Thomas Creek Stillwater Vanilla Cream Ale | Thomas Creek Brewery

Thomas Creek Stillwater Vanilla Cream AleThomas Creek Stillwater Vanilla Cream Ale
174 Ratings
Thomas Creek Stillwater Vanilla Cream AleThomas Creek Stillwater Vanilla Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
23 IBU

Added by aracauna on 04-26-2004

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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 73
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of thecheapies
3.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.48/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
2.92/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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1/5  rDev -67.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of shand
1.91/5  rDev -38.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of wyatt13
3.17/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Vec2267
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of TheDinger
3.51/5  rDev +12.5%
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-

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2.25/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
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
M: As indicated visually, this does have high carbonation but sit seems suitable; light body.

O: refreshing but timid.

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Photo of tdm168
3.49/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of elvislwyr
2.33/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Thomas Creek Stillwater Vanilla Cream Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 174 ratings
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