Lawn Ranger Cream Ale by Cedar Creek Brewery Taste Test
Lawn Ranger Cream Ale by Cedar Creek Brewery
This beer has been on my list to try for awhile. My inlaws have a lake house at Cedar Creek about 10 minutes from the Cedar Creek Brewery, so I have a certain amount of fondness for them based on that proximity.
I think what held me up was that I literally had no idea what a cream ale is. I actually bought this and tried it, and then rushed to my cell phone to look up what a cream ale is supposed to be.
Here is the CraftBeer.com description of Cream Ale:
“AMERICAN CREAM ALE
This is a mild, pale, light-bodied ale, made using a warm fermentation (top or bottom fermenting yeast) and cold lagering. Despite being called an ale, when being judged in competitions it is acceptable for brewers to use lager yeast.”
CraftBeer.com recommends Summer Solstice by Anderson Valley as a good option for cream ales (although I like to keep it local and would like everyone to know that Panther Island Brewing in Ft Worth makes a cream ale called Real Good).
Here is Cedar Creek’s description of their cream ale:
Lawn Ranger Can
Cream Ale is a style that is is under-appreciated by most of the craft beer world, we want to change that. Lawn Ranger is session ale with a solid malt character from the US 2-row, Rye, and Flaked Oats. Rye and Oats are not typical ingredients for a cream ale but they allow us to keep the alcohol low and still provide a some body to the beer. We use a minimal blend of Apollo and Bravo hops to balance the malts and German Alt yeast. This is the one to drink during the Texas summers or when you want to have more than a couple.”
Once I understood what this beer was supposed to be, it made a lot more sense. Sometimes it’s hard to judge something if you don’t really know what the target was.
The Lawn Ranger has an almost slightly sour aroma. It smells like a way better version of one of the macro-brewed lagers.
The flavor is all about the malts with basically zero hops. If you are looking for hops, you’ll have to go somewhere else.
Lawn Ranger in Glass
The Lawn Ranger is extremely lager-y. Think of the best lager that you’ve had, and this beer is probably a good match for it. It took me back to some good memories of drinking way too much light beer in college. This would have been a huge upgrade to any of beer that I was pounding back then.
I think that the brewers are on to something when say that this is beer that you could have more than one of. I picture drinking this beer at the lake (or anywhere outside really) in the heat of a Texas summer.
This beer will be my go too beer for the lake this summer. I’m really looking forward to doing a little fishing and drinking some cold beers like this one.
I need to get some more of Cedar Creek Brewing’s beers on the blog because they have some cool offerings. Stay tuned for that.
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