Little Kings Cream Ale

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May 18, 2000 (Updated May 19, 2000)
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Pros:More Distinct Taste than Other Mass- Produced Beer Products

Cons:Doesn't go with Many Different Foods or Occasions

Little Kings Cream Ale is the best- known beer product of the Hudepohl- Schoenling Brewing Company. Schoenling Brewing Co. first brewed Little Kings in 1958 and it continues to be the best- selling product of the Hudepohl- Schoenling Brewery, which merged into one company in 1986.

This beer looks like an ordinary lager at first, but a quick smell and taste indicates that it is not a lager. The color of Little Kings is golden, like a lager, but the aroma is distinctly one of a well- hopped beer, and a little skunky. The skunky smell is mild, though. It isn't bad enough to scare you off, like some other beers. It's just enough to make you curious about the flavor. When you take your first sip of Little Kings, you can taste the 6-row barley malt at first, and then the distinctly hopped finish. Little Kings uses Hallertau hops to achieve this taste. This ale has an alcohol content of 5.5 percent by volume, so it's a little higher than other beers.

Cream ale is a style of beer developed in North America. It is unique because it creates a product that tastes like a cross between an ale and a lager. Little Kings uses top- fermenting ale yeast and substantial hops, making it taste like an ale. But at the same time, it has the color and consistency of a lager. This combination is good for those who are picky about which style they drink. Cream ales are usually liked by both ale lovers and lager lovers.

Little Kings Cream Ale has won three gold medals in the Great American Beer Festival. This is one of the highest honors to be awarded to a beer product. But, keep in mind that there are not very many cream ales and, hence, very little competition for Little Kings.

One problem with Little Kings is that it doesn't match up very well with many foods or occasions. It does go well with fish-n-chips, and snack foods, but not that well with much else. Many people, I'm sure, drink Little Kings with pizza, burgers, etc., and there's nothing wrong with that. But there are beers that complement these food items better than Little Kings.

Little Kings is sold in either a large, 40oz bottle (the Big King) or in small 7oz bottles. The small bottles are the most popular. You can get a 24 pack of 7oz bottles (the equivalent to fourteen 12oz bottles) for about $8.00. This is a little less expensive than most other beers. If you go shopping for Little Kings, you will likely find it in the same section as the bargain priced beers, like Blatz, Schlitz, etc. But don't let that fool you. Little Kings Cream Ale is better than any of those products. It's not as good as most of the premium- priced beers, but the Hallertau hops do give it an element of character that you don't find in Budweiser, Miller, or Coors. Overall, it's a pretty good beer for the money. Cheers!


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