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Beer Styles

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American Cream Ale

This 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.

Category: Hybrid Beers

Food Pairings

  • Salads, Mild Shellfish
  • Monterey Jack
  • Lemon Custard Tart

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Flute
40-45 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Straw to Gold

Clarity

Brilliant

Carbonation (Visual)

Fast Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Not Detectable to Mild

Hop

Hop aroma is usually absent, and hop flavor is very low to low. Hop bitterness is very low to low

Malt

Grainy

Esters

Not common to style.

Phenols

Not common to style

Fermentation By-Products

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

Sensations

Body

Soft

Carbonation

High

Finish Length

Short

Attenuation

High

Ingredients

Hops

Liberty

Malt

Pilsner

Water

Varies

Yeast

Lager or Ale

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