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Muskoka Cream AleMuskoka Cream Ale

Brewed by:
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 cratez
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml can from the Clarke & Dundas LCBO. Pours a deep amber gold with a thin strip of bubbles that dissipates to nothing despite an aggressive pour. No lacing here. Smell is brown sugar, toasty biscuit, toffee sweetness, and apple pie. Taste is pale and caramel malts, mild fruitiness, pear skin, vaguely spicy and bitter hops, drying chalky finish. Mouthfeel is light side of medium, sorta creamy but not really, juicy silkiness with a subtle hop bite midway, parched finish, more apple on the cough. Nothing crazy but tasty and drinkable enough for me to purchase now and then. Underrated if you ask me.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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 eat
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
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 kjyost
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
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 OttoBomb
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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 JohnnyBarman
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
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 MeisterBurger
3/5  rDev -12%
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 ecoastman
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of nokes
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 473ml can into a pint glass, and was quite happy with the result. This is a pretty decent-looking beer. Deep apricot in colour with a frothy 2-finger head that had reasonable retention. I'd prefer to see the head denser, creamier, but it's not bad at all.

Smells pretty good. Some mild sweet-bread maltiness there, and a fresh (though faint) grassy background.

Tastes just fine. It's sweeter than I expect in a cream ale, but not overly sweet; biscuit, bready...not quite honey, but something similar. The sourness comes out later (a little too strong, maybe) and then a faint bitter citrus...grapefruity, almost. Nice mix of flavours, but a little off balance towards the sour sometimes.

It's moderately creamy with a moderately full mouthfeel. Pretty good, though not exceptional.

It's reasonably drinkable. A person could quaff these in succession without a problem.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. It's a nice cream ale, and I'm not a big cream ale fan. It's particularly good with food. After tasting it for a bit, I tried it with lunch (eggs and toast), and was quite happy with the result. The beer stood up to the food and complemented it nicely. I probably won't search it out, but I'd happily drink this again. It's worth a try; it doesn't suck.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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 -2.3%
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 TerryW
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An unexpected surprise, a little better than I thought it might be.

Clear amber with a big head that settles to a finger and gives up good lace.

Grainy, hoppy nose is interesting, but has a slightly off metallic note - still overall good. Slightly thin spritzy mouthfeel, but suitable for a summer brew.

Grain and hop again to taste, but without the metal of the aroma. Passably good, could stand a bit more presence. A cut above a macro.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper with an inch of tan foam that fizzes vigorously and seems to drop quickly.

S - Nose has some caramel, husky grain, and light toastedness.

T - Fairly decent flavour with some toasted grain, caramel, nuttiness and hops. Mild fruit is well controlled and bitterness is low. Good balance.

M - Not too weak in body. Carbonation is strong, but doesn't detract too much.

D - Fairly easy drinking, well balanced, and decently tasty session brew.

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Photo of Viggo
2.71/5  rDev -20.5%
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 EatsTacos
2.86/5  rDev -16.1%
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 cyrenaica
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
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 drinkininthewood
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of bobsy
2.14/5  rDev -37.2%
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 atomicbolt
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up as part of an Ontario Craft Brewers mixed 6-pack from the LCBO which offered beers from 6 different breweries (something I've always thought OCB should do.) I've never tried something from Muskoka brewery, but if it was included as their entry into the mix pack it should presumably be their strong offering, even if I'm usually not big on cream ales. And hey, according to the bottle it's organic - who knew?

Pours a deep gold, almost copper colour. Fizzy, small head that dissipates fairly quickly. I like the smell - sweet, fruity, caramelly. I was impressed when I took my first sip - it's definitely sweet, but not in an artificial way. Fruity, kind of like candied apples, with some malt character. Goes down feeling creamy and smooth. It leaves a nice tangy aftertaste.

Overall a solid offering. Of the (admittedly few) cream ales I've tried, this one is a favourite of mine.

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Photo of pootz
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold copper with a white, pristine head. However, the foam quickly disipates, leaving just a thin ring of film. Smells a bit of citrus, candy, bread and caramel. Even a bit of golden delicious apples. Interesting. Taste is quite simple. Lightly sweet at first, with a definite malt backbone. Their is a subdued apple and lemon tartness, with some caramel sweetness. Almost a candy apple flavour. Finishes slightly earthy and bitter. The finish is definitely the best part. Crisp, and lighty carbonated, making for a very drinkable beer. Another session beer, and quite nice. A cottage beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden copper color with a small head of off-white foam. Some lace. Medium level of carbonation. Looks nice.

S: Light notes of caramel malts and candied fruits. Some sweet citrus hints as well.

T: Medium bodied. Rather flavorful in a typically lackluster style; caramel and buttery malts mix with sweet grain and corn. Some raw sugar sweetness.

M: Sharp carbonation is exciting on the palate. Crisp and light.

D: Quite good. Nothing is out of place, this beer works well. Good for when I crave a macro. Fills the void.

Notes: Good Cream Ale. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy deep gold with a weak head and not much lacing. The aroma is lightly fruity and bready. Canned peaches, malt sugars and hay are noticeable in the flavor. Hop levels are very low, even for a Cream Ale, just a little herbal English character in the background. The mouthfeel is light and kind of cloying from malt sweetness. The finish has more tangy yeast esters than hops.

This is a decent example of the style. Very straightforward and unadventurous, easy to drink.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -12%
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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