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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Added by Mitchster on 01-24-2002

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.38/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A orange ruby copper color body. Off white head that looks amazingly creamy. Very sticky lacing.

I get a toffee, burnt caramel and hazelnut smell. Very delicious aromas coming through.

Vanilla, burnt caramel, hazelnut, some toffee mixing very well together. Quite delicious all around!

Medium to approaching on the thick side. Feels great in the mouth. Very light to barely any noticeable carbonation.

This is very drinkable! The taste, the body is just awesome. I wish I bought a few more of these.

I don't understand the decent reviews but this is a great beer to try.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours to a slow cascade effect like expected. beautiful and fun to watch on a golden beer. it is dark honey colored with a nice frothy light tan head that stays. has great lacing

S-a very weak scent of honey and weak barley. smells like a creamy adjunct

T-initial reaction: i'm not finishing this. it hits with an oddly tangy taste of light honey. the after-taste is of honey as well. the problem is this odd tangyness. it makes it difficult to enjoy.

M-it has a creamy and low carbonation mouth feel with a decently crisp finish

D-despite my initial reaction, i did finish this. i noticed with this one, the trick is to drink it quickly. not focusing on the tastes really helps this flavor. its actually not a bad drinker.

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Photo of JonathanG
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Coppery color with a 2-finger nitro head. The cascade affect took place rather quickly, not hanging around. Creamy, lacy head reminiscent of freshly-whipped egg whites. Head didn't stick around or hold like I thought it was going to. (Updating my review, and the next can, a couple of days later, poured much better and retained it's 1-finger creamy head until the glass was empty.)

S: Fairly sweet, malty, bready aromas that reminded me a bit of mild banana bread.

T: A bit sweet on the palate with minor slightly bitter hop notes that aren't enough to balance out the sweetness of the bready malt. (Update: This isn't supposed to be hoppy though, and the malts should dominate.)

M: Relatively light and slightly off-balance, with a slightly bitter drying note to the finish.

D: I suppose sitting around, one could fairly easily drink several of these, although it's not one to really sit there and think about, or really enjoy. I have 3-more nitro-cans and suppose I'll finish them off over the next couple of weeks. Maybe one will be used to make a loaf of beer bread?

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Photo of mryuk
3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours beautifully...similar to a guiness with bubbles that raise to a creamy head. nitrogen widgets are fun.

smell is sweet with slight bitterness. very light smell overall.

taste is creamy and a little sweet with slight bitterness.very light and refreshing.

mouth is medium bodied with light carbonation. the creamy head is enjoyable.

wow this beer was a huge disappointment from the pour. what a beautiful start but it was all downhill from there. won't be going back very soon.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear slightly hazy brownish color with a two finger nitro can head and leaveslittle or no lace. The aroma is of bread and butteriness. The taste. Is of toastiness and caramel malt with a little breadiness. The mouthfeel is a little thin but common for the style. The drinkability is okay there is nothing to make you dislike it and its an easy drink but there is nothing to make you want more either.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

440 mL nitro-can at 45 degrees into a mug.

A: It pours a mostly transluscent light brown color with a finger and a half of ivory-white nitro head. This beer tends to leave a rifled look with bubbles sticking to the glass in that formation from the swirling of the pour.

S: Caramel, toasted bread, and lots of buttery notes.

T: Butter, caramel, nuttiness, strong breadiness, and some faint berry mixed in.

M: The body is medium-light with light carbonation.

D: I prefer a more quaffable brew in this style. There are more flavorful bitters in the 3.5% to 4.0% range.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a Valentine's Day sixer from my gal.

Poured into a shaker: A finger of creamy, solid white head over a nicely tea-like amber, transparent. Big sheets of lacing.

A little tea-like dry leafiness in the smell, with a marshmallow sweetness. Restrained, but not bad.

Mildly sweetened tea in the taste up front, light fruitiness somewhere between banana & lemon custard, with a little leafy bitterness, ending smoothly & with a nice, long, lightly bitter aftertaste that I really like.

Soft, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty smooth. I think the nitro lends itself to this style much more than some of the stouts you see.

This has some nostalgic flair for me, so I appreciate it in that respect. That said, it's an enjoyable, smooth beer that doesn't really stand out in any way but would definitely be sessionable. I'd really like to try it on cask sometime.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into pint glass. Pours a clear dark gold with a dense 2 finger white head that results in a thick milky lacing. The nose is caramel malt for the most part. The taste is caramel, cream and light hops. Full creamy body. Not much going on in this one, but an easy drinker and very smooth and creamy. Classic Irish cream ale here.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can into a Duvel tulip. Cool creamy flow of head down the side of the glass. Settles into the glass nicely with a deep amber body and a creamy egg-white head. Never been a big fan of nitro beers, but they do look cool.

Slight aroma of grain, caramel, and a hint of hops. Aroma not a strong positive for this brew.

The flavor is a touch better than the aroma. Malt, toffee, and a touch of hops in the background.

Creamy mouthfeel as expected, but it's not really one I would repeat often.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an incredibly creamy head, which holds well. Unsurprisingly, the lace is not so much lace is it is a coat of paint on the sides of the glass. The liquid is curiously still -- no visible bubble activity. Like the calm of a lake in the morning, there's just nothing happening, it's quiet as can be. Interesting. Oh, it's a bronzed caramel-brown color.

Aroma is a big blast of toffee, caramel, buttered popcorn, caramel corn, a little nutty. It's like having your head deep in a box of Cracker Jack's.

The taste is not unlike the aroma, but without the dazzle. Still nutty, still very caramel/toffee-centered, still buttery. But muted, compared to how it smells. There's a bitterness that's almost metallic/chemical in nature in the finish, but it's not as unpleasant as that might sound. Just the hops saying "hello" I'm guessing.

For me, this kind of texture crosses the line from luxuriously smooth and creamy (which I like) to feeling thin and flat (which, uh, I don't). Not my thing I guess, but if you like those insanely smooth-feeling English beers, this one has that going on big time.

It's a fine line for me when it comes to these nitro-mellowed beers. And I'm a beer drinker who usually likes less carbonation than more. In the end, it tastes okay, but the delivery of the taste just isn't my thing. Worth trying anyway, no doubt.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

440ml "widget" can After it all settles down it is a plain copper coloured ale with a creamy off white head. Aroma mainlly malty, cereal, slightly toasted. Taste i rather the same as the aroma, faint toasted, cereal like maltiness. Pretty nice on the palate, nothing bad. Slight bitterness at then end. Overall a average smooth drinking ale.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
2.92/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was very disappointed with Wexford Irish Cream Ale. This beer certainly wasn't what I was expecting. This beer poured from the nitro-can as a pale yellowish color. The smell is inviting, but the taste didn't live up to the smell in my opinion. I didn't think the flavor of this beer offered very much, but it's not a hard beer to drink. There are better options out there.

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Photo of NODAK
3.96/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is malty with a bit of cracker to it and some herbal hops. Just smells creamy in a way.

Pours a copper color with the great, tight head of a nitro can. Nothing shocking there.

Carbonation very low, as expected. Very thick mouthfeel. Body is thick and malty, with a bit of a toffee and perhaps slightly caramel taste to it...very smooth and buttery...just what a "cream ale" should be. Herbal hops come into play, with a decent strength that finishes out the beer and dances around on the tongue after the swallow. A slight creamy maltiness hangs around afterwards, and a bit of cracker is very fleeting on the aftertaste and was only perceptible in the beginning of the beer.

A very "full" beer. Taste is rather simple, but the thickness of this beer and good balance makes it a solid choice.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice flowing dance wheat in a pint, big fluffy head, solid lacing.

S - mild pine, earthy, subtle fruit.

T - creamy, mild bitter hops, balanced with fruitiness.

M - excellent carbonation and med/light body. goes down like liquid velvet.

D - This is a good session beer. Had it on-tap at an Irish pub in Chicago area, served by Irish and British bartenders just off the boat back in 1998. I wanted to revisit it again 12 years later; still really enjoy this brew. I think love Caffrey's over this, but this is a close 2nd. Definitely a beer I love to come back to, one of the first non-BMC beers I ever tried.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.36/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a slightly hazy gold, with one of the most beautiful white heads I have ever laid eyes upon. So beautiful it is hard to even take a sip because I know it will disturb it. The head leaves some nice lacing and cascading.

S-Caramel, licorice, toffee, and a nice balance between hops and malts.

T-Caramel, hint of toffee and licorice. Slightly more malty than hoppy. It has a really good flavor and is very refreshing.

M-Thick and creamy. It is sensational.

D-Its low abv., appearance, taste, and mouthfeel make this a true session beer. I could drink this all day.

Overall, this is a great beer. I absolutely love it. I hope to drink more in the future.

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Photo of ryantaussig
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks a smooth dark golden color with a beautiful nitro head. Smells of caramel and heavy cream with some background toasted notes. Plenty of lactose and coffee notes come out when first tasting. This would be an excellent beer with breakfast food. Lots of malts and a bit of toasted bread at the end. Hops are present in there, but are actually quite mild. Feels as silky smooth as you could expect from a nitro beer. Borders on meal in a can, but some of that could be the heavy meal I ate with it. Would still make a fantastic session beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

Clear and copper, typically great nitro head. First whiff is of a bustling movie theater con- cession stand, buttery with some caramel in the back. Nitro smoothness is a given as the widget in the can rattles about. Just as much buttery tone in the palate as the nose, though there is enough caramel and bready maltiness to match it. Leafy herbal hop simply quells any cloying urge from the malt. Malty finish that lands a little toasted.

Aside from the nitro, which we don't mind the use of that much, this is a really tasty beer. Throw this against a plate of bangers and mash ... heavenly.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has the creamy white head lifting to one finger thickness giving way to a clear copper color. Smell is light with caramel sweetness and maybe some breadiness. Taste is lightly tinny with soft malt and hops. Mouthfeel is a creamy medium with low carbonation that makes going down smooth. Not much to it, just an easy going creme ale.

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Photo of Swill5786
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber with a reddish tint, one finger of nitro-driven off white head. Spicy hops dominate the nose. Taste seeks briefly to start with a malty sweetness but is quickly dominated by hop bitterness. Great creamy mouthfeel, medium body, light carbonation. Drinkability affected within a very short time as the "edge" comes off all qualities of the brew. Everything nose/taste/mouthfeel dulls around 20 minutes.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wexford Irish Style Creme Ale tastes like an India Pale Ale that got mixed with a Guinness or Murphy's. 5% alcohol by volume and very creamy.

Amber with a Guinness/Murphy type of head.

About 45-50 degrees in a pint glass.

IPA hop smell through a thickness of head

Slight bitterness with a smooth finish.

Cream-IPA. It is another approach to the traditional IPA. The hops are almost as strong as a Sierra Nevada. The creamy-ness is very prevalent, but only with a hint of watery-ness.

It is not pricey, but is a worthy buy.

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Photo of darkmartin
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a clear amber with some reddish undertones. Also the always-pleasing thick, creamy nitro-can head doesn't dissapoint.

Smell: Fairly malty with some wheat and butter flavors. No discernable hops.

Taste: Taste is loaded with caramel and buttery malts. Most predominant flavors seem to be wheat and caramel, with a lingering sweetness. Very faint hops present in the finish.

Mouthfeel: As per the name "Irish Cream Ale," it has a very creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Little carbonation but it works with the style.

Drinkability: Pretty good flavor, however a little bit lacking in the hops department. They go down easy enough though.

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Photo of boss302
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wexford Irish cream ale. On nitro tap. This beer shouldn't be in the cream ale category since it is for American style light ales. It is more appropriate to an english bitter.

A Bright clear amber color, with a creamy nitrogen head. Head stayed for the whole glass, but that's expected for a nitro beer.

S malty aroma, a litle buttery, earthy. No hop smell to speak of.

T Nice malty flavor, some caramel, a little chocolate. There is a hint of butter, but it doesn't last and isn't a distraction, in fact it's kind of nice. Hops are present in bitterness, but I didn't really notice any taste until the end.

M Light to medium body with a medium mouthfeel. The nitrogen works to thin it out. Carbonation/ nitrogenation is good.

D This is a very smooth drinking beer, light on hops, or more appropriately, light on bitterness. The lack of CO2 in nitro beers make them seem less bitter. Quite good.

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Photo of bashiba
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Of the course the nitro can gives this a perfect cascading pour with a thick and creamy inch of perfect sticky head.

The smell is very englishy, nice bready malts and a good mineral quality.

Its very much downhill after the smell and look, very oxidized tasting with a strong tinny metallic and mineral flavor with light subtle malts and hops, very thin and disappointing.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth as silk thanks to nitro.

Overall a let down in the most important part, taste. Drinkable but not great.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours red-amber with a very dense and creamy head.

Aroma is sweet and wheaty, with a fruit light citrus quality.

Taste is rather mild biscuit caramel malt. Light citrus fruit from the nose makes an appearance. Finishes sweet and light, with a touch of yeasty funk.

Mouthfeel is very light and smooth.

Overall the smell and appearance were quite nice, but the flavor was underwhelming. Worth a try.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16oz nitro can poured into a Guinness pint glass.

The pour on this is awesome like every nitro can, nice tiger stripes as it slowly settles out, then you get theat signature nitro one finger white head. Nose is odd, it's like sweet fruit and cream, a bit of Belgian yeast almost - quite bready, and a bit like a liquer.

Not that good. It's got a very light body but the carbonation from the nitro is fairly nice. The taste is really odd, it's sweet and sharp and bready. I guess there's a bit of that creaminess to it but it's fairly covered up but an odd alcohol note.

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Wexford Irish Cream Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.35 out of 5 based on 638 ratings.
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