Cream Ale All-Grain Kit

SKU: U1394

Medium-light bodied and smooth, gold in color and low in bitterness - a homebrewed “lawnmower beer."

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary ice packs with all liquid yeasts. It is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

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Cream Ale All Grain Beer Recipe Kit

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An ale version of the light, fizzy American lager style, cream ale is a specialty of the eastern US. Our Cream Ale is medium-light bodied and smooth, gold in color and low in bitterness; the specialty grain blend adds some complexity with a clean, sweet malt profile and a hint of buttered toast in the aroma and flavor. A homebrewed “lawnmower beer” is pretty hard to beat as a summertime thirst-quencher.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style American Pale Ale/Cream Ale
Color Light
Original Gravity 1040
Total Time to Make 4 weeks

Customer Reviews

Good, but boring Review by Dan
If you're a beer snob like me and you like interesting tasting beers - this is not the beer you're looking for. It is, however, better than Bud light. It was really easy to make, was ready quickly, satisfies the Miller Lite robots who visit. That being said, I don't brew beer for them, so this one is a one-and-done for us! (Posted on 2/26/15)
Wow! Review by Dennis
My first All-grain. Tasted a little early and was disappointed. Waited a week extra for bottle conditioning and I was rewarded with my best brew so far. Thanks NB and Forum members for keeping me working to resolve my water problems. (Posted on 9/5/14)
Happy Review by bobo31
This was my second brew. Primary for 2 weeks and bottled for one and it was great. I would brew this again. (Posted on 8/5/14)
One of my first all grain brews Review by Jason
One of two all grain batches I brewed for my brother's wedding reception. Preferences seemed to be split 50/50 between the Chinook IPA and the Cream Ale but both were a big success. (Posted on 7/27/14)
Great lawnmower beer! Review by Scott
This was my 1st all grain kit and I added some orange zest to it. Turned out really good. I would mow the grass 2 or 3 times a week just so i could drink this. (Posted on 2/26/14)
I brew this about every 3rd or 4th brew session. Review by Norman
A great beer right out of the box and a fun recipe to tweak and adjust on. I often drop an ounce of centennial or cascade at 5 minutes to go in the boil. It's hard to mess up this clean, crisp beer recipe. (Posted on 12/30/13)
Good Cream Ale Review by Thomas
A solid example of this style. It is an easy brew, numbers came in line with no problem. This would be a great platform for additions in the secondary. (Posted on 11/23/13)
Turned out great.... Review by Alex
Great beer. One of my more successful brews. Might try to keep a keg of this on hand at all times for my adjunct lager friends. (Posted on 11/21/13)
Simple. Easy. Affordable. Review by IssaquahBrewer
This was an easy brew. An excellent choice for your first all-grain. (Posted on 11/15/13)
A Big Hit Review by Joshua
This was the second beer that a made and i have to say it is a great looking and tasting beer. very great for the back yard BBQ or just your everyday beer. It looks crystal clear... like a crystal yellow. a very light and refreshing beer. i would have gave it a 5 but i think if i would have left it age a couples weeks longer it would have mellowed out a bit. but all and all this will be brewed for every summer. its just a very refines refreshing light treat on hot days.... nothing beats the taste of this beer like the first one you crack open after working in the yard all day. (Posted on 10/28/13)
Excellent Review by Beer Lover
A great beer! Refreshing and everyone that tastes it enjoys it. (Posted on 10/10/13)
Great brew for my first AG attempt Review by drdblum
This beer turned out to be a bit darker (in color) than the website photo indicated, but it was still light, crisp, and refreshing. I kept it in the primary a week longer than suggested and skipped the secondary. Everyone who's had it has enjoyed it! (Posted on 8/14/13)
Very good Review by chris
Love a nice light brew during the hot summer months. This one does not disappoint. (Posted on 8/9/13)
Solid Review by Chris
Let's face it, your average beer drinker is not going to appreciate an Imperial IPA, or a Weizenbock. As homebrewers we tread the fine line of making beers that our interesting enough that they hold our attention, but not so out there as to be out of reach for your average beer drinker; thus making it tough to share. I brewed this Cream Ale with the intent of making something my Coors Light drinking in -laws could appreciate. And it worked quite well. (Posted on 6/17/13)
Excellent beer, would be great to experiment with as base Review by David C
This is going to be my summer go to beer. So smooth, so drinkable. I can see doing a lot of variations with it, fruit additions, dry hopping, extra grain to add some body. You could sub in some wheat to make an American wheat beer. Really pleased with this. (Posted on 5/24/13)
A Family Favorite Review by Peter
I brewed the extract version of this last year and it was so good I had to try the all grain version. This batch I added a 1/2lb of clover honey at flameout. It boosted the ABV up to 5.8%! Have to be really careful with this one as it goes down so smoothly it will hit you before you know it. Carbed it up at 2.8vols to make it really fizzy. The combination of the high carbonation, plus the dry finish of the honey makes this very nice. It's my wife's favorite brew. I'm about ready to make another batch just so I can put one in my new kegging system for the warm weather. This one is a standard in my house! (Posted on 3/23/13)
GREAT! Review by Travis
This is the best beer ive made so far, it is soooo good! I will be buying this again for sure! (Posted on 2/27/13)
Crowd-pleaser Review by Justin
A definite crowd-pleaser with a quick turn-around. Not a bad one to have on tap most of the time since everyone seems to enjoy it. (Posted on 1/30/13)
Better than expected Review by Gary
I'm new to brewing, with this being my 3rd batch from whole grain. Brewed up on Halloween night with a garage of friends. Turned out clear, nice and golden, smooth easy to drink, with just a touch of bitter. I did add irish moss to increase clarity and it worked well. (Posted on 12/7/12)
Simply Delicious Review by Nick
This beer is worthy of its rating. Light creaminess, tasty body, and fantastic residual sweetness for a refreshing finish. I shared it with a bunch of skeptical miller-light robots and they thought it was fantastic! Can't beat the price either. (Posted on 10/17/12)
Going to be a standard in the kegerator Review by Rod
I have been searching for a great beer to keep on tap for the "normal" beer drinkers that come to visit. This one knocked it out of the park and is going to take the place of the Blue Moon I have been keeping. It has great flavor, but is "normal" enough that the average beer drinker will enjoy it. My other taps and bottles have been unused since putting this one on tap, it is that good. (Posted on 8/19/12)
A good beer for a cheap price Review by Jifigz
I have brewed a ton of all grain batches but this is the first one that wasn't my own recipe. This kit turned out great. It isn't my favorite style of beer, but for the style it rocks. The simple recipe is easy to brew. I batch sparged it and everything turned out great. My O.G. was dead on 1.040 and the Safale US-05 (my personal favorite yeast) did a great job. The beer finished at 1.008 and there is till some residual sweetness from the honey malt (and indeed some honey-like flavors are present) but the 1 oz of Cluster is the perfect hop to bring some balance. It is clean and smooth with a nice grainy flavor and sweetness. I suggest brewing it. It is such a cheap price for roughly 50 bottles of a great summer time thirst quencher. The next NB kit i brew will be the Bourbon Barrel Porter for those brisk fall/winter days. I can't wait. (Posted on 7/8/12)
Can't Stop Re-Brewing Review by Scoots
It's official. I just can't stop coming back to this beautiful brew. I first brewed the extract version - loved it. When I made the switch to AG I figured this would be a great brew to try out on the system. Yeah, turned out it was. Comes out beautifully balanced every time. Not too malty, not to hoppy - it's the Goldilocks of the beer world. Absolutely perfect for a hey-I-want-to-have-a-few-beers beer. This is going to be one of my "House Ales" that stays in the rotation and never runs dry. (Posted on 5/27/12)
To dark for cream ale Review by Scott
I'm sure it will come out okay, but it's to dark for a cream ale. I'm thinking someone put to much specialty grain in the kit. I've made cream ales before and they are straw colored. This kit came out caramel colored. It hit the targeted 1.040 OG. (Posted on 5/22/12)
Update from a previouse review. Review by Jim in PA
Wanted to add 2 things to my review. 1) It continued to get better until it was gone. 2) I should have said I had 6.5 gal in the primary, That is why I mashed for an extra 30 min and still ended with an OG of 1040 as the 5 gal profile says.

I will say it again, this is a great brew for a summer beer slamin weekend and my non-craft beer friends love it. (Posted on 5/20/12)
Great easy drinking summer ale Review by Jim in PA
I picked this for several reasons. 1) I wanted something cheap to try the new equipment out on. 2) I wanted something to keep around for my non-craft beer drinking friends. 3) I wanted something that would be ready quick. Well, I got all that and more. I was drinking it in 2 weeks, still a little green, but, drinkable. The keg is almost kicked now and I am under a month old. I might actually bottle 4 or 5 to see what it's like at about 8 weeks because this keg is not going to make it. Will brew again for sure. I am normally a big IPA sort of guy, but, this stuff goes down nice. Truly a lawn mower ale. I will say I mashed for 90 and boiled 90. It started at 1040 and finished at 1010 for about a 4% ABV. To make it an even better value, I baked a half dozen assume loafs of brewers bread with the spent grain. This brew rocks! (Posted on 5/9/12)
Perfect summer brew Review by Jeff
cheap and easy. Will always be on tap at my house (Posted on 5/1/12)
Great beer! Review by Goofball
This is my new favorite! 5 gallons went way to quick. We had a party and it was gone in about a hour. I have two more batches in fermenters for my wife and I. Will always have this one on tap. This is a great brew to talk you wife into buying more brewing equipment. (Posted on 4/28/12)
A pleasant surprise Review by Tim
I usually make hoppy beers, roasted browns, porters or stouts, but I had to try this one based on the ratings, reviews, and price. I cannot believe all the flavor that comes from a fairly simple/light grain bill and US-05 yeast. The honey malt really comes through and adds some nice sweetness. When I plugged the recipe into BeerSmith, the bitterness was a bit higher than its Cream Ale profile, so I modified the recipe to use .75 oz Cluster for 60 minutes and the remaining .25 oz for the last 10 minutes of the boil. I may have to keep a keg of this on-hand at all times for those who prefer something lighter but smooth and flavorful. (Posted on 4/22/12)
Nice easy drinker! Review by Jeffrey
Brewed as a test batch for my daughter's wedding in July. This will definitely be one of the kegs! The only question is will the other keg be Furious or Breakwater? Test batches of those are coming up next. (Posted on 3/24/12)
Great creme ale with a broad range of flavour Review by Mike
After four weeks it's surprisingly good. Initial flavor is sweet grain like you smell from the grain bag, then some kind of smoky taste comes on. Head is maintaining itself. During boil I added an extra 0.5 pound of amber pale ale extract that I had sitting around because I don’t add sugar later. OG was 1.048 for a full 5 gallons. Boy it’s good. I can’t wait to see what happens in a few more weeks. (Posted on 2/3/12)
Excellent Beer Review by Brian
Light bodied and refreshing. I used an additional pound of 2 row bringing the OG to 1.050. Turned out great. Keg was finished in a week! Brew this beer, you will not be disappointed. (Posted on 1/26/12)
Cream Come True Review by Clint
I have never had a cream ale prior to making this kit. I read a lot of information stating that it was the "lager" of ales. This held true from my experience. The ale was very smooth and refreshing. My version did not come out cloudy, rather crystal clear. The style calls for cloudiness, but I have gotten in the habit of cold conditioning, so it's my bad. All and all this is a must brew! (Posted on 11/17/11)
You get what you pay for :) Review by Ajenliang
Honestly this All-Grain is simple, pure, and clean. Only one hop addition, easy to brew, quick 1st and 2nd fermentation, and only 2 weeks to condition. You can not complain if you need a make large quantities at cheap price.
In a review below by captainthristy, the beer is very light and watery and would definitely benefit from a dry hopping in secondary.
Good Kit and you can definitely alter the recipe a bit and add more hops.
Flavor wise it is a very light body, with a bitter floral taste, and a very clean tasting. Still better tasting than any american beer i have tasted. Almost lager like. (Posted on 11/1/11)
excellent after dry-hopping Review by captainthirsty
My first impression was not good. It was very weak and watery. I then dry-hopped my serving keg with just 1/4 oz aroma hops and after just 3 days.....WOW !!!. Best beer I've made. Highly recommend just a little dry-hopping for a perfect summer beer. (Posted on 8/24/11)
excellent summer brew Review by Cochran cream ale
Brewed this for a July 4th family reunion and it was a huge hit! Great starter beer for those family members that aren't very adventurous with beer tasting. Yes, I over-indulged too. (Posted on 8/5/11)
Great brew thru and thru Review by zymurgeneticist
This was my first whole grain and it was such a hit I'm brewing it again. Easy for the first timers with a great flavor profile, very drinkable! (Posted on 7/23/11)
Just a good beer. Review by A National Acrobat
Two words: House Ale (Posted on 7/23/11)
Impress your buddies with an easy to brew lawnmower beer. Review by Dan
I agree with Jason that there's a discernible honey note to the finished beer, although the batch I brewed was not clocking in at 6.5%! Dare I suggest add a wedge of lemon to a pint of this stuff? Anyways, I will definitely brew this beer again. Don't let the "yellow fizzy" appearance scare you away. This beer is a keeper! (Posted on 6/20/11)
Fantastic Beer Review by Ed D
This was my first all grain brew. It worked out perfectly. Best beer I ever made. Reviewed out of this worl by all my friends. (Posted on 5/30/11)
Award wining jalapeño cream ale Review by Duxx
I've used this kit as the base beer for my jalapeño cream ale and won several medals with it. If you use the US-05 yeast it gives the beer a peach/raspberry ester which is a little distracting in the beer until you add the jalapeño then it is a great combination of flavors.

If you are making a straight cream ale use the wyeast 1056 for a cleaner profile without the esters. I makes a great beer for anybody who is used to drinking American light lagers. One other note, this beer is a little too golden to fit the style profile.

Over all a great summer beer. Definitely an every day drinker. (Posted on 5/28/11)
MBC drinkers are pleased!! Review by Brian
I was a bit worried about the IBU level but it came out great. Many of my friends love their lagers and light beers, and this is clean, light, low hops and overall great. Very drinkable, and very refreshing. This was my first All-Grain brew and I won't go back. Fermented at about 60-62 degrees for 2 weeks in the primary then two weeks in the keg to carbonate! (Posted on 5/23/11)
Great every time Review by Brett
I am ordering this for the third time. It was my first all grain and it is the best easy drinking beer ever. Highly recommended.

This tastes just like boddington minus the nitrogen crreamy head. (Posted on 5/20/11)
Nice light ale Review by Jason
This was my first all grain batch. Everything went fine except my final volume was way too low! I ended up with only 3.5 gallons instead of 5! After the fact, I shouldn't have used all the hops that the kit came with since my volume was lower or I should have at least added some extra water. Alas, I did not. So...

This came out with a really pleasurable honey character. Not too sweet at all though. That bit of biscuit malt adds a nice little bready character to it for a touch of complexity. Mine came out too hoppy and too hot (my final ABV was like 6.5%!!!! My fault of course because of the wrong volume. Don't drink while you brew! Easier said than done!).

I'm planning on brewing this one again and getting it right next time. I could see how this would be a nice easy drinking beer when done right. Perfect for working in the yard on a hot summer day.

Great for a first all grain batch. Cheap, one hop addition, very straight forward.

Happy brewing! Cheers!

-Jason (Posted on 4/27/11)
Not bad Review by Mike
Better than a coors light, but not much going on flavor wise... I was hoping it would be a bit more than it was. Certainly a drinkable beer for the light beer drinker (which is all it claims to be I guess)! (Posted on 4/18/11)
Game Beer Review by PNuke
Brewed this a couple times last summer. My house is the party house of my friends and this beer always gets used for the drinking games. Beer Pong, Flip cup ect... Always have 2 kegs of it on tap because one is never enough. Great "Mawnmower" beer that tastes amazing. (Posted on 4/13/11)
Just an unbelievable beer. Review by Christopher
I'm speechless. Great job guys. (Posted on 4/5/11)
Just plain good Review by Scott
My first foray into all-grain brewing. Gave this one a try based on all the positive reviews and boy were they spot on. Nice buttery finish on a smooth beer. Brewed this along with an IPA for a super bowl party and the Cream Ale was a big hit. Only regret was I only had a few pints left after the party was over. Plan on making this one on a regular basis. (Posted on 3/5/11)
Refreshing Review by William
This is a very light bodied beer that has a very light toasted malt flavor and very little hop character. My wife loves it, and I like it too. I brewed this beer in preparation for the upcoming summer but it may not last that long. (Posted on 3/4/11)
Awesome Cream Ale Review by nos3stg
This brew is great to keep on tap for your friends that don't like heavy-hoppy beers. It's great with dinner or just relaxing on the couch. I would suggest adding honey at the end of the boil and flaked corn. (Posted on 1/17/11)
Very Tasty Review by CatmanBrew
This is a brew everyone will love. I even have my "Miller Lite only" neighbor liking it. lol
Very smooth ,light, and well balanced.
The only thing I altered in the recipe is I added 1lb of Orange Blossom Honey.
And used LDME for priming instead of Corn Sugar.
I'm sure I'll make this one again next Summer.
(Posted on 8/31/10)
Great Beer Review by Worm122
Our first all grain brew very easy and a super clear light ale. Great buttered toast flavor and smell. this is a keeper I will brew it again and again. (Posted on 8/27/10)
Nice beer for flavoring Review by Brew Man
Okay, I started out using this recipe for a Huckleberry Cream Ale we make. I had a bit of problem getting it to the clarity I expected until the last 2 batches that I made. I had a PH problem I believe. It was not as clear as I thought it should be. The last 2 batches the clarity has turned out good but I am not sure I did not scorch the wort...? It has an almost tea flavor as I describe it but others do not pick up on that flavor. Maybe it is just me. Both of the last 2 batches taste the same and I used new yeast in both so maybe the cream ale is not my favorite beer. Is makes a heck of a Huckleberry Ale though. I give it a 3.5 out of 5 but chose 4 since they don't allow for halves. (Posted on 7/20/10)
A Consistent Crowd Pleaser Review by Chiav
I have brewed over ten batches of cream ale over the past five years and I have always had success. This is a favorite of many of my friends and one said it was the best beer he had ever tasted. I have brewed this beer with extract and all-grain and they are both excellent. (Posted on 7/12/10)
Great first All-Grain Review by Scrappy
This was my first All-Grain batch and it was so simple to brew. Didn't like it after two weeks of carb, waited another week and it was a completely different beer. Awesome. I only have one of these left, and I'm really trying to hold onto it for a while. (Posted on 6/26/10)
Make this beer Review by Munklunk
I was excited based on all the great reviews, and they're not joking. What comes out of the fermenter is an easy drinking, slightly toasty golden ale. Perfect beer to convert those "Reverse snob" Bud drinking friends. It's nearly impossible to have only one glass. So good. (Posted on 6/16/10)
perfect summer ale Review by Plowboy
This is a very nice kit. It was wonderful the first time I brewed it. I have brewed many variations of it since searching for my perfect summertime brew. It is fun to alter different amounts of Honey and Biscut malts; as well as, adding another ounce of hops gives it a nice kick too. I like using the 05 yeast better than the WYeast in this case ... it seems to give it just the perfect fruity note. I recommend brewing this kit just as it is at least once, then start changing things a little until you find your perfect summer Cream Ale! I am having one as I type this, yum! (Posted on 4/23/10)
great all grain beer Review by zuch
this was my first all grain kit and it came out far beyond my expectations. I will be making this many more times as frineds are discovering the joys of homebrew and for the cost you dont mind making extra to share! (Posted on 4/4/10)
Damn!!! This beer is goood Review by Tony
The perfect review on this kit made my buy this beer and I had very high expectation and I have to say is all true. This is a great beer, it is so good i was drinking it out the fermenter 2 weeks into it. I finally moved it to my keg and WOW... This is only my 4th all grain beer and I finally made a beer my friends cant wait to drink. The 5gls were gone in one night. (Posted on 3/26/10)
Great Ale Review by Dmitri
I brewed this some time ago as my first AG batch, substituting the hops for cascade.
Very nice, pale yellow ale with great head, body, nose, and, most importantly, flavor. Needless to say, the keg was drained very quickly.
A great "gateway brew" to introduce light "beer" drinkers to the world of craft beers. Very good beer all around. (Posted on 3/26/10)

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