Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.65/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
09-16-2012 01:42:17 | More by BeardedBoffin
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
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
09-01-2012 03:01:17 | More by Duff27
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
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
08-29-2012 19:22:57 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
08-24-2012 02:25:11 | More by uwmgdman
4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
08-22-2012 01:29:49 | More by bound4er
4.73/5 rDev +18.8%
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!
08-20-2012 21:58:44 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
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....
08-18-2012 18:34:23 | More by RoamingGnome
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
08-17-2012 21:10:01 | More by steveh
Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.