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Cream Ale | Mikkeller ApS

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3.69/5
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97 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ADZA on 04-17-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,613
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
97
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
8
Trade:
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served into an Oversized glass.Enjoyed on mar´11
Pours pale yellow.Foggy.White persistent & dense crown.Medium size bubbles.Wheat & yeast aromas,citric notes.Crispy bitterness.Dry piney & gentle hoppy flavor.Very refreshing sensation & easy drinkability.Light body & correct carbonation.Very well balanced flavors & aromas.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of mynie
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Neophytes associate low style marks with general taste. That is, people don't hate American adjuncts because they find the style unseemly but because they just don't like the flavor characteristics of that style. This is wrong. People hate certain styles as a matter of superficial affect that preempts that actual characteristics of the beer. And nothing proves this point more than the so-so score of Mikkeller's Cream Ale.

Pours quite dark with the style, with mid-strength fizziness and a decent head.

Smells like Mikkeller's trademark grain bill along with some light, bitter hops and very faint hints of lemon. It's lively and bold but still fits into the parameters of the style.

Tastes even better than it smells. The thick, creamy body showcases a firm, piney hop that perfectly accentuates the round cereal nodes of the grain bill. It's subtle but complex, the sort of great-tasting beer that should reasonably appeal to beer veterans as much as newbies, were it not for the taint of its style.

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4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Craft Beer Co. into a goblet.

A: Clear light amber body under a dense, sticky white head. Classic.

S: Smooth, fruity, bready. Some citrus and tropical notes stand out. Very nice.

T: Rich. Follows the nose entirely, but with stronger flavors all around. Great balance of fruitiness and maltiness, with a bittersweet finish. Excellent.

M: Extremely frothy. Too frothy.

O: This was shockingly good. I didn't expect anything too crazy or distinctive from a 5% Cream Ale, but this was just drenched in flavor. Wonderful beer.

Cheers!

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4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle purchased at the LCBO; best before June 19 2017. I quite enjoyed the other Mikkeller products that were brought in for the Fall release, which was enough to prompt me to try this last remaining one - despite the mundaneness inherent in this style. Served well-chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-yellow colour, topped with one finger of loose, soapy white froth that recedes over the next handful of minutes. A bubbly cap and foamy collar remain, alongside a curtain of lace that rings the entire glass. This brew is surprisingly fragrant - with a backbone of pale grains and crackery malt, and on top of that lies an inviting range of hop notes - including citrusy orange and lemon, grassy hay and some floral notes.

This is not an exciting beer, but it is nonetheless excellent for the style. Grainy pale malts and some bready sweetness provide a neutral backdrop for the Columbus, Challenger and Amarillo hop bill, which offers up some lemon/white grapefruit citrus, floral qualities and a mild note of pine resin that crops up toward the finish. Finishes rather dry, with a touch of citrusy bitterness lingering. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a very smooth, creamy, satisfying feel on the palate (likely thanks to those oats).

Final Grade: 4.16, an A-. I suppose it's not surprising that Mikkeller has managed to produce one of the most impressive cream ales I've ever had in my 8+ years on this site - and it's a good thing, because at this price point I'd be kind of annoyed if they hadn't. I could easily drink this all night - theoretically, anyway, because six of these would cost like 25 dollars. I'd say that this is worth a try, but a repeat purchase is probably out of the question.

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4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What's with the machine guns on the label? Sorry, I felt that was an obligatory part of any review of this beer.

Pours a cloudy dull straw colour, very opaque with fine impurities. Head is fine bubbled but a little filmy, and the body is particularly watery, so there's certainly not a lot of lacing. Not bad, looks like it could be refreshing at least.

Nose is absolutely redolent with huge hoppy goodness, big fruity notes. Big tropical characters, with some musty phenols sneaking in to give some depth. Wow, that's quite incredible. Big and round and fruity, but also sharp and crisp. Delicious.

Taste is very pure and clean -- obviously the lager yeast makes an appearance here. Some grain sweetness on the front, before some musty cellar characters come through with a big punch of phenolic bitterness to cleanse it all away. Finish is lightly touched with almond essence. Feel is crisp and light, leaving excellent refreshment.

Wow, I was so underwhelmed by the look of this beer that it actually blew me away from my expectations. Very drinkable and extremely enjoyable.

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4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from wordemupg, thanks Chris! 341ml into a tulip, holdbar til October 20, 2014. A bottle conditioned cream ale...

Hazy pale orange, a few fingers of white head with some webbed lacing and chunky retention. Juicy citrus hop notes on the nose with some big yeast wafting from the glass. A bit bready, lightly floral - unique to any 'cream ale' I've come across. Taste is more along the lines of what I had expected, grainer malt notes and solid, but restrained hopping still moderately juicy and citrusy. A bit drying in the finish with some yeast. Medium feel and excellent drinkability, wish I could have access to this year round. A well assembled cream ale.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Honey-like color, one finger white head, superb lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, orange peel. Great aroma.

T: Sweet, bready. Nice taste.

F: Hugely carbonated, yet very drinkable.

O: Nice beer. Would gladly have it again.

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4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ADZA
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definately not a brew from Mikkeller that i have heard of before but looks most interesting it comes a creamy coloured label with two machine guns on the front label and it is a collabaration between Mikkeller and Revelation Craft Brewing,it pours a pale honey hue with nice carbonation that leaves a creamy two finger head and frothy lacing everywhere that sticks to the sides of the glass,the smell is quite subtle for a Mikkeller brew but still nice with hints of creaming soda(in a good way) and a tinge of fruity hops,it has a full creamy smooth mouthfeel with tastes of very smooth pale malts and some bitter hops that is smoothed out right at the finish to take away a little of the bitterness but its still there which i like,overall a nice brew that would buy again and would like to see some more examples of this style but i have had better brews from Mikkeller.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014. Acquired quite a while ago from a webshop and stored in my garage. This is a collaborative brew with the Revelation Cat brewery in Rome. Cream ale is a style I haven't tried before - should be interesting....

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with intense carbonation and fine yeast sediment. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam with good retention; this slowly collapses to a surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of light malt with hints of earthy yeast, grain, floral hops, mild citrus and stewed hops. It smells enticing.

Tastes of light malt with a hoppy character and a dry finish. Notes of floral hops, subtle citrus, earthy yeast, grain and stewed hops. A faint quality of noble hop aroma and a whisper of solvent in the background. A restrained, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied for the style, with prickly carbonation. A creaminess comes through once the carbonation has died down a little; very nice on the palate. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and yeast.

Very tasty, and goes down all too easily. Not sure how true this is to style; I suspect the original cream ales were less hoppy. But I'm not complaining - this is nicely balanced and very drinkable. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Decervecitas. In Teku glass. After dinner. Lemony citric hoppyness, very good in nose and mouth. Close to an APA with lighter and more carbonated (yet pleasant) zesty body that provides which I suppose is called the creamyness of the style. A great improvement over my previous only reference of the style (Malaqa's Bootlegger)

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

11/30/11 On tap at Rattle n HUm, NYC. Nice. Smooth. Dry to tart.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a cloudy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of light sweet caramel malt, light yeast, and a bit of corn, grain, and bread.

T - Starts off with some light sweet caramel malt with some grain and corn with a touch of yeast. Through the middle some more sweet grains come through. The finish is a mix of light biscuit sweetness with some grain, bitterness, and some yeast flavor.

M - Light bodied with moderate-minus carbonation. Feels smooth with a light and very crisp finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice cream ale. Good yeast and grain flavor and the beer is super refreshing and balanced.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Cream Ale from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 97 ratings
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