Two Women Lager - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 279
Hads: 1,296
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 26.92%
Wants: 54
Gots: 208 | FT: 6
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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Photo of cokes
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a light orange color very clear and transparent with active carbonation present however not too big of a clean white head. The aroma is soft and subtle of quality malt slightly roasted. There is not much more than a mild hint of citrus from hops. The taste is crisp and clean with a good malt body and a nice nutty after taste. No real hop presence to speak of. The carbonation is mild and the body is light to medium. This is a good sipping brew. I prefer the Czech pilsner myself, but this is a solid brew.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. I thought this was a re-review (I know I shared the R&D version a few months ago), but apparently I never uploaded notes.

Thanks to CaseyK for the beer!

A: Pours a reddish-orange body with gold highlights when held to the lamp. The head is off-white in color, though near the base it has a brown tint to it. It recedes quickly into a small film on the beer, with some lace climbing up the sides and leaving a thick collar around the rim.

S: Crackery pilsner malt, grain, and toast. A hint of lemon, which I'm guessing is a Noble hop variety. I also pick up that signature New Glarus smell -- it's a rustic aroma of overripe apples.

T: I like Trumer Pils and Victory Prima Pils for my pilsner fix, but both are hoppier (particularly the latter) than this one. Pilsner grain, crackers, toast, and, again, that overripe apple flavor in the finish. Hops impart a slight, earthy bitterness and flavors of grass and lemon. The approach is slightly different from what I normally like, but I'd be lying if I said this weren't tasty anyway.

M: Light-bodied. It's very flavorful, and the crisp carbonation cleans up nicely even as a small bitterness struggles to stay on the palate. I had this after a bike ride in the California heat, and this precisely hit the spot of what I wanted in a refreshing beverage.

O: I swear the previous recipe was slightly different, but I have no notes and no proof. Either way, this is fantastic, as Dan Carey's German styles always seem to be.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you WVJII.

A - Crisp reddish orange body that's clear and bubbly. The head is white and thin as it starts out at about a half inch but when it recedes it never quite goes away. Very nice.

S - The pristine aroma of fine malt.

T - This is how I believe a good pilsner should taste. Real mild sweet flavor of malt with no pressure from the hops. In my opinion the brewers at New Glarus nail it.

M - Smooth and moderately thick with the perfect amount of carbonation present allowing for the beer not to gain weight.

~ I'm fairly certain my review up to this point has been pretty self-explainatory. This is a very well crafted German Pilsner... for that matter its just a great beer.

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Photo of deaconblues
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Copper color with a bubbly head, light lacing. The smell is sweet, with a bit of citrus sourness. The taste is pleasant, sweet an malty, with a light citrus brightness. It has a decent hops bitterness in the end, which provides a nice crisp finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and fairly light.

Overall, this is what I want in an American Pils. It isn't watered down, it isn't too sweet, and it isn't boring. Good job, New Glarus.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle courtesy of k2pantan. Served in my SA Noble Pils glass. Pours a translucent copper with a loose, one inch bright white head. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap. Some lacing but no legs. Nose expresses noble hops and a grassy character. Taste consistent with nose; however, it's a bit more watery than I anticipated. There's also a trace of citric acid in the mix. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a slight acidity and a fairly clean finish. All and all a very drinkable, style consistent German Pils. Definitely one of the better domestic tributes to the style I've tried to date.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep orange, light tan body, 2 finger up + down head, beautiful lacing

S: clean fresh malt, slight grainy hop aroma

T: sweet malt and grain up front, earthy firm finish

M: med/light body, dry finish

O: Delicious lager! Great to see a flavorful lager on the market. Great session and newbie brew. New Glarus is a fine craft brewery, ranging from solid to delicious. This is quite good.


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Photo of yourefragile
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear copper with a massive, fluffy white head. Long retention and light lacing with steady carbonation.

Aroma is mildly sweet with toasted malt and some light grassy hops.

Flavor is much less hoppy than expected, dominated by toasted malt. Caramel and bready with much lighter hops than the nose. On the sweeter side as expected, but overall a little one-dimensional and boring.

Soft, light body with medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

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Photo of birchstick
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Barrythebear for sending this one my way!

A - pours a little yellowish with a nice head that retains pretty well

S - smells of sweet grainy malt - pretty sweet for the grain smell

T - Starts off with a big grain bill that has a candy-ish flavor to. This fades to some nice grassy a spicy hops. Really solid profile. I feel like a lot of beers in this style can be overbearingly grainy, but this one hit a nice medium. Full of flavor, yet delicate at the same time.

M - nice full body with really smooth carbonation

D - I should have saved this guy for a hot day, but I thought it would go well with my salmon, which it did. New Glarus does another fine take on a lager with this one. I wish I could get their lighter beers down here for when the summer rolls around.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber color, clear, bubbly, with a very light white head of about a finger. Dissipated to a little sticky film.

Aroma is slightly sweet, nutty, with a bit of caramel, lightly malty.

Taste is a little malty, caramel, and a bit of resiny hops in the back.

Feel is slightly slick, maybe even a hint oily, and creamy. Light bodied, and crisp.

Overall, a nice, pleasant, easy drinking pils.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, opened with some fanfare. I'm a huge fan of their Unplugged Bohemian Pilsner, so I had high hopes for the German Pilsner. And they were met.

Light golden color, clear, with a few fingers of thick foam. A very malt-forward aroma, bready and grainy, with light grassy hops. Very nice, this evokes memories of Germany and its wonderful brewpubs.

The grain and bready yeast character comes through strong in the taste, very smooth and a little sweet, just excellent. Some bitterness in the aftertaste, but it feels proper to me. Medium-medium plus body, full filling while still going down quickly. I loved this beer.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
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

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Photo of Azurescens
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle with no bottled on / freshness date, poured into Mauite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/16/11

A: Pours a beautiful golden color with a bit of haze and some particles floating around. Big fluffy white head leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Crisp pale malt with some grassy hearbal hop notes as well. Smells fresh like warm bread straight out of the oven.

T: Tastes very light with a touch of sweet crackers up front from the malt, some honey and herbal hop flavors in the finish. Simple and good.

M: Light, crisp and very refreshing. Good carbonation and smooth, easy drinker.

O: I don't usually drink lagers but this one is pretty good. If this were on shelves here I would be buying this before the other lagers available here.

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Photo of gatornation
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

now available in 12oz bottles for the rest of 2011

A-pours a clear golden copper color with a small off-white head and some lacing

S- is sweet malts and baked bread and a floral light citrus hop

T- is a malt forward lager with sweet caramel and baked bread tastes then in the background are light hops ..imo hops are to light in this with the malts overpowering the lager

M-Bohemian malts play a huge role in the profile oh this lager along with hallertau hops..not crisp enough

O- a classic easy drinking german lager ..only comment i would like a little more noble hop taste to this one..but still quite tasty

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Photo of mrbugawkagawk
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:Pours a very pleasing copper color with a pinkeys worth of head to it.

Smells metallic with malt notes.

reminds me of a less skunky Heineken. Malt forward and very easy to drink. Got the 6 pack on my way back home from Madison. I would recommend this to anyone that appreciates true to style beer.

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Photo of Kbogac
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear dark amber into a pint glass. Nice white head that dissipates to a film with a thick ring. I get no commentable smell. There's something there but it's faint. Taste is malt, a little bitterness with a little honey at the finish. Clean crisp and easy to drink.

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Photo of richkrull
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Jips
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a different label than the one pictured (has 2 ladies on it), so it's probably a more recent batch.

Poured clear light amber color with 1'' thick head that gradually diminished, light lacing on my shaker glass.

Smelled sweet and grainy + fruity ester action.

Tasted.. like a cream ale. Strong ester flavors, a little banana, mild fruit flavors. Why go through the trouble of lagering when you use an strong ester-producing yeast? Finished crisp and clear though. Low hop flavor, guess it balanced out the esters.

Smooth and light-medium mouthfeel (ain't no bock).

Wasn't what I was expecting (a crisp slightly hoppy lager) but good regardless. Approve of their experimentation!

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Photo of Soneast
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the most recent release. Pours a beautiful, crystal clear, copper to amber color. Grows a 2-finger, light brown colored head, that is dense and creamy, slowly receding to a half-inch mat.

The aroma is pretty rich, with some nice multi-grain bread character, a bit of toastiness and a pretty respectable spicy hop presence.

The malt really shines in the flavor profile, bringing a very nice saltine cracker character, and just an overall delicious graininess. The hops do make a showing near the finish tasting more floral, with a moderate bitterness.

Well rounded and easy drinking. Not sure how to rate a "country lager," but BA certainly has it categorized wrongly as a German Pils, so hopefully people consider that when reviewing. THIS IS NOT A GERMAN PILS!

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect.

Pours a dark honey, light copper. Two finger head stays well and laces adequately. Carbonation climbs from the center of the brew up the glass.

Aroma is of crackery malt, followed by spicey and floral hop. Tannic aroma follows, mineral rich finish.

Flavor opens with the mineral heavy water, followed by a substantial grain. Hops bombard the middle, floral and much more than the nose. Finishes slightly bitter and VERY dry.

Mouthfeel is prickly and well carbonated, well done. Refreshing.

Very nice Pils, I would buy it again.

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Photo of adman08
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very nice golden/copper color. I'm used to lagers being very pale, this one is actually quite a bit more copper colored than a normal lager. A finger worth of head that doesn't last too long.
S-The smell is exactly what you'd expect from a midwestern/German lager. The hop aroma is very similar to some of the big beer lagers.
T-Fairly rich tasting for a lager. Extremely drinkable. Much more malty than a typical big beer, I suppose that goes without saying.
M-Refreshing, nice balance of malt and hops. Really delicious.
Overall this is an extremely drinkable beer. I had this when it was an R&D beer at the brewery in October and was shocked. I am not a fan of this type of beer normally but this is really very good. I'm glad they decided to distribute this beer.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Snifter
Purchased At: New Glarus Brewery (October, 2010)

Appearance: The pour is a clear sunshine straw yellow with a finger of cream head sitting on top. The head retention is moderate, disappearing within a few minutes. The beer is moderately effervescent, and there is fairly good lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: The nose is a mixture of cereal grains, clean pale malt, some earthy hops as well as a touch of lemon.

Taste: The tasting starts out bitter with some grain flavor starting to come out. The tasting becomes ever so lightly sweet with pilesner malt starting to come out. The finish is dry with just a bit of earthy hops and some lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin bodied. The carbonation is perfect right after cracking open the bottle.

Drinkability: Incredibly easy to sip on. If this wasn't a brewery only beer it might end up in my crate more often.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a minimum haze on the top of white powder and a nearly non existent head that is quickly just at the edges. light straw yellow in color with no carbonation visibly rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma of sweet biscuit malt, sweet pilsner malts and no hops. (the horror!)

Taste is very well rounded. There is sweet biscuit flavor with sweet pilsner malts that were supposedly hand malted on the floor by women. To be honest, I cannot determine that this was malted by women or men... I guess it is just hard to distinguish; call me crazy.

Medium mouthfeel for the style. This is definitely not a light mouthfeel for a German Pilsner. I really enjoyed it more for the malt presence which was the whole point. Hallertau hops are really hardly even distinguishable from malt flavors.

overall nicely done and very drinkable.

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Two Women Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.