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Yokel - New Glarus Brewing Company

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190 Reviews

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Reviews: 190
Hads: 479
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 27
Gots: 53 | 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 beveritt
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle, although the left side has some strange cuts that I am sure mean something.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a big 2 inch head. The head quickly settles down to just a coating of foam on top of the brew. Several steady stream of bubbles coming up.

Smell: Sweet smelling, with a slight sour tang. Definite "earthy" tone to it, almost like clay or dirt, in a good way.

Taste: Smooth like you would expect from a lager, but none of the skunky. grassy taste I am so used to when a beer is this color. Creamy and sweet, with just a hint of carmel. Finishes with a little bite from the carbonation and a mild hop bitterness.

Carbonation: Medium level of barbonation. this beer stays foamy with a little CO2 bite the whole time.

Drinkability: This is the realy subjective category to me. Everything else is as compared to a style, but this is really a personal comment on the beer. Have to say I like it a lot, and I normally wouldn't consider myself a light lager drinker. Give it a try, this isn't a BMC. (1,120 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold-yellow in hue, the yeast flutters throughout the liquid like a snow globe. I usually find this unattractive but I kind of dig it in Kellerbiers, I don’t know why. At the apex the white head was a healthy two fingers tall, however the foam quickly faded to a thin, soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was minimal and hardly worthy mentioning. Overall, the appearance is decent.

The nose is straightforward and simple… and, yet, inviting. It is grainy and husky with undercurrents of lemon rinds; vaguely yeasty with a lovely bready finish. Moderate potency, articulate… I like what it is saying. I mean, it is clearly a Kellerbier and for no other reason then it delivers what it should; I want to take a sip.

The palate is very tasty. I have grown to love the style as I have consumed numerous half liters of Mahr’s Ungespundet. While Yokel is not as complex I have no qualms. It is grainy sweet, husky with hints of lemon bread and a smattering of hop spiciness. Similar aftertaste, soft but lingering… man, this beer is quite nice. I wasn’t expecting much from it. For some reason I was thinking this as going to be a Macro lager-type beer. Once I seen the label I was a bit more excited and once I took a sip I was really digging it. I could easily quaff some bottles with a hearty cold-cut sandwich on a fall day. That is a little slice of heaven.

Around medium in body, creamy and relaxing carbonation, the mouthfeel fits this beer perfectly.

This beer is insanely easy to drink. I think this is one of the few beers that both the uber-beer geeks and the complete beer ignorant can love. It is both very complex and extremely simple at the same time. I often wonder if Kellerbier gets over looked by most BAs. Oh well, enough of my ramblings. I found this to be a lovely little beer. Thank you hoffman! This was a treat. (1,847 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw to gold in color with a slight cloudiness, a small white head fades back quickly. Smell is of slightly sweet malts, cooked grains, and sweet straw and grass. Taste is similar with sweet grainy flavors, uncooked corn on the cob. There is a little peppery crispness and a very small amount of dryness in the finish as well as a lemony flavor in the background. Fairly easy to drink, but probably not something I would go back for more of. (448 characters)

Photo of bjirish
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Six pack from the brewery in New Glarus- fresh sample.

Pours yellow with lager-white fizzy head. Cloudiness from the yeast.

Very balanced smell. Spicy hop aroma along with sweet malt.

Flavor balanced as well. Fruity notes with german/czech hop flavor. Finish leans to a bit dry with yeast characteristics.

Very chewy mouthfeel for a lager, some due to the yeast in suspension.

Very good beer - especially when you can get it fresh in the summer. (461 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (881 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - yellow/golden in color, very hazy, nice white head with little retention

s - dominated by malts and fruits, no hops evident, lots of banana

t - very malty and sweet, lots of fruit and some spice as well, finish is sweet and lingers

m - lots of carbonation, light-to-medium bodied, dry finish

d - fairly drinkable beer, alcohol not evident, dry finish may limit consumption though (395 characters)

Photo of ccs
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's next to me, a beautiful hazy straw color. Very little hops in the aroma--all malt with the distinctive lager smell. There is just the slightest ring of foam around the glass. It tastes clean, crisp, very slightly of wheat. There is the slight sting of carbonation but not unpleasant by any means. I would love to have a couple of these on a nice summer day. (362 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/21/06- Received as a gift from BA Irishsnake.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Oggi's pint glass.

Appearance- Golden in color, a bit darker golden. 3/4 inch foamy and creamy looking head. Leaves behind decent streaks of lace.

Smell- A bit macro-ish. Corny and grainy with a sweeter scent.

Taste- Very lightly hopped. A bit corny, but more grainy. Certainly bready and sweeter than most lagers. Kinda comparable to Tusker, but a little sweeter and less clean.

Mouthfeel- Rich and a bit creamy with a medium to higher carbonation level.

Drinkability- All-in-all a decent brew. Tasted good on a hot day. Possibly the first for me of this style. Thanks John. (707 characters)

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

Appearance: Light yellow with lots of yeast particles, decent head.

Smell: Grassy, wheaty.

Taste: Some sweet bread, grassy, citrus, a little spicy.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Drinkability: Excellent stuff, very sessionable.

You would never believe this was a lager if it didn't say so on the label. Very flavorful without being overpowering in any way. A very good beer for a hot summer day. (407 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of UncleFlip
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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
-UF (458 characters)

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (1,365 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of hopsaplenty
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.58/5  rDev -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. (504 characters)

Photo of supercolter
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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 (385 characters)

Photo of kmcnair
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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! (690 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of deejaydan
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,054 characters)

Yokel from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.