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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: 292
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 20.86%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | 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 chilidog
2.7/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

chilidog, May 02, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
2.38/5  rDev -21.2%

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?

Mitchster, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
1.98/5  rDev -34.4%

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.

Dogbrick, Jan 23, 2004
Photo of budgood1
1.65/5  rDev -45.4%

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.

budgood1, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
3.05/5  rDev +1%

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.

masterbruewer, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.35/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

tavernjef, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of pezoids
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

pezoids, Jun 08, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.9/5  rDev -4%

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?

AtLagerHeads, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
2.6/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

Pegasus, Mar 29, 2003
Photo of LarryKemp
2.17/5  rDev -28.1%

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.

LarryKemp, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
2.85/5  rDev -5.6%

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......

Shiloh, Jan 04, 2003
Photo of proc
2.9/5  rDev -4%

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.

proc, Oct 03, 2002
Photo of BeerBob
2.93/5  rDev -3%

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.

BeerBob, Sep 24, 2002
Photo of bditty187
2.2/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

bditty187, Aug 01, 2002
Photo of ZAP
2.15/5  rDev -28.8%

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.

ZAP, Jun 13, 2002
Photo of Wildman
2.2/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

Wildman, May 20, 2002
Photo of Brent
2.35/5  rDev -22.2%

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.

Brent, Aug 19, 2001
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Little Kings Cream Ale from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
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