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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 HattedClassic
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown amber and creates a perpetual white creamy head and lacing. Not bad looking and looks rather nice.

Smell: Yeasty malts and toffee but not much besides that.

Taste: Same as the smell but with slight hops to the taste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with no carbonation. Left a white mustache on my lips.

Overall: Not a bad beer and not very complex either. I can certainly drink this but I don't see myself buying any in the near future.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is a nice amber color with a big white head on it that lasts throughout the duration of the pour.

S: Smells pretty nice. Toffee and bready malts with a slight hop aroma. Mild floral aromas from the hops and a bit of a honey type smell to it. Fairly sweet all around.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor isn't quite as good. Much more bitter than anticipated with a lot of it seeming to come from malt, perhaps it's astringency, then. Lightly biscuity and bready giving the sweetness.

M: Medium in body with the smooth carbonation given by the nitrogen.

O: Smells nice but the flavor was pretty disappointing. Don't know if I'd be interested in having this again.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nitro can gives a big foamy glass that gives a cascade of falling bubbles. Beer settles down to a tight creamy head and a deep amber glass with good clarity.

Smell: Lots of butter and apples, a bit of a yeasty note as well.

Taste: Sounds funny, but tastes like an English Bitter. Reminds me of many of the ales I tasted in London. Mild overall with some apple juice and yeast flavor. Only a hint of hop leaf in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, yet lively in the mouth, finishes off dry.

Overall: A nice beer. Not going to get me out of bed in the morning, but much better than many other 5% beers out there.

Thanks to IlludiumQ36 for the sample!

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - For a beer sporting the widget I have to say I'm not all that impressed with the waterfall. That being said the copper body topped by a nice foam of pale tan head is a nice sight.

S - Mildly sweet roasted caramel and whiskey aroma.

T - It defiitely has that bitter Irish whiskey flavor down. While I'm not a big fan of the style I must admit this is what I would imagine it should taste like.

M - Smooth and creamy. Soft and silky.

~ If your a fan of the style you'll likely enjoy this brew. The nitrogen infusion really makes for a smooth texture and soft finish. In my opinion I don't think this to be an all that drinkable brew.

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Photo of JohnnyS17
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I watched the bartender pour the beer completely wrong, but oh well. The first thing you notice is the nice, foamy, creamy head that retains itself through the entire drink. The lacing is impressive as it coats the entire glass. The of the ale is a dark copper, initially cloudy, but then relatively clear.

The scent is weak, probably because it is masked by the thick head. There is a slight sweetness with a malty background. The taste is different, a burnt malt taste with a bitter finish. It is completely smooth with a medium to heavy body.

Overall, it was a decent beer. Something that would go well with a heavy dinner, but I wouldn't drink it outside of that.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-can into pint glass
A - Clear copper red, with the nitro can appropriate creamy off-white head, inviting appearance 4
S - A malty sweetness/toffee, with butter and a slight floral hop scent 3
T - Toasted malts & grains throughout, very smooth from the nitro carbonation as well as a good balance, caramel notes, a mild but poorly executed hop bitterness 3.5
M - Medium body with a light foot print, or could I better say creamy structure with a light thin mouth feel 3
O - A brew that I am glad I tried, and may try again if I see it on tap in a pub but won't seek it out again in a nitro-can. 3.5

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Photo of damndirtyape
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip stout glass. While there were date and time stamps on the bottom of the can, what it meant wasn't obvious to me.

Appearance: Pours that wonderful to watch nitro-can effect - the foam cascading down the glass slowly clearing up to show a clear dark copper (with shades of red) beer with a very persistent and densely thick light tan head, about 1/2" thick. Big sheets of lacing noted. Outstanding looking beer.

Smell: Weak tea and something metallic. There is a hint of something sweet in there (the malt) but it's not...well...appealing.

Taste: When cold this is really not great at all - kind of like drinking water that has rust in it - the metallic comes out that strong. But this is an English ale of a supposed Irish style, so it needs to warm up. Once warmed up it's better but still not great. The malt comes out more up front, with some toasted malt flavor in there briefly, moving quickly into a classic English bitter finish. The metallic flavor gets muted as the beer warms up but it's still there in the background. Meh...I've had better English bitters.

Mouthfeel: Quite creamy and smooth with very mild carbonation (or nitrogen release - not sure here) on the tongue. But after the initial creamy and smooth sensation it gets a little watery in the back of the throat.

Drinkability / Overall: High marks for appearance but what lies under the appearance is not great. Maybe there is reason this recipe from 1810 was left in 1810. It didn't quite work well with the meal I had (porkchops and snap-peas) but maybe with the right meal it would work. No, one is enough - I can't see having more. Neat to try for the appearance and the fun of a nitro-can, but that's it.

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Photo of richkrull
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this one yesterday at Paddy Coughlan's Irish Pub in Fort Atkinson, WI.

Poured a bubbley amber color with a little bit of white head on it. Aroma is not real strong, some malt, maybe some honey to it. Taste left a bit to be desired. Very sweet and slightly bitter. Didn't really care for it. Light bodied beer. Couldn't drink too many of these. Worth a try on St. Paddys day, but I probably won't look for it again.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: beautiful pour from this 440mL nitro can. bright copper with a thick, creamy white head. great lacing left behind.

S: sweet corn. maybe a hint of diacetyl. caramel. really low and faint aromas.

T: pear-malty aspect to it. actually a few other mild fruit flavors. banana and apple. a light touch of vanilla. light bitterness in the finish.

M: smooth and creamy. gotta love the nitro. super light body.

D: super simple, super drinkable. almost too light is my only real complaint. however, i know this is supposed to the status quo as far as english bitters

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Photo of tjdietz
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro-can into a 20 oz. tumbler.

A- If you think the cascade is cool on Guinness, try on a lighter colored beer! Poured a nice yellow color that settled into a beautiful amber with 2 fingers of head. Left lacing along the glass as drank.

S- some malt, breadiness and nuts (hazelnut?) with a slight tinge of hops.

T- Very malty and smooth with a clean bitter finish. Some butteriness in there as well.

M- Very creamy due to nitro, but suites this beer well think!

Overall a very drinkable brew, I prefer this to anyother in this style that I've had! Would gladly pick up regularly!

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed some of these for St. Patria day. Drinkin one while I'm preparin my Corned Beef

Pours a clear amber with a super creamy off-white head. The nitro effect is always awesome. Nice lacing.

Aroma is malty with a hint of noble hops. Not much more.

Taste is ok. Smooth and malty. Low carb like most nitro beers are.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier than I think it should be but not bad.

Overall a good English cream ale that comes from Ireland.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.38/5  rDev +30.4%
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 -8.6%
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 -0.9%
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 +11.3%
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 -2.4%
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 +2.1%
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 +11.6%
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 +4.2%
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%
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 -2.7%
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 -0.9%
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 -13.1%
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 +17.9%
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%
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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Wexford Irish Cream Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 649 ratings
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