Haver Ale | The Tap Brewing Company

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Haver AleHaver Ale

Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 05-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jayli
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear straw colored yellow - perhaps one of the most clear beers that I have come across. White half finger head with relatively no retention to it, wispy lacing left behind. Nose is very, very bready, touch of corn, slightly sweet - perhaps some caramel malts but couldn't quite put my finger on it. Taste is where you can pick up on the caramel malts, much heavier malt in taste than in the nose. Slight bite of sweetness, but also quite bready. It actually reminded me of an alcoholic cream soda. This is an extremely light bodied beer, that like the taste, reminded me of drinking a cream soda. Light to medium carbonation, crisp and clean finish.
This was fun to try - especially to support a local brewery, but I would pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of cleeze
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Solid Session beer right here.

Poured a golden amber with barey any head or carbonation. Head was very white and disapeared in seconds.

Smelled kinda fruity, maybe apples. Taste was malty goodness.It's a great cream ale, i wish I saw more of this style. Great afternoon brew. Like I said great session beer. Wish it was availible here in ME.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 7 Mar 2009. Courtesy of jleblanc, thanks!

Poured in Brewbaker pint glass. Small very white head. Lightly carbonated. Clear bright golden color. Light aroma of malt, apples, earthy. Very light, sweet malt. Somewhat flat throughout, slightly water. Finish is dry and crisp, aftertaste is sweet with just a slight bitterness. Body pretty light, minimal alcohol.

Overall not much to this, would probably be a good summer beer.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle purchased at the Liquor Shop in Tyngsborro, Mass. Pours a crystal-clear light amber body with nearly an inch of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Caramel and biscuit with hints of citrussy hops characterize the aroma. Tastes biscuity and husky, with hints or caramel and just the slightest bite from citrussy hops on the finish. Light in body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. A solid cream ale, and something I could see drinking plenty of on a hot summer day.

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Photo of currysage1
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale orange, topped with a fizzy cream colored two finger head, doesn't go right away but doesn't exactly stick around. Better than some of the Cream Ales I've had (Genesee).

Smell is nutty with light malt but not any whiff of hop, slight lager yeast smell. Always seems to give me a slight headache with the smell.

Taste is also nutty, but hazelnut in particular, light fruityness- nothing distinguishable, more light malt and yeast. For a Cream ale - Pretty damn good, for a beer against all other beers - it's eh..

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Photo of kmo1030
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear golden color. it's not easy to coax a head out of, as a result there is just a film for the most of the duration of the beer.
the aroma is a soft cake-y grainy malts. it's got touches of vanilla. it's somewhat gingerbread-y with emphasis on the bread.
the taste is fairly similar to the aroma (minus the slight gingerbread aspect) with a little bit more of a dry fruit component. it's got some breadiness up front and turns very clean a lager-like towards the back end with some herbal hops evening things out.
the mouthfeel is fairly light with a moderate carbonation. it's got very nice texture.
the drinkability is quite good, it's very refreshing and has some nice sweetness in parts, but crisp bitterness in others. for sure something i could hoist a few of in one sitting.

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Photo of trbergman
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Golden body with a thin and creamy white head that quickly fades.

S - Grainy, a bit nutty, no hops detected. Some fruity esters come out as the beer warms.

T - Grain, perhaps a hint of vanilla, a touch of hop bitterness to balance out the malt. Much better and more interesting than the nose would indicate.

M - Medium body, yet amazingly full for such a small beer. Something like a bready cream soda. Nice, rounded mouthfeel.

D - My first of the style, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This is a light, drinkable beer with no pretension of being more than it is. Goes down almost too easily.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a 2 finger head that was lively and creamy. The head did quickly dissipate back into the clear golden ale. The beer was crystal clear with a touch of visible carbonation.

Aroma was very light and mostly of light grains with a touch of light fruit and yeast. Slightly sweet.

Flavor was very smooth and well balanced. Starts with a touch of sweetness, them moves to a nice cracker/grain flavor. (wheat thins) This then moves to a mix of some light yeast and subtle hob bitterness. All this plays very nicely and finishes fairly crisp.

Mouth feel is light and fairly refreshing. Very drinkable and a nice session beer.

Good gateway beer for some folks.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer poured a clear golden with a nice tan head that dissipated quickly.

the smell is slightly spicy and maybe a bit of banana. very faint.

it is not full of flavors, but nothing is off in the brew either. it's real easy to drink. slightly spicy with a bit of hops is all i get, but it's pleasant enough.

the mouthfeel is pretty thin, but champagne like. haven't had too many creme ales, so i don't know what to expect really.

this beer is super easy to drink and i was glad i got to try it. nothing super, but nothing offensive either.

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Photo of albern
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had very many cream ales, and the only one that stands out in my mind is Genesee. If anything, it is a unique flavor and experience, well worth a try for that alone. It is a drinkable beer, I think I like it, but I'm not entirely sold on the style. It pours a clear pale amber with a slightly creamy, but smallish, white head. The aroma is vanilla malts, and some funky yeast smells. The aroma is not pungent, not bad, but not overly enticing either.

The taste is a tad bit vanilla cream, a bit of a creamy or buttery corn or other similar vegetable, some dryish malts, maybe a tad bit of caramel, if any. There isn't much alcohol or huge hop flavors popping through, and the beer is of medium carbonation. There is a bit of a cream soda like taste to this beer. There is a spiced up bite in the finish and perhaps that is where some herbal hops make themselves present. The beer isn't particularly sweet, but I wouldn't rule out some sweetness entirely in the mid section, although it does dry out a bit by the finish. Not a bad beer, pretty drinkable, but not a go back to type of beer either.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy pale gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has a strong corny smell along with some fruit and some spice.

The taste is bready with some fruit flavours of maybe mango and some orange. I also get a yeasty flavourness that I didn't expect from a Cream Ale. It's quite nice.

Great head retention on this medium bodied Ale and it finishes with a fruity tartness and hop bitterness that is both pleasing and long lasting.

This one really tastes different and I'd have to say, in a positive way. And man, at 4.5%abv, it yells out drinkability. Good stuff.

My apologies to the trader that sent this to me as I accidentally moved this bottle to the fridge without putting the info in to my memory bank.

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Photo of tpd975
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for this, not usually a huge fan of the creams, but actually wish I had a few more of these.

A: Pours a medium yellow color with a white, fizzy, medium sized head with fair lacing.

S: Aroma is of light bread malts, corn, touches of spice, and tropical fruit. Quite a unique combination but in a good way.

T: Similar to the nose. The tropical fruits are there as is a tinge of buttery corn. There is a splash of hops added to the mix which plays nicely with the malt. Enjoyable and unique.

M: Light bodied, not over carbonated

D: Pretty drinkable, to be honest if I had another I would have consumed it.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.46/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Nose is too vague to describe. Flavor is light hay with hops. Would make a good lawnmower beer. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of errantnight
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, AdamB84.

A delicious, simple, Cream Ale. What? Low alcohol, pale beer with flavor? I'm... shocked!

Seriously though, pours a brilliant gold with a finger or two ahead that doesn't stick around long.

Aroma is bready with mild hops around the edge.

Flavor is well balanced, medium to light body and crisp feel. Malt flavors are a little sweeter and less bready than the nose implied.

Would happily keep a sixer in the fridge throughout the summer months, or whenever someone visiting needs some convincing that light, easy to drink beers aren't deserving of flavor.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some spice, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced but leans to the malty side with flavors of caramel, spice and some fruit. There's a good hops presence for the style and there's also a touch of smokiness. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, it's a decent beer that's worth drinking for a while, but typically I'd go for something a bit more flavor and a bit more strength.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this while up in New England, mainly because of the label.

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a small white head, ok retention and lacing. Smells of flowers, caramel, butter, and slightly grassy. Taste is fruity, but also sweet and buttery, almost like a liquid kettle corn but with a nice dry light grassy/spicy hop finish. Medium/lite in body and very creamy and smooth with just enough hop presence to give it more variety than just sweetness. Good carbonation and a dry finish. A really good cream ale with a nice balance of flavors and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Zorro
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sample through Brewfan and Secret Santa BIF 2007.

Gold colored ale with a decent white head.

Smell is quite fruity and spicy to the nose almost like this had a trace of Brett in it. Mainly scents of vanilla and nutmeg. Fruit scent is mainly confined to apples.

The taste starts out slightly sweet with a little spicy taste but it is much subdued from the smell. Taste doesn't develop too much from the start.

Mouthfeel is good.

OK ale but I am sure at the brewery I would choose something else.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at the brewpub and decided to bring a growler back for Lobstah-fest!

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark straw hue with a generous two finger head that quickly fades to a thin layer. Lacing is here and there, more than I expected actually. Smell is a sweet caramel mixed with a nice buttery tingle. Taste is so smooth and creamy with a nice buttery tingle. Aftertaste is a sweet kettle corn flavor with a mix of floral hops. Mouthfeel is so creamy, just like it should be. Good amount of carbonation in the mouth as well. Probably the best cream ale I've had to date, wish more would represent this style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a four ounce glass. No head, no lace. Beautiful light golden color, clear.

Sweet aroma with a touch of mild hop; predominately malt (not grainy) smells.

Creamy body with very good carbonation; starts off malty and ends with a nice hop finish--dry in the swallow. The aftertaste dies quickly to a slight hop bite.

This is a beer that is easy to drink: pleasant with no discernible faults.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean straw/yellow colored beer. Has a small white head with very good lace. There is a light sweet malt aroma at first. With a hint of a grassy/grainy note in the background. Malt sweetness, with a hint of caraml. starts at the tip of your tongue. Followed by a smooth balanced finish with a light dry kick.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For whatever reason I expected this to be hoppier, but was pleasantly surprised with what was poured for me. Poured a slighter yellowish amber with a thick fuzzy head. But other than that there was not an incredible amount of visible carbonation. Nose is very mild and I could not quite place anything other than some yeast. Flavor is a some sweet malts with flavors that came across as butter, sugar and corn. Only a slight hop presence, but just enough to give this beer a nice bitterness. Medium body and very easy to drink on a hot September afternoon.

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Photo of Truh
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stretched some shoes with this one on 10/24/2004. 16-oz. shaker pour right from the source itself, The Tap.

Little carbonation at start, really just a skein and halo diptych. Crystal clear light, tawny gold hue with some nice bubbling. Succinct light malt freshness and a sublime light clover bouquet gently pulsed over the senses. Wonderful, light fruit notes to taste followed by a definitive lager wash that finishes quickly and with few lingering traces. Although not as experimental as other Tap offerings, this one gets high scores for its overall balance and drinkability.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised by this one. It had a rich, dark yellow color, with a clean, refined smell. The flavor was a bit light, slightly flavorful. The mouthfeel was good, and the carbonation was as well, I enjoyed watching the very tiny bubbles race up the glass.

A very pleasant beer, no off-flavors, very mild. Would be a good introductory beer to a new micro drinker. pat

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Photo of littlebibs
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I checked this place out (live in the area) and was impressed, I chose between
their "California Steam" seasonal beer and their "Cream" style
beer and although I liked both I chose the Cream style and it
was excellent all around, love this taste and smell. Went very
well with their excellent Mahi Mahi fish dish, I went out of this
place very satisfied and I would recommend this Cream beer to
all beer lovers. Light and smooth for this warm, summer saturday
afternoon. Did I notice a group all around a table with Brew Advocates shirts eating and of course drinking samples??

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewpub on tap.

Sometimes Golden or Cream Ales get knocked for being loo light, but this one was very nice, and I enjoyed it.

This Golden/Cream Ale poured a clear, golden color with creamy, very white foam that left lace on the glass. The aroma was mild and pleasant: nice malt and biscuit. The taste was malty and biscuity with hints of floral hops. The flavor was very enjoyable. The mouthfeel was very smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation feel. The mouthfeel was mellow. There was a lingering malt and slightly bitter hop aftertaste. This was a very nice ale and was very drinkable.

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Haver Ale from The Tap Brewing Company
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