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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
70
okay

162 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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Reviews: 162
Hads: 325
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 16
Gots: 30 | 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 Illini5596
3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (160 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of arielbusch
3.57/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deviated from craft a little bit with this one and was so glad that I did. Was blown away by how well this stood up to other beers in the industry today. This retro brand still has it! And believe it or not this won a GABF medal in the past. (244 characters)

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.19/5  rDev +7%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.07/5  rDev +3%
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! (1,321 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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. (306 characters)

Photo of nhungcam
4/5  rDev +34.2%

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. (162 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Appearance:
Deep golden color, clear. Few carbonation. Thick foamy head.

Aroma:
Some sweet grain, faint green apple.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Pale malts, bready, touch of caramel. Some fruity, green apples and pears. Mild bitterness towards the end. Finish is very dry. Body is medium-light, a little creamy, dry, very light carbonation, smooth.

Overall:
It's a good beer. (375 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.96/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy sudsy light beige head that quickly reduces to a mottled large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with some light amounts of corn adjuncts. Very light hints of fruity yeast (apple).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet biscuit malts with a light amount of corn adjuncts. There is a hint of fruity yeast and just a hint of earthy hops in the finish. Minimal amounts of bitterness which fades almost instantly.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth/slightly creamy.

O: Easy to drink and a decent mid-afternoon beer for the holiday. Surprised that it had no skunkiness to it since it comes in the clear green bottle. (1,005 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
3.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Little Kings Cream Ale from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co. is what alot of the old timers here in Stark County, Ohio used to chill with back in the day. Figured I'd give this a try in my early 20's... The very cool,small 7 oz bottles are certainly the first brew I've ever seen in a bottle so small. Poured from two bottles into a glass, this brew has little head that disappears rather quickly. However, the lacing is impressive, thus amping up the extra quarter point in this division. Medium, clear golden body.

The smell has a minute amount more malt than most ales I've experienced. Besides that, fairly neutral here.

Same here with the taste, I got an initial smack of malt flavor, and it went away in midswallow . Absolutely no lingering elements whatsoever,and a delightfully clean finish for an ale that has such a malt-like presence to it. I like this aspect of the brew, for reasons that escape even myself.

I give the mouthfeel a 4 dude to the fact that this is so crisp and clean going down. Very impressive for a brew over 5% ABV, in my opinion anyways.

Overall a respectable 3.75 . I didn't find one thing offensive about this brew and again the clean finish was very liked by yours truly (1,213 characters)

Photo of Ohiolager
2.77/5  rDev -7%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.67/5  rDev +23.2%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.1/5  rDev +4%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.96/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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... (360 characters)

Photo of fastrodney
3.32/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of WalterHeisenberg
2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
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 (547 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.22/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.09/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Two 7 FL. OZ. bottles
Served in a pint glass

It pours a clear golden color. I managed to get an inch of white head on top before is disappeared quickly.

These are probably not the freshest bottles. I get some skunked notes along with grain smells.

The taste follows the smell. It is grainy and sweet with hints of being skunked. I would say due to the green bottles.

Moderate mouthfeel. Low carbonation

This is not a prime example of this beer. I am not aware of too many places they go through it fast around here though. I bought it to have a traditional Cincinnati beer for opening day. (596 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.52/5  rDev +18.1%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.87/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of smcolw
1.47/5  rDev -50.7%
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. (447 characters)

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Little Kings Cream Ale from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.