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Begbie Cream Ale - Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 6.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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 wordemupg
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

wordemupg, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of HarveyBerger
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

HarveyBerger, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of vanrassel
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

The smell was pretty faint — not unusual for this style — with light hops and a grassy aroma. Thankfully, the taste delivered more complexity than the smell. The taste started grainy and became fruity in the middle. Each sip ended with a full-flavoured malty taste that I enjoyed at first, but found sickly-sweet with honey by the time I was done drinking.

I like the creamy texture, but the heavy sweetness undercuts what is otherwise a pretty drinkable beer.

vanrassel, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of oakbluff
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber courtesy of CBA. Pours out highly filtered golden colour with minor head and lacing. Nose- honey sweetness and cooked vegetables. Taste- smooth, a little nutty and the creaminess of the mouthfeel is very much there. Metallic finish and that cooked vegetable again. Drinkability is high- good session brew.

oakbluff, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of CWVegas
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

CWVegas, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Coastal_Brew
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Coastal_Brew, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Exeter, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

schnarr84, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, yet mostly soapy off-white head, which leaves some thin sparse coral reef lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of somewhat musty biscuity, doughy malt, a twinge of acrid wheat grain, a bit of nutty field honey, and earthy, moderately grassy hops. The taste is more grainy, bready biscuity malt, the wheatiness quite evident, and still kind of musty, a touch of caramel pastry loaf seeping in, with some mild lemon fruitiness, a hint of dry clover honey, and mild weedy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is fairly moderate, and more or less just pleasantly frothy, the body on the light side of medium weight, and perhaps a tad clammy in its otherwise apt smoothness. It finishes generally dry and grainy from the varied maltitude.

While the purported honey is a bit difficult to discern at most points, overall this is an agreeable, soft-on-the-palate cream ale, a thing less common than one might think, in this land o' plenty.

biboergosum, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Noxious26
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.

This beer really doesn't jump out and grab me. Instead of a Cream Ale it reminds me of a golden Lager or Honey Lager. Similar to Kokanee Gold. However, it is quite smooth and would make a good session beer. One step above most macros, but a notch down from a good Cream Ale.

Noxious26, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper in colour with a medium amount of carbonation. It’s got a slightly floral aroma, which reminds me of cherry or apple blossoms. Medium bodied with a slightly bready malt character, along with some herbal hop flavors. I'm not really into Cream ales, but this one really impressed me.

fisherman34, May 20, 2005
Photo of Olek4374
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Olek4374, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of elricorico
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear golden colour with a thin white head. Smell is not strong, a bit of a pilsner like hop aroma which is faint, and a bit of straw as well. Not bad, just not a lot there.

I don't find the honey flavour that is mentioned on the bottle, but it does have a sweetness to it. The hop finish makes me think of a pilsner, but the mouthfeel is thicker.

The mouthfeel is nice, very light on the carbonation though, keeping it from being great.

Very drinkable. Nice beer. No major strengths but no weakness either.

elricorico, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of Graham5161986
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear colour gold with tons of rising carbonation bubbles. fizzy one finger head that dissapears quickly, leaving a slight lace.

S: caramelly sweet, light hops, and citrus tones

T: bitter hops come through, quite dry, with a sourdough bread-like finish

M: light to medium bodied, quite creamy, tingly carbonation and a smooth finish.

D: Not my favourite style, but a nice cream ale nonetheless. Smooth, not too heavy, and easy to drink - would make a great session beer

Graham5161986, Nov 28, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

daskipper, Oct 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

BRYeleJR, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of BDTyre
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.

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.

BDTyre, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Molson2000, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

BrewSomerville, Oct 16, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

FinnHawk, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of 3Vandoo
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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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3Vandoo, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

BigBry, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

andrenaline, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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

joemcgrath27, Jul 15, 2010
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Begbie Cream Ale from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
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