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Totally Naked - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

903 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 30
Gots: 75 | FT: 5
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 bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of weatherdog
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a footed pilsner glass.

It pours a crystal clear pale straw with a pillowy white head. The head dies down to a small layer of bubbles in top, lacing is medium and nice tiny bubbles are constantly rising to the surface.

The aroma is very neutral. Some grainyness and sweet corn with a very crisp lager finish.

The flavor is more corn dominant. It has a nice mild sweetness but finishes very crisp like a very drinkable lager should.

To me this is a just a step up in flavor from the standard BMC. It doesn't have much flavor but what it has is a compliment to the beer. To me this beer is for those that want to drink or be seen drinking craft but think Spotted Cow has too much flavor.

weatherdog, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Nachojon
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Lazy pour yields 2 fingers head. Completely transparent yellow. Crystal clear.

S- Metallic lager tinge. That's all.

T- I think people that give this beer a low score are forgetting what it is supposed to be. It is a common thing here.YOU KNOW what New Glarus can do with their beers, so obviously they chose to make this beer what it is, a session lager. If I lived in WI I would have a case of these in the fridge for everyday drinking all summer.
Taste is refreshing, just a bit of apple, sour.

M- Crisp, clean, a sweet aftertaste.

O- This was a favorite of mine in college when I knew pretty much nothing about beer, now I now barely something and I still like it.

Nachojon, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Agold
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Roommate brought a sixer back from Wisconsin. Pours as pale as any beer I have ever seen. About a centimeter of white head that leaves some spotty lacing, but not much at all. At first there seems to be a bit of off notes, but it sort of dissipates. Now I notice some grassy hop notes and a very light mildly bready aroma. Taste is very very light crisp and refreshing. Mildly bready as well, grassy, floral, earthy hop notes, but all very light and subtle. Mouthfeel is exactly where it should be. Light and refreshing with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer. Enjoyable crisp and refreshing.

Agold, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, pale golden color with two fingers of fluffy white foam that diminishes to a quarter-sized berg. Extensive speckled lacing remains on the glass and tiny bubbles rise in many steady streams through the column.

S: crisp water crackers and grassy hops that show some green herbaceous notes as well as dry hay. A trace of sulfur is detected, tasteful rather than over-stated.

T: Begins dry, with muted herbaceous hop aromatics that seem to be all by themselves at first. Acidity is mild into the middle, where malt is more toasty and delicately fruity. A whiff of understated pilsner malt lingers into the finish while other flavors clear out quickly.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While the flavor profile lacks the urgency of the better pilsners, with a hop presence that is too timid, it does not transmit any suggestion of corn. It generally lacks interest, with the exception of the aroma, although it drinks effortlessly.

beagle75, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear yellow with a bone white head that has great contrast with the body.

The smell is grainy with a light floral hop presence that reminds me of lilacs.

The taste is rather ordinary, but so goes the style. Grainy, grassy, and ever-so-slightly floral.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with average carbonation.

A good but simple beer. It's hard to do anything interesting with a lager, but it's a solid beer despite that.

Vonerichs, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Pilsener glass.

A: Very pale, clear straw color with a foamy white head that holds very well. Lively carbonation, with decent lacing.

S: Hints of cracker and straw, along with some floral hop undertones.

T: Honey and biscuit malt notes, with some lemon up front, followed by grassy, floral hop flavors that lend the beer a very clean, drying finish.

Notes: This is an awesome beer for the style. Light to moderate in body, clean, and extremely balanced. Easy as all hell to drink. This is a beer that would fit perfectly in the holder of my John Deere while tooling along across the yard.

WYVYRN527, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Florida9, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Brenden, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of soccerman7
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

soccerman7, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Sammy, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of zimm421
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

zimm421, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Phocion
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Phocion, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

RoamingGnome, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

vette2006c5r, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BrewerB, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jason, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of u2carew
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

u2carew, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of codsmith
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

codsmith, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of steveh
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

steveh, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Deuane
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Deuane, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

CaptainIPA, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WastingFreetime, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of CWBlues
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

CWBlues, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Scrumtralecent
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Scrumtralecent, Jun 12, 2011
Totally Naked from New Glarus Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.