clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to kmpitz2 for bringing one of these for tasting. This one pours an amber color with a very small head that dissipates quickly and doesn’t leave much lacing on the glass. Awesome aroma. Apples and more apples. Not tart or sour, but just a nice apple smell. Not sure how they did that and avoided the sourness. The flavor is excellent. Lots of non-sour apple flavor with some caramel. Wish I knew how they did this beer because I would brew it as my house beer. Loved it.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
New Glarus does an awesome job with fruit beers and this is no exception. Pour is a nice golden pour with a frothy white head but no lacing. Aroma is...apple...duh...but not heavy, more of a light apple white wine. Flavor is sweet but only slightly so thats nice. Palate does wonders for this beer as its fizzy and thin. Typically wouldn’t like that but is perfect in this beer. Overall this was just fantastic.
mpersinger (347) - , California, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours chill hazy amber, with some malt aroma and a flavor dominated by tart apple, wheat and touch of oak.
spilledpint (345) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Notes from 11/26/2010
12 oz. bottle from Steve’s Madison
Ar: Lots of apple, obviously. Fall McIntosh and tart varieties dominate. Perhaps a touch of caramel malt.
Ap: Pours a golden amber with streaks of orange. Not a ton of head, but brilliantly translucent.
T: Lots of apple sweetness on the front, but not much tartness. This would be exponentially better with a bit tart punch.
P: Champagne-like carbonation.
O: I remember this being significantly better during the last vintage (2008?). A big tart bite would have made this one great, but it just wasn’t there.
BrianDorry55 (333) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a small bright white head. Aroma is apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Flavor is alot of apple. Medium mouthfeel...This is exactly what it sounds like...and apple ale...fruity as hell....but delicious as hell.
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottel courtesy of GT2, thanks! Pours clear golden, with a small white head, Aroma: Baked apples, cinnamon, apple pie, ćblemost, artisanal apple juice, brown sugar, pie crust, deep complex apple aroma, but besides som some caramel malts thats all you get in the aroma. Not that it\s a bad thing, smells lovely! Taste: Applejuice, sweetsweet apples, cider, light acidic fruityness, some caramel, aplle cider vinegar, carbonated apple juice, one dimensional, but very tasty!
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle thanks to Daknole and Pantanap. Pours cider in color with a ring of foam. Aromas of apples and cherries. Flavors of apples, tart fruit, and a nice sweet finish. Palate is medium bodied an perfectly carbonated. This beer is all about apples, take it for what it’s worth and it is awesome! Looking for something more complex then look elsewhere.
scoobysnak (329) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another good fruit beer from New Glarus. Definately fruit is there specialty. This beer makes me glad I live in Wisconsin. Great apple taste throughout. Some notes of vanilla and a good tartness that leaves you needing the next sip.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Part of their Unplugged series. I was lucky enough to stash several of these away to see how they age. I absolutely love how they did this. Not overly sweet and you can easily taste the different styles of apples that they used. Light hint of brown sugar aroma giving way to a pleasant, fresh-pressed apple cider aroma. Light ale base helps to balance the various flavours. Outstanding for this style of fruit beer. One of my favourite of the unplugged series.
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 I have been waiting for a long time for this to come out, and as soon as I found out I went out and bought three bottles for myself. I am a big fan of fruit beers done right -- and this is wonderful stuff. Very sparkly but without much of a head. The color is clear apple cider with a hint of red. The aroma is like an apple champagne might be and is subtle but good. Sweet and tart at the same time, with big apple flavors -- but more like eating an apple than drinking a cider. You can tell that this is a beer, not cider, as there are some malt and hop flavors. Although very sweet it is somehow also dry, begging the drinker to take another sip. I can’t taste the different apple varieties but there is no doubt that more than one variety is used because the flavor and mouthfeel span such a wide spectrum. Excellent. In my book, better than the Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart. My only complaint is that if it were my beer, I would use more tart than sweet juice and make the beer slightly drier, more along the lines of a good dry cider.