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Muskoka Cream Ale | Muskoka Brewery

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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
Ranking:
#40,546
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
213
pDev:
12.89%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 81
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 djrn2
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 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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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 duceswild
3/5  rDev -14%

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 liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473ml Can

Appearance - The beer pours a clear yellow/amber colour with a large frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, pale malts, corn syrup

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels fairly creamy on the tongue. The taste is made up of breads/grains, a grassiness, and corn syrup. There are also light notes of pears and apples. The beer finishes with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Drink - It is definitely a step above the basic adjunct lager; but it's nothing spectacular. I wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
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 wordemupg
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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 wl0307
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
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 TheBeerdedCharmer
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrJay
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Viggo
2.71/5  rDev -22.3%
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 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 andrenaline
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Griffith
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Kmat10
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper-amber colour, white head and light lace. Smell is of biscuity and cracker like malt, grainy earthiness, some lemony scents as well. Taste is of biscuity sweet cracker like malt, light hoppy bitterness follows, lemon citrus notes, aftertaste is biscuity with some light hop as well. Smooth mouthfeel, creamy, lush at points, light-medium carbonation, good feel overall. This isn't bad but these guys make much more interesting options that I would pick up before this, I would drink this again if offered but it wont see much time in my fridge.

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Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Muskoka Cream Ale from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 213 ratings
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