Hometown Blonde | New Glarus Brewing Company

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3.99/5
Very Good
323 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,027
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
323
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
25
Trade:
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Photo of Half-full
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours fairly clear and goldenstraw colored, the head building to two fingers; good stickage and plenty of squiggly lace

Smell: Cakey and grassy, with a hint of lemon

Taste: A bit of a lemon pound cake character, up front, with a grassy tone developing, through the middle; the finish is sweeter than expected for the style; perhaps some diacetyl is generating the pound cake aspect

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Despite the sweetness, this was an enjoyable quaff

Thanks, Virby44, for the opportunity

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint.

A: Nice small white small bubbled head. Body is a crystal clear yellow gold.

S: Light roasted malts, a little light bread, and a little corn.

T: Tastes like a regular macro beer, some light maltiness some corn very clean and light.

M: Crisp clean and very light but not watery.

O: This beer isn't bad, but it's not like New Glarus is reinventing the wheel. Budweiser, Miller, and, Coors do the same beer and they aren't bad. Just a clean light beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale gold, clear, with a huge blizzard of carbonation bubbles, and a fat white head and some ropy lacing.

S - A bright herbal note, grass and tea, floral highlights and a hint of clove honey sweetness.

T - Bright open follows the nose, grassy and spicy hops in the open, a bit of earthiness, followed by a powerful honey note, again suggesting clove honey, and a brisk, mildly bitter close.

M - Slightly prickly, strongly carbonated open, and a mildly dry close.

O - Super clean, crisp, smart take on the Pilsener. The result is both drinkable and nuanced, offering traditional touchstones and a lovely brightness that wins over this Pilsener skeptic.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from the brewer. A six-hop variety (Hallertau, Saaz, Saphir, Styrian Goldings, Spalt, and Strisselspalt) with Breiss malts.

Pours a very clean, slightly hazy golden blonde color. The head is gorgeous and huge, 4 fingers, lots of puffy cloud stuff, and tons of lace destroying the glass after it recedes, leaving a dome in the middle.

Very crisp, clean pilsner malt; grass, straw, and grain. This is what I imagine a clean German Stable would smell like.

This could possibly be the most drinkable beer ever. I keep wanting to chug it. It's so clean, so refreshing, so...ahhhh. Some slivers of straw and saaz hop on the finish, but mostly bready grain and light buttered cabbage (not a flaw) throughout the whole taste. Dan did great on this one.

Feel is nothing short of remarkable. Like I said it's so drinkable. Crisp, clean, refreshing, easy.

Overall the ultimate session beer if you're into Czech inspired lagers. I doubt you'll be able to, but pick this one up if you can ever find it.

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3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Angerhaus
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Verasong
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Great clean crisp beer. Fantastic from start to finish.

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

Photo of Sabtos
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sparkling light gold with a very large, fluffy white foam that settles in lumps leaving fuzzy arms of lace.

Smell is simple but refined and really nice--corn, grassy hops, freshly baked white buns and a hint of Werther's, all very well integrated within each other.

Taste is sweet white baked buns with sweet corn and semi-bitter, grassy, herbal hops.

Neutral and clean but exceptionally drinkable, Hometown Blonde is crisp with a semi-wet finish.

This is so amazingly well made, it's reminding me of Mary.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Toynk
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The most crisp, clean, ester-less, and authentic-tasting German pils I've ever had that was brewed in America.

My first couple (or six) were drank direct from the bottle during a tail gate. My apologies to the beer; that was an insult. It pours an absolutely gorgeous gold with a fantastic head.

Smells light and crisp with nodes of cereal grain and german hops. Very well made but probably not to the taste of most contemporary American beersman.

The flavor is exquisite, an absolute paragon of the style. If you had told me this was Tannen Zäpfle I would have believed you. Big nodes of hay and grass, some light red apples, cereal, and light hops. The finish is as clean as can be. The finish is a little flat, so maybe this isn't *quite* as good at Tannen Zäpfle, but it's far and away the closest I've seen in an American-brewed beer.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adamranders
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
2/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Wobbly
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About as good as this style can be, especially for an American brewery. Another example of why New Glarus is the best brewery in the U.S. for often neglected continental styles.

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

Photo of SteveTheBrit
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polopaul20
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 323 ratings