Unplugged Bohemian Lager - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Another great looking lager from the best brewery of lagers in Wisconsin, period. Sorry but Capital just doesnt measure up to New Glarus, in my perhaps not so humble opinion. A golden straw coloured lager, only a half finger of snowy white head on a fairly gentle pour into my pilsner glass, but its not going anywhere, thanks, at least in part to the steady and somewhat active streams of carbonation. The amount of each swallow is recorded in the descending rings of stickly lace which almost coat the entire glass.
What a great nose on this simply sophisticated and complex brew. Tangy Saaz hops great the nose with a wonderous grassiness accented with hints of flowers and spice, then a mellow touch of oak appears with hints of vanilla, all overtop a very clean bed of crackery malt.
A very interesting and tasty take on extreme brewing. The flavours from the Saaz and the oak mingle in harmony as well as contrast. Some citrus notes, mostly of lemon with a touch of orange rind are also present from the Saaz. The woodiness is slightly more pronounced than was hinted at by the aroma and adds an interesting dimension of complexity to this beer. The malts support the whole with a very clean malt profile, and hint at crackers as well as freshly baked crusty white bread. Very clean for a lager with perhaps only the slightest hints of cooked veggies.
Almost prickly, likely from many factors, the hops, carbonation, as well as the oak. Very crisp, although the oak does muddle things up slightly to prevent a truely clean finish. Not quite medium bodied, with some warmth, although that is likely due more to the wood than the abv, but i could be wrong. There is so much going on in this simple, yet sophisticated and deliciously complex brew. I would love to see more beers like this.
Too complex for me to consider a true session beer, but what a beer this is. Wisconsin is one lucky place to be home to such a creative brewery. I will have to buy more of this incredibly tasty and complex treat in the next week or so. Very highly recommended to fans of the style, as this is a very unique and tasty take, as well as to anyone who is bored of lagers. While perhaps more subtle, this is certainly one of the more complex brews i have ever had the pleasure of tasting, and showcases the immense brewing talent of Dan Carey. I would love to see a macro brewery even try to brew something like this as they probably wouldnt even stand a chance.
Serving type: bottle
10-03-2008 02:49:30 | More by demcorhip
4.85/5 rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
12oz bottle received from the insanely generous joe1510 in the LNBA BIF. Thanks, Joe! Into my Trumer Pils glass
A: Pours a golden yellow with a massive white head with great retention, leaving a gorgeous lace in its wake. Tons of carbonation. The lacework is absolutely ridiculous - there's nary a spot on my foot-long glass that doesn't have any
S: Spicy Saaz hops are delicate and lead into a mildly toasted and biscuity malt profile with a hint honey-like sweetness. Hint of oak in the back. This is not a particularly complex brew but the balance is simply outstanding.
T: Starts off hoppy with a spicy Saaz character with some mild pepper before a mild malt character comes through. Mild sweetness before a drying and mildly bitter finish. The complexity on the palate is remarkable. Magnifique!
M: Crisp with carbonation, mildly resiny with the hops, ridiculously clean (this is how you ferment lagers, folks) and an excellent drying and bitter finish
D: Hands down the best Czech pils I've had. This is disappearing in a heartbeat
Notes: This beer had a lot going against it. It's 58 degrees outside, I had a huge bowl of pumpkin soup for dinner and a peach for dessert. This beer shone through it all. The only tragedy with this beer is that it's a one-time brew. If you're a fan of pilseners, I can not recommend this enough. And I will make an exception to my philosophy of avoiding the "No True Scotsman" fallacy and say this - no true fan of beer can dislike this beer.
Serving type: bottle
10-03-2008 00:49:59 | More by DefenCorps
4.63/5 rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A- Solid gold, fizzy 1/4 finger head.
S- Aromas of sweet malt and saaz hops.
T- Perfect balance of malt sweetness and hop biterness. Finish is just dry enough to make you want more.
M- Smooth, near perfect carbonation.
D- Only in 4 packs?!
Simply fantastic! This beer does wonders to break the sterotype against pale lagers. Contemplate or quaff the choice is yours.
Serving type: bottle
09-29-2008 23:16:29 | More by Pauly2X
Unplugged Bohemian Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
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