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AHA Guideline

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American-Style Cream Ale

American-Style Cream Ales are straw to gold. Chill haze should not be perceived. Medium-low to medium pale malt aroma may be present. Caramelized malt aroma character should be absent. Fruity-ester aroma may be perceived. Sulfur character and/or DMS aroma should be extremely low or absent. Diacetyl should not be perceived. Hop aroma is usually absent. Medium-low to medium pale malt sweetness predominates. Caramelized malt character should be absent. Adjunct character (such as corn) may be perceived at low levels. Hop flavor is very low to low. Hop bitterness is very low to low. This mild ale is made using a warm fermentation (top or bottom fermenting yeast) and cold lagering. These beers are crisp and refreshing. Fermentation induced sulfur character and/or DMS flavor should be extremely low or absent from this style of beer. Diacetyl flavor should not be perceived. Body is light.


  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.044 - 1.052 (11 - 12.9)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.004 - 1.010 (1 - 2.6)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 3.40% - 4.50% (4.30% - 5.70%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (10 - 22)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 2 - 5 (4 - 10)