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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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 +10.5%
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 +9.4%
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 -14.8%
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 -3.4%
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 -1.7%
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 -4.5%
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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Photo of jnn4v
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very light orange, bordering on a dark yellow color. Minor to moderate amount of off-white head. Slightly hazy, completely translucent, and no visible sediment.

S: Smells almost exactly like honey wheat bread or honey nut cheerios. Very appetizing for the style. Yeast, sweet malts, and almost no hops in the scent.

T: Very mild flavor - malt centric, but not syrupy or overly sweet. Honey, honey wheat bread, honey roasted peanuts, taffy, and hints of butterscotch.

M: Higher density and thicker mouthfeel than I had anticipated, especially given the appearance. Very nicely done. Adequate but not quite average level of carbonation.

O: Quite enjoyable, especially for the style. Not sure why it doesn't have a better average on BA - I'm guessing some of the reviewers don't understand or appreciate the Maibock / Helles bock style?

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Photo of keethrax
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slightly cloudy yellow, with a smooth, long lasting head makes this a decently pretty beer.

Some apples to the aroma, but didn't pick up much in the flavor. More a general tartness and lingering honey-sweetness with some malt in the background.

On the lighter side of maibocks, in a quite enjoyable way.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. This is another New Glarus offering I was fortunate enough to get as an extra. This is another one that poured with virtually zero head. Pours a golden pilsner type color, although a bit clouded. The nose is remniscent to their apple ale. It smells like crisp apples touched with honey. The first taste reminds me of much the same. More lightly tinged apple with a touch of honey. This would be a decent beer to have on a hot day. The mouthfeel is very light and delicate. The faintest taste of apples is left behind. All in all, this isn't too shabby. Nothing incredible. Nothing awful. Wouldn't seek it out, but could put a few back if it's what someone had about.

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Photo of tapman
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plumes of billowing bubbles bloom in this crystal clear honey colored brew. Head is a large, off-white and meringue-like head that shimmers and sparkles and glimmers while being fed by the frantic carbonation below.

Pale/pilsner malt, dusty yeast, a little bready/cardboard notes and very subtle floral/earthy hops make the nose for me.

Flavor is moderately sweet, though dry enough to be well attenuated. Tart apple cider and some mineral-like byproducts combine with a low bitterness to make this an easy drinker. The taste is much thinner than other maibocks I have tried, like Hofbrau Maibock or Rogue Deadguy.

Crisp, but not sharp, and only a little dry with a puckering tanginess in the finish.

Looks great and smells and tastes pretty good. I'm not sure if this is weak for the style in flavor, or if the other Maibocks I've had are overcompensating, but still a fine brew from my favorite brewery.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and clear, creamy two finger head and nice lace made for a good looking brew.

Smells of grains and a bit of earthy hops, with a touch of honey.

Honey is much more pronounced in the taste, even leaving a slightly slick, sweet sensation after every sip. There's also some grainy flavors and a bit of a floral aspect as well.

The body is very full despite being light and easy to drink. Honey slickness and a light sweetness make up the finish.

Overall it's once again a great brew from New Glarus.

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Photo of Westywood
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Copperish and brassy. Nice white head rose to about two fingers with and aggressive pour and settled nicely into a white ring and some solid lacing. Hazy beer with good carbonation.

Smell - Not much to go on here. Light faint toasted grains and a bit of a sweet smell.

Taste - Light at first with a bit of a sweet note right out of the gate but then a nice bit of hop character settles in and provides a very nice balance. This is a beer that as you're swallowing a drink you're preparing to have another.

Mouthfeel - Solid carbonation and solid presence for a very smooth and easy drinking beer. I know because of it's style this beer will catch up to you. But it really tastes and drinks like you could hammer down 12 - 15 of them.

Overall - Another wonderful beer from New Glarus. I have very limited access to these beers and each time I'm able to get one it's worth the wait!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear orange body with two fingers of frothy, creamy tan head. Good retention, spotty lace. Attractive.

S: Very delicate, fruity, and balanced. Lightly sweet, grainy malt works well with some spicy hops, and there's definitely a touch of honey tying everything together with some floral sweetness. Nice.

T: Malt dominates up front, with clean, pure pale malt graininess being the main attraction. Some honey sweetness backs it up, and a touch of hops bitterness joins with the faintest hint of dry lager yeast to close things out cleanly. Delicious lager.

M: Fairly light body, moderately soft carbonation. Pleasant.

O: I'm surprised it took me this long to get around to trying this one, but then again I'm rarely in WI during the winters these days. As it is, I was excited to see a couple of these left over from a mix-pack. I don't know what surprises me more - the beer's low overall score on here, or the fact that it's a winter seasonal. On the first count, I thought it was a tasty, clean, and flavorful beer, with the only real complaint against it being that it's a bit too sweet for the style; on the second, I thought that it's lightness and sweetness fit better for the spring or even summer than the winter. Anyhow, I really enjoyed this beer, although I'd certainly recommend the Back 40 over it any day.


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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TATURBO for this one! This beer poured out as a nice clear yellow color. The head was fizzy and leave just a thin film over top of the beer. The smell is kind of on the weak side, not too much going on really besides some sweet malts on the nose. The taste of the beer is malty and has a subtle sweetness to it. The flavor is pretty good overall I found it to go great with my dinner. The mouthfeel had a good almost medium body to it with a good carbonation also. Overall I found this beer to be quite enjoyable.

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

Pours a very clear light amber or apple cider color. The initial 1 inch eggshell head quickly falls and dissipates, leaving just the barest lace that does have some cling. Very slight visible carbonation. There are sweet bread notes in the nose. A bit of caramel malt, metallic notes, and subtle honey in the mix. A slightly sour bouquet overall. The taste has mild and slightly sweet bread flavors up front. Nothing really shouts for attention on the palate--smooth and creamy all the way. There's a bit of grassy or herbal hop zest toward the back, but the malts win out accompanied by a decidedly pleasing honey finish. This is a creamy and smooth beer, on the lighter side of medium-bodied. There's noticeable but not distracting effervescence, and a very clean finish.

There's a lot to like about this maibock. As with most everything from New Glarus, this beer is very well-balanced and flavorful. The flavors don't shout, however: They are smooth and harmonious on the palate. As I'm somewhat averse to honey-flavored anything, and this beer is billed as a honey bock; I was relieved to find that the honey notes actually enhance the overall taste profile. This beer is certainly worth your time, whether it be the dead of winter or the dog days of summer.

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

thanks to jeff from fuzzybrew for this bottle.

A: pours straw yellow, slightly golden with excellent clarity and one finger of thin white head that is quick to subside. no lacing.

S: smells like a bock - a bit of dust, corn, and the faintest of noble hops. honey sweetness as this warms.

T: pils malt, vanilla and creme, then a bit of honey and malt sweetness mixed with hop bitterness at the end.

M: light to light-medium body. the honey gives it a bit of slickness on the tongue, but otherwise it is easy drinking. flavors are very clean up front and only honey lingers.

O: not my favorite style but nicely done.

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a mug. Ups to Franz4 for mule coordination services.

A- Clear and golden. Pours with ~2 fingers of effervescent white head, which fades gradually into a ring of bubbles.

S- Subdued biscuity, malty sweetness....some grainy notes.

T- Light caramel malt and grainy sweetness. Bitterness is low. Inoffensive but uninteresting.

M- Moderately high carbonation. Medium-light feel. This is a pretty dry beer.

O- Decent. Absolutely nothing exciting about any aspect of this beer, but its a pleasant, easy drinker.

Future outlook: The first "meh" beer I've had from NG...but it is what it is...a decent enough beer in what represents a pretty boring style to me. No out-of-stater that I won't likely have again soon.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is gold. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly to leave trails along the glass, a spotted lacing, and a ring around the edge.

Smell: The aroma is very faint, though it is lager-like. Lightly toasted malts, hay, honey, buttery biscuit, and a little bit of blackberry or perhaps dark fruit, brown sugar, or molasses.

Taste: Lightly toasted malts give it a smooth, caramel backbone, which supports flavors of hay, toffee, honey, biscuit, and a little of the mysterious dark fruit (or whatever it is) from the smell. There is also a faint spiciness, though I cannot pin down exactly what it tastes like. Maybe freshly ground pepper.

Drinkability: Far from an in-your-face high-gravity bock, Cabin Fever would definitely be a good choice if I were stuck in a cabin during the late-winter. It offers a tasty and satisfying complexity without providing a serious buzz.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden orange with 1 finger head

smell: sweet, malts,

taste: malty, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: if you like this style you'll probably like this beer. this one just wasn't for me.


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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light amber, golden in color with a light bit of haze to it. Off white head, maybe an inch and a half creeps up the sides and sits down on top for a while.

Light caramel, bready notes are highlighted here. Sweet with a light undertone of some herbal hops peeking though. A light touch of dark fruit perhaps? Possibly but a sweet, caramel malty lager type aroma is what is predominant here. toffee, hints of buttery like notes persisting now as it comes up in temperature. Fades smoothly, leaving a creamy and sweet flavor on the tongue that snaps back with a nice hop bite at the finish. Nice carbonation never lets it get too heavy or over zealous in any way. Lends itself to being a very nice and quite drinkable

Overall very drinkable, in fact really could not get enough of this one. It's a style I see far too little of as of late, and would relish the chance to touch base with it again.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to bauermj for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a rather clear amber color with less than a finger of white head that quickly dissipates leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Lots of bread, sweet malt, honey, grain, and slight citrus.

Taste – On par with the nose – the honey sweetness can be immediately tasted. Lots of bready grains, some citrus notes, and just a hint of hops. There is a dryness to it also.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, prickly carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – I didn’t think this was bad – it wasn’t “good” but it also wasn’t horrible. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and I could see myself having a few of these on a hot summer day before the honey taste got a bit cloying.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small white head tops a medium hazed golden colored brew. Scent is sweet lagered malts, maybe a touch of honey. Pretty bready taste, sweet malt, honey, light hop bitterness, touch of warming alcohol. Medium bodied with a bit of sharpness. Pretty nice brew

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright gold with a slight haze, one finger off white head.

S- Bready and grainy malt aromas, the caramel sweetness I was looking for in the style was minimal. Nice mellow noble hop aroma and subtle floral notes from the honey in the background.

T- Grainy sweet malt with quite a bit of dry toasty character coming through at midpoint. A little bit of honey character comes through towards the finish, but not much.

M- Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. Fairy light overall for the style.

O- Not bad but certainly not my favorite from New Glarus. I'd be amazed if Leininkugels put out a beer like this but I guess I just have higher standards for New Glarus. Even so, it's still an alright beer that would be a good choice to introduce someone to the Maibock/Helles Bock style.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.71/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to friend schmittymack for sharing this one with me at our mini (and unintentional) New Glarus fest 2 weeks back. This one poured a nice golden color with a tight white head. Very sweet on the nose, with lots of honey. On the palate, this one was thin bodied, sweet and dry, with flavors of honey and biscuit.

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Cabin Fever from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 544 ratings.
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