Totally Naked - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,016 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,016
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 43
Gots: 134 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cokes on 09-24-2002

Pure and crisp this is a beer with nothing to hide. Wisconsin two-row barley malt ensures a mellow and smooth body. We imported Noble Hop varieties from Germany and the Czech Republic to ensure a fine mature aroma with no coarse bitterness.
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Photo of pweis909
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this according to style. As an American-style lager, it is probably the best I've ever had. Still, one always hope that this style will improve, and my ratings leave it room to grow.

It is an easy drinking beer. It's just as clear as a typical american lager, but maybe with a bit more yellow intensity. It is definitely very carbonated. Big head.

Like other american style lagers, it is not very malty. On the other hand, it is not watery. It won't hop-bite you, but unlike others, there is some hop aroma and flavor, it just isn't that bitter.

This might be a good one to introduce to folks who are macro loyalists. They might be able to taste some subtle qualities in this one that are lacking in their macro, without hitting them on the head with a hop hammer.

Photo of pagriley
4.67/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hands down one of the very best lagers I have ever had. This is what every macro / american larger should aspire to

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale golden with thin cream colored skim and slight lacing. Light malty aroma. Bread but no hops. Must dusting. Cookie dough sweet taste. Some herbs and grasses. Very clean. Straight forward and one dimensional, heck it’s almost only half a dimension. The only purpose of this beer is to throw it in a cooler, chill it to 35 degrees and slam a dozen or so on a hot day. It’s kind of boring and not really worth $6 for a six pack when held to considerably better alternatives.

Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Pours a brilliantly clear straw colored beer with a persistent white head made of rocky bubbles.

It has a grainy malt aroma with a moderate earth and spicy hops aromas.

A clear and straight forward lager with a moderately light malt body and a moderate hops bitterness. The balance is slightly bitter with a dry finish and quick bitter aftertaste.

A smooth, easy drinking lager with an awesome balance of flavors.

Photo of brownbeer
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Totally naked is a pale golden lager really with nothing to hide. Not too much going on aroma or taste wise but it is extremely smooth and clean. I think I could funnel about four of these at one time. Not flashy, just a good beer without adjuncts.

"Mow the yard and drink it."- Bob Franks

Photo of weatherdog
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a footed pilsner glass.

It pours a crystal clear pale straw with a pillowy white head. The head dies down to a small layer of bubbles in top, lacing is medium and nice tiny bubbles are constantly rising to the surface.

The aroma is very neutral. Some grainyness and sweet corn with a very crisp lager finish.

The flavor is more corn dominant. It has a nice mild sweetness but finishes very crisp like a very drinkable lager should.

To me this is a just a step up in flavor from the standard BMC. It doesn't have much flavor but what it has is a compliment to the beer. To me this beer is for those that want to drink or be seen drinking craft but think Spotted Cow has too much flavor.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The New Glarus Totally Naked pours from the bottle a crisp bright lemony golden yellow with a small bubbly white head that quickly dissapates. Aromas of sweet creamy pale malts upfront with a backing of spicy, grassy hops. Smells fresh and vibrant with a dash of yeast.

First sip brings a smooth, very light sweet pale maltiness. Subtle grain huskiness melds with a mellow spicy, herbal hoppiness that rides in the background. Notes of lemon zest throughout. Finishes extremely clean with just a smidge of lingering hop. A nice all-malt lager, no more and no less.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with a smooth carbonation that rushes across the palate. I'd like to see a bit more body here but it suits the style fairly well and makes for extremely easy drinking. A laid back beer that would do well in the hot summer months when I want to have a sixer on the beach...also would be a wonderful gateway beer for the macro crowd. I'd say this one is worth a shot!

Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Clear pale yellow.

Smell: Clean pale malt, subtle herbal hopping that is very floral.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lager goodness, big smoothness with in the lighter body. Fresh cut hay, cleat maltiness throughout. Level hop bitterness, delicate floral hop flavor. Grainy finish what lands semi-dry.

Overall: Hell Yeah! I could quaff this beer back any day ... any time. A simple lager beer that just shows off enough yet keeps it simple and very drinkable.

Photo of tigg924
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, high carbonation, straw yellow in color, clear

Smell: grass and grain

Taste: grass, grain, and sugar

Mouthfeel: super light body, sweet with a touch of bitterness, high carbonation

Overall: A new standard bearer for the style. Super light and refreshing minus adjunct. Very clean..I think this is what light lagers mean to be. Perfect hot weather beer. I would grab a six if I could find it locally.

Photo of badbeer
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden color with a quickly dissipating white head, leaving no lacing. Smell is pretty faint, flowery and a touch of honey. Taste is of honey and corn, paired with the same soft flowery notes perceived in the smell. I don't think it could get much better for the style. Medium carbonation with light/medium body. Great to drink; a simple beer, but I enjoyed it.

Photo of Franziskaner
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Light gold in color. Moderate head of foam off of the pour. I smell...corn and a bit of a vinegar aroma. Not too enticing. The flavor is corn and a quick fade away. Drink this one cold for maximum enjoyment. The mouthfeel is pretty light, like drinking water.

Photo of MattyG85
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden yellow with a lot of rising bubbles. About three fingers of white head that slowly fade into a patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A grainy and malty pilsner like aroma. Pale malts and wheat grains with hints of biscuit, cracker, straw, yeast, and barley. Good hints of citrus lemon. Also hints of grass and European noble hops. A fairly simple and nice clean lager aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a simple clean and crisp lager taste. Wheat grains and barely malts mix with yeast and give a taste of biscuit, straw, cracker, and cereal grains. A nice taste of citrus lemon zest. Decent backing of Euro noble hops. Fairly earthy and grassy with a balanced sweetness. Simple but solid pils lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A nice pilsner lager style beer. Simple and light but nicely tasty and refreshing.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsener glass; straw-yellow, pale, visible carbonation with a fizzy white head that leaves some spotty lacing. Taste is crisp and clean, champagne-like, sweet clear malt with fizzy carbonation and slight crisp herbal hops. Finishes slightly dry and crisp. Delicious and simple lager.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear golden yellow body with a thin white ring of head and a strong carbonation.

S- This beer has a light pale malt smell with a note of sulfur and a green bitter noble hop finish. Over all it was pretty light.

T- This beer had a pale malt flavor that was dry followed by a noble hop finish that had a sulfur note.

M- This beer had a light mouth feel with a slight fizz in the finish.

D- Light and light. Not much flavor and a bit boring without being thirst quenching.

Photo of richkrull
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow color with lots of big fluffy white head. Some decent lacing on this lager as well.

Smell is light malt and wheaty.

Taste is refreshing. Light malty flavor with maybe a hint of spice - I could be way off on that though.

Very carbonated. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly.

Overall a pretty decent beer. Great for a hot summer day. I could definitely put down a pile of these. Very light and refreshing.

Photo of dohm179
4.41/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be the definitive American Pale Lager for me. Crisp, refreshing, smooth and balanced. For the style nearly perfect. An incredible summer selection.

Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've got notes from a summer tasting. They're good and I've just been holding onto them all this time.

The color is a completely clear medium yellow. A soft head one finger tall has good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing patchily along the sides of the glass.
I understand that this is too light for the monster seekers, but it's exactly what I'd expect from this style. I get some grassiness in the nose and I'm immediately thinking Saaz or a noble variety with the corresponding lightly herbal quality. There's a bit of more leafy earthiness with a blend of mildly sweet and bready malts backing.
The flavor profile is equally light, plenty flavorful without pounding your face. It's actually a little disparaging to see so many reviewers wishing more hops were added. I like hops. This is a different beer, and it's not meant to be overly hoppy. As it is, the light hops additions add flavor and balance very well. This is an extremely sessionable beer. This simply isn't meant to be a monster.
The body is light but neither thin nor weak. It's nice and crisp, definitely refreshing, with a bit of smoothness to it.
I get it. People don't like this style. I see it as an extremely legitimate one out of dozens, and this a good example of it.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is what it is.
Pours a pale yellow with a smallish white head that melts rather quickly to a ring of white lacing and occassional stickiness.
Aroma is American Lager Yeast with soft sweet malt and floral hops.
Taste is initially sweet, then the floral hops peek out and try to take over only to be buried by the sweetness of the pale malts again.
Mouthfeel is slick and thick.
This impresses me as a craft version of a BMC.
Not bad...but not for me to go there again.

Photo of SMark
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounces poured at 41 degrees with approximately 1 inch of head which lasted a short time then noticed a few small bubbles would rise to the top. Pale golden in color. No noticeable lacing.

Clean and fresh with no discernable malt of hop aroma.

Good clean fresh taste with some lace work left behind.

Feels good and with a small amount of nice aftertaste.

Cool and somewhat refreshing this is another above average effort from New Glarus.

Photo of wiseguywood
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice very golden yellow, with excellent lacing and quite a frothy head
S: It smells exactly like I imagine a good lager should
T: Very tasty, with a hint of sweetness, but just that, not overpowering at all
M: A bit thicker than one would expect, but to me, that is a plus
O: Considering that it is a lager, I would say that it is one of the best examples of the style that you can have. At times, something simple can be exactly that, and yet, quite refreshing.
New Glarus, I have yet to be disappointed by your brews, just wish I had better access to them.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge billowy sea-foam head, with a light golden yellow color one usually associates with bad macros. But for the style it's good, and the splats of lace are nice.

Aroma is sweet corn, or maybe Corn Puffs cereal, and soft lemony Czech-pils hops (the label reveals that Nobel were used).

Sweet malt flavors dominate, having a sugary edge, with a vegetable feel, biscuit, fresh-baked white bread, and mildly fruity hops. Crisp and lightweight in the mouth, though hardly thin, and just enough sizzle from the carbonation.

Drinkability is good, of course, as this is an assuming, light, crisp, unoffensive, well-made beer. It's just not overly exciting, despite being solid and clearly made with more love than your average macro. Not the best by New Glarus, but I'm not sure that's the intent. Hey, go for it if you want to session like hell with a well-made lager.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Homerbag for this extra.

Pours a very nice light pale lager yellow with a very nice cauliflower fluffy head that retains well and leaves shockingly good lacing for a lager.

Nose is very pilsnery, some slight skunkage, but Ive had this one in the fridge for a good 6 months. Grain, a touch of light fruit, and some light pepper on the nose.

Taste is exactly what you look for in a good lager. A nice crisp grain flavor, some light euro hop nip. A slight creaminess. Very nice lager.

Mouthfeel is right where I like it to be here. Not watery thin, but not to thick either. Carbonation is just right, and not overcarbonated as is common.

Drinkability is just plain perfect here. Can't really ask for any better.

Overall this is a fantastic lager. I think I could drink about 800 of these on a hot afternoon in the fishing boat. People tend to shit on beers like this just because of what they are, but review these for the style and learn to appreciate them folks. Everyone preaches "macros have there place" but when beer like this is on the table, no, they don't. Great lager

Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of New Glarus' one-offs. Usually pops up in the late summer. But their Solstice wheat is actually the summer seasonal.

This ones pours out sunny pale golden. Tightly packed, creamy head shows decent retention and lacing. The swirling carbonation is mesmirizing following the pour. Stays medium-low, but steady after that.
Bready nose with Noble hop notes.
Taste is quite bready as well, with faint cookie dough sweetness. A little grainy and hay-like in the mid-section, leading into the slightly prickly noble hop finish. Very clean at the end.
Body approaches medium, with a fluffed, creamy texture. Ample carbonation provides some crispness. Quenching.
This is a beer that demands to be consumed in quantity.
Nothing dazzling here, but that is not its purpose. Who says a simple beer can't be decent?

Photo of Sammy
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Riley's in Madison. Fairly run-of-mill lager. Nothing against lagers, but this is passable in every respect, except for drinkability. A spot of taste, and a good amount of retained head. Average mouthfeel.More hop flavour would have helped.

Photo of dancinwillie
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fizzy yellow body, white 1 finger head. Clear beer, bubbles rising. Aroma is corn sweetness, not entirely unpleasant, but one dimensional.

Flavor is corn sweet, pretty close to the flavor of spotted cow, but a bit of a different malt flavor. A little earthy/grainy flavor, but not much. Not much hop flavor, which was expected, but just enough bitterness to keep this from being cloying, which it is dangerously close to.

Thin bodied, sweet finish.

Overall, I'd get this if my only other choices were Bud, Miller, or Coors. Otherwise, I'll probably pass. Good beer for the style, but that's not saying a lot. Although, I will say, this might be a good beer for a hot summer day of grilling.

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Totally Naked from New Glarus Brewing Company
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