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Two Women Lager - New Glarus Brewing Company

Two Women LagerTwo Women Lager

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very good

814 Ratings

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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%

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:
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(Beer added by: levifunk on 04-11-2010)
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Photo of jester27lax


2.15/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I bought a few bottles last week at the brewery on the recommendation of the workers. I hate to say but for the price, it was remarkably forgetable. The smell is nice and malty. The color is average, but a little too MGDish, and there is nothing that stands out in the taste. I didn't dislike the beer, but I wouldn't purchase it again. For the price, there are many other lagers that are better. This beer would appeal to the masses...someone without an experience palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 01:18:59 | More by jester27lax
Photo of hardy008


2.48/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours light copper with a two finger white foam head which does not last very long. Smells of cooked corn, yeast, grain, and hops. Smells slightly sour which is off putting.

The taste has corn, yeast, grain, and is somewhat sour. The sourness is not as bad as from the smell, but is still unwelcome.

Light bodied, high carbonation, has a sour aftertaste. Not much to my liking. too sour, and the yeast smell and taste are a bit too strong. I will pass on this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:32:59 | More by hardy008
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - TONS of fluffy white head, lots of lacing, deep copper color

S - lightly hoppy, well banecd malts

T - not much there as far as any distinctve tastes go. kind of disappointing, it is a bit tangy/citrusy though and leaves a sweet aftertaste in the mouth

M - very smooth on the palate, goes down very easily

O - overall, it's a good anytime beer. not quite sure the abv on this one, but i'd be careful since it seems easy to drink this one down fast and easy

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 20:30:36 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of HopHeadHurls


2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - This beer came out darker than I thought, tending more towards a brown than the golden color that some have mentioned on here. There was a generous amount of head on the beer, about 2+ fingers, bubbly white, that disappeared rather quickly. Not much lacing

S - not too much unique here; typical lager with toasted grains, some breadiness to it, with some grassiness (hops) barely recognizable. Smells somewhat sweet.

T - Not much sticks out other than the malt to me in the taste department. Initial fruitiness gives way to only the malt; would've liked to get the grassiness from the hops biting at the back end, even if only slightly. Not a huge fan of the taste, but not bad.

M - felt like a medium body to me, which is a bit thicker than I would've expected/liked. Some carbonation. Again, nothing really sticks out in a great way for me here.

O - I just honestly couldn't get into this beer. I don't doubt it is decent, but maybe I just got a bad batch or something. Also, I hold New Glarus to a very high standard, and they usually deliver, so it may just be a tough grading.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 14:56:42 | More by HopHeadHurls
Photo of kojevergas


2.79/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz bottle with branded pressure cap and cute simple label art served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I love a lot of beers from New Glarus. "Lager." Brewed with Bohemian malt and Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops. A collaboration with...Weyermann? This has me worried; I visited Weyermann and had a lot of beers from their pilot system - most of which were terrible.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted hard pretzels.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of nice soft cream, nice thickness, and good (4+ minute) retention. Body colour is a vibrant clear gold. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks pretty good for a German Pilsener/lager. Probably one of the top 5 best appearances for a German Pilsener I've ever seen.

Sm: Hrm. I'm not big on the aroma. Light smoked malt. Grainy as hell. Grassy. Minimal hopping - floral only. A bit of bread/cracker notes. There's an off-note here and I'm none too keen on it. I also get some adjunct I can't quite place. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. An above average strength aroma.

T: It's a bit...salty? Yes, slightly gose-esque. That shouldn't be in a pilsener. Light bready notes. Grainy as hell. Minimal, imperceptible floral hops. The finish is grainier than the body. Slightly imbalanced. I'm just not a fan of how this is built; I think it's just my personal tastes. Simple and a bit bland. What little is there I'm not a fan of. A pilsener should be refreshing; this isn't. Not liking this, as much as I want to.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but it coarsens in the second and third acts. Slightly overcarbonated, reducing drinkability. Unrefreshing. A bit too thick for the style. It only sort of suits the flavour profile; this needs work. Not at all creamy.

Dr: Far from New Glarus' best work, but I blame Weyermann. I wouldn't get this one again, especially for the $3.99 pricetag here in L.A. Unfortunately, this is one New Glarus offering you can skip. It's not up to their standards.

Low C

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 04:07:22 | More by kojevergas
Photo of harrymel


2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk

Pours golden with a solid sheet of fine white foam, a little dark for the style. Smells of apple, grain, crsytal malt, some sweet corn and some bits of bitter, noble hops. Taste is smooth with some apple juice, some metal, some grain and bits of white grape juice over hay and standard lager flavors. Thin with low carb and a semi dry yet wet finish. An okay beer, very drinkable but lacks the assertiveness and lightness a fine pilsner should have. This is a lager, but not a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 04:08:09 | More by harrymel
Photo of brdc


3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks stoutsnipas for this one. Medium sized bottle poured into a pint glass.

Very light, clear golden color, average white head with average retention.
Aroma is quite light, just like body and flavor. Grains, minimal grassy bitterness, cracker notes.
Not a lot else here. I cannot say I am a fan of pilsners, but this one is a bit more boring than the average.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 22:12:49 | More by brdc
Photo of Schmittymack


3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into the trusty ol' shaker glass. Poured a clear amber/gold color with a creamy white head that quickly disapated. All I got on the nose was sweet malt. Taste was sweet malt, a touch of honey, and a touch of lemon with no bitterness whatsoever. Mouthfeel was pretty thin; unless it was a hot day back in the midwest, I doubt I'd pursue this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 03:16:11 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of Northsider


3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in bottle.

This was another one my dad was pushing on my from New Glarus. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but pretty generic in taste. Nothing I could pull out and distinguish. It simply tasted like beer. If this is in the fridge I'd have it again but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 02:19:44 | More by Northsider
Photo of mryuk


3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a filtered gold with little head.

smell is light and earthy...very pilsner like.

taste is very light and mostly malt with very little hoppiness.

mouth is very light with medium carbonation.

overall it was not very good and I was quite excited to finish and move on.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:24:41 | More by mryuk
Photo of Thorpe429


3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a nice box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus tasting glass.

Pours a somewhat-dark golden color with a thin white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some bready malt and a very faint hop presence. I pegged this as a non-adjunct American lager, and was disappointed to see if called a pilsner. The hop presence in this is quite subdued, and instead there's a bit of light bready malt. Body is a bit too heavy for a pilsner without the refreshing dryness.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 00:42:40 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to seeswo for this one.

a - opened the bottle, filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a nice deep, yet transparent orange/copper. visible carbonation could be seen in the glass and a thin bubbly head didn't hang around long, but a circle around the rim hung out. lacing was pretty slippery and left only spotty traces on the glass.

s - wow...pilsnery. kind of smells like a BMC. grass, malts, high school beer. kind of off putting since it smells so much like a BMC.

t - where the nose was too much like BMC, the taste is a bit better than BMC. a bit zesty and citric.

m - mouth is okay. not as gross or fizzy as BMC, but again...this one is pretty reminiscent in many ways.

o - overall, i'm not the biggest fan of german pilsners, however there are a few i've had that blew me away. this is not one of them. if you are trying to baby step someone off BMC this might be a good choice into exploring other beers, but i imagine your buddy will say "it tastes the same, why spend more?" since it does pretty much appear to be the craft version of BMC. kind of surprised this one has the grade it has.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 22:24:53 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of beagle75


3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, pale golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass while solitary bubbles rise in the column and a few solid bits hang suspended.

S: Very clean, with delicate biscuit that is made fresh by just a scant breath of dried grassy hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with mild malt that is soft and bready, yielding a simple sweetness. There is also a brief expression of fruitiness that is hard to pin down, yielding both aromatic and estery qualities. Flavors lighten up somewhat during the middle as dryness is slowly increased. The finish is mildly bitter, with some understated hay also present.

M: Medium viscosity, surprisingly substantial yet remaining wet and smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: While some features of this beer raise questions, it comes across as fairly composed when considered as a whole. Flavors fail to uplift the experience, appearing too predictable and even unaccomplished. The texture provides the biggest surprise, showing more resistance than one might expect from the style--which is also not helped by the lack of effervescence. As for the style classification, its position here as a Bavarian pilsner does the beer no favors. It seems like a decent Munich-style helles, but only the most mediocre of pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 00:13:01 | More by beagle75
Photo of homebrew311


3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: vigorous pour yields 2 gingers of frothy white head, clear gold appearance, head dissipates to a cm of head with decent retention, significant lacing

S: strong notes of corn and a hint of sour graininess up front, mellow earthy hops in the background, corn and malt dominates aroma

T: notes of caramel, bread, and corn, starts of with small amount of hops followed by slight tartness in the middle, becomes rather malty and sweet, finish is corn and stale bread

MF: light body, medium to high carbonation

O: seems to represent the style well, but the grain profile is a little off putting to me, the slight sourness seems a little off

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 00:06:55 | More by homebrew311
Photo of scaliasux


3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Medium gold. Clear and bubbly. Tall white, soapy head - appears pretty long lasting.

Smell - Sweet malt. Hint of what appears to be hops.

Taste - Pretty light. Starts with a mild sweet pale malt. Finishes with a light dose of mildly spicy citrusy hops. Seems nicely balanced if not distinctive. Leaves a little bit of a citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light and well carbonated.

Drinkability - Certainly not a bad example of a Bavarian pilsener, but nothing world-changing. Exclusivity of the beer makes it a little more fun.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 02:40:27 | More by scaliasux
Photo of sleuthdog


3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Founders Bolt Cutter glass

Pour: Pours a dark copper brown with two fingers worth of off white head. Settles down quickly to a small ring. Rather transparent while being a mahogany.

Smell: Smells crisp and has a big malty base. Mild hop presence but just a ton of bready malts. The hops do create some spice.

Taste: Very crisp, malty and bread like. The hops create a spice and the malt base is cracker, bread forward.

Mouthfeel: Light to just possibly touching moderate body. Moderate carbonation and very crisp and quite refreshing.

Overall: Ok beer. Straightforward but enjoyable for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 01:38:50 | More by sleuthdog
Photo of weatherdog


3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.


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

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 04:59:20 | More by weatherdog
Photo of Franziskaner


3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:17:25 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of JamnesCameron


3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a willis glass.

Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of stark white head. Head slowly drops leaving a nice layer of foam.

Aromas of grainy, toasted malt. Light earthy hop bitterness.

Flavors of toasted malt, light soda cracker, balancing hop bitterness, tends more toward the malt. Honey. Finish is crisp, with a snappy carbonic bite. Towards the end of the glass, as it warms, there is a distinct creamed corn flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, good level of carbonation. Towards the end, there is an oily slickness to the mouthfeel. A little buttery?

Overall a very nice german pils. However, starts to fall apart toward the middle to end of the glass, as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 01:54:54 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of JohnnyHopps


3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, the beer gave a generous white head on top of its gold color. A mild aroma was present which would best be described as malty. The initial taste was slightly hoppy with a smooth but slight wheat flavor. Made in the style of a pilsener, there is not going to be anything to knock the socks off of most beer drinkers aside from the smoothness. It is a gateway type beer for non-craft beer drinking. It is certainly better than a macro. The middle of the road feeling I get from this beer makes me miss New Glarus Stone Soup.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 23:52:17 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of neckbracesub


3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I visited a friend up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and of course during the time of my stay it was mandatory to drink ONLY Wisconsin-brewed beers. This one was among a standard New Glarus mix-and-match twelve pack, and I would have to say it was decent but not among the best of the pack.

I would rank it higher than the Spotted Cow but lower than the Fat Squirrel, but I think that it really because I am more of a fan of darker brews anyway. With that being said, there are some good things Two Women has going for it - chief among them being its smoothness.

It is pleasant-tasting enough that you can almost not notice that you have drank 10 of them in just about an hour’s time. I imagine if you are a big lager fan then this one would hit the spot nicely.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 01:10:07 | More by neckbracesub
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3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this one has gone downhill significantly since the first few weeks ...

A: 4-4.5 A slightly ruddy amber. The first few of these I had ended up being drunk straight from the bottles in which they came, but I imagined an amber-colored brew only slightly lighter than it turned out to be. Off-white head leaves a film and some lace.

S: 4-4.5 Toasted malt, pale or pilsnery malt. That typical new glarus smell (shared with back 40 bock and several others), some think of overripe apples, but I think of a certain form of toasted malt. Yet here the aroma is in the most pleasant form I have come upon, not overdone and not accompanied by discordant smells (like Staghorn), just a nice bready smell and faint hops. Lots of malt in the nose for a pilsner, if that is really what this is intended to be. I have had this on several occasions now and would never have guessed pilsner. Could actually pass for an easy-going marzen. Some hops are in there but are quite subdued.

T: 4-4.5 Again, the emphasis is on the malt and a subtle bready yeast flavor. The hops lend a slight spice and just do enough to balance out the moderate sweetness. The finish is not what I would call refreshing, but I really like this beer. Despite being underwhelmed by it the first time, it has very quickly become a favorite in my house.

M: 4-4.5 Not light-bodied. Some may think so, but my first bottle, tossed back as a thirst-quencher, actually dissappointed me with its relatively ample viscosity. I'd put the body around medium, with fine ample carbonation. Had this back to back with SA noble pils, and at other times back to back with various german style lagers, and this was clearly the thickest of them all.

O: 4.5 The best of the NG lagers that I have had so far. Two 6-packs down, at least several more to buy when I see it again. This and back 40 are very drinkable and balanced, whereas such offerings as the honey bock (cabin fever) and the temperamental staghorn quickly wore out their welcomes.

update: just picked up another 6er and am still slightly amazed at how solid and sustainably welcoming this beer is. it isn't in your face; it's savor my malt if you have time, slug me down if you want, ignore me if your busy, mistreat me a little since i know you love me ... it's like two solid yet subtle beers in one. like having two hardworking yet subtly sexy women at your side.

of course, now that's not an r&d beer with the attendant exclusivity and whatnot, and given that it's an untrendy sort of lager, it will probably take a dip toward 3.7 land despite the base of NG hype. it deserves more. it--they--deserve to be appreciated, held, cared for ... loved. suddenly i have the urge to befriend two solid german women who know what's up.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 05:21:57 | More by brewmudgeon
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New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark amber with 1/4 inch white foam. Almost see through. Very light malt smell - like a an ale trying to fight through the lager. Maybe mild corn too. Very mild light flavor, with a light hop. Everything in moderation. Flavorful lager, simple.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 22:02:16 | More by KTCamm
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3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, dense, white head. Huge aroma of grassy hops and a bit of sweet malt behind that. A gorgeous dark gold color. Starts with a nice grassy hop bitterness that builds into a medium bitterness. It sits at this bitterness for a few seconds (which is unexpected). A huge wave of malt begins to well up, and takes this into a smooth bliss.

This is a really, really smooth lager. It has a fair bit of hop bitter in the front, and the malt finish is superb, but I find the middle to be a bit lacking. I prefer the profile of Totally Naked or Blonde a bit more. There is a good hoppiness and maltiness, but the transition between those two elements is just not up to par with typical New Glarus offerings.
Don't get me wrong; this is a VERY good brew. But it's not New Glarus's typical level of stellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 03:52:43 | More by TheSSG
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3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Medium copper color with great clarity. One finger white head with ok retention and some lacing.

S: Very grainy. Lots of malts. Some corn and yeast.

T: Again, very grainy and malty. Some big lemon notes. Corn and yeast.

M: Light body. Medium high carbonation. Crisp. Slightly dry.

O: It's alright. Not a style I like. There's nothing bad or off about it.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 01:39:17 | More by doughanson78
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Two Women Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
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