Cream City Pale Ale | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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83
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264 Ratings
Cream City Pale AleCream City Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States
lakefrontbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.68%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brakspear on 03-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
264
Reviews:
131
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.84%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
31
For Trade:
0
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Photo of RadiantRedTRD
4.72/5  rDev +29%

Photo of tavernjef
4.69/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! This is some amazing stuff, absolutly exceptional, by far my favorite from this brewery so far with a few more to try, thanks jeffboo, this stuff rocked!
Color is a very nice light ambery/orange with a thin foamy head. Absolutely awesome aroma of sweetish malt, its super fresh and clean with a great peachy, musty hopness, very nice indeed, I must of kept smelling this stuff for about 4 or 5 minutes before I even took a swig. Great aroma! Taste is perfect, terrific and outstandingly yummy, its smooth and mild with a very nice hop thats peachy and floral and balanced with a calming sweet malt, super-d-duper, yummy in my tummy. Feel is just right, solid medium body with a great hold of balanced smoothness throughout and is slightly bitter and tamed down nicely. So damn good, its amazing, I was blown away to say the least, great , great stuff!
Lakefront here I come.

Revisited 4/23/04: Just adjusted the numbers some as it didn't quite match up to what I remember, but it's still one of my favorite pales. Yummy stuff! So drinkable, clean and smooth....

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.62/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the kind of beer you'd like to have a beer with!
Crisp, clean, refreshing, all the advertising superlatives the big commercial brewers claim, this beer delivers! I've got to get my local distributor to stock this!!

Again, a beer I'd serve my guests!

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 16oz Tulip Glass

Appearance - Very Dark Orange with alot of haze; Leaves a good finger length head and a good amount of lacing

Smell - Very lemon/lime aroma with some wet pine hops. There's also hints of bread and yeast in the back.

Taste - Very sweet and citrus taste, with a slight piney hops taste. Surprsingly sweet for a pale ale. Aftertaste is only slightly bitter and ends up coming off as more sweet than bitter. The more you drink, there is more of a grassy hop taste the further along you are. It's different, but it tastes excellent!

Mouthfeel - True to it's namesake, it feels creamy on the palette. Body is moderate but it feels thicker. There is a light amount of carbonation, which balances out the body from being too thick.

Overall - Those who are looking for a very hoppy Pale Ale will be disappointed by this APA. Otherwise for those who are looking for another great craft pale ale or beer would be wise to check this out

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have lived in Milwaukee drinking hoppy beers for nearly a decade and somehow overlooked this gem. Lakefront should kill off their lame session IPA (Extended Play) and promote this one more heavily. Easy enough for casual beer fans, but hoppy enough for serious IPA drinkers. Always a good choice.

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Photo of MarshMan71
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Daffron24
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with 2-row malted barley, carapils, and caramel specialty malts. Dry hopped with Cascade. Fermented at 65 degrees F. OG=1.060. Part of a sampler 8 pack. Brewed in May 2004 (a little past it's prime at this point, but lets see how it holds up!)

Pours out to a hazy amber orange, forming a large and creamy light biege head with very good retention and a pretty, solid sheet of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is fresh, wet and hoppy with some nice sweet grain husk and residual sugars peeking through. The aroma is nearly trademark Cascade with fruity and floral sweetness. Very nice. The mouthfeel is very smooth and soft with an semi-astringent finish. Medium bodied. Taste begins with citric and floral spicy hops, followed by a firm crystal malt body and fruity esters. Grain husk follows in the middle with some balanced malt sweetness, followed by a semi-herbal medium-intensity hop bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is soft, hoppy, and clean with lemon and grass notes. Very cleanly fermented with no perceptable off-flavors or alcohol.

This is a great APA. The lemony finish is unique and the nice mouthfeel makes it enjoyable to drink. Well balanced with some interesting complexities. I would easily drink this one again. I've been impressed with Lakefront and this beer doesn't disappoint, especially considering it's age at the time of this review. Recommended!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear ruby color. The head is one finger in height, creamy and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is a mixture of citrus and pine resin. I belief it detect centennial hops. The taste is amazingly rich. Citrus and pine are everywhere invading my tastebuds. There is balance though as the finish is more sweet than bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is certainly the best ale I have had from Lakefront. It is, in fact, one of the better pale ales I have tried to date. I will certainly drink this one again.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Says bottled during the 4th week of July.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch head that drops to an 1/8 inch along with very little lacing and a spiral of foam on the surface.

S- Smells spicy and sweet which is not common for an APA but I like it.

T- That's great! Once again, spicy and creamy in the front, sturdy malt character in the middle and a lingering, slightly bitter hop finish. All of these flavors are centered around a delicate mouthfeel.

M- Even if the "Cream" on the label is to describe bricks, the mouthfeel is such and very smooth on the tongue. It contributes to its overall sessionability which is high.

O- I'd only had these guys' Riverwest Stein Beer before which was randomly given to me at a Festival. It was about what I was expecting: a pretty by-the-numbers lager. Knowing that they were a Wisconsin brewery since the guy who gave it to me was from Wisconsin, I thought I'd never see Lakefront again being that the festival was in Florida and, at the time, I was hailing from Delaware! But, lo and behold, once I started living in Florida, I found a sampler 8-pack at Total Wine & More and I'm so glad I gave these guys another try. Cream City is now one of my favorite Pale Ales.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Amber in color with a good inch of slightly off white head that slowly shrinks down while clinging to the side of the glass. A little carbination rises from the bottom.


A fragrant smell of bitter hops rises from the beer.

It has a strong, bitter taste of hops and is rather smooth, no detectable aftertaste.

Very drinkable, a really good beer.

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Photo of hooligan
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin soapy head on an amber to light copper beer. Rich caramel and toasted nuts, with a slight hop aroma in the smell. Caramel and slight roasted character in the malt, slight hop grassiness, very clean yeast character, with a pleasant bitterness at the end. Slightly undercarbonated, but very smooth, For the style, this was slightly heavy... A very clean and malty APA, that dosen't revolve around hop aroma and bitterness. Very unique and good.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber colol with impressive white puffy head. Great retention and perfect lacing.
Smell is hoppy, being dominated by piney and citrusy hops.
Taste is excellent. the hops are strong, without goind too far. The malt presents with a nice balancing tone for the hops.
Great taste retention with a long lingering dryness at the finish.
Truly a great beer.

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Photo of ianrca19
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the best brewery in Milwaukee, with the best brewery tour, comes this wonderful pale ale, one of the best in the biz.

It pours a bright orange, with a big head that swells up and out of your mug! Very well carbonated, with a grapefruity bite, but also lots of sweet grains and a bit of a caramelly nut flavor in there as well. Your tongue tingles with lots of hops the whole time it's in your mouth, and then it sparkles down your throat and leaves a long and lingering citrusy finish with just a touch of sweet breadiness.

This brew is wonderful from start to finish. So easy to drink, I just wish it were easier to get my hands on a six-pack, but it's worth the jump over to Wisconsin!

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Photo of gmfessen
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly cloudy, redish-orange color with a thin, bubbly, off-white head. Smell is of citrusy hops (grapefruit and orange, slightly of pine). The taste is also quite hoppy, with an initial sweet taste followed by the substantial hop presence but not too much to the point of leaving a bitter mouth. Excellently done. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer and also very enjoyable. The best Lakefront beer I've had yet, I hope the others follow suit.

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Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This (time) beer is killer! Lakefront's had a rep regarding consistancy. But this the best of the best of their Cream City Pale Ales. Super drinkable. Very well balanced. Poured with a nice head and some lace. Fragrant hop and malt nose. Deep amber color. Bittersweet. Carbonation is just where it should be. Good body. And a well rounded pleasant finish. One of their very best beers!

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange to auburn color, with medium head. Mild floral hop (cascade?) aroma. Nice balance of malt and hop in the taste. Initial taste is an inviting mild flora hop and the gently moves into a slightly bitter feel. Finish is a mixture of faint roasted malt and a pleasant bittering hop.

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Photo of Happy_Camper
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of GaryFields
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of wakajawaka76
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Shluffy
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of mentor
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained with a bunch of stuff I received as a reward for volunteering for the 2005 GABF. Date hatch-marks on the side read Sept and Wk1. Pours a three finger yellow-tan head over a clear deep-rust colored liquid. Some fine particulates suspended within. Smells mild. Oranges, pith, an even more subtle grapefruit, and maybe some caramel. Tastes biscuit malty on the lips, but orange oil ont he tongue followed by fruity esters of apricot and peach. Hop flavor is nice and bitterness is at a level of a modern APA or a modest IPA. That is, stronger than what written APA bitterness standards are, but typical for the bitterness of modern APAs that I've tried recently.

The pith of this beer hangs around mand mixes really well with other characteristics of the beer. I'm not sure where these flavors come from. I can kinda see the flavors as coming from hops (oranges, like a gentle hand of cascades or moderate EKG) and kinda from yeast (light esters of apricot and peach). Everything blends well, like it's a really simple beer. But, I think, to accomplish what they've done takes a gentle hand and a great deal of trust the subtilties of the beer will be appreciated.

Md body and creamy delicious mouthfeel. Modest carbonation. I must be honest. I drank one of these beers from the bottle a couple nights ago and came to this review expecting to give this beer a s***y review. But, tonight, from my glass, this beer showed a very different character.

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Photo of shamrock1343
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lakefront is a very surprising brewery. I have had many of their beers. They are very much like Great Lakes (OH) or Schafly.

You would think a beer named Cream City should be a Cream Ale.

It is an orange beer with a great head and lattice work.

It has a slight flowery smell

The taste is piney with a citrus finish

The tongue feels the hops and coats alittle.

I bought this as a single. I should have bought a case. It reminds me when I first drank Flying Fish XPA in the 90s

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Cream City Pale Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.66 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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