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

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester as part of this brewery's sampler 8-pack. Pours amber-orange with a thin film of off-white head. Smells piney and citrussy with biscuit and caramel present in the background. Tastes strongly citrusy, piney, and caramel. Flavor is appealing and well-balanced. Medium in body with ample carbonation. A solid APA for sure - nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a nice sized head that settles to a decent lace.
The aroma is of hops,fruits and grains.
The taste is hops,malts with caramel tones and sweet fruit notes.
There was a slight bitterness to the finish and the brew lived up to the name-it was creamy and the carbonation seemed just right.

Notes: I could easily go through a six pack, so this for sure was a session brew. Well balanced and so easy to drink.

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Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color with an average off-white head that left some clingy lacing. The aroma is light, some honey malt and a touch of grassy hops. The taste is of pale malt with a touch of honey and a dash of grassy hops to give it a bitter edge. The feel is light almost watery with fairly soft carbonation, nice balance, finishes slight bitter. A nice and light APA, enough of a hop profile to give it some flavor. Nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Pretty clear amber color with a nice two inch head.

S- Mostly hops, mild. Overall nice aroma. Some grains, more than expected for the style

T- Mild grain followed by a nice citrus hop taste with some bitterness.

M- Fair to medium, pretty good. Fairly carbonated.

D- I thought this was pretty good. I could drink a few whenever, Way better than the other beer I had from them. I recommend this, not my favorite Pale Ale but it will do.

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Photo of sjohansen
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice thick fluffy white head. Good retention with sticky lacing. Clear amber in color, with lots of constant carbonation floating to the top.

Smells is fresh cut grass and citrus leaning towards grapefruit.

Good strong bitter finish for a pale ale. Not approaching a hop bomb, and balanced well with the sweet malt on the front of the palate. Actually get sweet caramel on the front of the palate as it warms.

Mouthfeel is full and active from strong carbonation.

This is a good, solid Pale Ale that would get great feedback at any get together.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty good. Thin layer of foam, OK lace. Typical deeper-gold pale ale appearance.

S - Smells hoppy, a little cookie-malt backing.

T - We have a winner here. Flavor here is nearly spot-on, with an ever-present citrusy hop and a malt bill that hangs tough but gives way at the very end. Nothing groundbreaking, but damned tasty.

F - Slightly viscous, it doesn't really get thin, with a fair bit of carbonation.

D - An easy one to kick back and drink; very drinkable pale ale. My favorite of the Lakefront brews so far.

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Photo of Thanby
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden honey color with a small amount of head that has good retention.

Smells primarily of mild hops and pear with hints of grain and butter.

Hops/citrus right up front but not overpowering. In the middle the grain and herbal flavors take over, and the hops come back to round off with a clean finish and lingering bitterness.

The carbonation keeps it a good consistency, light and crisp, and the hops can only be described as refreshing. As it warms up, more citrus and herbal notes become apparent. Very easy to drink and enjoy with or without a meal.

Overall I'm fairly impressed. It's a solid pale ale with the hop character I love and a slightly more complex palate than most.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Clear amber-orange hue with medium-thick off-white head with good retention

S: Spicy, herbal hops aromas predominate

T: Taste echoes the aroma with spicy, haylike hops flavors layered on a soft but sugary malt backbone. Hops dominate the flavor, but the brewers nicely meld its herbal nature with the sweet malt.

M: Plenty of spicy zing in the mouthfeel as it is much more highly carbonated than most APAs. Medium-bodied with clean finish.

D: Unique and delicious -- this brew exceeded my expectations by joining spicy, herbal hops with an understated malt presence with an active mouthfeel. I will seek out more Lakefront offerings based on this being their flagship beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grain and a sweet, grassy hop.

The taste was rather well balanced and consisted of a grainy doughy malt cut with a subtlly sweet, orangey and slightly grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a decent APA. Easily drinkable.

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Photo of slyke
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle of Cream City Pale Ale from Lakefront Brewery as part of their variety 8-pack - a Christmas present from a fellow beer lover.

It pours a pleasing copper color with a finger of white head that fades to a thin cap with little to no lacing. The smell includes malt and hints of fruit and grass. Taste is malty with the fruitiness provided by the hops. The hint of grass is still present. Mouthfeel is good. Nice weight on the tongue, crispness around the edge and a slight, but pleasing aftertaste of malt.Drinikability is good; downing a couple would be easy. This beer is worth trying when you find it.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Rich golden almost amber color, the one finger head faded fast.

S- Very fragrant floral hop aroma.

T- Nice solid hop bite up front. The finish provides an odd contrast which throughs everything off. Still decent dispite this.

M- About what I expect for the style.

D- I could really see puttin back quite a few of these with a fish fry.

Nothin amazing but not bad at all.

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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 CharlesDarwin
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle. A touch of resinous Cascade orange zest and candy with some fragrant pickling spice. Light spruce. Gentle and restrained. Pours a middle amber gold, with a rim of off-white. Flavor is a more bold enumeration of the Cascade presence, with nice hop flavor, resin sugars and tangy creamed hot cereal. A bit bitter from the front, but mellows into a long grass draw. A bit too sweet for a Pale Ale for my tastes. Hop flavor utilization seemed well done, yet didn’t meld well with the malt character and again, a bit underattenuated. Otherwise, a fair show.

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Photo of zook74
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm... The name says it all CREAM City Pale Ale. Numm-mers.

Had my first of these after stuffing myself at Thanksgiving today and it was the perfect after dinner beer.

Pours a darker orangish-gold. Sweet and mild smelling with some hops and good malt.

The taste and mouthfeel really shine. Lightly sweet and malty. Creamy on the tongue. A bit of that nice bitter afterwards. All in all a really fine beer.

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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 dgallina
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with peculiar bottled-on dating; 3rd week of May (2007 I hope)

Pours clear gold with no head, pretty good lace. The aroma has some orange and pine hop notes, but mostly features metallic sourness and mineral water. Minor biscuit malts make it through as well. The flavor is is more robust. Coarse grapefruit and pine hops immediately assault the tongue, followed by a dough-like center. The hops go from fruity to dry in the finish, with some lingering mineral tones. The medium-thick body is a little oily, but smooth and with just enough carbonation. Meh. Another day, another American pale ale.

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

a - poured a three-fingers thck tan head into my sam adams glass. left sticky and thick sheeting and lace, good retention on this one. the body was a dark amber color.
s - hints of toast, fruits, nuts and caramel.
t - grainy, bready with a little citrusy hop bite with a caramel finish.
m - thin and slick with a little bite to it.
d - easy and nice.

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Photo of botham
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a light amber-golden color with a finger of white frothy head that remains for the duration.

smells malty, with notes of pale and munich malts, some dry hops, and a touch of ale yeast. good balance of aromas here, without much else.

taste is somewhat hoppy up front, without much on the malt side. the hops are the focus, but remain subtle in flavor. the profile is somewhat restrained, creating a mild brew that is pleasant and refreshing.

aftertaste is of dry hops. not much else.

mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied, with a light presence of carbonation, without biting the palate.

drinkability is good. this brew is mildly hoppy, and leaves the malts behind to a light degree. overall a well proportioned pale ale. cheers!

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

Dusky orange, almost burnt, topped by a fantastic looking lid. The bubbly foam stays humped in the center of the glass it falls, laying down a considerable amount of lace as it does so. This is a serious looking APA.

The nose is a mixture of toasted breadiness and musky, citric hops. The brewery say that liberal amounts of Cascade have been used. I don't know about liberal amounts, but I can definitely appreciate that particular hop. It smells like something English is present as well (probably just my imagination).

If you like caramel malty APAs with a moderate-high dose of hops, then Cream City Pale Ale will be right up your alley. I like it just fine because there's a generous amount of flavor to be had from what appears to be a generous amount of ingredients. This is no light, summertime pounder... although it could probably be used for that purpose.

Caramel ice cream topping and toasted whole grain bread lay down a solid bass line, while grapefruit zest and bitter orange peel play the melody. This bottle is slightly more than four months old. I would love to have seen what the hops tasted like fresh from the brewery. I hadn't previously heard of this Lakefront offering (and didn't run across it on two trips to Madison), but it's definitely quality beer.

The mouthfeel is midway between an APA and an IPA. Again, probably thanks to a generous malt load. The name Cream City refers to the cream colored bricks that were used to build the brewery, but it could just as easily be referring to the mouthfeel.

When I think of good Midwestern breweries, Lakefront doesn't immediately come to mind. In fact, I probably wouldn't include it in my top-20. What a surprise, then, that Cream City Pale Ale is so damn tasty. I wish Iowans had access to even a fraction of the beer brewed in Wisconsin.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$9.99 / 8 Pack
Variety Pack
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - It pours and orange-brown with a 1/2 inch of head. It's a good looking brew.

Smell - It has a very interesting scent. It smells like tomato soup. I recognize the smell from my local brewery and new right away that this was going to be interesting.

Taste - No tomato soup flavor here. It has little malt in the front and good deal of hops in the back.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth as it enters and goes down. The hops are well balanced through out each sip so it doesn't hit you all at once.

~ I'd really like to give the Cream City a try straight from the tap. I think there is a lot more to this brew than the bottle is offering. I look forward to my next Lakefront tour when I can sip it straight from Milwaukee's mouth.

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