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Cream City Pale Ale - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: brakspear on 03-01-2002

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

Photo of argock
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Clear amber-orange hue with medium-thick off-white head with good retention

S: Spicy, herbal hops aromas predominate

T: Taste echoes the aroma with spicy, haylike hops flavors layered on a soft but sugary malt backbone. Hops dominate the flavor, but the brewers nicely meld its herbal nature with the sweet malt.

M: Plenty of spicy zing in the mouthfeel as it is much more highly carbonated than most APAs. Medium-bodied with clean finish.

D: Unique and delicious -- this brew exceeded my expectations by joining spicy, herbal hops with an understated malt presence with an active mouthfeel. I will seek out more Lakefront offerings based on this being their flagship beer.

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grain and a sweet, grassy hop.

The taste was rather well balanced and consisted of a grainy doughy malt cut with a subtlly sweet, orangey and slightly grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a decent APA. Easily drinkable.

Photo of slyke
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle of Cream City Pale Ale from Lakefront Brewery as part of their variety 8-pack - a Christmas present from a fellow beer lover.

It pours a pleasing copper color with a finger of white head that fades to a thin cap with little to no lacing. The smell includes malt and hints of fruit and grass. Taste is malty with the fruitiness provided by the hops. The hint of grass is still present. Mouthfeel is good. Nice weight on the tongue, crispness around the edge and a slight, but pleasing aftertaste of malt.Drinikability is good; downing a couple would be easy. This beer is worth trying when you find it.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Rich golden almost amber color, the one finger head faded fast.

S- Very fragrant floral hop aroma.

T- Nice solid hop bite up front. The finish provides an odd contrast which throughs everything off. Still decent dispite this.

M- About what I expect for the style.

D- I could really see puttin back quite a few of these with a fish fry.

Nothin amazing but not bad at all.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Copper brown with constant carbonation flowing to the top with little head.

S - Sweet, with a lot of hops.

T - Smooth flavor with strong hop taste. Finish is smooth without the normal pale ale bitterness.

M - Medium body. Good flavor and not to much bitterness.

D - Ok, just another pale ale. Not bad but doesn't stand out from the rest.

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

12 Oz Bottle. A touch of resinous Cascade orange zest and candy with some fragrant pickling spice. Light spruce. Gentle and restrained. Pours a middle amber gold, with a rim of off-white. Flavor is a more bold enumeration of the Cascade presence, with nice hop flavor, resin sugars and tangy creamed hot cereal. A bit bitter from the front, but mellows into a long grass draw. A bit too sweet for a Pale Ale for my tastes. Hop flavor utilization seemed well done, yet didn’t meld well with the malt character and again, a bit underattenuated. Otherwise, a fair show.

Photo of zook74
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm... The name says it all CREAM City Pale Ale. Numm-mers.

Had my first of these after stuffing myself at Thanksgiving today and it was the perfect after dinner beer.

Pours a darker orangish-gold. Sweet and mild smelling with some hops and good malt.

The taste and mouthfeel really shine. Lightly sweet and malty. Creamy on the tongue. A bit of that nice bitter afterwards. All in all a really fine beer.

Photo of ElGordo
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-golden color, crowned by an ephemeral wisp of creamy white head that immediately recedes to a very thin ring. Aroma of light, skunky astringency up front, which quickly fades to yield a sweet pale malt with notes of lactose and vanilla.
Palate is mostly sweet pale malt up front, with a little bit of vanilla sweetness on the finish. A hint of mild fruity hops provides balance, but the main focus is a creamy, assertively sweet malt body. Mouthfeel is quite pleasant, quite creamy for a pale ale. If not for the slightly skunky aroma, this would be a pretty exceptional pale ale. As is, it's not bad.

Photo of dgallina
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with peculiar bottled-on dating; 3rd week of May (2007 I hope)

Pours clear gold with no head, pretty good lace. The aroma has some orange and pine hop notes, but mostly features metallic sourness and mineral water. Minor biscuit malts make it through as well. The flavor is is more robust. Coarse grapefruit and pine hops immediately assault the tongue, followed by a dough-like center. The hops go from fruity to dry in the finish, with some lingering mineral tones. The medium-thick body is a little oily, but smooth and with just enough carbonation. Meh. Another day, another American pale ale.

Photo of ianrca19
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the best brewery in Milwaukee, with the best brewery tour, comes this wonderful pale ale, one of the best in the biz.

It pours a bright orange, with a big head that swells up and out of your mug! Very well carbonated, with a grapefruity bite, but also lots of sweet grains and a bit of a caramelly nut flavor in there as well. Your tongue tingles with lots of hops the whole time it's in your mouth, and then it sparkles down your throat and leaves a long and lingering citrusy finish with just a touch of sweet breadiness.

This brew is wonderful from start to finish. So easy to drink, I just wish it were easier to get my hands on a six-pack, but it's worth the jump over to Wisconsin!

Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thck tan head into my sam adams glass. left sticky and thick sheeting and lace, good retention on this one. the body was a dark amber color.
s - hints of toast, fruits, nuts and caramel.
t - grainy, bready with a little citrusy hop bite with a caramel finish.
m - thin and slick with a little bite to it.
d - easy and nice.

Photo of botham
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a light amber-golden color with a finger of white frothy head that remains for the duration.

smells malty, with notes of pale and munich malts, some dry hops, and a touch of ale yeast. good balance of aromas here, without much else.

taste is somewhat hoppy up front, without much on the malt side. the hops are the focus, but remain subtle in flavor. the profile is somewhat restrained, creating a mild brew that is pleasant and refreshing.

aftertaste is of dry hops. not much else.

mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied, with a light presence of carbonation, without biting the palate.

drinkability is good. this brew is mildly hoppy, and leaves the malts behind to a light degree. overall a well proportioned pale ale. cheers!

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

Dusky orange, almost burnt, topped by a fantastic looking lid. The bubbly foam stays humped in the center of the glass it falls, laying down a considerable amount of lace as it does so. This is a serious looking APA.

The nose is a mixture of toasted breadiness and musky, citric hops. The brewery say that liberal amounts of Cascade have been used. I don't know about liberal amounts, but I can definitely appreciate that particular hop. It smells like something English is present as well (probably just my imagination).

If you like caramel malty APAs with a moderate-high dose of hops, then Cream City Pale Ale will be right up your alley. I like it just fine because there's a generous amount of flavor to be had from what appears to be a generous amount of ingredients. This is no light, summertime pounder... although it could probably be used for that purpose.

Caramel ice cream topping and toasted whole grain bread lay down a solid bass line, while grapefruit zest and bitter orange peel play the melody. This bottle is slightly more than four months old. I would love to have seen what the hops tasted like fresh from the brewery. I hadn't previously heard of this Lakefront offering (and didn't run across it on two trips to Madison), but it's definitely quality beer.

The mouthfeel is midway between an APA and an IPA. Again, probably thanks to a generous malt load. The name Cream City refers to the cream colored bricks that were used to build the brewery, but it could just as easily be referring to the mouthfeel.

When I think of good Midwestern breweries, Lakefront doesn't immediately come to mind. In fact, I probably wouldn't include it in my top-20. What a surprise, then, that Cream City Pale Ale is so damn tasty. I wish Iowans had access to even a fraction of the beer brewed in Wisconsin.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$9.99 / 8 Pack
Variety Pack
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - It pours and orange-brown with a 1/2 inch of head. It's a good looking brew.

Smell - It has a very interesting scent. It smells like tomato soup. I recognize the smell from my local brewery and new right away that this was going to be interesting.

Taste - No tomato soup flavor here. It has little malt in the front and good deal of hops in the back.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth as it enters and goes down. The hops are well balanced through out each sip so it doesn't hit you all at once.

~ I'd really like to give the Cream City a try straight from the tap. I think there is a lot more to this brew than the bottle is offering. I look forward to my next Lakefront tour when I can sip it straight from Milwaukee's mouth.

Photo of tgbljb
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber colol with impressive white puffy head. Great retention and perfect lacing.
Smell is hoppy, being dominated by piney and citrusy hops.
Taste is excellent. the hops are strong, without goind too far. The malt presents with a nice balancing tone for the hops.
Great taste retention with a long lingering dryness at the finish.
Truly a great beer.

Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very light haze to the light amber color. A good head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lace on the glass side.

Mostly malt in the aroma...some yeast in the smell as well.

Very close to a strong pale ale homebrew, meaning that I can taste a lot of the yeast. The hop is powerful and fresh--particularly in the aftertaste. Appropriate body and carbonation.

Overall, a very nice entry into the APA world. No extensive flaws, but no real interesting moments either.

Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This (time) beer is killer! Lakefront's had a rep regarding consistancy. But this the best of the best of their Cream City Pale Ales. Super drinkable. Very well balanced. Poured with a nice head and some lace. Fragrant hop and malt nose. Deep amber color. Bittersweet. Carbonation is just where it should be. Good body. And a well rounded pleasant finish. One of their very best beers!

Photo of Drew966
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cream City Pale Ale pours an orangeish copper color with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Tropical fruit and toasted malt are noticeable in the aroma. Citrusy hops balanced out by a biscuity malt in the flavor. Very drinkable, definitely worth a try.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A decent but hardly outstanding American Pale Ale, I found this be a pleasing but relatively mild-mannered APA flawed with some wateriness in its mouthfeel.

Appearance was a very dark amber with only a bit of head. Aroma is very lightly hoppy with some non-descript fruitiness. Flavor is a medium amount of dry bitterness with a bit more of that non-descript fruitiness at the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but that didn't inhibit the beers drinkability.

I had this on-tap at the brewery.

Photo of shadow1961
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another bottle out of a Lakefront sampler is their Cream City Pale Ale. It pours
a big fluffy head over a cloudy light amber brew. Carbonation is pretty active,
and the nose is malt and an herbal sharpness. Flavor is malty up front with a sharp
finish of lemony/pine hop. Grassy hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp, and there is nice
lacing hanging in the glass from every sip. Really good take on the American Pale Ale
style, and not so boozy, so it's another good session brew.

Photo of gmfessen
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly cloudy, redish-orange color with a thin, bubbly, off-white head. Smell is of citrusy hops (grapefruit and orange, slightly of pine). The taste is also quite hoppy, with an initial sweet taste followed by the substantial hop presence but not too much to the point of leaving a bitter mouth. Excellently done. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer and also very enjoyable. The best Lakefront beer I've had yet, I hope the others follow suit.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Lakefront Brewery is located in Milwaukee, long known as the "Cream City"; and while many people naturally associate the name with Wisconsin's ties to the dairy industry, it's actually derived from the cream-colored bricks that much of the city's early architecture was constructed from (1830's-?).

Cream City Pale Ale pours a much darker orange-amber than those clay bricks, although the creamy, lightly yellowed-tan head might be close. It's clear and the head retention and lacing are both good. Bright, citrusy, orange-ish hops combine with sweet malt (very lightly caramelish with a touch of vanilla) in the nose to welcome you to a softly sweet palate of delicately caramel-tinged malt and citrusy, grassy, and very, very lightly piney hops. It's supple in the mouth with a medium body and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation that only helps to accentuate its sweetness. It starts sweetish, reveals its orange-like character, and then some grassy/piney hops as it warms across the middle. The bitterness surfaces at this point, and it's solid, but not brisk... kind of sublime. The sweetness and citrus character fade readily at the swallow, leaving behind a wash of dry, dusty, leafy bitterness that makes you want to raise your glass once again. It's quite unique, actually, and very drinkable - certainly worth trying!

Photo of beveritt
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label has a picture of the lakefront Brewery. Notch indicates it was bottled in the third week of July.

Appearance: Pours with a 3/4 inch, creamy, off-white head. This settles slowly into a thin coating of foam. The beer itself is a rich amber in color with just the slightest of chill hazes. Many bubbles coming up.

Smell: Very sweet and fruity hop aroma. Not a sugar sweet, but a creamier, milky sweetness you get in a rich desert. A wonderful smell.

Taste: Same as the smell, this has an incredibly rich and creamy sweetness to it. Not sure of the type of hops used, but it is not overly bitter, probably dry-hopped? A good amount fo bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level, good creamy body.

Drinkability: An unusually flavored beer, the hop flavor in this is like no other. A good offering from a good brewery.

Photo of Rennpferd
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Amber in color with a good inch of slightly off white head that slowly shrinks down while clinging to the side of the glass. A little carbination rises from the bottom.

A fragrant smell of bitter hops rises from the beer.

It has a strong, bitter taste of hops and is rather smooth, no detectable aftertaste.

Very drinkable, a really good beer.

Cream City Pale Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.