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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 dhannes
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of BWED
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.22/5  rDev -11%
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

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Photo of kdwruck
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.85/5  rDev +34%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into New Glarus taster glass. Appearance is a pale yellow with nice clarity and Gropius amounts of frothy white head that leaves behind tons of lacing. Née features light grainy bread notes with notes of orange and citrus in the background. The taste is malt forward with a light refreshing citrus quality. Nice easy drinking lager with a pleasant taste. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, not the most interesting brew in the world, but certainly a solid example of the style and would drink nicely on a hot summer day.

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into GI pint

Pour: A pale straw yellow that is so clear it magnifies objects behind it. A good 2 fingers of bright white head that settles with a decent amount of lacing. Head was more of a foamy like appearance and became rocky as it receded.

Smell: Smells grainy and malty with a biscuit and cracker like smell. A hint of grass and mild hop too. Some floral notes mixed with some lemon notes. A very straight forward smelling beer that is very mild in the nose.

Taste: True to the nose and pretty sweet with bread and cracker characteristics and quite grainy. A touch of mild hops but so damn mild it is hard to pick out.

Mouthfeel: A very light bodied beer that is somewhat watery. Carbonation level is high and creates a mild crispness when swallowing.

Overall: A good example of the style. Nothing flashy or wow about this but an extremely easy drinking lager that would be a perfect accompaniment on a hot summer day or night. I could easily put away a bunch of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfectly clear pale straw. So very pale. Head is bright-white and drops to a spotty cap with no collar. Leaves some spots and vague notches of lacing. Lively carbonation pulls from the bottom.

Smell: Pale malt. Cracker and biscuit. Some underlying apple and pear. Hay and a touch of grass. Sweet like corn cereal. Nice mild floral/herbal hop. Very mellow, very clean.

Taste: So very pale. A touch of honey fused with hay, touches of grass, some backing apple and mealy pear. Cracker. Mild earthiness in the back. Grainy and a touch raw, but ultimately very clean. Nice sweet pale malts balanced with the subtle floral and herbal element from the hops. Touch of that lager goodness.

Mouthfeel: Light and clean with a moderate carbonation that makes the beer sparkle just a bit. So very clean.

Overall: Works 2 out of 3 times. Guaranteed.

A solid drinking and drinking and drinking lager. All day and then some.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Trying to work my way through the rest of the New Glarus repertoire, and this one's on the list, so here we go.

For a pale lager, it looks pretty darn nice. Very clear pale yellow, slightly golden. One finger of very white head, decent retention, some lacing. A thin stream of bubbles rising up.

Smell is really grainy, corny sweet, backed by lager yeast. I guess it smells like what I'd expect from a pale lager, but from NG, I was hoping for more. On second sniff, quite sweet and rich, and very corny. I hate to say this, but there's a hint of cat pee.

Taste is similar. Comes across as a bland sweet lager, with not much more to it. I can see that people would like this, but nothing about it is impressing me. A waft of crisp hops comes through, but is quickly washed away by that grainy sweetness. I'm quickly getting my fill of that flavor.

Mouthfeel is really light, with prickly pins-and-needles carbonation. Not bad.

I can imagine someone drinking this instead of a macro lager, but I can't see anyone drinking it instead of a more flavorful beer. Sure, it's a session beer, and a pale lager, but there's just not much to it. Minimal hops, quite sweet and heavy on the pale malts, which makes for an odd combo.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours straw yellow with a finger of bone white head. Ok retention.

S- buttery crackers with the faintest hint of aspirin floral hop.

T- light cracker malt flavor with a whisper of earthy floral hop. Astringent syrupy sweetness on the finish.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel with a light body. Fizzy carbonation.

D- below average drinkability.

Overall a beer that reminded me to much of high school and bad brew.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was sent to me by BeerFMAndy. Thanks Andy!

Only 80% here on BA and still in the top 30 in its style class. Not a popular style, for sure.

Served in a shaped-glass.

A: After a rather vicious pour, I summoned up a good 1.5 finger head or so, solid white in color and clumpy in texture. The liquid was damn near straw color with a slight chill haze.

S: Sweet puffs of barley and yeast, delightfully fragrant, and without much bitterness so far.

T: Extremely mild in its flavor profile, but that was kinda what they were going for here anyway. Fresh filtered water, mild barley component, and VERY subtle sweetness.

M: This one just goes right through ya. Damn! It didn't sit on me heavy at all, maybe part of that was the very spritzy carbonation bill. Lots of air here!

O: Nothing earth shattering, just a really nice flagship, standard line-up brew by a truly great brewery.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to my buddy Taylor who brought a New Glarus variety pack straight from Wisconsin all the way down here to Charleston. Thanks, Taylor!

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Straw color with a 3-finger white bubbly and foamy head. Nice retention and some pretty good patchy lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Bready, grainy, and cereal malts with some acetaldehyde (green apple) yeast and a subtle floral and grassy hop aroma.

T – Follows the nose. Sweet nearly all the way through with bready, grainy, and cereal malts and a small amount of acetaldehyde. A very subtle slightly bitter herbal and spicy hop presence shows up at the finish. Very subtle.

F – Light-bodied with great carbonation, a crisp mouthfeel, and a grainy, earthy, and dry finish. Earthy, herbal, spicy hop flavors linger for a little while. The intense carbonation provides a throat-tingling perceived acidity.

O – This is a pretty good lager. The presence of acetaldehyde and the lack of strong presence from noble hops both surprise me. On the plus side, it has a solid malt presence and is very drinkable and sessionable. I can see this being a great “gateway” beer.

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Photo of stewart124
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw color with fizzy white head that leaves quite the lace.

Nose has more straw and herbal notes.

Grainy light mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Subtle bready character and just a touch of spicy bitterness. Very easy to drink.

Crowd pleaser here. Just a great Wisconsin lager with nothing to hide.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light, clear gold color. Small, bubbly, foamy, tight, white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving minimal lace.

S - Sweet grain aroma. Clean with minimal grassy hops. Very clean and simple.

T - Just like the nose although a touch more hop bite on the finish. Grain/corn flavor dominates. Hints of tart apple in the back. Overall very clean and crisp with plenty of malt.

M - Light body, above average carbonation, crisp, slightly spritzy. What you expect/want for the style.

D - Very easy drinking beer. Clean, crisp, and refreshing. Simple with a nice little hop kick on the finish.

Notes: Nothing special nor complex about this beer. Easy drinking, light lager. Fits the style nicely and it is refreshing, but there's nothing that makes me love it (probably a comment on the style more than anything though). A good clean, crisp, refreshing lager if that's what you are wanting.

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Totally Naked from New Glarus Brewing Company
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