Begbie Cream Ale - Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 6.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A malty light taste. Delightful with food. 650 ml. bottle among 3 buddies was fine. Honey light colour. Unoffensive almost water pour. Light on cream side more on the hop and malts, and that's what we liked. Great mild aftertaste. Exceptional find, thanks to IronDjinn for sending.

Photo of canadianbarman
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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

Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 650ml brown bottle. This is a rather nice looking ale, a very clear orangy-amber, although not much carbonation or head retention. Aroma possesses floral hops and a bit of apricot. Flavour is somewhat malty and fruity, and has a big hop finish, which surprises me for this style, but the hops settle down to a decent balance farther down the glass. All in all a pretty impressive ale, I'd recommend it and will definitely keep my eyes peeled for more. This would make a good sessional.

Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of mac1381
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the new breed of micros popping up in B.C., Mt Begbie
produces quality beer including less obvious choices such as
a Kolsch and a smoked Porter. This cream ale from them has
a big white head and a mid gold colour. The beer is hoppy for
the style with a good bitterness in the finish. I thought it tasted
more like a pale ale than a mild but I still enjoyed this beer.

Photo of Bates7219
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ZachT
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Garin
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pale straw-yellow apple-juice beer, with a creamy thin head that left lots of lace. The beer itself appears to be quite lightly carbonated, without too much action under that head. It is crystal clear.

I get aromas of some sweetish malt with a hint of hops.

I find a very light grainy flavour with a toasty bready finish. I'm very happy to say that I detect no corn or any other off flavours that are so common in cream ales. It's very clean and there is even a hint of bitterness in the finish. It's a great cream ale.

It's light and smooth, but there isn't much in the way of carbonation. Still, this is easily the best cream ale I've ever had.

Photo of pootz
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber from the Willow park beers store. Pour reveals a deep golden-orangish ale with a nice white cap and good lace. Small bubbled medium carbonation. Aromas of floral maltiness over some citrus hopping and spicy-earthyness. Starts smooth and malty..slightly swee then drys up with citrus hops in the finisg....a very clean drinkable golden ale styled after the cold aged cream ales of yester year.

Photo of Cwrw
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Begbie Cream Ale is honey-coloured, and has vaguely discernible brown hues, but it is indeed much lighter than I thought it would be, even for a cream ale style. It is quite translucent; very clear looking. The head is ample, and very creamy, leaving a lathery, viscous, very attractive lace; yes, some of the best lace I have seen on a beer, although it disappears rapidly. The aroma is delightful, with enough nuances to make me smell deeply on every sip, and still not recognise some of them. First there is a very clean, refreshing smell, just like Mt. Begbie's Tall Timber Ale. It does smell creamy, too, in some way; a vanilla-like, somehow velvety odour, which is possibly the yeast. The actual malt is not overly noticeable, nor is the hop presence, yet the aroma intrigues me very much. The flavour fulfils the smell: creamy, rich and mildy bitter, which is a very pleasant surprise, as it belies the appearance of a beer that looks more like a clear bright lager. If I taste correctly, I can sense some yeast in the middle of the tongue, or a little tartness more prone to a wheat beer. Indeed, I could almost swear there are traces of wheat malt in here. Interesting. A good, detectable, grassy hop finish, but not too much. This ale is dynamic--it is equally refreshing whether consumed on a warm summer day or on a cold winter night. Mt. Begbie continues to impress me.

Photo of crajarv
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - just slightly hazy golden orange, decent white head with fair retention and a good lace
S - a savoury and creamy bread smell with just a touch of honey and melon
T - the creamy bread flavour is prominent, honey hints are sublte but the taste lingers, ultimately it reminds me of a pastry
M - a very smooth and full feel like eating freshly baked bread, but there is some dryness on the finish to balance it
D - tasty and full bodied, it could get a little too filling to session, but a smooth balanced beer to be enjoyed

Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had tasted this previously and remembered it being good, but was over a year ago and didn't want to review until I got another bottle.
650 ml with picture of Marbew "Hanging Judge" Begbie, 1859 on the label.
Clear honey gold color, had almost no head even with an agressive pour. Not much aroma, just kind of a plain 'beer' smell. Light malt taste, some honey-like sweetness, clean finish, with slight hop bitterness at the end. Well balanced and good tasting, but I did not really think it to be 'creamy' (but I'm not complaining).

Note to Self: Ranked the #10 Cream Ale when I tried it.

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another big thanx to Irondjinn for giving me the chance to have a bottle of another great western micro.

A nice pale colour, at first when I poored it, it was a clear golden, then it changed to a more amber reddish colour. A good one that doesnt stay long, but that leave a small lace on it.

A tiny shy smell of hops, nothing much I can perceive.

Taste, crisp, a smooth and crisp at the same time, with a very fruity taste and some note of cereal behind. A spicy note too I can perceive, but not very present, maybe its just my mind playing tricks.

Not my type of beer, but for the style, I must say its a great member of its family

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Photo of daskipper
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BDTyre
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

This is good cream ale; but by no means exceptional. It compares favourably to Old Yale's Chilliwack Blonde, but is not quite at the same level.

Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Bready malt aroma. Sweet caramel, vanilla.

Looks: Good sized white head. Poor head retention. Yellow/gold/amber in colour.

Taste: Yummy. Bready. Apple cider. Slight grassy hop flavour. A hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Small bubbles. Creamy. Medium bodied.

Overall a good Beer. This one has me taking a second look at Cream Ales.

Photo of FinnHawk
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a thin white head that dissipate to patches. Aroma of sweet lager malt, mildly bready, hint of light stone fruit. Flavor follows aroma, with sweet bready malt, light stone fruit; leaning towards apricot, light honey. Finishes with light sweet malt with just a hint of hops. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A very nicely made cream ale, and like the other good representatives of the style leaves you wondering if this was what adjunct lagers were meant to be. Nothing really stands out here, but that is fitting for the style. Light, flavorful and easy drinking. Well done. I'm not a big cream ale fan, but this exceeded my expectations.

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Begbie Cream Ale from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.