Yokel | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 517 |  Reviews: 197
Photo of deejaydan
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean yellow hue, an okay head and head retention. Aroma is bready and yeasty. Nice. Clean. Crisp? Taste is akin to that a fresh baked bread. Again, bready and yeasty. Mouthfeel is nice, carbonation is good. Perhaps a touch thick for style (I think that's the first time I've said something like that). This is a dangerously drinkable beer, and perhaps a perfect session beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. The label proclaims, "Wisconsin lager with yeast." Pours an oranged straw color with minimal patchy head over top. Clarity is good, with just a slight haze and no carbonation is apparent. Nose is enticing. I get notes of lightly honey coated grain, and herbal to grassy hop. Light toastyness is apparent, but not strong. Flavor is much the same as the nose. The toasted bread character is more prevalent, balanced with a sweet and grainey character. This is backed by a moderate herbal noble hop, finishing with just a kiss of bitterness and a lemony zest. The aftertase is almost like a honey bread, with a sweet and melanoidan toastyness. I like the aftertaste a lot. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light and very fine carbonation, which works well with the flavors found in the brew. I have not had many brews in this style, so I don't have much to judge by, but this one is tasty. The solid melamoidan flavors marry well with the lighter grainyness and the herbal to floral noble hop. This is a nice take on a German style by a US brewer.

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Photo of DeaconBluez
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to thomashardy for this surprise.

very little head. and what is there is gone very shortly after i am finished pouring

has nice hints of lemon zest and corn in it, but not as brash as some of the other lagers that i have had in the past. not very carbonated either. the hops and malts are very nice in this one as well. there is a biscuity taste to it..

i think this is good beer to follow the rules when writing a review when it says "Try to review a beer with its style in mind vs. 100% personal taste, ..." because while not a fan of lagers, it was very easy to review this with the style in mind because it represented the style very well.
this is by far the most enjoyable lager experience that i have had in some time. i wish new glarus would expand their business, would love to have their offerrings more often.

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Photo of weeare138
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%
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 mynie
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My very first keller, and I don't know what to expect:

Dark sparkling gold with a fine white head that stays and stays and stays for days.

Smells like a pilsner on crack. Or steriods, actually, everything is bigger and stronger. Flowers and slightly lemony yeast.

The unflitered malt tastes like a flower patch smells, wonderful natural perfume rushing down your throat. Comes into lots of grain,big corn (sweet corn, fresh picked) and ending on a slight hop bitterness. Fantastically balanced.

A very good beer.

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Photo of DrJay
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a slight haze. Decent cap of white foam composed of fine bubbles. Grainy aroma with delicate spicy hops. Light bitterness with spicy/floral hops and grainy/crackery malt. Light bodied and a bit drying, moderate carbonation. This is quite a drinkable beer, very nice. Thanks HogTownHarry!

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a good head, but falls into a very thin head and a watery lacing. Has a clear golden color to it.

Smells like a lager, which is very distinct for me. All that I smell is light barley.

Taste like a lager, only really good without any bad aftertaste or mouthfeel. Pretty nice. My first lager that I can get a cross-section of the whole lager selection. The first lager I can actually love.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, very nice.

I could get to like this.

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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 badbeer
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a bit of an orange hue. Had a nice white head that dissipated quickly, leaving small amounts of lacing and a nice ring around the glass. Smell is pretty nice with some lemon smells, biscuit, a bit of corn, and some floralness. Not great, but pretty interesting and enjoyable. Taste is slightly bready with a definate lemon zest in there as well, hops are present but faintly. There is even a bit of corn flavor in there that I think pairs well with this. Not a whole lot of carbonation, and a light to medium body on this one. I like that it is not overcarbonated like most beers of this style. Drinkability is definately deserving of a perfect. This beer is great for almost any occasion and can be enjoyed by virtually anyone.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very clear pale yellow/blonde with a thin white head that disappears almost immediately.

S - Lemon, grassy, bready yeast

T - Sweet malt biscuit, slight yeasty taste, very well balanced

M - Light body. Dry and crisp.

D - Very clean and drinkable. It will make a really nice summer session beer.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's like Spotted Cow grew up, got a big ol' pair of balls and decided that the swift hand of vigilante justice was going to rock the world of Wisconsin Beer drinking.

Pour it in a glass and it looks like hay. That murky, yellowy, musty, opaque look that you'd get if you soaked hay in water. Ohhhh, I'm excited!
The smell is pretty simple. Nice clear malts, perhaps a bit of corn (oh no!) mixed in with a light hop balance to the whole affair. It smells very good, but not very exciting.
Which is why the taste came at me with a vicious hook from the left and smashed my freakin' face in. This is an excellent beer with a full, malty taste balanced out by expertly used hops. Even the corn-flavour works itself into the taste in an unexpectedly delicious way.

What a delightful brew! It reminds me a lot of their Zwickel, which makes sense since they are both Kellerbiers. Heck, it could be a re-release for all I know.

Man, I could and would drink this all day if I still lived in WI.

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Photo of ClearDog
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Light gold in color. Thin creamy head when first poured into glass; dissolves quickly.

Smell -- Lemon zest, grass, and biscuits. The initial smell tends to fade away, and leaves a smell that reminds me of hard boiled eggs. The smell is not sulfury or unpleasant, it just reminds me of hard boiled eggs.

Taste -- Clean tasting and well-balanced. Hops aren't too over the top, but they're there. Pleasant taste. This would taste fantastic on a summer day.

Mouthfeel --On the lighter side. Very delicate carbonation that hits the tip of your tongue.

Drinkability -- This beer is not the most complex beer I've ever drank, but it is good for what it is. This is a beer that will appeal to wide market. It will satisfy both the micro and macro beer drinkers. This is a beer that will be very satisfying come summer. I will be purchasing this beer again.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok, I admit…my first instinct is to trash this beer because it kinda tastes like old spotted cow on draft from a dirty line mixed with miller highlife. That would be wrong though, because this beer pretty well represents the style.

Its appearance is its best trait. The brew is bright light gold with a magnificent, thick creamy head that slowly dissipates to leave thin bubbles and a slight lacing around the glass.

The smell is yeasty and German, slightly dusty with a hint of lemon.

The mouthfeel is dry and smooth.

Very drinkable.

Not my style at all but a great job of it. Truly a beer for light lager drinking yokels.

Update: 2-6-06, After drinking this beer for a year I have come to adore it. Yokel is nearly perfectly crafted and its drinkability can't be beaten. I'm upping my ratings a bit today.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3/5  rDev -22.7%
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 Skidz
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out bright pale gold and sits slightly hazy gold in the glass with a good sized white creamy head. Fades to a light skim with minor lacings.

Smells predominantly malty, crisp and crackery with light yeasty overtones. Clean hops aroma producing some leafy shades.

Flavors are in line with aroma, plain and clear crackery malts, slightly grainy, with some yeast coming through. Hop bitterness is low, giving off mild, green leafy flavors.

Crisp and clean in the mouth with mild-moderate carbonation in fine bubbles and light in body.

At first glance, smell and taste, I thought this would just be ho-hum; a beer for the majority that couldn't please the palate. I was so off. Gulp after gulp after guld, this beer dissapeared quickly. Well made and balanced to perfection. I gotta give it to NG, this is damn tasty.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, got a 6pack from Riley's

appearance: pours a hazy, yet still fairly clear, golden yellow...bright and clean, fluffy white head with some hearty lacing...quite pale

smell: zesty, lemon peel, corn, dry grain, some malt sweetness, upscale american lager aroma

taste: for what it is, this is pretty good...It's a pale lager but could certainly make for a nice session if it caught on in bars as well as spotted cow has. lightly grainy flavour, sweet corn, some nice lemon, a little earthy.

mouthfeel: on the thin side, finishes a little dry

drinkability: very drinkable

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just released today I believe, picked up a sixer of this along with Road Slush Stout at Riley's here in Madison. Had a hard time figuring out how to classify this one, being a light colored, unfiltered, yeasty lager. Descibed as a "Wisconsin Lager with Yeast" under the title. Do I smell a new style?

Pours a vibrant bright neon/maize yellow, slighty cloudy but still translucent under a finger of snow white fluff. This beer smells and tastes like the love-child of Spotted Cow and Edel-Pils (who tragically didn't survive the birth) Equal parts corn and musty grain, lemon zest, and earthy husk. Flavor fades ephemerally at the end, like a high end Bud Select.

It seems as if New Glarus is trying to expand on the crossover market with this one. Pretty safe on all fronts. It will be interesting to see how this competes with the venerable 'Cow. While not groundbreaking in any way, this is a solid lawnmower beer if there ever was one. Interesting they chose to release it in February. Snowblower beer maybe?

It even has its own slogan. Ready for it? Sure? K, here goes....

"Buy Local
Drink Yokel"

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Yokel from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 517 ratings