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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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world-class

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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 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 tavernjef
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Color is a cloudy pale yellow with a nice medium strength white head that stays kinda puffy thick eventually settling to a skim always present and very tiny spots of lace. Smell is quite unique, smells like fruity pebbles, with nice light fruits of berrys and a light dried bread or cracker-like backing with a trace of hops that lends some notes of mustyness and herbal quality. Taste is quite complex and very interestingly yummy. Straight up easy and soft bready malts up front, so smooth and soft its just a pleasure to let it touch the tongue. Oh so very nice. A touch of fruitish berries hinting with very light grains of wheat and the hops are so pleasingly balanced in with nice even herbal/grassy notions thats very nice on the palette. Very steady and mellow balance with a super nice finish that is a bit like saltine crackers with a light drying with a dash of bread salts like that of dry pretzels. One excellent taste'n Pils!! Feel is a solid medium body with a small kick in the middle, mellowing smooth, lightly crisp and drying finish with lingering saltish drying that sticks around on the sides of the cheeks. Yum, yum,yum, Home Town Blonde in my tum. One very fine German Pils. Another keeper by N.G.! (1,221 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
4.69/5  rDev +15%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.65/5  rDev +14%
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. (729 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 emerge077
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden color with a high level of clarity. Steady streams of upward carbonation. Irregular peaks of zig-zag lacing coat the glass.

Very delicate grassy aroma, floral hops, and apples. Reminds me of a picnic outdoors with nature all around.

Apples and grassy herbal hops seem to take charge of the taste profile. Spritzy carbonation keeps things lively. A light pale malt breadiness balances things out, with a residual raw honey malty aftertaste that becomes dry.

Quite a light-feeling Pils, but still flavorful and balanced. There was no question about having another one. The epitome of a hot-weather session Pilsner.

Trying to convert your macro-fixated friends? Hand them this beauty.
Wish I had a case of this... (724 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About as good as this style can be, especially for an American brewery. Another example of why New Glarus is the best brewery in the U.S. for often neglected continental styles. (177 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 cokes
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am rerating this since I am not sure what I was smoking when I intially reviewed it(gave it a 3.4). This is a class pils.

Pour a dilluted pale golden with a frothy, decently retained white head.
Big time hoppy and bizarre nose. Getting notes of creole spices (jambalaya), as well as spicy marinara sauce. Nothing off-puting...just eccentric pleasantries.
Taste begins like caramel flavored saltine cracker. Lightly sweet and very dry. Some likeably odd sun-dried tomato hints. Hops enter next with a variety of spices and grasses. Turns hay-like and slighly musty (again, from the hops). Sweetness creeps in and adds some (lightly) vanilla-flavored communion waffers. Dry at the finish.
Light-medium bodied. Low carbonation for the style, but it doesn't matter.
Just a classic, well-hopped pilsner with some unique traits.
I am somewhat surprised to admit that this is one of New Glarus' best offerings (and maybe their best "regular" year-round product). (966 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (1,748 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Exceptionally flavorful and well balanced with a medium hop bitterness and Pils malt softness dominating. The finish is off dry. An overall crisp and refreshing beer and a great example of the style. (199 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date

LOOK: Bright deep golden hue, lovely lacing

SMELL: Fresh grass, grainy, faint grape skin, fine herbal hop, floral, bready

TASTE: Very smooth, crisp pop, moderate sized body, malty, grainy, grassy, bready, herbal, lemony hop, slightly bitter, clean, spicy, nutty, dry finish

Spot on, I would not expect anything less from New Glarus though even with that said ... they really nailed it here. Close to perfection for the style. Puts many of the imported counterparts to shame. (519 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a nice clear gold, finger and a half of nice loose head

Smell is a nice pop of grain, bread, biscut, lemon, nice noble hop presence here

Taste is crisp, lemon, biscuit, grainy malt, nice lager clean yeast, a bit of mint, bread

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, really nice finishes clean

WOW I love this beer I have always looked forward to the release of this this is the 2nd or 3rd release I have had and man this always lets me know what a American brewery can do with a Pilsner! (488 characters)

Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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 (548 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. This brew pours a slightly oranged yellow color with a half finger of loosely packed bubbles over top that is maintained by a healthy stream of carbonation through the column of very clear liquid. The aroma is lightly honey-sweet, with a mild and crisp grain character bolstered by the spiceyness of a healthy dose of noble hopping. This one really smells nice with the contrasts between the light sweet and crisp hop and grain. The flavor hits with a grassy hop and moderate bitterness initially. This moves to a more grainy roughness that is polished with the sweetness I associate with pilsner malt. It finishes with a second wave of moderate bitterness that maintains itself on the sides of my tongue and spicey and slightly herbal hop notes. This one seems to be showcasing noble hops, with a bit of the grainy and sweet hop character sandwiched in between. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles. I like the somewhat heavier-than-expected quality of this one, as it really makes me want to slow down a bit while drinking it. I find this brew to be very approachable. The hops are prevalent, but not obtrusive. This is one to sit down and savor on a warm day as a refresher, in my opinion. (1,240 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 Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just sampled the #8 ranked German Pilsener (based on BA) right before this one. Now, thanks to BeerFMAndy, I have the honor of drinking the #6. Thanks Andy!

Served in a shaped glass.

A: Sort of on the darker side of the orange spectrum, with quite a bit of haze considering the style, along with an icky, sticky white head.

S: Lots of white pepper with a very Germanic, moth-ball-esque, classical hop profile that is just about perfect.

T: I've always considered Victory's Prima Pils to be the pinnacle here, and since I've had that beer more than just about any beer in the whole beer rep, I'll compare it to that one: Not nearly as bitter on the front or as back, more honey-like in its sweetness, with the stamp of the Deutschland in spades.

M: Prickly carbonation, peppery (as opposed to hoppily bitter), crisp, but with a super-duper sourdough bread disposition. A little greater than moderate in the lacing department.

O: Even better than Victory Prima Pils. My new favorite in this style class. (1,010 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 brewmudgeon
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

may need to update this later, but so far this beer is living up to expectations, with lots of clean grassy hop aroma, a buttload of crispness, and the right amount of grassy/citrusy/herbal flavor and bitterness on the back end. the extremely pale yellow color might put some off, but that would be a shame. too bad they did not release this earlier in the summer (at least i didn't notice until september), for it would make an ideal warm afternoon quencher. (461 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 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 Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This crystal clear gold beer throws a nice frothy head that has some retention. Aroma is of noble hops and very slight perfume. Nicely carbonated. Pretty bitter. I like a pilsner with some bite. The 4 varieties of hops used work nicely together. (Tettnager, Saaz, Styrian Golding and Strisselspalt)
There's a nice pilsner malt backbone. Good take on a German-style Pilsner. (381 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Pours with a bubbly head of about two and a half fingers. Light, bright straw yellow color. Active carbonation vigorously bubbles, fitting for the style. A simple, clean, delicious look.

Smell: A touch of corn and fresh cut hay jump out right away. Flour, bread, and continuing waves of prairie grass open up to the drinker on the body. White pepper and some earthy hop tones lay underneath all the action on the nose.

Taste: That familiar New Glarus yeast profile greets the drinker with accents of butter, subtle spices, and a touch of greens. Some bread compliments the nutty malts flavors on the body. Grassy hops dance throughout with some subtle spices and pepper accentuating the hop profile. The finish is lingering hops and some nutty malts.

Mouthfeel: Crisp hops and easy drinking malt bill are a match made in heaven. Carbonation is bright yet doesn't stand out to much to distract the drinker.

Overall: It is incredible to me how New Glarus can make some many lagers that carry a familiar yeast profile yet the surrounding characters are so different and complex and create completely different beers. Certainly the king of lagering in the Midwest and in my opinion in the running against anyone anywhere. They execute their styles so masterfully, well done Dan! (1,306 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, leftover from a 6 pack snagged at sadhanna's for some light summer drinking

appearance: pours into a Sweetwater pint glass a clear straw-golden colour with lively carbonation and nice pillowy white froth, pretty nice lacing

smell: nice aromas...dry malt, grassy, touch of lemon, fair amount of hops noticeable...smells pretty great

taste: i didnt know anything about this beer when i bought it and i figured it was a blonde ale. turns out its a very refreshing pilsner, that i wish was on tap in more places. great lemongrass throughout, juicy, well hopped but not overpowering...nice, simple malt structure

mouthfeel: nice carbonation, lively

drinkability: very high (695 characters)

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