Cali Creamin' Vanilla Cream Ale | Mother Earth Brew Co.

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Cali Creamin' Vanilla Cream AleCali Creamin' Vanilla Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brew Co.
California, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mactrail on 12-12-2012

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 321
Photo of snaotheus
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a tulip. Genesis 1/10/17. Brought this can home from Oxnard.

Pours clear golden with a medium to large head and lots of carbonation. Smell is malty, a little biscuit, a little yeast. Maybe a little straw.

Taste is clearly vanilla (maybe a little too strong, but not overwhelming), a little bit of a bitter finish (but not enough to seem crisp, so probably appropriate for the style). Moderate honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel is creamy. Overall, I'd say it's a pretty good cream ale -- and I wonder how long it's been since I had a cream ale.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned 12/09/16

Appearance - Pours clear and golden in color with a white, half-finger width head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing; a few small spots.

Smell - Smells of graham cracker and vanilla. Faint grain as well.

Taste - Follows the nose, with main character comprising of graham cracker maltiness with a hint of vanilla. Faint corn character emerges mid-taste and sticks around. Simple, light and easy on the finish, with hints of sweetness that linger.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with moderate, bitey carbonation. Slick texture with a crisp, mostly dry finish.

Overall - A simple, easy drinker that would be a nice summer beach or lawnmower beer. Having said that, I don't think it's nearly as good as Anderson Valley's Summer Solstice and would prefer the latter in those situations.

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Photo of degueulasse
2.46/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This is a light and bubbly beer that pours an almost neon yellow with a tall but airy head. It smells like sour, artificial vanilla and tastes about the same. The label describes it as having a cream soda taste, and I definitely can't disagree, though it tastes a bit like cream soda with added alcohol rather than a cream soda inspired beer.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can to SA PP. Pours a chill-hazed yellow with a fluffy white head. Smell is immediate vanilla with bready malt undertones and a hint of earthy hops. Taste follows, pretty massive vanilla middle of the palate without being cloying. Hints of an earthy hop bitterness, bready malt undertones, faint caramel sweetness. Lighter body with medium carbonation. Overall this goes down way too easy, almost like a cream soda or root beer.

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Photo of farrago
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of bright white and frothy foam, moderate density and retention, dimples as it dissolves, the lacing comes as sheets with no real stickiness. The liquid is a solid orange amber color, somewhat darker than expected, not many bubbles and they tend to be quite tiny, clear and without and filminess. There is a grainy, just starting cook breadiness to the nose and certainly no lack of vanilla and whipped cream scents, hint of orange creamsicle, honey and at times cinnamon, overall innocuous and thankfully not cloyingly sweet. Medium-bodied, shows likewise restraint in the mouth with malty smoothness and yet enough stiffness so that it doesn’t lazily cling to your pores. In fact at times it almost develops a bitter pucker but then that vanilla fudge and corn syrup notes salve all wounds. The carbonation is weak and could stand to get ratcheted up. They tweaked the basic recipe enough to give it freshness but perhaps in the process gave away too much of the richness and sweetness which the hallmark and differentiating factor for this category of beer. Still could be sessioned easily enough.

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Photo of nobodywonder
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

It just isn't my style I'd say.

From a 12 oz can at Trader Joe's.

The smell is great with luscious vanilla.

Just too sweet for me to be honest. The taste is alright for a couple sips, but I just don't really care for it.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Ommegang stemmed glass. Bottom of can says Genesis Date 04/13/16.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Grainy malt with some sweet vanilla on top.

T- More grainy malt with the vanilla coming in right after giving a pleasant sweetness. The finish is where things go a bit lame as there's a very weak aftertaste.

M- Slightly creamy which is a surprise since usually, for me, cream ales don't deliver any actual creaminess so I'm pleasantly surprised. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Plenty easy to drink and the vanilla adds a nice extra flavor characteristic to what would otherwise be a pretty boring beer.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's kind of hard to rate this one. It's exactly what you would expect from the name, so mission accomplished. Light an easy to drink, but has an artificial flavoring taste going on. Just not for me. Cheers!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


A: Light malt presence, slightly sweet. No hops.

A: Light straw color, totally clear with a big white frothy head.

T: Moderately low maltiness, vanilla-like flavor, slightly sweet with moderately high bitterness that lingers on the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, the beer has a light crisp, smooth mouth-feel. Pretty highly attenuated and refreshing.

O: Pretty solid iteration; the cream ale has a nice clean aroma, solid malt flavor, while being light, crisp, smooth and easy to drink - just a tad too much hop bitterness.

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Photo of Zorro
2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear golden ale with a momentary white head.

Smells of toasted grain and vanilla. Scents of honey and yeast. Smells remotely like Old Spice aftershave.

Starts out Sweet with the taste of vanilla featuring in a big way. Tastes of caramel and toffee. But mostly this tastes of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a one trick beer. Frankly I'm probably going to drain pour the rest of the bottle. NOT recommended.

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Photo of stevoj
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at PreFunk. This is what cream ale is all about. Big chewy body, semi sweet, small tight, very head. Pure malt aroma, more pure malty goodness in the taste. Smooth and slick and tasty.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing CO pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Sweet vanilla, a little spice, and light caramel sweetness.

T: Vanilla and spice up front, definitely cream soda like, followed with some grassy and herbal notes, citrus zest, a bit grainy, and some sweetness. Finishes with an odd husky slightly harsh bitterness.

M: A bit on the heavier end of medium body, moderate carbonation, kinda creamy.

O: I'm sure some people will like this, but I don't care for it.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a large wine glass. The Cali Creamin' pours a medium copper in color with proper carbonation and lacing. Whitish cap tends towards a light cap in short order.

Aroma of subtle vanilla is prevalent with light noble hops to accompany. Clean aroma and quality. Taste is creamy but adds a touch of artificial in regards to the vanilla coponent. Still intriguing and pleasant. Vanilla works well with the cream ale style. Sweet and bready on the delivery. Unique in a way. Love or hate perhaps.

Decent feel yet the vanilla is everpresent. Bit sharp in the end. A good beer to have one of but gets a bit overwhelming in the end.

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Photo of TheMarkE
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale gold with a decent head and good lacing. Plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Vanilla cream soda.

Taste: Vanilla cream soda, hints of cereal grains.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy.

The Verdict: Tasty. Best cream ale I've had yet, this is enough to make me a fan of the style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud

Decent creamy fluffy 1 finger head fades slowly with nice lacing, mostly clear tan honey orange color.

Nose is mixed, earthy vanilla like the pod, a little papery vanilla earthy herbal thing with cereal grain husk, a fruity apricot and orange thing, that earthy thing eventually goes away and it becomes vanilla cream, little orange cream and vanilla thing, that husky grain keeps coming back.

Taste is loaded with vanilla, creamy vanilla, mild cream soda, little apricot like fruit thing, mild fruit, the vanilla has a not more of the herbal flavor, mild husky grain but nothing like the nose, herbal vanilla like the vanilla pod, fair creamy, little corn like note, maybe that's the herbal flavor. Mild grassy hop bitterness, weird astringent bitterness, lingering vanilla cream and herbal corn maize.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy nice carb at least.

Overall mixed, some nice vanilla cream flavours, but the weird husky thing and herbal corn astringent hops hurt it a lot.

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Photo of rudzud
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear amber hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of some odd cereal grains. Once you get past the cereal grains there is loads of vanilla. Really aromatic and smells like a vanilla cream soda!

T - Taste is really close to a cream soda. Lots of vanilla on initial sip, however, once that's gone there is a corn thing going on along with an astringent bitterness. Husky grains, weird finish, the finish is a mixture of vanilla pods and corn husks.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, somewhat like a soda but not quite as sharp.

O - Overall this beer had potential to be incredible, however, the weird bitterness and husky corn thing completely detract from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a wonderful color and a lot vanilla on the nose. Unfortunately the good stops there were the vanilla l taste comes off artificial and the finish is slightly bitter and harsh. Overall, ends up being a run of the mill beer.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It smells so much like ice cream.
then the flavour is like a flowery hoppy English bitter wave with vanilla foaming crest, unusual but really tasty

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- clear copper color, almost no head
Smell- vanilla mostly, some malt
Taste- lots of vanilla, very good
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- I thought it was very good. I loved the taste of vanilla. Very nice!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to whiskey for the bottle.

Appearance: Dark gold with some very soft orange when held to direct light. Head is small, bubbly, and white. Drops to a super thin collar with no lacing or cap. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Vanilla. Cream soda. Some lightly caramelized malt. Slightly bready. A touch of sweetness from the malt base as well coupled with the vanilla. Some general cereal grain and cooked malt. A touch of corn husk and uncooked malt. Vanilla hits almost artificial but there's some hint of vanilla bean. Very mild hop presence. Some slight earthy and grassy notes. Really hits like a hopped cream soda.

Taste: Vanilla and caramelized malt. Slightly sweet with cooked malt and sweet cereal grain. Vanilla is a touch artificial. Warming pushes a slight bitterness. Some very vague earthy notes from the hops with a touch of dirt. Caramel malt backbone. Some mild bready elements as well. Warming ups the sweetness and the vanilla feels even less genuine. Takes on a husky straw note after a few sips. Relatively clean.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly crisp.

Overall: Hard cream soda?

The idea is really interesting but it falls a bit shirt of the mark. Ends up a touch too sweet and the vanilla doesn't quite jive in the long run.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a dry cream soda with a bit of bitterness. Fuller bodied than a cream soda which would make this a nice choice when you want to fill that itch.

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Photo of Sm00thHoperator
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a can this is more bitter than I first thought it would be with a nice vanilla cream hint both in the aroma and Taste.

The vanilla I think is more present in the aroma than the taste. Its sweet and bitter at the same time with a smoothness and somewhat flavor of a cream soda.

This is a good beer give it a shot.

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Photo of demon
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed pretty close to room temp. Probably not the best idea. This beer is undeniably very smooth and creamy. Smell and taste wise, it was very light, and left more to be desired. Would recommend giving it a try, but as of my first impression, it's certainly not going to become one of my staples.

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Photo of BlottoOtto
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Steady, even flavor. Tastes exactly like it should and as I hoped it would. Has nice soap sudsy head and mild hint of vanilla. Goes down easy and I don't mind it as a session beer. I really like it and so do the ladies who have sampled it.

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Photo of 49ers
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

I myself am not a big cream ale guy but my wife loves this beer. Overall it's very good drinking but a pint is my limit. It's a tad sweet like a cream soda and the alcohol is well balanced and overall a good drinking beer.

Vanilla is the main flavor and finished nicely, solid if your a cream ale enthusiast.

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