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Two Women Lager - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,060 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,060
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 38
Gots: 105 | FT: 3
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 mjpolzin
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one I had never had from New Glarus but I had the chance tonight. I was a at a supper club for a gathering and generally a place like this is only going to have your typical macro brews. I asked if they had anything else from New Glarus other than Spotted Cow and the bartender gave me this. I proceeded to have 4 of them and although I was in a setting where I didn't get to analyze it too much, it was good enough that I kept having more and it seemed to go down rather easy. It goes under the category of "A beer that you can pound a lot of" which means it is good but it is not some epic beer that I would save only for special occasions.

mjpolzin, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Nachojon
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A very nice looking beer. Copper colored like a new shiny penny and a free pour yields 1 finger of head. Minimal lacing. Very crystal clear.

S- Spiced apples, a little sour and a bit of metal.

T- Crisp taste. Warm grain, apple cider, and a touch of sour. A good tasting lager, really sessionable, probably would be a go to if I could get it all the time, this coming from someone who doesn't generally like lagers.

M- Crisp, refreshing, little sour bit that sticks to the back of my throat.

O- New Glarus doesn't make a bad beer imo. This is no different. 4.0 is good...and this is a good all around beer.

Nachojon, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: vigorous pour yields 2 gingers of frothy white head, clear gold appearance, head dissipates to a cm of head with decent retention, significant lacing

S: strong notes of corn and a hint of sour graininess up front, mellow earthy hops in the background, corn and malt dominates aroma

T: notes of caramel, bread, and corn, starts of with small amount of hops followed by slight tartness in the middle, becomes rather malty and sweet, finish is corn and stale bread

MF: light body, medium to high carbonation

O: seems to represent the style well, but the grain profile is a little off putting to me, the slight sourness seems a little off

homebrew311, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of keethrax
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice copper color, superb creamy off-white head that stuck around absolutely forever.

Smell: Fresh bread, toasty malt, grassy, some hops on the herbal side.

Taste. Still grassy and a bit toasty. Very clean. Sweet and bitter in nice balance. Some citrus on the back end.

Mouthfeel. Light and refreshing.

An awesome lager. Get some if you're in or going through Wisconsin. I always stop and grab something from the New Glarus people every time I'm in the state, and this one is another that makes it worth it.

keethrax, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great lager, from Riley's in Madison. Generous retained head on noticeable yellow. Smooth mouthfeel, something I could drink lots of. Light toast, hint of citrus lemon and lime. Mild but noticeable bitterness.Simple and nicely executed.Floral aroma.

Sammy, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of matjack85
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this 12oz brown bottle as part of a build your own 6-pack of New Glarus beers for $10. Unfortunately, New Glarus doesn't export their products outside the state, so if you want to try one of these you'll have to go up to Wisconsin to get one.

The beer poured a clear copper color with a 1½-finger white head that lasted about a minute. Very little lacing and no freshness date.

Wonderful smell of baked bread and rich caramel and roasted malts.

A delicious lager. Lots of bready flavor and toasted malt. Sweet caramel is also noticeable but the sweetness is tamed with a hefty dose of Hallertau hops which gives it just a touch of bitterness. Well balanced and very tasty.

Light to medium body withy crisp carbonation.

This is one of the best lagers I ever had. Another winner from New Glarus.

matjack85, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Wedges in the Fall of 2011. It appeared to be about a 12oz glass which was $3.

Poured a light brown color that was still fairly clear. Had a fluffy white head that diminished gradually. I picked up scents of malts and yeast. The taste was malty with a little bit of spice and a little bit of citrus. Had a smooth taste that ended with a crisp, dry finsh. Another fan favorite from New Glarus. I just wish the beer coming out of the tap was a little colder.

Lemke10, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of mryuk
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a filtered gold with little head.

smell is light and earthy...very pilsner like.

taste is very light and mostly malt with very little hoppiness.

mouth is very light with medium carbonation.

overall it was not very good and I was quite excited to finish and move on.

mryuk, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of hwwty4
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the in-laws for picking me up this last time the swung by Wisconsin.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Troegs pint glass. This beer pours a golden amber with a big 3 inch cap that leaves just a bit of lacing down the sides of the glass. After about a minute, a good half a inch of head is still sticking around and does so for the entirety of the pull. The aroma is fairly complex for a pilsener. Candy apples mixed with caramel and toasted bread. Nice yeasty esters. Malt backbone is pretty prevalent with just a bit of earthy hops. The flavor tells you that this is a pretty malty lager. Caramel apples with toasted bread and yeasty biscuits. Underlying the malt is just a hint of earthy hops. Very clean and straightforward. Really tasty. The mouthfeel is clean and dry with a medium carbonation. This is a great lager by a great brewery. Definitely wish I could get this year round.

hwwty4, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber that is a little darker than most pilseners. Two fingers of head forms and has very good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Large amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma seems to be a balance between spicy hops and pale malt. Hints of cereal grains and crackers. Hops are spicy and earthy.

One thing I demand in my German Pilseners is that they be dry. This is not quite there and that keeps me from giving this a score above just good. The balance I noted in the aroma is not really followed up in the flavor. The malt with its sweetness plays a bigger role. The hops give a moderate bitterness with more of an earthy/grassy bite and less of a spice note.

Body and carbonation is standard across the board.

Not as easy to drink as a less sweet pilsener. Still well crafted and a very good example. One of the better New World attempts at the style.

morimech, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I knew nothing of this beer when I picked it up but was intrigued by the label's claim of using Hallertau hops and bohemian malt was enough to catch my attention. The brew absolutely delivers, having a wonderfully blended flavor.

BA lists this as a pilsner but there is less brightness and more depth of flavor than is typically found in this style. The beer pours beautifully but has a muted scent. I would call this closer to a marzen than a pilsner. Definitely worth a try.

MarvinTheMarzen, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up directly at New Glarus Brewing Company on a trip in May 2011.

Pours a clear, orange-golden hue with a thick layer of off-white foam, slightly rocky and well-retained. Lacing.

Perfumey, floral hop nose with light lemon rind. Apple wedge in the background. Sweeter malt coming in as the beer warms.

Slightly crackery malt backbone supporting perfumey hops. Corn/vegetable. Mostly clean fermentation character.

Medium-light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

This might have faded a bit in the 3 months I've had it in the fridge but still refreshing, balanced flavor. Not the best example of the style of I've had but I'd certainly enjoy another bottle.

BrewerB, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two Women Lager pours a dark golden color, with little head, but the head stayed throughout the beer. The smell was just slightly hoppy, and a bit strawery. The taste had a bit of hops in it, and a bit of spices, maybe a little citrus as well. Easy to drink, good flavor and carbonation, would deffently go for some more. Overall this is a great pils, very enjoyable.

vette2006c5r, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of flyfisherfinn
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Women pours very clear, with slight bubble action and very little head. This is a nice caramel color beer. This beer is very crisp and clean, with a smooth aftertaste and mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good offering from New Glarus and is worthy of your time.

flyfisherfinn, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two Women is a deep golden color, maybe into the amber range, with a small white head. The color was darker than I would have expected. Just a small amount of lacing.

The nose is loaded down with grains and has some nice, sweet malts as well. A bit of fruitiness as well, some apples, maybe a bit of lemon zest, and a bit of spicy hops.

Quite bready and biscuity malt start to this, and some nice grains as well. There are some light fruit tones following the malts, some apple and melon, and quite grassy into the nobel hop bitter finish. All this is going on in a pretty light beer, so it is well blended and pretty complex for the style.

New Glarus Two Women really gets the job done for a German Pilsener.

Tballz420, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, pale golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass while solitary bubbles rise in the column and a few solid bits hang suspended.

S: Very clean, with delicate biscuit that is made fresh by just a scant breath of dried grassy hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with mild malt that is soft and bready, yielding a simple sweetness. There is also a brief expression of fruitiness that is hard to pin down, yielding both aromatic and estery qualities. Flavors lighten up somewhat during the middle as dryness is slowly increased. The finish is mildly bitter, with some understated hay also present.

M: Medium viscosity, surprisingly substantial yet remaining wet and smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: While some features of this beer raise questions, it comes across as fairly composed when considered as a whole. Flavors fail to uplift the experience, appearing too predictable and even unaccomplished. The texture provides the biggest surprise, showing more resistance than one might expect from the style--which is also not helped by the lack of effervescence. As for the style classification, its position here as a Bavarian pilsner does the beer no favors. It seems like a decent Munich-style helles, but only the most mediocre of pilsners.

beagle75, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of stxSS07
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Killian's Pint

A- Pours a clear light-copper with a finger's worth of tight white head that recedes to a cap after about a minute. Leaves really nice lacing.

S- Grainy maltiness, touch of light floral hops, some breadiness, and a bit of a grassy note.

T- Follows the nose with a nice sweet malty character followed by just the right amount of refreshing hop bitterness. Also taste something like white grape juice toward the end. Really refreshing.

M- Light bodied with a nice aggressive amount of carbonation. Again, perfect for a refreshing brew.

O- Pils are nowhere near my favorite types of beers, but this one really does the style justice. A nice refreshing example that tastes damn fine as well.

stxSS07, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Northsider
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in bottle.

This was another one my dad was pushing on my from New Glarus. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but pretty generic in taste. Nothing I could pull out and distinguish. It simply tasted like beer. If this is in the fridge I'd have it again but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.

Northsider, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of tapman
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One finger of anti-gravity, off-white head that dissipates quickly. Darker than usual, this brew sports a dark, ruddy gold color. Clear and filtered.

Fresh bread dough, light sunflowers, and a hint of pumpernickel bread (albeit slight) make the nose for me.

BOOM --- Taste explosion! Gone is the breadiness in the nose to be replaced with a very clean, floral hoppiness with a low bitterness that manages to just cause a slight pucker in the finish and then melts away. The malt is sweet, yet subdued and almost completely clean with the exception of some mineral-like characters and light hints of bread crust.

Very light and smooth. Refreshing.

This may be the cleanest Pils I have ever had. Judging from the darker complexion, more care went into the malt bill for this brew than is usual for the style, though there are no off-putting characteristics that would lead to this conclusion.

Sometimes when you do something right, it's like you did nothing at al, I suppose.

tapman, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great looking beer, copper-tan in color, crystal clear, with a great two finger head that lasted and lasted, leaving monstrous sheets of lacing behind as you sip, with tons of fine rising bubbles.

The smell is nice, grains come around first, followed by a nice herbal component, and some fresh crisp hops.

Taste is amazingly good! Just a touch of fruitiness accents a fantastic grainy, hoppy, biscuity flavor, along with a nice herbal quality and a little sweetness.

Body is about as perfect as a German pils can be. Great smooth carbonation and exceptionally creamy mouthfeel are followed with a lovely herbal, slightly dry finish.

Overall this is certainly an A quality beer and, as usual, New Glarus rocks everything I try from them. Makes me want to move to Wisconsin so I can drink their beers all the time.

AlCaponeJunior, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden copper color. Amazing clarity. Snow white 2 finger head settles to a thin cap. Lacing is good and hangs around. Lots of tiny bubbles speak of more than adequate carbonation.

S: Hallertau hops evident. Very floral...grassy....herbal.

T: Complex for a lager. Caramel notes from the malt. Some green apple notes. Very much a biscuity flavor as well. A dry lingering cracker taste. The malt sweetness, while there, is perfectly held in balance by the hops. Nice!

M: Crisp....clean...dry. Almost medium chewy. A swirl decreases the carbonation and regenerates a creamy head that mellows the initial carbonation sting.

O: A very, very nice beer. After settling into my second one; I am reminded of the flavors I love in great caramel/malty/bready/biscuity beers like an Eliot Ness or Fullers London Pride.

A great beer to have available year around.

Brunite, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Badbobx
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The was about a half inch of foam that formed a slight lacing as the beverage was consumed. The smell was slightly fruity and pleasing though not a pilsner like aroma. The taste was had some hop flavor balance with the malt. I would drink this beer again.

Badbobx, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle thanks to shrek806. No date.

Pours a brownish-red-orange with thin white head. Nose is subtle and a little estery. Palate is clean with some mild hop bite keeping the rather reddish malt from being too sweet. Short, rhubarb-like fruity finish.

Feels more like a red layer than a pilsner. As a pilsner its not good...take away the style category and its quite lovely. (Also my dog really likes it...shared a "SIP" of a few different beers with her and she really liked this one. Good girl.)

SFLpunk, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of mynie
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a cool concept around which to base a collaboration beer. Above that, it's neat to see New Glarus making a little bit of a deal out of the fact that they're run by a woman. The way I see it, pride is always justified if 1)You're proud of something truly exceptional and 2) You got the chops to back it up.

Anyhow, this is just a straight-up German pils, and wow does it deliver. Aside from Millstream's pils circa 2006, this is the best American-made German Pils I've ever had (remember, Czech pils are a completely different category).

Pours very dark with a big, retentive white head. The aroma is grassy and malty, really crisp and refreshing. The flavor is whiz-bang. Starts out mildly bitter, moves into very nice cereal barley, and ends with a giant dose of herbacious hops that'll make you feel like you're walking through a field at daybreak.

Excellent, excellent beer. I wish I had bought more than one!

mynie, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Shiny copper, impressive head.

Smell: Stunning malty nose. Grape skin, fine tooled malt, light toasted grain, dried grass and fresh baked pita bread. Hallertau hopping is pleasant.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Big on smoothness, lighter body. Bucket load of fresh cut grass, toasted grain and that Weyermann malt trait like no other. Noble hoppiness, bitterness is clutch and flavor enhances. Clean from start to finish.

Overall: Without a doubt the malt used for this brew helped make it a stellar lager. Wow ...

Jason, Aug 08, 2011
Two Women Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,060 ratings.