Cabin Fever | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Cabin FeverCabin Fever

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of hardy008
2.49/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours yellow with a white head with good retention and decent lacing. Smells and tastes like yeast, grain, honey, and wheat. Thin. watery, and bland taste. Decent carbonation and light bodied. Not much of an aftertaste. Not worth trying again.

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Photo of birchstick
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow color with an okay looking head. Nose is sweet caramel and some grain hops. Taste starts off with sweet honey, that moves on to a sweet toffee nutty flavor. A minute amount of hops show up on the backend, but the sweetness still holds through. Mouthfeel is full and really smooth. Overall, this is a nice seasonal to add into the rotation with its flavor profile.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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 dexterk1
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint. Head is thick and color is golden.
Odor is sweet and malty. Overall pretty light.
Taste is sweet biscuit at first. Ends with a little bitterness and some grain. Prefer the beginning rather than the ending.
Mouth feel is light and carbonated. Light on the tongue with not much really hanging around.
Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Matt Simpson. Thanks, Matt!

Appearance: Pours out a yellow-hued body with good clarity and a foaming, fast evaporating, white head.

Smell: Some pale malts, a tad bready, with some pils malt, notes of lightly sweet-scented honey, herb, and modest underlying yeastiness.

Taste: Pils malts, a bit of graininess, and a medium degree of honeyed sweetness. Herbal hops, though light, as well as is the imparted bitterness. Hint of white grapeskins. Faintly yeasty. Drying, fairy clean finish where, though the overall carbonation is a bit light, there's a fast flash on tingliness as it closes out.

Mouthfeel: Falls somewhere just a bit shy of medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Solid little bock.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at brewery

A - Clear brilliant golden with 1 finger white creamy head with good retention and moderate lacing.

S - Biscuit, lager sour yeast, grassy/floral hops, oak

T - The pale mates are the dominating flavor with a sour yeast, biscuit flavor and grassy hops notes.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation smooth with a slightly bitter dry finish.

O - An okay refreshing beer but forgettable compared to many others at New Glarus.

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Photo of Treebs
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a FFF 15th Anniversary pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a very thin ring and no lace is left down the glass.

S: Nice dried bread crust malts with some lager yeast and light grassy hop profile.

T: More of the whole wheat bread crust malts, pale malts, lagery yeast and a nice light grassy hop profile really round this out with a touch of sweetness.

M: Light bodied. Crisp with a nice carbonation and nicely refreshing.

O: I think this is very solid bock. Nice malt profile balanced with the sweetness and the hops bring really bring together a nice beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks. Served in a snifter, beer is yellow and clear with a lazy white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is plain, yeast, lager.

Beer is eh, a little dry on the finish a little grainy, interesting a fine little lager, I wouldn't have guessed it to be a Maibock though. Probably not a repeat for me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a nice box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus tasting glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head and a touch of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some faint honey and a bit of light bready malt. The flavor hits the light honey notes again with a touch of breadiness through the finish. Some chewiness and a light-medium body. Good carbonation. This was a fairly-solid brew, but I found the honey to be a distraction.

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Photo of steveh
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up some of this for the heck of trying it, even though the "honey" part of the name makes me think sickly sweet.

A -- Deep, clear golden with a white head that settles pretty quickly.

S -- Light bready sweetness and peppery alcohol. Not a lot going on.

T -- Lightly bready malts up front with some mild, peppery alcohol then vaguely citrus in a Saaz hop way. If this is truly 6%, it's hidden well. There's a yeastiness in the aftertaste that's very Helles-like.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a slightly syrupy feel and a light to light medium body.

O -- Not as bready as I expect most Helles Bocks to be, but also not as cloyingly sweet from the honey that I expected. This beer is pretty drinkable and reminds me a lot of a Helles, just not very bready.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is light yellow and transparent with a quarter inch of white head. The aroma consists of grain, bready malt, a touch of lemon, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is grainy, with a prominent lager malt presence. Fruity aftertaste. Light bodied with moderately low carbonation. Overall, this was ok.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden with a thin white head, but it leaves a good amount of lacing.
S- Smell is mild but pleasing. Sweet, honey like, with some cracker like elements. Faintly spicy.
T- Quite sweet on the tongue, with a fair amount of honey flavor, and light breadyness persists.
M- Low carb, medium body, leaves kind of a funny slickness on the tongue.
O- A decent beer, but considering this is my first beer from New Glarus I was disappointed.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsener glass.
A: Pours a clear, pale, under-ripe lemon hue with high carbonation producing a 1 inch bubbly white head with decent retention.
S: Musty, funky citrus. Hint of sweet honey and toasted malt. A bit on the weak side here.
T: Crisp toasted malt, honey (more apparent here than the aroma), and soft citrus notes.
M: Smooth, slightly oily, a bit of effervescence from the high carbonation.
D: A bit unpleasantly surprised here...just an okay offering from New Glarus. I don't find myself commenting on the names of beer much, but this one just doesn't seem to fit. It makes me think more of early spring than dead of winter in a cabin.

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Photo of znichols
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little late in the season for this one, but here goes.

A- honey gold with half inch white head. Not much lacing and the head is gone in 3 minutes. Lotsa bubbles. Ehhhh.

S-the smell contains a decent amount of graineyness, sweet honey, flowers, and buttered cracker. Not bad but very light.

T- the taste isn't big. Soft floral tones with a hint of honey sweetness and a touch of caramel. Light. Drinkable.

M- the carbonation is pretty substantial. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Light bodied.

O- this is a fine beer to have 3 or 4 of while watching a football game. A little more floral and clean than high life, but that comparison isn't far fetched. Its an ok beer and accomplishes what it sets out to do.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap, out for some wings. Arrived at my table in a standard pint glass.

A) Not much to write home about here. Golden in color, clean and clear. Really wasn't much head. No lacing noted.

S) Mild aroma, light malt, slightly sweet and a tad grassy. Nothing bold, but fairly appealing to my sense of smell.

T) Nicely balanced flavors. Grain and pale malt, mixed with a perfect kiss of honey. This finishes with a touch of hops that is very fresh and grassy.

M) Quite a smooth brew. Goes down with ease. Crisp and refreshing, clean aftertaste. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Well done...

O) While not spectacular, this one has a lot more positives than negatives. A real easy drinker, that I would gladly recommend.

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Photo of Natetoad
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: What can I say this light lager looks light and clear. It's a good setup for what's about to come.

Smell: What comes off is mostly the smell of a clean lager yeast. Near the end I got the floral notes of what I believe is the honey used.

Taste: Very delicate balance of flavors in this one. Pale malts, light honey, and just the slightest touch of hops all mingle with the clean lager yeast. You're not going to get blown away with any bold flavors, but nothing that goes into this beer will step on another's toes.

Mouthfeel: I like the level of carbonation that increases the body just a bit after you get all of the delicate flavors.

All in all I like this as a session beer. A little lighter than many maibocks, but it's also more well balanced (something New Glarus is amazing at).

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Photo of Lemke10
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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 bpgpitt10
2.51/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Straw yellow with little to no head despite a fairly aggressive pour.
S: Not much. A little bit of a light citrus and sweetness.
T: Light hop bitterness, but not really any of the pine or citrus from hops. Some grain and bread flavors. Maybe a bit of honey, but I might be tring to convince myself of this. Very mild flavors all around.
M: Mild carbonation and quite thin. Finishes clean.

O: This reminds me a lot of BMC stuff frankly. The flavors have a bit more going on than BMC for sure so I will give it that. This seems like a big summer session beer… sort of like BMC. I can't say I would ever buy this again.

Maybe I don't appreciate the style fully. But if this is a fair representation of it, then people need to stop knocking American Adjunct like it's a POS... cuz this beer really isn't a huge switch from those. It's cleaner all around which is the key difference I'd say.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a lovely transparent golden straw color with a single finger of sticky foam collar. Smells very bready and mildly sweet / floral, taste is even milder than the nose presents, lightly carbonated and also light bodied, maintains a honey bread feel and flavor throughout everything, a fun thirst quencher that does make me think about spring for having a sole hopping emphasis on floral tones. Cons : It could stand some flavor amplification.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle given to me for no real reason by backfat-- one of the hairiest guys I've ever shared a bed with!

Served in a dimpled mug.
Very clear, light olden body. Two fingers of white head started strong, but faded fast.
Smells of toasted sweet malt with a little clean spicy hop note.
Very mild and subdued, and despite my belief that honey ferments all the way out, I seem to distinctly pick up some notes from it-- especially blending into the otherwise dry finish. Floral and spicy hops present with a nice touch of bitterness and an overall warming sensation in my throat.
Body is just about perfect; medium, little oily, and good carbonation.

Overall-- another solid take on a style by NG. There is a good reason why they are one of the largest breweries in the US-- they competently make good beer.

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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like bready lager yeast and wild clover honey, with pecan and copper.
T: It tasted like sweet honey and sugary wheat bread, with some lager yeast and nutty malt. It had a very light and clean aftertaste that was sweet with a bit of sour.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a delicate and enjoyable brew. It was maybe bolder fresh, but the scent and taste were still good after 9+ months. The body was nice too, and there was no alcohol noticeable, so it was very easy to drink. Nothing exciting about this beer, but it's still recommended for a nice change of pace.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Holiday beers should add a bit of sparkle to the season. "Cabin Fever" suggests a big-bodied winter warmer, but this beer steers right down the middle of average lane. Nice malt with caramel notes, but overall seemed a bit thin. Some drying aspect toward the finish with moderate lingering bitterness.

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Photo of monitorpop
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light gold with a half finger white head.

S: Faint honey.

T: Malt with a touch of sweet honey and slightly tart apple. 

M: Crisp and clean. High carbonation. A bit of a light alcohol in the finish.

O: Not complex, but overall it's a nice simple refreshing beer.

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Photo of matjack85
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received this single 12oz brown bottle in a trade, so not sure of the price, but I suspect they run about the same as the other New Glarus beers (about $1.69 each). No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear, pale gold color with a 2-finger white head that lasted about 2 minutes. Lacing was minimal.

There's not much smell to this. A little malty with a touch of honey.

Pleasant bready malt flavor with a kiss of honey sweetness. Not much hop presence - just a touch of herbalness. I also pick up a slight mineral taste to the water. Interestingly, a tart apple-like flavor appears in the finish along with the honey.

Light bodied with only moderate carbonation.

Another good beer from New Glarus.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fluffy white head, thick and firm, but it only lasts a couple minutes. Color is a honeyed bronze sort of color.

Aroma is faint...only light touches of honey, a kind of mildew/basement thing also, and...that's about it.

Taste is nice, although not boisterous or overly impressive. Just a sweet kiss of honey, some juicy fruit notes (especially apple and pear), a bready center, and slighter herbal and mineral notes. Fresh, clean, simple.

Thin, almost inconsequential feel to this beer. On the watery side, although the carbonation does its best to push through.

I had high hopes for this, but, as it turns out, it's merely okay. Not a failure in any way, just not one of New Glarus's finer moments.

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Cabin Fever from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.51 out of 5 based on 520 ratings.
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