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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Apple AleThumbprint Apple Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

980 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 980
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%


Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Skidz on 09-25-2004)
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Karl_M

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is not my mug of beer but I have to admit it was very pleasing to drink the 2013 Apple Ale from New Glarus.

The first nose was nothing but bright, crisp apples and a strong musty undertone.

The first taste was nothing but sweet, slightly tart, fresh apples. The finish was still crisp and sweet apples that rounded off at the very end to give a good ale finish.

The color was blood-tinged apple juice and very clear. The head was paper thin.

The cost of this brew at around $9 a four pack is OUTRAGEOUS especially coming in at around 4 or 5 % ABV but its worth a try.

This is what I have always expected from any hard cider but have never found... Good body, sweet fruit, totally pleasing.

The ladies AND guys will be surprised at how good it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 17:03:48 | More by Karl_M
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Jho3325

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light apple cider hue with a surprisingly lasting head. The smell is all apple and is crisp and fresh. While this ale has a fresh apple taste, it is well balanced with some tartness. There is a lingering beer taste underneath the heavy apple flavor. It is well carbonated as expected. Overall, this is a great apple ale - fresh, sweet but balanced - but without letting you forget that you are drinking a beer. Another fine brew from New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 05:09:24 | More by Jho3325
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jmp3

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A fun drinking beer lots of sweetness. Sour apple aroma with slight sour taste more sweet tasting to me. Little to no hop aroma and taste. Slight cloudness in glass. Might be fun to mix this with a sour lambic to see what you got. Over a refreshing beer that I would try again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 00:29:15 | More by jmp3
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The color is medium orange with nice melon hues. There is a small off-white head. Not super clear but no haze.

The aroma is straight up apple juice. I don't pick up much of anything else at first, but after drinking for a bit I get some bready yeast in the aroma as well.

The taste is somewhat cidery, but I think it tastes more like regular apple juice. There is some breadiness in the start; the finish is all juice.

This is pretty unique and fun to try. It's not entirely my cup of tea, but I can see this being a popular choice for many people.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 01:19:49 | More by andrewinski1
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harrymel

Washington

3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This year 2013, I think

Pours a hazy gold with a broken white sheet atop. Smells like apples! And maybe a bit of cherry juice as well. Flavor is sweet apples with just a hint of tartness on 'em, some caramelized sugars, some bits of grain. Medium on thin with prickly low-mod carb and a semi dry finish. I like this beer, I bet it's cheaper than the Lindeman's also. I wish there were more of these apple ales, I quite like them when done well.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 04:14:57 | More by harrymel
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AltBock

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a plain and simple brown recycled brown paper label with some bright red tin foil over the cap. The label only has a drawing of the state of Wisconsin with a finger print design in it. To the right of the state is a description of the beer. No vintage or best before date anywhere on the label or bottle.

I poured this Midwestern apple beer into my Southern Cigar City pint glass. This Apple Ale certainly didn't look like an apple beer. This beer poured a slightly hazy golden orange that was diluted by a little amber. It almost looked like a weak apple cider brown color. On top if this fruit beer was a 1/4 of an inch bubbly head of foam. These bubbles popped away in a blink of an eye. It only managed to leave behind a super tiny amount of bubbles along the edge of the beer.

This beer smelled like a cross between freshly pressed apple cider and a bottle of sparkling apple cider. In other words, this beer smelled like apple cider and nothing like a beer. The aroma was a little sweet and tart with mostly red delicious apples with a drop of golden delicious apples. Malt? Hops? You won't find those in here. Nothing but apples.

If you want a fruit beer with a variety of flavors in it, you better stay clear of this beer. New Glarus said this was an Apple Ale and they stayed true to their word. It didn't taste like a hard cider to me. There was nothing hard in this beer. It tasted like a non alcoholic sparking apple cider. The taste was tangy, slightly sweet, and acidic with red delicious apples with a touch of tart green apples. There was no other hidden fruit in this beer. The taste was just straight up delicious apples.

This was a light bodied beer, with a small amount of carbonation, and a dry, sweet, and tart aftertaste. The aftertaste was no surprise. It was filled with more red delicious and tart green apples. This aftertaste had a slight bite to it.

Apple Ale? They weren't joking. This is one of those beers that didn't have a variety of flavors. It had one big delicious flavor and that's it. Extremely drinkable. I would drink another bottle. Big thanks to fellow BA mnbuffalo for hooking me up with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 00:06:16 | More by AltBock
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this gem. I haven't even tasted it, but considering this is a fruit beer by New Glarus, I assume it's awesome.

Consumed 7/18/13

Appearance: Pours a hazy blend of copper and medium amber - some nice clarity around the edges - medium sized, creamy, off-white head - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Baked and cooked apples, like a homemade apple pie splattered with apple sauce - cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices - fresh-pressed apple cider (definitely not hard cider) - esters common in New Glarus fruit beers - very sweet fruit - some sweet, pale malts, like apple cider

Taste: Not far off from throwing apple pie in a blender, or at least apple pie filling - sweet, cooked apple flesh and some apple skin - apple juice, apple cider, and apple sauce - a light touch of spice, particularly cinnamon, but not as much as I thought from the aroma - sweet, light, pale malts, like pie crust sprinkled with sugar - a bit too sweet overall, but very interesting

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish body, lots of residual sugars, nicely carbonated, smooth

Overall: I want some apple drink. It's green!

Another great fruit beer from New Glarus, no surprise there. This is really sweet, and could probably benefit from some tartness. Regardless, the amount of apple flavor here is amazing. I hope to drink this again. Repeatedly. Perhaps out of a juice box.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 05:00:49 | More by angrybabboon
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. Thanks surge1311!

A - Golden with decent clarity and a small white head.

S - Wonderful and layered apple notes with both tart and sweet aspects. Smells like a freshly made apple sauce.

T - More cider than ale but does have aspects of both. A mild sweetness and hints of wheat.

M - A moderate consistency with a refreshing carbonation.

O - Not something I'd drink every day but an interesting cider / ale hybrid. It's like apple pie in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 11:58:06 | More by GJ40
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of bertram!

A. Pours a slightly cloudy copper color, like a fall sunset. A finger of creamy white head sifts down to a half finger and lingers nicely. Good frothy lacing latches on to the glass and slides down in the nectar below.

S. The nose is almost completely comprised of freshly baked apples. Smells very cider or apple juice like. A little bit of caramel and biscuit is hanging out in the background there, but only a bit.

T. Wow is that tasty. Hard to believe this is a beer as it is mostly sweet, fresh apples. Very juicy and even mildly tart a la Granny Smith, but not overbearing. Pretty well rounded, with just a touch of graininess on the back end.

M. Crisp, sweet, and juicy without going into sticky, sickly sweet territory. Strong carbonation on this one keeps it from going syrupy.

O. Very tasty. Like grown up apple juice. It certainly echoes hard cider to a degree, except for the fact that the apple notes here taste wholesome and fresh as opposed to chemically induced. Additionally, the beer doesn't wander off into a syrupy sweet mess. Booze isn't detectable, though I'm not getting a lot malt or hop presence either. Pretty impressive (and tasty) effort here if you are a fruit beer fan.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 20:31:00 | More by siege06nd
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from trade. Pours cloudy orange brown. Smell is all apple cider, some fermented apples, and more apple juice. Prickly carbonation up front. Apple flavors and something else I can’t put my finger on. Light caramel comes out as I get deeper. Very effervescent. Dry finish keeps it from being a very sweet cider. Neat beer, but really teetering on regular old cider. Don’t get much malt presence here. However, I am not complaining as this is quite yummy.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 02:52:56 | More by BMMillsy
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Apple Ale looks like apple cider with a more robust head. It is a caramel or dark golden orange color with a hazy effervescence. The cap on top froths up suitably, eventually leaving a few wisps of a cap and a ring around the edge of the glass.

Tons of red apple notes in the aroma. It smells sweet and again reminds me of apple cider. There is a bit of a tart acidity that enters my nose as well.

The flavor is nearly spot on for sparkling apple cider. The flavor starts with a burst of red apple skin and sugary apples, with only the tartness giving away any clue that this is not a cider. A bit of white grape juice or white wine adds a little more character to the flavor. Not much from the malt bill actually gets through, and there are certainly no hops present.

The crisp carbonation suits this beer well. It has a light to medium body, and the sweetness from the flavor carries over into a sensation on the lips.

Duplicating the flavor of a cider is an interesting feat, but it is not what I am really looking for in a beer. I would drink this again, but I have enjoyed New Glarus' other fruit beers more.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 06:25:39 | More by KickInTheChalice
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy amber color with a nice white head and minimal lacing

S-apples and more apples up front, malt, brown sugar, wine

T-malt, bread, sweet apples, cinnamon, little tart wine-like flavors, crisp slightly astringent finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and smooth

O-a great fruit beer, great blend of flavors and while it has easy drinkability, I don't think I would have more than one at a time

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 20:59:16 | More by MDDMD
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Orangish gold color with a finger of whitish head

Smell is apple, almost smells like apple cider but a tartness comes through. Almost like a caramel covered apple in the finish.

Taste is apple (of course), cinnamon, caramel covered apple, slight tartness... delicious!

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation....

Well this is a wonderful creation, I have had several hard ciders hoping they would replace my urge for this stuff.... But nothing does, Hard Ciders just taste thin and flavorless in its place.

Amazing flavor for 4%, Flavor wise it tastes more like 10%!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 03:29:42 | More by nickapalooza86
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Included as an extra from Preismj, much appreciated... this will be my first New Glarus brew. I've been putting them off for longer than I've wanted to. Finally time to try something! This one's got a mild clarity to it - a mixture of bronze and gold. A decently sized light grey-tinted head rests on top, not much lacing left behind.

Jesus Christ, you'd have thought I threw an apple pie in a blender and tossed it in your glass from the aroma - huuuge apple presence. Sweet, sweet apples; pure, raw, savory, mildly tart. Very reminiscent of apple pie filling. Tons of cinnamon, but moderated enough as to not overpower. Some bread and buttery notes from the malt which really give that baked apple pie crust feel to it.

I start picking up some mild port-like and vinous aromas underneath it all - an interesting little guy. Not sure why these are there, but they certainly aren't off-putting. Overall, the aroma is fantastic; very sweet and delectable with a very light tartness and a nice amount of spices. Apple pie, apple cider, applesauce. All day.

I take a taste. Is it apple cider? Not quite. Is it apple juice? Not quite. It takes the good qualities from both and forms them into it's own mold. This is an apple BEER, dammit, and it actually tastes like one. No mistaking this for cider or juice or some bullshit like that. Crushed, juicy apple flavors abound - sweet, with a very light sour tinge on the back end; complete with light cinnamon spices and a solid breadiness, just like the aroma had indicated.

There's a mild astringent spike about halfway through, but it doesn't harm much of anything at all. No port/vinous notes in the flavor at all, which is probably a good thing - I don't want anything to distract from this apple pie orgy in my face right now. There is a very mild alcohol character, which was surprising for being only 4% ABV, but it's far from deal-breaking. Brown sugar, apple, and cinnamon in the finish. Crisp and almost dry with a thin body and medium-heavy carbonation.

Fantastic. Fruit beer done right. Sweet without being too sweet - one of the hardest things to accomplish. I didn't want this one to end - needless to say, I'll be getting my hands on some more New Glarus stuff, pronto. Those guys know what they're doing up there in ol' Wisconsin.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 16:41:21 | More by tectactoe
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beerhan

Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Elkhunter36 for extraing this my way!

A-Looks like a slightly dark apple cider with a fairly weak head of which only a faint lacing remains.

S-Apples, brown sugar, some grain, some maltiness.

T-Holy apples! This seriously just tastes like apple juice. Really hits the spot when you are in the mood for something refreshing. No description needed if you have ever had apple cider.

M-The carbonation on this one kind of sneaks up on you. You expect it to have dissipated with the head but its actually very effervescent and bubbly. I would actually liked it toned down a bit because it gives you a bit of a gassy feeling actually.

O-This beer is delicious and I would love to have more at my disposal. Thanks again for the experimentation New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 23:30:02 | More by beerhan
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the beer poors honey gold with a wispy white head. the nose is diacetyl buttery apple pie candy. same killer fresh baked apple pie taste with a tart dry finish. light bodied drinkable, tons of fresh apple, tart apple finish. damn, this is a very tasty beer that is exactly as described/expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 20:48:12 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a burnt gold/orange. Head is white and creamy, but quickly dissipates to no cap with a small bubbly collar. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Apples in all forms. Juice, skin, and flesh. Loaded with sugary apple sweetness. A touch of something more tart, but it's closer to a granny smith than it is to cranberry or tart cherry. A tiny hint of tannins. Straight up apple with a tiny malt backbone that can't really distinguish itself. Boil it down and make a pie!

Taste: More of the same. Apple pie filling without all the spices. Cider, fresh pressed juice. Apple skin and flesh. Juicy, seriously juicy. A touch of something akin to cinnamon, but it's minor. Vague backing sweet maltiness. Very light and easy. Sweet sweet apple juice.

Mouthfeel: Almost feels syrupy, but ends up with a medium body and crazy levels of smooth. Minimal carbonation.Wet and clean.

Overall: New Glarus makes fruit beer like your grandma makes cookies.

It's apples in a bottle with booze. A bit too sweet overall and lacking that tart edge I like with other New Glarus fruit offerings. Solid nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 20:29:32 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Docrock!

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a tulip, reviewed live:

A - Pours a cloudy and murky apricot shaded orange color with about a half finger of thin white head that disappears so fast, you'd never no it was there. Appears undercarbonated.

S - Freshly sliced apples. Incredibly cidery. In fact, if I didn't know better, I'd call it one based on the aroma. Hints of alcohol. Clove and cinnamon. Hints of pale malts when i look for them. Interesting and pungent. I could smell it when I poured.

T - Follow the nose closely, though I found the malt I was looking for to differentiate it from a cider. Delicious, juicy, and sweet apples. The freshness of the fruit is outstanding. Allspice and cinnamon throughout. I'm enjoying it. Likie apple pie in a glass.

M - Medium bodied and crisp. Nearly perfect.

D - It's akin to Braggot substituting cider for mead, and I'm not sure if there's a name for this style. The freshness of the fruit and perfect balance are outstanding. I do wish there was more malt character.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 01:50:09 | More by blakelive784
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bifrost17

Washington

4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle split with my special lady friend, made possible by my good friend durb777, thanks Nick!

A: The beer honestly looks to me like an IPA/DIPA. Pours a hazy orange IPA looking color, a white head forms but dissipates pretty quickly. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass, decent lacing.

S: Wow! Smells fresh apple cider up front. After the initial apple cider smell I start getting lots of caramel and honey notes. Wow, looks exactly like beer, but smells just like cider.

T: Tastes pretty similar to the nose, but not so much of the apple cider up front. Lots of caramel and honey going on, maybe a slight sourness in the finish. I even get a little bit of a tart cherry note in there.

M: Creamy, smooth, light, and bubbly.

O: Overall I'm pretty surprised by this beer. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but New Glarus definitely delivered again! I don't think I could drink more than 12 ounces of this beer, for being only 4% I'm finding it pretty sweet and rich. The way this beer blurs the lines between an ale and cider is pretty unreal. Keep doing what you do New Glarus!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 09:00:28 | More by bifrost17
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky sort of reddish-brown-amber. Decent sized fizzy tan head. Very fizzy, can hear it crackling from two feet away. Minor splotches of lacing after it fades away but decent retention at least.

S: Caramel apples. And lots of it. Great aroma, despite how sweet, simple and unbeer-like it is. I guess you can't expect "apple ale" to smell like an IPA now can you...

T: Sweet caramel apples up front. Turns a bit more tart in the middle. Kinda...applesaucy if I'm honest. Not even that far from an apple cider. A bit drying on the back end and you get some decent wheatiness in there.

M: Light/medium bodied, smooth. Surprising for only a 4% ABV beer.

O: Well hell. It's hard to rank beers like this. It's basically pure apple with some caramel and some wheat. It's simple but very tasty and easy to drink. And it does exactly what it intends to do, much like New Glarus' other fruit beers. Top notch for the style, IMO, barring their red/raspberry ales which are glorious.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 05:29:45 | More by Dope
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NSK79

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter

A - Pours a reddish orange, very little head, and receded quickly, no lacing.

S - Smells like fresh apple cider, mild tartness comes through in the nose

T - Exactly what you would think from the nose with a very fresh and tart apple taste, balanced with a hint of brown sugar I think.

M - light to medium bodied, light carbonation, not sticky as I expected, but more on the dry side.

O - I'm loving this beer much more than I initially thought I would when I purchased it. It delivers such a balanced flavor without being overkill. These guys definitely know what they are doing with fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 03:18:56 | More by NSK79
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a CCB snifter. Thanks Josh (thebigredone) for this tasty brew!

A- Pours a translucent slightly brownish golden with about a fingers worth of white head that fades fairly fast. Nice carbonation that is very consistent.

S- Wow smells like apple juice, who would have thought? Fresh apples, a bit of white wine, a faint pinch of brown sugar and cinnamon. Fairly aromatic with a strong smell of apple juice.

T- Fresh apples, apple juice, very light cinnamon. Pretty tasty, well balanced, strong flavors. The apple in it definitely tastes fresh and not overpowering or artificial which I hate in a lot of fruit beers.

M- Crisp, refreshing, juicy, nice carbonation that gives a slight prickly feel, very easy to drink, well executed.

O- This is definitely the closest to apple juice that I've experienced in a beer, even more so then hard apple ciders. In my opinion it was well executed, very good for an apple ale, and probably my favorite out of the NG fruit ales. If you like apple juice and beer I'm sure you will love this.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 17:33:14 | More by jaasen64
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Docrock

Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - poured a light amber color with a small 1/2" head that dissipated rather quickly. lacing is almost non-existent.

S - awesome apple aroma, being a cider fan, this was really appealing. smell like a blend of Fuji and Winesap apples, a touch of spiciness.

T - if I wouldnt have poured the bottle myself I would have sworn i had opened a hard cider, there is a hint of the maltiness that belies the beer, but this is an amazing little brew.

M - a little thin as an ale but more body than a cider. the carbonation is light and just right. there is a slight sweetness in the aftertaste, but it balances the apple tartness nicely.

O - i am really upset i didnt buy more than a 4 pack of this. hopefully i will be able to find again next time i am in Wisconsin. I could drink a bunch of this in warm weather, very refreshing. I might even include in a cider tasting to do some side by sides.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 02:38:41 | More by Docrock
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TheSSG

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the 2012 vintage which, due to the Midwest drought, uses Washington Fuji apples instead of a Wisconsin variety.

Pours a thick, dense, white head that has good persistence. Aroma is euphoric; bright, tart apple dominates the nose, but there is a nice yeasty aroma that smells like fresh apple skin, with a malty, almost woody hint behind that. Color is a straw-amber. Flavor starts sweet, brightly tart, and rich with apples. There is an underlying syrup-like (in the pleasant, not overpowering or over sweet) sweetness as the malt blends with the apples. It's a very dry bier; after the apple caresses your tongue, it's a clean, smooth, malt finish. This is a much thicker liquid than cider, and whereas cider becomes yeasty/apple skin bitter in the finish, the wheated brown ale slips through, leaving the finish satisfyingly malty.

This is phenomenal. I remember liking the 2009 (I think it was) version the best, but each and every year of this is gold (I'd only have about an 1/8 point variance between the 2009 and this).
I am a big fan of cider, but in all honesty, New Glarus Apple Ale is better than ANY cider I've ever had. Like I said, that malt finish replaces the low-point of cider with one of the high-points of bier.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 02:06:12 | More by TheSSG
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very lightly hazy orange-amber color. There is big, fluffy, bright-white head which fades from 2 fingers to a ring of foam.

S: Great apple aroma. Smells like the best apple cider I've ever had. Tangy tart green apple melds with some mild spice and warm caramel.

T: Similar to the nose, very apple forward. It really tastes more like an apple cider than a beer. In fact, I can hardly taste anything that resembles your standard beer at all. Tart apple dominates, followed by some spice that reminds me of apple pie.

M: Medium-thin mouthfeel with mild but foamy carbonation. Fairly sweet so it leaves my mouth slightly sticky.

O: Very unique. If I didn't know better, I would just guess that I was drinking the best apple cider I've ever had. Doesn't taste of beer or alcohol at all. Simply lovely.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 00:48:39 | More by WankelEngine
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