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Totally Naked - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

812 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 29
Gots: 47 | 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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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear pale gold body with an inch of light, fluffy white head; good retention and beautiful, clingy lace. Great looking light lager.

S: True to its name, this smells like beer, pure and simple: mildly sweet pale malt and faintly floral, grassy hops. About as light an aroma as I've gotten from an all-malt brew, but I think that's what they were going for.

T: Follows the nose, with the malt definitely taking center stage with the lightly sweet, lightly nutty complexity that I hoped for from NG. The noble hops provide just a bit of balance, but perhaps not quite as much crispness as would be ideal. That's the only drawback I can think of. This is absolutely a spectacular example of a style that's rarely anything other than bad.

M: Much more full-bodied than I expected, with moderate fine carbonation.

D: I usually finish my reviews with about half the beer left - this one's down to about two ounces. Perfectly quaffable, I could happily drink this all day.

Notes: This beer's overall score is all the proof I need of style bias on BA - if this isn't an "A" example of an American Pale Lager, than I don't think one exists. Crafted with care by one of the best brewers in the country, this beer deserves far more respect than it gets. Would I rather drink a 100 ibu, 10% DIPA? Sure, but that doesn't mean that isn't an awesome example of its style.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 23:29:28 | More by woosterbill
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theghost3

Louisiana

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

Thanks to XaulZan11 for this extra.

Pours a transparent bright golden color with a 2-finger, frothy white head. Surprising amount of layered lacing.

The smell is grassy hops with some grainy malts. There's a slight vanilla scent. The flavor is subtle-- some herbal and grassy hops with sour grain maltiness and yeast. Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated and the body is thicker than your adjunct lagers.

This is a highly refreshing and sessionable beer. It's perfect after a hot day of working outside.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:00:25 | More by theghost3
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Cubsfan1087

Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had Totally Naked for the first time at the New Glarus Brewery and had to buy a six-pack right there. This has to be one of my favorite beers now. There isn't anything particularly special about this beer. Nothing about this beer will necessarily blow you away either. It is an exceptional light beer though. There isn't a great deal of flavor, but it is refreshing. It would be very easy to drink a few of these in one sitting. New Glarus has many great beers and Totally Naked is no exception.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 19:02:13 | More by Cubsfan1087
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

12oz provided by my Dad... Never thought I would say that... He doesn't really understand my infatuation with beer, but he still stopped at New Glarus on his Westward journey recently. He made the trip to NG only because I opened bottles of the Belgian Cherry at my wedding reception a couple years ago... He's definitely not a beer guy, or really any alcohol guy, but the swoons spouted over the Cherry brew obviously made a mark. Thanks Pops.

I really only want one beer tonight.. and I want something simple; but something where the brewery challenges people to appreciate one malt and a simple hop profile seems like a nice time.

Pours with a 2 finger stark white head... surprising retention... great sheets of lace... the brew is perfectly clear pale golden.

Very clean pale maltiness... subtle spicy hoppiness.. pretty nice and smells like it will be nearly perfect for a full moon summer evening.

Just enough bitterness to balance the maltiness... grainy without any sorta sweetness.. just lightly malty ... hops are background and definitely Noble... Pretty much spot-on for a "naked" brew... No flaws .... Never flabby... just very clean and enjoyable.

Body is definitely more than BMC... Carbonation is not "fizzy".. Reminds me a bunch of Full Sail Session... would be an obvious choice for me if I was camping anywhere in the Badger state.

I truly appreciate the chance to try this one very fresh... and even more, I appreciate my Father's diligence ... Thanks, Dad.

4/4/4/4/4.5

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 08:20:31 | More by JohnGalt1
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Ottertude

Kentucky

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

My bottle of Totally Naked from a mixed New Glarus sixer poured a pale yellow into mt pint glass. A large white fluffy head quickly left leaving some nice lacing on my glass.

Very little smell to this, not a bad thing in my mind for a lager. Perhaps a little malt w/ a touch of corn and hay. The taste is what summer lawnmower beer is all about. Some malt up front, something slightly buttery with a touch of bitter hops that do not linger for long. Not a strong or complex flavor by any means. But sometimes simple is good when I am in the mood for that.

The mouthfeel was fairly watery thin. Of course one could pound as many of these as you want while working in the yard or grilling. This was decent but not great in my book.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 21:57:27 | More by Ottertude
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head and medium to low carbonation.

Scent of light, fresh grain ad mild hops. Nothing particularly fascinating about the scent, but it is certainly not bad.

Taste of sweet grain and some grassy hops. As with the scent, it is a simple beer, but it is tasty and something I could easily drink on a regular basis.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slightly oily with good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 01:03:57 | More by paco1029384756
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samie85

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Uncle Mike's Hwy. Pub in Kenosha; reviewed from notes, originally 6/6/10.

A-Pours a light straw color with a white head.

S-Corny and grainy aromas dominant the nose on this one with maybe the slightest hint of floral hops.

T-Corny and grain upfront, very watery and no discernible bitterness. A little husky and dry on the finish.

M-Thin and pretty watery with carbonation on the heavy side of medium.

D-I mean, it goes down easy, but it's not a very flavorful beer. Definitely a gateway/lawnmower type of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2010 15:17:43 | More by samie85
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

My first New Glarus review, with many more to come, soon especially. THis one and many more thanks to levifunk. American Pale Lager, seems perfect for a nice hot summer night like tonight, especially watching the Red Sox game.

A: A fluffy pasty white 1.5 finger head rises up and slowly fades, reinforced by the many bubbles rising from the etch at the bottom of the glass. After cleaning the condensation on the sides of the glass I can see the crystal clear light yellow, (cleaning condensation again) slightly watery colored beer.

N: Some American lager aromas, some toasty and sweet syrupy malts, a slight almost skunked mass produced lager aroma that you would get from a BMC beer, but just slightly, with lots of agitation and warming I finally get some light pale hops, a little grassy and spicy.

T: Starts with lots of toasty malts. A nice toasty and somewhat sweet malty lager flavor, also a very slight BMC cheap lager flavor with that. Not sure what they did but it has a cheap lager flavor. Some crisp and light lager flavors, and a little juicy hop goodness. The hops add a little bitterness, with mostly grassy and slight spicy hop characteristic. Overall the flavor is somewhat bland as well, I mean it's hard to do a pale lager right, but this just doesn't excel in anything and has a little bit of some unpleasant flavors.

M: Medium to lighter body with lots of carbonation.

F: Slight bitterness, with some spicy and grassy hops again coming through first. Also again, that slight not so pleasant bitter BMC cheap lager flavor comes through on the finish, that just reminds me a lot of those bad Frat parties at college. A little lingering sweet malty lager taste late on the finish as it also seems to dry a bit.

This beer does well with the clear color, although a little too watery in color, the aroma is OK but has some off parts, the taste is really bland and adds more off flavors, then the mouth is pretty normal for the style with a nice crisp and light drinkability. On a hot summer day this would be a nice drink, but not the best lager around.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 01:47:28 | More by jlindros
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Wasatch

Utah

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, grassy, with some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, grassy, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice tasty malt lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 01:14:51 | More by Wasatch
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DrewHodges

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 3/14/10 tasting; bottle poured into pint glass.

A-very clear, light golden color with short foamy head that settled to nothing

S-light malty bread aroma, hay, corn

T-great lager taste, very straightforward but good flavor

M-smooth balanced carbonation, light and crisp taste

D-type of beer you could drink all night if you're interested in something lighter

Not the most interesting craft beer or one of my favorites from New Glarus, but a good entry for someone wanting to explore a more mass offering from a great brewery

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 00:27:53 | More by DrewHodges
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 2/15/10.

A - Pours a light golden yellow with a 1/4 inch of foam that slowly disappeared and left a bit of lacing

S - Light graininess, sort of a pilsner quality to it. Nothing too exciting

T - light crisp basically plain grain flavor, slight grassiness and hints of citrus

M - light crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation

D - nothing overly exciting here, easy to drink, light bodied, good session beer, but flavor is lacking, but i guess thats the point.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 04:09:55 | More by mikereaser
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

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

Reviewed 1-22-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - 2 fingers of foam, think lacing ring at top with a fair amount of carbonation, very clear golden colored brew

S - Sweet malts, light on the nose

T - Light bodied brew, very light malt and hop combination

M/D - Very drinkable brew from New Glarus, I can easily tip back for then a couple in one evening. Light bodied brew, very smooth on the tongue. I highly recommend from New Glarus, a great brew to share and to keep all to yourself. When you ever in Wisconsin for sure pick some up!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 18:44:24 | More by FreshmanPour77
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

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

Presentation: The label is classicly New Glarus; classy and minimalistic. Brown 12oz pop-top with no best-by date to be seen.

Appearance: Ultra-bright medium-gold beer with medium carbonation and a fairly substantial white cap (for the style) which shows surprising retention.

Smell: This pains me to say this about a NG beer, but this is kind of similar to a macro-lager; it's got that kind of generic cereal-grain sweetness, though this has a nice hint of herbal hops in the background as well.

Taste: In keeping with the aromas, this is very light. It's somewhat similar to macro-lagers, but there is a little bit of sweet malt in the background, a light touch of graininess, and a bit of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: What you'd give a BMC drinker to introduce them in a non-threatening way to the great world of craft brewing. What I'd drink if I wanted to knock back a bunch of light, crisp, refreshing lagers at a 4th of July barbecue, etc.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 02:58:59 | More by BedetheVenerable
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pale, straw colored brew that was pretty transparent. Nice bubbles coming up from the top. Beautiful two finger head that slowly dissipated and left amazing elegant lacing. A little more color on this beer and it would have gotten a 5.

S - Sweet and a little empty. Grainy taste that seems a little watered down. Smells a bit pilsnery.

T - Sweet, grainy, and a little malty. Little grassy with a touch of citrus.

M - Light, clean, and very crisp. Needs something more, almost feels like it's not there.

D - Easy to drink and down. Tastes good enough to do a lot of, but would only drink it if available, wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 05:33:10 | More by AgentZero
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NeutroMan

Illinois

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

12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass

Clear pale straw color with a frothy white head that lingers for a respectable amount of time before receding to a thin film.

Aroma is grainy and sweet with just a hint of hops.

Taste is crisp and dry with some mild grain-like sweetness. Barely any hops at all. Not much malt, either, so it is quite balanced, if a little bland. Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated. Inoffensive and easy-drinking; has definite session potential.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 00:15:00 | More by NeutroMan
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

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

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a clear golden yellow hue with loads of tiny bubbles that float endlessly to the top of the glass. The stark white head reaches at least two inches before settling to leave a very nice web of lace.

The aroma is sweet grains, malt, yeast and light hops. It sort of has a apple juice like smell. Not bad just strange.

The flavor is much the same as the aroma. Light and unoffensive. Sweet grains and malt. A touch of hops, grass, yeast, and wheat cracker. The apple juice like component shows up again here. I don't mind it since I like apple juice.

Light crisp body with loads of carbonation.

Overall a very easy drinking beer. Nothing would stop you from downing a handful of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 13:13:58 | More by beerwolf77
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nickynick

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus Totally Naked poured a very pale gold with a small white head and very nice lacing. The smell was very grassy, full of hops and hints on malt. The taste was of sweet malt, almost overly sweet, very little hop bite, not bad, but not good. Mouthfeel was good for a pale lager. Drinkability was nice as well. Overall this was an ok lager, not bad, but I have come to expect more from this brewery. If they wanted an easy drinking summer lager, they got that. Just left me wanting a little more.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 15:37:51 | More by nickynick
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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
Totally Naked from New Glarus Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.