Outboard | Milwaukee Brewing Company

97 Ratings

Brewed by:
Milwaukee Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TMoney2591 on 08-01-2012

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i thought this a really serviceable cream ale, despite its low scores on here. the bottle popped open and the beer poured clear golden with some body into my glass, showing a solid half inch of lasting white head with decent ring lacing as i sip it down. the nose is sweet and fuller bodied, rich with grain character, fresh and bready, rustic even. the flavor is similar to the nose, with some longer lasting sweetness in small amount, and the slightest grassy hop presence in the finish. its rather basic beer, simple and not intended to be challenging, but it tastes real nice, and is supremely refreshing. carbonation is high, and it has enough body to satisfy a craft beer guy in addition to probably being quite appealing to the BMC drinker. good first beer from these guys, i have one other in my fridge i may dip into tonight.

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Photo of mothman
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in an Innis and Gunn cervoise.

I needed more cream ales in my life (and down my gullet), so I grabbed some o' this stuff. Get some. It pours a clear sallow (damn, is this shit pale!) topped by nearly two fingers of almost glowingly white foam. The nose comprises mild corn, wild rice, vague sweetness, and a tiny touch of what may or may not have once been grass. The taste rebounds a bit, kicking that aforementioned sweetness up a notch and marrying it at various points with mild flowers and even milder corn. It may not sound all that appetizing, but it really ain't bad. Just...not all that great, either... The body is a hefty-feeling light, with a moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, this could have been a decent cream ale, but it seems as though MKE went in the cheaper direction, making something that doesn't even stand up nicely to Little Kings or Genny Cream. Yeah, it's not really bad, per se, just nothing I would readily call "good".

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at Ale House on May 2, 2015. Tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 1 pint can on June 10, 2017. An extremely smooth and easy drinking cream ale.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jwc215
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a fluffy white, lasting head. Lacing sticks down the glass.

The smell is of yeast and some husk.

The taste is of mildly spicy/fruity doughy yeast with some husk. To its credit, it's a nice yeast strain. Not much else going on.

It is creamy and pretty smooth. It has a soggy popcorn-like texture.

A bit better than average, I suppose. Very yeasty/doughy in character.

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Photo of Duff27
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Milwaukee Brewing Outboard Cream Ale. 5.0% Alc. by Vol. "That's local flavor!"

Last of the samples from MKE. Cream Ale is one of my least-liked beer styles. I'll strive to overcome that prejudice in order to discover whether this is a good one or no.

Clear, golden colored, sizable, staying crown of milky froth.

Aroma: Creamy. (Imagine that.) Negligible hop presence. Smooth maltiness. Pleasant enough stuff.

Taste: Open wide and down the hatch. Lands on the palate and spreads along nothing but smooth and creamy malt flavor. No need for anything else with this style. Easy drinking defined. Light-bodied and pleasing all around. Soft finish.
Good name for this one, as I can see this being adequate sustenance for a day on the lake.

So, with my ninth MKE beer down the hatch in total, I've come to realize that they do really well with styles that I would rarely, if ever, personally choose for myself.

And there ain't nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of enelson
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: hazy straw gold permeated by rapidly rising bubbles under a 1" white foam cap with fair to poor retention.

S: sweet corn, very light fruit, faint hint of sulfur, cracker, very low levels of DMS (cooked creamed corn).

T: lightly sweet on the tongue with sweet corn, light fruit, moderate low bitterness and moderate low malty sweetness. Very faint cooked cream corn taste at the end with a faint trace of apple. It has more malt flavors as it warms.

F: Outboard is light and crisp with a medium light body and above average smooth carbonation.

O: This light flavored beer is easy to drink.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of BDeibs
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of mynie
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pint cans for sale at Miller Park for the low, low price of 9 bucks each. The can was cute looking so I figured what the hell, but the guy selling them said "it's a cream ale, it's a cream, it's a cream," just like that, he said it three times.

The beer poured like a cream ale: darkish gold, decent white head. It smelled like a cream ale: adjunct grain, sweet barley, very little hops, and a handful of esters. Tasted... like a cream ale. Only adjunctier than I was expecting and with a decent hop heaviness near the back end.

Nothing great. Not worth its craft beer price, and not as good as heavy hitting cream ales such as Sunlight or Spotted Cow, but still pretty decent. Imagine if Naragansett cost twice as much as it does and you'd have this beer.

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Photo of jera1350
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atone315
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Corny, Grassy, Clean, Grainy

MKB goes gets a little old school with this year-round brew, hits all the bells and whistles for the Cream Ale style. Built on being balanced the corn graininess settles in well with the malt character. Smooth with ample hopping from Columbus and Czech Saaz hops. It is difficult to brew a Cream Ale though MKB is certainly on the right path here. Regardless, very easy to knock back.

STYLE: Cream Ale | ABV: 5.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #94 (NOV 2014)

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Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
2.69/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerlover
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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Outboard from Milwaukee Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 97 ratings
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