Wexford Irish Cream Ale | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Wexford Irish Cream AleWexford Irish Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 344 | Ratings: 633
Photo of daliandragon
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -33.1%
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 +26.3%
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 +8.4%
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 +13.1%
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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Photo of dar482
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a reddish amber color with a frothy, marshallow nitro head.

The aroma offers toasted malts, whole bread, hints of sweetness, familiar British yeast fruitiness of apples and year.

The flavor follows with that apple and pear flavor, toasted malts, sweet breadiness, hints of toffee, onto some hops balancing out the finish. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thought this was a domestic version of this but I now see that it is imported from England. It seems that others did not like it nearly as much as I did.

I followed directions so instead of my usual somewhat warmer drinking temperature I opened this very cold. It popped up a nice big head that holds real well. The color is a pretty medium light brown. Very nice in the glass.

There isn't much aroma, but it is clean smelling. The taste is similarly mild - clean and lightly bitter with some of that bitter coming in tones I am not used to - I like it. It's easy drinking and has a clean aftertaste.

This isn't like most cream ales, enough so that I think it is a different category. I think this is wildly underrated. This ale works for me and it is highly recommended as an easy drinking bitter brew.

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Photo of stevoj
2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Can from the Boise Co-op. Nitro can also, so it has a nice pour, smooth and creamy. After that, not so great Extremely musty sweet malt, hints of toffee and caramel, but not enough to overcome the in your face cooked vegetables scent and taste. Haven't had an Irish ale in a while, so hard to judge.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a nitro beer. Thin line of creamy head atop a calm copper sea of ale. Smells buttery and sweet. Tastes quite the same, very smooth and rich. I tend to enjoy these pub ales more than the next guy. Unless that guy is a Brit or Irishman.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This produces a very handsome looking beer indeed
it would be what you would put on telly
the downside is very artificial flavour aspects and little aroma

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Photo of tillmac62
2.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear medium amber with a dark ruby cast. Normal head, lacing and retention after the foamy rush of the nitro widget.

Light nose of caramel with just a hint of earthy hops. As it warms, subtle buttery notes are evident.

Light medium bodied with a very smooth texture that approaches creamy. Under carbonated with no effervescence.

The flavor profile is reasonably intense, not complex and is poorly balanced. It begins with a non-sweet caramel note that is almost covered by grainy undertones. The middle is slightly bitter and has an earthy hop flavor that seems stale. The finish is slightly astringent and that stale hop flavor lingers. Stale hop flavor dominates this one, and not in a good way.

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Photo of captaincoffee
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Beautiful pour. Light brown with a reddish gold hue and extremely dense creamy head...which is to be expected with these "draft pour" type nitro cans. Reasonably good malt nose and flavor, but definitely not meant to overwhelm anyone's palate...okay, we'll say bland. Obviously intended to be a pub drink that can be knocked back for a while. At 5%, this is a little more substantial than some other similar offerings, but it still lacks flavor and mouthfeel. Disappointing. Although I wasn't expecting much to begin with the pour and nose made me think it might be better than it was.

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Photo of IPAlpha
2.94/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It came in a nice can. I like the cans appearance. It's golden in color with very little head. I might have kept it in the freezer too long. Had a little ice. Roughy an hour and a half. It had very little smell. Taste is decent. Expected more from a creme ale. Not bad though. I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the "well-chilled" nitro can. L3118-00:49. Sampled on March 22, 2014.

It pours a foamy "nitro-can" influenced caramel amber with a big head that slowly settles back while the carbonation bottles cling to the glass.

The aroma is caramel and toffee malts all the way with a definite sugar sweetness eking its way into the picture. Hops are near non existent.

The body is creamy and smooth but much of that ahs to be due to the nitro can.

The taste is also very sweet and caramel in nature with a fairly clean but mildly bitter hop finish. It is very English. Very pub quaffable.

I used to drink this one a lot but it does not appeal to me as much as it did 10 years ago. Changing palate I presume.

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Photo of FLima
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great looks. Starts with a beige creamy appearance that turns into a copper color. Thick and creamy head with good retention and painting a wall of laces.
Aroma similar to a creamy English Bitter with earthy hops and a mild tangy citrusy.
Flavor follows nose, notes of English earthy hops, lightly tangy grapefruit, caramels, a bit of toasted malts, yeast and finishing herbal. Dry aftertaste with an elegant bitterness.
Medium body with low carbonation. Creamy sensation.
It tastes nice but it is a bit too bland and sweet, but not necessarily with a big drinkability. Anyway worth trying.

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Photo of scratch69
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured a nitro-can into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a fingers worth of white head. Great retention with a lot of foamy lacing.

Smell- Light aroma of toffee and old wood.

Taste- Light caramel malt flavor with some grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and creamy with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Easy to drink but a little bland. Great appearance and feel but the flavor needs a little tweaking.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Love how this nitrogen pour beer goes from cloudy white to a golem colored beer. You can see this unpasteurized beer with good carbonation. A good half inch thick head of foam with small,tightly packed carbonation bubbles. Light cereal grain aroma. Mouthfeel is somewhat chalky and there's a sweetness that seems out of place in the beer. There's a faint cereal grain flavor that diminishes rapidly. The memory of this beer is better than this.

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Photo of HomrQT
4.6/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer and it's one of the ones I keep constantly stocked at the house! Served in a can that kept the beer very well, let's out a satisfying froth and hiss when opening. Amber in color. A very smooth beer, sweet, earthy flavors with a very very light bite at the very end when swallowing. Keeps a very strong, frothy head for a long time during drinking. The exact opposite of a bitter IPA.

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Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense and creamy off white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose along with some hints of toffee.
T: The taste has flavors of buttery malts along with notes of fruity yeast and hints of toffee. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and is very smooth and creamy with a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: The nitro-can turns an ordinary English ale into an interesting beer—one that has a particularly pleasing mouthfeel and is very easy to drink.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation (after the cascading head from the nitrogen widget) and some faint amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts, honey, and light amounts of light fruits (apple and pear).

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of toasted and biscuit malts with some light amounts of honey/butterscotch and light fruit (apple) sweetness. There is a slight presence of grassy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness in the finish which lingers for a moderate amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: I found this one to be real easy to drink and enjoyable though this is a style I likely enjoy more than a lot of other folks using this site. I like the bitterness towards the finish that lingers. Pairs well with snack foods while watching football this Sunday afternoon.

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Photo of Libationguy
2.69/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear medium amber with reddish-copper hues. Cream colored thin head after the nitrogen settled out.

Pretty muted on the nose: vanilla, light mustiness, light stale malt.

The palate shows a light malt note, creamsicle and a mild bitterness. Short finish.

Medium bodied with a creamy, slick mouthfeel. Insipid bitterness on the finish.

Just not much here to talk about. Pretty bland.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Wexford Irish Crème Ale is decent. It is a nice change of pace from U.S. based beers. The beer pours a clear amber with finger thick foamy head which is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is dull with English noble hops being present. The taste is a smooth creamy flare with not a lot going on. Definite malt presents with some hops for balance. The mouthfeel is medium in body and flat. Overall it is ok.

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Photo of bmwats
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 44 cl can into a becker.

A: Amber hue. Giant, cascading head. Eventually forms into a 2 finger, foamy, white head which continually settles slowly. Thick foamy lacing.

S: Soapy malt, Fermented, rancid wood.

T: Lightly sweet, lightly hoppy. Sourdough bread, dish soap, and other unpleasantries.

M: Light body. Synthetic finish.

D: Uhm... it's tough.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Huge head, and plenty of thick lacing. Nose is an unpleasant combination of dish soap and sour wood. Flavor is bready with a slight hop and slight hint of indistinct sweetness. Rubberlike bittersweet finish. Overall, this is not a great quaff.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

440ml can purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA. I'm a sucker for a nitrogenated can, I know it. This one opens with the best of them, a huge sucking intake of noisy expansion, promising creamy glory below.

Looks the business. Smooth, creamy pour starts the beer of a sandy yellow hue, settling out to a rich copper with a very fine, creamy whipped meringue consistency head. Lacing is pointy and fine, sticking around for a long time. Body is light, and the bubbling is fine when tilted. Yeah, I love the look of this kind of beer, and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

Nose is mild and relatively smooth, with a light but pleasant creamy malt character backed up by a faint suggestion of earthy English hops. It's all very mild, but in a way that suggests intention and purpose. It's quite pleasant.

Taste is similarly mild, but again well-balanced and well thought out. Smoothness runs through the centre and the front of the palate, not so much giving much in the way of flavour, but laying down a weak malt basis. This is follows and punctuated by a dusky but clear hop character which provides a single counterpoint above and towards the back of the palate. Feel is smooth but light, and far from bloating.

This is a mild beer, but it's a pleasant one, with structure and with interest. It's also extremely accessible and very pleasant to drink. Yes, it's not going to wow you with flavour, but for what is presumably a pretty mass-produced English ale, there's a lot to like.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear bright copper (SRM 15) after the cascading head settles to one inch creamy beige. Fine carbonation and lace coat the Harp nonic glass while the head maintains itself throughout the session.

Sweet malt with honeydew melon and fresh, crisp, light floral notes. Some honey and toffee may be detected with warmth.

Sweet on entry with astringent bitterness in the middle, lingering well into a long finish. Toasted malt adds to the clearly grain-centric flavors while fruitiness and bready flavors may also be detected.

Silky smooth, perhaps even slick, with a creamy head and fine carbonation. A medium body with some astringency while the alcohol is barely noticeable.

This is a decent gateway beer and, in my opinion, better than the typical mass-produced offerings. It has enough character to be interesting, yet is reserved enough to be enjoyed after a frustrating day of work.

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