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 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 BrewnZ
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this from the bottle after my brewery tour. Seemed odd to serve a keller beer from the bottle, at the brewery, but it keeps things simple for New Glarus during the week I guess.

Hazy straw (from suspended yeast), yeasty nose. Medium-light body with toasted yeas notes and beautiful malt flavor. Finishes with a low hop flavor, possible a domestic version of a noble hop. Best of the three I tasted today - but we don't get many decent lagers out west.

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Photo of pweis909
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8/5/08 (scores based on thismost recent review):
A-Poured pale straw and hazy with a quarter-inch white foam that disappeared in a timely manner - much better than the foam from the first time.

S-Subtly earthy and floral, with a noticeable pilsner malt character.

T-Light sweetness from malt with balanced hop bitterness in the finish

M-Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with crisp finish.

D-Why have I only ever bought this as a single? Really drinkable!

First review on 10-20-06: My first Zwickel Bier, and the only one I've ever seen.

The beer was paler than gold, darker than straw, and a bit hazy from suspended yeast. It had a big head -- I couldn't get the whole bottle into a single glass until after the foam subsided.

There is a fruity hop aroma that I associate with german-style lagers, and not surprisingly the taste reminded me a bit of Becks, when I've been lucky enough to drink a Beck's that wasn't skunked. But that's another story.

Based on the Zwickel characterization on BA, I expected more hop bitterness than I found. Yokel has a clean taste that I can only describe as delicately tasty -- delicate hops, delicate malt. Easy to enjoy.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle just received tonight in a trade with nflmvp....awesome...thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a surprisingly clear moderate yellow with a decent white lager head that melts to a pretty ring of lacing. Tiny pieces of yeast can be seen floating throughout.
Aromas are lager yeast, a very smooth almost fruity mixture of malt and hops.
Taste is yummy. Bready sweet light malts come off creamy in the beginning then melts to a very slight hop astringency as you swallow.
Aftertaste is clean and refreshing despite the slight sweetness which lingers.
This is the first of this style I have ever had and I have to say that it is one I will be investigating. This is delicious. Yokel would be a wonderful way to fill out an entire warm saturday afternoon into evening.

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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 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 ppoitras
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" creamy off-white head over the slightly cloudy warm golden brew. Head fades slowly, with heavy coating lacing. Aroma is minimal, for better or worse. Flavor has rich pale grains upfront, with a light fruitiness and balancing hops. Mouthfeel is super-smooth, and drinkability is as easy as the label indicates, what with its cards/jukebox/pool rambling. Wish I could add it to my local selections.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle, although the left side has some strange cuts that I am sure mean something.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a big 2 inch head. The head quickly settles down to just a coating of foam on top of the brew. Several steady stream of bubbles coming up.

Smell: Sweet smelling, with a slight sour tang. Definite "earthy" tone to it, almost like clay or dirt, in a good way.

Taste: Smooth like you would expect from a lager, but none of the skunky. grassy taste I am so used to when a beer is this color. Creamy and sweet, with just a hint of carmel. Finishes with a little bite from the carbonation and a mild hop bitterness.

Carbonation: Medium level of barbonation. this beer stays foamy with a little CO2 bite the whole time.

Drinkability: This is the realy subjective category to me. Everything else is as compared to a style, but this is really a personal comment on the beer. Have to say I like it a lot, and I normally wouldn't consider myself a light lager drinker. Give it a try, this isn't a BMC.

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Photo of bditty187
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold-yellow in hue, the yeast flutters throughout the liquid like a snow globe. I usually find this unattractive but I kind of dig it in Kellerbiers, I don’t know why. At the apex the white head was a healthy two fingers tall, however the foam quickly faded to a thin, soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was minimal and hardly worthy mentioning. Overall, the appearance is decent.

The nose is straightforward and simple… and, yet, inviting. It is grainy and husky with undercurrents of lemon rinds; vaguely yeasty with a lovely bready finish. Moderate potency, articulate… I like what it is saying. I mean, it is clearly a Kellerbier and for no other reason then it delivers what it should; I want to take a sip.

The palate is very tasty. I have grown to love the style as I have consumed numerous half liters of Mahr’s Ungespundet. While Yokel is not as complex I have no qualms. It is grainy sweet, husky with hints of lemon bread and a smattering of hop spiciness. Similar aftertaste, soft but lingering… man, this beer is quite nice. I wasn’t expecting much from it. For some reason I was thinking this as going to be a Macro lager-type beer. Once I seen the label I was a bit more excited and once I took a sip I was really digging it. I could easily quaff some bottles with a hearty cold-cut sandwich on a fall day. That is a little slice of heaven.

Around medium in body, creamy and relaxing carbonation, the mouthfeel fits this beer perfectly.

This beer is insanely easy to drink. I think this is one of the few beers that both the uber-beer geeks and the complete beer ignorant can love. It is both very complex and extremely simple at the same time. I often wonder if Kellerbier gets over looked by most BAs. Oh well, enough of my ramblings. I found this to be a lovely little beer. Thank you hoffman! This was a treat.

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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 bjirish
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Six pack from the brewery in New Glarus- fresh sample.

Pours yellow with lager-white fizzy head. Cloudiness from the yeast.

Very balanced smell. Spicy hop aroma along with sweet malt.

Flavor balanced as well. Fruity notes with german/czech hop flavor. Finish leans to a bit dry with yeast characteristics.

Very chewy mouthfeel for a lager, some due to the yeast in suspension.

Very good beer - especially when you can get it fresh in the summer.

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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 WeisGuy
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - yellow/golden in color, very hazy, nice white head with little retention

s - dominated by malts and fruits, no hops evident, lots of banana

t - very malty and sweet, lots of fruit and some spice as well, finish is sweet and lingers

m - lots of carbonation, light-to-medium bodied, dry finish

d - fairly drinkable beer, alcohol not evident, dry finish may limit consumption though

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Photo of ccs
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's next to me, a beautiful hazy straw color. Very little hops in the aroma--all malt with the distinctive lager smell. There is just the slightest ring of foam around the glass. It tastes clean, crisp, very slightly of wheat. There is the slight sting of carbonation but not unpleasant by any means. I would love to have a couple of these on a nice summer day.

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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 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 Mdog
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light yellow with lots of yeast particles, decent head.

Smell: Grassy, wheaty.

Taste: Some sweet bread, grassy, citrus, a little spicy.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Drinkability: Excellent stuff, very sessionable.

You would never believe this was a lager if it didn't say so on the label. Very flavorful without being overpowering in any way. A very good beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to thefatkid13 for this one in a trade. The beer poured a hazy orange color into a tulip glass, with a slight white head. The nose of this beer was not very strong with any one character but has some hints of banana, maybe some spices. I didn't get much. The taste was also not that complex. There is a good balance between malts and hops that makes for a pretty drinkable beer, although not overly complex. Worth a try.

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

Pours a golden yellow color that is cloudy with yeast sediment swirling around. The head is white in color, but, very minimal, leaving no lace to speak of. The smell is mildly citrus-like, a bit lemony. I detect a small amount of grain followed by sweet honey.

The taste is a bit of lemon-citrus and honey. This beer is drinkable and light to medium bodied. There is a good amount of carbonation that is easily detectable. I do not detect much in the way of hops. This one is different and not a bad drink.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice yellow with a honey overtone. Head is fluffy white, two fingers. Falls to one, with wet lace left behind.

Smell is malty with clove and just a hint of banana and spice. Has sort of a 'BMC' overtone, however.

Flavour is sort fo a deep fruitiness with a slight woody spice up top. Slightly earwaxy at times.

Liquid is hearty, and carbonation is a bit high, but not unpleasantly so.

Very drinkable IMHO. Easy going down.

Be well

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

12oz. bottle poured into a pilsener glass. It pours a hazy medium yellow color with two fingers of head that just last and last. There is a good amount of sticky lace left on the glass. The smell is very malty, with lots of bread character. Tons of pale malt, with bits of yeast and biscuit in there. The taste is malty up front. Lots of pale malt dominate. There's more bready characteristics coming through, with a slightly hoppy finish. A touch of lemon as well. The mouth is nice and strong for an unfiltered lager. The drinkability is great, and I really enjoyed this with some warm brie on sliced baguette. Thanks to Kev for giving me this brew before he moved to Chi-town.

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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 hopsaplenty
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, no date information

Hazy pale straw. Pours with an active and loud head of loosely packed small and medium bone white bubbles that forms quickly and slowly settles to a short collar and left thin lacing. There are a handful of sluggish carbonation streams. the smell is crisp and filled with spicy hops and a slightly lemony zest. Starts with a gentle malt sweetness that slowly changes over to a soft hop spiciness, slightly peppery. The finish is rather empty with only a hint of lingering hops. The mouthfeel is limp, almost flat, and without carbonation. Medium body, but there is not much there. Passable, but the lack of carbonation was a detriment.

Thanks to Stonecrusher for the metric assload of NG beers.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light gold body with rows of little bubbles racing towards the surface. Thick creamy snow white head.

S: Smells of German pilsner yeast with touches of pale malt and sourdough.

T: A lot like the edel-pils just not as sweet. Lots of pale malt and grassy flavors with touches of green apple acid. Nice European yeasty finish.

M: Silky, creamy, best part of the beer.

D: You could really go thru a lot of this beer. Not overly complicated or complex, a very smooth and straight up beer.

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