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

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.