

Overall, this is a good everyday beer and it seems ideal for warm weather consumption. The refreshing character and more easy- going nature make it a good choice for a warm summer day. It isn't like other cream ales, but that might actually be a good thing as I cannot think of many cream ales that I like very much. Cheers!

The Lawn Ranger Cream Ale from Cedar Creek Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.