Yokel - New Glarus Brewing Company

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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
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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 abcsofbeer
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color that is cloudy with yeast sediment swirling around. The head is white in color, but, very minimal, leaving no lace to speak of. The smell is mildly citrus-like, a bit lemony. I detect a small amount of grain followed by sweet honey.

The taste is a bit of lemon-citrus and honey. This beer is drinkable and light to medium bodied. There is a good amount of carbonation that is easily detectable. I do not detect much in the way of hops. This one is different and not a bad drink.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice yellow with a honey overtone. Head is fluffy white, two fingers. Falls to one, with wet lace left behind.

Smell is malty with clove and just a hint of banana and spice. Has sort of a 'BMC' overtone, however.

Flavour is sort fo a deep fruitiness with a slight woody spice up top. Slightly earwaxy at times.

Liquid is hearty, and carbonation is a bit high, but not unpleasantly so.

Very drinkable IMHO. Easy going down.

Be well

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic pour - the beer comes out a deep, bright golden yellow, (very highly saturated color) with a thick light head of pure white foam. The head does eventually settle down leaving a moderate bit of lacing on the glass.

The nose is bursting with grain and sugars with good hints of golden colored toast and some wonderfully earthy hops as a great invitation to a sip.

For anyone who claims you can't make a flavorful lager, give them a sip of Yokel. The beer is both strong and clean at the same time with very clear notes of sugar, lightly roasted grain and a very fresh, bright hop note at the end. It's just a wee bit on the sweet side but this beer has a lot of life in it (yeah, some live yeast as well...)

Mouthfeel is pretty damn good as well - I'd almost have guessed that it was a cream ale as the mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. The beer is on the medium side of light bodied (what with all the sugars floating around) and there's enough carbonation and just enough bitterness to finish each sip nicely.

This is an incredibly drinkable brew... It's perfect as a session beer, it's perfect as a lawnmower beer, it's a great gateway to introduce macro drinkers to micro quality, it's really quite tasty -and- it's got a very impressive mouthfeel. There's really nothing to complain about with this beer and quite a lot to praise.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a pilsener glass. It pours a hazy medium yellow color with two fingers of head that just last and last. There is a good amount of sticky lace left on the glass. The smell is very malty, with lots of bread character. Tons of pale malt, with bits of yeast and biscuit in there. The taste is malty up front. Lots of pale malt dominate. There's more bready characteristics coming through, with a slightly hoppy finish. A touch of lemon as well. The mouth is nice and strong for an unfiltered lager. The drinkability is great, and I really enjoyed this with some warm brie on sliced baguette. Thanks to Kev for giving me this brew before he moved to Chi-town.

Photo of aforbes10
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was on tap along with Spotted Cow at the New Glarus Polkafest. Poured into a plastic cup golden colored with a small white head. Smelled corny (like S Cow) but stronger and more metallic and malty. Corny, wheaty, slightly spicy flavor, some banana esters in there maybe. nice mouthfeel, good for summer drinking. Overall i liked it but not the best from NG.

Photo of hopsaplenty
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, no date information

Hazy pale straw. Pours with an active and loud head of loosely packed small and medium bone white bubbles that forms quickly and slowly settles to a short collar and left thin lacing. There are a handful of sluggish carbonation streams. the smell is crisp and filled with spicy hops and a slightly lemony zest. Starts with a gentle malt sweetness that slowly changes over to a soft hop spiciness, slightly peppery. The finish is rather empty with only a hint of lingering hops. The mouthfeel is limp, almost flat, and without carbonation. Medium body, but there is not much there. Passable, but the lack of carbonation was a detriment.

Thanks to Stonecrusher for the metric assload of NG beers.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light gold body with rows of little bubbles racing towards the surface. Thick creamy snow white head.

S: Smells of German pilsner yeast with touches of pale malt and sourdough.

T: A lot like the edel-pils just not as sweet. Lots of pale malt and grassy flavors with touches of green apple acid. Nice European yeasty finish.

M: Silky, creamy, best part of the beer.

D: You could really go thru a lot of this beer. Not overly complicated or complex, a very smooth and straight up beer.

Photo of supercolter
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- very slightly hazy, golden, with minimal head. little lacing. carbonation just keeps coming though...different
S- good smell to it, citrus and malt right up front. Also, some hoppy smell in the background
T- malty bread right up front, citrusy bite to finish and a bit of hoppyness in the back
M- kinda creamy, decent amount of carbonation in your mouth
D- goes down pretty easy

Photo of kmcnair
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yokel pours a cloudy yellow to golden color and makes a small crown (1/2 inch) of fluffy white bubbles. Lean, malty aromatics, very subtle hint of spiced noble hop. Light, crisp, clean caramel malts blend with hint of bready yeast and again a slightly spiced noble hop flavor. Light to medium palate, clean and smooth palate, nice soft bubbles in the carbonation. Nothing terribly exciting about this brew other than the fact that the taste and aroma is very clean and pleasant, and it offers a nice clean, soft mouthfeel... all of which make this very quaffable. Drinkability factor is quite high. I can't wait to try more offerings from New Glarus!! Thanks to ThomasHardy for this bottle!

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

Big thanks to ThomasHardy for the bonus bottle.

Appearance: Hazed golden body, light in color, with very little head visible.

Smell: Grainy like a euro lager, but without the grass aspect, yeast and lemon are also present, very bready.

Taste: Malty, with lots of bread and grainy characters. Hops are fairly subdued, with a slight citric zing at the back end of the flavor. Interesting, it almost tastes like a past-its-prime euro lager, but in a good, and drinkable way. I could easily session this, but I think it could be a more profound beer.

Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating.

The beer pours a hazy gold with a dense chiffon like head. Good lacing.

Nice nose if grains, grass and a bit of lemon.

The taste is slightly grainy with a bit of sourness. A bit of apple emerges later, but still sour. The sourness is not bad, just not what I expected from this style. Dry almost chalky finish.

The mouth is slightly astringent and it thins the beer out a bit. The beer sure started off good with nice looks and smell. Unfortunately, it faded a bit in the backstretch. I’m glad I just bought a single as NG makes some much better beers.

Photo of Winter
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden in color with a foamy white head. Aroma of hops, barley malt, lemon and baked pretzel. Aroma gets sort of funky though as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with soft carbonation. Bready malt front. Spiciness seems reminiscent of Saaz hops. Again a doughy pretzel-like taste reflective in the aroma appears. Touch lemony toward the back.

This is easy drinking and reminds me somewhat of Spotted Cow, but with less of that ale fruitiness that Cow seems to exhibit.

Photo of deejaydan
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean yellow hue, an okay head and head retention. Aroma is bready and yeasty. Nice. Clean. Crisp? Taste is akin to that a fresh baked bread. Again, bready and yeasty. Mouthfeel is nice, carbonation is good. Perhaps a touch thick for style (I think that's the first time I've said something like that). This is a dangerously drinkable beer, and perhaps a perfect session beer.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. The label proclaims, "Wisconsin lager with yeast." Pours an oranged straw color with minimal patchy head over top. Clarity is good, with just a slight haze and no carbonation is apparent. Nose is enticing. I get notes of lightly honey coated grain, and herbal to grassy hop. Light toastyness is apparent, but not strong. Flavor is much the same as the nose. The toasted bread character is more prevalent, balanced with a sweet and grainey character. This is backed by a moderate herbal noble hop, finishing with just a kiss of bitterness and a lemony zest. The aftertase is almost like a honey bread, with a sweet and melanoidan toastyness. I like the aftertaste a lot. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light and very fine carbonation, which works well with the flavors found in the brew. I have not had many brews in this style, so I don't have much to judge by, but this one is tasty. The solid melamoidan flavors marry well with the lighter grainyness and the herbal to floral noble hop. This is a nice take on a German style by a US brewer.

Photo of DeaconBluez
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to thomashardy for this surprise.

very little head. and what is there is gone very shortly after i am finished pouring

has nice hints of lemon zest and corn in it, but not as brash as some of the other lagers that i have had in the past. not very carbonated either. the hops and malts are very nice in this one as well. there is a biscuity taste to it..

i think this is good beer to follow the rules when writing a review when it says "Try to review a beer with its style in mind vs. 100% personal taste, ..." because while not a fan of lagers, it was very easy to review this with the style in mind because it represented the style very well.
this is by far the most enjoyable lager experience that i have had in some time. i wish new glarus would expand their business, would love to have their offerrings more often.

Photo of weeare138
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to hopdog for this…
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head that fades out. The fizzy collar fades out and no lacing is left.
Smell is of lemon rinde with corn husk.
Taste is of lemony junk with a corn syrup taste that isn’t that appealing.
Mouthfeel is of lemony corn husk and vegetal skunkiness lingering.
This was my least favorite selection as of yet from New Glarus

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

My very first keller, and I don't know what to expect:

Dark sparkling gold with a fine white head that stays and stays and stays for days.

Smells like a pilsner on crack. Or steriods, actually, everything is bigger and stronger. Flowers and slightly lemony yeast.

The unflitered malt tastes like a flower patch smells, wonderful natural perfume rushing down your throat. Comes into lots of grain,big corn (sweet corn, fresh picked) and ending on a slight hop bitterness. Fantastically balanced.

A very good beer.

Photo of DrJay
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a slight haze. Decent cap of white foam composed of fine bubbles. Grainy aroma with delicate spicy hops. Light bitterness with spicy/floral hops and grainy/crackery malt. Light bodied and a bit drying, moderate carbonation. This is quite a drinkable beer, very nice. Thanks HogTownHarry!

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a good head, but falls into a very thin head and a watery lacing. Has a clear golden color to it.

Smells like a lager, which is very distinct for me. All that I smell is light barley.

Taste like a lager, only really good without any bad aftertaste or mouthfeel. Pretty nice. My first lager that I can get a cross-section of the whole lager selection. The first lager I can actually love.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, very nice.

I could get to like this.

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 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 brewcrew76
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very clear pale yellow/blonde with a thin white head that disappears almost immediately.

S - Lemon, grassy, bready yeast

T - Sweet malt biscuit, slight yeasty taste, very well balanced

M - Light body. Dry and crisp.

D - Very clean and drinkable. It will make a really nice summer session beer.

Photo of shbobdb
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's like Spotted Cow grew up, got a big ol' pair of balls and decided that the swift hand of vigilante justice was going to rock the world of Wisconsin Beer drinking.

Pour it in a glass and it looks like hay. That murky, yellowy, musty, opaque look that you'd get if you soaked hay in water. Ohhhh, I'm excited!
The smell is pretty simple. Nice clear malts, perhaps a bit of corn (oh no!) mixed in with a light hop balance to the whole affair. It smells very good, but not very exciting.
Which is why the taste came at me with a vicious hook from the left and smashed my freakin' face in. This is an excellent beer with a full, malty taste balanced out by expertly used hops. Even the corn-flavour works itself into the taste in an unexpectedly delicious way.

What a delightful brew! It reminds me a lot of their Zwickel, which makes sense since they are both Kellerbiers. Heck, it could be a re-release for all I know.

Man, I could and would drink this all day if I still lived in WI.

Photo of ClearDog
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Light gold in color. Thin creamy head when first poured into glass; dissolves quickly.

Smell -- Lemon zest, grass, and biscuits. The initial smell tends to fade away, and leaves a smell that reminds me of hard boiled eggs. The smell is not sulfury or unpleasant, it just reminds me of hard boiled eggs.

Taste -- Clean tasting and well-balanced. Hops aren't too over the top, but they're there. Pleasant taste. This would taste fantastic on a summer day.

Mouthfeel --On the lighter side. Very delicate carbonation that hits the tip of your tongue.

Drinkability -- This beer is not the most complex beer I've ever drank, but it is good for what it is. This is a beer that will appeal to wide market. It will satisfy both the micro and macro beer drinkers. This is a beer that will be very satisfying come summer. I will be purchasing this beer again.

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