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Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

181 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 37
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
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Reviews by GeezLynn:
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Bright straw color with great clarity. Head is on the small side with good retention.
S: Nice fresh aroma, a bit of malty sweetness and a grassy, floral (almost tangy?) hop character.
T: Initial impression is an assortment of different hop flavors. Floral, grassy, and citrus flavors all part of the lot. Plenty here to dissect. Malt is a pretty simple pilsner base with a touch of sweetness. Finish is crisp, and slightly dry with a soft bitterness.
M: Body is medium with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel as a whole is on the softer end of the spectrum relative to widely available commercial examples of this style. I tend to prefer a bit more prickliness.

This is a great fall beer for me and a reminder of how much the style has to offer when it’s done right.

11-26-2012 06:30:16 | More by GeezLynn
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Classic Pilsner. Clean, clear, bright light gold with loads of carbonation and a thin white, bubbly head. Aroma of noble hops, grass, floral perfume, and light malts. Herbal and grassy flavor with nice lightly spiced floral hops in the finish. Initially damp and sweet flavor gives way to a lingering dry, hoppy finish in each sip. Light to medium bodied. Very representative of the style. Well done and definitely drinkable.

09-07-2007 15:41:43 | More by DaPeculierDane
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours into my Sam Adams glass a clear yellow orange hue with a half inch of light bubbly white head on top. Aromas start with crisp pilsner malts that have a nice fresh graininess to them. Herbal, spicy noble hops are there in abundance with a fresh green snap. A bit of a fruity sweetness in there as well. Lovely.

First sip brings smooth, crisp lightly sweet pilsner malt upfront that has a bit of a grainy aspect to it. It flows across the tongue with a bit of fruitiness followed by just the right smack of herbal, spicy noble hops. Finishes with just a touch of bitterness on the back of the palate. This is a great pilsner!

Mouthfeel is smooth and easily drinkable with a nice creaminess to it as well. Very refreshing, this is just a perfect example of what a pilsner should be and I wish I would've picked up more of this. This one stacks up with the best of 'em. Another wonderfully brewed beer from New Glarus! Grab some if you still can.

11-08-2007 02:34:33 | More by orbitalr0x
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date

LOOK: Bright deep golden hue, lovely lacing

SMELL: Fresh grass, grainy, faint grape skin, fine herbal hop, floral, bready

TASTE: Very smooth, crisp pop, moderate sized body, malty, grainy, grassy, bready, herbal, lemony hop, slightly bitter, clean, spicy, nutty, dry finish

Spot on, I would not expect anything less from New Glarus though even with that said ... they really nailed it here. Close to perfection for the style. Puts many of the imported counterparts to shame.

10-26-2012 02:34:34 | More by Jason
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

09-15-2012 03:32:44 | More by Guinnsslvr
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badbeer

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a clear golden color with a slightly orange hue; frothy white head that retains well and leaves good lacing. Smell is of faint grass, spicy hops, and I get a little lemon and honey in there as well. Biscuity upfront, hints of honeycomb, hops are slightly spicy, but not overdone, a nice lemon zest too. Both body and carbonation are probably around medium levels, but very soft and refreshing on the tongue, quenching your thirst, but encouraging you to take another. Excellent beer; I plan on drinking copious amounts of this over the summer. Updated on July 17, 2007. Original smell was 4.5, taste was 5. Having had this plenty of times, I still rather enjoy it, but prefer Yokel or Edel-Pils to this one.

05-17-2007 02:48:38 | More by badbeer
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy pale golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma driven by wheat grains and pale malts with some nice citrus hints. Wheat, grains, and malt upfront along with some light hints of white pepper and coriander spice. Hints of bready biscuit, crackers, straw, and yeast. Solid scents of citrus with some lemon zest and orange peel. Also a little honey that ads to the sweetness. Decent hints of grassy and earthy hops in the background. Solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a nice taste of wheat and citrus with a surprisingly solid kick of hops. Sweet wheat grains and malts with a taste of bready biscuit, straw, crackers, honey, and yeast. Light hints of pepper and a coriander like spicing. Nice taste of mildly tart and dry citrus with some lemon zest and orange. Also some grassy hops towards the finish. A nice balance of malty sweetness and bitterness for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and fairly drying. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty nicely done take on a Pilsner. Nice bready Pils taste with a solid hop backing.

01-09-2013 08:17:02 | More by MattyG85
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-27-2012 21:54:00 | More by tyleeis
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Alex_Weinard

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

05-16-2014 03:53:45 | More by Alex_Weinard
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SMark

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3%

This beer was poured into a pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 42º which resulted in 1½ fingers of puffy, white foam. I had to slow down the vigorous pour to get it all in the glass. Lacing was evident with this pale golden blonde colored beverage as was a considerable amount of carbonation. No date information was present on the bottle.

Hops and a honey like sweetness were first sensed. Malt aromas were evidenced later in the floral bouquet.

There was a crisp cleanness with the very first sip. Good hop flavor balanced with the malt results in a flavorful and somewhat forward pilsner.

Nice structure and a palate pleasing pilsner. I like the clean refreshing taste which lasts into the next sip.

This was a good pilsner and could be consumed in quantity. It would be a real good beverage to sit down with on warmer days when you could probably pick up different nuances. This one is also enjoyable through the colder days as it could remind you of the warmer days although it could be après ski also. What the heck, I guess you could drink this all year and be happy.

12-04-2007 22:28:58 | More by SMark
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +13.8%

I am rerating this since I am not sure what I was smoking when I intially reviewed it(gave it a 3.4). This is a class pils.

Pour a dilluted pale golden with a frothy, decently retained white head.
Big time hoppy and bizarre nose. Getting notes of creole spices (jambalaya), as well as spicy marinara sauce. Nothing off-puting...just eccentric pleasantries.
Taste begins like caramel flavored saltine cracker. Lightly sweet and very dry. Some likeably odd sun-dried tomato hints. Hops enter next with a variety of spices and grasses. Turns hay-like and slighly musty (again, from the hops). Sweetness creeps in and adds some (lightly) vanilla-flavored communion waffers. Dry at the finish.
Light-medium bodied. Low carbonation for the style, but it doesn't matter.
Just a classic, well-hopped pilsner with some unique traits.
I am somewhat surprised to admit that this is one of New Glarus' best offerings (and maybe their best "regular" year-round product).

12-26-2002 22:33:15 | More by cokes
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dirtylou

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

12oz single, leftover from a 6 pack snagged at sadhanna's for some light summer drinking

appearance: pours into a Sweetwater pint glass a clear straw-golden colour with lively carbonation and nice pillowy white froth, pretty nice lacing

smell: nice aromas...dry malt, grassy, touch of lemon, fair amount of hops noticeable...smells pretty great

taste: i didnt know anything about this beer when i bought it and i figured it was a blonde ale. turns out its a very refreshing pilsner, that i wish was on tap in more places. great lemongrass throughout, juicy, well hopped but not overpowering...nice, simple malt structure

mouthfeel: nice carbonation, lively

drinkability: very high

06-08-2007 02:25:18 | More by dirtylou
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Picked up a single at Casanova in Hudson, WI. It's dry, crisp, and hoppy, what a nice example of a German pilsner. The aroma is a little hoppier than a beer straight from the motherland, but that's by no means a bad thing. The hops are herbal and grassy upfront with mild kicks of lemon and grapefruit. The malt jumps out from behind the hops, with mix of doughy and toasty bread notes. A delicious beer, it reminds me of a more traditional (and more drinkable) version of Victory's Prima Pils. The finish is biting and a little rough, like you'd expect from a healthy helping of Euro hops. I'd have another.

12-25-2012 00:31:58 | More by tempest
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bdub32689

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-30-2012 14:45:02 | More by bdub32689
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

5/5  rDev +25.6%

08-14-2012 02:10:35 | More by Gonzoillini
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-04-2013 08:26:19 | More by BigJim5021
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Rborre321

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-10-2014 16:52:09 | More by Rborre321
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Fr0stb1te

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

08-22-2012 04:51:57 | More by Fr0stb1te
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +25.6%

12-16-2011 19:42:22 | More by Beertracker
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +6.3%

Served from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours gold, fizzy, bubbles, thick white head. Active. Translucent. Retention and lacing. Big pilsy smell. Quite german, and minerals too. Crisp taste, light lemon. Balanced hop. Refreshing. Great pils, nails the style. Bursts with flavor, but simple and drinkable. Spot on.

12-29-2012 16:30:26 | More by KTCamm
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wmobley

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-13-2013 20:29:43 | More by wmobley
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

08-13-2013 07:24:14 | More by GRG1313
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Synergy87

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +25.6%

08-16-2014 20:34:52 | More by Synergy87
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-24-2012 01:20:53 | More by Kunstman
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DIPADude01

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-28-2012 18:31:39 | More by DIPADude01
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Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.