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 Beerandraiderfan
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orange pour, indeed, a creamy inviting head to it. Aroma lacked hops, not surprising so much, lakefront has never been a 'hoppy' brewery or anything.

Hops come out a bit more on the palate, nice, not oppressive, minimal bitterness, mild caramel sweetness, biscuity. Somewhat dry finish to it, maybe from the slight lemon feel going on. Nothing special about the beer, just a straight forward light pale ale. Good camping/fishing beer.

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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 TheQuietMan22
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a light amber. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly to leave trails along the glass and a billowy lacing.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by grapefruit citrus and metallic hops, but neither are overpowering. They are kept at bay by sweet caramel.

Taste: Compared to the bitterness and citrus of the smell, the corresponding flavors are pretty weak. The mouthfeel is a little watery, which dilutes the hop citrus. However, I need to keep in mind it is not IPA, but IPA’s little brother. For the most part, the flavor mirrors the smell: grapefruit citrus balanced perfectly with sweet caramel malts. A very faint bitterness is left lingering on the cheeks and back of the tongue, and I can taste a little hint of vanilla as each sip goes down.

Drinkability: A very well balanced beer, but it lacks the crispness I expect from an APA. It’s a decent brew nonetheless.

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Photo of shand
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

A moderate pour reveals a hazy pale amber color crested with a finger of head. It retains well and leaves decent lacing. The aroma is good, it's up-front with the hops for sure, backed up by pale malts and a touch of lemony citrus. The taste on this is a pleasant, restrained citrus hop backed up with some simple pale malts. Just a good-tasting pale ale, nothing more or less.

The mouthfeel is pretty solid, it's perhaps just a bit watery and maybe a bit over-carbonated, but otherwise is great. The dirnkability is exceptional, this is a very easy drinking beer. Easy drinking is really the best way to sum this up in general. A great pale when you just want to relax and enjoy a beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice thick bubbly offwhite head, about 3/4 inch thick; color is pale amber to dark copper.

Smell is mild malt with hop bitterness, touch of fruitiness and malt sweetness.

Taste is a good malt balance, touch of caramel sweetness followed by some hop bitterness. Light grapefruit notes, but good bitterness flavors.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, good bitterness, good flavor on the tongue and just the right carbonation.

Overall, well done, very drinkable pale ale, not to malty or hoppy just what you would want.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pale ale pours cloudy orange/brown. The head is about one finger that dissipates pretty quickly. First taste seemed a little watery, but I had a beer with more hop presence during the same session, so I tried to focus on what I liked about it. It was citrusy, hoppy and herbal. It had a natural aspect that I sometimes like and sometimes do not. Like in my previous post, I have been been swayed by the name of this beer, but I thought there was a nice creaminess to it. It was light and easy to drink...could have a few of these.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, clearly marked bottled-on date

Appearance: Light copper colored brew with a fine mist of sediment and a creamy ivory head which shows good retention...left some nice lacing on the glass

Smell: Light fruity hops and light, sweet, slightly-buttery malts...nothing crazy unique, but nothing offensive either

Taste: This is pretty balanced between a fruity, juicy hop character and sweet malt. A bit too much sweetness, actually, though this finishes more bitter than I was expecting, with a herbal finish and hint of mineral. Just a bit unsorted; I dunno how it's possible to be a bit too sweet yet have a bitter finish, but that's how this is.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Big thanks to JM for picking this one up for me up in Wisconsin! This is moving up on 9mo. old now, so the flavors might have changed a bit, but this is pretty average.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled week 3, March 2010. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber color that produced a good white head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Juicy citrus of lemon, pineapple, and mango. Some good pine with a light sweetness.

(T)- A respectable piney dry bitterness with subtle citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Not as much flavorful citrus as the smell dictated, but it is still there. Rather bitter for a pale ale.

(D)- A good pale ale with some solid characteristics fitting the style. Not as crisp as I was hoping for, but not bad.

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

Pours a bright orange body with a good amount of white head. Leaves great lacing behind in the glass. Aroma is of piney hops and a hint of grapefruit too, with an underlying sweet caramel malt aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium carbonation. The spicy hop character shows up front but the malts tend to get lost in the background. There's a pleasant hop flavor in the aftertaste that also dries your toungue throughly which persuades you to take another sip. Balance is about 60/40 towards the hops, which I'd say is good for a pale ale. The malts just aren't discerning at all. However, this beer has very good drinkability.

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Photo of biggred1
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honeyed amber with a creamy finger of eggshell colored head that has nice retention and leaves some nice lace behind on the glass. The nose is tropical citrus fruity hops, pineapple, grapefruit and peach with a nice caramel malty hit to balance. The flavor pretty much mirrors the nose and is well balanced. Medium bodied and creamy. A easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of minnunderground
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into tumber, Bottled in Oct week 1

A- Copper color, clear, very light tan head, medium head dissaptes in a min

S- Really I tried to smell this hard and couldnt really get much...I don't know some sweet malts

T- First off a tad bit of bitter hops cascading into bread/malts and ending up in a cream note

M-Carbonation up to par pretty smooth

D-This could probably be a session beer. Easy drinking, not offensive.

Overall a solid beer, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a golwing orange copper hue with a light cream head, forms thick...these Lakefront brews have great head retention going on. Lacing forms thick and even with bands of lace across my glass. Aroma has caramel malts with floral hops and earthiness and a minimal sweetness riding throughout each sniff. Flavor has low malt sweetness with grassy, floral and earthy hops goin on. A definite balanced malt to hop ratio going on here, surprisingly hoppy yet balanced these folks know how to brew. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied with a solid sturdy level of carbonation one of those beers to be enjoyed in number. Drinkability is solid all around, this one makes me enjoy and respect their lineup that much more.

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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 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 IronCitySteve
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark golden color with some amber hues. Provides a decent 1 1/2 finger foam head that quickly dissipates.

S: Decent amount of floral hops. Not very overpowering but ample. Some slight toasty malts mixed in as well.

T: A great balance between floral hops and some bready/caramel malt flavors.

M: Leaves the mouth feeling crisp with a little bit of bitter hop residue. This is a nice medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation. Maybe just a little too much?

D: A really nice APA offering. Very easy to drink and multiple can be had in one sitting.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this!

Pours deep golden with a thin white head that fizzles down to a wide patch. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of soft/mild citrus and grain. A touch of bready yeast mixes in.

The taste is of sweet grain balanced by herbal/floral, slightly citric, bitterness in the finish.

It is light-bodied, slightly thin at times.

This is a standard-ish, easy-drinking pale. Refreshing and thirst-quenching with a nice balance in the finish.

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