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 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 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 jkrich
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. undated can: bright and clear yellow-gold hue with a quickly receding white head.

I was surprised by the sharp, fruity and tangy hop aroma as I opened the can.

The noticeable hop aroma carries over to the flavor which has a restrained yet refreshing tropical fruit flavor with some grainy and yeasty aspects. A soft, bready malt taste can be detected in the aftertaste.

The body is thin and the ale has perhaps a little too much carbonation, but it does contribute to the clean, refreshing mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable, this sprightly ale is ideal for the heat of mid July. It has enough flavor and character to keep it interesting from beginning to end.

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Photo of Cresant
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 16 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was light gold with a bright white head that sizzled out quickly leaving a faint ring.

The smell was underwhelming. A bit grainy, bit vegetal.

The taste was gently tangy, but with enough sweetness for a good balance. Rich but hard to describe flavors. Snappy but nondescript citrus. Dangerously drinkable. Great summer beverage. One of the best Cream Ales I've tasted.

The mouthfeel was interesting. Rich and smooth but with a coarseness in the carbonation.

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Photo of StLThrash
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this in my very first in-person trade with Cosmonick @ Schlafly Bottleworks in STL. Was thrown in as an extra - thanks Randall!

I believe it was a 16 ounce can, poured into a pint glass.

A - Very clear, golden straw with significant head. Left a nice little white cap. Some lacing, but not much.

S - Not a lot there. Somewhat sweet and malty, with a little bit of lemon zest.

T & M - Smooth, crisp and refreshing. Not overpowered by anything. Smooth malt profile, not a lot of hop character. Mildly carbonated, and has a clean finish.

Overall - nothing really stands out too much here, but it's a nice, smooth, refreshing summer type cream ale. Much better session option than a MBC on a hot, sunny day. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.37/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden straw color. White head with good retention

S- Not a whole lot going on here. Very mild.

T - Very crisp and clean. Slightly sweet.

M - Highly carbonated leaves a dry finish, but has a little body to it.

D - This is probably my favorite lawnmower beer. Very light and crisp, but still actually contains flavor.

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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 oline73
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this over Memorial Day weekend and took notes. Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head that goes away very quickly.

Smell: Very mild with a slight sweetness and a hint of hops.

Taste: Mildly sweet and quite crisp. Just a bit creamy with a mild hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side with mild carbonation. The finish is super dry.

Overall: A decent beer, good for summer. Easy drinking, but it was a bit more bitter than I expected.

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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 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 SirSketch
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A tall, consistent head forms quickly. Brilliantly clear, very pale yellow color.

S - The nose is mainly cereal grains, with a bit of vegetal hop and some fruitiness.

T - Dry, clean malt flavor, slight lemon, apple and still some vegetable character.

M - Honestly, a little thin, even for a cream ale. It does make it that much more drinkable, though.

O - Not terribly interesting, but not much wrong with it either.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes about a week ago of a 16 oz can.
A: Golden with constant bubbles and a thin white collar.
S: Cream witha slight corn and wheat. Very mild aroma overall.
T: Extremely crisp and clean, creamy wheat... quite pleasant.
M: Thinner, but with a creaminess from the frothy carbonation.
O: Good cream ale. Not my favorite style but it is refreshing.

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Photo of output01x
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Auslander for including this extra in our recent trade.

Poured from a 16 oz. can (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2-finger off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin dusting and thin ring. The body is a clear pastel gold with a decent number or rising carbonation bubbles. Thick lacing attempts to stick to the glass, but is overcome by gravity.

Grains and light malt in the nose. Slight hints of lemon zest.

Sweet and bready malt flavors wash over the tongue easily. Then a lemony citrus stings the tip of the tongue. The flavors are light and subtle just as expected from this style. However, I personally believe that the flavors here are a little too mild as this beer seems rather watery.

Light bodied with decent carbonation, this beer definitely has good drinkability. It slides down the throat easily and is definitely a thirst-quencher.

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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 capra12
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed solo out of a short pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear and golden yellow, with a quick dissipating white head.

Smell: Light malt and mildly grainy.

Taste: Opens with light malts, with a slight twinge. Hints of Belgian yeast surface mid palate as subsides as the light and crisp malt profile finishes this brew. Throughout the transition there are hints of hop that emerge ever so briefly as if muted by the malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly drying.

Drinkabililty: I would definitely have this again. I recommend this to those seeking a solid cream ale, light and a better alternative than macro lagers.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Shiny, golden-yellow color, lively bubbles racing to the top which keeps the head intact. Smells of wholegrain cereal with the additions of wheat and oats, fermentation twang and hops in the nose as well. Crispness lays into the lighter but slick body; clean and grainy with a dry, doughy wholegrain bready flavor. Hops rest a modest bitterness on the palate, yet are big enough to balance. Drying finish has a clean linger of grain. A tasty canned treat, a lunch-time pounder. Craft tallboys, FTW!

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into a pint glass.

A: Pale yellow color with a thin head and lots of bubbles.

S: Lots of lemon zest and orange with some light malt.

T: Light bread malt with some lemon zest. Also has some grassy hops in the finish with a bit of fruityness.

M: Light with some good carbonation.

D: High.

This is a lighter beer that would be great to drink on a hot day.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured cold and aggressively from the can to a sun king shaped pint a crisp, clean, translucent sunlight gold with a short lasting fizzy white head.

very subtle aroma of bread and grains.

grains and malts, faint toffee and toasted bread.

highly carbonated, light bodied, fizzy, sweet, no bitters.

drinkable - uhm, seriously ? yes !

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Photo of Bubba83
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traded to me by Kegatron. We'll have to see how this one impresses me after the 4.35 rating I gave to Osiris.

Poured from a tallboy can into an imperial pint glass at 45 degrees. The body appears a chill-hazed, pale golden, yellow color. Maybe the most yellow through and through of any beer I've seen. Lots of small bubbles are coarsing through the body too. Only about one finger width of bright white head after a vigorous pour. Good small ring of head is retained, and leaves good lacing for the style.

Pretty subtle nose. Straw and hay, a little bit of citrus, and some grass. Maybe detecting a few stone fruit notes here too, but I'm digging deep to get there because it's a little more low key than I'd prefer.

I'm glad the flavor is more abundant than the aroma. A nice splash of sweet bread, then some light peaches and apricots bring a nice soft fruity flavor that is really enjoyable. Hops are present, but not overbearing, the hop flavor is mainly a little bit of orangey kick, with a quick hit of lemon, finishes a little bit earthy.

Feels about right, somewhere in between thin and medium thickness, with a good bit of carbonation. Head texture is somewhat abrasive, and the beer finishes quite dry. Quite a crisp feeling, much like a lager.

Quite a refreshing beer, yet still has enough going on flavor-wise to be able to enjoy reviewing it. This little brewery seems to do all the little things right, and is making some tasty non-extreme styles quite well from what I can tell so far. Seek this one out if you can get it.

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Photo of Jips
4.77/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a little into a glass, drank most out of the can.

What little I poured was Light straw color with thick bubbly head

Smell: Light lemon and faint sweet malts, wouldn't mind it as a car freshener. Akin to many hefeweizens I've had

Feel: smooth, light, moderately carbonated, crisp as all get out

Taste: tons of light malts (maybe ~4 kinds? I dunno, picking them out would make me enjoy this less) just the right amount of lemon, plus a bit of bubbly, all crisp almost sharp

Aftertaste: "Ahh.... refreshing!" Like a non-astringent lemon mouthwash

You get more bang for your buck alcohol and flavors-enjoyed-by-beer-dork wise with most any other craft beer offering, but it's hard to match Sunlight's intense taste and easy drinking. Would gladly pay the premium to drink this over any other light tasting beer in the warmer months. Please distribute this more widely!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for sharing this one on Friday.

A: The pour is a pale straw like color with a touch of haze and a short lived white head.

S: A bit of an off-putting nose which seems to be composed of corn for the most part. A slight skunkiness, but at least it's not as bad as Osiris.

T: The flavor is pretty standard for a cream ale, nicely sweet with a touch of yeast and bread. Very clean flavors and actually pretty refreshing.

M: Light in body as you would tend to expect with a crisp carbonation.

D: Not my favorite style, but this was a nice refreshing beer which is one thing I like about these kinds of beers. Worked well on a hot day at the Bruery.

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Photo of salvo
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is straw to blonde, almost white like a witt, perfectly clear with a small head with small bubbles rising. Head falls to a light ring with no lacing or trace it ever existed.

Smell is malty sweet with a light yeasty back. Grain-chute graininess.

Taste is light and crisp; grain and lightly peppery, yeast and fresh baked bread, but very light and subdued.

Very light body and dangerously drinkable.

Oh, and I adore the hard plastic rings that kept the four pack of cans together. Nice.

Sunlight Cream Ale is the micro-brewing equivalent of insisting that Picasso paint something "recognizable" just to prove he had the technical skills to make representational art. Artisinal brewing is just that: subjective, aesthetic, and about gathering an appreciative audience. If you (or anyone you know) doubts that micro brewers can handle the demands of brewing a light, tasty, satisfying beer, give them one of these. And then pop open an Osiris. After an Osiris, I had to try the "other" Sun King canned offering, and while it is a technical achievement and stand out for its precision, smoothness, and execution, it is, at the end of the day, a cream ale. It brings back memories of school in Binghamton, New York, eating hot wings at the Sportsman's Club and Rathskeller and washing down the Frank's Red-Hot with Genny (Gennesee Cream Ale). Not a bad memory, but also not the height of brewing's Olympus either.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - soft, golden straw-colored with a very thin head. Very light bodied with nice carbonation.

Aroma - a little sweet malt, honey, a little grainy with perhaps some citrus smells. Not a huge nose but that wasn't really expected. This style isn't going to be too aromatic.

Taste - first sip is light, crisp and refreshing. I kid you not, that is how I'd describe this beer from the first gulp. It's got some malt flavor with that hint of lemon and a super crisp bite that leaves the tongue a bit dry and hanging out of your mouth a little bit. Super smooth going down and before I can take much of a breath of air I find myself drinking more of it.

Overall - This is the type of beer that deserves a nice day outside in the sun. Its got all the elements to make for a beer that won't slow you down but will keep you happy. A cooler full of these would keep any party going!

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. The tall boy cans will keep give me a little more time before going back to the cooler which means more time for a multitude of backyard games.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can poured into an imperial pint. No date. Thanks to kstrickler for giving me this one!

(A)- Pours a clear yet pale yellow color that produced a good white head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Lightly dry with a corn husk/meal sweetness.

(T)- A lightly dry honey and lemon sweetness with a corn husk finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A light bodied crisp feel with a light dryness and sweetness. Has a light acidity from that twist of lemon at the end which is nice.

(D)- A good light beer to mix it up with during the summer months. Crisp and dry and just an all-around easy to drink beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.92/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

CANtinuing the ongoing saga that is The CANQuest (TM), no CAN is safe from review! CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "A Pint In Every CAN"; "Sunlight Cream Ale is a crisp, easy drinking, East Coast Style-Cream Ale. Cream Ale is one of the earliest styles of AmeriCAN beer, but was virtually wiped out by AmeriCAN lager brewers. Sunlight Cream Ale is our most approachable beer and is a great introduction to the world of Craft Beer. Only the finest quality barley, wheat and oats are used to give this beer its smooth malt profile which is delicately balanced with AmeriCAN hops and a cool fermentation to give this beer a crisp, clean finish."

My initial pour netted me two fingers' worth of fluffy bone-white head fizzled and popped its way out of existence. Color was sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty sweet and adjunct-free. It is nice to smell an all-malt beer every once in a while. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a very clean malty sweetness on the tongue. I would be curious to know what hops were used since its bitterness is almost non-existent. Finish was crisp and refreshing, definitely approachable for novice craft beer drinkers. A solid CANdidate for the cooler on the way to the beach. Definitely seek this out!

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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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