Little Kings Cream Ale - Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.

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Little Kings Cream AleLittle Kings Cream Ale

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BA SCORE
71
okay

322 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 16
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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 KYGunner
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

The nose is light Pilsner style malt with some grassy tones and a fruity bubblegum-like aroma.

The flavor is a bit on the cracker Pilsner malt with so grassy grainy tones. There's a bit of sweetness a corn pop cereal finish.

This certainly is easy to drink and makes for a pretty good beer to start with.

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.19/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought this simply because my mom has always talked about having Little Kings when she was younger but it was turned out to be much more drinkable than I expected. It's a bit light on the taste and is expectedly light in color and feel but the taste isn't bad at all and is actually quite smooth. When compared to most of the other non-craft offerings I've had, I'll take a Little Kings everyday.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

you know, occasionally, and very occasionally, i like to deviate from the craft beer i love so much for a little refresher course about why i spend so much time and money and energy on this passion of mine, and its beer like this that serves that purpose so well. classic cheap cream ale in a cute little package. its got a mild skunk to the nose, but other than that is an extremely passable macro tasting brew, malty enough in a light pils sort of way, and not lacking in flavor at all. it has a little body, wonderfully refreshing carbonation, and a pretty snappy finish, a fine refresher overall. its honestly not very good, but its also not all that bad, especially when judged against its peers. what it doesnt have though is any real hop profile, anything unique or interesting, an appreciable yeast character, or any capacity to hold my attention or inspire me in any way whatsoever. craft beer has and does at least most of those things most of the time, and thats why i love it so much, it makes me think and it makes me move, and im not sure what i would be mentally or physically if this is the kind of beer i drank all the time. i dont hate it, i am actually thankful for it today for reminding me again why i am so into craft beer. this though, is well enough crafted that i just might buy it again someday!

Photo of nhungcam
4/5  rDev +31.6%

Very first beer I ever drank and hooked ever since.

great sunrise golden color

Smooth, slight sweet fruity action on the end

All and all as good as I remember.

Photo of Illini5596
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An interesting local oddity, the flavor is somewhat interesting, but it isn't a great beer by any regard. Some lingering creaminess if you imagine really hard.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

A retro brand looking for another heyday. Bubbly white lace crackles a bit but stays a true, clear, pale yellow color. Clean nose of sweet cooked corn and subtle grassy grain. Light fluffy body with a snappy crispness. Kiss of sweet- ness to start, with cooked veggies and a bready undertone. Muted hops just provide a balancing bitterness. Hint of alcohol and twang of fermented grain. Clean dry finish. It is what it is. A no-frills brewski that is easy to put down if you're into lighter-styled beers. This beer also told us that it should be paired with chili cheese dogs.

Photo of merlin48
2.43/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A trip down memory lane here, when a keg of fresh Cincinnati beer, or a few Little Kings were the college thing to do, in Lexington, Ky. This review is based on serving one of these little 7 oz buggers in a glass, instead of drinking them straight from the bottle as intended.

Appearance gets an extra .5 point for the cute, little 7 ounce bottles. Otherwise, it pours a clear, light gold body with a skimpy white head that immediately falls into a film. No lacing is present.

Aroma is subdued, thankfully. Not much to smell, other than what I perceive as carbonated corn syrup.

Mouthfeel is very light bodied, with adequate carbonation.

Taste is unremarkable. Vaguely reminiscent of Rolling Rock, but without the skunk. No malt presence is noted, but this does seem to have some bittering hops. A faint metallic note is also present. Very watery for a cream ale. Adjuncts(corn?) seem to dominate the mild taste.

This isn't awful, but I sense nothing to really recommend it, other than its historical relationship to the old Cincinnati breweries.

Photo of ADR
2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An eight pack of pony bottles, what we used to call "splits' when it came to Rolling Rocks or Matt's Premium in the late 70s. Dull less-than-golden color, head struggles very low and then vanishes completely. Very little lace, just a few dots on one side of a Pilsner glass. Vegetal aromas, slightly toffee but with some definite traces of cooked greens. Light body, average carbonation. The flavor is subdued, vaguely sticky and bready and sweet with a severe lack of detectable hops. Seems slightly seltzery in the close but also seems easy going with its light sweetness and little else. In the long run, though, there's really not much of anything going on with this beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip sampler size glass) The 7 oz. bottle filled up the glass.
A- The crystal clear golden yellow hued body had a sea of microbubbles popping up to the surface. The head was a lumpy snow-white that last for the full beer.
S- The green licorice aroma was soft with a slight sweetness that fades into a field corn aroma with the sweetness growing a bit in the finish.
T- The soft taste of cereal had a sulfury sweetness to follow and some soft hops in the finish with a slight berry quality. As the beer warms there was a slight cream quality to the dry cereal taste.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a creamy fizz in the finish.
D- This beer was clean and light but had some interesting depth to the flavors that were there. It went down smooth and didn't really have one flavor that overpowered any other flavor. It's to bad it was a 7oz. bottle as I could have drank a whole 12 oz. in one session.

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small white head that quickly dies atop a clear golden colored cream ale.

The aroma consists of a corn syrupiness on a mellowed grain malt.

Drinking this beer is similar to the aroma but yet its better because of the smoothness this beer has, basically a grain malt with an added corn syrup equals a smooth drinking light tasting beer.

With a very light almost sweet dry aftertaste it's hard not to like this beer more, but then again I like beers that have more tastes, whether that of roasted malts, or cascade hops, or being aged in whiskey casks, whatever, I would rather have just more of something from this beer.

Photo of Brenden
2.99/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.52/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of TownDunkel
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
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

Photo of SpeedwayJim
1.98/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to capra12 for this one. Poured from a 7oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours a 1.2 finger coarse white head that evaporates quickly into a thin film. Beer is a clear yellow urine. Lacing is spotty with little cling.

S: Mmmm... skunkalicious. Aroma is of old tires, rust, and big, bold, rice adjuncts. There's a lingering sweetness somewhere in the back but for the most parts, its covered by the skunk.

T: Rice adjunct sweetness upfront that stays through the entire experience. There's very little of anything else really. A bit of spice towards the end makes this unpleasantly sticky and accented. Aftertaste is more of the same but thankfully dissipates quickly.

M: Light bodied, subtlely carbonated, rather smooth, and goes down easily. Finish is oily and filmy. Aftertaste lingers just a bit, but still too long for comfort.

D: What makes this a cream ale? No cream taste and not really creamy on the palate. A bit too sweet with very little to no character. It's not bad by any means, but there are a veritable ton of better creations out there.

Photo of dbossman
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden hue with a thin white head; lacing is fairly decent

S: Lots of grains--corn especially; a bit grassy with a touch of lemon; but mostly a slightly sour grain mash aroma

T: Decent grainy and grassy flavors up front--a touch of lemon soapiness and of course more corn flavors in the grainy, bready malt base

F: For a light bodied beer, this has decent mouth feel--it actually sticks to the roof of the mouth

O: A decent little beer and a great alternative to the watered down mass produced, ubiquitous beers

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a pretty big head that dissipates to a little ring and a little layer of bubbles.

Smells adjuncty with a lot of sweetness.

Honestly, the taste is pretty good. The start is a bit like corn with a honey and apple finish. Lots of sweetness throughout. Honestly, this tastes pretty good, but I've has better.

In the mouth this feels pretty average. Decent body and good carbonation.

This is almost dangerously drinkable, but it's not one of my favorites. For the style it's pretty good, though.

Photo of bditty187
2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No head at all… pale, strawish golden. Odd nose and palate, creamy-sweet & skunky-bitter. Awful on all accounts. Thank God it comes in 7oz. bottles because anymore would have been a chore. Not recommend at all.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | 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.

Photo of dhannes
4.08/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams Lager Glass.

A=Rather appealing rich straw gold with a slight (1/4") head for a minute or so.

S=Light smell of hops.

T=Very sweet--too sweet at the start--with the corn flavoring presence. But rather enjoyable near the end.

M=Neither too light or heavy...perhaps a bit lighter than I like.

D=Again, one needs to stick with this to the end...the 7 oz. serving makes it easier.

Good for a quick beer after a hot day--reminds me of the Old Styles and Old Milwaukees my dad used to drink.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Another "lost review" (one that I swear I reviewed on BA a long time ago but it's not there).

Pours to a thick white head that makes fish eye bubbles and pale gold color. Aroma is sweet, corny and slightly fruity. Flavor is the same. Mouthfeel is light and tingly. Pretty decent cream ale.

Photo of Ohiolager
2.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Schoengling Little kings 8pk bottles $6.99(OH)

Poured two 7 oz green bottles into a 17 oz stemless white wine glass. No freshness date. No bottling codes.

Pours a pale gold almost yellow color, a one and a half finger head that don't last long. Minimal to no lacing to speak of.

The aroma is sweet malts, with a strong corn adjunct smell.

Taste follows the nose. Starts out malty and sweet. Finishes with a corny taste. It has a nice crispness to it though.

Mouth feel is O.K. Not great but not too bad either. Crisp and sweet. The after taste is lacking, the adjunct is strongly prevalent.

Overall. It looks like your typical beer. It smells better than it tastes. It was O.K but not my style of brew.

Photo of tone77
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 2 green 7 oz. bottles. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit skunky, could be those dreaded green bottles. Taste also has a bit of skunk to it, a touch of sweetness, and slightly bitter at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 7 fl. oz. bottle no. 27410-18180K. Sampled on June 30, 2011. The label looks like something out of 1950. It has a pale yellow to nearly golden yellow pour with a burst of white fizzy head that settles down in seconds. Green bottle skunkiness rules the day but once you take that into account, you get a bready, malty aroma that isn't half bad. The body is watery-to-medium but fits the style. The taste is lightly malted but mainly bready and biscuity with a slight hop bite thrown in for good measure. I paid $1.95(!) for an eight pack of these little seven ouncers so I can't complain too much. Good enough for the beach. Easy to hide in your beach bag.

Photo of emerge077
3.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A tiny $0.99 bottle, how could I resist? Never have seen this in Chicago, I found this single in Sycamore, IL, although Lunar Brewing offers this on their beer list.

Poured into an equally tiny Gaffel Kolsch stange glass, topping out at .2L There was a decent 2 fingers of head at first that puffed above the rim. A nice halo of intricate lace inside the glass that I wasn't expecting. Gold and bright, with a slight haze appropriate for a Cream Ale. The last few drops produced visible yeast in the glass.

Skunky aroma at first, becoming grainy and musty after that. Inoffensive papery grain flavor, slightly bitter in the finish. Fairly light, sort of crisp, but still a bit watery. Vague suggestion of sweet apple in the aftertaste. Fairly simple and easy to drink in a non-intellectual way. An average lawnmower beer.

Photo of jsh420
1.76/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

pours watery cloudy yellow gold with a film of white head after an aggressive pour from the tiny bottle

smell - is honestly pretty good for what it is - very euro lager like - sweet grains some alcohol

taste is absolutely putrid - for only being 5.5% the booze / grians mix tastes like sweet gasoline

mouthfeel is very light yet stings my mouth

drinkability - if it tastes awful how could the drinkability be any better - i did drink the Whole bottle 7oz but if you gave me the rest of my life i would not want to finish this whole 8 pack

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Little Kings Cream Ale from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.