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401K | Vanessa House Beer Company

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8 Ratings

Brewed by:
Vanessa House Beer Company
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by dbarny76:
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of stephens101
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure I've ever had a cream ale before. Just not my thing (or so I thought). But this one came highly recommended, and I can always get to some Vanessa House, so here goes.

Pours a sharp, clear yellow. Fizzy and topped with a bubbly white froth that sticks.

Straw and very faint light fruit to the nose.

Light fruits and a faint honey sweetness greet the tongue. Creamy too of course.

Light, flavorful, well put together and tons o' fun.

I will admit I had a preconceived notion of what a "cream" ale would be, and apparently I've been missing out. What a smooth operator right here.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a pint glass. Pours an amber color with a one finger head that barely lingers and doesn't leave lacing. Subtle nose of spicy hops and caramel malt. Tastes is caramel malt and a slight grassiness with a small punch of spicy hops on the back end. Medium body and medium carbonation with no aftertastes.
This feels more like an amber than a cream ale to me. A smoother and creamier body would've helped the style claim. It's the brewer's flagship beer and feels like a beer that you'd drink at a football game tailgate. Not overly complex or ambitious, but it's done well enough to have a few.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin head that falls to a ring and half-ass attempts at lacing. Clear dark straw color. Aroma is sweet pale grains and a whiff of hops and orange peel (which is expected because the recipe contains them). Flavor is crisp, dry and light. Easy to quaff and sessionable. MF is light and bubbly. A great beer to get any time, especially on tap.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andyjeigh
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WDJersey
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of McStagger
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


A: Rich golden color. One finger head. Fairly rapid dissipation. Moderate to ample carbonation as medium sized bubbles readily float to the surface.

S: light malts with a splash of adjunct. Corn? Hobs are subdued but some spicy herbal notes seem to peek through.

T: Opens up with a light malt sweetness. Round fruitiness in the mid palate with not too terribly much in the hops/bitterness department. What does come through tastes mildly Noble (Saaz, etc). Finish is picks up a distinct cornbread/polenta sweetness. Finishes with a fruity and slightly estery dryness.

M: Soft and round. Medium bodied. Carbonation does enough to lift the malt bill off that palate. Fairly refreshing.

O: Crushable. Lawnmower beer for sure. Wish it were a little dryer on the back end and about 5 ibus more bitter. Still a fine offering.

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401K from Vanessa House Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 8 ratings