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Farmer Ted's Cream Ale - Catawba Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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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5/5  rDev +43.7%

MtSmith34, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of east_tn_gk
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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 MostlyNorwegian
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%

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 SampsonOfRaleigh
4/5  rDev +14.9%

SampsonOfRaleigh, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Tdub31, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +14.9%

The beer arrived on the counter in a plastic cup due to Bele Chere rules. The color was a clear pale straw with a white creamy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was very light caramel malt with a low level of DMS and corn. Very appropriate for the style.

The flavor was slightly sweet when it first hit the palate with a low caramel malty impression and a slight corn DMS.

The finish was very slight sweetness with light corn flavor into the aftertastel. The body was medium light and well done. The carbonation made the mouthfeel creamy. A nice cream ale.

Pint at Barley's in Asheville, NC.

GCBrewingCo, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev +14.9%

RochefortChris, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

thehooksman, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of chaz410
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%

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!

chaz410, May 11, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

woodychandler, May 25, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

lowcountry, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of WisconsinBOOzer
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

WisconsinBOOzer, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

KevinGordon, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Falcone, Jul 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

carrwoo, Jul 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

RedneckBeerz, May 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

zekeman17, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

PatrickBeerman, Jun 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

ariceclemson, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Deuane
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

Deuane, Jan 13, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

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
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3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

Dsg10, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%

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
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3.53/5  rDev +1.4%

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 oberon
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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
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Farmer Ted's Cream Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.