Why aren't cream ales more prevalent?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Ilovelampandbeer, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Pelican Pub Kiwanda Cream Ale.
  2. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Maybe because I'm not so sure there is one sitting on the shelf here other than Genny and I'm sure that's not what the OP was talking about
  3. 5thOhio

    5thOhio May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    ?? Neither Kölsch nor Blonde Ales are brewed with corn or rice AFAIK. Cream ales are, especially the more well-known ones like Genny. I wouldn't say the former two are the same beers with different names at all.
  4. 19etz55

    19etz55 Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    I asked someone about this because I have enjoyed some cream ales over the years. Found out that 1 brewery changed their cream ale name to golden ale. Maybe some breweries are changing cream ale name to golden or maybe even blonde ale?Not sure.
    Maybe this list might help?

  5. bulletrain76

    bulletrain76 Nov 6, 2007 California

    I know of small breweries that brew cream ales with all pilsner malt. Corn is traditional but not universal, as a lot of brewers want to avoid adjuncts out of principle. Kolsch is definitely a unique thing in theory, but plenty of brewers just brew a generic blond ale and use that name, and the idea behind it is really almost the same when it comes down to it: an ale meant to taste like a pale lager.
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  6. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Dec 21, 2011 California
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    Because they aren't barrel aged or quintuple hopped.
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  7. cevafm

    cevafm Mar 30, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Drinking a Third Street Rise to the Top cream ale right now, it's not blowing me away but I could put a six pack of this away, pretty good drinkin beer if you ask me.
  8. KentT

    KentT Oct 15, 2008 Tennessee

    I love Genny Cream and Little Kings. I'd buy them much more often if I could source them locally. The nearest sources for them are an hour's drive away for me. I enjoy cream ale as a session beer.
  9. DavoleBomb

    DavoleBomb Mar 29, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Based on a minimal amount of experience, cream ales are generally much better than ALLs. That's probably why ALLs are everywhere.
  10. Givemebeer

    Givemebeer Apr 6, 2013 Vermont

    Carton Brewing in NJ has great cream ales. Not too too far assuming you aren't from upstate NY
  11. Herky21

    Herky21 Aug 7, 2011 Iowa
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    It is interesting how people think it's so boring. And truly, made to style, I would agree. One of my house homebrews is a hoppy cream ale, however, and it is one of my favorite summer beers. With the right water it's a good way to showcase hops, nice corn sweetness to back up the bittering addition.
  12. DaKur

    DaKur Nov 15, 2012 Rhode Island

    Lack of flavor.
  13. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    Because they would sit on the shelf. American craft beer drinkers (and I know this is a massive generalization) don't appreciate subtlety. They want bold, in your face flavors. Cream ales just don't fit into this.
  14. isturbo1984

    isturbo1984 May 25, 2013 Washington

    Ninkasi in the West has a pretty good cream ale.
  15. DideeP

    DideeP Oct 6, 2013 Wisconsin

    My husband and I bought a 6 pack of Genesee Cream Ale (16 oz. cans) in a liquor store in Milwaukee. Very surprised to see it there. I am originally from PA and Genny was my first beer. Not a bad beer at all for the price.
  16. ChefHopMeister

    ChefHopMeister Aug 3, 2010 Virginia

    Hardywood Park out of Richmond, VA packs a decent cream ale. I think when it comes to that style, it's tough to get much "pop" from that "pop". Still, not a bad 12 oz curl for a session brew.
  17. CatfishClark

    CatfishClark Dec 1, 2008 Texas

    Good to know, because that Summer Solstice is one of the worst beers I've ever had. I love Anderson Valley, but whatever style that beer is, is definitely NOT my style. Too sweet, too...something. Can't put my finger on it, but it's definitely not for me. Though I guess I'm in the minority, as it's got a lot of glowing reviews. Oh well...more for you guys!
  18. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    I think we're in a phase of more bold styles in craft beer right now, but it looks as if that slowly changing. So I expect to see more styles like cream ales making a resurgence.
  19. mactrail

    mactrail Mar 24, 2009 Washington
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    Ummmm-- is this a trick question?
  20. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    I use enough of that to clean machines at work that I can't imagine even making a joke about drinking that stuff.
  21. joeboe2001

    joeboe2001 Jun 17, 2008 Maryland

    I am from Rochester, NY, home of Genny, and literally grew up on the stuff. From the time I was about 3 my father used to slip me a little at the kitchen table, and it was a beer of choice when I was a teenager. I worked across the street from the brewery for a couple of years when I was in college, and would head for the bar across the street for a couple of glasses at $.10 per--at lunch time, after the B trick, or even after the C trick (which ended at 7 AM). Friends and relatives would always have it in the refrigerator when we went to visit, and I consumed substantial quantities until we moved to VA in 1982.
  22. TheOriginal

    TheOriginal Feb 6, 2011 North Carolina

    The style seems to not have characteristics that make it stand out. I could honestly settle for something like Yuengling or maybe PBR if I wanted something light and refreshing, and could save a few dollars also. Also people probably already have their mind made up about them and are less willing to try one. That is certainly the case for me although when I do have one I tend to enjoy them. Seems to be lots of reasons but main one is probably the majority of users and contributors on this site like more flavor, alcohol, and panache in a beer than a regular ol cream ale. Just my opinion of course.

    Actually here in NC we have a few good ones, Catawba Valley's cream ale, Farmer Ted I believe and Fullsteam's cream ale are both excellent in my opinion. That remind me, I need to review them...
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