Light & Sweet
Carton Brewing Company

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American Cream Ale
Ranked #20
Ranked #14,307
4.07 | pDev: 4.18%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Light & Sweet is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. Where Regular derives its creaminess from the warm richness of a higher ABV, L&S looks to a nitro treatment for body, allowing the same flavors with less sugar and less alcohol. A nimbler version of our amusing beer rendition of the acidic bitter coffee curbed by milk and two sugars that starts a day in a paper cup, for the all-day drinker. Drink Light &Sweet when you want more than one, but there has to be a morning after.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 19
Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Murky deep gold with minor foam and decent lacing for the foam it has (Foam only from aggressive pour).
N: Light coffee, malt, caramel, sugar, and a little vanilla.
T: Follows the nose, creamy light coffee hit with some sugary notes, caramel/vanilla, and a light malt feel.
M: Light and clean zero ABV feel.
O: A nice lighter version of the beer, good flavors and easy to consume.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at brewery:
Looks stark white until after a slow clearing period of the nitrogen bubbles. Afterwards, we have a perfectly golden beer with a pillow of dirty white nitro head atop of it. Sheets of foam.

Nose is that similar to a few “white stouts” I’ve had in the past. A bit of malt plays with a lighter coffee note, with a sweetness included that I’d assume was lactose, though I missed that as part of the description if it is there.

Taste is sweet, but not too much up front. The cream ale base can still be discerned fairly easily, along with the coffee notes. The latter doesn’t squash the former, though it does take over eventually. Sweetness builds.

A soft, moderately light beer, drinking easier than its 6%. It did remind me of the higher ABV original Regular Coffee, even though I haven’t had that beer in a while.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draught (nitro) at the brewery. It pours a slightly hazy, light honey color with a thick, creamy, bright snow white cap. On the nose there is freshly-brewed coffee and creamy lactose. True to its mission, the taste is almost equal fresh coffee and creamy lactose. It lacks the big coffee flavor of the Regular Coffee variants, which isn't surprising since it's intended to be a liter version with half the ABV. It's also less bitter than the original version. Served on nitro it's very creamy and an easy drinker. Overall, Light & Sweet does exactly what it's supposed to do. But just as I prefer stronger, darker coffee at a New Jersey diner, I like the more robust Regular Coffee, which is an iconic cream ale, better. By no means a criticism, just a preference.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If I had never tried Reglular Coffee I would probably be rating this higher. Regular Coffee is incredible and this light version does seem to miss that big ABV richness and sweetness. With that being said this beer is still great, tasty, easy drinking, lovely flavor balance. A bit pricey but I'm glad I bought it. yb

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Photo of q33jeff
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


can to tulip glass.

LOOK: pale yellow, small eggshell head, poor retention (expected better with nitro).
AROMA: sweet creamy coffee.
TASTE: coffee and lactose flavors are prominent; a nice sweetness but not too much. Light grains.
FEEL: very smooth, goes down nicely. weak carbonation (nitration), but this is probably best with less bubbles.

Very nice. enjoying this as a little after dinner drink.


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Photo of Buck89
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. A hazy golden color with a medium sized creamy white head. As billed, this smelled and tasted like coffee regular. I was impressed by the bright coffee notes balanced with just enough sweetness to avoid overwhelming the beer. Light and creamy feel. Outstanding.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can from...I dunno a few weeks ago. Poured into Kane tulip glass.

L: 1F or so soapy head. Retention not bad. No lacing, Leaves thin ring and partial cap. Beer is a clear pale copper with visible carbonation bubbles,

S: Light sweet coffee more or less on target here. Coffee a little bit less pronounced than Regular Coffee.

T: Coffee, dairy lactose, light malts. Unfortunately an amount of wateriness creeps in as a result of the cut in sugar and alcohol and that definitely costs some taste.

F: Light-bodied, moderately carbonated. As noted above the loss of body, though intentional, reduces the experience. Construction and balance are OK.

O: It's not bad, but I'd just go with Regular Coffee.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a semi opaque honey golden with a marshmallow like nitro head. Smells like toasted oats, toffee,mild coffee. Taste reminds me of "light and sweet " coffee" churro,the nitro and the flavors combine perfectly. Feels like a nitro beer,smooth,mild carbonation. Overall this is a really good cream ale.

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Photo of Act25
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thrilled to be 1st review. One of my faves from brewer.
Went back to get in cans and lives up to on tap at brewer.

Light & Sweet is a better coffee lover's rendition of a coffee Cream ale. .
a) Head persists over a clear amber body, laces as well.
s) Cream, coffee, sugar over hops and malt - authentic.
t) follows smell
f) Cream, full bodied for 6% abv.
o) Intense, amazing treat.

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