Cream Ale
Muskoka Brewery

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Cream Ale
Ranked #224
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3.53 | pDev: 12.18%
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Cream AleCream Ale
Notes: First brewed in1996, our flagship Muskoka Cream Ale has since become a signature beer of the Muskoka region. Unmistakable with its rich amber colour and inviting floral tones, this laid-back English pub-style ale is smooth and easy-going. With a Cascade hoppiness and fuller body of flavour, this gold-medal winning Canadian Cream Ale is the quintessential taste of cottage country. Raise a glass.

20 IBU
Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 239 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: The colour of orange pekoe tea, with medium carbonation. Pours with a thick 2 finger white head that gives way over 5 minutes leaving a small head across the top of the glass.
Smell: Very light nose. Mild tea.
Taste: Tea with a hint of caramel, dry finish....maybe a slight hint of green wood.
Feel: Smooth, medium bodied. Fills up the mouth, strangely leaves the tongue underwhelmed everywhere but the sides.
This beer is a solid B to a B+ in the right mood. Refreshing, subtle with a few interesting things going on as it warms. This is a great gateway craft beer to use as an introduction to friends new to craft beers.

May 10, 2020
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Jim67 from Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite cream ales. I’m not normally a fan of this style but the amber color, slightly thick feel for an ale, and just enough hop forward flavor works well

Aug 03, 2019
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deedric from Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

*Clear amber with a off white head that falls slowly. Lacing is minimal.
*Malty with a touch of hops.
*Malty (English?) as well with a touch of floral hops.
*Medium body, drier crisp finish.
*Not what I would expect for a Cream Ale, but this is a good thing. I liked this Canadian flourish on this style - refreshing, summer afternoon beverage.

Sep 14, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a solid beer, more flavorful and robustly grain driven than i am used to in the style, but i like the beer pretty well, and its a nice contrast to the watered down and sweeter pale lagers of ontario. a lighter copper color to it in the stemmed 20 ounce glass with brewery branding, not sure ive seen this shape and size combination before, but nevertheless it holds an inch of white head and has good relative clarity. bronze dipped looking. aroma and flavor are lighter english malts, crisping crackery yeast, and some balancing hop bitterness thats still mild, but bold compared to a lot of its local peers. there is some real body here, and i can taste and appreciate the grain without much residual sweetness, which i reckon is the best feature. its not as light and crushable as i like cream ale to be, less refreshing in that way, but its got a lot of flavor and its still smooth and poundable, just not really a cream ale as i know them to be, too malty for that. good carbonation here, cleaner finish, and a rather versatile beer, anything greasy can be washed right down with this. i heard good things about the muskoka ipa too, but i never got the chance to try it on my visit. hopefully next time!

Feb 13, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Muskoka Brewery "Cream Ale"
11.5 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BEFORE MAY 09 2017" and sampled on MARCH 24 2017
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Although it's unfiltered it's still a fairly clear deep copper beneath a short head of off-white. Limited head retention and average lacing.

Smell: Malty with some caramel and a light waft of hops.

Taste: As the aroma suggests with a bit more floral and grassy hops. The caramel is not overdone, and it's not too malty, but still very full of flavor. Nicely balanced by a stiff bitterness that leads to a dry finish.

Feel: Medium bodied and crisp. Zesty on the tongue, and then smooth once it's warmed a bit.

Overall: A solid offering. It's basic but good, and sometimes that's all a beer needs to be. Highly drinkable. A good beer to relax with at the end of the day as the sun sets.

Mar 24, 2017
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moodenba from New York

3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Refrigerated can of Muskoka Cream Ale poured into a glass February, 2017.

Good amber color with a white head that falls slowly. Only a very slight haze is evidence of the unfiltered character. Very little aroma (but the beer was poured cold). The brewery describes this as British style, but it is actually a light amber ale like many North American brews of the late 20th century (Labatts 50, Molson Export, Genesee Cream Ale).

Flavor is mild, with a balanced malty, hoppy character. The flavor accompanied by a full mouth feel. I think this is a good example of a very enjoyable ale that is not heavy or high in alcohol.

Mar 01, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought a sample pack whilst in Hamilton for my son's hockey tournament. The beer poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is non-descript. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink there is a slight floral hop presence that makes this beer interesting. Overall it's a good beer and worth a try.

Dec 29, 2016
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MikeGa from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best from this brewery IMO. Muskoka's beers are all tasty but IMO they all have the same hop profile. The cream ale has the best balance because the slightly sweet malt balances the dry hops. Their detour beer is the most interesting in that it leaves a very dry mouth feel and somehow gives the dryness to the noise too almost like the scent of wasabi. The cream ale balances it out though and makes it more refreshing.

That said the thinkness of the cream ale makes it only good for a couple pints, after that it becomes too much as it leaves a flippy feel in the mouth. I find a lot of beers that way though so when in doubt go to a place with a large tap selection and make your way around it :)

Nov 27, 2016
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Borbly from Canada ()

3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden body with some nice soapy head. The scent has some hoppy sharpness to it, though in general the scent is quite subtle. The taste has some light hoppiness, though there is really no malt in the background to back it up. The feel is nice and velvety as a cream ale should, though altogether the beer is a bit of a weak entry in my books

May 07, 2016
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JPNesker from Canada (ON)

1.54/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from one of the new Fangled repurposed/recycled cans -- bare tin with a glossy sticker overtop methinks.

Overall -- Far too hoppy for the style.

I'm pretty sure the can itself caused lots of off notes including, if you can believe it, plastic and glue. Repugnant.

Disappointed to say the least.

Sep 09, 2015
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TheBeerMaster1 from New York

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very decent tropical-esqued cream ale with an English toffee like malt and creaminess. Not any hops that stand out, and the first thing I thought of was a Kilkenny, which someone wrote in their review previous to.mine which I thought was really cool.

Aug 12, 2015
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 473 mL Can

A- Pours a Deep Amber colour topped by a thick, creamy white head. Lots of lacing coats the glass.

S- Malty with light floral hops and a hint of citrus. The hoppiness is the most striking trait.

T- Sweet maltiness (toffee) turns into a creamy grain flavour. The Malt/grain characteristics are highlighted by floral/leafy hops.

M- Creamy Medium Body with moderate carbonation.

O- Incredibly sessionable Ale with beautiful floral hop characteristics.

Aug 11, 2015
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Stignacious from New York

3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright amber color out of the bottle. Head retention is decent, but little lacing. A little hoppy for a cream ale, but a nice malt profile and an (almost) lactose-like sweetness add to the depth of character.

Jul 13, 2015
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served cool into a pint glass. purchased from LCBO for $2.90. Re-reviewing this cream ale.

Appearance - Bright coppery colored beer with a finger and a half of rocky ivory head which doesn't linger that long but leaves some beautiful lacing markings down the side of the glass. Very clear with a plethora of active bubbles.

Smell - Grainy with some floral and leafy aromas, it's apparent that there's a healthy hop bill in the beer.A mention of lemon thrown in for added pleasure.

Taste - Starts malty with some butterscotch and a kiss of molasses before the creaminess takes over with caramel and a heavy grain flavor. Some leafy hops come through in the finish. Moderate bitterness to close

Mouthfeel - Smooth and well carbonated, maybe a bit on the gassy side. Moderately dry finish for a cream ale.

Overall - A damn solid cream ale with good flavor profiles and a good balance between malts, hops and too much of a creamy texture. Enjoyable and even better than I remembered. Worth a shot and probably not a half bad gateway beer fo those new to craft.

May 13, 2015
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Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is nothing wrong with this beer in any way, shape or form. It looks great - I'm not sure what a cream ale should look like, but this one is appealing in a tulip glass. The flavour is, well, creamy. It reminds me of Kilkenny - easy on the palate, with a bit of grainy malt and the faintest hop notes. This is a quaffable brew that would match up nicely with a Steak and Kidney pie!

Jan 25, 2015
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Logan12321 from Canada (ON)

3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very smooth, bronze/dark golden color in glass. Pours nicely, with a nice layer of head the sticks around for a little bit of time 30-40seconds. Didn't have any big tastes that would jump out or really grab your attention. Bit of a hops taste at the end of the sip but nothing else.

Enjoyable to drink, would buy again or try on tap.

Dec 21, 2014
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mick303 from Canada (ON)

3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint. Colour is an orangey copper with slight head and some whispy lacing.

S - grainy, some rather dry orange pith, cornbread, some light citrus and floral aromas.

T - has a balanced start with grainy husky malts, then more cornbread character and some creaminess developing, gentle grapefruity citrus. Has a bit of a growing sharp bitterness, earthy and sharp. With a fairly crisp finish, some of the lactic character hanging on and then some lingering malt.

M - moderate body, decent creaminess to feel but also with an acidic bitterness. Carbonation is moderate for a sessionable ale.

Overall, its not a bad session ale but nothing I would say to be outstanding, the aroma is muted and the body is mostly grainy with a slight creaminess, thankfully not overbearing, and a bit of a sharpness, so it remains quite drinkable, approachable but not too interesting.

Nov 25, 2014
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Luisc94 from Canada (ON)

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

Served from a Can. Its my first cream ale so I did not know what to expect.

First thing I notice was a high carbonation, and a nice subtle crisp and hopy smell. (srry dont kow how to describe smells).

it has a nice light bronce colour. The flavor is much lighter that what I expected, but still you could feel easily the crisp malt tones and the greatly included hops.

Concluding I really enjoyed this beer, seriously drinkable and thirst quenching.

Sep 20, 2014
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.85 473ml can. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Pretty good. Opens well, pours dark amber with no head after 20sec

S- Pretty good. Very light. A bit of caramel and malt

T- Ok. Not very good. Ok cream ale with a touch of malt

M- Pretty good. Dry

O- Alright. Will not buy in a can or bottle but will try on tap if I see it

Food Pairing

This ok cream ale went well with... Pulled pork sandwiches- no BBQ sauce as that stuff is soooo gross


May 31, 2014
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep golden orange, verging on amber, light haze, almost no carbonation, two fingers of yellowish creamy head.

S: Apple candy, apple jam, light dried fruit quality like apricots, a little floral, big malty flavours, some dough.

T: Right on with the nose, apple butter, dried apricots, light fruitiness, a little floral. Tea like, not the same dough as on the nose, more of a light toasted quality. Ends with a little bitterness and dried apricot fruitiness.

M: Medium body, little carbonation, dry black tea like dryness.

O: Very appealing well balanced brew. Yes, it reminds me of cottage country, though I’ve never had a beer in cottage country though I grew up going to Muskoka in the summer. Delicious brew, fruity, dry, different from mainstream brews, full of flavor.

May 27, 2014
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into an American pub glass. A dark gold brew, just grading into light bronze territory, with around two fingers of resilient beige head. Aroma was unexpected and compelling, mainly tangy English hops (!?) propped up by doughy sweet malts, accompanied by some fruity yeast esters that recall pears and light citrus rind. Taste is correspondingly fruity and reasonably sweet, with a blood-like metallic tang. This brewery yields some nice caramel malt flavors and these shine through here, along with nutty baker's yeast, unripe peach, grape candy, pear, citrus rind, and toffee brittle. The sweet malt flavors develop nicely as the beer warms up. Light bodied and creamy as the style designator would suggest, with a semi-wet finish that features more earthy/spicy hops and hints of toast. Robust flavors for a cream ale and starts to blur the boundary between this style and an amber ale. I like my session options less sweet than this but recommended nonetheless.

Mar 01, 2014
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wl0307 from England

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Coming in a 355ml slim brown bottle, “enjoy before” 15/06/2015, served lightly chilled in a stemmed wine glass.

A: pours a bright orangey-amber colour, coming with a negligible thin foamy head and gentle & constant carbonation.
S: sweet biscuit and barley candy-ish malts come with a faintly flowery and sweet-orangey hop aroma, as well as light prune-ish esters; a swirl gives rise to light buttery notes and some grassy hoppiness.
T: quite sharply carbonated, the entry shows plenty of sweet pale and caramel malts and lightly-sweet orangey hints of hops, but soon followed by a rather dry and mildly acidic aftertaste mixed of malts and floral hop bitterness as well as a well-attenuated mouthfeel, leaving but a light undertone of gristy malts to linger.
M&O: the mouthfeel is refreshing alright but definitely too fizzy for my taste, against a light-bodied malty theme and a well-attenuated dry-ish palate. This ale probably was filtered and reseeded with lager yeasts to undergo the long, cold lager-ing process, hence the higher attenuation level vis-à-vis the malty and slightly estery flavours. Not my cup of tea, but all in all this ale has shown some decent quality and flavour integrity.

Jul 31, 2013
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decimator from Canada (ON)

3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 5%.

A - Poured a clear copper-gold with a thin white head, head reduced to surface bubble, no lacing.

S - Mild caramel, hint of citrus, some spiciness. A bit mild but pleasant.

T - Mild sweetness, a hint of toffee, some spiciness with a bittter finish. Not overly hoppy but more bitter that I'd expect for a cream ale.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium body, some creaminess, dry finish.

O - Decent ale.

Jul 09, 2013
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IdeaSpeeder from Canada (ON)

3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 473ml can, poured into a nonic glass

Appearance - A pretty brew. Pours with a solid two fingers of head. Minimal lacing. The colour is darker than expected for the style - a golden copper hue.

Smell - Not a whole lot going on here. What is there is pretty sweet, with some grainy smells.

Taste - Wayy more hops than I expected from just the nose, makes for a (pleasantly) bitter finish. Tastes biscuity and grainy.

Mouthfeel - Extremely drinkable. Very low carbonation. This sort of goes without saying but...the mouthfeel is 'creamy'.

May 04, 2013
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joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear light copper and extremely bubbly to the point of being ridiculous, as such the head was huge and would not go anywhere
S - some grainy and adjunct aromas, mild leafiness, fairly basic here
T - grain and adjunct with a grassy and metallic hop flavour similar to saaz
M - started very carbonated but got flat as it fizzed itself out, somewhat thin and slightly dry
O - its close to average but has just enough flavour to keep it semi interesting, i might not buy a 6 pack of this but not problem having it included as part of a mixer, would also make a decent option on tap

Oct 19, 2012
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