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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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256 Ratings

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Ratings: 256
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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another Lakefront offering that was given to me. Can't quite figure out why this is called Cream City as I've never heard that moniker before nor was this creamy. While this beer wasn't worthy of a drain-pour, I felt like something was missing from here. Whether that was because this beer was old or I was too accustomed to West Coast Pale Ales remains to be figured out but this didn't have too much of a hoppy presence to it and I only enjoyed this in a generic sense.

The pour to this was cloudy, apricot-hued, and showed some visible sediment. Not a lot of head to this and the carbonation and lacing were nearly nowhere to be seen. The apricot theme repeated itself a bit in the taste with some floral, grass, and clove hints to this. Not very full in terms of mouthfeel and there was a faint metallic element that came out in the back. Very little bitterness to this and no burning at all and it certainly wasn't as full or balanced as so many other examples of this that I had.

The alcohol was present too but it didn't add or detract to the flavor or mouthfeel. I could feel it a bit in the end but this reminded more of a flat soda than a beer. The citrus twanginess of a Sunkist that's past its prime could compare to this but I expect my Pale Ales to have more resin, hops, and burn to them. This is fine as a near-session beer but with so many other pale Ales available on the market, why settle for less-than-best with this?

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Never would've guessed a beer called "Cream City" would actually be a pale ale... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, grass, light toffee, and mild mandarin orange. The taste holds notes of orange zest, light grass, and a small dusting of powdered sugar near the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a mild but solid pale ale, nothing all that special, but something easily drinkable.

Photo of boehmer7
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MadScientist
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy deep gold with orange highlights. The persistent, off-white head of creamy bubbles falls to a thin cap quickly but never goes away.

S: Moderate citrus and moderately-light piney hop aromas with some malt aroma. There is a light fruity ester, almost peach like. A faint herby/grassy note gives me the impression it was dry hoped.

T: A muted citrus and pine hops flavor with a firm hops bitterness and a supportive, clean malt sweetness. The hops are showing signs of age and would be better when fresh, but still come across nicely. The balance is fairly bitter but the malt keeps it from being dominating. The finish dry with a linger hops bitterness and some citrus hops flavor.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. There is a slight creaminess but a slight astringency.

O: I will be looking for a fresh example, this is a pretty good Pale Ale but the hops are showing their age. A fresh bottle should be great, as this is still very enjoyable.

Bottle in March 2012

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of MarshMan71
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of ooftu
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of DIPADude01
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bonbini26
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of rjmclaw
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Herky21
1.75/5  rDev -51.9%

Photo of Joeyuwp
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear light amber-copper in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a very thin off white head that died down rather quickly, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some notes of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is mostly dominated by flavors of caramel and pale malts and has some hints of grapefruit. There are some hints of initial sweetness but these quickly fade away and are replaced by a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, quite smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be more flavorful compared to other American Pale Ales but is still very easy to drink.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of LoraxLager
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Zbrown2307
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
Bottled during Apr Wk3 (2012) notched on the label.

A - Pouring a virtually inactive crystal clear golden amber color with a plump, slow-to-settle cream-colored head, it left some hearty lacing on the glass.

S - A delicious abundance of citrus hops pour out while a touch of pine needle off-sets the rich grapefruit aroma that wafts up. Pale malt with a hint of caramel sweetness is detectable in the background but it's the hops that are showcased here.

T - Hops and malts get along well and balance nicely in Cream City. A rich malty flavor in the background is politely overturned by citrus and pine notes. Simple and effective.

M - Medium-light bodied, Cream City has a kiss of sweetness that's quickly washed away to a lightly bitter, very dry hop finish. Crisp and lightly refreshing, Cream City is!

O - A true American Pale Ale, Cream City sticks to it's guns with simple and effective grain and hop additions, not exceeding the style, pushing towards IPA boundaries. Unlimited drinkability is the core essence of this beer as Lakefront balances hop and malt for a underlying sweetness and citrus finish. Cream City wont blow you out of the water, but damn is it a good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of grain and grass, with some orange citrus thrown in for good measure. The flavor is hoppier than the aroma. I get some orange, pine and resin notes from the hops, as well as some biscuit malt notes. The bitterness level is low. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Cream City Pale Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.