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Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

84 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 84
Hads: 303
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 52
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Reviews: 84 | Hads: 303
Photo of Lemke10
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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! (1,081 characters)

Photo of Strix
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of FakeDeniro
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow beer and about 2 fingers of white head with some lacing
S: Bready malt with some spice in the aroma
T: malty and bready with a spicy after taste. a light german hop finish
M: Light to medium bodied goes down nice
O: great beer this is what a Pilsener should be! I could drink this all day long (310 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (807 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (792 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,280 characters)

Photo of uwmgdman
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of bound4er
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
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! (1,542 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.... (898 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of KeefD
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (335 characters)

Photo of trevorwideman
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of IowaHerkeye. Thanks!
Pours rich golden into a pilsner glass with a nice bubbly and foamy white head giving good lacing. Smell is nice light malt, a bit lemony, tangy yeast and nice fresh breadiness. Taste is a touch thin, but nicely crisp, a hint lemony and very refreshing with a nice neutral bitterness. Easy to drink with no off flavors and a uniqueness to it. Simple but nice. (399 characters)

Photo of bboven
3.07/5  rDev -24.8%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of Pauly2X
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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! (405 characters)

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of happygnome
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (434 characters)

Photo of SMark
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,089 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my Sam Adams glass a clear yellow orange hue with a half inch of light bubbly white head on top. Aromas start with crisp pilsner malts that have a nice fresh graininess to them. Herbal, spicy noble hops are there in abundance with a fresh green snap. A bit of a fruity sweetness in there as well. Lovely.

First sip brings smooth, crisp lightly sweet pilsner malt upfront that has a bit of a grainy aspect to it. It flows across the tongue with a bit of fruitiness followed by just the right smack of herbal, spicy noble hops. Finishes with just a touch of bitterness on the back of the palate. This is a great pilsner!

Mouthfeel is smooth and easily drinkable with a nice creaminess to it as well. Very refreshing, this is just a perfect example of what a pilsner should be and I wish I would've picked up more of this. This one stacks up with the best of 'em. Another wonderfully brewed beer from New Glarus! Grab some if you still can. (950 characters)

Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.