Stillwater Vanilla Cream Ale
Thomas Creek Brewery

Stillwater Vanilla Cream AleStillwater Vanilla Cream Ale
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Style:
Cream Ale
Ranked #290
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
74
Ranked #49,540
Avg:
3.19 | pDev: 18.5%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
177
From:
Thomas Creek Brewery
 
South Carolina, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  10
Gots
  15
SCORE
74
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Stillwater Vanilla Cream AleStillwater Vanilla Cream Ale
Notes: 23 IBU
Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 177 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Nass from Florida

3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

There is a bottled on date on the neck of the bottle. The pour is honey colored. I agree with the taste being a little bit bland but I was not coming into this review with big & bold flavorful expectations with this beer. Moreover, i'm picking up on a little bit of vanilla that's more towards the finish. For what it's worth this is an easy laid back type of beer, sort of reminiscent of a pale lager in some regards. There are some days where I desire something that's easy drinking & not out to damage to my palate. Cheers! B-

Oct 25, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thomas Creek Brewery "Stillwater Vanilla Cream Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle with illegible black ink jet coding on the neck of the bottle

Notes via stream of consciousness: Vanilla cream ale, eh? That can be hard to pull off, let's see how they did. It's got a good appearance to it with a fluffy head of white foam atop a slightly hazy golden body. Better clarity would be nice, but OK. The aroma is clean, and displays sweetish grainy malt with just a hint of vanilla. So far so good. The flavor follows with more vanilla, but not by much, and less sweetness than the aroma suggests. It's not that bitter but it's balanced, and it finishes dry with just a drop of vanilla and malt remaining. In the mouth it's light-medium in body and crisp. It's a decent enough beer so the question will be how much do you like the vanilla? Also, if you're having more than one will it build on your palate? I don't have those answers but I'll say that personally the vanilla isn't compelling me to want another, and to be honest, I'd probably enjoy it more without the vanilla added but that's just my personal taste. As a cream ale it does just fine though.
Review# 6,315

Oct 26, 2018
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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is seriously lacking on any distinguishing features. It's bland in color and taste and I can't smell a thing when I drink it. It's not bad to drink, but it certainly isn't something I'd buy again.

Jun 13, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, slight hops, hint of vanilla, and a hint of tea. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of vanilla, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of caramel malt, and slight hops. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and body.

Oct 01, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. A golden yellow brew with a sweet vanilla aroma and taste. A nice mild bodied beer with moderate to heavy carbonation that was well balanced with the vanilla flavor. A good session beer.

Aug 30, 2015
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kelsietate

1.41/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

If this was part of a blind taste test beside um, "light beers", I'm not sure that I could tell the difference. Very pale yellow in color. Watery taste, no hint of vanilla.

Jan 19, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/15/2013. A moderate gusher upon opening. Pours slightly hazy bright golden color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light vanilla notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, vanilla, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, vanilla, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and vanilla flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance and some slightly cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected for 4.5%. Overall this is a solid cream ale. Good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and vanilla flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasant and enjoyable offering.

Oct 30, 2014
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

2.7/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a light straw color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Retention isn't very impressive, and a decent amount of lacing is left on the glass. (3)

Smell: I pick up a weak bubblegum note first and foremost. A touch of vanilla comes through after opening up a bit; so does its grainy malt backbone. Like most cream ales, it's dead simple, but there are no significant flaws, either. The vanilla - though subtle - is nice. (3)

Taste: There's a bigger vanilla note on the palate. In fact, wow, there's a lot of vanilla. Also in fact, it's a pretty one-note brew: the cream ale base is rather nondescript. If nothing else, I'm mildly impressed how the vanilla isn't disgustingly artificial. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: Being a cream ale, it's relatively full-bodied and creamy (NO WAY.) But the addition of vanilla makes it too sweet for me. Carbonation is high, but again, it's not as drinkable as it could/should be. (2.5)

Overall: Due to being entirely one-note, I can't give it a very good score. But, it does showcase vanilla respectably well (at the cost of everything else...) Who knows, some out there will like this one. (2.75)

2.68/5: Want to taste nothing but vanilla? Here's your beer!

Oct 08, 2014
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iheartmyTHO from Georgia

2.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was hoping for this beer to have a nice vanilla taste, but I was sadly disappointed. There's maybe a slight bit of a chemical vanilla taste, but it's not strong at all. Actually, the ale had more of a bubble gum like flavor to me, and that's not something I really seek out in beer.

Jun 30, 2014
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brutusmuktuk from Michigan

1.88/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Light golden color with no head. The aroma is a combination of vanilla and creamy malts that give it a strange, skunky sweet smell. There is a very light hint of vanilla and some light bitterness, but overall very little flavor. This is a shame because I tend to love vanilla, but so far no luck in a beer.

Feb 19, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short but dense off white head that has very good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light aromas of biscuit malts are present in the nose along with faint bits of vanilla.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has light flavors of biscuity malts along with hints of vanilla.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit creamy and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but isn't overly flavorful and seems a bit thin on the mouthfeel.

Oct 02, 2013
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear gold color with a frothy white head. Nice retention and leaves a sheet of foam all around the glass. An impressive looking beer at least.

Nose is honeyed grains, with a hint of vanilla. Pretty standard Cream Ale aromas and is a little on the sweeter side than average. Im surprised the vanilla does not make more of a presence.

Taste is right in line with most cream ales I have had - the malts are light and grainy at best. There is something about cream ales that give it a unique taste - apart from blonde ales...they seem a little sweeter with a fuller body. The vanilla is pleasant, if a little on the light side. It a fairly well done beer, but being a little better than average in a rather uninspiring style category isnt going to garner the highest rankings unfortunately. I would drink this again for sure and if I was looking for a tasty, light-ish beer - this would do nicely.

Aug 09, 2013
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dowen17 from Alabama

1.46/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear piss yellow like cream soda. Two finger, VERY foamy, white head with low retention and some lacing.

Not much on the smell. A very small hint of vanilla on the nose. Other than that it smells like any other cheap beer you'd buy at a gas station. It's pretty repulsing, actually.

Taste is watery. Not really picking up any vanilla. Slightly bitter and not much going on for it. I don't understand the "vanilla ale" name at all.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated. Watery. Again, nothing special.

For this to be a "vanilla ale" it tastes just like any cheap beer you'd buy. Definitely wouldn't seek out/buy again. Only tasted because a buddy had some. If you like cheap beer I guess this is okay. The name is pretty deceiving for what it is.

Aug 04, 2013
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a golden orange with a little bit of white lace for a head, dissipates away to nothing.

Mildly biscuity malt aroma with some citrusy hop and a noted vanilla character.

Mild vanilla flavor with some citrus and floral hop and bready malts.

Medium to light body with soft carbonation.

Not too bad actually, very light with minimal impact, but highly sessionable and unoffensive. Good thirst-quencher.

Jul 31, 2013
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decent clarity. Pale orange-gold. Small head lipped up to a quarter-inch or maybe half. Doesn't really want to lace.

Stale and pale are the cereal grains with orange-y hops on the light and a familiar vanilla aroma that borders on artificial. Cream soda like, for sure. Just a little muted.

Artificial vanilla, lemon-orange citrus, pale grains, ale yeast, implied cream, low bitterness, light syrup/malt sweetness. Soft and watery with a filling-ness. Light-bodied and fairly unstrong with a woven bubble that saves it. Gone before you know it. A pushover at sub-5%.

A half-decent little cream ale. Charming in its own little way. For those who like their ales to taste like sodas.

Jul 25, 2013
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, vanilla and somewhat creme soda like. In the taste, a small sweetness and a small vanilla presence. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry vanilla cream soda like aftertaste. Looks like a pils, tastes like a cream soda poured into a lighter ale.

Jul 13, 2013
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macrosmatic from Florida

2.92/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Bright gold with some chill haze. One finger of white head over a fairly low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Light pilsner malts, vanilla, a bit sweet, and some almost lager-like fruity yeast esters.

T: Light cracker and pilsner malts, light vanilla undertones that increase noticeably as the beer warms, a bit yeasty with a sweet malty finish. This seems like a lager in a lot of ways.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation sensation. Low alcohol presence, but not a terribly creamy mouthfeel.

O: Not so good. Another miss from Thomas Creek. I've not been impressed with anything I've tried from them, with one notable exception - and this isn't it.

Jul 08, 2013
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shand from Florida

1.91/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

This is a bad beer. This is a really bad beer. One of the worst I've had in a long time. It's got a decent enough golden body, but everything is far downhill from there. The aroma is generic, "wet dog", beer, with a huge artificial vanilla note messing everything up. The taste? Ugh. Not good. Not good at all. I can kinda taste the cream ale thing going on. It's not a good cream ale base, I'd take a Genny any day over it. And then you add in that big vanilla note, that big, fake tasting vanilla that doesn't even go with the base beer, and you have a prescription for bad times.

Don't buy this beer. It's not good. Nothing about it works, I had to chug it while it was still cool because I knew there was no way it would get better with temperature. Anderson Valley Summer Solstice does everything this beer is trying to do, but with a million times more aplomb.

Jun 30, 2013
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wyatt13 from Illinois

3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My friend Chris brought this bottle over as a surprise ... um, thanks? Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

A - A very light lemony yellow, with a good clarity. About one finger of white head sticks on top. Visible carbonation from bottom to top. Small amounts of lacing, but nothing too impressive.

S - A slight vanilla aroma, but it also has a watery and lemony aroma like a light beer. Not entirely pleasurable on the nose.

T - Pretty flavorless at the beginning of the taste. However, it later transitions to a bitter finish with a lot of vanilla that carries through the aftertaste. Not exactly a clean vanilla presence, but it is moderately creamy.

M - Very light bodied with a high carbonation level. Moderately dry after the swallow.

O - Chris described this as "a dessert beer for pussies." I'm not sure that I entirely agree, but it is not something I would actively seek out for any occasion. It is tolerable, but there are too many other options that are vastly superior.

Jun 11, 2013
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Vec2267 from Florida

3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - very pale gold, thin lace of white head that persists, lots of little bubbles

S - very light, some vanilla, light grain

T - vanilla, very sweet with some bitterness at the back but no typical beer notes

M - medium for such a low ABV

O - a light beer with a twist for warm days, but other than the vanilla, not much going on

May 26, 2013
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TheDinger from South Carolina

3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass. a pretty unassuming pour with mild golden tones and a quickly disappearing 1 finger head. Smell was a bit timid, but did include some nice vanilla notes and some root beer. Taste was up front vanilla with some background of biscuit malt and soda. Didn't pick up much on the hop end. Feel was lightly carbed and a bit on the weak/watery side. Overall- A little bit of a let down. It had potential with the vanilla, it just got lost in the shuffle. It's pretty refreshing and sessionable. I would consider it a bit above average. Was wanting something more distinguished and bold. I would try another if offered-

May 19, 2013
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured clear light golden in color with what looks like a high amount of carbonation. Large, sudsy white head is durable. The ho-hum aroma and flavor are weak and too much like a macro lager... albeit with vanilla
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M: As indicated visually, this does have high carbonation but sit seems suitable; light body.

O: refreshing but timid.

May 04, 2013
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - gold with a thin lacing of white head

S - cereal grains, faint creaminess

T - vanilla, creamy, cereal grains, sweet graininess

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This idea had promise. I like the underlying cream ale. I would probably like this a lot more if the vanilla didn't come across as artificial. Ultimately, this is a nice, flavorful-for-the-style, refreshing, lighter offering that will help you through some of the warmer days ahead.

May 02, 2013
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elvislwyr from Alabama

2.33/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours clear yellow into a glass, two shades brighter than straw. Not much head. Not much to get excited about.

S: The bouquet is faint and floral. No vanilla detected to my nose.

T: Cloying citrus, not much complexity, a finish distinctly reminiscent of lesser American adjunct lagers in its graininess. If vanilla is present, it is very light, not even an undertone.

M: Nothing unexpected here. Average carbonation, slightly on the dry side of the spectrum.

O: Doesn't bear much resemblance to an ale, to me. Much closer to a typical American adjunct lager. Not much here I would want to revisit.

Apr 29, 2013
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tvv375ia from Iowa

3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-fizzy straw yellow beer with bright white one finger head, whats not to love?

S-almost nothing reminds me of a normal fizzy yellow beer

T- finally something not reminiscent of fizzy yellow beer. This has some vanilla coming through with a hint of honey sweetness

M-some good creaminess in this one

O-better than I expected when I first poured this one and I may even try it again

Nov 08, 2012
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