Cali Creamin' Vanilla Cream Ale
Mother Earth Brew Co.

Cali Creamin' Vanilla Cream AleCali Creamin' Vanilla Cream Ale
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American Cream Ale
Ranked #36
Ranked #22,155
3.83 | pDev: 12.79%
Mother Earth Brew Co.
California, United States
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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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;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Apr 23, 2020
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3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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KTCamm from New Jersey, Mar 28, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -1%
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.

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EMH73 from New York, Feb 23, 2020
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3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Mister_Faucher from Washington, Feb 08, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Oct 31, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Nass from Florida, Sep 27, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of jexer
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Darkmagus82 from Virginia, Aug 15, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Jul 30, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Jeff_Robert from Virginia, Jul 26, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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metter98 from New York, Jul 13, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Jul 07, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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MaltyMagic from California, May 17, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Reema from California, Apr 20, 2019
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3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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...

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3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a rather dark dark yellow with a good amount of carbonation making for a 1/2 inch of froth that sticks around. Smells as expected vanilla and cream maybe some corn. Taste is very smooth creme ale where the vanilla is the star attraction. Body is pretty decent light to medium easy to crush.

Overall a very tasty vanilla creme ale but I am not sure I would get it again.

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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania, Mar 03, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cali Creamin' has a sweet, aromatic smell devoid of bitterness. Vanilla gets a bad rap for being a "basic" and "common" flavor in most realms; however, the flavor is unique in the bitter filled world of beer. Cali Creamin' in as laid back as it's surf city inspired bottle and can designs that evoke a 1960s beach boy vibe. You're meant to drink this beer with friends and have a good time with their company than reviewing the beer ad nauseam. So what are you waiting for, give this beer a try and enjoy it with a bunch of friends.

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pattpass from California, Mar 02, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A normal day in a not so normal "bar" inside Extraordinary Desserts, Little Italy, San Diego. Tried Cali Creamin in a pint glass poured from a can. The conversation with staff was warm, friendly and surprisingly well informed for a dessert focused establishment. The Beer Alone:

L: Warm golden with a fluffy frothy head
S: Vanilla Cream Soda scent, easy to see why it's served in a dessert joint
T: Creamy vanilla flavor as expected, this could be dangerous
F: Not too heavy, medium bodied, creamy, low bitterness but not overly sweet
O: Stands alone just fine but really shines with the right pairings...

Paired with Roasted Pimento Cheddar Cheese Dip, nice complimentary flavors where the creaminess quenched the mild spice and sharp cheddar flavors, getting excited!
Next tried with fat slice of Blood Orange Ricotta cake which transformed this beer from a Vanilla cream to an Orange Creamsicle! Amazing! I'd imagine it's great with Vanilla ice cream as a float but I'll have to revisit that idea...

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MyBar from California, Jan 11, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:. Pours a darker yellow copper with a fizzy white head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Strong notes of vanilla, mixed with corn and grain, very nice smelling.

T: Sweet vanilla, follows with corn and grain.

F:. Soft mouthfeel, creamy and smooth. Super easy drinking.

O:. This is an awesome cream ale, very good in warm weather.

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Parmesan from Colorado, Nov 03, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On my visit to Ocean Beach San Diego had to try a Mother Earth Cali Creamin while having lunch at Wonderland. Perfect choice with perfect view of the beach. Delicious ,creamy , vanilla goodness...but not too creamy..not too sweet. Along with the other great local brews it made for an awesome week of exploring Ocean Beach breweries.

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WildernessMonk from Massachusetts, Oct 18, 2018
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4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The usual bitter aftertaste is replaced with a slightly sweet vanilla note. Creamy and a bit thicker than most. Easy to drink and one of my current favorites.

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kafekaze from California, Sep 14, 2018
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2.27/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sweet vanilla smell along with grain and caramel malt, feel is strangely thin, but creamy at the same time, taste is light grainy malt with prominent sweet vanilla bean and dries up in the finish, confusing, did not really enjoy.

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PlinyMeNow from California, Aug 12, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes as advertised. It's a creamy, smooth ale with mild vanilla overtones. Slightly cloud, pale gold color with lush head. Not bitter and not particularly overly carbonated. Light and easy drinking.

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Alexc11 from Quebec (Canada), Aug 12, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear coppery pour with a fine, right head. Big vanilla smell. Head lasts forever. Light beer flavor, but refreshing. Definite vanilla flavor as well. No hops to speak of, but they are there for a slight bitterness. Overall, a great summer beer and really good cream ale example. Just like it should be.

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Krajnyak from Pennsylvania, Aug 04, 2018
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