Muskoka Cream Ale | Muskoka Brewery

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Muskoka Cream AleMuskoka Cream Ale

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Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Shiloh on 01-12-2003

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Ratings: 225 |  Reviews: 83
Reviews by basementbrewer:
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a beer launch at the University of Waterloo Grad House.

Pours a light copper, with a half-inch head. Good amount of lacing, decent retention.

Smell was a bit boring, a bit of malts and toffee-breadiness. Not much going on here.

Tastes like a standard pale ale, with the creaminess smoothing out the finish. Malty up front, a bit of pear, caramel and bread. Bitter finish. Not bad, but a bit washed out.

Mouthfeel was slightly over-carbonated, a bit stingy. Typical body.

All in all, a decent cream ale, which is normally not a style I'm terribly fond of. Not something I'll purchase too often, but never something to turn down. Very sessionable.

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Photo of ConnorG
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recommended to me by a native Bracebridger (?) I met a few nights ago, as the beer you buy by the pallet for a Saturday night shindig, to appeal to the discerning masses, apparently...

This beer appears a clear light orange amber hue, with one skinny finger of wispy white head, which leaves a decent ebbing ring of lace as it duly recedes.

It smells of biscuit malt, and orange rind bitterness. The taste is light white cracker grain, a twinge of creme caramel, and moderately zingy earthy citrus hops.

The carbonation is quite mild, but no pushover either, the body creamy, well smooth, and medium full in weight. It finishes off-dry, the soft graininess and persistent hops doing well to tango to the end.

An inoffensive easy-drinking session ale, with a pleasing hop kick, to boot, in the Ontario tradition of mild English-style ales, awakened to the possibilities inherent in New World hops.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber/orange body. Has a solid two finger white head with decent retention. Nice lacing. I expected this beer to be paler than this, the colour is a pleasant surprise.

Sweet grain, biscuit, toast, and caramel aromas are all present. There's a faint grassy scent lurking around the edges.

Tastes the way it smells. Caramel. A little toasty. Slightly buttery as well. Grassy hops in the background. It's a little bit sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Very mild bitterness in the finish. As it warms, the toasted bread comes out a bit more, and some fruit flavour develops.

Light bodied and spritzy, a little bit on the watery side. A thirst quencher for a hot summers day.

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Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average beer, but likely reformulated since these early reviews. Smell originally malty and fruity, then plain after warming up to room temperature. Short lived head. Creamy and malty, with a spot of fruit. OK with dinner at the end of a summer day.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of juliendesrochers
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of moodenba
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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

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Photo of heebes
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355 ml bottle.
Pours golden with a fingers worth of light foamy cream head. Nose is pale malts and a bit of creamsicle. Taste is similiar; lager esque with the pale malt and grassyness. Little bit of creamsicle flavour I'm the middle. Body is light to medium. Dry in the middle.
Overall, not a bad revisit but nothing outstanding. This brewery shines with their newer Mad Tom ipa and the seasonal releases. This beer was one of the original lineup mediorce beers they produced before stepping up the craft experiments recently.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think Muskoka is one of the better Breweries here in Ontario, however I do find they still make "standard" beers that the average Canadian Enjoys, nevertheless, i like to try their beer to see if something stands out or is interesting...

The cream ale pours a slightly hazy light copper with a small, minor head. The nose is subtle, nothing really obvious.. Maby a touch of malt but thats it. Very gentle.
Taste is nice, warming and smooth. Very subtle lemony hops with a fruity bite. Mild "cream" in there as the mouthfeel is light but smooth.

Overall, easy drinking, mildly flavorfull. WOuld be easy to drink a bunch of these but certainly nothing profound in the beer world!

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Photo of davidward
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite the flagship brew for Muskoka as it used to be but still very good. A classic of the style.

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Photo of eat
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last can from the OCB Discovery Pack #3.

Pours clear and amber in colour, covered completely by a thin off-white head. Retention is not too good, fading quickly to a ring around the glass. No lacing.

On the nose: caramel malt, yeast, bread, bit of citrusy hops. Not too shabby.

Caramel malt, some butteriness, nice hop profile. No complexity, just a pleasant clean and fresh taste. Decently balanced. The finish is slightly dry and quite wheaty. A little more watery than I'd like.

The mouthfeel is good and I'd rate it 4.0 if it weren't a cream ale. Good feel for a beer, but too thin as a cream ale. Solid medium body and moderate carbonation.

This is a drinkable beer, no troubles here. I don't know how much this comes off as a cream ale. It's more like a pretty decent pale ale leaning towards being a cream ale, though it would probably be quite nice on nitro-tap. I'd be happy to find this on tap somewhere. Quite similar to the other OCB offerings, fairly well-brewed but lacking in character. Nothing wrong with it, just pretty uninteresting. Hopefully these beers converted some Molson, Labatt and Sleeman fans away from macro swill and onto some fresh, local, decently made brews like these. All were better than their big-brewery counterparts.

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Photo of Bm1
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveBar
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
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


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Photo of StormAles
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChrisCage
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a light copper color, and is very clear. The head is not overly thick and settles to a thick-ish film that is white in color. There's lots of bubbly goodness rising to the top. Lacing is modest and on the thin side. Not a bad looking beer, just nothing to write home about.

S- Overall, a bland smelling ale. On the front of the nose is some sweet malt, that reminds me of caramel. No hops to speak of and not much else to note here.

T- Actually, this is pleasant on the palate, if not a little is sweet and malty, maybe with a little bit of fruitiness hiding in the background. It has a hint of banana to be exact. The finish is very modestly hopped. It isn't offensive or anything, just a little easy going for this style IMO.

M- A nice buttery texture glides over the palate, as it should with this style. The carbonation is a little zingy but fine enough that it doesn't last long. The body is medium-ish. Nice overall.

D- This wouldn't be hard honestly to make a go to beer for something reasonably light, not overpowering flavor wise, nor carbonation wise. This would be a very good example of a starter ale for someone trying to expand out of macro lager! I'll probably pick this up again sometime.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a half finger head into a medium wine glass which quickly dissipated to a fine collar - semi-clear amber colour - some patchy lacing

S - barley malt, floral and earthy hops, some fruit

T - caramel - some pine and floral hops, popcorn, bitter citrus (hint)

M - slightly bitter with a creamy medium bodied mouthfeel - light carbonation

O - a decent cream ale that is certainly sessionable

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Photo of Rutager
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Liamt07!

Appearance. Pours a clear amber-gold with two fingers of thick and creamy head that lasts a while.

Smell. Roasted grains, bitter grassy-floral hops.

Taste. Toasted light grains and a little bit of caramel, some grassy hops and honey and just a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium, bubbly carbonation.

Overall. Better than the popular cream ales I've tried from my province.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a yellowish ale with a nice smooth head with average retention. Creamy palate with nice floral malt and low hops presence. Body is slightly above average. Overall, this is above your run of the mills Ontario easy drinking beer but it isn’t a great beer either.

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Muskoka Cream Ale from Muskoka Brewery
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