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Muskoka Cream Ale - Muskoka Brewery

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Muskoka Cream AleMuskoka Cream Ale

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 187
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 6
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 JPNesker
1.54/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from one of the new Fangled repurposed/recycled cans -- bare tin with a glossy sticker overtop methinks.

Overall -- Far too hoppy for the style.

I'm pretty sure the can itself caused lots of off notes including, if you can believe it, plastic and glue. Repugnant.

Disappointed to say the least.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very decent tropical-esqued cream ale with an English toffee like malt and creaminess. Not any hops that stand out, and the first thing I thought of was a Kilkenny, which someone wrote in their review previous to.mine which I thought was really cool.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 473 mL Can

A- Pours a Deep Amber colour topped by a thick, creamy white head. Lots of lacing coats the glass.

S- Malty with light floral hops and a hint of citrus. The hoppiness is the most striking trait.

T- Sweet maltiness (toffee) turns into a creamy grain flavour. The Malt/grain characteristics are highlighted by floral/leafy hops.

M- Creamy Medium Body with moderate carbonation.

O- Incredibly sessionable Ale with beautiful floral hop characteristics.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright amber color out of the bottle. Head retention is decent, but little lacing. A little hoppy for a cream ale, but a nice malt profile and an (almost) lactose-like sweetness add to the depth of character.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served cool into a pint glass. purchased from LCBO for $2.90. Re-reviewing this cream ale.

Appearance - Bright coppery colored beer with a finger and a half of rocky ivory head which doesn't linger that long but leaves some beautiful lacing markings down the side of the glass. Very clear with a plethora of active bubbles.

Smell - Grainy with some floral and leafy aromas, it's apparent that there's a healthy hop bill in the beer.A mention of lemon thrown in for added pleasure.

Taste - Starts malty with some butterscotch and a kiss of molasses before the creaminess takes over with caramel and a heavy grain flavor. Some leafy hops come through in the finish. Moderate bitterness to close

Mouthfeel - Smooth and well carbonated, maybe a bit on the gassy side. Moderately dry finish for a cream ale.

Overall - A damn solid cream ale with good flavor profiles and a good balance between malts, hops and too much of a creamy texture. Enjoyable and even better than I remembered. Worth a shot and probably not a half bad gateway beer fo those new to craft.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is nothing wrong with this beer in any way, shape or form. It looks great - I'm not sure what a cream ale should look like, but this one is appealing in a tulip glass. The flavour is, well, creamy. It reminds me of Kilkenny - easy on the palate, with a bit of grainy malt and the faintest hop notes. This is a quaffable brew that would match up nicely with a Steak and Kidney pie!

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Photo of Logan12321
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very smooth, bronze/dark golden color in glass. Pours nicely, with a nice layer of head the sticks around for a little bit of time 30-40seconds. Didn't have any big tastes that would jump out or really grab your attention. Bit of a hops taste at the end of the sip but nothing else.

Enjoyable to drink, would buy again or try on tap.

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Photo of mick303
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint. Colour is an orangey copper with slight head and some whispy lacing.

S - grainy, some rather dry orange pith, cornbread, some light citrus and floral aromas.

T - has a balanced start with grainy husky malts, then more cornbread character and some creaminess developing, gentle grapefruity citrus. Has a bit of a growing sharp bitterness, earthy and sharp. With a fairly crisp finish, some of the lactic character hanging on and then some lingering malt.

M - moderate body, decent creaminess to feel but also with an acidic bitterness. Carbonation is moderate for a sessionable ale.

Overall, its not a bad session ale but nothing I would say to be outstanding, the aroma is muted and the body is mostly grainy with a slight creaminess, thankfully not overbearing, and a bit of a sharpness, so it remains quite drinkable, approachable but not too interesting.

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Photo of Luisc94
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%

Served from a Can. Its my first cream ale so I did not know what to expect.

First thing I notice was a high carbonation, and a nice subtle crisp and hopy smell. (srry dont kow how to describe smells).

it has a nice light bronce colour. The flavor is much lighter that what I expected, but still you could feel easily the crisp malt tones and the greatly included hops.

Concluding I really enjoyed this beer, seriously drinkable and thirst quenching.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
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


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Photo of patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of decimator
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
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'.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.33/5  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

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Photo of leaddog
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of maclean25
2.62/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.41/5  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.

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Photo of NovT
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of NV9
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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Photo of SebD
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Muskoka Cream Ale from Muskoka Brewery
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