About Cream Ale

About Cream Ale
Cream ales are pale in color and range from 4-5.5% in alcohol. These beers are generally more carbonated and hopped than light lagers. Cream ale is a North American specialty that is somewhat of a hybrid in style. Despite the name, many brewers use both ale and lager yeasts for fermentation. This style is fermented similar to ales at warm temperatures, but then lagered at colder temperatures. The resulting brew has the unchallenging, crisp characteristics of a light pale lager, but is endowed with a hint of the aromatic complexities that ales provide. Noteworthy examples of this style include: New Glarus Spotted Cow, Reuben’s Brews Cream Ale, Little Kings Cream Ale and Granville Island Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale.

Top Picks for Cream Ale

New Glarus Brewing Co. Spotted Cow
92 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of roasted corn and plantain, toasted panettone, spiced candied nuts and apples, and floral honey and egg whites with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, appealing, long finish displaying notes of mesclun and Hawaiian bread finish. A delicious, artfully crafted cream ale with great flavor, length, and perfect poise.
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co. Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale
87 points
Bright deep amber color. Creamy aromas and flavors of coconut creme pie, tres leche cake, and dream bar with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, easy finish with nuances of vanilla nuts, brown sugar and yams, and lettuce finish. A fun, super creamy barrel aged cream ale that will be good with desserts.
The Herkimer Pub & Brewery The Jeffrey Kream Ale
84 points
Light gold color. Aromas of maitre d butter, jasmine tea, floral swiss cheese, and plantain with a satiny, crisp, petillant, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length underripe papaya, tangerine pith, white grapefruit, celery relish, and sweet sticky rice finish. A hop-centric cream ale in a juicy style.