1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Hometown BlondeHometown Blonde

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

222 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 222
Reviews: 80
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hometown Blonde Alström Bros
Ratings: 222 | Reviews: 80 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of botham
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this brew pours a blonde color (who would have thought?) with two fingers of white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

smell is full of hops. a subtle fruitiness is present, along side alcohol in the background.

taste is rather sharp. hops up front, with a good amount of carbonation alongside. for the amount of hops in the taste, this one is not very bitter in the mouth. New Glarus did well with this one.

aftertaste is somewhat dry, with only the hops sticking around.

mouthfeel is light, with a decent film left around the mouth after swallowing.

drinkability is good, although the carbonation might fill the stomach before the beer does.

all in all, this is a good german pilsener. for drinkers that like this style, this one would make for a good try.

botham, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of birchstick
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

birchstick, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear looking yellow color with a foamy white head on top. The head retention was pretty strong on this from start to finish. The lacing wasn't much to look at other than a few scattered clumps on the glass. The smell of the beer was of fresh grains and yeast. The taste of the beer is very mild, it's slightly grassy but mostly grainy with a subtle hop spark in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was clean, light bodied, moderately refreshing and dry in the finish. Overall this beer was pretty good for what it is. It's not something I am all that into but it's a good beer that fits the style I think. Definitely worth trying.

Knapp85, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of trevorwideman
3.68/5  rDev -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.

trevorwideman, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of bdub32689
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

bdub32689, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Rborre321
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Rborre321, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Will1508
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Will1508, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Mandark
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Mandark, May 10, 2013
Photo of BEERschlitz
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

BEERschlitz, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Ankur
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Ankur, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of d5001986
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

d5001986, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

thebigredone, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of sami
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

sami, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Zachtheporter, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of JayCheG
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

JayCheG, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of zekeman17
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

zekeman17, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of DustyDust79
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

DustyDust79, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

CheapBeerBuzz, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of scootercrabb
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

scootercrabb, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Dactrius, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Norseman
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Norseman, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

t0rin0, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Stevie_Janowski, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Westuh
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Westuh, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of logansboat15
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An American take on a German Pilsner, New Glarus Brewing's Home Town Blonde is a big step up from the standard Joe-six-pack pilsner. Pours a golden amber with a light foam head and no lace. Smells lightly hoppy with a hint of fresh figs. Nice sweet taste that finishes to a slight hop bitterness. Very well balanced and moreish. Substantial mouthfeel and highly drinkable. Great as a marinade with steak, bratwurst.

logansboat15, May 16, 2007
Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.