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Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

192 Ratings

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 40
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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Photo of scaliasux


4.73/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

02-19-2013 04:44:38 | More by scaliasux
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

02-03-2013 22:46:31 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-03-2013 22:06:59 | More by gatornation
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

02-02-2013 17:19:04 | More by MooseBoose
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4.29/5  rDev +7.5%

12oz bottle poured into Snifter

A- Hazy golden orange with lots of fizzy bubbles. Nice 2 finger sticky white head

S- First waft picked up Pale malts and wheat, bready notes. Also featured coriander, honey, yeasty, and wet grass hoppy notes

T- Great combination of wheat, and biscuity flavors combined with malty bready sweetness, pepper, citrus, and honey which fades into grassy hoppy finish.

M- Medium bodied, peppery zest, crisp, and highly carbonated. Smooth with a dry finish.

O- I am not much of a Pilsner connoisseur but I would have to say that this take is the most balanced, and delicious take on the style I have had to date. Extremely well balanced. A delicious bready pilsner featuring sweet malt flavors and an excellent hop backbone.

01-31-2013 03:06:22 | More by wiscokid920
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-24-2013 01:05:59 | More by DrJoe82
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-19-2013 15:02:46 | More by smogfood
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-19-2013 02:30:32 | More by Jspriest
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

01-15-2013 20:21:28 | More by cosine
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4.11/5  rDev +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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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle into New Glarus Signature Pilsner

A- Golden-yellow, two and a half finger white head.

S- Light hops, slightly funky malt aroma

T- Moderate hop bitterness, very pleasant carbonation, delicious fresh malty flavor.

M- moderately thick

O- excellent, well bittered pilsner, but still with a "backbone" of malt, as the bottle says. A great, relaxed drinker from New Glarus.

01-07-2013 00:26:52 | More by DubbelTrubbel
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3.63/5  rDev -9%

Pours a golden yellow stalk like color. Nose is sweet cereal malts with a nice caramel malts and a bit of grassy hops. Taste starts off with citrus lemon. These move on to a grainy malt flavor and are finished off by some spicy, grassy hops. Like most of their beers, really soft mouthfeel, smooth and full taboot. Overall, this is a nice, lightly hopped pilsner. Props to NG for brewing a really nice pilsner.

01-06-2013 05:20:49 | More by birchstick
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-04-2013 23:52:28 | More by ThePundsack88
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

01-01-2013 05:52:56 | More by dna1964dna
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New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +6%

Served from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours gold, fizzy, bubbles, thick white head. Active. Translucent. Retention and lacing. Big pilsy smell. Quite german, and minerals too. Crisp taste, light lemon. Balanced hop. Refreshing. Great pils, nails the style. Bursts with flavor, but simple and drinkable. Spot on.

12-29-2012 16:30:26 | More by KTCamm
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-29-2012 01:37:36 | More by Couch
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4.15/5  rDev +4%

Picked up a single at Casanova in Hudson, WI. It's dry, crisp, and hoppy, what a nice example of a German pilsner. The aroma is a little hoppier than a beer straight from the motherland, but that's by no means a bad thing. The hops are herbal and grassy upfront with mild kicks of lemon and grapefruit. The malt jumps out from behind the hops, with mix of doughy and toasty bread notes. A delicious beer, it reminds me of a more traditional (and more drinkable) version of Victory's Prima Pils. The finish is biting and a little rough, like you'd expect from a healthy helping of Euro hops. I'd have another.

12-25-2012 00:31:58 | More by tempest
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

12-24-2012 23:14:00 | More by PopnLoads
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Looks blonde alright. Good head, moderate lacing. Slightly sweet but largely pilsner/blonde ale aroma. The taste is somewhat sweet, low on hops but with a lingering bitterness. Refreshing and not cloying at all. Light and moderately sharp mouthfeel. Quite drinkable. Good to see that it's under 5% ABV.

3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5

12-20-2012 03:32:25 | More by tewaris
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-18-2012 04:16:29 | More by livingtodie
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South Dakota

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
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District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +11%

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.

12-15-2012 04:59:06 | More by Chaney
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-14-2012 01:09:50 | More by hilgart1
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4.7/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

12-12-2012 04:47:17 | More by TheSSG
Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.