Yokel - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 183
Hads: 459
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 25
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Golden2wenty1 on 02-10-2006

Rebrewed and available starting june 2014
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Photo of Chaz
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden straw in color, topped with an off white head. Clarity is near-excellent.

Bready malts on the nose, along with a lighter, classic lager yeast character. Clean, bready, lightly yeasty, but quite neutral as it should be.

Fairly sweet on the first sip, but with the breadiness backing it up all the way to the tail end of the drink. Creamy. Sweetness doesn't overwhelm and in no way is this a cloying beer, as there's a crispness that is so subtle that you might miss it.

Very good mouthfeel and excellent drinkability.

A very good, very clean lagerbier and a great rendition of a classic style. (622 characters)

Photo of Sconnie25
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yokel poured a golden almost Amber color with no head to speak of. There was definitely a sweetness to it when I smelled the beer. Taste wise I noticed grains as well as a bit of hops and possibly spices. This was a very good beer but I have had better from New Glarus. (269 characters)

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks great. Very bready aroma, bit of honey, some corn smell (though I'm sure there's no corn in the mash). Flavor follows but I'd like more noble hop spice; the sweetness is a bit too present and needs to be tempered. Regardless, totally crushable ... feels like a slightly warm spring or fall evening beer to me with that bready sweetness. (342 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden orange with a nice big white head. Bready, fruity smell, with slight funk. A crisp fruity taste with a good bready, malty, yeast backbone. Nice crisp, dry finish with a creamy feel. Higher carbonation with a good lager taste. Another excellent ng (271 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 1” finely bubbled foam collar.
S: Malt, light grains and some yeast.
T: Light bread especially in the after taste, a ;ott;e tartness on the finish, fairly dry, mild hop accent.
F: Very creamy texture, crisp, above average carbonation and light body.
O: Easy to drink, refreshing, a good beer to hydrate with after a bike ride. (365 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on May 11th, 2015 (Julian Code stamped on bottleneck)
Reviewed on July 9th, 2015
Served in a Lager Glass

Poured a clean gold body. Big and creamy bright white head formed, collapsed, and left a sparse amount of lacing. Plenty of bubbles exercising in this body.

Very grainy tone overall. Cereal-esque in scent. Faintest hint of floral hops.

Sweet grainy malts hit the tongue first. Similar to corn pops (in a good way). Fairly grain-forward. Sharper notes of spiced yeast flared-up as this one finished out... faint but present. Light bodied. Moderate/high carbonation.

Pleasing brew all-around. Certainly timid in flavor but could successfully fulfill the role of a pleasing session lager. (748 characters)

Photo of KevChiTown
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Simply rating it as a lager and not every other domestic lager, it is really good. However, this is still binge drinking beer, college beer, Bbq beer, tailgating beer kinda shit. Only 4.2%, very simple, not terrible simple, but exactly what you expect. A good primer beer. (272 characters)

Photo of kbwalters
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold into a pilsner glass.
Look = 4.0 Pours a mostly clear golden straw color with 2.5 fingers of think creamy white head. Retention is great and lace is dense and sticky. High carbonation on pour.
Aroma = 3.5 Smell is grainy; that distinct smell of pilsner style malt and hops with a little yeast aroma.
Taste = 3.5 Follows the nose. Grainy, a little like corn with yeast and German or Noble hops. Really balanced; not sweet and not bitter.
Feel = 4.0 Light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability = 4.0 Would be very refreshing on a hot summer’s day and at 4.5% ABV you could drink several.
Overall = 3.75 A very solid light-styled lager. A tough style to score high with but New Glarus really put together a solid beer here. It does what it’s meant to do well even if it doesn’t seem to fit the Kellerbier style perfectly. Light, crisp, refreshing and highly drinkable. (923 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

A-Clear yellow orange. Slight carbonation and head.

S-Wheat, some yeast, not much else, kinda bland.

T-Wheat, yeast, not much else. A little bit grass.

M-Light, crisp and dry finish.

O-One of the few NG beers I did not care for. (234 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours straw yellow to light golden with a creamy white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is bready/yeasty/grainy - hint of nuts.

The taste is of sweet grain, slightly nutty with a hint of floral hops in the semi-sweet finish.

It is crisp, smooth and refreshing.

It's a well-made basic lager with some bready/yeasty character. It's on the sweet side. Nice. (363 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant clarity, nice white head. Not familiar with the style. Fairly grainy aroma, flavor is grainy and bready, refreshing, with a minerally, clean finish. Nothing spectacular, but would be a great session beer in a hot day. Crisp, dry finish, with a touch of earthy hop. (274 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: creamy white head build up. Dissipated to a quarter inch of thick frothy build. Color is a mix of hay and orange.

Smell: yeasty and crackery with a subtle sweet malt smell. Aromas are faint yet pleasant.

Taste: bready and yeasty with a nice touch of malt backbone. The sweetness is delicate and hangs around throughout the entire tasting. Flavors are not intense so it keeps you wanting more. This beer is very balanced, the sweetness and the yeast compliment each other.

Mouthfeel: light bodied and smooth and high carbonation.

Overall: this beer is fantastic. I love it, there are no flaws and there is nothing aggressive. It's perfect for me on hot days. (704 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Full notes on phone when out of service area/Wifi. Reviewed at Johnson's Campground in St Mary, MT. Big review dump from last week camping.

A- Clear pale golden pour from a 12oz bottle to a goblet with a one finger white head that has fairly good retention. Texture is frothy and fizzy and a small ring deposits seldom spots of lace.

S- Light fruit esters like apple and some citrus too. Noble hops in the backdrop as well as light cracked grains and bread. A bit of a strain to get much.

T- Light fruits and lager yeast are the main theme of this one with apple, pear, citrus and bread coming in as well as some spice. Spicy herbal noble hops in the finish with a light sweetness

MF- Creamy and puffy texture that adds some substance to a light overall body. Fairly foamy with agitation. Carbonation on the high side.

Easy drinking lager that remains flavorful and clean, without the twang of a macro. Light fruits balanced by some noble hop hints. (954 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Glarus Pilsner Glass.
No date or info.

A - Despite being a beer "with yeast", Yokel is quite clear, showing off it's effervescence through the golden straw beer, feeding the well-retained white head that leaves rings of lace on the glass.

S - Dense rising bread dough makes for a malty (and yeasty) aroma with soft traces of mineral water and sweet honey overlapping the delicately floral hoppiness on the finish.

T - Soft breadiness recalls the warm and plush center of a freshly baked and sliced loaf that's drizzled with thin lines of honey. The drinkable maltiness is wonderfully balanced out by a touch of spicy and floral German hops on the back end.

M - Medium-bodied, this easy-drinking lager is a smooth beer that borders on creamy in texture despite it's sparkling carbonation. Perfection going down!

O - New Glarus takes the classic characteristics of a German lager with Bavarian hops and Wisconsin malts to make Yokel, an unassuming, unfiltered lager that's flavorful but easy drinking. So, you want classic Wisconsin? As they say, "Buy Local, Drink Yokel". (1,106 characters)

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hey it's finally back, and this time I have gotten around to trying it. Now it will likely become one of the staple warm weather brews in my house. I have been waiting for years for Cracked Wheat to return. While I would still be excited to see it, if only one could be brewed , I might actually go with Yokel.

A thick, creamy white head atop a golden body. Leaves ample lace depending on the glass. Beautiful - can't justify taking away any points. The look forecasts a velvety texture, and the entry is exactly that. Sniffing it up while taking those first sips seems to reveal noble hops and a good deal of bready malt. Given the incredibly luxurious body for a 4.2% (was on my second glass before looking that up--could it really still be 4.2%??), i guess some crystal malt is in the house.

The flavor is rich with a sourdough twang and nobles on the backend. The bottle says something about this being an unfiltered lager with the yeast in the bottle. Kinda wild.

Before running across Yokel, I had settled for SA light alternating with hefeweizens and helles lagers as my go-to summer selections. Given the shortcomings of SA in the mouthfeel department, Yokel has probably just taken its place almost entirely in low abv German lager slot, rather than just being added to the regular rotation. Particularly assuming this really is 4.2%, Yokel is one damned impressive beer!

update: still a good, drinkable brew, but during the second sixer the sourdough thing started getting way too one-dimensional and less pleasant (even though I was mixing things up during the period they were tossed back and alternating styles). (1,638 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,152 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Discount Liquors in Milwaukee.

The beer appears crystal clear and bright golden with a thick, soapy white head. Aromas include sourdough bread, lager yeast, apple, lemon. Lots of bread and yeast character packed into a low abv beer. Thin body with moderately low carbonation. Easy drinking and smooth. Lingering flavors of bread dough and yeast. A hint of floral hops and a general earthy quality. A solid example of the style. (440 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into footed pilsner
Served: 4 July 2014

Appearance: Like several others of New Glarus' "unfiltered" beers, this one pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a nice 1.5 finger head. Good carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Not as cloudy as I was expecting.

Smell: Slightly sweet malts with a hint of noble hop notes.

Taste: Much like the smell, this one has a nice sweeter malt backbone and a nice level of noble hop spiciness. The flavor is really greatly balanced between the hops and the malt. This is, however, a malt-forward beer where the sweet biscuitiness of the malts dominate the flavor and the hops add just a hint of flavor and bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied than a normal pilsner due to the suspended yeast, but I didn't notice anything too crazy from the slight yeast suspension. Medium-high carbonation, however, makes this a refreshing brew.

Overall: Another magnificent New Glarus beer. A great craft lager that is stylistically right-on- the malts are the main draw here with just a hint of hoppiness. The beer is easy drinking and I highly recommend it for craft lager lovers. (1,152 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted like a cross between a lager and a cream ale with a bit of a bite to it. The bite could be from bittering hops or a certain type of yeast. I'm not exactly up to speed on this style. It was very quenching to drink. It was complex/interesting while also being a sessionable beer. I'd get this again especially at the price point. (334 characters)

Photo of bound4er
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A. Straw color, white 1 finger head with a ton of carbonation bubbles. Very slight cloudiness.

S. Classic lager aroma - bread, cracker, straw, yeast, a little lemon.

T. Nose carries over fairly well to the palate - bready malt, cracker and a kiss of lemony hops on the finish.

M. More creaminess than expected with lower carbonation than expected.

O. Decent enough stuff but not one of NG's better lagers. Actually glad I only grabbed a single and not a 6-pack. (468 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear bright yellow color. Forms a moderate sized white head. Retention is okay as the beer eventually falls to a slight surface coating. Minimal lacing.

S: Aroma smells of creamed corn, light generic hops, and a mild fruitiness.

T: Taste is mild. There is a bit of graininess and a bit of corn. Mildly sweet. There is a slight yeast quality to the beer, but not as much as you'd expect for a Zwickel (though, the beer is just listed as a "lager" on the bottle). Some lighter noble hops and a slight spiciness on the back end.

M: Lighter bodied. Medium carbonation. Minimal bitterness. Mild spicy quality.

O: While this beer is "clean," it's almost as if it is too clean for the style. The label says it is unfiltered, but its damn near crystal clear. This is just not a very exciting beer for me. I personally couldn't even say this would make a decent everyday drinker as I just wouldn't want to drink it regularly. (928 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear, amber color with a slight head. The aroma is bold with barley and slight bit of hops. The taste is smooth and crisp with a very grainy flavor. This is a very unique grain beer that drinks like a pilsner but leaves a different lingering flavor. This is a unique style you don’t see very often so it may not appeal to everyone but it is sure worth a try. (374 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sealed with pressure cap.

poured into New Glarus Stien

Appearance: translucent golden bodied beer with a massive 3 fingers worth of white head. drops down to a thin cap. As always, Dan brews a great looking beer!

Smell: grainy and slightly bready pilsner malts with fruity yeast.

Taste: fruity yeast and grainy and cracker malts just like the nose suggests. Very mild bitterness and slightly spicy. Simple, but a very pleasant beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonation. This is so drinkable that you can chug this like its a glass of water. Drinkability is very high. It one of my favorite things about this beer.

Overall: Another great session beer by New Glarus. Nothing mindblowing here, but its definately a great everyday beer. Perfect beer for a hot day as well. I think that this is a little on the sweeter side compared to other zwickel beers that I have drank. (901 characters)

Photo of ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean
2.05/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

The Yokel label promises "the finest Bavarian hops and malts..combined in classic German brewing methods". However, the hops' presence are weak to nonexistent, and although the brewing method might be German, it bares no resemblance to a fine German beer.

Yokel pours a thick head, which quickly gives way to nothingness, an with no further carbonation.

The aroma is weak and the flavor profile is about as plain and simplistic as microbrews come. It has New Glarus's Spotted Cow profile. To me, it's just another Sweet/Sour offering from New Glarus; a company more interested in appealing to the lowest common denominator than brewing for enthusiasts. As a new Wisconsinite, I've tried so many of their offerings and have been continually disappointed. (757 characters)

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Yokel from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.