Wexford Irish Cream Ale | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Wexford Irish Cream AleWexford Irish Cream Ale
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 01-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
642
Reviews:
350
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light copper with a with a 1" deep tight sand colored head.

S: Sweet malt & some grassy/herbal hop scents as it warms. better than average lacing & some head retention

T: Hoppyness (piney& some citric) with a little malt sweetness. Dryness & a slight caramel taste follows. Finishes fruitty, slightlty grainy& dry with some decent hop bite

MF: Creamy & pretty good carbonation with good balance with a light, almost medium body

Pretty poundable, but I believe I'd want to move on after a couple, just doesn't hold your attention

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear amber color. Thick, off-white head that solidly coats the glass with lace. You gotta love the nitro-widget.

Very mild aroma of mainly pale malt and light hop. Standard fare for this style.

Sweet and thick--slightly sour in the swallow. Light hop in the background. Perhaps the best cream ale I've tasted--reminds me of a British mild. Not complex, but tasty.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, brilliant amber body with a creamy ivory-colored head. Gooey latticework of lacing.

Smell: Alluring, sweet-smelling aroma of luscious honey, toffee candies, and a hint of fruit.

Taste: Biscuity malt flavor with a caramel sweetness that quickly dries out. Only a very minor hop presence imparting no more than a soft bitterness which brings us through to the astringent, increasingly watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Mild carbonation (nitronation?). Creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Much to my dismay, this beer followed the exact same course as the can of Tetley's I had recently. Sure, it looked great and smelled fine, but in both cases it's all downhill from there.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Polished orange-bronze that cleared much faster than other nitro beers. The cascading effect was minimal and the light tan head was never thicker than a half finger. I heard the usual loud nitro 'pffft', so I'm not sure what happened. I'm not at all impressed with the nose. It's not very strong to begin with and it smells of fermented grain flecked with moldering hop leaves.

The flavor is a little better, but not by much. The beer tastes like toasted grain and earthy, slightly spicy hops. The finish comes close to ruining everything. It's mineral-like, dry, bitter and watery. With each mouthful, the first signal from taste buds to brain is 'not bad', but things degrade very quickly thereafter. Given the fact that this is a cream ale from a nitro can, I was expecting some actual creaminess. Not to be. The body/mouthfeel is thin and harsh and is as far from creamy as it's possible to be.

For some reason, I expected good things from Wexford Irish Cream Ale, but it had other ideas. The simple, unvarnished truth is that it just isn't very good beer.

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Photo of Jason
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 1 pint nitro can with widget system, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Lightly hazed amber with a forced nitro head … it looks very appealing.

Smell: Caramel and buttery twang in the aroma with a faint hop in the back.

Taste: Big nitro smoothness that feigns a body bigger that it actually is, after the nitro leaves the palate it becomes a bit thin. Malt flavour seems displaced with caramel and bity grain thrown to the wind. Hops are all used up and seem like they were boiled for hours upon hours drawing some astringency. More caramel and some fruitiness flashes in the end then the astringent dry effect takes over an forces you to drink some more to get rid of it.

Notes: Give me a Caffrey’s in a can any day over this … oh yeah it is not available in the US anymore, I guess I have to go else where for an Irish Red. Not a horrible brew but I ask why even try this processed brew.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

This had a great cascading action, yielding a big, white head. Once the beer settled down, it was a light amber color with a sweet maltiness on the nose. It had a light mouthfeel, very creamy on the tongue, with a mild honey taste at the finish. It also left behind some great, clinging Belgian lace.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from a nitro can my wife shared with me -poured chilled into a DFH shaped glass.

The color is deep amber with thick cream and lace sticks very well from the nitro creaminess. The clarity is lightly hazed and there are light brown accents. The smell has a gentle ripe banana and slight 'fruity' note in general, possibly yeast or hops, it is mild and fragrant. The feel is creamy and fruity with slight bitterness and semi-dry finish with moderate carbonation.

I like the flavor, it has some mild malt and light bitterness from the hops, but the main flavor influence is the yeast which gives a slight fruitiness and hint of caramel. The overall drinkability is good as this is a decent brew, but pretty average for the style

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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 atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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

The Wexford Irish Crème Ale is decent. It is a nice change of pace from U.S. based beers. The beer pours a clear amber with finger thick foamy head which is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is dull with English noble hops being present. The taste is a smooth creamy flare with not a lot going on. Definite malt presents with some hops for balance. The mouthfeel is medium in body and flat. Overall it is ok.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Appearance this one came out of a 14.9 oz nitro can, so I did enjoy the cascading settling of this amber colored ambrosia. Full thicket of light cream colored head that leaves even speckled bands of lacing with each sip.

Aromatics offer up some nice fruitiness with soft caramel malts, a touch of herbal Euro hop action and a slightly metallic twang. Semi sourdough bread notes with an overall muted expression that's typical of nitro infused beers.

Flavor is a bit hard to stomach super creamy textured for one thing with the nitro blend going on from the widget technology. Harsh herbal earthiness with some dirty water caramel malt base and again a touch of metallic copper penny business going down. That's about it.

Mouthfeel super creamy and light feeling due to the nitro can format, light bodied pretty inoffensive brew from the UK, comparable to a Boddington's pub ale.

Drinkability overall was decent at 2 something a can I will steer clear for awhile but I'm glad I grabbed a can while approaching March, so you know at the very least I had a fresh sample.

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Photo of stakem
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If looks were everything, this would be a superstar...but then again any beer on nitro can have a pumped up visual appeal.

Initially pours a fairly clear light amber with little head, but as the nitro works it's magic, it builds a thick creamy head that lasts until the last sip.

Nose has some malty sweetness and a bit of hops, nothing really exciting.

Mouthfeel is quite light. As far as the taste goes, it seems a little watered down. It has some malt sweetness and finishes with a very faint bitterness from the hops. Overall it is balanced well and easy drinking, but the initial excitement from the nitro was more appealing than drinking the beer.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a 1/4" of thick foamy head that lingers. Smells of sweet malt, mainly caramel. Taste is malty, creamy, and sweet. Mouthfeel is light bodied and mellow, very smooth.

Overall I'm not impressed. I'm always happy to try a new beer especially one considered a "classic" but I don't think I'll have this again.

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

Poured from the nitro widget go can, into a nonic pint glass.

A one finger head creamy, off white sort of almost pink in color sits on a fairly good text book color amber body. Some very finite bubbles manage to stick around much of the edge of the glass.

Bouquet is a mild estery sort of fruity/marmalade, mixing in with a little bit of dry malt. At first opening, it doesn't come off that great but improves dramatically while resting.

Upon taste, body is what to be expected out of nitro, sort of rich and creamy. Mild malt backbone on this, kind of subdued, with some biscuit graham just faintly on the finish, and some faint banana.

Overall not bad, drinkable, no harm in having it, but probably wont grab another one in the future. This doesn't grab my attention very much.

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

Nitro can, widget and all, a hard pour elicits the expected creamy head and descending bubbles. This one pours hazy light amber with tons of tiny bubbles along the sides of the glass. Head is creamy off white and leaves oodles of frothy lacing. Nose is nutty, and malty. This is a light bodied ale, watery in the center. Lightly malty, hints of maple sugar on the lips. Goes down smooth and easy, fine light sessioner.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.59/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Good God. This is the worst beer I have had in ages. And I'm thankful I haven't had anything nearly as bad that I can recall in recent memory. The beer looks awesome, but it tastes like a malty mess with minimal bitter tones and hardly enough hop influence. It's just...bleh. Nasty. This one is going down the drain.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a nitro-can into a shaker pint, the beer is a rich, crystal clear, caramel coloring with a great cascade on the pour and a dense, creamy, off-white head of about a half an inch that doesn't budge. Aromas of buttercream sweetness and roast, very rich. Flavors are light and roasty, on a thin, smooth body. Toasted grain and subtle, creamy sweet blend together well, with a slight bitterness at the very end to clean everything up. Flavors end up a bit on the light side, but very drinkable. Tangy sweet aftertase, with a slightly cloying, dry finish.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This nitro-can ("serve well-chilled" preaches the label) pours out a caramely/ amber, nearly opaque, and clear at the bottom, with a milky white head. Aromas are slightly sharp and almost sour, and take some getting used to, but before long they begin to sort themselves in the senses. Some fruit--bananas?!?!?!citrus, littles whiffs of vanilla, and so far our lead flavor sensation is that of Banana Cream Pie!
The head is like a thick shroud that one needs to swim through to get to the actual beer, this goofy, custardy flavor, and then, once traversed, you are left with the actual beer, then it vanishes, the cream, in a swift, and easily forgettable finish.
Flavor is nutty, and very smoooth, and perfectly balanced. Malt is strongly felt, and hops definitely take a backseat, if they are along for this ride at all.
Now I get it, at long last. The beer is a traditional malty, non-hoppy Irish Red Ale, and it's fortified by this creamy head. So there ya go! The flavor comes in waves here...cream, nuts, malt. Easily downable this one, but unlikely to hold my particular interest for long. Then again, are they brewing it for my particular interest in the least? Hell, no!
A nice session ale, pass the darts, and what did you say about me sainted mother?!?!?!?

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Photo of smartassboiler
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of aasher
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a very murky honey cream gold in color that eventually settles down to a very clear and rich gold in color. The aromas consist of a good amount of malt and and toffee sweetness. It's pretty appealing. The flavors are very watery. You get a moderate amount of sweet, toffee esque malt with an ever so light bitter finish. The watery aspect, nitro can or not, really takes away from the potential flavor. It needs to be fuller in body and perhaps a bit richer. It's very, very light in body and the nitro can actually takes away from the beer. It started off pretty well, then quickly went downhill. I can see how drinking it would be easy though.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a white film of a head that lasts for a good minute and through several sips, somewhat thick foamy lacing clings to the sides of the glass. The smell was a creamy sort of toffee; lightly fruity, somewhat buttery. The taste had a sweet creamy kind of English malty butteriness, burnt toffee aftertaste with a dry finish. The palate was about a light to medium in body and somewhat sessionable. Carbonation is very smooth and seems to be smoothest I’ve ever had for this style, pretty good to me. Overall, this is quite an easy drinking English, but for me would I have this again, unsure, still gotta say, just like the other ales I’ve had from Greene King - fish n’ chips is all I gotta say.

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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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