Cabin Fever - New Glarus Brewing Company

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81
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506 Ratings
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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 28
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: wheatyweiss on 01-15-2010

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Ratings: 506 | Reviews: 165
Reviews by schoolboy:
Photo of schoolboy
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MattyG85
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of sukwonee
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, so this beer tastes like honey water. Before I review further, I just wanted to note this.

A: Golden yellow with 3 finger head. Lots of lacing everywhere.

S: Honey + your typical european lager aroma.

T: Maybe I am biased but I like honey water (when I am sick, etc. Nostalgia? or whatever). I am giving this 4. It tastes like lager with lots of honey in it.

M: It must be the honey making this beer seem more syrupy.

O: I like honey. If you don't, you won't like this beer.

Photo of cradke
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I really don't know how better it could look. Pale yellow with golen hews. Streaming carbonation, 2 finger head. Wonderful.

Smell: Per the name, big dose of honey up front. Floral notes, Not much of a hop profile. Clean. Very approachable.

Taste: A wonderful taste. Very approachable and clean. Grains and malt with floral notes and a nice clean honey aspect. A little resin of past prime hops. Aftertaste is a sweet with a little bit of discombobulated grains.

Mouthfeeel: Light and clean. The viscosity matches the taste profile perfectly. The carbonation is there, wonderful.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. I know most people will try to rate this lower because it's a shelf beer, but if I am honest, this beer is world class for the style and nearly overall. It's not rare, it's not BA and I didn't need to wake up at 4am to get this, but this beer is fan-freaking-tastic.

Photo of weatherdog
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of deebo
2.75/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of richkrull
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of degerbah
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of weonfire
3.39/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fluffy white head, thick and firm, but it only lasts a couple minutes. Color is a honeyed bronze sort of color.

Aroma is faint...only light touches of honey, a kind of mildew/basement thing also, and...that's about it.

Taste is nice, although not boisterous or overly impressive. Just a sweet kiss of honey, some juicy fruit notes (especially apple and pear), a bready center, and slighter herbal and mineral notes. Fresh, clean, simple.

Thin, almost inconsequential feel to this beer. On the watery side, although the carbonation does its best to push through.

I had high hopes for this, but, as it turns out, it's merely okay. Not a failure in any way, just not one of New Glarus's finer moments.

Photo of cokes
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden hued with a sizzling carbonation feeding its white head. It recedes with the haste of a macro lager and leaves no trace.
Sweet, honey aroma. Candy sugar and distinct corn notes (from where?) Vague caramel maltiness. Little actual depth, and a late rubber band chemical note.
The flavor profile is similarly shallow. A brisk grainy/bready note is engulfed by honey/sugar/corn(WTF?) sweetness. A light bit of florarity dots the finish. I expected this to be a reincarnation of the Norski...instead it's more of a homage to PBR.
Fizzy thin body that flatlines and grows a bit heavier over time.
I'll give this another go sometime, hoping that, right now, either it's off or I am. My present opinion is that it's the worst thing New Glarus has even released.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. longneck bottle into a clear glass beer mug.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a nice creamy foamy white head. Head lasted a good long time and settled to a thick creamy cap and left creamy lacing on the sides. Very nice looking beer.

Smell: Bready and grassy malts and a little sweet honey underneath. Just a hint of hops.

Taste: Honey sweetness and bready malts right up front. Very creamy and smooth, with just a hint of hops on the finish. This is a sweeter Maibock than I'm used to because of the honey, but it works. Very tasty and refreshing. More of a spring/summer Maibock than a cold weather brew...and that's a nice change of pace for a Maibock.

Mouth Feel: Creamy and medium-bodied with a mild and creamy carbonation. Very smooth and clean on the tongue.

Drinkability: Another winner from New Glarus, they consistently impress me with great Wisconsin beers. This one is very tasty and refreshing, and the honey adds an element to the Maibock style that helps it stand apart from others. Will definitely drink this one again.

Photo of dirtylou
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, grabbed a 6 when this was released

appearance: served in a standard ND pint glass, bright pale yellow body, light ring of beige foam

smell: not much - toasted grain, corn, light sweet honey

taste: i want to like all new glarus beers, but this is the worst for me. very simple beer - a lot of grain, light honey. overall rather bland - would rather have a spotted cow

mouthfeel: very light, crisp

drinkability; fine

Photo of barleypopmaker
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In the aroma of this beer there is a crisp biscuit malt flavor along with a soft touch of caramel, however it could be the play of honey along with the malt. There is a bit of hop aroma, but not much. Overall, the aroma is fairly light with a focus on a bit of sweet malt.

It pours a crystal clear gold, a shade darker than a good Pilsner. It poured a nice head, but that disappeared quickly.

The flavor is nice, some great lighter malt flavors. There is a some faint toast, some good biscuity malt, and a hint of honey. The hop bitterness is just enough to balance the malt, but there is a touch too much sweetness for my taste. However the beer does finish fairly well. Flavors are clean and as I would expect from a beer that appears to be an attempt at a Bock a step below a Helles.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation to help crisp up that sweetness.

Overall, I think they hit what they were attempting to do, which is make a beer a shade shy of a Helles Bock, with some honey added. This beer is well made and a far cry from the Extreme beer craze that we are in the middle of now in the craft beer world and that is a bit refreshing. Is it an A+ in my book? no. But it is a nice beer fitting for springtime. I do feel that a touch more hops would have helped even out the beer a bit more in my opinion though.

Photo of nickd717
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to oach on BA.

The appearance is absolutely brilliant. Crystal clear golden with a creamy white head that lasts. Excellent thick lacing.

Aroma is pretty standard for a heller bock, with pale malt and mildly sweet honey.

Flavor is decent, mainly pale malt and honey, along with considerable graininess. Some mild hop presence.

Dry and crisp on the palate with medium body for the style.

Overall this falls in the "good for the style" category. Very drinkable. I respect New Glarus for brewing good examples of subtle styles rather than doing just high ABV -bal aged stuff.

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with 2 rich foamy fingers of thick bright-white head. This retains with a ½ finger of creamy froth that rings the sides of the glass with robust sticky lace. The aroma has a sweet base of honey and grains in the nose, with a good bit of citric hops mixing in (I’m getting a lot of lemon) to give this an overall zesty smelling tanginess.

The taste mirrors this, with the bready grains of the malt and a honeyed sweetness splashing the tongue, blending in with a good bit of citrus flavors and a light tingle of hops with linger on the palate with a dry earthiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness to the carbonation on the tongue, before moving out into a softer feeling creaminess that fills the mouth and helps keep this smooth.

This is a little sweeter than I would expect for a Maibock, with the honey addition here giving this a bit more of an approachable nature than what I would normally find in the style. This was overall pretty flavorful though and drank rather easily for 6%. This is definitely a good starter for getting someone into Bock beers.

Photo of dexterk1
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint. Head is thick and color is golden.
Odor is sweet and malty. Overall pretty light.
Taste is sweet biscuit at first. Ends with a little bitterness and some grain. Prefer the beginning rather than the ending.
Mouth feel is light and carbonated. Light on the tongue with not much really hanging around.
Overall a pretty good beer.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to bauermj for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a rather clear amber color with less than a finger of white head that quickly dissipates leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Lots of bread, sweet malt, honey, grain, and slight citrus.

Taste – On par with the nose – the honey sweetness can be immediately tasted. Lots of bready grains, some citrus notes, and just a hint of hops. There is a dryness to it also.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, prickly carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – I didn’t think this was bad – it wasn’t “good” but it also wasn’t horrible. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and I could see myself having a few of these on a hot summer day before the honey taste got a bit cloying.

Photo of emerge077
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this in every single bar in SW Wisconsin over the weekend...

Poured into a pint, this is a crystal clear amber, a skunky whiff of noble hops when the bottle was opened. Some minor lacing at the edges. Fairly decent head retention, but it's nothing especially exciting to look at.

Aroma is grainy adjunct lager, truthfully it reminds me of a mild euro pils more than anything.

Flavor is similarly husky and grainy, with a very bare hint of clover honey in the aftertaste. Fairly light and fizzy, it doesn't hold your attention enough to drink much of this. Closer to a macro lager than any bock i've had. Just not enough in the flavor department.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. 0110 on the neck but no info.

A - Totally clear golden yellow with a billowing white head two fingers tall. The dense bubbles made it look creamy but weren't retained all that well. A silhouette of white foam mountains is left in lace though.

S - The aroma is immediately reminiscent of a sweet adjunct lager. A bit of corn highlights the grainy dry straw while low pale malts and some sweet honey finish it up. Very few floral hop notes in this.

T - It also tastes like an adjunct lager. Better than the nose though, the flavor is a dry straw and mild corn beginning with pale malts and a good coating of honey backing it up.

M - Smooth and wet, it's somewhat slick with a lingering honey sweetness. The carbonation is there but not distracting. It's a medium-bodied bock. Very crisp overall.

D - Cabin Fever is an average beer with decent drinkability. It's nothing to be proud of but certainly nothing to be ashamed of. I'd have it over Spotted Cow as a session beer.

Photo of copyguyadam
4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard some not so great reviews on this one, so I wasn't expecting much. New Glarus has a strong reputation and I was surprised to hear they may have messed one up... they didn't. This beer was great.

Served via bottle into New Glarus pint glass.

A = Nice and golden color, clear and a perfect head.
S = Sweet honey and bock... mmmm.
T = Bock with a hint of honey. Great with McNuggets and great in a bock... who would have guessed?
M = Like a bock should be.
D = Glad I tried it and will try again.

Full disclosure time; I had a touch of cold left over and I probably shouldn't have been reviewing, but I couldn't resist. Poured a Spotted Cow after this beer and it tasted normal, but wanted to give full disclosure on this one.

Photo of scaliasux
2.45/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear light gold. Tall fizzy white head. Beer itself is pretty fizzy.

Smell - Light sweet malt. Not picking up any hops.

Taste - Remarkably light. Not much to distinguish this from a light lager or a pilsiner. Light sweet malt and only the faintest hint of hops in the finish. A little alcoho and a little something else - the honey maybel. Nothing offensive, but quite light for style and not too interesting.

Mouthfeel - Light. Well carbonated.

Drinkability - I like most of the stuff produced by New Glarus, but this one's not particularly inspired. I might take it ahead of a Spotted Cow, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Cabin Fever from New Glarus Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.