Cabin Fever | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Cabin FeverCabin Fever

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of katan
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color. Very clear, unfiltered. Head formation is light, just a bit of off white color. Light bubbling - slightly carbonated.

S - Light honey scent. Light amount of 2-row barley sweetness as well. No hopping or alcohol.

T - Light amount of malt sweetness. Pilsner malt flavors, some amount of noble hops. Mid-stream is dry. Finishes with a distinct pilsner malt flavor. Honey is almost non-existent.

M - Moderate body. Stronger than normal carbonation. Finishes very clean.

D - Easy drinking. Potent ABV. Not at all filling. Flavors are moderate. Carbonation is strong enough to be detrimental to the beer over a session.

An extremely technically accurate view on the style - nothing at all is off base.

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Photo of younger35
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this from New Glarus on my way down to Dark Lord Day '10. This is one of the few New Glarus brews that I haven't tried yet. Drank from my Surly Fest stein.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear orange yellowish with a decent one finger bright white head. A tiny collar remains along with a super thin cap and zero lacing.
Smell- Slightly flowery and somewhat sweet as there is a definite honey presence. Malty with a tiny fleck of toasted grain mixed in and a definite maize smell. A touch of citrus hop mixes in as well.
Taste- Starts with a lightly sweet toast that is full of honey and that earthy sort of taste that honey leaves. Malty with more of a bready thing going on than any sort of toasted nuttiness. A bit of a floral hoppiness (perhaps a bit of the honey?) mixes with the malt but it's just too sweet.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a light zip of carbonation and a bit of lingering sweetness.
Drinkability- Uggghhhh... Not New Glarus's best work. It's not horrible but the honey is too much and I don't get much of anything Bock in this. It was literally hard to put down a 12oz bottle. Tone down the sweetness a tad, maybe add of touch of nutty or roasted malt and we might have something.

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Photo of degerbah
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear and bubbly golden color that is slightly richer and brighter than a BMC, not nearly as dark as I would expect a Maibock. The aroma is almost sickly sweet, the honey is very readily apparent in the taste as well. A little overly sweet for my taste. The sweetness coats the tongue and reminds in the mouth long after the beer is swallowed.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid golden color with a yellow clear tint- rings of fizzy white head.
Smell is very sweet- can smell the honey- some light spices.
Taste is quickly wheaty- with a light crystal malt.
Finish is very dry with a decent lasting spice/sweet left on the palate.
Drinks well here- no hang ups

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Photo of daledeee
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is poured into a big wine glass.

It poured with a small half inch head and a lager yellow, no cloudiness.

Nose was slightly grainy and sweet.

Taste is like a cream ale. Rather sweet with an over the top mouth feel. Not one of my favorite types but was easy to drink and not bad tasting.

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Photo of ahalloin
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my New Glarus Spotted Cow pint glass gained as an extra in a trade. Pours a completely clear glowing yellowy-golden color with three finger width rocky white head. The head recedes quickly but leaves a nice crooked lace circumnavigating the glass.

When the head was full, I garnered a strong whiff of honey laden cereal with hints of grainy bread and a touch of caramel. The smell is predominantly sweet with honeycomb, but there are touches of earthy hops in there as well. Some grassiness as well.

The taste is not powerful, nor is it supposed to be. It's a friggin' Maibock! It's supposed to be quenching, which it is. The flavor is very German, with a healthy amount of sweet barley base with notes of honey giving way to a very continental European hop bitterness at the finish and through the aftertaste. The bitterness may be a bit overpowering and leaves a little bit of a slightly unpleasant tartness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is slightly noticeable as well.

The mouthfeel is very simplistic with a effervescent lightness and medium-high carbonation.

The drinkability is good but not great. That aftertaste I get from the strong bittering hops kind of deters me a bit.

Overall, it is a solid brew and would be awesome at a cookout on a hot day.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A crisp golden lager with a ripe white head starting at an inch and fading at a rather slight pace. This is a good looking Mai-bock.

S - Consists of grain and very little hops. It smells of a tradition German lager, made by an American big box.

T - The flavors are right. This Mai-bock has a crisp malt flavor with a nice thick malt finish. It's very difficult to put this one down.

M - The feel starts out on the abrasive end but it transitions well into the ending and finish where it thickens nicely. The feel is slow and well thought out in my opinion. It brings its heavy hitter on the front and and eases you in begging for more in the finish.

~ Overall this is a good Mai-bock. It has nearly everything I look for in a good bock beer. Its easy on the eyes, good malty flavor characteristics and a great feel. The only thing it lacks is the aroma factor. Give this sucker a sweet smell and you've got a true winner. Once again, nice job to my friends in Southern Wisconsin.

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Photo of WJVII
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a very golden yellow color with a clean white head. The aroma was nice and balanced with clean crisp malt presence and a slight honey sweetness. The taste is quite light compared to a normal bock beer and that is disappointing. There is decent balance and the flavor is a little more sweet than I would expect, but a decent brew. Not likely to buy again, but was ok to try.

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Photo of drizzam
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden color, topped by a bright white fluffy head. Head retention wasn't too bad and some spotty lacing was left down the inside of the glass.

S - Sweet malty aroma with a grassy note to it. Seems like I can smell just a hint of the honey in the aroma.

T & M - Grainy, nay bready, with a slight hint of honey sweetness accenting the overall experience. Medium bodied and finishes crisp. Carbonation is on the low to moderate side.

D - Drinkability is high with this brew...I know it eludes to drinking it on cold nights on the label, but it seems to me that this is a beer more suited for the Summer.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured appropriatley into my Milwaukee Brewers pint glass.

A: Super clear, golden yellow color. A nice two finger white head appears and fades to a thin rim.

A: Grass and grains. Some wheat and corn, followed by notes of honey and grassy hops.

T: Sweet honey is up front followed by the more sweetness from the grainy malt. Some earthy, grassy hops helps the beer to finish somewhat dry.

M: Pretty nice here as well. Light in body and tingely carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is pretty high here also. I haven't had too many Maibocks that I like, but I like this one. This would be the perfect brew to drink while sitting at the pool on a hot summer day. Skal.

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Photo of Jason
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Golden and completely clear with a thick layer of white head on top, a good looking lager. Malty sweet aroma with a hint of honey, herbal hops and a fresh grassiness within. Fantastic smoothness off of this moderate bodied beer. Malty and perhaps a little sweet but more bready and dried hay flavor. Some sweetness does come from a remnant spec of honey which also bring a splash of warming alcohol. Finishes with a clean graininess and faint honey.

A tight little bock, Oddly I'd prefer to drink this beer on a day like today which reached a sweltering 90*F than in the winter. Either way this is good drinking here.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, grabbed a 6 when this was released

appearance: served in a standard ND pint glass, bright pale yellow body, light ring of beige foam

smell: not much - toasted grain, corn, light sweet honey

taste: i want to like all new glarus beers, but this is the worst for me. very simple beer - a lot of grain, light honey. overall rather bland - would rather have a spotted cow

mouthfeel: very light, crisp

drinkability; fine

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into SA Perfect Pint.

A- Pours a clear, golden color with a nice finger and half of white fluffy head. Tons of carbonation come up from the bottom of the glass. The heads leaves a nice bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Not particularly strong but there is some honey in there to go along with the malt and some graininess and maybe even some corn. Kind of reminds me of a malt liquor.

T- Some sweetness provided by the use of the honey and a pretty decent malt backbone. Some corn and grain round out the flavors. Like the nose, reminds me of a less powerful malt liquor.

M- A nice medium bodied brew that is almost chewy but goes down smoothly. Not really much in the way of carbonation on the mouthfeel. To top it off there is a little bit of a dry finish.

D- Like with many NG beers, this is more of a session beer for the masses. Not too much going on in the way of flavor but won't scare anyone away. If you are looking for a standout NG offering, look elsewhere.

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Photo of dimensionQ
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As with any new New Glarus beer, I am always excited to see what kind of creation Dan has created. While I always love a good bock, maibocks are generally not one of my favorites, but as Uff-da by New Glarus sparked my interest in bocks, I figure that Cabin Fever may do the same thing with maibocks.

This beer pours a beautiful golden hew with a decent head--just as a lager should. Based on its appearance it looks like a perfect lager. Honestly, it looks like the perfect beer for a warm summer day, thus, its name Cabin Fever may be perfect--even if it is not the perfect time of year to enjoy the brew.

Cabin Fever does not have a striking smell, but then many lagers do not. It just smells like a good, clean lager in which the hops stay far in the background.

This beer tastes like a very good lager. Clean, crisp, with just a hint of European hops. It is not too sweet, not to bitter, and in other words, it tastes like a solid lager. Honestly, after a few too many hop bombs, imperial stouts, and barleywines over the fall and winter, I have to say that the flavor of Cabin Fever is a nice change of pace.

This beer is very drinkable. In fact, many of my friends that are not generally into craft beer just love this brew. I can easily sit down with a six pack and a guitar, and play, sing, and drink the day or night away. This beer is an excellent choice to start to get friends that generally do not like good beer into trying to drink some good beers.

While this beer is not perfect, it is another solid offering from New Glarus. While a touch more hops may have pushed the beer to top notch status, the beer is excellent for what it is--a refreshing, drinkable lager that is suitable for nearly all palates (other than those that are only tuned to Imperials of this and that).

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Photo of billab914
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. poured a clear golden color with a bright white two finger head. It had some pretty good head retention and left excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. fantastic looking beer.

The aroma has some grainy malt flavors with a little sweet honey coming through. The taste is light with grain and some sweet honey making up the bulk of the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it's a lighter beer but has enough flavor to make it a nice drinking lighter beer. probably not enough flavor for my personal tastes but a good version of the style.

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Photo of nickd717
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to oach on BA.

The appearance is absolutely brilliant. Crystal clear golden with a creamy white head that lasts. Excellent thick lacing.

Aroma is pretty standard for a heller bock, with pale malt and mildly sweet honey.

Flavor is decent, mainly pale malt and honey, along with considerable graininess. Some mild hop presence.

Dry and crisp on the palate with medium body for the style.

Overall this falls in the "good for the style" category. Very drinkable. I respect New Glarus for brewing good examples of subtle styles rather than doing just high ABV -bal aged stuff.

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Photo of CervezaMesa
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very heavy beer! pours heavy! This beer is top notch almost as good as its sister beer "spotted cow!

A. Mix of carmel and dark colors

S. Smells of hops!

T. very heavy but does the job

M. A little after taste

D. Do not match with a meal! Drink alone!

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear yet golden hay color with pretty good carbonation and a quick bright white head.

Imagine a pilsner with just cut prairie grass hop and toasted barley aoma with a simple, sweet, honey note to boot.

Dry toasted malts start the palate off right.The middle ha a little earthiness to it, but the mild honey notes supress that slowly. The inish is a litte warm, but overall has a Germa piln quality to it. Think a good pilsner with some honey to sweeten the crispness of the palate.

Mor drinkable than my buddy Lukaski said it was.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 3/6/10 notes. thanks to nimbleprop for sharing a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a nice golden color with no head and a little carbonation.

s - Smells mostly of wheat and bready malts. Maybe a little bit of sweet fruit, but not much.

t - Tastes of wheat, honey, bread or grain, and maybe hints of fruit.

m - Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

d - This beer was ok. Nothing special, but not bad. Would have liked a little more out of the smell and taste.

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Photo of Strix
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow, decent head.

Sweet malt in the smell, a touch of pilsnery hops.

A clean crisp lager taste, sweet malt, a kiss of hops, and I do pick up honey in the aftertaste. In a blind test, I would have said Capital made it.

Light mouthfeel.

This works as a light spring beer, though it just felt sort of overly simple for it to really stand out.

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Photo of barleypopmaker
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In the aroma of this beer there is a crisp biscuit malt flavor along with a soft touch of caramel, however it could be the play of honey along with the malt. There is a bit of hop aroma, but not much. Overall, the aroma is fairly light with a focus on a bit of sweet malt.

It pours a crystal clear gold, a shade darker than a good Pilsner. It poured a nice head, but that disappeared quickly.

The flavor is nice, some great lighter malt flavors. There is a some faint toast, some good biscuity malt, and a hint of honey. The hop bitterness is just enough to balance the malt, but there is a touch too much sweetness for my taste. However the beer does finish fairly well. Flavors are clean and as I would expect from a beer that appears to be an attempt at a Bock a step below a Helles.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation to help crisp up that sweetness.

Overall, I think they hit what they were attempting to do, which is make a beer a shade shy of a Helles Bock, with some honey added. This beer is well made and a far cry from the Extreme beer craze that we are in the middle of now in the craft beer world and that is a bit refreshing. Is it an A+ in my book? no. But it is a nice beer fitting for springtime. I do feel that a touch more hops would have helped even out the beer a bit more in my opinion though.

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Photo of pweis909
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe my least favorite New Glarus beer. Why?
Nothing wrong with the way it looks. Clear and golden, great head. Smells grainy. Maybe I am smelling honey? Sweetness is this beer's downfall. Taste is just a bit too sweet, one-dimensional. Mouthfeel seems thin, too. I did not crave another.

New Glarus has helped me learn to like lagers and other seemingly plain-Jane beers like Spotted Cow and Naked, and can see myself growing to like this one. Two more bottles in the fridge, so will give it another try.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours macro yellow with a white head. The aroma is corny with some wheat. The flavor is corn, wheat, some fruit and honey. Not very much hop character in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad but nothing special.

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Photo of arkurzynski
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Brand-spankin' new off the shelf. Pours straw-colored with a creamy white head that dissipates quickly. Very clear. Not much of a nose - light malts with a little sweetness. Definately a decent malty taste up front with a decent background honey flavor. Showcases this flavor much better than another Wisconsin honey beer that shall remain unnamed. Crisp with low to medium body. Mild hop flavor on the finish. Very good and refreshing, just not anything outlandish.

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Photo of ZAP
1.78/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I was hoping for something along the lines of the old Norski but this falls far short of that. Seems to be made for the masses...

For the style this lacks character, flavor, aroma, texture and body.

It has a mild sweet malt aroma...the taste is bland...the aftertaste is not enjoyable...the body is thin and watery...

I might take Spotted Cow over this...highly, highly dissapointed..I hate to see standout like Black Wheat go away and things like this replace it.

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Cabin Fever from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 542 ratings.
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