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Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

244 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 40
Gots: 12 | 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 KFBR392
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance: Pours with a bubbly head of about two and a half fingers. Light, bright straw yellow color. Active carbonation vigorously bubbles, fitting for the style. A simple, clean, delicious look.

Smell: A touch of corn and fresh cut hay jump out right away. Flour, bread, and continuing waves of prairie grass open up to the drinker on the body. White pepper and some earthy hop tones lay underneath all the action on the nose.

Taste: That familiar New Glarus yeast profile greets the drinker with accents of butter, subtle spices, and a touch of greens. Some bread compliments the nutty malts flavors on the body. Grassy hops dance throughout with some subtle spices and pepper accentuating the hop profile. The finish is lingering hops and some nutty malts.

Mouthfeel: Crisp hops and easy drinking malt bill are a match made in heaven. Carbonation is bright yet doesn't stand out to much to distract the drinker.

Overall: It is incredible to me how New Glarus can make some many lagers that carry a familiar yeast profile yet the surrounding characters are so different and complex and create completely different beers. Certainly the king of lagering in the Midwest and in my opinion in the running against anyone anywhere. They execute their styles so masterfully, well done Dan!

KFBR392, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of denimdemon
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

denimdemon, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +25.3%

KC9LDB, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of scootercrabb
3.75/5  rDev -6%

scootercrabb, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of assman79
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

assman79, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +0.3%

BigJim5021, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Rborre321
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Rborre321, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Bunuelian, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of anticipation23
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

EasyReader, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Skidz
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out like 24 karat gold and shines like the sun, with a beatiful fluffy white head standing strong on top. A very classy looking brew. This stands out agains all other New Glarus brews which usually are quite murky, this just looks crystal clear.

Smells of fruits, apples mainly, with some good hops floating all over the place. Taste starts out like a loaf of apple nut bread, sweet, very refreshing and full of flavor. All those hops combine for a taste of the fields and keeps it bitter all the way through, keeping me thirsty for more. Very well balanced between sweets and bitters, lots of character, and the aromas of hops just keep flowing down your nose as you dive in.

Very mellow, but plenty of taste where is counts, nothing too light or too heavy, this beer just floats around your mouth with the greatest of ease. I'm hoping for this to be around in summer, it shall make a great afternoon beer. Easier to drink than water, carbonation is light and easy to take on; 6-packs are an insult, I would buy this by the case.

Skidz, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of RobinLee
4/5  rDev +0.3%

RobinLee, Aug 22, 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 77apm
4/5  rDev +0.3%

77apm, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of falconxman
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

falconxman, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Fcolle2
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours bright golden almost yellow in color with a one finger white head that has decent retention.

Smell has some slight lemon grass and herbal hop aroma forward with light hints of light grainy very crisp bright yeasty aroma in the end.

Lots of fresh hop flavors are forward with a nice balance of light herbal and lemon rind. Yeast follows with a really clean crisp flavor. Malt comes in at the end with some bready lightly grainy flavors. Incredibly balanced.

Mouthfeel is crisp refreshing and light. A fair amount of hop oils and resin balance the body.

Fcolle2, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Westuh
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Westuh, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of happygnome
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

happygnome, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of steveh
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

steveh, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Stoutfan23DJ, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of CSO
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

CSO, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of bboven
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

bboven, Feb 24, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

BEERschlitz, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Tyecko
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%

Tyecko, Oct 03, 2014
Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.