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Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company

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84 Reviews

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 303
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 54
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Reviews: 84 | Hads: 303
Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Exceptionally flavorful and well balanced with a medium hop bitterness and Pils malt softness dominating. The finish is off dry. An overall crisp and refreshing beer and a great example of the style.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%

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!

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Photo of tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks blonde alright. Good head, moderate lacing. Slightly sweet but largely pilsner/blonde ale aroma. The taste is somewhat sweet, low on hops but with a lingering bitterness. Refreshing and not cloying at all. Light and moderately sharp mouthfeel. Quite drinkable. Good to see that it's under 5% ABV.

3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5

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Photo of GeezLynn
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Chaz
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sweetish and malty-sweet with a big, full body.

Seems that it should exhibit more hop bite and crispness, all the way around.

More of a Helles to my mind, and would make a darn-good one at that.

It's an old bottle and my palate is on the mend, but it has nice character that shines through.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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

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Photo of Skidz
4.68/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of steveh
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of happygnome
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of bboven
3.07/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of malcontent
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold body with thin, spotty head and zero lacing.

Yeast comes to the forefront and is quickly supplanted by a pleasantly sweet malt nose; somewhere between honey and freshly baked bread.

Straight-forward mild malt sweetness is nicely complimented by understated hop bitterness. Almost like a pale Vienna lager in taste.

Full-bodied with the perfect refreshing twang at the end. Very drinkable and a nice offering from New Glarus.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a Big, soft, white head with surprising resiny persistence and lacing. Grassy hop aroma dominates, with notes of floral citrus, and a nice biscuit backbone. Staw-gold color. Flavor starts off with a soft hop grapefruit bitterness and builds into a medium bitterness which is clean and dry. Then, the malt takes the reigns and drives in a few miles of smooth malt biscuit, with the hops still riding shotgun along the route.

This bier seriously reversed my viewpoint of Pilsners. I had always accepted them for what they were, but I'd never truly loved one.
I love this. I buy this on purpose. I pass up buying hop bombs, IPAs, Pale Ales, and all sorts of elaborate brews to take this home. And, it still never disappoints.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent, underrated lager from NG, which must be one of the best brewers of lagers in North America.

Poured a clear, golden lager, and was somewhat vigorously yet finely carbonated. A dense one finger off white head formed on the pour. The head had excellent retention, and thick, clingly lacings stuck where they formed to coat the glass.

A big, floral and grassy hops nose with a pronounced zestiness also present. Simple pale malt breadiness, a touch of honey, and a hint of biscuit all present underneath the big noble hop bouquet.

WOW! Pronounced hoppiness without bitterness. Floral with a hint of lemon, a big dose of fresh cut grass, and a zesty, almost peppery finish which leads into an almost metallic twang. Mild yeasty character is evident. Almost the exact opposite of NG's Totally Naked, with a very similar malt profile that is dominated by the tasty Noble hops. Pale, bready malts, a slight touch of malt sweetness, and a very mild biscuit character are all playing second fiddle to the hops.

A light bodied, crisp and clean lager. The simple yet tasty pale malts are outshone by the Noble hops which are never bitter and still manage to finish cleanly. Slightly dry despite the touch of malt sweetness.

A great summer brew with its pronounced crisp, clean, and refreshing character. Light body makes for a very drinkable and sessionable brew. Bold Noble hop character may reduce its approachability, but this is simply another great lager from NG.

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Photo of badbeer
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with a slightly orange hue; frothy white head that retains well and leaves good lacing. Smell is of faint grass, spicy hops, and I get a little lemon and honey in there as well. Biscuity upfront, hints of honeycomb, hops are slightly spicy, but not overdone, a nice lemon zest too. Both body and carbonation are probably around medium levels, but very soft and refreshing on the tongue, quenching your thirst, but encouraging you to take another. Excellent beer; I plan on drinking copious amounts of this over the summer. Updated on July 17, 2007. Original smell was 4.5, taste was 5. Having had this plenty of times, I still rather enjoy it, but prefer Yokel or Edel-Pils to this one.

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Photo of tapman
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, this Pils pours brilliantly clear deep golden/light copper color with a moderate bright white head that lasts nicely and leaves beautiful lacing. The aroma is a burst of spicy, floral hops and bready malt, a perfect marriage of malt and hops...a very welcoming nose. The flavor is sweet, bready malt and spicy hop flavor. The bitterness is moderate and helps to dry the finish slightly, perfectly balancing the sweetness from the malt. A long lasting subtle malt/hop tango lasts on the sides and back of the tongue. The body is medium and carbonation appropriately medium/medium-high. Overall a very well made beer; it shines from the initial pouring to after the last swallow is gone.

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Snifter

A- Hazy golden orange with lots of fizzy bubbles. Nice 2 finger sticky white head

S- First waft picked up Pale malts and wheat, bready notes. Also featured coriander, honey, yeasty, and wet grass hoppy notes

T- Great combination of wheat, and biscuity flavors combined with malty bready sweetness, pepper, citrus, and honey which fades into grassy hoppy finish.

M- Medium bodied, peppery zest, crisp, and highly carbonated. Smooth with a dry finish.

O- I am not much of a Pilsner connoisseur but I would have to say that this take is the most balanced, and delicious take on the style I have had to date. Extremely well balanced. A delicious bready pilsner featuring sweet malt flavors and an excellent hop backbone.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of scaliasux
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Medium yellow. A little hazy. Short white persistent head.

Smell - Light pale malt. A little bread. Light grassy hops.

Taste - Initially bready. Not overly sweet. Nice complex dose of hops. Mostly citrusy - orange and lemon, but some unobtrusive grassiness there too. Excellent balance. Crisp.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - This is a damn fine beer and mad drinkable to boot.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

may need to update this later, but so far this beer is living up to expectations, with lots of clean grassy hop aroma, a buttload of crispness, and the right amount of grassy/citrusy/herbal flavor and bitterness on the back end. the extremely pale yellow color might put some off, but that would be a shame. too bad they did not release this earlier in the summer (at least i didn't notice until september), for it would make an ideal warm afternoon quencher.

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Photo of bound4er
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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!

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.