Unplugged Bohemian Lager - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 155
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 34
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: joe1510 on 09-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (446 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (526 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pale golden amber with brilliant clarity, lots of lace and a head that lasts until the final sip. Doesn't get any better than this.

Smell: Light cereal grain sweetness, hints of oak and earth, subtle herbal hops. This stuff has a raw and complex aroma when compared to most commercial pilsners.

Taste & mouthfeel: Semi-sweet up front, grainy with a touch of oak and honey. Light in body and extremely crisp, it's difficult to savor this as it's so damn drinkable. The sweetness fades into a dry and bitter finish with that signature saaz character lingering on the tongue in between sips. This is impressive stuff, I wish more American craft breweries would attempt beers like this.

Notes: A big thanks to Dyan for hooking it up! (744 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (748 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (787 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, light orange-gold body capped by a small, white head.

Smell: Spicy, lightly herbal Saaz hop scent above a soft honeyed maltiness and minor yeast note.

Taste: The malts deliver hints of dough and grain alongside a delicate honeyish sweetness. Quick flash of fruitiness. Tiny pinch of yeast. You get a nick kick of Saaz hop spiciness and bitterness. The malts bounce back, providing a final touch of sweetness to counter the bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very good, very well crafted Bohemian Pils. It's always nice when a brewery isn't simply foisting a dumpy pale lager with a "pilsner" title slapped onto it on craft brew drinkers. (724 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (994 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,049 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (672 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Paco for tossing one of these into a trade.

22oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. No discernible date on the bottle.

A - Golden apricot color, with two fingered cream head. Transparent with an abundance of carbonation with bubbles that accelerates as they approach the top of the glass. Great looking pilsener!

S - Biscuit and toffee malt, with a bit of that pilsener spicy smell (Saaz hops, I think?), and some fresh-cut grass smell. Not overpowering - I really had to get up close.

T - Nice bite from the hops - the bitterness is up front in this one. Finishes with a refreshing sweet taste of honey at the top of the palate. The aftertaste has the aforementioned spice. This is probably the best pilsener I've had (and I don't like pilseners much in general).

M - Smooth, creamy, a little too much carbonation for my liking though. Very refreshing feel, and leaves a soft and fuzzy sensation in my mouth after swallowing.

D - Too carbonated for more than a couple. Otherwise it's superb - can't taste any booze in here at all.

Wow - what a pleasant surprise! (1,082 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (854 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most highly anticipated beers of the year for me. A solid pour produces an almost two-finger thick, frothy, pale tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. The beer is a clear, orange tinged, gold color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright, rich gold hue when held up to the light (more color than a German Pils, but not quite as much as the darker, traditional Bohemian versions). The aroma has a nice spiciness to it and is definitely influenced heavily by the hops; aromas of hay, lemon zest and a nice savory herbal note are noticeable. The malt plays a definitive role here too though, with aromas of biscuit-like malt, grain sweetened cracker notes, a touch of honey-like malt towards the finish and perhaps even a hint of ripe melon. This definitely has a nice chewy malt and hop nose to it; exactly what one would expect from a good Bohemian interpretation.

This has a light medium heft to it that coats the palate with some lightly sweet malt character. The hop notes easily cut through this though, providing a staunch bitterness and a nice herbal note both of which linger on in the long finish. This definitely has a nice, savory, spicy, hop character to it that fully expresses itself on the palate. The malt plays a supporting role in the flavor (more so than it did in the aroma), but does contribute a substantial impact to the mouthfeel as well as contributing back end flavors of buttery malt, grassy / lightly toasted grain, honey-like malt notes that become noticeable in the finish, . This has some definite notes of lemon zest that become more noticeable as the beer warms up, this also has a certain palate coating character that makes me think of oak-barrel derived tannins (though it could just be green hop notes, but I don't think so, at least not entirely). I really like how the zing (bitterness, spice and herbal notes) of the hop character is lightly held in check by the textured, soft, yet inviting, malt backbone.

This is easily the best beer I have had from New Glarus. A simple, yet substantial Bohemian Pilsner, complex in its sparse ingredient choices; this beer grows on me more and more as I work my way through this beer. This is just so quaffable, a 12oz bottle isn't nearly enough and I would definitely love to have a couple 6 packs of this in my fridge. (2,345 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz foiled bottle into a dogfish pint glass.

A- Bohemian Lager pours a light gold color almost yellow towards the light. A sturdy pour yielded a 1/2 inch white head that left with the quickness leaving a skim of foam, decent lacing.

S- A refreshing array of swet malts and saaz hops as indicated on the label. A great smell for a lager even though this may be a Czech Pilsner? Nice bready scents as well.

T- A great lager/Pils with more of the smell coming through in taste. A bit of hop bitterness from the saaz, and some sweet breadyiness from the malts. A nice spice factor with a faint fruit quality.

M- A bit above light bodies with a nice amount of carb on the tounge. This reminds me more of a pilsner than a lager which is probably why I like it so much. Refreshing is an understatement.

D- Not sure of the ABV on this but it could not be that high, right? I could session this all day but I don't see that happening everyday. Thanks to Thomas Hardy for the extra. (978 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

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. (552 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Pokal (I never get the chance to use this!) Unplugged Bohemian Lager is a splendid looking beer. The white head is nearly three fingers high and it simply refuses to recede. The tall glass showcases small bubbles traveling rapidly toward the head. The color is a transparent, vibrant gold. The head has nearly receded now, and its remnants are cavernous. The impressive amount of lacing is everywhere on the glass.

The aroma is spicy with some pear and light citrus notes (lemon). Some apple is also noticeable in the nose. Ahhhh...Saaz...the distinct earthy and spicy hop aroma is unmistakable.

The noticeable spiciness in the nose definitely carries over to the flavor. Spicy and earthy up front. Minimal sweetness. The mild alcohol flavor fits in perfectly with the zesty lemon. I'm once again tasting pear notes, but not the apple that I smelled. The long, dry finish is crisp and clean, with a nice level of bitterness.

Dry, very light on the palate, and very refreshing! Light bodied. Excellent carbonation. This is the best Czech Pilsner I've had to date. I pulled out the Pilsner glassware my brother gave me over a year ago. The Pokal really allowed every aspect of this beer to shine. (1,212 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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. (917 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (842 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a slight citrus note. The taste is very nice, malty, slight citrus note, caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one, very tasty. (346 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/5 (1,632 characters)

Photo of Duff27
2.83/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (341 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-bronze with a white head; thin film of retention leaves an excellent lacing.

S: Huge Saaz nose (steelie, grass & peppery spice), with an underlying bready maltiness.

T: The saaz hops dominate (like the nose), but there's some nice bready malt to back it up, with a little lemon zest and honey sweetness. Solid bitterness. A surprising amount of wood in the flavour. Some hints of sulfur from the yeast (not nearly as much as their Edel-Pils though).

M: Solid moderate body is smooth with a crisp finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

Thanks to demcorhip for this rare trade! (579 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to oakbluff for this bottle.
Crystal clear and deep gold, a moderately hard pour produced about two fingers of white foam. The head receded to a thin cap over a couple minutes, leaving behind lots of sticky, streaky lacing. Plenty of crackery malt aroma, cereal grains, some lemon and spicy hops, just a bit herbal. Bitterness was sturdy without being out of balance with the malt, which, in addition to the crackery character in the aroma, had a honey sweetness that was just a bit sugary. Hop flavour was on the spicy side, but with more pronounced herbal character in addition to a bit of lemon zest. Hop flavour and bitterness lingered. Texture was very smooth, nearly creamy, with medium to light body and slightly higher than average carbonation. It wasn't quite crisp on the tongue, but had a nice weight on the palate. This stuff is great. Very drinkable and full of flavour. Highly recommended. (921 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to oakbluff for bringing a couple of these back from WI for me.

Pours a clear golden yellow, brilliant colour, medium white head forms, drops a nice bit of lacing on the glass, really sticky, nice retention as it settles to a medium sized ring and thin layer. Smell is very clean, grass, honey malt, bread, light floral, orange peel, caramel, sweet, very nice. Taste is sweet and malty, honey/caramel, bread, citrus and floral hop kick, wheat, heavy rich malts, clean finish, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Great lager, I could drink this all day. Thanks Scotty! (654 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep regal golden body with a fittingly nice crown of pure white froth on top. Its staying power is good and the lace comes in bountiful sheets. Great nose of Saaz hops and bready pilsner malt. Very balanced and very enjoyable. The flavor, too, is exquisitely balanced. Oh, the saaz is there, just not overpowering. It's not like, say, the Prima Pils (which is good in its own right). Its counterpoint is the bready, crackery, rich malt tones achieved with their triple decoction process and 100% of Czech's Moravian malt. The body and carbonation are in perfect harmony for this beer. It's an easy beer to put back. Too easy. I see this and their Staghorn Ofest being my 2 main go-to beers for this month, my favorite month of October.

The bottle says, "elegant masterpiece of complexity." I will not argue. I wish more top flight microbreweries would follow New Glarus' example and create top notch lagers like this. They're a lot harder to come by than top notch ales. I believe that with the recent "mainstreaming" of Capital that New Glarus is now the best lager brewery in Wisconsin (and one of the best in the country). (1,136 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours a light gold with cyclonic carbonation going on. The head of foam is huge and growing.

The smell is hoppy and fruity....some grapefruit and sour apples with a solid sweet malt backbone. Nice.

The taste...mmm...that pilsner hoppy goodness is there and it's delicious....reminiscent of New Belgium's Blue Paddle. Anywho, it has a solid sweet malt underlining the whole brew and there's a nicely done flavour of sour apples here that adds a lot to the drinkability for me.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are medium, perfectly matched imo and the head retention and lacing are super.

Bottom line: Here's a great looking, smelling, tasting, feeling, drinking brew!! "nuff said. (738 characters)

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Unplugged Bohemian Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.