Totally Naked | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by cokes on 09-24-2002

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Photo of Smash712
4.74/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My all time favorite, sit and chill beer. Clean, summery, and crisp taste with a light and fizzy mouth feel. Drive to Wisconsin from Maryland to load up on this and other New Glarus beers a few years ago. There are many incredible beers but because of the clarity and smooth taste this is definitely my go to for fresh light flavor.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

from a single into a willi becher, pours a clear pale gold with a 1 finger white head that subsides quickly and leaves hardly any lacing. Nose is faint with graininess. Taste and feel are really nice light but substantial...plenty of smooth pale malt, some nice light fruitiness (apple and quince), and a slight but effective hoppy liveliness. Great body for the style.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 1475 11:53 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma weak, grainy – one fruit fly circled the snifter then left
Head small (<1 cm, aggressive pour), white, fizzy, instantly gone leaving an irregular one to eight mm frothy ring and an off center island
Lacing – poor. Some straggling foam from the ring remains
Body bright light yellow, clear, some effervescence
Flavor – grainy with a little hop bite; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 3.5

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Photo of c014572
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very well balanced light lager. Really nice hop to malt balance. I could see myself kicking back this all day long. A great lower ABV session beer. If you are a fan of lighter offerings, you'll like this one.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- This beer pourd a nice straw color with a huge white head.
S- Not a lot going on with the smell.
T- Like a really good lager.
F- nicely carbonated.
O- Really delicious simple beer. Perfect for a summer day.

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Photo of CoryJones
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my summer beer. There isn't a better beer out there that is more refreshing and feels better than a Totally naked, especially after mowing the lawn or doing any outdoor work. Great initial taste that cools the body as the beer goes all the way down.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : A very large white head of whipped cream appearance standing at 3 fingers, gradually receding to a river foam-like cap, leaving generous lace ont he sides of the glass in flecks and tiny webs. The body is pale straw colored and about 90% transparent.

S : Clean malts, grains, and a slight hop presence with dough and bread crust. The faintest hint of banana peel, too.

T : This has a very good flavor profile, it's complete and balanced. Beery. Pale malts, light fruity esters (banana, orange, apple), and the slightest hop presence to tie it all together. A very crisp and clean lager with enough essence to totally destroy the macro lagers of today.

F : Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation with a slight zip and it ends just faintly nipped.

O : A solid, solid lager. I'd drink this again, several times over. Absolutely annihilates the macro competition and I'll recommend this to folks who like to drink the typical B/M/C on the regular.

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Photo of Seanhillmusiccleaner
2.48/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

For the current price of a New Glarus variety pack ($17.99 before taxes), this beer is definitely NOT WORTH IT. I can get a case and then some of Miller Light for this cost, with very little difference in product. This beer is described as an "American Pale Lager", but it sure tastes like a run-of-the-mill, mass-produced American pilsner to me. an In fact, Moon Man is the only beer in the sampler with any redeeming qualities, and that still doesn't come close to the price tag. This company has gotten by on the mere fact that it's only sold in Wisconsin for too long. Craft beer in America has gotten very good and very accessible in the past 20 years. There is nothing special going on with these unlimited releases by New Glarus. Maybe they're simply trying to placate the weekend vacationers and give them something safe, but I'll take my money elsewhere from now on.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like this a lot better than the slightly overrated Spotted Cow. This is a remarkably consistent and light beer, though don't mistake it for being too watery or thin. Has a great aftertaste in addition to its simplicity. It seems anyone can brew a pale ale or a dreaded IPA nowadays, but I respect breweries that go for the more difficult styles (pilsners especially) and do them well. New Glarus is masterful at brewing difficult styles that must remain consistent and of a certain quality and this is one of the finest examples of that I've seen in a while.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.63/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, "1635 08:44" stamped on shoulder, 10815A22310 stamped on the bottom. Pilsner glass. Graded to 1C, American Premium Lager.

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear straw gold with streaming effervescence. 2 fingers foamy white head. Legendary lacing and retention. Leaves beautiful rings on the side of the glass with each sip. retains about 1/4 inch the whole way down, not kidding.

Aroma: Beer. A graininess common of American lagers. I actually like this smell because it smells like beer, but I couldn't tell it apart from Coors or Budweiser.

Taste: Ever so slightly sweet arrival quickly turning grainy, straw-like, like dried sweet hay, then just enough bitterness to call the sweetness to a close, followed by a hint of lingering sour/sweet graininess. Do I notice a theme developing here? Don't get me wrong here - graininess is not a bad thing in my book for an American lager, it's just so dominated by one flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light, highly carbonated, and just a little slick.

Overall: This is American Beer at its best. I get a craving for beer like this in the summer, I really do. Then I get a can of PBR, and it scratches the itch, but it reminds me why I don't drink it more often. If I lived in Wisconsin, that might not be the case. I'd mow my lawn every day to have an excuse to drink this. And at 4.25% ABV, you can keep your wits about you. I love lagers, but am more partial to the heavier and more bitter styles. However graded to style, it really does not get much better than this.

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Photo of golf_sierra
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean, clear refreshing pale lager. Better than macro adjunct lager and a good thirst quencher. No real hoppyness/bitterness. Very little aroma.
Probably a decent beer for the style, but I rate by how much I liked it, and this isn't my favorite style. Probably won't buy again

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Photo of bwood06
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Frothy white head that is moderately slow to dissipate. Clear. Golden straw in color. Moderate to high carbonation. 3.75/5

S - Light malt. Some caramel sweetness. Grassy hops. Maybe a hint of corn. 4/5

T - Light malt. White bread. Corn. Grassy hops. Not much sweetness to speak of. Very straightforward. Lingering grassy flavor. 3.5/5

M - Scrubbing bubbles. Fizzy in mouth. Drying astringency at the end. Crisp. 3.5/5

O - Good hot day beer. Good beer to drink with grilled food. Leaves the mouth a bit parched though. Not my favorite from New Glarus but one that I would revisit on occasion. 3.75/5

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant straw with a 1” white foam collar. Not a lot of aroma – some light grains, faint hops. Light malt flavors but not overwhelming. Light, crisp, sparkly and refreshing. Not my favorite style but well done.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours an extremely clear pale yellow with 1 inch bubbly white head with good retention (moderate carbonation continues to fuel this).
S: Crisp dry cracker malt. Very straight forward.
T: Follows aroma, plus a bit extra... Crisp dry cracker malt with subtle hints of herbal hops.
M: A highlight of the beer. Smooth and subtly sweet. Dry with just a faint whiff of bitterness. Lingers nicely on the palate too. Wonderful here, especially for style.
D: A nice simple beer. Great summer table beer. Easily approachable and refreshing. Well done for the style.

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Photo of dohm179
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a can glass

A- pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a massive foamy white head that seems to retain forever, eventually leaving some nice lacing behind

S- clean pale malt gives light bready toasted notes, subtle spicy herbal & floral hop

T- clean malt and fresh cut hay, followed by light spicy floral hop bitterness, grainy dry finish leaves very clean

M- medium-light body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy & sudsy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish, high drinkability

O- simple and to the point, this lager is so drinkable without showing any flaws that are so common of the style

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Photo of guityler83
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale gold color with brilliant clarity. Bright white foam with long lasting head retention. A mix of small and medium sized bubbles - soapy looking.

S: Light bready malt with mild lemon/citrus. Medium-low herbal hop aroma. no esters - clean.

T: Mild toast and bready malt with low hop bitterness. Hop flavor has a mild herbal taste that comes though in the middle. Clean fermentation. Balance is on the malt but the sweetness is low. After taste is bready with a light lemon character that stays with you.

M: Medium-low body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation with no alcohol warming. Creamy mouthfeel though a slight drying sensation happens on the tongue after a few sips.

O: Very refreshing beer - I think the lemony character I was picking up deterred me from rating this higher - I really like pils malt. However an interesting take on a beer that can beer easily made bland. Cheers!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Glarus Totally Naked has a thick, white head, a clear, straw-gold appearance, a few white specs, and very heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, slightly pungent grain, and the flavor is of the same thing, with very low levels of hop bitterness for balancing. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and New Glarus Totally Naked finishes crisp and refreshing. RJT

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six-pack at my nearest gas station (there are some delightful things about living in Wisconsin). No bottled on date. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a bright straw yellow, crystal clear with good visible carbonation. The chalk-white head starts at about a half inch but soon falls to a film and ring that leaves nice cling on the glass.

S: Biscuit malt notes with a suggestion of cut grass from the hops. Perhaps a hint of cider in the mix, as well. Not a very big bouquet.

T: Cracker-clean malt notes at the front, with just a bit of apple cider coming though. This transitions into a more earthy/grassy sensation as the hops begin to play into the mix. The back end is quite smooth, continuing with the solid malt flavor and leaving you with just the slightest hint of bitter. The flavors are smooth and well-balanced.

F: This is just the kind of feel that I'm looking for in a lighter-bodied beer: crisp, a bit creamy, and nice and clean on the finish. Very easy to put this away.

O: I'm not a huge fan of the pale lager style, but this one made a believer out of me. Others have said it, but this is really what the big brewers should aspire to: quality ingredients that are expertly brewed to create a beer that can be enjoyed for its simplicity and great taste.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Refreshingly crisp and clean. We have not had this one in a while, so just now getting to rate it. Good for the first beer on the deck. Carbonation is right, maltiness is present with not even a hint of adjuncts -- because there are none!

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Photo of Ri0
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into Pils glass.

A - Pours a brilliant light straw color that is clear. Bright white pillowy 2 finger head that doesn't last long. Good lacing on my tall glass.

S - Hints of lemon, grass, floral, grain and cracker.

T - Follows the nose. Light and bready with faint grain and staw. Hints of the lemon and maybe pear, providing a bit of balance to the sweetness. The taste of this Lager is quite good.

M - So light and crisp with good carbonation. Leaves a nice tang on the finish.

D - All around great refreshing lager that is nice on a warmer day in WI.

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Photo of BobJude
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my wifes favorite beer. In the winter, I brew a clone of it for her and play with the hops a bit to mess with her. Just finished off the last one - a very good, simple beer that is what it is. Lucky to have New Glarus in WI.

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Photo of Brams17
3.8/5  rDev +5%

Poured into a tapered pint glass

A: Pours a straw gold color with a thin white head. The beer is crystal clear. Nice lacing.

S: Some grainy aroma, not rally anything as far as hops go.

T: Very crisp grainy flavors and that smooth lager taste. Slightly sweet. Reminds me some of a Munich Helles.

M: Good carbonation, light body. Very crisp and easy drinking/

O: A very good refreshing lager. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%

Ok, so this rating is for the style, not necessarily the overall beer. The beer itself is actually very tasty and smooth, which one would expect. But for this style, I have yet to try another than comes even close. New Glarus is one of the best and least appreciated breweries in the country.

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Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Crystal clear, light yellow. Small white head and excellent lacing (4.00)

Aroma/Flavor: Grainy, almost no hop aroma. Really not a lot going on here. (3.60)

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, dissipating. No alcohol warmth. (3.75)

Overall: A great converter for BMC drinkers. (3.75)

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Totally Naked from New Glarus Brewing Company
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