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

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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 cbutova
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Full notes on phone when out of service area/Wifi. Reviewed at Johnson's Campground in St Mary, MT. Big review dump from last week camping.

A- Clear pale golden pour from a 12oz bottle to a goblet with a one finger white head that has fairly good retention. Texture is frothy and fizzy and a small ring deposits seldom spots of lace.

S- Light fruit esters like apple and some citrus too. Noble hops in the backdrop as well as light cracked grains and bread. A bit of a strain to get much.

T- Light fruits and lager yeast are the main theme of this one with apple, pear, citrus and bread coming in as well as some spice. Spicy herbal noble hops in the finish with a light sweetness

MF- Creamy and puffy texture that adds some substance to a light overall body. Fairly foamy with agitation. Carbonation on the high side.

Easy drinking lager that remains flavorful and clean, without the twang of a macro. Light fruits balanced by some noble hop hints.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Glarus Pilsner Glass.
No date or info.

A - Despite being a beer "with yeast", Yokel is quite clear, showing off it's effervescence through the golden straw beer, feeding the well-retained white head that leaves rings of lace on the glass.

S - Dense rising bread dough makes for a malty (and yeasty) aroma with soft traces of mineral water and sweet honey overlapping the delicately floral hoppiness on the finish.

T - Soft breadiness recalls the warm and plush center of a freshly baked and sliced loaf that's drizzled with thin lines of honey. The drinkable maltiness is wonderfully balanced out by a touch of spicy and floral German hops on the back end.

M - Medium-bodied, this easy-drinking lager is a smooth beer that borders on creamy in texture despite it's sparkling carbonation. Perfection going down!

O - New Glarus takes the classic characteristics of a German lager with Bavarian hops and Wisconsin malts to make Yokel, an unassuming, unfiltered lager that's flavorful but easy drinking. So, you want classic Wisconsin? As they say, "Buy Local, Drink Yokel".

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hey it's finally back, and this time I have gotten around to trying it. Now it will likely become one of the staple warm weather brews in my house. I have been waiting for years for Cracked Wheat to return. While I would still be excited to see it, if only one could be brewed , I might actually go with Yokel.

A thick, creamy white head atop a golden body. Leaves ample lace depending on the glass. Beautiful - can't justify taking away any points. The look forecasts a velvety texture, and the entry is exactly that. Sniffing it up while taking those first sips seems to reveal noble hops and a good deal of bready malt. Given the incredibly luxurious body for a 4.2% (was on my second glass before looking that up--could it really still be 4.2%??), i guess some crystal malt is in the house.

The flavor is rich with a sourdough twang and nobles on the backend. The bottle says something about this being an unfiltered lager with the yeast in the bottle. Kinda wild.

Before running across Yokel, I had settled for SA light alternating with hefeweizens and helles lagers as my go-to summer selections. Given the shortcomings of SA in the mouthfeel department, Yokel has probably just taken its place almost entirely in low abv German lager slot, rather than just being added to the regular rotation. Particularly assuming this really is 4.2%, Yokel is one damned impressive beer!

update: still a good, drinkable brew, but during the second sixer the sourdough thing started getting way too one-dimensional and less pleasant (even though I was mixing things up during the period they were tossed back and alternating styles).

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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 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 Beric
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into footed pilsner
Served: 4 July 2014

Appearance: Like several others of New Glarus' "unfiltered" beers, this one pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a nice 1.5 finger head. Good carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Not as cloudy as I was expecting.

Smell: Slightly sweet malts with a hint of noble hop notes.

Taste: Much like the smell, this one has a nice sweeter malt backbone and a nice level of noble hop spiciness. The flavor is really greatly balanced between the hops and the malt. This is, however, a malt-forward beer where the sweet biscuitiness of the malts dominate the flavor and the hops add just a hint of flavor and bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied than a normal pilsner due to the suspended yeast, but I didn't notice anything too crazy from the slight yeast suspension. Medium-high carbonation, however, makes this a refreshing brew.

Overall: Another magnificent New Glarus beer. A great craft lager that is stylistically right-on- the malts are the main draw here with just a hint of hoppiness. The beer is easy drinking and I highly recommend it for craft lager lovers.

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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 PHBoiler
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted like a cross between a lager and a cream ale with a bit of a bite to it. The bite could be from bittering hops or a certain type of yeast. I'm not exactly up to speed on this style. It was very quenching to drink. It was complex/interesting while also being a sessionable beer. I'd get this again especially at the price point.

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Photo of bound4er
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A. Straw color, white 1 finger head with a ton of carbonation bubbles. Very slight cloudiness.

S. Classic lager aroma - bread, cracker, straw, yeast, a little lemon.

T. Nose carries over fairly well to the palate - bready malt, cracker and a kiss of lemony hops on the finish.

M. More creaminess than expected with lower carbonation than expected.

O. Decent enough stuff but not one of NG's better lagers. Actually glad I only grabbed a single and not a 6-pack.

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Photo of Florida9
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear bright yellow color. Forms a moderate sized white head. Retention is okay as the beer eventually falls to a slight surface coating. Minimal lacing.

S: Aroma smells of creamed corn, light generic hops, and a mild fruitiness.

T: Taste is mild. There is a bit of graininess and a bit of corn. Mildly sweet. There is a slight yeast quality to the beer, but not as much as you'd expect for a Zwickel (though, the beer is just listed as a "lager" on the bottle). Some lighter noble hops and a slight spiciness on the back end.

M: Lighter bodied. Medium carbonation. Minimal bitterness. Mild spicy quality.

O: While this beer is "clean," it's almost as if it is too clean for the style. The label says it is unfiltered, but its damn near crystal clear. This is just not a very exciting beer for me. I personally couldn't even say this would make a decent everyday drinker as I just wouldn't want to drink it regularly.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear, amber color with a slight head. The aroma is bold with barley and slight bit of hops. The taste is smooth and crisp with a very grainy flavor. This is a very unique grain beer that drinks like a pilsner but leaves a different lingering flavor. This is a unique style you don’t see very often so it may not appeal to everyone but it is sure worth a try.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sealed with pressure cap.

poured into New Glarus Stien

Appearance: translucent golden bodied beer with a massive 3 fingers worth of white head. drops down to a thin cap. As always, Dan brews a great looking beer!

Smell: grainy and slightly bready pilsner malts with fruity yeast.

Taste: fruity yeast and grainy and cracker malts just like the nose suggests. Very mild bitterness and slightly spicy. Simple, but a very pleasant beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonation. This is so drinkable that you can chug this like its a glass of water. Drinkability is very high. It one of my favorite things about this beer.

Overall: Another great session beer by New Glarus. Nothing mindblowing here, but its definately a great everyday beer. Perfect beer for a hot day as well. I think that this is a little on the sweeter side compared to other zwickel beers that I have drank.

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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 Ri0
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into a Pils glass.

A - Some haze and golden straw, with 2 finger head. Head fades quickly and leaves a thin ring with minimal lacing.

S - Pleasant grains and cracker like malts. Citrus and some grassy hops are found.

T - Flavorful light cracker malts with citrusy and grassy hops. Rather straight forward for a lager.

M - It is creamy, yet crisp with a decent amount of carbonation

O - A simple session lager from New Glarus. Not their best, but tasty.

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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 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 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 Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 28 May 2014. Poured into a New Glarus pilsner glass.

A- Clear, bubbly golden straw body. One finger thick, white head with good retention. Eventually drops into a thin film, thick collar. Not a ton of lacing.

S- Clean, crisp pilsner malt. Some toffee, a bit of straw, even a bit of ginger. Some noble hops.

F- Crackery pilsner malt. As in the nose, it's very clean and unencumbered. Mild spice, earthy noble hops. Not complicated, not particularly interesting but very refreshing.

M- Way too easy to drink, in a good way. Medium to thin in character but not watery at all when it comes to the flavour. Well carbonated, slightly fizzy. Smooth, slightly resinous (surprisingly) as well. Finish is a bit of straw and sweet crackers.

O- An absurdly easy-drinking lager, and definitely feels like less than 4.2%. Really, really good stuff. I'm not surprised at all that this one came from New Glarus.

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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 BieresDesMoines
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a nice billowy white head and lots of tiny bubbles rising out of the bottom of the glass. Aroma is largely yeasty with a graininess, a good graininess, and some breadiness/ The aroma is simple, beautiful well nuanced and entirely different from almost every beer I have ever had. I love the flavor of this, it starts off with that dry baguette like character that is sometimes found in a fine biere de garde. The flavor is wonderfully complex, with lemon, crisp nicely bitter noble hops, some corn (and for the first time in my life, not in a bad way), some honey, a light spiciness, and a light floral character. Unbelievably drinkable, ask a bartender at the Glarner Stube, they'll tell you how many of these a good customer can throw back.

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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 stewart124
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with an inch of white head. Leaves a ever-so-slight lace.

The nose is full of yeast as expected coupled with some straw notes.

The character makes me think of a farm and there are more straw notes. Slight noble hop bitterness but this is overpowered by the malty sweetness. There is plenty of yeast lingering in the beer and the overall character and mouthfeel is medium full.

Tasty keller bier/zwickel bier. This is my first of the style to my knowledge and I believe I have one more Yokel in the fridge! This would best served on a warm day in my mind.

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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 hardy008
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light gold color with a one finger head with decent retention. The aroma is not real strong, but I do pick up some lemon and yeast. The flavor has lemon, yeast, hay, grass, and biscuit malt.

Light bodied with low carbonation. A nice, easy to drink beer which is complex for 4.2% abv. Too bad this is being retired. Maybe I will be able to find a few more bottles on my next trip to Hudson.

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