RATINGS: 724   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Apple Ale sings with the fresh crisp taste of Wisconsin Apples. Our brewmaster begins with a brown ale base employing Wisconsin farmed wheat and a blend of Cortland, MacIntosh and Jonathan apples. Our apple growing friends squeeze them especially for this brew. Expect this ale to pour a beautiful copper color. The fresh bouquet of Apple will rise to meet you even before the glass touches your lips.

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Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2007
(bottle thanks JK) Pours amber with little to no head. A really nice baked apple with cinnamon aroma along with some brown sugar. Taste is apple, but not too strong (probably the age on this) with some cinnamon on the finish. This is pretty good, and just reaffirms yet again that New Glarus knows how to do fruit beers.

Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Sampled from 12-oz bottle and shared by JK. Pours a very hazy amber brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissolves to a fine film. Aroma of sweet apples, nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is medium bodied, no carbonation and a flavor of mostly sweet apple cider with a touch of cinnamon. Finish is semi-sweet with a decent apple aftertaste. Reading some of the previous ratings it looks like four years of aging has smoothed out the flavor. I hope this is the one NG brings out of retirement in ’08.

sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - OCT 28, 2007
UPDATED: APR 8, 2009 [Bottle, thanks JK!] Pours amber with a very small off-white head. Medium body, good finish. The aroma and flavor were intense apple with some cinnamon and nutmeg. While I didn’t like this as much as the Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart, this is still yet another excellent New Glarus fruit beer. Re-rate: Didn’t really get any spices with this new batch, just straight apple. Almost was like a sparkling cider it was so apple heavy. I really enjoyed drinking it, and it was insanely drinkable...but to be honest it is very one dimensional. Still, I could drink this all day, so I am going to up the overall a bit.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 10/31/1999
Mode: Bottle
Source: Belmont Station, Portland

muddy orange, strong granny apple aroma, rich apple flavor, not at all like a cider, not sweet or bitter, like drinking a dry apple butter
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Date: 06/04/2006

the best applesauce in a glass ever

Aroma: 10/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 19/20
Rating: 4.6/5.0
Drinkability: 10/10
Score: ***4

jarlbartar (89) - Janesville, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Like an apple explosion! Very cloudy on first pour but clarified after a few minutes. A very sweet aroma with a medium body and s slightly sweet aftertaste. I drank this on about 4 years ago on Thanksgiving.

detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Pours a hazy copper-peach color, with light carbonation. you see a little red tinit if you hold it up to the light. There is no head, really, just a thin ring of foam. Minimal lacing. Nice candied apple aroma, sweet and spicy. As it warms, the aroma has more apple and less spice, smelling somehting like a fresh, unpasteurized cider.

The taste is like apple pie in a glass. Seriously, it tastes like baked apples and pie spice. It is honey sweet up front with a bit of tart apple in the finish. Is it more like an ale or a cider? I’m not sure. Medium to full body, very light carbonation. This would be a wonderful dessert drink. I wonder how it would tasted warmed?

I finally found a good apple beer - make that a great apple beer.

Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle from RooftopRogue, thanks Rob. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a bottle of this for a while and it was worth the wait. Smells like apple cider, tastes like apple cider but with just enough malt to distinguish itself as a beer. Crisp, sweet finish. Another excellent fruit beer from NG.

barleyPops (1183) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2006
12 oz. bottle courtesy of rooftoprogue and shared with illini08. looks and smells like apple cider. not sure how long its been since this was bottled, but even with the age and I’m sure a more subdued flavor than when it was fresh, this was delicious. New Glarus knows fruit beer!

bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle shared by sliffy courtesy of ofortuna. Aroma of maltiness and some apple sweetness with some cider and cinnamon notes. Very sweet apple tasting beer that had the slightest bitterness in it. Very crisp apple flavor. I wish they would make this again because this beer is awesome.

nolankowal (939) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Bottle shared by sliffy, thanks! Pours orange/brown with a short, quick white head. Aroma of apples, cinnamon, and a bit of nutmeg. Flavor of apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, a bit of sweet malt. Fruity and sweet with a little spiciness and a sweet finish. I’m really suprised to how well this one held up, everything seemed in its right place. Makes me glad I got to try it and it’s a shame they don’t brew this anymore.

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