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Totally Naked - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

871 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 31
Gots: 62 | FT: 3
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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Florida9

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

A: Extremely clear light straw yellow in color. Forms an inch of white foamy white head that slowly reduces down to a rocky surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Grain, bread, and corn. Some light grassy hops.

T: Creamy grains. Grits. Corn. Light grassy hops and a slight mustyness with a quick finish.

M: Thin and on the lighter side in terms of body. Very mild bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: A decent, but simplistic beer, that is highly drinkable in the same way that water is highly drinkable. However, this beer is flat out unexciting and relatively boring.

10-05-2011 12:24:47 | More by Florida9
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Brenden

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

I've got notes from a summer tasting. They're good and I've just been holding onto them all this time.

The color is a completely clear medium yellow. A soft head one finger tall has good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing patchily along the sides of the glass.
I understand that this is too light for the monster seekers, but it's exactly what I'd expect from this style. I get some grassiness in the nose and I'm immediately thinking Saaz or a noble variety with the corresponding lightly herbal quality. There's a bit of more leafy earthiness with a blend of mildly sweet and bready malts backing.
The flavor profile is equally light, plenty flavorful without pounding your face. It's actually a little disparaging to see so many reviewers wishing more hops were added. I like hops. This is a different beer, and it's not meant to be overly hoppy. As it is, the light hops additions add flavor and balance very well. This is an extremely sessionable beer. This simply isn't meant to be a monster.
The body is light but neither thin nor weak. It's nice and crisp, definitely refreshing, with a bit of smoothness to it.
I get it. People don't like this style. I see it as an extremely legitimate one out of dozens, and this a good example of it.

09-30-2011 14:44:47 | More by Brenden
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soccerman7

Vermont

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured into a traditional pint glass

A - A thin yet sticky head. Very pale in color and a lively carbonation. Looks like champagne. Head disappears in two minutes.

S - Smells oddly close to a czech pilsner. Very earthy hop nose with pilsner notes. Mildly toasty.

T - Very clean in the flavor. Grains, sweetness and a peppery character from the hops. Rather flat on the grain flavor. The body is there but the grains and malt are mild. Was hopping for a bit more.

M - Carbonation is lovely and crisp and very smooth.

O - A very respectable easy drinking brew. Yes I would buy this again but for sitting around on an afternoon with friends. An excellent session style beer. Unluckily this beer couldn't hold up to a burger and fries.

09-29-2011 00:16:19 | More by soccerman7
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

Bottle from Riley's in Madison. Fairly run-of-mill lager. Nothing against lagers, but this is passable in every respect, except for drinkability. A spot of taste, and a good amount of retained head. Average mouthfeel.More hop flavour would have helped.

09-18-2011 03:47:37 | More by Sammy
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zimm421

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a pale yellow color with a thick white head that has great staying power and leaves beautiful lacing. Looks great!

Nose is fairly light on the strength of the aroma. Malt, yeast and some faint hops are the only scents I get here. Wasn't expecting much out of the smell but this was slightly underwhelming. Taste is pretty average... Just your standard barley, a little yeast and almost no hops at all. Definitely pretty average.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with below average carbonation. Definitely thin. Also leaves a dry feel on the tongue. Leaves you looking for something to wet the palate with. Overall, an average brew. Just your standard lager, and nothing really impresses me or blows me out of the water.

09-17-2011 23:03:24 | More by zimm421
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Phocion

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Fizzy and absolutely clear yellow body topped off by a frothy white head. Surprisingly good retention on the head and thick lacing all around.

Aroma is filled with light, sweet, pale malts. This is backed up with just the slightest hint of floral hops, and a touch of a bready aroma.

Flavor is thin and simple, just like the aroma. Light bready malts with just a touch of floral hops that you can barely taste, but can definitely feel are there.

Highly carbonated with a light body.

Overall, this is very simple but strangely enjoyable beer. No hidden complexity, but no overly sweet malts, rice, corn, or anything else off-putting. This is far from one of my favorite beers, but this is what every pale lager should strive to be.

09-14-2011 23:53:55 | More by Phocion
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into pint glass

A) A golden brew that is pure and bright. It is nice just watching the bubbles rise to the surface. A fairly aggressive pour led to a good two inches of frothy head. The head dissolved to a nice dusting. There was some nice sticky lacing.

S) Not much on the nose, mildly sweet, a bit of white grape juice, a little grass.

T) Malt sweetness, some fruit, green apple or pear, touch of noble hops.

M) A medium/light body, not as lively as I initially thought, really moderately carbonated. The beer is very smooth, and finishes well enough.

O) It's an easy drinker. Not my first choice when it comes to New Glarus, but it's pretty good.

09-14-2011 01:06:15 | More by RoamingGnome
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

Totally Naked pours a clear golden color, almost like a champange, with a little lacing head, but a nice amount of carbonation can be seen. The smell is slighty hoppy, but mostly has an offensive smell. THe taste is a bit sweet, almost creamy, but very weak and watery. The taste is weak, but has a nice after lingering taste, really nice amount of crabonation. Overall this is an okay beer overall, better for this style.

09-07-2011 02:42:17 | More by vette2006c5r
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BrewerB

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +6%

Pours a clear, straw yellow color with a thin-white head that didn't completely retain but left some lacing along the glass. Moderate sulfur in the nose along with cracker-like graininess. Bits of cooked corn, wonderbread malt character, with a mildly sweet and floral back end. Medium-light bodied with a moderately-high level of carbonation.

Give me a sunny beach, an afternoon bbq, or backyard pool party with a 6 pack of this and I'll be happy for a while. Good flavor for the style and much preferred over many examples I've found.

08-12-2011 02:09:16 | More by BrewerB
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +20.2%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Clear pale yellow.

Smell: Clean pale malt, subtle herbal hopping that is very floral.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lager goodness, big smoothness with in the lighter body. Fresh cut hay, cleat maltiness throughout. Level hop bitterness, delicate floral hop flavor. Grainy finish what lands semi-dry.

Overall: Hell Yeah! I could quaff this beer back any day ... any time. A simple lager beer that just shows off enough yet keeps it simple and very drinkable.

08-08-2011 03:15:57 | More by Jason
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a thin head and quickly settles. Clear golden color.
Not much lacing on the drink down.
S) Grainy aroma with sugary notes and subtle fruit - apple and pear.
T) Sweet grain. Some fruit flavors - a combination of tree fruit and citrus. Clean finish.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Light bodied. Dry finish.
O) Overall a decent summer time / hot weather brew. I'd drink another.

07-28-2011 22:06:50 | More by u2carew
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codsmith

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

A: Light and clear ale with a generous foamy white head that dissipates down to a very thin covering

S: A generous malt aroma that has a good amount of yeast character

T: It has a great malt & yeast flavor and finishes off with a nice slight balanced bitterness.

M: It has a moderate to heavy mouth-feel and is very feeling.

O: Not a typically pale lager, but this one brings a nice mixture of flavor.

07-25-2011 23:54:30 | More by codsmith
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steveh

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%

Grabbed some of this when I found the 2 Women -- hope I'm not disappointed after finding the first so good!

A -- Wow. Clear pale, pale straw color -- literally the color of a BMC. Dense, white head that settles slow and leaves a rather amazing lace.

S -- Not much. That very fresh, near-to-ozone aroma that comes with a fresh lager, some vague DMS.

T -- Very light, grainy malts and finishes with an ever so mildly bitter hop character.

M -- Very light body with a soft to crisp mouthfeel.

O -- I've seen posters compare this to Coors, and now I see why. On the other hand, and looking at NG's grain bill of 2-row barley, nothing else, this is a pretty impressive beer in that it's so clean and has no off character. Then again, it has little character to begin with. Impressed with the craftsmanship, wish it had a touch more malt to make it more interesting.

07-13-2011 17:44:32 | More by steveh
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3%

A-Bright, crystal clear, golden straw yellow with a small bright white head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Light, but bright, aromatic notes of biscuit grain, lemon zest, cut grass and a touch of clover honey.

T-Lemon zest and grassy notes up front with a pleasing sweet biscuit base.

M-Light bodied, sharp and fairly crisp with a refreshing and easy going feel.

O-A bit too light and non-descript for me to enjoy on a regular basis but overall, this is a solidly made, easy drinking, post lawn mowing, backyard cookout, I only drink "insert mass marketed macro lager here", well here try this....type of brew. Leave it to NGB to make a solid, enjoyable light drinker.

07-02-2011 21:38:18 | More by Deuane
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%

12 oz. bottle purchased @ Mrs. Sippy's and poured on-premise into a pint glass.

An aggressive pour yields a clear, pale straw color with a thick and frothy white head with minimal lacing.

Aromas of grain, grass, sweet malt and subtle floral notes.

Sweet pale malts with suggestions of grass, grain and a hint of lemon citrus. Floral hops emerge with an impression of yeast. Finishes crisp and clean.

Moderately carbonated with a thin-to-medium mouthfeel. Exceedingly drinkable with a pure and simple character that's unabashedly naked. Totally!

Best served in a frosty mug (I know, I know) with barbecue, and pounded on the patio. In other words, perfect for summer slamming.

06-27-2011 23:55:37 | More by CaptainIPA
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

Bottle dated 2/4/11
Poured into pint glass gently, still got a fluffy two finger head to the brim that leaves nice lacing. Beer is translucent clear as a crystal pale yellow with lovely rising bubbles everywhere. Pretty as a picture.
Carbonation tingles the tongue lovingly and the body is light, crisp, and fresh.
Smells of light bready malt, light lemoney citric hops, light everything, and is exactly what you get in the taste. This beer is an example of the motto "less is more" done correctly. It does not have that weird off-smell that BMC has, rather it gives the impression of clean freshness with every sip. It keeps the basics, um, well... Naked! , and doesn't mess with the fundamental nature. The hops are just light enough to be used as flavor accents without contributing excessive bitterness to the brew. Can easily be used as a thirst-quencher on a hot summer day. This is the simplest, least complex beer that I have ever liked.

06-24-2011 17:54:56 | More by WastingFreetime
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CWBlues

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner.

A: About as yellow as a beer can be. A tinge of gold, maybe.

S: A very, VERY light smidge of hops, with main notes being wheat and yeast.

T: Totally naked is right. I get NOTHING on the front, and then yeast and wheat way at the back.

M: It's barely there. Not necessarily a bad thing. Doesn't hang around. Very little carbonation.

O: Refreshing on a hot day, I imagine. Nothing crazy. Tastes about like a light beer should.

06-15-2011 22:58:45 | More by CWBlues
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Scrumtralecent

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -29.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Light light yellow in color with very frothy, airy head. Quite transparent with carbonation bubbles rising upward from the bottom. Quite average.

S - Smell seems a little off to me and these are fresh. Slight hop in there but I have to search for it. Some barley and wheat, but maybe it's the fact that this smell reminds me of BMC products that is turning me off.

T - And...not much. I have to really dig deep to find slight hop, little barley. Very quick crisp taste, with no backend really to speak of.

M - Very light, though I think that was the intent of this one. Some sharp mouthfeel on the cheeks but that quickly fades.

O - This is a really light pilsner and I could see this being a session beer, or beer for a really hot day, but really I need more taste than this. More of really any ingredient. And at 4.25, it's going to take alot of these to get me totally naked.

06-12-2011 05:33:23 | More by Scrumtralecent
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raznug

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

Appearance: Light golden with a finger of fluffy white head.
Smell: I get a little yeasty smell in the beginning not much after that.
Taste: It is a clean lager taste with no frills
Mouthfeel: The beer flows over the tongue nicely maybe a little watery.
Totally Naked in my mind is the perfect beer for a nice hot summer day.

06-08-2011 19:56:25 | More by raznug
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.33/5  rDev -9%

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a crisp and clean straw yellow that developed a little chill haze after the pour. Two fingers of white foam dissipated to leave a spotted lacing, a ring around the edge, and trails along the glass.

Smell: Lots of barley malt, which is a testament to the beer’s namesake. Lemon citrus, a little caramel, strawberry, apple, and a hint of farmhouse mustiness rounds out the aroma.

Taste: The barley malt from the smell dominates, but there is also an adequate lager crispness and bite. Lemon citrus, strawberry, and apple also come through.

Drinkability: Overall, it is an excellent lager. As New Glarus promises, it is unadorned simplicity — just like nakedness.

06-06-2011 03:55:43 | More by TheQuietMan22
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dfillius

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +18.9%

Poured into a pint glass. Label talks about it being a pilsner, BA says American pale lager.

A: Aggressive pour yields 3/4 finger of lacy white head with stellar retention. Crystal clear pale lemon yellow liquid is spot on for style. Great head.

S: Bready malt, lemony citrus hop, creamy apple. Pleasant, simple, balanced with no off aromas.

T: Bready malt with crisp restrained hop. No off flavors. Clean and overall malty. I'd like a tad more hops.

M: Rich, a bit thin. Clean. I'd like more bitterness.

D: Very nice session beer. I'd love a local lager like this in MI (and my prayers have since been answered by Wolverine State Brewing). I'd buy 6 or order another.

05-30-2011 18:39:23 | More by dfillius
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured a pale yellow color with lots of big fluffy white head. Some decent lacing on this lager as well.

Smell is light malt and wheaty.

Taste is refreshing. Light malty flavor with maybe a hint of spice - I could be way off on that though.

Very carbonated. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly.

Overall a pretty decent beer. Great for a hot summer day. I could definitely put down a pile of these. Very light and refreshing.

05-24-2011 01:10:09 | More by richkrull
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EricCioe

Montana

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

This pours a clear pale gold with a two finger frothy white head that dies down slowly and leaves some lace. On the nose there is wet grain, slightly sweet. It smells just a hair different than the Spotted Cow I had last night, but maybe a little bit less sweet, which I'll attribute to the Cow having corn. There is a slight hop presence on the nose, but not much. In the mouth there is a mixture of sweetish, grainy malts with just a hint of bitterness on the back of the tongue. This is a pretty unadorned beer with very little other than the grain going on. It's clean and simple but to a fault. The body is quite light with a medium finish leaving those malts and ... well, the malts hanging around.

Overall, this is what an American Lager should taste like. The problem is that there is just nothing going on here.

05-19-2011 23:38:33 | More by EricCioe
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%

This beer speaks of bareness on the label and in the glass.

A: A light lager even the Budmillcoors would be jealous of. Poor head retention and steady carbonation. Bone white head leaves no lacing.

S: Husky grain, pale malt in abundance and just barely doesnt have that stanky beer smell like the above mentioned.

T: Is it a problem if i can just taste sweet water and slightly some air? Its that light.

M: Has a gentle fizz from the carbonation, and is soft on the palate but no bitterness to be found here.

D: Id drink this in the summer, as recommended, if i had to choose a beer that i were to bath myself with in a kiddy pool. Its that light.

05-09-2011 22:29:22 | More by BasementBer
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chicagoabbot

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

12 oz bottle...not a bad beer, but not amazing either. Pretty refreshing on a warm spring evening. Not a ton of lager funk. Low abv. Easy to make it a session beer. I'm a huge fan of New Glarus normally. This beer is decent but not quite up their usual caliber. Fine mouthfeel, nothing objectionable, but it's not a stand-out lager either.

04-27-2011 04:50:46 | More by chicagoabbot
Totally Naked from New Glarus Brewing Company
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