Sunlight Cream Ale | Sun King Brewing Company

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Sunlight Cream AleSunlight Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by howardf on 08-29-2009

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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 425
Photo of vw73182
1/5  rDev -71.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I don’t understand why anyone would drink this. If there was a 0 for the 5 categories this would receive 0’s from me. The smell uh if smell is were the majority of taste comes from that’s diffidently not a plus here. Appearance not what I think any beer should look like. Taste none the only taste is a cringing metallic taste. Palate there is none you would think something that has cream in the title would have some body? However this is pure water constancy.

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Photo of CitizenRay
1.65/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: straw yellow with a fizzy white head

S: faint aroma, a bit adjunct with rice/corn and mostly reminiscent of light lagers.

T: American light lager.

MF: light bodied, medium carbonation

O: This beer lacks creativity and really has no place in the craft market.

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Photo of kjc51478
1.68/5  rDev -52%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Appearance is clear, pale yellowish with very little head.

S: Aroma is weak consisting mainly of what and some malty sugar.

T: Taste is very uninspiring and weak - wheat and barley malts with some faint grassy notes.

M: Palate is very watery, flat, and thin.

O: Couldn’t quite tell the difference between this beer and a BMC. Very disappointing.

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Photo of jsh420
2.21/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours clearbright golden yellow with a 2 finger fizzy white head that faded fast and left no lacing

smell faint some lemon? and grains

taste is very watery - a watered down beer creamsicle with a toch of hop bitterness and sweet grains

mouthfeel is thin carbonated water

drinkability is not good - not a drain pour - just a flavorless beer - i will try to enjoy the other 3 while watching some basketball/baseball game

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.35/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft poured into a pint glass

Cream ales are essentially a bridge from American style lagers into a top fermented style ale, while essentially retaining most of the characteristics of the former. Don’t let the name fool you, this doesn’t include “cream” or any variation thereof. The term is more of a description of the smoothness derived from the lagering period, or period of storage intended to let the flavors balance and mellow out. I think there are better words that could be used there.

A: Sunlight Cream Ale pours a straw yellow with a fizzy white head, pretty much what you’d expect.

S: The aroma is faint and, in my case, was overpowered by the butter and cheese smells lingering in the restaurant around me, but what I got was a bit adjunct with rice/corn and mostly reminiscent of light lagers.

T/M: It has a medium amount of carbonation, a mild bitterness, very pale dry maltiness, a little bit of sweetness on the back end like an amber, but overall a very basic, American lager tasting beer.

Unremarkable, to say the least, but I’m sure it has a place somewhere.

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Photo of RyanPoff
2.43/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at BWW.

A: Clear gold with a finger of head and slight lacing. Almost like a Bud.

S: Cream, maybe? Very light smell - not much here at all.

T: Typical malts and adjuncts. Not a lot of hops. The cream is slight and in background.

M: A little heavier than an AAL and kind of weird slickness on the tongue. Best part of the thing.

Another disappointment from Sun King.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
2.52/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sun King really surprised me with their Osiris Pale Ale: hoppy, refreshing, delicious. However, I tried their Wee Mac Brown and could hardly finish it. How can a brewery have two beers of such different qualities? Not sure, but I’m sure hoping this one is more like Osiris. And, since I’ve never had a cream ale, it’s new territory indeed. Cheers!

On-tap at Chumley’s in Lafayette, IN; poured into a (non-frosted) pint glass.

A: If there’s one thing that Sun King has down, it’s look. This one has a gorgeous, shining gold body, with a creamy white head. The foam looks a bit oily at times, as it does tend to dissipate quickly; lacing is there, but minimal. Could have been the pour, too – these pints are poured more for amount of liquid than head plumage. Still, there’s a pretty good showing. Love that color, though!

S: All I can think of is Budweiser when I smell this beer. Weak, slightly skunky grains, and a persistent corn smell behind. Not good. With a few swirls of the glass, some other aromas start to show up and, thankfully, cover up the less impressive tones. I can make out some actual cream scents, even, which mix with a mild strawberry scent to form some sort of fruit-yogurt feeling. Decent, but with quite a low intensity.

T: Grain, mostly, with that funny BMC taste front and center. It’s not as intensely unpleasant as a Coors Light, but it’s not a flavor I’d willfully choose to have in my beer. That tinge lasts throughout, but there’s some good cream flavors that come forward to augment the palate. Vanilla and oatmeal tastes are there to have a go, accompanied by some fruits on the end. They all sort of fizzle into the aftertaste, which is an acidic, lemon creaminess. Not my favorite style, for sure.

M: Pretty fizzy, but not without its proprietary cream. The flavor profile isn’t huge, so the body doesn’t have that much to accommodate. Average, I’d say.

O: To me, this is the essence of mediocrity in craft beer: unimpressive flavor wrapped in the shell of a unique style. Sorry guys, but this is one of the weaker beers I’ve tasted from Indianapolis’ own. Not undrinkable, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of TheTot
2.54/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

As I poured this beer into the glass it looked a little pale to me. As i drank the beer it tasted just as bland. I never got a strong enough taste with the 4 that i drank to have anything bad to say about it other than just that: it was flavorless. There was a little creaminess to it but very little. I am a big Sun King fan but this is a weaker beer of theirs.

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Photo of taylor714914
2.66/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Meh, Don't bother.

A- FIzzy Yellow Beer. No head to speak of

S- What smell? Not getting anything in my olfactory sense.

T- Super light malts and hint of sweetness

M- Fizzy FIzzy Fizzy. Way too much carbonation.

Overall, was let down. I'd rather Drink Gennese cream ale. Seriously.

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Photo of SpenCycle
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I agree that this is a craft beer drinker's light beer. Really nothing much to the taste. A hint of malt, no hop; however, it is smooth. Just not a whole lot to say about it. If you aren't getting the $6 growler, you're paying WAY too much for this beer. Mediocre.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A=Light straw yellow,very clear. Lots of carbonation in here,Not much lacing at all.

S= Lots of yeast and earthy malts pretty much sums it up.A slight sweetness.

T= I didn't get the hops in the nose But they are In there.Hops pull through and meld with the bready malts but overall that's really all that's going on in this one.

M=Thin feel and very light. Tons of stinging carbonation. Clean aftertaste.

O= Overall, decent summer beer but I won't get this one for the price overall I just think it is to much for such a basic beer.

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Photo of drpimento
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From an old can that was kept in the fridge. Aroma is heavy caramel, which I think is a result of the age. Flavor reflects that too. Not a bad, beer; just not much of a cream ale at this point.

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Photo of Marty30
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to dannyfrost for this.Poured into a schlafly pint glass at fridge temp.

A. Light straw yellow,very clear. Lots of carbonation in here,Not much lacing at all.

S. Lots of yeast and earthy malts pretty much sums it up.A slight sweetness.

T. Huh I didn't get the hops in the nose But they are In there.Hops pull through and meld with the bready malts.

M. Thin feel and very light. Tons of stinging carbonation. Clean aftertaste.

Overall this a summer beer in every sense of the word.Not very complex but after reading the can I don't think it's intended to be.Like it says a nice gateway into craft beer.

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Photo of Duff27
3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Booming three inch white head out of the can. Beer itself is an extremely pale golden color. A few streams of effervescence float upward. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Grainy/grassy/cereal grains.

T- Bready. Hint of lemon. "Adjuncty" aftertaste.

M- Crisp...nice carbonation bit to it.

D/O- Very easy drinking, refreshing. Good lawnmower beer. Thanks again dannyfrost for the Sun King!

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Photo of dcall384
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is definitely their introductory beer or for people that are not into strong tasting beer. The appearance was a clear yellow and fizzy. Had about two fingers worth of head that hung around for a while. I really didn't pick up much on a smell. The taste was just ok. It was kind of bland. It was nice to drink on a hot day, but I couldn't see myself drinking a lot of this.

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Photo of MorningRitual
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint Can bought from Sun King at their brewery in Indy poured into a frosted glass.

Appearance is a golden yellow with a quickly dissipating head that leaves no lacing in the glass. Carbonation is a little on the low side. Looks like a ver refreshing "anytime" beer.

Smell has very light aroma of malt and a hint of strawberry, can't quite put my finger on it. No real smell of hops, little if any.

Taste is mostly malt, slight sweetness, very creamy malt profile that is nicely done. Not rich flavors, but has a slight sweet crisp taste, very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: light body, slight carbonation, with a malt flavor that lingers for a bit then dissipates leaving no aftertaste.

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Photo of maxwelldeux
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can. Pours a clear and very dark golden color with effectively no head on it. Nose has some corn notes to it, and is very reminiscent of a traditional lager. Taste is actually fairly crisp and not too lager-y, and without the eerie sweetness I feared. Very drinkable.

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Photo of leantom
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wow, I think that I just discovered the rich man's Budweiser (ale version). Here goes:

A: Pretty good. Pours a perfectly clear yellow with a decent-sized head and moderate lacing. Lots of carbonation, which is a good thing.

S: Very faint. Some bready baker's yeast and adjunct grains. Grainy barley.

T: Follows the nose, with additional emphasis on the adjunct grains. I taste corn, cereal barley, and bready yeast. Emphasis on the corn. The baker's yeast does add a nice touch, however.

F: Good. Well-carbonated; maybe the baker's yeast makes it a tad too bready, though.

O: Good, but won't be getting again.

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Photo of 908carson
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always been leery of the Cream Ale genre... Take an ale, then lager it. In other words - take a perfectly good, tasty beer then make it more palatable to the adjunct-swilling American public. Cynical much? I've always felt that "Cream Ale" is a bit of a misnomer. To me, it taste neither creamy nor like an ale. I can accept the historical significance of this particular style in the United States, but after tasting Sun King's interpretation my viewpoint has remained unchanged.
Is Sunlight better than Little Kings or Genesee? Yes! By a long shot... is it worth the nearly 2-fold price increase?? My untrained palate says "NO."
If you are an Indiana microbrew fan and you really need a good "gateway beer" for your adjunct-loving friends - get this beer and get lots of it. It's good, honest American beer made right here in the fair city of Indianapolis.
I am reviewing from memory so don't hold me to this...

First impression upon cracking open the 16oz can:
Smells sweet, but not in the corn-laden kind of sweet you get from most macros.

Solid, yet unremarkable. Stronger hop presence that any other Cream Ale i've had. Thoroughly thirst quenching at first, but gets a little acrid after a while. I personally need more bitterness for proper sessionability. The can seemed to preserve the freshness in a way that i haven't experienced in a while though... Good call Sun King!

For all of my distaste for the cream ale genre, I am absolutely, 100%, all my heart, rooting for the fellas at Sun King... So if you're at all curious about their canned cream ale, go out and buy some! they're definitely on to something...

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Photo of veinless
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured light yellow, with frothy white head. Left ample lacing. Beer seemed thin looking, which might be normal for the style, but even so it looked kind of weak.

Smells very light, which I'm positive is normal for the style. Malts followed by hops, but just barely. Bit of citrus at the end.

Taste is nicely balanced between malt at start and clean citrus end. Citrus is barely differentiated from general hop bitterness. There isn't anything to write home about but the beer isn't unpleasant to drink.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, and probably the strength of the beer. It doesn't feel too fizzy or thin. Drinkability is aided by these traits, and the beer goes down very fast, especially when drinking straight from the can (the other ones were gone before I knew it).

Not a particularly memorable beer, but easy to drink. Add it all up and it comes out to be an average brew.

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Photo of Samwasnthere
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

They call this beer a cream ale but the color is closer to a lager to my eyes. A cream ale should be a light golden and this one...wasn't. It should also be a creamy brew with lots of loft usually from flaked corn, this beer felt like a light pale ale in taste. There wasn't any distinctive characteristic, I was half expecting a twist like coriander or a hit of rye in the grain profile but I was unable to find any. The smell had a bad yeasty tinge to it and otherwise did not have any great aromas from it. The mouthfeel had a dry ending, but bubbly otherwise. This isn't a bad beer but it also isn't anything to write home about.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear,golden straw color with a nice white head. Head has pretty solid retention, forms a cap of bubbles for a while before disappearing and leaves some nice spotty lacing.

S- A very light smell overall. A bit of honey, grainy, corn, and ceral.

T- Taste is very light malts, with corn and ceral. A very very light sweetness and the slightest bit of citrus.

M- Light in body and high carbonation.

O- This beer is very light and easy to drink. I just like a bit more flavour in by brew.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color with a finger of head and lots of effervescent carbonation.

The aroma is creamed corn, lemon peel, biscuits, and a very light tropical hop profile.

The flavor profile is musty and made up of creamed corn, light bready maltiness, and the slightest hint of lemon peel. Not really any hops at all.

The body is light and appropriate for the style.

Overall this would be a very nice light ale if it wasn't for the mustiness dragging it down. There really isn't anything offensive, nor is there anything of merit. I'm not even sure if I would be able to pick this out in a blind taste test vs. a group of American Adjunct Lagers.

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Photo of RickS95
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A bit darker than a macro. Not much head and no lacing.

Mostly some earthy hops and malts. Standard fare.

Not awful. Pilsner malts and earthy hops, just like the nose. Ginger maybe?

Light bodied with a mostly bitter feel. Aggressive carbonation bite.

Decent beer. Not bad for a wedding reception. Beats the Bud Light alternative.

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Photo of Preismj
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: yellow copper with a quickly retreating head that tapers to nothing. plenty of little bubbles keep streaming in the class. This looks tremendously refreshing.

s: very light aroma of malt and lemon zest. not a whole lot going on here on then nose.

t: subtle lemon citrus creeps in at the end of a mostly malt taste. slight sweetness, very creamy malt profile that is nicely done. Not rich flavors, but what is there is a mild sweetness and a crisp taste.

m: light body, good pop from the carb. very slick in the mouth, but doesn't stick around long.

o: a nice transition beer, though I'm at a point where I look for more. It was plenty refreshing and I could see myself revisiting on a very warm day out by the pool as this isn't overbearing but has a nice abv to it. Would have like more of the creamy sweetness, though the velvety feel in the mouth made me happy i tried this.

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Sunlight Cream Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 425 ratings.
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