Unplugged Bohemian Lager - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by ALESwhatCURESya:
4.83/5 rDev +15%
Ok Dan and Deb, you have impressed me yet again! WOW...a delicate and precision crafted lager with near perfect features. The brilliant yellow gold body is remarkably clear with a soft airy head that leaves substantial lacing in my Sam Adams flavor glass. The big doughy aroma blends with a grassy floral saaz presence as an oakiness lays the groundwork for the balance of spice, floral, and bitter notes. Big-time malt with a fruity sharpness. The taste provides the crispness of an old-school lager and wonderful hop layers. The bitterness is very delicate but perfectly balanced. The oak comes through in the taste and adds to a sharp finish. A cherry note pulls through as the beer warms. The maltiness of this beer is unsurpassed, but not dopplebock malty, true Pils malty! Drinkability is through the roof and could easily be cherished by those who dare to step from the bounds of macros. I have rarely been wowed by a domestic lager, but this one is worth seeking out. The beer gods love WI!
10-12-2008 01:54:23 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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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
4.45/5 rDev +6%
Purchased from the Hilltop Brewery in New Glarus, WI. Pours a slightly hazy gold body with a thin white head that caps the beer and leaves a generous amount of lacing as it goes down. Aroma is of apples, grassy malts and noble hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth malt character, subtle carbonation, not overly bitter and boasts a pleasantly dry finish. Excellent drinkability, this beer shows why golden lagers became all the rage over 100 years ago.
09-01-2009 14:22:52 | More by blackearth
4.6/5 rDev +9.5%
I've been waiting to try this one. Pours into my glass a golden amber hue with extreme clarity and lots of active bubbles. A half inch of white head leaves spotty lacing as it falls. Aromas of crisp, vibrant toasted malt that has a fresh grain kick. Spicy, herbal Saaz hops are punchy and upfront. Simply sublimely clean and enticing. What a show.
First sip brings a crisp toasted, grainy malt upfront that carries a light sweetness along with it. A touch bready moving into spicy, herbal hops. The Saaz bitterness is mellow but balances out the sweetness nicely. This is what an amazing lager is all about right here. Smooth, clean and full of flavor, a great homage to the original lager beers of Pilsen.
Mouthfeel is lighter with fast moving carbonation that brings some creaminess. Easily drinkable and very refreshing with a great balance of flavors. I could see myself drinking this all night!! NG Bohemian Lager is an exceptionally tasty lager. To Dan Carey: Please bring this out in six packs!!
12-12-2008 01:57:58 | More by orbitalr0x
4.68/5 rDev +11.4%
This is what a lager should be.
A: Pours an amberish color, and as someone else pointed out, looking rather like a mass-market beer - but then it is a Pilsner, so what's to complain? Nice solid head.
S: Has an actual aroma (a surprise in a lager) - oaky/malty with a hint of hop - very inviting.
T: Such a tasty beer! It is nutty and malty all across the palate, with just enough hop to finish it. No apologies that I mention what used to be a very good mass-market lager: it reminds me of the original Stroh's lager, one of the very few that had a true taste and maltiness (before Miller destroyed it) but this one is better.
M: Nice persistent flavor, not dense, but not thin either. Both refreshing and chewy. Nice combo.
D: Were it available, it would be most drinkable. What I had made me go looking for the other bottles I don't have.
Here's what NG says about the beer:
"In 1985 before The Wall fell, and just after the birth of our youngest daughter, Dan [Carey] followed the Siren's Call making the true Brewer's pilgrimage to the birthplace of modern beer: Pilsen. Inspired by the noble brew he scribbled notes; triple decoction, 100% Czech Moravian malt, fermentation in unlined oak tanks, generous amounts of Saaz Hops, Krau[e]usening and a three month ice cold lager. An elegant masterpiece of complexity lost to change in the Czech Republic. We resurrect and invest, by brewing without compromise, that exact Old World recipe and this is the brew - Bohemian Lager."
02-14-2009 21:14:30 | More by mrquartetman
4.13/5 rDev -1.7%
(Served in a glass mug)
A- This beer has a crystal clear body with a hue of copper-yellow and a strong carbonation of bubbles gliding through it. There is a spongy snow white head that sticks to the sides of the glass turning lacy and lasting for the full beer.
S- The soft smell of fresh rain ans a smooth sulfur quality to it but it is not sharp like many lagers. There is a slight sweetness to the fresh grain notes that are nice.
T- This beer has a soft smooth fresh pale malt flavor followed by a green hop note that is soft but with a sharper Saaz bit at the finish. There is a sulfur hint that builds on the hop flavors aswell.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has a big freshness to all the flavors with a nice depth of flavor especially for a "simple" grain bill. The hops have a nice fresh flavor aswell and start to become the dominate flavor as the beer warms.
10-29-2008 01:38:13 | More by rhoadsrage
4.1/5 rDev -2.4%
Thanks to Homerbag from TBS for this bottle.
12oz. brown bottle poured into a Pilsener glass.
A: Pours a rustic yellow with some orange tinting, decent clarity but not perfect. About a 1 finger head forms and holds for a bit before falling to a skim. Good lacing.
S: Lightly spicy hops, somewhat floral. Clean and crisp malts. Overall not that aroma.
T/M: Hops are a bit more pronounced in the taste. Still moderately spicy and with a bit more floral. Malts are crisp, clean, and refreshing. A touch of biscuit as it warms further. The yeast is much more pronounced and lends some fruity esters to the mix. Body is light and crisp with slightly elevated carbonation that awakes your tongue. Not really any lingering bitterness or hops.
D: Very drinkable.
04-30-2009 01:22:25 | More by pwoods
4.35/5 rDev +3.6%
Sunny gold color, shimmering and given additional life by thousands of bubbles rushing quickly to the thin but long-lasting head.
Aroma is light, with a bread/biscuit base and light citrus coming in to play.
Even though this bottle is hardly the freshest example of this release, the hops are still vibrant, and they're incorporated perfectly with the doughy malt base. There's a light whiff of skunk, and I do NOT mean that in the "bad"/Grolsch sense. I mean in that authentic Czech Pils way, where the breadiness leans to the yeasty side and where the hops are spicy and flowery. Its useless to pick out individual flavor perceptions--everything here is mingled as one, nearly perfectly.
Texture is just right for the style, crisp and on the dry side, yet with a round smoothness and sturdy medium body that makes it a pleasure to hold in the mouth.
I swear this brewery only gets better every year. How many brewers can nail lagers and ales in equal measure? Bohemian Lager is another fine one in the Unplugged series, and another that many of us wish was a year-round offering.
07-13-2009 23:06:20 | More by Metalmonk
4.88/5 rDev +16.2%
24K golden body, spotlessly, shimmeringly clear, topped with a pale ecru head of modest size but filthy retention and lacing.
Bready pils malt hit the nose, accentuated with a dollop of honey sweetness. Saaz enters confidently but does not overwhelm.
Across the mouth the bready malts combine with a lilting clover honey sweetness, and a ephemeral notion of strawberries and cream to form a delicate but concrete foundation as it slides into a brisk, crystalline spring-water lagered clarity. Saaz brings multicolored flowers and autumn prairie hues. It's significantly hopped, but not crunchy. The balance here is more than stately, it's regal.
The tightly woven medium light body eddies through the mouth with a gentle carbonation. The feel is fantastically soft, yet still supple.
This is potentially endlessly drinkable and absolutely gorgeous in every facet.
Easily the best Czech Pils I've ever had.
I pray this is not merely a one-off. It needs to stick around, or at least come back to visit frequently.
10-09-2008 05:21:03 | More by cokes
3.83/5 rDev -8.8%
Pours straw and golden honey colored, topped by a quarter inch white head. Some good lacing appears as the modest head disappears.
I could smell the hops as soon as I opened the bottle up. A closer whiff reveals some earthy and grassy notes, and a bold suggestion of honey sweetness to come. Malty aromas also come on strong.
Black pepper, honey, and a big helping of malt. I read on the bottle that it's Czech Moravian malt. Don't know much about that, but sure tastes fine to me. A bit of oak comes into the picture, but not so much in the foreground. Very crisp, and a really nice beer for a cool Autumn day. OK, it's not Autumn, but it sure feels like it this July in Wisconsin!
Medium in body, and medium to low carbonation make this a great beer to have while relaxing and catching up with some friends. A few hunks of meat on the barbeque wouldn't break my heart either.
Super beer, and although I'm not very familiar with the style, this proves to be an ambassador to Plzen, and I hope to become more of a lager drinker, and develop my palate even further. Cheers!
07-19-2009 01:22:15 | More by dancinwillie
4.53/5 rDev +7.9%
somehow missed rating this one during my first 4-pack...picked up another 4pack at rileys
appearance: poured into a pint glass...straw-golden body, foamy white crest, nice looking brew
smell: still a very fresh aroma, biscuity malt, clean saaz hops...nice smelling pils from new glarus
taste: I thought highly of this beer from first sip...the balance truly is remarkable - a sharp zesty saaz hop profile with a spicy kick really carries this into premier territory. this pils has a sweet, grainy core and hints of honey and lemongrass. Very nice
mouthfeel: fresh and crisp, creamy finish
drinkability: super high
11-12-2008 03:37:41 | More by dirtylou
4.03/5 rDev -4%
Bottle via trade thanks to badbeer on BA. Clear golden color with a creamy one-finger white head and good lacing. Aroma is sweet pale malt, corn, and citrusy/grassy hops. Flavor is basically what Budweiser hopes it could be in its wildest dreams. Sweet pilsner malt with some corn/graininess, but in a good way, and grassy, earthy Saaz hops, and a little citrus. Body is medium-light with a fairly dry finish and some hop bitterness lasting. Drinkability is very high. Great example of a rather uninteresting style.
10-22-2009 03:59:22 | More by nickd717
3.88/5 rDev -7.6%
Got this one from joe1510, cheers Joe!
Pours a very effervescent pear color with 3 fingers of pearl white head. superior lacing & head retention
S: Apple skins & some grassyness
T: Grainy, hint of pear & green apples & grapefruity hops up front. A touch of honey malt & more appleskins as this warms, not truly working for me. Finishes with leafy hops, a touch honey malts, dryness & more appleskins & a bit of lemony hops crispness
MF: Creamy, soft, perfect carbonation, pretty good balance, was expecting more hop profile across the board
Great drinkability, not super true to the style, but this is going down too easy on a very warm Indian summers day in November
11-02-2008 20:57:51 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev -4.8%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a crystal clear gold, with 2 big fingers of foamy brite-white head. Thin, yet frothy, layer of retention leaves back a huge cascade of sticking lacing that just coats the sides of the glass. Noble hop character is front and center in the aroma, with floral notes, citrus, and spice intermingling with the sharp bready nature of the Pils malts. Nice crispness in the nose here.
The taste is spicy and biting, with a dry lingering presence to the bitterness. The sturdy bready feel of the Pils malts props up the hops nicely, giving the profile some sticky substance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the aforementioned malts giving this a good firmness in the mouth. The hops add even more sharpness to the body. Overall very crisp and refreshing but not overly clean. But that's OK.
Solid Pils here, with the sturdy crispness of the hops, malt, and body all playing into the great drinkibility of this. Another good entry in the Unplugged Series.
08-06-2009 12:23:04 | More by Kegatron
4.7/5 rDev +11.9%
This beer basically sums up why I drink beer as well as why I think NG is one of the best, if not the best, brewery in the country.
At first sip, the beer is simple and straightforward. It is a pilsner, after all. A nice rich, sweet pilsner malt backbone and a nice, dry, hoppy finish. But as you ponder the beer, whole new worlds slowly start to open up. Lemon zest and biscuit are big players here. It is like the crust of a really good baguette with some really nice herb butter.
I will say that the water used for brewing this seems a little harder than is traditional. So it has a nice Czech malt quality (more on that in a bit), nice Czech hops, but pils-like water, maybe even Dortmunder level water. It adds a nice minerally note to the finish of the beer.
Speaking of the finish and the malt, this beer has a lot of rich moravian malt going on but I swear there is some acidulated malt used to create that knacky finish I associate more with German pilsners as opposed to Czech pilsners.
Dan has done it again, he manage to put just a nice subtle twist on a traditional style and make something just wonderful. I love it.
01-03-2009 19:31:21 | More by shbobdb
3.63/5 rDev -13.6%
Thanks to younger35 for this 12 oz bottle.
A: The pilsener is a brilliant orange-yellow color that is sol-like (except for the overwhelming, eye-burning brightness). A finger and a half of dense head has nicely laced around the mouth of the glass.
S: The nose is loaded with crisp, earthy Saaz hops. Sweet biscuit malts, doughy, follow the hops.
T: The hops really drive the taste, with an earthy yet floral taste that has a high bitterness behind it. They leave a crisp finish in the mouth. The malts are very doughy, sweet biscuits. Despite the sweetness, the lager is very dry.
M: The mouthfeel is very sweet, almost too sweet. The hops have a bitter complexity that, when coupled with the sweet malts, becomes more evident.
D: The lager could use a) more hops or b) less sweetness. Fix either side and the dry crispness will sparkle.
04-05-2009 01:33:01 | More by akorsak
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
Deep gold, slow trails of hypnotic bubbles, a fingers worth of creamy foam. Sticky lacing at the edge, and a glossy sheen to the surface of the bubbles. The head seems to fade after a couple minutes to a splotchy skim. Swirling the glass gives the lace a grainy, spotty look.
Soft florals, apple and pita bread aroma.
Soft oak hint in the flavor that puts it above and beyond run of the mill Czech Pilsners. Bready middle and lightly dry and bitter in the finish. Noble hop taste lingers with hints of vegetal spice. Very soft and creamy feel.
Micro carbonation makes it smooth, and i'm on my second already before this review is finished...Subtlety is it's strong suit, it keeps you interested and drinking more for further research purposes.
10-28-2008 23:32:22 | More by emerge077
3.5/5 rDev -16.7%
Bottle: Poured a golden color lager with a nice foamy head with limited retention and some light lacing. Aroma of floral hops is more dominating then what I had anticipated with some light sweet malt. Taste is easily drinkable with loads of floral hops with a dry aft3ratse and some nice malt that is lightly sweet - a touch of cardboard is noticeable but not too bad and totally understandable since this is not a fresh sample. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well made if maybe a touch too heavy to drink loads of.
01-21-2010 19:49:06 | More by Phyl21ca
3.85/5 rDev -8.3%
12 oz bottle in Pilsner glass. Numbers on neck but no visible date.
A - Yellow/Goldenrod with a really light cloudiness - possible chill haze - to it topped by a sudsy white head. Ok retention left a small layer of foam and some good lacing.
S - Light crystal malts with a citrus spike flood the aroma with a hearty helping of noble hops that have light bittering qualities but crisp up to the aroma more than anything else.
T - Very well balanced flavor as sweet crystal and really light caramel start the flavor. The hops then kick in and mellow it out a bit by bringing a touch of citrus with floral aspects and light bittering qualities.
M - Round medium-bodied beer with a medium sugary sweetness and a lingering light bitterness. A bit slight and smooth across the tongue.
D - Light in color but not in flavor, this beer is one nice lager that keeps it's drinkability while displaying a fuller body. I'm almost completely convinced New Glarus can do no wrong.
08-04-2009 01:59:29 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.6/5 rDev +9.5%
The 2 boxes I received from Abents were really amazing! 2 well packaged boxes that were a looking glass from Boise to Madison... simply astounding... unending boxes!! Thanks Adam... I know New Glarus has a great rep on the Unplugged series... but I love great lagers.... and am very much hoping this one meets my lofty standards.... Poured into my shaped SA glass.
Easy 2 finger head.. sticks around forever.. great sticky big bubble lace.. Crystal clear. gold.. really.... honestly.... very pretty... crusty lace should be in pictures.. I'm surprised .. wow.. dried out lace just shatters when you touch it.
Smells Czech!! Seriously.. I don't know how to describe continental maltiness.. but this brew has it! Rich maltiness with floral and lesser spicy hoppiness... toasty?.. biscuit?? I don't know but this is what I think of when I think "Czech."
Very smooth... oooh so smooth! I love well made lagers.. especially when they taste fresh... this brew is great.. pale malts with a little bread.. some toast? Perfect bitterness for the brew... spicy hoppiness is again damn near perfect... very clean.. nothing from the yeast ever comes in to play.. mouthfeel is perfect.. reminds me of the best examples from my best homebrewer buddies.. just great... very smooth and very complex at the same time..
Adam... This was an EPIC trade!! I don't know if I can match your level!! Please remember me when you're famous! :-)
Edit: Wow!! Finishing the last sips of this brew... really this should be the "standard" for Bohemian Pils.. just perfect... screw Europe.. All Hail Wisconsin!!! No really.. I'm not joking.
04-07-2009 07:14:14 | More by JohnGalt1
4.65/5 rDev +10.7%
Appearance - Light gold. Clear. Somewhat bubbly. Short foamy white head that persists.
Smell - Light sweet malt. Fairly prominent floral hops. Appetizing.
Taste - Rich sweet malt starts and moderately strong floral hops finishes. Nearly a perfect balance. This is what a light lager should taste like. Light without being weak or oversweet. All of the flavors of a beer are present and work together.
Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.
Drinkability - I opened one of these and it immediately became one of my favorites. Probably the best pilsnerish beer I can remember tasting. This needs to be a regular offering.
01-04-2009 02:30:02 | More by scaliasux
4.1/5 rDev -2.4%
A huge thanks to kkipple for bring this bottle to Barleys on Friday. I have been trying to track this one down forever and glad to finally try it. Poured into a taster glass, this one was consumed on 02/27/2009.
Nice light pour, cloudy with a medium amber color and a smooth even white head to it. Some light carbonation coming up through the bottom of the glass as well. Light grain, small touches of almost peach, and a nice light hop note in the aroma. As I take the first sip this translates over very nicely. Crisp, clean, even would be a good term for it. Light hops still present with a small grain base and a nice and smooth finish. Cramy light body with a very nice and easy drinkability. I was very impressed with this one and very happy to be able to get ahold of it finally.
03-02-2009 03:35:48 | More by mikesgroove
Unplugged Bohemian Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.