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Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Hometown BlondeHometown Blonde

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

263 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 40
Gots: 14 | 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 Strix
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden, decent initial head, leaves pretty quickly.

Grassy, grainy nose, slight green pepper/lemon note.

Toasted malt, black pepper, spices, lemon zest.

High carbonation, medium-thick mouthfeel.

I'm not a huge pilsener guy, but this was simple and quite refreshing.

Strix, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of tapman
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears to be very standard and, well, blonde. Thin, quickly receding head over a light, golden body. Pretty average so the score is thus a 3.

Malts smell of a thin bscuit, typical pilsner maltyness. Hops are noticeable enough to give it that 'beer' smell.

Here is where the beer shines and proves its craft reputation. Tastes like Pilsner-style malts and hops blah blah blah, but it all just tastes better. I drank MGDs for a while and its as if this beer is 50 of them condensed inot one beer. The malts are fuller and richer, the hops less stringent and sweeter.

Feels like 50 MGDs, also. Texture is fuller and the carbonation is much less biting than other pilsners.

Very drinkable. It's not my prefered style of beer, but if this was the only craft brew in the joint then you won't find me complaining. Its nice to have a beer that does its style well, een if its not your favorite.

tapman, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of cervezango
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

cervezango, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of cdkrenz
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$7.00 / Six Pack
County Market
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - A light yellow with an 1/8 to 1/4 inch of white head.

Smell - The sweet malty scent is firm and strong.

Taste - The toasted grain and malty really control the flavor of this brew. There is a tiny bit of sweetness if you can find it.

Mouthfeel - The flavor is tasted on the outside rear of my tongue. This brew goes down smooth and easy.

~ For a lighter beer the flavor is well established and firm. The character of this beer is impressive.

cdkrenz, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of NateSharpless
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

NateSharpless, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of DubbelTrubbel
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

DubbelTrubbel, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of NathanE2047
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

NathanE2047, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of jeffmonarch
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pilsner glass.

A - Slightly cloudy golden yellow with a little white head.

S - Very little sweet hoppy smell.

T - A little sweet with good hop flavor. The rest of the flavor is very complex. There's a lot going on but I can't make out the individual flavors.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer with a complex flavor that keeps you drinking and wondering what is that taste, in a good way.

jeffmonarch, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of majorbase2
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, straw color with a small white foam head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a little bit of lacing. Not too much going on the aroma. Wheat with faint spices and orange and lemon zest. The taste is so incredibly wonderfully balanced-- something NG has mastered. Some of their beers may be a little more subtle, but man do they do it well. Some really pleasant wheat. A little bit of grassiness, and some nice orange and lemon notes. A small amount of bitterness in the aftertaste. Really easy to drink. Crisp and refreshing, perfect drink for the end of the summer. Well carbonated. Overall another excellent entry by New Glarus.

majorbase2, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of just_in
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%

just_in, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy from Monger: Poured a bright gold yellow color beer with a nice big pure white foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of floral malt with some dry crisp hops is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by some floral malt with some light sweet notes and a medium dry crisp finish which is quite enjoyable. Body is full for the style with some good carbonation. Another very good beer from a great brewer from a style that produce too much crap IMO.

Phyl21ca, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

muddyh2oblues, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%

StoutItOutLoud, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev +0.3%

77apm, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +0.3%

BigJim5021, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Bunuelian, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of sahd-1
4/5  rDev +0.3%

sahd-1, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of beersdmf17
4/5  rDev +0.3%

beersdmf17, May 31, 2014
Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev +0.3%

jegross2, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of northcoastwolf
4/5  rDev +0.3%

northcoastwolf, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of GeezLynn
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GeezLynn, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Ri0, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Riik3, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of anticipation23
4/5  rDev +0.3%

anticipation23, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

gatornation, Feb 03, 2013
Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.