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Totally Naked - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 28
Gots: 43 | 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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Photo of 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
Photo of ironarrow42


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale, straw-gold, crystal clear appearance with a snow-white head of foam. Large bubbles rise, with light popping audible. Clean aroma of malt & hops with some fruitiness. Appetizing.

Carbonation is much finer & fizzier than expected from the large bubbles. Lighter bodied.
Clean, light & refreshing. Noble hop notes and fresh, grainy malt. Light, gentle but balancing bitterness. Fairly short finish with minimal aftertaste.

Inoffensive, thirst-quenching beer. Basically an American-style lager without the funky adjunct flavours. Leaves some patchy lace on the glass.

Food Pairing Recommendations: Burgers, hot dogs, pizza, wings - ballgame food, basically.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 23:03:11 | More by ironarrow42
Photo of brfbeerdrinker


4.8/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Appearance]: very light pale yellow

[Smell]: malts and a slight acidity

[Foretaste]: burnt flavor(in the best way tho)

[Midflavor]: floral flavors

[Aftertaste]: sweet and floral

[Overall Flavor]: great beer for any occasion

[Mouthfeel]: light and crisp

[Drinkability]: very easy to drink.

[Personal Recommendation]: very nice beer for the light beer guy that wants a bit more flavor very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 04:17:04 | More by brfbeerdrinker
Photo of Yetiman420


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

Delicate golden hue as the label suggests into a standard pint glass. Very clear. Thin head which quickly dissipates.

Sweet aroma and sweetness to flavor. As with all New Glarus beers, it's well done although I don't care for the style.

Easy to dink and would would better as a refresher outside on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 03:13:35 | More by Yetiman420
Photo of younger35


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

Picked up some of these at Woodman's in Kenosha from the New Glarus sampler. I'm a big fan of New Glarus so lets see what they can do with a Pale Lager. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a light straw colored yellow with a nice sized head that is fizzy and soft. After it recedes a fairly nice cap is left along with a decent collar but no lacing.
Smell- Very simple and to the point. Crisp and clean with a soft grainy aroma with very little if any hops. A subtle light butterscotch is noticeable once the beer warms a bit.
Taste- Pretty much just like the nose! A bit of grainy malt that is very subtle and appropriate. Slightly spicy toward the finish with a very light fleck of citrus. Hardly noticeable though really. A bit of lingering dough finishes crisp and clean and slightly sweet.
Mouthfeel- Very light and crisp with a nice little spicy bite from the snappy carbonation.
Drinkability- Well for what it is I don't think it could be much more drinkable. Just pure taste wise it's one notch (barely) above a Macro Lager. I suppose this is nearly perfect style wise but that's not how I score. Great for a hot summer day I spose but not for sitting here watching TV!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 23:28:05 | More by younger35
Photo of dancinwillie


2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fizzy yellow body, white 1 finger head. Clear beer, bubbles rising. Aroma is corn sweetness, not entirely unpleasant, but one dimensional.

Flavor is corn sweet, pretty close to the flavor of spotted cow, but a bit of a different malt flavor. A little earthy/grainy flavor, but not much. Not much hop flavor, which was expected, but just enough bitterness to keep this from being cloying, which it is dangerously close to.

Thin bodied, sweet finish.

Overall, I'd get this if my only other choices were Bud, Miller, or Coors. Otherwise, I'll probably pass. Good beer for the style, but that's not saying a lot. Although, I will say, this might be a good beer for a hot summer day of grilling.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 02:40:46 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


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

Thanks to Homerbag for this extra.

Pours a very nice light pale lager yellow with a very nice cauliflower fluffy head that retains well and leaves shockingly good lacing for a lager.

Nose is very pilsnery, some slight skunkage, but Ive had this one in the fridge for a good 6 months. Grain, a touch of light fruit, and some light pepper on the nose.

Taste is exactly what you look for in a good lager. A nice crisp grain flavor, some light euro hop nip. A slight creaminess. Very nice lager.

Mouthfeel is right where I like it to be here. Not watery thin, but not to thick either. Carbonation is just right, and not overcarbonated as is common.

Drinkability is just plain perfect here. Can't really ask for any better.

Overall this is a fantastic lager. I think I could drink about 800 of these on a hot afternoon in the fishing boat. People tend to shit on beers like this just because of what they are, but review these for the style and learn to appreciate them folks. Everyone preaches "macros have there place" but when beer like this is on the table, no, they don't. Great lager

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 02:07:38 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of Wisconsin


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

A - Pours a nice, clear, yellow body with a one and a half finger head. The beer has quite a bit of carbonation that is present and the head dies down to a nice lace.

S - Smells of malts and barley.

T - The bottle describes it best - 'this is beer at its most basic'. The two flavors I get from this beer is barley and malts.

M - This beer is really smooth entering your mouth. You can taste the barley and malts early and it transitions into a smooth finish.

D - This is a rather easy beer to drink but the simplicity of the beer makes it hard to have more than a couple.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 03:17:56 | More by Wisconsin
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2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Totally Naked pours pale yellow with about a half-inch of white head. The head laces a bit and falls to a thin cap after a couple of minutes.

The smell is very faint. A little grain, a little malt.

Taste is primarily malty. There are some notes of hop as well.

Mouthfeel is thin with a lingering finish.

Drinkability is okay on this beer. There is nothing offensive with this beer, but there isn't much there. This must be what New Glarus makes to appeal to light beer drinkers. It is sessionable, but there are more flavorful options.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 20:07:55 | More by slyke
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a pale yellow color and a thin texture. There was a quarter inch of head and OK lacing.

S: A slightly malty smell, along with a grainy quality.

T: A somewhat strong malt flavor up front, but little else to speak of. Pretty thin all around.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is an easy to drink beer, but it offers little in the way of complexity or character. Not horrible, but not great either.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 23:40:29 | More by avalon07
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Grabbed this one as part of a new glarus package recently. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed with lunch on 12/26/2008.

The pour was decent with a straw yellow color. golden amber with a crystal clear look to it. A small head of maybe an inch rose up, but immediatly fell back down, leaving a naked top to it.

The aroma was light. Lots of light grain and bready malts abound here. Small light fruit notes and an overall light profile. Taste was more of the same, light grain, light fruits, small doses of grain. A crisp, clean, and refreshing profile. Very light feel with an almost non existently light feel. Super drinkable as this one went down without much of an issue at all.

Overall a very solid light beer without much in the way of distractions. I would have no issue sessioning this but would have liked a bit more depth to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 19:32:43 | More by mikesgroove
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1.8/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours clear yellow golden with a light white head that dissipates fast. Very clear in glass I can actually see through this brew. I can't remember the last time I drank a beer that I could see through. It actually looks nice on first pour. Aroma is corn and some hops, not too unpleasant. Corn on the flavor, there is something promising in the flavor but it goes away fast..hops. Leaves that nasty watery grain finish in your mouth. I guess this is how a lager is supposed to taste though. Have to get ahold of one of those higher rated beers to know for sure. Not very carbonated and feels like slime in my throat. This is worse than drinking water because it has some flavor in it that I have to wash away using water. Drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 23:19:47 | More by mbrasi
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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

A - I don't know of a more clear and filtered beer. There is no hazing whatsoever. The head is fairly strong and pearly white coming up from a strong bubbling.

S - A very light smell - almost non-existent. I would guess the most dominant smell here is some of the lager yeast.

T - Starts off with a very light malt and bitterness balance. Obviously not meant to be offensive in any way. Has some of the macrolager adjunct flavors in the finish. Finishes off with a hair of astringency that builds a bit into the aftertaste.

M - Very light in profile - almost watery. The body of this beer is meant to be light I would guess. Carbonation is the only thing of real note on the mouthfeel.

D - Super easy to drink. Light and refreshing. ABV is light. Light body results in a beer that doesn't weigh on the stomach.

I have to imagine that this is NG's run at getting a piece of the home state's macro lager drinkers. However, I would guess only limited success due to the ubiquity of Spotted Cow as a more common NG offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 05:06:38 | More by katan
Photo of schellsbeer


2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to my good friend Greggy for this one. Part of a 6 pack he put together for me.

Anyway...here is the review.

A - Classic beer look. Pale straw color. Small white head. Thin. Average looking. Many small bubbles.

S - Classic beer smell. Smells like beer, looks like beer, therefore, it must be beer. Hops, Malt, Barley - all there. Clean smell.

T - Tastes like beer. Plan and simple. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Doesn't suck...Doesn't impress.

M - Average. Beer feel. Better than Macro beers but not much.

D - Since this is not my style, I would have to say that the drinkability is low for me. Not bad by any means but just not for me.

Overall, a great American Pale lager that is there for the average beer drinker that wants a better tasting beer than the macro's can give but also comes with a higher price. Worth it? You be the judge.

1st and last of this one...unless Greg gives me another. Just not my style. But that's ok.

Thanks Greg.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 23:16:40 | More by schellsbeer
Photo of lpayette


3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- It's easy to see where this beer gets its name just from looks alone. Pours a very pale straw color with stunning clarity. The head is on the small side, and is composed of HUGE soapy looking bubbles. One of the strangest heads on a beer I've seen in a while.

S- reminds me of cereal, but I guess that's just the straight up all two-row barley. Not much at all going on here.

T & M - Certainly nice and crisp. Noble hops provide a good level of balance. Certainly not bad, but not anything all that special either. Exceptionally crisp and refreshing.

D- Well, this is pretty much what I expected. It's definitely one of the better of the style, but the smell is a bit of a turnoff.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 02:28:09 | More by lpayette
Photo of zeff80


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

A - Poured out a clear, golden/yellow color with a foamy, white, one-finger head. It left behind some lace.

S - It smelled of sweet grains with some floral an d citrus notes.

T - It tasted of sweet grains with a slight caramel malt taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light bodied beer.

D - This is a nice lager. One of the better ones brewed.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 01:36:51 | More by zeff80
Photo of jwinship83


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

A- very pale golden body under a small, quickly vanishing, white head with little to no lacing. small steady stream of bubbles

S- very faint. sweet, bready and grainy malts. little bit of something metallic.

T- sweet malts upfront, and something slightly sour at the end. bready and sweet.

M- surprisingly full bodied and creamy

D- not bad, but not great either. one of these is enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 04:52:19 | More by jwinship83
Photo of shroompod


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

Pours with a head that sticks around , some lacing. Golden color.

Aroma of faint pilsner malt , very faint hop profile.

Good malty sweetness is followed by a hint of hops. Nothing really exceptional , but that's probably within style.

Mouthfeel is thin , carbonation is good.

Overall a good representation of style I could drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 00:54:09 | More by shroompod
Photo of Strix


3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale golden, decent initial head, some lacing.

Smell is underwhelming. Crisp cheerios and vague euro hops.

Crisp cheerios and vague corn in the taste. A tiny bit of euro hoppiness, no skunkiness or metallic taste though. Nothing fancy, but crisp and clean.

Medium consistency, little carbonation.

Very crisp and drinkable, not a lot of flavor, but that's the style. I'd have it again, but won't seek it out. Better than most macros for sure though.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 23:04:17 | More by Strix
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New York

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Straw-colored brew with small white head, little lacing.

The aroma is not utterly devoid of interest but it is close. Certainly there is freshness and a little bit of light malty goodness. Tastewise, they are going for simple and crisp but the hops are so spare, the finish so absent, that the effect recalls a lite beer rather than a good lager. I think they accomplished the goal, I don't actively dislike this like so many macrolagers, but I have a hard time really appreciating blandness when there are simple crisp refreshing beers that offer a lot more interest.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 04:55:29 | More by kenito799
Photo of scottg


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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a very thin head and spotty lacing. Aromas of grain/corn are dominant with some floral notes. Clean and crisp with noble hop flavor and a dry finish. Light body, medium carbonation, an average beer worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 20:52:46 | More by scottg
Photo of brewmudgeon


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

drank these out of their bottles. at 4.25%, totally naked is arguably one of the best relatively low abv boring all-malt lagers available.
carbonation is pretty high, and the body is light to medium. the smell of fresh grain predominates, but the hops come in to clean things up. this is a basic, straightforward brew. very solid. "can't wait to get some more next time i'm in wi, as it's a great alternative to macro lager."

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 22:37:00 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of akorsak


4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to adamharbaugh for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The lager is a beautiful work of art, crysteal clear and stunning. THe color is akin to BMC with a two finger head that is clinging to the glass. The occasional bubble in the glass is the only disruption.

S: The nose is lush, malty with vegetal undertones and hints of hoppiness.

T: The lager is simple and straight to the point. Smooth malts greet me immediately, lightly biscuity with a creamy finish. Some earthy hop bitterness sits in the background, popping up after the first malty wave. Every aspect of the beer is simple but it packs a great sip and is a good start to my weekend.

M: The mouthfeel is crisp and light with a full flavor that you wouldn't expect.

D: This is the quintessential summer beer, light and fresh. A before-, during- and after-mowing the lawn kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 22:34:55 | More by akorsak
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2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm, not sure what they are trying to achieve here other than cornering the market on mediocrity.

Looks normal, tastes somewhat grainy with an aftertaste I can't quite put my finger on and leaves me totally unsatisfied.

And it's really annoying that they pawn these lackluster things off in their otherwise stellar variety 12packs. Keep moving along, nothing to taste here folks.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 21:29:11 | More by Chugmonkey
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3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very brilliant straw blonde with a rocky white head. Moderate retention with no lace. Smells like bready malts and earthy hops. Flavour is intially bready with a grassy, hay like hop flavour coming through in the middle and then finally sweet. A little flabby. Carbonation is rather mild for a lager of this type and the mouthfeel is a little to full. Not a bad beer and really easy to drink. I would have liked it a little drier and lighter on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 20:58:19 | More by mjryan
Totally Naked from New Glarus Brewing Company
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