Cabin Fever | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Cabin FeverCabin Fever

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by wheatyweiss on 01-15-2010

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Photo of Schlitz74
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -1.4%
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 +6.5%
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 +6.5%
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 +13.6%
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 +3.1%
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 +27.6%
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 +6.8%
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 +42%
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 +20.7%
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 +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 +4.5%
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 +3.1%
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 -37.5%

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 -2.8%

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 +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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Photo of BeerDazed
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into Pilsner glass

Outstanding golden color and well carbonated. White head vanished quickly. Some lacing.

Grainy/Cereal aromas. A bit of sweetness - must be the honey - on the nose too.

Light to medium body, and very smooth - but not syrupy.

Fresh, bready, lager yeast and some pleasant grainy notes. Wee bit of hops, and the honey is present, but not overly sweet.

This is a very nice, light, bock, and the ABV makes it a good session beer. On those cold winter nights, this is sweet bock to drink. Pun intended.

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Photo of NODAK
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fairly sweet, honey aroma to it. Inoffensive. Smells like many lagers except a bit sweeter.

The taste is certainly smooth, if not perhaps particularly interesting. A good gateway beer for sure. Has a sweet, honey initial taste to it....not overbearing, not too malty....but pleasant. A good amount of graininess in the middle. Finishes fairly clean with minimal hops present....a bit grainy, nothing more.

All in all, it's a good quaffer.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a FW tulip

bright golden color with a big inch and a half lasting white head. Smell is very malty and "crisp." The taste is more bitter than the nose would lead you to believe. bready and very malty. slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall a solid bock. very drinkable!

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Photo of KFBR392
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours with a golden straw yellow color. Light head of half a finger on the pour. Above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: the German malts jump out right away. Light and very sweet. Honey is also picked up and a contributor to the sweetness. Grassy straw like hop presence. A bright refreshing aroma.

Taste: medium bodied malt and some earthy hops. German malts really take over through the body and leave a dry, saturated feeling on the palate. Slight hop and honey fruitiness also rides throughout.

Mouthfeel: crisp, refreshing, easy drinking lager.

Overall: new glarus continues to do lagers so well. This bone is light and sweet, could drink it all night

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden with a thin white head that becomes a thin wisp. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of honey, some grain, a hint of alcohol.

The taste of honey is strong upfront and in the aftertaste. Very grainy middle. Subtle floral dryness keeps sweetness from being cloying. Mild alcohol warmth shows.

Thinner than expected, with ample carbonation. Still, it's pretty smooth.

It's a stronger pale lager with honey - making it a honey bock.

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Photo of Etan
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Pours a clear gold with a large white head.

S: Aroma brings bready grain and a touch of clover honey.

T: Taste is grainy with some mild cooked sugar and dry honey notes.

M: Medium-bodied with very light carbonation.

O: Not my favorite bock from NG. Very grainy.

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Photo of Jonada
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a light golden yellow color with a finger of a white soapy head. Body is lightly hazy with some fine suspended sediment.

Smell: Pale malt, honey, light floral grassy hops, slight breadiness.

Taste: Mild malt sweetness, cracker malt, honey, grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Overall: Nothing special, but still a really solid beer. Drinkability is high and there's enough flavor here to make this one a winner.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no date. served in a pint glass over spring break.

Light color, fizzy bone-white head. Smell is some spice (clove), honey, and sweet grain. Taste is malty and sweet like honeycomb, yet light and refreshing enough to session. Very hebal and aromatic.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear pale gold with three fingers of white pockmarked foam.

Smell: Not a whole lot going on here. Mostly bready malt and some faint floral notes. Sweet honey comes through as the beer warms up a bit. It does smell crisp and inviting though.

Taste: The flavor is much more pronounced than the smell, although it does follow the nose. Crackery malt, mellow lemon, and clover honey. Finishes super sweet with semi-warming notes of what I can only assume is alcohol (although this is only 6%).

Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp and light bodied with a syrupy finish.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this Wisconsin pale bock. The aroma didn't do much for me but the taste was refreshing and unique. The addition of clover honey really imparts a lot of flavor and turns what would've been a fairly standard lager into something special. Its a very sweet beer so that may divide beer drinkers on this one. There are aspects to it, particularly the finish, that remind me of mead (an alcoholic drink of fermented honey & water, for the layman). I don't think I could drink a lot of this in one sitting but I would recommend giving it a try. Its not amazing or anything but I found it to be a tasty treat.

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