Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +0.3%
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
4.15/5 rDev +4%
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
4.03/5 rDev +1%
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
3.53/5 rDev -11.5%
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
3.23/5 rDev -19%
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
3.41/5 rDev -14.5%
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
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
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
4.43/5 rDev +11%
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
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a decent head the recedes quickly leaving no lace as I sip away. Smell is slightly sweet with grainy malts and light hops character. Taste is on par with the aroma. Grainy, malty, slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied, with good carbonation. Very light and easy to drink. Perfect for the summer!
06-07-2008 17:42:18 | More by KeefD
3.85/5 rDev -3.5%
$7.00 / Six Pack
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Appearance - A light yellow with an 1/8 to 1/4 inch of white head.
Smell - The sweet malty scent is firm and strong.
Taste - The toasted grain and malty really control the flavor of this brew. There is a tiny bit of sweetness if you can find it.
Mouthfeel - The flavor is tasted on the outside rear of my tongue. This brew goes down smooth and easy.
~ For a lighter beer the flavor is well established and firm. The character of this beer is impressive.
09-09-2007 21:23:06 | More by cdkrenz
4.15/5 rDev +4%
Home Town Blonde is the newest addition to the New Glarus family debuting in the late summer of 2012. As of now it is listed as a limited production, but perhaps with gaining popularity, we will see it again in 2013.
It pours a clear light amber color with bubbly head giving off that great, authentic pilsner taste. The scent is rather mild with the use of 4 different hops. Overall, it is a very inviting aroma.
Upon my first sip, I could not have guessed I was drinking a pilsner made in Wisconsin and not from Germany. The taste is light, refreshing and slightly fruity. The ingredients compliment each other so well it is difficult to pick out specific ingredients. Finishes with and ever so slight crisp and bitter after taste.
There is nothing better than waking up and finding out there is a new New Glarus beer on the market. This is a great, unique add to their already stellar line up of brews. I’m sure not many will find this to be their new favorite, but it is a nice transition from Totally Naked to Home Town Blonde. In the German tradition, here’s Prost!
10-02-2012 18:35:52 | More by Lemke10
3.58/5 rDev -10.3%
this brew pours a blonde color (who would have thought?) with two fingers of white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a nice lacing on the glass.
smell is full of hops. a subtle fruitiness is present, along side alcohol in the background.
taste is rather sharp. hops up front, with a good amount of carbonation alongside. for the amount of hops in the taste, this one is not very bitter in the mouth. New Glarus did well with this one.
aftertaste is somewhat dry, with only the hops sticking around.
mouthfeel is light, with a decent film left around the mouth after swallowing.
drinkability is good, although the carbonation might fill the stomach before the beer does.
all in all, this is a good german pilsener. for drinkers that like this style, this one would make for a good try.
06-09-2007 03:34:46 | More by botham
4.18/5 rDev +4.8%
Pours clear golden in color with an airy white head that practically melts away to nothing. Hops really pop on the nose of this one, in addition to a bready aroma. Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp. The four style of hops that are utilized are really featured in the flavor of this classic German-styled lager. The hop bitterness hits midway across the tongue and remains throughout the finish. As the beer warms a bit, the malt backbone becomes more prominent. I dropped the drinkability a little, because this just seems to be a filling beer for some reason. Otherwise, though, truly an enjoyable German-style Pilsner.
07-14-2003 21:54:48 | More by Winter
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
Into a pint glass, pours a somewhat cloudy light gold with a decent off-white head to begin with, shrinks to a thin film, has ok lacing, pretty nice. The aroma is mostly noble hops, only slightly spicy, a good share of grainy malt backing too.
The taste is even better, lots of noble hops again here, more spices, has a bit of a bite to it even, a nice bit of bittering here, much appreciated, always riding on top. On the understated side, again some grainy, slightly caramel malt sticks to its thing. The medium body is smooth but well carbonated ride right through to the end. Not normally a pilsner fan, I must say, this is one that I definitely like. A lot.
07-23-2007 01:26:59 | More by objectivemonkey
Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.