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 smc143
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love creamy ales. I love nitro pours. I love the fact that the thing in the beer can that creates this is called a widget. I love watching the beer swirl around and generate a giant fluffy white head that reminds me more of a latte than a lager. The Wexford pours a light amber, with a thick, off-white nitro head, that leaves mild lacing along the sides of the glass as I sip. The scent is sweet, mild, and maybe a little malty. The first thing I notice isn't taste as much as the overall feeling this beer has. It is slippery and smooth and creamy and feels like dessert. It tastes very mild, almost buttery. I heart it.

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Photo of woemad
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

14.9oz/440mL nitro-can, purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $2.82.

Poured a slightly hazy honey color, with a BIG creamy off-white head. Thick sheets of lace.

Sweet and biscuity in the nose. Definitely a malty beer, there's nary a sign of hops in the aroma.

Sweet, in a honey-ish sort of way, on the tastebuds. Like in the nose, there's no hops to be noted in this beer's flavor. There's a very slightly peaty flavor as well. Slightly dry note at the swallow.

Creamy mouthfeel, from the nitro - which was no surprise at all. Fairly light in the body.

It's certainly drinkable, but in a somewhat unremarkable way. A little too sweet to be a session beer. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't feel a need to do so again anytime soon.

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Photo of kinger
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a glass out of the draught can. Nice cascading that leads to a bright amber color. Thick full head with strong carbonation and minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet and faintly malty nothing grand. Mouthfeel is decent albeit i little thin, finish is crisp and smooth. Good flavor nothing out of the ordinary malty and sweet with a touch of bitterness. Drinkable but very common.

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

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet malt with a touch of bitter hops

T - Is fairly light with a creamy malt taste

M - This beer feels thins and watery with very little carbonation to it

D - I've only had one other cream ale before this one and this one is better its something different to drink worth trying sometime for something new

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Irish Cream Ale, eh? I wasn't aware that cream ale was an "Irish" thing. As a matter of fact, this stuff isn't even from Ireland and is actually made by English brewer Greene King. Will we let that get in the way of my review? Of course not...

Wexford pours a nice golden amber color with a decent nitro-induced head that retains well. A nice cascading effect occurs as well. The smell was a bit lighter than I had anticipated, with some very light buttery malts and herbal hoppiness present. As with some canned nitro beers I've had, there isn't too much in the line of carbonation, but the overall mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Flavor is a bit average as well. The caramel maltiness and herbal hoppiness are indeed present, but they don't reach out and grab the drinker. As with some English brews, there is a bit of "mineral water" quality noticable here as well. The aftertaste is slightly dry with a lingering light hoppiness (and the caramel/nutty malt flavors pop up after many moments), and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

Pretty average all around. Pretty smooth and drinkable, but in the end it isn't all that memorable.

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Photo of generallee
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 14.9oz/440ml nitro or widget can into an imperial (nonic) pint glass.

Appearance: It pours slowly and extremely foamy with an abundance of tiny tan bubbles. After a minute or so, the bubbles settle on top of the beer which is a lovely honey amber colored liquid. The head that forms is supper creamy, slightly oily and light tan in color. The lacing slides down the sides of the glass just above the head.

Smell: It has a pleasant malty aroma of sweet buttered bread and honey. There are light aromatic hops off in the back ground.

Taste/Mouth feel: The palate is very smooth and creamy in texture. Malt flavors taste of buttered bread and soft unsalted pretzel with a light caramel sweetness. It's so smooth and buttery that it becomes rather bland and watery in the middle. It finishes with a mild herbal hops bitterness and some light mineral/metallic notes.

Notes: Its head is outstanding creamy and smooth with an interesting flavor that I like a little bit more than other nitro canned beers that I have had.

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Photo of apratsunrthd
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark gold, almost amber with 2 fingers of creamy head. Lots of foamy lacing.

S - not a lot to be had. Average pub cream ale smell.

T - I bought a 4-pack of this because it looked and sounded an awful lot like Boddington's, which I love. It's actually even better. While Boddington's is almost too smooth, this has a nice body with just a touch of bitterness.

M - Creamy and smooth. Nothing not to like. Then again, nothing 'over-the-top' impressive.

D - Again, smooth and quite drinkable. Nothing especially noteworthy but still quite good!

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Photo of rye726
2.71/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a light brown color and has a creamy tan head due to the nitro can. The nose has some mild neutral malt and a bit of hops. The taste is also quite mild. There are sweet malts and somewhat stale bitter hops. The body is light and goes down smooth. I think this stuff really depends on the gimicky can.

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Photo of Vancer
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ol' nitro cream ale poured with the cool cascading dense and rich ivory head of marshmallow cream. Some may not like it, but it is neat. Now, how about the beer?

Definite woody and earthy brew, the extreme smoothness really balances it out, this is the opposite of any hop bomb. I really like this brew, but I see others don't hold it up very high - but then the style in general doesn't rate very good scores. That ain't right.

This one was fine, and at 5%, close to a session type brew. Give one a try.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a ruby-orange with a creamy, soft white head that maintained for the remainder of the drink compliments of the widget.

S: very soft with traces of caramel.

T: light, dry caramel with a subtle dry floral bitterness. Really not much else to take from this. Overall flavor was pretty basic and non-descriptive.

M: felt, light watery at times with a slight dry floral bitterness.

D: Ok drinkability but really nothing special and gets boring half way through. Could live without.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass @Copperfields in Manhattan NY.

A: Pours a sharp amber body with a creamy tan colored head. Lattice lacing drops to almost nothing after first drink however.

S: Disappointing mild sweetness with honey I believe and or fruits.

T: Roasted bready grainly malt that quickly fades out.

M: Rich and creamy with weak carbonated finish. Light-bodied...creamyness remaining but hey, it is a cream ale after all.

D: skip it.

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Photo of botham
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

14.9 oz nitro can poured into a nonic pint. pours a rich amber color with a couple fingers of off white, smooth and creamy head that takes a minute to settle out. great pour.

aroma is malty, with a grainy character and malt notes of pale and munich, with a berady base. a touch of fruity yeast is present as well, alongside a amoothing cream aroma that ties everything together.

taste is of light pale malts and the same grainy character, with a subtle fruity note and a creamy finish. residual malt in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel is very smooth on the palate, but thin in body. light to medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy finish.

drinkability is good. in appearance, this is a full flavored irish ale with a solid head. in texture, this is a thin and watery brew with a less than satisfying profile. the flavors come up a bit short in richness, while the aroma remains well crafted. overall, a decent cream ale.

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Photo of Rayek
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An eminently drinkable ale.

A: Brilliant amber color. Thick off-white head from nitro injection. Drops to about 1/2" and stays the whole way down. Good lace.

S: Pine, biscuit maltiness and grass. Slightly floral.

T: Not super complex, but pretty good. Buttery with a toasted malt/biscuit flavor up front. Hops in the middle offer a pleasant, grassy and balanced bitterness. Finish is somewhat dry. Bitterness lingers for a little while, but eventually goes away.

M: Medium-light body is watery and substantial at the same time.

D: Extremely drinkable. Another great social beer. Not super interesting, but goes down way too easy.

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

Wexford- Irish Cream Ale

A- Deep reddish copper with the thickest foamy head! Very sticky too.
S- Light cream and applesauce.
T- Thin light toffee malt and seltzer water.
M- Velvety smooth and creamy but almost flavorless.

Overall- A mediocre offering but very little flavor. I can scratch this 1 off my Mug Club list and promptly move on!

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can with an un-natural pfffst sound as I opened it (I'll never get used to that widget.) A lovely tan and khaki cascading effect streams down and slowly dwindles from bottom to top. It leaves a surprisingly clear amber brew with a fine fluffy head that sticks to everything it touches. The head residue coats the glass so much it looks like the fuzzy bacteria that grows on fruit thats been left out to long.

Smell is of toasted malts, caramels and a little touch of something earthy and sour.

Taste is initially smooth but then moves into a slight astringency thats combined with a earthy twang. The aftertaste degrades from there and kind of reminds me of wet dog. There is a slight burnt flavor in the back of the throat and it gets worse as the beer warms. Behind that disappointing flavor there is some nice background malts and a little caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel is less the stellar. Its not very creamy (despite the name of the brew) but it is nice and watery and kind of easy to drink. There is a fine carbonation that allows you to get it down quickly which is a good thing. A great looking beer but disappointing in the long run.

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Photo of Slynger
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wexford pours cloudy white and amber, which separates to leave a nice clear amber body beneath a thick and creamy milk white cap.

The nose is sweet caramel and toasted golden malts with some ver light earthy hops.

Milky smooth mouthfeel without much carbonation. The flavor is mostly tasted with minimal caramel cream sweetness. Lightly bitter in dry in the finish.

Definitely fun to look at and smooth to drink. It's an not an overly complex beer, but I think in a true pub atmosphere this stuff would be a great fun to session and slosh around.

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Photo of Tolann
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another new style for me.

A - light in color but has a beautiful nitrogen cascade. left a head behind that looks like you'd need a cake knife to cut into and serve on a plate. Kind of a crisp reddish color.

S - Light and sweet smell. Apples maybe. Not a hit of citrus. Maybe cherry too. Some caramel malt. I'm not good at identifying these things.

T - Not as sweet or bland that I prepared myself for. This is good. Small amount of bitterness at the end. Not as sweet as I anticipated. Lots more taste than to call this beer bland. More malty and I don't know how to describe the flavor. Pretty good tho.

M - Head is still thick to sip thru. The bit of carbonation tingles your tongue, but this is nitro, so there isn't huge bubbles. Light to medium body. I was looking for this to be heavier, but given the style and the nitrogen I guess this is about right.

D - It's a slower one to drink. A new style worth the opportunity. I'll gladly finish the ones I have, but I won't go searching the streets for more.

It's Irish Cream ale, but the brewery is in England, and is distributed by a company in SC. This is one lost and confused beer.

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Photo of Goliath
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey/amber color with a thick, creamy Guinness like off-white head. The head leaves a thick coat all the way around the glass all the way to the bottom and the head persists until the last sip. Aroma has a subtle hop character and a little bitterness, but also a sweet malty aroma. Taste is alright. There is a malty burst of caramel and maybe some other flavors I can't pinpoint. Not a very complex brew though. Also a slight metalic feel most likely from the can. Mouthfeel is full and thick. It is still and very creamy, but very appropriate for the style. Drinkability is high due to low alcohol and subtle flavor.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the classic layered look from the nitro: faintly cloudy medium amber color with plentiful dense head. Aromas are quite mild with sweet corn, husky notes dominating. A note reminiscent or reislings is also there, slightly wine-like. An exceptionally clean ale, flavors are very smooth, really no hop bitterness, a faint grassy, floral feel, and a crisp dry finish. Overall, a drinkable, for basically a forgettable ale.

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Photo of JamesS
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours great, an excellent cascading form that leaves great head and lacing, and has a nice light amber color. Has an odd scent, though, a very well mixed malt/hop scent, but with just a slight bit of rotten aroma. Good taste, a nice English ale, but it has a bit of beef jerkey flavor. Goes down nice. It would never be my first choice, but I would not turn one down, either.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint nitro-can poured into a pint glass

Poured a fairly appealing straw color, amber tinged color with a beautiful nitro cascade and a finger of white head. Aroma was faint and mundane; some light malts, and a touch of hops. Taste was really quite bland. Some light matlyness with only a tiny bit of hops. Mouthfeel was good, very creamy due to the nitro but seemed flat and lifeless. Drinkability wasn't all that good. This was ok but only because of the nitro. I didn't really enjoy this beer and wouldn't recommend it.

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

This Irish Cream Ale poured an amber hue with a rolling cascade of nitro bubbles to produce a one finger white creamy head.

The aromas were of thin caramel malt, fruitiness, and slight hops. The taste had a nitro smoothness that began with an almost astringent hop profile with a sweeter malt body underneath. Toward the aftertaste, the taste became a bit thinner which is a common side-effect of nitrogenation of a medium body. The alcohol content of 5% was noticed as well. The consistency was medium/thick with a medium/low nitrogenation.

In summary, this ale was good and easilly drinkable. It's higher ABC will have a greater effect than some other nitro cans. It's not a bad beer, but can become thin after a bit.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1 pint can (473 ml), widget system inside, no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish amber color, crystal clear and no carbonation rising inside. the head formed a creamy off-white one finger thick and retained nicely.

Aroma: Sweet and creamy.

Taste: Fairly sweet at first, some fruits come through in the middle, most noticeably apricot. A slight bittering hop flavor lingers at the end along with seet malts.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a little watery though. The carbonation tingles slightly but for the most part is unnoticeable.

Overall: Decent, nothing special though. Kilkenney's remains my favorite, but we still can't get that in the States.

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kyoko for picking this up!

Pours a clear orange, massive thick white head forms, very creamy, excellent retention, forms a one finger layer, lots of lacing. Smell is sweet, honey, bread, some grass, light fruits, apricot and strawberry, light floral hopping, quite delicate but nice. Taste is similar, light honey and strawberry, light malts, some bread, caramel, sweet fruity finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, nitro smooth. Not bad, solidly drinkable. Thanks Kyoko!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

14.9 oz. nitro-can, saw this at my local liquor store, never had it before, so here goes,

A: Pours a light amber, with a thick, off-white nitro head, which doesn't have the permenant head retention that I see in other nitro brews, mild lacing there as well.

S: Hints of malt and mineral water, a bit of sulfur, but faint.

T: Mild malty and buttery taste, some diacetyl noted, but the flavour is nice in this style of beer. A bit of earth from the English-style hops used here. A nice mix and balance of flavours.

M: On the thin side, but creamy and drinkable, refreshing.

D: Would be a good session bitter or cream ale type beer, I could see buying this again for the night, it is relatively cheap.

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Wexford Irish Cream Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.36 out of 5 based on 642 ratings.
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