Two Women Lager - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Two Women LagerTwo Women Lager

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,217 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,217
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 49
Gots: 173 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: levifunk on 04-11-2010

The collaboration of two Craft companies both led by women, New Glarus Brewing and Weyermann Malting, is unique. You hold the result “Two Women” a Classic Country Lager brewed with Weyermann’s floor malted Bohemian malt and Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops. A tempting and graceful classic lager found…Only in Wisconsin!
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Ratings: 1,217 | Reviews: 272
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Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional lager..a very well balanced brew..I had this on tap and in the bottle..the tap seems to give this one more life if that makes sense..I am not very good at writing reviews but I have sampled enough beers to know a great one when I taste it and as far as lagers go this is one of my favorites

Photo of Chiefy770
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New Glarus Brewing Company
Two Women Lager
German Pilsener
ABV: 5%
12 Fl Oz Bottle
Bottled on November 11th, 2014
Reviewed on January 27th, 2015
Served in a Pilsener Flute

Eyes
Pretty clean golden body. A bubbly white head formed and quickly collapsed, leaving a a fair amount of soapy lacing throughout. Visible carbonation with small bubbles racing to the top of the body.

Nose
Very bread-heavy nose. Plenty of grains. Smelled like a freshly baked loaf of bread. Subtle notes of herbal hops as well.

Mouth
Grainy malts led the charge on the tastebuds. Notes of bread and grain up front with hops finishing this one out. The hops were very subtle, grassy, herbal… overall earthy and light. Light bodied and incredibly smooth.

Overall
Be the instant hit of backyard BBQs by bringing a case of this lager!

Photo of rkat32
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Glarus nonic pint glass. 315 4 Julian date code. Consumed on February 18, 2015 and reviewed three days later on February 21.

L: Pale to medium amber in color, strikingly clear, one-finger white head recedes slowly.

S: Grainy aroma, corn husk, bready malts, pleasant noble hops, toasted grain, honey sweetness. Reminds me of fresh baked bread. The malts really shine in the nose.

T: Very smooth with the malts up front and center. Hay, grass, herbal notes from the noble hops, very clean with a dry finish.

F: Medium carbonation, medium-light body, extremely quaffable.

O: All-around just an excellent lager. Somewhat reminiscent of the amber “Landbiers” that one can find in remote outposts in Bavaria and Franconia. Exceptional when consumed fresh.

Photo of weatherdog
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

4/18/11 re-review from fresh 12oz. bottle

I'm not going to do a full review, just note the changes I noticed from the different bottlings.

The color appears to be a little darker, moving into the copper/gold stage, still a fluffy white long lasting head with tons of tiny carbonation drops.

The aroma is nearly devoid of any hop aroma, just a ton of toasted bread malt aroma coming off from this beer. Very sad to see the hops seemingly dialed back for this mass release.

The flavor is a balance between the toasted malt and some earthy medium bitterness hops. I'm glad to taste the hops in the flavor but I still feel like it is more restrained than the original.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are once again awesome. Crisp and clean with lots of bubbles.

Overall I am very disappointed in this release. Like many of the latest New Glarus lagers this one seems dumbed down and playing it safe. To me it tastes much closer to a slightly toasted Munich Helles or Vienna than a German Pils. I know in the almost year it has been since I had the original my palate, especially for lagers, has developed considerably. Still, even taking that into account I can't believe my original impression would be so drastically different without just cause.

New Glarus lagers can be mind blowing (Edel-Pils, Bohemian Lager) so it really disappoints me when I taste this new offering.

ORIGINAL REVIEW FROM 4/29/2010

A big thanks to Chris for picking this up for me on his way to DLD 2010. Opened during a tasting with Tony and Eric.

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass

It poured a crystal clear bright gold with a brilliant white head that lasted for a while. A low amount of lacing was present.

The aroma was heavily dominated by that great crisp pilsner malt smell with just a little of that grassy German noble hop smell.

Man this beer tastes like everything a well made lager should be. the taste of mildly sweet crisp pilsner malt is very present with just a touch of bitterness for balance. I'm still don't feel that I've had enough well made lagers to properly describe the tastes in any meaningful way but this one is great.

This beer is very light and effervescent on the tongue. It's extremely drinkable and really refreshing.

While this beer is relatively expensive, and would not be a regular purchase if it was available in stores, I completely understand the $5/bottle for a brewery only release in the same special expensive bottles used for R&D #1. I wish they would release a year round high quality lager like this or the unplugged bohemian lager at their normal 6-pack price.

Original 500mL bottle score 4/4/4.5/4.5/5

Photo of newk340
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a translucent golden amber topped by a thin foam ring.

S: faint hints of hops and malts but rather unassuming on the whole.

T: an immediate flash of malts with a tingling hop aftertaste that is as brief as the swallow.

MF/D: a very smooth lager that leaves the palate wanting more following each sip, certainly a sessionable 8% abv.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle pours into my glass a brilliant clear golden yellow with good active carbonation and two fingers of bubbly, creamy white head sitting solidly on top of the brew. Aromas start off with bright, crisp malts upfront. The slightly sweet grain aroma is fresh and enticing. Herbal, slightly spicy hops along with a bit of an earthiness. Really nice.

First sip brings bright crisp malts upfront with a nice residual sweetness and a sun dried grain accent. Herbal, grassy hops meld in with a touch of spiciness. Super well balanced with a great flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with creamy carbonation. Overall it's just really refreshing and a pleasure to drink. I could drink a large amount of this very easily with a smile on my face. I know the ingredients and process for this one were a bit more expensive, but it would be a joy to have in six packs. A really well done lager.

Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Shiny copper, impressive head.

Smell: Stunning malty nose. Grape skin, fine tooled malt, light toasted grain, dried grass and fresh baked pita bread. Hallertau hopping is pleasant.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Big on smoothness, lighter body. Bucket load of fresh cut grass, toasted grain and that Weyermann malt trait like no other. Noble hoppiness, bitterness is clutch and flavor enhances. Clean from start to finish.

Overall: Without a doubt the malt used for this brew helped make it a stellar lager. Wow ...

Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, copper in color, clear

Smell: caramel, rye, and toasted malt

Taste: grass, caramel, pale malt, meadow, and a touch of rye

Mouthfeel: super light body, sweet with a touch of bitterness, high carbonation

Overall: A nice malty, and light treat. I like the caramel and the complexity of this one. I would certainly have this stocked in my fridge if I could get it easily.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Amber in color with great clarity. Minimal foam on the top. Lively carbonation. Simple aroma of pale malt and lager yeast dominate the aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. The flavor showcases the malt and is meant to be pretty laid back. A decent beer for a hot day.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Has a light floral, grain and light malt nose with a hint of biscuit.
Pours brilliant dark amber under a 1" snow white foam cap.
Light biscuit, spicy grain and a hint of floral on the palate. Starts slightly sweet and then finishes with a pleasant dose of grainy tartness on the finish. Mildly bitter.
Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper golden orange color with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready malt and grain driven aroma with subtle spice. Bready malts with good hints of biscuit, yeast, hay, crackers, and cereal grains. Subtle hint of apple fruit. Also some lemon. Fairly grassy and earthy with some noble hops providing some spice. A solid crisp Pilsener aroma.

Taste: Nicely crisp, malty, and spicy like the smell hints at. Toasted malts with a taste of biscuit, crackers, hay, yeast, and cereal grains. Notes of apple and lemon fruit. A decent Noble hop backing adds some spicy earthy and grassy tastes. A very good and balanced classic Pilsener taste. The apple taste is a nice touch.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good all around take on a Germain style Pilsener. Good bready malts with a nice soft fruit kick and hop spice.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsener glass; golden orange with a fluffy white head that fades into a thick disc of foam after a bit, leaving some spotty lacing. Smell is sweet caramel malt, slight crisp hops, and some light notes of lager yeast. Taste is toasted malt, very crisp and clean lager flavor with some crisp light hops finishing out the end. Simple and delicious.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap tasted at the brewery on 4/29/12

A - Clear golden amber with 2 finger fluffy white head with good retention and abundant lacing.

S - Low-moderate pungency of spice herbal and floral hop notes and a bit of bread.

T - Follows the nose with a grainy malt taste and a touch of noble hops, floral and herbal chiefly.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp.

O - Highly drinkable, fairly straightforward great summer beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden brown body with a thick beige head of cream that is supported by strands of bubbles.

S- The clean aroma has light hint of toasted malt

T- The slight toasted malt note leads to a tart hint in the finish but is otherwise very clean.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a creamy fizz finish.

O- This beer is very clean with hints of malt and hops but not much else.

Photo of richkrull
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy brownish golden color with a good amount of fluffy white head on it. Smells malty/grainy. Taste is nice and light. Good flavor on this beer, malty throughout. This is a very sessionable beer - I could definitely put down at least a 12 pack of these babies. Very good beer overall. Another quality product from New Glarus.

Photo of joeseppy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours is a deep gold with ruby highlights with a decent enough white crown and some lacing.

Aromas of yeast, malt and mild hop leaf.

Mild malt sweetness, nominal hop and yeast.

Medium body with good carbonation.

For me this would be a better summer sessionable brew. Very easy drinking as I believe pilsners should be. Great example of a pilsner. There is a sweetness there, though, that may prevent me from drinking too much. I'll have to get more to really put my finger, er...tongue on it.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes, had on tap at New Glarus.

A: Two Women was a light golden straw color, rather clear with a foamy white head on top. Decent retention with thin lacing down the sides.

S: Light grainy malt, a bit of sweetness, apple, lemon, and some earthy hops.

T: Light fruit flavors, lemon and apple, with some grainy and bready malt.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking and smooth.

O: A solid pilsener, always a fan of these easy drinking and tasty lagers.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glassy, clear coppery bronze color, with copious bubbles and a snapping, crackling head of sea foam whiteness.

Nose is fresh, fresher, freshest, the kind of aroma you'd find in any given glass of fresh German pils at any good German pub. Simple, grain-leaning, earthy, with a slight hint of sweetness and a small but supportive mineral presence.

Simple of flavor, and authentic too. Slight shades of caramel and herbal tea, earthy/grainy in focus, biscuit-like core, generous green apple flavor, and a super, almost grape candy-like sweetness that gives the beer more depth than your typical tossed-off U.S.-brewed German-style pils.

Smooth and even a little sticky, while staying buoyant and energetic thanks to pleasantly prickly carbonation.

It's way solid. Two Women is yet another quality addition to the large and usually very impressive New Glarus roster. I like when they get more experimental than this, but they also do sessionable, traditional beers the right way 99% of the time.

Photo of cokes
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Relatively dark, golden bronze bodied with a healthy ivory dome that laces well even as it fades fairly fast.
The nose is greeted with a apple-tinged breadiness and pangs of spicy, grassy hops, augmented with a drop of lemon oil.
It begins through the mouth with a toasty breadiness that blossoms into a suggestion of crusty apple pie, emphasizing the crust more than the fruit, though traces of the latter appear. Brisk and lagered clean through the middle. Hops bring tempered grassy herbs, dried floral bitterness, and just a squirt of lemon.
Medium+ bodied with a carbonation that fades fairly quickly. It's by no means heavy or cloying, but it lacks a bit of crispness and drinkability for the style. It's a bit like Staghorn's skinnier little brother. And that's not a bad thing.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a long neck bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Clear deep golden color, almost amber. White creamy two finger white foam that faded quickly but left a little sticky lacing.

Smell: Nice and malty with a fresh baked bread smell and a little earthy grass and grains.

Taste: A very flavorful lager. I love the toasted malt flavor of this beer, tastes like fresh bread with a good earthy hops note underneath. Finishes smooth and clean with lingering toasted malt flavors.

Mouth feel: Light to medium body with good carbonation. Crisp and clean finish.

Overall: A very good lager (an easy style to make poorly), with a perfect balance of tasty malts and earthy hops (and neither overpower the other). Will definitely drink this one again...would be a perfect session beer, from the bottle or on tap. Another New Glarus winner!

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great lager, from Riley's in Madison. Generous retained head on noticeable yellow. Smooth mouthfeel, something I could drink lots of. Light toast, hint of citrus lemon and lime. Mild but noticeable bitterness.Simple and nicely executed.Floral aroma.

Photo of alphagnome
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours a clear, deep golden hue with a thin, bone white head. Insane levels of carbonation with plenty of lacing.

Aroma:
Quite malty. Toasted grains and caramel, a bit of doughiness that vaguely reminds me of banana bread with a slightly metallic tint. Very clean.

Taste:
Echoes the aroma nicely. Toasted grains and roasted caramel with an ever-so-slight yeast presence. There is bit of cirtus detectable. Hops are grassy and offer a minimal amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel:
Silky smooth! Very light and refreshing. Light body and incredible carbonation.

Overall:
I say this without hesitation... This is the best lager I've ever had. Easy to drink and doesn't fill you up - a perfect session beer!

Photo of secondtooth
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, light amber with a hueg head of slightly off-white bubbles. Lovely and detailed lace.

Nose is crispy and malty grains. Not spectacular but solid and quite faithful to style.

Taste is delicious and well-balanced. Malts dominate, naturally, but there is a nice and fruity citrus hops edge in here near the finish. Exemplary for the style, and a superior lager!

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml into WI BrewFest mug. from notes.
A: Pours a bright golden yellow body, white head sits for a good while on top, leaving spotty lacing. Good amount of carbonation is seen and looks of the typical lager.
S: A nice malt/hops profile, with a touch of a grainy aroma. rich in character and the smoothness of the aroma, cannot be beat.
T/M: A twangy spice on the mouthfeel that does not match the rest of the bold malt body. Lively carbonation, with rustic lager notes, a classic, well done.
D: A good overall brew, for the style this is the up most perfection.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Tpatuto for this one. Poured from a 16oz. bottle into a Harpoon pilsner glass.

A: Eat your heart out Budweiser!!! A commercial-quality looking beer. Monster 4 finger frothy white head that just spills over the top and never seems to dissipate. Beer is crystal clear yellow. Lacing is thick with nice legs and great cling.

S: Floral hop character, mandarin orange, and spice. Nose is very clean overall though not the strongest by any means.

T: Slight fruitiness (strawberry, raspberry) underlies a subdued hop presence. Tartness from the high carbonation balanced out by a low malt profile. Finish is very clean with just the slightest bit of citrus hop aftertaste.

M: Very light bodied, coarse, and highly carbonated. Super lively on the tongue and tickles the palate the whole way through. Watery with a crisp, clean finish that leaves a tiny aftertaste.

D: This has got to be the definition of drinkability. So easy to get down with a taste that's just complex enough to keep my interest through all 16 ounces. Goes down super easy and is incredibly refreshing. I feel like I could drink gallons of this stuff on a hot summer day. Definitely another winner from New Glarus.

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Two Women Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,217 ratings.