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Cabin Fever | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,354
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
573
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
77
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 573 |  Reviews: 178
Reviews by ShwarzAl3r:
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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Photo of MattyG85
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly light aroma of soft malts and wheat grains. Pale malts with hints of cereal grains, biscuit, crackers, wheat, yeast, and a little hay. Some sweet honey scents. Very subtle hints of earthy hops in the background. A fairly standard Maibock aroma, although the honey is pretty noticeable.

Taste: Like it smells, a fairly light malt forward taste. Soft pale malts dominate with a taste of cereal grains, wheat, biscuit, crackers, yeast, and a slight note of straw. Noticeable presence of honey adds to the sweetness. Lightly bitter taste of earthy hops towards the finish. A clean and light taste as expected for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A decent brew for the Maibock style. Light but has an interesting kick of honey.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, so this beer tastes like honey water. Before I review further, I just wanted to note this.

A: Golden yellow with 3 finger head. Lots of lacing everywhere.

S: Honey + your typical european lager aroma.

T: Maybe I am biased but I like honey water (when I am sick, etc. Nostalgia? or whatever). I am giving this 4. It tastes like lager with lots of honey in it.

M: It must be the honey making this beer seem more syrupy.

O: I like honey. If you don't, you won't like this beer.

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Photo of cradke
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I really don't know how better it could look. Pale yellow with golen hews. Streaming carbonation, 2 finger head. Wonderful.

Smell: Per the name, big dose of honey up front. Floral notes, Not much of a hop profile. Clean. Very approachable.

Taste: A wonderful taste. Very approachable and clean. Grains and malt with floral notes and a nice clean honey aspect. A little resin of past prime hops. Aftertaste is a sweet with a little bit of discombobulated grains.

Mouthfeeel: Light and clean. The viscosity matches the taste profile perfectly. The carbonation is there, wonderful.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. I know most people will try to rate this lower because it's a shelf beer, but if I am honest, this beer is world class for the style and nearly overall. It's not rare, it's not BA and I didn't need to wake up at 4am to get this, but this beer is fan-freaking-tastic.

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Photo of Bshaw22
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Wamba
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of northcoastwolf
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krazyboi
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Zatch90
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

B-

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Photo of tmryan21
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mariposafan
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of lswilma
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Lemke10
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at local Buffalo Wild Wings in Janesville, Wisconsin in Early 2012.

Pours a clear golden amber color with lots of carbonation. Has a dry, malty scent to it. There are some hints of honey in its taste. Quite smooth and refreshing with a great drinking texture. Some cinnamon and clove spice in the after taste. A nice beer for a cold Wisconsin day.

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Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of beerguy23
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of jtransel
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wilmo831
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of DrIPA
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of TooGood
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of wigoalie1
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ratatat
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the tap poured into a "Bud Light" pint glass. No worries; it did not get much better.

A-small head dissapated quickly
clear, amber colork some lacing on the glass

S-fruity and soft

T-easy drinking with the sweetness of a maibock
No hops or bitterness
Very little energy

M-sweetness lingers like artificial sweetners

O-an easy drinker that little to move me
reminds me of every other maibock
At least it is not Bud Light.

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Photo of KeeganRabelhofer
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of CarolinaKev
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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Cabin Fever from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 573 ratings