Yokel | New Glarus Brewing Company

very good
514 Ratings

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rebrewed and available starting june 2014

Added by Golden2wenty1 on 02-10-2006

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Reviews by demcorhip:
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4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice looking lager, hazy (swirled the last 1/4 in the bottle and dumped the yeast in my glass), straw coloured brew. Huge sudsy head formed on the pour, reaching 4 fingers in height before subsiding. Fairly actively carbonated, and leaves randomly spaced clingy puffy white clouds of lace inside my glass.

Lemon and some spicy/zesty Noble hops. Bready pale malts, perhaps a touch of corn and cooked veggies (both in an appetizing way).

A simple yet deceivingly complex and tasty lager. Capital gets the buzz here they deserve for their lagers, yet New Glarus's fine lagers get very little. Imagine that will be changing. But back to the beer, simple pale malts with hints of white bread crust, followed by lesser hints of corn and a watery honey like sweetness. The hops rush in to assert their mild citrus character of lemon peel and lesser amounts of orange peel, a touch of peppery spice, and some flavours that remind me fresh cut grass.

A light to medium bodied lager with a good level of carbonation and a smooth, almost creamy feel. Nice balance between the pale malts and the hops, neither one dominates and both make crucial contributions to the overall feel and enjoyment of this brew. The yeast also contributes a mild spiciness, perhaps pepper, and very mild hints of clove. Lots going on here in this little lager.

Insanely quaffable, this was made to be enjoyed in copious amounts on warm, humid, summer days and nights. Its light body, mid palate wateriness, and simple yet complex and refreshing flavours and feel make this go down very easily. This may well become my go to summer beer.

A New Glarus Spotted Cow pint glass came with the six pack, a nice touch, which included the name of the liquor store where purchased on the other side. Gotta like free glasses, and great beer!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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 +11.6%
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 DaPeculierDane
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok, I admit…my first instinct is to trash this beer because it kinda tastes like old spotted cow on draft from a dirty line mixed with miller highlife. That would be wrong though, because this beer pretty well represents the style.

Its appearance is its best trait. The brew is bright light gold with a magnificent, thick creamy head that slowly dissipates to leave thin bubbles and a slight lacing around the glass.

The smell is yeasty and German, slightly dusty with a hint of lemon.

The mouthfeel is dry and smooth.

Very drinkable.

Not my style at all but a great job of it. Truly a beer for light lager drinking yokels.

Update: 2-6-06, After drinking this beer for a year I have come to adore it. Yokel is nearly perfectly crafted and its drinkability can't be beaten. I'm upping my ratings a bit today.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

A crisp and refreshing beer with a yeast driven flavors and moderate, spicy hops character.

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Photo of blackearth
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold body with a white head the quickly falls. Aroma is of citrus and grape skin. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low to medium carbonation level that makes this beer smooth. Flavor is a light malt sweetness with a very mild bitterness. Excellent for a session beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12oz bottle into my glass a hazy yellow orange with a quarter inch bubbly white head. Lots of small particulate yeast in suspension in the brew. Aromas begin with grainy malts that carry a somewhat fruity character. Grassy, herbal hops are there with a little bit of spiciness as well. Quite crisp and inviting.

First sip brings a somewhat creamy, fruity grain maltiness with some bready yeast hints and a touch of spiciness. Herbal, grassy hops kick in midway through each sip and provide a nice bitterness on the way down. Everything works together nicely here, crisp and tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth with plenty of carbonation. This is a sturdy, refreshing lager that doesn't wind up lacking in body. A definite easy drinker that would make a good session brew. I could see myself grabbing this again when I'm looking for something lighter and easy to drink.

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Photo of warnerry
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of 77apm
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of badbeer
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a bit of an orange hue. Had a nice white head that dissipated quickly, leaving small amounts of lacing and a nice ring around the glass. Smell is pretty nice with some lemon smells, biscuit, a bit of corn, and some floralness. Not great, but pretty interesting and enjoyable. Taste is slightly bready with a definate lemon zest in there as well, hops are present but faintly. There is even a bit of corn flavor in there that I think pairs well with this. Not a whole lot of carbonation, and a light to medium body on this one. I like that it is not overcarbonated like most beers of this style. Drinkability is definately deserving of a perfect. This beer is great for almost any occasion and can be enjoyed by virtually anyone.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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 bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger white head which slowly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A crisp, bready, and earthy malt forward aroma with hints of biscuit and noble hops. Sweet and bready malt presence with hints of biscuit, grains, yeast, straw, and cracker. Earthy scent of Euro hops with hints of grass, spice, and fruity hints of lemon and slight apple. A pretty solid traditional lager aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a bready, sweet, and earthy malt driven taste with notes of biscuit and Euro Noble hops. Upfront taste of bready and sweet malt with notes of biscuit, yeast, grains, straw, and crackers. Solid presence of earthy and spicy Noble hops with some notes of grass. Subtle fruit notes of lemon zest and apple. A pretty nice light taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a traditional European light lager. Nice bready malt taste with some good subtle hop notes.

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Photo of tyleeis
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of sourdog
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Donboss514
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of OStrungT
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer as a generous extra from thomashardy in what I feel was a great trade. Thank you for your generocity.

This beer pours a clear straw yellow color, with a thick fluffy white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a grainy aroma. It smells slightly grassy. Mild spicy hop aroma is present. This beer smells slightly like Miller.

This beer tastes grainy. It has a mild bready flavor. It has a slight spicy hop flavor to it. It tastes rather booring.

This beer is very crisp. It is light and thin. It goes down smooth. leaving a grainy aftertaste.The carbonation level is normal for the style.

I think this beer would make a good session beer. It is not too high in alcohol. Also, the flavor is very mild and non aggressive. If you can handle the taste, this beer is for you.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden color. Nice creamy head. Good retention and lacing Leaves behind decent streaks of lace.

Smell - Sweet corn and grain.

Taste - Mild hops. The grain is the majority of the flavor. Some breadiness is present and it is pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel - RicMedium bodied and creamy mouthfeel. High carbonation level.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink. Went with the cookout foods nicely.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- The slightly cloudy orange body has a sea of microbubbles supporting a creamy soapy off-white head that sticks to the glass with each sip.
S- The very clean aroma has a note of cream and wet stones no matter how much I sniff.
T- The soft tartness gives way to a soft slate note and a hint of orange at the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol noted. D- This beer has a light tartness and orange flavor that is a bit unique together but not bad. Otherwise it is a very clean flavor and a bit dull to drink more than one at a time.

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Photo of richkrull
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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