Muskoka Cream Ale - Muskoka Brewery

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Muskoka Cream AleMuskoka Cream Ale

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Muskoka Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Shiloh on 01-12-2003

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
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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a beer launch at the University of Waterloo Grad House.

Pours a light copper, with a half-inch head. Good amount of lacing, decent retention.

Smell was a bit boring, a bit of malts and toffee-breadiness. Not much going on here.

Tastes like a standard pale ale, with the creaminess smoothing out the finish. Malty up front, a bit of pear, caramel and bread. Bitter finish. Not bad, but a bit washed out.

Mouthfeel was slightly over-carbonated, a bit stingy. Typical body.

All in all, a decent cream ale, which is normally not a style I'm terribly fond of. Not something I'll purchase too often, but never something to turn down. Very sessionable.

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recommended to me by a native Bracebridger (?) I met a few nights ago, as the beer you buy by the pallet for a Saturday night shindig, to appeal to the discerning masses, apparently...

This beer appears a clear light orange amber hue, with one skinny finger of wispy white head, which leaves a decent ebbing ring of lace as it duly recedes.

It smells of biscuit malt, and orange rind bitterness. The taste is light white cracker grain, a twinge of creme caramel, and moderately zingy earthy citrus hops.

The carbonation is quite mild, but no pushover either, the body creamy, well smooth, and medium full in weight. It finishes off-dry, the soft graininess and persistent hops doing well to tango to the end.

An inoffensive easy-drinking session ale, with a pleasing hop kick, to boot, in the Ontario tradition of mild English-style ales, awakened to the possibilities inherent in New World hops.

Photo of mintjellie
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber/orange body. Has a solid two finger white head with decent retention. Nice lacing. I expected this beer to be paler than this, the colour is a pleasant surprise.

Sweet grain, biscuit, toast, and caramel aromas are all present. There's a faint grassy scent lurking around the edges.

Tastes the way it smells. Caramel. A little toasty. Slightly buttery as well. Grassy hops in the background. It's a little bit sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Very mild bitterness in the finish. As it warms, the toasted bread comes out a bit more, and some fruit flavour develops.

Light bodied and spritzy, a little bit on the watery side. A thirst quencher for a hot summers day.

Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average beer, but likely reformulated since these early reviews. Smell originally malty and fruity, then plain after warming up to room temperature. Short lived head. Creamy and malty, with a spot of fruit. OK with dinner at the end of a summer day.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.33/5  rDev -4%
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

Photo of heebes
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of jbonapar
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Photo of eat
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last can from the OCB Discovery Pack #3.

Pours clear and amber in colour, covered completely by a thin off-white head. Retention is not too good, fading quickly to a ring around the glass. No lacing.

On the nose: caramel malt, yeast, bread, bit of citrusy hops. Not too shabby.

Caramel malt, some butteriness, nice hop profile. No complexity, just a pleasant clean and fresh taste. Decently balanced. The finish is slightly dry and quite wheaty. A little more watery than I'd like.

The mouthfeel is good and I'd rate it 4.0 if it weren't a cream ale. Good feel for a beer, but too thin as a cream ale. Solid medium body and moderate carbonation.

This is a drinkable beer, no troubles here. I don't know how much this comes off as a cream ale. It's more like a pretty decent pale ale leaning towards being a cream ale, though it would probably be quite nice on nitro-tap. I'd be happy to find this on tap somewhere. Quite similar to the other OCB offerings, fairly well-brewed but lacking in character. Nothing wrong with it, just pretty uninteresting. Hopefully these beers converted some Molson, Labatt and Sleeman fans away from macro swill and onto some fresh, local, decently made brews like these. All were better than their big-brewery counterparts.

Photo of DaveBar
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.85 473ml can. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Pretty good. Opens well, pours dark amber with no head after 20sec

S- Pretty good. Very light. A bit of caramel and malt

T- Ok. Not very good. Ok cream ale with a touch of malt

M- Pretty good. Dry

O- Alright. Will not buy in a can or bottle but will try on tap if I see it

Food Pairing

This ok cream ale went well with... Pulled pork sandwiches- no BBQ sauce as that stuff is soooo gross

Enjoy

Photo of ChrisCage
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a light copper color, and is very clear. The head is not overly thick and settles to a thick-ish film that is white in color. There's lots of bubbly goodness rising to the top. Lacing is modest and on the thin side. Not a bad looking beer, just nothing to write home about.

S- Overall, a bland smelling ale. On the front of the nose is some sweet malt, that reminds me of caramel. No hops to speak of and not much else to note here.

T- Actually, this is pleasant on the palate, if not a little underwhelming....it is sweet and malty, maybe with a little bit of fruitiness hiding in the background. It has a hint of banana to be exact. The finish is very modestly hopped. It isn't offensive or anything, just a little easy going for this style IMO.

M- A nice buttery texture glides over the palate, as it should with this style. The carbonation is a little zingy but fine enough that it doesn't last long. The body is medium-ish. Nice overall.

D- This wouldn't be hard honestly to make a go to beer for something reasonably light, not overpowering flavor wise, nor carbonation wise. This would be a very good example of a starter ale for someone trying to expand out of macro lager! I'll probably pick this up again sometime.

Photo of Stocean1
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Photo of Rutager
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a yellowish ale with a nice smooth head with average retention. Creamy palate with nice floral malt and low hops presence. Body is slightly above average. Overall, this is above your run of the mills Ontario easy drinking beer but it isn’t a great beer either.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Average. It is creamy and smooth. A little hop in the finish.

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep golden orange, verging on amber, light haze, almost no carbonation, two fingers of yellowish creamy head.

S: Apple candy, apple jam, light dried fruit quality like apricots, a little floral, big malty flavours, some dough.

T: Right on with the nose, apple butter, dried apricots, light fruitiness, a little floral. Tea like, not the same dough as on the nose, more of a light toasted quality. Ends with a little bitterness and dried apricot fruitiness.

M: Medium body, little carbonation, dry black tea like dryness.

O: Very appealing well balanced brew. Yes, it reminds me of cottage country, though I’ve never had a beer in cottage country though I grew up going to Muskoka in the summer. Delicious brew, fruity, dry, different from mainstream brews, full of flavor.

Photo of Roke87
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473ml Can

Appearance - The beer pours a clear yellow/amber colour with a large frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, pale malts, corn syrup

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels fairly creamy on the tongue. The taste is made up of breads/grains, a grassiness, and corn syrup. There are also light notes of pears and apples. The beer finishes with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Drink - It is definitely a step above the basic adjunct lager; but it's nothing spectacular. I wouldn't seek this one out again.

Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from the Beer Store, 473ml into a pint glass. Best before Aug 1, 2011.

Pours copper, with a fluffy and soapy offwhite head that quickly settles to a thin collar, thin film and some medium sized bubbles. Nose has a bit of toasty malts, bready with grain notes, light caramel which contributes to a greater general sweetness and some moderate hop notes. Taste kicks off with some sweet caramel right with some bready qualities, which thin out into some grain notes and a mild bitterness. Some mild metallic flavours which fade while the pint warms. Light-medium mouthfeel and easily drinkable. A fairly solid cream ale, and certainly a cottage option.

Revisited July 17, 2011 - can from the LCBO after the Muskoka's rebranding. Best before December 1, 2011. Cool can!

More citrus notes along with the aforementioned breadiness through and through with this beer. Incredibly drinkable, medium light weight on the palate. This has got to be a new recipie, outstanding for a cream ale. Top tier within the cream ale style category.

Photo of Shiloh
1.87/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Not impressive with no redeeming qualities and these are its good points....this sample is about to meet the drain in my sink....
OK.....colour is a deep golden and it does have a slight glass cling....however modest.....sorry, this stuff is terrible, maybe I got a bad one!!!!!!

Photo of SebD
3.4/5  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.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of rarbring
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber orange appearance with moderate head. Has a caramel, citrus smell.

Has a sweet, caramel taste. Decent hops and very creamy, picked up a hint of wheat and butter. Body is a bit light with a decent amount of carbonation. After taste is a slightly bitter.

Overall, this is clean refreshing beer, nothing to complex but has some decent features. I consider this a good mediocre.

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Muskoka Cream Ale from Muskoka Brewery
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