ekoerper (592) - Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2012 Aroma: crisp apples, smells sweet like cider, a touch of cereal grains but predominantly strong apple aroma.
Appearance: Brilliantly clear light amber, fizzy white head with slightly below average retention, some spotty lacing.
Flavor: prominent apple flavor, slight sweetness, a touch of light grains. Not a lot of complexity, but very good.
Palate: medium body, fairly high carbonation, nice crisp finish.
Overall: an excellent, extremely drinkable fruit ale. Delicious.
jlruthven (583) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours brown-hinted gold. Good, lively head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Nose is fresh apples, a bit of sour apple Jolly Rancher as well. Just apple apple apple. Taste follows suit: crisp, fresh apples, hints of cider. Straightforward, wonderful.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with my brother. Wonderful mulled apple cider aroma. Reminds me of an autumn hayride. Clear copper color with virtually no head. This is beautiful. Reminds me of a nice cider, sweet to start, lending to some tartness and finishing mildly sweet. It is no wonder that this is rated so well.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2008
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2009 Well if anyone drinking this could ever tell this from a really good apple juice, i would be shocked. Bascially the beer equivilant to biting into a fresh, Door county apple. Goes down really fast. I really dont get any beer like qualities at all in this, but being a fan of apples in general, this was up my alley. Compared to Furthermores Fallen Apple, this was far and away better.
joshwoodward (572) - - DEC 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 Another knockout by New Glarus. This is a great cider, slightly more beery. Great balance. Delicious and super refreshing.
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This isnít exactly what I was expecting when getting ready to drink this, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. Pours a pale golden light brown with medium off-white head. Aroma and taste match with sweet apple, roasted malt, and slightly nutty. Makes for a refreshing change-of-pace brew.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Apple aroma and cidery in the flavour. Not a cider yet very appely for a beer. New Glarus never ceases to amaze me.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Foremented apple cider flavor dominates the brown ale but it hard to complain it is so delicious. Nearly too sweet but come out on top.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 9, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice coper brown w/small head. Gorgeous nose of apple cider with light spice notes. Medium weight w/sweet cider finihs and lingering apple flavors. More than apple, I ican almost pick out hte different varieties. Fresh with just the right sweetness, almost like a hard cider but w/a malty lushness that is so clean and beautiful! WOW
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAY 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow, this is the first time Iíve come across New Glarus Apple Ale in about 15 years. To find it on tap was a special treat.
Pours a clear pale gold with thin, bubbly head that doesnít add much to the appearance or lacing. Aroma is crisp fresh apples not unlike a cider, only with a stronger malt nose. Flavor is also similar to a hard cider with fresh, soft apple flavors (very much unlike the liquid Apple Jolly Rancher cooked up by Lindeman) but with a bit more filling malt and maybe a small dose of hops to remind you that this is actually beer. Clean, tingly, thirst-quenchingly moist palate with a good sweet red-apple finish.
This is a very able thirst-quencher but not nearly as good as I remember it. (I also have to wonder if it would be rated so highly here if it had a label slapped on it from some middling brewery rather than a New Glarus label. Thereís a very similar-tasting Belgian apple ale listed here thatís rated almost a full point lower... hmm...) Maybe my memory has faded over the years but I remember some 15 years ago when New Glarus was just getting off the ground and you could find the Apple Ale year-round in 750ml bottles seemingly as a companion to the Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart, like the three formed their own miniature "artisan fruit-beer" series. I also remember the original Apple Ale being similarly unfiltered as the Tart and Belgian Red, looking almost like the unfiltered cider you find in gallon-jugs in the grocery store produce section when fall rolls around.. And for that matter, i also remember the original having quality-control issues as it was not uncommon to get a bottle that had turned. Maybe thatís why itís considerably more filtered than the original version. I wish they could do it the "old" way, but if they canít, this is a reasonable substitute.... but sadly, not as satisfying.