Yokel - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

434 Ratings

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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 26
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Golden2wenty1 on 02-10-2006

Rebrewed and available starting june 2014
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 434 | Reviews: 180
Reviews by AdmiralDiaz:
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright gold with a weak white head that fades quickly. Tons of bubbles flowing. Smells of very pale malt. Very smooth malt with just a bit of German hop taste, ends very bitter on the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth with a good amount of carbonation. Very drinkable and very enjoyable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok, I admit…my first instinct is to trash this beer because it kinda tastes like old spotted cow on draft from a dirty line mixed with miller highlife. That would be wrong though, because this beer pretty well represents the style.

Its appearance is its best trait. The brew is bright light gold with a magnificent, thick creamy head that slowly dissipates to leave thin bubbles and a slight lacing around the glass.

The smell is yeasty and German, slightly dusty with a hint of lemon.

The mouthfeel is dry and smooth.

Very drinkable.

Not my style at all but a great job of it. Truly a beer for light lager drinking yokels.

Update: 2-6-06, After drinking this beer for a year I have come to adore it. Yokel is nearly perfectly crafted and its drinkability can't be beaten. I'm upping my ratings a bit today.

Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

A crisp and refreshing beer with a yeast driven flavors and moderate, spicy hops character.

Photo of blackearth
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold body with a white head the quickly falls. Aroma is of citrus and grape skin. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low to medium carbonation level that makes this beer smooth. Flavor is a light malt sweetness with a very mild bitterness. Excellent for a session beer.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12oz bottle into my glass a hazy yellow orange with a quarter inch bubbly white head. Lots of small particulate yeast in suspension in the brew. Aromas begin with grainy malts that carry a somewhat fruity character. Grassy, herbal hops are there with a little bit of spiciness as well. Quite crisp and inviting.

First sip brings a somewhat creamy, fruity grain maltiness with some bready yeast hints and a touch of spiciness. Herbal, grassy hops kick in midway through each sip and provide a nice bitterness on the way down. Everything works together nicely here, crisp and tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth with plenty of carbonation. This is a sturdy, refreshing lager that doesn't wind up lacking in body. A definite easy drinker that would make a good session brew. I could see myself grabbing this again when I'm looking for something lighter and easy to drink.

Photo of badbeer
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a bit of an orange hue. Had a nice white head that dissipated quickly, leaving small amounts of lacing and a nice ring around the glass. Smell is pretty nice with some lemon smells, biscuit, a bit of corn, and some floralness. Not great, but pretty interesting and enjoyable. Taste is slightly bready with a definate lemon zest in there as well, hops are present but faintly. There is even a bit of corn flavor in there that I think pairs well with this. Not a whole lot of carbonation, and a light to medium body on this one. I like that it is not overcarbonated like most beers of this style. Drinkability is definately deserving of a perfect. This beer is great for almost any occasion and can be enjoyed by virtually anyone.

Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger white head which slowly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A crisp, bready, and earthy malt forward aroma with hints of biscuit and noble hops. Sweet and bready malt presence with hints of biscuit, grains, yeast, straw, and cracker. Earthy scent of Euro hops with hints of grass, spice, and fruity hints of lemon and slight apple. A pretty solid traditional lager aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a bready, sweet, and earthy malt driven taste with notes of biscuit and Euro Noble hops. Upfront taste of bready and sweet malt with notes of biscuit, yeast, grains, straw, and crackers. Solid presence of earthy and spicy Noble hops with some notes of grass. Subtle fruit notes of lemon zest and apple. A pretty nice light taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a traditional European light lager. Nice bready malt taste with some good subtle hop notes.

Photo of OStrungT
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer as a generous extra from thomashardy in what I feel was a great trade. Thank you for your generocity.

This beer pours a clear straw yellow color, with a thick fluffy white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a grainy aroma. It smells slightly grassy. Mild spicy hop aroma is present. This beer smells slightly like Miller.

This beer tastes grainy. It has a mild bready flavor. It has a slight spicy hop flavor to it. It tastes rather booring.

This beer is very crisp. It is light and thin. It goes down smooth. leaving a grainy aftertaste.The carbonation level is normal for the style.

I think this beer would make a good session beer. It is not too high in alcohol. Also, the flavor is very mild and non aggressive. If you can handle the taste, this beer is for you.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden color. Nice creamy head. Good retention and lacing Leaves behind decent streaks of lace.

Smell - Sweet corn and grain.

Taste - Mild hops. The grain is the majority of the flavor. Some breadiness is present and it is pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel - RicMedium bodied and creamy mouthfeel. High carbonation level.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink. Went with the cookout foods nicely.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- The slightly cloudy orange body has a sea of microbubbles supporting a creamy soapy off-white head that sticks to the glass with each sip.
S- The very clean aroma has a note of cream and wet stones no matter how much I sniff.
T- The soft tartness gives way to a soft slate note and a hint of orange at the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol noted. D- This beer has a light tartness and orange flavor that is a bit unique together but not bad. Otherwise it is a very clean flavor and a bit dull to drink more than one at a time.

Photo of ggaughan
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to thefatkid13 for this one in a trade. The beer poured a hazy orange color into a tulip glass, with a slight white head. The nose of this beer was not very strong with any one character but has some hints of banana, maybe some spices. I didn't get much. The taste was also not that complex. There is a good balance between malts and hops that makes for a pretty drinkable beer, although not overly complex. Worth a try.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle just received tonight in a trade with nflmvp....awesome...thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a surprisingly clear moderate yellow with a decent white lager head that melts to a pretty ring of lacing. Tiny pieces of yeast can be seen floating throughout.
Aromas are lager yeast, a very smooth almost fruity mixture of malt and hops.
Taste is yummy. Bready sweet light malts come off creamy in the beginning then melts to a very slight hop astringency as you swallow.
Aftertaste is clean and refreshing despite the slight sweetness which lingers.
This is the first of this style I have ever had and I have to say that it is one I will be investigating. This is delicious. Yokel would be a wonderful way to fill out an entire warm saturday afternoon into evening.

Photo of SMark
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at 43 degrees with 1 plus fingers of head. Good lacing effect and the tiny bubbles kept rising like a fine sparkler. Pale, golden color with some haziness that was by no means a minus.

Clean and fresh much like a macro produced lager. This is where I looked up about a Keller / Zwickel. That explains the 'haziness'.

Good clean taste as expected. Taste a few more hops than the traditional macro but seems similar to that genre. This is my first experience with this style of beer to my knowledge.

Similar to some Mexican lagers in feel but not so much with the taste. Gives the mouth that refreshing taste.

This would be ok to drink in the Spring/Summer as a thirst quencher or could even be consumed in the Fall/Winter as a quaffer.

Photo of nicnut45
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a nice tan color. Minimal head. Fine white lacing lingers throughout. Leaves a nice ring as I drink.

S-This smells just like fresh baked bread. The hops smell fresh and delicious. All in all this beer has a very fresh and clean scent.

T-This beer has a perfect balance. The sweetness of the malt is just enough and the hops employed compliment it well. But you can taste each one individually and they dont clash at all.

M.F.-Perfect carbonation to really push the flavors through. Not too light not too heavy. like I said perfectly balanced.

D-My mom brought me this back straight from the brewery and I live in Illinois. Its a damn shame they dont distribute outside of WI. If they did I would have the fridge stocked full of this

Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Apparently this is my first-ever Keller/Zwickel. Thanks mom!

Poured a nothin'-fancy yellow/gold, hazy with a dense white head that doesn't last long but remains a skim throughout. Just from looking at this, you assume it's on the solid and delicious side of lager-world, as opposed to the irresponsibly tossed-off lagers of the American mainstream. Let's see.

Not knowing the style when I drank/reviewed Yokel (the label text doesn't make it clear) I wasn't sure why it was touted as "Wisconsin lager WITH YEAST." I mean, don't all beers have yeast? Yes, but this one is yeasty with a vengeance. Something sweet, kind of honeyed wafts through, but it's mostly a bright, earthy, fresh bread dough-yeastiness that does the talking. Very, very lager-ish, if you know what I mean, but in the best possible way...

And that carries through to the flavor. Pure lager crispness--clean, slightly sweet, and just very much in love with itself as a no-nonsense, super-drinkable lager. The yeast provides a firm base for the raw bread-dough essence, and hops are simple, clean and grassy. I found my second experience with this beer particularly rewarding, as there is NOTHING in recent memory that quenches after a hot, sweaty summer day's yardwork like Yokel. [See drinkability score.]

Feels crisp and a bit dry but round enough with a polite snap on the tongue from the hops and carbonation.

Yokel is likely what Bud and Miller tasted like before they were watered-down by corporate compromises and dishonest brewing methods. Or maybe not. In any case, this is a beer of great integrity and is stupidly drinkable. One of the best (golden/pale) lagers I've ever had.

Photo of screwcitybeernut
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

:::purchased from the New Glarus Brewery's gift shop:::

a::: Light gold, hazy yellow with a modest head which dissipated with little lacing.

s::: Light grain aroma. Faint hint of apples. Not much hop character to speak of.

t::: Very clean, light beer. Goes perfectly with my pasta with asparagus and Yokel cream reduction.

m::: Similar smoothness to Hoegaarden. Light, but creamy.

d::: Goes down easily, but it's not exactly a light beer. Probably the most sessionable beer I've had from NG.

Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

light yellow with initial large head, lace in glass. Lagerish beer with yeast and cheese aroma. Bit of creaminess at beginning, astringent in finish, that improves as it warms. Some wheat.strong carbonation. Very drinkable. Lemon peel aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rich golden color, hazy, topped by a white half inch head. A bit of carbonation lazily makes it's way to the top.

A very wholesome nose. Cracker and bread aromas. A very light scent of a noble hop I think, but I'm not quite sure, and I won't take a guess at the variety. Smells nice.

A bit subdued taste wise. Some bread/cracker flavor, and a nice faint lemon taste. Floral hops bitter it up a little. There may be more going on here, but I'm just not picking anything else out.

Medium bodied, but a slight creamy quality makes it seem fuller. More carbonation than I would have guess from looking at it.

This is a good choice for a session beer, but it just isn't my cup of tea.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just released today I believe, picked up a sixer of this along with Road Slush Stout at Riley's here in Madison. Had a hard time figuring out how to classify this one, being a light colored, unfiltered, yeasty lager. Descibed as a "Wisconsin Lager with Yeast" under the title. Do I smell a new style?

Pours a vibrant bright neon/maize yellow, slighty cloudy but still translucent under a finger of snow white fluff. This beer smells and tastes like the love-child of Spotted Cow and Edel-Pils (who tragically didn't survive the birth) Equal parts corn and musty grain, lemon zest, and earthy husk. Flavor fades ephemerally at the end, like a high end Bud Select.

It seems as if New Glarus is trying to expand on the crossover market with this one. Pretty safe on all fronts. It will be interesting to see how this competes with the venerable 'Cow. While not groundbreaking in any way, this is a solid lawnmower beer if there ever was one. Interesting they chose to release it in February. Snowblower beer maybe?

It even has its own slogan. Ready for it? Sure? K, here goes....

"Buy Local
Drink Yokel"

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yokel is my favorite everyday beer from New Glarus. Obviously the "Enigma" or one of the other "unplugged" beers would top it overall, but as a "regular" beer, it's a pretty decent quaffer. It just suits my taste; and I wish they had this at the UW rathskellar so I could sit by the lake and enjoy a few with my girlfriend as the sun went down. Anyway, It's golden (and I certainly don't mind the haze from the yeast) with a frothy dollop of bright white foam atop. The head retention is quite good and it leaves nice lace. The nose is malty and just slightly hoppy - I could use some more hops, but at least it's not overly hopped. It's smooth and lightly creamy in the mouth, and sweetish in the flavor with a nice, fresh maltiness and some spicy and floral hops - even a touch citrusy in the background. It's very much like the Spotted Cow, but less sweet and with more character. It's easy drinking, tasty, and refreshing, what more could you ask?

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, got a 6pack from Riley's

appearance: pours a hazy, yet still fairly clear, golden yellow...bright and clean, fluffy white head with some hearty lacing...quite pale

smell: zesty, lemon peel, corn, dry grain, some malt sweetness, upscale american lager aroma

taste: for what it is, this is pretty good...It's a pale lager but could certainly make for a nice session if it caught on in bars as well as spotted cow has. lightly grainy flavour, sweet corn, some nice lemon, a little earthy.

mouthfeel: on the thin side, finishes a little dry

drinkability: very drinkable

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cracked open after a hot bike ride home from the office. The aroma is a simple doughy barley with a hint of toast and caramel and the slightest earthy mineral touch that carries over into the flavor with the malts. The body is smooth and balanced with a touch of sweetness. It reminds me more of a low-hop Czech lager, or a lighter Dortmund Export lager than a kellerbier, but it's a damn fine beer to have at the end of the day. I'd drink more if I had one, but I don't get to Sconie that often.

Photo of nickd717
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade thanks to alcstradamus. All right - my first zwickel/keller beer!

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a one-finger creamy white head.

S - Aroma is sweet pale malt, grain, yeast, and light fruits.

T - Sweet pale malt and honey, corny graininess, and grassy hops. Almost like a pale lager, except this beer is actually good. Simple and does not try to do too much, but does what it does well.

M - Medium body with a somewhat creamy feel and lively carbonation.

D - Very high. I barely even realized I was drinking it, and then it was gone.

Photo of BigD1975
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad beer, considering I can only get it when friends visit Wisconsin.

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy gold, with 2 big foamy fingers of brite-white colored head. Thin yet frothy layer of retention, leaves a big latticework of sticky lacing back. The aroma is spicy floral hops, with a nicely crisp citrus punch behind it. Silkier sweet notes of toasted grains come out underneath, giving this some tang in the nostrils.

The taste is sweet toasty bread, with a sharp pang of tart citrus, and a tingle of lightly spicy hop bitterness running through it. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a moderate crispness to it, that gives way to a much easier feel underneath. I nice evenness between the two feels, makes this eminently quaffable.

Nice stuff here from New Glarus. Crisp, tasty, thirst-quenching, and low ABV. What more could you ask for in a lighter Lager?

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Yokel from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.