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Hometown Blonde | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.99/5
Very Good
320 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,590
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
320
pDev:
11.28%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 320 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of Daffron24
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Pours a nice clear gold, finger and a half of nice loose head

Smell is a nice pop of grain, bread, biscut, lemon, nice noble hop presence here

Taste is crisp, lemon, biscuit, grainy malt, nice lager clean yeast, a bit of mint, bread

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, really nice finishes clean

WOW I love this beer I have always looked forward to the release of this this is the 2nd or 3rd release I have had and man this always lets me know what a American brewery can do with a Pilsner!

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Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Glarus pilsner glass.
Beautiful light straw tone.Good carbonation level, light creamy head. Stellar start,
Smells grassy, nobel hops, straws, biscuit, grain. Pepper, lemon, refreshing aromatics. The mix of grain, bread, and floral grassy notes is really spot on.
Taste is great...I've lived in Germany, and this gives them a serious run for the money.
Spicy, nuts, breads, cracker, pepper,noble hops, lemon, medium body cut by perfect carbonation.
Overall a fantastic pils, I've learned to expect only great things from New Glarus

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Photo of sammyg832
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Shluffy
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of IBUQT
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. This brew pours a slightly oranged yellow color with a half finger of loosely packed bubbles over top that is maintained by a healthy stream of carbonation through the column of very clear liquid. The aroma is lightly honey-sweet, with a mild and crisp grain character bolstered by the spiceyness of a healthy dose of noble hopping. This one really smells nice with the contrasts between the light sweet and crisp hop and grain. The flavor hits with a grassy hop and moderate bitterness initially. This moves to a more grainy roughness that is polished with the sweetness I associate with pilsner malt. It finishes with a second wave of moderate bitterness that maintains itself on the sides of my tongue and spicey and slightly herbal hop notes. This one seems to be showcasing noble hops, with a bit of the grainy and sweet hop character sandwiched in between. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles. I like the somewhat heavier-than-expected quality of this one, as it really makes me want to slow down a bit while drinking it. I find this brew to be very approachable. The hops are prevalent, but not obtrusive. This is one to sit down and savor on a warm day as a refresher, in my opinion.

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Photo of scinnh
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Pugi13
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of solargoat
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Rihup
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Khushrenada
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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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Photo of Pauly2X
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep, slighty hazy, yellow. One finger head faded to a wisp.

S- Complex spicy/crisp hop aroma.

T- Very malty with great hop flavor and nice hop nibble in the finish.

M- Smooth great carbonation, can't complain.

D- Would make a great session beer while retaining complexity.

I really enjoy this beer as its so hard to find a good light (as in color) beer. This one is spot on, nice work New Glarus!

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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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Photo of Specialjesus
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just sampled the #8 ranked German Pilsener (based on BA) right before this one. Now, thanks to BeerFMAndy, I have the honor of drinking the #6. Thanks Andy!

Served in a shaped glass.

A: Sort of on the darker side of the orange spectrum, with quite a bit of haze considering the style, along with an icky, sticky white head.

S: Lots of white pepper with a very Germanic, moth-ball-esque, classical hop profile that is just about perfect.

T: I've always considered Victory's Prima Pils to be the pinnacle here, and since I've had that beer more than just about any beer in the whole beer rep, I'll compare it to that one: Not nearly as bitter on the front or as back, more honey-like in its sweetness, with the stamp of the Deutschland in spades.

M: Prickly carbonation, peppery (as opposed to hoppily bitter), crisp, but with a super-duper sourdough bread disposition. A little greater than moderate in the lacing department.

O: Even better than Victory Prima Pils. My new favorite in this style class.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 bottle poured while pondering the results of my Light Whales fantasy football draft. Two Bears starters? Sure it's great to cheer for, but is it wise?

Beautiful golden pour with a big fluffy egg white cascade and sheets of lacing. A really nice looking beer here.

Smells of crackers, light lemon, touch of greenery from the hops, and a faint spicy yeastiness.

Lemon zest, herbal hops, and a nice firm malt presence through the middle. The finish is a mild grassy bitterness that lingers briefly before falling off to a crisp clean finish.

Mouthfeel is exquisite. Light and ideally carbonated with a low abv, this is a treat. While pilsners are the Rodney Dangerfield of the big beer world, this offering from New Glarus should not be overlooked. Another really solid offering from Mr. Carey and crew.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%

may need to update this later, but so far this beer is living up to expectations, with lots of clean grassy hop aroma, a buttload of crispness, and the right amount of grassy/citrusy/herbal flavor and bitterness on the back end. the extremely pale yellow color might put some off, but that would be a shame. too bad they did not release this earlier in the summer (at least i didn't notice until september), for it would make an ideal warm afternoon quencher.

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Photo of jaquins
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of bound4er
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Dark straw to light amber appearance with a nice, two finger white head.

S. Freshly milled grain, biscuit, grass, hint of lemon - textbook.

T. Classic graininess and biscuit flavors initially followed by a building hop presence of flowers and grass. Lingers nicely without turning bitter.

M. Light to medium bodied with no rough edges. Perfectly carbonated.

O. This is a top-notch Pilsener that is so damn drinkable - maybe the best I have had from an American producer. Not a style I go out of my way to purchase but this will be in my fridge until the snow flies.

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Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Almost hazy golden lemon body with a small, gauzy, off-white head. Honey and biscuit malt with peppery, spicy, Saaz-y hops. Nice. A flash of noble hop bitterness gives quickly gives way to honey-dipped biscuit malt and cookie dough. Spicy, herbal bitter hops in the finish. Moderate body with a smooth, soft feel. An excellent German-style pilsener.

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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 Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This crystal clear gold beer throws a nice frothy head that has some retention. Aroma is of noble hops and very slight perfume. Nicely carbonated. Pretty bitter. I like a pilsner with some bite. The 4 varieties of hops used work nicely together. (Tettnager, Saaz, Styrian Golding and Strisselspalt)
There's a nice pilsner malt backbone. Good take on a German-style Pilsner.

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Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 320 ratings
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