Strawberry Whale Cake
Burlington Beer Co.

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Cream Ale
Ranked #97
Ranked #35,487
3.74 | pDev: 13.1%
Burlington Beer Co.
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Strawberry Whale CakeStrawberry Whale Cake
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 2021/05/12
Pours a med frothy pinkish 1 finger bubbly head with med retention, fair sticky lacing, very hazy opaque, not sure how to describe the color, like a pinkish orangey color like grapefruit mixed with orange juice?

Nose is interesting, definite strawberry in there, berry juice and some musty seed like notes, a little doughy creamy malt with some corn notes, straw, a little plum fruit as well

Taste starts with creamy base beer, cream ale, doughy wheat like malt, soft proteins, little corn like character and cake batter, straw and dough, fair strawberry as well, strawberry juice and a little generic berry fruit juice, touch of bitter stem/seed character, almost thinking I get lactose but could be vanilla icing from wheat, med sweet sticky finish a touch dry, little tartness as well

Mouth is med to a touch lighter bod, quite creamy and soft, med frothy carb

Overall an interesting beer, definite strawberry and some cream ale although I feel like exaggerated cream ale maybe to get through the fruit, still enjoyable beer

Jul 09, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep, vibrant, amber pink

S - Light strawberry and underlying graininess.

T - Light strawberry, cream, and grain

M - Big medium body with some thinness around the edges.

O - Not my style of beer but an interesting twist that makes this one an easy drinker.

Jun 26, 2021
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have had some poor experiences with canned beers from BBCo, and even their IPAs seem to fall off kinda quickly and become a shadow of their former, fresher selves, so what better way to see if they've gotten any better over the past year (or so) than with a less-than-a-week-old strawberry cream ale? Yeah, I know that doesn't make any sense, and I'm already over it.

SWC pours an odd pinkish color into my pint glass... it's totally opaque but the body has an orange-red hue to it that is tough to place. Head is rather nice, forming about a finger of off-pink suds that just stick around and go just about nowhere even after minutes in my glass, other than perhaps clearing a bit on the surface of the beer itself.

The nose is strawberry cheesecake with strong leanings towards the authentically-dairy-like side of things, which is a bit off-putting to me at first but... surprisingly, it grows on me after a bit, and I do find myself enjoying the scent of this brew. Not a cheesecake fan, but the slight lactic-ness is drowned out by a hefty strawberry addition that feels extremely natural and well-balanced. A bit of biscuity malt doesn't hurt either, and honestly... this is good smelling stuff. Very redolent of fresh berries 'n cream with a vanilla and honey undertone that is rather well-rendered. I approve, oddly enough.

Flavor is great too, actually. Maybe I'm just totally in the mood for a less hoppy beer right now, but the light sweetness and dainty malt balance of this beer (plus the fact that it's only 5%) is really hitting the spot. Full-bodied feel with dense creaminess in the mid-palate followed by solid strawberry and melon in the finish. Honestly, maybe this sounds like a mean thing to say, but this is like one of the "Shakedown" beers from local brewery Four Quarters if it was done correctly. Now, this isn't hoppy at all, but it has a very natural and lithe approach to the fruit that it seems 4Q has yet to nail. If BBCo did a hoppier version of this and dialed it in to 6-7%, they'd be contending big time. I know BBCo can do fruited IPAs well (I'll never forget Double Nü Disco Jumpsuit last Summer!), so... let it be do!

Apr 27, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pinkish red color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Strawberry and citrus up front along with some bready malt

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with waves of strawberry along with some citrus and bready malt. Finishes with lingering strawberries and some earthy undertones

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Seems a bit heftier than 5.5%

O: A solid cream ale that heavily focuses on the strawberries. Very easy to drink. Worth checking out

Jul 15, 2020
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Tony210 from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light red/straw color, minimal head. Has a nice creamy strawberry aroma. Not exactly a cream ale base, is a bit funky and sour, strawberry flavor is a bit artificial tasting. Carbonation is good. Overall, not my favorite.

16 oz can dated 7/25/18. Thanks Adam
3.5 rating

Jan 12, 2019
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gmcmillan67 from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice fluffy mouthfeel with a opaque peach color. Fruity taste similar to strawberry sherbet definitely has a creamy feel to it. Great balance of flavors here would recommend if you like fruity ales

Aug 21, 2018
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CoachBillMoore from Massachusetts

2.01/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked it up @parkerpieco for dessert after one of the best pies of my life. My bride loved it but I found it unduly sour devoid of any sweetness despite the teasing aroma.

Jul 16, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy pinkish-orange color with a finger of light pink head. The head hangs around for a while before settling into a film. Leaves a few splotches of lace as it dissipates.

The aroma brings notes of sweet bread, corn, and strawberries.

The taste is very grainy, with notes of wheat bread and pound cake. The strawberry flavor is sweet and lightly tart, finished off by a subtle kiss of piney hops.

The feel is medium-light bodied with a ton of carbonation. Very crisp and exceptionally dry.

Overall, a pretty solid and tasty cream ale that comes exactly as advertised.

Aug 09, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This one pours a murky pink-ish color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like very strongly of sweet corn, with very light strawberry, and some vanilla.

I've heard this current batch out now is not quite as good as some previous ones. I haven't had previous batches, but I can definitely say this isn't super great. The strawberry is pretty light, and this feels a tiny bit muddled, with a very strong corn flavor to it. It's pretty creamy tasting, which is nice, though.

This is light bodied, crisp and pretty clean, with a good level of carbonation.

I expected quite a bit more out of this- this wasn't all that nice for me.

Jul 12, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a cloudy burnt orange color with a thin white foamy head quickly dissipating. Spotty lacing. The smell had sweet and tart strawberry fruitiness up front. Subtle sweet cake-like creaminess underneath. The flavor brings together all of the previously mentioned aromas. Sweet strawberry to creamy aftertaste with a sweet smooth finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a really good crushability about it. Lightly carbed with a smooth semi-stickiness about it. Overall, this borderline cream ale by style wants to take it to the next level with some genuine strawberries.

Jun 21, 2017
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lic217 from Connecticut

3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours the color of pink lemonade, but is much cloudier. The head hangs around for a while and the beer leaves plenty of lacing. The initial aroma is strawberries, but it also has light malty bready aromas as well. The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts mildly sweet and ends with a mild dry bitterness and an almost soapy/cleaner flavor type finish, which is not very enjoyable. It is an extremely mild flavored beverage. It has a creamy mouthfeel and is very drinkable. Overall it is refreshing with some mild flavors, but I would not seek out again.
Look: 3,Aroma 4,Taste: 3,Feel: 4,Overall: 3.5

Jun 18, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this batch looks way different from the last time i tried, pours out a hazed yellow/gold with a tinge of pink (also had pour that was pink with a tinge of straw). dense bright white head with soapy bubbles atop, excellent lacing. nose and palate is bready malts, very fluffy and creamy, definite strawberry brings some light tart and sweet notes, touch of grassy hops on the finish. this beer is named very aptly, as it is big on the bready and strawberry aspects. very easy drinking and refreshing but mouthfeel has some really nice texture to it. overall an excellent brew!

Jun 04, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from long-lost notes discovered on my ailing Samsung tablet. There are a few on here I’ll get in, just for fun. 16 oz. can sent to me by some funny guy.

The pour is light yellow corn & the nose is barely perceptible barley & strawberries.

Strawberry Whale Cake was who we thought is was: cream ale with a kick. There’s a nice base cream ale that almost leans into hefe territory, back by a slightly tart strawberry note (no seeds though). Bubblegum, ice cream, free range grass. Creamy, but overcarbonated. Sixteen ounces is going to be too much.

All the individual tastes sound lovely, but it buries the weird-o-meter & everything just never comes together. Decent enough.

Feb 03, 2017
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dar482 from New York

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy, light gold color.

The aroma offers wheat, a bit tart, strawberry malt, crackery malts.

The flavor follows with dehydrated strawberry, but the beer flows with wonderful chewy wheat and grainy malts, and breadiness, with a touch of bitterness.

Oct 05, 2016
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint from the 16oz can dated 6/23/16, Strawberry Whale comes out a super cloudy goldenrod color with pink highlights. A foamy one finger head forms and dies down to a ring.

Smell is a bit muted, there's some sweetness and malts here but not much else. Flavor wise you get some sweet bread, grains, and a nice creamy dough note to it. There's a bit of a yeasty flavor but not too much, finishes with a mild strawberry juice note. Light to medium body. Overall flavor profile like strawberry short cake.

All in all I was a bit surprised by this one, it's a pretty cool summer beer and fairly unique. I imagine strawberry is a tough thing to brew with so kudos to Burlington Beer Co for this one.

Aug 10, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To the surprise of some, there were actually indigenous American beer that existed prior to the current craft beer movement. And those ales celebrated what grew best- corn. The compounds, sweetness and mashing techniques left behind a lot of creaminess and sweetness. Yet, those brewers never saw a strawberry version coming!

Burlington Brewing Company's Strawbery Whale Cake pours a milky, cloudy pale gold appearance with indeed a creamy, meringue-like froth. Sweet grains, cereal and cake batter tease the nose along side of a mild strawberry, apple, lemon and melon-like presence. Its taste is malty, grainy and starchy- giving the early palate a soft, pillowy albeit archaic sweetness.

The middle palate shows a reluctant fade of malt or grain as the taste of corn is clean but sweet.`Its strawberry flavor is genuine and natural, never seeming artificial or extract. Turning from the recognizable strawberry fruit and taking on a taste of cranberry, pomegranate or melon, the finish is fruity but looses its identifiable perfume. Angel-food cake and cream coat the grain and buffer against any harsh finish.

Medium-bodied, sweet and firmly malty, the trailing taste is faintly of strawberry milkshake and with the raw graininess of corn and light peppery hop balance keep bringing the beer back to ale-like status with glimmers of lager-like tendencies as well.

Jul 26, 2016
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Hazy yellow with a fluffy white head of 2 fingers.
S- Light natural strawberry overlays a base bready malt aroma.
T- Taste follows the nose in that the strawberry hits up front and breaks over the malt base.
F- If the beer has a slight flaw it's here. This one is a little heavy for the style, and while it is still refreshing with the great strawberry presence, it could be more so if it were lighter.
O- Really good fruit presence lends itself nicely to this brew. Fruit is present, but not overly sweet or cloying. Something that could be enjoyed by those new to craft beer. One of my personal favorites by BBC.

Jul 24, 2016
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed right from the can. Enjoyed two days after canning.
Aroma is a lot of nice strawberry and general berry notes. Good malt presence here in nose.
Flavor is complex, not overly sweet. Good strawberry character on sides and back of tongue. Good yeast.
Mouthfeel was really nice too, creamy here as desired.
Overall this beer will not be for everyone. So take note. But it's summery, refreshing, good presence of Vermont strawberries and very enjoyable.

Jul 02, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pounder can into a snifter. The brew appears pale yellow in color with a thin white head. The nose is pretty nice, it has a distinct seedy strawberry character that seems natural and enjoyable. The taste is dainty with strawberry at first then it fades away to grassy sulfur and some phenolic plastic character that is typically found with strawberries. Medium in body with modest carbonation. An interesting brew/concept but not something I need to have again.

Oct 02, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours a turbid, dull yellow. Aroma is of strawberries and some neutral malt. The entirety of the aroma is fairly soft. I do enjoy the strawberry element; it seems natural. Then there is a sort of wheaty maltiness. Flavor has again, a pleasant strawberry element. It doesn't taste artificial. There is some sweet, pale malt. I guess that's where the "cake" element comes from. A two trick pony. Light bodied. Actuall pretty fun to drink but I did share the can. They have cool artwork. Don't love the name though, makes me think of whale meat.

Aug 08, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a cream ale for sure with very light strawberry presence. I mostly wanted to try this because the name screams novelty beer and that is exactly what this beer is...novelty beer. Baddass name for sure! A classic no doubt.

Aug 01, 2015
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jhavs from New York

4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm really surprised by the freshness and natural smell and taste of the strawberry in this cream ale. It has a light tartness with real strawberry flavor and sweetness to follow. Poured from a pounder can into a snifter tasting glass. Slight pink hue, slight haze. Great job, I'm usually not a fruit beer fan, but this is very enjoyable.

Jul 26, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ah yes, the rare and delicious fruited cream ale, this is a good one too. the strawberry in here is really genuine, as tart for a moment as it is sweet later on, and really well integrated into the medium bodied semisweet blonde ale. i have no idea what this looks like, because we drank all four of them from the can, but i am giving some credit for the label here, it jumps right off that shelf at you. strawberry isnt the only interesting flavor in this, there is vanilla and a sweetness like icing, as well as something acidic to cut it, maybe a little lemon or even lemon grass, lime leaf, im not sure, its not perfumy, but it is floral and fruity, and i cant quite place it. carbonation is through the roof, which i think helps it drink easy for being on the sweeter side. creative beer is the thing right now, especially in vermont, and this fits right in. it should have very very broad appeal. this is the first i have seen in cans from these guys.

Jul 24, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster. Hazy orange. Really nice strawberry aroma. I know how hard it is to get that authentic strawberry aroma. Light hefeweizen yeastiness behind it. Taste has almost the same quality of strawberry flavor, but a ton of bubble gum and wheat that doesn’t work well. Light body and very grainy. Light sweetness. Just not a fan of the strawberry bubble gum flavor.

Jul 21, 2015
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costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The smell on this one is the true star of the show. Literally smells like a strawberry shortcake. Nice taste for a cream ale, great mouthfeel. Really nice beer overall.

Jul 19, 2015
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