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Muskoka Cream Ale - Muskoka Brewery

Muskoka Cream AleMuskoka Cream Ale

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.04%

Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
First brewed in1996, our flagship Muskoka Cream Ale has since become a signature beer of the Muskoka region. Unmistakable with its rich amber colour and inviting floral tones, this laid-back English pub-style ale is smooth and easy-going. With a Cascade hoppiness and fuller body of flavour, this gold-medal winning Canadian Cream Ale is the quintessential taste of cottage country. Raise a glass.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: Shiloh on 01-12-2003)
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Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into an American pub glass. A dark gold brew, just grading into light bronze territory, with around two fingers of resilient beige head. Aroma was unexpected and compelling, mainly tangy English hops (!?) propped up by doughy sweet malts, accompanied by some fruity yeast esters that recall pears and light citrus rind. Taste is correspondingly fruity and reasonably sweet, with a blood-like metallic tang. This brewery yields some nice caramel malt flavors and these shine through here, along with nutty baker's yeast, unripe peach, grape candy, pear, citrus rind, and toffee brittle. The sweet malt flavors develop nicely as the beer warms up. Light bodied and creamy as the style designator would suggest, with a semi-wet finish that features more earthy/spicy hops and hints of toast. Robust flavors for a cream ale and starts to blur the boundary between this style and an amber ale. I like my session options less sweet than this but recommended nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 16:05:18 | More by CalgaryFMC
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United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Coming in a 355ml slim brown bottle, “enjoy before” 15/06/2015, served lightly chilled in a stemmed wine glass.

A: pours a bright orangey-amber colour, coming with a negligible thin foamy head and gentle & constant carbonation.
S: sweet biscuit and barley candy-ish malts come with a faintly flowery and sweet-orangey hop aroma, as well as light prune-ish esters; a swirl gives rise to light buttery notes and some grassy hoppiness.
T: quite sharply carbonated, the entry shows plenty of sweet pale and caramel malts and lightly-sweet orangey hints of hops, but soon followed by a rather dry and mildly acidic aftertaste mixed of malts and floral hop bitterness as well as a well-attenuated mouthfeel, leaving but a light undertone of gristy malts to linger.
M&O: the mouthfeel is refreshing alright but definitely too fizzy for my taste, against a light-bodied malty theme and a well-attenuated dry-ish palate. This ale probably was filtered and reseeded with lager yeasts to undergo the long, cold lager-ing process, hence the higher attenuation level vis-à-vis the malty and slightly estery flavours. Not my cup of tea, but all in all this ale has shown some decent quality and flavour integrity.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 18:25:17 | More by wl0307
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 5%.

A - Poured a clear copper-gold with a thin white head, head reduced to surface bubble, no lacing.

S - Mild caramel, hint of citrus, some spiciness. A bit mild but pleasant.

T - Mild sweetness, a hint of toffee, some spiciness with a bittter finish. Not overly hoppy but more bitter that I'd expect for a cream ale.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium body, some creaminess, dry finish.

O - Decent ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 03:06:22 | More by decimator
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Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 473ml can, poured into a nonic glass

Appearance - A pretty brew. Pours with a solid two fingers of head. Minimal lacing. The colour is darker than expected for the style - a golden copper hue.

Smell - Not a whole lot going on here. What is there is pretty sweet, with some grainy smells.

Taste - Wayy more hops than I expected from just the nose, makes for a (pleasantly) bitter finish. Tastes biscuity and grainy.

Mouthfeel - Extremely drinkable. Very low carbonation. This sort of goes without saying but...the mouthfeel is 'creamy'.

Serving type: can

05-04-2013 01:50:33 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear light copper and extremely bubbly to the point of being ridiculous, as such the head was huge and would not go anywhere
S - some grainy and adjunct aromas, mild leafiness, fairly basic here
T - grain and adjunct with a grassy and metallic hop flavour similar to saaz
M - started very carbonated but got flat as it fizzed itself out, somewhat thin and slightly dry
O - its close to average but has just enough flavour to keep it semi interesting, i might not buy a 6 pack of this but not problem having it included as part of a mixer, would also make a decent option on tap

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 01:15:02 | More by joemcgrath27
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Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a light amber with 1/4 finger width of bubbly head.

Smell- Sweet apples, corn, slight floral hops, caramalts.

Taste- Starts with sweet apples and corn followed by floral hops and caramalts. Very robust flavours.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Overall- An easy drinking cream ale by Muskoka. I enjoyed the robust flavours in this brew. This is definitely better than most cream ales that I have sampled.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 01:47:05 | More by leaddog
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My wife picked me up a 6-pack of bottles while in Ottawa. I've never had anything from this brewery before.

It pours with a foamy, slightly orange-beige head and has a clear (but slightly hazy) golden body. The aroma has a light fruit salad, mostly pears, quality from the Cascade hops. The taste is heavy on the hops also. It has a smoky and old wood flavour. Moderate-to-low carbonation and moderate body.

Overall, I'm not to impressed but then again Cream Ales are not my favourite. I find it overly hopped and not much flavour beyond that. Also, too bad my first Ontario microbrew was basically a west coast ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 03:00:02 | More by maclean25
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Liamt07!

Appearance. Pours a clear amber-gold with two fingers of thick and creamy head that lasts a while.

Smell. Roasted grains, bitter grassy-floral hops.

Taste. Toasted light grains and a little bit of caramel, some grassy hops and honey and just a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium, bubbly carbonation.

Overall. Better than the popular cream ales I've tried from my province.

Serving type: can

06-18-2012 23:49:23 | More by Rutager
Photo of NovT

3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

can, poured into an imperial pint.

a, pleasant variegated amber to red. decent tight foam with good retention. layer of thin foam lasts, with excellent lacing on the sides of the glass.

s light, but pleasantly spicey. a little underwhelming.

t slightly sweet, with mild bitter notes on the finish. spicey oak (almost like scotch), with light hoppiness.

m tight carbonation lasts throughout, well bodied but not heavy.

o a great light choice. Moderately flavoured, not overly thin. A good "everyday" choice for the discerning drinker.

Serving type: can

06-12-2012 23:22:20 | More by NovT
Photo of NV9

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tall can.

golden/amber colour good white head on it, stays there for some time before leaving some lacing behind.

Fruit smell very evident, some bready odors as well.

Light bodies, not too much carbonation. Very drinkable beer, very smooth, goes down nice.

Serving type: can

06-09-2012 19:54:28 | More by NV9
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: golden copper
S:creamy butterscotch (Wurthers!)
T: fresh, clean, delicate instead of big and bold, bright, creamy malt, toffee/butterscotch, slightly bitter finish lingers for a little too long
M:bright, light, medium carbonation, refreshing
O: An interesting beer. Flavourful but not bold and aggressive. Creamy maltiness. The bitterness lasts a little too long for my taste.

Serving type: can

06-08-2012 01:19:29 | More by EspressoGuy
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear light amber, an off-white head that settles rather quickly, but leaves good lacing and has some curtains.

A fresh fruity smell, red apples, lemon, some grass.

Starting with sweet toffee, some bread, then pears and oranges, lemon peel.

Medium carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft and fresh, a dry finish.

A decent ale, good with fish'n chips.

Serving type: can

05-13-2012 16:12:29 | More by rarbring
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Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint as I bbq some burgers.

A- Clear copper pour with a two finger soapy, snow white head. Lacing is wonderful.

S- Sweet biscuit, cookies and fruit with a touch of bubblegum. Slight earthy hops.

T- Nice malt, sweet caramel, cookies and bubblegum.

M- Light to medium bodied, good carbonation.

O- I am just in love with this. I inhaled a six pack in almost one sitting. I just love this, it's sonething I could drink forever. Easy drinking and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 20:46:11 | More by korguy123
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear orange/golden color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet bready, grainy and caramelly malts with nice floral/earthy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has an earthy bitterness, some floral hops, sweet malts giving out a bready/grainy taste with a slight carmelly note.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice light but crisp overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas. This would be great for one of those hot summer days.

Serving type: can

03-13-2012 19:59:45 | More by SebD
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355 ml bottle.
Pours golden with a fingers worth of light foamy cream head. Nose is pale malts and a bit of creamsicle. Taste is similiar; lager esque with the pale malt and grassyness. Little bit of creamsicle flavour I'm the middle. Body is light to medium. Dry in the middle.
Overall, not a bad revisit but nothing outstanding. This brewery shines with their newer Mad Tom ipa and the seasonal releases. This beer was one of the original lineup mediorce beers they produced before stepping up the craft experiments recently.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 22:36:51 | More by heebes
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2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap during a fishing trip to Lake Simcoe.

Draft had a good amount of head and it was a nice amber color. Could smell a little bit of the cream, but it was the tatse where the cream came through. First beer from Muskoka Brewery and the establishment did not have much on tap. I rate this as a pretty average beer. Nothing is standing out to me oday, had the beer a coule of days ago. Good to add a new beer to my list.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 00:32:38 | More by Cheesedogg
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper-amber colour, white head and light lace. Smell is of biscuity and cracker like malt, grainy earthiness, some lemony scents as well. Taste is of biscuity sweet cracker like malt, light hoppy bitterness follows, lemon citrus notes, aftertaste is biscuity with some light hop as well. Smooth mouthfeel, creamy, lush at points, light-medium carbonation, good feel overall. This isn't bad but these guys make much more interesting options that I would pick up before this, I would drink this again if offered but it wont see much time in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 17:31:10 | More by peensteen
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my go-to easy drinking beers. Finally got around to reviewing it. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Medium orange colour with yellow and ruby glow around the edges. Half a finger of white head formed and quickly receded to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Sweet caramel malts with a touch of toffee balanced by a floral hop aroma.

T - Follows the nose. Floral and earthy hops with a crisp bitterness balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone. Very easy drinking while still having good flavour. Not getting the cascade hops at all (as advertised on the label).

M - Light to medium body with a slight chew. Moderate carbonation.

O - A very enjoyable easy drinking session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:42:34 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear amber colour with a fizzy white head that disappears to nothing almost quicker than I can pour it.
Aroma is very weak, slightly tinny with caramel malt the most dominant, surprisingly, a faint hint of spice on the back end. Some floral/fruitiness comes out as it warms.
Very sweet and malty, lots of caramel/bread up front. Tastes very English in style, and is lacking any notion of the Cascade hopping described on the can. Very light earthy bitterness leads to a crisp finish.
Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation.
I was surprised by the character of this beer. I had low expectations going in, but found this to be a nice easy-drinker with some pleasant English qualities. Would be a good gateway beer for the BMC afficionado.

Serving type: can

11-24-2011 04:51:51 | More by MattyV
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can picked up from the LCBO; best before Feb. 2012. Continuing on the quest to find a cream ale that's worth retrying...

Pours a bright, clear amber colour with one finger of creamy mostly-white head that fizzles down to a cap rather quickly. Nice aroma, lightly floral with some tropical fruitiness and pine needles.

Bready malts with caramel sweetness are the first flavours I pick up, alongside pear and apple notes. The cascade hops are more prominent towards the end of the sip providing their characteristic earthy pine notes. Slight lingering twinge of bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium-light body, with very little carbonation lending it a very creamy mouthfeel. A little syrupy as it warms, but refreshing when cold.

By far the most agreeable cream ale I've ever had, highly sessionable and enjoyable all around. Normally I avoid cream ales as I generally find them bland, but this one is nothing of the sort and is definitely something I'll come back to.

Serving type: can

10-26-2011 00:06:00 | More by thehyperduck
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

clear amber colour with lots of foamy off-white head. decent retention and leaves a nice lacing.

smell was sweet/bready/malty and had a very slight hop aroma.

taste was similar - very malty, some sweetness, and again just a bit of hops.

good carbonation and drinkability. overall not outstanding but certainly enjoyable - nothing bad to say about it.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 01:21:36 | More by fostachild
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think Muskoka is one of the better Breweries here in Ontario, however I do find they still make "standard" beers that the average Canadian Enjoys, nevertheless, i like to try their beer to see if something stands out or is interesting...

The cream ale pours a slightly hazy light copper with a small, minor head. The nose is subtle, nothing really obvious.. Maby a touch of malt but thats it. Very gentle.
Taste is nice, warming and smooth. Very subtle lemony hops with a fruity bite. Mild "cream" in there as the mouthfeel is light but smooth.

Overall, easy drinking, mildly flavorfull. WOuld be easy to drink a bunch of these but certainly nothing profound in the beer world!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 19:24:44 | More by jbonapar
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a half finger head into a medium wine glass which quickly dissipated to a fine collar - semi-clear amber colour - some patchy lacing

S - barley malt, floral and earthy hops, some fruit

T - caramel - some pine and floral hops, popcorn, bitter citrus (hint)

M - slightly bitter with a creamy medium bodied mouthfeel - light carbonation

O - a decent cream ale that is certainly sessionable

Serving type: can

08-08-2011 19:34:00 | More by Stocean1
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Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A can of the rebranded Muskoka Cream Ale.

A - Pours a slightly dark gold with mild carbonation. A small cap of soapy off white head shows up. Bright. No lacing and only a little chunk of retention on one side.

S - Fruity, earthy, and grainy.

T - Earthy and a little grainy. Fruity malt with a little toffee.

M - Quite creamy, medium body with a slightly sweet finish, good carbonation.

O/D - Meh. I had higher expectations for this after the rebranding. Nothing too interesting and not worth the $2.65 it cost at all. Maybe better in the bottle but I wasn't willing to take a shot on the whole sixer. Easy to drink and has flavour, but not overly flavourful or tasty.

Serving type: can

08-07-2011 22:24:16 | More by tbeckett
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can, chilled and poured into my trusty Ironspike pilsner glass. (After their rebranding, cool can though)
Best before: December.1/2011

Appearance- Pours a light amber colour with two fingers of soapy white head that very quickly dissipates to a thin ring around the glass, which leaves below average lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- Not a whole lot going on in the nose although I am getting a sweet aroma coming from this one right off the bat, and lots of bready malts in there as well. Other than that the nose is rather subdued.

Taste- Lots and lots of bready malts going on in the tastes as well, some sweetness in there as well but mainly bready malts.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with almost below average carbonation, for a cream ale it is definitely not very creamy, although it is nice to drink on a hot summer day.

Overall- This is a beer for the person who is just getting into craft beers, the one who is used to drinking BMC all day because this is not far off from an adjunct lager or something along those lines, this beer does not really have a whole lot going on in any aspect. The smells are muted although a lot better than the taste, and speaking of the tastes they are so one dimensional and boring this beer just screams fail. Personally didn’t enjoy it but I’ll chalk that one up to having my taste buds spoiled by amazing American craft.

Serving type: can

07-22-2011 01:54:43 | More by Roke87
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Muskoka Cream Ale from Muskoka Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.