New Belgium Brewing Company

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American Cream Ale
Ranked #266
Ranked #46,928
3.39 | pDev: 14.45%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Notes: A deliciously refreshing golden ale, at 4.8% ABV, brewed with the finest malts and hops giving a sweet, crisp citrus finish with just a hint of honey. Available in 12-oz. and 19.2-oz. cans. Winner of the silver medal in the American-Style Cream Ale category at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
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hottenot from North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks rather like beer, Imagine that.
Smell, check.
Taste. Like a more famous NY cream ale.
Feel. good body for the style.
Overall. I buy it all the time.
Because I like Cream Ale.
And I can't get the young spring goat from NY here in NC.

Apr 22, 2020
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3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from can: very average roasted orange/yellowish looking color, almost no head from pour.

Smells are at a minimum, there is nothing that really stands out.

Tastes very average also, nothing good and nothing bad.

Overall, a very run of the mill beer. Would not recommend.

Mar 31, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just had this refreshing beer outside in my yard. It is night but still warm. Pretty good.

Look: semi-clear golden with a thick white head

Aroma: citrus and grassy hops

Taste: crackers and maybe some mild citrus and mild grassy hops, Lager like

Body/Overall: light but creamy body.

Jan 07, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

19.2oz stovepipe can best before 18 AUG 2019 (opened 6-22-19).
1/2" pillowy white head, retains well at 1/4" in a wide rim glass. Clear, clean golden ale. Light lacing.
Sweet malt, light apple aromas and floral/grassy hops. Simple nose.
Light bready malt, apple/pear mild fruit flavors and fairly little beyond that.
Clean, light body, medium carbonation and quick, semi-dry finish.
Easy to drink and well made but seems to have a hole in it - could use more flavor, maybe more body...then I guess it wouldn't be what it is?

Jun 23, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can from the Wall of Beer (SC; $1.19). 19 July 2019 BB date stamp.

Appearance: golden body with ample visible carbonation that soon reduces to a thin coat. Good clarity.

Aroma: light grassy and citrusy hops and baked bread

Flavor: Crackers with grassy hops adding mild bitterness for good balance.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp but somewhat creamy body with moderate carbonation.

May 28, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hate to give it all 3.5, but it's pretty much halfway between average and outstanding in all aspects.
Pours pale cloudy yellow.
A malty scent that follows to the taste.
Slight hop tang on the finish. Light bodied and slides down smooth.
Rates a 6 out of 10 on the would you like to sit down with a 12-pack of this brew scale

May 10, 2019
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bensrickard from Kentucky

3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

“Easygoing Ale” definitely says it well. Pours nice and is very refreshing. Has a very light honey and pastry taste. Nothing crazy but very enjoyable.

Apr 28, 2019
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light Straw-gold color, Sudsy head that falls to a ring and struggles to lace.

Clean, crisp pale and munich malts, [email protected] and a light wisp of citrusy hops and honeysuckle

Clean, crackery biscuity malts and a bit of bitterness form hops to balance. Definitely a thirst quencher type flavor.

Light mouthfeel, moderate to high CO2, no burn or astringency. very light on the palate and easy to quaff.

An easygoing ale, the can says it all.

Apr 19, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a can, bb February 3rd. Oh well, it's a single at Old Chicago.

Pours a slightly hazy straw gold with the usual excellent head of long lasting foam and lacing.

The smell has some hoppy and earthy notes with hints of honey.

The taste is lightly hoppy, grainy, light honey like sweetness. Would have been nicer fresher.

Pretty good body for the abv.


Feb 26, 2019
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Nass from Florida

2.76/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

There is a best by date on the bottom of the can. The pour is bright yellow. This beer starts out easy going & flavorful, but there is a strange taste on the backend that I'm not too fond of. Cheers! C

Feb 08, 2019
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Beerfogle from Washington

4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Dayblazer pours a golden color appropriate for it's name. It has a nice white head that can be an inch tall if poured into a pint glass. It lasts for awhile and leaves a nice lacing behind. The slogan ins an easygoing ale and it lives up to that.

Nov 27, 2018
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CoryIanShafer from Pennsylvania

2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Very bitter beer, pours golden yellow, some lace, bitter for my taste, it does have some vegetable sweetness but that is soon overpowered by the sheer bitterness, grassy smell, tart honey, banana peel, I get some sourness in there as well, this is in a can and the can I think has an over-powering smell as well, just picked up some horseradish near the tail end, I'd drink it in a pinch, especially on a hot summer day, I'd slam one, but don't think i'd be drinking them all day.

Oct 30, 2018
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BarManager from New York

3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a golden/copper color, with a heavy head that dissipates into a lining, and slight lacing.

S: The aroma given off is one of grains and honey, with slight citrus hints peaking through.

T: Light grainy taste, with a sweetening provided by fruit and honey, followed by a dry hop flavored finish.

F: Smooth and light-medium bodied, with a balanced taste, and an above average carbonation.

O: A nicely balanced Blonde Ale, with only some sweetness present, allowing for a great summer beer on a nice hot day.

Oct 28, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It fits that bill pretty well. Get it ice cold and knock it down. More flavor then some. Light with an adjunct palate, slightly sweet finish. Overall no complaints, just not my favorite style.

Oct 25, 2018
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Purdom from Georgia

3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was a bit wary of this beer since it came from New Belgium. This one was pretty inoffensive. None of the usual NB bitterness without flavor. Ok not a lot of flavor but nice and smooth and very drinkable. Think lawnmower beer.

Oct 19, 2018
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PhilipRock from Virginia

3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this beer as a 15 pack of cans, at what i thought was a reasonable price...though as a home-brewer, I consider all beer in the stores, overpriced! I usually drink my own beer but... every now and then I purchase commercial products. I seek beer in cans for lots of reasons and rarely consider bottled beer. I bought it in mid-October of 2018 and it had an expiration date of February, 2019. I assume it wasn't the freshest of product but still far from expiration.

I like it. I've read most of the reviews and was informed by some of them. This is not an easy style of beer to make. No strong flavors, nor aromas, of roasted malts, or kilogram quantities of hops, or cocoa, coconut, mango, bourbon-barrel-aging, etc., embellishments to hide behind. IMHO this is a more than a decent attempt to produce a traditional style of Pale Ale. Just a nice, cleanly fermented ale. It is not overpowered with hops nor alcohol. The lingering sweetness of delicious crystal malts is nicely balanced by a sane level of bittering. If you are drinking this beer ice cold, well sure, it could be a 'lawnmower beer'. Let it warm up just a bit to really appreciate it.

I respect this brewery and was glad to see the Independent Brewer symbol printed on the 15 pack.

Oct 14, 2018
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BWED from Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into willibecher.

A- Pours straw in color, clarity is nice. Head is lumpy and white. Retention is decent, sticks around for a while, and leaves some nice little lacing as well.

S- Grainy, grassy. Mildly sweet, fruity ester. Textbook blonde aroma.

T- Grainy, with a light crisp bite of earthy hops. Subtly sweet.

M- Body is light, with nice light carbonation. Crisp in the finish, with the subtle sweetness that suggests it's an ale.

O- Overall a decent drinker. Doesn't really stand out, but its definitely "easygoing."

Sep 29, 2018
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

2.69/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Drank from a 12 ounce can.

Look - The blue and yellow color scheme on the can is fine, but I'm not too sold on the Latin America sun logo, and the lack of information is a bit disappointing.

Smell - Light grains and cut grass. Very faint earthy smells, not too much going on.

Taste - Immediate spike of a diluted slightly chocolatey malt and peppery hops that very quickly tames to a soda water plainness.

Feel - Thin body with low-mild carbonation contribute to the feeling of drinking a can of water.

Overall - Really boring and plain beer that doesn't do much for me. Would honestly prefer an AAL to this.

Sep 03, 2018
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joedvegas from Nevada

3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber color and a good bit of haze, nice foamy head that lingers. Had to dig deep for some character on the nose. Got some melon, cucumber and pineapple. Taste was underwhelming as well. Hops trying to break thru on the front palate but not much there. Actually a balanced finish that wasn't bad. Beats the crap out of Miller Lite, but not much character outside of that. Probably a great slamming beer on a hot summer day. Didn't hate it but didn't do a lot for me.

Sep 03, 2018
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JRed from New Jersey

3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transparent golden straw body with white soapy Head. Aroma of floral notes, straw, light grass, and apple skins. Tastes of light grass, apple skins, honey crackers, light bitterness. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Aug 21, 2018
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bohuggabee from Colorado

2.13/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

smell is almost non existent, what is there is a generic beer smell. the taste is generic beer mixed with a little citrus, quickly ending up like a cheap keystone light after 2 or 3 and if you don't take a break, you'll taste that the rest of the night. its an unexciting ale. the feel of the beer in your mouth is smooth though. its got a thick, almost creamy feel on your tongue. the only thing really enjoyable about the beer. the drunk feels standard, like any other beer and left me remembering why i don't drink new belgium like i used to. the company has sold out or cut quality to keep prices lower because inflation is ruining the country.

Aug 19, 2018
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Dayblazer pours a golden color, nice sized lacing head, lots of bubbles. Grainy aroma with hints of honey. Flavor is cheap and grainy, with a hint of creamy honey at the end. Good body and feel. Overall the honey saves this beer.

Aug 16, 2018
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clean golden with a big white head of suds and a thick wall of lace.

Aroma: Sweet honeyed malts. Pleasant and fresh.

Taste: Sweet and toasty malty, like a lighter version of a Fat Tire almost. Keeps in the NB tradition. Solid but not one I plan to revisit.

Jul 30, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dips into forgettable, saved by the addition of honey, which tho sweet works here in taste and finish/feel in the blonde ale.
a) Clear golden body, thick head with lace, but not much last or more.
s) Slight floral hops, cracker, tea.
t) Bigger, more sweet honey and fruit, with malt, cracker, and mainstream grain.
f) The honey adds and there's a bit of spruce and bitter interest to cleanse and finish clean.
o) Session this flavorful, refreshing beer.

Jul 20, 2018
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Ricochet from Ohio

2.36/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Light yellow with little head or lace and very little carbonation to support
S:Nothing in this department other than cooked grain and that was faint
M: Slight to mild bitter, more sour
T: This was a beer I'd be hard pressed to say was a beer at all. It was sour and bitter on the tongue, It has slightly sweet notes and maybe a slight bit of wheat. Not much else.
O: Clean ale? American Blonde? Drink it cold as a lawnmower beer? No challenge. More flavor than some Coors stuff, but for me, one and done.

Jul 13, 2018
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