weitz15 (593) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Sweet, tangy aroma, and cloudy red pour with an off-white head. Sticky, sweet body. Flavor is full of apple with a sour finish. ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2004
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. incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2009 Well if anyone drinking this could ever tell this from a really good apple juice, i would be shocked. Bascially the beer equivilant to biting into a fresh, Door county apple. Goes down really fast. I really dont get any beer like qualities at all in this, but being a fan of apples in general, this was up my alley. Compared to Furthermores Fallen Apple, this was far and away better. 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. joshwoodward (575) - - DEC 24, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 Another knockout by New Glarus. This is a great cider, slightly more beery. Great balance. Delicious and super refreshing.
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. 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 Ataraxia (567) - California, USA - APR 12, 2014
Clear, golden amber color, off-white head. Musty aroma of apple, dough, and bread malt. A nice blend of tart and sweet flavors. Lively and crisp, very light in body, and a clean finish. 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
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.