Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
07-09-2007 18:54:00 | More by Phyl21ca
3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
This beer poured out as a clear looking yellow color with a foamy white head on top. The head retention was pretty strong on this from start to finish. The lacing wasn't much to look at other than a few scattered clumps on the glass. The smell of the beer was of fresh grains and yeast. The taste of the beer is very mild, it's slightly grassy but mostly grainy with a subtle hop spark in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was clean, light bodied, moderately refreshing and dry in the finish. Overall this beer was pretty good for what it is. It's not something I am all that into but it's a good beer that fits the style I think. Definitely worth trying.
10-21-2012 03:58:15 | More by Knapp85
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
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
3.58/5 rDev -10.3%
Bought this last weekend at the brewery. 12 oz. bottle poured into my 2012 New York Giants Super Bowl Champions pint glass.
a - Pours a somewhat transparent straw yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of grains, wheat, bready malts, biscuit, dough, light earthy notes, apples, and some light sweet corn. Not bad but not a ton going on.
t - Taste follows the nose pretty closely. Tastes of grains, bready malts, toasted malts, wheat, dough, biscuit, apples, light fruity malts, earthy notes, floral hops, and sweet corn. Again, nice but nothing too special.
m - Pretty light body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink beer.
o - Overall a slightly above average pilsner. Not bad at all, but not a ton going on to be honest; kind of surprised by the high score. Easy drinking and better than most light beers, but otherwise nothing special. Probably my least favorite NG beer to date.
11-10-2012 03:24:58 | More by mdfb79
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!
08-24-2014 20:41:13 | More by jwc215
4.15/5 rDev +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.
12-25-2012 00:31:58 | More by tempest
3.38/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
08-04-2008 22:49:25 | More by ppoitras
4.4/5 rDev +10.3%
This crystal clear gold beer throws a nice frothy head that has some retention. Aroma is of noble hops and very slight perfume. Nicely carbonated. Pretty bitter. I like a pilsner with some bite. The 4 varieties of hops used work nicely together. (Tettnager, Saaz, Styrian Golding and Strisselspalt)
There's a nice pilsner malt backbone. Good take on a German-style Pilsner.
04-05-2002 14:25:34 | More by Bighuge
4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
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
4.73/5 rDev +18.5%
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!
08-20-2012 21:58:44 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.75/5 rDev +19%
Color is a cloudy pale yellow with a nice medium strength white head that stays kinda puffy thick eventually settling to a skim always present and very tiny spots of lace. Smell is quite unique, smells like fruity pebbles, with nice light fruits of berrys and a light dried bread or cracker-like backing with a trace of hops that lends some notes of mustyness and herbal quality. Taste is quite complex and very interestingly yummy. Straight up easy and soft bready malts up front, so smooth and soft its just a pleasure to let it touch the tongue. Oh so very nice. A touch of fruitish berries hinting with very light grains of wheat and the hops are so pleasingly balanced in with nice even herbal/grassy notions thats very nice on the palette. Very steady and mellow balance with a super nice finish that is a bit like saltine crackers with a light drying with a dash of bread salts like that of dry pretzels. One excellent taste'n Pils!! Feel is a solid medium body with a small kick in the middle, mellowing smooth, lightly crisp and drying finish with lingering saltish drying that sticks around on the sides of the cheeks. Yum, yum,yum, Home Town Blonde in my tum. One very fine German Pils. Another keeper by N.G.!
08-06-2003 02:34:12 | More by tavernjef
3.15/5 rDev -21.1%
Looks the part...a very clean, clear gold with a frothy white head on top...European style hops on the nose and the buds...pretty good maltiness, but the hops are this beers calling card...a husky hop bite with long lingering bitterness on the finish.
This isn't my type of beer, but tastes pretty close to what I envisioned a beer billed as a german style pilsner to taste like..
04-22-2002 22:20:57 | More by ZAP
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
A- Near inch tall white head on a mid golden body. lots of quick moving effervescence. Very good head retention and drink-by-drink step lacing.
S- Bread, hints of lemon zest.
T- Toasted malts, balanced well with bright floral hops. Has a great clean finish, I love it.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Prickly medium carbonation.
D/O- Easily one of the most quaffable pilsners I've had. The refreshing, clean aftertaste is my favorite characteristic of Home Town Blonde. Another hit from up north.
09-01-2012 03:01:17 | More by Duff27
4/5 rDev +0.3%
12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.
(A)- Pours a clear yellow color. Produced a nice cap of white foam. Good retention and lacing too.
(S)- A sharp grainy hay and biscuit with its of a honey, lemon peel sweetness.
(T)- Similar to the smell. A sharp grainy maltiness with a subtle honey sweetness.
(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Subtle sweetness and dry grainy balance as well.
(O)- Overall, its always great to be able to depend on a brewery like New Glarus to deliver a solid to great beer. Highly drinkable and sessionable while still providing good flavors and smoothness.
11-10-2012 20:07:56 | More by sweemzander
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
4.43/5 rDev +11%
Almost hazy golden lemon body with a small, gauzy, off-white head. Honey and biscuit malt with peppery, spicy, Saaz-y hops. Nice. A flash of noble hop bitterness gives quickly gives way to honey-dipped biscuit malt and cookie dough. Spicy, herbal bitter hops in the finish. Moderate body with a smooth, soft feel. An excellent German-style pilsener.
11-24-2007 23:55:35 | More by alexgash
Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.