Farmer Ted's Cream Ale | Catawba Brewing Co.

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81
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114 Ratings
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Farmer Ted's Cream AleFarmer Ted's Cream Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
catawbabrewing.com

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
Ratings:
114
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of MtSmith34
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of east_tn_gk
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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 ShoeIn-BrewWin
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: a cloudy light gold

Smell: crisp and clean, slightly flowery, bit of honey

Taste: creamy, not too sweet, honey lingering on aftertaste, a bit like an unsweet cream soda; there is n bitterness from hops which is a great sign for this style of beer

Feel: highly carbonated, creamy, easy to drink

Overall: I'd get it again and it is one of the more balanced cream ales I've had. In fact, most cream ales are too light to me and lack the consistency of this one

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmoraymond
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the short glass. Blonde appearance. Silver can with a sticker applied. Good use of blank space, silver background with the labeling.
I guess this is an Indigenous southern ale that crosses a lot of syntax territory for just wanting to be an easy drinking gets on with everything and everybody kind of beer. Nice use of oats with corn taking the front seat in showing us the view. Sweet cornbread nose which follows through on the mouth.
Pleasing bright finish with a bit of bitterness and tart. Great summer months drinker for those who can get it.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SampsonOfRaleigh
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Tdub31
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the counter in a plastic cup due to Bele Chere rules. The color was a clear pale straw with a white creamy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was very light caramel malt with a low level of DMS and corn. Very appropriate for the style.

The flavor was slightly sweet when it first hit the palate with a low caramel malty impression and a slight corn DMS.

The finish was very slight sweetness with light corn flavor into the aftertastel. The body was medium light and well done. The carbonation made the mouthfeel creamy. A nice cream ale.

Pint at Barley's in Asheville, NC.

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Photo of RavenForBeer
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of thehooksman
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of chaz410
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got this for the first time at duckworths in Moorisville NC.
Pours a light amber/yellow body with a firm white head.
Smells of mild caramel and light barley with some lager-like yeast notes and a little bit of earthy hop finish.
This is the first cream ale I have ever really enjoyed and it's all due to the taste. The taste is balanced yet thick for the low alcohol. It is truely "creamy", feeling soft and thick while having a nicely balanced, crisp flavor of barley and caramel malts. Finishes smooth with a mild hop bitterness and a sweet, nearly whipped cream-like character.
Easy as hell to drink and enjoyable the whole time!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My local, in-person trader, tone77 was recently down to North Carolina and picked up several different CANs for me in support of The CANQuest (TM). My hesitancy was that at least a couple of them did not have associated pics and one hard-and-fast rule of The CANQuest (TM) states that "Thou shalt not Crackest open a CAN without an approved picture unless a truly compelling reason exists." The reason for this is that a picture of a Cracked CAN looks really cheap and low-down and the idea is to elevate the glory that is CANned beer. Also, and not to editorialize, but why has pic approval been taking so long of late? Onward!

From the CAN: I really dug the R. Crumb-like truckin' on farmer of the label! "Paying homage to the original settlers of Appalachia and brewed with natural ingredients such as wheat, corn, Ameri[CAN] hops and free range yeast. This crisp refreshing ale is the product of Catawba Valley's version of early Ameri[CAN] brewing."; "Farmer Ted's Cream Ale is an indigenous Ameri[CAN] beer style created as an answer to post-prohibition German lagers. We pay tribute to the beers made on early, rustic systems by using natural ingredients like corn and barley to create a smooth and full-bodied, straw-colored ale. Reward yourself with a Farmer Ted's after a long day plowing the fields, or just after mowing the lawn!"

I am glad that they justified the use of corn, which I have come to realize is El Diablo when it comes to adjuncts in beer. I have had so many silage-like AALs as part of The CANQuest (TM) that I CAN now readily identify it when it rears its ugly smell and taste. Again, stop with the editorializing. The Crack revealed yet another brimful craft CAN, which is like getting a baker's dozen. Previous reviewers mentioned the discernible lack of head, so I employed the inverted Glug for maximum head production. It was still to little avail as I had a brief finger of fizzy, bone-white head with extremely low retention. Bye! Color was lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity and somewhere around Escondido, CA, Greg Koch was scoffing at me. Nose was an interesting melange of scents - light silage; I agree with Cresant on peaches; a peppery spiciness, perhaps from the yeast or the wheat or both. I still like Genny Cream, but it NEVER smelled as good as this! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and I did experience the silage-like flavor of the corn more strongly on the tongue, but I was still getting a fruity spiciness also. Finish was semi-dry, totally refreshing and more appropriate for a hot summer's day. BTW, what happened to Spring this year? It is downright chilly! Okay, no more editorializing for this review.

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Photo of jxl
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lowcountry
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can. Head was bigger than I would like and I've been pouring for a while.

If you don't like cream ales or have never had one, then try it but don't knock it. If you haven't gotten to like them by now you won't. This is a good cream ale. I traveled a lot in Scotland and cream ale is pretty much the norm there. This does great justice to some of the best cream ales I've had.

It's smooth and tastes great with a front end that feels buttery and a back end that almost has a bourbon after-taste. You can feel it in your nose and it's a easy drinking beer. I could drink 6 of these easily on the golf course!

My opinion is most US breweries haven't tried a hand at making cream ales and thus many Americans haven't come to enjoy the taste. Too bad, Catawba has done a good job of making a great cream ale. That and White Zombie really shows this brewery is going in the right direction.

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Photo of justinm4bama
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WisconsinBOOzer
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light golden in color with thin to little head.

Aroma is sweet with almost a hint of cornbread, pleasing and grainy.

Taste is smooth and creamy, no bitterness, mild bread grains with a hint of honey.

It is mellow and medium bodied.

First tried this in Asheville, liked it enough to buy a case and bring it home. Will be sad when its gone, and will search for it again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this at my Bestie's in Charlotte. It poured a clear golden with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of biscuit. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of carrwoo
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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Farmer Ted's Cream Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
3.5 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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