CakeWalk Vanilla Cream | Right Brain Brewery

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CakeWalk Vanilla CreamCakeWalk Vanilla Cream

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Right Brain Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cream Ale conditioned with vanilla bean

Added by tectactoe on 06-28-2013

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 11
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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Photo of gopens44
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

As good a looker as cream ale can get, decent lacing supplied by a finger or so of frothy white head over a hazy dark golden beer. Nose is really the only low point as very little of anything is discernible. Maybe mineral water. Taste is a notch above most I've had of the style, as the vanilla addition isn't overpowering, but masks that overly corny thing in most others. Feel is terrific, as it's very, VERY drinkable. Just fun to drink all around.

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Photo of DanGeo
2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Oak cafe. I always love trying new cream ales, especially to go alongside a nice, medium-rare burger. Golden amber with really nice clarity and a foamy, thin, white skin that settles atop the beaming brew and leaves some nice, sheety lacing on the glass. Very nice, clean looking beer; certainly a thing of beauty.

Somewhat expected, the aroma is pretty light and forgiving; faint and relaxed without much "oomph", but that's pretty much how I want my cream ales to be. Lightly toasted grains, some stale, musty hops, and a good amount of thick, lager yeast. The finish contains just a touch of lemon zest. Simple, yet refreshing and easy-going.

Cakewalk's got the signature crisp mouth feel that I was looking for; carbonated generously, it tingles the palate and has a very nice, dry feel to it. A brash bitterness hits first in the form of some musty, earthy, and dirty hops that are seemingly of the Noble type. The lemon and citrus zest is a bit heavier, and works very well with the bitterness in terms of balance.

The backbone is grainy and yeasty; solid, light, and again, refreshing. The malt gives a pretty solid, bready-sweet finish. It's got many of the things you'd expect in a cream ale and executes them quite nicely. A pint of this went down quickly with my burger, you can't really ask for more than that.

It's nice to see Michigan breweries growing in popularity. I haven't had too much from Right Brain (yet), but a cream ale is something that many breweries wont even attempt or bother with. You can't go into this beer expecting some crazy-complex and layered sipper. But if you want a summer slammer that goes great with food, this beer is great.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beersampler6
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice light, easy-to-drink beer that’s refreshing. Golden color with just a little head. Smells faintly of corn and vanilla. Tastes of corn, grain, vanilla and a faint hint of biscuit. Smooth finish, very mild mouthfeel and no real aftertaste.

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Photo of Stu_Grimson
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Danielr26
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tshane
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

First beer of the night at St. Patty's party at Sean O'Callaghan's in Plymouth MI.

Not wanting to waste my taste buds on Guinness, Smithwicks or lawnmower (e.g., hideous Bud) beer.

Pours hazy golden wheat color with a half inch head in a plastic St. Patty's std beer cup.

A lot dryer and lighter than expected based on posted reviews. More like what I recall of a Michelob ultra many years ago.

Ugh. I'm truly wishing I had not brush my teeth 20 minutes ago. That always kills the best flavors of beer, brings up icky bitterness.

I wish I could taste the vanilla but I think the toothpaste killed my taste buds for that too.

Mouthfeel rating is required, but I care squat about that. Why not make it optional??

Overall a disappointment, but I'm partly to blame.

Also think it's not my favorite style, too dry, not sweet and fruity enough, though the reviews drew me in to believe so.

It's disappointing overall that so many people love that icky high hops flavor, the IPA craze is sweeping the nation and most reviews don't mention how strongly hoppy the beers are.

Need better written reviews, more details about hops and bitterness from y'all please!!

Also the Brothers should post IBU factors on every beer. Make it standard along with ABV. It's IMPORTANT!

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Photo of Rostie
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JimboBrews54
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.21/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of DCdevyl78
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Coho11
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Grupatre
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of HardyA
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

I picked up a bottle of Right Brains CakeWalk Vanilla Cream Ale for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I haven't had this one before, but I've been meaning to try and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the name and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a hazy golden orange color that took on more of a nice yellow color when held to the light with a finger and half worth of creamy slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left just a little bit of patchy lacing. This is a pretty nice looking Cream Ale, but I wish it was clearer.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a noticeable floral aroma being the first to show up and that goes into that goes right into a grainy corn aroma that's followed by the the malts which impart impart a pale malt, bready and biscuit like aroma with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. Towards the end there's a noticeable vanilla aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it'seems on par for the style and the vanilla shows up just enough to be noticeable.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the floral aspect still being the first to show up and it goes right into the malts which impart all those same aspects that they did in the aroma and they are even more grainy with the corn joining it this time. Up next comes little bit of doughy yeast which leads into the vanilla which shows up just enough to be noticeable. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a grainy, light corn, malty and pretty light vanilla like aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, it's true to the style and the vanilla shows up just enough to add a little to this beer.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, a little clean, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a lower amount of high carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and it's a pretty nice example of the style, it's got everything that I look for in a Cream Ale and the vanilla ended up being pretty light, but it showed up just enough to add a little complexity to this beer and I liked that. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple. What I like the most about this beer is how true to style it is, it's just what I expect from a good Cream Ale. What I like the least about this beer is the appearance, I wish it was a little clearer. I would buy this beer again when I want a Cream Ale with a little vanilla and I would recommend it to anyone looking for the same. All in all I was happy with this beer, everything came together well and not single aspect ever got too overpowering. It's not a favorite Right Brain Brew and it's a nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a pretty solid beer, keep it up.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of whiplash308
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The fourth of four beers I randomly bought while on my little weekend trip to Michigan. I'm normally a fan of anything cake flavoured or cake-like, so we'll see how this is.

L: It's a pale, golden color. A veeeeeeeery feint cloud upon initial pour from the bottle.

S: The scent lingers of vanilla and dried corn, and a bit of wheaty notes, but it's pleasing.

T: Slightly light on the actual vanilla flavour, and it's not quite vanilla bean tasting, but more so of the vanilla flower itself.

F: Light on hops I think. Not bitter at all, and the beer just runs right off, as you'd expect in a cream ale.

Overall it's tolerable, but I suppose it is what I expected from anything with "cake" in the name. Not entirely my cup of tea, but this is for the person that likes cake flavoured vodka for their birthday shots.

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Photo of Calraven
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raime
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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CakeWalk Vanilla Cream from Right Brain Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 66 ratings