Farmer Ted's Cream Ale | Catawba Brewing Co.

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Farmer Ted's Cream AleFarmer Ted's Cream Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Farmer Ted's Farmhouse Cream Ale

Added by GCBrewingCo on 08-02-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
104
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
21.9%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 104
Reviews by Cresant:
Photo of Cresant
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. can in a shaker pint. No date. The dull golden body supported a white head that quickly faded to nothing.

The smell was lightly vegetal. Anonymous fruit, maybe cooked peaches?

The taste was crisp fruitiness with a light sour/tart flavor. Solidly malty. Lightly bready. Pretty easy to drink.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Dense and zippy in the mouth but a little slippery and smooth in the finish.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of east_tn_gk
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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.

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Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (May 2012):

LOOK: Pale golden, hazy, quick-lived foamy white head

SMELL: Fruity, estery, husky, a bit musty

TASTE: Tightly carbonated, firm and creamy, sweet, fruity, golden raisin, corn, fermented honey, some earthiness, bread, wheat, husk, yeast, dry finish

What a lovely oddball of a beer, brewed with “wheat, corn, American hops and free range yeast.” While none of those ingredients are necessarily new to the Cream Ale style, the addition of wheat in this case overpowers what’s typically a much cleaner style of beer. However, while it’s missing some expected larger-esque nuances it makes up for this with its uniqueness.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigBadBob113
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of avitallo
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goast8127
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of nuebs
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of bmoraymond
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of thagr81us
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, and skunk. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, slight skunk, and earthy. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew, but very weak. The earthy aspect I picked up on was kind of nice. But in a Cream Ale? That shouldn't be here... This one is worth trying for a fan of the style or a ticker, but once and done is good enough for me.

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Photo of BigBoels
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12/31...pours clear copper, some active bubbles, white foam. Slight citrus buried in a nose of straw, hay, and wheat. Taste holds citrus, but rolls into a clean creamy ale. Has a corn like lager flavor. Smooth and simple.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of CM31
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of wcudwight
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of witster18
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

gets points for 'hidden' strength.. tastes like a 4.5 percenter at 6%. there's something not exactly right about the late aftertaste.. a bit too sugary corn for my liking. sweetbread meets lemon in the taste. The mouthfeel is pretty good and to style, especially given this is out of a can. Which makes this a great poolside/golf beer. But not sure I could go further than 2 or 3, so that goes against that a bit.

nice for being in a can craft, but Bombshell Blonde or Sally is much preferred. just a touch too sweet. a little more hop bitterness and this would be much better.

do love the mouthfeel though.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Creature Comforts slim pint glass. Bottom of can says 121-15.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that immediately fizzes away to nearly nothing. Practically no lacing.

S- Doughy cracker-like malt aroma with nearly no hop presence. Slight sweetness.

T- More grainy malt with a bit of sweetness and just a touch of bitterness. Very drinkable and not half bad considering the style.

M- Crisp and thin but not necessarily watery. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Honestly, I've had much worse examples of this style. A decent go-to for when you're craving a thirst-quenching beer without too much pesky character to focus on.

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Photo of Dsg10
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of bready and grainy malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bready and grainy malts along with hints of floral hops. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but lacks the smoothness and creaminess exhibited by other beers in the style.

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Photo of jdrankin
2.6/5  rDev -25.1%

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Farmer Ted's Cream Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
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