Originally Posted by drewlooker
I've been working on a cream ale, I have never had a cream ale so I'm but confused what I should be looking for. I just opened the first bottle one week into bottle conditioning.. Carb is great and it looks and taste just like hoegaarden. Would that be accurate?
Not really... Hoeggarden is a Belgian white wheat brewed with coriander and orange (or lemon... Can't remember). It has slightly cloudy appearance due to the wheat, and a light, citrusy flavor.
A cream ale should be light and easy to drink. It typically has a clean flavor and clear appearance. Not brewed with citrus or spices. I suppose yours may have a citrus aroma/flavor depending on the hops you used. They are different categories in the bjcp guidelines, and should have characteristic differences.
This being said, there are many overlaps between styles and their flavors/aromas/etc. most important thing here, is that you enjoy what you made!
For a example of a cream ale, I think gennessee brewery makes a great one, and its fairly well distributed. Not sure where you're located as I'm on my phone app.