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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
71
okay

295 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 21.12%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | 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:
 http://www.littlekingsbeer.com/main.html 

(Beer added by: pezoids on 08-19-2001)
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Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Scene 1: (Ohio, high school, many years ago)

classmate: "hey, how many brewskis have you guys had tonight?"
me (and friends): "we've already had a sixer each" <of Little Kings, hehehe>

Scene 2: (Iowa, 2005)

wife: (with a note of mild irritation) "How many have you had today?"
me: "honest Hon, I've only had one" <growler, hehehe>

Now I just lie in a different direction. I'm so ashamed.

Pale, lightly hazed lemon-amber topped by a small, off-white head that is disappearing before my very eyes. Other than the fact that it's strange to see an entire bottle fill barely half of my pint glass, there isn't a whole lot of interest here. Little Kings looks like any other macro lager, though the cap is smaller and shorter lived than most.

There isn't much of interest in the nose either. The aroma is even more muted than it would otherwise be since the beer is several inches away (maybe I should have poured it into a small juice glass). Sweet, untoasted grain... that's about it. No nastiness.

This is far from good beer, but it's a damn sight better than the standard offerings from BMC. The fact that it's a cream ale rather than an adjunct lager might have something to do with that (although I'm sure that adjuncts have been used). The flavor is semi-bold, a little appley and maltier than expected. I could drink a few of these if I was hot and they were cold.

The finish is criminally short, but that's probably for the best. Even though the flavor is sort of agreeable, I'm not sure that it would fare too well if examined with a great deal of scrutiny. The mouthfeel is ale-like, which is only right since it's an ale rather than a lager. Slightly too bubbly, but not enough to annoy.

I have to admit, despite the nostalgia thing, I wasn't expecting much out of this little 7 ounce bottle. I didn't really get much either, but I do think more highly of it than I expected to. Even though I'm glad that Little Kings is still being brewed, I doubt that I'd buy it on a regular basis. Maybe once a year if I felt like reliving my youth. Okay, so I'm a sentimental liar.

BuckeyeNation, May 15, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The recent news of this beer comming back to Cincinnati made me want to support the return. A cute little bottle dispensed about three drinks of beer. If I am going to catch a buzz from this, it will take a lot of trips back and forth to the fridge.

The beer delivers a brightly colored straw hue with timid but withstanding head formation and retention-- a pretty standard Budweiser-ish look.

Pilsner malts and cereal grains take the dominant role in the moderate aroma. Light German-type hops struggle to balance, allowing the wet grain scent to prevail.

The taste is sweeter than expected, with a stronger malt taste than most cream ales. Still the beer takes on cereal proportions and with a touch of grain husk to accompany the slight hop flavor late. Fairly low levels of sulfer taste with a modest fruity hint late.

Also maltier in the mouthfeel than expected. However, the sheer sweetness of the beer makes it a bit difficult. A better balance is preferred. Light on astringency and mild on alcohol warmth.

This beer actually turned out to be fairly well brewed and is easy to drink. I'd prefer this to many American lagers.

BEERchitect, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -25.7%

ygtbsm94, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -1%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

What a cute wittwe bottwe! It pours a clear pale copper topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises flowers, wheat, lemongrass, and a pinch of powdered sugar. The taste holds notes of wheat, grass, flowers, light vanilla, and a touch of cream cheese. The body is rather light, with a light carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a nice little cream ale. Well worth the minuscule price tag, considering how easy it is to drink.

TMoney2591, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

emerge077, Dec 30, 2009
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.

zeff80, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

JAHMUR, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 7oz bottle into a becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains sweet malts, grain and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a thin malt character. Then some sweetness comes in along with a mild but complementary hops presence creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a poundable beer worth drinking for a while when you want something very light.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3/5  rDev -1%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
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.

smcolw, Sep 01, 2012
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.

woodychandler, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

dbrauneis, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev -1%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

rhoadsrage, Aug 31, 2010
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.

Zorro, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of jdhilt
2.15/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Straight-up pour gives a one finger white head that fades to a ring leaving a trace of lace. Almost clear amber color. Light bodied and light carbonation. Nose is a faint lemon and corn. Starts with some sweetness, mild flavor in fact hardly any flavor not worth 89¢ for a wussy 7 oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

jdhilt, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

7oz. Bottle

Pours a clean/clear golden pale yellow color, some carbonation, little fizzy white head, very little sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop note. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with a hop note in there. Light body. Barely Drinkable, not impressed at all. This brew showed up in the SLS here in Layton, what a bunch of wasted space for this one.

Wasatch, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of LXIXME
3.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

LXIXME, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of plaid75
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was dood retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured sweet adjuncts a grassy hop and a touch of metal.

The taste was likewise sweet with soft malts and a light grassiness. Fruity notes detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty cream ale. Not an overly exciting style, but a good rendition nonetheless.

plaid75, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -1%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of tdm168
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.

tdm168, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

dmorgan310, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -1%

harpus, Apr 08, 2014
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Little Kings Cream Ale from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.