Totally Naked - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 285
Hads: 1,036
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 45
Gots: 144 | FT: 5
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 joe1510
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,829 characters)

Photo of DaneBramage
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of Henrich
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +12%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of MarriedAtGI
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
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 (397 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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

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.

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

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. (908 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of FPWolff
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of dhannes
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.89/5  rDev +9%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
2.82/5  rDev -21%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
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 (368 characters)

Photo of kdwruck
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It was good it really was. Nothing too intense but something that's easy to drink. Nice and smooth. But yet it holds back on any kind of pungent taste. It carries a hop form but its some thing you'd give to your uneducated beer friends. It's not a bad tasting beer by any means. Very smooth and to the point. Nothing more. I love the new glarus brewing co. And I really like this beer. (385 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my New Glarus Signature Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden-yellow, very clear. Decent sized white foam head that recedes relatively quickly. A little bit of lacing.

Smell: Smells wonderful. A smorgasbord of aromas, here. Wheat, malts, a little citrus, yeast. Lemon zest. A little bit of grassiness, possibly. A great balance of aromas.

Taste: This is where this one falters a bit. Those wonderful aromas are mostly absent now. Some pale malts up front. Yeast. Grass. A tiny bit of the lemon zest, as well. Basically, most of what we had in the aroma, just very, very muted. One of the more watered down tastes you'll find, at least from somewhere like New Glarus. Not bad at all, but nothing special here.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with a good deal of carbonation.

Overall: Nothing but a safe entry by New Glarus. A good, refreshing summer brew. Although they accomplished what they set out to do, I would never buy a six pack of this one. (976 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear light golden body with minimal head and lacing. Fairly strong pale malt, barely and grain base with cracker and light honey presence. Nice hop complexity with sweet corn, honey for flavor which is a lot less malty than the aroma forboded. Light body and moderate carbonation and crisp finish. (298 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, straw colored body. The head sticks around for a while and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Musty, herbal hop aroma with some grainy malt.

T - Clean, mild malt with light hop presence and little else.

M - Mdium body, moderate carbonation, and a well balanced finish.

D - Nicely done, it is very well balanced and drinkable. (388 characters)

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a fluffy and chunky three fingers of white foam.

Smell: Nice spicy hops and sweet crackery malt backbone. Simple but inviting.

Taste: Follows the nose with a light crackery malt, sharp, spicy hops, some yeast and a bit of tangy lemon. Fairly sweet overall.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp and clean with a creamy finish.

Overall, this is a straight forward but fantastic pale lager. Light but flavorful, crisp, refreshing and completely satisfying. A great summer session beer. As the label states, "This is beer at it's most basic". In this case, that's a good thing. (623 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.85/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a HUGE, bellowing, dense, white head that has good persistence and laces the glass like crazy. Distinctive noble hop aroma is slightly spicy with a touch of sweetness. Crystal clear, golden hue. Starts off with a touch of floral hops, a touch of spiciness and sweet malt. No building of bitterness, instead the malt takes the wheel and ramps this up into a sizeable, delicious, bready malt backbone. The finish is DECADES of deep, grain and breadiness; it just lasts and lasts. A touch of floral hops will peek through if you let the finish settle.
It even has this wonderful, thick, luscious, silky feel in your mouth. It's not thin, but it's not thick.

Holy hell. This is beyond amazing. Dare I say, "perfect"?
It is EVERYTHING a malt-centric lager should be; delicious, refined, and masterfully balanced. It's, literally, like drinking a loaf of fantastic bread.

I'm a HUGE fan of malt and lagers. This is perfect.
If you're looking to try and expand your palate and experience more malt-centric lagers, this is the PERFECT place to start. (1,050 characters)

Totally Naked from New Glarus Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.