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Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Hometown BlondeHometown Blonde

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

263 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 40
Gots: 14 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

t0rin0, Mar 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Texasfan549, Oct 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

GRG1313, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

kjkinsey, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Knapp85, Oct 21, 2012
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...

emerge077, Jul 17, 2007
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.

Jason, Oct 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mdfb79, Nov 10, 2012
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!

jwc215, Aug 24, 2014
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3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with classy appealing label design and art and iconic branded green/gold pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with the very generous Duff27 and served cold into a pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, TX.

Reviewed live as a German pilsner per the label. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Expectations are sky-high; as far as I'm concerned New Glarus is one of the best breweries out there.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 3 fingers wide. Off-white in colour. Has the perfect thickness for a pilsner head, and great frothiness. Boasts a smooth, even consistency and a bright complexion. Foamy and soft-looking. Not too thin or airy. Has strength. Retention is quite good - about 9-10 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear clean yellow - in classic pilsner fashion. Translucent and transparent. Average vibrance.

Appears well-carbonated.

I can't say it's much to look at - it is a pilsner after all. But the head is nice for the style and there's nothing wrong with it. This is a tough style to stand out in appearance-wise.

AROMA: A kiss of clove honey. Clean grassy Saaz hops. Has the perfect amount of graininess, which complements the crisp clean pilsner malts nicely. Has a bit of a floral hop presence in addition to the dominant grassiness. Really buried in there is some faint lemon zest. Faint flaked wheat. Fresh cut hay. A wisp of pepper.

One of the more subtle aromas I've encountered in a pilsner. I'm excited to try it, and I do notice a lot more nuance here than in most pilsner aromas. Quite pleasant, clean and fresh, but not unique.

TASTE: Very pleasant and drinkable, with a crisp clean pilsner malt backbone, a dab of buttery character in the late second act, a nice graininess, and a subtle lightly minty herbal, grassy, and lightly floral hop profile. Clean lager yeast is well attenuated, though I do find the beer a biteen too sweet overall. I'm not big on the buttery character either, but the pilsner malt base is lovely. Subtle lemon zest.

It's complex for a pilsner, I guess, but I've had more intricate and better executed pilsners before (e.g. Pilsner Urquell). This does boast unmatched subtlety, and is worth trying for that reason alone. I imagine when I have a much more refined palate, I'll enjoy this more upon revisiting. There's a lot more here than in any old German or Czech pilsner you pull off the shelf in Europe, but the heart of a pilsner is the freshness and crispness of the pilsner malt base, and the triple decoction methods used to produce superior pilsners win out over this in that respect.

Above average depth and duration of flavour. Average flavour intensity. Good flavour amplitude.

As it warms, some perfumey soft white grape notes emerge.

TEXTURE: Crisp, clean, light-bodied, and refreshing. While I'd call it wet, it does have the perfect level of dryness and coarseness to coax out a bit more depth and duration of flavour.

While this texture complements the taste nicely, it doesn't elevate the beer beyond the potential of the flavour profile. Pleasant and enjoyable.

Not hot, gushed, boozy, oily, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Could be softer and more delicate.

OVERALL: No, this can't compete with the best pilsners out there, but it's damn drinkable. I'd take this over most American brewed pilsners any day, but it's not up to par with the world-class quality of many of New Glarus' other brews. I'll easily crush this bottle, but I can't say I'd buy this regularly even if I lived in Wisconsin. Well worth trying, and one I'll have to revisit. A good summer brew. I'd definitely pick up a six pack of this on occasion if I lived in its area of distribution, but I wouldn't recommend friends go out of their way to find it.

High B-

kojevergas, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

imperialking, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

tempest, Dec 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Gonzoillini, Aug 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

brandoman63, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of ppoitras
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

ppoitras, Aug 04, 2008
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

rolltide8425, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Bighuge, Apr 05, 2002
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4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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

dirtylou, Jun 08, 2007
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
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!

BeerFMAndy, Aug 20, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Duff27, Sep 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.!

tavernjef, Aug 06, 2003
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3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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..

ZAP, Apr 22, 2002
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Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.