Killer Whale Cream Ale
Bold City Brewery

Killer Whale Cream AleKiller Whale Cream Ale
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Cream Ale
Ranked #287
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3.26 | pDev: 15.64%
Bold City Brewery
Florida, United States
Killer Whale Cream AleKiller Whale Cream Ale
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this at my friend's house in Jacksonville Florida.
Poured from a can into a pint glass.
With a nice Submarine sandwich from Publix.
Appears yellow, nice head that lasted.
Smells citrusy, lemony, slightly malty.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium light for the style. With plenty of carbonation providing a crispness that I like.
Overall, a nice cream ale, sort of like a wheat, that I would definitely order again.

Mar 22, 2020
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Nass from Florida

3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The artwork is okay. The pour is golden yellow & it's well carbonate. The flavor reminds of a strong lemon note sort of like a Belgian Witbier. This beer would pair well with some seafood like grilled salmon or maybe some crab legs. It's an okay beer. Cheers! B-

Feb 08, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.27/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light gold color with a foamy head that disappears quickly. No discernable aroma. Tastes of malt and hops. Finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness.

May 30, 2017
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Chasegator from Florida

3.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- light straw color
Smell- cream. Light malts and hops
Taste- sweet but light. Hints of malt and hops
Feel- light bodied
Overall- decent beer. Light but sweet.

Feb 04, 2017
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jjamadorphd from Florida

2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first offering from Bold City - though not spectacular, definitely better than the last cream ale I had...

My oldest son (drinking age, of course) brings home a can of this stuff trying to show dear old dad how he's getting the hang of this craft beer jazz. And what does he bring? A cream ale. Knowing full well the last we we drank tasted like liquid-ashtray. I've been avoiding cream ales since. But no fear he tells me, this one's way better, and in some regards it is, but still not something I will be looking for on my own.

This brew reminds me more of a wheat beer than a cream ale from it's look and smell - the distinctive cloudiness, the non-existent head or lacing, and the wheaty, bready smell that comes with it. I found it very carbonated - not to my liking, and though it tasted better than the last cream ale (from Ballast Point no less!) it still had a weird and I would say almost bad aftertaste. Quite possibly the worst aftertaste I have experience in a very long time. Overall, it's not terribly bad, or even bad, it's decent actually. I'm sure there are folks that love this stuff - but these cream ales just aren't for me.

Dec 18, 2016
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Killer Whale has a thick, creamy, white head, a mostly clear, yellow appearance, lots of fine, powdery sediment, and rather heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet malts, with flaked maize, in the background. Taste is of sweet malt, low-level, mellow hop bitterness, and white corn, possibly. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Killer Whale finishes crisp and refreshing.


Sep 17, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can, drank straight from it. Found at a Target in Kissimmee, FL on vacation, so figured give it a try.
Pretty refreshing, cream ales I often find as a heavier Kolsch.

Apr 03, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose, some light bread too; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with more of the same.

Feb 26, 2016
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brewmudgeon from Wisconsin

3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this one multiple times, but was never too impressed. Mediocre in just about every way, but the rhyming title helps a smidgen. No, the killer whale never really did seem more in than out of place. Light in color with a quickly vanishing head, not crisp and not flavorful enough to justify its 5.5%. Sorry, this one simply could not manage a place in the regular rotation.

Dec 26, 2015
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cambabeer from New York

3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Just better than your average adjunct macro lager. This was worth the two dollars I paid for it to have it with my pizza, but that's what it's good for. Grainy in the nose, a little grain sweetness and somewhat dry in the finish. This is definitely one you could pass to a Bud-loving friend and they'd drink it happily. Less than average for Bold City.

Nov 04, 2015
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Way2Fresh_Slim from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft...nice head that goes away fairly quick...very lite, with a name like killer whale you would think very heavy, but the exact opposite...the cream note is very subtle...enjoyed this on tap, not sure about a can...will try again soon, very pricey in my area!

Apr 04, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

2.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at World of Beer in JAX Beach.
Pale golden with a thin head.
AROMA: light and very mild malts.
Flavor: follows
Feel: thin with decent carbonation.

Mar 17, 2015
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellow, with a slight orange tint. Small white head, decent lacing

S: Grains, corn

T: Sweet malts and corn taste, then a slight hop bitterness, very slight sweet aftertaste

M: Thin, smooth

O: Very nice lighter beer. To quote Forest Gump, " I could drink about a million and a half of these". Nice alternative to an American Lager.

Mar 13, 2015
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Shaw from Florida

3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A pale gold with a short white head that vanishes quickly.

Aroma of grain with a hint of hops and sulfur. The grainy aroma carries over to the taste, which mixes cereal flavors with notes of bread and some mild hop flavors.

Creamy body that's a hallmark of the style.

Something for those who aren't fans of bitter brews. An option for the times you want to drink a lighter ale. This is a lawnmower beer.

Feb 12, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bold City Brewery "Killer Whale Cream Ale"
12 oz. can, coded "344 14 14:35"
$2.29 @ Total Wine @ More #901, Tampa, FL (uggh, I could've bought it at Winn Dixie in Jacksonville for $1.66)

Killer Whale Cream Ale pours a hazy (not to style) deep gold body beneath a short-lived head of bright white that drops to just a thin collar and leaves little lacing behind.

The aroma is clean with the exception of a light touch of sulphur and some yeastiness, and expresses a pleasant combination of grainy malt and apple-like fruitiness.

In the mouth it's light and crisp. A touch more carbonation might give it a little zip.

The flavor delivers the malt promised in the nose, with a wider, fuller character. It remains grainy in a good way, and backed by a minimal amount of hop flavor it becomes a bit grassy. It's only lightly sweet, and a limited, restrained bitterness balances it. The gentle fruitiness gives it life, and it's really quite pleasant and easy to drink, finishing dry with some residual grainy malt and a hint of grassy and leafy hops.

Although it doesn't quite match the specifications for a mainstream "cream ale" (mainly clarity, some aromatics), it's quite a nice beer in its own right (and I don't know any craft brew drinkers who are too into clarity). Quaffable might be a good word to use to describe it!

Jan 14, 2015
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Burgieburg from South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Doesn't pour like a traditional cream ale and has a little more carbonation than you would normally expect from a cream ale. Great taste and smooth finish; absolutely no hop but leaves a subtle buttery aftertaste.

Jan 01, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Earlycsquid for sharing this one at the monthly bottle share held at Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid grain forward aspects all around.

Serving type: can.

Nov 04, 2014
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laramis from South Carolina

3.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured a hazy gold almost amber color into a pint glass, the head was relatively large white in color it dissipated rather quickly leaving a fair amount of lacing.

S: At first there is a hint of yeast, a subtle sweetness that is then over taken by hops, on the whole however the scent is weak, one has to really sniff right over the glass to draw in the scent.

T: The taste is light slightly bitter upfront, towards the end a very very mild sweetness is noticeable mixed in with a malty character

M: On the whole it has a very light feel, not very much carbonation though not flat the best way to describe it is thick though this is contradictory with its light character. I am not sure if I really like or dislike this seemingly contradictory feel it is admittedly very unique.

O: I'm a bit mixed on this one, the flavor is enjoyable and its slight complexity keeps one coming back for more, however the weak scent and what i would call bizarre feel are turnoffs. Perhaps this can was an outlier perhaps these are the desired traits of the style I'm not sure. Overall though it's not too bad and for something that is just as drinkable as a Bud and not much more expensive it's not a bad deal either.

Aug 12, 2014
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Straw yellow, no carbonation in the body, but the head is the largest I have ever seen on any beer, including many Belgians. With no agitation, the bottle overflowed with foam on opening, filled up a half pint glass with seven fingers of foam, then a full pint glass with 7 fingers of foam. Still beer in the bottle, and more foam is oozing out! Foam is off white and fluffy with large and small bubbles.

S: Phenols, some belgian style yeastiness, fruitiness, some german pilsener hops. Seems like a pilsener crossed with a Belgian pale, but much lighter.

T: Very light, the Belgian yeastiness comes through, as well as the pilsener hops, some hard water.

M: Light watery body, low carbonation.

O: Love the bottle, carried this one thousands of miles to China where I’m enjoying it near the end of summer. Light and refreshing, would pair with lots of foods, especially pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers, summer fare.

Sep 01, 2013
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PorterLambic from Florida

2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Arrives clear and pale yellow with white head that drops fairly fast but leaves a smattering of lace.
Smell is malt, tortilla chips and not much else.
Taste is weak like the nose with malt and tortilla chips, some yeast and faint hops.
Light body though heavier than a lager. Lightish effervescence. Not bad but nothing to recommend it either.

Aug 16, 2013
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zac16125 from South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bold City Killer Whale Cream Ale
12oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a crystal clear, straw yellow with just under a fingers width of bright white head which dissipates down fairly quickly to only a thin outer ring. Looks like a budweiser, except slightly darker. Leaves no lacing.

S: Toasted white bread. Thats about all I get.

T: Lots of grain, some adjunct type flavors. A touch of spice. Not awful, in fact, better than I expected, but still not very good.

M/D: Heavy carbonation, medium bodied, drinkability is good, but for such a light beer it better be.

O: A decent example of a pretty dismal style. I dont really understand the concept of craft beer and adjunct ingredients. A craft brewery brewing a cream ale is like a woman getting a breast reduction, it just doesn't make sense and quite frankly should be illegal. Overall, not terrible, but I would not ever purchase this.

Oct 14, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have had this one before but a friend of mine loves it and brought some over so I am reviewing it this time around.

A: thin white head on a hazy golden-yellow body. Not exciting but par for the style.

S: musty light malt flavor. typical grain and grassy notes as well.

T: more grains, bread and light malts. very subtle fruity notes if you search them out.

M: light body and highly carbonated.

Overall: maybe I am harsh on these because I am not a fan of the style but to me a cream ale should be creamy and most usually are not.

Apr 23, 2012
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codysjb from Florida

2.28/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bold City Cream Ale
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my DFH Signature glass
A: Pours a cloudy, straw colored yellow with no head.
S: Like a generic lager with some lemon and a little funkiness.
T: Bland, tastes like a cheap lager i.e. Budweiser; I thought this was supposed to be a cream ale, where’s the ale? Where’s the cream? Maybe some slight lemon flavor.
M: Same, Generic and slightly skunky despite only buying this two weeks ago.
O: Not impressed, better than PBR that’s about it. C

Jan 20, 2012
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was in JAX fro a Monday evening Football game and stayed at the Hyatt that had the Killer Whale Cream Ale on tap. The beer is a light ale brewed and is very easy to drink, The beer poured a light clear golden with thin white head. The smell included grain and barley. The taste was similar to the smell a very bready taste with slight hints of sweetness. The mouthfeel was light in body but smooth with mild carbonation. Overall is was a decent cream ale and very drinkable.

Dec 08, 2011
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wesbrownyeah from Florida

2.92/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Killer Whale Cream Ale by Bold City Brewery Jacksonville Fl. 5.5% alcohol.

A- Pours a calm yellowish orange fluid that produces a small white head leaving light if any lacing.

S- Slight citrusy scent and mild malts are in the nose.

T-M- Taste is a small bite of citrusy hops and mild malty backbone. Mouthfeel is smooth but lacking on the creamy side but all and all drinkable.

O- Drinkable as hell if at the right price.

Jun 16, 2011
Killer Whale Cream Ale from Bold City Brewery
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 161 ratings