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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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Ratings: 275
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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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 13:29:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of ADR


2.42/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An eight pack of pony bottles, what we used to call "splits' when it came to Rolling Rocks or Matt's Premium in the late 70s. Dull less-than-golden color, head struggles very low and then vanishes completely. Very little lace, just a few dots on one side of a Pilsner glass. Vegetal aromas, slightly toffee but with some definite traces of cooked greens. Light body, average carbonation. The flavor is subdued, vaguely sticky and bready and sweet with a severe lack of detectable hops. Seems slightly seltzery in the close but also seems easy going with its light sweetness and little else. In the long run, though, there's really not much of anything going on with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 15:46:23 | More by ADR
Photo of Gusler


2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer evacuates the stubby green bottle a limpid gold color with a bright white modest creamy head that erodes leaving a thin layer of lace to obfuscate the glass. Nose is crisp and clean, sweet malt dominates, start is sweet and pleasantly malted, top is thin in its feel upon the palate. Finish is benign in its acidity and the hops light in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2004 19:43:34 | More by Gusler
Photo of SheepNutz


2.25/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium gold color with half a finger of head that dies quickly. There's almost no lacing. The smell is sweet and malty, has a bit of a corn smell to it as well. No real trace of hops. The taste is malty and corny, with a slight burning sensation on the finish. The body is actually fairly thick. The drinkability is ok as well. Really needs some work.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 04:01:16 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of ragerx


3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I started drinking this stuff at my friends bar in Cleveland ,OH - The Little King's Lounge - they were almost exclusive in their carrying of the beer as far as bars in the city went. Doesnt smell the best , but its small size (7oz) makes drinking them easy. The fairly potent AC (5.5%) tends to creep up on you after an 8 pack of them or so. They just started brewing them again from a hiatus of a couple years. There was a Little Kings Red that was around years ago , was dumped after the first brewery quit brewing them and the rights were resold to another company.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 01:49:54 | More by ragerx
Photo of DFN


3.98/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Not Recomended" ??? Awww, c'mon, guys. This may not be the best beer in the world, but it's a good, clean, crisp beer that goes down easy. I used to buy these in the cute little 7-ounce bottles when I lived in Denver, and I could knock down ten of 'em on a hot Summer afternoon! A bit on the light side, but that's what made them so easy to knock off! And with those nifty little bottles, they never go flat or get warm. I wish I could buy them where I now live, in Arizona!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 11:38:57 | More by DFN
Photo of rugger


3.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found a sixer of this in Tulsa OK, and I had never heard of it so I picked it up, however these were 12oz bottles not the 7ozers like people have been describing. Anyway I was kind of weary of this beer when I took a wiff, it had the smell of a 40oz of OE, however after the first taste I knew that I had nothing to worry about. I rather enjoyed this beer. I usually opt for the darker beers, but I will drink anything however this was suprising. The appearance was light with a white head that left some lace and the taste was nice and light with a big mouthfeel on the back of the tongue. It does have a nice creamy feel to it and I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a nice creamy beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 14:09:20 | More by rugger
Photo of merlin48


2.45/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A trip down memory lane here, when a keg of fresh Cincinnati beer, or a few Little Kings were the college thing to do, in Lexington, Ky. This review is based on serving one of these little 7 oz buggers in a glass, instead of drinking them straight from the bottle as intended.

Appearance gets an extra .5 point for the cute, little 7 ounce bottles. Otherwise, it pours a clear, light gold body with a skimpy white head that immediately falls into a film. No lacing is present.

Aroma is subdued, thankfully. Not much to smell, other than what I perceive as carbonated corn syrup.

Mouthfeel is very light bodied, with adequate carbonation.

Taste is unremarkable. Vaguely reminiscent of Rolling Rock, but without the skunk. No malt presence is noted, but this does seem to have some bittering hops. A faint metallic note is also present. Very watery for a cream ale. Adjuncts(corn?) seem to dominate the mild taste.

This isn't awful, but I sense nothing to really recommend it, other than its historical relationship to the old Cincinnati breweries.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 18:16:33 | More by merlin48
Photo of chilidog


2.7/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A review down the line from Masterbruewer gives a great historic edge to understanding this little brew. For myself I picked up a 24 pk. for 10.99, a deal to stock up with. It poured a bright golden yellow with an average size, soft white head. Carbonation is medium but it still fades quickly to a film. Lace is not to be found. The aroma is mettalic and sulphury. The taste is semi-sweet corn, faint tart hop and faint on malt. An aquired taste perhaps, but not all that bad. Its not a big brewery beer but a little bargain attempt at best.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 23:05:24 | More by chilidog
Photo of Mitchster


2.38/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hrmm, this beer must be marketed towards children as it comes in a cute little bottle.
Pours out to a light orange-golden without forming a head despite a strong pour. No retention or lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is distinctly of apple and grape juice, with a hint of sweetly fruity vinous alcohol, caramel, and honey. No hop or malt aroma. No skunk either, because there are no hops! Mouthfeel is brisk and tart with a medium-light body. Taste is not actually too bad, but not really beer either. Tastes like Woodchuck dark and dry mixed 50/30/20 with Zima and Bud Light. This seriously tastes like apple juice! No hop or malt taste. Finish is clean and brief. Thankfully no hint of corn, which is actually a complement to this bizarre candy brew.

A perfect novelty "beer" if you wanna get it on with drunk college coeds and don't mind a serious headache the morning after. They will drink this up like wildfire, plus it comes in a cute little bottle and tastes better than Ommegang! Aghhh, why does my right eye hurt?

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 22:07:17 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Dogbrick


1.98/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Acquired via trade. I guess when I was afraid that I would never see a bottle of Little Kings on store shelves ever again I figured I owed it to the Ohio brewing community to at least try it. Needless to say getting through the seemingly insubstantial 7oz was no small task. The beer pours a rather bright yellow color with a thin and quickly dying head. No real lacing to speak of. The aroma is a little musty but there are some hops trying to make their presence felt. The body is weak, and so is the watery hops flavor with hints of sourness here and there. The finish is kind of the last gasp in this little guy. I guess on some level I am glad I tried it but it's just not a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 23:14:47 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of budgood1


1.65/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours out a hazy dark golden colour...minimal head and no lace. an adjuncty, sulphury, aroma...smells cheap. mega corn taste...some well hidden fruit and yeast. mouthfeel is sort of rough and gritty, not really creamy at all. drinkability is low, and although i'll polish off the eight pak of seven ouncers, i won't be purchasing this ever again. this is a poor beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2004 01:52:47 | More by budgood1
Photo of masterbruewer


3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a beer I know intimately. The 7 oz green bottles remind me of my Cincinnati teen years.

The story is, the owner of the original Montgomery Inn near Cincinnati had a few customers who would stop by for a beer on the way home from work, but found a 12 oz bottle too much to have before going home to the wife and kids. The owner talked to someone from Schoenling and Little Kings were born.

That was in the 50s. In the late 70s and 80s, Little Kings were popular among the high school set because of the price (low) and their size (small enough to consume quickly or hide if needed.)
I usually drink it from the little green bottle, but for the sake of this review, I'm pouring it into a pint glass.

It pours a light golden color, no real head to speak of, lace disappeared quickly too. Almost no carbonation.

It has a sweet smell, almost like champagne, very sweet, cheap champagne, but champagne none the less.

The taste is sweet and malty, it can get skunky if not kept cold, I know this from my high school days when an 8 pack of "Little Killers" could be kept surreptitously in my multi-pocketed trench coat.

Oddly enough, it seems to me to taste a little better in a pint glass. It has a tendency to get skunky if not properly maintained, but this pint, kept cold, keeps a good flavor.

The mouthfeel is thin and a little syrupy and leaves a sweet light film on the tongue, which isn't necessarily as good as it might sound.

Little Killers go well with sliders (White Castle cheeseburgers), especially at the end of a night of bar hopping. But be warned, either the killers or the sliders by themselves can give you "stomach discomfort."

This beer is an acquired taste, but highly drinkable when you know what to expect.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 02:16:52 | More by masterbruewer
Photo of tavernjef


3.35/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is of yellow light gold, close to pale, but definately not clear, thin white head of loose froth fades some to a thin haze always present and no lace. Smell is all sweet corn and not much else, maybe a hint of floralness, hard to get past the sweetness. Taste is more sweetened corn and grains, creamy, and airy frothed malts, very fresh and farmy, like a farmers own home brew with the ingredients grown in his fields out on a Iowa flat. In that fashion, it has a quality like no other Cream ale. Feel is a light delight of creamy easyness and light carbonation which makes for a good "little" summer drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 21:05:52 | More by tavernjef
Photo of pezoids


3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this beer right out of their little green bottles. I heard about this beer being an Ohio right of passage for up and coming beer drinkers, so I went for it. After killing about 5 from an 8 pack, I came to realized that they weren’t so bad. As long as they remained cold, which was easy because of the small bottles. It’s a pungent and almost skunky beer with a definite grainy corn taste (or some other adjuncts). They went down pretty easy. Although, not a well crafted beer, I liked it anyways.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 10:44:59 | More by pezoids
Photo of AtLagerHeads


2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another Cincinnati classic, a real survivor from the golden era in the 50s. This little gem was, and is, a local favorite. It is not a great beer on any account, but its creamy sense, hop presence, and good looking gold color continue to make it a choice for many settings. Don't go out of your way, but if it's convenient why not try one?

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 19:54:54 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of Pegasus


2.6/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Murky light golden color with a fast-dissipating head, no lace, faint carbonation. Slightly tangy aroma of sweet corn, with some alcohol notes. Taste begins with pronounced sweet alcohol flavors, and cream corn flavors, towards the finish, a little bitter hops appear. Overall, nothing special, although there is nothing that offends. For the fact that it is sold in a eight packs of seven ounce bottes at around $5 (Texas), I would say it’s a poor value for the money.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 17:57:19 | More by Pegasus
Photo of LarryKemp


2.17/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has been hanging around the back of beer refer for several months. It has been cold and dark but that has not helped it much. The beer pours a pale golden yellow with a head that disappates so fast that you better not blink or it is gone. The smell of corn is stong as is the taste. I would recommend this beer for someone who is wanting to know what DMS - corn - smells and tastes like The beer finishes quite sour and the mouthfeel is light. I would have no use for this beer except as an example of what a beer is not supposed to taste like.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 14:59:42 | More by LarryKemp
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Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Interesting brew bur not impressive, it was fuller in body than I anticipated but not overly smooth for a cream ale.
Colour was a med-dark gold with limited head, taste was bordering on a mild sweet...hops evident in the aroma as well as minor after taste......

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 11:22:24 | More by Shiloh
Photo of proc


2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah, the little bottle of Little Kings! This beer has a light citrus taste to it and is extremely easy to drink. Overall, very light, flavor-wise, but a novelty due to the small bottles. I drank these while standing at the BBQ, grilling steaks and somewhat enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2002 10:02:45 | More by proc
Photo of BeerBob


2.93/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Little Kings Cream Ale pours a bit darker than the general population of macro Brew amber from a 7fl. oz. green twist off cap bottle. Head forms at about one half finger, then fades to a well defined ring with a thin cap of foam.

Nose is of something faintly sweet and damp with notes of hops and alcohol. Palate is a creamy sweet (cream of corn) with a mild mix of smi-bitter hops. The alcohol is 5.5% alc./vol. and plays a part in the overall picture that is applied to the palate.

Little Kings Cream Ale has flavors that are assertive in nature. The flavor that is asserted the most is a strong corn like sweet that would take some time getting use to. For those who are into sweet Beer, Little Kings Cream Ale would be your mug of Beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2002 18:05:25 | More by BeerBob
Photo of bditty187


2.2/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No head at all… pale, strawish golden. Odd nose and palate, creamy-sweet & skunky-bitter. Awful on all accounts. Thank God it comes in 7oz. bottles because anymore would have been a chore. Not recommend at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2002 19:04:29 | More by bditty187
Photo of ZAP


2.15/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This has an awful smell to it like bad b.o.(body odor)..it has a creamy texture and a sweetish adjuncty type taste. The taste is OK, but the smell is killing me everytime I take a drink of this. I also smell some alcohol and faint hops but the first strong smell is of B.O. The little bottles are cool, and at one time I thought this was a treat to find. Not any more. Genny Cream Ale is a clear step up from this.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2002 21:21:03 | More by ZAP
Photo of Wildman


2.2/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer was a very pale yellow color and formed absolutely no head. An aroma of grain and slightly of hops. A flavor of grain and not much else.I used to drink Little Kings, which was common where I was from. While I found it better then the more larger macro brews, it still is not high on my list.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2002 20:05:52 | More by Wildman
Photo of Brent


2.35/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean, slightly astringent front with moderate hops showing up in the middle and holding through the finish. Rice/corn adjunct flavors added a little crispness, for whatever that is worth.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2001 21:36:10 | More by Brent
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Little Kings Cream Ale from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
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