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Little Kings Cream Ale - Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.

Little Kings Cream AleLittle Kings Cream Ale

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254 Ratings

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 21.12%

Brewed by:
Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:

(Beer added by: pezoids on 08-19-2001)
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Photo of Brenden


2.99/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is one of the palest I've ever seen, though it is bright in its clarity and shine. The head is pure white, small and foamy. It holds up just a thin layer on the top that leaves very light and extremely thin spotting on the glass.
There's more to the nose than I would have expected. Some dry malts and leaf try for balance, though it's an underlying graininess that prevails. There's a touch of corn to it, but not too much, a bit of sulfur, and some gentle sweetness.
Carrying over, it's still grainy on the tongue but not quite as corny. There's something mildly musty, though it goes with the leaf and isn't too vegetal. Sweetness of pale fruits flesh with maybe just a hint of citrus-type fruits come out up front all the way to the finish.
It's pale, a bit thin but not excessively watery. There's a slight malty heft that helps things along, and it keeps a fair cleanness.
It seems like this beer would be about average for the style. The greats are significantly better and the terrible ones significantly worse.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 19:54:29 | More by Brenden
Photo of nicholas2121


3.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Little Kings Cream Ale brewed by Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co. This brew is something the old timers talk about a lot- so I had to try it out. This brew has an ABV of 5.5 and it pours out a dark amber color. This brew is darker than your American style lager. Little Kings has a small white head that goes away fast. Now keep in mind this beer is in a 7 oz bottle. The smell is strong and bold with flavor. The taste is bold with flavor. I like how this brew is bold with flavor but it goes down crisp and refreshing. Mouth feel is good this brew smooth. Over all I giving this brew a 4 out 5. I'm really impressed with this brew. I will get this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 04:41:20 | More by nicholas2121
Photo of Zorro


3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Didn't know they still made this stuff.

Tiny 7 oz green glass bottle.

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells of toasted grain and mild noble hops. Slight caramel and corn scents.

Starts out mildly sweet with some hop leaf. More bitter than expected and fuller. Quite well hopped and malty not watery. No skunk from the green glass.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall far better than expected. A quite decent little beer, I will buy this again now that I have tasted it.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 00:34:26 | More by Zorro
Photo of metter98

New York

2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The aroma is a little sweet and has flavors of corn adjuncts along with hints of biscuit malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of corn along with notes of biscuit and bready malts. There's no bitterness and no skunk is detectable, despite the beer coming in a green bottle.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of smoothness and carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is a decent representation of the style. I was a little skeptical of this beer coming in a green 7 oz. bottle but was pleasantly surprised it wasn't really that bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 00:16:24 | More by metter98
Photo of barnzy78


3.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

7oz green bottle
A - golden with a thinner, white head that dissipated to almost nothing very quickly
S - biscuity, fruity, corn, yeast
T - fruity, apple, grape, corn, biscuit, mild grassy hop,
M - thinner but creamy, moderate carbonation, finishes semi-dry
O - Nice fruitiness and very refreshing; nice to have in the fridge for my wife who likes 7oz beers...

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 03:14:41 | More by barnzy78
Photo of fastrodney

North Carolina

3.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 7oz bottle into a Sam hybrid glass.

A: Straw. Minimal head, but that might have been due to the pour.

S: Sweet adjunct. Corn.

T: It has an adjunct sweetness that finishes dry.

M: Nice medium body with appropriately medium-high carbonation.

O: A Cincinnati classic that I had to revisit in a more serious light. It's not bad for the style - finishes dry like it's light lager brethren, but with more sweetness up front, yet lacks the sugar-sweetness of a malt liquor (and thankfully the undercurrent of ethanol). This is an light beer that is simple but unoffensive.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 19:27:11 | More by fastrodney
Photo of Dope


3.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy amber with a small fizzy white head. Head fizzes out pretty quickly, decent retention at least. Little dots and splotches of lacing here and there.

S: Sweet grainy malt. Has an interesting corn and wet hay aroma.

T: Mild, inoffensive and sweet grains. Again with the vegetal corn flavor.

M: Light-medium bodied. Pretty plain. Lower carbonation.

O: Well, it's a cream ale. Pretty simple, pretty sweet. Almost too sweet. No bitterness or hop flavors at all it appears. It pretty much tastes like an extra-sweet budweiser.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 03:03:10 | More by Dope
Photo of WalterHeisenberg

New Mexico

2.93/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Scored an 8 pack in Cortez Colorado while in town for a job. Used to drink these like a madman back in the day. Even if they come in the tiny 10-8 oz bottle.
A: golden straw quickly disappearing head no lacing
S: staw malty smells like a macro
T: pretty bland typical macro
O: Gee I guess my tastes have changed I remember this being so flavorful and good. I swear I could taste the cream that makes it a cream ale. This was only slightly better than a BMC. on the upside my wife loved it. She went crazy for it. Wants me to get more ASAP ! Haha

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 04:43:47 | More by WalterHeisenberg
Photo of beergoot


3.23/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Found a seven ounce bottle at Cheers Liquor in Colorado Springs while building my own six-pack. I haven't had one of these since my younger days back in Ohio...

Good golden color with a big, fizzy white head that quickly receded to wispy, light top on the beer. The smell is typical light grain and/or corn aromas; grass-like. Light grains and cereal flavors with a touch of bitterness in the background. The feel is medium-light and fairly effervescent; clean, crisp, dry.

Little Kings weren't one of my "go to" beers back in the 70s and 80s (although Robin Hood Cream Ale was always a "treat"!), and not because I didn't like 'em, but probably because the bottles were too small for my beer guzzling tastes. Well, if the current edition is similar to those old days, than I can say this is a decent enough ale. Nothing spectacular per se, flavorful and refreshing enough to go back and have some more.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 21:02:59 | More by beergoot
Photo of Alextricity


3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Review #100*

I can say straight away that this is a beer that I think anybody could drink and not spit out in disgust. It doesn't even taste like a beer, in my opinion, and that's the reason why. Early on, I got a lot of a vanilla/vodka flavor. After a few sips, I pretty much tasted nothing ... and there was no bitterness. I rate it as highly as I do because it's super sessionable, drinkable, inoffensive, and just really good for any occasion. Not just that, but the bottle's attractive ... especially, I'd think, for the female drinkers. The bottle's a measly 7oz.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 17:17:52 | More by Alextricity
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark copper with a short-lived, bubbly, white head; there are a ton of carbonation bubbles rising to the top

S - cereal grains

T - cereal grains, a bit sweet, a little grassy

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a light, very sessionable beer that can replace and American lager. There's just enough flavor to keep you interested and a light body that allows you to put away several of these little bottles.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 01:47:46 | More by tdm168
Photo of rangerred


2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Two 7oz bottles poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium gold with a one finger white head. Pretty decent head retention and lacing; I was quite surprised.

Aroma is corn and some cooked vegetables. Some fairy faint hay and grassy hops are detectable. Really nice aroma for the style.

The flavor has lots of cooked vegetables up front along with some vanilla and corn. I can pick out some breadyness along with a little bit of hay and grass. Bitterness is nearly non-existent and the finish is on the sweet side.

Overall, a fairly non-offensive, although below average, cream ale. The sweetness limits drinkability somewhat but I could see having a few every once in awhile.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 02:58:36 | More by rangerred
Photo of smcolw


1.45/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Served in a green (ugh!) 7 ounce bottle. Even with a vigorous pour, there is no head. Hazy with a dirty gold color.

First impression on the smell is plastic. Don't know why. Light fruitiness. No typical smells of malt or hop.

This is a sweet beer that seems like a macro with three teaspoons of sugar added. Not creamy but I would say it is full bodied with a low level of carbonation. The aftertaste is similar to the aftertaste of Coca-Cola.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 16:42:36 | More by smcolw
Photo of TownDunkel


3.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Little Kings - saw this on sale at HEB and decided to grab one

Appearance - A beautiful orange/carmel color that looks thing almost like hard liquor

Smell - A mild but delicious cream scent that hits you after the inital hops

Taste - A very clear but light cream flavor. Almost not beer like except for the good hops that came aftertaste. I just wish it was a bit more to it

Mouthfeel - Enough carbonation but I really wish it had some more to it, the head is almost nonexistant

Overall - Autumn or Spring beer that is almost a daily drinker

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 01:35:30 | More by TownDunkel
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a lager glass. Pours a light copper color, With a very small head that disappears within seconds leaving very feint lacing. Smell is STRONGLY of butterscotch, Which is perfect for me seeing as it is one of my favorite flavorings. The taste somewhat follows the smell, Butterscotch with a small amount of Adjunct coming through, Though the butterscotch stay's dominant. The mouthfeel was really the only thing that disappointed me about this beer. Very slight notes of butterscotch in the mouthfeel, Followed by a strong cooked corn Adjunct flavor and a strong almost unfathomable metallic taste on the tongue and in the throat. Though the butterscotch somewhat save's the mouthfeel from getting a very low rating and it prevails in the end

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 05:02:43 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a straw yellow with a fizzy head, pretty typical for a cream style ale/lager.

S: Smells slightly bitter and dry with malt and little else.

T/M: Taste is surprisingly good, in a German way, like a nice pilsner. Medium carbonation, light body, just a touch bitter, smooth, almost creamy.

With the tiny bottle, these could go down real fast.


Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:23:03 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of Reaper16


3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a new series titled "Reaper Does Blind Tastings of Assorted Pale Lagers." This isn't a lager, of course. A sneaky blind tasting choice!
7oz. (!) bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a brown-mustard sort of darker yellow color. Not great looking. There really isn't much head action going on at all. A faint wisp of head, not enough to even accurately gauge what color it is.

Smells immediately of ale yeast: apple apple apple. Some caramel popcorn going on too, but apple ale yeast aroma is the strongest element. This isn't good, mind you. It smells like something that will not be good.

The initial sips are very smooth and malty. A pleasant caramel malt flavor is the dominant flavor. There's apple too. It very quickly begins to cohere into a caramel apple flavor -- synthetic caramel apple, like those green apple suckers with the cheap caramel coating over them. Halfway through (with warmth?) Little Kings develops an acerbic, medicinal flavor. So the beer ultimately tastes like caramel apple flavored Robitussin.

Average mouthfeel for a cream ale: noticeably thicker than a pale lager, but pretty insubstantial for an ale. A touch too slick, but that's nitpicking. Overall, this is a fine cream ale. It has flavor, which always helps. It's like the flavor of lean you never knew you wanted, only without the codeine.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 17:11:48 | More by Reaper16
Photo of jsisko01


4.9/5  rDev +61.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a VERY thin head that dissipates instantly. Has a creamy-like lacing.

Smell - Coriander for sure.. Sweet with notes of bread, corn, and cream soda.

Taste - Quite bitter.. Has a grassy flavor and corn, with a slight hint of caramel. The creamy aftertaste is real good.

Mouthfeel - Thick bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - I was a little skeptical at first trying a cream ale.. turns out I love it.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 06:08:27 | More by jsisko01
Photo of mralphabet


3.68/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Little 7 oz bottle.... cute, poured a deep yellow color with a fingers worth of head that settled to a ring. Visible carbonation and pretty nice lacing.

S: Sweet smelling malts, no hops that I can smell... But I'm the getting a grainy sweet smells of corn.

T: Sweet malt, just a small touch of hops... Finish is clean and sweet. Simple but works well.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Very nice.

D: It is simple small and pretty good tastings.. 5.5 and 7oz...A good session beer... Just wish it came in a bigger bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 03:39:01 | More by mralphabet
Photo of woodychandler


3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues to close in on the seemingly-unbelievable # 600, thanks to Another6Pack, who not only sent me a Little Kings CAN, but in a Slim Line CAN to boot!

From the CAN: "It's Good To Be King."

The Crack & Glug produced two thick, foamy fingers of bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a very pretty sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity which brightened my day on the post-snowy day leading up to Hallowistmas. Nose was very sweet, almost sugary in its intensity. I CAN agree with a previous reviewer who mentioned pineapple esters in his review. Mouthfeel was medium with a sweet CANned corn taste in the mouth. Finish was still very sweet and I began to fear for an onset of diabetes. It was not bad, but it just was not my cuppa tea.

Serving type: can

10-30-2011 13:54:55 | More by woodychandler
Photo of damndirtyape


3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Two 7oz bottles from the same 8-pack poured into a Shaker pint glass. No dates on bottles.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow, a tint on the dark side. Barest amount of white foam on top - mostly a ring at the edge and a very thin skin on the top that does not go all the way across. Even this fades with time to nothing. No lacing. Nice color though.

Smell: Sweet with some corn, grain, and malt smells. No hops at all.

Taste: Like a richer simple American adjunct. A little bit crisp at the finish with some apple flavors in the middle along with the corn and grain. Not bad, just nothing special. If there are hops in here, they are incredibly well hidden.

Mouthfeel: I hesitate to call it creamy, but it does have some good thickness to it along with persistent carbonation, which borders on the fizzy side unfortunately.

Overall / Drinkability: Ho-hum overall. Nothing terribly special but not bad either. Quite drinkable though - it's there and it's gone. Went well with pulled pork BBQ and I suspect it would be good with a lot of other meat and grilled dishes.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 22:27:05 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of zeff80


2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had to try one. Threw it in a mix a six.

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with no head. It left no lacing, either. Not a good start.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and an unusual floral presence. Not your typical hoppy floral notes.

T - Okay. Sweet with grains and caramel. Just a touch of bitter adds balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was okay. It was fun to try once, but I probably won't be going back for this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 23:47:51 | More by zeff80
Photo of ZenAgnostic


3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

7oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No date.

Appearance - Huge white head. Pale clear straw body.

Smell - Musk. Corn. Wet cardboard. Smells like a skunked German pilsner.

Taste - Moderate sweetness. Light. Smooth. Corn. Medium bodied.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Medium bodied. Almost creamy.

Overall Drinkability - Decent. Smooth. Inoffensive. Uninteresting. Sort of bland.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 23:13:06 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of match1112


3.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

use to drink these all the time in highschool then they disappeared forever and was i ever happy to see them again. not necessarily for taste but because of memories. nothing special about this beer as far as anything goes. pours a pale clear yellow with half a finger of sudsy head that is gone within seconds. at first pour the beer had a skunky presence about it. luckily that went away after opening up in the glass. from here on out both nose and mouth experience the same thing. sweet corn and grain with a little bit of grass in there, probably the skunk i smelt during the pour. has a sweet creamy mouthfeel with a slightly dryfinish. overall worth it for the novelty of seven oz bottles that arent over priced. just a decent sweet grainy beer on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 17:43:08 | More by match1112
Photo of Blueribbon666


3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed form notes. Enjoyed many times over the years, reviewed here for the first time. Little 7oz bottle poured into pilsner glass pours a straw yellow with a fluffy half inch head. Funky smell of sourdough and corn with a bit of yeast. Taste isn't funky at all for a green glass bottle however it does have a distinctive funky smell which is more akin to an american adjunct lager then a cream ale, but the taste is smooth and clean with a good mix of the usual corn, biscuity sourdough and a mellow hop in there as well. Not as creamy as Genesee's Cream Ale, but smooth and very drinkable nonetheless.The other remarkable thing is that at 5.5% abv over the course of blowing through the 7oz bottles in a session the alcohol can definitely become apparent for this stinky lil lovely that is always great with pizza. I've had this in the new 12oz Red Bull like cans which actually is a little more cleaned up and less funky, but not nearly as enjoyable as the green glass which adds funk instead of skunk, but only in the smell department. Great price too for either bottles or cans. Hope this stays in production again for years to come

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 15:08:44 | More by Blueribbon666
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Little Kings Cream Ale from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.