Cream City Pale Ale | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Cream City Pale AleCream City Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.68%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brakspear on 03-01-2002

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Photo of GilGarp
2.31/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottled 3rd week of February. Served cold in a pint glass.

Pours with huge towering head that is difficult to control. It slowly settles leaving a nice lacing on the glass. The beer is a hazy golden orange color with some suspended sediment.

Aroma is mildly hoppy but, more worryingly, smells a bit oxidized.

Flavor confirms it - this beer is by far the most oxidized commercial example I've ever had. The slight bit of hoppiness is completely overwhelmed by that characteristic wet cardboard flavor. This is really bad, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel is fine for the style. Medium body and carbonation.

This is most likely an isolated case but it just happens to be the only one I have (received in trade) and it's really bad.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured light amber with a nice frothy white head. Aroma is floral and includes slight grapefruit highlights. Pretty fruity taste. Citrus highlights mostly. Not very bitter. There's really not a lot to talk about with this beer which does not surprise me because most of the brews I've had from Lakefront have been poor. Below average Pale Ale.

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Photo of ErmahgerdPhD
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours quite a bit darker than I expected, without much head (what was there left very quickly), which was bone white in color. The beer itself is amber-ish or maybe a dark copper.

S - The smell on this beer is EXTREMELY weak; I could barely even pick up a hint of anything. It seems to be a bit citrus-y and maybe slightly floral. When you think of pale ales (or at least when I do) I think of a huge aroma that leaves your mouth watering...this doesn't quite do it for me but obviously I will give it a shot.

T - The beer comes across very sweet from the outset and then has a slightly citrus-y bitterness that lingers a bit. The contrast is good, but the tastes are not quite up to par for me. There is some sort of unpleasant lemon taste in this beer that just doesn't do it for me. The malts are bland to the point of barely coming through and there just isn't the hoppiness that I'd expect from a pale ale. This beer honestly tastes like the brewer was really short on supplies so he threw in the rest of what he had and then tossed a couple of lemons into the mix. Not a fan. The 5.7 ABV is not noticeable, but if I'm going to drink a lot of this type of beer I'd rather have something that either hits you with good taste and hops or is quite a bit less alcoholic.

M - The mouthfeel on this beer is very watery, an extremely light body and it seems to be quite carbonated. You could definitely sit back and drink a bunch of these on a summer day if you wanted, if you can get by the taste.

O - Honestly, I would not have pegged this as a pale ale if I hadn't seen the label prior to drinking it. Nothing really stands out about this beer to me, in a good way at least.

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Photo of benmiliron
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paid $1.50 for a 12 oz. bottle. Almost orange, nearly clear. This is a strange taste. Very dominating red malt character with spicy hops right alongside. Though the two are very dissonant in this combo, like a heavy Irish Red mated with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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Photo of nickfl
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of off-white head settles quickly and leaves moderate lace. The body is dark copper colored and slightly hazy.

S - Grainy and a little sweet, with some mild herbal hop aromas.

T - Grainy and cidery. Distinctly herbal hop flavor with a dry, moderately bitter finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish with some astringency.

D - Not particularly drinkable, the overall impression is kind of bland and medicinal. I am not sure why this is billed as a pale ale, it is more along the lines of a bad pilsner.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two finger white head that takes a while to fade leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Hoppy nose. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is hoppy, piney and grapefruit with a lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Goliath
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, orange/amber color with a thin off white head. Decent retention.

Aroma is weak. A bit of citrus and pale malt.

Taste is not that great. A subtle hop presence giving a tiny bit of citrus and a slight bitterness. A tea like finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. This one is sessionable, and the flavor is ok, but it's terribly boring and not really that great.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber colored ale with a pretty nice white head. Aroma is mostly of mildly piney hops, with a bit of caramel sweetness. Taste is very sweet with not a great deal of hop flavor. There is some hop bitterness but nothing upfront, and some light pine spice.

Decent feel, not much carbonation. Heavy.

This is really an unimpressive APA. Not recommended at all.

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Photo of tayner
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle dated april week 2

poured into a shaker pint, a golden color with a small white head with ring and skim coating of head. not impressive

smell was grassy hops although very mild.

taste is slightly sweet with light grassy hop profile. very much a lawnmower beer or crossover beer for your non-craft-beer friends

mouthfeel is thin and watery.

easy to drink this, drinks similar to your standard macros. Not worth paying craft beer prices on this one when a cheap macro would be nearly as good.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, bottled on the 3rd week of November '11.

Pours a hazy dark orange/gold. A small half-inch head on top. Great sticky lace left on the glass. Mild citrus tones in the nose. Slight yeasty bready aromas as well. The body could stand to have a bit more carbonation to back it up. Light tartness greets me on the first sip, then finishes with a nice bitter zip. But the flavors fall flat after that. Bready flavors, mild honey sweetness - nothing really stands out though. Little aftertaste. The ingredients are there for a great APA, it's just poorly executed.

Thanks, Andy, for the opportunity though!

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Poured a clear orange-golden amber w/light head that faded into a smoky whorl of froth. Light tracing.

S-Malt, pine and citrus hops, bitter almond, and a toasty backbone.

T&M-The flavors are nice, but they fall apart. Texture is on the watery side w/too little body to carry the bold malt and hops. Carbonation is just right. No off flavors. The malt is rich and toasty, the hops carry a smooth finish of light pine, and the bitter almond is not offensive, but seems out of place.

D-My poor luck w/this brewery continues. I won't give up though because I retried Bridgeburner the other day, which I bashed in a review last year, and it tasted much better. I know from experience that LF makes good beer, but every time I sample and take notes my luck marries up with an apparent lack of consistency.

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Photo of ZAP
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent pale ale but nothing more than that in my eyes...medium-to-light orangeish in color...creamy soft head...good hop aroma on the nose..I get more of a husky/oily hop smell...taste is definitely on the dry/hoppy side as you'd expect....I'd prefer a little more malt to this but it isn't bad..pretty smooth on the tounge with some lingering bitterness oin the long finish...Good but certainly far from great in my opinion.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color with virtually no head and no lacing.

Smell is very faint, light hop aroma, but mostly sweet malt.

Taste is light and crisp and a bit slick, caramel malt with a light bitter aftertaste, but overall a very plain tasting pale ale.

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Photo of brentk56
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a golden tint to it; the head is pillowy and retains nicely, leaving discernable quantities of lace

Smell: Grainy with a lemon pith tone

Taste: Bready, up front, but the grain and lemon pith from the aroma soon take over; after the swallow, the bready malt element returns but the pith lingers throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I just don't care much for the flavor profile of this pale ale; the pith, to me, is just not very enjoyable

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Photo of Bighuge
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light amber with a nice frothy white head. Aroma is floral and includes slight grapefruit highlights. Pretty fruity taste. Citrus highlights mostly. Not very bitter. There's really not a lot to talk about with this beer which surprises me because most of the brews I've had from Lakefront have been pretty tasty. Very average Pale Ale.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce bottle. The brass colored crown cap has the Lakefront Brewery Logo on it, a red ‘LB’ with a mug full of golden beer. A single 180° obverse label has a picture of the cream colored stone Lakeland Brewery frontage after which this Pale Ale gets its name. The words ‘Cream City’ are emblazoned across the front set against a cream colored brickwork banner. Labeled as a Pale Ale, but with no listed strength, yet it does have a punch marked system on the right hand side of the label that shows that this was Bottled During Week 1 of March – though again, no year is mentioned!!

Appearance: The pop of the cap released a decent amount of gaseous carbon dioxide, as well as some light gun-smoke. Beautiful looking sunset orange hazed body with amber refractions. Immensely smooth and expansive looking cream head that laces well. Superb conditioning lends a tightly compacted rush of bubbles when the glass is tipped. Looks great.

Nose: An immense rush of strong fruits including oranges and lemons with some sharp grapefruits in the backend. Barely any trace element of malts or hops, just lots of strong fruits – this almost has an exotic aroma, maybe even tropical dare I say!

Taste: Whoow – this is strange. Toasted malts in the start which bode well then all of a sudden – Holy Orange Peel Batman!!!! Sharp pink grapefruits, bitter oranges, mellow Satsuma’s, sweet mandarins and juicy tangerines – lots of “orange” in this one! Some malts in the middle help to bolster the orange mélange but they are always subservient. Massive lingering bitter orange marmalade taste on the tongue. No hops, just and orange bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Big, like drinking undiluted orange concentrate. Malts aid the feel at first but this suffers from a thick orange juice feel which is overwhelming and a tad unwelcome at times.

Drinkability: I like oranges, but this is a tad too over powering to drink more than the one 12 ounce bottle. My burps must be full of Vitamin C though!!

Overall: As Lewis Carroll’s Mad Hatter would have said “this is not really my Cup of Tea”, however, unlike the name of most of Lewis Carroll’s many characters, this offering is hardly likely to fall into everyday use. It’s just too damn weird!

A large Zesty Hesperidium Cheers to BigHuge for this fruity Pale Ale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served up at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled during the fourth week of August. That's nice to know.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, deep copper body with a small, very short-lived, white head.

Smell: Grainy-scented pale malt aroma with a light touch of caramel and faint kiss of lemony citrus.

Taste: Pale malts with some husky, grainy astringency and a light caramel sweetness. Very minor fruitiness. Earthy, lightly citrusy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Dry, bitter, and more graininess in the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely hitting medium-bodied. Medium, fine carbonation.

Drinkability: Pass. The excessive grainy astringency made for an altogether lackluster (but not lacking in graininess) pale ale.

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Photo of ADR
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright medium amber appearance, pale head of 1/4 of an inch but pretty average duration. Laces simply in sparse rings with some drips. Fruity aroma, almost like pineapple with sugary qualities. Thickish body, lower carbonation. Sweet and a little havy overall, almost like a liquid Life Saver candy. Hops are too subdued, noticeable but not bright enough to balance the mouthfeel. OK brew, a lot different than I expected, the texture and drinkability suffers some.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint. Hazy light amber with an initially explosive 'uh oh' head that somewhat settles down into a huge frothy mound that leaves soapy patches of lacing.

Smells chiefly of bready malt with background leafy hopping and booze in approximately equal doses. Surprisingly bitter up front- kinda 'IPA Light' in that regard- but a little disjointed beyond that initial burst of flavor. It's tasty enough, but the doughy sweet malts and pronounced leafy hoppy flavor don't quite seem to jive with one another. Seems a tweak or two away from taking it to the next level. (Or maybe a fresher bottle is the issue; the lack of a bottle date is perhaps telling.) Lingering leafy, almost tobaccoish finish.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber, murky, with a pillowy white head, excellent retention, light lacing.

S: Very light, though I get some hop and caramel notes.

T: Mix of grass and earth in the hop bite, a bit of cedar. Sweet malt, sugary finish with a hint of alcohol. Too much phenol.

M: Nice medium body, good carbonation character, creamy.

D: A nice pale, started out bland, but warming it up coaxed some character out of it. Worth a shot.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid 1" of creamy head on top of a mild orange color. Aroma was neutral.

Minor hops and bitterness, tastes like it wants to be Spotted Cow. Bready, biscuity malt flavors. Not a whole lot going on, like most cream ales.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a clear golden hue. Two fingers of stark white head fades rather quick but leaves thick lace rings around the rim.

The aroma is mostly citrus fruit with a nice
malt backbone.

The flavor is rather dissapointing. Bland malt with hardly any hop flavor at all. Tastes more like a pilsner then a pale ale.

Medium to light body. Light carbonation.

Overall nothing to seek out again.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-golden color, crowned by an ephemeral wisp of creamy white head that immediately recedes to a very thin ring. Aroma of light, skunky astringency up front, which quickly fades to yield a sweet pale malt with notes of lactose and vanilla.
Palate is mostly sweet pale malt up front, with a little bit of vanilla sweetness on the finish. A hint of mild fruity hops provides balance, but the main focus is a creamy, assertively sweet malt body. Mouthfeel is quite pleasant, quite creamy for a pale ale. If not for the slightly skunky aroma, this would be a pretty exceptional pale ale. As is, it's not bad.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Copper brown with constant carbonation flowing to the top with little head.

S - Sweet, with a lot of hops.

T - Smooth flavor with strong hop taste. Finish is smooth without the normal pale ale bitterness.

M - Medium body. Good flavor and not to much bitterness.

D - Ok, just another pale ale. Not bad but doesn't stand out from the rest.

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Photo of alexgash
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium copper with a small off-white head. Smells of fruity malt with some weird smoky aromas. Hops are there too, spicy and resinous. Taste starts off with a caramelly malt backbone and some fruity touches. Hops come in all piney, grassy, and minty. I don't care much for the crescendoing minty flavor in the finish. Medium body feel. I prefer Lakefront's lagers so far...

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