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Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

185 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 39
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

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
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Duff27

Illinois

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
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy pale golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma driven by wheat grains and pale malts with some nice citrus hints. Wheat, grains, and malt upfront along with some light hints of white pepper and coriander spice. Hints of bready biscuit, crackers, straw, and yeast. Solid scents of citrus with some lemon zest and orange peel. Also a little honey that ads to the sweetness. Decent hints of grassy and earthy hops in the background. Solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a nice taste of wheat and citrus with a surprisingly solid kick of hops. Sweet wheat grains and malts with a taste of bready biscuit, straw, crackers, honey, and yeast. Light hints of pepper and a coriander like spicing. Nice taste of mildly tart and dry citrus with some lemon zest and orange. Also some grassy hops towards the finish. A nice balance of malty sweetness and bitterness for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and fairly drying. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty nicely done take on a Pilsner. Nice bready Pils taste with a solid hop backing.

01-09-2013 08:17:02 | More by MattyG85
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SMark

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3%

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.

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

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3%

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.

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

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

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

12-24-2007 17:49:03 | More by happygnome
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

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
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-04-2013 08:26:19 | More by BigJim5021
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beersdmf17

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-30-2014 23:49:59 | More by beersdmf17
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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-16-2013 03:32:08 | More by jegross2
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

11-26-2012 06:30:16 | More by GeezLynn
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-24-2012 00:21:45 | More by Ri0
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-18-2013 16:55:04 | More by anticipation23
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gatornation

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-03-2013 22:06:59 | More by gatornation
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Rilesmiles

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-22-2014 01:42:43 | More by Rilesmiles
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-16-2013 02:50:12 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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KeefD

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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
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sweemzander

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color. Produced a nice cap of white foam. Good retention and lacing too.

(S)- A sharp grainy hay and biscuit with its of a honey, lemon peel sweetness.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A sharp grainy maltiness with a subtle honey sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Subtle sweetness and dry grainy balance as well.

(O)- Overall, its always great to be able to depend on a brewery like New Glarus to deliver a solid to great beer. Highly drinkable and sessionable while still providing good flavors and smoothness.

11-10-2012 20:07:56 | More by sweemzander
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-20-2014 02:02:01 | More by brandoman63
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Danmullens1

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-16-2014 21:27:34 | More by Danmullens1
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-20-2013 13:37:10 | More by cadaugherty
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RTrain12

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

09-26-2012 23:14:19 | More by RTrain12
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UffDaBock

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-26-2013 20:02:16 | More by UffDaBock
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RobinLee

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-22-2014 18:14:38 | More by RobinLee
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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
Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.