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True North Cream Ale | Magnotta Brewery

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True North Cream AleTrue North Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Magnotta Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ultra-premium, all-malt Cream Ale at 5% alc./vol. Mid-gold colour with a fresh, bread-like malt nose enhanced by fruity hop aromatics. Flavours of fresh malt, subtle sweetness, floral hops and pleasant ale fruitiness all combine to produce a Canadian classic Cream Ale. A moderate hop bitterness and creamy mouthfeel round off the flavour experience. Food pairing suggestions include chowders, sushi, teriyakis, salmon and tuna dishes, corn-on-the-cob, fruit cakes, and brick and colby cheeses.

Added by slitherySOB on 05-18-2003

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Electros
3.27/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of Rlombardi75
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of treque
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a gold traslucent beer with a lot fo carbonatation and very constant, generates a small creamy head, wich last for a while, good retnetion and some waste is left behind

S: a tiny hop aroma and some caramel

T: a sweet notes appear and some bitterness, some buiscuit reminds, the final is quite short and dry

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Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Some malty taste in this lager. Yellow, a little lace, average mouthfeel.A tad of hops. A little drinkable,grainy and even a little yeasty.A little sweet-sour aftertaste. I could not finish a half pint.Carbonation is OK.Passable beer for most, and about average for this brewery.

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Photo of pootz
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle, fill dated 3 weeks previous.

Decants a crystal clear sparkling dark honey-gold ale with a nice frothy 2 finger cap that lasts and laces well.

Aroma of bread, caramel and succulent fruits.

Flavor is rounded and has a distinct soft sweet bready character, hops balance but maltyness and the fruity esters (peach-apricot-citrus) stand out. Goes to a thirst quenching clean finish. Creamy mouth feel.

A perfect example of a very misinterpreted and underappreciated style. Magnotta scores again on accurate style interpretation with this one. Good quencher pleasant to drink.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear gold with an inch of rocky foam.

S - Grassy, sweet with light fruit and some alcohol.

T - Mildly bitter with a vegetal touch and grassy hop. Some light fruit rounds out the flavours.

M - Slightly slick with some astringency and a moderate carbonation.

D - Somewhat reminiscent of a belgian blond, but a notch below in flavour. Fairly drinkable and accessible.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.27/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is my fourth Magnotta beer from the True North series and the first I'm a bit disappointed in. I should add, however, that I am not a fan of Ontario Cream Ales so I may be a little bit biased. In any event, I had hoped for more, given that the first three True North were so surprizingly enjoyable. This one poured a clear golden, almost amber, with no visible carbonation. Traces of lace. Distinct odour of leather or banana, definately musty with a citric acid smell. Taste was fairly non-descript but not very appealing with a sharp kind of funky taste and a flat mouthfeel. Bitterness not well defined at all. A disappoitment all around for this reviewer, I found it hard to finish it. While I would not hesitate to pick up the other True North products I've sampled, I'd avoid this one big time.

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Photo of biegaman
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The same lightly fried yellow colour as an omelet (fortunately only about half the calories, but that's really neither here nor there). What you really want to see in a filtered lager is clarity - this is spotless. The beer's complexion looks resplendently clean. Unfortunately, the fuzzy white topping keeps only to the perimeter. Oh well, at least there's some.

The aroma - if it were much of anything - would be considered either neutral or somewhat pleasant. I note the same sweet malts as in their blonde lager. With deep enough breaths you might get a whiff of fresh baked bread. The most significant thing about the aroma isn't anything you smell, it's those things you don't! There isn't any indication of additives or adjuncts here. All signs point to this being a good beer.

I found the aroma boring but the flavour is damn near characterless. I imagine this was the intention, so hats off in that regard, but you'd think if you were brewing a beer you'd want some note of malt or hops; water may be the main ingredient but that shouldn't be obvious from taste. All that said, I really appreciate the lack of cloying, off-putting adjuncts. I'm not particularly one for cream ales but normally they aren't this clean and well crafted.

It's not easy to produce a clean, refreshing tasting beer without the ability to showcase sweet malts or bitter hops. And while right about now I'm starting to pine for a hefty, chewy wad of toasted malt or a big bucket of citruisy hop juice, I can't say there's anything about this beer (other than it lacking those things) that would turn me away from it.

I liked the True North Cream Ale. I'm sure a lot of that had to do with the fact that this was a fresh bottle (thanks ThatWineGuy!) but I think as much had to do with the fact that the people at Magnotta are simply good brewers - if macro lagers were this good I'd drink more of them. If you're one for lighter drinking beers than I see no reason you wouldn't love this.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer is a straw golden yellow with a nice white head and tight lacing.

Smell: It has a super sweet malty aroma.

Taste: Good taste crisp and slightly citric but mainly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy.

Drinkability: Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of baiser
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden yellow body, with virtually no head or lacing. Syrupy sweet aroma, some fruitiness and graininess. Taste of diacetyl, fruit and some malt. Lacking body and mouthfeel. More flavours emerge as the beer warms. Ends dry and somewhat bitter. An average beer at best.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A unique cream ale that suprisingly had more flavor than I expected. Poured out to a medium golden colour, medium foamy head and an odor of alcohol and hops. The flavor was a bit more than most cream ales I have had, but that is not to say this one was better. Only a bit stronger. Nevertheless, a good brew worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm, delicious and decently priced beer. True North pours with a one finger head that will last til the bottom of the pint glass. Deep gold colour that's just a shade or two lighter than amber. Very malty smell. I can detect quite a few varieties. Little yeast texture on the tongue, but that's okay. It is actually quite pleasurable. Bready malt and some fruitiness too the taste. Fortunately, it's a berry fruit and not some damn lemon citrus that seems too be everywhere. Not enough hops, but a good beer nonetheless. A cream ale worth buying.

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True North Cream Ale from Magnotta Brewery
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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