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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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 granger10
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid copperish orange color with a medium white head. Moderate lacing. I really liked the color and depth of the appearance. Smell is hoppy with orange accents. Some floral and sweeter fruit notes as well. Flavor begins with more malts than I was expecting. Apple cake type flavor to begin with. A touch of lemon zest but then more of a citric orange flavor in the back. Malt seems to form the base but the hops are quite flavorful and round out the sweetness very nicely. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Well balanced and clean easy drinking. Very nice.

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Photo of thelagerheads
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ain't no fishbine. It's not Samuel Adams Summer Ale either but it is a drinkable little tart. Hell it could even be used as aftershave to sparkle up your chops and chin and keep you smelling wonderful for the ladies and the yellow jackets. Under your arms and you can use reverse osmosis to get your daily fix of alcohol and sanity. I do not recommend running your car by this but it is suitable for every other summertime activity, especially for following the TIGERS to the American League pennant.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very bright and fresh. Brewery website notes dry hopping with Cascades, but it didn't strike me that way- I'd have guessed single hopping with Amarillo (and I'd have been wrong). Finish was very clean, with a long-lasting bitterness at the back of the tongue.

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Photo of Brian700
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice amber color with a light tan head that quickly settled down to a ring around my glass.

The aroma is of citrus hops and a light presence of pale malt.

The flavor is of pale malt and nice citrus hops. Finally a good tasting beer from these guys. Not real complex but drinkable.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation

This is a pretty drinkable beer but nothing special.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hands down winner. Pours out to a bright hazy orange color with a well formed head of orange/white foam. Medium loevel of carbonation, rings of lace like racetracks of bubbles. Aromas of hop oils and floral notes are pronounced, with hints of grainy citrus fruits that linger in the wings. Taste is medium bodied and well recieved; Hops, bready malts, hop oil, flowery citrus hops. Nice. Very hoppy yet not overpowering. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly thick. Nice. Good drinkability. This is more IPA than APA, but I like it alot no matter how it's classified. 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 russpowell
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popured amber with a bubbly white head that held up well. Lacing was also pretty good

Smell: Piney hop notes up front then a nice malt taste washes over followed by a grainy/dry finish

MF: Well balanced and good carbonation, fairly smooth

Drinkable enough, would try again, but nothing out of the ordinary for a the style

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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 Jason
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

A- Orange amber hued brew, two fingers of head stay steady with great retention.

S- Apple and pear fruitiness, whiff of orange blossom like hop smell and a fresh malted grain aroma.

T- Fresh hop flavor with a medium bitterness stack up well to the caramel like maltiness. Mandarin oranges and pears come to mind, more hay like hopiness and grain in the semi-sweet finish.

M- Light crispness rolls out to be a creamy smoothness, medium bodied.

D- Solid enough to drink all night, a good medium to pair many foods.

I am very impressed, if you love hops this has a well rounded hop character.

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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 TastyTaste
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a standard APA copper color, with almost no head, just a thin wisp of foam. Smell is light floral hops, slighttly metallic carmel malts. Taste is malty, but hoppy in a tart sort of way. OK mouthfeel the bitterness leaves a grapefruit feeling. Slightly above average for an APA, but not the best.

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Photo of Skidz
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, my house.

A clean deep, reddish-amber in the glass with a large creamy off-white head that holds on strong all the way to the bottom, coating the glass in a thick layer of lace.

Smells slighly fruity, good citrusy hop presence giving off oranges and grapefruit. Some traces of spicy, herbal hops as well. Thick caramel-infused maltiness.

Tastes fairly sweet, big, doughy malt character. Lightly toasty with bits of caramel and light traces of nuttiness too. Vibrant floral character and subtle herbal hops lending a faint hint of grassiness and topped with a sold layer of citrusy hops. Oranges and tangerines are found everywhere. Finishes with a good even bitterness, very mild.

Creamy smooth and silky in the mouth. Delightfully easy to drink and inherently quaffable. Well done.

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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 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 bditty187
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, coppery-amber gold in hue, no animation was noticed in the liquid. The head was off-white in color, at its highest point the foam was a half finger in height, it quickly turned to a soapy cap. It looks very ordinary in my glass. Subsequent lacing was very spotty and hardly worth noting. The nose is hoppy like a Pale Ale should be. The hops are a soft mixture of citrus, pine, and cheese. At the back are traces of fruity caramel. The potency is very low. While I like what I smell it just takes too much effort to find the good stuff. The invitation is so weak I’d call it a suggestion to drink. The palate is enjoyable; I can’t find any flaws in it. Overall I’d say the flavor profile is well constructed. Hops try to star but they are not very aggressive, sure they offer flavors like citrus flesh, zest, hints of pint needles, and aged cheese. The cheese is much softer on the palate then the nose indicated. The malt backbone isn’t tasty enough for me to consider this an EPA, thus the hops are too weak for an APA. Still I like this Pale Ale “as is.” The malt is plain; little sweetness is seen as is some caramel flavors. Traces of ale fruitiness are also in the mix. The aftertaste is bitter, cheesy, kind of raw, and vaguely sweet. The finish is a tad disorganized. Decent. Simple tasting. Medium-light in body, too thin, almost watery, very low carbonation, the mouthfeel leaves much to be desired. Drinkable? Sure. Lovable? No. It is pleasant but I can’t see myself sitting back and drinking a six-pack of these. There are way too many better Pale Ales on the market. This is only good enough to drink in a pinch. It was purchased as part of a sampler-pack in Milwaukee, WI.

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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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Photo of redmosquito
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color of deep cream soda with a sturdy white head. A nice hoppy aroma balanced with some malt. Great flavor, hops and sweet malt delivered on a bed of bitterness. What a great beer. This is a great example of what a pale ale should be, a balanced beer with first hops then malt, and its not overdone anywhere.

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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 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 grynder33
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice hop aroma, dark gold orange color, not much carbonation, grainey hop tinged taste, feels more carbonated then it looks, a little more perky than my favorite, Sierra Nevada, but not as smooth or complex. This is however, a great pale ale, and my favorite from this brewery.

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Photo of Jon
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale pours a clear copper color with a bubbly, dissolving off-white head which leaves hardly any lace down the pint glass. The smell is a nice combination of mildly citric hops and a well-done, sweet caramel malt profile. The flavor is heavy on the malt, which provides a sweet, filling caramel quality. It's complemented by a mildly assertive hops presence which provides a bit of fruitiness in addition to a crisp finish. Mouthfeel is quite full and coats the palate quite well. This ale isn't overly refreshing, but it would work in a pinch. Pretty decent overall.

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Photo of brakspear
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thick and creamy pale ale named after the characteristic cream-colored local bricks that most of the Milwaukee beer barons built their breweries with.

This beer pours a cloudy orange with a cream colored head the lingers around waiting for you to finish the beer.

The aroma is fruity, but not over-the-top citrusy, with caramel malt notes in the background.

The taste is tipped in favor of the malt, a nutty, roast caramel flavor followed by a very faint citrus bite and yeast mustiness. Unique, but good. A very thick and fulfilling mouthfeel to this beer, almost cream like on the tongue.

This is not a west coast hop head pale ale, but a midwest ale than favors the malt, which is apropriate given the number of maltsters still in Wisconsin.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, amber hue, fluffy, but quick, white head.
Aroma: unexpectedly complex! Sweet and honeyish at first, following by a medley of tropical and citric fruits (peach, apricot, banana, pineapple, orange) plus a sudden touch of sour. Interesting.
Soft and mellow in the mouth, with nothing to fear from bitter hops. Very tame, though also quite tasty. Good showing from malt, though not too prominent.
Mellow fruit is the order of the day, though also this brew's failing. Too mellow!
I was eager for some hoppiness to grab attention on my tongue, and create a challenge in the tastebuds, something, anything, a chase, a dance, a tiny touch of razzmatazz, but nothing like that seemed likely to happen. In fact, the flavor gets a bit cloying and syrupy.
Not terrible, but could have been a lot better.

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