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Two Women Lager - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

931 Ratings

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Ratings: 931
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 37
Gots: 60 | 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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Photo of Ek0nomik


3.78/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 01:05:11 | More by Ek0nomik
Photo of alpinebryant


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 22:45:13 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inflatablechair provided this one recently... Thanks Sammy!! Poured into my small Grolsch goblet.. 2 finger white head atop a clear golden brew...

Aroma shows close to perfection for a good lite American lager.... grainy Pils malt... a good showing of flowery hops.. a bit of spicy hoppiness too.

Nice bitterness up front.. pretty dry still showing grainy continental malt.. Hops seem pretty flowery for the style, but the overall brew is awesome.

Medium body and carbonation... for "American" it is about perfect.

I absolutely loved this one... and I was surprised when Sam brought it over. Not enough American breweries pay tribute to their German heritage. Waving the flag for more lagers!!!


Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 08:53:30 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of jampics2


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

500ml bottle into a snifter, shared with Paul during our New Glarus Unplugged/R&D tasting. This was the first out of the gate that afternoon.

New Glarus Two Women Lager pours a solid gold color with some orange and yellow highlights. The beer has a nice white, fluffy head and spotty lace. The clarity is relatively hazy and little noticeable carbonation is observed. This is a fine looking lager, but nothing about it really jumps out as exceptional.

That trend unfortunately continues to the nose; as I lean in to observe the smell I'm neither impressed nor disappointed. The beer smells pleasant enough with some noble Hallertauer hops and some grainy malt providing the biggest elements. I get a slightly sweet kiss of caramel and some crackery malt when I practically submerge my nose in the liquid. There's no real depth or toasted elements and just minor hops providing just a bit of earthiness.

The lack of uniqueness ends when I take my first sip. Now I get where master brewer Dan Carey was taking this unassuming lager. The tasting experience starts off with some grainy malt and nice slightly sweet grain. But this is smooth and not too grainy to be enjoyable and, also, some mild toast and crackers make this more alluring. A nice bit of flowery hop bitterness at the end seals the deal, making this an extremely drinkable and enjoyable lager.

In terms of mouthfeel, there is a nice medium carbonation and light body - this drinks just like one would expect a handcrafted lager from a brewery like New Glarus to drink. A nice, clean aftertaste with a mildly bitter peak ends the taste on a positive note. Very drinkable, clean and enjoyable. This was a nice change of pace and could be a perfect gateway craft lager for a BMC drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 23:59:31 | More by jampics2
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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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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a big white head that leaves a good lace. The aroma is pretty gosh darned faint but it's got some complexity. Some fresh cut grass some citrus and a good clean malty character. As it warms alcohol is very apparent and kind of annoying. The flavor is nice but it's also just kind of faint all together. There is a nice soft hoppiness but the flavor is pretty hop driven (despite the softness there of) There is plenty of fruitiness and some light alcohol and honey with some citrus rind. This is nice but I like Yokel, Cabin Fever, Edel Pils, Bohemian Lager, & home town much more. I've got a few other bottles, if this merits a re-rate I'd be happy to do that.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 19:57:11 | More by BieresDesMoines
Photo of fear025


4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:A little sulphur, some flowery hops, and some honey in the aroma.

Appearance:Light gold, very clear, creamy head. The head has medium retention.

Taste:Crisp flavors on the foretaste with subdued noble hop bitterness. Honey on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Medium-light body, lots of carbonation.

Drinkability:For a pilsner, this one is very pleasant. It's pretty true to style, except for being a little sweeter than normal. The sweetness is not cloying, so this beer is certainly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 01:07:53 | More by fear025
Photo of woosterbill


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear pale amber body with a voluminous 3-finger white head that's dense and creamy enough to rise half an inch above the tulip's rim without me worrying in the least about overflow. Retention is stellar, and there's plenty of pillowy lace left all around the sides of the glass. Maybe a half-shade darker than most pilsners, but I'm not complaining at all. Gorgeous beer.

S: Well, there's no mistaking this one for a lager. Characteristic sulfur jumps out right away, but further attention shows some spicy hops and pale malt as well. Pretty standard for the style, and not as good as I was expecting from NG. I'm sure it's partially my fault for sitting on this bottle for a few months, so I won't be overly harsh.

T: Light years better than the aroma. The malts really shine here, with surprising depth and complexity. It starts out lightly sweet and bready, then gets deeper and nutty, and finally finishes with a supremely clean wave of earthy, spicy hop bitterness and just a hint of fruit and sulfur from the yeast. Very dry finish indeed, and I'm really impressed that the beer manages to pull of a full array of maltiness along with such a dry, clean finish. Terrific.

M: Medium bodied (a little fuller than is usual for a pilsner) with lively carbonation and an impressively dry, lip-smacking finish. The bubbles are a tad pricklier than I'd like, but other than that it's great.

D: Wonderful. I wish I had had this over the summer when the weather was warmer and, I presume, the hops were more prominent. This is a refreshing beer now, and I can only imagine how quenching it would be on a hot day.

Notes: I expect greatness from Dan Carey in every style, but especially a German Pils. I'm kicking myself for forgetting this one in the case of mixed NG stuff I put in the cellar after getting back from my summer road trip to WI, as I'm sure that this beer was spectacular fresh. As it is, it's still drinking quite well, but the aroma in particular isn't up to the brewery's usual standards. If this one makes another appearance this next summer, I'll be sure to grab some (especially if it's no longer $5 a bottle - steep for even the best of pale lagers).


Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 04:09:23 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent hookup from enelson in a trade awhile ago. Thanks, Ed!

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear very dark gold with a huge foamy white head on top. Great retention; left some lace behind. The nose is full of citrus notes, most notably: lemon zest and lime. Some grassy herbal tones in there as well. There's complexity to it, but it's fairly tame.

The mouth is pretty full for a Pilsner. Good carbonation level. Refreshing finish. Flavors full of lemon, breads, grassy hops, and a fresh clean zip on the back end. Pretty lively beer here. This is perfectly drinkable. I wish I had more. Refreshing, tasty, satisfying. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 19:02:42 | More by Onenote81
Photo of samie85


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very clear, golden color with a one finger head of egg white color.

S-Spicy hop notes, with some slightly nutty and bready malt notes.

T-Slightly spicy and grassy hop notes with rich bready and light malt notes.

M-Pretty lightly carbonated for style with a medium body and a bit of dryness on the back of the palate.

D-Pretty easy drinking rich and flavorful lager. I'm glad I got to try it, but the availability and price point make me seriously doubt that I would search it out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 02:22:20 | More by samie85
Photo of robbyc1


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

Nice clear light golden with a solid white 2 inch head.

Lager nose with some hops and malt.

All bready malt with solid hop gives it a finish that is perfect. It wants you to fill your mouth with it. Very nice.

Easy drinker, good and middle feel, could have this any day.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 19:36:32 | More by robbyc1
Photo of JohnQVegas


4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle into tulip pint. Massive thank you to Jeff (Alewatcher) for sending a couple of bottles of this my way - absolutely one of my top wants since its release. Huge gratitude, my friend.

Pours clear gold with a nice, solid finger-and-a-half, creamy white head. Falls fairly quickly into a wafer-thin layer of soapy suds. Sparse lacing.

Nose is beautiful - nice interplay between fresh, grassy hops and a beautiful, lightly sweet malt body that carries notes of grain, bit of honey.

Taste follows the nose, kicking it up a notch. Floral hops pair with lightly sweet grain, maybe just a bit of honey sweetness, and a dry cracker edge on the finish. Finish is floral, some honeyed grain, a bit grassy on the trailing edge, delicate bitterness. Absolutely beautifully put together.

Mouthfeel is stellar as well - medium-light body, crisp but light carbonation, off-dry. Fantastic.

Drinkability is stellar as well. Not much to say; Unplugged Bohemian Lager is one of the best lagers I've ever tasted, and this absolutely holds true to that experience. Brilliant beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 02:02:26 | More by JohnQVegas
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pilsener Glass
TEMP: Cellared at approx 55 degrees, freezer chilled for 20 minutes before pouring

Pours a clear, golden, yellow color, with mild orange tinting. A thick, two-finger, head of bone-white colored foam makes the head. Retention is great and eventually leaves a surface covering layer of almost 1/4". Lacing is very nice, indeed.

The Mittlefrueh Hops are front and center. A bready and grainy undertone.

The hop notes are first, btu they are quickly followed by a light hint of maltiness. Then the earthy grain presence which leads to a light touch of spiciness. Light traces of lemon and a slight hop bite finish this one up.

This is medium-bodied with a high level of carbonation. It is crisp and refreshing.

I'm sure that this is very drinkable, at least according to style. I love New Glarus, but I'm not a huge fan of pilsners, in general. I had hopes that this might be the one for me. Alas...it is not.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 20:00:33 | More by coldmeat23
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3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear yellowish pour with some big bubbly head. Crisp and refreshing - some slightly floral notes come through on the nose and in the flavor - they match up pretty well, but there is a bit of a dry slightly bitter finish.

Very nice and flavorful for a lager and amazingly drinkable. I would definitely try this one again...

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 21:13:05 | More by thetomG
Photo of Bighuge


4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden yellow body. Bubbly white head. Lacing is quite full. Great hop aroma. Love the Mittelfrueh. Crisp and flowery. Biscuity malt nose blends in nicely. Flavor is very smooth and balanced. This is really holding up well with age. Crisp, crackery and biscuity malt base. Flowery hops balance everything out nicely. Nice accents of hay as well. Herbal and eathry. Body is medium full. Moderate carbaonation. Very good pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 04:00:52 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-three-finger thick, pale tanned head that even leaves some lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a nice gold hue that shows a hint of haze and a brighter gold color when held up to the light. Once the beer fully warms up it is a brilliantly clear hue. Ahhhh, what a nice pale malt character, and wait there it is a spicy, lemon-leaning, herbaceous hop note that kicks in towards the finish. The malt character contributes a significant malted cracker note, whole grain chewiness, clean wheat crumb aromatics and something that reminds me of a freshly made, white corn tortilla fresh off the griddle; this last is not meant to suggest any cheap corn notes that are found in many a cheap lager. The hop character, while not aggressive, contributes a very refined herbal character and spiciness to this beer that is much softer than the grain character.

My first sip yields firmly bitter notes, then a solid grain / malt character, quickly followed by a big, herbaceous hop note and more bitterness that adds a lingering bite to the finish. This is much more hoppy in flavor than the aroma led me to believe. Lemon like hop notes mix with a subtle pale malt grain sweetness to produce a really nice combination. This is a fairly dry beer overall; the biting bitterness of the hops ensures this. This definitely has the texture and body from the malt that is so nice, yet it remains very quaffable; it is somewhere in between a good German Pils and a Czech Pilsener in the body, but it is so quaffable; I could drink liters of this beer (though much of that has to do with the flavor and not just the texture / body. While not as apparent at first, because of the balance from the hops, the really great malt character from the nose also plays a big role in the flavor; dried grassy, huge suggestions of freshly crushed pale malt of the highest quality, suggestions of sweet bread crumb and, again, a fresh white corn tortilla flavor.

The grain character of this beer in the nose is exceedingly exquisite and something I can't get enough of; I really can't shake that freshly griddled, white corn tortilla comparison, it seems so apt somehow and so appetizing. Sometimes even a Lager can be quite sublime, this has to be at least a bit past its prime and it is still quite fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 16:34:07 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pislner glass. Clear and golden with a fluffy white head. I love the bubbles that float from the bottom of the glass and replenish the head. Nice lacing.

The nose is clean and somewhat bready. Pretty standard for a craft pilsner.

Taste is good. Crisp and clean. Semi-sweet malt with slight bitter after taste.

Good carbonation and drinkability. It goes down way to easy.

This is my least favorite style of beer. I did enjoy this more than others I've had. Well worth the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 23:48:15 | More by chicano4craft
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by twig86 -- thanks, Derek!

a - pours a bright, pretty clear, amber color, big frothy white head with great retention and lacing

s - very good classic lager aroma, crisp and clean graininess, lager yeast, lemon and earthy hop notes

t - the age of this one comes through a bit in the taste, still a nice grainy character underlined by lemon citrus and earthy hops, but the flavors are slightly muddled and not as crisp as they likely were when fresher, still very refreshing and enjoyable, alcohol is non-existant

m - light-to-medium bodied, slightly higher carbonation, active on the palate

d - very drinkable stuff, refreshing and easy on the palate

Very nice lager from NG. Would love to try this super fresh, but still enjoyable with a little age. It would be nice to see this added to their regular lineup.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 19:11:42 | More by WeisGuy
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3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a perfect golden color. One-inch head disappears after a minute leaving some lacing.

S- Bready, grainy.

T- Hint of lemon. Clean and crisp.

M- Creamy. Mild biting carbonation.

D/O- This one is refreshing. it just goes does smooth, plain and simple. This is a hard style to separate yourself from the rest and New Glarus gives us it's best interpretation of it. A real treat after a hard days work.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 03:09:02 | More by Duff27


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml into WI BrewFest mug. from notes.
A: Pours a bright golden yellow body, white head sits for a good while on top, leaving spotty lacing. Good amount of carbonation is seen and looks of the typical lager.
S: A nice malt/hops profile, with a touch of a grainy aroma. rich in character and the smoothness of the aroma, cannot be beat.
T/M: A twangy spice on the mouthfeel that does not match the rest of the bold malt body. Lively carbonation, with rustic lager notes, a classic, well done.
D: A good overall brew, for the style this is the up most perfection.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 14:02:43 | More by GDBEERMAN
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a translucent golden amber topped by a thin foam ring.

S: faint hints of hops and malts but rather unassuming on the whole.

T: an immediate flash of malts with a tingling hop aftertaste that is as brief as the swallow.

MF/D: a very smooth lager that leaves the palate wanting more following each sip, certainly a sessionable 8% abv.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 00:42:37 | More by newk340
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4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably my most anticipated beer of the summer, and I finally managed to track down a couple thanks to asmokingoat, who also happens to be a very generous and patient trader. Thank you, Joel.

Pouring a crystal clear yellow with a dense, off-white head that has excellent retention and solid lacing, this is pretty close to spot on for a pilsner, apart from the lacing, which could be improved. The nose is a magnificent showcase of Hallertau hops. Mildly lemony, mildly hay-like, some lemon rind and some earthy character, this is delicate and nuanced. A rather rustic malt character is present in the back as well, with bread and graham crackers. Quite raw. This is darn near perfect.

The palate opens with a delicate hop character, with the aromas I picked up on the nose all being represented. Mostly hay-like with some wet earth, the hop character segues into the very rustic malt character. While this beer has a very light body, it isn't lacking for malt flavors - the raw grain, graham cracker and light toast bring to my mind what was (IMO) Dan's best beer, the Unplugged Bohemian Lager. Very, very clean, there are no off-flavors here. Again, despite being light, there's enough flavor to tingle every tastebud, making this seem about as far from watery as you can get. Carbonation is medium-light, lower than I'm used to but sufficient. The finish is long and delicate, with the lemon characteristics appearing along with the earthy and grassy flavors lingering a long, long time. This is on par with the Victory Braumeister Pils in terms of quality. Exceptional stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 02:06:24 | More by DefenCorps
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3/5  rDev -21.5%
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
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to oach for this bottle!!

Pours a clear golden color with a nice big off white head that falls to a blanket. Plenty of lacing.
Mild aroma..light malt, some spiciness, crisp hops.
Taste starts with a light fruitiness, a little sour mash flavor in the middle, finishes dry and crisp.
Body is fairly light. well carbonated - active but not distracting.
Overall a nice easy drinking lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 01:18:06 | More by ThirstyBird
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3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BeerTruth for this bottle, which I shared with mymrnngjckt.

Poured a pretty clear golden color, big white head which settled to a chunky lace.

Smell was pretty weak, some grassy hops and a bit of grain being most apparent. Bit of sweetness too, but nothing really stood out here.

Luckily there was more flavor than the nose let on, with grassy, citrus hops and a bit of a spicy bitterness. Light sweetness and a bit of grain. Solid pils flavor, nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel was a pretty crisp medium body, quite clean. Smooth and pretty refreshing.

This was a pretty good pils but I suppose I am spoiled living in PA where there are so many good ones available. A solid beer nonetheless, and if it were part of their regular lineup and I lived within their distribution area I'd grab it on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 02:01:00 | More by number1bum
Two Women Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 931 ratings.