cream ale

noun

plural cream ales
: a pale, light-bodied American ale that is typically lagered and often brewed with corn or rice
Cream ales are relatively rare among craft breweries, and the style name in and of itself is confusing. Cream ales contain no cream, and, in fact, are not all that smooth in mouthfeel.Carla Jean Lauter
Cream ale is a style born of immigration and competition. Before the mid-1800s, American brewing was centered on making English-style ales. The 1840s, though, saw a large influx of immigrants from Germany who brought lager brewing with them. … Facing this new competition, the ale brewers responded by essentially creating an ale-fermented version of German pale lagers.Michael Agnew

Examples of cream ale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beers: Butterfly Wings (New England IPA), Uncut Gem (amber lager), St. Claire (cream ale) and more. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 11 June 2024 San Francisco and San Leandro’s 21st Amendment Brewery brought home a gold medal for its Amendment Lager in the American-style cream ale category. Jay Brooks, The Mercury News, 6 May 2024 Sunny Vibes, Northern Pine Brewing, Oceanside, cream ale category. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2024 Liquid Intrusion’s South of D.C. cream ale accompanied by a smash burger with mumbo sauce? Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 Not a dumb blonde, this cream ale is surprisingly refined. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Oct. 2023 Lion's Tale's popular beers include IPAs, Oktoberfest, cream ale and lagers. Jordyn Noennig, Journal Sentinel, 13 Oct. 2022 Brewed in collaboration with Everything Cincy, Queen City Crown is a cream ale brewed with honey and aged with peaches. Matt Koesters, The Enquirer, 27 May 2022 Song gose, Turbo Love Juice IPA, and their Maize cream ale. Blaine Callahan, Hartford Courant, 8 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cream ale was in 1829

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“Cream ale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cream%20ale. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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