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Lake Louie Brewery Company

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American Cream Ale
Ranked #203
Ranked #42,528
3.53 | pDev: 14.73%
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States
Notes: Formerly Coon Rock Cream Ale
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed amber barely edging into the orange portion of the spectrum. The great looking lid is the best part of Coon Rock's appearance. It's pearly white in color, thickly creamy in construction and is gracing the glass with some pretty fine looking lace. An excellent start.

I expect to smell sweet, sugary blonde malt in a cream ale. I don't expect to smell hops. There's no question that the citrusy, musky, earthiness of the nose puts this beer at or near the head of its class. My guess is a combination of American and German hops, but I'll refrain from taking a stab at specific varieties.

One sip is all it takes to tell me that Coon Rock is at least the equal of my previous favorite cream ale, Anderson Valley's Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema. It's sweetly pale malty (as the style demands) and probably derives its distinctive flavor from the use of white corn, supposedly a pre-Prohibition era ingredient.

Flavors of vanilla, cane sugar, sweet butter, mild honey and citrus zest combine beautifully and result in a friendly, easy to drink, delicious beer that should taste great at any time of the year. It's nowhere near a crisp, clean thirst quencher (although it is spotlessly clean), but then cream ales rarely are. What it delivers is high-quality flavor of both malt and hops in a neat, tidy, tantalizingly sweet package.

Maybe it's the white corn, maybe it's the perfect carbonation or maybe it's simply the skill of the Lake Louie brewers (it's probably a combination of all three). Whatever the cause, the mouthfeel couldn't be any softer, smoother or creamier and would be tough to improve upon. The lack of a sticky heaviness shoots it far up the drinkability scale. Yeah, like the flavor hadn't taken it most of the way already.

Even though I've still only had a handful of their offerings, I don't believe that I've had so much as a mediocre Lake Louie beer. Coon Rock is a delicious treat and deserves much wider distribution. If you think that all cream ales are bland and uninteresting, there's a great little brewery in Wisconsin that would love to change your mind.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pale yellow...slightly hazed...fluffy white head.

S-Sweet...some breadiness...a little earthy feel

T-Sweet cooked corn...vanilla....white sugar...honey bread...some faint lemony spritz on the finish

M-Creamy...velvet like...light to medium bodied...a bit of a crisp finish.

D-One of the best cream ales I have encountered....very well done and enjoyable to drink

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Photo of Bighuge
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazed sun yellow body. It glows yellow. Thin bubbly cap of dirty white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, a little bready...almost like a german pilsner kicked down one notch in the aroma department. Flavor is top notch for the style. A cream ale that has some substance. I like it. Sweet malty tones with no signs of corn or other adjuncts. Slight hay like bitterness lingering after the taste adds another dimension and alludes to a slight dry impression with the aftertaste. Body is medium to medium-full. Very drinkable and enjoyable. This is a nice achievement here with this style. I'd drink it often if it were available around here.

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Photo of cokes
4.11/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1/2 gal, prefilled growler.

Smoggy gold under 2 inches of heavy, wet snow. Frantic, tornadic carbonation swirls the liquid below.
Lightly bready nose with pinprocks of grassy hops. Pleasant enough, but pretty vague.
Pale maltiness upfront. Pils-like wafer notes and lightly toasted white bread. Sweetness creeps up, forming a honeyed biscuit middle. Corn is downplayed, but adds whisper of sweetness. A yeasty doughiness emerges in the later part, preceding a minor grassy Fuggle hop finale bringing along touches of spiciness.
Med-light bodied, but fully-formed and deserving of the cream moniker.
Awesome summer quaffer. Just about anyone will be able to enjoy this one.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slimmer straw yellow with a slight smudgey body to it. Quick and faint white capping of thin stature makes its way from the pour but gets to its lower collaring quickly. Medium rising carbonation. Minimal lacing in strings mainly closer to the liquid than sticking elsewhere along the glass.

Aroma is faint of light creamy grass, corn, and hay with a slender underbite of bread dough.

Solid flavors of paled malt and white corn startch make for a steady flow of evenly handed sweetness that of which is simple, delicate, and fluffy in a bready/biscuity kind of way. Flavors last for a good bit too and has a slight touch and dance of spicy grassyness.

Feel is soft, smooth, and wholesome with a simple, delicate sweetening texture and bold lenghtyness. Bright, yet dulling, clean, and rounded with a bready dryish malt with a semi light drying sense and flint of spice and toastedness in the finish.

A solid cream ale. A summer quencher for sure to be enjoyed when ever, where ever within the dog days of summer. Gone in to time and another is just as easy to down.

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Photo of weeare138
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent, light gold with steady streams of carbon dioxide quickly rising to the top of the glass. A huge, 4 finger, rocky, white head of froth hangs out for many minutes and glistens in the light. It's almost prohibiting me from getting to drink it because it won't fade.
Smell is of vanilla, pumelo, lemon merengue, lime zest, and delicate aromas of wet hay, and sugar sticks.
Taste is sweet up front with sugar notes of lemon merengue, vanilla, and sweet, summer corn that isn't offensive.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, prickly along the tongue, with sweetness, some candy corn, and lemon lingering into a slick, dry finish.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was very, very...average. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but to my mind this beer was in accordance with my expectations for a cream ale without a lot of extras. It was somewhat "creamy" and sugary, but beyond that there was not a lot to distinguish it from an American lager.

The beer had a pleasant enough appearance...a pale straw color with a fairly Sprite-like head. Aroma was rather sweet, like candy sugar. And that was the primary component of the flavor as well...not a lot of hoppiness or maltiness and no "add-on" flavors like fruitiness, chocolate, toffee, coffee, etc. Mouthfeel was unremarkable. Not bad - I finished the bottle, but not something I'd be in a rush to have again.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hyper clear, yellow and golden colors with soft cream puff dull-white head.
Aroma has some white bread tones and a grassy, flowery finish with some pils and pale malt notes as well.
Flavor of pale malt mostly dominates. Bread crumbs come out as well as some honey notes and just a whiff of caramel.
Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy but overall feel was not protypical for a cream ale. Finishes with some spiciness as well. Great beer but not a true cream IMHO.
Drinkability was high, even Dave could probably session this one all night. Another winner from Lake Louie.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.51/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3 1/2" white head over the clear golden brew. Gave it some time for things to settle down. Head calms to a meringey inch of froth, with sporadic artful lacing. Aroma is defined by a lightly tart and fruity essence. Flavor is tart and bitter, with little to no pale malts character at all. Mouthfeel is nowhere near as smooth as I look for cream ales to be, with drinkability just not that great in my book. Have to try this one again, maybe I was unlucky with a bottle this time.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64 ounce growler. This beer pours out a dull yellow color with a white head. Bready aroma. It could be my imagination, but I think I can smell the corn. Alcohol becomes noticable in the nose as the beer warms, though I doubt the abv is very high. Biscuity malt flavor. The flavor is a little too sweet for me. Although this is not a very hoppy style of beer, I think this beer could use some more hops. Mouthfeel is light. Although this beer is sweet, it is still quite drinkable. This beer is pretty good for the style, but just as a beer it's nothing special.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cross between NG’s totally naked and cow. I’m not a fan of cream ales at all. In fact it may be one of my least favorite styles but this one is tasty.

This is one yeasty beast, at least as far as the smell is concerned. Nicely carbonated, piss in the snow yellow with a thin white, medium life head. Biscuity and corny (hence the spotted cow comparison).

Light bodied, mediocre like all cream ales. Creamy though, so as this style goes, it gets it right.

Otherwise, I get a little grass in this puppy and a touch of musk.

Nothing special but…the masses will like this one. Perhaps this is Louie’s retirement fund. Who knows. My advise is to skip this one and stick with the Scotch Ale…or the Porter…or the…well…any of Louie’s other beers. They’re just about the best out there.

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Photo of evanackerman
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured a pale straw color with bright white head. Aroma was corn. Taste was very similar to an adjunct lager. Not very assertive in flavor. Mouthfeel was thin and drinkability very high. Overall I was fairly dissappointed with this one. Taste was too much like a bud miller coors product but at a much higher price. These types of beers definitely have their place, but are available at much lower cost.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. This one pours a solid testaceous color with a finger of white, compact head. Clarity is almost perfect, and there is an enormous cascade of bubbles in the brew. Taking a sniff, I get very mild aroma in this one. There is a light corn sweetness, very faint lemony kiss, and a mild husky grain. I'm really having to work to get any arom on this one other than some corn sweetness. Flavor is right there with the aroma. Good corn and husky grain flavors, though not offensive and abbrasive huskyness, with a light lemon zest on the finish, with a very mild bitterness coming in the finish as well. This one is very straitforward, but there is nowhere to hide any flaws. Much of what I expect in a cream ale. Mouthfeel is moderate with a very solid moderate carbonation that makes this one very lively. I enjoy the way the bittering hop hits late in the finish, keeping it from being a focus, but letting me know it is there as I go for another sip. This is a fairly simple beer in my mind, but they do it well.

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Photo of drpimento
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice, white head that pretty much settle down to a light cover and some lace. Color is a crystal clear yellow. Aroma is beery, malty, light hop, a bit of yeast, and some grain. Flavor's the same but more sweet. Body is good and so is carbonation. I'd like it better if it weren't quite as sweet. Slight bitterness in finish. I will say the sweetness is short lived and that helps. Could do worse for a session beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a pale yellow color to a crystal clear body and a big carbonation of bubbles running to the surface. There is a thin bubbly snow-white head that last for a moment.

S- The dry field corn note is pleasant with a soft perfumy sulfur sweetn note and a slightly musty hop note at the finish.

T- The taste of dry field corn fresh grain notes to it that increases as the beer warms. There is a soft sulfury pine hop finish at the end that is dry. There is a light corn and grain note that lingers just a moment after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slightly slippery texture.

D- This is a smooth and easy drinking, thirst quenching beer. The flavor, while simple has some nice depth and a good balance of grain and hops.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nflmvp for the chance to try this offering.

A: Pour a very hazy straw color with an extra frothy two finger fizzy and soaplike foamy white head. Amazing lace on this one.
S: Twang of fruit and grassy hops. Fresh lemon peel and wheat fields.
T/M: Not much going on by the means of flavor. Lemony wheat notes. Dryer finish with a citric zing and lemony aftertaste. Thin body, but that's what the style is all about. A bit too carbonated, but I trust this must be a one time thing.
D: Easy drinking as it lacks body and is a bit thin. A nice summer brew to suck back. Possibly a great session brew while sweating in the sun.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.3/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear light golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into almost no lacing. The aroma is of corn, and faint caramel malt. The taste is the corniest of any beer I've ever tried. It is a sharp, lingering flavor that simply doesn't work for me. The mouthfeel is light bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, I can't see myself ever drinking this again.

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Photo of blackie
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Pours a low white head that soon dies back to just a ring around the glass. The beer itself is a clear, pale golden staw color.

smell: Green smelling German type pale malts and other nondescript grain with a nice nobleish hop nose. Smells good.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium and the body light, but not thin.

taste: Flavors of light German malts upfront with a slight grainy sweetness. A slightly metallic hop flavor and a light, but sufficiently balancing bitterness are found. Well balanced and not boring.

drinkability: quite the poundable cream ale

single bottle purchased at Riley's and consumed in Madison

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Photo of scaliasux
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$2 single from Riley's.

Ultra pale yellow, no visible yeast sediment in the bottle, but it has a slight haze. White bubbly foam, not quite a finger high, and it settles to a milky skim.

Subdued aroma of sulfur and apple. Not the greatest mix, but not unpleasant. Slightly malty, but thankfully no corn.

Taste of corn, apple, and dry biscuity malt. Very light bodied, a little watery, dry in the finish.

Way more palatable than the Genessee Cream Ale I had earlier tonight. Probably sessionable, but not interesting enough to find out. Won't be trying it again, Spotted Cow is better in my opinion.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Riley's...seems like I have been waiting to see a single of this for a while now

appearance: pours a pale straw-golden colour, delightfuly foamy and fluffy white head forms on top that leaves some nice frothy lacing...slightly watery appearance, very clear

smell: lots of grain, bread-esque aromas abundant, slightly yeasty, a little peppery nature, some sour hop fruitiness

taste: much of what the aromas indicated...the obvious comparison to be made would be to Spotted Cow, but this is probably a little better but far less abundant. very grassy and grainy, a delicate hop sweetness is the strong point....malts are bready and light

mouthfeel: thin-medium body, finishes a little dry

drinkability: its a cream ale, it can be consumed in large quantities

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm...Lake Louie in a Thomas Hooker pint glass. Interesting combo. Thanks to UnionMade for the glass, and Tom at LL for the beer. :)

Looks like a BMC with a good head. Light yellow, very clear. Head is white, white, white- and very foamy.

Smell is bready, fruity and pungent. There's a little sour note here.

The falvour has an odd quality I can't put my finger on....thin, a bit spicy, and a bit hickory. Granted, that's a side note to a nice, round, malty brew, with a clean hop finish. OK, maybe note a side note. It's a balanced duet.

Carbonation seem active but not sharp- rolls of softly as it goes. Liquid is just the thich side of thin.

Drinkable, but not uber-drinkable. It'd be a good solid session 'lawnmower' beer. My least favourite of all the LL brews I've had- but then, I'm not a huge fan of cream ales.

Be well

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Photo of battlekow
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on the way out of Madison yesterday, a 64 ounce growler from Riley's. This is the oddest-looking beer I've ever seen, almost colorless. The closest thing I've seen to it is New Glarus's Totally Naked. Though it looks like very slightly gold-tinted water, it's not unattractive. It has excellent lacing and bubble action. Really doesn't smell like much at all. Taste isn't bold by any means, but subtlely sweet, with a really nice mouthfeel and aftertaste. This is very easy to drink, but is barely there at all. Coon Rapids Cream Ale, the phantom beer.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy, cloudy straw yellow with a huge white head that dissipates to thin layer of head for the entire beer.

S - Strong corn aroma. This aroma reminds me of the stale beer smell from when I used to go into bars in college in the afternoon and you could see and smell everything that gets hidden at night when the bar is crowded.

T - Corn with hints of graininess and lemon. Slight bitterness in the finish. Tastes better than it smells.

M - Light side of medium with a good deal of carbonation.

D - This one is not bad but does not stand out either. It might be all the Miller and Busch I drank in college but I just do not care for any beer nowadays that has a big corn presence.

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Photo of jsash10
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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