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RATINGS: 735   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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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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3.8
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.

4
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2008
Pours out like a crisp apple cider color with thin bubbly head. Aroma is intense apple cider aroma with floral bouquet. Taste is like apple sauce and apple pie turned into carbonated liquid. The mouthfeel is great, it’s not to cloying or imbalanced. Good stuff.

3.9
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2008
bottle courtesy of Brady (thanks): Pours like apple juice it has that distinct cloudiness that you get with apple juice. Aroma is like apple juice infused with yeast. Taste is sweet apples almost like an apple cider. I almost believe this could be good warmed up. New Glarus really knows how to do the fruit beers. This beer tows the line of beer and apple cider. You can still get a yeasty, alcohol (very light), dry finish. It’s like apple juce with a little extra. Good.

2.9
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2008
11 year old 750ml bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks!
Obviously not the same beer it was, but poured an apple juice color with no head. Smell is apple juice with some syrupy sweetness. Taste is dull and likely oxidized, but very apple like. A lot like the belgian red, but with apples instead. Some tartness and almost no carbonation. Pretty much just apple juice, but I would still like to try this one fresh when it is re-released.

3.8
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Bottle. Looks a little bit like cider. Smells like fresh apples. Very sweet, it tastes like apple juice. Went down quick, not much carbonation at all. Not bad, different.

4.5
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Poured a dark golden amber color with a nice white head that retained quite well. Smell is like smelling a crisp apple. Nice and tart, perhaps like smelling apple juice with slightly overripe apples; almost like stepping into an apple orchard. Taste is like biting into a mixture of different apples and moves into the taste of the apple skins, without the astringent tastes of actually biting apple skins. Light-medium carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied with a crisp, dry finish. Excellent drinkability, I’d be drinking plenty of this if it were still produced. This bottle was three years old and still held up remarkabley well, I can only imagine it was more powerful when it was fresh.

3.7
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2008
GABF 2004. I found a small treasure trove of old ratings sheets that I hadn’t enterred; this is one of them. Smells good, somewhat sweet and yeasty, but nothing to go crazy over. Was lightish bodied and not as sour as the Red or Tart, mostly sweet, with distinct flavor of MacIntosh apples (the red ones with the waxy skins). Good beer.

3.8
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
The aroma was rich with apples and hints of caramel and brown sugar. The beer poured a hazy rich copper color with little to no head and lacing. There may have been a carbonation problem with mine. The flavor was syrupy like straight apple juice and little malt. The mouthfeel was slightly wet and creamy with a light to medium body. I enjoyed it. Thanks to Vac for scoring this one for me.

4.2
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Thanks to JK for sharing another fruity gem for the evening. Burn cider caramel nose with faint brown sugar. Yellow body with a sour apple flavor. Very nice.

3.9
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.


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