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
Reviews by FBarber:
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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 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 Jason
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

STYLE German-style Lager | ABV 4.20% | AVAILABILITY Year-round

Clean, Crisp, Herbal, Bready

Easy drinking through and through, Yokel has a clean nose and palate with a slightly rustic tone from the Wisconsin malt in the grain bill. It’s also perfectly hopped with Bavarian varieties, which is noticeable from the first sip and far into the finish. What we’ve got here is nothing short of spectacular: an amazing lager and one that would be best enjoyed as a full liter pour.

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #103 (AUG 2015)

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Photo of shadow1961
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus Yokel pours a huge creamy head over slightly cloudy
yellow brew, Carbonation is extremely active, and the nose is a bit
of barley malt, a bit of lager yeast. The flavor is slightly sweet light
malt with a mild herbal hop finish. The mouthfeel is surprisingly full,
no doubt due to the unfiltered nature of the beer, and smooth- velvety
even. Not a huge beer by any means, but I gather from the blurb on the
label that that wasn't the objective anyway. A good session, lawnmowing,
and sitting under a tree beer. Use it to get your Lite©-swilling pals off the
corn lager.

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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 HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra from Ian, thanks! I typed up a review and then inadvertently closed the window...The beer appears yellow gold with a two finger frothy head. I took care to pour just a little yeast into the liquid, and what appears there descends in coils before coalescing with the beer.

The nose is hoppy, with prominent notes of zest laden lemon and earth. There's a moderate yeast presence that is evocative of a temperate summer day in Bavaria. The malt character I perceive beneath the lemon and yeast can only be described as bread...perhaps white.

The lemon in the flavor is piquant and the bitterness is at a moderate level. Light earthy and herbal notes are evident, as is a distinct yeastiness and a slight pepper quality. The bread again reminds me of toasted white. The finish is of bitter lemon zest accompanied by a light biscuit character. I'm left with a perceived drying quality.

The carbonation is at an upper moderate level, and the beer is slightly crisp and moderately dry. Another great beer from New Glarus.

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Photo of Boston_Steve
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of majorlance
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geekrot
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Robyn
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Woodman70
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of markgugs
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Beric
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into footed pilsner
Served: 4 July 2014

Appearance: Like several others of New Glarus' "unfiltered" beers, this one pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a nice 1.5 finger head. Good carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Not as cloudy as I was expecting.

Smell: Slightly sweet malts with a hint of noble hop notes.

Taste: Much like the smell, this one has a nice sweeter malt backbone and a nice level of noble hop spiciness. The flavor is really greatly balanced between the hops and the malt. This is, however, a malt-forward beer where the sweet biscuitiness of the malts dominate the flavor and the hops add just a hint of flavor and bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied than a normal pilsner due to the suspended yeast, but I didn't notice anything too crazy from the slight yeast suspension. Medium-high carbonation, however, makes this a refreshing brew.

Overall: Another magnificent New Glarus beer. A great craft lager that is stylistically right-on- the malts are the main draw here with just a hint of hoppiness. The beer is easy drinking and I highly recommend it for craft lager lovers.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy gold, with 2 big foamy fingers of brite-white colored head. Thin yet frothy layer of retention, leaves a big latticework of sticky lacing back. The aroma is spicy floral hops, with a nicely crisp citrus punch behind it. Silkier sweet notes of toasted grains come out underneath, giving this some tang in the nostrils.

The taste is sweet toasty bread, with a sharp pang of tart citrus, and a tingle of lightly spicy hop bitterness running through it. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a moderate crispness to it, that gives way to a much easier feel underneath. I nice evenness between the two feels, makes this eminently quaffable.

Nice stuff here from New Glarus. Crisp, tasty, thirst-quenching, and low ABV. What more could you ask for in a lighter Lager?

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Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of nicnut45
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a nice tan color. Minimal head. Fine white lacing lingers throughout. Leaves a nice ring as I drink.

S-This smells just like fresh baked bread. The hops smell fresh and delicious. All in all this beer has a very fresh and clean scent.

T-This beer has a perfect balance. The sweetness of the malt is just enough and the hops employed compliment it well. But you can taste each one individually and they dont clash at all.

M.F.-Perfect carbonation to really push the flavors through. Not too light not too heavy. like I said perfectly balanced.

D-My mom brought me this back straight from the brewery and I live in Illinois. Its a damn shame they dont distribute outside of WI. If they did I would have the fridge stocked full of this

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. light yellow color, very cloudy. nice white head. faint lacing, decent retention.

S: fruity. some clove, but that's about it. a lot of yeasty aromas.

T: light in flavor. almost wheat-like. yeasty flavors with some fruits, but hard to say which ones.

M: smooth and creamy. light mouthfeel. good carbonation.

D: I don't really know whats going on with this style of beer, but it lacked a lot of flavor. very interesting, but not something I will drink again.

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Photo of dedbeer
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Buebie
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a mixer 6 pack in WI last weekend. Looks like they might have been sitting there a while if this is a retired beer. Was a gas station in the middle of no where lol. Paid about $8
Which equates to about $6 Minnesotan... (little Wisconsin border humor)

Anyway, off the pour about an inch of white fizzy head forms, receding quickly to leave a white collar of retention. Color is a hazey straw yellow.

Aroma is of dried grass/ hay, mineral water, mild earthy hops, a touch of biscuity malt and somthing in there that I just cant lay my finger on.

Yum! Sweet and malty up front with big amount of biscuity malt, bodacious amounts of sweet delicious grain flavor. That thing I couldn't lay my finger on in aroma has becomed a bit more distinguished in flavor. Way off in the distance mind you, but still there and that being bubblegum, raw unfermented honey, buckwheat and buttered rolls.

Mouthfeel is light and crispy with carbonation and just a touch of slickness across the tong.

This beer is fantastic! Its a real shame its no longer available. I am happy to have had the chance to drink it though. Drinkability is phenomenal.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of screwcitybeernut
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

:::purchased from the New Glarus Brewery's gift shop:::

a::: Light gold, hazy yellow with a modest head which dissipated with little lacing.

s::: Light grain aroma. Faint hint of apples. Not much hop character to speak of.

t::: Very clean, light beer. Goes perfectly with my pasta with asparagus and Yokel cream reduction.

m::: Similar smoothness to Hoegaarden. Light, but creamy.

d::: Goes down easily, but it's not exactly a light beer. Probably the most sessionable beer I've had from NG.

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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 Jaycase
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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