Totally Naked - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Totally NakedTotally Naked

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

1,012 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 43
Gots: 129 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Totally Naked Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,012 | Reviews: 291
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My second beer from the New Glarus variety twelve pack, acquired from my mom on one of her recent trips to Wisconsin.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a bright gold straw colored body with some nice clarity to it. About a finger and a half of sudsy white head. Leaves behind thin stringy lacing. Looks very nice for the style.

S - The smell is about average for the style - a no frills or gimmicks experience. Grainy, husky, wheaty, grassy. Simple, but true to the style.

T - Taste follows the nose - grainy, husky, corny, wheaty, grassy, lightly papery finish. Taste is on par with and would be easily accessible to fans of cheap adjunct lagers like Miller Light and Coors Light, except this beer is brewed much more purely and less artificial. A lightly hoppy sort of pith is noticeable. The quality of the ingredients used definitely shows.

M - The feel is crisp, clean, and smooth. Lightly grainy / husky / papery on the finish. Light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a very true to style representation that would be easily accessible to fans of cheap macro lagers. Like the label says "simple unadorned flavor". A classic lager for sure.

New Glarus Totally Naked ---4/5.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap into a "pint" glass. Pours straw with a nice fluffy head. Smells of sweet grain, a little wheat, slight fruitiness. Tastes of some grain, little wheat, but a bit watery. Beer is light bodied and very refreshing, decent carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer.

Photo of Flight317
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As far as lagers go this one is a treat. Very drinkable and would likely be a hot day gem if it were local to me. A nice smell with a subtle hop presence and of course a nice malt charcter. Not my favorite style but it is done very well

A: 4
S: 3.75
T: 4
M: 3.75
O: 4

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 tempest
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured my bottle in a pint glass and had a clear straw gold with a short white head. The aroma had a mix of doughy toast with a touch of grassy hops. Clean, light caramel malts step forward in the flavor with a subtle hop balance. The beer is on the sweet side, but is by no means thick. It's a tasty golden, malty lager—a type of beer that's hard to come by and New Glarus does an excellent job.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Pop the cap off this bottle and Totally Naked pours a nicely carbonated pale straw yellow color that's crystal clear and crowned by an everlasting start white cap of foam. The frothy pile of beer mousse lays sheets of lace all over the glass for a stunning display of beauty.

S - Simplistic pale malt brings a grainy aroma with a crispness matched by soft nuances of floral noble hops for a pleasing, bare-bones nose.

T - Completely basic, pale malt flavor just peeks through the blinds at breadiness leaning more towards grains while nearly non-existent hop flavor trails off giving the beer an almost tonic water-like flavor.

M - Totally Naked's touch of carbonation barely keeps this light and crisp beer from being pretty watered down-feeling. The slick, almost oily body lacks any pizazz, finishing clean leaving no trail that you even just had a sip of beer.

O - Totally naked, Dan Carey is letting his skill hangout for everyone too see and, as their track record might suggest, it's a pretty big skill. But I feel his skill as a brewer is just about all Totally Naked has going for it because there's little about this beer that's otherwise interesting. As they say, "this is beer at its most basic" - completely free of any sort of flaw but also lacking much of any reason to drink it, I feel. Just a vehicle for introducing alcohol to the blood stream, Totally Naked, along side Spotted Cow are two perfect beers to draw the "big beer" drinkers into craft.

Photo of joe1510
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Roy's Market - New Glarus

Totally Naked is amazingly clear and amazingly golden. By clear, I mean that I could easily read a book through the body. By golden, I mean that it shines the brightest, purest straw golden out there. Big ol' large carbonation bubbles cling to the base of the glass, each releasing and rushing to the surface individually. The head is snow white, two fingers in height and leaves 97.7% coverage on the glass. She's a beauty to behold.

Bright, fresh grains are what's most prominent in this beer. The nose overall is simple and direct but to the point in a way that's both refreshing and clean. Besides the graininess present I smell grits, uncooked of course and that wraps it up for the malt profile. Way in back is a smattering of noble hop spiciness but it's faint. There's not much excitement here but it smells well made... I guess that makes sense, right?

The flavor profile is much the same. There's a corn presence that comes across as uncooked grits, or how I could imagine them tasting raw. A soft, very soft, grassy/spicy hop character pops up mid-palate but disappears before the finish with no hint remaining. The graininess isn't as pronounced in the flavor, unfortunately. Not bad, not great.

There is some snappiness with the carbonation. A slight aggressiveness that awakens the tongue, unfortunately the body leaves something to be desired. The weight is between moderate and light but there's not much body present. Drinkability is high and I could see a lot of these getting drank on a blazing hot day.

Totally Naked isn't a bad beer, pretty good as a matter of fact, especially when taking into consideration the style. It's overall clean but rather boring. Basically it's a step toward craft before even Spotted Cow. You have to crawl before you walk.

Photo of DaneBramage
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crisp and refreshing, but the taste is fairly bland and isn't anything special. Too many hints of bread flavor for my liking. I picked up a mix-6 of New Glarus on a family trip to Wisconsin Dells, and Totally Naked was a good representation of the 6-pack - good but not great. And that isn't my Illinois bias showing, as I really wanted to like their beer.

Photo of Henrich
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours ith a slight cap of anemic, soapy foam, which dissapates in seconds to nothing. Visable, strong carbonation. Beautiful pale color. Would have rated higher if the head retention were better.
Aroma: Clean maltiness. Smells delicious.
Taste: More pure, clean grain flavor, with a slight backbone of noble hops. Very refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation. Dances over the tongue in a refreshing, spritzy way.
Overall: Wow, I usually avoid this style, but I'm glad I tried this one. Ultimately, it tastes like a homebrewer brewed a better macro lager without rice solids. I like.

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear straw yellow to bright, light golden. The fluffy white head descends to a thin cover and leaves a thin sheet of lacing on the glass.

The smell is inoffensive. It is clean. Some sweet grain.

The taste is clean and crisp. Sweet grain is enough to balance most of the sweetness without adding much in the way of flavor. This light-bodied brew has a refreshing, clean semi-dry finish.

A basic American pale ale done well. A clean, refreshing lager is not always the easiest style to find from a brewery that is not a macro. It is bland, but refreshing and lacks any real flaws/detractors. Just an easy-drinking lager.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle appears a clear yellow with frothy white cap. 2 fingers fades leaving a spotty wall of lace on the glass. Rising bubbles maintain a finger across the top.

The smell is sweet and fresh with a biscuit and bready grain quality. Some soft herbal hop touch is also present to break things up.

The taste is sweet and grainy with a freshness contrasted by a very mild fruity alcohol and hop note. This is a fresh, clean and very easy drinking brew without fault.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is crisp and effortlessly drinkable. Not a brew or style with a lot of flair but for what it is, it is worth checking out.

Photo of MarriedAtGI
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Transparent, straw yellow color. Head is small and dissipates quickly

S: Subtle sweet malt

T: Sweet malt, not cloying at all

M: Light body with lively carbonation

O: An excellent helles style lager. I'll definitely buy more when I go back to Wisconsin.

Photo of barnzy78
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pale golden wirh excellent clarity, fluffy white head leaves some lacing as it fades
S - faint aroma; some biscuit and yeast but not much going on
T- sweet and malty, biscuity, vegetal, grassy, faintly fruity & yeasty
M - thinner body, crisp, easy to drink, finishes semi-dry and clean; refreshing
O - super easy to drink, a little on the sweet side for me, but it's a good American pale lager

Photo of alphagnome
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Bright, golden hued body that is incredibly clear. A nice, pillowy head hangs around for awhile leaving plenty of lacing in its' wake. A soothing carbonation is present, although light. A bit more carbonation and it'd be perfect.

Aroma:
Boring and a bit skunky. Faint grass and clay notes. A bit of clean lemon zest is present, but lacks potency.

Taste:
I'm not typically a fan of this style, but I found myself enjoying the crisp, refreshing nature of Totally Naked. There isn't a lot to note sadly... Sourdough, wheat, and yeast are pretty much all there is. A very dull bitterness steps in for an encore but is quickly shoed off-stage.

Mouthfeel:
Ultra light! Refreshing and crisp. Very, very easy to drink.

Overall:
As I mentioned above, I'm not really a fan of the style. Hwever, this one was decent and easy to drink. I pefer this others in the genre, but definitely not a go to beer.

Photo of KFBR392
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A pale golden color. Creamy head with thick lacing left on the sides of the glass. Above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking. Clear transparent body. Very clean look to this brew.

Smell: Clean pilsner yeast aroma. Mild hop bitterness. Refreshing wheat tones add an extra level of complexity. Leafy greens come through on the back end. Refreshing.

Taste: Medium bodied hops on the front end. Pilsner style wheat body keeps coming in waves. Light malt combines well with hop presence. Bright front transitions well to a medium dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking. Something that will not sit long in anyones fridge.

Overall: New Glarus continues to knock it out of the park with many styles that other breweries ignore and neglect. The clean mouthfeel of all their beers has to be their trademark for me.

Photo of FPWolff
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What am I missing? 98 by The Bros?? Is this beer just a master of its style? It doesn't have the impressive impression on my palate. It's like 33/77 on ratebeer as well. I think it's a great, drinkable American Pale Lager, but it's nothing to write home about.

Photo of dhannes
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served chilled at a T.G.I. Friday's and poured into a room temperature standard pint.

A=Very pale yellow...just a shade or two darker than Miller Lite...disappointing. A modest head.

S=Very faint whiff of bread with herbal undertones.

T=A very light taste of malt and hops. Very light. This beer was only slightly better than your average pilsner...the all malt aspect is nice, there just wasn't very much of it.

M=Lightly carbonated, with a sufficient body and ease to drink.

O=While not bad, there is no reason for this beer to exist. It is not substantially different than most adjunct lagers, but is sorely lacking in substance...I could barely tell I was drinking a beer. New Glarus is either really great or mediocre...this fits into the latter category. No reason for me to buy this beer again, as there are dozens of much tastier beers out there.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter

pale, light golden color with a huge head. smell if very crisp and big with the typical lager notes, some lemon zest. Taste is amazingly crisp and easy drinking, basically this is the ideal pale lager flavor. so easy drinking. some lemon notes with a lot of malts. real nice. light bodied, medium carbonation.

overall one of the best american lagers ive ever had. super recommended.

Photo of BWED
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Crystal clear, bright yellow-gold body. Head is white and lies at one finger. It's pillowy and there are loads of lacing.

S- Light malt, straw. Hop is spicy and herbal, with just a dash of skunk. Not overwhelming at all.

T- Very mild straw flavor with a subtle spicy hop.

M- Light, crisp, clean. Very easy to drink.

O- Very basic, yet very good. And that's what they were aiming for. I really enjoy this beer, and wish it was more readily available for me to knock back.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Snake River pint glass. The last of the bottles brought back for me from Wisconsin by the in-laws.

A: Clear pale straw with a decent amount of head and good lacing.

S: Mellow malt character & (slight bready) sweetness, fresh cut grass, hints of citrus fruit zest and faint Noble hopping.

T: Mellow pale maltiness bordering on crackery. Some sweetness too, fruit skins and grassiness. Crisp lager yeast backs up the malty undertones and moderate hopping.

MF: Thin & light refreshing body with higher carbonation.

O: A decent pale lager but a touch too BMC-like for my tastes.

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 Stevedore
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap, served in a shaker pint.

A- Clear golden-yellow body, half finger white head, not much longevity, lots of rings of lacing left over.

S- Grainy bready aromas, mild-moderately sweet on the nose with a mild earthy and floral hop aroma.

F- Very drinkable blend of bread, a bit of honey, earth and a mild lemon hop flavour. It's reasonably flavourful for a pale lager, with a nice mild hop bite. Delicious.

M- Just the right amount of body. Nice lemon bitterness on the backend that isn't too strong; incredibly drinkable and not watery at all. Plenty of flavour, nice carbonation. It's not too bitter, but the bitterness it does have actually contributes quite a bit to the overall flavour.

O- Very tasty APL, easy to drink, very simple but delivers on what it advertises. Mellow, smooth and very tasty.

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 kevanb
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a New Glarus 20th Anniversary Pilsner Glass.

The beer pours a clear, golden color, lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass with a fluffy, white head, nearly 2 or 3 fingers high resting atop the beer that has good retention and leaves a great network of sticky lace behind. The aroma is very simple, light cereal grain and crisp noble hops with some hop spice. It's sweet, bright with a touch of earthiness, hard to complain for a 4.25% pale lager. The flavors are right on queue, sweet pale grain, lemony hops, hop spice and some earthiness as well. Light and refreshing to say the least. The body is nice, very crisp with lively carbonation, smooth, light body that has a soft finish.

Verdict: A nice pale lager from New Glarus. Light, refreshing and crisp. One of the more enjoyable summer beers and a perfect lawnmower beer.

Photo of Fcolle2
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours lightly golden in color with a 2 finger soapy white head. Lacing is decent.

Has a slightly sweet straw golden malt. Dangerously close to a light beer.

Better than it smells. Sweet biscuit malt, very subtle spiced hops.

Mouthfeel is decent, slightly high carbonation but true to the style.

Overall it feels to close to an American pilsner for me. Not my style

Totally Naked from New Glarus Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.