Little Kings Cream Ale | Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.

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Little Kings Cream AleLittle Kings Cream Ale
Little Kings Cream AleLittle Kings Cream Ale

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

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 183 | Ratings: 374
Photo of jsisko01
4.9/5  rDev +61.2%
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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Photo of mralphabet
3.61/5  rDev +18.8%
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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Photo of woodychandler
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of damndirtyape
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of zeff80
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of match1112
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

use to drink these all the time in highschool then they disappeared forever and was i ever happy to see them again. not necessarily for taste but because of memories. nothing special about this beer as far as anything goes. pours a pale clear yellow with half a finger of sudsy head that is gone within seconds. at first pour the beer had a skunky presence about it. luckily that went away after opening up in the glass. from here on out both nose and mouth experience the same thing. sweet corn and grain with a little bit of grass in there, probably the skunk i smelt during the pour. has a sweet creamy mouthfeel with a slightly dryfinish. overall worth it for the novelty of seven oz bottles that arent over priced. just a decent sweet grainy beer on a hot day.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed form notes. Enjoyed many times over the years, reviewed here for the first time. Little 7oz bottle poured into pilsner glass pours a straw yellow with a fluffy half inch head. Funky smell of sourdough and corn with a bit of yeast. Taste isn't funky at all for a green glass bottle however it does have a distinctive funky smell which is more akin to an american adjunct lager then a cream ale, but the taste is smooth and clean with a good mix of the usual corn, biscuity sourdough and a mellow hop in there as well. Not as creamy as Genesee's Cream Ale, but smooth and very drinkable nonetheless.The other remarkable thing is that at 5.5% abv over the course of blowing through the 7oz bottles in a session the alcohol can definitely become apparent for this stinky lil lovely that is always great with pizza. I've had this in the new 12oz Red Bull like cans which actually is a little more cleaned up and less funky, but not nearly as enjoyable as the green glass which adds funk instead of skunk, but only in the smell department. Great price too for either bottles or cans. Hope this stays in production again for years to come

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Photo of JayQue
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light Ale, a little better than some Macro lagers but not much. Poured from a 7 oz green bottle into a sample size tumbler. Nice clear gold color, minimal white head, poor retention and almost no lacing.

Mild smell of sweet bready malts. Taste is pretty bland. Some sweet malts and a little grassy hops at the end, thankfully no corn or vegetable tastes. Mouthfeel is a bit light but still crisp.

A lawnmower beer at best, not bad but nothing memorable either.

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Photo of LAMAGS
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Curious looking beer, and I’m talking about the bottle, pours a straw yellow very clear modest off-white head with low retention and lacing. Very subtle nose consisting of sweet malt and a bit of grassy hops. Sweet malty cereal flavor a bit floral, nothing really stands out. The palate is light crisp dry and refreshing, thin body with ample carbonation. Not a bad beer but nothing special.

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Photo of falloutsnow
1.86/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a 0.5cm head of whitish, huge bubbles that very quickly fade to nothing; virtually no head retention, definitely no lacing. Body is a transparent dull orange-gold color. Lots of active carbonation in huge bubbles. A bit below par for the style.

Scent primarily of the sweet grain bill and maybe a bit of biscuit and diacetyl. Very dull, barely there.

Taste mimics smell: grainy sweetness, corn adjunct, a nod towards cream soda flavor. Aftertaste is a mix of light fake apple flavor and residual sweetness.

Body is thin and overly carbonated, almost painful on the palate. Carbonation and malt base do not mix well together.

For the most part, this is like drinking carbonated water with some artificial flavors in it. Could use a bit more of everything in the nose, taste, and feel.

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Photo of JMad
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a pint glass..

The beer is golden yellow with a thin foamy white head. it smells of buttered biscuits and sour grain. The taste is similar with grain and honey butter with a hint of cream soda. This beer is light with prickly carbonation and a dry finish. This is a solid easy drinking beer, might get old after awhile but a few of em are good.

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Photo of Jayli
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
7 oz bottle poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a translucent golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that recedes instantly. No lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is very sweet grain and corn, perhaps a touch of apple, and a mild hint of grass notes.

T: Taste starts with sweet grain and corn, adjunct before a cider flavoring comes through. This is the most dominant flavor in the beer - cider! A bit of grass and more grain come in through the finish. Aftertaste is that of apple.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, thin bodied with a crisp feel.

O: Goes down easily, ok taste, not filling, low kick, ok representation of style. Although the beer wasn't unpleasant, the apple flavoring and aftertaste make this a one and done for me.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 7 fl. oz. bottle no. 27410-18180K. Sampled on June 30, 2011. The label looks like something out of 1950. It has a pale yellow to nearly golden yellow pour with a burst of white fizzy head that settles down in seconds. Green bottle skunkiness rules the day but once you take that into account, you get a bready, malty aroma that isn't half bad. The body is watery-to-medium but fits the style. The taste is lightly malted but mainly bready and biscuity with a slight hop bite thrown in for good measure. I paid $1.95(!) for an eight pack of these little seven ouncers so I can't complain too much. Good enough for the beach. Easy to hide in your beach bag.

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Photo of plaid75
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was dood retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured sweet adjuncts a grassy hop and a touch of metal.

The taste was likewise sweet with soft malts and a light grassiness. Fruity notes detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty cream ale. Not an overly exciting style, but a good rendition nonetheless.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - a hearty pour created a white creamy head over a golden colored beer. The head settled down but left a nice coat of thin lacing.

S - sweet grainy creamed-corn aroma.

T - sweet and pretty decent tasting cream ale.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - this is a better than average cream ale and I'll be certain to drink more than a few this summer.

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Photo of 701beer
3.14/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden color with a quickly dissipating white head, leaves some lacing on glass.

S: First thing I noticed was the slightly skunky smell, probably from the green bottles. Smell of grain and a faint hint of corn.

F: Mouth feel was good on this one, carbonation levels seem correct.

T: The skunkyness from the nose, carried through into taste, but only as a background flavor. Grain and corn dominate the flavors with off flavors coming up in the aftertaste.

O: Seems to be a decent little beer, taking it out of green bottles would probably help, but I would not continue to drink this at $1 a bottle ($8 per 8 pack of 7 ounce bottles). It was interesting to try.

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Photo of dbossman
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden hue with a thin white head; lacing is fairly decent

S: Lots of grains--corn especially; a bit grassy with a touch of lemon; but mostly a slightly sour grain mash aroma

T: Decent grainy and grassy flavors up front--a touch of lemon soapiness and of course more corn flavors in the grainy, bready malt base

F: For a light bodied beer, this has decent mouth feel--it actually sticks to the roof of the mouth

O: A decent little beer and a great alternative to the watered down mass produced, ubiquitous beers

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Little Kings Original Cream Ale is an unusual beer. It has a minimal, white head and a very clear, golden appearance with lots of little bubbles streaming up and some lacing left behind. The aroma is light, but some malty smell and a strange olive oil (to me) aspect is detected. Taste is likewise malty, with some slight hop bitterness across the sip, with again that odd olive oil flavor. The body is medium, and Little Kings Original Cream Ale finishes crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is not terribly high and it’s more of a sipper, really. Even with it’s strange presentation, I did like it and recommend giving it a chance.


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Photo of Offa
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold with a small white head steadily thinning to a ring and a few weak wisps of lace.

Aroma is corn and grain, apple, grass, basically like a sweet/fuller basic US pale lager with an extra yeasty hint.

Taste is creamed corn, mineral, light grassiness, lightly sweet apple cider, faint tart apple zestiness and alight corn-apple aftertaste. It tend slightly to the sweeter side with a character predominantly of lightly sweet, zesty apple and corn. That said, it has an enjoyable, firm character, if simple and light.

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Photo of tone77
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 2 green 7 oz. bottles. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit skunky, could be those dreaded green bottles. Taste also has a bit of skunk to it, a touch of sweetness, and slightly bitter at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of HUXC
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type- Served from a chilled 7 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Standard ale look. Light golden straw appearance with about a half of a fingers worth of white head. The lacing that the head leaves on the brim of the glass quickly dissipates.

Smell- If blindfolded I could swear that there was a stale Heineken in front of me. The ale also has a hint of sweet corn aroma.

Taste- Knowing that it was a cream ale, and having never tried a cream ale my brain told me to expect something along the lines of a cream soda. I was sorely mistaken. After getting over my mishap and sampled the beer for what it was I got a rather mild foretaste and a sweat corn like flavor aftertaste. No hop or bittering flavor to speak of.

Mouthfeel- Not a really carbonated ale, goes down crisp and smooth, no bite what so ever. Almost exactly like cold water.

Overall- Overall due to its size I can't really take this ale seriously. To me it seemed more like a party favor rather then a refreshing alcoholic beverage. This being my first cream ale I can't say I was too impressed with it. Perhaps I bought a skunked batch, but what ever the case I don't think I'd purchase this again.

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Photo of jerryjeff
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crisp somewhat sweet scent, seems like almost hints of butterscotch

Medium carbonation with very little body, near water

Pale gold/straw color. Poured to slight white lace colored head in mich goblet from 7 oz pony

As somewhat advertised, a bit of a sweetish hint on the tongue with slight bitterness.

Drinkability Very, this is meant to be a beer you can drink a lot of and you definitely could.

This has a good non-intrusive taste and is meant to be a sessionable beer. I like it quite a bit, but is it worth the premium when you could buy a macro that isn't all that different flavor wise.

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Photo of Schmidts
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 7 OZ bottle golden yellow. Smells of Grain and Corn sort of sweet. Taste is sweet with a hint of bitterness. Very Refreshing in your mouth. This is a really a nice retro Beer and I have finished off a case of 7 oz bottles in three days. I find this beer to be a very nice session beer and very enjoyable. Give it a try it sure surprised me.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

A retro brand looking for another heyday. Bubbly white lace crackles a bit but stays a true, clear, pale yellow color. Clean nose of sweet cooked corn and subtle grassy grain. Light fluffy body with a snappy crispness. Kiss of sweet- ness to start, with cooked veggies and a bready undertone. Muted hops just provide a balancing bitterness. Hint of alcohol and twang of fermented grain. Clean dry finish. It is what it is. A no-frills brewski that is easy to put down if you're into lighter-styled beers. This beer also told us that it should be paired with chili cheese dogs.

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Little Kings Cream Ale from Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 374 ratings