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Two Women Lager - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

915 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 37
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
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:
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!

(Beer added by: levifunk on 04-11-2010)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 02:29:00 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-23-2012 00:22:43 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-09-2012 20:51:51 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

golden hay color with a huge head of nearly three inches that never seems to let itself go down coating the sides with some nice lacing and tons of carbonation. Aroma is light grains, bready notes, hints of l;ight clove maybe and a touch of some earthy grass notes. Nothing crazy but it does the job. Very light and clean flavor, crisp, refreshing nothing out the ordinary in any way. Was easy to throw down with a clean and refreshing aftertast

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 02:46:42 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

11-28-2011 23:06:03 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cereal and grain taste is very particular and enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by clean cereal and grain notes with a light vegetable note. This is a though one to judge as it is not a style that I have easy access to. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Refreshing and well brewed with a different malt bill then I am used to with limited use of hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 03:26:11 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It takes a lot of guts for a modern craft brewer to boast about the quality of a Pilsner. Anything less than spectacular becomes a lightning rod for criticism.

Two Women open with a solid straw, light golden color. Brilliant clarity. Early carbonation builds a moderate foamstance that laces well above the cotton white sheet. An overall nice look.

Mostly malty aromas are accompanied by light grain, spicy yeast character, light apples and lemons, and earthy hop aromas. Pilsner sweetness denotes itself easily with a cracker-like breadiness and soft sweetness.

Flavors of the malt/grain blend ride just in front of the sharper bitterness and with more intensity than expected. Light esters and acidity give just enough complexity to buffer the bitterness while the sweetness combats it on the malt side. To add to the flavor, a mild salty flavor seems to distract just a bit.

Mildly malt up front but the beer fades quickly, showing the grainy textures and astringency in the finish. Light acidity gives a much needed crisper edge to the beer that keeps the astringency from being felt as harshly as it could.

A pretty good Pilsner with much higher bitterness than is normal. None of the standard flaws are present but the salty, astringent, and bitterness detracts from the drinkability just a bit too much.

Thanks Cheezdawg!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 02:33:28 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this one.

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a large white head and some strings of lacing.

S: Nice bready malts on the nose with plenty of sweetness. There is a nice yeasty quality to the nose and some floral and earthy hops. There is a bit of sweet apple and biscuit malts.

T: Bread and biscuit malty base give the beer substance and sweetness. The same sweet apple is there on the palate as well. Floral and earthy hops with a very slight bitterness.

M: Light in body with a medium carbonation.

O: A really clean and delicious lager. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 04:45:31 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

05-30-2012 17:47:17 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-24-2012 06:31:49 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-03-2013 20:11:04 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-30-2012 01:42:59 | More by Texasfan549
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice clear looking brown color with a white head on top. The head settles pretty quickly leaving behind just a thin white film on top of the beer. The smell of the beer has some typical lager aromas, some light earthy funk to it but nothing unpleasant. The taste of the beer has a really nice smooth crisp flavor. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, a little watery but has enough carbonation to keep the beer enjoyable. Overall this beer is a good Lager, for being just that it's a good brew and I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 03:25:54 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Milwaukeeclassic for this one, and for sharing choice brews at DLD...

Poured into an 0.5L Spaten mug, Two Women is a light pale gold, with a generous two finger head. It's creamy on the surface, with a soft meringue sheen. As the foam subsides, it leaves sticky suds all around the glass. Retention is good, and keeps a skim for the duration of the glass. A drippy crown of lacing encircles the edges, and looks as attractive as a Pils can.

Smells like apple cores and hay, grassy and a touch sweet. The hops lend a certain "German lager" association, especially after just having a Schlenkerla Lagerbier.

Bready malt flavors are there, with very slight bittering from the hops, which come across more hay-like. Fairly delicate with simple, subtle flavors. Body is light and fairly crisp. It's very drinkable, but for my money Bohemian Pils was better.

Paired nicely with some Muenster.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 23:53:22 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

07-01-2013 18:37:23 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip. Appearance is more reddish-amber than I recall the 500ml bottles being.

Nose is very clean, malty and sweet, more or less in line with a marzen or Vienna lager. Has some nice honey and caramel notes, a little toasted bread and a clean lager yeast profile.

Palate mirrors the aroma, though it's a bit less sweet than the nose implies, though still plenty malty. Crusty bread and caramel, dark fruit, faint sulfur from the yeast. Medium bodied, fairly hefty for a 5% ABV lager. Clean, malty finish, not much bitterness or bite. Enjoyable stuff, but not my favorite New Glarus lager. I recall liking it more from the large format bottle, though it seems like a different beer now.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 06:24:07 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

11-14-2011 23:42:26 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bready caramelized malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty but not too heavy malt character that provides sweetness and breadiness along with the lager yeast. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this a solid sessionable beer with enough flavor and substance to make it worth pounding down for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 02:51:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to younger35 for picking this up on the way to Dark Lord Day. Served in a pint glass (limited options at (other) Dan's bachelor weekend).

A - Two fingers of creamy white foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves sheets of lacework. Body is a transparent golden color with slow-moving tiny bubbles.

S - Caramel, pears, lightly toasted grains and a bit of spicy noble hopping. Pretty nice pilsener, but fairly tame.

T - Taste is more muted, with light lemon citrus, a bit of cracker malt, and not much else going on. Not bad, just kind of dull.

M - Light bodied and refreshing, with lower carbonation for the style. Very smooth drinking. No complaints here.

D - This is a very good session brew, that was highly appreciated while sitting out on beach chairs on a warm summer day. The only real problem is that you have to go to the brewery to get it - and that it's not as good as the Bohemian Lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 13:42:50 | More by MasterSki
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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 ...

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 04:42:49 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus Two Women Lager, 12 Fl. Oz.

Get ready for more pompous, overblown gasbaggery. Here comes the label copy: "Four thousand years before Christ, Sumerian women created the divine drink of beer. Viking women brewed in Norse society. European Ale Wives were so successful as cottage brewers they were taxed. Artisanal women lost their domination of the daily ritual of brewing during the Industrial Revolution. Today's brewing trade is controlled by men. 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!"

This history of the role of women in brewing,leaves out one that still continues, and that is the brewer of sorghum-based homebrew in Africa. Let South African songbird Yvonne Chaka Chaka tell you all about it. (I hear this song about twice a night whenever we host African DJ events at the Blue Nile, which happens at least twice a month.)

Alright, enough, let's open and get to it.

Clear, amber coloring. Large, lush off-white head.

Classic Lager nose, cereal grains, low bitterness, small sweetness. All-malty goodness.

Taste: Clean, dry, and lightly malty. A hint of sweetness, gone in a wink, wrapped up with subtle hops. Slightly fruity, again, appearing for a minute, then whisked away. Quaffable, indeed. Simple, straightforward, with just enough flavor, to make it worth drinking.

I won't be returning to it, though. Not for me. I won't turn down a good "Classic Lager", but I won't go looking for any, either. My feelings on lagers have already been made plain.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 06:59:36 | More by feloniousmonk
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into a Pils glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with several rich fingers of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a tight 1/2 finger cap, leaving some thick frothy swathes of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy and citric, with a nice little lemony zest pop and some light peppery spice coming out. The toasted sweetness of the Pils malts pull up the back with a stiff grainy presence in the back of the nose.

The taste has a bit more spice, with bright notes of citric zest and bitter rind emerging, as well as a touch of earthy grit. The breadiness of the malts mixes with the fruity middle portion of the flavor to give this some balance. A tougher feeling underlying grainy aspect to the malts gives the overall profile some firmness on the palate. This finishes with lingering bitter fruit, earth, and spicy dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth crispness to it and an overall light and easy feel that seems to just glide across the tongue. Very nice.

This was a great take on a Pils, with crisp full flavor and a super easy drinking body. I could down bottles of this all summer long. New Glarus rocked this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 19:29:44 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #11 on the "Top Beers - German Pilsener" list on beeradvocate.com. Bottle shared by Thorpe at a recent tasting. Thanks! Served in a snifter.

Beer is yellow and clear with a wispy lazy head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is mildly noble hoppy with this nice crispness and an inviting yeastiness.

Beer is light in body and really nice, I thoroughly enjoyed htis beer, probably the best beer I had from them all night. A great lawn mower beer with a wet finish, no graininess or aftertaste, a nice yeast palate in the midpalate and great lead off with this subtle pilsen malt sweetness. The finish is good as well. Mild hop character, could probably get away with more hops in there without making it hoppy but overall I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 17:05:22 | More by drabmuh
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-02-2014 05:55:46 | More by SocalKicks
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Two Women Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.