Coon Rock Cream Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Coon Rock Cream Ale
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cokes on 07-05-2003)
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Reviews by PDXHops:
Photo of PDXHops
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a shaker pint. I'm not really digging the magically fizzy chunks of sediment, but the long-lasting creamy head and patches of lace somewhat make up for it.

Smells of husky grains, minerals and soft sweet malt with hints of sulfur, earth and vanilla. Stray citric notes.

Coon Rock is certainly more viscous and lightly carbed than one might expect from the style. The sugar cookie sweetness is quite modest, though, and the light vanilla presence sets it off nicely. A bit of juicy citrus midswallow, and then a touch tangy, a touch grainy in the finish. A better than average cream ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cross between NG’s totally naked and cow. I’m not a fan of cream ales at all. In fact it may be one of my least favorite styles but this one is tasty.

This is one yeasty beast, at least as far as the smell is concerned. Nicely carbonated, piss in the snow yellow with a thin white, medium life head. Biscuity and corny (hence the spotted cow comparison).

Light bodied, mediocre like all cream ales. Creamy though, so as this style goes, it gets it right.

Otherwise, I get a little grass in this puppy and a touch of musk.

Nothing special but…the masses will like this one. Perhaps this is Louie’s retirement fund. Who knows. My advise is to skip this one and stick with the Scotch Ale…or the Porter…or the…well…any of Louie’s other beers. They’re just about the best out there.

Photo of sgoodship
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Steve's Liquors in Madison on a "make a six" rampage.

A: A very light, hazy straw color. Large bubbles on the bottom of the glass. Some yeast floating around in the murkiness. Popped up a big soft and creamy 3 finger head. Great head retention. Nice handsome topographic lacing.

S: The aroma was almost sweet champagne-like during the pour. In the glass, it took on a different character. I expected to smell more malt but it smelled more grainy, yeasty with a dominant apple, pear type fruitiness. There's a little spiciness to it too.

T: Just as I expected from the smell. Fruitiness up front, a sweet malt middle with a gentle hop and then a finish that was surprisingly biscuity malt. A little fruity tang in the aftertaste along with a nice stale yeast.

M: Really velvety. The carbonation is quite high but it really doesn't stop the mouth from being soft and creamy.

D: It's not as crisp as some beers in the same style but it's a clean, thirst quencher that has a great mouthfeel that lives up to the name. It also has a great ability to deliver a good flavor consistently until the last drop. Some lower ABV ales of this style can start to taste weak and watery. A fine brew.

Photo of blackearth
1.58/5  rDev -55%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a lighter-than-light straw color with a thick white head. In fact, this beer had the thickest head I'd ever seen because it was extremely over-carbonated. I didn't even pour a third of it into the glass without the foam reaching the top. Aroma of fruity esters and lime. Light bodied, watery taste with faint malt sweetness, hints of corn and minature hop aftertaste. Once most of the carbonation was gone and I could actually taste this beer instead of the bubbles, it was still not very good.

Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a pale yellow color to a crystal clear body and a big carbonation of bubbles running to the surface. There is a thin bubbly snow-white head that last for a moment.

S- The dry field corn note is pleasant with a soft perfumy sulfur sweetn note and a slightly musty hop note at the finish.

T- The taste of dry field corn fresh grain notes to it that increases as the beer warms. There is a soft sulfury pine hop finish at the end that is dry. There is a light corn and grain note that lingers just a moment after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slightly slippery texture.

D- This is a smooth and easy drinking, thirst quenching beer. The flavor, while simple has some nice depth and a good balance of grain and hops.

Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1/2 gal, prefilled growler.

Smoggy gold under 2 inches of heavy, wet snow. Frantic, tornadic carbonation swirls the liquid below.
Lightly bready nose with pinprocks of grassy hops. Pleasant enough, but pretty vague.
Pale maltiness upfront. Pils-like wafer notes and lightly toasted white bread. Sweetness creeps up, forming a honeyed biscuit middle. Corn is downplayed, but adds whisper of sweetness. A yeasty doughiness emerges in the later part, preceding a minor grassy Fuggle hop finale bringing along touches of spiciness.
Med-light bodied, but fully-formed and deserving of the cream moniker.
Awesome summer quaffer. Just about anyone will be able to enjoy this one.

Photo of Akrat
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Riley's...seems like I have been waiting to see a single of this for a while now

appearance: pours a pale straw-golden colour, delightfuly foamy and fluffy white head forms on top that leaves some nice frothy lacing...slightly watery appearance, very clear

smell: lots of grain, bread-esque aromas abundant, slightly yeasty, a little peppery nature, some sour hop fruitiness

taste: much of what the aromas indicated...the obvious comparison to be made would be to Spotted Cow, but this is probably a little better but far less abundant. very grassy and grainy, a delicate hop sweetness is the strong point....malts are bready and light

mouthfeel: thin-medium body, finishes a little dry

drinkability: its a cream ale, it can be consumed in large quantities

Photo of Kegatron
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy pale gold, with a finger of brite-white foamy head. Thin fizzy look to the retention, that leaves some light spotty foam behind. The aroma is sticky sweet with bready grains and a smack of lemon zest. Light floral hops and some spice fill this out although overall this is pretty light in the nostrils.

The taste is grainy malts, which has a touch of a cornbread feel on the back, some light fruity citric notes, and then finally a prickly bitteness that gives this some zip and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied but does have a tight firmness to it that keeps this crisp in the mouth.

While not the most flavorful Cream Ale I've ever had, this wasn't horrible or anything either. Easy flavors and feel here, making for a mostly pleasant quaff.

Photo of UncleFlip
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm...Lake Louie in a Thomas Hooker pint glass. Interesting combo. Thanks to UnionMade for the glass, and Tom at LL for the beer. :)

Looks like a BMC with a good head. Light yellow, very clear. Head is white, white, white- and very foamy.

Smell is bready, fruity and pungent. There's a little sour note here.

The falvour has an odd quality I can't put my finger on....thin, a bit spicy, and a bit hickory. Granted, that's a side note to a nice, round, malty brew, with a clean hop finish. OK, maybe note a side note. It's a balanced duet.

Carbonation seem active but not sharp- rolls of softly as it goes. Liquid is just the thich side of thin.

Drinkable, but not uber-drinkable. It'd be a good solid session 'lawnmower' beer. My least favourite of all the LL brews I've had- but then, I'm not a huge fan of cream ales.

Be well
-UF

Photo of dhannes
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass...color was a somewhat lighter golden yellow; smell was good, mouthfeel was good. Unlike my last cream ale, this one had a more distinctive, creamier taste to it. I paired it with a white bean chicken chili, which no doubt enhanced the sweetness of this beer. Still not as enjoyable at the old Blatz Light Cream Ale from a decade or more ago, but I will definitely try this one again...light, creamy taste that is well-suited for warmer days.

Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$2 single from Riley's.

Ultra pale yellow, no visible yeast sediment in the bottle, but it has a slight haze. White bubbly foam, not quite a finger high, and it settles to a milky skim.

Subdued aroma of sulfur and apple. Not the greatest mix, but not unpleasant. Slightly malty, but thankfully no corn.

Taste of corn, apple, and dry biscuity malt. Very light bodied, a little watery, dry in the finish.

Way more palatable than the Genessee Cream Ale I had earlier tonight. Probably sessionable, but not interesting enough to find out. Won't be trying it again, Spotted Cow is better in my opinion.

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hyper clear, yellow and golden colors with soft cream puff dull-white head.
Aroma has some white bread tones and a grassy, flowery finish with some pils and pale malt notes as well.
Flavor of pale malt mostly dominates. Bread crumbs come out as well as some honey notes and just a whiff of caramel.
Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy but overall feel was not protypical for a cream ale. Finishes with some spiciness as well. Great beer but not a true cream IMHO.
Drinkability was high, even Dave could probably session this one all night. Another winner from Lake Louie.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
049 13 Julian date on bottle.

A - Clear as crystal, Coon Rock pours a golden blonde color that's capped by a fleeting stark white head. The resulting skim of foam stays on the beer but there's not a speck of lace to be found on the pint.

S - Candi sugar notes and pilsner malt open Coon Rock with a noticeable sweetness that's further accented by sugary white grape and a touch of green apple skin. Wheat, husky pale malt, and that green apple skin which also imparts some tartness all balance the sweetness out with a lack of hop aroma, though faint herbal qualities shine through on the finish.

T - Dry grainy pale malt hits first, quickly changing over to the sweet pilsner malt flavor and ensuing fruit characteristics, though the white grape is far less sweet in flavor. More apple skin emerges with some tartness as this cream ale finishes dry and grainy again, lingering with notes of herbal hops.

M - Light bodied and surprisingly thin feeling for the beer's residual sweetness, Coon Rock washes down nice and easy with a light carbonation crispness and lingering dry, grainy finish.

O - The every man's beer for knocking around when some crisp refreshment is needed, Coon Rock doesn't aim to impress with crazy specialty malts or hop additions; it's just a simpleton. Simple, tasty, and refreshing.

Photo of blackie
4.43/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Pours a low white head that soon dies back to just a ring around the glass. The beer itself is a clear, pale golden staw color.

smell: Green smelling German type pale malts and other nondescript grain with a nice nobleish hop nose. Smells good.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium and the body light, but not thin.

taste: Flavors of light German malts upfront with a slight grainy sweetness. A slightly metallic hop flavor and a light, but sufficiently balancing bitterness are found. Well balanced and not boring.

drinkability: quite the poundable cream ale

single bottle purchased at Riley's and consumed in Madison

Photo of rbreaker
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Brewzma
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent, light gold with steady streams of carbon dioxide quickly rising to the top of the glass. A huge, 4 finger, rocky, white head of froth hangs out for many minutes and glistens in the light. It's almost prohibiting me from getting to drink it because it won't fade.
Smell is of vanilla, pumelo, lemon merengue, lime zest, and delicate aromas of wet hay, and sugar sticks.
Taste is sweet up front with sugar notes of lemon merengue, vanilla, and sweet, summer corn that isn't offensive.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, prickly along the tongue, with sweetness, some candy corn, and lemon lingering into a slick, dry finish.

Photo of lakelouielover
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of northcoastwolf
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of yankinwis
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ppoitras
2.45/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3 1/2" white head over the clear golden brew. Gave it some time for things to settle down. Head calms to a meringey inch of froth, with sporadic artful lacing. Aroma is defined by a lightly tart and fruity essence. Flavor is tart and bitter, with little to no pale malts character at all. Mouthfeel is nowhere near as smooth as I look for cream ales to be, with drinkability just not that great in my book. Have to try this one again, maybe I was unlucky with a bottle this time.

Photo of battlekow
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on the way out of Madison yesterday, a 64 ounce growler from Riley's. This is the oddest-looking beer I've ever seen, almost colorless. The closest thing I've seen to it is New Glarus's Totally Naked. Though it looks like very slightly gold-tinted water, it's not unattractive. It has excellent lacing and bubble action. Really doesn't smell like much at all. Taste isn't bold by any means, but subtlely sweet, with a really nice mouthfeel and aftertaste. This is very easy to drink, but is barely there at all. Coon Rapids Cream Ale, the phantom beer.

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Coon Rock Cream Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
80 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.