New Glarus Brewing Company

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German Helles
3.9 | pDev: 11.28%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Rebrewed and available starting june 2014
Reviews: 197 | Ratings: 521 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

if i am going to drink yellow lager, this is one of the best ones going. thanks to my buddy for bringing it back for me. i love the idea of leaving the yeast in it. so many of these are good, but just made too sterile, and i like the rustic nature of it, it doesnt slow drinkability in the least. its not cloudy, only slightly hazy, and holding a nice tall white head. smells like lager yeast, mild though, crackery rather than bready, but not thin, dry and rather hoppy as they go as well. the flavor is led by a simple grain bill with a touch of honey sweetness, followed by a nice combination of yeast and hops. the yeast is old worldy, sort of german in nature, but really pretty delicate, and the hops are dried grassy, without much bitterness. its a display of flavorful balance, and with the lively carbonation, its a beer i could drink indefinitely. perhaps not the most ambitious recipe out of new glarus, but the execution is flawless. one of my favorite lagers on the market right now, i wish this were available here in colorado...

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Photo of wiseguywood
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid beer. Glad I was able to acquire some from a Wisconsin traveller. Slightly hazy, good carbonation. The mouthfeel would be slightly creamier than you would expect. Clean brew with no funky aftertaste. I would grab this again on another trip.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance : Large, fluffy cap of 3 fingers. Recedes slowly and leaves generous flecks of lacing on the sides and adheres to the head like jelly. The body is golden blonde/hay colored, with a decent haze to it, clocking in at about 90% opacity but still retaining enough transparency halfway through the body so light can illuminate it. By the time the glow reaches the other side my fingers are just shadows.

Smell : Apple and pear, some straw and sweet baked malts. Very faint hop in the distance, but it stays subdued as to not be detected too easily.

Taste : Baked biscuit malt, followed by straw to provide a slight bitter balance, followed by a refreshing quaff of water, ending with a delectable bite of cut up Fuji apple.

Feel : Incredibly easy drinking, this beer is perfect for summer days or grill-outs. The label talks about it being "a brew for washing down the perfect burger". I would agree. It's light and crisp like an apple, and ends tart and semi-dry.

Overall : Mind blown, again. My favorite brewery by far. They nailed the style and nailed it WITH style. Can't say enough about New Glarus.

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Photo of LouAleHead
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light golden color, and the sweet aroma of malt and faint hops, Pours smooth with little head, did not lace. A crisp and smooth taste. Very refreshing beer for those warm summer days and nights. Overall this is a great example of an American Lager, now if AB , Miller, and Coors could follow suite.

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Photo of richj1970
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Light golden yellow with one finger white head that settles quickly. Little to no lacing.

S: Very malt forward - barley and wheat. Faint hops in the back.

T: Bready malts with a reasonably substantial yeast note. Light hops. An almost fruity component like apples as it warmed.

M: Medium body and fairly lightly carbonated. Finish is crisp and clean.

O: Not a normal style for me, but an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 1345 15:03 at 42 degrees into shaker
Aroma very weak, malty
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to two mm ring and frothy layer
Lacing – none
Body medium yellow, clear
Flavor – malt forward, mild; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

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Photo of CraigP83
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear, super easy drinking beer. Full flavor but not objectionable at all. Barley and wheat. Bright and a little bit fruity in the nose. This could be an staple in my fridge.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

While I normally stay away from beers in this style, I'm glad I tried this, and it showed me how tasty and refreshing helles lagers can be. Really crisp and smooth, with a lot of yeast there to nicely compliment the breadiness of the beer. There's a touch of hop bitterness there too. The mouthfeel and drinkability made this an excellent session beer and one that I would have more often if it were available in Ohio.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An awesome summer beer that you can have many of without getting to drunk. The crispness of the beer that has a great yeast aftertaste is something anybody can enjoy after mowing the lawn or playing a round of golf, very refreshing.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Another new one to me from New Glarus, acquired a single bottle as part of a mixed six pack.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a crisp golden orange body with a finger of good frothy white head. Some good fat frothy strands of lacing. Good clarity for an unfiltered beer. Looks pretty damn nice per the style.

S - Aroma is crisp & clean. Creamy, grainy, & yeasty. A classic lager aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp, grainy, & yeasty. Good balance between the yeast and the earthy / herbal Bavarian hops. Grainy, but not husky or corny.

M - The feel is crisp, smooth, creamy, & yeasty. Very crisp & easy-drinking. Light-bodied with good carb.

Overall, another excellent delicious sessionable lager from New Glarus. Very recommended stuff if it is available to you. Would definitely be interested in acquiring more.

New Glarus Yokel -----4/5.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber/straw color. Think off-white head. Heavy yeast smell, minimal hops. Taste is bready, sweet with malt. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty good lager.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes on 6/13/15

On tap at the beautiful New Glarus brewery. Love the aroma of this beer. Reminds me of that smell during brew day. So much delicious malt aroma. Taste is heavy on the malt too. Just a good solid beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yokel pours a golden color with a small, but ever lasting head. A skunky aroma. The taste is is very crisp, nice malt flavor. Nice feel, a weaker body. Overall. its a lighter but crisp hells lager. Its nice, not great.

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Photo of Lesingnon
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brilliant, crystal clear, and golden in color. Pours with about a finger or two of very bubbly foam before the head recedes, moderate lacing observed.

Smell: Has a very noticeable crisp, clean scent. Underlying herbal notes from the hops complement it nicely, and the barest hint of malts can be picked up.

Taste: Similar to the scent; the taste is clean and crisp, rounded out quite nicely by the hops. And though they give some noticeable herbal notes, they don't contribute all that much bitterness to he beer. The malt presence is very minimal until the end of a sip, where they leave a pleasant and lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very light and easy drinking, with carbonation that buzzes pleasantly across your tongue.

Overall: I tend not to be the biggest fan of lighter beer, usually preferring maltier options. But I certainly enjoyed this offering. There's a bit more complexity to the flavor than one might expect, and it would certainly be a welcome drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Chaz
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden straw in color, topped with an off white head. Clarity is near-excellent.

Bready malts on the nose, along with a lighter, classic lager yeast character. Clean, bready, lightly yeasty, but quite neutral as it should be.

Fairly sweet on the first sip, but with the breadiness backing it up all the way to the tail end of the drink. Creamy. Sweetness doesn't overwhelm and in no way is this a cloying beer, as there's a crispness that is so subtle that you might miss it.

Very good mouthfeel and excellent drinkability.

A very good, very clean lagerbier and a great rendition of a classic style.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks great. Very bready aroma, bit of honey, some corn smell (though I'm sure there's no corn in the mash). Flavor follows but I'd like more noble hop spice; the sweetness is a bit too present and needs to be tempered. Regardless, totally crushable ... feels like a slightly warm spring or fall evening beer to me with that bready sweetness.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden orange with a nice big white head. Bready, fruity smell, with slight funk. A crisp fruity taste with a good bready, malty, yeast backbone. Nice crisp, dry finish with a creamy feel. Higher carbonation with a good lager taste. Another excellent ng

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 1” finely bubbled foam collar.
S: Malt, light grains and some yeast.
T: Light bread especially in the after taste, a ;ott;e tartness on the finish, fairly dry, mild hop accent.
F: Very creamy texture, crisp, above average carbonation and light body.
O: Easy to drink, refreshing, a good beer to hydrate with after a bike ride.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on May 11th, 2015 (Julian Code stamped on bottleneck)
Reviewed on July 9th, 2015
Served in a Lager Glass

Poured a clean gold body. Big and creamy bright white head formed, collapsed, and left a sparse amount of lacing. Plenty of bubbles exercising in this body.

Very grainy tone overall. Cereal-esque in scent. Faintest hint of floral hops.

Sweet grainy malts hit the tongue first. Similar to corn pops (in a good way). Fairly grain-forward. Sharper notes of spiced yeast flared-up as this one finished out... faint but present. Light bodied. Moderate/high carbonation.

Pleasing brew all-around. Certainly timid in flavor but could successfully fulfill the role of a pleasing session lager.

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Photo of KevChiTown
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Simply rating it as a lager and not every other domestic lager, it is really good. However, this is still binge drinking beer, college beer, Bbq beer, tailgating beer kinda shit. Only 4.2%, very simple, not terrible simple, but exactly what you expect. A good primer beer.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold into a pilsner glass.
Look = 4.0 Pours a mostly clear golden straw color with 2.5 fingers of think creamy white head. Retention is great and lace is dense and sticky. High carbonation on pour.
Aroma = 3.5 Smell is grainy; that distinct smell of pilsner style malt and hops with a little yeast aroma.
Taste = 3.5 Follows the nose. Grainy, a little like corn with yeast and German or Noble hops. Really balanced; not sweet and not bitter.
Feel = 4.0 Light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability = 4.0 Would be very refreshing on a hot summer’s day and at 4.5% ABV you could drink several.
Overall = 3.75 A very solid light-styled lager. A tough style to score high with but New Glarus really put together a solid beer here. It does what it’s meant to do well even if it doesn’t seem to fit the Kellerbier style perfectly. Light, crisp, refreshing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.55/5  rDev -9%

A-Clear yellow orange. Slight carbonation and head.

S-Wheat, some yeast, not much else, kinda bland.

T-Wheat, yeast, not much else. A little bit grass.

M-Light, crisp and dry finish.

O-One of the few NG beers I did not care for.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours straw yellow to light golden with a creamy white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is bready/yeasty/grainy - hint of nuts.

The taste is of sweet grain, slightly nutty with a hint of floral hops in the semi-sweet finish.

It is crisp, smooth and refreshing.

It's a well-made basic lager with some bready/yeasty character. It's on the sweet side. Nice.

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Photo of barczar
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant clarity, nice white head. Not familiar with the style. Fairly grainy aroma, flavor is grainy and bready, refreshing, with a minerally, clean finish. Nothing spectacular, but would be a great session beer in a hot day. Crisp, dry finish, with a touch of earthy hop.

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Photo of Benish
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: creamy white head build up. Dissipated to a quarter inch of thick frothy build. Color is a mix of hay and orange.

Smell: yeasty and crackery with a subtle sweet malt smell. Aromas are faint yet pleasant.

Taste: bready and yeasty with a nice touch of malt backbone. The sweetness is delicate and hangs around throughout the entire tasting. Flavors are not intense so it keeps you wanting more. This beer is very balanced, the sweetness and the yeast compliment each other.

Mouthfeel: light bodied and smooth and high carbonation.

Overall: this beer is fantastic. I love it, there are no flaws and there is nothing aggressive. It's perfect for me on hot days.

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Yokel from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 521 ratings