Farmer Ted's Cream Ale - Catawba Brewing Co.

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Farmer Ted's Cream AleFarmer Ted's Cream Ale

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-02-2005

Formerly Farmer Ted's Farmhouse Cream Ale
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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 26
Photo of KM_Seahawk
2.84/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Ok, to syrupy/sweet for me, may have been nice with some hops in there,

Photo of brentk56
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It is a nice looker, at first, with the liquid pouring out clear and golden and a nice head forming; but the head fades way too quickly and leaves no lace

Smell: Sugar cookie sweetness, vanilla and corn syrup tones; some bready grain underneath

Taste: Sweet and sugary, with vanilla and corn syrup flavors dominating; grainy with oat and wheat flavors developing, to some extent

Mouthfeel: Medium body, rather creamy, with low carbonation

Mouthfeel: Well, what did I expect as it's a cream ale

Photo of Burgieburg
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours smooth with full carbonation. Crisp taste with the finish of a cream ale. Overall good beer.

Photo of east_tn_gk
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

This beer is very smooth. Some cream ales are too sweet, this one is just right. It has a heavier taste than it's light golden color would suggest. It has no bitter qualities at all, and a fresh after taste. Good light beer, great dessert beer.

Photo of witster18
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

gets points for 'hidden' strength.. tastes like a 4.5 percenter at 6%. there's something not exactly right about the late aftertaste.. a bit too sugary corn for my liking. sweetbread meets lemon in the taste. The mouthfeel is pretty good and to style, especially given this is out of a can. Which makes this a great poolside/golf beer. But not sure I could go further than 2 or 3, so that goes against that a bit.

nice for being in a can craft, but Bombshell Blonde or Sally is much preferred. just a touch too sweet. a little more hop bitterness and this would be much better.

do love the mouthfeel though.

Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the short glass. Blonde appearance. Silver can with a sticker applied. Good use of blank space, silver background with the labeling.
I guess this is an Indigenous southern ale that crosses a lot of syntax territory for just wanting to be an easy drinking gets on with everything and everybody kind of beer. Nice use of oats with corn taking the front seat in showing us the view. Sweet cornbread nose which follows through on the mouth.
Pleasing bright finish with a bit of bitterness and tart. Great summer months drinker for those who can get it.

Photo of WisconsinBOOzer
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light golden in color with thin to little head.

Aroma is sweet with almost a hint of cornbread, pleasing and grainy.

Taste is smooth and creamy, no bitterness, mild bread grains with a hint of honey.

It is mellow and medium bodied.

First tried this in Asheville, liked it enough to buy a case and bring it home. Will be sad when its gone, and will search for it again.

Photo of lowcountry
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can. Head was bigger than I would like and I've been pouring for a while.

If you don't like cream ales or have never had one, then try it but don't knock it. If you haven't gotten to like them by now you won't. This is a good cream ale. I traveled a lot in Scotland and cream ale is pretty much the norm there. This does great justice to some of the best cream ales I've had.

It's smooth and tastes great with a front end that feels buttery and a back end that almost has a bourbon after-taste. You can feel it in your nose and it's a easy drinking beer. I could drink 6 of these easily on the golf course!

My opinion is most US breweries haven't tried a hand at making cream ales and thus many Americans haven't come to enjoy the taste. Too bad, Catawba has done a good job of making a great cream ale. That and White Zombie really shows this brewery is going in the right direction.

Photo of fmccormi
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Straight pour from a 12oz can to a large snifter (Funky Buddha snifter—about 19oz? It’s a big glass). No canning date that I can see, but this isn’t so old . . . bought it a couple weeks ago when visiting Asheville, NC. What a town.

Appearance (3.0): Sure looks like a cream ale. Pours with about two and a half fingers of crackly, eggshell-white head that fizzles down relatively quickly—nooot the greatest retention, but not so far off for the (cream ale) style. The body is a clear, yellow-ish golden color. Sure looks like a “fizzy yellow beer.”

Smell (3.0): Corn, sweet cereal character (like Corn Pops), and . . . not much else. Maybe a hint (?) of spice. There’s a sweet, nominally fruity character, like apple juice.

Taste (3.25: Kind of follows the nose, but add in some interesting phenolic character—not quite medicinal, not quite “band-aid,” not quite herbal—just kinda something else. Floral, I guess, is the right word. But there’s more of that fresh sweetcorn and apple juice making up some confluence of malt and theoretically possibly some yeast esters. But this is really more like an AAL/Cream Ale with some Belgian-linked phenolic character bringing up the rear. Hops? I mean, they might be somewhere in there.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Well, it’s got a good feel. Soft, lush carbonation that spread out evenly, floating a light-side-of-medium-weight body that has a lightly dry finish, in spite of the apple juice-like malt character.

Overall (3.25): Well, it’s a cream ale. About run of the mill, except for some interesting, mild phenolic character on the apalte and a pretty solid mouthfeel. Fortunately, I like cream ales. It’s not my favorite (that’s probably Sixpoint Sweet Action), but it’s not horrible, and does have a thing or two to set apart from the others. I’ve often thought that you could do some interesting things with a beer that is a cream ale at heart, but using saison yeast and Brett; however, that’s not happening here. Still, in my completely unprofessional opinion, I would say this is just a not-bad Cream Ale, but not a lot more. It is what it is.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and hints of lemon + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy white head that fairly quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light aromas of bready malts and grainy malts. Faint hints of sweetness.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of bready and grainy malts with hints of floral hops. Minimal amounts of bitterness which fades relatively quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable - this would pair well with just about any foods. Not as creamy as some of the others in the style but it is still a good selection.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (May 2012):

LOOK: Pale golden, hazy, quick-lived foamy white head

SMELL: Fruity, estery, husky, a bit musty

TASTE: Tightly carbonated, firm and creamy, sweet, fruity, golden raisin, corn, fermented honey, some earthiness, bread, wheat, husk, yeast, dry finish

What a lovely oddball of a beer, brewed with “wheat, corn, American hops and free range yeast.” While none of those ingredients are necessarily new to the Cream Ale style, the addition of wheat in this case overpowers what’s typically a much cleaner style of beer. However, while it’s missing some expected larger-esque nuances it makes up for this with its uniqueness.

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of bready and grainy malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bready and grainy malts along with hints of floral hops. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but lacks the smoothness and creaminess exhibited by other beers in the style.

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My local, in-person trader, tone77 was recently down to North Carolina and picked up several different CANs for me in support of The CANQuest (TM). My hesitancy was that at least a couple of them did not have associated pics and one hard-and-fast rule of The CANQuest (TM) states that "Thou shalt not Crackest open a CAN without an approved picture unless a truly compelling reason exists." The reason for this is that a picture of a Cracked CAN looks really cheap and low-down and the idea is to elevate the glory that is CANned beer. Also, and not to editorialize, but why has pic approval been taking so long of late? Onward!

From the CAN: I really dug the R. Crumb-like truckin' on farmer of the label! "Paying homage to the original settlers of Appalachia and brewed with natural ingredients such as wheat, corn, Ameri[CAN] hops and free range yeast. This crisp refreshing ale is the product of Catawba Valley's version of early Ameri[CAN] brewing."; "Farmer Ted's Cream Ale is an indigenous Ameri[CAN] beer style created as an answer to post-prohibition German lagers. We pay tribute to the beers made on early, rustic systems by using natural ingredients like corn and barley to create a smooth and full-bodied, straw-colored ale. Reward yourself with a Farmer Ted's after a long day plowing the fields, or just after mowing the lawn!"

I am glad that they justified the use of corn, which I have come to realize is El Diablo when it comes to adjuncts in beer. I have had so many silage-like AALs as part of The CANQuest (TM) that I CAN now readily identify it when it rears its ugly smell and taste. Again, stop with the editorializing. The Crack revealed yet another brimful craft CAN, which is like getting a baker's dozen. Previous reviewers mentioned the discernible lack of head, so I employed the inverted Glug for maximum head production. It was still to little avail as I had a brief finger of fizzy, bone-white head with extremely low retention. Bye! Color was lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity and somewhere around Escondido, CA, Greg Koch was scoffing at me. Nose was an interesting melange of scents - light silage; I agree with Cresant on peaches; a peppery spiciness, perhaps from the yeast or the wheat or both. I still like Genny Cream, but it NEVER smelled as good as this! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and I did experience the silage-like flavor of the corn more strongly on the tongue, but I was still getting a fruity spiciness also. Finish was semi-dry, totally refreshing and more appropriate for a hot summer's day. BTW, what happened to Spring this year? It is downright chilly! Okay, no more editorializing for this review.

Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see Catawba Valley six packs over here in the Triad.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear lighter golden with a halfinger bone white head that was gone pretty quickly.Sweet notes in the nose,mainly corn and and cereal grains,not much hop presence.Somewhat sweet up front on the palate but it balances out somewhat with mild toastiness and faint grassy/herbal hops in the finish.Not bad for what it is,it's good for doing stuff around the house like today.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampling this can at cellar temp poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a bright clear straw yellow color with creamy bleached white dense head foaming up with a gentle pour.
Aroma is grainy and slightly sugary sweet with some corn husk mixed in for good measure.
Fairly mild and clean nose.
First sip reveals a light crisp body and fine tingly carbonation. The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smooth on each sip.
The flavor is slightly sweet up front and again I get some husky grain notes, but the finish is dry and has some earthy hop notes.
This is a straightforward and simple beer, but has no flaws and is enjoyable for what it is. I wont go chasing it down, but would recommend on a hot day and am glad to have been able to try it thanks to the guys at Craftcans.com who sent me the package

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is slightly sweet, maybe a hint of vanilla. Taste is crisp, sweet, creamy, some grains, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a decent beer.

Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barley's Taproom in Asheville.

A - Pours a clear gold with a ton of carbonation rising to the top. There's a thin layer of soft, white head that has decent retention.

S - sweet corn, a bit musty, grassy

T - corn, sweet, grassy, a hint of apple

M - smooth, light to medium bodied, good carbonation

This is a refreshing, light offering that was perfect on this hot day. It's worth checking out.

Photo of Cresant
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. can in a shaker pint. No date. The dull golden body supported a white head that quickly faded to nothing.

The smell was lightly vegetal. Anonymous fruit, maybe cooked peaches?

The taste was crisp fruitiness with a light sour/tart flavor. Solidly malty. Lightly bready. Pretty easy to drink.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Dense and zippy in the mouth but a little slippery and smooth in the finish.

Photo of thagr81us
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, and skunk. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, slight skunk, and earthy. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew, but very weak. The earthy aspect I picked up on was kind of nice. But in a Cream Ale? That shouldn't be here... This one is worth trying for a fan of the style or a ticker, but once and done is good enough for me.

Photo of PDXHops
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Growler poured into a shaker pint. See-thru straw with a bubbly/fizzy head that quickly fades to a wispy skim of foam. A bit of lacing here and there.

The nose is fairly crisp and clean, but there's a fair amount of honeyish sweetness to this beer. Mild notes of peach and apple. Tastes decent enough, but lacking in the attenuation department. Definitely could stand to lose some of the residual sweetness, and to gain some carbonation. A little heavy and sweet on the palate for what should be a delicately constructed, refreshing style.

Photo of chaz410
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got this for the first time at duckworths in Moorisville NC.
Pours a light amber/yellow body with a firm white head.
Smells of mild caramel and light barley with some lager-like yeast notes and a little bit of earthy hop finish.
This is the first cream ale I have ever really enjoyed and it's all due to the taste. The taste is balanced yet thick for the low alcohol. It is truely "creamy", feeling soft and thick while having a nicely balanced, crisp flavor of barley and caramel malts. Finishes smooth with a mild hop bitterness and a sweet, nearly whipped cream-like character.
Easy as hell to drink and enjoyable the whole time!

Photo of Deuane
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Slightly hazed golden straw-yellow with a medium white head that reduced to a thin cap and left decent lace.

S-Sweet biscuit, a touch of cornbread and a light touch of musty, earthy hops.

T-Sweet biscuit malt, a hint of light citrus and grainy cornbread in the end.

M-Medium-light bodied, fairly crisp with light lingering sweetness and a touch of earthy bitterness.

D-Solid macro-crossover brew. Enough flavour to hold my interest and light enough to be refreshing.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was billed as a Farmhouse Ale at Asheville Barley's. Seemed fair for the style with a few American twists. Opened with a Wit-like color, but with less haze and more carbonated. Aromas of light malt / grain blend and a healthy dose of estery spices. Tastes of light malt take precedence over the grains, but contributing residual sweetness that lingered a little too long. Hops balance the malts while contributing backgraound spices and earthiness. Finishes a bit on the sweet / tart side. Body is quite light and refreshing. Low alcohols for flavor make it a real thirst quencer.

Photo of Enola
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Barley's

This beer would be a good crossover beer for a macro fan. The beer looked like a macro with a thin head. The taste was similar to a light beer. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth for the style. The drinkability was good. This beer could be sessioned with ease.

Photo of wcudwight
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came in a pint glass, straw colored, with a nice 1/4" head with good retention. Sticky lace lined the side of the glass. Smell was sweet, reminded me of candy corn. Taste was very heavy on the malts, sweet, and an ever so slight metallic aftertaste. Felt a bit thin in the mouth, but on par for the style. Great session beer.
Overall not really my style, but I would take this over a macro or your average lager anyday. My macro drinking buddy loved this beer. It was his favorite of all the beers he tried in Asheville and he tried a lot of beers.

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Farmer Ted's Cream Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.