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 BeerBelcher
1.59/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I bought this beer because I wanted to try a Zwickel, and I have to say I'm baffled by the positive reviews I'm reading. I thought this beer looked unappetizing, tasted like dough, was barely drinkable, and ultimately most of it went down the drain.

It poured a dirty yellow color with abundant chunks of sediment, and a decent amount of head, which dissipated quickly.

Aroma was just slightly sweet, with a lot of fairly dry malt aroma.

Taste was also of dry malt, but had a strange astringent quality I could not place, but I knew I didn't like it. The beer had a malty quality which somehow reminded me of eating Play-Do. This was a tremendously challenging beer to drink, and not the way that a very hoppy beer or a spicy chili can be challenging and fulfilling; I thought this beer was challenging and unrewarding. I ultimately thought this beer utterly undrinkable, and half of it went down the drain.

I considered the possibility that this bottle might be very old, but the store I purchased it from is a new store, only being open for about two months. I suppose there is the possibility that this bottle sat at the distributor for a long time, but because New Glarus does not put packaging dates on their bottles (BOOOO New Glarus!), I can't say for sure. More and more I'm of the opinion that if a beer isn't date stamped, its brewer deserves any bad reviews received for old beer.

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Photo of ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean
2.05/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

The Yokel label promises "the finest Bavarian hops and malts..combined in classic German brewing methods". However, the hops' presence are weak to nonexistent, and although the brewing method might be German, it bares no resemblance to a fine German beer.

Yokel pours a thick head, which quickly gives way to nothingness, an with no further carbonation.

The aroma is weak and the flavor profile is about as plain and simplistic as microbrews come. It has New Glarus's Spotted Cow profile. To me, it's just another Sweet/Sour offering from New Glarus; a company more interested in appealing to the lowest common denominator than brewing for enthusiasts. As a new Wisconsinite, I've tried so many of their offerings and have been continually disappointed.

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Photo of weeare138
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to hopdog for this…
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head that fades out. The fizzy collar fades out and no lacing is left.
Smell is of lemon rinde with corn husk.
Taste is of lemony junk with a corn syrup taste that isn’t that appealing.
Mouthfeel is of lemony corn husk and vegetal skunkiness lingering.
This was my least favorite selection as of yet from New Glarus

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks mattafett!

A: Pours a murky apricot-straw body with very little head, no retention, no lace. This might be an old beer, especially since it's retired, but they sold it at the brewery recently, so....

S: Cereal grain. Spicy Noble hops and a touch of yeast. Not as pungent as I would like, but good.

T: A simple, moderate-strength flavor. I'm a little underwhelmed, but it's not bad. Grain / bread, a light hint of white pepper, and a touch of yeast in the finish. Has a nice grainy aftertaste when I exhale. It's serviceable.

M: Low carbonation, which doesn't do this one any justice. It should bring out the flavor more, actually, but the beer feels dead somehow.

D: Meh. Didn't care for it.

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Photo of RJUGA03
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Light yellow transparent but cloudy body with a scant head and minimal lacing.

S-Bready wheat beerish.

T-Full very refreshing on the draw with a light body finishing smoothly and calm

M-Crisp and a refreshing a good beer to enjoy on a hot summer's day.

D- It is a great lightish beer (I prefer dark and heavy) to be enjoyed with a meal.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. New Glarus Yokel pours out a slightly cloudy yellow color with very little head. Strong aroma of bread dough and leafy hops. Grain flavor with lots of yeast. Not too sweet, thankfully. The bitter, hoppy finish is the best aspect of the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. I sampled this beer fresh, and it is only average. Even fresh it seems to be on the verge of skunkiness. A glorified spotted cow.

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

Bottle courtesy of Iowaherkeye. Thanks man!
Pours golden with a big lasting white head in a lager glass. Lots of carbonation streaming up in this one. Smell is fresh bright, lemony malt and a touch of yeastiness. Taste is lemony malt and yeast. A bit thin and slightly tangy. Decent and drinkable, but not too out of the ordinary for a lager style beer.

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Photo of steveh
3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I used to enjoy this back in the early days of the Micro Boom®, glad to see NG giving it another go: let's see how it's held up!

A -- Poured directly into a fluted glass to get a good look and some good aroma; clear, bright gold with a sudsy, but firm white head. Just about the clearest Zwickel-type beer I've ever seen. I notched it up from okay because it looks so good.

S -- Mildly spicy and citrus hops up front. Light crackery malts fighting for attention. Some mild DMS. No big bread or yeast that's usual with Zwickel-types.

T -- Taste is light cracker character up front followed by some light lemon zest character from hops. Both dance on the palate and disappear leaving a light bready character lingering in the aftertaste.

M -- The mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a very light body.

O -- I was expecting a lot more from this beer and admit I'm a little disappointed. It's certainly an easy drinking beer for the season with no big flaws to steer anyone away, but overall it's rather lackluster -- especially for a beer that's supposed to be bringing some carry-over from the brewing ingredients in the weight of residual ingredients not filtered (or settled) away. I'm giving it slightly better than okay in "Overall" because it's smoother and a step better in flavor than the usual macro brew.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle of this one at a friend's house while getting ready for a Christmas party
Pours a bright golden amber color with a a hefty thick white head. Aromas of toasty malts, dough, slight floral notes. On the palate, thin body, easy to drink, with flavors toasty malts, sweet dough and vaguely bitter hops. Not impressed.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed April 2, 2007. 12 Oz Bottle. Spritzy bar room lemon and pretzel aroma. Classic pilsner aroma, with crisp tangy sweet malt and wafting lemon hop character. Delicious. A little bit of grain, barnyard hay, and wheat creep in. Yeast chunk pour (maybe I shouldn’t) of clear yellow. Soapy white head, fading fast. Flavor is a medium-bodied, yet fulfilling middle malt with a nip of corn husk and a long, clean malt ride. Not much depth or nuance, but fairly cleanly, drinkable and bright. Why have Totally Naked when you have this? At least this maintains a few apple notes and light grain flavor in the face of lightness. A little too empty and not worthy of swilling to me.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw to gold in color with a slight cloudiness, a small white head fades back quickly. Smell is of slightly sweet malts, cooked grains, and sweet straw and grass. Taste is similar with sweet grainy flavors, uncooked corn on the cob. There is a little peppery crispness and a very small amount of dryness in the finish as well as a lemony flavor in the background. Fairly easy to drink, but probably not something I would go back for more of.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rich golden color, hazy, topped by a white half inch head. A bit of carbonation lazily makes it's way to the top.

A very wholesome nose. Cracker and bread aromas. A very light scent of a noble hop I think, but I'm not quite sure, and I won't take a guess at the variety. Smells nice.

A bit subdued taste wise. Some bread/cracker flavor, and a nice faint lemon taste. Floral hops bitter it up a little. There may be more going on here, but I'm just not picking anything else out.

Medium bodied, but a slight creamy quality makes it seem fuller. More carbonation than I would have guess from looking at it.

This is a good choice for a session beer, but it just isn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark yellow pour. Quite cloudy. Looks like a kid's brine shrimp experiment gone wild.

Smells like lemongrass, yeast, and maybe wheat (begging for an orange slice?)

A strong citrus flavor, with a lasting yeasty and citrus aftertaste.

It's easy to drink. Inviting. Crisp and smooth. Not my favorite. Too sweet for me.

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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 veachster
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poored into a pint beer glass:

A = Foggy/Hazy golden color; builds a tall, fluffy, white head that receeds back down leaving almost no head at all on top of the beer. Has apparent yeast in the bottle or lower side of the bottle, looks almost like a flake.

S = Smells kinda skunky (literally). I say this about Yokel and not just this particular bottle, because all of them are this way when I drink them. I would almost compare it to a Heinenken.

T = Taste is not quite what it smells, but it does have a crisp carbonated taste.

M = It's more of a chewy, leaves a strong aftertaste.

D= I would not mind having one every now and then, but could not see myself sitting down with a six pack and drinking it. It seems very carbonated making me feel full and burpy.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hay color with a small cap of white that seriously stayed for about a few seconds with no visible carbonation. aroma is earthy, musky grain, touches of light grass, but really rather bland and without much in the way of any depth, light feel, watery at times without any really big flavors or huge noticeable chnage from the smell. clean finish

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Photo of AgentZero
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy yellow color, decent head that dissipated quickly with a slight bit of lace.

S - Get the yeast, a little wheaty, sweet sugary smell, touch of citrus.

T - Wow, not sure what it is but almost a bit of an alcohol burn, granted it's relative to the 4.2%, but much more than I was expecting. Sweet and very light malts with yeast flavor. Slight bit of citrus that hits right as it's leaving the mouth.

M - Light to medium bodied, somewhat creamy, decently carbonated. Sticky.

D - Pretty easy to get down and do a few of.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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 aforbes10
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was on tap along with Spotted Cow at the New Glarus Polkafest. Poured into a plastic cup golden colored with a small white head. Smelled corny (like S Cow) but stronger and more metallic and malty. Corny, wheaty, slightly spicy flavor, some banana esters in there maybe. nice mouthfeel, good for summer drinking. Overall i liked it but not the best from NG.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle left over from last summer tucked away in my in laws fridge. I see now that it is 'out of print.'

Pours pale golden yellow. hazy translucent. Minimal foam, but cloudy.

Light citrus smell with minor malt. Faint.

Light creamy lemon taste with minimal carbonation. Citrus finish.

Simple, uncomplicated, and good. Well made.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale golden color with a lot of visible yeast particles. The head is two-fingers in height, but recedes rather quickly into decent lacing. The aroma is very faint with a mild malt character and not much else. The taste like the aroma, very faint. The aftertast, however, is quite pleasant with a nice spearmint taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but nothing to wrtie home about. I would drink it again, I might even buy it again, but I certainly would not go out of my way to find it again.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden almost pale in color. Somewhat persistant white head. Lots of floaties.
Malty nose with maybe some soft fruit/pear notes. Maybe a little sulfur?
Malty & fruity flavor. A balanced bitterness throughout. Slightly tart as it warms up.
Light bodied. Nicely carbonated. refreshingly balanced with a crisp and slightly sweet finish.
Good drinkability. Solid beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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 jeffmonarch
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice pale yellow with constant carbonation rising from the bottom. Nice white head that has some staying power.

S - Really light scents. Some citrus.

T - Very smooth and light. Light citrus. A little malt and no hops. Almost creamy.

M - Light bodied with a little to much carbonation.

D - Good beer. This has a little too much carbonation, still a good beer.

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