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Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

217 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 40
Gots: 7 | 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 Chaney
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

Chaney, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of bound4er
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

bound4er, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of alexgash
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

alexgash, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of Pauly2X
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%

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!

Pauly2X, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

Jason, Oct 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

frankman71, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

MooseBoose, Feb 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

robear, May 24, 2014
Photo of will_run_for_beer
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Not a fan of the style, but surprisingly enjoyable. Love the hop character.

will_run_for_beer, Sep 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

robbyc1, Sep 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

McCranky, Aug 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

dedbeer, Aug 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Daffron24, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of nickapalooza86
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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!

nickapalooza86, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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

czfreeman, Oct 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

sammyg832, Sunday at 06:21 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Shluffy, Aug 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

IBUQT, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

kmpitz2, Jun 23, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

scinnh, Aug 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Stoutfan23DJ, Sep 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

solargoat, Oct 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Rihup, Aug 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Kyrojack, May 04, 2014
Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.