Little Kings Cream Ale - Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
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Reviews by masterbruewer:
3.05/5 rDev +0.7%
This is a beer I know intimately. The 7 oz green bottles remind me of my Cincinnati teen years.
The story is, the owner of the original Montgomery Inn near Cincinnati had a few customers who would stop by for a beer on the way home from work, but found a 12 oz bottle too much to have before going home to the wife and kids. The owner talked to someone from Schoenling and Little Kings were born.
That was in the 50s. In the late 70s and 80s, Little Kings were popular among the high school set because of the price (low) and their size (small enough to consume quickly or hide if needed.)
I usually drink it from the little green bottle, but for the sake of this review, I'm pouring it into a pint glass.
It pours a light golden color, no real head to speak of, lace disappeared quickly too. Almost no carbonation.
It has a sweet smell, almost like champagne, very sweet, cheap champagne, but champagne none the less.
The taste is sweet and malty, it can get skunky if not kept cold, I know this from my high school days when an 8 pack of "Little Killers" could be kept surreptitously in my multi-pocketed trench coat.
Oddly enough, it seems to me to taste a little better in a pint glass. It has a tendency to get skunky if not properly maintained, but this pint, kept cold, keeps a good flavor.
The mouthfeel is thin and a little syrupy and leaves a sweet light film on the tongue, which isn't necessarily as good as it might sound.
Little Killers go well with sliders (White Castle cheeseburgers), especially at the end of a night of bar hopping. But be warned, either the killers or the sliders by themselves can give you "stomach discomfort."
This beer is an acquired taste, but highly drinkable when you know what to expect.
12-02-2003 02:16:52 | More by masterbruewer
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3.5/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
03-23-2011 14:35:52 | More by BeerAdvocate
2.45/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
07-03-2004 18:16:33 | More by merlin48
2.42/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
03-30-2005 15:46:23 | More by ADR
3.9/5 rDev +28.7%
(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.
08-31-2010 02:56:46 | More by rhoadsrage
3.03/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-05-2010 21:37:08 | More by LXIXME
2.99/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
04-01-2014 19:54:29 | More by Brenden
3.53/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
09-24-2012 01:47:46 | More by tdm168
3.7/5 rDev +22.1%
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
07-13-2012 01:35:30 | More by TownDunkel
2/5 rDev -34%
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.
08-30-2010 01:48:48 | More by SpeedwayJim
2.9/5 rDev -4.3%
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
05-26-2011 14:07:02 | More by dbossman
3.43/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
05-30-2010 04:51:26 | More by RomaniIteDomum
3.69/5 rDev +21.8%
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.
03-30-2014 04:41:20 | More by nicholas2121
Little Kings Cream Ale from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
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