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 (571) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This isn’t 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.
Bartzilla (568) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super delicious. You can taste the ale part in this, but it’s mostly tart apple, but not like a hard cider. Very unique and tasty. Well done.
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 I’ve 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 doesn’t 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. There’s a very similar-tasting Belgian apple ale listed here that’s 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 that’s why it’s considerably more filtered than the original version. I wish they could do it the "old" way, but if they can’t, this is a reasonable substitute.... but sadly, not as satisfying.
kkleu357 (561) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours light copper with little head. Smells like apple cider. Very fruity aroma. Interesting flavor. Lots of apple flavor. Very tart. At the same time, lots of malt flavor. If you can imagine a nice amber beer with tart apples, blended oddly very nice, because it sounds horrible, but is actually great, this would be it. This is definitely not a cider. This is a must try if you want something different.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured golden with no head. Apple cider aroma. Tasted much like sparkling apple juice. Very sweet. Maybe a hint of malt. Does not taste much like beer, but definitely a nice change of pace. Once again New Glarus comes up with an interesting and tasty fruit beer.