Cream Ale | Mikkeller ApS

Cream AleCream Ale
BA SCORE
53.6%
Liked This Beer
3.69 w/ 97 ratings
Cream AleCream Ale
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:
#28,294
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
97
Liked:
52
Avg:
3.69/5
pDev:
10.84%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of stephenlee
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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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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Photo of parpalapelix
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of byronic
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spycow
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle served cold into an Innis & Gunn glass.

Appearance - hazy golden straw color. Half a finger of white head that lingers for a while.

Smell- lots of orange rind and a very floral aroma.

Taste - pretty much like the nose orange rind and plenty of hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

Overall- a smooth and creamy cream ale with some citrus action and a healthy dose of hops. A fine cream ale that will certainly appeal to many.

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Photo of tykechandler
2/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

best cream ale ever is still a cream ale

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Photo of 57md
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy straw in color. Lightly yeasty in the nose. Light and very drinkable (but too light). Mildly dry and bitter on the finish.

Would make a decent lawn mowing beer.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller Cream Ale is unparadoxically: a Cream Ale, which a style of beer that originates from the US of A. Cream Ales were also produced by Canada during the prohibition era as a style that gained popularity amongst sneaky American drinkers, and further refined after prohibition, which ended when Al Capone was sent to prison for killing Sean Connery’s character in Stanley Kubrick’s seminal film ‘The Untouchables’ (which Kevin Bacon was awesome in BTW). It is a style that is brewed with Ale and Lager yeasts and usually contains adjuncts like corn and rice. This is my first ever Cream Ale. Ever. Srsly.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Pours a hazy saffron yellow body with a wispy white 2 cm head that sticks around for a while. I do generally like the look of Mikkeller’s brews and this one is no exception. 9/10.

S: Sweet notes of malt, lemon and a distinct pineapple note. Aroma is almost as delightful as the bright yellow bottle label which appears to have been drawn by a kindergarten student. The balance of the fragrance hints at a sweet/malty Cream Ale. 8/10.

T: So this is a Cream Ale - easy to drink but not very exciting - there are sweet malts forward, then lemon citrus and floral hops lead to a light(ish) bitter finish. If you’re looking for big flavours you’ve definitely come to the wrong place. 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, it really lives up to the word “cream” in the style with a creamy carbonation though. 8/10.

D: It’s like the original creators of the style were aiming to make a beer that’s easy to drink... easy to drink?! Beer?! I scoff at these olden days American beer style creators. That said I think my palate has been destroyed by years of American IPAs... either way I have American brewers to blame for my current Cream Ale predicament, damn you AMERICAAAAAN BREWWWAAAS!!! Overall I would have loved this beer 5 years ago, today = pass. Oh yeah, and because this is a Mikkeller beer it cost me an arm and a leg...... I got better*. 7/10.

Food match: Continuing the reference if you’ve skipped ahead to my footnote and still didn’t get it: Newts. Seriously though: Mild cheese platter with artisanal breads.

*Python reference - haven’t had one of them for a while now have we?

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Photo of mikemands
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of reebtaerG
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stcules
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden appearance, greenish edhes, clean. One finger of beautiful white foam.
Quite hoppy smell, citric notes, lemnon, a light resinous.
Pleasant and fresh.
Malty taste, creamy, with a good balancing hop.
Easily drinkable.
Bitter aftertate, hop, short.
Drinkable and interesting.

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller Cream Ale is yellow and has both a foggy complexion and sunny radiance; highlights are not only bright but blinding yet good luck making anything out on the other side. Translucent yes, transparent no. And whatever foam-dome blossomed from the pour cracked into pieces like a hollow shell, fragments of which wash up against the glass and stay there.

Columbus, Amarillo, and Challenger hops are not typical for the style (certainly not in this quantity). Nor, for that matter, do we normally see the inclusion of carapils, Vienna, and Munich malts on top of corn and the standard pale/pilsner. Naturally, these additions make for a beer of added character; cream ales tend to be vanilla but this one bursts with colour...

Colours that emulate its aromas and tastes: orange from a fresh grated peel; yellow from the squeeze of a lemon; green like wet grass clippings. While the more substantial malts have resulted in more body and texture, hops are in the driver's seat for flavour. It'd be easy to mistake this for a pale ale.

Mikkeller may be important to hipster name-droppers but few of his beers have impressed me - and the dude has released a ton of beers. Cream Ale, however, is one of the notable exceptions. It's got a lovely hop profile, soft but substantial maltiness, breezy drinkability and endless appeal; it's a perfect cream ale for craft drinkers. The only thing not to like is the price tag...

Prior to this review I would have told you there was no cream ale in the world worth paying $4.35/ 330ml bottle for - and, to be clear, I'm still telling you that. That kind of change can buy you much better beer (and, by the same token, similar beers can be had at much more reasonable prices). Then again, who am I to tell you how to spend your money?

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Photo of Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MatChar
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not your typical CA: looks and tastes like a pale ale. Smell is surprisingly thin and "Pilsner-like". The mouth feel might be the main strength of this beer due to an interesting combination of malts. Disappointing batch from Mikkeller (my expectations were perhaps too high).

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

Photo of bylerteck
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of peensteen
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Cream Ale from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 53.6% out of 100 with 97 ratings
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