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Muskoka Cream Ale - Muskoka Brewery

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 185
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 39 | 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.

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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 185
Photo of Cheesedogg
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of MattyV
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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. (980 characters)

Photo of fostachild
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of jbonapar
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
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! (681 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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 (401 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of Roke87
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,390 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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. (1,033 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a pours a nice lighter amber colour with a decent head. Nice lacing on the glass.

s malty on the nose, maybe a little breadiness...kinda uneventful.

t nice maltiness...fruity hint. Fairly creamy aftertaste melding with some nice hops

m good for the abv.

d-pretty drinkable. I really like this beer and it's a great choice when you can't decide what to get at the beer store. (378 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (770 characters)

Photo of phartzog
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I Had this while on business outside Toronto and found it to be a great "All Purpose" beer. By this I mean that I could sit and drink it all night without becoming "flavor-stuffed" or bogged down no matter what season it may be.

The color was very appealing and it had a nice aroma- solid but not overpowering or distracting. The mouthfeel was very good and this helped make it exceptionally drinkable. The flavor was very nice, malty with light-moderate hops and a clean finish that sets you up for another swig.

It came in a can but was served in a glass.

I wish I could buy it in Northern Illinois. (605 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

473ml can poured into pint glass nov10 2010

A clear light copper with plenty of bubbles feeding a thin film that sits for a few minuets and leaves no lace

S malty toffee and not much more

T fairly malty with a slight metallic flavor, a little honey and some candied corn

M ticker then expected and creamy from the bubbles

D nothing wrong with this beer but your not going to be amazed

saw this and was unfamiliar with it so I picked it up and gave it a go and although not a bad beer I doubt I'll buy it again soon (521 characters)

Photo of CrazyMike
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and orange/amber with an inch of light beige foam. Sticky, clumpy lace with good head retention. Looks nice. Very mild aroma, biscuity malts, light honey, with a hint of citrus. Same in the flavour, but with more emphasis (but not a lot) on fruity citrus and earthy hops. Malt flavours were light, as was the bitterness. Texture was alright, medium to light in body with average carbonation. Decent overall, but quite average. (432 characters)

Photo of moniz
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this right from the source, as my in-laws have a cottage in the Bracebridge area.

I found it to be a very drinkable, smooth, cream ale. There are very few "heavy" beers I enjoy, that don't feel "heavy" drinking them such as Rickards Red, and now this beer is one of them. This one will be in my fridge as one of my go to regular drinking beers. (349 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light caramel colour, thumb of beige head with very little retention, and no real lacing.

S - Scent is rather light, slightly metallic. Some caramel malts are noticeable, but very mild. Quite nutty and bready, with a corn finish.

T - Bready caramel, though rather mild, with no real hops coming through. Some mild and honey and chocolate bread flavours lingering on the tongue.

M - Lightly carbonated, and goes down smooth, however, didn't hit the spot as I had expected.

D - Pretty tasty, nothing completely memorable, but nothing overly offensive. (565 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It came out a copper-orange colour with nice white head. Good lacing on the glass. I immediately smell more hops than I remember. Floral hops and biscuit malt. Taste has good level of bitterness for the style. I think the beer has gotten a lot better since I last tried this. Nice carbonation level. Good drinkability as I ordered a 2nd pint right away. (353 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Cream Ale looks unusually dark for a beer of its kin; of the two, it definitely takes its looks from the 'ale' side of the family. A toasty, caramelly colour that is strikingly orange when held up to the light, the beer is spotlessly clear and showcases an amusing parade of bubbles. Its head is not entirely thorough but it's fortified and durable nonetheless.

Cream Ales never have an exactly profound bouquet but it's one that can, at times, be a bit distinctive. It's a smell difficult to describe but easy to recognize and this, I can say with certainty, isn't it. This is considerably malty, with lightly buttery, toasty notes of toffee and biscuits as well as faint ale yeast esters; it's more akin to an English Pale Ale, if anything.

That notion is furthered on the taste which, relative to style, has an inordinate amount of maltiness (and even, just maybe, a light dab of floral, earthy hops). The tastes of caramel, toffee, honey-dipped biscuits are usual and far too bold and characterful for a style that is lagered and typically tastes of nothing but toneless pale malts (if even that).

Whether that helps or hinders the drinkability is a matter of perspective; more character means a more leisurely, savoring pace and whether that's a plus or a minus depends on your motivations or mood. I, personally, don't find this anymore drinkable or gratifying, the extra boost of flavour notwithstanding. It reminds me much more of an ESB.

Generally 'cream ale' is a fancier, more marketable way of saying 'plain, ordinary, featureless beer' but in this case it actually turned out to be something rather distinct. While I appreciate that, I can't say that it terribly worked for my tastes. Still, it's reassuring to know that this brewery takes pride in offering characterful, confident, quality products. (1,825 characters)

Photo of cratez
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml can from the Clarke & Dundas LCBO. Pours a deep amber gold with a thin strip of bubbles that dissipates to nothing despite an aggressive pour. No lacing here. Smell is brown sugar, toasty biscuit, toffee sweetness, and apple pie. Taste is pale and caramel malts, mild fruitiness, pear skin, vaguely spicy and bitter hops, drying chalky finish. Mouthfeel is light side of medium, sorta creamy but not really, juicy silkiness with a subtle hop bite midway, parched finish, more apple on the cough. Nothing crazy but tasty and drinkable enough for me to purchase now and then. Underrated if you ask me. (605 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Still working on finishing OCB pack #3 this is 5/6. One more to go after this one.

Appearance: Poured with a respectable two fingers of head that produced an admirable amount of lacing. Retention is fairly average, the body however seems a bit off as it is an dull fuzzy peach color.

Smell: The smell of caramel really stands out, with the barest of biscuit notes. It did not take any warming to come out, which is nice and it is strong enough to make a decent showing.

Taste: There is something off about this beer, and I suspect it is the yeast, but I'm not sure. It starts with a butterscotch like malt with a bit of a sour note to begin, but it then add mixture of wheat and grass taste accented by a odd sensation and a mix of herbal and earthy hops. It comes across almost swampy, as too much hits at once and competes with everything else.

Mouthfeel: Well the carbonation is good, and the aftertaste doesn't linger for very long. Points there, however the transitioning of this beer is awful. Having most of the aspects of the beer, try to hit at once is holding this beer back.

Drinkability: Despite the odd taste, this beer is quite refreshing and drinkable. I could see drinking this on a hot summers day, and opting for one of these on the patio. Still, there are better summer beers out there.

Final Thoughts: I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I mean, it seems torn between trying to be a flavorful ale and a more generic offering. I'd be willing to try some other offerings, but this one is nothing to write home about. (1,545 characters)

Photo of eat
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,265 characters)

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Muskoka Cream Ale from Muskoka Brewery
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