Cream Ales, spawned from the American light lager style, are brewed as an ale though are sometimes finished with a lager yeast or lager beer mixed in. Adjuncts such as corn or rice are used to lighten the body. It is no uncommon for smaller craft brewers to brew all malt Cream Ales. Pale straw to pale gold color. Low hop bittering and some hop aroma though some micros have given the style more of a hop character. Well carbonated and well attenuated.
The description doesn’t do a whole lot for my tastes being that I don’t enjoy light lager. Still I’d expect to like craft takes on the brew. I’ve had two or three since I started sampling beers and have enjoyed zero of them. Zero.
I’ve found them to have little or no body, almost no flavor and lots moderate carbonation. The last one I sampled was Carolina Strawberry from Foothills which had a taste reminiscent of strawberry Clearly Canadian.
So, who actually goes for these cream ales? Is it really just there to help the bud light drinker feel like they enjoy beer? Have I not had a good example of the style? This is a serious question!