New Glarus Fat Squirrel

Thanks to Jason at Barleypopmaker I’m sampling my fourth New Glarus beer in 3 weeks.  I’ve had the Stone Soup, Dancing Man Wheat, and a big Belgium Red.  The Belgian Red absolutely rocked; I never knew a fruit beer could taste so good.  The next stop on my New Glarus tour is the Fat Squirrel Hazelnut brown ale.  It’s a great name for a beer and has a nice little story behind it.newglarus_fatsquirrel1

One deceptively spring like winter day, Brewmaster Dan walked home from the brewery, sat down to dinner and said, “Boy, there are some fat squirrels out there. They’re running all over the place. I think I should brew a Fat Squirrel Nut Brown Ale.” Deb agreed and so another beer legend was born.

100% Wisconsin malt of six different varieties impart the natural toasted color to this bottle conditioned unfiltered ale. Clean hazelnut notes result from these carefully chosen barley malts. Hops from Slovenia, Bavaria and the Pacific Northwest give Fat Squirrel its backbone.

New Glarus Fat Squirrel

New Glarus Fat Squirrel


A crystal clear copper beer with a slight orange hue.  But the head, well, that was almost non-existent, even off the pour.  There was a bit of a collar of foam that is fairly persistent.


A very subdued aroma.  Hints of malt, hazelnut, and a bit of chocolate.


Medium mouthfeel with a very big flavor.  Smooth malty nuttiness greets you with this beer.  The nuttiness transitions into a hint of Hazelnut, that was also present in the aroma, that quickly is engulfed by an earthy nuttiness bitterness.

New Glarus Fat Squirrel

New Glarus Fat Squirrel

Glassware: Nonic or Pint

Calories: 5.8% abv would be 180 – 200 Calories per 12oz (Calorie Chart)

Overall Impression:

I enjoyed the flavors in this beer, even though I’m not a fan of hazelnut.   I was disappointed in the appearance of this beer.  For a malty brown ale, I expected a bit darker beer and a substantial head.


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