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Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

199 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 40
Gots: 5 | 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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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

01-09-2013 08:17:02 | More by MattyG85
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

03-13-2013 05:05:16 | More by Zachtheporter
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

A - Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a thin white head with a skim of lace left on top.

S - Sweet malt with grassy, floral hops. The hops were much brighter earlier in the summer.

T - Herbal and grassy hops with some slightly sweet bready malt.

M - Light, crisp and clean with a nice amount of carbonation and a dry hoppy finish.

D - I have gone through a case already this summer. It seems to loose a little of the hops as the summer passed but a tasty everyday drinker none the less.

09-29-2007 18:47:05 | More by brewcrew76
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.5%

A- Clear straw yellow body, two finger white head with great lacing. Looks incredibly refreshing, especially when waiting outside for Wild Peach to be poured...

S- Clean grainy pale malt, earthy lager yeast. Not complex, but it's very well executed.

F- Very refreshing grainy pale malt, lager yeast, plenty of noble hops.

M- Smooth, medium in body, substantial with good carbonation. Noble earthy hops on the finish.

O- This is well done and I'm happy to be a Wisconsin resident for easy access to beers like this.

08-10-2014 00:35:59 | More by Stevedore
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12-07-2012 17:13:47 | More by thebigredone
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

clean golden yellow pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. best looking blonde i've ever had i believe.
smells grassy, lemon zest, slight pepper, honey.
bitter up front followed by a bready/citrus blend. very tasty with a slight tart lemon flavor in the finish.
medium body, nicely carbonated, creamy mouthfeel. very refreshing.
a solid beer again by new glarus! such a simple beer style, i didn't they could get this good.

10-20-2012 00:20:41 | More by facundoCNB
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joe1510

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +13.3%

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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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-20-2013 13:37:10 | More by cadaugherty
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-05-2013 00:15:35 | More by jzlyo
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bbadger

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

10-15-2012 19:25:24 | More by bbadger
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Trying to work my way through all of New Glarus's beers. This isn't exactly the best fit for a snowy winter day, but it's on deck. Tasted 10 December 2012.

Pours pale golden yellow, clear, with a fine stream of bubbles rising up. One finger of white head, dense and fluffy. Good retention and lovely lacing.

Smell is light, crisp, and lager-rific. Spicy hop presence, plus a little citrus burst. Clean and peppery with a touch of lemon. This screams pilsener, in exactly the right ways.

Taste is a little thin, though some of that is because it's overwhelmed by the awesomeness of the mouthfeel. Clean and dry, grassy, and a little buttery.

Mouthfeel is stellar. Light body, dry, with fizzy, tingly carbonation. Finishes even dryer. It's almost perfect.

This beer is truly impressive. I'm not thrilled with the taste, but everything else about it is darn good. And the mouthfeel is about the best I've encountered in any beer, any style. Just like that, it's gone. I plan to drink a whole lot of this come next summer.

12-11-2012 03:19:07 | More by zeledonia
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-24-2012 01:20:53 | More by Kunstman
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-20-2012 03:40:50 | More by Localdrinklax
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

09-07-2007 15:41:43 | More by DaPeculierDane
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

05-07-2014 02:17:28 | More by SkinniePost
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-16-2013 02:30:52 | More by Dactrius
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

Hometown Blonde pours a clear golden color with a nice size had. The smell is a bit weak, but has a bit of a malty sweetness. The taste is full, has a crisp malty flavor, that finishes a bit sweet, and has a grain like flavor. Good full flavor. Overall a very solid and full bodied pils.

12-16-2012 01:40:57 | More by vette2006c5r
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TexIndy

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%

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)

07-13-2007 01:32:33 | More by TexIndy
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Westsidethreat

California

3.23/5  rDev -18.8%

Thanks to JeffKrenner for this beer.

A: Vivacious golden rod color with thousands of scurrying bubbles vortexing too and fro. Head is quite spectacular, full and creamy made up of tight off white bubbles. So far so good.

S: Noble hops, aluminum, grass clippings and corn pops.

T: Begins very metallic. Transitions to soft green fruits; pear, grape and apple. Some really minor honeysuckle, clover and melon. Finishes mildly bitter with more metallic tastes.

M: Medium body and soft

D: Not bad. Not a huge fan of the flavor that my wife likes to refer to as the “yuck, coins” flavor.

06-30-2007 03:20:10 | More by Westsidethreat
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

08-25-2012 21:20:43 | More by Soneast
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Treebs

Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -14.3%

12 oz bottle served in a COAST brewing curved pint. Split with the fiancee.

A: Pours a solid gold color with a pure white head forming on pour. It recedes slowly to a thick cap with tons of sticky lace.

S: Sticky German hops with that specific spicy bite. Pale malts with a little bit of mineral-like qualities to it.

T: Typical German hop profile, slightly gluey with pale cracker malt and some wheat like qualities. Lightly spiced hop quality as well.

M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation level. Slightly sweet finish.

O: Pretty typical German style lager. The hops are the star which is standard for the style. Nothing mind blowing.

05-15-2013 23:11:52 | More by Treebs
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours out a light straw-yellow with excellent clarity and two fingers of foamy white sudsy head for about a minute and a half, light amounts of lacing left behind on the inside of the glass. Light yet smooth-textured body with enough carbonation to stay prickly on the tongue.

There is a temporary aroma of blueberries upon popping the cap off, that settles down into a heavy floral perfume blend and medium levels of cracker malts. The flavor has a somewhat reduced amount of floral hopping from the nose, but still has that zesty yet dry cracker malt kick to it. The occasional dollop of light apple sweetness keeps things from being dull and bland very well. The finish is full of dry herbal and grassy hay tones.

This is a very well made German Pils. I highly recommend giving it a try.

08-31-2012 23:32:04 | More by WastingFreetime
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PopnLoads

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

12-24-2012 23:14:00 | More by PopnLoads
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

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
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +25.6%

12-16-2011 19:42:22 | More by Beertracker
Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.