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Cabin Fever | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
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 +17.9%
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 -5.4%
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 +4.3%
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 +9.7%
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 -2.8%
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 -8.5%
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 -3.7%
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 -12.5%
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%
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 +4.8%
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 +4.6%
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 -49.3%
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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Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear bright sun yellow body. Thin and wispy dirtied white froth sits on top. It clings nicely to the walls of my glass as I drink. Aroma is solid. Sweet, malty and honeyish, with malty being the most dominant aroma. The flavor is grainy malt with sweet honey accents. Fairly nondescript. Solid for what it is, but not a lot of depth or richness. Carbonation is fairly prickly and the body is medium. Very even keeled and mellow.

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Photo of emerge077
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this in every single bar in SW Wisconsin over the weekend...

Poured into a pint, this is a crystal clear amber, a skunky whiff of noble hops when the bottle was opened. Some minor lacing at the edges. Fairly decent head retention, but it's nothing especially exciting to look at.

Aroma is grainy adjunct lager, truthfully it reminds me of a mild euro pils more than anything.

Flavor is similarly husky and grainy, with a very bare hint of clover honey in the aftertaste. Fairly light and fizzy, it doesn't hold your attention enough to drink much of this. Closer to a macro lager than any bock i've had. Just not enough in the flavor department.

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Photo of KI9A
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty much macro clear yellow, nice puffy head.

S: some sweet malts.

T: good light malt backbone, some light bittering hops. I pick up sweetness, from the honey, but, not an overpowering honey.

M: Light, well carbonated.

D: Very good sessionable beer. Would like to drop a few during the hot summer months here in St.Louis.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This lager pours a brilliantly clear light golden color--one might call it honey colored. The head is clingy and bright white. The aroma is moderately malty--grainy and slightly sweet with a crisp lager-like aroma. The flavor is moderately malty, smooth with a moderate hop bitterness and slightly dry finish, which balances the malt nicely. The carbonation is medium-high with a medium body. Overall this brew is quite delicious--straightforward crisp malt with nice hop bitterness. Makes me start to think of spring!

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Photo of scaliasux
2.45/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear light gold. Tall fizzy white head. Beer itself is pretty fizzy.

Smell - Light sweet malt. Not picking up any hops.

Taste - Remarkably light. Not much to distinguish this from a light lager or a pilsiner. Light sweet malt and only the faintest hint of hops in the finish. A little alcoho and a little something else - the honey maybel. Nothing offensive, but quite light for style and not too interesting.

Mouthfeel - Light. Well carbonated.

Drinkability - I like most of the stuff produced by New Glarus, but this one's not particularly inspired. I might take it ahead of a Spotted Cow, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the churchkey last night. Waitress told me it was "an ale"

Taking that general statement with a grain of salt, I didn't really know what to expect from this, and it never really got clarified.
Now reading that it's a maibock disappoints me, because I like maibocks quite a bit -- but this one didn't live up to the typical new glarus greatness.

The color looked alright, kind of a darker grain color.

I don't really want to blast this beer for not being a good maibock, because it isn't a bad beer. My grades are all regarding the category.

The smell was frankly weak, as was the taste. Not nearly as much sweet malty goodness as one would hope for, and a rather unremarkable finish. Mouthfeel didn't give any clues as to what the beer was, but it never once tasted bad.
Therefore I'll give it a bump on the drinkability scale.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - After a rigorous pour a bubbly white head quickly rose to about a finger and a half thick. The head fades to a lace with a thicker ring around the edge of the glass after a couple of minutes. Plenty of carbonation present in this one has lots of strands are visibly rising up to the top. A very clear, translucent and somewhat bland yellow body is present, but has a good overall appeal.

S - What happened? I was quite impressed by the appearance but the smell has me wondering if this was a bad batch. Little to no honey smell like I was expecting. Instead, I get an artificial almost rubbery smell with some faint hops and floral notes that are quite frankly, hard to detect. Typical corn notes are present but nothing else stands out.

T - Much like the smell, with a little more profound hop and floral notes. Faint amounts of honey and corn are present but nothing else really grabs you.

M - Light bodied beer with a relatively high amount of carbonation. Faint amounts of honey, followed by a strong amount of carbonation and a corn/grain finish. Smooth drinking no doubt.

D - While I feel this beer has been a big disappointment the beer is drinkable no doubt. Very smooth and light. Overall though, this is the worst New Glarus beer I have had by far.

I am not sure what to think of this beer. Is this going to be the new trend for New Glarus? Dumbed down beers that appeal to masses like a PBR or Honey Weiss, which I consider this beer to be quite similar to. I know times are tough, but this brewery thrived on brewing world class beers. I hope this is just a blip on the map and the new beers that are going to be released this year will be exceptional. New Glarus needs to get back to brewing top notch world class beers and stop worrying about appealing to masses with these beer. People who drink mass produced lagers aren't going to buy this at the price anyway. NG's market is with people who roam this site. I hope things improve throughout the year. Best of luck Dan.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Crystal clear golden yellow with a creamy white head that had good retention and left rocky strands of lace.

S - Sweet corn aroma with honey and herbal noble hops.

T - Corn with pale malts and some sweet honey.

M - Medium mouthfeel but crisp and refreshing with a bit of lingering sweetness.

D - I would have guessed this was an adjunct lager from one of the big brewers with a touch of honey added. Not what I was expecting.

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Photo of weatherdog
2.92/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a New Glarus weiss glass

Bottle dated 0110

The pour is a lively rise of a white head capping a crystal clear golden straw body that is just a hair darker than a normal American light lager. The bubbles are tiny and rise through out the whole beer. A minimal amount of lacing is present at the end of the glass.

The nose is very bland. There is a minimal amount of of floral hops that is then taken over by crisp pilsner malt smell. It is very reminiscent of an average pale lager.

All I pretty much taste is a full bodied bland American lager with a distinct corn taste which is befuddling me. At the end there is just a little bit of floral notes that could be from the hops or the honey used. That is really the only discernible positive character from the beer.

The carbonation is lively and high like an American lager and it drinks quickly and without any hesitation. This beer can easily be gulped in large quantities and is relatively refreshing for what it is.

I really had high expectation for this beer given the original description, but I feel it falls so short and disappoints. I see this beer as the winter version of 'Totally Naked' and a direct competitor to 'Honeyweiss'. This is the full bodied "winter"equivalent of that beer, and while I see it will please the people who this is targeted to, I find it a travesty that beers such as 'Uff-da bock', 'Black Wheat', 'Coffee Stout' and 'Hop Hearty' had to be shelved to make room for this. Why not just make 'Totally Naked' all year round? It feels like a brewery I know can make some of the best beers I have ever had, is now catering to the least common denominator in order to pay for the new brewery. I really hope the rest of the new beers being introduced this year are not a dumbed down version of styles BA's know New Glarus can hit a home run in if they wanted.

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Photo of PrinceDarren
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had never heard of this one before so I enjoyed an opportunity to try a new beer with no pre-conceived notions. I didn't even know what the style would be.

It looked like a run-of-the-mill pilsner. Had no aroma whatsoever. Tasted slightly sweeter than a pils but had no hop profile at all.

I commented to my friend that, if tasted blind, it would be difficult to distinguish between this and an Old Style or Hamms.

Now that I see it is described as a "Pale Bock" I am still not impressed. The sweetness that was contributed by the honey is no different on the tongue than that of a corn that is frequently used in mass-produced cheap macro beer.

In summary, NG used more expensive ingredients and a more intensive brewing process but failed to produce anything that is better than a crappy macro.

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Photo of minnunderground
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was actaully pretty excited to try this but...really didnt deliver oh well...

Looks really like a clear honey, with a light creme tan head, really tastes like a macro with maybe a hint of honey man this a llight and...to put it blunt a pretty crappy bock. Don't get me wrong it's probably what NG was going for some weak beer that spotted cow people would drink. But I need more flavor.

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Photo of darklordlager
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a exceptionally clear, honey-hued orange/golden, with a lively 1.5" slightly off-white coloured head. The many-sized bubbles in the head make for a lack of retention.

S: Rich, clean malt, twangy scent, light lemon. As it warms up, it gets a bit more bready and dough-like. Dash of pepper.

T: Slighty spicy hops, mild pale/2-row malt sweetness, with a bit of sourness. Maybe a bit of caramel malt. Finishes dry, but with a bit of malt flavour that lingers on the tongue. A bit herbal as well (could be from the honey or the hops). Very clean. More doughy/biscuity malt flavour emerges after it warms, some corn.

M: Light-to-medium body, with an interesting "creaminess" to it. Medium carbonation.

D: I can see the reason that this won't be rated very high--it isn't boisterous with enormous flavours, it is subtle and very easy to drink--Not something I am likely to pick up again, but a nice sessionable beer from New Glarus.

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