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Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

273 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 42
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Photo of dirtylou
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

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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!

Photo of Duff27
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.

Photo of tavernjef
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.!

Photo of ZAP
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..

Photo of AlexFields
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

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

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.

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of cokes
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
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 CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of alexgash
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of mattmarka1
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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.

Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.