Farmer Ted's Cream Ale | Catawba Brewing Co.

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81
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113 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:
113
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
11.46%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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 BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was billed as a Farmhouse Ale at Asheville Barley's. Seemed fair for the style with a few American twists. Opened with a Wit-like color, but with less haze and more carbonated. Aromas of light malt / grain blend and a healthy dose of estery spices. Tastes of light malt take precedence over the grains, but contributing residual sweetness that lingered a little too long. Hops balance the malts while contributing backgraound spices and earthiness. Finishes a bit on the sweet / tart side. Body is quite light and refreshing. Low alcohols for flavor make it a real thirst quencer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It is a nice looker, at first, with the liquid pouring out clear and golden and a nice head forming; but the head fades way too quickly and leaves no lace

Smell: Sugar cookie sweetness, vanilla and corn syrup tones; some bready grain underneath

Taste: Sweet and sugary, with vanilla and corn syrup flavors dominating; grainy with oat and wheat flavors developing, to some extent

Mouthfeel: Medium body, rather creamy, with low carbonation

Mouthfeel: Well, what did I expect as it's a cream ale

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev 0%
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 chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can in SC.
Light clear golden body.
Very good head.
Gentle aroma with light bread and mild, rather faint hops. Very smooth and refresjing. Relatively full body for style.
Overall: excellent cream ale.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and hints of lemon + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy white head that fairly quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light aromas of bready malts and grainy malts. Faint hints of sweetness.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of bready and grainy malts with hints of floral hops. Minimal amounts of bitterness which fades relatively quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable - this would pair well with just about any foods. Not as creamy as some of the others in the style but it is still a good selection.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can - $2.00 at Tasty Beverage Co. in Asheville, North Carolina.

Appearance: Slips from the can a reasonably clear, yellow-tinged body with, well, no real head formation despite some active effervescence.

Smell: A little bit sweet-scented on the nose with the expected corn-derived accents backed by a bit of malts and a faint, faint hint of fruitiness.

Taste: Sweetish in taste, with a flavor reminiscent of Corns Pops with a honeyed sweetness. Minimal citrus accent and a subdued hint of spice, with a low overall bitterness. Semi-dry, soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's fine (for a cream ale)!

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Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
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 thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
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 IPAchris
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
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 AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Immortale25
3.56/5  rDev +2%
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 pathman
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of zekeman17
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose is suitably loaded with cereal grains - but beneath that, there's a pleasant citrusy tone. I also pick up touches of grass and vanilla. Dead simple, but that's the style for you. Taste follows the nose, but I find it works a little better. Cereal grains open it up, ending with touches of grass, vanilla, and citrus. That's about it. It works well considering. The mouthfeel is lively and refreshing. It's simple but tasty refreshment that's greater than the sum of its parts, enough said.

3.27/5: This is one damn good fishing (and farming) beer

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Photo of Gatordaddy
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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Farmer Ted's Cream Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
3.49 out of 5 based on 113 ratings.
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