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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy opaque goldenrod color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is pale malts and a very light fruitiness. Almost has me believing there's some wheat in here. Flavor is pilsener perfection. This is exactly the malt profile I want in a pilsener. Some taste like corn, some taste like cereal grains, some taste like pure pale malt, but this tastes like fresh bread, with a light honeyed character giving it some sweetness. Again I'm detecting a mild pithy banana note in there that points to wheat, but maybe it's just some sort of yeasty note? A little grassiness on the finish, which is super crisp. Reminds me of Reality Czeck to an extent, but more traditional (i.e. not hopped to delicious oblivion). Dry and very refreshing. Not too thin and not at all fizzy. Just sublime. I would love to have this stuff around in the summer.

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Photo of Buebie
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a mixer 6 pack in WI last weekend. Looks like they might have been sitting there a while if this is a retired beer. Was a gas station in the middle of no where lol. Paid about $8
Which equates to about $6 Minnesotan... (little Wisconsin border humor)

Anyway, off the pour about an inch of white fizzy head forms, receding quickly to leave a white collar of retention. Color is a hazey straw yellow.

Aroma is of dried grass/ hay, mineral water, mild earthy hops, a touch of biscuity malt and somthing in there that I just cant lay my finger on.

Yum! Sweet and malty up front with big amount of biscuity malt, bodacious amounts of sweet delicious grain flavor. That thing I couldn't lay my finger on in aroma has becomed a bit more distinguished in flavor. Way off in the distance mind you, but still there and that being bubblegum, raw unfermented honey, buckwheat and buttered rolls.

Mouthfeel is light and crispy with carbonation and just a touch of slickness across the tong.

This beer is fantastic! Its a real shame its no longer available. I am happy to have had the chance to drink it though. Drinkability is phenomenal.

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Photo of dbtoe
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint.
It is a real shame this is no longer made. One of the better lower ABV beers made. I'd get this over the Spotted Cow any day. A great beer to drink.
Look is a cloudy gold with a fizzy head.
Smell is malts and grassy hay.
Taste is really complex for such a light beer. I get a lot in every drink. All the great lager flavors and they blend together with a very creamy feel.
Feel is very carbonated and lively. A medium body.
Drink OH yeah this is a beer to drink by the case. I sure hope they bring it back and soon.

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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 indiapaleale
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - very cloudy, pale yellow and raw looking. This beer almost looks "frosted" in the glass. Nice carbonation levels and a pretty solid looking head on top.

Aroma - grainy, citrusy, slightly sour and musty. There is a definite smell of husks and grains that reminds me of the smells you get when you take a brewery tour. The raw components steeping in boiling water, that seems to be a good way to describe this.

Taste - very light bodied, some malt sweetness, a bit of sour/citrus on the tongue and some raw grain flavors. Crisp and refreshing, this is the type of beer you could really get comfortable with at a party. Its easy drinking but with plenty of taste.

Overall - a very straightforward beer with a good amount of flavor for such a low ABV.

Would I buy more of it? - who knows, if I ever find myself in Wisconsin I might grab some of these as a good session beer. Well, since this one is "retired" it might be hard to do that.

Thanks to oach for this one!

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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 jrallen34
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a hazy brightish gold with a light white head only rising about a finger and gone quickly.

The aroma is nice and light, sweet, yeasty, bready, a little wheat, nice combination, needs a little more assertiveness.

The start is nice and sweet but then at the end its super skunky so it really kills it for me.

The feel is medium, limited drinkability because of the drinkability.

Overall, started off ok, then fades to terribleness.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1-23-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Cloudy golden color, 2 fingers of foam with a thin layer of lacing present, little carbonation

S - Sweet citrus lemon notes and malts

T - Medium bodied, sweet and creamy, can taste some lemon in it

M/D - Another good brew from New Glarus! Medium bodied well balanced brew! Smooth on the tongue with a no real hop bite or aftertaste. A real enjoyable session brew but now that it is retired I'm for sure glad that I tried 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 drizzam
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 19th beer in a quest to review every beer New Glarus brews...on with it!

A - Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a nice two finger off-white head. The head is fluffy and retains very nicely, leaving a nice patchy lacing down the inside of my beer glass. About halfway through this beer, it appears to me that the head is almost chunky, breaking into little chunks of head that stick to the side of the glass. Not sure if I've ever seen this in a beer before.

S - Not a highly aromatic brew...some citrus sweetness and light malts in the nose.

T & M - Very light citrus mouthfeel with citrus up front and some mild hops toward the back end. I think as it warms, that citrus taste I get is more pronounced as being a lemon citrus. Finishes very dry with a slight hop aftertaste.

D - This brews drinkability is very high. It reminds me of a great Summer brew...hell, it's Winter here and I'm enjoying it immensely! Low ABV and great taste combine for a beer I would be proud to stock in my fridge. Highly recommended.

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

12 oz. bottle.

Slightly cloudy golden yellow body. Small, gauzy, eggshell-white head. Yeasty bread, honeyed malts, and minty, herbal, noble hops on the nose. Sourdough bread and lightly toasted malts up front. Honey-drizzled biscuits and light apple sweetness. Spicy, peppery, vegetal hop bitterness. Moderate body with a crisp feel. Nice flavor and complexity for such a light lager. Deliciously thirst-quenching.

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Photo of lester619
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours hazy, cloudy pale gold/yellow color. Thin head goes away quickly after pouring. Nice clean grassy, floral bready smell. Very clean and balanced flavor. Some grainy rye bread notes, plenty of sweet malts, some fruity prune or rasin maybe? Not overly bitter, but plenty of lively, spicy hops come into the mix. Perfectly balanced flavors. Bottom line good beer. Very smooth and exceptionally drinkable. I don't know anything about this style. If they are all as good as this, I wil have to find some more.

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy yellow /gold color with a fluffy but quickly dissipating head that settles with a very nice ring and some sticky lacing..the smell is hops and grass and dough with a malty german influence and again their is a bread and yeast taste that is just delicious with a very fresh crisp scent..the taste is great its crisp with a perfect balance of hops and malt..just perfect for the style..this is another fine NG brew that is highly flavorful highly drinkable ,highly recommended..glad i have access to all of NG brews..a fine brewery

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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 blackearth
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold body with a white head the quickly falls. Aroma is of citrus and grape skin. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low to medium carbonation level that makes this beer smooth. Flavor is a light malt sweetness with a very mild bitterness. Excellent for a session beer.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright gold with a weak white head that fades quickly. Tons of bubbles flowing. Smells of very pale malt. Very smooth malt with just a bit of German hop taste, ends very bitter on the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth with a good amount of carbonation. Very drinkable and very enjoyable.

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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 brewdoc75
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy-yellow with gold hues. Generous white fluffy head.

S: Sweet grainy malts followed by floral and spicy hops. Very nice.

T: Lovely sweet malts with a touch of grainy malts. The maltiness is profound for a lager this light. The hops impart a wonderful spicy/floral component. The bitterness provides perfect balance.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp finish

D: wow. Very nice, very drinkable. Way better than totally naked.

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Photo of nickd717
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade thanks to alcstradamus. All right - my first zwickel/keller beer!

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a one-finger creamy white head.

S - Aroma is sweet pale malt, grain, yeast, and light fruits.

T - Sweet pale malt and honey, corny graininess, and grassy hops. Almost like a pale lager, except this beer is actually good. Simple and does not try to do too much, but does what it does well.

M - Medium body with a somewhat creamy feel and lively carbonation.

D - Very high. I barely even realized I was drinking it, and then it was gone.

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

Appearance - Light to medium gold. Somewhat cloudy. Tall white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Light sweet malt. Similar to a pilsener.

Taste - Rather like a full flavored lager. Sweet malt balanced by light but apparent floral hops. Not particularly distinctive, but inoffensive and more flavor than an American lager.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Drinkability - I like New Glarus, but not all of their beers are must haves. This one I can do with or without. Apparently an unusual style, so kudos for helping keep it alive.

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Photo of tjkurz
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled poured into taster. Cloudy golden yellow with small but fairly tight head no lacing. Aroma is minimal - smells fresh taste is not much up front some maltiness with a nice hop balance hitting the top and back of throat - good balance. Creamy mouthfeel. Very delicious and low abv make very drinkable - great for summer - i'd say.

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Yokel from New Glarus Brewing Company
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