Cream City Pale Ale | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

264 Ratings
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another Lakefront offering that was given to me. Can't quite figure out why this is called Cream City as I've never heard that moniker before nor was this creamy. While this beer wasn't worthy of a drain-pour, I felt like something was missing from here. Whether that was because this beer was old or I was too accustomed to West Coast Pale Ales remains to be figured out but this didn't have too much of a hoppy presence to it and I only enjoyed this in a generic sense.

The pour to this was cloudy, apricot-hued, and showed some visible sediment. Not a lot of head to this and the carbonation and lacing were nearly nowhere to be seen. The apricot theme repeated itself a bit in the taste with some floral, grass, and clove hints to this. Not very full in terms of mouthfeel and there was a faint metallic element that came out in the back. Very little bitterness to this and no burning at all and it certainly wasn't as full or balanced as so many other examples of this that I had.

The alcohol was present too but it didn't add or detract to the flavor or mouthfeel. I could feel it a bit in the end but this reminded more of a flat soda than a beer. The citrus twanginess of a Sunkist that's past its prime could compare to this but I expect my Pale Ales to have more resin, hops, and burn to them. This is fine as a near-session beer but with so many other pale Ales available on the market, why settle for less-than-best with this?

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Never would've guessed a beer called "Cream City" would actually be a pale ale... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, grass, light toffee, and mild mandarin orange. The taste holds notes of orange zest, light grass, and a small dusting of powdered sugar near the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a mild but solid pale ale, nothing all that special, but something easily drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy deep gold with orange highlights. The persistent, off-white head of creamy bubbles falls to a thin cap quickly but never goes away.

S: Moderate citrus and moderately-light piney hop aromas with some malt aroma. There is a light fruity ester, almost peach like. A faint herby/grassy note gives me the impression it was dry hoped.

T: A muted citrus and pine hops flavor with a firm hops bitterness and a supportive, clean malt sweetness. The hops are showing signs of age and would be better when fresh, but still come across nicely. The balance is fairly bitter but the malt keeps it from being dominating. The finish dry with a linger hops bitterness and some citrus hops flavor.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. There is a slight creaminess but a slight astringency.

O: I will be looking for a fresh example, this is a pretty good Pale Ale but the hops are showing their age. A fresh bottle should be great, as this is still very enjoyable.

Bottle in March 2012

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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