Cream Ale All Grain Recipe by Eric Beer

Cream Ale All Grain Recipe by Eric Beer

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Erik Beer was the president of the local homebrew club, Doze, for a number of years.  During that time he created and perfected recipes for a number of different brews, this easy-drinking Cream Ale being one of them.  Featuring a blend of Pale and Pilsener Malt with some Flaked Maize thrown in to lighten things up, this beer is sure to be a hit.  Hopping is light on this, but definitely enough to balance things and make this brew go down smooth.

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.051-55
  • SRM (Color Range): 3-4
  • IBUs: 16-20
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 5.2%



Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.
ABV %5.2
Beer StyleSpecialty
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentMedium (5-7%)
BitternessLow (10-25ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodAll Grain
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I need to brew a reference beer
Jay Miller on Nov 5, 2021
I have brewed this recipe several times. it continues to be one of my favorites.
benjamin l on Oct 13, 2021
I need to brew a reference beer
Jay Miller on Nov 5, 2021
Great cream ale base
Brandon F on Oct 29, 2021
I have brewed this recipe several times. it continues to be one of my favorites.
benjamin l on Oct 13, 2021
Want a light beer
Richard E on Oct 12, 2021
I've brewed this beer twice now. very good recipe. just ordered another kit.
benjamin l on Aug 31, 2021
Everyone likes this one
Curtis M on Aug 18, 2021
My go to cream ale, have made it several times-all good.
john krousey on Jul 7, 2021
I like a cream ale
Curtis M on Jun 5, 2021
made before is a great Ale, keg empty needs refill
Gary Sanger on Mar 25, 2021
It looked good.
Robert M on Mar 18, 2021
My wife likes cream ales
William S on Feb 19, 2021
Try something new
Glen B on Jan 30, 2021
Seems like something my family would drink with me.
Jeff Harrington on Dec 4, 2020
Haven't brewed many cream ales
Mark C on Dec 4, 2020
Have made it before-it's a good all around beer everyone likes.
john krousey on Dec 4, 2020
Great reviews
Terrin L on Dec 2, 2020
Customer ratings.
Bryan H on Nov 13, 2020
Sounded good and I've never used corn flakes
Creighton H on Oct 15, 2020
Trying something new
Gerry H on Oct 2, 2020
I made this before and like tied
Martin H on Aug 26, 2020
I was referred by friend about the company and the kit
Karl H on Aug 26, 2020
just starting and like cream ale I know how to make wine, and little beer kits will see how it turns out
Gary Sanger on Aug 11, 2020
my wife loves it
Michael Formisano on Aug 6, 2020
easy to make
Greg S on Jul 23, 2020
I haven't done a kit in years. Thought it may be fun for a change.
Vaughan L on Jul 3, 2020
for a party/crowd pleaser
Melissa D on Jun 27, 2020
Good reviews, wanted to give it a try
Richard D on Jun 16, 2020
want to try
Benjamin E A on Jun 13, 2020
I want to cream
Edward S on May 6, 2020
Great kit!
Andrew R on Apr 17, 2020
I'm more in control
Mark c on Mar 27, 2020
Sons name is Erik
Bryan A on Mar 18, 2020
Works well to make jalapeño ale.
Joshua W on Mar 13, 2020
We like Northern Brewers recipe, but the gift card was Morebeer.
Willard P B on Feb 11, 2020
First batch turned out great. everybody that tried it loved it.
Robert T on Jan 14, 2020
I like Cream Ales
Dennis S on Nov 25, 2019
Like this type of beer
Greg M G on Aug 28, 2019
Had Cream Ale in Oregon
Kay B on Aug 28, 2019
Delicious 2nd go
Joseph O on Jul 22, 2019
Joseph O on Jul 3, 2019
Wife likes cream ales
Craig Lester on Jul 1, 2019
More beer clones are good!
brian w on Mar 8, 2019
Never brewed a cream ale, reviews are good. Ready to give it a try
Jared Williams on Jan 11, 2019
Who knows?
Martin H on Jan 8, 2019
I like cream ale
Steve on Dec 14, 2018
made it before
Chuck R on Nov 20, 2018
Brewed this a couple of times - it's delightful
CHRISTIN N on Nov 17, 2018
please mill fine
gordon gottfried on Nov 17, 2018
Turned out really good the 1st time
Craig Silverman on Aug 15, 2018
Trying to match Cali creamin
Tyler B on Jul 7, 2018
Great cream ale base
Brandon F on Oct 29, 2021
Want a light beer
Richard E on Oct 12, 2021
Is the ingredient sheet accurate? I put the ingredients into BeerSmith and coming up with a 6.8% beer, 34 IBU which is out of style guidelines.
John Powell on Jun 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi John - What do you have your efficiency set at in BeerSmith? Our kits are typically written with a 72% brewhouse efficiency. Agreed over 1% ABV is a bit of a large gap.
Beer has been in the primary fermenter for two weeks and there is no noticeable activity. The color seems to be significantly darker then the recipe picture. Any thoughts?
Thomas Tiplady on Mar 10, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I just made a cream ale yesterday (03-10) which turned out darker, too. Not sure why. But I put Safale-05 dry yeast in it about 9pm at 67 degrees & had some activity this AM.
If you don't have activity after two weeks, try using a new packet of yeast. But going this long with no activity, may lead to contamination since the yeast activity helps hold down contamination. Don't give up after all the work when a seven dollar pack of yeast may save the day, but act quickly. GOOD LUCK!

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Rated 5 out of 5
Great kit
Great kit. I've tried several cream ale recipes. This one was the best in my opinion.
August 10, 2021
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
very good beer.
I finally brewed a beer that my wife likes. finished at 6.5 ABV. Has a very light golden color, with a nice light malty flavor. Will definitely brew again.
June 25, 2021
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Beer
Tastes like a blonde. I don't know where they get cream.
May 26, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Cream Ale
I honestly hadn't had a cream ale in years. They're more common in Canada (where I'm from) but you can not find them in California. This kit produced a pretty good cream ale - smooth texture, a bit of sweetness, very high drinkability. Reminded me of a Sleeman's Cream Ale (for comparability).

My father in law only likes lighter beers and loved this.

The recipe is very straight forward. Fermentation, for me, was pretty fast and aggressive (tons of krausen). Don't be worried if the wort looks darker than expected initially.

All in all a great recipe. Will be making a mental note to re-create this recipe later in the summer.
May 25, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
like ales
will let you know when I have a drinkable Ale
September 2, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This recipe turned out great. Good light tasting cream ale. Easy to brew.
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August 27, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Creame ale
Well put together kit. Will order again
April 15, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My new favorite cream ale
I bought this kit because i always have a big party at St Patricks day, and wanted something that I could dye green and not care if i have to dump it the day after. I have never really liked cream ales, they just kinda come out boring so they are great for green beer. Brewed the beer, and was blown away. I plan to keep this on my standard rotation for a while. I would definitely recommend this beer.
January 26, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I'd buy this again and again. Great recipe, very good ale.
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October 6, 2019
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Crowd pleaser
I brewed this as a BIAB. The results were great. Nice golden color, thin creamy head and smooth taste. It was even popular with the flavored water (aka light beer) drinkers. I'll be trying this one again.
August 8, 2019
over 2 years ago