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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2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

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2/5  rDev -32.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

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2/5  rDev -32.9%

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a straw yellow with a fizzy head, pretty typical for a cream style ale/lager.

S: Smells slightly bitter and dry with malt and little else.

T/M: Taste is surprisingly good, in a German way, like a nice pilsner. Medium carbonation, light body, just a touch bitter, smooth, almost creamy.

With the tiny bottle, these could go down real fast.

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Photo of 12packpoet
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of Reaper16
3.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a new series titled "Reaper Does Blind Tastings of Assorted Pale Lagers." This isn't a lager, of course. A sneaky blind tasting choice!
7oz. (!) bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a brown-mustard sort of darker yellow color. Not great looking. There really isn't much head action going on at all. A faint wisp of head, not enough to even accurately gauge what color it is.

Smells immediately of ale yeast: apple apple apple. Some caramel popcorn going on too, but apple ale yeast aroma is the strongest element. This isn't good, mind you. It smells like something that will not be good.

The initial sips are very smooth and malty. A pleasant caramel malt flavor is the dominant flavor. There's apple too. It very quickly begins to cohere into a caramel apple flavor -- synthetic caramel apple, like those green apple suckers with the cheap caramel coating over them. Halfway through (with warmth?) Little Kings develops an acerbic, medicinal flavor. So the beer ultimately tastes like caramel apple flavored Robitussin.

Average mouthfeel for a cream ale: noticeably thicker than a pale lager, but pretty insubstantial for an ale. A touch too slick, but that's nitpicking. Overall, this is a fine cream ale. It has flavor, which always helps. It's like the flavor of lean you never knew you wanted, only without the codeine.

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Photo of cdwil
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of jsisko01
4.9/5  rDev +64.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a VERY thin head that dissipates instantly. Has a creamy-like lacing.

Smell - Coriander for sure.. Sweet with notes of bread, corn, and cream soda.

Taste - Quite bitter.. Has a grassy flavor and corn, with a slight hint of caramel. The creamy aftertaste is real good.

Mouthfeel - Thick bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - I was a little skeptical at first trying a cream ale.. turns out I love it.

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5/5  rDev +67.8%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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2/5  rDev -32.9%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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2/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of mralphabet
3.61/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Little 7 oz bottle.... cute, poured a deep yellow color with a fingers worth of head that settled to a ring. Visible carbonation and pretty nice lacing.

S: Sweet smelling malts, no hops that I can smell... But I'm the getting a grainy sweet smells of corn.

T: Sweet malt, just a small touch of hops... Finish is clean and sweet. Simple but works well.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Very nice.

D: It is simple small and pretty good tastings.. 5.5 and 7oz...A good session beer... Just wish it came in a bigger bottle.

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3.06/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues to close in on the seemingly-unbelievable # 600, thanks to Another6Pack, who not only sent me a Little Kings CAN, but in a Slim Line CAN to boot!

From the CAN: "It's Good To Be King."

The Crack & Glug produced two thick, foamy fingers of bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a very pretty sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity which brightened my day on the post-snowy day leading up to Hallowistmas. Nose was very sweet, almost sugary in its intensity. I CAN agree with a previous reviewer who mentioned pineapple esters in his review. Mouthfeel was medium with a sweet CANned corn taste in the mouth. Finish was still very sweet and I began to fear for an onset of diabetes. It was not bad, but it just was not my cuppa tea.

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

Two 7oz bottles from the same 8-pack poured into a Shaker pint glass. No dates on bottles.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow, a tint on the dark side. Barest amount of white foam on top - mostly a ring at the edge and a very thin skin on the top that does not go all the way across. Even this fades with time to nothing. No lacing. Nice color though.

Smell: Sweet with some corn, grain, and malt smells. No hops at all.

Taste: Like a richer simple American adjunct. A little bit crisp at the finish with some apple flavors in the middle along with the corn and grain. Not bad, just nothing special. If there are hops in here, they are incredibly well hidden.

Mouthfeel: I hesitate to call it creamy, but it does have some good thickness to it along with persistent carbonation, which borders on the fizzy side unfortunately.

Overall / Drinkability: Ho-hum overall. Nothing terribly special but not bad either. Quite drinkable though - it's there and it's gone. Went well with pulled pork BBQ and I suspect it would be good with a lot of other meat and grilled dishes.

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2.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had to try one. Threw it in a mix a six.

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with no head. It left no lacing, either. Not a good start.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and an unusual floral presence. Not your typical hoppy floral notes.

T - Okay. Sweet with grains and caramel. Just a touch of bitter adds balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was okay. It was fun to try once, but I probably won't be going back for this one.

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3.23/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

7oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No date.

Appearance - Huge white head. Pale clear straw body.

Smell - Musk. Corn. Wet cardboard. Smells like a skunked German pilsner.

Taste - Moderate sweetness. Light. Smooth. Corn. Medium bodied.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Medium bodied. Almost creamy.

Overall Drinkability - Decent. Smooth. Inoffensive. Uninteresting. Sort of bland.

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Little Kings Cream Ale from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
2.98 out of 5 based on 352 ratings.
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