Muskoka Cream Ale | Muskoka Brewery

BA SCORE
79
okay
81 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Muskoka Cream AleMuskoka Cream Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada
muskokabrewery.com

Style: 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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
207
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
61
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 207
Photo of PorterPro125
4.4/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

 483 characters

Photo of moniz
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this right from the source, as my in-laws have a cottage in the Bracebridge area.

I found it to be a very drinkable, smooth, cream ale. There are very few "heavy" beers I enjoy, that don't feel "heavy" drinking them such as Rickards Red, and now this beer is one of them. This one will be in my fridge as one of my go to regular drinking beers.

 349 characters

Photo of MikeGa
4.21/5  rDev +23.1%
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 :)

 705 characters

Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint as I bbq some burgers.

A- Clear copper pour with a two finger soapy, snow white head. Lacing is wonderful.

S- Sweet biscuit, cookies and fruit with a touch of bubblegum. Slight earthy hops.

T- Nice malt, sweet caramel, cookies and bubblegum.

M- Light to medium bodied, good carbonation.

O- I am just in love with this. I inhaled a six pack in almost one sitting. I just love this, it's sonething I could drink forever. Easy drinking and flavorful.

 469 characters

Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from the Beer Store, 473ml into a pint glass. Best before Aug 1, 2011.

Pours copper, with a fluffy and soapy offwhite head that quickly settles to a thin collar, thin film and some medium sized bubbles. Nose has a bit of toasty malts, bready with grain notes, light caramel which contributes to a greater general sweetness and some moderate hop notes. Taste kicks off with some sweet caramel right with some bready qualities, which thin out into some grain notes and a mild bitterness. Some mild metallic flavours which fade while the pint warms. Light-medium mouthfeel and easily drinkable. A fairly solid cream ale, and certainly a cottage option.

Revisited July 17, 2011 - can from the LCBO after the Muskoka's rebranding. Best before December 1, 2011. Cool can!

More citrus notes along with the aforementioned breadiness through and through with this beer. Incredibly drinkable, medium light weight on the palate. This has got to be a new recipie, outstanding for a cream ale. Top tier within the cream ale style category.

 1,033 characters

Photo of patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

 784 characters

Photo of Logan12321
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

 335 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

 855 characters

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my go-to easy drinking beers. Finally got around to reviewing it. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Medium orange colour with yellow and ruby glow around the edges. Half a finger of white head formed and quickly receded to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Sweet caramel malts with a touch of toffee balanced by a floral hop aroma.

T - Follows the nose. Floral and earthy hops with a crisp bitterness balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone. Very easy drinking while still having good flavour. Not getting the cascade hops at all (as advertised on the label).

M - Light to medium body with a slight chew. Moderate carbonation.

O - A very enjoyable easy drinking session beer.

 706 characters

Photo of ecoastman
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability - I am pleasantly surprised and will definitely be coming back to this beer. I may make this a staple for my every day "local" drinking beer if the price is right.

Appearance - Hazy pale copper pours with a thick head that recedes to a medium layer that is replenished by good carbonation.

Smell - Mild, sweet and clean with some floral and bread aromas.

Taste - mild grainy maltiness, a little buttery toffee diactyl and balanced with some decent hop flavours. A very good session beer with enough hop flavour to make it interesting. Better than some of the others I've tried from this brewery.

Mouthfeel - smooth, lightly creamy and refreshingly watery. Higher carbonation as expected for a cream ale.

 723 characters

Photo of phartzog
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I Had this while on business outside Toronto and found it to be a great "All Purpose" beer. By this I mean that I could sit and drink it all night without becoming "flavor-stuffed" or bogged down no matter what season it may be.

The color was very appealing and it had a nice aroma- solid but not overpowering or distracting. The mouthfeel was very good and this helped make it exceptionally drinkable. The flavor was very nice, malty with light-moderate hops and a clean finish that sets you up for another swig.

It came in a can but was served in a glass.

I wish I could buy it in Northern Illinois.

 605 characters

Photo of thehyperduck
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can picked up from the LCBO; best before Feb. 2012. Continuing on the quest to find a cream ale that's worth retrying...

Pours a bright, clear amber colour with one finger of creamy mostly-white head that fizzles down to a cap rather quickly. Nice aroma, lightly floral with some tropical fruitiness and pine needles.

Bready malts with caramel sweetness are the first flavours I pick up, alongside pear and apple notes. The cascade hops are more prominent towards the end of the sip providing their characteristic earthy pine notes. Slight lingering twinge of bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium-light body, with very little carbonation lending it a very creamy mouthfeel. A little syrupy as it warms, but refreshing when cold.

By far the most agreeable cream ale I've ever had, highly sessionable and enjoyable all around. Normally I avoid cream ales as I generally find them bland, but this one is nothing of the sort and is definitely something I'll come back to.

 980 characters

Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It came out a copper-orange colour with nice white head. Good lacing on the glass. I immediately smell more hops than I remember. Floral hops and biscuit malt. Taste has good level of bitterness for the style. I think the beer has gotten a lot better since I last tried this. Nice carbonation level. Good drinkability as I ordered a 2nd pint right away.

 353 characters

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

 987 characters

Photo of moodenba
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

 630 characters

Photo of Stignacious
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

 216 characters

Photo of cyrenaica
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on April 30, 2008 after purchasing an assorted 6 pack of Ontario Craft Brews from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured out a beautiful translucent rusty red colour with a generous off-white rocky head. The aroma is heavily grainy malt with some hoppy tones. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly creamy, with a sour feel on the sides of the tongue. The flavour is roasted malt, some grassy malt, and little hoppy bitterness

 476 characters

Photo of Stocean1
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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

 401 characters

Photo of Luisc94
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

 454 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev +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.

 340 characters

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.66/5  rDev +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.

 1,074 characters

Photo of NovT
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

can, poured into an imperial pint.

a, pleasant variegated amber to red. decent tight foam with good retention. layer of thin foam lasts, with excellent lacing on the sides of the glass.

s light, but pleasantly spicey. a little underwhelming.

t slightly sweet, with mild bitter notes on the finish. spicey oak (almost like scotch), with light hoppiness.

m tight carbonation lasts throughout, well bodied but not heavy.

o a great light choice. Moderately flavoured, not overly thin. A good "everyday" choice for the discerning drinker.

 542 characters

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

 252 characters

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

 903 characters

Photo of pootz
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle:

Deep gold with some orange highlights...small sticky white cap laces well.

Aromas of succulent fruits under musty-biscuity malt...light sweetness and grassiness

Mild malty-fruity character, decent malt spine, creamy mouth feel.

Nice dose of malts and fruity esters in the front then some Kent goldings balance the center as the whole drink dries right out in the finish...light bready-tinny aftertaste.

A great classic pre-50s Canadian cream ale...true to style and fresh tasting.

 499 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Muskoka Cream Ale from Muskoka Brewery
3.42 out of 5 based on 207 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe