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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

304 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 21.05%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | 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 zeff80
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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 26, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

7oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No date.

Appearance - Huge white head. Pale clear straw body.

Smell - Musk. Corn. Wet cardboard. Smells like a skunked German pilsner.

Taste - Moderate sweetness. Light. Smooth. Corn. Medium bodied.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Medium bodied. Almost creamy.

Overall Drinkability - Decent. Smooth. Inoffensive. Uninteresting. Sort of bland.

ZenAgnostic, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of match1112
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

use to drink these all the time in highschool then they disappeared forever and was i ever happy to see them again. not necessarily for taste but because of memories. nothing special about this beer as far as anything goes. pours a pale clear yellow with half a finger of sudsy head that is gone within seconds. at first pour the beer had a skunky presence about it. luckily that went away after opening up in the glass. from here on out both nose and mouth experience the same thing. sweet corn and grain with a little bit of grass in there, probably the skunk i smelt during the pour. has a sweet creamy mouthfeel with a slightly dryfinish. overall worth it for the novelty of seven oz bottles that arent over priced. just a decent sweet grainy beer on a hot day.

match1112, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Blueribbon666
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed form notes. Enjoyed many times over the years, reviewed here for the first time. Little 7oz bottle poured into pilsner glass pours a straw yellow with a fluffy half inch head. Funky smell of sourdough and corn with a bit of yeast. Taste isn't funky at all for a green glass bottle however it does have a distinctive funky smell which is more akin to an american adjunct lager then a cream ale, but the taste is smooth and clean with a good mix of the usual corn, biscuity sourdough and a mellow hop in there as well. Not as creamy as Genesee's Cream Ale, but smooth and very drinkable nonetheless.The other remarkable thing is that at 5.5% abv over the course of blowing through the 7oz bottles in a session the alcohol can definitely become apparent for this stinky lil lovely that is always great with pizza. I've had this in the new 12oz Red Bull like cans which actually is a little more cleaned up and less funky, but not nearly as enjoyable as the green glass which adds funk instead of skunk, but only in the smell department. Great price too for either bottles or cans. Hope this stays in production again for years to come

Blueribbon666, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of JayQue
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light Ale, a little better than some Macro lagers but not much. Poured from a 7 oz green bottle into a sample size tumbler. Nice clear gold color, minimal white head, poor retention and almost no lacing.

Mild smell of sweet bready malts. Taste is pretty bland. Some sweet malts and a little grassy hops at the end, thankfully no corn or vegetable tastes. Mouthfeel is a bit light but still crisp.

A lawnmower beer at best, not bad but nothing memorable either.

JayQue, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of LAMAGS
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Curious looking beer, and I’m talking about the bottle, pours a straw yellow very clear modest off-white head with low retention and lacing. Very subtle nose consisting of sweet malt and a bit of grassy hops. Sweet malty cereal flavor a bit floral, nothing really stands out. The palate is light crisp dry and refreshing, thin body with ample carbonation. Not a bad beer but nothing special.

LAMAGS, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
1.88/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a 0.5cm head of whitish, huge bubbles that very quickly fade to nothing; virtually no head retention, definitely no lacing. Body is a transparent dull orange-gold color. Lots of active carbonation in huge bubbles. A bit below par for the style.

Scent primarily of the sweet grain bill and maybe a bit of biscuit and diacetyl. Very dull, barely there.

Taste mimics smell: grainy sweetness, corn adjunct, a nod towards cream soda flavor. Aftertaste is a mix of light fake apple flavor and residual sweetness.

Body is thin and overly carbonated, almost painful on the palate. Carbonation and malt base do not mix well together.

For the most part, this is like drinking carbonated water with some artificial flavors in it. Could use a bit more of everything in the nose, taste, and feel.

falloutsnow, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of JMad
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a pint glass..

The beer is golden yellow with a thin foamy white head. it smells of buttered biscuits and sour grain. The taste is similar with grain and honey butter with a hint of cream soda. This beer is light with prickly carbonation and a dry finish. This is a solid easy drinking beer, might get old after awhile but a few of em are good.

JMad, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Jayli
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
7 oz bottle poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a translucent golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that recedes instantly. No lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is very sweet grain and corn, perhaps a touch of apple, and a mild hint of grass notes.

T: Taste starts with sweet grain and corn, adjunct before a cider flavoring comes through. This is the most dominant flavor in the beer - cider! A bit of grass and more grain come in through the finish. Aftertaste is that of apple.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, thin bodied with a crisp feel.

O: Goes down easily, ok taste, not filling, low kick, ok representation of style. Although the beer wasn't unpleasant, the apple flavoring and aftertaste make this a one and done for me.

Jayli, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

puboflyons, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - a hearty pour created a white creamy head over a golden colored beer. The head settled down but left a nice coat of thin lacing.

S - sweet grainy creamed-corn aroma.

T - sweet and pretty decent tasting cream ale.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - this is a better than average cream ale and I'll be certain to drink more than a few this summer.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of 701beer
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden color with a quickly dissipating white head, leaves some lacing on glass.

S: First thing I noticed was the slightly skunky smell, probably from the green bottles. Smell of grain and a faint hint of corn.

F: Mouth feel was good on this one, carbonation levels seem correct.

T: The skunkyness from the nose, carried through into taste, but only as a background flavor. Grain and corn dominate the flavors with off flavors coming up in the aftertaste.

O: Seems to be a decent little beer, taking it out of green bottles would probably help, but I would not continue to drink this at $1 a bottle ($8 per 8 pack of 7 ounce bottles). It was interesting to try.

701beer, May 30, 2011
Photo of dbossman
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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

dbossman, May 26, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Little Kings Original Cream Ale is an unusual beer. It has a minimal, white head and a very clear, golden appearance with lots of little bubbles streaming up and some lacing left behind. The aroma is light, but some malty smell and a strange olive oil (to me) aspect is detected. Taste is likewise malty, with some slight hop bitterness across the sip, with again that odd olive oil flavor. The body is medium, and Little Kings Original Cream Ale finishes crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is not terribly high and it’s more of a sipper, really. Even with it’s strange presentation, I did like it and recommend giving it a chance.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, May 26, 2011
Photo of Offa
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold with a small white head steadily thinning to a ring and a few weak wisps of lace.

Aroma is corn and grain, apple, grass, basically like a sweet/fuller basic US pale lager with an extra yeasty hint.

Taste is creamed corn, mineral, light grassiness, lightly sweet apple cider, faint tart apple zestiness and alight corn-apple aftertaste. It tend slightly to the sweeter side with a character predominantly of lightly sweet, zesty apple and corn. That said, it has an enjoyable, firm character, if simple and light.

Offa, May 17, 2011
Photo of tone77
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

tone77, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of HUXC
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type- Served from a chilled 7 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Standard ale look. Light golden straw appearance with about a half of a fingers worth of white head. The lacing that the head leaves on the brim of the glass quickly dissipates.

Smell- If blindfolded I could swear that there was a stale Heineken in front of me. The ale also has a hint of sweet corn aroma.

Taste- Knowing that it was a cream ale, and having never tried a cream ale my brain told me to expect something along the lines of a cream soda. I was sorely mistaken. After getting over my mishap and sampled the beer for what it was I got a rather mild foretaste and a sweat corn like flavor aftertaste. No hop or bittering flavor to speak of.

Mouthfeel- Not a really carbonated ale, goes down crisp and smooth, no bite what so ever. Almost exactly like cold water.

Overall- Overall due to its size I can't really take this ale seriously. To me it seemed more like a party favor rather then a refreshing alcoholic beverage. This being my first cream ale I can't say I was too impressed with it. Perhaps I bought a skunked batch, but what ever the case I don't think I'd purchase this again.

HUXC, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of jerryjeff
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma
Crisp somewhat sweet scent, seems like almost hints of butterscotch

Mouthfeel
Medium carbonation with very little body, near water

Appearance
Pale gold/straw color. Poured to slight white lace colored head in mich goblet from 7 oz pony

Taste
As somewhat advertised, a bit of a sweetish hint on the tongue with slight bitterness.

Drinkability Very, this is meant to be a beer you can drink a lot of and you definitely could.

Overall
This has a good non-intrusive taste and is meant to be a sessionable beer. I like it quite a bit, but is it worth the premium when you could buy a macro that isn't all that different flavor wise.

jerryjeff, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Schmidts
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 7 OZ bottle golden yellow. Smells of Grain and Corn sort of sweet. Taste is sweet with a hint of bitterness. Very Refreshing in your mouth. This is a really a nice retro Beer and I have finished off a case of 7 oz bottles in three days. I find this beer to be a very nice session beer and very enjoyable. Give it a try it sure surprised me.

Schmidts, Mar 27, 2011
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.

BeerAdvocate, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an "Awwww cute" little 7oz. bottle into a juice glass. Doesn't seem right. I don't think, in fact I know, that I have never poured a Little Kings into anything other than down my throat before. Faint straw color with a very short head of foam that is almost gone before the beer settles.
Aroma-Hmmmm. There is a little something here. Faint grain and maybe a slight apple or pear note
Taste-Faintly sweet, subtle malt note. Very crisp and clean. First taste of this beer that I've had that wasn't a bit skunky. Must be a fresh bottle.
I wish there was a "Nostalgia Beer" category because I would put Little Kings at the top of the list. Hands down my favorite beer in high school. (Hey, it was the early 80's) The little bottles were easy to conceal in a coat or jacket if you're going to a football or basketball game. Also, for about seven bucks(1980's prices) you could buy a whole case and bam!...instant party! Girls liked 'em 'cause they were "cute" and only 7ounces. Guys liked 'em 'cause they were easy to pound down, affordable, and pretty tasty. Hey man it's "cream ale", not beer!-was a favorite response when somebody asked me for one of my "beers". Ask anyone who grew up with Little Kings and you'll always get a smile and a story.
I raise my tiny bottle high..Cheers!!
Long live Little Kings!! (A+ in my book! Though sadly, not in my official review)

hosehead83, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of keeganfrank
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thin, sudsy head that dissolves quickly. Ginger-colored beer with significant carbonation. Smells sweet and musty, very heavy on the malts. The taste is sweet and of grain and corn. Its smooth, syrupy body makes this an enjoyable drink, despite the lacking flavor profile. A decent session brew...even though (or especially because?) you have to drink twice as many.

keeganfrank, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Shrews629
2.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - With a very aggressive pour this straw yellow, very clear beer produced a bright white, fizzy, soapy head with decent size. Not a whole lot of retention, but it did leave a scant amount of lacing. It settled to a thin film on top also. Several bubbles rising to the top.

Smell - The smell was a grassy, grainy, corn type of smell. Very similar to a "macro" only with a slightly sweeter aroma.

Taste - The flavor was more of the corn adjuncts. Bits of grain. No real bitterness to speak of. Rather tame.

Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel. Crisp and smooth. Mostly watery and refreshing. Not much left on the palate. Goes down very easy.

Drinkability - This beer would be a nice thirst quencher during a hot Summers day. It's slightly better than most macros however I wouldn't go out of my way to pick this up.

Shrews629, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of wcudwight
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold in color with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin lace on top. Faint musty and grainy aroma. Flavor is pretty bland with some sweet malt and a bit buttery. Slightly bitter and metallic in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin. Nice to have for nostalgia reasons but it's far from good beer.

wcudwight, Feb 25, 2011
Little Kings Cream Ale from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.