burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in Madison, A great session beer, but not tremendously interesting. Drank many pitchers of this one evening. Very light flavor and aroma, that could not hide any flaws and thus did not have any flaws. Very easy to drink. Pours cloudy wheaty color with a thick white head. Flavors and aroma very neutral, (some light florally hops)but due to the tremendously large amount of wheat used, has a big mouthfeel and texture. Could drink this all night long. Perfect for the fatigued soul
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 way too much of a bite for a beer....hazy yellow pour...very citrusy aroma...smells like a strong budweiser; flavor is overbearing (a lot of carbonation...)....didnt finish half of it; stay away from this beer
Silphium (3178) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strange to find a New Glarus product in Michigan, but unfortunately it isnít one of the better offerings. Hazy golden straw body, thin off-white head. Wet hay aroma, tangy and biscuity with light bitterness. The flavor is grassy and tangy, carrying over the wet hay from the aroma, mingling with apple and biscuit. Reminds me a bit of the lagers brewed by Old Hat. Decidedly average.
badgerben (4493) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2011 Original Rating, 10/31/2004: Yellow coloring with little head. Smells like rotten hops, if thatís possible. Malty taste, but that rotten, moldy taste just takes over what better points there may be. Itís not repulsive, but definitely the swill of New Glarus. 4/3/6/3/10
Re-rating, 5/17/2011: Finally re-rating the New Glarus classic. Clear gold color with a medium head. Fairly corny aroma with a floral, Noble hop hit. Sweet grain flavor. Light bitterness, still some corn showing up. Not nearly as bad as I had originally rated. I think I was in a bit of a "pale lager = always crap" state of mind.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Honey/Gold Coloring. White Transparent HEad. Hoppy Aroma and Flavor..Grainy...and Somewhat Stale...Beer for the Swills...
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not a real great beer. It tastes like they used more than just a little hint of corn. drinkable but not one to be searched for.
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2006 I was extremely surprised by this beer, although I was expecting something more from New Glarus. Very light bodied, heavily corbonated, heavy malts. Pretty decent in a pinch.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slighly coudy yellow body, looks like a hefeweizen. Lively carbonation forming a bubbly white head. Aroma is sweet malt some adjuncty aromas also. The flavor is straight forward light sweet malt with little hops. Light body, tinny aftertaste. Drinkable but not something that I would go back for more of.
Gmku (294) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Okay for a light beer. Softly carbonated, slightly yeasty-flavored, and drinkable in a refreshing way. Almost like a hefe-weizen. Not much in the way of malts or hops, but enjoyable nonetheless.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Although it is the weakest of all New Glarusí beers, this is still a very good beer. The soft head and musty aroma is not unique for American cream ales, but this is a great example of one. The corn definitely adds a "Miller-ness" taste, but is far superior to High Life. There are bubble gum and hay notes, but it has enough corn character to make it authenic. The yeast definitely adds some complexity. Maybe not a cream ale, but good nonetheless.