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Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Hometown BlondeHometown Blonde

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BA SCORE
89
very good

192 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 40
Gots: 6 | 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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TheSSG

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +17.8%

Pours a Big, soft, white head with surprising resiny persistence and lacing. Grassy hop aroma dominates, with notes of floral citrus, and a nice biscuit backbone. Staw-gold color. Flavor starts off with a soft hop grapefruit bitterness and builds into a medium bitterness which is clean and dry. Then, the malt takes the reigns and drives in a few miles of smooth malt biscuit, with the hops still riding shotgun along the route.

This bier seriously reversed my viewpoint of Pilsners. I had always accepted them for what they were, but I'd never truly loved one.
I love this. I buy this on purpose. I pass up buying hop bombs, IPAs, Pale Ales, and all sorts of elaborate brews to take this home. And, it still never disappoints.

12-12-2012 04:47:17 | More by TheSSG
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%

New Glarus' version of a pilsener pours a clear dark golden color with just a wisp of white foam. Bready malt mixed with herbal spice in the aroma. Smooth and light on the palate with just the right lift of carbonation. The cracker malt quickly gives way to a spicy herbal bitter finish. The bitterness lingers on the palate and this is a good thing. Wanting more, I drain the bottle and regret the purchase of just one. The bottle claims that this is an old word pilsener and I cannot dispute their claim. I put this beer in a very select group of top-notch American made German-style pilseners.

09-16-2012 01:42:17 | More by BeardedBoffin
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emerge077

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +15.3%

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...

07-16-2007 23:12:27 | More by emerge077
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FakeDeniro

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +14%

A: Golden yellow beer and about 2 fingers of white head with some lacing
S: Bready malt with some spice in the aroma
T: malty and bready with a spicy after taste. a light german hop finish
M: Light to medium bodied goes down nice
O: great beer this is what a Pilsener should be! I could drink this all day long

09-19-2012 13:37:49 | More by FakeDeniro
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%

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).

12-26-2002 22:33:15 | More by cokes
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joe1510

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +13%

12oz. Bottle
$6.49 6-Pack
Roy's Market New Glarus

Home Town Blonde is one impressive looking beer. Absolutely glows like a gold bar with plenty of large carbonation bubbles rising to the 3 finger white heaed that formed on the pour. The head eventually fades to a half finger cap that leaves decent lacing. If the lacing was slightly better this beer would get a 5, it's as close as you can get to getting a 5 anyway.

Extremely refreshing aromas come from this beer. There's a very light pale base that has a touch of caramel mixed in there. The showcase is the use of hops. According to the bottle 4 varities were used. A very refreshing light grassy hop aroma hits the nose first but is quickly followed by a couple squeezes of lemon juice. I've said it before and I'll say it again "very refreshing".

Much like the aroma biscuity malts start things off and always float around in the background but the showcase is hops. Grassy hops show up almost immediately and give a pleasant mild bitterness mid palate. The citrus (lemon) shows itself toward the end and goes nicely hand in hand with the grassiness. Finishes mostly grassy but as I sit the lemon tartness comes around again. Probably my favorite all time Pilsner.

Mouthfeel is medium light and airy toward the back of the tongue. Mild bitterness along the sides and back of tongue that lingers and make this beer so enjoyable.

Fantastic drinkability! This is a non-stop all day long drinker.

My favorite pilsner and one of my new favorite summer quaffs. In my opinion this should be a year round offering. I never thought I would rate a pilsner this high but this beer is so good and refreshing for style it deserves every bit of praise it will ever recieve.

Reviewed: 6/4/07

08-19-2013 00:12:01 | More by joe1510
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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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wmobley

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

03-13-2013 20:29:43 | More by wmobley
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frankman71

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

11-26-2012 05:24:15 | More by frankman71
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robear

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-24-2014 19:53:35 | More by robear
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robbyc1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

09-04-2012 21:57:21 | More by robbyc1
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McCranky

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

08-19-2012 03:52:04 | More by McCranky
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Daffron24

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

08-03-2013 05:44:18 | More by Daffron24
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Pours a nice clear gold, finger and a half of nice loose head

Smell is a nice pop of grain, bread, biscut, lemon, nice noble hop presence here

Taste is crisp, lemon, biscuit, grainy malt, nice lager clean yeast, a bit of mint, bread

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, really nice finishes clean

WOW I love this beer I have always looked forward to the release of this this is the 2nd or 3rd release I have had and man this always lets me know what a American brewery can do with a Pilsner!

08-23-2014 21:11:19 | More by nickapalooza86
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czfreeman

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured into a New Glarus pilsner glass.
Beautiful light straw tone.Good carbonation level, light creamy head. Stellar start,
Smells grassy, nobel hops, straws, biscuit, grain. Pepper, lemon, refreshing aromatics. The mix of grain, bread, and floral grassy notes is really spot on.
Taste is great...I've lived in Germany, and this gives them a serious run for the money.
Spicy, nuts, breads, cracker, pepper,noble hops, lemon, medium body cut by perfect carbonation.
Overall a fantastic pils, I've learned to expect only great things from New Glarus

10-27-2012 17:54:21 | More by czfreeman
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Shluffy

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

08-23-2014 04:50:45 | More by Shluffy
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IBUQT

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

08-23-2014 20:18:55 | More by IBUQT
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

12 oz bottle. This brew pours a slightly oranged yellow color with a half finger of loosely packed bubbles over top that is maintained by a healthy stream of carbonation through the column of very clear liquid. The aroma is lightly honey-sweet, with a mild and crisp grain character bolstered by the spiceyness of a healthy dose of noble hopping. This one really smells nice with the contrasts between the light sweet and crisp hop and grain. The flavor hits with a grassy hop and moderate bitterness initially. This moves to a more grainy roughness that is polished with the sweetness I associate with pilsner malt. It finishes with a second wave of moderate bitterness that maintains itself on the sides of my tongue and spicey and slightly herbal hop notes. This one seems to be showcasing noble hops, with a bit of the grainy and sweet hop character sandwiched in between. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles. I like the somewhat heavier-than-expected quality of this one, as it really makes me want to slow down a bit while drinking it. I find this brew to be very approachable. The hops are prevalent, but not obtrusive. This is one to sit down and savor on a warm day as a refresher, in my opinion.

06-23-2007 02:34:36 | More by kmpitz2
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scinnh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

08-22-2014 23:10:23 | More by scinnh
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

09-02-2013 21:47:19 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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solargoat

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

10-15-2012 01:24:01 | More by solargoat
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Rihup

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

08-06-2013 22:18:57 | More by Rihup
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Kyrojack

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-04-2014 22:29:06 | More by Kyrojack
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +12%

A- Deep, slighty hazy, yellow. One finger head faded to a wisp.

S- Complex spicy/crisp hop aroma.

T- Very malty with great hop flavor and nice hop nibble in the finish.

M- Smooth great carbonation, can't complain.

D- Would make a great session beer while retaining complexity.

I really enjoy this beer as its so hard to find a good light (as in color) beer. This one is spot on, nice work New Glarus!

01-25-2008 04:00:07 | More by Pauly2X
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +11%

12 bottle poured while pondering the results of my Light Whales fantasy football draft. Two Bears starters? Sure it's great to cheer for, but is it wise?

Beautiful golden pour with a big fluffy egg white cascade and sheets of lacing. A really nice looking beer here.

Smells of crackers, light lemon, touch of greenery from the hops, and a faint spicy yeastiness.

Lemon zest, herbal hops, and a nice firm malt presence through the middle. The finish is a mild grassy bitterness that lingers briefly before falling off to a crisp clean finish.

Mouthfeel is exquisite. Light and ideally carbonated with a low abv, this is a treat. While pilsners are the Rodney Dangerfield of the big beer world, this offering from New Glarus should not be overlooked. Another really solid offering from Mr. Carey and crew.

09-05-2012 02:17:22 | More by BarrytheBear
Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.