Cali Creamin' Vanilla Cream Ale
Mother Earth Brew Co.

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Style:
Cream Ale
Ranked #40
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #24,583
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 12.76%
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
487
From:
Mother Earth Brew Co.
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  193
SCORE
86
Very Good
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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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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
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frankdatank1337 from California

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1%
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
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Steve555 from Wales

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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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AtzenFox13 from Florida

4.84/5  rDev +26%
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
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Ahypercube from California

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12/28/19....pours hazy still fruity colored gold. Low foam. A burst of vanilla in the nose, like a bean. Heavy vanilla bean flavor. Creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth. Boozy flavor. Interesting.

Mar 28, 2020
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EMH73 from New York

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber with a 2 inch white head that left spotty lacing. Smells of strong vanilla and sweet malts. Tastes like a cream soda with extra vanilla added and some sweet malts. Light bodied, highly carbonated, slightly artificial aftertaste.

Feb 23, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Six pack of cans picked up at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.

Canned 12/21/19, served in a pint glass.

Find your finest local cream soda, insert alcohol. I must say peach brandy shots mixed up with this make a 'peaches and cream' kind of vibe. Tasty.

In all honesty this is probably better served on a hot summer day. It's good overall.

Feb 08, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer, Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of vanilla, malts. Taste is the same as the aroma, some grains, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer that I would probably enjoy more during the summertime.

Oct 31, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

There is a born on date on the bottom of the can. The pour is golden yellow with a moderate flow of carbonation. The aroma is of vanilla bean. The taste is vanilla bean & some cereal grains. This is an easy drinking beer that I could see myself slamming these cans back to back at a local beach. I like that the vanilla is not overly sweet & it's not coming off artificial either. Cheers! B

Sep 27, 2019
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XZacktO

4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A: Clear and golden with a bubbly off-white head. Very little to no lacing.

S: Intially, just smelled like your typical ale. Then after letting it settle, I got VERY strong vanilla notes. Reminded me of. Candied yams at Thanksgiving. Delicious.

T: Bready, malty. The vanilla comes through after a couple sips and and lingers for quite some time and sits sweet on the after taste. Not nauseatingly sweet. Just the right amount. I'd be willing to call this a dessert beer. Not very bitter at all on the front or back end.

F: Crisp. Refreshing.

Sep 18, 2019
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jexer from California

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A couple sips into this and you will be overloaded with it's smooth vanilla flavor.

A great cream ale with thick, vanilla-bean flavor that tastes like a dessert.

Sep 15, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass
Appearance- The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of a vanilla cream smell mixed with a little bit of grain and some caramel. Along with these aromas comes some very light grass smell and a little bit of toast.
Taste – The taste begins with a clean bready taste that has a hint of grain and a strong vanilla flavor. As the taste advances it becomes more and more creamy in nature with a bit of doughiness hitting the taste buds. Toward the end a tiny bit of toasted malt and a bit of grass and hay meet the rest of the flavors and leave one with a creamy and thick vanilla taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is thick and creamy for a 5 % abv brew with a carbonation level that is slightly lower. For the mix of flavors and style the feel is spot on and makes for a creamy and robust, but easy drinking brew overall.
Overall – A very flavorful, but not overwhelming brew overall. Well done.

Aug 15, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber
from Don
Stella Artois Gold rimmed glass

Gold/champagne color, 2 finger of loosely knit head, lots of sparse lacing

Aroma of vanilla creamsickle and crisp pilsner malt; reminds me of a beer I brewed once.

Flavor has a lot of the vanilla cream soda thing going on, but IMO there's too much hop interference. The hop bite gets in the way of what should be an extremely malty beer. It is ridiculously refreshing though. Vanilla wafer, vanilla bean, cream soda, sharp hop pellet. It goes the way of what some overly-hopped peanut butter porters go. Back off the hops, let the malt take over completely guys.

Feel is crisp and cleansing, washes the palate for another sip right away. Nice bite.

Overall, not a bad beer, but needs to be a malt bomb to really convert me. There's a few beer recipes out there that should be malt bombs, this is one of them.

Jul 30, 2019
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Jeff_Robert from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At first taste, it hits you as a "flat" beer. Give it a moment, and you'll suddenly have a flashback to having a Vanilla Creamsicle as a kid.

Be sure it is under Nitro for best flavor.

Jul 26, 2019
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Sayb from Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy gold with noticeable carbonation bubbles . 1 inch head that dissipates slowly .
S: Very noticeable vanilla
T: Sweet but not overly sweet . Just right amount of vanilla cream flavor that stays around a while .
F: Smooth, creamy , slight carbonation.
O; Excellent outside kick back brew. I grew up on Genesee Cream Ale which I believe is now out of production . I cant find in Arizona not sure if its still in my home state of Pennsylvania . This will make a fine replacement .

Jul 23, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left just a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of vanilla are present in the nose along with hints of grainy malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of vanilla flavors along with notes of bready and grainy malts. There is a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The presence of vanilla in this cream ale adds a little complexity to both the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

Jul 13, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Welcome back to my What "New" Beers Have We Here Sunday (Week 750)? They're all new, plus there is a developing theme, as usual. At this point, we CANtinue on The CANQuest (tm) to see what's rilly new & rilly good.

From the CAN: "Tasting Notes: Vanilla Bean, Cool and Crisp, Smooth Finish".

I know from Cream Ales so I was anxious to Crack! open the vent & get started with this one! I decided on a full-on, pull-out-all-the-stops C-Line Glug since I was also simultaneously watching the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Final & I did not want to be distracted. This resulted in the quick formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with modest retention, withering in the heat & humidity of the day as I watched the match. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon to get off of my living room couch & come running into the kitchen for a taste! Nose smelled like I was baking vanilla cookies in HomeEc! Yum. It was not totally in keeping with the style, but since other adjuncts are allowable, I'm not going to dun them for it. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was liquefied 'Nilla Wafers! OMFG, now it was not high school HomeEc, but 1st grade story time with snacks! Haha. I loved them at that age, but I find them a bit too sweet in my dotage. Sweetness is also allowed in the style, so no problem there, either. Finish remained sweet to semi-sweet. It was just a little too sweet for my taste, especially when I CAN nip out & score a BIG CAN of Genny Cream Ale at any given moment. This was NOT going to supplant Genny Cream, IMHO. YMMV.

Jul 07, 2019
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MaltyMagic from California

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light orange gold with meringue head, good retention, spotty lace. Vanilla, honey, floral hops, slight biscuity/cereal grain/flaked corn malt disappears and reappears, wheaty tang, finishes with a nice balance of sweet and dry. Very crushable. The best cream ale Ive tasted thus far, a six pack disappeared in no time. Serve it ice cold and drink it fast.

This beer was most likely inspired by Anderson Valley's Summer Solstice. A Cali brewed Cream Ale, there is unmistakable similarity here, most likely in the vanilla based "natural flavors" added. This one has a lighter malt profile and some nice floral hops in the aroma to provide balance. I really enjoyed the unique malt profile to this beer.

May 17, 2019
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Reema from California

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz can into a nonic pint.

Appearance is pretty standard. Light golden amber color. Nice lacing down the glass. Head lasted roughly three minutes before dissipating to a off color eggshell white film. Aroma is of sweet vanilla, slight biscuity malts, subtle old school (Cascase, Chinook) hops come through. Taste reflects the aroma, vanilla sweetness, some residual malt sweetness, crisp hop bite. Overall, this is a great summer crusher that can satisfy a newcomer to the craft beer scene.

Apr 20, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

lots of local hype around this one, but i didnt love it. ive heard its real nice on nitro, and i can see that, but that doesnt do anything for how sweet it is. i dont want to totally bash it for being sugary, because that seems to be what its going for, but i could not do more than a pint of this one in its current form, so sweet as to be filling and even sticky on my teeth, without any of the crisp and clean and refreshing character i like in a cream ale at all. that said, its done about as well as such a thing could be, huge vanilla character thats very natural in nose and taste, and potent enough that i smell it from my mustache hours after i finish the pint. there has to be some lactose in here for creaminess, because even without the nitro, it has a very frothy feel like that, a success i think, and if its all from grain id be impressed, but the sweetness here is over the top, and any added sugar is over the top. simple malt flavors hold the vanilla well, and the carbonation keeps it from ever really feeling as heavy as the sugar should make it feel, but it still sits a little funny in the belly, and is a lot better cold than warmed up a little. a fine beer, well made for sure, they all are from these guys, but its a little over flavored and way too sweet for my personal tastes...

Apr 17, 2019
Cali Creamin' Vanilla Cream Ale from Mother Earth Brew Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 487 ratings