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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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

lunarbrew, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of CWhite
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

CWhite, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Winter
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Hendrick24
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%

Hendrick24, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 grumpygerman
4/5  rDev +0.3%

grumpygerman, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 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 Rihup
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Rihup, Aug 06, 2013
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3.1/5  rDev -22.3%

Hallertau, Aug 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

beersdmf17, May 31, 2014
Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Ri0, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

MadScientist, Monday at 01:02 AM
Photo of tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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

tewaris, Dec 20, 2012
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
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

denimdemon, Sep 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

KC9LDB, Sep 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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

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

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

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

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

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

EasyReader, Oct 02, 2012
Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.