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Hometown Blonde - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

217 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 79
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)
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Photo of Lemke10
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

Home Town Blonde is the newest addition to the New Glarus family debuting in the late summer of 2012. As of now it is listed as a limited production, but perhaps with gaining popularity, we will see it again in 2013.

It pours a clear light amber color with bubbly head giving off that great, authentic pilsner taste. The scent is rather mild with the use of 4 different hops. Overall, it is a very inviting aroma.

Upon my first sip, I could not have guessed I was drinking a pilsner made in Wisconsin and not from Germany. The taste is light, refreshing and slightly fruity. The ingredients compliment each other so well it is difficult to pick out specific ingredients. Finishes with and ever so slight crisp and bitter after taste.

There is nothing better than waking up and finding out there is a new New Glarus beer on the market. This is a great, unique add to their already stellar line up of brews. I’m sure not many will find this to be their new favorite, but it is a nice transition from Totally Naked to Home Town Blonde. In the German tradition, here’s Prost!

Lemke10, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of cdkrenz
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

$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 botham
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%

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 Stevie_Janowski
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Stevie_Janowski, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Kyrojack
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Kyrojack, May 04, 2014
Photo of CWhite
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

CWhite, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Winter
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours clear golden in color with an airy white head that practically melts away to nothing. Hops really pop on the nose of this one, in addition to a bready aroma. Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp. The four style of hops that are utilized are really featured in the flavor of this classic German-styled lager. The hop bitterness hits midway across the tongue and remains throughout the finish. As the beer warms a bit, the malt backbone becomes more prominent. I dropped the drinkability a little, because this just seems to be a filling beer for some reason. Otherwise, though, truly an enjoyable German-style Pilsner.

Winter, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

Into a pint glass, pours a somewhat cloudy light gold with a decent off-white head to begin with, shrinks to a thin film, has ok lacing, pretty nice. The aroma is mostly noble hops, only slightly spicy, a good share of grainy malt backing too.

The taste is even better, lots of noble hops again here, more spices, has a bit of a bite to it even, a nice bit of bittering here, much appreciated, always riding on top. On the understated side, again some grainy, slightly caramel malt sticks to its thing. The medium body is smooth but well carbonated ride right through to the end. Not normally a pilsner fan, I must say, this is one that I definitely like. A lot.

objectivemonkey, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of lunarbrew
4/5  rDev 0%

lunarbrew, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of grumpygerman
4/5  rDev 0%

grumpygerman, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%

New Glarus' version of a pilsener pours a clear dark golden color with just a wisp of white foam. Bready malt mixed with herbal spice in the aroma. Smooth and light on the palate with just the right lift of carbonation. The cracker malt quickly gives way to a spicy herbal bitter finish. The bitterness lingers on the palate and this is a good thing. Wanting more, I drain the bottle and regret the purchase of just one. The bottle claims that this is an old word pilsener and I cannot dispute their claim. I put this beer in a very select group of top-notch American made German-style pilseners.

BeardedBoffin, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Hendrick24
4.4/5  rDev +10%

Hendrick24, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Strix
3.8/5  rDev -5%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Rihup, Aug 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Ri0, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

beersdmf17, May 30, 2014
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

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....

RoamingGnome, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Hallertau
3.1/5  rDev -22.5%

Hallertau, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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

tewaris, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of denimdemon
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

denimdemon, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +25%

KC9LDB, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of KFBR392
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%

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 scootercrabb
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

scootercrabb, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev 0%

BigJim5021, Aug 04, 2013
Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.