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Cream Ale | Mikkeller ApS

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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:
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Added by ADZA on 04-17-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,520
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
97
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
8
Trade:
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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 Taphouse_Traveler
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

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes is quite tame. Taste is also pretty tame with light cereal notes and smooth finish. Body is average for style with good carbonation. Not bad for style but really nothing that good to write home about.

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Photo of Hastead
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of spinrsx
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of thehyperduck
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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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of gaborcsupity
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Digimaika2
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Hazy straw colour with a finger of white foam that recedes promptly.

(4.25) S: Grains, orange, cloves, light pine, lemon, and floral elements. There’s a slight funky quality to this that comes across fresh and slightly tart. Excellent.

(3.5) T: Grain, floral qualities, light orange, faint pine, and spices. This leans towards a fairly bitter taste (pine and floral) with a bit of fruit sweetness. Slight funkyness is less present than aroma indicated.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

(3.75) D: This is a nice hoppy and bitter ale that has a creamy texture. The aroma was standout highlight for me but not something I would likely revisit at the price.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%

Appearance: hazy, lemon yellow; white head with not great retention

Aroma: faintly of grapefruit, candied lemon peel; creamsicle

Taste & Mouthfeel: lemon juice, grapefruit and other citrus leads the way, with balanced sweet and tart notes; there's a sharp acidity throughout, accentuating a dry, lightly hopped finish; some mineral flavour, and a little metallic; light body and medium/light carbonation

Overall: a palate cleanser, bright, tart, and refreshing, but the finish strays to metal and stone; frankly not an amazing taste, despite the vibrancy

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Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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