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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by howardf on 08-29-2009

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the tall boy can in a pint glass. This nice cream ale pours
a nice pale honey color with a nice light head that dissipates to a
thin ring and light bubbly layer with light lacing. Nose of pilsner yeast,
soft wheat, subtle grains, and sweet honey malts. Flavors follow the nose
with soft wheat and honey malts lightly dancing on a subtle floral hop note
that is refreshing and quenching. Nice mouth feel, crisp and medium
carbonated with a subtly dry finish. Nice for the style.


THANKS to the little lady's brother for this fine brew from the brewery!

Thanks Mike!

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Photo of IndianaDrinker
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is my slumming it craft beer! You get nothing fancy here. Very drinkable beer that I get anytime the selection of high ends is low. This beats your commercial alternative plus it's Indiana made so they get all my respect.

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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 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 WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Sunlight Cream Ale was good....nice for a warmer day. It poured a clear yellow with white head that dissipated quickly and left no lace. The scent has biscuit. The taste was a smooth evenly balanced beer that was quite drinkable. Certainly had bread like base. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was decent.

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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 DevAJ
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draft at the Broad Ripple area Bazbeaux's in Indianapolis. It's been about a month since I had it, but I remember how smooth and easy to drink it was.

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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 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 bwood06
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a pint glass

A - Beer is a clear bright golden in color. Low carbonation is readily visible with small bubbles rising slowly towards the surface. The head is ultra thin and white in color; it dissipates very quickly to a thin lacing. 3.75/5

S - Corn, lightly toasted cereal, and grainy malt make up the majority of the aroma. Grassy hops help balance out the sweetness along with a slight green apple note that comes out towards the end. 3.5/5

T - Stale white bread, light grainy malt, corn and Cheerios are the primary flavor notes throughout the entire profile but there is a bit of very light caramel and light grassy hops that come out as undertone. There is a very light lingering bitterness that does not hang around long. 3.75/5

M - Light and crisp with a bit of creamy smoothness that comes out in the middle. Slightly drying with moderate carbonation throughout the profile. The drying lingers briefly after swallowing but not for overly long. 4/5

O - Well balanced beer between sweet and bitter with a light to medium body results in a sessionable beer that is simple and straightforward. Flavorful but slightly subdued, this beer would pair well with many different foods. 3.75/5

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can courtesy of Trent!

It pours a straw yellow with a 2 finger head of foam.

I get floral hops and some caramel malt in the smell.

The malt in the taste is more of a grainy variety with the hops giving me a lemony kind of bitterness, not tartness, mind you. A bit of corn is noticeable but not a huge detraction.

Fairly light bodied, it does have a weak kind of watery finish.

Cream Ales are not a style that will turn heads but...this is a very good example of the style and it is certainly an easy drinking brew. I like.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden, clear, with a huge head of white that reduces slowly. No real lacing.

S - Grains, wheat, oats and sweet maltiness.

T - Following the nose, very strong bread notes. Sweetness contrasts with a bitter hop line that comes forward in the close.

M - Crisp carbonation and slick feel, with a nice bit of drying in the close.

O - Drinkable and bright, an easy tipper with decent balance.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can pour at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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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 kjoe19
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sun King is definitely a great brewery. Sunlight Cream Ale was the first microbrew product I ever tried, having been subjected to Bud Light and other domestics at hockey games. The first time it was definitely a very good brew, however as I have sampled more and filled my palate with more I would definitely say this is bottom of the rung of craft beers.

The appearance is a consistent bronze/tan pour with a fingertip length head of foam. It is a light smell and taste and is definitely a craft beer to welcome someone to the world of microbrews and high flavor.

Overall a 4/5 because of its consistency in taste and appearance, but not a favorite beer for most people I am sure.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i have said it many times but i will say it again, we need more cream ales out there. they aren't all going to be world class, but its a nice refreshing drink and definitely underrepresented on the beer scene. this one is very light, but still maintains a classic frothy mouthfeel and bright carbonation. there is indeed a milky sweetness to this that hints at corn-like sugar, but the finish is still clean. I'm missing a little body here, and also some balancing hops for bitterness, but i really like the drinkability and the package (four pack of pint cans), a very good dose. this is nothing earth shattering, but it is a useful brew. good blonde beer for colder weather too, as it has a little meat to it despite the thinner body. of the handful of beers i have had from sun king, this is not the highest quality but one of the ones i appreciate the most. let cream ales live on!

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Photo of Tickman
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, yellow with non persistent creamy white head which receded quickly. Highly carbonated. Aroma of biscuits, bread, raw donut dought, yeast. Taste dominated by breadiness, some biscuit malt. No bitterness but not sweet. Finished somewhat clean, high carbonation tingling, refreshing. Quite a lingering bready aftertaste.

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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 Rhanson11
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was pretty smooth, but it definitely isn't the quality that I have been trying recently. The color is a light orange to a yellow. The smell had a citrus-type of feel. It wasn't anything that special. Since different people like different things, I would read multiple reviews to see if you should try it for yourself.

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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 pmorey
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from pint can to pint glass, how convenient! Nice golden yellow with bright two-finger head that runs away fairly quickly with little lacing. No huge aroma, smells fresh almost like sea spray! Very smooth on the palate, nothing jumps up and grabs you but the malt is probably predominant. Doesn't hit you over the head with anything, no hops to speak of. This reminds me of listening to the Indy 500 in the garage with my dad in the early 70s and being allowed to take one swig of his beer. Nice. Not the greatest I ever had or the most complex, but would definitely buy again. Good to have on hand to serve at a cookout to those who think Bud Light is good beer.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 Ounce silver and yellow can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear yellow color with a little bit of head that disappears fairly quickly

Smell: I can't actually decide what this smells like but it is nothing special. It smells a lot like the way a standard Budweiser/MGD would smell.

Taste: I actually like how this tastes. I expected it to taste more like what it smells like but it is a lot better tasting. It has a slight alcohol taste at first but then sweetens up a little in the end to make for a really nice flavor.

Note: I was a little bit surprised by this, it was better then I expected and I always like that.

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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 rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a clear bright yellow body with a strong sea of carbonation and a snow white head that slowly boils away to a thin film.

S- The nice green sweet hint has a more faint sulfur note that dries it out just a bit. There is a field corn note in the finish that stays soft but has a nice compliment to the hops flavor.

T- The dry carbonic acid hint leads to a slightly sweet finish with a green sulfur note that takes on a faint candy quality before the woody hop hint in the finish. There is a gentle hop and field corn hint that lingers after the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel is light and crisp but it has a creamy texture with the carbonation and thick head.

O- This beer is a great cream ale. It has some nice flavors that all blend and compliment each other. There is a touch of sweetness here and there to add freshness to the flavor but it says dry making it very sessionable. As the summer heats up this becomes more and more sessionable.

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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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Sunlight Cream Ale from Sun King Brewing Company
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