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

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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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Photo of MikeAAL
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I like this one. Good taste.

It has a white head and a golden, pale, straw body.

Smells like honey and hops.

The first thing I taste is honey, followed by hops.

Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation. Crisp, clean finish.

Overall, refreshing, sweet and tastey.

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

Appearance: I really don't know how better it could look. Pale yellow with golen hews. Streaming carbonation, 2 finger head. Wonderful.

Smell: Per the name, big dose of honey up front. Floral notes, Not much of a hop profile. Clean. Very approachable.

Taste: A wonderful taste. Very approachable and clean. Grains and malt with floral notes and a nice clean honey aspect. A little resin of past prime hops. Aftertaste is a sweet with a little bit of discombobulated grains.

Mouthfeeel: Light and clean. The viscosity matches the taste profile perfectly. The carbonation is there, wonderful.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. I know most people will try to rate this lower because it's a shelf beer, but if I am honest, this beer is world class for the style and nearly overall. It's not rare, it's not BA and I didn't need to wake up at 4am to get this, but this beer is fan-freaking-tastic.

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Photo of deebo
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This lager called a honey bock by the brewer provides a thick pillowy snow white head that clings to the clean pint glass eventually breaking down to a constant film. Completely clear and light golden.

Aromas of pilsener malt with just a hint of spicy European hops. Smells a lot like a typical American adjunct lager.

Taste is clean barley malt with a slight honey sweet finish. A little hop and carbonation tingle in this brew that has an overall soft mouthfeel. A vapory alcohol aroma, taste and finish is also detected.

Overall a simple beer that would fare better with a little more character (more spice, more malt taste or body) to carry the higher alcohol content. I like the kiss of sweetness and taste from the honey.

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Photo of weonfire
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden yet a crystal clear brew. One finger of white head with tiny little bubbles. As the head fades lacing sticks to the high water mark. Tiny bubbles of carbonation rise from the bottom.

S - Crispness and that German barely. I would say scent is mostly missing

T - Malty & frothy. This is going to sound harsh but it does resemble a Budweiser with out the buttery taste. that being said - I feel the only similarities start and end with the lager style and german barley used. The honey differentiates it from the macro and adds a very nice flavor. Not bitter whats so ever.

M - Malty and Frothy brew make the viscosity low. Nice feel. didn't feel watery at all. coats entire throat decently.

O - I have to say I'm pretty disappointed with the lack of honey scent or really the lack of an scent. Got a small taste of honey. mixes well. this is not a complex brew. easy to drink tho. I don't believe i would buy this again.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice, soft, white head with a little lacing. Sweet malt and grassy hops aroma. STUNNING, brilliant gold color. Starts sweet with malt, a touch of hop, then has a TOUCH of a floraly, honey note. Finish is sublimely malty. Right as it switches to the finish, there is a grassy/grainy hop flavor, but then is is smooth malt, and again, a touch of honey in the back.

Wow, this is WAY more awesome than I was expecting. Sweet enough, but not too sweet. I love that touch of honey, too. And, the malt finish is perfect. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel, too!

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

Pours a golden color-ever so light touch of amber.Head is fairly rich, creamy and holds long retention.
Smells biscuit, grassy, honey comes through in an interesting sour/sweet fashion.Slightly floral, good back of malt mixed with pepper, floral notes and grass.
Flavor is where the beer shines.Spicy carbonation upfront leads to floral grassy flavors, hay, biscuit, then a really nice touch of sour/sweet musty honey. A creamy almost wheatlike creamy. Much more going on in here than the standard Helles Bock..which tends to be one-dimensional malt bombs .
Mouthfeel is great.Spicy, sweet, slightly sour all cut by a light touch of alcohol heat.
A beer I could see being refreshing and nice hot or cold outside.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly light aroma of soft malts and wheat grains. Pale malts with hints of cereal grains, biscuit, crackers, wheat, yeast, and a little hay. Some sweet honey scents. Very subtle hints of earthy hops in the background. A fairly standard Maibock aroma, although the honey is pretty noticeable.

Taste: Like it smells, a fairly light malt forward taste. Soft pale malts dominate with a taste of cereal grains, wheat, biscuit, crackers, yeast, and a slight note of straw. Noticeable presence of honey adds to the sweetness. Lightly bitter taste of earthy hops towards the finish. A clean and light taste as expected for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A decent brew for the Maibock style. Light but has an interesting kick of honey.

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Photo of hardy008
2.49/5  rDev -29.3%
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 -3.4%
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 +5.1%
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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Cabin Fever from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 543 ratings.
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