saravn (8) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2009 does not count
Tasted this at Fruit Beer night at Sud’s Club. It’s very tasty. Not too sweet and not too hoppy. None beer drinkers even enjoy it. Great fall beer. KenoTy (1) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2012 does not count
The Apple Ale is one of my ALL TIME favorites from New Glarus. The golden hue and distinct apple flavor wins me over every time! Last year (2011) was very sweet. This year is less sweet, even more tart than previous versions, but still rated very high for me on the taste scale. 9 out of 10 for 2012. DietPepsican (1592) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Probably the sixth time I’ve rated this beer, yet it keeps getting deleted. Whatever. Gold pour with a small white head. Champagne like carbonation in some batches, a bit lower in others. Very juicy apple flavor and aroma. The latest batch I picked up had a slight tartness to it, much more muted apple, and really just brings me back to the first batch I had. Some spices like nutmeg and cinnamon can be found, as well as a nice caramel back bone. Very enjoyable and probably my favorite New Glarus beer I’ve ever had. basaywhat (288) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours slightly cloud orange-amber with tiny white head that quickly disappears. Nose is freshly peeled apple and apple skins. Light hints of cinnamon. Taste is akin to apple cider, some cinnamon. Champagne like carbonation. Slightly tart. Really tasty. Wow this stuff is delicious! BelgianBeerGal (4087) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Traded bottle poured into a flute. Clear golden, brown colour with a white head and a little lacing. Gentle aroma of green apples, caramel, candy coatings and a hint of malt. This flavour is nice sweet apples, the brown base in the middle and then finishes with some nice tartness. This was phenomenal and I liked it every bit as much as their Cran-bic.
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Pours clear, pale copper with a beautiful medium head composed of super-fine bubbles. Once the head recedes it leaves moderate lacing. Strong carbonation helps bring a simply sublime sweet and tart apple aroma to your nose, like fresh cider, along with hints of spice and bread. On the palate it’s like apple pie - Lush, rich, sweet, slightly tart, and appley with the underlying brown ale acting like a pie crust. Truly fantastic stuff, but at 3.8% alcohol this one should come in 2 liter bottle for easier consumption! biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 22, 2011
This is a back rate from a while ago, but probably one of the best beers I have ever had. Aged for 2 years (2008 bottle), I don’t like the fresh ones as much, but they are still great. Tastes more like an apple cider (not a hard cider) than a beer. Aroma is fresh apples, tastes is the same, just fresh and sweet without that fake sugary sweetness. Seriously, just awesome. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2012 Pours clear honey light copper in color with a decent off white head. The incredible aroma of fresh crisp apples, straight up apple jolly rancher with sweet and light tart notes. These characteristics translate directly to the flavor, nice crisp lightly zesty apple with more sweet than tart notes, so juicy and delicious! Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
Originally reviewed: 2/25/11. The pour yields a dark copper color that resembles fresh cider. Who’d have thought? Small head; light lace. The nose is rich with fresh-crushed apples, honeysuckle, damp wood, and faint earthy tones.
Good crisp body that is sharp and clean. Fresh apples all over the flavor. Mild sour notes, but this is much sweeter than expected. Honey-kissed bread noted as well. Slight dry note on the finish, but it is fleeting. This may very well be the most drinkable fruit beer I have ever had. I think I like this better than their RT or BR. I loved this. Lemke10 (981) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2012
As any Wisconsin beer lover knows, New Glarus Thumbprint Series (formally known as Unplugged) are never guaranteed to appear again. But, Apple Ale is one of those brews that do keep showing up at the end of each year. In 2012 it was released a little later than the normal October release to accommodate the presence of Enigma already on store shelves. Apple Ale is one of the Thumbprint beers that always seem to be very plentiful, so be sure to pick yours up before it’s gone.
It pours a semi-cloudy amber orange color with only a slight white head. The scent is fairly simple with that traditional ale scent mixed with sweet apples. While it does have a sweet apple aroma, it is still not as strong as hard ciders. Very inviting, like an adult juice box just waiting to be drank.
Yum! The sweet tartness of the apples attacks your taste buds right away. This year’s brew is perhaps a little better than I remember the previous year’s being. The texture is smooth and generously filling as it delivers fantastic blend of ale with apples. If you like hard ciders and want to make a step up to something a little tastier and filling, this is a good place to start. Sorry folks, but it’s not gluten free though. It finishes very clean with mild tartness.
This is one of beers that can take you back to your childhood as this is essentially a big kid’s version of apple juice. It makes for a great complimentary beverage for fall harvest meals before it becomes time for porters and stouts with winter approaching. Delicious tasting, well made, what else could you ask for? Oh, yeah that’s right “More please!”