5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a slightly hazy apple juice (imagine that), with a sudsy white head that quickly falls, spotty lacing, with light carbonation.   Clean apple nose, much like fresh cider.   WOW!   I was expecting a pilsner like taste with very minor apple hints, but this is nothing like that at all.   I’d say this is more of a cider than a beer.   Very clean apple taste, soft, sweet but not cloying.   Long, lingering apple finish.   Enjoyable body and mouthfeel.   New Glarus certainly knows how to make fruit beers, and this is no exception.   Simply wonderful!   Thanks goes out to MrFacto for the trade!
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.
DYCSoccer17 (3613) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2015 Bottle. Aroma is a gently spiced cinnamon aroma with an apple aroma. Smells like macIntosh apples from my town’s MacIntosh orchard (Chazy Orchards). Sort of smells like warm cider. Very comforting aroma. Mostly transparent copperish color with a small whitish head. Start is sweet apples turning carbonated and quite tart. There is lingering sweet notes throughout. There is a mild caramel maltiness that comes through in the finish. This is a gem. (9/4/9/4/17) ~~~~~~RE-RATE~~~~~~~12oz bottle brought back from Wisconsin. The aroma on this smells like unpasteurized apple cider. Nicely aromatic. There’s a light caramel malt character retronasally. Fairly one-dimensional. Transparent orange colored body with a fizzy, smallish, rapidly dissipating light yellow head. Starts with a sweet, somewhat sugary flavor. Crisp apple flavor comes through in the middle. More sweetness. Some caramel sweet malts back this up. Pretty one-dimensional and quite drinkable. This is arguably more of a cider than a beer, but enjoyable nonetheless. Back when I first rated this beer 10.5 years ago, it was well before the cider boom we have had recently and it was just something totally different at the time.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - thanks to Badgerben. Pours rich clear orangey amber color with a small off-white head that diminished to a ring of bubbles around the rim. Unique and delicious aroma, smells like apple crisp dessert, sweet apples, honey and brown sugar. Tastes like a sweet and spicey hard cider, but mellow rather than sharp and biting. Light to medium body and pleasant carbonation. Quite a treat, thanks Ben!
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear cider color. kinda has a funky wheat straw that has been stewin in water and heat aroma. a very very smooth light, appple flavor to it. as light and sweet as i have ever tasted a cider. i totally dig it.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 a subtle and delicate aroma of fleshy apple arose from the clear amber liquid and grew stronger showing hints of cider and fresh cut red delicious...little head stood atop..sweet apples are everywhere in the aroma...but in delicate ways....very sweet with almost no aftertaste...a wonderful apple ale but not even close to being as complex as the red...fleshy apple and malt round things out...low alcohol makes it more novel than it should be...but a nice ale nonetheless.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I usually comment on a beer’s appearence, then aroma, then flavor but I decided to do a little something different when reviewing this beer. The "overall effect." The color and head retention is lacking. The aroma is far too subtle (apple skins, juice, mulsh). It does have a very nice apple flavor, representing the fruit very well. But overall, it’s very one dimensional and still, too sweet for my palate.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden brown, nice lacing. Sweet apple aroma with obvious alcohol, strange it’s that low. Solid malty mouthfeel. Very cider-like but not overly sweet. Not much of a finish.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cooked apple aroma escapes on uncapping the bottle...let’s pour first before further comment...amber hue, apple cider-y, slightly hazy, mostly clear, without a head to speak of...nose is pungent, snappy, appley all the way, tart, and hot...Taste? Sour twang at first, then sweetness ensues...bracing mouthfeel, then mellow...juicy, high carbonation, tasty, tingly...though it fades a bit toward the end...not bad. No, actually, it’s okay.
Not what I like, but it’s sure to suit plenty of tastes out there...here’s to them!
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice orange color, but absolutely no head. Smells like most ciders, but a little maltier. Thicker than I would’ve expected. Sweet, and slightly spicy. Enjoyable.