Cali Creamin' Vanilla Cream Ale
Mother Earth Brew Co.

Cali Creamin' Vanilla Cream AleCali Creamin' Vanilla Cream Ale
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From:
Mother Earth Brew Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Cream Ale
Ranked #35
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,778
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 12.79%
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
406
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 04, 2022
Added:
Dec 12, 2012
Wants:
  63
Gots:
  193
SCORE
86
Very Good
Cali Creamin' Vanilla Cream AleCali Creamin' Vanilla Cream Ale
Notes: Our flagship offering is golden to pale in color, with low bitterness, medium body, and a white head. Our Cream Ale has redefined the category and made a classic style cool again. We use a bit of Madagascar Vanilla Bean to give it that “Cream Soda” kick. This beer finishes dry despite a subtle perceived sweetness from the Vanilla. Great any time of year.
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Reviewed by Hobbs87 from New York

3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Very nice vanilla aroma but that’s where it stops. Nothing special after the smell. Just kind of bland with no punch. Might be fine for non IPA drinkers. Seemed like just a vanilla flavored Budweiser.
Dec 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.78 by dd53grif from Michigan

Nov 19, 2022
 
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
One of the better cream ales I have had. It has a very full mouthfeel, and a robust, tangy taste. Looks great as well. Definitely will be on the lookout for more.
Jul 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Canned March 14th 2022. Another can thanks to Eric.

Pours a clear gold with lots of bubbles, long lasting head of foam.

Smells of sweet vanilla, light grain, not much else.

Taste is mainly vanilla, earthy, no bitterness, not really that sweet. Kinda one dimensional. Disappointing.

Smooth mouthfeel.
Jun 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by FrankCastle from California

May 15, 2022
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Rated by ChristianTotten

4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Lighter beer with sight vanilla cream taste toward the end. Very smooth, on the sweeter side of the spectrum.
Feb 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.87 by Taenim from New Jersey

Feb 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12oz can (dated 10/14/21) poured into 16oz tulip. Poured a lightly hazy honey-gold color with a half-inch of white head that had low-moderate retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma had such blast of vanilla that the base brew was all but covered up. Just the faintest 'beer' scent showed through.

On the tongue, the beeriness was a bit more pronounced, but the vanilla bean was still the primary focus.

The body was medium, smooth, and had a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability started out good, but the vanilla got a bit tiresome by the end of the glass.

Overall, a decent-ish brew that's a bit of a one-trick pony. Worth grabbing for the tick.
Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by Shatik from California

Dec 15, 2021
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I love this style of beer and this was one of the best versions I've ever had. Just a mild and well executed take with a hint of vanilla bean - real bean, not some phony candle scent

Excellent
Oct 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.88 by KT3418 from Colorado

Sep 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.06 by faraday326 from California

Aug 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Drinking this at The Dish Dash restaurant in Silicon Valley San Jose California.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Looks golden yellow light amber with a nice white foamy head that dropped quickly to a thin ring.
Smells vanilla up front, sweet, grainy, biscuity.
Taste follows the nose nicely with vanilla on the front and on the back of my palate.
Mouth feel is medium for the style and very creamy as it should be.
Overall a very nice example of a Cream Ale that I would order again.
The irony of drinking a beer from a brewery I used to live 35 miles from in NC and drinking this in Silicone Valley today is an irony not lost on me, I don't know how I missed this one.
Cheers!
Jun 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Apr 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.62 by simonrgilbert57 from California

Mar 27, 2021
 
Rated: 3.78 by jt_thomas18 from Tennessee

Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.72 by GOBLIN from Ohio

Mar 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bought a 6-pack cans $11.99 Target
44 days old
Smell of vanilla
Golden light amber color
Light-medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of vanilla, light bitterness
Overall a fairly good, not great beer. Lacks creaminess. Probably should call this vanilla ale.
Feb 27, 2021
 
Rated: 3.93 by Thanatosbat777 from Georgia

Feb 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.49 by JTuomi from Finland

Jan 23, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2020
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Rated by entheos from California

4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
One of the best dessert brews I have had!
Nov 29, 2020
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Reviewed by frankdatank1337 from California

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I was hesitant to try this beer. I'm not into sweet beers. This was surprisingly good. It's creamy as promised but still tastes like a beer. It's like they got a really good refreshing blonde ale and added a vanilla cream finish to it. I love that it's different but still satiates my beer craving.
Nov 29, 2020
 
Rated: 3.81 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Nov 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3.8 by 0x4a64 from Minnesota

Nov 20, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Somewhat cloud orangey golden body with a finger of white foam and lacing. Tons of vanilla and sweet grains in the nose. Taste is the same with buttery malt added in. Pretty sweet, puts cream back in cream ale I guess, but hard to really access the underneath notes. Feel is smooth, bright, creamy for style, and malt forward. Solid
Nov 10, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by Blove1919 from Colorado

Sep 26, 2020
 
Rated: 3.23 by RyanPollie from California

Aug 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.55 by jglynn from California

Aug 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.01 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Jul 30, 2020
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Reviewed by Steve555 from Wales

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Amber body with a large creamy head. A large dose of vanilla comes to the nose. Taste is creamy, malty and sweet. Body is light medium. Feel is a pleasant creaminess but with a lingering saccharine. This is a nice refreshing (ish) beer but being an ale has that residual sweetness. But it's an interesting beer that I would try again especially as cream ales are basically unavailable over here.
Jul 15, 2020
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Reviewed by AtzenFox13 from Florida

4.84/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
I absolutely love this cream ale. It’s one of my favorites to turn to. It’s a light foggy amber, with a distinct vanilla wafer taste. It’s smooth too, and not heavily carbonated. Definitely doesn’t have an artificial taste, to me.
Jul 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.19 by sirzekel from Georgia

Jul 05, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by elglueckert from Montana

Jun 30, 2020
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Reviewed by Ahypercube from California

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
I actually didn't expect to like this at all. I made a friend while living in CO who also moved out there from SoCal. For some reason, I never tried anything from these guys, but my new friend recommended this highly, so I decided to pick up a mixed 12 pack with this, Boo Koo, Call me Ginger, and a new double IPA called Hop Diggity, all of which are delicious!

Poured into a pint, it produces three fingers of brilliant white suds, and a transparent gold body with a metallic sheen. Could've been more creative with the can art.

A mildly sweet aroma of frosted corn flakes with vanilla flavor grazes the nose. A light grassy hop aroma in the mix, but that vanilla overpowers it all the way through the finish. Smells kinda like cold kettle corn next to a glass of milk.

The toasty corn is the main player on the palate, with a light tart bite and a brief flare of herbal bitterness with hints of chamomile, sugarcane and vanilla. I don't know what I expected, but I'm impressed.

It's a little heavy for an adjunct lager. Very smooth and creamy.

I've never had a beer like this, and I sure as hell didn't expect something so tasty. Cheers!
Jun 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.08 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

May 31, 2020
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; little lacing;

S: vanilla buttercream frosting;

T: follows the nose from start to finish without the cloying sweetness of frosting; a hint of bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: interesting;
Apr 23, 2020
 
Rated: 3.55 by Jjl329 from California

Apr 14, 2020
Cali Creamin' Vanilla Cream Ale from Mother Earth Brew Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 498 ratings