The American cream ale is a mild, pale, light-bodied ale, made using a warm fermentation (top or bottom fermenting yeast) and cold lagering. Despite being called an ale, when being judged in competitions it is acceptable for brewers to use lager yeast.
American Cream Ale
Category: Hybrid Beers
- Salads, Mild Shellfish
- Monterey Jack
- Lemon Custard Tart
- El Sully, 21st Amendment Brewery
- Spotted Cow, New Glarus Brewing Co.
- Broadway Light, Detroit Beer Co.
Straw to Gold
Fast Rising Bubbles
Not Detectable to Mild
Hop aroma is usually absent, and hop flavor is very low to low. Hop bitterness is very low to low
The dominant flavor is of pale malt sweetness at medium-low to medium levels. Caramel malt attributes should be absent.
Not common to style.
Not common to style
Fermentation-derived sulfur character and/or DMS flavor should be extremely low or absent from this style of beer. Diacetyl flavor should not be perceived
Lager or Ale