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Yokel - New Glarus Brewing Company

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190 Reviews

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Reviews: 190
Hads: 476
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 26
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 Jason
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

STYLE German-style Lager | ABV 4.20% | AVAILABILITY Year-round

Clean, Crisp, Herbal, Bready

Easy drinking through and through, Yokel has a clean nose and palate with a slightly rustic tone from the Wisconsin malt in the grain bill. It’s also perfectly hopped with Bavarian varieties, which is noticeable from the first sip and far into the finish. What we’ve got here is nothing short of spectacular: an amazing lager and one that would be best enjoyed as a full liter pour.

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #103 (AUG 2015) (538 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)

Photo of Ri0
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into a Pils glass.

A - Some haze and golden straw , with 2 finger head. Head fades quickly and leaves a thin ring with minimal lacing.

S - Pleasant grains and cracker like malts. Citrus and some grassy hops are found.

T - Flavorful light cracker malts with citrusy and grassy hops. Rather straight forward for a lager.

M - It is creamy, yet crisp with a decent amount of carbonation

O - A simple session lager from New Glarus. Not their best, but tasty. (479 characters)

Photo of steveh
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I used to enjoy this back in the early days of the Micro Boom®, glad to see NG giving it another go: let's see how it's held up!

A -- Poured directly into a fluted glass to get a good look and some good aroma; clear, bright gold with a sudsy, but firm white head. Just about the clearest Zwickel-type beer I've ever seen. I notched it up from okay because it looks so good.

S -- Mildly spicy and citrus hops up front. Light crackery malts fighting for attention. Some mild DMS. No big bread or yeast that's usual with Zwickel-types.

T -- Taste is light cracker character up front followed by some light lemon zest character from hops. Both dance on the palate and disappear leaving a light bready character lingering in the aftertaste.

M -- The mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a very light body.

O -- I was expecting a lot more from this beer and admit I'm a little disappointed. It's certainly an easy drinking beer for the season with no big flaws to steer anyone away, but overall it's rather lackluster -- especially for a beer that's supposed to be bringing some carry-over from the brewing ingredients in the weight of residual ingredients not filtered (or settled) away. I'm giving it slightly better than okay in "Overall" because it's smoother and a step better in flavor than the usual macro brew. (1,313 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with half a finger of clean white head. Random lacing left behind. Slightly cloudy body with a potent amount of active carbonation.

Smell: A wonderful front of hops, with some earthy grassy notes but also has a sweet fruitiness. Creamy and bright potent easy blasts through. Butterscotch on the finish shows up with lingering, brighter then expected hop profile.

Taste: Buttery yeast warms up the palate which provides a wonderful base for the balanced hops to blast through. The hop profile is filled with accents of white grapes, straw, and mangos. The finish is clean but has a nice malt presence and lingering hops.

Mouthfeel: There is a bright, carbonated texture which really pulls out the hops and yeast notes. Extremely clean and refreshing.

Overall: What else would you expect from New Glarus. This is a masterfully executed lager that delivers exactly what it promises. Clean and potent hop profile shines so bright. NG continues to show their mastery of executing any style of beer. (1,017 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pous a frothy, white head that has really nice persistence. Grassy, grainy hop aroma. As the head settles, yeasty biscuit begins to dominate the nose. Radiant gold (this bottle seems to lack the yeast haze I remembered). Starts off with a wonderful grainy hop flavor atop of sweet malt. Floral hops transition into grainy hops. Low, pleasant bitterness. A wave of velvety smooth biscuit wells up. A finish of biscuits and floral hops.

Good god. This is perfect. I remembered this being one of my all-time favorite NG brews, and for good reason. It is everything I could ever want; excellent maltiness, perfectly balanced hoppiness, and the smoothest mouthfeel I think I've ever experienced.
Simply stunning. Absolutely perfect. (728 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 28 May 2014. Poured into a New Glarus pilsner glass.

A- Clear, bubbly golden straw body. One finger thick, white head with good retention. Eventually drops into a thin film, thick collar. Not a ton of lacing.

S- Clean, crisp pilsner malt. Some toffee, a bit of straw, even a bit of ginger. Some noble hops.

F- Crackery pilsner malt. As in the nose, it's very clean and unencumbered. Mild spice, earthy noble hops. Not complicated, not particularly interesting but very refreshing.

M- Way too easy to drink, in a good way. Medium to thin in character but not watery at all when it comes to the flavour. Well carbonated, slightly fizzy. Smooth, slightly resinous (surprisingly) as well. Finish is a bit of straw and sweet crackers.

O- An absurdly easy-drinking lager, and definitely feels like less than 4.2%. Really, really good stuff. I'm not surprised at all that this one came from New Glarus. (922 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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 (344 characters)

Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.51/5  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. (395 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.36/5  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. (338 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of Buebie
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,143 characters)

Photo of dbtoe
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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! (977 characters)

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