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Wexford Irish Cream Ale | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom
greenekingbeers.co.uk

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 thegodfather2701
4.36/5  rDev +29.8%
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 +5.7%
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%
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 -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 -3.3%
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 -8.9%
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.

Appearance:
Amber with a Guinness/Murphy type of head.

Temperature:
About 45-50 degrees in a pint glass.

Aroma:
IPA hop smell through a thickness of head

Mouthfeel:
Slight bitterness with a smooth finish.

Flavor:
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.

Overall:
It is not pricey, but is a worthy buy.

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Photo of darkmartin
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
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%
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 -7.7%
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 -1.2%
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 -7.4%
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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Photo of mithrascruor
2.89/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

440 mL can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper shade. Creamy off-white head that settles pretty fast and has good retention.

Smell: Not much aroma, but what there is I don't like so much. It is sort of a musty/earthy malt smell.

Taste: Lots of cream and malt flavors, with a bit of hops. Some bitterness at the finish. Musty malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, but not as much as I'd expect from a nitro beer. Light- to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable, but I'm not such a big fan of the taste.

Something about the flavor here just hits me wrong. It is just an average beer with nothing really interesting going on. Pretty boring, and not very appealing.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wexford Irish Cream Ale. 5.0% alcohol. 14.9 oz. can with widget. Poured into stein glass.

A- Pours a widget induced massive bubbly creamy fluid that settles into a golden copper liquid that leaves a half inch of off white head leaving decent patchy lacing.

S- Musty malts and sweet buttery cream domiate the nose but only on a light note.

T-M- Taste is a creamy lightly malted crisp and also average flavored beer. All and all bland but has a good pub ale "feel" with that being said pint after pint tolorable in long nights on tap. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel doesn't do much in the interest department but fair drinker.

D- Deffinitly a session if found at a decent price and on a nitro tap.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 440mL nitro can into a generic pint glass.

Once the cascading effect subsides, there is a solid finger of dense cretaceous foam which persists throughout as you might expect. The liquid is quite clear and resembles flames at night. A nice spattering of snow-like lacing.

Light malty aroma with a touch of wheat and grass. Very mild.

Toast, faint caramel, and a mild grain flavor - all offset by a pleasing bitterness. Wet-stone like minerality (almost like peat) along with some bready sweetness in the finish - well balanced.

The nitro-can emphasizes the creaminess of this ale, which is rich and supremely velvety despite also being light. Moderate carbonation.

This ale is all about drinkability - while a bit undistinguished, it is excellent with stereotypical fried pub grub.

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Photo of Stimack
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess I have been on a can kick of late. Decided to pick up some of this the other night. Can has the widget in it which leads to a nitro like pour. The pour produces a very creamy brew, with a thick tan head of foam that has tiny bubbles after the cascade up the glass. The aroma seems to be slightly muted but I wonder if that thick head is blocking a lot of the scents from reaching my nose. The aroma that is there is pale malt and a slight fruit scent. The taste is good, just also seems to be slightly muted. Malts seem to be the most noticeable with a very slight hop flavor. This brew drinks quite easily just for me there does not seem to be much character to it. The mouth feel is very creamy as you would expect. For me this one is something to get every once and a grey moon as more of a refresher to this brew.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured from the nitro can with a wonderful cascade of fine bubbles as the beer "settled"; just like a nitro draught. The resultant head was 3/4" tall, white and creamy. Lovely lacing. The body was a clear (filtered) light amber color, but appeared uncarbonated once the head settled.

S- Smells of pale malt and some mild yeast esters. No trace of hops on the nose. Underlying nuances of grass.

T- A nice balance of pale malt and some very mild low-alpha hops. Some faint esters in there. Finishes dry and *slightly* bitter. A little one-dimensional overall, not bad... BUT, as the beer warmed, it started to taste more like garbage... literally.

M- Despite the nice appearance, the nitro can did not yield as much creaminess in the body as I would have liked to have. Overall, this is thin... and there's some soft carbonation there, but not enough to justify the nitro-can.

D- Tastes good cold; tastes bad warm. An average drinkability rating would be appropriate, I suppose.

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Photo of nick76
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The aroma is very malty and a bit like caramel and bread. There is also yeast and some grass. The appearance is amber with a creamy head that starts out nice but turns out to be thin. The taste is like the aroma with a mild bitterness. The palate is smooth from the nitro widget. Overall a decent beer but not that impressive.

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Photo of isualum12
2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

man what a let down

Can with nitro ball in side pured in a clear pint glass
Pours as a complete beauty with the classic cream ale head building from the bottom of the glass. The Head is thick and holds up strong after the pour with a white cream color to it. It is the type of head that sticks to your nose.

Smell was off for me but I couldnt place it at first. The smell kinda made me feel sick to my stomach at first.

First taste almost got spit back up in the glass. The taste is not hopy. You can taste the malt a litte but it tastes stale to me. The can claims to be smooth and I think it is smooth just not a good tasting smooth.

I gave it a higher mouthfeel since it is smooth and not to carbinated (for reasons mentioned above).

I couldnt finish it...That should say enough..

I really wanted to like this beer and I really was excited about it when I bought it...

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a creamy, quarter-inch white head that remains. Tons of lacing.
Smell is faint, slightly spicey malts, with a tiny bit of hops.
Taste is watery malts, a little bit of hops. Malts take on a very faint faint spice at the finish, with some very faint caramel notes.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and wet. Very low carbonation. Medium body.
Very good drinkability. It's not the most exciting beer, but it goes down easy. Good "session" beer.

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Photo of BeerBear80
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Even copper color with almost no carbonation yet excellent lacing left behind.

S - A very fruity smell with the dominate aroma being of banana.

T - A smooth creamy almost velvety start and ends with a touch of hop. Full flavor is much like it smells.

M - A good even and smooth mouthfeel. This is by far the best aspect of the beer. The slight hint of carbonation in this beer gives it a very light and creamy feel on tongue.

D - A little rough at first but this beer grew on me the more I drank it. Depending on my mood I would have a hard time having more than two in a single sitting.

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Photo of BDJake
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- beautiful golden amber pour, with creamy head much like a medium-colored Guinness

S- caramel, butterscotchery malts with a diacetyl and bittersweet undertone

T- rich butterscotch with little to no sweetness

M- slick yet smooth, low carbonation

D- went down like water... much better st. paddy's choice than the other one you see everywhere

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Photo of GregPearson33
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - The color is mid-amber color with a thick, one finger high off-white creamy head of almost indiscernibly small bubbles. Although there was a little cloudiness at first (think "alive inside", sort of like Guinness) it settled after about 30 seconds. Bottom line, this beer looks fantastic.

Smell/Taste - The smell is of sweet caramel and vanilla. The taste echoes the rich vanilla, as well as burnt malts. It also finishes on a definite "cream ale" note, coating the palate in lactose and I hint of bitterness that I'm finding very pleasant.

Drinkability - The carbonation is pretty light and I wouldn't exactly call this watery, but I'm not struggling whatsoever to put it down. To be honest I'm trying to pace myself before another sip, but I could definitely see the appeal fade after one or two.

Conclusion - It could just be because I don't have a lot of experience with cream ales, milk stouts, etc, but I think the creamy texture and taste of this brew is totally enchanting. Recommended; B

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Photo of riversidetravlr
1.8/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Had this one over at Christopher's in Porter Sq. and have to admit it ruined my meal.

A- The pour initially cascades and leaves a a nice creamy head kind of reminiscent of Boddingtons. The body of the beer is a dark amber. The head stayed around till the end.

S- Nothing too special or inviting. Kind of metallic.

T- Overwhelmingly bitter. From the initial taste to a lingering finish. The bitterness wasn't the good kind. Reminded me of milk a month past expiration.

M- Thin.

D- One of the worst pints I've had in a long while. I wasn't able to finish the glass and I wouldn't drink this again.

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Photo of crossovert
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It is St. Patricks day so what the heck. 16 oz draught can. No best by date.

Pours with a nice cascade and a creamy white head that lasts forever. The body is a deep orange/brown.

Smells creamy almost corny. Very sweet smelling, no hop aroma here.

It has light malts and a bit of sweetness and bitterness, it is literal one of the most nondescript flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy.

I'm not keen at all on Irish brews or Irish style brews and this one sure isn't anything special.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a great look, a nice amber with a large head from the nitro.
Smells a little sweet/fruity but nothing serious.
Tastes like what a Boddingtons taste like but not quite as appealing, a bit too much of that fruity taste that does not work well enough.
Mouthfeel is a bit creamy though so that is pretty cool.

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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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