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Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company

Hometown BlondeHometown Blonde

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BA SCORE
88
very good

164 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%


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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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden, decent initial head, leaves pretty quickly.

Grassy, grainy nose, slight green pepper/lemon note.

Toasted malt, black pepper, spices, lemon zest.

High carbonation, medium-thick mouthfeel.

I'm not a huge pilsener guy, but this was simple and quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 01:20:27 | More by Strix
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks blonde alright. Good head, moderate lacing. Slightly sweet but largely pilsner/blonde ale aroma. The taste is somewhat sweet, low on hops but with a lingering bitterness. Refreshing and not cloying at all. Light and moderately sharp mouthfeel. Quite drinkable. Good to see that it's under 5% ABV.

3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 03:32:25 | More by tewaris
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out like 24 karat gold and shines like the sun, with a beatiful fluffy white head standing strong on top. A very classy looking brew. This stands out agains all other New Glarus brews which usually are quite murky, this just looks crystal clear.

Smells of fruits, apples mainly, with some good hops floating all over the place. Taste starts out like a loaf of apple nut bread, sweet, very refreshing and full of flavor. All those hops combine for a taste of the fields and keeps it bitter all the way through, keeping me thirsty for more. Very well balanced between sweets and bitters, lots of character, and the aromas of hops just keep flowing down your nose as you dive in.

Very mellow, but plenty of taste where is counts, nothing too light or too heavy, this beer just floats around your mouth with the greatest of ease. I'm hoping for this to be around in summer, it shall make a great afternoon beer. Easier to drink than water, carbonation is light and easy to take on; 6-packs are an insult, I would buy this by the case.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 03:50:33 | More by Skidz
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 02:17:22 | More by BarrytheBear
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czfreeman

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass. Served chilled...

A) Nice clean/clear golden straw colored brew. A good two finger head, with nice retention and a fair amount of lacing.

S) Light malt, grain, corn, light spice and a little herbal aroma. There is also a nice grassy hop scent.

T) The four hop varieties really work well here with the malt. A very nice balance. This has a really nice grassy bitterness, and just a light sweetness. More of fruit sweetness than sugar. Nice clean aftertaste too.

M) Light and crisp refreshment await your palate. Perfectly carbonated. This is smooth easy drinking. Slightly dry finish, but as mentioned above, no negatives on the aftertaste.

O) Thanks for bringing this one back NG. A top notch pilsner for sure. If you have access to this brew, you should definitely try it. The more I drink this, the more impressed I have become. Glad to recommend....

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 18:34:23 | More by RoamingGnome
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happygnome

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a pours a hazy yellow colorwith a quarter inch of white head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: sweet barley malts with grassy, floral and citrusy hops
t: nice bready malt paired and nicely balanced with grassy, floral and citrust hops
m: light to medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew for a nice hot summer day, but i dont think ill buy it this late in the year again

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 17:49:03 | More by happygnome
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bboven

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy straw-colored body wth no head or lacing. Looks more like a hefe than a pilsener.

Aroma of sweet grain and skunked hops.

Taste is super-hoppy for a pilsener, they overload the palate and barely let the malt show through.

Mouthfeel is right on, highly carbonated and drying.

I was disappointed with this one. There are a lot of stylistic errors here, but it's a decent drink. Though not one I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 21:18:35 | More by bboven
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malcontent

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold body with thin, spotty head and zero lacing.

Yeast comes to the forefront and is quickly supplanted by a pleasantly sweet malt nose; somewhere between honey and freshly baked bread.

Straight-forward mild malt sweetness is nicely complimented by understated hop bitterness. Almost like a pale Vienna lager in taste.

Full-bodied with the perfect refreshing twang at the end. Very drinkable and a nice offering from New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 03:56:30 | More by malcontent
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steveh

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review of the new re-release -- 4 years since this has last been reviewed!

12 ounce brown bottle, no dating to find, $8 a sixpack.

A -- Clear, bright golden with a sudsy, long-lasting, off-white head.

S -- Mellow crackery malt and spicy hops. DMS in that refreshing mode you can get from a fresh beer.

T -- Good breadiness up front, spicy hops in the middle, and a crackery finish. Spicy bitterness in the aftertaste with a mild touch of citrus.

B -- Body is light to light-medium with a crisp to lightly dry mouthfeel.

O -- A wonderful drinker for those looking for a US-brewed, German-style beer. A great take on the style, glad it was brought back.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 21:10:01 | More by steveh
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright straw color with great clarity. Head is on the small side with good retention.
S: Nice fresh aroma, a bit of malty sweetness and a grassy, floral (almost tangy?) hop character.
T: Initial impression is an assortment of different hop flavors. Floral, grassy, and citrus flavors all part of the lot. Plenty here to dissect. Malt is a pretty simple pilsner base with a touch of sweetness. Finish is crisp, and slightly dry with a soft bitterness.
M: Body is medium with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel as a whole is on the softer end of the spectrum relative to widely available commercial examples of this style. I tend to prefer a bit more prickliness.

This is a great fall beer for me and a reminder of how much the style has to offer when it’s done right.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 06:30:16 | More by GeezLynn
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent, underrated lager from NG, which must be one of the best brewers of lagers in North America.

Poured a clear, golden lager, and was somewhat vigorously yet finely carbonated. A dense one finger off white head formed on the pour. The head had excellent retention, and thick, clingly lacings stuck where they formed to coat the glass.

A big, floral and grassy hops nose with a pronounced zestiness also present. Simple pale malt breadiness, a touch of honey, and a hint of biscuit all present underneath the big noble hop bouquet.

WOW! Pronounced hoppiness without bitterness. Floral with a hint of lemon, a big dose of fresh cut grass, and a zesty, almost peppery finish which leads into an almost metallic twang. Mild yeasty character is evident. Almost the exact opposite of NG's Totally Naked, with a very similar malt profile that is dominated by the tasty Noble hops. Pale, bready malts, a slight touch of malt sweetness, and a very mild biscuit character are all playing second fiddle to the hops.

A light bodied, crisp and clean lager. The simple yet tasty pale malts are outshone by the Noble hops which are never bitter and still manage to finish cleanly. Slightly dry despite the touch of malt sweetness.

A great summer brew with its pronounced crisp, clean, and refreshing character. Light body makes for a very drinkable and sessionable brew. Bold Noble hop character may reduce its approachability, but this is simply another great lager from NG.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 01:12:48 | More by demcorhip
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badbeer

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with a slightly orange hue; frothy white head that retains well and leaves good lacing. Smell is of faint grass, spicy hops, and I get a little lemon and honey in there as well. Biscuity upfront, hints of honeycomb, hops are slightly spicy, but not overdone, a nice lemon zest too. Both body and carbonation are probably around medium levels, but very soft and refreshing on the tongue, quenching your thirst, but encouraging you to take another. Excellent beer; I plan on drinking copious amounts of this over the summer. Updated on July 17, 2007. Original smell was 4.5, taste was 5. Having had this plenty of times, I still rather enjoy it, but prefer Yokel or Edel-Pils to this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 02:48:38 | More by badbeer
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tapman

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears to be very standard and, well, blonde. Thin, quickly receding head over a light, golden body. Pretty average so the score is thus a 3.

Malts smell of a thin bscuit, typical pilsner maltyness. Hops are noticeable enough to give it that 'beer' smell.

Here is where the beer shines and proves its craft reputation. Tastes like Pilsner-style malts and hops blah blah blah, but it all just tastes better. I drank MGDs for a while and its as if this beer is 50 of them condensed inot one beer. The malts are fuller and richer, the hops less stringent and sweeter.

Feels like 50 MGDs, also. Texture is fuller and the carbonation is much less biting than other pilsners.

Very drinkable. It's not my prefered style of beer, but if this was the only craft brew in the joint then you won't find me complaining. Its nice to have a beer that does its style well, een if its not your favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 00:10:57 | More by tapman
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Manitoba (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle traded to me by demcorhip. Thanks man! Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours an unfiltered deep straw colour with a hint of orange. Big 1 1/2 inch of fluffy head off a pretty vigorous pour. head retention is great, carbonation is mild in the glass, and there's some nice, sticky lacing. Aroma is earthy, nutty, and lightly spicy and floral. Typical pils aroma, but very nice.

Taste is lightly spicy off the top with a peppery note, then some more floral sweetness, then some nutty malt and a lemon sourness. There's a surprisingly hoppy bitterness here, and it's welcoming and flavorful. This is a very tasty pilsner, and very dry, it keeps you wanting more. Carbonation is just zippy enough, and the body is medium-light. Great all around flavourful pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 19:51:36 | More by trevorwideman
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, this Pils pours brilliantly clear deep golden/light copper color with a moderate bright white head that lasts nicely and leaves beautiful lacing. The aroma is a burst of spicy, floral hops and bready malt, a perfect marriage of malt and hops...a very welcoming nose. The flavor is sweet, bready malt and spicy hop flavor. The bitterness is moderate and helps to dry the finish slightly, perfectly balancing the sweetness from the malt. A long lasting subtle malt/hop tango lasts on the sides and back of the tongue. The body is medium and carbonation appropriately medium/medium-high. Overall a very well made beer; it shines from the initial pouring to after the last swallow is gone.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 02:25:11 | More by uwmgdman
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Medium yellow. A little hazy. Short white persistent head.

Smell - Light pale malt. A little bread. Light grassy hops.

Taste - Initially bready. Not overly sweet. Nice complex dose of hops. Mostly citrusy - orange and lemon, but some unobtrusive grassiness there too. Excellent balance. Crisp.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - This is a damn fine beer and mad drinkable to boot.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 04:44:38 | More by scaliasux
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TheSSG

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pilsner glass.

A - Slightly cloudy golden yellow with a little white head.

S - Very little sweet hoppy smell.

T - A little sweet with good hop flavor. The rest of the flavor is very complex. There's a lot going on but I can't make out the individual flavors.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer with a complex flavor that keeps you drinking and wondering what is that taste, in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 07:02:17 | More by jeffmonarch
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Dark straw to light amber appearance with a nice, two finger white head.

S. Freshly milled grain, biscuit, grass, hint of lemon - textbook.

T. Classic graininess and biscuit flavors initially followed by a building hop presence of flowers and grass. Lingers nicely without turning bitter.

M. Light to medium bodied with no rough edges. Perfectly carbonated.

O. This is a top-notch Pilsener that is so damn drinkable - maybe the best I have had from an American producer. Not a style I go out of my way to purchase but this will be in my fridge until the snow flies.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 01:29:49 | More by bound4er
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Medium sized white cap of tight head. Light golden in color with good clarity. Good lacing on the glass.

S - I'm finding a little bit of noble hops but this beer seems to be slightly light struck. There are some husky grain smells also.

T - Very quick and light malt to a good grassy hop flavor mid palate. I get some of that skunkiness mixing it up with the hops throughout. Crisp feel to its finish with a grassy hop that lingers for a while.

M - Nice carbonation to the beer helping accentuate the hop flavors. Light body, very dry.

O - Great appearance. I'm disappointed in the condition of the beer although it wasn't completely ruined. Flavor wise the green bottle character somewhat mimicked, to an extent, the hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 01:56:23 | More by Jparker37
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SMark

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into a pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 42º which resulted in 1½ fingers of puffy, white foam. I had to slow down the vigorous pour to get it all in the glass. Lacing was evident with this pale golden blonde colored beverage as was a considerable amount of carbonation. No date information was present on the bottle.

Hops and a honey like sweetness were first sensed. Malt aromas were evidenced later in the floral bouquet.

There was a crisp cleanness with the very first sip. Good hop flavor balanced with the malt results in a flavorful and somewhat forward pilsner.

Nice structure and a palate pleasing pilsner. I like the clean refreshing taste which lasts into the next sip.

This was a good pilsner and could be consumed in quantity. It would be a real good beverage to sit down with on warmer days when you could probably pick up different nuances. This one is also enjoyable through the colder days as it could remind you of the warmer days although it could be après ski also. What the heck, I guess you could drink this all year and be happy.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 22:28:58 | More by SMark
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abents

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear yellow with big white head that's fairly thin, but laces well. Smells very bready some fruity notes and fruits. Tastes very good, yum. Bery bready, malty characteristics, but with an interesting sweetness to it. Some fruits noted in the taste as well, with great hoppy smoothness. This brew has medium ammount of carbonation and it feels great going down. An easier drinking beer with a huge ammount of taste, this is a pretty good brew. Great beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2004 01:49:30 | More by abents
Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.