Cream Ale - Cameron's Brewing Co.

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-09-2003

Cameron’s Cream Ale is the beer that started our company. Hailed by Toronto Life in 1998 as “best new beer of the year.” This elegant golden ale is crisp, refreshing and balanced with a fruity backbone. Brewed with 2 row malted barley and specialty hops from the UK. Cameron’s Cream Ale is a dimensional beer that is refreshing in the summer and comforting in the colder seasons.
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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.59/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from a four-bottle sample pack. Packaged on February 11th.

Poured into a becker glass. Extremely light for an ale, a fine golden hue, with a thick creamy head and sheets of lacing rings. Good looking brew.

The nose is bready malts, a bit of hops, and then a strange adjunct smell that reminds me of cardboard or something tomato-y. Maybe a bit of apple in there, like a really sweet cider. Not altogether pleasant.

Taste is sweet, grainy, but with that strange flavor from the nose that's becoming quite offputting. Again, like other reviewers, I get tomato or something that really shouldn't be found in a beer. That particular flavor is not overpowering though, and so the rest of the brew is mild and easy to drink. A bit of apple, and the finish is nice and smooth, but it's not something I'm enjoying much. Not something I'm liable to return to.

Creamy, thick, a bit flat after a strong carbonation burnoff after pouring.

I'll still review them just in case I find one I like, but I'm not a fan of cream ales, and this one is a perfect example of why this is so. Bland, sweet, and with a strange adjunct flavor that really throws the whole off. Won't get again.

Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another two week sojourn in T.O. for work, another hotel with some local-ish microbrews on draft at their in-house bar. A 20oz pint whilst grabbing a pre-anniversary night bash drink with my girl, flown in just for the occasion.

This beer appears a faintly hazy medium golden orange colour, with one finger of puffy, bubbly and ultimately creamy white head, which leaves a few walls of spackled lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy cereal malt, simple honey, vanilla cookies, and grassy, leafy hops. The taste is more of the same - sweet bready grain, vanilla wafers, dried honey, and somewhat tangy floral, perfumed hops.

The carbonation is moderately soft, the body medium weight, mostly smooth, and just a wee bit creamy, sort of the runt of the family, as it were. It finishes pretty dry, some plain graininess and pithy florals loitering for a bit.

A moderately above-average cream ale, mostly unmemorable, and inoffensive. Nothing I would go out of my way to procure, but adequate if there are no better options, read: swanky, expense-account hotel bar. And what the hell does being 'dimensional' mean? Existent? Here right now? Pfft.

Photo of mintjellie
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep gold in colour, topped by a finger of somewhat lacy and retentive head. Toasted bread aroma, simple but pleasant. Malt-forward and doughy flavour with some light fruity esters giving it some apple character. A noticeable buttery flavour detracts from it's flavour. Minimal hopping is restrained to a very light bitterness in its short finish. I think this tastes pretty good for what it is. Light-bodied with an abundance of soft, finely textured carbonation. Not bad, but not something I care to return to.

Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nothing outstanding about this beer, whose style has become popularized through Creemore flagship. OK pour and foam. Was a bit sweet, no outstanding flavour.OK on the tongue. Found it dried the mouth and felt was bits of yeast aftertaste. Fine for a summer day. A cut above national brands.

Photo of paxkey
2.36/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours out pale yellowish with some orange tints.
aggressive pour yields fluffy 3 finger white head.

getting some wet cardboard smell off this. Cannot quite describe what i smell..kind of like the smell after opening a canned tomato juice.. yes smells oddly of tomato juice

it does have a creamy mouthfeel but that tomato-ish aroma is present in the taste. finishes creamy and a bit bitter. but overall not a winner.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured in to pint glass

A - Light yellow, slight cloudy with a lot of visible carbonation.

S - Crisp, bready malts and a slight bitter hop nose with a faint citrus smell.

T - Slight hop bite up front with some citrus. A nice crisp bready malt backbone.

M - Light body with a very slight creamy texture. Heavily carbonated.

D - An enjoyable beer but not a memorable one.

Photo of baiser
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow, little white head, not much retention. Mostly malt in the nose, with some floral hops. Taste was sweet, bready, and some fruity tones. Finishes dry, slight bitterness. A tad watery IMO. A bit too sweet for my liking. Some other off flavours present too.

Photo of patre_tim
2.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Golden copper, clear filtered, little slow rising carbonation, 3 fingers of off white head, nice lacing, fades moderately fast.

S: Lager yeasts, dried hay, slight fruitiness, slight hot banana pepper spice, snow.

T: Lager like, light dried hay, cereal as in Shreddies, little dull bitterness on the end, lightly hopped, very light sweetness. Corn.

M: Medium bready body, medium low carbonation.

O: Ok. Smooth, light, lager like, not wowing me. Got it in a Cameron’s mixed pack.

Photo of headlessparrot
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I decided to partake in Cameron's Cream Ale after sampling - and being fairly impressed - with their Auburn Ale. Cameron's Cream Ale was, of course, the first beer brewed by the fledgling family brewery, and it is an excellent take on a personal favourite style (Cream Ale doesn't get the love it deserves for being a straightforward, refreshingly simple and tasty brew), perhaps the best Cream Ale that I've tried.

Poured into my pint glass from an industry standard twist-off bottle (freshness dating on the 9-pack, though I can't figure out if its a confusing code or simply the brewed-on date) a typical cream ale colour. Fairly straw yellow, as per the style, but with a surprising hint of orange. Some bubbles, but not nearly as overcarbonated as the macro 'marker' for the style (Sleeman's Cream Ale). Topped by a finger and a half of fairly fluffy head that dies down fairly quickly to a few rings and some light, light lacing. It doesn't wow the eye, but it's a fairly respectable looking brew.

Smell is surprisingly similar to Cameron's Auburn Ale, which compels me to believe that this is a sort of 'trademark' character (not unlike the Sleeman cooked veggie odour, though much, much more pleasant). Dominant fruits in the nose (though I can't figure out if its a result of hopping or the malt) - raspberries, blackberries, etc. Faint graininess, an herbal sort of character, a slightly yeasty character, a touch of malt. Very nice.

Taste is likewise similar to the Auburn Ale, and rather nice in its own right. The initial fruit/herbal character presents itself quickly with a sweetness. Fairly creamy, and a surprisingly nice malt backbone. Some graininess, a touch of lemon, nuts, and just a sprinkle of bitterness that balances out the sweet. Finishes fairly dry, with a pleasant malty taste in the mouth. Quite a good cream ale; this should serve as a marker for the style in Ontario.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly nice as well, as Cameron's lacks the extreme over-carbonation of most cream ales I have sampled in the past - it is lively, but unobtrusive, and is matched by a nice medium body. As with any cream ale, drinkability is up there - these are hot weather, refreshing beers, and this is no exception.

3.5's across the board for a fairly impressive brew. If you're a fan of the Cream Ale and you haven't tried Cameron's, you should go out now and do so. If you're not a fan of the style, this is still worth a try, as its a great beer in its own right, regardless of style.

Photo of Roke87
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341 mL bottle from the OCB spring discovery pack, chilled and poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a clear golden yellow colour although a bit more on the amber spectrum with a half of a finger of white that quickly dissipates to a nice ring around the glass leaving minimal to no lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- Very malty on the aromas, smells likes a big loaf of bread, not much else going on in the nose although I also do get that typical adjunct smell that is found in mass produced macros, which almost wet cardboard aromas if you will.

Taste- To be honest it really reminds me of Rogue’s dead guy ale which I didn’t really like all that much either, a lot of bready malt flavours that almost taste like that canned Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, lots of weird flavours coming from this one.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with average carbonation, smooth and crisp and it is a little creamy as well but not what I expected from a cream ale.

Overall- Personally I didn’t really like this one, I mean it’s definitely not a drain pour and it reminds me of a higher rated American craft but it really tastes like an adjunct macro, not much aromas going on and the tastes really match the smell as well, just a lot of bready malts and not a whole lot else. Would not pick this one up again and probably wouldn’t have if not for the OCB discovery pack.

Photo of spinrsx
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with a below average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, grass, corn, honey

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains mixed with malts and some cooked corn. There is also quite a bit of corn syrup and/or honey sweetness. And maybe a little bit of a butterscotch flavour. The beer finishes with a grainy sweet aftertaste.

Overall – I had no issues with this beer. Seems like a fairly good example of the style and although I wouldn’t buy it again I’m happy that I gave it a try. It was better than the Muskoka Cream Ale for sure.

Photo of StarshipPoopers
2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Virtually no head even with a hard pour. What little head that did form (perhaps a centimetre) quickly dissipated into a thin ring around the glass and a few patches of film. The beer is a very clear and light gold. Pretty average.

S - Not much going on here. It smells sweet, sort of an apple smell but smells off. Not that inviting in my opinion.

T - The taste is rather strange, I don't enjoy it at all. First you have the smell which isn't inviting to begin with, and then you taste this and it just tastes... off. I do taste the apple notes and slight bready malts, but there is also an unidentifiable flavour lurking through that throws everything out of order.

M - Alright, pretty light with medium carbonation.

D - In my case, not high at all. This beer is getting the drain. If someone could enjoy the taste or even find it acceptable then I'm sure that this would be a decent session beer. But for me I would sadly rather resort to macro beers than this any day. This was equally bland but also off putting, which ruined it for me.

Not a fan.

Photo of Shiloh
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew shows up as a medium golden product and a little cloudy..aroma is just OK, nothing exceptional..limited head which quickly disolves to a minor glass ring..
Taste is very nice, almost a bitter/sweet with a very slight lingering moment...I would definetely recomend this cream ale.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle, the last in a sampler of four different brews.

Pours a relatively deep golden yellow, almost honey-like in hue, topped with less than a finger of white head that retains poorly. Carbonation level looks almost flat. The aroma is very faint and pretty simple, but it's enjoyable enough. I am reminded of a loaf of honey oat bread... not so much the oats, but the other parts. It's malty, bready, and a little sweet.

The taste is also pretty straightforward and inoffensive. Malts are pretty dominant, very bready with lots of sweet honey and fruity apple notes. Slightly peppery; there is some vague grassy or herbal bitterness in the finish, but the aftertaste is mostly sweet. This is a thin-bodied beer, but it still manages to feel a little syrupy. Fairly creamy, though, with moderate carbonation to facilitate this.

This is refreshing I guess, but not anything that I'd go out of my way for again. I would not consider this significantly better (or worse) than Sleeman Cream Ale, which I have never been a big fan of anyway. Probably the weakest of the four brews in the sampler pack, but to be fair it's a decent example of the style and perfectly drinkable. Try it if the opportunity comes up, but unless you really like cream ales you can probably skip this without much loss.

Update (Nov. 14 2012) - Picked up another sampler... almost exactly a year later, too! I feel I must take back my Sleeman Cream Ale comparison - this cream ale is noticeably better, and even though it's not really up my alley, it's still clean-tasting and approachable. I bumped the taste score up a tiny bit to reflect my softened opinion. I wouldn't really call Cameron's Cream Ale particularly good, but it's not mediocre, either. It's somewhere in between, and an arguably solid example of a relatively uninteresting style.

Final Grade: 3.35, a B-.

Photo of mikemands
3.99/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a good crisp cream ale, typical but well done

Photo of grub
2.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

pours pale yellow with a thin white head. head drops almost instantly and leaves no lace.

smells like a macro. dms and corn. bit of grain husk. earthy. mushrooms?

taste is a bit better. very low bitterness. light honey sweetness. hint of dms. bit of biscuit malt.

mouthfeel is ok. light bodied with medium carbonation.

drinkability is ok. the smell is throwing me off, but the taste is ok. overall not too bad, but not too great either.

Photo of karait95
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The looking is good according to the style, well carbonated, the head is medium with a layer on top of withe bubbles with mixed sizes, the color is also nice a golden yellow one.

S: Barley malt smell, mixed with some sugar and really minimal hops. It is pleasant and nice not very intense but present.

T: The flavor is more light or faint than strong, not too intense.

M: There is a short little bitter ending, the start is nice but also minimal not as intense as expected.

Photo of funkengruven
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a yellow-orange with a little lacing. Smell is unique, vegetable aromas in the nose. Taste is a bit sweet and slightly vegetable like. Not overly carbonated, pretty smooth. Better than some other cream ales i've had in the past. This beer is ok, i'd have another if offered.

Photo of bryehn
3.27/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with a small, but very frothy white head that stays as a collar without leaving lace.

Smells very fresh. Has a real butterscotch or toffee overtone to it, but mostly sweet malts. Gets more bready after warming.

Surprisingly crisp. Tastes malty, but well-balanced between sweet and tart. There's an odd, almost sour taste in the finish that I can't put my finger on.

Decent carbonation and quite crisp. Yeasty, bread-like on the tongue. Has a sort of resin in the aftertaste.

Another very drinkable beer from Cameron's, though maybe a bit too syrupy. This one plays it safe and would go over well in many casual settings.

Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gold with a white head, minimal retention & lacing.

S: Faint sweet & fruity aroma.

T: Light caramel sweetness, light floral spicing, hints of cotton candy fruity esters, imperceptible bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth (almost creamy) with carbonation pleasantly on the low side of moderate.

D: Quite drinkable.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.45/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bubbly bright yellow gold color with a nice head of white foam totalling about 1 inch. Some lace inside the glass. Clear presenation.

S: Unique popcorn and malt aroma. Buttery bread essence. Some notes of hay and grass. Very fresh smelling.

T: Light, yet rich. Complex yet simple. This is a beer of wonderful contradictions; Mild malty flavor lends itself nicely to a buttery fresh bread flavor that is accented by the hints of hops and grain. Slightly sweet flavor likely due to caramel malts. Very, very nice.

M: A touch more carbonation, and this is heaven in a cream ale. Otherwise, it's crisp, slightly sharp, and very refreshing.

D: Yep, it's hella drinkable. This should be a staple in the Canadian craft community during the summer months. Totally sessionable. Recommended. One of the best examples of the style I've ever had.

Notes: Special thanks to biegaman for the sample.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.22/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cold into a Keith's pint glass. Picked this up as part of the Cameron's taster's pack.

Appearance - Nice dark golden color, very clear, but virtually no head at all is poured, and what is poured dissipates almost immediately. The color looks good, just wish there was more head here. Some good lacing left around the glass however.

Smell - Faint sweetness of caramel and maybe a trace of vanilla, that I find in many cream ales. Also general beer graininess dominates the aroma. Not a lot else, but the nose comes through boldly and smells inviting.

taste - More of the roasted grains, transitioning to a bitter conclusion from the hops. The vanilla and caramel sweetness on the nose doesn't show up in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Lowish carbonation gives a slightly flat feel, yet at the same time there is a fizziness that is briefly present when it first hits your tongue. Dry finish lingers in the mouth a while too.

Overall - A bit better than I had remembered it, but definitely nothing outstanding. Holds its own with some of Ontario's other brewers in the style, but not anything I would rush out again. The main purpose behind trying the pack was to get a small taste of the rye Pale Ale and the Deviator Doppelbock anyway, but this will help quaff my thirst for the afternoon.

Photo of crwills
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bland and boring, and really not much better than some of the better macro lagers out there. Pale yellow with a small, fizzy head. Very low hop presence in both the aroma and flavour. Flavour, in general, is mild bordering on weak, but with no detectable adjuncts or off flavours. Improves slightly at warmer temperatures. Over-carbonated.

Photo of MMansfield
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brought back sample from the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenur. White head, little lacey ring.

Aroma: Diacetyl, acetaldehyde, caramel malt, some hops.

Taste: Mostly caramel, grainy in finish. Low bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, light bodied.

Final Statement: Better than the Dark Ale.

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love the concept of the taster packs sold by Canadian craft brewers. We get to sample several of the brewery's beers without having to hunt up individual cans or bottles. So accordingly, I just picked up a Taster 4 Pack from Cameron's Brewing Company. It contains their Cream Ale, Auburn Ale, Lager and Dark 266. The 'packaged on' date stamped on the box read Jun 29 2011.

Cameron's Brewing Company is a craft brewery located in Oakville, Ontario. Founded in 1997, it produces the four beers referred to above, which are only sold in the province of Ontario. Apparently the Dark 266 is only available in the Toronto area in limited distribution. Cameron's is known for selling its beer in 9 packs as opposed to the conventional 6 pack, and for its use of all natural ingredients.

I decided to start with Cameron's Cream Ale ("CCA"), their flagship brand, which is 5.0% alcohol by volume and came in a 341 ml bottle. CCA poured a clear golden yellow colour, and took on a beautiful golden hue when held up to the light. Pouring produced a very thin, fizzy white head which disappeared inside two minutes, leaving a collar which produced some minimal lacing down the glass. The aroma was subdued but interesting...sweet malts, apple and a bit of hops. Carbonation level was moderate and the beer was medium bodied with a bit of a creamy feel to it. The taste began with the sweet malts and transitioned to a slightly bitter, apple flavoured finish. The bitter/apple aftertaste didn't linger too long. A decent beer overall, but if I was in the mood for a cream ale this offering just isn't in the same league as say Muskoka's Cream Ale.

According to the company's web site, CCA was a gold medal winner at the Canadian Brewing Awards.

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Cream Ale from Cameron's Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.