Little Kings Cream Ale
Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.

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Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Cream Ale
Ranked #186
Ranked #30,394
3.05 | pDev: 20.66%
Nov 21, 2021
Aug 19, 2001
Little Kings Cream AleLittle Kings Cream Ale
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Ratings by DRSwindler:
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5/5  rDev +63.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by DRSwindler from Ohio

This is a smooth ale, full flavored, with a clean finish. I don’t understand how the rating system works, but I would give this beer my highest recommendation.

Sep 09, 2018
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3.03 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 21, 2021
2.24 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Oct 12, 2021
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3.06/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

Had heard of these and found an eight pack in the middle of Nowhere Ohio, thinking, "oh yeah, got to try these...."
Poured from a seven ounce bottle into a pint glass.
Looks golden yellow with a nice white foamy head that dropped quickly to a very thin ring.
Smells biscuity, lightly spicy, vanilla.
Taste follows the nose nicely, but should be more vanilla for a Cream Ale.
Mouth feel is medium light refreshing on this hot day.
Overall, it was good at a family reunion cookout and definitely brought some smiles to folks who remember this beer from the 1970's

Aug 04, 2021
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5/5  rDev +63.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by PerfectlyFlawed

The only "beer" I will drink.

Aug 01, 2021
3.68 by Blogjackets from Ohio on May 21, 2021
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1.96/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
by md3kcn from North Carolina

Purchased as an eight-pack of 7oz bottles from my nearest Marathon for $6.99. Poured into a red Solo cup.

L - Clear, light amber with a minimal pure-white head.
S - Freshly-baked biscuit, wheat, and mineral. Not too complex.
T - Slightly sweet wheat with a tart finish. A bit of honey. Faint hint of vanilla.
F - Crisp, clean, light, and refreshing. Lightly carbonated.
O - A refreshing beer in a unique bottle set. Perfect for lighter summer meals, but not much else. Not a very complex beer, either. Will probably buy again sometime in the summer for picnics or fishing trips.

May 03, 2021
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3.49/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Captain69 from Illinois

creamy strong ale - great old fashion ale flavor

Mar 28, 2021
2.31 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania on Oct 10, 2020
3.41 by Danzifer from Ohio on Sep 14, 2020
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3.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by rileyaware from Ohio

Poured into a nonic pub glass. Transparent and yellow in color with a very thin head and little to no lacing. It smells fairly decent with a hint of vanilla and a honey-like sweetness. It tastes sweet on the front end, but a bit sour on the back and leaves with a bit of a grassy taste. Not too pleasant. It has a nice, crisp, and creamy mouthfeel. I was given two bottles from my father-in-law, and am not sure how long he’s had them, but I have a feeling he’s been holding onto them for a while, so my experience drinking this Little King’s ale may be a bit tampered by it being a slightly stale beer. I do love the size thought. It’s a quick, easy drinking cream ale!

Jun 03, 2020
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3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by beersampler6 from Michigan

Nice crisp cream ale, refreshing and easy to drink. No date printed on bottle. Pours a clear golden color with minimal lasting head and no lacing. Smells faintly of creamy vanilla, malt, corn, faint nuttiness. Tastes similarly, fairly crisp and not too sweet. Mild thin mouthfeel, decent retention of carbonation. Not skunky at all. Not bad!

May 16, 2020
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3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by jkblr from Indiana

7 oz green, twist off bottle coded 906281811222 (I hope that doesn't mean over a year old) poured into a mug at fridge temp 5.5% ABV. The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with nearly white head that fizzled out to a pencil thin ring. No lacing. The aroma is faint with subtle skunk, sweetness and grain. The taste is semisweet, slightly skunky light cereal with a finish of mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. There is some diacetyl, butter etc on the finish, but not overpowering. Overall, ok. This is one of the grandfathers of America Cream Ale. I have no idea how long it sat in a lighted cooler as I had to take delivery curbside. I enjoyed it more ice cold out off the bottle in a previous session.

Apr 12, 2020
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2/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75
by adab123 from Ohio

Tastes like bad apple juice. Wouldn't drink again unless I wanted a challenge.

Feb 18, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by KurosawaKid

Its cream ale so if it isn't fresh it get off flavors very quickly.
Fresh, its good but not great. Nice savory mouthfeel with crisp slight bitterness.
Not a whole lot flavor otherwise, but its refreshing as shit.
Great for drinking with a meal.

Feb 14, 2020
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3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by CWINS65

Ahhhh, the memories of college! This one went a long way back in the 1980's, still available and the same taste as always. Light, somewhat creamy and refreshing, although a bit more expensive than should be for 8/7oz bottles.

Feb 14, 2020
3.6 by SargeC from California on Dec 01, 2019
3.63 by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois on Sep 01, 2019
3.37 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Mar 01, 2019
3.02 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Feb 13, 2019
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2/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

If your buddy offers you one of these, politely decline then whip his ass. Another college beer. We drank it because it was cheap, the green bottles were cool, and it was cheap.

Jan 24, 2019
3.57 by lsudduth from Ohio on Dec 16, 2018
4 by TeeCee from Texas on Sep 10, 2018
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3.49/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

40 minutes ago, I barely finished this really complicated AIPA that just would not give me back my tastebuds.
Then, I opened Little Kings Cream Ale and within 4 seconds, my tastebuds were mine again. Palate cleaned.
Sometimes the way brewing used to be at mid-century is all my buds need for a retro-vacation. Then, we can get back to today's complicated world. That is the trip that Little Kings just took me on and for which I give them a high OA rating.

I like the lager character of this ale. Its crystal-clear Looks. It Smells mostly of of malt and, let's say, corn meal. Taste is just refreshing, particularly after a bitter-finishing AIPA. Bubbles help clean the palate.

Now that I know the antidote to an overly-bitter AIPA, I just might have Little Kings again !

Jul 18, 2018
3.06 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jun 18, 2018
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1.63/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75
by Revspook from Indiana

I have so many fine memories of this stuff, from the first time I had it at some metalhead party in high school. I loved it. This little seven-ounce bottles went down like the titanic and there was a seemingly endless supply.

What the hell happened to me?

Thirty-something years later, I see some at the liquor store and thinking only of those good times, nab some. I chill them and crack one open. Omg it was the foulest thing ever. Skunky? I had a friend who kept ferrets when I was a kid and the taste reminded me of of that scent, except much more powerful and in liquid form. It easily overpowered any taste of beer in the stuff. I don’t even know if I can cook with this stuff. I got old. I can only blame myself. My childhood is ruined and guessing I’ve also lost the taste for malt liquor somewhere in my youth. Oh, how I loved you, Little Kings, but alas, there’s no going back for us.

Jun 06, 2018
3.09 by Chuckles21 from Oklahoma on May 16, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by amsett10 from Indiana

My favorite mass produced beer. Quite skunky but not overwhelming in any way. This is a great beer and would highly recommend. This is also a unusually high rating for me when it comes to skunky beers but it deserves it. Now, if only they could make it in a 22oz bottle instead of 7oz.

Feb 26, 2018
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3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Lingenbrau from Oregon

Thanks to Joe once again!

Little Kings pours as I'd expect. A polished golden royal crown, perfectly clear and shiny. That wispy white head you see disappears in a moment, yet champagne bubbles climb desperately to resurface without a glimmer of hope.

It smells just right... Sweet honey, loads of flowery hops, and a quintessential green bottle skunkiness that is absolutely welcomed.

The flavor is what you would expect, but then not. It has that Amsterdam simple sweetness and light struck and dried wildflower bitter balance, but an interesting white pepper and fish sauce (like you'd find in Vietnamese or Thai restaurants typically used for dipping appetizers in) finish it off. Sounds weird, but it works and is actually quite tasty.

It feels ultra crisp, well carbonated, and finishes very dry. It still has the lightest of oily feel as it makes its way across the tongue, and is remarkably balanced.

Little Kings, fit for those of royal decent with tiny appendages, is a beer. It's unpretentious. It's simple. You could drink 30 of them in one sitting. I'm an easy man to please when it comes to beer. I wouldn't buy this regularly, but I sure as hell wouldn't turn it down.

Let's have a couple hundred of these together Joe. Thanks again! Cheers.

Feb 19, 2018
3.33 by porters4life from Illinois on Feb 17, 2018
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3.19/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by joe1510 from Illinois

7oz Bottle
$5.99 - 8-pack
Westside Liquors - Morris, IL

Little Kings, the beer of vertically challenged royalty. It's purty and makes my hands look big. A 24kt glimmering gold concoction, Little Kings is. It's ultimately clear with explosive effervescence. The pure white head crackles and snaps on the pour but quickly fades to nothing but a roiling center of carbonation and a barely there ring. The body looks like beer should, the foam doesn't.

It's got a little skunk, I'll give it that, part of it's oddball charm as far as I'm concerned. It's a simple beverage. Green apple and clean, freshly cracked barley. It smells cold and wet but with that said, there's more character than your run of the mill cheapo from the liquor spot. It's lively and bright and somehow comforting. I dig it for what it is, but I'm an accepting person.

The nose was hiding some of that essence that the flavor possesses. Granny Smith gets it going with a doughy maltiness. It's clean. It's vibrant for it's purpose. Softly sweet, freshly cracked barley runs the middle. It's a little light struck, again charm. I like this beer.

The body shows off some plush. It's moderate in weight with a creamy feel and soft airiness. There's a touch of green apple like tartness and a barely distinguishable bitterness that a softly dry finish helps accentuate. Again, this beer is exactly where it should be for what it is.

Little Kings, it's not a world beater. What it is, is an enjoyable respite from the much drank craft beer. Coming from a long established brewery that's still pumping out the same concoction and not trying to mess with tradition, this beer is approachable, fun, and not a bad drink in the least. Gimme more.

Feb 16, 2018
2.93 by AyatollahGold from Indiana on Dec 17, 2017
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3.41/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by OldSchoolMike from North Carolina

I used to buy these as a college student in Indiana. Nothing special, but I do like the "cream ale" alternative to Malt Liquor or AAl on the low end of the beer spectrum. I wish it was available in larger bottles; the small bottles make it, ounce per ounce, less economical than it may be otherwise. If I ever come across these again, however, I will definitely get some for old time's sake.

Dec 07, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by dumbrule from Texas

It is a distinctive taste, some would say lacking in refinement, but always a treat, especially in those 7 oz. bottles. There is no lingering over a bottle.

I used to be able to buy it at a major grocery store down the street in Houston. The grocery store was flooded and is gone. Is it still sold in Ohio and other places?

Oct 28, 2017
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2.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by HopHunter19 from Missouri

A - pretty cool little bottle. Definitely begs you to drink 8 of them, which coincidentally is the number they come in!
S - smells like green Apple, fusel alcohol, tangy crap
T - again green Apple, fusel alcohol, tangy
M - light, alcohol present at 5.5abv, aftertaste tangy green Apple
O - I have a soft spot for crappy cheap beers. I should have probably given it a lower score

Oct 27, 2017
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2.76/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by Uniobrew31 from Pennsylvania

not bad, not great, a solid 2.5 overall for me. Id drink it again if somebody put one in my hand but the pickings would have to be pretty slim for me to pull it off the shelf and stock my fridge with it.

Oct 09, 2017
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2.07/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

Initial impression from a cute lil 7oz green bottle I nabbed an 8 pack of at a Colorado beer store for $6 USD:

Sulfur off-flavour drags down the grainy flavour profile, but there's no diacetyl off-flavour and it's not syrupy or watery. DMS off-flavour is indicated by the presence of overt cooked vegetable flavour...this isn't great. I'm also getting some metallic and possibly lightstruck/skunked off-flavour. Mineral water and cheap 6-row barley fill out this medium-bodied assertively carbonated brew.

Not as drinkable as I hoped, but hey - it's only 7oz per serving. Pretty bad across the board, if we're being fair. This is what I get for cheating on Genny...


Sep 29, 2017
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3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by El_Guapo_05 from Ohio

Fun little beer in 7 oz green bottle for about $0.60 to $1.00 a piece. Did not find it particularly "creamy" in feel at all. However, taste was interesting and good its way. It's on the sweeter side, but rather than being balanced by bitterness, it's balanced by skunkiness. Because of the skunkiness (and probably the green bottles too), it reminds me of Heineken, but goes down incredibly easy & smooth, with a body that's fuller than a light macro, but not at all heavy. Had it very cold. At just 7 oz, and as easy going as it is, I'm sure it's rare for these to ever get warm once they're open. Overall, not interesting enough to be a top choice, but very easy to finish and enjoyable enough that I'll probably try to have some around throughout the summer, especially when it's hot but I don't want a full 12 oz of something hoppy

Jun 28, 2017
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3.34/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Rufus1 from Kentucky

Two seven ounce bottles poured into a nonic pint glass. Beer and glass at same temperature. Nice golden amber with three fingers of rocky head that dissipates quickly. Little lacing. Smells of toasted bread, yeast and corn. Taste follows the nose with a surprisingly good combo of sweet malt and corn leading the way. Little to no hop bitter taste at all. Smooth as silk in the mouth. Funky little thing which is easy to drink all day at a BBQ. A fine beer that some beer snobs overlook. It ain't craft but it is good beer.

Jun 13, 2017
3.34 by mojohawk21 from Missouri on Apr 30, 2017
Little Kings Cream Ale from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 71 out of 100 with 391 ratings