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Two Women Lager - New Glarus Brewing Company

Two Women LagerTwo Women Lager

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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 Treebs


3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. split two ways. Served in a FFF curved pint glass.

A: Pours a dark yellowish color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring and film. Sticky lace is left down the glass.

S: Nice malty sweetness is combined with a honey-like note. Lightly hoppy as well on the back end. Lagery yeast as well.

T: Nicely malted, a little cracked wheat with some honey notes. Lager-style yeast with a mild hop bite. Grassy in nature.

M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation. Clean and sweet finish.

O: A great beer. I can drink a ton of these. Awesome summer beer that has great balance. Will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 23:17:28 | More by Treebs
Photo of jimmah120


4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date. collab between two wisconsin breweries

look is a pale straw color with a bone white head. retention/lacing is ok. smell is wheaty, yeasty, with a light dry hoppy smell. taste follows, along with the taste of signature NG yeast and nutty grain/malt.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 16:56:55 | More by jimmah120
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3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to my friend from rockford il for the 2 women sample. this beer is everything that a solid lager can be. to me, it represents the simple, yet fresh and enjoyable, taste that can be created with water, malt, hops, and yeast. it has a full, rich taste profile and goes well with just about any food from nachos to burgers. so easy to drink...i will gladly have this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 22:02:49 | More by kismet
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
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3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lukaski for picking this up for me on his last trip North.

Pale amber in color with a quick, off-white head. Pretty good bubbling.

Mild toasted malt aroma. Crackers maybe a little bread crust. Hints of grassy hops. Smells, crisp, flavorful, and refreshing.

Toasty malt forward. Toasty crackers mix up with grassy, earthy hops on the finish. Pretty good carbonation bubbling on the tongue too. Crisp, malty, but well balanced, and very easy to drink. Would be a regular go to beer if I could get my hands on it in IL.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 01:08:23 | More by scruffwhor
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours tan with a high fluffy white head - way darker than any pilsner I've seen. The smell is bread dough and green grass, with something sharp and almost spicy in it. The taste is rich and doughy, with some savory notes going into a bitter twinge at the end. It's a little thick, highly carbonated. All in all, this is a very good lager, but I don't buy it as a pilsner - more like a dortmunder or even a bock. I'd drink it if I saw it again, and gladly, but it's not at all to style.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 06:28:14 | More by gory4d
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 TheSSG


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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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my New Glarus Pilsner glass.

A-Pours a great medium copper color with 1 inch head that recedes very quickly. Maintains a slight lacing as I drink. Great carbonation, just like most New Glarus beers.

S-Malts, herbs. Smell is kind of underwhelming.

T-Malt, Slight hops, crisp and clean, refreshing, wheat bread.

M- Enjoyed the mouthfeel/mouthful. A very full bodied beer to me for a Pilsner.

O- A very nice beer. I have never had a German Pilsner, or not that I know of. So comparing styles is a hard one for me. This is a very clean, crisp, and refreshing beer. Not a very light beer, but something that would be nice on a warm spring day.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 22:51:04 | More by Naters333
Photo of 312HopBomb


4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear deep golden, light head. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Crisp, dry malt with light toffee. Earthy hop aroma.

Taste: Balance of light malt and hop flavor. Not too dry with subtle malt sweetness. Fresh hop flavor. Everything about this beer tastes fresh.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth. Very refreshing with light/medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice lager beer and a good choice for sessioning.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 20:30:06 | More by 312HopBomb
Photo of barczar


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant medium brown with a one inch study white head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Floral hops, corn, pilsner malt, and toasted bread form the aroma.

There's an underlying fruity character in the flavor, which becomes toasted breadcrust mid palate, finishing earthy and dry. Lacks the cracker-like flavor of pilsner malt, which was overtaken by the kilned malts.

Body is a touch watery, with carbonation on the high side.

Not your typical pilsner. Fairly light in mouthfeel, but the darker malts and unclean fruity character add more complexity than anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 18:42:57 | More by barczar
Photo of Braseltonage


4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a standard pint.

Gorgeous light copper beer with one of the finer dense, classic white pilsner heads I've seen in a while.
Malt dominates the aroma, bready, slight hints of corn. Moderate noble hop presence.
This is a fine example of a dead on old world pilsner, minus the green bottle. Wonderfully simple, yet fabulously complex. Really malt dominated but crisply and cleanly finished.
First New Glarus I've gotten my hands on and I look forward to more.
Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 03:50:44 | More by Braseltonage
Photo of beerrock

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is crisp and clean, much closer to a Vienna Lager. It very creamy and rich on the mouthfeel.The hops give it nice bitterness that I didn't think i would like but it fits the beer very well. I can crush this beer all day long while watching a football game.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 04:23:29 | More by beerrock
Photo of tempest


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this back to back with Home Town Blonde, and this is smoother, while also far less hoppy and crisp. This tastes closer to a Vienna Lager by my palate. The barley is almost creamy, with subtle caramel and toffee. You might even mistake it for an Irish red. The hops just provide balancing bitterness to this amber lager. Maybe I taste a touch of citrus in the finish, I can't say for certain. As it warms, I get a touch of grass in the aroma. There's a little fruit, but I think it's coming from the malt. This is an easy-drinking crowd-pleaser, but also a finely-crafted lager. It's closer to Spotted Cow than Home Town.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 01:30:46 | More by tempest
Photo of zeledonia


4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another New Glarus lager.

Pours surprisingly dark, a clear medium amber. Has some orange, some pinkish hues. One finger of almost-white head, good retention, fine lacing. Pretty good.

Smells like a pilsener! Crisp, spicy herbal hops, laying over a delicate, almost invisible malt base. Those noble hops are the star, peppery, effervescent. Quite nice.

This is dang tasty. Comes on clean, finishes dry and crisp. In between there's a touch of buttery malts, but mostly it's just clean, pure, grassy. Has a light bitterness like carbonated water. Only a hint of spice. And something watery that actually works really well.

Medium-light body, fizzy tingly jumping carbonation. Light, delicate, with a delightful dry evaporative finish. Wow.

I really like this beer. Startlingly refreshing, crisp, clean. Spiciness is delicate, pleasant, but could be a bit higher. Just an all-around good pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:00:01 | More by zeledonia
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Currently ranked #8 in the German Pilsener category here on BA. Thanks for sending this one, BeerFMAndy!

Served in a shaped glass.

A: Poured a crystal clear, peppery orange brown color with a robust finger to finger + head that clung to the glass as the beer was siphoned.

S: The German malt was particularly strong here, with a bit of a sweet, tomato juice quality that was strange but seemed to work to my mind.

T: Lots of layers here: Initially, I got sourdough bread, after a few sips, it got a bit sweeter and sticker, then, at the end, a yeasty, almost carrot juice component kicked in, followed by a twang of bitterness. Really nice.

M: Just the right amount of sweetness, which was spaced out nicely by the moderate carbonation. Mild, splotchy lacing.

O: Definitely one of the stronger entries in this style class that I've tried. New Glarus does it again!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 04:28:40 | More by Chaney
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4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 07:11:46 | More by MattyG85
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2012 04:15:40 | More by mdaschaf
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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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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one pours a crystal clear lighter amber color. There was a small off-white head that didn’t linger long at all. Just a little lacing. The aroma is nice: a little musty, bready, malts and biscuits. The taste is pretty good. Bready, some malts, touch of bitterness and dryness. Another good beer from them!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 03:14:47 | More by Boto
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to thebigredone. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a translucent reddish golden amber that's a little bit on the darker side for a pilsener. Thin layer of white head that dissipates fairly fast. Fairly low carbonation, but consistent rising bubbles.

S- A little bit of bready malts, a hint of tea leaves and herbal hops, about average aroma strength. Smells like a typical pilsener. Not my favorite beer aroma, but smells pretty good for a German Pilsener.

T- Decent amount of bready malts mixed with some light herbal hops, finishes with a slight tea-like taste and some light hop bitterness. Tastes like a typical german lager.

M- Fairly light, easy drinking, nice carbonation, goes down easily.

O- Pilsener's aren't my favorite beer in the world, but this one was very well done for the style. For the style there was a decent amount of flavor and aroma and is much better then most of the mass-produced pilseners that tend to dominate the style. If you like lagers I definitely recommend trying this out, but not going out of your way to seek it.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 00:24:47 | More by jaasen64
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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
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to my buddy Taylor who brought a New Glarus variety pack straight from Wisconsin all the way down here to Charleston. Thanks, Taylor!

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 4-finger bubbly, frothy white head. Really nice retention and some good patchy lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. The head characteristics and the clarity are there, but let’s face it – this is too dark for a German pils.

S – Bready, grainy, and cereal-like malts with earthy and herbal hops.

T – Starts off sweet with bready, grainy, cereal, graham cracker Pils malts. Spicy, herbal, earthy, floral noble hops start to appear mid-taste and build toward the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a crisp mouthfeel, and a bitter and very dry finish. Spicy and dry herbal bitterness lingers nicely.

O – This is a really tasty pilsner, but I’m not sure how well it fits the German pilsner mold. Good German pilsners are very pale and have a touch of grainy malts, but most of the taste and mouthfeel is dominated by bitter hops. This particular beer, as evidenced by the color, has a much stronger malt presence than is indicated. Don’t get me wrong – it’s still a really good and drinkable beer. However, I think it would fit better in the Bohemian pilsner category. After checking New Glarus’ website, I can’t fault them on trueness to style (even on the appearance) since they list the beer as a “classic country lager.” The “German pilsner” is probably just the BA category that it happened to be boxed into. Regardless of any of that nonsense, this is a solid pilsner. Nice job, New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 02:55:09 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into my shiny new New Glarus pilsner glass.
Brown, copperish golden color. Nice carbonation, medium thick pils head. Head retention is good, slightly darker a typical German Pils.
Smell is great. Bready, weyermann malt, biscuit, Hallertau Hops to boot. Grass, grains, and pepper to add in the mix. A great lemony/ baked bread aroma.
Taste is truly beautiful.Dan Carey must have quite a bit of German blood in his veins after having this and the Dancing Man...clean, grassy, bread, pepper, lemon, Hallertau hops, perfect amount of maltiness mixed with a crisp pepper bite, and carbonation.
Mouthfeel is light, clean, bready, citrus refreshment..
Everything I look for in a great Pils.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 19:40:17 | More by czfreeman
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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Fairly dark for the style. Bronze color with a small, bubbly, foamy, white head. Disappears fairly fast leaving patches of lace.

S - Grainy and slightly caramel malt. Strong earthy and herbal hop aroma. Hints of floral and tea hop aroma with subtle orchard fruit.

T - Very tasty. Similar to the nose. Starts with a fairly strong malt base along with the tea and orchard fruit flavors (stronger than the nose). More herbal and earthy hops come out mid sip with a slightly bitter flavor. Slight tart apple underneath that as well. Sweetness from the malt comes on strong at the end with just a slight bitter bite.

M - Light to medium body. Plenty of carbonation. Wet and slightly sptritzy on the finish.

D - Very easy to drink and tasty as well. Flavors compliment each other well and the beer is well balanced. Great hop presence.

Notes: Really enjoyable, albeit different pilsener. Darker and slightly different flavors than what I expected. Hop profile is dead on and very tasty (also the hops have a significant presence/bite here). Really enjoyable and easy to drink beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 04:35:36 | More by FreshHawk
Two Women Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
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