Muskoka Cream Ale | Muskoka Brewery

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Muskoka Cream AleMuskoka Cream Ale

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Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada

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

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Photo of JPNesker
1.54/5  rDev -55%
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.

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Photo of Shiloh
1.87/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Not impressive with no redeeming qualities and these are its good points....this sample is about to meet the drain in my sink....
OK.....colour is a deep golden and it does have a slight glass cling....however modest.....sorry, this stuff is terrible, maybe I got a bad one!!!!!!

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Photo of bobsy
2.14/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from the LCBO. This beer did not live up to my hopes. Both the pour and the aroma reminded me of a lager - its a golden colour with a very minimal white head, while the aroma is a subdued mix of sweet malts and grass. The taste, too be frank, is extremely disappointing. All I can taste is malt and grain, with the creaminess only coming through in the aftertaste. A nice texture on the palate, but a beer needs a lot more than that. My wife tasted it and agreed, saying well at least its better than a blue or canadian. Unfortunately, that’s all I can say about a beer I really wanted to like.

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Photo of maclean25
2.62/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My wife picked me up a 6-pack of bottles while in Ottawa. I've never had anything from this brewery before.

It pours with a foamy, slightly orange-beige head and has a clear (but slightly hazy) golden body. The aroma has a light fruit salad, mostly pears, quality from the Cascade hops. The taste is heavy on the hops also. It has a smoky and old wood flavour. Moderate-to-low carbonation and moderate body.

Overall, I'm not to impressed but then again Cream Ales are not my favourite. I find it overly hopped and not much flavour beyond that. Also, too bad my first Ontario microbrew was basically a west coast ale.

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Photo of RedBeerchetta
2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In search of a truly good Canadian beer, I was delighted to see a sign for this beer as I was passing through the Muskokas. The search goes on. The color was promising, a nice dark copper, but the promise wasn't kept. This ins't an awful drink, there's just nothing worth noting about it. Not much of a smell, no distinct taste, just another boring Canadian beer, eh?

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Photo of Cheesedogg
2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap during a fishing trip to Lake Simcoe.

Draft had a good amount of head and it was a nice amber color. Could smell a little bit of the cream, but it was the tatse where the cream came through. First beer from Muskoka Brewery and the establishment did not have much on tap. I rate this as a pretty average beer. Nothing is standing out to me oday, had the beer a coule of days ago. Good to add a new beer to my list.

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Photo of Viggo
2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can, from the LCBO.

Pours a clear dark amber, some orange highlights, pretty thick and lightly fizzy off white head forms, quickly settles itself down to a thin layer, some lace spots stick to the glass. Smell is very malty, some caramel/honey sweetness, grains, bread, bit of biscuit, light citrus, a light garbage/vomity aroma, some fruity sweetness, otherwise pretty bland. Taste is similar, malty and grainy at first, quite sweet, biscuit, honey, some grassiness, light fruit, again pretty bland, dry toasty finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, moderately drinkable but nothing anyone should get excited about.

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Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
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 EatsTacos
2.86/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: A pretty aggressive pour produced a two finger head that disappeared pretty quick. The color is a golden copper.

S: Some citrusy fruit is apparent. Light hops can be detected.

T: Some caramel and buttered biscuit maltiness. Slightly grainy. Some raw sugar sweetness. Nothing to get excited about

M: Crisp and refreshing beer with a sharp carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable, and pretty bland.

Notes: For what this beer costs, its pretty disappointing in terms of character. Very refreshing, simple beer.

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Photo of heebes
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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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Photo of MeisterBurger
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden amber topped by a thin head. Retention and lacing are negligible.

Lots of caramel in the nose here along with some fresh pears and bright grassy hops, an aroma which, at a blind guess, I would have pegged as more of an English pale ale.

The taste follows with caramel, grains, and mild grassy hops and a lingering metallic in the aftertaste--it's not completely offensive, but far from awesome. There's a bit of butterscotch in there as well but in a not totally unpleasant way. Basically this just tastes like a decent English ale to me.

The mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated. Refreshing.

Overall a pretty straightforward beer. I could see it being decently sessionable. For someone else. (Not me.)

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Photo of bylerteck
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A can of the rebranded Muskoka Cream Ale.

A - Pours a slightly dark gold with mild carbonation. A small cap of soapy off white head shows up. Bright. No lacing and only a little chunk of retention on one side.

S - Fruity, earthy, and grainy.

T - Earthy and a little grainy. Fruity malt with a little toffee.

M - Quite creamy, medium body with a slightly sweet finish, good carbonation.

O/D - Meh. I had higher expectations for this after the rebranding. Nothing too interesting and not worth the $2.65 it cost at all. Maybe better in the bottle but I wasn't willing to take a shot on the whole sixer. Easy to drink and has flavour, but not overly flavourful or tasty.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Still working on finishing OCB pack #3 this is 5/6. One more to go after this one.

Appearance: Poured with a respectable two fingers of head that produced an admirable amount of lacing. Retention is fairly average, the body however seems a bit off as it is an dull fuzzy peach color.

Smell: The smell of caramel really stands out, with the barest of biscuit notes. It did not take any warming to come out, which is nice and it is strong enough to make a decent showing.

Taste: There is something off about this beer, and I suspect it is the yeast, but I'm not sure. It starts with a butterscotch like malt with a bit of a sour note to begin, but it then add mixture of wheat and grass taste accented by a odd sensation and a mix of herbal and earthy hops. It comes across almost swampy, as too much hits at once and competes with everything else.

Mouthfeel: Well the carbonation is good, and the aftertaste doesn't linger for very long. Points there, however the transitioning of this beer is awful. Having most of the aspects of the beer, try to hit at once is holding this beer back.

Drinkability: Despite the odd taste, this beer is quite refreshing and drinkable. I could see drinking this on a hot summers day, and opting for one of these on the patio. Still, there are better summer beers out there.

Final Thoughts: I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I mean, it seems torn between trying to be a flavorful ale and a more generic offering. I'd be willing to try some other offerings, but this one is nothing to write home about.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473 ml. can poured into a 16 oz. Deschutes pint (tulip) glass (January 10, 2010). "ENJOY BEFORE 11 MAR 10" is stamped on upper rim on can. Received this in a collection of cans from my bother as a Christmas gift. Thanks Roger!

Eyes: Pours a slightly reddish amber with a medium head. Little retention and lacing.

Nose: A mild sweet, malty, bready grain aroma with some even milder citrus hops.

Tongue: Fairly soft on the tongue, some sweet, creamy malts with metallic hints. Has a tiny bitter aftertaste which dissipates quickly.

Mouth: Creamy, smooth carbonation, but no punch to speak of.

Libation: Mediocre in all ways, neither impressive nor flawed. Very sessionable as there is no serious alcohol or flavor presence to overwhelm.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

473ml can poured into pint glass nov10 2010

A clear light copper with plenty of bubbles feeding a thin film that sits for a few minuets and leaves no lace

S malty toffee and not much more

T fairly malty with a slight metallic flavor, a little honey and some candied corn

M ticker then expected and creamy from the bubbles

D nothing wrong with this beer but your not going to be amazed

saw this and was unfamiliar with it so I picked it up and gave it a go and although not a bad beer I doubt I'll buy it again soon

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
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'.

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Photo of biegaman
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Cream Ale looks unusually dark for a beer of its kin; of the two, it definitely takes its looks from the 'ale' side of the family. A toasty, caramelly colour that is strikingly orange when held up to the light, the beer is spotlessly clear and showcases an amusing parade of bubbles. Its head is not entirely thorough but it's fortified and durable nonetheless.

Cream Ales never have an exactly profound bouquet but it's one that can, at times, be a bit distinctive. It's a smell difficult to describe but easy to recognize and this, I can say with certainty, isn't it. This is considerably malty, with lightly buttery, toasty notes of toffee and biscuits as well as faint ale yeast esters; it's more akin to an English Pale Ale, if anything.

That notion is furthered on the taste which, relative to style, has an inordinate amount of maltiness (and even, just maybe, a light dab of floral, earthy hops). The tastes of caramel, toffee, honey-dipped biscuits are usual and far too bold and characterful for a style that is lagered and typically tastes of nothing but toneless pale malts (if even that).

Whether that helps or hinders the drinkability is a matter of perspective; more character means a more leisurely, savoring pace and whether that's a plus or a minus depends on your motivations or mood. I, personally, don't find this anymore drinkable or gratifying, the extra boost of flavour notwithstanding. It reminds me much more of an ESB.

Generally 'cream ale' is a fancier, more marketable way of saying 'plain, ordinary, featureless beer' but in this case it actually turned out to be something rather distinct. While I appreciate that, I can't say that it terribly worked for my tastes. Still, it's reassuring to know that this brewery takes pride in offering characterful, confident, quality products.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light caramel colour, thumb of beige head with very little retention, and no real lacing.

S - Scent is rather light, slightly metallic. Some caramel malts are noticeable, but very mild. Quite nutty and bready, with a corn finish.

T - Bready caramel, though rather mild, with no real hops coming through. Some mild and honey and chocolate bread flavours lingering on the tongue.

M - Lightly carbonated, and goes down smooth, however, didn't hit the spot as I had expected.

D - Pretty tasty, nothing completely memorable, but nothing overly offensive.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.18/5  rDev -7%
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 DrJay
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and orange/amber with an inch of light beige foam. Sticky, clumpy lace with good head retention. Looks nice. Very mild aroma, biscuity malts, light honey, with a hint of citrus. Same in the flavour, but with more emphasis (but not a lot) on fruity citrus and earthy hops. Malt flavours were light, as was the bitterness. Texture was alright, medium to light in body with average carbonation. Decent overall, but quite average.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice orangey-copper colour with a decent head that disipates slowly.

Average smell, malty, grainy some grassy notes.

Very clean tasting, almost like a lager, nutty aftertaste and finishes slightly creamy.

Decent mouthfeel, maybe a bit too carbonated. This is a very refreshing beer and drinkable, I would buy this again.

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Photo of kjyost
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 473 mL can from the LCBO OCB sampler pack. Stamped on the rim is to enjoy by January 26, 2010. Ooops!

Anyhow, it pours a rich amber, darker than I had expected with a fluffy white head that left much lacing. The carbonation is quite evident in the beer constantly cascading upwards. The beer's nose is quite light with an earthy undertone and no hop, although there is a biscuity malt. The beer tastes of the malt with no major hop character, with a little sweetness and a slightly off-putting aftertaste that only seems to linger if you let it by not sipping constantly. Certainly a cream ale, with a light and fluffy mouthfeel, and could easily be a sessionable beer.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my 100th review.

Served from a 341 brown twist off bottle into a pint glass. BB jun16 2008 ( I should also note that this was from a six pack purchased from the LCBO, not from the CB taster pack.)

A- Pours a nice clear copper color with i decent finger thick head which settles to a thick ring around the glass with a tiny sheet covering your beer. Lots of big bubbles, very lively.

S- Some sweet malt, caramel, as well as some nice floral grassy hops.

T- Is decent, Sweet malt backbone, some caramel and toffee, nuts, some citrus, finish is grassy with a slight bitterness. Overall quite well balanced.

M- is light bodied with somewhat aggressive carbonation. Slightly creamy but only in the finish.

D- Simple yet satisfying, good drinkability here.

Overall I am under the impression that this brew has changed a couple times over the years, but for the best. A decent cream ale for sure, but the hefty price tag might turn people away ( $49.95 for 24 bottles) Still a good summertime brew and worth checking out.

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