dmschefke (575) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2011
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
Apple aroma and cidery in the flavour. Not a cider yet very appely for a beer. New Glarus never ceases to amaze me. mrjaxson (570) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Outstanding apple ale. Juicy apples dominate the aroma and the sharp, snappy finish, yet in between is the sweetness of the wheat and full body of the brown ale -- very different and welcomed in a fruit beer. Enjoyed from an October 2014 bottle (still great after nine months in the beer fridge). obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 9, 2004
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 chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2008
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.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAY 26, 2011
On tap.Jabic (557) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 24, 2012
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.
Ar: Lots of tart apples, hay, a bit of funk.
Ap: Clear golden-amber - medium off-white head with good retention, nice ring of lacing.
T: Very tart apple, but sweetness mellows the tartness - apple juice and some light caramel - a little bit of vanilla - low bitterness with a long apple-y finish.
P: Medium-light body - creamy and lush - finish is medium-dry.
O: This apples embodied - malt, caramel, and vanilla give it some distinctiveness from a cider - delicious and fun! BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2008
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.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2008 Bottle. Pours a nice golden amber color with a medium off white head. Aroma of apple cider, malt and light yeast. Taste is sweet apple cider with only a hint of malt. No alcohol was detected at all. Smooth and sweet. It is actually a little hard to tell that it is a beer. A small amount of tartness in the finish. A very different type of fruit beer. howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2004 Slightly chill hazed orange body, effervescent, dissipating head. Delicate white wine, apple aroma, incredible apple flavor. Velvety mouthfeel with a very fine, natural feeling carbonation. I was actually a little surprised to find no sediment. Lacks the complexity of the Belgian Red, but this is unbelievably delicious stuff and a great pleasure to drink. I will undoubtedly spend the next several apple seasons trying to homebrew this stuff.