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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Photo of BierFan
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Off-white head. Unfiltered hazy orange body. Flowery hop aroma. Also the smell of butter and apples. Fairly fruity flowery flavor throughout. Little bit of an citrus/orange flavor. Tart and bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of MVotter
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aroma from the freshly opened bottle: malts

aroma after the pour: breads

appearance: the cream city pale ale pours into a chalice clear-gold with a half-inch cream-colored head, which settles quickly to an extremely thin layer of bubbles at the surface of the brew; slight lacing.

taste: mild hops taste to start, finishing with a blend of malts and hops

mouthfeel: good amount of carbonation in this medium bodied beer.

This is a very drinkable brew; a tasty pale ale which won't let the hops lovers down and is balanced enough within it's "inner-malt-self" that it won't scare away the the "malties" among us.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. Appears a clear golden yellow color with a finger of off white foam. Nose and flavor is of floral hops, lightly toasted bread/grains, sweet malt. A bit thin bodied with medium carbonation. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of AccidentalKate
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A red/amber coloring with a slight head that doesn't last long.

Smell: Slight floral, not overbearing, but very present. Pleasant.

Taste: Bitter up front, slightly malty in the middle, and then bitter on the finish and aftertaste. Not IPA bitter, but still alot there.

Mouthfeel: Meh, okay. The carbonation was there but unimpressive. Nice creaminess when the first bitterness faded away.

Drinkability: this is a good beer. Not a great one. But good.

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Photo of PrAndo
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My review of this beer is a little biased as it was a formative brew in my learning to love craft beer. I can come back to this one all the time and it will put a smile on my face.

A - clean and clean; orange/brown/rust type color. Thin, white, head.

S - hops and toast

T - caramel malt? A little sweetness up front but with thorough hop bitterness throughout. It tastes like it smells.

M - easy and full at the same time.

D - I think this could be a session beer for me as I could continue to appreciate the beer after several of them without my lips having gone numb from hop bitterness.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a light amber color with lots of floating sediment. The one-finger white head displayed weak retention and left only so-so lacing. The aroma was light but nice, floral hops and a pale malt background. The flavors were a good example of an APA, starting with some citrus rind bitterness it then went into more floral hops, some sweetness in the middle from the doughy malt and the finish was pleasant, crisp and bitter. As it warmed up the citrus elements became better defined. The mouthfeel was a little rough and oily (leaving a slick on my tongue), the body was medium and the carbonation a little too high.

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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 Getinthevan
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time at Quenchers Saloon last night and was pleasantly satisfied.

Appearance was a strong, dark brown with an ample amount of head. The color was very impressive, with a strong amber/crystal color. Definitely a smooth crafted brew.

Smell was strong with hops. Even with the slightest whiff, this stuff was very pungent and strong. I'd say much stronger than a typical pale ale. Very hoppy indeed.

Taste was very good. As a pale ale it was definitely very hoppy. One of the hoppiest pale ales I've ever had. This stuff will creep up on you, but yeah, very hoppy and incredibly bitter. This is an eye opening beer.

Mouthfeel was strong. The bitterness remained intact throughout the entire tasting. One of the strongest beers I've ever tasted.

Drinkability is top notch. While this is definitely a sipping beer, you could definitely drink a few of these in one sitting and feel very relaxed. I'd recommend this to hardcore pale ale drinkers and those who want something stronger and throws 'em off guard. Great stuff!

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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 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 htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle received as a gift from R&S.

Tried 21 Jul 2008.

Medium bubbly white head. Clear bright yellow orange color. Aroma is fruity sweet, grapes, moderate hop bitterness. Starts pleasantly malty sweet and then turns nicely bitter. Aftertaste has some honey. Well balanced, good hop flavors. Medium body. Moderate alcohol.

Thirst quenching. A good everyday easy drinking beer.

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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 Offa
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This American-style pale ale is very tasty and fairly well-balanced .

It's amber with a medium, dense, light tan head slowly shrinking to a thin top. It leaves a little weak lace.

The aroma is light caramel and bread with grapefruit and pine, just a little too grapefruity for me but not very and reminiscent of Lagunitas Censored.

The taste is bready and grapefruity with a light sweet body, a hint of caramel, lingering light bitterness, and a soft, pleasant feel. It's slightly too grapefruity for my preferences, but not much and it has nice, persistent flavour with a strongly enticing, lively, tart, bitter-sweet jiucy quality. It's engaging, easy to drink, yet very tasty.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= light thin head that continues to bubble and sparkle even after the actual head is gone. a little hazy amber color with minimal lacing
S= I picked up some hops right after my pour and you have the malt present as well. Smell is somewhat muted with this beer i think, there's corn and something i can't put my finger on that makes my nose tingle
T=surprisingly stong given the weak smell, good hop bitterness along with a very subtle malt sweetness, it tastes very earthy on the base of my palate and theres a little bit of a flower taste in it from the hops that goes beyond just the bitterness
M= highly carbonated, smooth with a medium body
D= pretty high, I really like the bitterness from the hops and the very small flavors mixed into the flavor, the carbonation could become a problem trying to come out of me later but it's worthy of buying many more

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Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy copper in color with a 1" head that lasts a bit. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: ripe fruit and floral nose.

Taste: caramel, ripe red grapes, mild bitterness, and a mild bitterness makes up a decent but not overwhelming pale ale. The floral bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Brief sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this is a session ale but is a little mellow on the flavor front. But several of these can be quaffed.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ouncer just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Appearance: Tawny, dark-copper, orange, ruddy hue... No head... Minimal lacing...
Smell: Malts in the nose, some tangerines, crisp...
Taste: Very clean and refreshing... Definite oranges, nectarines, nice balance of hops and malts... Some butter and bread nuances...
Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied, easily drinkable stuff...
Not bad at all...

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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 Deuane
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Orange copper with a medium off-white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

S-Fresh malted grain with a whiff of apple/pear fruitiness and a vauge hint of citrus.

T-Sharp, crisp citrus bitterness holds it own against the sweet caramel maltiness. Nothing crazy, but then again I wasn't expecting it to be.

M-Medium-light body, maybe just a tad thin. Lingering bitter crispness holds on and then smooths out in the end.

D-Surprisingly drinkable to me. I wouldn't pick this as an all nighter but certainly worthy of a few at the summer BBQ or ballgame.

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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 zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, rich copper colro with a small, foamy, one-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of malt and grass. There were also some floral and citrus notes.

T - It tasted slightly bitter with a burnt toast maltiness. Nice balance of hops and sweet malt.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good APA. Nothing fabulous but highly drinkable.

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Photo of Slynger
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cream City Pale Ale pours a deep, clear, tangerine with a fluffy lid of cream.

Smells of sweet lightly caramely/bready malts with some fresh citrusy and grassy hops.

Crisp light-medium body with nice fuzzy texture to good carbonation, and lightly oily smooth feel to it. The flavor brings in a bit of bready, caramel sweetness lightly toasted, with some orangey citrus and fresh grassy/piney hops finishing pleasantly bitter.

Nice, tasty, refreshing. A good APA.

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Photo of KBomb
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cream city is a cloudy brown/copper with a small but frothy head. Lots of hops and spice coming off the top of this one-- some caramel malts in the background all bathed in something a little musty. A sharp bite of hops introduces the first sip to the tounge and its followed by a bitter orange citrus and a little butteryness. This is a kinda thick brew, but not too heavy to be enjoyed on a summer day.

This has some character of an IPA. The generous hoppy bitterness might borderline on overpowering, but is still a worthy brew.

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

thanks to my friend derek who brought me a variety 8 pack from the u.p.

pours a wonderful copper color with a nice fluffy off white head that fell to a nice dense 1/4 inch head that wound not go away.
the aroma is malty, biscuits, crystal malt, hint of hops.
the flavor is malty, fresh baked bread, with a firm bitterness, spiciness, earthy hops, lingering citrus on the palette.
very easily sneaks down the hatch.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden with some orange touches and almost two fingers of fluffy white head and okay lacing.

S: Citrusy hops and nice caramel nose.

T: Caramel explodes in the mouth with a nice refreshing piney, citrus hops balancing everything.

M: Too much carbination to be creamy by very crisp and clean.

D: This is an easy drinker that is right up my alley. This is something I would hope to see on cask in Wisconsin.

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Cream City Pale Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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