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Farmer Ted's Cream Ale - Catawba Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

81 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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:
Formerly Farmer Ted's Farmhouse Cream Ale

(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-02-2005)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 29, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of east_tn_gk
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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.

east_tn_gk, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  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.

oberon, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of BigBadBob113
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

BigBadBob113, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of avitallo
3/5  rDev -13.5%

avitallo, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of goast8127
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

goast8127, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

tdm168, May 26, 2012
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Damian74Shensky, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of bmoraymond
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%

bmoraymond, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

thagr81us, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of BigBoels
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%

BigBoels, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

tone77, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

KevinGordon, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of CM31
3/5  rDev -13.5%

CM31, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of wcudwight
3.53/5  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.

wcudwight, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of witster18
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

witster18, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Dsg10
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%

Dsg10, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.39/5  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.

metter98, May 27, 2013
Photo of jdrankin
2.6/5  rDev -25.1%

jdrankin, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of BeccaH
2.5/5  rDev -28%

BeccaH, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of fmccormi
3.26/5  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.

fmccormi, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Cresant
3.03/5  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.

Cresant, May 20, 2012
Photo of pathman
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

pathman, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

MostlyNorwegian, May 03, 2014
Photo of Enola
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Enola, May 09, 2006
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Farmer Ted's Cream Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.