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

Wallenpaupack Brewing Company Paupack Cream Ale
85 points
A nicely rounded body that highlights a session friendly cream Ale.