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Review of Shoenling Little Kings Original Cream Ale

09 Apr
For the review tonight, I thought I would do a fun little beer that has garnered somewhat of a minor cult status among beer drinkers.  It’s the Shoenling Little Kings Original Cream Ale brewed by the Hudephol-Schoenling Brewing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio.

On the website, littlekingsbeer.com, I found a small description that stated:

What is a Cream Ale?  It’s beer.  Very, very special and delicious beer.  It’s also a truly American style of beer similar to a clean American lager, but with the body and head of an ale.  

Hmm…. Not much to go on there.  I guess all that’s left to do is just see for ourselves.

This brew comes in a small, quaint, little, 7 oz. green bottle and weighs in at 5.5% ABV.

With a very aggressive pour, this straw yellow, very clear beer produced a bright white, fizzy, soapy head with decent size.  It didn’t maintain its retention very well, however it did generate a scant amount of lacing.  The head settled to a thin film on top and as I looked at it a bit closer I could see several bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

The smell was a grassy, grainy, corn type of smell.  Very similar to a “macro”, but a slight bit sweeter than most of the Miller/Bud/Coors beers.

The flavor brought out more of the corn adjuncts with bits of grain and rice.  No real bitterness to speak of and overall it was a bit tame and inconsiderable.

The mouthfeel was very light, although it was genuinely crisp and smooth.  It had a watery texture that could be quite refreshing because it went down very easy.  Not much flavor was left on the palate.  You simply need to drink and swallow.

This beer would be a nice thirst quencher during a hot Summers day.  A beer for tailgating or hanging out around the BBQ during a cookout.  There is not much to it.  Simple, straight forward and uninspired.  It’s slightly better than the “Big 3”, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to pick this up.  A person could pound several of these and not think twice about it.  It doesn’t have much in the way of aroma, taste or mouthfeel.  Basically, you need to just turn it up, drink it and not try to analyze it.

What do you think of it?

Score:  2.3 out of 5
Grade:  D+

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