Yokel - New Glarus Brewing Company

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429 Ratings

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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 26
Gots: 36 | 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 blackearth
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold body with a white head the quickly falls. Aroma is of citrus and grape skin. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low to medium carbonation level that makes this beer smooth. Flavor is a light malt sweetness with a very mild bitterness. Excellent for a session beer.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright gold with a weak white head that fades quickly. Tons of bubbles flowing. Smells of very pale malt. Very smooth malt with just a bit of German hop taste, ends very bitter on the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth with a good amount of carbonation. Very drinkable and very enjoyable.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my first Keller Bier--picked it up during my wife and I's honeymoon after our self-guided tour of the brewery.

Pours a bright gold with a very nice white head and loads of lacing as it goes down. Pilsner malt with a good deal of sweetness, and plenty of European hops. The sweetness is just perfect--nothing too much, but it's certainly there. Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Drinkability is excellent; one of my favorite New Glarus beers, and perhaps my favorite that doesn't have fruit in it.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy-yellow with gold hues. Generous white fluffy head.

S: Sweet grainy malts followed by floral and spicy hops. Very nice.

T: Lovely sweet malts with a touch of grainy malts. The maltiness is profound for a lager this light. The hops impart a wonderful spicy/floral component. The bitterness provides perfect balance.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp finish

D: wow. Very nice, very drinkable. Way better than totally naked.

Photo of nickd717
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade thanks to alcstradamus. All right - my first zwickel/keller beer!

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a one-finger creamy white head.

S - Aroma is sweet pale malt, grain, yeast, and light fruits.

T - Sweet pale malt and honey, corny graininess, and grassy hops. Almost like a pale lager, except this beer is actually good. Simple and does not try to do too much, but does what it does well.

M - Medium body with a somewhat creamy feel and lively carbonation.

D - Very high. I barely even realized I was drinking it, and then it was gone.

Photo of scaliasux
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light to medium gold. Somewhat cloudy. Tall white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Light sweet malt. Similar to a pilsener.

Taste - Rather like a full flavored lager. Sweet malt balanced by light but apparent floral hops. Not particularly distinctive, but inoffensive and more flavor than an American lager.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Drinkability - I like New Glarus, but not all of their beers are must haves. This one I can do with or without. Apparently an unusual style, so kudos for helping keep it alive.

Photo of tjkurz
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled poured into taster. Cloudy golden yellow with small but fairly tight head no lacing. Aroma is minimal - smells fresh taste is not much up front some maltiness with a nice hop balance hitting the top and back of throat - good balance. Creamy mouthfeel. Very delicious and low abv make very drinkable - great for summer - i'd say.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Thanks again to Jeff (mnjeff) for the hookup!

Pours cloudy straw with a fluffy, half-finger head that wants to stick around. Nice stickage, decent lacing.

Smell is classic German lager - round, floral hops contribute a lemony zing that isn't too bright, maybe even a bit orangey. Malt character comes through as bready, a bit grainy, bit of sulfur as well. Nice and well-rounded, though I'm not getting quite as prominent a hop character as some other folks are.

Taste is perfectly balanced. Bready, fresh-baked, and with a bit of cereal mixed in, and with a nice floral overtone dripping with some juicy orangey notes that really dry out as you head into the finish. Clean on the finish, though just a bit of lingering yeast pulling out some nice sourdough.

Mouthfeel is nice and classic - medium-light body, juicy around the edges, drying out towards the clean finish, with a light but sturdy carbonation. Drinkability is pretty damn close to perfect - fantastic session beer.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ian was kind enough to send me one of the most exciting boxes of beer I've received of late. Thanks man! This was one of them. Based on the date code, this was bottled in the end of June.

A: In my Moonlight pint glass, Yokel sits an absolutely gorgeous light, hazy orange with a large, choppy head that's white in color, leaving chunks of lace. Definitely one of the more attractive beers I've had recently

S: A fantastic nose that's loaded with hops, earthy and lemony, with a definite petrichor character. Mildly bready malt character is present. Mildly yeasty in character as it warms up. Few beers exhibit a German hop character as deep and nuanced as this. Awesome stuff

T: Opens with a firm hop bite, with moderate bitterness and plenty of flavor. Mildly spicy and earthy with a faint herbal and lemon character. The malt character is mild as well, with a bready and cracker-like feel. The finish is dry, refreshing and mildly bitter. Awesome stuff

M: While high in carbonation, there's a significant body to this beer, without it feeling heavy one bit. Maybe a little slicker than it needs to be, but the finish is excellent.

D: Through the roof. The beer's gone in a few minutes.

Notes: My only complaint is that I have only one bottle. And that the label designates the beer perfect for "washing down a burger" when it's so much more. Well done yet again, Dan

Photo of storksonm
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass

Golden clear yellow with a nice light head that just keeps through the whole beer pretty much. The classic lager smell with traces of a smell that mostly reminds me of a farmhouse ale. Nice citrusy hop tone. Very smooth and as has been said before it does have a slightly dry aftertaste to it. Its a delicious beer and I can kind of see why its in the yearly line up. Good show!

Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. sampled aug 2/09.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a big dense white head. the head drops fairly slow and leaves plenty of lace behind.

aroma is nice. "crisp" describes it very well. bright floral and earthy hops. hints of citrus. light alcohol. cracker. grain. bit of white bread. corn, but not really DMS-y, more just old-school pre-prohibition pils. hints of smoke. a bit earthy.

taste is nice. white bread and cracker. light alcohol. bit of cracker. light dms. honey and caramel. earthy. a bit fruity. floral. touch of citrus.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. nice light body. fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. nice balance. simple and uncomplicated. a nice keller/zwickel that i think i could drink all day. good stuff.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came to me from the generosity of AdamHarbaugh. Thanks Adam.

A slightly cloudy yellow body with two fingers of fairly thick white head. Fairly thick is an understatement actually, it is big and creamy; made up of good sized carbonation bubbles. I keep expected to have a mustache of it stuck to my upper lip. Lots of active carbonation bubbles, great retention, and some pretty good lacing left behind.

The aroma has a ton of pale malts that are clean and cracker-smelling. A very earthy, slightly spicy noble hop presence comes through also.

This isn't overly complex, but it is crisp, clean, and very well done. The pale pilsner-type malt is definitely the star here, expressing a delicate sweetness, some cracker notes, and maybe even a touch of a butter like character. The hops balance this malt nicely, but I don't think they are nearly has strong. They are spicy up front, earthy later on. The finish is long and dry.

Mouthfeel is pretty full for the style, but in a good way. Moderate to low carbonation, unfiltered, overall pretty good.

This is one I could drink by the case if I had the chance. Balances both malt and hops, but leans a little bit toward the malty side. Exceptionally drinkable.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy gold, with 2 big foamy fingers of brite-white colored head. Thin yet frothy layer of retention, leaves a big latticework of sticky lacing back. The aroma is spicy floral hops, with a nicely crisp citrus punch behind it. Silkier sweet notes of toasted grains come out underneath, giving this some tang in the nostrils.

The taste is sweet toasty bread, with a sharp pang of tart citrus, and a tingle of lightly spicy hop bitterness running through it. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a moderate crispness to it, that gives way to a much easier feel underneath. I nice evenness between the two feels, makes this eminently quaffable.

Nice stuff here from New Glarus. Crisp, tasty, thirst-quenching, and low ABV. What more could you ask for in a lighter Lager?

Photo of RJUGA03
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Light yellow transparent but cloudy body with a scant head and minimal lacing.

S-Bready wheat beerish.

T-Full very refreshing on the draw with a light body finishing smoothly and calm

M-Crisp and a refreshing a good beer to enjoy on a hot summer's day.

D- It is a great lightish beer (I prefer dark and heavy) to be enjoyed with a meal.

Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glarner Stube

Yokel is a cloudy golden concoction with faint orange highlights when held to the light. The unfiltered quality of this beer really comes through in the body. When served to me the clean white head was about a finger in height but short lived, quickly falling to a thick collar and skim coat. The collar left behind some sticky white sheet lacing.

The nose is simple but extremely clean and refreshing. Grassy noble hops get things moving and last throughout each whiff while freshly husked barley sweetness kicks around in the back. The grains are a little dusty with the faintest hint of sweetness with the hops adding a nice dry, grassy bite.

Crisp, clean graininess gets things moving with a touch of cereal grain sweetness for good measure. The grassy hoppiness adds some balance with a low level of bitterness that balances out the graininess. The noble hoppiness does add a bite on the swallow that quickly disappears after each swig.

The carbonation is moderate and lends a soft feel to the brew overall. The finish is very crisp and refreshing with a soft bitterness on the swallow and slight dryness.

The low abv., crisp character, and refreshing quality combine to make this an incredibly easy drinker. This is one of the best grilling, summer brews out there at the moment.

I'm happy to see New Glarus bring Yokel back. I could never get my fill of it when it was brewed in the past and I was sad to see it go. The comeback has been a good one.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a cloudy pale yellow as it's sits in my pint glass. At least an inch of thick white head. After the head retreats not much lacing is left behind. The aroma is sweet grain and yeast. It's not a strong smelling beer by any stretch. i really had to get my nose in there to pick up any aroma. The flavor is delicious. Yeasty and bread like. A hint of fruit, but mostly wheat crackers is what I pick up. The finish is very dry. Medium to light body with a mild carbonation. A very drinkable and refreshing beer from NG. I'm not real familiar with the style but, I would have to say I'm a fan if this is what it's supposed to taste like.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a bit over a finger of bleach white head. Very "pretty" looking. Sticking my nose in the glass I am greeted with a pleasant mix of white grapes, yeast, straw, and flower. The taste follows the nose well with a subtle blend of yeast, bready malts, and very light citric fruits. Nothing mind blowing or even particularly noteworthy, but solid for sure. Medium to light bodied with lots of soft carbonation that splashes throughout your mouth. Drinkability is the strength of this beer, a very fine session beer for sure.

This was definitely a good beer but it is not a seasonal release that I would take the time to hunt down. Just a nice, well crafted casual drinking beer.

Photo of Soneast
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden color with a 1/2 inch somewhat watery, white colored head with a hint of a yellowish tint to it.

The aroma consists primarily of a bready yeasty smell with some light citrus notes.

The flavor is nice and clean, some sweet & spicy character to it with the bready flavors coming through again as well as a nice citrus flavor and a nice little bitter bite towards the end to round it all out.

Light and refreshing, a decent complexity of flavors considering the light body. A beer I look forward to every year! Good, clean flavors and awesome sessionability.

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, picked up in WI.

Pours a clear yellow amber, medium sized white head forms, drops down to a thick ring, chunks of lace stick to the glass, looks good. Smell is nice, very fresh and grassy, hay, honey, biscuit, wheat, very malty, light bit of citrus and floral, not bad. Taste is similar, grassy hops, some caramel and biscuit, wheat, floral, very malty, nicely light and crisp finish, very malty. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, balanced and a nice hop character. Not too exciting but pretty drinkable.

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

A - Pours a hazy, golden body that has faint signs of carbonation streaming up to the head. The head was foamy and about an inch and a half. Twenty minutes into the beer there is still a nice lace on this beer.

S - Malts, barley, earthy notes and some sweet notes (honey?) as well. Nothing extremely strong but good nonetheless.

T - Smooth blend of malts and barley with a nice sweet citrus, maybe honey taste. Very smooth, crisp, and light which is great for drinking on hot summer days.

M - Barley malts and earthy notes early as the beer enters your mouth with a nice transition to a sweet smooth finish.

D - Very high beer as it is light bodied. This beer isn't a full or big beer that is going to prevent you from having more than one. I could easily kill a six pack of this on a Friday night.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer but I was impressed with the flavor despite the light bodied beer. I would steer clear from this beer during cold months but right now in the summer time this beer is great. Definitely not my favorite from New Glarus, and definitely not the worst. Overall I was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mildly foggy gold. Thick white head. Thick flavor. Defined sweetness. Biting citrus, yet no acidity. Very thick carbonation. Nice enough but it's a bit too thick in flavor and carbonation to make it as easy drinking as this style could be. Still a nice attempt though.

Photo of sweemzander
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a slightly hazy goldenrod color. Adaquate white; almost yellow foam diminished to a solid layer. Some lacing.

(S)- Sweet light lemon, honey, and floral things going on. Very light wheat in the background. Has a peachy aroma that is different.

(T)- Nice lemon fruit with wheat and yeast. The floral aspect of the smell also comes out through the taste as well. Even the peach complexity is present too.

(M)- Smooth and refreshing with great fruit/wheat/yeast complexities. Great carbonation feel.

(D)- Yokel is a solid beer with silky smooth attributes. Great for summer down by the beach. A 6pk wouldnt last long at all. Seek this one out if you are looking for some lighter fare.

Photo of KI9A
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy deep gold, puffy head, some lacing.

S: Bready, crackers. Not much going on here.

T: Honey on bisquits, sweet malts, some citrus hopiness at the back.

M: Light, enough carbonation to cleanse the pallet.

D: Wow. This is the best sub 5%abv I have ever had. This beer is what my idea of a good "lager" should be. I have had other Keller/Zwickles before, but, this is the best. Superb session beer, I can see myself drinking these like I used to drink Budweiser 25 years ago...One after another!

Photo of dancinwillie
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rich golden color, hazy, topped by a white half inch head. A bit of carbonation lazily makes it's way to the top.

A very wholesome nose. Cracker and bread aromas. A very light scent of a noble hop I think, but I'm not quite sure, and I won't take a guess at the variety. Smells nice.

A bit subdued taste wise. Some bread/cracker flavor, and a nice faint lemon taste. Floral hops bitter it up a little. There may be more going on here, but I'm just not picking anything else out.

Medium bodied, but a slight creamy quality makes it seem fuller. More carbonation than I would have guess from looking at it.

This is a good choice for a session beer, but it just isn't my cup of tea.

Photo of botham
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours a clear light amber coor with a half finger of loos eggshell head after a hard pour. medium retention and thick lacings.

aroma is of light bready malts and a lightly floral character with a distinct lager yeast note. very crisp and fresh in the nose.

taste follows the aroma with less floral hops and a very fresh quality. great lager yeast character.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a fresh and smooth texture and a crisp finish. very soft and a bit effervescent on the palate.

drinkability is solid. very fresh and flavorful on the palate with a lasting lager character. the brew itself is well put together and supremely drinkable. cheers!

Yokel from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.