Cabin Fever
New Glarus Brewing Company

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German Maibock
Ranked #139
Ranked #43,024
3.6 | pDev: 12.78%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
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Notes: Cool days draw us close to the warmth of home fires. This is the season to sip away the chill and embrace quiet evenings with friends and family.

You hold a Wisconsin Style Honey Bock, easy going and more approachable than its traditional dark German cousin. Bock beers have existed in Wisconsin for over 150 years. This pale bock is brewed with an exclusive blend of Wisconsin two row barley that balances seamlessly with our special European hops. Naturally sweet Clover Honey was added in the kettle accenting warm flavor notes on your tongue.

Whether you reminisce the passing summer sun or thrill to squeaky steps through drifting snow one thing is certain about winter in Wisconsin - this too shall pass.
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Photo of German-Helles
4.63/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 12oz. bottle poured into a 20oz. weizen glass. There is a perfect two finger head of pure white foam that settled to a nice cap with a bit of lacing left behind. This is a very attractive clear golden yellow with picture perfect carbonation.
The aroma is a very nice malty scent easy to pick up while approaching the glass.
The flavor is crisp, very low bitterness, a slight honey sweetness, and a toasted bready flavor.
This beer is very smooth with a creamy feel.
To bad this is just a winter brew, very easy to drink. I think they nailed the "German Maibock" description given here on BA! This six pack won't last long.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, date stamped E150. Thanks to Anthony for giving me a can to try. Golden in color with a fluffy off-white head. Malty and sweet aroma of yeast, biscuity pale malt, honey, and a mild fruitiness. Malty and sweet flavors of nutty grain, toffee, honey, bread crust, fruit, and mild earthy hops. Medium body, lively carbonation, excellent balance, very dry finish. A nice surprise after going close to a decade since having this one last.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.26/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into Pearl Street pint glass.

Straw gold with slight haze and a tall fluffy cap of 2 fingers. The head just keeps on going. I love it. Very gradually recedes to 1/2 finger finally.

Fresh, dusty, grainy aromas with some apple and pear, slight melon.

The flavor is fruity and floral and grainy. Bursts of apple and rose petal, with hints of pear, banana, and slight green apple. Bread, yeast and dry grain finish out the profile.

Super crisp and has a light creaminess, with an intense level of starchiness on the palate but it's oddly not off-putting.

Overall, an incredible beer, whatever this is, and I hope/wish to go back for more before we leave.

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Photo of dfillius
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasty and clean, but finishes too sweet to be great and aftertaste is a bit cloying actually. Good looking, nice amount of head, clear liquid. Smell is grain, honey, caramel, the sweetness is evident here too.

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Photo of Bshaw22
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes and looks like a classic light lager but with Sweet finish. Super drinkable. Could have multiples of these no problem. Everything is done really well super crisp and clean with no off flavors. If you like a honey bock seek this out

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Photo of Stevedore
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, New Glarus pilsner glass. Clear golden body, one and half finger white head, good retention and plenty of lacing. Smell is crisp malt, sweet toffee, honey, grain, light earth and a dab of marmalade, noble hop aromas. Flavour is bread, marmalade, light floral, sweet honey, biscuit. Pretty straightforward maibock, I think. Lighter medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly sticky honey and floral bitterness on the backend.

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Photo of Chaz
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant pale straw in color, topped with a creamy off-white head.

Biscuit malt on the nose... but otherwise clean and neutral. Light ‘clover honey’ character, too? Maybe.

Sweet -a bit too sweet- on the first sip, with a rich, full bodied character. Much sweeter and richer than I recall*, and the honey is definitely in there.

The lighter, biscuit malt character is eclipsed by the sweeter malt and honey notes, making this a bit chewier than I’d like it to be. Bitterness is minimal, and hop character and aroma is likewise a bit more restrained than I’d prefer it to be.

A good, drinkable beer overall, but it just falls short for me.

*In its previous incarnation as “Norski”, it was often bigger and booze-ier than this! Maybe I’ m finally getting a preference for a lighter, happier Helles Bock?

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Photo of joe1510
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Roy's Market - New Glarus, WI

Cabin Fever is a really great looking beer. It's bright, saturated golden with an incredible clarity. Tiny carbonation bubbles seem to be rising from every surface of the glass. The foam grows easily on the pour to a chunky finger in height before slowly receding to a proud cap of pure white, tight, tiny bubbled foam which all the carbonation helps bolster. Again, this stuff looks great.

The nose is nice as well. Very comforting. A little simple, but comforting. Cereal grains are first and foremost in the aroma. There's a soft sweetness from the honey addition, which brings the comfort. The honey addition also melds with the hop profile and creates a very natural floral quality. Deep pulls reveal a more fresh, cracked graininess in the background. A little warmth brings forward a mild graham cracker quality and tendrils of booze. Well rounded.

The flavor matches the nose nicely. It's malty and softly sweet. Cracked grains and graham crackers lay down a sturdy foundation. The honey addition creates a very comforting shell around the maltiness and again helps aid in the already floral hop profile. The floral quality is very natural and at home. This beer is well rounded. There are no edges, it melds very well.

There's a nice plushness to this beer. It has a bit of weight but it's a little slick and velvety as well. The carbonation is perfectly dialed in, almost unnoticeable but also keeps things moving. A touch of sweetness briefly lingers on the swallow before drying up. A touch of bitterness remains. This beer is supremely drinkable.

Cabin Fever is a good beer. It's approachable and comforting. An easy one to put away. A good one to share with friends and neighbors. It's not a ponderer. It's straightforward and solid all around. I'm a fan.

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Photo of leantom
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I thought this one was great. Here goes:

A: Perfectly clear gold. Pours a massive head that leaves good lacing. Can't really complain about this one. Perhaps the body carbonation is lacking, but this is true of all NG beers, so it's hard to fault this one particularly.

S: Little too light. Can smell straw and some bready yeast, but these are really faint.

T: Loved it. Lots of hay, bready yeast, bubble gum, banana and a nice wheat finish. Emphases on the wheat, bubble gum, and banana. Lovely flavors.

F: Perfect.

O: Loved this one. Nice and refreshing beer.

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Photo of Schlitz74
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pour a nice golden color with a nice white fluffy head, there is a nice hop bitterness in the finish. There is some lacing left in the glass. Overall a good that is worth a try.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- Pours a clear, golden straw color with a one-finger, creamy, white head. Lots of carbonation.
S- Grainy lager smell with a hint of honey and malt.
T- Sweetness a plentyGood grain lager taste in which the honey transitions smoothly. Slight hop on the bsck end.
F- Sweet. Crisp, regreshing.
O- Too sweet.

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is fairly sweet, toasted, and nutty malt, with soft floral accents.

Flavor is more grainy than expected, worth floral honey sweetness and a dry, toasted malt finish.

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Photo of Danmullens1
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of a couple New Glarus beers I haven't tried since joining BA. Decent lager for pre-wood-splitting. This would be an excellent gateway beer for anyone looking to move on from macro swill. Well done per usual, NG.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Toasty, creamy blonde lager, comes off like a super helles. There's a sweet note, but a balanced finish. I get a small touch of apple and very mild earthy hops. It's refreshing yet a bit warming thanks to 6%. Overall a subtle but fun beer.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

honey colored, with a thin head.

floral honey and hops aroma with some graininess. smells a bit like spring, which i suppose works on a winter's day.

honey and malt in the taste, but not much else. kind of one note here.

medium body and clean.

i wouldn't go out of my way to find this one, but i'll drink the 6 i have and be ok with it.

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Photo of bloatednemesis
4.49/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is crystal clear and golden. Proper head on it. The smell is biscuity and honey. The taste follows suit, with not only honey but a GOOD honey flavor. This wasn't cheap honey that went in here. There is just enough bitterness from the hops to balance the beer and make it go with just about any dish (trust me, I've been trying many food pairings. So far all have worked.) The feel is drinkable, smooth. It is medium bodied. Perfect level of carbonation. Overall, I'm in love. Maybe it's just the Wisconsin winter talking, but this beer is really spot on from Dan.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold colour, smells like light, sweet honey and malts. Tastes like sweet malts and a bit of honey upfront, with a stronger honey finish. A nice, clean honey lager.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The totally naked for the winter season, a great refreshing beer that has enough body to keep you warm during the winter, and has the hint of honey, and great as it goes all the way down.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

New Glarus Cabin Fever has a thin-to-medium white head, a deep gold, slightly hazy, bubbly appearance, and very little lacing left behind. The aroma is of mild, subdued malts, and a touch of honey. Taste is of those elements, but the honey and hop bitterness really present themselves in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium, and New Glarus Cabin Fever finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of kbwalters
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold into a pint glass. Fresh.
Look = 4.0 Clear gold with 2 fingers of crisp white head. Great lace and retention, as normal for New Glarus.
Aroma = 3.5 Bland aroma, grainy pale malts mostly.
Taste = 3.75 Sweet upfront with a drop of honey; grainy finish.
Feel = 4.0 Crisp and clean with medium body and medium to high carbonation.
Drinkability = 4.25 Easy drinking for sure.
Overall = 3.8125 Solid brew; easy drinking maibock with a drop of honey sweetness.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a honey/golden yellow color. a finger or two of a white head with good retention and leaving behind a small lacing. strong clarity and brightness to it.

Smell: floral honey, pilsner malts, spicy to floral hops, fairly grassy.

Taste: opens up with a light lager profile, with notes of pilsner malt and bread. opens up a bit with a lot of floral notes. some from honey and some from hops. hops also give off a spicy taste. a grassy taste comes off at various times throughout

Mouthfeel: light and drinkable, refreshing. not quite as clean as I'd expect.

Overall: nice and drinkable, but not quite a perfectly formulated light bock. maybe the honey takes away from the overall profile but it also adds some good flavor. good but I won't be reaching for it again.

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Photo of Ri0
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into New Glarus Pilsner glass.

A - Dark yellow color with a 2 finger white head. A collar and lacing with streams of bubbles jetting upward.

S - Sweet German malts with honey on a biscuit. Some grain and grassy notes.

T - Very sweet with German malts shining. A nice biscuit covered in honey flavor. Slight grassiness along with light hops on the finish.

M - Nice carbonation and light feel. Crisp, easy drinking and refreshing.

O - A nice Helles Bock from New Glarus.

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Photo of kkleu357
2.2/5  rDev -38.9%

From notes on 1/25/14

Color of a typical lager. Big 2 inch fluffy head. Sweet bready aroma. Kind of a skunky taste. Don’t really case for this one.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -5%

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass, with a classy label design and an iconic branded gold/green pry-off pressure cap.

Courtesy of the very generous Duff27.

Served at fridge temp into De Molen stemware and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, for which I have huge respect.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Four fingers wide. Off-white colour. Fluffy. Nicely frothy. Soft-looking. Has a smooth even consistency and a soft shiny complexion. Retention is quite good - 9+ minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent copper of above average vibrance. Has gold hues. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Good-looking for a Maibock, but not unique or special. This is hard style to stick out in.

AROMA: Fresh evocative honey greets the drinker immediately. Clover honey, sure - but I'd never guess that if I tried the beer blind. Helles malts, honey malts, floral hop notes. Some nectary hops. Has a perfect honey sweetness. Honey dominates.

I'm really excited to try this; the honey aromatics are fantastic.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of average strength.

TASTE: Honey malts, (clover) honey, clove, helles malts, and mild hoppy notes of flowers and nectar. Balance is good, but not ideal. The honey dominates, but there isn't a whole lot else going on. That said, the honey is fresh and evocative.

Average flavour intensity, depth, and duration. Nice flavour amplitude. There's some limited subtlety here, but not as much as you'd expect given the brewery.

It's not a gestalt build, but it boasts notable cohesion. The honey helps bind all of the beer's constituent notes together.

No alcohol, yeast notes, or off-notes are detectable.

TEXTURE: Slighty sticky. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied. Slightly overcarbonated. Aptly thick. Has moderate weight and heft on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is good; this texture complements the taste well.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: A drinkable enjoyable honey bock. It's nice for its style, but isn't world class overall. It hides its ABV well and goes down easy, but I wouldn't recommend friends go out of their way to track it down. Worth picking up if you come across it in a shop, but not on par with New Glarus' best offerings.


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Photo of martyl1000
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Crystal-clear golden color with a stiff white head that sticks around.

I'm getting very little aroma. A bit sweet, but what kind of sweet? Can't tell. It's an anonymous sweet.

In the mouth it's a sweet, grassy hay or grain or something along those lines, bright, tart, but sickeningly sweet. It's like having too much kielbasa, without any vingery balancing, like horse radish.

Quite smooth on the palate. The lilting carbonation and medium body combine for serious creaminess.

Definitely a quality beer, operating in beer zombie land, where flavor is muted by govt. decree. Some bitterness would make this amazing

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Cabin Fever from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 587 ratings