Little Kings Cream Ale | Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.

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Little Kings Cream AleLittle Kings Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 08-19-2001

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Photo of jspruit
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this little bottle from Chris and drank it within a couple of weeks of being shipped to Dublin. It was not too full of flavor, but poured smooth with little and drank easy-basically an average beer. I find it hard to believe that it is rated at 5.50% ABV and I dont necessarily taste where the "cream ale" name comes from, but I would drink more. I do have another bottle to compare this first one too-maybe I will drink it next week or something.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.06/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - all 7 ounces pour easily into a pilsner glass leaving room at the top to spare. Yellowish, straw beer, a white fizzy head is short-lived and actually maintains a partial cover thanks to some good beading. Even some scant lace along the edges.

Aroma - sweet, grainy, like a diluted malt liquor.

Taste - husky grain flavor, very middle of the road. A trace of cereal and skunk, a little more than a trace actually, more coming out with warming. Even a touch of metal. Basic macro beer with too many issues.

Mouthfeel - thin, crispy, zippy.

Drinkability - sampled for posterity's sake. Not my kind of beer, though I would buy it now and then to accomodate the swill-mongers.

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Photo of mrmanning
1.42/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I basically blasted this stuff into the glass, and I got NO HEAD at all. It’s flat, and still with deep yellow body. Bruised apple aroma with stale hops and wet paper. Tastes like apple juice with a hop pellet in it. Very one dimensional and straight forward. FInishes with zero carbonation, and a little unpleasant. Almost as non-descript as a beer can be. Ohh my. Hey, it’s a new state for me! Thanks Chris!

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Photo of jdhilt
2.15/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Straight-up pour gives a one finger white head that fades to a ring leaving a trace of lace. Almost clear amber color. Light bodied and light carbonation. Nose is a faint lemon and corn. Starts with some sweetness, mild flavor in fact hardly any flavor not worth 89¢ for a wussy 7 oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

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Photo of TheBierBand
2.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I actually poured two 7oz bottles into 1 pint glass. I tried to give it a nice frothy head but the beer wouln't cooperate. The head diminished almost as soon as I poured it.

The smell was average... nothing special here... reminds me of Rolling Rock.

Taste was a little nicer but still nothing special. Clean, and a little watered down for my taste.

No creamy aftertaste like I would expect and nothing to promp me to buy another.

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Photo of becktone
2.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a small green 7oz. bottle-A little king indeed!

Light gold in color and crystal clear, this cream ale looks just the same as other mass produced ales and lagers of this caliber. White head, if it can even be called that, it starts off small not even a finger's width and ends even smaller-reminds me of algae on the surface of a pond, except for much thinner. An overall poor appearance due to poor head retention and formation as well as no lacing characteristics. It is possible to brew a beer of this style that has a head, lacing and good retention. It just doesn't look that appealing.

The aroma is clean, perhaps a small sweetness and small hop aroma. Hey its better than the appearance, at least there is some aroma to this beer. Some diacetyl and phenolic aromas are in the background.

On the tongue this beer is sweet, the malt does a nice job of coming out in the flavor of this beer. I was suprised the first time I ever had this. I didn't think that it would have any flavor. I thought it would be pretty much on the same caliber as BMC. Not really much to the hops in this beer, barely enough to balance it out. The malt is not cloying or overpowering I just believe that this beer lacks any kind of hop influence. Some diacetyl and Phenolic flavors are evident.

For the style this beer is average on the palate. Lightbodied and medium-high carbonation are demonstrated by this beer, and that seems to fit the stylistic parameters. I probably won't buy this beer again because there is no point. There's nothing special to this beer, no reason to drink it again. Sure its easy to drink and goes down quite smooth and very easily, but it is just an almost average beer. Nothing calls me back to this beer.

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Photo of xav33
1.36/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Little Kings Cream Ale
7 oz bottle
Recent bottling, shotgunned 08/06
Medium pour (actually, 2 medium pours) in a pint glass.

Poured a somewhat clear straw color with quickly diminishing 1/4 inch head.

Smelt of soured milk and corn and slight hops.

Taste was slightly sweet and malty up front then a quick sour milk attack that dissipates fairly quickly back into sweet maltiness.

Overall, a beer that tastes better slugged down straight from the bottle.

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Photo of wolffman17
2.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Little Kings Cream Ale pours hazy with a pale straw color. A very hard pour gave a small, creamy head that vanished quickly.
Sweet aroma; no hops.
Taste starts sweet then quickly digresses to a bland sour. No hops here either.
The moderate carbonation turns thin and watery fast.
Because the taste and feel of this beer change from decent to almost bad so fast, I didn't find it very drinkable. I'll pass on this one next time.

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Photo of mynie
3.57/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a history with this beer.

It was a warm summertime twilight, the last time I felt like a kid. I was barely 17, my first summer out of high school. Dad took me and my sister and a pair of our friends all the way to Ohio to visit Cedar Point, the rollercoasteryest theme park in the entire goddamn world. Seven hour drive but it was strangely happy. No fights, even in the heat. Not that we were too old to fight; we were too excited.

We got there and we were kids, finally. Never had the money for theme parks when we were really little. In the backyard, the little pricks up the street wore their damn Mickey Mouse ears for almost two weeks after they got back. We hated them, and it was jealousy. They didn't deserve it.

But, fuckit, we went there! We spent two days at the best theme park in the world. I ate nothing but cotton candy and cheated so I could ride the Millennium Force twice within a span of 15 minutes. I almost blacked out. It was awesome.

And now, this night, we were tired. Two days of sun, walking all over, getting blown violently through space two or three times an hour. We were going to a new hotel, slightly closer to home, but first... a mysterious destination. Port Clinton, Ohio. An island about twenty city blocks long and twelve wide, right in the middle of a big fucking lake that we had to take a jet powered ferry to get to. I had never been on a boat before. My hair flew back, the white streaks of foam beneath me, and I knew I would die if I fell in, but I knew I would never let go of the railing.

Here we were, on a small island consisting of nothing but bars, pizza places, and a giant lighthouse that was the site of the world's first ship to shore radio broadcast. A-and they had world's longest bar, too. There was even a plaque to prove it!

I couldn't drink at the bars. I was too young to want to. I wanted pizza, soda pop. Drinking beer was what you did behind a shed or at the home of a really poor kid whose parents were too drunk to care.

Noise everywhere. Downwind of a carnival. Acoustic guitars, the high, desperate laughter of the mirthless, squeezing out every ounce of fun from this one night of seven when they weren't miserable. Not careless, not really happy. Just not miserable, for a little while.

It smelled like grilling meat and freshwater. Near the lighthouse, it smelled like grass.

At the lighthouse, we snuck in. Everybody, and dad opened up a duffle bag I hadn't noticed him holding. And inside there was a pack of tiny little bottles. I was out of highschool, he said, old enough to drink a little. As many as I wanted, here in the lighthouse. My friend, too. Don't tell your parents. He wouldn't, he promised.

The ride home was even blurrier, the jet ferry moved even faster, and I felt even more of a disconnect between us and the hordes of drunken middle aged people being shipped back to their cars. We were a group, beerwarm, sun tired, full of pizza. I don't remember the drive home, or anything after it.

Aside from Hamm's, that was my first beer that didn't come from BMC, and my first in front of my father. I got to be a kid and an adult in the same day.

The pour, almost six years later:

Aww, isn't that cute? Little guy doesn't even fill up the whole glass! Slight haze. Decent gold. Almost no head, almost no lacing.

Light and crisp, adjunct corn, prickly fruit esters, and a slight cream. Not bad at all, actually. Think Rolling Rock, only with the canned veggies taken down a notch and replaced with creaminess. No hint of adjunct metal.

Corn, cream, fruit. Ends with a very strong node of sweet cream and a slight, lingering hop. Totally decent. Actually, pretty good. Nice creamy body, and it's easy to drink an entire eight pack.

Every year since then, right as it's starting to get warm, I start thinking about taking another trip to Cedar Point, to Port Clinton. I'd pay (most) of my own way now, of course, but it'd be pretty much the same. Me, Dad, Sis, and whatever friends we want to bring along. I always talk about it to whoever is around when the idea comes into my head, they always agree that it's great, we should definitely do it, and it's never spoken of after that night. It wouldn't be the same. I always realize that when I sober up.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

7 oz bottle pours with a slight haze , not much head

Smell is slightly corny, no perceivable hop aroma.

Taste is a little tart , grainy , and metallic.

Mouthfeel is creamy , thin , well carbonated.

Drinrkabilty is average , nothing that keeps me from having another.

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Photo of shererjt
2.69/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale yellow clear color with escaping bubbles of carbonation clearly visible. Head was large and thin with little lacing. Aroma was hops and some malt with plenty of adjuncts. Still, it had a certain pleasing quality to it. Body was light-to-medium. Flavor was on the sweet side but it did have some hops to balance. More character than your average macro, with a bit of toasty/biscuit flavor. Had a bit of prickly mouthfeel with maybe a bit of tartness. Drinkability was not bad, either--left you wanting more.

A unique beer, and as I remember it when I last had it 10 years ago. I remember I used to stop at Big Bear on my way home from work when I was in college and pick up a 40 or 2 for a couple of bucks. Time hurries on...

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Photo of trevorwideman
2.17/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

To be honest, I only bought this beer with the intention of reviewing it. I don't really like the "cute" bottle. In fact, it makes me mad that I know it will only fill half my glass. Oh well, on to the beer...

Poured into a pint glass, this is a very pale and cloudy brew, almost no head or carbonation to speak of. It's just sitting there... The intital aromas are all sweet malts, not too skunky, but a slight odor of cooked veggies. A bit earthy. Not much in the hop department.

Taste, as I expected, is all-malt as well, slightly nutty, but with a weird and unpleasant sour and soapy taste. Is that supposed to be the bitters? Whatever it is, it's wholly unpleasant. Thin in the mouth and slightly dry going down. Yes, it is creamy, so I guess the description fits, but I'm telling ya, I'm going to have a really hard time choking this mini-bottle down. I'll just leave it to the ladies....

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Little Kings in a little bottle. This is one of the coolst bottles I've ever seen! Too kewl for skewl. Contract brrewed by Frederick.

Half-fills a tulip glass with a foggy cloudy light straw hue toped by a scant ivory collar.

Slight vanilla and dairy nose met with a wet sand aroma and a mild touch of waffle and orange.

First swigs: Probably meant to be consumed out of the little cute bottle, but son of a gun if there ain't some "creamy" plain yougurt flavor and texture to this appelation of cream ale.

Feel is crisp and medium bodied.

Last swigs: More of a plain yogurt flavor than any other beer I've ever had. 5.5% ABV is impalpable. What this lacks in grace, it makes up for in uniqueness. A sure try for the beer curious. I asked for "different" and I got "different" Nice. 35/3.29

Beer is good. Happy surprise diferent little beerings.

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Photo of Tallboy
2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If poured it's a golden color with a flowing white head, with light body and moderate carbonation. The scent is very light with hints of grass.Flavor was pretty good but no real hops that stood out. The mouthfeel was rather disappointing by my standards but all in all I was happy to relive my youth.I drank these a lot growing up ....but they are now somewhat rare to find anymore .

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Photo of MainSpark
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Little Kings...

I'm afraid that the beer was made - not exactly crafted - many years ago, with little consideration given to how it might be reviewed.

I first drank this cream ale before much care was given to appearance, smell, or mouthfeel.This would have been in the late '60's-very early '70's. The typical drinker didn't consider such aspects of the brew. Instead, it was the size of the bottle and the fact that one might drink several of them that was its appeal. That, and the fact that the typical drinker was young, and several (read: the standard 8-pack) Little Kings would render him/her drunk.

But I've matured. Still, the brew's main appeal - for me - is that it is quite drinkable and the taste does nothing to keep one from having yet another one. The appearance, smell, and mouthfeel scores still seem correct. But if you're just old enough - or not quite old enough - to buy the stuff, it still has that appeal, that mystique.

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Photo of fisherman34
2.03/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very pale yellow in colour with lots of carbonation and an odd soap-bubbly head. There’s a strange fruity (apple perhaps?) aroma to this one, along with some corn notes. There are some bready malt flavors, along with more corn. Very thin bodied. I found it hard to finish even though the bottle was so small. Gernerally yucky.

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Photo of jimbotrost
3.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a green 8 ounce bottle brewed for Schoenling by Snyder Intl Brewing Group of Frederick MD. I think Sam Adams bought the Schoenling Cincinnatti brewery. The pour is a dull almost cloudy straw to gold color. A white whisp of head caps it off. The aroma is soapy, grassy sweet malty corny, not exciting. Flavor, is sweet and grassy, almost sweetener type sweet. The body leans toward the syrupy side. THe aftertaste returns to the grassiness as it dries up. Just a run of the mill adjunct brew with a bit more flavor, drink it cold.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I dig this stuff... Cool bottle, cool flavor, overall a very cool brew. Had a pretty golden color with a cloud-like white head. Medium carbonation. Not much detected when smelled, only natural grassy like odors, and even those were quite light. Flavor was pretty good, tasted like sweet cream corn that was over cooked. Finish was kind of syrupy, and slightly overpowering, with notes of artificial sweetness. Not bad though, I like to have this brew every once in awhile. Worth a try, if you can find it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Scene 1: (Ohio, high school, many years ago)

classmate: "hey, how many brewskis have you guys had tonight?"
me (and friends): "we've already had a sixer each" <of Little Kings, hehehe>

Scene 2: (Iowa, 2005)

wife: (with a note of mild irritation) "How many have you had today?"
me: "honest Hon, I've only had one" <growler, hehehe>

Now I just lie in a different direction. I'm so ashamed.

Pale, lightly hazed lemon-amber topped by a small, off-white head that is disappearing before my very eyes. Other than the fact that it's strange to see an entire bottle fill barely half of my pint glass, there isn't a whole lot of interest here. Little Kings looks like any other macro lager, though the cap is smaller and shorter lived than most.

There isn't much of interest in the nose either. The aroma is even more muted than it would otherwise be since the beer is several inches away (maybe I should have poured it into a small juice glass). Sweet, untoasted grain... that's about it. No nastiness.

This is far from good beer, but it's a damn sight better than the standard offerings from BMC. The fact that it's a cream ale rather than an adjunct lager might have something to do with that (although I'm sure that adjuncts have been used). The flavor is semi-bold, a little appley and maltier than expected. I could drink a few of these if I was hot and they were cold.

The finish is criminally short, but that's probably for the best. Even though the flavor is sort of agreeable, I'm not sure that it would fare too well if examined with a great deal of scrutiny. The mouthfeel is ale-like, which is only right since it's an ale rather than a lager. Slightly too bubbly, but not enough to annoy.

I have to admit, despite the nostalgia thing, I wasn't expecting much out of this little 7 ounce bottle. I didn't really get much either, but I do think more highly of it than I expected to. Even though I'm glad that Little Kings is still being brewed, I doubt that I'd buy it on a regular basis. Maybe once a year if I felt like reliving my youth. Okay, so I'm a sentimental liar.

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Photo of ADR
2.4/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An eight pack of pony bottles, what we used to call "splits' when it came to Rolling Rocks or Matt's Premium in the late 70s. Dull less-than-golden color, head struggles very low and then vanishes completely. Very little lace, just a few dots on one side of a Pilsner glass. Vegetal aromas, slightly toffee but with some definite traces of cooked greens. Light body, average carbonation. The flavor is subdued, vaguely sticky and bready and sweet with a severe lack of detectable hops. Seems slightly seltzery in the close but also seems easy going with its light sweetness and little else. In the long run, though, there's really not much of anything going on with this beer.

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Photo of Gusler
2.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer evacuates the stubby green bottle a limpid gold color with a bright white modest creamy head that erodes leaving a thin layer of lace to obfuscate the glass. Nose is crisp and clean, sweet malt dominates, start is sweet and pleasantly malted, top is thin in its feel upon the palate. Finish is benign in its acidity and the hops light in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer.

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Photo of SheepNutz
2.28/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium gold color with half a finger of head that dies quickly. There's almost no lacing. The smell is sweet and malty, has a bit of a corn smell to it as well. No real trace of hops. The taste is malty and corny, with a slight burning sensation on the finish. The body is actually fairly thick. The drinkability is ok as well. Really needs some work.

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Photo of ragerx
3.16/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I started drinking this stuff at my friends bar in Cleveland ,OH - The Little King's Lounge - they were almost exclusive in their carrying of the beer as far as bars in the city went. Doesnt smell the best , but its small size (7oz) makes drinking them easy. The fairly potent AC (5.5%) tends to creep up on you after an 8 pack of them or so. They just started brewing them again from a hiatus of a couple years. There was a Little Kings Red that was around years ago , was dumped after the first brewery quit brewing them and the rights were resold to another company.

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Photo of DFN
3.93/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Not Recomended" ??? Awww, c'mon, guys. This may not be the best beer in the world, but it's a good, clean, crisp beer that goes down easy. I used to buy these in the cute little 7-ounce bottles when I lived in Denver, and I could knock down ten of 'em on a hot Summer afternoon! A bit on the light side, but that's what made them so easy to knock off! And with those nifty little bottles, they never go flat or get warm. I wish I could buy them where I now live, in Arizona!

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Photo of rugger
3.58/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found a sixer of this in Tulsa OK, and I had never heard of it so I picked it up, however these were 12oz bottles not the 7ozers like people have been describing. Anyway I was kind of weary of this beer when I took a wiff, it had the smell of a 40oz of OE, however after the first taste I knew that I had nothing to worry about. I rather enjoyed this beer. I usually opt for the darker beers, but I will drink anything however this was suprising. The appearance was light with a white head that left some lace and the taste was nice and light with a big mouthfeel on the back of the tongue. It does have a nice creamy feel to it and I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a nice creamy beer.

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Little Kings Cream Ale from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
2.98 out of 5 based on 351 ratings.
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