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Begbie Cream Ale - Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

Begbie Cream AleBegbie Cream Ale

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 6.97%


Brewed by:
Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Mt. Begbie Brewing's original signature beer, brewed first in 1996. Begbie Cream Ale is a fruity ale with a subtle honey flavour. A delicious, golden ale, delicately fruity, with a subtle honey flavour that finishes with a crisp hop edge.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 03-30-2003)
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Reviews by canadianbarman:
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canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

--Came in a large 650 ml bottle, with the freshness date marked on the side. I paid $3.49 cdn. Cool picture on label is what caught my eye.
--Poured an 'ice tea' in color. A thin head that turned to some mighty fine lacing. Little bubbling. Smell did not do this beer justice as it was just average.
This was a very, very good beer in my opinion. Everything from the marketing to the bottle and finally to the taste. It was sweet but not overpowering. This is the best cream ale I have had so far. I am looking forward to trying more from Mt. Begbie. Until then I will always have a bottle of this on hand as it makes a good conversation piece when the boys are over for beers. I have a feeling it may help open a few people to the world of beers.
Thx

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2004 01:57:51 | More by canadianbarman
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from my liquor store in Edmonton. My first of any Begbie beers, so let's have a go.

It pours a light brownish-orange colour with a finger's worth of head. It looks pretty nice, I'm having trouble deciding if it is brown or orange. The smell is nice - some nutty notes and a pleasant malty smell. The nuttiness is actually quite dominant. The beer tastes quite nutty when it hits your tongue, but there is a pleasant creamy note (hence the beer style) and a bit of hoppiness to go along with it, which is quote unexpected. There is some moderate carbonation, and a little bit of a bitter aftertaste. However, if you've had Sleeman Cream, it is NOTHING like that. There's so much more taste going on - Sleeman can only dream of making a beer like this.

Good beer overall. The only negative for me is the aftertaste, although it is not as problematic as a myriad of other beers I've had. As far as cream ales, this is a winner for sure.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass 11/3/12 from notes

A clear golden yellow with lots of growing bubbles that start off small and appear to get bigger as they rise, just a short lived finger of foam that ends up as a thin film leaving no lace

S loads of honey, to the point where I'd guess honey was added, some graham cracker and sweet grains

T bread and some macro flavor, yeast perhaps? pretty basic stuff not far from the nose

M thin and the bubbles are airy then go flat, has a sweet bready finish

O not the most exciting style and not the most exciting version of one, basic non offensive brew that would work better under a hot sun

not the best from Mt Begbie and something I doubt I'd bother with again.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light golden colour, thin finger of head which quickly dissipates and leaves no real lacing.

S - Wheat and bread malts, some grassy hops on the finish, but quite light on the nose.

T - The grassy hops dominate off the top, a bit of a honey flavour and a nice sweet caramel on the finish. One of the best cream ales I've had for sure.

M - Light, bubbly and smooth with the slightest dry finish. Nothing offensive here.

D - A very tasty cream ale and one of the best of the style I've had to date. Worthy offering to any cream ale fan, and one of the better offerings from Mt. Begbie.

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3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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This beer poured golden from the bottle with a dense, rich head. It quickly became little more than a ring that left minimal lacing on my glass as I drank.

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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another well done beer from Mt. Begbie! Nice, amber-gold colour with the usual two finger lacing. Smell is malts, hints of toffee and a bit of brown sugar and corn syrup. Not terrible, but not overly exciting.

This cream ale tastes well done. There is a good balance of malts and hops that present a smooth, creamy malted toffee flavour that is laced with hints of molasses, and hop bitterness.

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Noxious26

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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle served in pint glass.

Pours out a clear, pale gold colour. Off-white head is thin and disappears quickly. Little bubbling present. Later in the beer, as the drink goes down it starts to look flat with it's lack of head and bubbles.

Aroma is mild, but sweet with faint tones of hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, but not as carbonated as I would have expected. Although the beer looks flat as the drink goes down, the light fizzy feeling in the mouth stays the same.

Taste is quite mild. Sweet and lightly fruity at the start fading to a hoppy, slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 04:09:08 | More by Noxious26
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Begbie Cream Ale from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
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