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Yokel - New Glarus Brewing Company


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very good

171 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 171
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Golden2wenty1 on 02-10-2006)
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Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hay color with a small cap of white that seriously stayed for about a few seconds with no visible carbonation. aroma is earthy, musky grain, touches of light grass, but really rather bland and without much in the way of any depth, light feel, watery at times without any really big flavors or huge noticeable chnage from the smell. clean finish

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 02:13:24 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Duff27


3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

July 2009 bottle

A- Pours a thin white fizzy head on a murky golden colored body. Head didn't stick around long and little to no head retention. Very fine sediment in suspension.

S- Lots of bread notes in the aroma, perhaps a touch of lemon zest.

T- Follows the nose. Cereal grains, breadiness with just a touch of citrus. Hops have all but faded out. Starting to get that oxidized/cardboard/past it's prime taste, but still was alright to drink the whole 12 ounce bottle.

M- Medium mouthfeel, most of the carbonation had held on as well.

D/O- Recovered from TATURBO's cellar, this one doesn't have much longer before it will become undrinkable. This was (and would be again) prime drinking in the srping and summer seasons.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 01:41:03 | More by Duff27
Photo of BieresDesMoines


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a nice billowy white head and lots of tiny bubbles rising out of the bottom of the glass. Aroma is largely yeasty with a graininess, a good graininess, and some breadiness/ The aroma is simple, beautiful well nuanced and entirely different from almost every beer I have ever had. I love the flavor of this, it starts off with that dry baguette like character that is sometimes found in a fine biere de garde. The flavor is wonderfully complex, with lemon, crisp nicely bitter noble hops, some corn (and for the first time in my life, not in a bad way), some honey, a light spiciness, and a light floral character. Unbelievably drinkable, ask a bartender at the Glarner Stube, they'll tell you how many of these a good customer can throw back.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 20:06:14 | More by BieresDesMoines
Photo of emmasdad


3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle of this one at a friend's house while getting ready for a Christmas party
Pours a bright golden amber color with a a hefty thick white head. Aromas of toasty malts, dough, slight floral notes. On the palate, thin body, easy to drink, with flavors toasty malts, sweet dough and vaguely bitter hops. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 23:38:29 | More by emmasdad
Photo of stewart124


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with an inch of white head. Leaves a ever-so-slight lace.

The nose is full of yeast as expected coupled with some straw notes.

The character makes me think of a farm and there are more straw notes. Slight noble hop bitterness but this is overpowered by the malty sweetness. There is plenty of yeast lingering in the beer and the overall character and mouthfeel is medium full.

Tasty keller bier/zwickel bier. This is my first of the style to my knowledge and I believe I have one more Yokel in the fridge! This would best served on a warm day in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 01:38:29 | More by stewart124
Photo of Arbitrator


2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks mattafett!

A: Pours a murky apricot-straw body with very little head, no retention, no lace. This might be an old beer, especially since it's retired, but they sold it at the brewery recently, so....

S: Cereal grain. Spicy Noble hops and a touch of yeast. Not as pungent as I would like, but good.

T: A simple, moderate-strength flavor. I'm a little underwhelmed, but it's not bad. Grain / bread, a light hint of white pepper, and a touch of yeast in the finish. Has a nice grainy aftertaste when I exhale. It's serviceable.

M: Low carbonation, which doesn't do this one any justice. It should bring out the flavor more, actually, but the beer feels dead somehow.

D: Meh. Didn't care for it.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 22:07:40 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of hardy008


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light gold color with a one finger head with decent retention. The aroma is not real strong, but I do pick up some lemon and yeast. The flavor has lemon, yeast, hay, grass, and biscuit malt.

Light bodied with low carbonation. A nice, easy to drink beer which is complex for 4.2% abv. Too bad this is being retired. Maybe I will be able to find a few more bottles on my next trip to Hudson.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 04:33:43 | More by hardy008
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle left over from last summer tucked away in my in laws fridge. I see now that it is 'out of print.'

Pours pale golden yellow. hazy translucent. Minimal foam, but cloudy.

Light citrus smell with minor malt. Faint.

Light creamy lemon taste with minimal carbonation. Citrus finish.

Simple, uncomplicated, and good. Well made.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 14:26:58 | More by KTCamm
Photo of largadeer


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bring shared a bottle of this a while back. Thank you, Barry. Being a big kellerbier fan, I was excited to try this. Hazy but relatively clear golden body with a finger of white foam, signature kellerbier appearance. Bready, yeasty, lighty malty sweetness hits the nose first. Spice, white pepper, light stonefruit; complex. Up front fruitiness on the palate, sweet pale malt, faintly yeasty, peppery spice, slight and pleasant buttery slickness. Finishes dry with a touch of noble hops. Very clean finish. This reminded me a bit of the Bohemian Lager NG made a couple years back, though it's not quite as outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 00:11:23 | More by largadeer
Photo of illidurit


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy opaque goldenrod color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is pale malts and a very light fruitiness. Almost has me believing there's some wheat in here. Flavor is pilsener perfection. This is exactly the malt profile I want in a pilsener. Some taste like corn, some taste like cereal grains, some taste like pure pale malt, but this tastes like fresh bread, with a light honeyed character giving it some sweetness. Again I'm detecting a mild pithy banana note in there that points to wheat, but maybe it's just some sort of yeasty note? A little grassiness on the finish, which is super crisp. Reminds me of Reality Czeck to an extent, but more traditional (i.e. not hopped to delicious oblivion). Dry and very refreshing. Not too thin and not at all fizzy. Just sublime. I would love to have this stuff around in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 09:37:33 | More by illidurit
Photo of Buebie


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a mixer 6 pack in WI last weekend. Looks like they might have been sitting there a while if this is a retired beer. Was a gas station in the middle of no where lol. Paid about $8
Which equates to about $6 Minnesotan... (little Wisconsin border humor)

Anyway, off the pour about an inch of white fizzy head forms, receding quickly to leave a white collar of retention. Color is a hazey straw yellow.

Aroma is of dried grass/ hay, mineral water, mild earthy hops, a touch of biscuity malt and somthing in there that I just cant lay my finger on.

Yum! Sweet and malty up front with big amount of biscuity malt, bodacious amounts of sweet delicious grain flavor. That thing I couldn't lay my finger on in aroma has becomed a bit more distinguished in flavor. Way off in the distance mind you, but still there and that being bubblegum, raw unfermented honey, buckwheat and buttered rolls.

Mouthfeel is light and crispy with carbonation and just a touch of slickness across the tong.

This beer is fantastic! Its a real shame its no longer available. I am happy to have had the chance to drink it though. Drinkability is phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 01:18:51 | More by Buebie
Photo of dbtoe


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint.
It is a real shame this is no longer made. One of the better lower ABV beers made. I'd get this over the Spotted Cow any day. A great beer to drink.
Look is a cloudy gold with a fizzy head.
Smell is malts and grassy hay.
Taste is really complex for such a light beer. I get a lot in every drink. All the great lager flavors and they blend together with a very creamy feel.
Feel is very carbonated and lively. A medium body.
Drink OH yeah this is a beer to drink by the case. I sure hope they bring it back and soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 04:16:12 | More by dbtoe
Photo of AgentZero


3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy yellow color, decent head that dissipated quickly with a slight bit of lace.

S - Get the yeast, a little wheaty, sweet sugary smell, touch of citrus.

T - Wow, not sure what it is but almost a bit of an alcohol burn, granted it's relative to the 4.2%, but much more than I was expecting. Sweet and very light malts with yeast flavor. Slight bit of citrus that hits right as it's leaving the mouth.

M - Light to medium bodied, somewhat creamy, decently carbonated. Sticky.

D - Pretty easy to get down and do a few of.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 00:13:48 | More by AgentZero
Photo of indiapaleale


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - very cloudy, pale yellow and raw looking. This beer almost looks "frosted" in the glass. Nice carbonation levels and a pretty solid looking head on top.

Aroma - grainy, citrusy, slightly sour and musty. There is a definite smell of husks and grains that reminds me of the smells you get when you take a brewery tour. The raw components steeping in boiling water, that seems to be a good way to describe this.

Taste - very light bodied, some malt sweetness, a bit of sour/citrus on the tongue and some raw grain flavors. Crisp and refreshing, this is the type of beer you could really get comfortable with at a party. Its easy drinking but with plenty of taste.

Overall - a very straightforward beer with a good amount of flavor for such a low ABV.

Would I buy more of it? - who knows, if I ever find myself in Wisconsin I might grab some of these as a good session beer. Well, since this one is "retired" it might be hard to do that.

Thanks to oach for this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 02:07:17 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with slight yeast note, alittle spice. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, with some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, really liking this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 00:15:01 | More by Wasatch
Photo of jrallen34


3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a hazy brightish gold with a light white head only rising about a finger and gone quickly.

The aroma is nice and light, sweet, yeasty, bready, a little wheat, nice combination, needs a little more assertiveness.

The start is nice and sweet but then at the end its super skunky so it really kills it for me.

The feel is medium, limited drinkability because of the drinkability.

Overall, started off ok, then fades to terribleness.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 02:00:17 | More by jrallen34
Photo of FreshmanPour77


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1-23-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Cloudy golden color, 2 fingers of foam with a thin layer of lacing present, little carbonation

S - Sweet citrus lemon notes and malts

T - Medium bodied, sweet and creamy, can taste some lemon in it

M/D - Another good brew from New Glarus! Medium bodied well balanced brew! Smooth on the tongue with a no real hop bite or aftertaste. A real enjoyable session brew but now that it is retired I'm for sure glad that I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 19:16:37 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Bud American Ale glass.

Pours about 1 finger of creamy white head. Pretty good retention, but leaves no lace. Color is a cloudy golden orange.

Aroma: Lots of malts here. Some yeast with grassy hops. I also get some fruits; apples and lemons.

Taste: The yeast and grassy hops are more present here. This is a pretty malty beer. Lots of bread notes. The apples are present with the lemons in the background.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshingly smooth. Light to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends slightly dry, but overall pretty clean.

Overall, this is a pretty nice session beer. Easy drinking with lots of flavors. I am glad I got to try this one from New Glarus. I could easily drink another.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 02:06:13 | More by mothman
Photo of drizzam


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 19th beer in a quest to review every beer New Glarus brews...on with it!

A - Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a nice two finger off-white head. The head is fluffy and retains very nicely, leaving a nice patchy lacing down the inside of my beer glass. About halfway through this beer, it appears to me that the head is almost chunky, breaking into little chunks of head that stick to the side of the glass. Not sure if I've ever seen this in a beer before.

S - Not a highly aromatic brew...some citrus sweetness and light malts in the nose.

T & M - Very light citrus mouthfeel with citrus up front and some mild hops toward the back end. I think as it warms, that citrus taste I get is more pronounced as being a lemon citrus. Finishes very dry with a slight hop aftertaste.

D - This brews drinkability is very high. It reminds me of a great Summer brew...hell, it's Winter here and I'm enjoying it immensely! Low ABV and great taste combine for a beer I would be proud to stock in my fridge. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 22:06:18 | More by drizzam
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 22:06:34 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A - Yokel is one effervescent beer. Fizzy with a big, cloud-white head with decent retention despite the loosely packed, large bubbles. Little bits of lace cling to the glass too. The color is a slightly hazed yellow straw.

S - Smells like a Euro lager. Skunky. And strongly skunky. There is a bit of yeast behind the skunk nose. It's very crisp overall. Pale and/or Munich malts with a slight mineral hint to it.

T - The skunkiness seemed to fade out and is virtually non-existent in the flavor. Smooth pale malts are complimented well by light, possibly noble, hops that have a faint floral flavor to them. A touch of yeast stays in the beer as well. The mineral hint on the nose comes out here too.

M - Light-bodied and fizzy with a carbonation bite to the finish, its smooth-going.

D - I was a little scared at first but all seemed to go well. A decent beer that's fairly drinkable but not something I'd ever hunt down.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 23:55:55 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of HopHead84


4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra from Ian, thanks! I typed up a review and then inadvertently closed the window...The beer appears yellow gold with a two finger frothy head. I took care to pour just a little yeast into the liquid, and what appears there descends in coils before coalescing with the beer.

The nose is hoppy, with prominent notes of zest laden lemon and earth. There's a moderate yeast presence that is evocative of a temperate summer day in Bavaria. The malt character I perceive beneath the lemon and yeast can only be described as bread...perhaps white.

The lemon in the flavor is piquant and the bitterness is at a moderate level. Light earthy and herbal notes are evident, as is a distinct yeastiness and a slight pepper quality. The bread again reminds me of toasted white. The finish is of bitter lemon zest accompanied by a light biscuit character. I'm left with a perceived drying quality.

The carbonation is at an upper moderate level, and the beer is slightly crisp and moderately dry. Another great beer from New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 02:31:00 | More by HopHead84
Photo of alexgash


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Slightly cloudy golden yellow body. Small, gauzy, eggshell-white head. Yeasty bread, honeyed malts, and minty, herbal, noble hops on the nose. Sourdough bread and lightly toasted malts up front. Honey-drizzled biscuits and light apple sweetness. Spicy, peppery, vegetal hop bitterness. Moderate body with a crisp feel. Nice flavor and complexity for such a light lager. Deliciously thirst-quenching.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 00:18:06 | More by alexgash
Photo of lester619


4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours hazy, cloudy pale gold/yellow color. Thin head goes away quickly after pouring. Nice clean grassy, floral bready smell. Very clean and balanced flavor. Some grainy rye bread notes, plenty of sweet malts, some fruity prune or rasin maybe? Not overly bitter, but plenty of lively, spicy hops come into the mix. Perfectly balanced flavors. Bottom line good beer. Very smooth and exceptionally drinkable. I don't know anything about this style. If they are all as good as this, I wil have to find some more.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 16:10:16 | More by lester619
Photo of gatornation


4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy yellow /gold color with a fluffy but quickly dissipating head that settles with a very nice ring and some sticky lacing..the smell is hops and grass and dough with a malty german influence and again their is a bread and yeast taste that is just delicious with a very fresh crisp scent..the taste is great its crisp with a perfect balance of hops and malt..just perfect for the style..this is another fine NG brew that is highly flavorful highly drinkable ,highly recommended..glad i have access to all of NG brews..a fine brewery

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 23:50:44 | More by gatornation
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Yokel from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.