Begbie Cream Ale | Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mt. Begbie Brewing's original signature beer, brewed first in 1996. Begbie Cream Ale is a fruity ale with a subtle honey flavour. A delicious, golden ale, delicately fruity, with a subtle honey flavour that finishes with a crisp hop edge.

Added by canadianbarman on 03-30-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
44
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
9.92%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 44
Reviews by Olek4374:
Photo of Olek4374
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from my liquor store in Edmonton. My first of any Begbie beers, so let's have a go.

It pours a light brownish-orange colour with a finger's worth of head. It looks pretty nice, I'm having trouble deciding if it is brown or orange. The smell is nice - some nutty notes and a pleasant malty smell. The nuttiness is actually quite dominant. The beer tastes quite nutty when it hits your tongue, but there is a pleasant creamy note (hence the beer style) and a bit of hoppiness to go along with it, which is quote unexpected. There is some moderate carbonation, and a little bit of a bitter aftertaste. However, if you've had Sleeman Cream, it is NOTHING like that. There's so much more taste going on - Sleeman can only dream of making a beer like this.

Good beer overall. The only negative for me is the aftertaste, although it is not as problematic as a myriad of other beers I've had. As far as cream ales, this is a winner for sure.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, yet mostly soapy off-white head, which leaves some thin sparse coral reef lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of somewhat musty biscuity, doughy malt, a twinge of acrid wheat grain, a bit of nutty field honey, and earthy, moderately grassy hops. The taste is more grainy, bready biscuity malt, the wheatiness quite evident, and still kind of musty, a touch of caramel pastry loaf seeping in, with some mild lemon fruitiness, a hint of dry clover honey, and mild weedy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is fairly moderate, and more or less just pleasantly frothy, the body on the light side of medium weight, and perhaps a tad clammy in its otherwise apt smoothness. It finishes generally dry and grainy from the varied maltitude.

While the purported honey is a bit difficult to discern at most points, overall this is an agreeable, soft-on-the-palate cream ale, a thing less common than one might think, in this land o' plenty.

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Photo of crajarv
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A malty light taste. Delightful with food. 650 ml. bottle among 3 buddies was fine. Honey light colour. Unoffensive almost water pour. Light on cream side more on the hop and malts, and that's what we liked. Great mild aftertaste. Exceptional find, thanks to IronDjinn for sending.

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Photo of CWVegas
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - just slightly hazy golden orange, decent white head with fair retention and a good lace
S - a savoury and creamy bread smell with just a touch of honey and melon
T - the creamy bread flavour is prominent, honey hints are sublte but the taste lingers, ultimately it reminds me of a pastry
M - a very smooth and full feel like eating freshly baked bread, but there is some dryness on the finish to balance it
D - tasty and full bodied, it could get a little too filling to session, but a smooth balanced beer to be enjoyed

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Photo of vanrassel
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured golden from the bottle with a dense, rich head. It quickly became little more than a ring that left minimal lacing on my glass as I drank.

The smell was pretty faint — not unusual for this style — with light hops and a grassy aroma. Thankfully, the taste delivered more complexity than the smell. The taste started grainy and became fruity in the middle. Each sip ended with a full-flavoured malty taste that I enjoyed at first, but found sickly-sweet with honey by the time I was done drinking.

I like the creamy texture, but the heavy sweetness undercuts what is otherwise a pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of elricorico
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear golden colour with a thin white head. Smell is not strong, a bit of a pilsner like hop aroma which is faint, and a bit of straw as well. Not bad, just not a lot there.

I don't find the honey flavour that is mentioned on the bottle, but it does have a sweetness to it. The hop finish makes me think of a pilsner, but the mouthfeel is thicker.

The mouthfeel is nice, very light on the carbonation though, keeping it from being great.

Very drinkable. Nice beer. No major strengths but no weakness either.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a thin white head that dissipate to patches. Aroma of sweet lager malt, mildly bready, hint of light stone fruit. Flavor follows aroma, with sweet bready malt, light stone fruit; leaning towards apricot, light honey. Finishes with light sweet malt with just a hint of hops. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A very nicely made cream ale, and like the other good representatives of the style leaves you wondering if this was what adjunct lagers were meant to be. Nothing really stands out here, but that is fitting for the style. Light, flavorful and easy drinking. Well done. I'm not a big cream ale fan, but this exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of Garin
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pale straw-yellow apple-juice beer, with a creamy thin head that left lots of lace. The beer itself appears to be quite lightly carbonated, without too much action under that head. It is crystal clear.

I get aromas of some sweetish malt with a hint of hops.

I find a very light grainy flavour with a toasty bready finish. I'm very happy to say that I detect no corn or any other off flavours that are so common in cream ales. It's very clean and there is even a hint of bitterness in the finish. It's a great cream ale.

It's light and smooth, but there isn't much in the way of carbonation. Still, this is easily the best cream ale I've ever had.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 650ml brown bottle. This is a rather nice looking ale, a very clear orangy-amber, although not much carbonation or head retention. Aroma possesses floral hops and a bit of apricot. Flavour is somewhat malty and fruity, and has a big hop finish, which surprises me for this style, but the hops settle down to a decent balance farther down the glass. All in all a pretty impressive ale, I'd recommend it and will definitely keep my eyes peeled for more. This would make a good sessional.

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Photo of ILOVEHAM
2.84/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another big thanx to Irondjinn for giving me the chance to have a bottle of another great western micro.

A nice pale colour, at first when I poored it, it was a clear golden, then it changed to a more amber reddish colour. A good one that doesnt stay long, but that leave a small lace on it.

A tiny shy smell of hops, nothing much I can perceive.

Taste, crisp, a smooth and crisp at the same time, with a very fruity taste and some note of cereal behind. A spicy note too I can perceive, but not very present, maybe its just my mind playing tricks.

Not my type of beer, but for the style, I must say its a great member of its family

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Photo of BigBry
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had tasted this previously and remembered it being good, but was over a year ago and didn't want to review until I got another bottle.
650 ml with picture of Marbew "Hanging Judge" Begbie, 1859 on the label.
Clear honey gold color, had almost no head even with an agressive pour. Not much aroma, just kind of a plain 'beer' smell. Light malt taste, some honey-like sweetness, clean finish, with slight hop bitterness at the end. Well balanced and good tasting, but I did not really think it to be 'creamy' (but I'm not complaining).

Note to Self: Ranked the #10 Cream Ale when I tried it.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mt. Begbie Brewing 'Cream Ale' @ 4.7% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $4.60
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a small beige head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-mild smelling ,
T-crisp & somewhat clean tasting
MF-ok/lots of carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer with no wow factor
prost LampertLand

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Noxious26
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle served in pint glass.

Pours out a clear, pale gold colour. Off-white head is thin and disappears quickly. Little bubbling present. Later in the beer, as the drink goes down it starts to look flat with it's lack of head and bubbles.

Aroma is mild, but sweet with faint tones of hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, but not as carbonated as I would have expected. Although the beer looks flat as the drink goes down, the light fizzy feeling in the mouth stays the same.

Taste is quite mild. Sweet and lightly fruity at the start fading to a hoppy, slightly bitter aftertaste.

This beer really doesn't jump out and grab me. Instead of a Cream Ale it reminds me of a golden Lager or Honey Lager. Similar to Kokanee Gold. However, it is quite smooth and would make a good session beer. One step above most macros, but a notch down from a good Cream Ale.

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Photo of canadianbarman
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

--Came in a large 650 ml bottle, with the freshness date marked on the side. I paid $3.49 cdn. Cool picture on label is what caught my eye.
--Poured an 'ice tea' in color. A thin head that turned to some mighty fine lacing. Little bubbling. Smell did not do this beer justice as it was just average.
This was a very, very good beer in my opinion. Everything from the marketing to the bottle and finally to the taste. It was sweet but not overpowering. This is the best cream ale I have had so far. I am looking forward to trying more from Mt. Begbie. Until then I will always have a bottle of this on hand as it makes a good conversation piece when the boys are over for beers. I have a feeling it may help open a few people to the world of beers.
Thx

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Photo of andrenaline
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light golden colour, thin finger of head which quickly dissipates and leaves no real lacing.

S - Wheat and bread malts, some grassy hops on the finish, but quite light on the nose.

T - The grassy hops dominate off the top, a bit of a honey flavour and a nice sweet caramel on the finish. One of the best cream ales I've had for sure.

M - Light, bubbly and smooth with the slightest dry finish. Nothing offensive here.

D - A very tasty cream ale and one of the best of the style I've had to date. Worthy offering to any cream ale fan, and one of the better offerings from Mt. Begbie.

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Photo of daskipper
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of wordemupg
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass 11/3/12 from notes

A clear golden yellow with lots of growing bubbles that start off small and appear to get bigger as they rise, just a short lived finger of foam that ends up as a thin film leaving no lace

S loads of honey, to the point where I'd guess honey was added, some graham cracker and sweet grains

T bread and some macro flavor, yeast perhaps? pretty basic stuff not far from the nose

M thin and the bubbles are airy then go flat, has a sweet bready finish

O not the most exciting style and not the most exciting version of one, basic non offensive brew that would work better under a hot sun

not the best from Mt Begbie and something I doubt I'd bother with again.

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Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of pootz
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber from the Willow park beers store. Pour reveals a deep golden-orangish ale with a nice white cap and good lace. Small bubbled medium carbonation. Aromas of floral maltiness over some citrus hopping and spicy-earthyness. Starts smooth and malty..slightly swee then drys up with citrus hops in the finisg....a very clean drinkable golden ale styled after the cold aged cream ales of yester year.

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Begbie Cream Ale from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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