Yokel | New Glarus Brewing Company

very good
197 Reviews

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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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +29.2%
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 TheSSG
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pous a frothy, white head that has really nice persistence. Grassy, grainy hop aroma. As the head settles, yeasty biscuit begins to dominate the nose. Radiant gold (this bottle seems to lack the yeast haze I remembered). Starts off with a wonderful grainy hop flavor atop of sweet malt. Floral hops transition into grainy hops. Low, pleasant bitterness. A wave of velvety smooth biscuit wells up. A finish of biscuits and floral hops.

Good god. This is perfect. I remembered this being one of my all-time favorite NG brews, and for good reason. It is everything I could ever want; excellent maltiness, perfectly balanced hoppiness, and the smoothest mouthfeel I think I've ever experienced.
Simply stunning. Absolutely perfect.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's like Spotted Cow grew up, got a big ol' pair of balls and decided that the swift hand of vigilante justice was going to rock the world of Wisconsin Beer drinking.

Pour it in a glass and it looks like hay. That murky, yellowy, musty, opaque look that you'd get if you soaked hay in water. Ohhhh, I'm excited!
The smell is pretty simple. Nice clear malts, perhaps a bit of corn (oh no!) mixed in with a light hop balance to the whole affair. It smells very good, but not very exciting.
Which is why the taste came at me with a vicious hook from the left and smashed my freakin' face in. This is an excellent beer with a full, malty taste balanced out by expertly used hops. Even the corn-flavour works itself into the taste in an unexpectedly delicious way.

What a delightful brew! It reminds me a lot of their Zwickel, which makes sense since they are both Kellerbiers. Heck, it could be a re-release for all I know.

Man, I could and would drink this all day if I still lived in WI.

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Photo of benito
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yokel bills itself as a Wisconsin lager with yeast; it is opaque, straw colored, and the thin creamy head is persistent. As expected, the aromas are muted, though there is a hint of honey and wet paper.

What is interesting about New Glarus is the way they seem to split their time between offbeat challenging brews (the Unplugged series, their justifiably famous fruit beers) and straightforward, "nothing-to-hide" offerings (Spotted Cow, Totally Naked, Fat Squirrel, even Hop Hearty, and Yokel). And in both cases, they tend to have shockingly good results. The proof is in the pudding with Yokel.

The flavors are of honey, wet paper, rice, and wood. The finish is both fruity, dry, and slightly bitter. These flavors and textures balance each other well, and the overall impression is of a complex, well-flavored, yet light-bodied beer. It is a near-perfect beer for summer drinking.

This is brilliant beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yokel pours a lemon juice-like yellow and is smeared in tone with lots of activity within gathering a quick and tall topping of lightly starchy foam that lasts a for good duration and once faded keeps a thick quarter inch lock of white on top. Lace glazes the glass in a curtain of torn and tattered things.

Aroma is quite fuzzy and largely grabbing the nose, even upon the pour, with yeasty bready stuff and lively pale malt glitz. Nice touches of herbal grassyness of hops and overall very rounded and forwardly appetizing.

Taste is nice with a firm, lasting tone of lightly sweetened doughy pale malt. Somewhat pretzeled without the salt. The pale malt is sublime and there a decent spicy zip of hops and lemon that adds a unique herbal quality thats quite tasty to the lips and palate.

Crisp, quick, clean, and yummy with a wonderful pale malt tone and character that draws you through the whole feature of body; which is about medium. Nice finish of lightly dry crispness of herbal grass and yeasty spice.

Um, like this is unholy drinkable by the super tall pint man. Wow, a nice refreshing little Zwickel by New Glarus that'll be sure to Yokel its way off the shelves in the warmer weathered months without much effort.

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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 Benish
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Monger: Poured a cloudy golden yellow color beer with a large foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of floral malt with some spicy yeast notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is dominated by some nice floral notes and semi-sweet malt presence. Yeast is also noticeable and provides a spicy aspect to the beer with some crisp hops at the end. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation. I had this yesterday after a long hot and humid summer days so I might be slightly overrating this one but I still think it shows that great lager can be brewed as opposed to the crappy ones that flood the market.

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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 RedwoodGeorge
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic pour - the beer comes out a deep, bright golden yellow, (very highly saturated color) with a thick light head of pure white foam. The head does eventually settle down leaving a moderate bit of lacing on the glass.

The nose is bursting with grain and sugars with good hints of golden colored toast and some wonderfully earthy hops as a great invitation to a sip.

For anyone who claims you can't make a flavorful lager, give them a sip of Yokel. The beer is both strong and clean at the same time with very clear notes of sugar, lightly roasted grain and a very fresh, bright hop note at the end. It's just a wee bit on the sweet side but this beer has a lot of life in it (yeah, some live yeast as well...)

Mouthfeel is pretty damn good as well - I'd almost have guessed that it was a cream ale as the mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. The beer is on the medium side of light bodied (what with all the sugars floating around) and there's enough carbonation and just enough bitterness to finish each sip nicely.

This is an incredibly drinkable brew... It's perfect as a session beer, it's perfect as a lawnmower beer, it's a great gateway to introduce macro drinkers to micro quality, it's really quite tasty -and- it's got a very impressive mouthfeel. There's really nothing to complain about with this beer and quite a lot to praise.

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Photo of DeaconBluez
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to thomashardy for this surprise.

very little head. and what is there is gone very shortly after i am finished pouring

has nice hints of lemon zest and corn in it, but not as brash as some of the other lagers that i have had in the past. not very carbonated either. the hops and malts are very nice in this one as well. there is a biscuity taste to it..

i think this is good beer to follow the rules when writing a review when it says "Try to review a beer with its style in mind vs. 100% personal taste, ..." because while not a fan of lagers, it was very easy to review this with the style in mind because it represented the style very well.
this is by far the most enjoyable lager experience that i have had in some time. i wish new glarus would expand their business, would love to have their offerrings more often.

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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 nicnut45
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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 CraigP83
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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 Skidz
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out bright pale gold and sits slightly hazy gold in the glass with a good sized white creamy head. Fades to a light skim with minor lacings.

Smells predominantly malty, crisp and crackery with light yeasty overtones. Clean hops aroma producing some leafy shades.

Flavors are in line with aroma, plain and clear crackery malts, slightly grainy, with some yeast coming through. Hop bitterness is low, giving off mild, green leafy flavors.

Crisp and clean in the mouth with mild-moderate carbonation in fine bubbles and light in body.

At first glance, smell and taste, I thought this would just be ho-hum; a beer for the majority that couldn't please the palate. I was so off. Gulp after gulp after guld, this beer dissapeared quickly. Well made and balanced to perfection. I gotta give it to NG, this is damn tasty.

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

My very first keller, and I don't know what to expect:

Dark sparkling gold with a fine white head that stays and stays and stays for days.

Smells like a pilsner on crack. Or steriods, actually, everything is bigger and stronger. Flowers and slightly lemony yeast.

The unflitered malt tastes like a flower patch smells, wonderful natural perfume rushing down your throat. Comes into lots of grain,big corn (sweet corn, fresh picked) and ending on a slight hop bitterness. Fantastically balanced.

A very good beer.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean yellow hue, an okay head and head retention. Aroma is bready and yeasty. Nice. Clean. Crisp? Taste is akin to that a fresh baked bread. Again, bready and yeasty. Mouthfeel is nice, carbonation is good. Perhaps a touch thick for style (I think that's the first time I've said something like that). This is a dangerously drinkable beer, and perhaps a perfect session beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my first Keller Bier--picked it up during my wife and I's honeymoon after our self-guided tour of the brewery.

Pours a bright gold with a very nice white head and loads of lacing as it goes down. Pilsner malt with a good deal of sweetness, and plenty of European hops. The sweetness is just perfect--nothing too much, but it's certainly there. Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Drinkability is excellent; one of my favorite New Glarus beers, and perhaps my favorite that doesn't have fruit in it.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Thanks again to Jeff (mnjeff) for the hookup!

Pours cloudy straw with a fluffy, half-finger head that wants to stick around. Nice stickage, decent lacing.

Smell is classic German lager - round, floral hops contribute a lemony zing that isn't too bright, maybe even a bit orangey. Malt character comes through as bready, a bit grainy, bit of sulfur as well. Nice and well-rounded, though I'm not getting quite as prominent a hop character as some other folks are.

Taste is perfectly balanced. Bready, fresh-baked, and with a bit of cereal mixed in, and with a nice floral overtone dripping with some juicy orangey notes that really dry out as you head into the finish. Clean on the finish, though just a bit of lingering yeast pulling out some nice sourdough.

Mouthfeel is nice and classic - medium-light body, juicy around the edges, drying out towards the clean finish, with a light but sturdy carbonation. Drinkability is pretty damn close to perfect - fantastic session beer.

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Photo of demcorhip
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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Photo of orfeu
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Frosted honey with a billowing snow white head. Several furiously driving streams of carbonation. Gentle aromas of flowers, fresh berries, and yeast. Juicy, but soft and understated melon and strawberry flavors abound with light toasted bread notes bringing up the back end. Ever so slight yeast spiciness makes the flavor quite special. Lively but restrained mouthfeel, light body, and incredibly refreshing. I most certainly want more. A fantastic session lager to be sure. Many thanks to BeerTruth for the opportunity.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Apparently this is my first-ever Keller/Zwickel. Thanks mom!

Poured a nothin'-fancy yellow/gold, hazy with a dense white head that doesn't last long but remains a skim throughout. Just from looking at this, you assume it's on the solid and delicious side of lager-world, as opposed to the irresponsibly tossed-off lagers of the American mainstream. Let's see.

Not knowing the style when I drank/reviewed Yokel (the label text doesn't make it clear) I wasn't sure why it was touted as "Wisconsin lager WITH YEAST." I mean, don't all beers have yeast? Yes, but this one is yeasty with a vengeance. Something sweet, kind of honeyed wafts through, but it's mostly a bright, earthy, fresh bread dough-yeastiness that does the talking. Very, very lager-ish, if you know what I mean, but in the best possible way...

And that carries through to the flavor. Pure lager crispness--clean, slightly sweet, and just very much in love with itself as a no-nonsense, super-drinkable lager. The yeast provides a firm base for the raw bread-dough essence, and hops are simple, clean and grassy. I found my second experience with this beer particularly rewarding, as there is NOTHING in recent memory that quenches after a hot, sweaty summer day's yardwork like Yokel. [See drinkability score.]

Feels crisp and a bit dry but round enough with a polite snap on the tongue from the hops and carbonation.

Yokel is likely what Bud and Miller tasted like before they were watered-down by corporate compromises and dishonest brewing methods. Or maybe not. In any case, this is a beer of great integrity and is stupidly drinkable. One of the best (golden/pale) lagers I've ever had.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with half a finger of clean white head. Random lacing left behind. Slightly cloudy body with a potent amount of active carbonation.

Smell: A wonderful front of hops, with some earthy grassy notes but also has a sweet fruitiness. Creamy and bright potent easy blasts through. Butterscotch on the finish shows up with lingering, brighter then expected hop profile.

Taste: Buttery yeast warms up the palate which provides a wonderful base for the balanced hops to blast through. The hop profile is filled with accents of white grapes, straw, and mangos. The finish is clean but has a nice malt presence and lingering hops.

Mouthfeel: There is a bright, carbonated texture which really pulls out the hops and yeast notes. Extremely clean and refreshing.

Overall: What else would you expect from New Glarus. This is a masterfully executed lager that delivers exactly what it promises. Clean and potent hop profile shines so bright. NG continues to show their mastery of executing any style of beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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 DefenCorps
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ian was kind enough to send me one of the most exciting boxes of beer I've received of late. Thanks man! This was one of them. Based on the date code, this was bottled in the end of June.

A: In my Moonlight pint glass, Yokel sits an absolutely gorgeous light, hazy orange with a large, choppy head that's white in color, leaving chunks of lace. Definitely one of the more attractive beers I've had recently

S: A fantastic nose that's loaded with hops, earthy and lemony, with a definite petrichor character. Mildly bready malt character is present. Mildly yeasty in character as it warms up. Few beers exhibit a German hop character as deep and nuanced as this. Awesome stuff

T: Opens with a firm hop bite, with moderate bitterness and plenty of flavor. Mildly spicy and earthy with a faint herbal and lemon character. The malt character is mild as well, with a bready and cracker-like feel. The finish is dry, refreshing and mildly bitter. Awesome stuff

M: While high in carbonation, there's a significant body to this beer, without it feeling heavy one bit. Maybe a little slicker than it needs to be, but the finish is excellent.

D: Through the roof. The beer's gone in a few minutes.

Notes: My only complaint is that I have only one bottle. And that the label designates the beer perfect for "washing down a burger" when it's so much more. Well done yet again, Dan

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Yokel from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 514 ratings.
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