Wexford Irish Cream Ale
Greene King / Morland Brewery

Wexford Irish Cream AleWexford Irish Cream Ale
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Style:
American Cream Ale
Ranked #261
ABV:
5%
Score:
78
Ranked #46,609
Avg:
3.4 | pDev: 16.47%
Reviews:
364
Ratings:
699
From:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
78
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Wexford Irish Cream AleWexford Irish Cream Ale
Notes: Based on a traditional Irish recipe from County Wexford that dates back to 1810, we use only the best ingredients to ensure that our Wexford Ale has a smooth mellow creaminess we believe you will enjoy.
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Photo of beersampler6
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amazingly flavorful, aromatic cream ale with great head - this was the first time I’ve tried a beer that contained a widget. It really helped to create some shading creamy nitro looking foam. Production date as printed on beer was 1/24/19, best by date 4/30/20. Fantastic appearance - rust amber color with creamy white fluffy head and some small sheets of lingering lacing that lasted forever. Smells of caramel, toasted nuts, bread, malt, vanilla and some faint distant fruity hops. Taste follows the nose, great balance and not too sweet and not too much malt. Smooth, creamy, velvety mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Very well done! I would drink more of these in a heartbeat, and will have to look for more beers with widgets.

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Photo of Squire
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear rich copper gold color with good cap and lace.

Mild aroma of caramel with a touch of sweetness.

Taste is caramel malt with a twinge of roasted malt that gives it just a bit of an edge. Hop level is low to barely noticeable. The sweetness isn't much and does fade by mid palate while the whole finishes dry.

This was out of a nitro draught can and I don't know what the texture is supposed to be but it struck me as light to light medium with balancing carbonation.

Overall it's light and refreshing. More of a poolside or beach beer.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
4.62/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice, dark golden colour, with a head that is frothy and lingering. Taste is very smooth, much smoother than I expected an Irish beer to be - some earthy notes towards the finish, but very easy to drink (almost watery), with caramel and malt the main focus. Finish is sweet and earthy. This may be my favorite creme ale!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(440 ml nitro can - 'Original Wexford Irish Style Crème Ale' (yes, 'cream' is spelled that way), PROD 09112018 L8313; purchased single off shelf... poured into Belhaven pub pint)

L: clear, tawny liquid; tight, light tan, freeze-frame foam... foam holds, but the lace doesn't stick unless the glass is tilted

S: mostly flan; soft background note of stewed pear in fruit cocktail juice... it's a cream ale, no mistake; relatively potent and pointed for a nitro ale

T: dilute caramel, mellow pale and light crystal malts, with a latent note of earthy, leafy hop in the aftertaste... bitterness persists, while a mellow apricot/unripe-peach ester increases in volume, but all eventually settle into a nice balance

F: puffed nectar, as if a cascade of tens of thousands of microscopic suede bubbles sloughed over the palate like a glacier... corduroy creme

O: kind of falls between a John Smith's Extra Smooth and Old Speckled (or Golden) Hen, but perhaps leans more toward the latter... I'd naturally prefer to try a non-nitro version - the initial sips did not bode well, but the eventually balance is of note... scratching my head as for a food pairing - I'm wondering if this might be a great match for a vigorously salted/vinegary fish fry (1463)

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Photo of chitoryu12
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: As the can is a nitro draught, it pours with the distinctive creamy smooth one-finger head on a clear amber body.

Smell: Sweet dough, freshly baked cookies, vanilla, honey.

Taste: Sweet dough, vanilla, and some malt. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full body, but absolutely no carbonation. Smooth but dull.

Overall: With the aid of nitrogen, you get a very smooth and quaffable sweet beer right out of a can.

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Photo of hman43
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours cooper in it with some reddish hues. It is quite clear. The head is white and foamy with good head retention.

Smell: It has aromas of toffee and butter.

Taste: It has toffee flavors and it also a bit grainy. There are some buttery notes in the flavor as well.

Feel: It has a medium body with a slightly slick feel to it.

Overall, it has some decent flavors to it, but nothing that really stands out.

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Photo of jkblr
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

440mL can marked JUL 31 19 poured hard into an imperial tulip pint glass at fridge temp 5% ABV. The beer pours bright light orange amber with thick cream colored head. The head settles to a firm and creamy 3/8" cap with some lacing. The aroma is sweet, creamy and fruity. The taste is more sweet, fruity creamed corn. Little bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low nitro feel and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good (for a cream ale). No glaring flaws which is harder than it sounds for such a simple ale.

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Photo of brewmasterapprentice
4.01/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks great, nice color and frothy head reminiscent of Guinness. Poured into pint glass. Barely carbonated but definitely creamy/malty taste. Feels and taste like an old style English ale. If you are a fan of Guinness or Murphy’s it’s worth a try.

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Photo of mj24053
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard to rate this one as this style of beer isn't my favorite. For the style, it represents it well. Very flat, not much carbonation. Good malty flavor. Good smell...typical of Irish or English pub beers. If I want this style of beer, I'd get this again. Not what I usually drink, so I'd have to be seeking it out on purpose in order to diversify. Overall good and enjoyable.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

440ml nitro can poured into a pint

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a two-finger creamy head that has great retention long after the pour

S- toasted grains, bread crust, vanilla cream, honey, some herbal/floral notes to close it out

T- sweet and nutty up front, followed by a honey sweetness, as well as toasted grains, bread crust, vanilla cream, light caramel. Some herbal/floral grassy notes close it out along with more honey sweetness

M- medium body with a creamy and velvety mouthfeel that continues all the way through the finish, high drinkability

O- sometime a simple ale hits the spot, super drinkable and solid for the style

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 440ml can into glass. This one has the pressurized widget for the cascade effect.
Final effect is clear, amber colored body, with a creamy, off white head. Leaves behind a film of lacing.
Aroma of bready malts, along with a sweet pear and nutty smell.
First up in the taste are the bready malts, and then the sweet pear comes in. No bitterness.
Very creamy mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Good cream ale, not great, with the malts and the fruity hops working together.

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Photo of seanosh
5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just an FYI that may be a good preface here, I'm a big fan of Murphy's ... I LOVE Wexford Irish Cream Ale. I drink it strait from the can and find it to be super smooth, creamy and has a perfect sweet malt overall taste. from initial start to finish. The flavor is very consistent throughout(which I like) and finishes how it starts; damn tasty. SO smooth with great feel.. It may sound odd, but it skips the tongue and it's almost like the rest of your mouth has the taste buds.

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Photo of Nass
2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is not okay this is one of the worst cream ales I ever tasted. This is close to undrinkable. I would not give this beer to my worst enemy. Cheers! C-

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.37/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed with a plate of oranges, lemons and chunks of dark chocolate.

Pours a nice amber, after it finally settles, a most 'easy on the eyes ' process. Vast, willowy lacing and an abundant head.

Smooth and creamy as you please, an earthy-herbal, golden ghost horse floral affair, yet with rather deep bread & butter-malt roots. Dry finish, with an elegant herbal aftertaste, lingering between gulps.

It helps to take a step back from the technical merits, and appreciate her generally Emerald aura.

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Photo of superspak
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

440 ml nitro can into imperial pint glass, canned on 12/21/2016. A beautiful nitro cascade. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and creamy cream colored head that lasts the whole glass. Thick soapy lacing coats the whole glass as you drink. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of honey, cracker, biscuit, and lightly toasted bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, caramel, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of bready malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big honey, cracker, biscuit, and lightly toasted bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, caramel, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very slight diacetyl in the aromas and flavors, but hardly noticeable. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of honey, cracker, biscuit, lightly toasted bread, light nuttiness/caramel, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Mild carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly silky/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice cream ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malts and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the nitro finish. Very flavorful with nice clean malt flavors and restrained hop/yeast notes. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours very foamy and has the thick feel of Guinness. The color is a golden orange, however. Notes of malt and toffee. Finish is woody with a warming alcoholic note, almost like whiskey.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.64/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is dark red with a thick and creamy white two finger head. Aromas consist of toffee, marshmallow, some indistinguishable fruits, and biscuity malts. Flavors are the same. The feel is extremely smooth, but has light carbonation due to the nitro widget.

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Photo of RaphaelSC
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WexFord pours a heavy foam that forms a nice creamy head, after a couple seconds the full amber colored body emerges, I love pour this beer it is very beautiful to watch.
WexFord brings a nice bouquet with notes of caramel malts, mellow and fruity scent,
The mouthfeel is amazing full body and creamy, cereal and caramel malts bring in the traditional english ale flavour. The aftertaste is fruity with mellow notes and with a soft bitterness in the end.

With its creamy body and head, balanced taste and beautiful presentation WexFord is among my favourite beers, it is a unique take on the Irish/English Ales. It is a beer to have anyday and always will be a good experience. I definitely recommend this beer, even if you don't like it, it will be a unique experience.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a white film of a head that lasts for a good minute and through several sips, somewhat thick foamy lacing clings to the sides of the glass. The smell was a creamy sort of toffee; lightly fruity, somewhat buttery. The taste had a sweet creamy kind of English malty butteriness, burnt toffee aftertaste with a dry finish. The palate was about a light to medium in body and somewhat sessionable. Carbonation is very smooth and seems to be smoothest I’ve ever had for this style, pretty good to me. Overall, this is quite an easy drinking English, but for me would I have this again, unsure, still gotta say, just like the other ales I’ve had from Greene King - fish n’ chips is all I gotta say.

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Photo of ordybill
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a cloudy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma was creamy malt. An average beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a four pack for some early St. Patty's day festivities with my sister in town for the weekend. Looks the part, with a nice creamy off white head that shows excellent retention. Nose is slightly hoppy with some banana and bread notes but also something a little off.

Again, noble hops drive the taste initially, before giving way to a finish of bread or pizza crust. A little metallic in the mouth at times, but not overly unpleasant. Smooth, and a little lighter on the carbonation than many of the syle. By no means great, I'm glad I tried it and I can see it scratching certain kinds of itches this time of year. On to the stouts.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
2.24/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

With a distinct amber color, it’s very creamy, albeit the profile is very timid, as it tries to show off flavors of very light caramel, grapefruit, toasted cereal and hints of dark apricot. There is that syrupy aroma that fits the creaminess of the beer, but its sweet alcohol notes do not fit well with the slightly dry character of the beer. The mouthfeel is nicely creamy for the carbonation, but the aftertaste leaves something to be desired. Overall, this ale has its creamy moments, but it’s very underwhelming. In the US, I recommend the Alleycat from Lost Coast Brewing as well as the Chronic Ale from Port Brewing Company as an alternative.

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Photo of WillPaulFPE
4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an "Irish Style" Cream Ale brewed in the United Kingdom that competes in its class with Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale (Guinness / Smithwicks product). Like Kilkenny, it is an extremely smooth nitrogen based cream ale with no bitterness, and is easy on the palate. As a result, it is quite drinkable. Most USA beer aficionados might consider it too flat or neutral, and perhaps watery in nature, but that is the characteristic feel of this type of Irish cream ale. Personally, I find that an occasional departure from real "hoppy" beers is a welcome respite, hence the good ratings based on its class merits. Unlike Kilkenny, Wexford Irish Style Cream Ale is available in cans in the USA. Therefore, if you've had a Kilkenny in Canada or Ireland, and you are looking for a similar brew in the USA, Wexford Irish Style Cream Ale is certainly a worthy substitute. Cheers!

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Photo of Premo88
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.25

14.9 oz. can with the nitro widget poured into nonic

L: the crazy milky tan liquid pours out like a can of foam, then turns into a gorgeous clear amber-gold/red-copper (as high as 11-12 SRM?) with no activity in the glass; the head settles into about a 1/2-inch of the thickest-looking tan foam you'll ever find, and the sticking and lacing is very cool ... these nitro beers ... the Brothers should just automate a "5" for look because they're that awesome, and this one is, too

S: buttered bread malt, butterscotch, quite sweet, but the earthy hops are working to get some say ... they're not getting much; a light sweet malt showcase

T: sweet bready malt with a hint of earthy hops on the back end, but this one's all about the buttery bready malt sweetness; as I say that, a little more hop flavor shows up, a good neutral bitterness just for balancing

F: flat ... hard for me to call it anything else, considering my American palate trained on carbonated drinks; the the weight is definitely in the middle range and a slight slickness that works well; otherwise ... flat

O: a flavorful tasty beer, very much in the English pale ale range of notes; the nitro thing pulls this beer's score down for me, but I'm still enjoying it because it's a solid bread-malt fix

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Photo of Spikester
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks fantastic. Clear amber with one finger of off white head and very dense lace on the sides.
Smell is mostly toasted bread and some light herbal hops.
Taste is toasted bready malts with a bit of hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth slick feel due to the low carbonation.
Overall a tasty cream ale for those that enjoy the draught type pub beers made in England.

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Wexford Irish Cream Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 699 ratings