Yokel - New Glarus Brewing Company

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394 Ratings

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 18
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
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:
Rebrewed and available starting june 2014

(Beer added by: Golden2wenty1 on 02-10-2006)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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).

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Beric
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Yokel from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.