Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Ratings: 196 | Reviews: 77 | Display Reviews Only:
4.43/5 rDev +11%
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.
08-22-2012 01:29:49 | More by bound4er
4.73/5 rDev +18.5%
12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
4.8% ABV, 2152 on neck in black.
Thanks for this awesome brew D-Train!
A - Home Town Blonde is a shimmering, well, blonde color that shines brightly with fantastic clarity. A frothy cloud white head billows above the beer, sustained very well. Clumps of thick lace clutch the pint with might!
S - The lovely aroma wafts out with gentle potency and spot-on composition. Mineral water hardness laces the wonderfully floral hop attributes which don't play second fiddle to the malt; certainly a good pale and pilsner base, however.
T - A delicate blend of floral and herbal hop notes combines for a symphony of flavor that softly blankets the lightly sweet pilsner malt and grainy pale malt. Again, mineral water emerges, stronger in flavor than the nose but not overpowering.
M - Medium-light in body, Home Town Blonde is a crisp and dry pilsner with mild sweetness and moderate mineral water. This really lets the German noble hops shine for a clean bitter finish and lingering satisfaction.
O - It shouldn't come as a surprise that New Glarus' remarkable take on a classic German Pilsner is but a few shades away from pure perfection; after all, brewer Dan Carey DID serve his brewing apprenticeship just outside of Munich, Germany. This golden beauty is loaded with German noble hops for a floral and bitter balance to the crisp and extremely drinkable medium-light bodied beer. It's a shame lagers are under-appreciated; this is one damn fine tasting beer I wish I had my hands on all summer!
08-20-2012 21:58:44 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.15/5 rDev +4%
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
4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
First review of the new re-release -- 4 years since this has last been reviewed!
12 ounce brown bottle, no dating to find, $8 a sixpack.
A -- Clear, bright golden with a sudsy, long-lasting, off-white head.
S -- Mellow crackery malt and spicy hops. DMS in that refreshing mode you can get from a fresh beer.
T -- Good breadiness up front, spicy hops in the middle, and a crackery finish. Spicy bitterness in the aftertaste with a mild touch of citrus.
B -- Body is light to light-medium with a crisp to lightly dry mouthfeel.
O -- A wonderful drinker for those looking for a US-brewed, German-style beer. A great take on the style, glad it was brought back.
08-17-2012 21:10:01 | More by steveh
3.38/5 rDev -15.3%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head is quickly down to a skim of teensy bubbles, with average slow-falling lace. Aroma is minimal, with pale malt sweetness trying to take a stand. Taste starts with the pale malts, goes a touch fruity in the middle, and then closes with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and definitely sedate, and drinkability is not bad either. This beer seems to be trying to fly under the radar, not too much standout, but nothing bad either.
08-04-2008 22:49:25 | More by ppoitras
4/5 rDev +0.3%
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
3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
04-12-2008 19:51:36 | More by trevorwideman
3.08/5 rDev -22.8%
Cloudy straw-colored body wth no head or lacing. Looks more like a hefe than a pilsener.
Aroma of sweet grain and skunked hops.
Taste is super-hoppy for a pilsener, they overload the palate and barely let the malt show through.
Mouthfeel is right on, highly carbonated and drying.
I was disappointed with this one. There are a lot of stylistic errors here, but it's a decent drink. Though not one I would seek out again.
02-24-2008 21:18:35 | More by bboven
4.47/5 rDev +12%
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!
01-25-2008 04:00:07 | More by Pauly2X
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
01-05-2008 07:02:17 | More by jeffmonarch
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
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
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
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
4.43/5 rDev +11%
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.
11-24-2007 23:55:35 | More by alexgash
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
Pours into my Sam Adams glass a clear yellow orange hue with a half inch of light bubbly white head on top. Aromas start with crisp pilsner malts that have a nice fresh graininess to them. Herbal, spicy noble hops are there in abundance with a fresh green snap. A bit of a fruity sweetness in there as well. Lovely.
First sip brings smooth, crisp lightly sweet pilsner malt upfront that has a bit of a grainy aspect to it. It flows across the tongue with a bit of fruitiness followed by just the right smack of herbal, spicy noble hops. Finishes with just a touch of bitterness on the back of the palate. This is a great pilsner!
Mouthfeel is smooth and easily drinkable with a nice creaminess to it as well. Very refreshing, this is just a perfect example of what a pilsner should be and I wish I would've picked up more of this. This one stacks up with the best of 'em. Another wonderfully brewed beer from New Glarus! Grab some if you still can.
11-08-2007 02:34:33 | More by orbitalr0x
4.15/5 rDev +4%
A - Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a thin white head with a skim of lace left on top.
S - Sweet malt with grassy, floral hops. The hops were much brighter earlier in the summer.
T - Herbal and grassy hops with some slightly sweet bready malt.
M - Light, crisp and clean with a nice amount of carbonation and a dry hoppy finish.
D - I have gone through a case already this summer. It seems to loose a little of the hops as the summer passed but a tasty everyday drinker none the less.
09-29-2007 18:47:05 | More by brewcrew76
3.8/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
09-26-2007 00:10:57 | More by tapman
3.85/5 rDev -3.5%
$7.00 / Six Pack
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.
09-09-2007 21:23:06 | More by cdkrenz
4.15/5 rDev +4%
Classic Pilsner. Clean, clear, bright light gold with loads of carbonation and a thin white, bubbly head. Aroma of noble hops, grass, floral perfume, and light malts. Herbal and grassy flavor with nice lightly spiced floral hops in the finish. Initially damp and sweet flavor gives way to a lingering dry, hoppy finish in each sip. Light to medium bodied. Very representative of the style. Well done and definitely drinkable.
09-07-2007 15:41:43 | More by DaPeculierDane
Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.