is a style of beer
which describes an American beer resembling a Kölsch
, as well as a beer served with nitrogen
BJCP beer style
According to the BJCP
a Cream ale or also referred to as a "creamer," is related to American lagers
. They are generally brewed to be light and refreshing with a straw to pale golden color. Hop
flavor is usually subdued but some breweries
give them a more assertive character. Two examples are Genesee Cream Ale
(made by High Falls Brewing
) and Little Kings Cream Ale (by Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewing
While cream ales are top-fermented ales, they typically undergo an extended period of cold-conditioning or lagering after primary fermentation is complete. This reduces fruity esters and gives the beer a cleaner flavor. Some examples also have a lager yeast added for the cold-conditioning stage or are mixes of ales and lagers. Adjuncts such as maize and rice are used to lighten the body and flavor although there are all-malt examples available.
Smooth flow (also known as "cream flow" or just "smooth") is the name brewers give to beers pressurised with nitrogen; either from a can or bottle with a widget
, or from a pressurised keg.