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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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246 Ratings

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | 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.

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Photo of dgallina


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 23:34:39 | More by dgallina
Photo of ianrca19


4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 21:56:59 | More by ianrca19
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 16:36:15 | More by GPHarris
Photo of botham


4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 22:18:30 | More by botham
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 12:36:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of cdkrenz


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 19:01:31 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of tgbljb


4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 22:55:40 | More by tgbljb
Photo of smcolw


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 18:41:05 | More by smcolw
Photo of drpimento


4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2007 00:16:41 | More by drpimento
Photo of Drew966


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 00:40:20 | More by Drew966
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2007 20:08:11 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of shadow1961


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 08:12:40 | More by shadow1961
Photo of gmfessen


4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 05:11:47 | More by gmfessen
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 22:53:20 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of beveritt


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 01:04:48 | More by beveritt
Photo of Rennpferd


4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 06:25:20 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of granger10


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

Solid copperish orange color with a medium white head. Moderate lacing. I really liked the color and depth of the appearance. Smell is hoppy with orange accents. Some floral and sweeter fruit notes as well. Flavor begins with more malts than I was expecting. Apple cake type flavor to begin with. A touch of lemon zest but then more of a citric orange flavor in the back. Malt seems to form the base but the hops are quite flavorful and round out the sweetness very nicely. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Well balanced and clean easy drinking. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 13:30:18 | More by granger10
Photo of thelagerheads


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ain't no fishbine. It's not Samuel Adams Summer Ale either but it is a drinkable little tart. Hell it could even be used as aftershave to sparkle up your chops and chin and keep you smelling wonderful for the ladies and the yellow jackets. Under your arms and you can use reverse osmosis to get your daily fix of alcohol and sanity. I do not recommend running your car by this but it is suitable for every other summertime activity, especially for following the TIGERS to the American League pennant.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 20:48:49 | More by thelagerheads
Photo of Brent


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

Very bright and fresh. Brewery website notes dry hopping with Cascades, but it didn't strike me that way- I'd have guessed single hopping with Amarillo (and I'd have been wrong). Finish was very clean, with a long-lasting bitterness at the back of the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 16:56:02 | More by Brent
Photo of Brian700


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

This beer pours a nice amber color with a light tan head that quickly settled down to a ring around my glass.

The aroma is of citrus hops and a light presence of pale malt.

The flavor is of pale malt and nice citrus hops. Finally a good tasting beer from these guys. Not real complex but drinkable.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation

This is a pretty drinkable beer but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 06:02:49 | More by Brian700
Photo of Frozensoul327


4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hands down winner. Pours out to a bright hazy orange color with a well formed head of orange/white foam. Medium loevel of carbonation, rings of lace like racetracks of bubbles. Aromas of hop oils and floral notes are pronounced, with hints of grainy citrus fruits that linger in the wings. Taste is medium bodied and well recieved; Hops, bready malts, hop oil, flowery citrus hops. Nice. Very hoppy yet not overpowering. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly thick. Nice. Good drinkability. This is more IPA than APA, but I like it alot no matter how it's classified. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 00:40:14 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of KarlHungus


4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear ruby color. The head is one finger in height, creamy and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is a mixture of citrus and pine resin. I belief it detect centennial hops. The taste is amazingly rich. Citrus and pine are everywhere invading my tastebuds. There is balance though as the finish is more sweet than bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is certainly the best ale I have had from Lakefront. It is, in fact, one of the better pale ales I have tried to date. I will certainly drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 23:16:23 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of russpowell


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

Popured amber with a bubbly white head that held up well. Lacing was also pretty good

Smell: Piney hop notes up front then a nice malt taste washes over followed by a grainy/dry finish

MF: Well balanced and good carbonation, fairly smooth

Drinkable enough, would try again, but nothing out of the ordinary for a the style

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 04:44:19 | More by russpowell
Photo of mentor


4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained with a bunch of stuff I received as a reward for volunteering for the 2005 GABF. Date hatch-marks on the side read Sept and Wk1. Pours a three finger yellow-tan head over a clear deep-rust colored liquid. Some fine particulates suspended within. Smells mild. Oranges, pith, an even more subtle grapefruit, and maybe some caramel. Tastes biscuit malty on the lips, but orange oil ont he tongue followed by fruity esters of apricot and peach. Hop flavor is nice and bitterness is at a level of a modern APA or a modest IPA. That is, stronger than what written APA bitterness standards are, but typical for the bitterness of modern APAs that I've tried recently.

The pith of this beer hangs around mand mixes really well with other characteristics of the beer. I'm not sure where these flavors come from. I can kinda see the flavors as coming from hops (oranges, like a gentle hand of cascades or moderate EKG) and kinda from yeast (light esters of apricot and peach). Everything blends well, like it's a really simple beer. But, I think, to accomplish what they've done takes a gentle hand and a great deal of trust the subtilties of the beer will be appreciated.

Md body and creamy delicious mouthfeel. Modest carbonation. I must be honest. I drank one of these beers from the bottle a couple nights ago and came to this review expecting to give this beer a s***y review. But, tonight, from my glass, this beer showed a very different character.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 07:26:05 | More by mentor
Photo of Jason


4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

A- Orange amber hued brew, two fingers of head stay steady with great retention.

S- Apple and pear fruitiness, whiff of orange blossom like hop smell and a fresh malted grain aroma.

T- Fresh hop flavor with a medium bitterness stack up well to the caramel like maltiness. Mandarin oranges and pears come to mind, more hay like hopiness and grain in the semi-sweet finish.

M- Light crispness rolls out to be a creamy smoothness, medium bodied.

D- Solid enough to drink all night, a good medium to pair many foods.

I am very impressed, if you love hops this has a well rounded hop character.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 22:18:54 | More by Jason
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