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Cabin Fever - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

445 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 27
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wheatyweiss on 01-15-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by schoolboy:
Photo of schoolboy
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My sister did a bunch of criss cross trips across the US from Massachusnuts to Washingtone and everything between last week (no, she's a doctor, not a truck driver, she just had some wierd plans). In Wisconsin she stopped and bought me two obscure (to me) beers. One broke in the garage when she got here (alcohol abuse). The other was this. And it is a pleasant surprise. The call it Honey Bock and also Lager on the label. I think these are descriptive titles. It's clean, mild and extremely well balanced.

I would call it a very interesting lager. Flavorful and refreshing. Maybe I have to start checking out obscure WI breweries. I had a bad experience with obscure IN breweries, good experience with obscure NY breweries. I will need to pay attention to the cheese heads.

schoolboy, May 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

tectactoe, Jan 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

mykd, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of weatherdog
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a New Glarus weiss glass

Bottle dated 0110

The pour is a lively rise of a white head capping a crystal clear golden straw body that is just a hair darker than a normal American light lager. The bubbles are tiny and rise through out the whole beer. A minimal amount of lacing is present at the end of the glass.

The nose is very bland. There is a minimal amount of of floral hops that is then taken over by crisp pilsner malt smell. It is very reminiscent of an average pale lager.

All I pretty much taste is a full bodied bland American lager with a distinct corn taste which is befuddling me. At the end there is just a little bit of floral notes that could be from the hops or the honey used. That is really the only discernible positive character from the beer.

The carbonation is lively and high like an American lager and it drinks quickly and without any hesitation. This beer can easily be gulped in large quantities and is relatively refreshing for what it is.

I really had high expectation for this beer given the original description, but I feel it falls so short and disappoints. I see this beer as the winter version of 'Totally Naked' and a direct competitor to 'Honeyweiss'. This is the full bodied "winter"equivalent of that beer, and while I see it will please the people who this is targeted to, I find it a travesty that beers such as 'Uff-da bock', 'Black Wheat', 'Coffee Stout' and 'Hop Hearty' had to be shelved to make room for this. Why not just make 'Totally Naked' all year round? It feels like a brewery I know can make some of the best beers I have ever had, is now catering to the least common denominator in order to pay for the new brewery. I really hope the rest of the new beers being introduced this year are not a dumbed down version of styles BA's know New Glarus can hit a home run in if they wanted.

weatherdog, Feb 02, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

loose5682, Apr 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

csmartin6, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

77apm, Mar 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Golden and completely clear with a thick layer of white head on top, a good looking lager. Malty sweet aroma with a hint of honey, herbal hops and a fresh grassiness within. Fantastic smoothness off of this moderate bodied beer. Malty and perhaps a little sweet but more bready and dried hay flavor. Some sweetness does come from a remnant spec of honey which also bring a splash of warming alcohol. Finishes with a clean graininess and faint honey.

A tight little bock, Oddly I'd prefer to drink this beer on a day like today which reached a sweltering 90*F than in the winter. Either way this is good drinking here.

Jason, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours macro yellow with a white head. The aroma is corny with some wheat. The flavor is corn, wheat, some fruit and honey. Not very much hop character in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad but nothing special.

Mora2000, Feb 25, 2010
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

fenlop54, May 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

strangebrew52, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of deebo
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This lager called a honey bock by the brewer provides a thick pillowy snow white head that clings to the clean pint glass eventually breaking down to a constant film. Completely clear and light golden.

Aromas of pilsener malt with just a hint of spicy European hops. Smells a lot like a typical American adjunct lager.

Taste is clean barley malt with a slight honey sweet finish. A little hop and carbonation tingle in this brew that has an overall soft mouthfeel. A vapory alcohol aroma, taste and finish is also detected.

Overall a simple beer that would fare better with a little more character (more spice, more malt taste or body) to carry the higher alcohol content. I like the kiss of sweetness and taste from the honey.

deebo, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly light aroma of soft malts and wheat grains. Pale malts with hints of cereal grains, biscuit, crackers, wheat, yeast, and a little hay. Some sweet honey scents. Very subtle hints of earthy hops in the background. A fairly standard Maibock aroma, although the honey is pretty noticeable.

Taste: Like it smells, a fairly light malt forward taste. Soft pale malts dominate with a taste of cereal grains, wheat, biscuit, crackers, yeast, and a slight note of straw. Noticeable presence of honey adds to the sweetness. Lightly bitter taste of earthy hops towards the finish. A clean and light taste as expected for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A decent brew for the Maibock style. Light but has an interesting kick of honey.

MattyG85, Jan 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +40.8%

tyleeis, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Juicer, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at brewery

A - Clear brilliant golden with 1 finger white creamy head with good retention and moderate lacing.

S - Biscuit, lager sour yeast, grassy/floral hops, oak

T - The pale mates are the dominating flavor with a sour yeast, biscuit flavor and grassy hops notes.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation smooth with a slightly bitter dry finish.

O - An okay refreshing beer but forgettable compared to many others at New Glarus.

williamjbauer, May 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

cmwilliq, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

sgttibbs, Dec 27, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an average golden straw color with quite a bit of foamy white head on it. Smell is very faint, a bit of grain. Light honey taste, but mainly just a average beer flavor. Very smooth and easy to drink beer. Not much body to it, but a good light flavor. Not bad if the price is right.

richkrull, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of degerbah
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear and bubbly golden color that is slightly richer and brighter than a BMC, not nearly as dark as I would expect a Maibock. The aroma is almost sickly sweet, the honey is very readily apparent in the taste as well. A little overly sweet for my taste. The sweetness coats the tongue and reminds in the mouth long after the beer is swallowed.

degerbah, Apr 25, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

DerekQXQX, Jan 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

roostor07, Apr 25, 2013
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3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden yet a crystal clear brew. One finger of white head with tiny little bubbles. As the head fades lacing sticks to the high water mark. Tiny bubbles of carbonation rise from the bottom.

S - Crispness and that German barely. I would say scent is mostly missing

T - Malty & frothy. This is going to sound harsh but it does resemble a Budweiser with out the buttery taste. that being said - I feel the only similarities start and end with the lager style and german barley used. The honey differentiates it from the macro and adds a very nice flavor. Not bitter whats so ever.

M - Malty and Frothy brew make the viscosity low. Nice feel. didn't feel watery at all. coats entire throat decently.

O - I have to say I'm pretty disappointed with the lack of honey scent or really the lack of an scent. Got a small taste of honey. mixes well. this is not a complex brew. easy to drink tho. I don't believe i would buy this again.

weonfire, Feb 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

InVinoVeritas, Feb 17, 2014
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Cabin Fever from New Glarus Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.