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Two Women Lager - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

814 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: levifunk on 04-11-2010)
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stewart124

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brilliant copper color with a beautiful rocky white head.

Nose has plenty of toasted malt character and grape notes. Fresh hay and grass add to amazing nose.

Whoa! Simply amazing. Grass and toasted malts really shine. The malt character is out of this world. Medium mouthfeel and pleasant hop bitterness really round this out. Easy drinking and leaves a slight noble bitterness on the tongue.

I wasn't sure what to make of this lager at first but the label and description get the taste buds going. Thanks to Dave for bringing this down in the sampler pack. New Glarus made another stellar beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 00:18:36 | More by stewart124
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Burnt gold. Almost no head, but what does exist is bright-white. Thin collar and wispy cap. Perfectly clear. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Husky. Roasted. Nice toasted grain. Apples, cooked malts. Grass, a touch of hay. Nice backing herbal. Slight earthiness as well. Very clean. Bready.

Taste: Toasted malts in abundance. Loads of fresh grass. Some underlying earthiness, but it's minimal. Hints of bitterness. Incredibly clean. Some biscuity caramel sweetness. Mild nuttiness coupled with some floral elements.

Mouthfeel: Light and clean with a nice moderate carbonation. So very clean.

Overall: This is a drinking lager and then some.

Crazy good malts and a deft use of noble hopping. Drinks like a champ. Do they have enough summer in Wisconsin to drink this many delicious summer/lawnmower beers? Who cares! Drink it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 20:13:52 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 18:39:05 | More by tigg924
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No freshness dating.

A - Brilliant light amber beer. Good sized vanilla colored head. Left no lacing on the glass.

S - I can pick out the light pilsner malt and the nice blends of light toasty munich malts. The hops are spicy/earthy and I can also pick up a hint of cinnamon.

T - The flavor follows suit starting with beautiful munich malts that are never sweet on my palate. Mid-taste you will find the great noble hop flavors that never reach too high of bitterness. The hop flavor lasts a little bit after the finish pleasantly.

M - Semi-dry, lIght body. The carbonation is moderate. Clean throughout and has a crisp finish.

O - The munich malts in this beer reminded me much more of a German Oktoberfest. The color through me off a bit also. The cinnamon I perceive gives the beer complexity yet nowhere near stole the show. The beer tasted fantastic but I find it difficult categorizing the creative twists this offers. I scored the beer well because I recognize this beer is intentionally brewed out of style and I appreciate the craft exemplified.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 02:23:06 | More by Jparker37
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Pilsener shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a beautiful white colored frothy head, about one finger in size; very well carbonated; body is very transparent and has a nice copper color to it; no lacing at all; head holds pretty well

S - Roasted and bread malt nose; semi-sweet; classic lager crisp airiness and refreshing smooth malt scents; corn and touch of scotch or oak; nutty

T - Smooth roasted malt taste; bread; biscuit; touch of floral rose; nut flavor washes away rather quickly; taste like a lager should

M - Smooth and thin, not very effervescent; touch of bitterness rests at the end of the sip

D - Very easy drink; pleasant roasted malt taste; a fantastic lager experience

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 22:42:05 | More by ferrari29
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a glass stein.

Appearance: orangish amber bodied beer almost has a copper hue. Huge white fluffy head thats easily 3 fingers high. Head drops slowely and looks clumpy; stick every where on the side of the stien.

Smell: Its a fairly malt forward lager. It reminds you of an octoberfest lager. Little grainy and bready. Touch of sweetness and fruitiness. Corn and rice hulls.

Taste: It starts with a light fruit note of apples and maybe white grapes. Transitions quickly to the grainy malts about the middle of the drink. Its a touch bready while still remains sweet. Maybe a faint honey note in there too. Finishes with a touch of bitterness thats both grassy and floral. Little fruity sweetness sneeks back into the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderately high carbonation. Crisp, refreshing beer. You can tell its bottle conditioned beer since it is very well carbonated. Super easy drinking beer and thirst quenching.

Overall: A great german lager, not boring at all. Wonderful option here from New glarus for a hot summer day that you are out being active. You can tell that Dan Carey learned how to brew in Germany.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 19:34:38 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tad of sulfur, kinda' sweet malt and a soft blending of German hops.
Rather dark, almost brown but still brilliantly clear with a tan cap and fairly active carbonation.
Kind of a hard water quality. Mild malt with a touch of sweetness. Mellow hop flavors show in middle and help finish the drink. Some drying that holds a bit of astringency.
Ample bubbles, but holding no sharpness or bite. Rather light feel but delightful anyway.
This is solid and enjoyable. Drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 01:24:08 | More by garymuchow
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phishsihq

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This German-style Pils pours a clear, golden-amber color, and is capped by a big, frothy white head with a light amount of lacing. Grain, sweet malt and noble hops are all welcoming in this clean lager's nose. Sweet and bready malt flavors meet a light hop bitterness, nothing overpower, but hoppy enough to provide great balance. Medium body and moderate carbonation round out this crisp and smooth lager. Anyone else drooling?

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 00:19:50 | More by phishsihq
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sauron681

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour a nice copper-ish color with a good, but quick, head and low lacing that disappeared. Very clean with low carbonation. Aroma of campfire and charcoal with hints of citrus.

Medium mouthfeel, kinda grassy tasting with emphasis on malt. Also finishes a tad on the sour side.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 16:53:06 | More by sauron681
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KellyL

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a lot to write about this one.

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Very pretty, copper colored, crystal clear, very carbonated. Outstanding head retention and lacing.

Smells plain. Slight grassy, earthy notes on the nose and palate. Typical sulfur notes like most lagers. Really refreshing, better than most lagers. Not very remarkable otherwise. Not bad by any means, great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 22:20:47 | More by KellyL
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Humulus85

Minnesota

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

From a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter for effect.

Pours a surprisingly dark gold, almost amber. Pilsner? Not so much. Crystal clear. Produced a very nice two-finger, eggshell white. Great retention and lacing.

Wonderful malt profile. Toasted bread/biscuit, a hint of caramel. Well done hop backing lends an earthy/grassy quality. Very nice smelling lager, one of the best I've seen.

Follows the nose. Layers of toasty malt and cooked cereal notes. I love the noble hop backing that adds just enough depth and a hint of bitterness, but the all malt profile is what stands out here.

Surprisingly light in body for the color and amount of flavor. It is like a Pilsner in body, but an Amber in taste. Great carbonation, and super drinkable.

Overall I find this to be an exceptional lager, one of the better I've had. It's not a Pilsner, but it's not an Amber either. This is what a good lager should be. Drinkable, but with a few layers of flavor. Many lagers are very one-dimensional, but not Two Women. I'm not a huge Pilsner or even Amber Lager fan, but this one kinda changes that. I would definitely drink this one again; would love to try it on tap. Recommended to any who can get it. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 17:03:34 | More by Humulus85
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass
A: Pours a copper orange with a thin head and quite a few bubbles.
S: Rich aromas of toasted malt, caramel, and a bit of grass.
T: Again very rich with toasted grain, caramel, and a long bready finish. Quite tasty.
M: Medium-bodied, crisp and a nice amount of carbonation.
O: This is really tasty and very well made. Definitely enjoyed it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 00:11:31 | More by ONUMello
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Color is a nice copper and head is medium thickness but has staying power.
Odor is pretty grainy. Can smell the malted barley.
Taste is relatively light and refreshing overall. Only a little hops. Mostly malt.
Mouth feel is light and carbonated.
Overall, a classic lager beer. Pretty well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 00:57:43 | More by dexterk1
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pilsner Glass

Appearance - Bright Clear Orange with quite a bit of carbonation and a slightly brown 2 finger head. Spotty Lacing

Smell - Yeasts, Bread, Barley, Slight Lemon, and Malts. For a Pilsener, this one really doesn't have a grassy/earthy scent to it. Smells crisp and pleasant nonetheless!

Taste - Bready Yeasts, Lemon Zest, Floral Hops and Malts. The grassy aspect is in the flavor but not in an over-encompassing sense. Very balanced flavor and quite tasty!

Mouthfeel - While it's medium bodied, it's quite heavy for a Pilsener. Carbonation levels are perfect and give it a crisp and refreshing feel.

Overall - An excellent tasting Pilsener. If you're ever in Wisconsin, pick this up; You will not regret it

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 18:35:54 | More by NuclearDolphin
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no bottled on date, poured into a nonic pint glass. Thanks to BFro for hooking me up with this.

A- Pours a clear amber color, topped with an inch of creamy white head, leaves tons of great lacing.

S- Nice floral hops, bready malt, has a bit of sweetness.

T- Sweet pale malts, a bit bready, floral hops, has some nice grain flavor and some bitterness.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation, smooth and slightly crisp feel.

O- A pretty nice pilsner, very drinkable, good choice for an easy drinking session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 06:02:10 | More by WillCarrera
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Beejay

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two ladies. Bee-dle-dee dee dee dee.
Two ladies. Bee-dle-dee dee dee dee.
Two ladies. Bee-dle-dee dee dee dee.
And I'nmthe only man YA!

A: Full light tan head, and a body that is clear, and amber with a hint at tangerine.

S: The first thing I taste is a wonderful homemade bread aroma, almost like it was baked with a fire oven. Next comes a good amount of grain, a touch of earth, and finished with a hint of peppercorn.

T: You can really taste the hops, slightly herbal and grassy. The malt comes through with the same fire baked bread flavor, although it is subtle.

M: Medium light to medium in body, plenty of carbonation. It certainly dances on your tongue. The finish is a touch odd for me though.

O: Overall I like it, but I don't think it is something I would buy a lot of. The floor malted barley certainly adds an interesting note. Good, but not great.

Much thanks to my wife for bringing me this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 19:05:43 | More by Beejay
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 01:48:23 | More by williamjbauer
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle sent about a month ago by Metalmonk; on a mild spring afternoon, I almost missed this one as it hid (right in front of me) on the fridge's bottom shelf. Poured to a pint glass.

A: Pours plenty clear with a look a little more coppery than your everyday golden pilsner. Good carbonation, steady and glass-filling. Head is a little short, not even a half-finger despite a forceful pour. A few freckles of lace and a slipping band that can't quite hold onto the glass.

S: A light honey sweetness over dry grasses. Somethin akin to honeysuckle at times. Strength is just OK.

T: Wonderfully balanced flavor, with biscuity/grassy maltiness and mildly spiced hoppiness and a clean, vaguely mineral finish.A touch of berry fruitiness. Doesn't break with tradition, a simply enjoyable pilsner presented here.

M: Fairly benign mouthfeel; it has reasonable crisp but lacks a certain flair. It also seems a little thin. Finishes clean.

O: Very good flavor and aroma compensate for a so-so feel and look. Very refreshing and easy to drink, which hits the mark with most pilsners. Happy to have tried. And now I can say that I've had 'Two Women' on the kitchen table...

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 19:33:33 | More by msubulldog25
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating

A= Deep brown is the best way to describe the color of this beer. A lot darker than I thought it would have been. Held to the light it's a nice deep amber color. The head is small and falls fast to a thin skin. The lacing is spotty at best.

S= A nice clean crisp pilsner smell to it. Good focus on balance rather than just hops or just malt. There's a little bit of both with a sweetness that may be more dominate.

T= A bright apple juice flavor comes forth right away. Really tastes a lot like apple juice. Huge malty sweetness with some esters you don't usually find in a lager. The mild hop aroma dies leaving a balance of sweetness and estery yeast. Quite a unique blend.

M= Smooth and crisp as a lager should be.

O= This is a unique beer from NG to say the least. NG does well at making average styles extraordinary and this is no exception. A German Pilsener that tastes like apple juice and is super drinkable. Drink this beer if ya can because it's tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 01:26:40 | More by jjanega08
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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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drabmuh

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Thorpe429

Illinois

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
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aasher

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of a coworker whose sister lives in Wisconsin. A very nice gesture!

This beer pours a light bodied distinct and polished bronze in clor with a half finger soapy white head. The nose is simple and malty. It features Carmel malt, perhaps Munich even, and perhaps some adjunct esque, corn aroma. Regardless, nice for a German style lager. The flavors too are malt driven. I get a lot of Munich malt and even a touch of rye esque spice. It's unique and nice for the style. It drinks light in body and has nice flavor. It's a really nice take on a darker lager. This beer would make a great gateway into craft. I'm a fan. This beer is incredibly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 01:49:50 | More by aasher
Two Women Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
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