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

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Added by Mitchster on 01-24-2002

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Ratings: 658 |  Reviews: 352
Photo of KevinBrewer
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer looks like a reddish gold Guinness. It took about 2 minutes to completely settle after pouring, but once it did, it was crystal clear. The head was super thick and creamy. It almost looked like slightly browned tofu. The head lasted until the final sip, which consisted mostly of leftover foam, and the lacing was over the top. My glass looked like the inside was sprayed with a fire extinguisher.

N: The aroma was of butter and light spices. Light floral hops and sweet malt in the background.

T: Subtly sweet malt mixed with hop bitterness and a light spiciness at first. The bitterness takes over and stays throughout. A hint of grass at the end. Aftertaste of bitter, grassy hops. Pretty straight-forward, but very enjoyable.

M: Medium body, creamy, smooth finish, moderate carbonation.

D: I'm surprised by so many bad reviews of this beer. I am not compelled to tell all my friends they have to go out and try it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is an everyday beer, refreshing and relaxing to drink.

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Photo of ThirdLap
2.32/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A - Pours a light amber with massively cascading off-white head into my Bear Republic pint glass. The head looks like thick cream.

S - I'm struggling here. Think butter.

T - Water. No, that's mean. Water mixed with creamy bad beer.

Screw it, this beer tastes like ass.

M - Creamy, light carbonation.

D - Horrible, mostly because it tastes so bad.

Somebody please come over and drink these last two cans.

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Photo of glid02
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Market Square Liquors in Tallahassee.

Pours a cloudy white color that cascades until it finally settles into a clear amber gold color with a creamy two-finger head. The head sticks around for the life of the beer, leaving sheeting on the side of the glass.

Smells of pale malts and non-descript fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pretty lackluster, with grainy pale malt flavors and the same non-descript fruits floating around in the flavor profile. There's a very slight bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good - at first. Then it becomes apparent how much masking the nitrogen is doing and it thins out. The carbonation is small and grainy, so it goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good, though one of these is enough.

Overall I keep trying to get into draught can beers, but I just can't do it. Maybe it's best to save these for the pub.

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

Presentation: 16.9oz widget can.

Appearance: Bright burnt orange beer with a super creamy/dense ivory cap from the nitro

Smell: Metallic notes dominate, with just a touch of grain in the background.

Taste: Light caramel malts with a touch of minerality and light hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Not bad, but there are way WAY better English style pub ales out there.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Wexford Irish Cream Ale is a solid amber ale with a thick, dense, creamy head. It looks great! It has a faint aroma (muffled by the head) that's fresh and sweet like fruit and stone. It is medium bodied and insanely smooth. It is lightly bitter... herbal. The taste is pretty muted and cereal grain is quite present. A great session ale!
(rated Aug 1, 2007)

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.18/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep honey with a rocky two inch head and thick lacing.

Smell is that of butterscotch and grass. Major earthy notes. Fresh mowed grass and buttery cupcakes.

Taste is full, fresh and smooth. Buttery-bitter note; like toasted sour-dough bread. Earthy Hop notes are apparent in the finish lingering for a moment.

I like this beer's drinkability and character. Not a good session beer because of it's fullness but in my opinion a very good summer night after dinner sipper.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-cans...they always amaze with the widget and cascading effect...and the creamy mouthfeeld. I have one here which I have yet to try. On to the beer:

Pours carmel colored, hazy and faded carmel color towards the top of the liquid, yet a clearish pale orange color towards the bottom. Lovely creamy head is sitting on top. The aroma was faint, but there's some fruity esters and a bit of cream. Taste...the grain is astringent and husky here. It's a little sweet, more faint esters. Not as creamy or smooth as other nitro beer's I've had. Leaves a slight gritty aftertaste.

Where's the cream? Solid, though a little more rough to take.

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Photo of baos
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not on tap but from a can into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Very beautiful light tan amber body with nice creamy ecru head. Nice lacing given the nitro.

S: Not much there. The ever so slight fresh grain and the smell of canned hay if there was such a thing it would smell like this beer.

T: Very refreshing. Hay tea flavor with a bit of hop finish that leaves the mouth nice and dry. Ever so slight canned mushroom aftertaste.

M: Not much there beyond the creamy nitroness.

D: Good pub hangout brew if they dont have anything better on tap. I personally prefer Tetleys if I am going to go along these lines

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Photo of roblowther
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It looks like albino Guiness, sort of a copper with highlights and a VERY creamy head. The smell is chocolate and sugar and its like Ireland drifted over & ran into Belgium. The taste is like cocoa with a slight hop note. Kind of lacking, actually. The mouthfeel lacks more. Cream, cream, cream. And flat. It's too flat to be drinkable, but the nice flavor is the saving grace.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured into my pint glass very creamy and cloudy. It goes from a tan color to almost a red body which is fun to watch. It has a very creamy beige head that is smooth and milky to the touch. It has a strong alcohol aroma with some malt. It is a very malty beer with virtually no bitterness. The aftertaste is slightly metallic. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy like a shake. Overall I wish it was a little more bitter but it is a great beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a nitro-can to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: There was malty, yeasty quality to the aroma, but not much else.

T: A kind of thin taste, with mild malt, yeast and very little hops. Reminded me of a lager-style beer.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is one of those beers that seems kind of average, mainly due to its style. It simply didn't have enough character to keep me interested.

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

Nose has some chocolate malt, mostly clean and English Ale smelling. Quite pleasant.

Pours 100% head and does the Guinness thing until it reaches a creamy 1" thick cheese-cake-looking top. Caramel color with some haze near the head.

So damned creamy! This has to be what the clouds of heaven feel like in one's mouth. Medium-thin body and lightly carbonated. Moderately bitter (much less than my memory of Boddington's or Guinness). A little chocolate malt to chew one. Some light fruit and sweetness. Definite graininess. A little more sweetness and a little cooked vegetable, in particular corn comes to mind. Finishes slightly bitter and mostly clean.

If I had to pick a binge-beer, this would be it. For the first 15 seconds after the pour it is feels simply ethereal. Once the head develops it remains more creamy than most. It's those initial few moments I wish I could experience for the entirety of a pint. The flavor never crosses the I'd-rather-not-drink-this barrier that I've come to expect from 'Draught' cans. I'll definitely buy Wexford's Draught again.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- super slo-mo cascade action reveals a shiny clear orange-ish copper amber body with golden highlights and of course a dense creamy ivory batter type head. sheets of lace have a good amount of stick as they ever so slowly slide back down into the brew. it's hard to argue with a nitro-widget as i've always loved the hard line it draws between foam and body.

S- soft red fruits and fresh grain, smells like my beloved organic english ales with strawberry and raisin in the foreground. some buttery caramel and and vanilla lend the aroma of waffles or sweet pancakes and this would be a great beer to have at breakfast. heh. sweets breads, pound cake, and graham cracker also come to mind when considering the toasty malt bill, and only a small amount of earthy spicy hops.

T- a little thrown off by the taste, as the aroma led me to believe this beer would be a bit sweeter. it seems pretty dry for a creme ale and very grain husky. toasted unseasoned cereal grains mostly, with a fair amount of hop bitterness. mineral water flavors are present and they accumulate in the finish giving this one an odd and unfamiliar cardboard aftertaste with an ok earthy hop bite. a bit watery overall, it tastes like orange guinness but without any roasty flavors or really anything that stands out at all. boring, but at the same time not that bad, just generic.

MF- creamy nitro body and tiny low carbonation give me what i expect but on the swallow it turns thin and watery and i associate the taste of these hops with a stale feeling.

D- mild flavor and ABV, but the best thing about this one is the aroma. if they knock back 12 packs of this in ireland instead of BMC then a slainte joe and an erin go, i'm right there with ya.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.52/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 6/26/2008 (Nitro-Can):

Pours an amber reddish color body. Big foamy creamy head, white. A sweet aroma, almost fruity. Similar to a Guinness aroma but without the coffee notes. Watery taste, bitter aftertaste, but not grapefruity. Creamy mouthfeel. Kinda bland.

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Photo of HappyBivouac
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(mark as my first review. here goes...)

Poured vigorously into a mug from the nitro-can while sitting at home.

a- Pours a copper orange with lots of nice tiny bubbles that settle at the top for a very nice creamy thick off white head. Definitely a product of the widget, but still very pleasing.

s- Bready malt and faint apple cider/ caramel sweet smell. Unfortunate metallic presence too. Overall not very compelling.

t- Much like the smell here but thankfully no detectable metallic taste. I can definitely feel the "cream" here now. I'm not sure how this was brewed but it feels lactose-y, similar to Sam Adams' "Cream Stout" in that. Not exactly complex for the taste buds to explore, but pleasing.

m- Quite nice and smooth with a creamy thickness. I love this feeling. Probably my favorite part about this beer.

d- Smooth, simple. Nothing overwhelms and might seem a bit bland. But this is a beer I can respect for the right kind of occasion. I'm interested in getting the opinions of my non beer-drinking friends. (but anyone who "doesn't drink beer" simply hasn't tried enough, right?)

Bottom line: nothing exceptional except a thick creamy mouthfeel I haven't encountered in many other beers. This one should be easy to come across too.

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Photo of Deus1138
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Popped the nitro can and poured into a pint glass. Lots of thick white head. Had to let the glass settle for about 3 minutes. There was still about a half inch of thick, dense head on top. Once settled, the color is gold-copper-orange. Smell is somewhat metallic, probably from the can. Taste is of subdued, caramel malts with the faintest hint of hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, quite nice. Drinkability is good. It's not the kind of brew that knocks your socks off with great flavor and complexity. Definitely worth trying, but not something I'd buy regularly.

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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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Wexford Irish Cream Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 658 ratings