Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Hometown BlondeHometown Blonde

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BA SCORE
89
very good

298 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 49
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Ratings: 298 | Reviews: 85
Reviews by scaliasux:
Photo of scaliasux
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Medium yellow. A little hazy. Short white persistent head.

Smell - Light pale malt. A little bread. Light grassy hops.

Taste - Initially bready. Not overly sweet. Nice complex dose of hops. Mostly citrusy - orange and lemon, but some unobtrusive grassiness there too. Excellent balance. Crisp.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - This is a damn fine beer and mad drinkable to boot.

More User Reviews:
Photo of KFBR392
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance: Pours with a bubbly head of about two and a half fingers. Light, bright straw yellow color. Active carbonation vigorously bubbles, fitting for the style. A simple, clean, delicious look.

Smell: A touch of corn and fresh cut hay jump out right away. Flour, bread, and continuing waves of prairie grass open up to the drinker on the body. White pepper and some earthy hop tones lay underneath all the action on the nose.

Taste: That familiar New Glarus yeast profile greets the drinker with accents of butter, subtle spices, and a touch of greens. Some bread compliments the nutty malts flavors on the body. Grassy hops dance throughout with some subtle spices and pepper accentuating the hop profile. The finish is lingering hops and some nutty malts.

Mouthfeel: Crisp hops and easy drinking malt bill are a match made in heaven. Carbonation is bright yet doesn't stand out to much to distract the drinker.

Overall: It is incredible to me how New Glarus can make some many lagers that carry a familiar yeast profile yet the surrounding characters are so different and complex and create completely different beers. Certainly the king of lagering in the Midwest and in my opinion in the running against anyone anywhere. They execute their styles so masterfully, well done Dan!

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Exceptionally flavorful and well balanced with a medium hop bitterness and Pils malt softness dominating. The finish is off dry. An overall crisp and refreshing beer and a great example of the style.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of badbeer
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SMark
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of cokes
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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).

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of tempest
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden color with a high level of clarity. Steady streams of upward carbonation. Irregular peaks of zig-zag lacing coat the glass.

Very delicate grassy aroma, floral hops, and apples. Reminds me of a picnic outdoors with nature all around.

Apples and grassy herbal hops seem to take charge of the taste profile. Spritzy carbonation keeps things lively. A light pale malt breadiness balances things out, with a residual raw honey malty aftertaste that becomes dry.

Quite a light-feeling Pils, but still flavorful and balanced. There was no question about having another one. The epitome of a hot-weather session Pilsner.

Trying to convert your macro-fixated friends? Hand them this beauty.
Wish I had a case of this...

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy from Monger: Poured a bright gold yellow color beer with a nice big pure white foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of floral malt with some dry crisp hops is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by some floral malt with some light sweet notes and a medium dry crisp finish which is quite enjoyable. Body is full for the style with some good carbonation. Another very good beer from a great brewer from a style that produce too much crap IMO.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
4.8% ABV, 2152 on neck in black.

Thanks for this awesome brew D-Train!

A - Home Town Blonde is a shimmering, well, blonde color that shines brightly with fantastic clarity. A frothy cloud white head billows above the beer, sustained very well. Clumps of thick lace clutch the pint with might!

S - The lovely aroma wafts out with gentle potency and spot-on composition. Mineral water hardness laces the wonderfully floral hop attributes which don't play second fiddle to the malt; certainly a good pale and pilsner base, however.

T - A delicate blend of floral and herbal hop notes combines for a symphony of flavor that softly blankets the lightly sweet pilsner malt and grainy pale malt. Again, mineral water emerges, stronger in flavor than the nose but not overpowering.

M - Medium-light in body, Home Town Blonde is a crisp and dry pilsner with mild sweetness and moderate mineral water. This really lets the German noble hops shine for a clean bitter finish and lingering satisfaction.

O - It shouldn't come as a surprise that New Glarus' remarkable take on a classic German Pilsner is but a few shades away from pure perfection; after all, brewer Dan Carey DID serve his brewing apprenticeship just outside of Munich, Germany. This golden beauty is loaded with German noble hops for a floral and bitter balance to the crisp and extremely drinkable medium-light bodied beer. It's a shame lagers are under-appreciated; this is one damn fine tasting beer I wish I had my hands on all summer!

Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in trade with jeffkrenner - thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dates by notches on label. The color was a slightly cloudly golden yellow. It had a couple fingers of white head that slowly settled to a constant film. Decent lacing. The smell was typical pilsener - wet grass clippings and noble hops. The taste was good but pils is not one of my favorite styles. Not bad but they have an aftertaste that is very off-putting. Overall a decent beer and worth trying if you can easily get your hands on. (3.5, RB, T, O)

Photo of GeezLynn
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of happygnome
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a pours a hazy yellow colorwith a quarter inch of white head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: sweet barley malts with grassy, floral and citrusy hops
t: nice bready malt paired and nicely balanced with grassy, floral and citrust hops
m: light to medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew for a nice hot summer day, but i dont think ill buy it this late in the year again

Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours bright, clear yellow with tiny-bubbled carbonation forming a lasting, creamy, white head. Lacing sticks down the glass.

The smell is of lemon, hay, and floral hops.

The taste of lemon and grass/hay. The soft but flavorful hops blend with the smooth, grainy malt. Sweet backbone complemented by a dry kiss in the finish. Very crisp and refreshing. Carbonation level fits it wonderfully.

A very well-done, true-to-style German-style pils. Very enjoyable and easy-to-drink!

Photo of ppoitras
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head is quickly down to a skim of teensy bubbles, with average slow-falling lace. Aroma is minimal, with pale malt sweetness trying to take a stand. Taste starts with the pale malts, goes a touch fruity in the middle, and then closes with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and definitely sedate, and drinkability is not bad either. This beer seems to be trying to fly under the radar, not too much standout, but nothing bad either.

Photo of ChiSox05
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quickly frothed up and then dissipated mostly to leave a layer of foam and some nice lacing. Very little rising carbonation, only come to life after a sip. Deep yellow, quite clear.

Smell is fresh, floral, hoppy, slight grain, bit of lemon rind hanging in, some sweet malt as it warmed.

Hops are noticeable, bitter, slightly green tasting. Finish is where malt shows up and pulls it together, so this beer has character without going in one single direction. Hops are bitter, bright, floral, slightly metallic.

This beer is so smooth, easy to sip that it goes down fast without being boring. Carbonation is there, as the beer is drank carbonation opens up on the palate and its foaminess complements the medium-light body. Aftertaste left some dryness.

Great drinkability. Medium-light body, tasty, enough hop character to make it interesting, smoother on the finish. Need to find this on tap somewhere.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into NB Globe.

Appearance: Golden yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head. Spotted lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: Nice light malty profile that is a touch of bready, lager yeast, and grain notes. It almost smell like staghorn octoberfest light. A touch of grassy, herbal, and spicy hops.

Taste: It starts with a mild grainy and bready malt profile; a hint of sweetness from the malts. Transitions into the middle of the beer and finishes with mild hops that just barely over take the malts. Pretty close to striking a good balance here between malt and hops profiles. The hops taste grassy, floral, earthy, and even a bit of fruitiness, maybe tropical fruits... Its hops have mild bitterness that does not linger for all that long. The beer also has that distinct lager taste to it, probably from the lager yeast pitched into the beer; that is my guess.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Easy drinker thats really crisp, smooth and refreshing. Semidry finish.

Overall: It a good german pilsner. It honestly tastes like staghorn and two women lager blended together. Great summer beer that offers craft beer drinkers something that has more flavor than your average light beer, but you can still drink a 6 pack on a really hot day.

Photo of KeefD
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a decent head the recedes quickly leaving no lace as I sip away. Smell is slightly sweet with grainy malts and light hops character. Taste is on par with the aroma. Grainy, malty, slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied, with good carbonation. Very light and easy to drink. Perfect for the summer!

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%

may need to update this later, but so far this beer is living up to expectations, with lots of clean grassy hop aroma, a buttload of crispness, and the right amount of grassy/citrusy/herbal flavor and bitterness on the back end. the extremely pale yellow color might put some off, but that would be a shame. too bad they did not release this earlier in the summer (at least i didn't notice until september), for it would make an ideal warm afternoon quencher.

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