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Cabin Fever - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Cabin FeverCabin Fever

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 28
Gots: 37 | 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: 482 | Reviews: 163
Photo of herman77
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw gold, moderate white head. Decent lacing.

S: Bready and some of that lager yeast scent. You can pick up a bit of honey sweetness too.

T: Light bready malt, with a bit of grains. Some honey sweetness comes up mid palate and a bit more in the finish with more breadyness.

M: Lighter body, moderate carbonation, average.

O: Drinks pretty well. The honey adds a nice touch.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color, with a larger head, that lasted through out the beer. There wasnt much in line of a smell. The taste was on the lighter side, but had a full flavor, and a nice taste of honey as well. Nicely carbonated, and easy to drink. Overall a good beer, but a differnt flavor, very unquie but still good.

Photo of exonthebottle
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was just a normal bockish beer anyway this isn't bad a bit underwhelming at times taste wise but the beer does drink well
golden light head nice looking beer
smell is nice bit hoppy bit sweet bit malty
taste seems toned down a bit too watery here
not as much as it smells
mouthfeel good smooth nice coating
I say this is pretty drinkable a bit boring but does nice nice job overall

Photo of Brunite
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: Pours a ultra-clear golden straw color. A decent 2 finger head fades quickly but leaves some permanent lacing. The clarity shows carbonation rising...and continuing non-stop during the 45 minutes I sipped on this one.

Smell: Definite honey present here. Also some bready malt.

Taste: Starts with a light honey, sweet light malt note. A dry grainy husk flavor in the middle leads a touch of biscuity/buttery flavor in the end.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with mild carbonation that lasted the entire pour. A slight bit of dry grainy residue/coating on the roof of the mouth...but pleasant.

Drinkability: A light, mouthy honey lager. Different that some of the more bitter/dry Maibocks I have tasted. I like it. A nice like brew that is suited to year round consumption...if it were available. Would go great in mid-summer.

Photo of crossovert
2.67/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle.

It pours adeep gold with a fizzy white head that doesnt leave much lacing as it recedes.

It has a classic smell, yes they added honey but the smell is a good helles bock flavor with bready malts, a hint of caramel, some nuttiness and a touch of hops.There is a little bit of fruit in there too.

The flavor is a little bit weaker. The malt is buttery and biscuity and the hops don't really show themselves in the flavor like they should. They add flavor but aren't assertive, they do nothing to balance the sweetness. I generally like NG lagers but this one fails in the taste.

Photo of happygnome
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours a nice golden color with reddish hues with about an inch of white head that disappears quickly leaving a trace of lace around the edge of the glasa and top of the beer

s: Sweet honey aroma with lightly toasted malt notes. Little hop bitterness

t: sweet honey flavor, crisp carbonation malt flavor is dominant flavor. there is a hint of balance provided by piny hop notes.

m: medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, this is a decent beer, I am glad I picked one instead of 6 up

Photo of krazyboi
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. wide flute glass.

A: Medium amber color with a thick head that dissipates rather quickly.
S: Bread and cardboard aroma. A bit of sweetness in the smell also.
T: A sweet and slightly caramel flavor up front. A slightly grainy flavor at the end. Not much bitterness.
M: Has a light to medium thickness in the mouth. Slight carbonation leads to a smooth feel.
D: I could drink many of these in one sitting. All in all, this is a decent bock beer that you should at least try.

Photo of dbtoe
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I liked Back 40 so much I went and picked this one up right away. Yup I know this one is a Maibock and B40 is a bock but I like Dead Guy so I thought I would really like this one too. Nope don't really care for it much. I popped it open and quickly poured into a pint. It looked pretty good a golden yellow and a fair sized head. I leaned in and took a good sniff. Right away I thought oh no. It is sweet smelling with a cheap beer smell. The taste is a little better though still mainly a sweet bready taste with maybe a sleight hint of spice. Not much else. It has a thicker feel with a sticky finish that didn't work for me. I'm not really looking forward to finishing this six pack. If any of my opinions change on this beer I'll come back and ad them, but for now I just don't care for this beer.

Photo of richkrull
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Mdog
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Mild sweetness, grassy.

Taste: Mild bready sweetness throughout.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, very mild.

Another solid beer from New Glarus. Nothing really stands out with this beer, it just has a nice sweet flavor and is really easy to drink. Could be a good beer to introduce craft beers to BMC drinkers.

Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a tall Allagash tulip glass a apple juice colored yellow orange with a 2 finger effervescent head of white. Light white fruit like apple and pear in the nose along with a sweetness like honey. Medium/light mouthfeel. Sweet bready flavor along with some fruit type sweetness. Mimimal hop except at the end and even that is fairly subdued. Nothing too spectacular but decent drinking and refreshing.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep golden yellow, 2 finger head, patchy lacing

S: honey, malt, light grain

T: malt, honey, earthy grain. even taste through out.

M: medium body, slight sticky in finish and good carbonation/slight bubble feel. This might even be an interesting Summer beer.

D: Very high. This is a fun bock, great gateway into Bocks for the timid newbie. Another fine by New Glarus; this is not a must try, but certainly rather good. Delicious, wish it was around during Summer.

I could easily destroy a 6 pack of these in a heartbeat, YUM!

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cabin fever

a 4 clear deep golden hue, one finger head. lays down a slight but comforting screen of lace.

s 3-3.5 faint honey, faint grassy hops. nothing unpleasant, but would be nice if it were bolder.

t 3.5-4 simple and straightforward, but nicely flavored. the honey is pretty obvious along with mostly pale malts and a finish balanced by just enough bittering hops. the honey tends to linger on the palate, along with a realization there's enough flavor and texture in this one to prevent any thoughts of "not worth the abv" from .

m 4 medium bodied, with some smooth honey texture (amazingly), carbonation seems about right for the style.

d 4+ simple and clean but sufficiently flavorful. a cheerful beer for someone stuck in a snowed-in cabin, indeed. gotta say i'm diggin it, though maybe i'm just in a generous mood (and subconsciously, i'm comparing it to the "swill" i just drank).

Photo of mariposafan
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks very nice in my Duvel tulip. Bright red-gold with about half an inch of loose meringue-like head. The head fades too quickly but some lacing persists.

The aroma a sweet and a little bready but nothing special.

The flavor is a little different. Sweet with a tart undertone. Some definite breadiness actually makes it seem more savory than the sweetness would indicate. Not particularly intensely flavored but not watery, either.

The mouthfeel is fine but nothing special. The carbonation is a little too prickly but not too bad.

Easy enough to drink and I'd be fine drinking more than one but I doubt I'll pick it up more than a couple of times a year.

Photo of Bubba83
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A friend brought this home for me from their recent trip to Wisconsin.

Appearance - A light golden color with slow rising bubbles. Bright white two finger widths head looks nice and pillowy. Retention and lacing are good, some stuff sticks around.

Aroma - Bready with some slight honey in the back. Some straw, light hay, and slight cherry.

Taste - Pretty uninteresting. A decent bready malt backbone, but I can't actually taste the honey and there's not much variety in the flavor profile. I might be getting a little bubble gum too. Still, it tastes decent enough.

Feels a little rough on the tongue. The carbonation level is about right, and the consistency is fine.

It doesn't drink as well as I would expect for the style. It's not a refreshing beer, and I don't know when I'd feel like drinking it again. I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me for free, but I wouldn't buy it again or recommend it to any of my beer friends.

Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly richer than pale golden color with a big fluffy white semi loose head that tightens up and becomes fluffy and beautiful and leaves some good lace on the glass. The initial aroma reminds me of the boiling beer on the stovetop when you make bratwurst, not a bad smell at all just not one you usually get from beer prior to bringing it to a boil. This gives way to a the dominant aroma which is bready baguette. All of this is accented with some nice but light floral notes. I really like the way this smells, it's aromatic but simple, it's subtle and clean but has some very definitive characteristics none the less. The flavor is also very clean and has some nice finesse The thing that catches me right away is that the beer is dry, far more dry than the typical product that advertises honey as a definitive ingredient to the beer. The flavor that the honey imparts is not likely sweetness as the bit of that that's in here seems to be covered pretty well by the malt as opposed to any adjunct. There is some spiciness and richness that reminds me a little bit of good honey, but I will admit that if it didn't say honey on the bottle it is not very likely that I would have picked on on much honey flavor. Which is of course ironic because honey flavor seems to be a very definitive characteristic to many pale/heller/mai bock beers. Beyond this whole honey bit there is a nicely subtle hop zing mainly in the herbal vein. The bready maltiness is just slightly toasty and there is just a slight hint of cereal in there as well. This is a damn well balanced & wonderfully crafted lager, the likes of which are some of the most exciting beers that New Glarus makes. The palate is just lightly sharp and the beer is fabulously easy to drink, as evidenced by the fact that as I write this I am finishing the bottle, as opposed to the Barley Wines I have this many notes for after about two oz. I would happily drink pint after pint of this beer.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours honey amber with two fingers of creamy white head. Zero haze.

Smell -- Honey malt, fruity lager esters, faint Noble hop aroma.

Taste -- Follows the nose moreover: bready grain, honey, spring flowers, plum, and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Not too bad. While I've had a better Helles Bock in my time, I still enjoyed it. Pretty reasonable balance for the style and was pretty refreshing. Worth a shot, especially if you're in a lager type of mood.

Photo of abuliarose
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a glass mug, revealing lively light gold body with a barely-there lacy head. Smells slight and like honey and lemon with a touch of caramel malt. Appealing smells.

Tastes light and slightly sour in a lemon-citrus sort of way. Nice refreshing honey and malt backbone. Light-bodied and a little spritzy but otherwise water-like drinkability. Not complex, but the flavors are clean.

Overall, a very standard and refreshingly simple beer.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my bro for sending this out with some other New Glarus treats.

Poured into a beer stein. Clear, light orange in color with a large foamy white head. Lots of bubbles in the head as it quickly disappears. A few patches of suds cling to the sides of the glass as remnants of lacing.

Nice honey maltiness in the nose. Very sweet. Touch of apple and possibly a bit of nuttiness. Honey has a nice floral quality to it, but the nose is fairly one-dimensional.

The taste is sweet and a little grainy. The honey comes through, but the base beer seems a little weak. Malty, but not very rich. Not a lot going on besides the honey. Kind of plain.

Mouthfeel is average. A bit on the watery side with prickly carbonation. It would be nice to see the body have a little more weight to it for the style.

Drinkability is pretty good, but nothing really brings your hand back to the glass for another sip. A decent beer, but lacking in the maibock department.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7-31-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured with 1 finger of foam, good lacing ring present, lots of carbonation with a lighter orange color

S - Orange peel, caramel malts, some honey blended with al slight hop nose

T/M - Lighter bodied, smooth flavor, not crisp at all. Roasted malt and caramel taste

D - The first time I had this brew I didn't care for it but the second time I had it had changed my mind. Maybe it was the first bottle but this brew didn't turn out to bad. It is a pretty easy drinker. I will have this brew again!

Photo of kbeals
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great extra sent my way by JimboHD2005!

A- Pours a brilliantly clear golden yellow color. Thin smudges of white lacing remain from the finger of white, fizzy head that dissipates down to a thin crown.

S- Some detectable caramel malts, a bit of banana. That's about it. I was expecting more of a hop presence but was let down.

T- Again, no detectable hop presence. Still has the taste of malts and banana, but none of the flavors really come through very well.

M- Thin-medium mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation. Not bad, not great.

D- This beer wasn't offensive in any way, it just refused to have anything wow me. A good drinker, but I probably wouldn't try this again.

Photo of grub
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another bottle that Viggo shared. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled july 20/2010.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is ok. bit of honey. buttery caramel. touch of dms. bit of corn. white bread and cracker. bit of grain. herbal.

taste is nice. white bread and cracker. bit of grain. buttery caramel. hint of alcohol. touch of dms. light lager character. bit of herbal character.

mouthfeel is good. nice light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. fairly balanced. a touch on the sweet side, but nice otherwise.

Photo of Viggo
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, got from a random dude parked beside us at DLD. Thanks random guy!

Pours a very clear and bright yellow, some golden highlights, thin white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace chunks stick to the glass, looks alright.

Smell is nice, very clean and malty, light lager/pilsneresque, honey sweetness, a bit of floral, some grassy hoppiness, the honey character is pretty intense, a bit of toasty malt, oats, some caramel, alright.

Taste is very light and weak, a bit of sour maltiness, some honey, floral, a bit of grassiness, basically tastes like your standard macro lager.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, goes down easy but isn't very good.

Photo of garymuchow
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pilsner like in color (yellow-gold - exceptionally clear). Big full rich dense white head.
Tame aroma with a very light malt rich aroma with hints of what I'd normally expect from this style.
Tasty honey sweetness right up front, followed by the malty pale malt richness that overall is really quite mild, but flavorful. Because this isn't too big of a beer the overall presentation is down a notch or two from those expecting a bigger beer. This one seems to be going for drinkability and in that area it hits really well. Balanced body and dryness with only small hop character. While not too bold I like the flavors and I find them enjoyable. There is a nice little caramel flavor that comes and goes. Body is on the lighter side for style.
Atypical, but good and worth a try (at the very least).

Photo of samie85
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 7/8/10.

A-Pours a light, clear goldenrod color with a quickly dissipating two finger head.

S- Smells of pale, grainy malt and maybe some grassy hops.

T-Grainy and malty upfront followed by a dry bitterness with a subtle sweetness(which as it warms I identify the sweetness as honey)

M-Light bodied with almost heavy carbonation; finishes smooth.

D-Not a bad beer, but not one I would probably pick up again. Glad to have tried it.

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81 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.