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Cream City Pale Ale - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Cream City Pale AleCream City Pale Ale

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255 Ratings

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.68% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brakspear on 03-01-2002)
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1.75/5  rDev -51.9%

Herky21, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
2.23/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottled 3rd week of February. Served cold in a pint glass.

Pours with huge towering head that is difficult to control. It slowly settles leaving a nice lacing on the glass. The beer is a hazy golden orange color with some suspended sediment.

Aroma is mildly hoppy but, more worryingly, smells a bit oxidized.

Flavor confirms it - this beer is by far the most oxidized commercial example I've ever had. The slight bit of hoppiness is completely overwhelmed by that characteristic wet cardboard flavor. This is really bad, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel is fine for the style. Medium body and carbonation.

This is most likely an isolated case but it just happens to be the only one I have (received in trade) and it's really bad.

GilGarp, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.35/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured light amber with a nice frothy white head. Aroma is floral and includes slight grapefruit highlights. Pretty fruity taste. Citrus highlights mostly. Not very bitter. There's really not a lot to talk about with this beer which does not surprise me because most of the brews I've had from Lakefront have been poor. Below average Pale Ale.

barleywinefiend, Mar 08, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

TheBigBoy, May 13, 2014
Photo of benmiliron
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paid $1.50 for a 12 oz. bottle. Almost orange, nearly clear. This is a strange taste. Very dominating red malt character with spicy hops right alongside. Though the two are very dissonant in this combo, like a heavy Irish Red mated with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

benmiliron, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of HopHeadHurls
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours quite a bit darker than I expected, without much head (what was there left very quickly), which was bone white in color. The beer itself is amber-ish or maybe a dark copper.

S - The smell on this beer is EXTREMELY weak; I could barely even pick up a hint of anything. It seems to be a bit citrus-y and maybe slightly floral. When you think of pale ales (or at least when I do) I think of a huge aroma that leaves your mouth watering...this doesn't quite do it for me but obviously I will give it a shot.

T - The beer comes across very sweet from the outset and then has a slightly citrus-y bitterness that lingers a bit. The contrast is good, but the tastes are not quite up to par for me. There is some sort of unpleasant lemon taste in this beer that just doesn't do it for me. The malts are bland to the point of barely coming through and there just isn't the hoppiness that I'd expect from a pale ale. This beer honestly tastes like the brewer was really short on supplies so he threw in the rest of what he had and then tossed a couple of lemons into the mix. Not a fan. The 5.7 ABV is not noticeable, but if I'm going to drink a lot of this type of beer I'd rather have something that either hits you with good taste and hops or is quite a bit less alcoholic.

M - The mouthfeel on this beer is very watery, an extremely light body and it seems to be quite carbonated. You could definitely sit back and drink a bunch of these on a summer day if you wanted, if you can get by the taste.

O - Honestly, I would not have pegged this as a pale ale if I hadn't seen the label prior to drinking it. Nothing really stands out about this beer to me, in a good way at least.

HopHeadHurls, Jun 08, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of off-white head settles quickly and leaves moderate lace. The body is dark copper colored and slightly hazy.

S - Grainy and a little sweet, with some mild herbal hop aromas.

T - Grainy and cidery. Distinctly herbal hop flavor with a dry, moderately bitter finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish with some astringency.

D - Not particularly drinkable, the overall impression is kind of bland and medicinal. I am not sure why this is billed as a pale ale, it is more along the lines of a bad pilsner.

nickfl, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two finger white head that takes a while to fade leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Hoppy nose. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is hoppy, piney and grapefruit with a lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Oct 09, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

carteravebrew, Jun 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Hopstout, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Goliath
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, orange/amber color with a thin off white head. Decent retention.

Aroma is weak. A bit of citrus and pale malt.

Taste is not that great. A subtle hop presence giving a tiny bit of citrus and a slight bitterness. A tea like finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. This one is sessionable, and the flavor is ok, but it's terribly boring and not really that great.

Goliath, Sep 13, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Akrueg7272, May 29, 2014
Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber colored ale with a pretty nice white head. Aroma is mostly of mildly piney hops, with a bit of caramel sweetness. Taste is very sweet with not a great deal of hop flavor. There is some hop bitterness but nothing upfront, and some light pine spice.

Decent feel, not much carbonation. Heavy.

This is really an unimpressive APA. Not recommended at all.

ZimZamZoom, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of tayner
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle dated april week 2

poured into a shaker pint, a golden color with a small white head with ring and skim coating of head. not impressive

smell was grassy hops although very mild.

taste is slightly sweet with light grassy hop profile. very much a lawnmower beer or crossover beer for your non-craft-beer friends

mouthfeel is thin and watery.

easy to drink this, drinks similar to your standard macros. Not worth paying craft beer prices on this one when a cheap macro would be nearly as good.

tayner, Aug 07, 2008
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2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, bottled on the 3rd week of November '11.

Pours a hazy dark orange/gold. A small half-inch head on top. Great sticky lace left on the glass. Mild citrus tones in the nose. Slight yeasty bready aromas as well. The body could stand to have a bit more carbonation to back it up. Light tartness greets me on the first sip, then finishes with a nice bitter zip. But the flavors fall flat after that. Bready flavors, mild honey sweetness - nothing really stands out though. Little aftertaste. The ingredients are there for a great APA, it's just poorly executed.

Thanks, Andy, for the opportunity though!

Onenote81, Feb 28, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Poured a clear orange-golden amber w/light head that faded into a smoky whorl of froth. Light tracing.

S-Malt, pine and citrus hops, bitter almond, and a toasty backbone.

T&M-The flavors are nice, but they fall apart. Texture is on the watery side w/too little body to carry the bold malt and hops. Carbonation is just right. No off flavors. The malt is rich and toasty, the hops carry a smooth finish of light pine, and the bitter almond is not offensive, but seems out of place.

D-My poor luck w/this brewery continues. I won't give up though because I retried Bridgeburner the other day, which I bashed in a review last year, and it tasted much better. I know from experience that LF makes good beer, but every time I sample and take notes my luck marries up with an apparent lack of consistency.

BoitSansSoif, Mar 26, 2009
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

DerekQXQX, Jan 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

JohnQVD, Jun 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Big_Dave, Aug 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

robear, May 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

AlphaKing414, Apr 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

khargro2, Sep 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

paralyzer, Nov 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Crstumpf, Feb 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Can_has_beer, Jun 07, 2014
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Cream City Pale Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.