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Totally Naked - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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812 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 29
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
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:
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 added by: cokes on 09-24-2002)
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color that produced a great foamy white head with great retention. Plenty of lacing left behind.

(S)- Dry, with a mild lemon rind and corn husk profile. Bits of hay.

(T)- Very light honey sweetness to it. Some bits of dry hay in there.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Extremely light with a smooth clean finish.

(D)- Ridiculously drinkable, but would I really want more of this? Very light bodied and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 18:34:42 | More by sweemzander
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womencantsail

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Scott for this extra.

A: The pour is a clear light golden color with a finger's worth of white head that has excellent retention and thick, sticky lacing.

S: The nose is of grassy hops with some light, sweet malts. A bit of corn in there too, but not sickeningly sweet or "off" at all.

T: The flavor is biscuity and mildly sweet. Noble hops provide a subtle earthiness and a soft bitterness. Overall, this is quite crisp and refreshing.

M: The body is fairly light with a moderate but crisp carbonation.

D: I'm not sure what's with all the low scores for this beer. I found this to be a really nice lager that is crisp, clean, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 23:08:40 | More by womencantsail
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate straw yellow color with a dollop of cream and a white head. Nose brings some light creamed corn and some mild sweetness plus grain. The taste is very light grain with a touch of sweetness. A bit of straw. Light body with good carbonation. Not a very terrific beer, but pretty damn good and drinkable for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 02:52:19 | More by Thorpe429
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Duff27

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden with a quickly receding one-fingered head. Minimal lacing present.

S- Smells of cereal malts.

T- Bready. Slight spicy hop taste with subtle hints of lemon zest.

M- Clean and crisp. Great for the style I'd say.

D/O- Drinkability is the tits with this one. Would be a great one to give to a BMC drinker to show that there are better options.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 03:52:54 | More by Duff27
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beergod1

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 of 5 brought to me from a friend who went to Wisconsin. I thought I would try the one I figured I won't like 1st. I was right. Pale, bright, clear yellow, large white frothy head, has the unmistakable look of a BMC light. However, This has some body to it. Some Carbonation, Grainy, Taste is smooth, but very straight forward with some sweet malts, and that was really about it, plain and simple. About what I expected, Now on to the good ones.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 23:17:14 | More by beergod1
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Baraka

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a solid head. Some yeast on the nose, grains, mild hops but everything is very subtle. Taste is rather simple, a good mixture of mild hop and malt character. Very crisp and clean. There are no off flavors, differentiating this significantly from macros.

Reviewing this to style, it is probably one of the best I've ever had. Clean, refreshing, very drinkable, with no off putting flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 03:48:31 | More by Baraka
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cmannes

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pale Yellow, very clear, white fluffy head, good lacing.

Aroma: Straw, slight bit of spice.

Taste: Sweet, malty. Slight touch of hops on the finish. Very subtle.

Mouthfeel: Light, you can feel the fizz, but it's not too fizzy.

Overall impression: Very session-able. Tasty, light, easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 01:33:20 | More by cmannes
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Huge, fluffy white head, attractive lacing as it receded. Very clear, dark straw-colored beer.

S-Straw, grasy aromas, mixed with some slight spice, along with a sligh grainy sweetness.

T-Grainy, bready malt sweetness, opposite an easy-going spicy hoppiness and a soft hop bitterness.

M-Moderate-light body bolstered just a bit by the flavor and feel. Carbonation is medium-high, but seems appropriate for the style.

D-Very drinkable, as expected for this style and brewery. However, it's even more drinkable, in my opinion, because it is a flavorful brew and a tasty representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 14:26:50 | More by CHSLBrew
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champ103

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got a mixed twelve pack as a birthday present from my Aunt and her boyfriend. This is the first that I have opened.

A: Pours a perfectly clear macro like yellow color. A two finger white head forms, and leaves some lace behind.
S: The aroma is of toasted grains and cereal malt. A light grassy aroma. Though mostly macro like.
T: Follows the nose, but more of a sour, mineral flavor that reminds me even more of a macro lager. Grainy malt, and cereal again. Blah.
M/D: A light body that is thin and watery. Not hard to drink, but not something I am going to come back to.

Just to much like a macro lager to me. I get that this is suppose to be an easy to drink session, but pretty much like most macros. Maybe the first New Glarus that I just don't like.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 20:36:14 | More by champ103
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a crystal clear pale light golden with a decent head and lacing... Fairly average...

Toasted malts with some lemony citrus aromas and maybe a little yeast...

Very pronounced lemony zestiness along with the pale malts.. Seems more like a wheat beer actually to me... Nothing amazing but a decent enough brew...

A decent summertime brew but I'm guessing for the price I would reach for something else...

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 17:18:37 | More by Tilley4
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a clear pale straw with two fingers of fizzy white head. Lots of lace, minimal retention.

Smell -- Lots of pale malt. Lots. Also, faint noble hops. Not a whole lot going on, but clean.

Taste -- Totally Naked is apt. Clean pale malt, faint floral Noble hop flavor to balance the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with moderate bubbly carbonation. Got to hand it to NG for keeping the mouthfeel on point.

Drinkability -- Not especially exciting, but exceptional adherence to style. In a perfect world, this is what Budweiser would taste like. That said, I don't see more Totally Naked in my fridge's future.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 00:46:06 | More by yeahnatenelson
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to my bro for the awesome New Glarus package!

Pours a pale, slightly hazy, straw yellow. Thin white head on top. A few suds stay behind on the glass. Looks decent for a lager.

A good helping of noble hops and 2-row malt on the nose. Touch of citrus. Refreshing aroma.

The taste consists of fairly crisp malts, a touch of grain, hint of grapefruit and other citrus. Hops mostly in the aroma, but a slight amount of bitterness makes its way into the flavor. On the watery side.

Mouthfeel is composed of light malts with ample carbonation and decent crispness. Kind of watery, even for a lager. Could use a little more body.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice alternative to water, but there isn't much going on. Save this one for hot days only.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 21:42:26 | More by sisuspeed
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus Totally Naked pours a clear light gold with a thin head that lingers. The aroma is light, grainy malt. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty, with more graininess. The finish is clean with some mild bitterness and a hint of herbal hops. Pretty good for the style, but pricey compared to it's competitors.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 03:32:49 | More by ericj551
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 01:48:57 | More by brownbeer
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birchstick

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear yellow with a nice one-finger head

S - smells of grainy malts and some faint grassy hops

T - taste follows the nose. This tastes similar to a pilsener with the grainy malts and light, spicy, grassy and somewhat citrusy hops. Nice balance, pretty straight forward beer.

M - watery thin without much carbonation

D - this is a pretty good lager. Very light drinking, but nothing too exciting going on. I would pick Moon Man over this if I had a choice.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 22:09:13 | More by birchstick
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bevenson

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow, crystal clear with a rocky white head. Belgian lace clings to the glass. Looks exactly like I'd expect a pale lager to look.

S - Lightly sweet Pils malt and corn aroma. Floral hop aroma. And no skunkiness! I can't remember the last time I smelled a pale lager without that skunky aroma. Very pleasant.

T - Very tasty. There's a richness to the malt that I wasn't expecting at all given the ABV. The grainy, sweet Pils malt flavor comes through nicely. It has a low hop bitterness that doesn't linger too long, but is bitter enough to counter the malt. Light floral and herbal hop flavor; I would prefer a touch more hop flavor.

M - Light bodied with strong carbonation and a very dry finish. Crisp and refreshing.

D - Excellent. A beer that goes to show that you don't need a high ABV beer loaded with hops to be flavorful. If I lived closer to Wisconsin, I would be drinking a lot of this beer every summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 00:48:07 | More by bevenson
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at Woodman's in Janesville in mid 2010.

New Glarus Totally Naked basically takes the drinkabilty of Miller Lite on Tap and drastically increases the taste and quality. It's just like the description on the bottle says...lager with a mellow and smooth body.

This has to be one of the few micro-brews that you could drink a few bottles of. And not a bad price at $7 for a 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 03:50:24 | More by Lemke10
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having this at the New Glarus tasting. Poured with a fine, white, nice sized head that settled down quickly but left some all the way down and a little lace. Color is a crystal clear yellow. Aroma is bananas, bubble gum, malt, grass, grain. Flavor has great balance between bitter and sweet. Body and carbonation are perfect for the style. Finish goes from sweet to bitter and has medium length. Clean. Super easy drinking session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 20:16:17 | More by drpimento
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GuldenBoy

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very impressed by the head. Gave it an aggressive pour expecting a typical macro-lager foam and was greeted by a lingering three-finger froth. Nice lacing. Color is a pale yellow and nothing to write home about.

S: A good deal of effort was required to generate any smell. Very faint smell of wheat.

T: Like the name suggests, the taste is completely stripped down. Very light and clean with a barely detectable wheat and corn dryness.

M: Light carbonation and a watery presence and finish.

D: Very easily consumed, almost brainlessly so. I appreciate that New Glarus is willing to attempt a style that is so synonymous with macro-swill and give it their own touch, but at the price they are asking and the lack of taste present in this beer Wisconsin has plenty of more reasonable choices.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 05:17:12 | More by GuldenBoy
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TB2

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers out there right now! I wish I could get it in 12 packs!

A. Fluffy head sits atop after pour, nice pale golden color. lots of lacing on glass as you drink it down. Just a few bubbles rise to the top as you enjoy.

S. It states on the bottle that the New Glarus Brewing Co. imports their hops from Germany and the Czech Republic BUT there is no "Euro-Hops" smell to it. ItJust a very light hoppy / grainy smell.

T. No biterness at all. tastes light and crisp kinda hasd tghe classic lager taste but a little on the lighter side than others.

M. Mouthfeel is great. Simple, crisp and refreshing with a nice aftertaste.

D. Very, Very drinkable. Awesome flavor for such a 'basic' or as they say "naked" beer.

Like I said, I wish I could get this beer in 12ers! Such a fun, refreshing brew! One of my Favs!!!

Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 18:40:20 | More by TB2
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: A stark white head that sits nicely on a super clear, golden body. Lacing layers well.
S: An aroma that most BMCs wish they had, a note of real quality ingredients. A hint of grain and subtle malt.
T/M: A typical lager notes, those of corn and wheat, mostly sitting in the back set and not making presence known. Smooth and crisp mouthfeel.
D: A good drinkable taste, but not a NG product I would get again. I would recommend it to a non-craft beer drinker to try and turn them on. Well then I better get some to keep in the house. Nothing really to seek out here.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 23:28:30 | More by GDBEERMAN
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hansgruber

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle picked up from the brewery...

Very clear pale yellow with nice foamy head that settles in. Nice lacing with ring of foam throughout. 

Gentle noble hop aroma, and very slight bready/grainy malt aroma. 

Nice clean balance between malt and hops. Slight bitterness and only a touch of sweetness. 

Light semi-dry mouthfeel
Good easy drinker, good for the style. 
A good alternative for your everyday macro beer drinker. Nice, clean, simple flavors make this a good overall beer. 

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 05:09:07 | More by hansgruber
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rhodeska

Indiana

2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was really nice color throughout, nice white frothy head.

Unfortunately, the taste and smell was just like any other light beer I've had. It had a bit of flavor, and a good bitter taste, but it just wasn't enough other flavor for me in the beer.

Really smooth and probably pretty drinkable when cold, but as it warmed, I could tell that the beer was fading. Really comparable to a Bud/Bud light for me. Just not what i was expecting I guess.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 00:29:01 | More by rhodeska
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery

A - Nice golden hue and evident richness (relative term) in this APL, certainly not a BMC-type offering. A decent white cap of froth remains for a while until receding into encircling clingy lace. It is also as clear as spring water, per the style.

S - Mineral water, pristine-ness and lightly sweet malt. Not much to report here, but is there ever anything (good) to say about APL aroma?

T - This is just basic beer, and quite nice for what it is. The flavor characteristics could be basically summed up by saying it tastes like plain ol' beer, which is in keeping with its look and "aroma". I like it, though it is not my preferred style.

M - I never find this type of beer to feel very good. The best it can hope for is bright an refreshing. This beer perhaps transcends those expectations by adding an unexpected element of slight creaminess. Very nice for the style.

D - Well done. If you want an APL, this is a phenomenal choice. I would usually (always) reach for something else, style-wise, but that is just me...

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 23:34:46 | More by ktrillionaire
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emerge077

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vacation beer #8

High clarity amber, nice skim that remains for the duration of the glass. Clean and sweet malty aroma, nondescript and not much there. Simple and utilitarian.

Flavor is simple too, wet barley, mildly sweet. A table beer to wash down food, inoffensive and quaffable. Not the most creative beer from NG, but its quality as usual. Medium carbonation and light bodied. Pleasant mild bready aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 02:08:06 | More by emerge077
Totally Naked from New Glarus Brewing Company
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