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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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295 Ratings

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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:

(Beer added by: pezoids on 08-19-2001)
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Photo of matt20102
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.

matt20102, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of bbrown29073
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.

bbrown29073, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of stoutman
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.

stoutman, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
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.

TheKingofWichita, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of stevedem
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.

stevedem, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
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.

ktrillionaire, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of bierenutz
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.

bierenutz, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of wallaceandvomit
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.

wallaceandvomit, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of BeardedBoffin
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.

BeardedBoffin, Sep 04, 2010
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 SpeedwayJim
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.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of aeminter
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.

aeminter, Aug 07, 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 Brysky
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.

Brysky, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
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.

twiggamortis420, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
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.

BeerAndBourbon, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
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.

RomaniIteDomum, May 30, 2010
Photo of SkeeterHawk
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.

SkeeterHawk, May 13, 2010
Photo of JamesS
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very nice golden color, with good head, decent lacing, and a lot of bubbly carbonation. Very sweet lager scent, with a slighlty skunky nose. Decent taste, a very sweet creamy malt, but with an cloying aftertaste. Goes down quite extremely smooth.

JamesS, May 07, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

7oz bottle from State Liquor Store in Vernal. $1.00

A: Clear yellow, white head, not much retention, a few sticky spots of lacing. Looks like an adjunct lager.

S: Grainy. Honestly there is nothing else there.

T: Grainy, a little honey, and well, it ends about there. I don't want to trash this beer, but its got a malty grainy flavor, and that is all I can describe it as. Tastes like a BMC beer with a weird sweet finish, I don't like this at all.

M: A little heavier than an adjunct lager, and less carbonated.

D: No thanks, one 7oz of this is enough for me. Its not a horrible beer, but I'm not enjoying this. I think I'd rather drink an adjunct lager over this. Not impressed.

pokesbeerdude, May 06, 2010
Photo of Natural510
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

7oz bottle, no dating. Poured into wine glass from ironic effect.

Pours yellow, with zero head and scant lacing. A bit underwhelming.
Scent of corn, husk and a sweetness from the malt.
Flavor is light, sweet. Creamy quality from the corn, graininess from the malt, with a hint of hops. Finish is fairly clean.
All in all, not too bad for the style. I've been curious about this one for awhile (admittedly due to the packaging), and that curiosity is now satisfied.

Natural510, May 04, 2010
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 rednrag
3.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I did not pour this into anything, so I assume it is pale yellow. or green.
Cool little bottle, pretty refreshing when cold, really not too bad.
Had to see if it was the same as in high school, and it does taste the same, if memory serves me correctly. A lot of beer from those days does not, so I give this props for that.
Probably won't buy it again, but who knows? I might.

rednrag, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Kromes
2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A crystal clear light golden color with a thin soapy white head. Your average looking beer. Some lacing left on the glass

S: Smells like a standard american lager with a little bit of honey malt sweetness and lots of grain in the aroma. A touch of skunky hop rounds out the aroma.

T: This is mostly all grainy and starchy sweet. The hop is very much in the background and only adds a touch of skunky, earthy flavor and slight bitterness. The finish is very grainy and still mostly sweet.

M: A medium mouthfeel. The feel is the best part to this beer, there is a nice smoothness to it.

D: It is OK, has a sort of standard taste and is somewhat easy to drink. I wouldn't go seek it out though.

Kromes, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw color, and has a nice frothy head.
Smells like a good old beer with the basic slight skunky smell, not overwhelming though.
Nice little refreshing taste for a little booger like this one. Has nothing that would really make me believe it is as much a cream ale as they say it is. It is however a pretty nice taste, a bit of apple but mainly just the nice taste of a good beer for a hot day.

Nice to try this again.

Spineypanda, Mar 23, 2010
Little Kings Cream Ale from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.