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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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277 Ratings

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | 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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North Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

Poured a clear yellow-amber with a super small white fizzy head that dissapated rapidly and had no lacing.The aroma was of grain malts, a grassy hop and a soapy yeast. It tasted sweet with an ever so light hoppiness from start to finish. Mouthfeel was light in body and creamy yet watery in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall a a very light brew which is typical of cream ale's, but have to say it is quite drinkable yet nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 13:27:30 | More by KajII
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New York

2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 7 ounce bottle so not much of a head clear yellow body.

S- Sweet smelling malts, doesnt seem to be much there.

T- Almost like an all malt, slight bit of hops at the finish. Sweet.

M- Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

D- Very sessionable ill give it that.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 03:52:42 | More by foogerd
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4.47/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Has a sweet flavor and has won several awards. I like the 7 oz bottle for some reason. I give it an A because it is unique. I wouldn't drink it every day, but like it for the winter time, or even as a quick beer to sip with dinner.

Not sure I've had any other cream ales, but I brewed a Little Kings clone one time, that didn't turn out good, so I recommend to just buy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 03:39:22 | More by djdrdave
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4.08/5  rDev +34.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 02:55:23 | More by dhannes
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1.65/5  rDev -45.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 23:14:01 | More by jsh420
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 08:14:54 | More by TMoney2591
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Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 03:44:31 | More by TheManiacalOne
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2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at refrigerator temperature. Color is a bronzy-golden hue; smells of malt and subtly wet cardboard; could be (very) slightly skunky which makes sense given the green glass bottle. The "cream" in this ale is obvious and pleasant. Most of the reviews of this beer describe this as an unpleasant brew, which I suspect is due mostly to the green glass bottles. Given proper storage, this is probably a fun, different beer. Light, however, is not a friend. The small bottles (7oz) are a good choice, as this beer should be consumed quickly after pouring.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 02:13:52 | More by matt20102
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South Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I remember this beer from the '70's. At the time, I lived next door to Bill Schoenling, off of Werk Road in Cincinnati. This certainly was not what I recalled.

A - A "normal" lager-yellow. Light head. little lacing
S - It smelled "bad". Can't think of another word. Wasn't skunky - just "bad".
T - A little too sweet. Not as I recalled.
M - It was a bit creamy. True to my memory.
D - Not. I had a few. Threw the rest of the case away.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 22:01:10 | More by bbrown29073
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2.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow with active sudsy carbonation, but a seltzery diminished head leaves no real lace of which to speak. The nose is of creamed corn, some vanilla and light plastic notes. Flavors are superficial, not built on a real malt base, rather a vanilla flavoring and macro corn notes. The finish is a lingering sweet vanilla. Not bad, but certainly nothing memorable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 02:56:45 | More by stoutman
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North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a tiny little white head (no more than a rim) and absolutely no lacing. Smells of creamed corn and very sweet. Very one note on taste sweet and a lot like corn with a little balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and drinkability is high.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 01:46:20 | More by TheKingofWichita
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3.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear pale gold without much head to speak of.

S - Has a sweet smell, reminds of pineapple sort of.

T - Clean and sweet. Not unpleasant at all.

M - Kind of thin, little carbonation. It feels like drinking a flat pop.

D - Really not bad. You won't mistake it for the good stuff, but it's a pretty decent brew. I making it a go-to cheap beer to switch things up, and knocking back a few cans of this with some burgers.

Serving type: can

11-10-2010 04:04:11 | More by stevedem
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2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

There is a band that I used to listen to called 'Little Kings'. They were named after the beer, they were sort of a LA thrash-glam-metal band, and they were one of the first bands signed to Epitaph Records (home of Bad Religion, NOFX, The Offspring, Pennywise, Rancid, etc.) That anecdote is probably more interesting than the beer's flavor.

A - Pours BMC pale-gold, with a wispy white head.

S - It has a sweet adjunct smell, and a nondescript mineral-alcohol presence as well.

T - Tastes cheap. Two good things about it: 1. It has a vaguely discernible grassy hop presence. 2. It comes in 7oz bottles so it is easily pounded before it can get even slightly warm.

M - Lighter than medium-bodied, cheap swill. But on the better side of that description.

D - Traditional American swill. Better than BMC, but still very similar.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 02:38:21 | More by ktrillionaire
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2.35/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a clear golden color with a smallish head that disappeared quickly and left no lacing on the glass.
S-A little on the "skunky" side (Heinekenesque) with earthy/grassy hoppy aromas.
T-Thin. I could end there, but, there was a "creamy" corn syrupy taste up front with oakey afternotes but not necessarily in a good way. It was like taking an average beer and cutting it to dilute the taste.
M-Thin with moderate carbonation...nothing special here.
D-Some palates may appreciate what was attempted here, just not mine. Glad I have only 7oz. of this before moving on the something better I hope.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 22:54:20 | More by bierenutz
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3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

never had a cream beer before so i decided to grab some Little Kings and give it a shot. I'm drinking it straight out of the bottle so i dont know how much head and etc there is but based on drinking it, there's not much head, lacing, etc .. basically this beer doesnt need a review, it just needs to be known as a very slightly creamy sweet version of Heineken without that Heiny aftertaste. If its cheap and you just want to pound some beers that go down easily and stay that way for a while, go for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 01:55:32 | More by wallaceandvomit
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New Mexico

2.48/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is presented in a little seven ounce green bottle. The dark golden beer has little head above. The aroma seems to exude a mixture sweet corn and malt. The sweetness intensifies on the palate with similar flavors. The texture is almost syrupy. It finishes with nary a hint of bitterness. Perhaps the size of the bottle portends what's inside.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 03:03:31 | More by BeardedBoffin
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 02:56:46 | More by rhoadsrage
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New York

2/5  rDev -34%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 01:48:48 | More by SpeedwayJim
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3.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale gold in color, initial head was very foamy and about one fingers worth. This quickly diminished little less than a faint film.
S - Very clean and malty with some vegetal notes
T/M - Light to medium body with carbonation to match...flavors are light and pleasant. No hop bitterness to speak of...there are some very low level esters in the apple/pear range.

A very drinkable beer, and a decent representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 05:44:43 | More by aeminter
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New Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 21:37:08 | More by LXIXME
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2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer just to try, not to impressed as there was nothing special, although it came in a 70z. bottle which was nice and very cheap. I could see this as a session beer at the beach. the cream was not over whelming which was nice. Even though i was not to overly impressed by this I would recommend it to people to try and would have in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 21:52:59 | More by Brysky
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3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

7 oz green bottle returns to Texas after a long hiatus. Pours a clear, medium gold color with a magically disappearing head...where did it go?

Nose is pretty typical for the style; grainy malts, sweet cream and some lagery sulfur. Not bad, and better than a recent Genesee I had, less skunky.

Taste makes me thankful these are only in 7 oz bottles! Grainy adjuncts with a decent amount of ale yeast fruitiness. Creamy body is not bad, and is pretty well done for the style. It is drinkable in the way that an American Malt Liquor can be when the need strikes. A bit pricey for that to entice me to purchase an 8-pack anytime soon...a fotay of OE 800 can do the trick for about a fifth of the price. Meh, not impressed, but didn't have too much problem finishing my mini-bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 00:19:26 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.6/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Pours a pale yellow with a white billowy head that leaves no residual lacing.
S. Corn with some malt sweetness.
T. Sweet corn and malts with a little bit of bitterness on the tail end. The bitterness is hardly recognizable as hops, though.
M. Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy level of carbonation. This is what macro lagers should shoot for in mouthfeel.
D. This is why this beer exists. Macros claim that they have superior drinkability, but this actually does. A light pleasant sweet flavor with a perfect level of creamy carbonation. I could drink these all night and be content. Plus, I'm supporting a great local brewery. Cheers!

I've never understood how cream ale didn't become America's choice beer instead of the adjunct lager. This beer has some flavor and is supremely drinkable - the carbonation level isn't so amped up that it hurts when you drink it too quickly. If nothing else, at least get your macro loving friends to switch to something like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 02:19:02 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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3.43/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 04:51:26 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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4.13/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I picked an 8-pack of these up a few weeks ago at Spec's when I saw it back on the shelf after a LONG TIME being gone...like 10 years or so. You don't get too many cream ales in these here parts, so I thought that I would give it a try. I am pouring two bottles into my 0.5l glass stein for review.

Appearance: Pours a very clear yellow golden color with a small head of tight white bubbles sitting on top maintained by a number of bubbles rising. Even a few minutes after the pour, there is still a head on top of it. Even ten minutes after the pour, there was still a very creamy head standing on top.

Aroma: I initially got a good bit of corn and other malts in there along with some fresh floral hops. Even though the beer is in a green bottle, it doesn't smell like it has been light struck. As the beer warms up some, the hops is starting to come out more and the malt is also taking on a more honey-like profile.

Taste: The flavor is also very clean and balanced toward the malt in the finish. There is some evident hops in the flavor, but they fade pretty quickly to let the malt lead the way into the finish. The overall mouthfeel is really creamy with lots of carbonation so that it leaves a defined mark on your palate on the way by. The beer is light to medium bodied even though it stays pretty crisp all the way through. It has an interesting mouthfeel overall.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and a good example of the style. I haven't minded drinking this 8-pack even a little bit. That said, I probably wouldn't drink this beer more than a few times a year, but I would certainly drink it again regularly. I would recommend it and hope that you get to try one that is as fresh as this one I am drinking now.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 03:51:47 | More by SkeeterHawk
Little Kings Cream Ale from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.