Unplugged Bohemian Lager - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev +7.9%
Steve's Liquor, Madison
This awaited pilsner fills my glass with a strong golden liquid and outstanding clarity to the point of allowing fingerprints to be read perfectly through the glass. Two fingers of bone white head continue to dress up the body of this beer. The head eventually falls to a solid collar and moderate skimming. A good amount of unpredictable lacing is left after each drink, staying sticky throughout.
My nose is immediately greeted by handfuls of drying grass. The grass falls back and allows the other aromas to shine through. The hop profile not only shows the grassiness, which is most prominent, but brings along a nice subtle floral character as well. I'm really impressed with the maltiness in the nose. Freshly husked grains add a slight sweetness that brings out a touch of honey and the oak vats produce a very subtle and complimenting dry woodiness. Each swirl of the glass brings about a squeeze of lemon juice that brings it all out and makes my mouth water. This is how a pilsner should smell.
I'm happy to say the nose led me in the right direction. This beer has all of the wonderful qualities the nose suggested. Grassy upfront that eventually falls back but never fully leaves and is always noticeable. The mild honey like sweetness from the superbly clean grains lay down a great foundation for the style and the lemon tends to come across on the tongue slightly more then it did in the nose. The finish brings the drying grassiness and dry woodiness to the front. Each separate flavor profile in this beer is crisp, clean and expressive. Bohemian Lager is a delicious pilsner.
The carbonation is lively and snaps across the tongue pushing the medium body through at a fast pace which makes the drinking that much easier. The grassy hoppiness sneaks up on me and leaves my tongue battered and beaten halfway through the glass that the Sahara-like dryness only enhances. The body is lively, quick moving, slightly numbing and fits the beer exceptionally well.
The drinkability is off the charts. This is a beer I could drink all day long on these warm days like today. I struggled keeping this beer in my glass long enough to write a review. The dryness is parching to the point of needing another sip right after the last.
I am thoroughly impressed by New Glarus's newest creation. I imagine this is what the old school Pilsners tasted when fresh from the brewery in Plzen. This is a delicious beer; get it while it's fresh.
08-19-2013 00:06:29 | More by joe1510
2.83/5 rDev -32.6%
A- Short lived white head with decent retention.
S- Slightly skunked smell.
T- Actuallly not too bad considering age/style. Slight sweetness, dry aftertaste.
M- Thin mouthfeel, low carbonation.
D/O- Alright. Not bad, definitely beyond its ageability. If you still have any I'd recommend cracking them soon before they become undrinkable.
02-19-2012 23:26:02 | More by Duff27
3.78/5 rDev -10%
Pours a bright crystal clear golden honey with an exuberant white head. Hop smell is spicy and earthy, lemon and grassy, over a strong malt backbone. Taste is grainy; cereal, biscuit and pale malt flavors dominate, hint of red grapes, mild bitterness with herbal undertones, and slight copper flavor kicks in on the finish. Dry finish, for a lager, crisp and refreshing, highly drinkable, very good.
09-05-2011 04:16:20 | More by manitouman84
3.2/5 rDev -23.8%
12oz bottle, thanks Ryan! Pours a nice clear honey gold with a small ,creamy white head. Slightly sour nose with very light fruits, grains, and bittering hops. Flavor is a touch blank. A decent grain and hop presence. A slight sour twang announces itself like a berlinner weisse. Not sure what they were really going for here. A decent offering, certainly drinkable, just nothing to really drool over.
07-31-2011 02:51:16 | More by JAXSON
3.78/5 rDev -10%
12oz bottle poured into pilsner glass - thanks to GraniteSkunk
Pours golden orange with a very slight haze to it, plenty of carbonation, decent white head retains pretty well with some patches of lacing on the glass.
Toasted biscuity malt, lemon grass, light fruit sweetness and a dash of citrusy hops in the nose.
Bitter grassy hops up front with touches of lemony citrus. Soft biscuit malt, light breadiness and some sweet edges. Faint traces of caramel and fruit sweetness. Finishes with some bitter dry hoppiness and citrus.
Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, refreshing on the palate, slightly dry. Solid flavor, easy to drink, smooth overall.
02-15-2011 01:16:20 | More by xnicknj
4/5 rDev -4.8%
Pours a clear golden yellow color with a two finger, frothy white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing.
Slightly earthy pilsner malt aroma with hints of grass, straw, lemon and light, crisp fruit.
Surprisingly full bodied and much more complex than anticipated. Pilsner malt flavor balanced by some earthy bitterness along with hints of straw, lemon zest and crisp golden apple. Slightly dry finish. Very well balanced and quite quaffable. This beer was a pleasant surprise.
01-19-2011 02:05:29 | More by corby112
4.05/5 rDev -3.6%
12 oz. bottle poured into a fluted pilsner glass.
It pours a lively golden hue with a frothy bone colored head. The head is sticky and th retention is very high. Tiny champagne like bubbles are constantly rising to the surface. This is nearly a perfect looking beer.
The nose has a touch of herbal, spicy hops with underlying toasted bread. It's not as crisp and clean as when this beer was fresh but it's still very good.
The taste has a little bit of spicy hops with an addition of some citrus orange zest taste. Behind that there is just a little malt sweetness. The flavor profile is pretty simple and straight forward but really good.
The mouthfeel is where this beer kind of fell apart for me. I suspect it is a victim of it's age since I do not remember it like this when fresh. The body is a little too full and as previously mentioned it doesn't have that great well made lager crispness. Even through all that it is highly drinkable as most New Glarus beers are and I am still enjoying this beer.
11-07-2010 02:59:33 | More by weatherdog
4.15/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks to GraniteSkunk for hooking this up.
A: Pours a translucent straw color, capped by a finger of foamy white head. Retention is good as it settles at a half finger and holds steady there.
S: Noble hopping up front, followed by a big citrus kick with slightly sweet lemon juice, lemon zest and some faint oranges. Pale malt base provides a strong background.
T: Hops are a bit more dialed up than on the nose with a nice grassy quality. Citrus is assertive but not overbearing, with almost a touch of a medicinal quality. Well balanced and clean.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, if it was a touch lighter it would be perfect.
D: Quaffable, if I wasn't paying attention it would've been easy to put this down in under 10 minutes.
11-06-2010 02:39:55 | More by Xul
4.15/5 rDev -1.2%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a nice moderate amber color with a good white head. The nose brings some light bready malt and some nice, mild fruity undertones. The taste is definite bread with some good caramel and a light hop presence. Some slight yeast characteristics. Good, crisp mouthfeel leading to excellent drinkability. Additionally, after having this a few times over a fairly extended period of time, I can say that this aged quite well.
10-29-2010 03:12:37 | More by Thorpe429
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
Thanks to adamharbaugh for this shared with abru17 -poured chilled into a willybecker.
A light golden color like apple juice with slight haziness. The cap is cream and holds well with a tiny bead. There is moderate amounts of lace that cling. I like the aroma -a LOT, the smell of malt is sweet with a mild fruity honey-like aroma and some hop aroma gets carried with it which has more spice than fruit. The feel is very good with moderate bitterness and clean overal texture w/ a slight spice in the finish with full feeling malt.
I was very pleased with the way this tastes and did not want to stop drinking it. The noble hop flavor of saaz is apparent with a mild citrus and spice complimenting the nice semi sweet pilsner malt which is slightly bready and the beer finishes semi-dry with a light bitter somewhat spicy hopped flavor. I enjoyed this and could see this as a year round pleaser except that it is brewed nowhere near me and was unplugged which means it may or may not be brewed again -Kudos to New Glarus for another tasty lager!
10-05-2010 16:44:56 | More by Slatetank
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.15/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks to Ed for sending this my way.
Poured into pils glass.
Pours 1/2 finger of creamy off white head. Nice retention. Leaves a ring of lace every sip. Color is a slight hazed orange gold.
Aroma: Pale malts with some nice noble hops present. Very earthy. It has a barnyard like nose (not that of a saison, however) with hay flavors. A very pleasing aroma. Awesome profile for a pils.
Taste: There is something in this beer I just can't pick out, but its unique and good. Pale biscuity malts Earthy noble hops. It definitely has a yeasty flavor and a touch of sweet honey.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, a touch bitter, and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry.
Overall, this was a great pils. More breweries need to make the style like this. NG really nailed this one. Very drinkable with some great flavors. I am impressed.
09-17-2010 00:00:46 | More by mothman
3.88/5 rDev -7.6%
Poured into my pilsner glass.
Appearance is light straw with a decent sized head that retains solid lacing throughout. Pretty.
Little to no hop aroma in this one; sweet malts only. I get a little bit of that typical yeasty bread character as well. Typical for the style.
The taste is actually a little hoppier than I expected (though not nearly as much as say Prima Pils); perfectly balancing out the subtle sweetness. I nice crisp finish is also appreciated here. Good stuff.
I might have liked a little more of an crisper mouthfeel to this one but it is still above average to me as it's slightly creamy instead. Of course, this is one I would love to try again but Summer is almost over and so is this beer.
09-01-2010 02:49:43 | More by andrewinski1
Unplugged Bohemian Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.