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Totally Naked - New Glarus Brewing Company

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83
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770 Ratings
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Ratings: 770
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 26
Gots: 36 | 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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Gavage

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a one inch head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: very little aroma is detectable here as only some sweetness lingers around.

Taste: mild malt profile with some green grapes, hint of lemon zest, and a mild bitterness. Very simple flavor profile here.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Crisp at the start and finish with some dryness arriving late. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer is as easy drinking as you can get with some decent flavor. You won't be blown away here, but this is one of those lighter beers that hit the spot when necessary.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 12:50:07 | More by Gavage
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a bright clear gold with a light wheat head. The beer is watery no retention or good lacing.

There is no real aroma here, light hops nothing else.

The taste is light but highly drinkable. Its got a little crispness to it, but its an easy drink with light hops.

The mouthfeel is ok.

Better than you're average macro brew, a nice session.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 03:40:01 | More by jrallen34
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label reads "This is beer at it's most basic." How true. It's a simple golden lager. But I can't fault Dan for doing it. He's got a business to run, and I'm sure that this is one of his best selling brands - look at the Spotted Cow! It's on tap all over in Wisconsin! Besides that, it's well-made, and really, not a bad beer at all, it's just simplistic. It's got a good malt flavor to it with a slightly honeyish edge, and some very nice lemony, grassy, and floral hops. And it's balanced, albeit it a little towards the sweet side. Sure it could have a little more hops in the aroma, but it is what it is; my only complaint is that the head retention and lacing should be better (and they could be, that all goes to brewing practice). So, although you won't find me drinking this or the Spotted Cow, I won't pass them by under certain conditions (free beer) or in certain situations (limited tap selection, backyard BBQ, etc).

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:42:51 | More by NeroFiddled
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lester619

Wisconsin

2.48/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug, pale yellow color about two inches of foam that doesn't last long. Not very impressive. Clean, grassy, somewhat bitter citrus smells. Not much to the smell. Not much to this beer at all really. I can't say I get this one. There's just not anything to it. I understand the concept, a summer thirst quencher that you keep ice cold and guzzle on a hot day. It does work for that purpose, but so does miller lite. And miller lite doesn't cost nine bucks a six pack. It's a little too much like water for something from a top-of-the-line brewery for the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 19:29:22 | More by lester619
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bristol2120

Illinois

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

Pours a pale golden with a large, craggy, white head. Decent retention on the head, and plenty of lacing follows. Pleasant aroma, but a bit understated. I detect some decent malt presence, but not much by way of hoppiness. Maltiness really comes to the forefront here. This is probably among the maltiest pale lagers I've had. Despite the lack of hops presence, it's still a fairly good taste. Wow, a really great mouthfeel here. Very rich, almost creamy in character. Again, I'm not really used to this characteristic among pale lagers, but I like it nonetheless. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. It might lack a certain refreshing "zip", bit it's rich smoothness really comes through.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 00:12:24 | More by bristol2120
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Light yellow. A little too light. Strong carbonation. Lasting, small white head.

S: Slightly grainy and sweet. Hint of sulfur. Not impressed.

T: Flavors are really lacking. SLight sweetness from the malt followed by a hint of grains. No bad flavors, but not a lot of good ones.

M: Really light. Too light. Watery.

D: This is a very lackluster beer. Better than a macro lager, but not by much. Will not be picking up again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 23:57:23 | More by brewdoc75
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storksonm

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint Glass

It had a pretty good head retention to begin with but deminished as time passed. Clear golden in color. No real distinct smell to it. Smells like beer but not skunky. Tastes very nice very crisp and light. Something definitely for the summer. Its a smooth drink not acidic and not too dry just a very very slight dryness to it and very refreshing. I could drink this again but it Im not in love with it.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 03:10:58 | More by storksonm
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright clear gold, with a few carbonation bubbles erupting. Unfortunately there was no head, only some light froth that left a ring. The aroma is pretty weak, with just a touch of bready malt and a hint of lemon perhaps. I'm not expecting anything too interesting.

Dry bready taste, rather unsweetened, with the maltiness lingering on into the finish without much hop bitterness to pair. It almost feels heavy somehow, between the drying character and foamy carbonation at the front of the tongue, I feel like I am literally biting into some freshly baked bread. It's really got a flawless, clean malty flavor, although I personally would prefer more of a Pilsener-esque hop balance.

Though it's nothing special I have to give them credit for achieving what they set out to do with this beer. It is definitely a crisp summer lager that doesn't make you think too much, and it puts many similar American lagers to shame. Worth trying for sure...

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 05:22:47 | More by bennetj17
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an absolutely crystal clear, pale golden color, with a watery, 2 finger thick, white colored head that dissipates quite rapidly to a bubbly layer.

Lots of bready, fresh dough aromas on the nose with just a hint of spicy hops presence in the background and maybe just a hint of citrus.

Well, Dan was going for a clean flavor profile and that's exactly what we have here. Mostly some biscuity malt flavors and unlike in the aroma, I detect little to no hops on the tongue. Maybe...maybe just a hint of citrus...but not really.

Light bodied, watery and moderate carbonation. There's not really much to this beer, but I think this is a perfect beer for BMC drinkers, who don't know what flavor is to begin with. I think they would enjoy this even over Spotted Cow. Quite similar to Bud or Miller, but without the canned corn or metallic after taste. This truly is a Totally Naked beer...ie. no flavor. Certainly is quite sessionable though.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 19:38:10 | More by Soneast
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crossovert

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Billed as a "Light beer" this is about as pedestrain as it gets with New Glarus. I think this is only available in summer too. Comes in a plain looking 12 ounce bottle.

Pours into my stange with a nice helles gold. 3 finger foamy white head. Leaves "digital camo" like lacing.

Smells like a lager should, no adjunct, just pure hops and malt. A little bit of sour lemonyness which seems to plague all american light lagers.

American lager characteristics show up even more in the flavor. Intense biscuity malts pair with a nice hop overtone. A bit of fruity/lemon nature kisses the tounge. Good carbonation though it is a tad bit watery. Aftertaste is mostly malty.

The low abv makes it quite the session beer although it is way over-priced compared to other New Glarus brews unfortuneately.

It is a lawnmower style beer that executes its role quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 03:44:27 | More by crossovert
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RJUGA03

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Lemon-yellow colored body having a pure white 1.5" head with slight lacing.

S-Faint yeasty aroma.

T-Refreshingly crisp with a hint of lemon noticed on the draw making it's way into a dissappearing finish.

M-Highly carbonated thin and watery.

D-No doubt it's a great beer for it's style, but I like them a little more flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 06:51:17 | More by RJUGA03
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear pale gold, with 2 fingers of brite-white colored foam. Retains with a thin, yet frothy layer that stays rich, leaving back a latticework of lace that hangs in heavy swathes down the sides of the glass. Classic Noble hop character comes out immediately in this, being floral and spicy, a bit citric, and a touch dry in the nose. This gives way to a bloom of doughy malt in the back. While not overly robust smelling, this certainly possessed a pleasant fresh pop to it.

The taste is lightly buttered toast, jazzed up with a gentle spicy bitternes, which lends the profile a bit more firmness than it otherwise would have had. Finishes fairly clean, with maybe just a touch of spice creeping in. The mouthfeel is naturally lighter bodied, with a crisp carbonation and an overall smooth and easy drinking feel to it.

You know, this is what it is for the style, but I can tell you that, that fresh Noble hop character really set this apart for me and got both the aroma and taste over the average hump. Light, tasty, and refreshing, I could easily spend a warm Wisconsin evening with a sixer of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 16:55:28 | More by Kegatron
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Dibujob

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear, pale golden color with a quickly dissipating head. Decently carbed, steady bubbles head to the top.

S - malty aroma with a touch of lemon.

T - Crisp, clean lager taste with a slight toasty flavor. Nothing complex, but well balanced and delicious.

M - There's some body to this American lager, not at all in an unpleasant way.

D - Delicious, reliable summer brew. I'd take this over a bud or miller any day of the week, and there's nothing better after mowing the lawn or while standing over a hot grill flipping burgers. It's not the most complex beer in the world but it's not meant to be. Congrats, Dan Carey, you never fail to impress.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 00:58:01 | More by Dibujob
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gford217

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale straw with a short-lived soapy head that leaves a bit of lacing along the sides.

The aroma is crisp and clean with a light toasted grain aroma with only faint hints of grassy hops and a little bit of light fruit.

The taste follows the aroma and it's mainly just light sweet malts, toasted grains and some light hops. Definitely a stripped-down beer with just the basics.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with some active carbonation.

This is a decent lager that doesn't really offer too much out of the ordinary. It's a nice drinkable lager, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 03:36:45 | More by gford217
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Arsenal04

Minnesota

2.38/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours light gold in a Pilsner glass with a very active body full of carbonation and a busy two finger, foamy head that dissipated completely four minutes after pour. Smell is mildly underwhelming, malt and lemon stand out amongst a background of grain - nothing that catches my attention or stands out so far. Taste is malt driven with an aftertaste that reminds me of Michelob Golden Light or any other American-made Lager - coats the throat in a way that makes me think back to nights gone by where I would have far too many beers for my own good. I had a feeling going into rating this beer that with my limited experience in the craft beer world that I would find too many similarities to the standard Lager beers found in the US. Nothing I would go rushing out to get again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 01:39:33 | More by Arsenal04
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear straw yellow with a foamy one finger head that dissipated after a short time. Didn't really leave much in the way of lacing.

S - Somewhat sweet aroma, lemon grass and malts.

T - Malty body with a bit of a bready undertone. Very little hoppiness to it, and the hops seem to be somewhat grassy.

M & D - Mouthfeel is thinnish, finishing crisp and dry. The drinkability on this one is quite high. This is the kind of beer I would envision having in a cooler on a hot Summer day while grilling out. The low ABV defines this as a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 03:47:43 | More by drizzam
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden, clear, pale hay. Fast, bright white head, and ok bubbling. The aroma is an all grain with just a touch of lemongrass. The taste has mild, but assertive pilsner malts. With just a slight toast, the malts really make this beer go down so well. The hop add just a little smidgin of grass to balance the awesome malts a bit. They also give a little gypsum dryness to the middle of this lager. Great Summer beer, maybe my favorite Summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 02:23:41 | More by scruffwhor
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admiralcrunch

New York

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks once again to CapitalAmber bringing me back some awesome WI beer.

Poured from the bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass

A) The beer is a very bright pale color. A surprisingly tall and fluffy head slowly recedes down to a veneer.

S) It smells very simple, mostly sort of bready and malty.

T) Lots of flavor despite it's quite low ABV. The lager yeast very clearly left its mark on this brew.

M) Inoffensive, light, easy going.

D This would be great to order a full pitcher of.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 15:53:22 | More by admiralcrunch
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gatornation

Minnesota

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

pours a very clear yellow color almost like gatorade with carbonation..the smell is lemon grass and malt faint hops..the taste is the same its like lemonade with some carbonation and some malts with some hops very watery tasting..i guess the mouth feel is good and yeah you could drink a sixer but why would you...that being said NG is an outstanding brewery with many top notch brews they are an A brewery for sure with many of my favorites in their style...this one is just not one of their best..not recommended at all..

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 22:23:26 | More by gatornation
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endincolorado

Ohio

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

Appearance- Clear, pale straw with thick, white head reminds me of lemon meringue and settles slowly. Head leaves great sheets of white lace.

Smell- Pleasant, crisp, grassy, grainy malt. Slight lemony sweetness.

Taste- Really refreshing. Pale malts- light and crackery. Sweet lemony hops to balance. The experience is like drinking a really tasty, subtley-flavored lemon cake.

Mouthfeel- Medium body is thicker than expected. Creamy texture with some frothy carbonation.

Drinkability- Incredibly drinkable. Refreshing, and a perfect session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 23:01:49 | More by endincolorado
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rtepiak

Poland

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

a very light beer. golden and clear. a hay corn meal type yeast with a mild sweet. not fruit esters really. good carbonation. extremely bare and simple. thin body but as expected. a bit of mint a very mild apple. a very clean taste but not what of the sizable styles i'm into to the point of paralell tasting with a bud.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 18:51:05 | More by rtepiak
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bashiba

Iowa

2.05/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This poured a macro like yellow with a fizzy white head.

The smell had a stale macro quality to it.

The flavor was a bit corny and flat with a light grassy hop finish, very much like a typical mass produced euro pils.

The mouthfeel was watery and thin.

Overall just not real good.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 03:27:24 | More by bashiba
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roadhouse

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a one and a half inch white head. Retention is good and a ton of lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is grainy, mildy sweet, slight grassy hops, very clean overall.

Taste is mildly sweet up front, again quite grainy. A bit of breadiness. Some noble hop characteristics come out in the middle and last into the finish. Hops are floral, with a bit of a grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied but it's nice and creamy smooth on the palate. Very drinkable.

While it's not an amazing beer overall it's pretty much the best this style has to offer. Would be a good one for the BMC crew.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 04:08:07 | More by roadhouse
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ahalloin

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a glowing pale golden clear fluid. A very generous rocky white head formed at the top from a moderate pour. Head recedes to a thin ring at the top of the glass with some clingage (new word??) to the sides. Definitely a nice presentation for the style.

S: The smell is of straw, mowed grass yard, and spicy hops (Saaz?). Hints of baked bread come through as well.

T: Flavor is nice for the style. There is a healthy malt backbone carrying some slight toffee flavors and, as weird as it sounds, macadamia nuts?! The maltiness is strong in the finish, but the nose is spicy Czech hops. Finish carries some sweetness, yet very dry, like a Champagne.

M: Smooth and somewhat fuller than most pale lagers I would say.

D: Outstanding drinkability! Great session beer and one that works on hot days outside with a burger!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 00:45:31 | More by ahalloin
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Nesued

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Obtained via trade at Dark Lord Day 2009. Since I can't get New Glarus in SC, and offering is well-received.

Appearance - Pale yellow in color, moderate head forms on the pour. Ample lacing and a light carbonation rounds out the initial appearance.

Smell - Light spicy hop aroma, a bit on the grassy side but a mild nose overall. Nothing much to speak of however why bother if this is a pale lager? You want crisp and clean. Right?

Taste - Very mild, very "euro-lager-esque", very crisp. Not much to speak of, or perhaps I'm jaded by the "big beers" such that I can't enjoy a mild easy day-to-day beer. Little hop finish and a mild overall memory.

Mouthfeel - A mild carbonation allows for the transport of the mild overall "feel" of the easy drinking beer. Crisp and clean.

Drinkability - Well, I must say if I put this up against any other pale ale, I'm not sure if I would be able to have picked it out as "different". Easy drinking? very much so. If able to purchase this with ease, I would use price to determine if it would be in my routine rotation.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 00:32:50 | More by Nesued
Totally Naked from New Glarus Brewing Company
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