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 Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

light yellow with initial large head, lace in glass. Lagerish beer with yeast and cheese aroma. Bit of creaminess at beginning, astringent in finish, that improves as it warms. Some wheat.strong carbonation. Very drinkable. Lemon peel aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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 brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light honey color with a modest head that retains and splashes reasonably well

Smell: Vaugue aroma of irish soda bread (sweet and yeasty)

Taste: Opens with a sweet bready element that is like a cross between honey and banana, with a hint of apple and lemon to boot; not much of a flavor progression after the swallow as the up front flavors remain in the mix

Mouthfeel: Medium body (almost creamy) with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very different, but rather enjoyable; too bad its on hiatus - hope it returns

Thanks to esjaygee (from the other site), for the opportunity

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Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bring shared a bottle of this a while back. Thank you, Barry. Being a big kellerbier fan, I was excited to try this. Hazy but relatively clear golden body with a finger of white foam, signature kellerbier appearance. Bready, yeasty, lighty malty sweetness hits the nose first. Spice, white pepper, light stonefruit; complex. Up front fruitiness on the palate, sweet pale malt, faintly yeasty, peppery spice, slight and pleasant buttery slickness. Finishes dry with a touch of noble hops. Very clean finish. This reminded me a bit of the Bohemian Lager NG made a couple years back, though it's not quite as outstanding.

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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 emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, unfiltered pastel yellow with an orange skew. Tons of foam, sudsy and sticky at first, later leaving no lace. Yeast is swirled at the bottom of the bottle, and it foams up halfway inside the bottle again. Lively in the carbonation department. Visible streams in the glass...

Mild grainy smell, spicy hop that reminds me of a Czech Pils.

Light apple tartness, crackery pale malt, with mild grain huskiness. Dry aftertaste, with uber-mild herbal hops. Very smooth and creamy due to the yeast content, and light-bodied. The creaminess reminds me of peanut butter in the texture somehow. Very solid summertime choice, or when you want something lighter for a session.

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Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy gold color with a white, one-finger head. It left small amounts of lace.

S - It smelled of yeast and grain adjuncts.

T - It tasted quite sweet. Also, tasted of corn, grains and some clove.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. It is very easy drinking and tastes great.

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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 mothman
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Bud American Ale glass.

Pours about 1 finger of creamy white head. Pretty good retention, but leaves no lace. Color is a cloudy golden orange.

Aroma: Lots of malts here. Some yeast with grassy hops. I also get some fruits; apples and lemons.

Taste: The yeast and grassy hops are more present here. This is a pretty malty beer. Lots of bread notes. The apples are present with the lemons in the background.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshingly smooth. Light to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends slightly dry, but overall pretty clean.

Overall, this is a pretty nice session beer. Easy drinking with lots of flavors. I am glad I got to try this one from New Glarus. I could easily drink another.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yokel is my favorite everyday beer from New Glarus. Obviously the "Enigma" or one of the other "unplugged" beers would top it overall, but as a "regular" beer, it's a pretty decent quaffer. It just suits my taste; and I wish they had this at the UW rathskellar so I could sit by the lake and enjoy a few with my girlfriend as the sun went down. Anyway, It's golden (and I certainly don't mind the haze from the yeast) with a frothy dollop of bright white foam atop. The head retention is quite good and it leaves nice lace. The nose is malty and just slightly hoppy - I could use some more hops, but at least it's not overly hopped. It's smooth and lightly creamy in the mouth, and sweetish in the flavor with a nice, fresh maltiness and some spicy and floral hops - even a touch citrusy in the background. It's very much like the Spotted Cow, but less sweet and with more character. It's easy drinking, tasty, and refreshing, what more could you ask?

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Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Kurmaraja
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy goldenrod with all manner of flecks and flakes swirling about immediately after the pour. The tight-bubbled cap is a lovely shade of polished ivory, a color that one doesn't usually describe in those terms. It looks regal though and matches the color of the beer perfectly. Fine sheets of sand-blasted lace look great as well. Note: the final pour junks things up beautifully. I love unfiltered beer.

The aroma focuses on pale malt. To be specific, 'Wisconsin, German and Belgian barley'. I'm sure they're of very high quality, but it's hard for pale malt to carry a nose. A little more Bavarian hoppiness would have been great and would have matched the style to boot.

I'm much happier with the flavor and now don't feel as much of a need for more hops. Their light spiciness and light lemoniness is appreciated, especially on the finish, but this is first and foremost a pale malt driven lager. Lightly sweet cereal grains lead the way and, amazingly enough, manage to carry the flavor profile load without much of any assistance.

Yokel is one of those (unfortunately rare) beers that puts the quality of its grains and the quality of its construction on display for all to taste. In other words, there are very few brewers who could create a beer this simple, this pure and more importantly, this purely delicious, given the constraints of the style.

I don't often think of it in these terms, but the thing that I look for most when it comes to mouthfeel is mouthfillingness. Even a light-bodied beer like this one can impress a big beer lover like me if it fills the mouth each time the glass is tipped up. I love the soft, creamy, expansive nature of Yokel's mouthfeel. In fact, it's the highlight of this highlight-rich beer.

Yokel (noun): a rustic; a country bumpkin. Yokel is definitely rustic, but it sure as hell ain't no bumpkin. It's a classy kellerbier with a polite nature and polished manners. It's also a very good malt-dominant lager that revels in its simplicity and its drinkability. Kudos to the good folks at New Glarus for yet another well-crafted beer.

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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 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 Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Discount Liquors in Milwaukee.

The beer appears crystal clear and bright golden with a thick, soapy white head. Aromas include sourdough bread, lager yeast, apple, lemon. Lots of bread and yeast character packed into a low abv beer. Thin body with moderately low carbonation. Easy drinking and smooth. Lingering flavors of bread dough and yeast. A hint of floral hops and a general earthy quality. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mildly foggy gold. Thick white head. Thick flavor. Defined sweetness. Biting citrus, yet no acidity. Very thick carbonation. Nice enough but it's a bit too thick in flavor and carbonation to make it as easy drinking as this style could be. Still a nice attempt though.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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 GClarkage
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/21/06- Received as a gift from BA Irishsnake.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Oggi's pint glass.

Appearance- Golden in color, a bit darker golden. 3/4 inch foamy and creamy looking head. Leaves behind decent streaks of lace.

Smell- A bit macro-ish. Corny and grainy with a sweeter scent.

Taste- Very lightly hopped. A bit corny, but more grainy. Certainly bready and sweeter than most lagers. Kinda comparable to Tusker, but a little sweeter and less clean.

Mouthfeel- Rich and a bit creamy with a medium to higher carbonation level.

Drinkability- All-in-all a decent brew. Tasted good on a hot day. Possibly the first for me of this style. Thanks John.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cracked open after a hot bike ride home from the office. The aroma is a simple doughy barley with a hint of toast and caramel and the slightest earthy mineral touch that carries over into the flavor with the malts. The body is smooth and balanced with a touch of sweetness. It reminds me more of a low-hop Czech lager, or a lighter Dortmund Export lager than a kellerbier, but it's a damn fine beer to have at the end of the day. I'd drink more if I had one, but I don't get to Sconie that often.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with slight yeast note, alittle spice. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, with some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, really liking this one.

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Photo of Derek
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-yellow with a yeast sediment, white head, no retention, slight lace.

S: Floral, grassy, spicy & slightly metallic hops; biscuity/bready malt.

T: Floral, grassy, spicy hops, slight metallic-mineral flavour, bready malt, crisp bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth & creamy, slight residual sweetness.

D: Very drinkable.

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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 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 sweemzander
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a slightly hazy goldenrod color. Adaquate white; almost yellow foam diminished to a solid layer. Some lacing.

(S)- Sweet light lemon, honey, and floral things going on. Very light wheat in the background. Has a peachy aroma that is different.

(T)- Nice lemon fruit with wheat and yeast. The floral aspect of the smell also comes out through the taste as well. Even the peach complexity is present too.

(M)- Smooth and refreshing with great fruit/wheat/yeast complexities. Great carbonation feel.

(D)- Yokel is a solid beer with silky smooth attributes. Great for summer down by the beach. A 6pk wouldnt last long at all. Seek this one out if you are looking for some lighter fare.

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