Hometown Blonde | New Glarus Brewing Company

Hometown BlondeHometown Blonde
BA SCORE
3.99/5
319 Ratings
Hometown BlondeHometown Blonde
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,444
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
319
pDev:
11.28%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
23
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 319 |  Reviews: 87
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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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 KFBR392
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance: Pours with a bubbly head of about two and a half fingers. Light, bright straw yellow color. Active carbonation vigorously bubbles, fitting for the style. A simple, clean, delicious look.

Smell: A touch of corn and fresh cut hay jump out right away. Flour, bread, and continuing waves of prairie grass open up to the drinker on the body. White pepper and some earthy hop tones lay underneath all the action on the nose.

Taste: That familiar New Glarus yeast profile greets the drinker with accents of butter, subtle spices, and a touch of greens. Some bread compliments the nutty malts flavors on the body. Grassy hops dance throughout with some subtle spices and pepper accentuating the hop profile. The finish is lingering hops and some nutty malts.

Mouthfeel: Crisp hops and easy drinking malt bill are a match made in heaven. Carbonation is bright yet doesn't stand out to much to distract the drinker.

Overall: It is incredible to me how New Glarus can make some many lagers that carry a familiar yeast profile yet the surrounding characters are so different and complex and create completely different beers. Certainly the king of lagering in the Midwest and in my opinion in the running against anyone anywhere. They execute their styles so masterfully, well done Dan!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, leftover from a 6 pack snagged at sadhanna's for some light summer drinking

appearance: pours into a Sweetwater pint glass a clear straw-golden colour with lively carbonation and nice pillowy white froth, pretty nice lacing

smell: nice aromas...dry malt, grassy, touch of lemon, fair amount of hops noticeable...smells pretty great

taste: i didnt know anything about this beer when i bought it and i figured it was a blonde ale. turns out its a very refreshing pilsner, that i wish was on tap in more places. great lemongrass throughout, juicy, well hopped but not overpowering...nice, simple malt structure

mouthfeel: nice carbonation, lively

drinkability: very high

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Photo of steveh
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review of the new re-release -- 4 years since this has last been reviewed!

12 ounce brown bottle, no dating to find, $8 a sixpack.

A -- Clear, bright golden with a sudsy, long-lasting, off-white head.

S -- Mellow crackery malt and spicy hops. DMS in that refreshing mode you can get from a fresh beer.

T -- Good breadiness up front, spicy hops in the middle, and a crackery finish. Spicy bitterness in the aftertaste with a mild touch of citrus.

B -- Body is light to light-medium with a crisp to lightly dry mouthfeel.

O -- A wonderful drinker for those looking for a US-brewed, German-style beer. A great take on the style, glad it was brought back.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into NB Globe.

Appearance: Golden yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head. Spotted lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: Nice light malty profile that is a touch of bready, lager yeast, and grain notes. It almost smell like staghorn octoberfest light. A touch of grassy, herbal, and spicy hops.

Taste: It starts with a mild grainy and bready malt profile; a hint of sweetness from the malts. Transitions into the middle of the beer and finishes with mild hops that just barely over take the malts. Pretty close to striking a good balance here between malt and hops profiles. The hops taste grassy, floral, earthy, and even a bit of fruitiness, maybe tropical fruits... Its hops have mild bitterness that does not linger for all that long. The beer also has that distinct lager taste to it, probably from the lager yeast pitched into the beer; that is my guess.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Easy drinker thats really crisp, smooth and refreshing. Semidry finish.

Overall: It a good german pilsner. It honestly tastes like staghorn and two women lager blended together. Great summer beer that offers craft beer drinkers something that has more flavor than your average light beer, but you can still drink a 6 pack on a really hot day.

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Photo of Kark
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of demcorhip
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent, underrated lager from NG, which must be one of the best brewers of lagers in North America.

Poured a clear, golden lager, and was somewhat vigorously yet finely carbonated. A dense one finger off white head formed on the pour. The head had excellent retention, and thick, clingly lacings stuck where they formed to coat the glass.

A big, floral and grassy hops nose with a pronounced zestiness also present. Simple pale malt breadiness, a touch of honey, and a hint of biscuit all present underneath the big noble hop bouquet.

WOW! Pronounced hoppiness without bitterness. Floral with a hint of lemon, a big dose of fresh cut grass, and a zesty, almost peppery finish which leads into an almost metallic twang. Mild yeasty character is evident. Almost the exact opposite of NG's Totally Naked, with a very similar malt profile that is dominated by the tasty Noble hops. Pale, bready malts, a slight touch of malt sweetness, and a very mild biscuit character are all playing second fiddle to the hops.

A light bodied, crisp and clean lager. The simple yet tasty pale malts are outshone by the Noble hops which are never bitter and still manage to finish cleanly. Slightly dry despite the touch of malt sweetness.

A great summer brew with its pronounced crisp, clean, and refreshing character. Light body makes for a very drinkable and sessionable brew. Bold Noble hop character may reduce its approachability, but this is simply another great lager from NG.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, this Pils pours brilliantly clear deep golden/light copper color with a moderate bright white head that lasts nicely and leaves beautiful lacing. The aroma is a burst of spicy, floral hops and bready malt, a perfect marriage of malt and hops...a very welcoming nose. The flavor is sweet, bready malt and spicy hop flavor. The bitterness is moderate and helps to dry the finish slightly, perfectly balancing the sweetness from the malt. A long lasting subtle malt/hop tango lasts on the sides and back of the tongue. The body is medium and carbonation appropriately medium/medium-high. Overall a very well made beer; it shines from the initial pouring to after the last swallow is gone.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my Sam Adams glass a clear yellow orange hue with a half inch of light bubbly white head on top. Aromas start with crisp pilsner malts that have a nice fresh graininess to them. Herbal, spicy noble hops are there in abundance with a fresh green snap. A bit of a fruity sweetness in there as well. Lovely.

First sip brings smooth, crisp lightly sweet pilsner malt upfront that has a bit of a grainy aspect to it. It flows across the tongue with a bit of fruitiness followed by just the right smack of herbal, spicy noble hops. Finishes with just a touch of bitterness on the back of the palate. This is a great pilsner!

Mouthfeel is smooth and easily drinkable with a nice creaminess to it as well. Very refreshing, this is just a perfect example of what a pilsner should be and I wish I would've picked up more of this. This one stacks up with the best of 'em. Another wonderfully brewed beer from New Glarus! Grab some if you still can.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a somewhat cloudy light gold with a decent off-white head to begin with, shrinks to a thin film, has ok lacing, pretty nice. The aroma is mostly noble hops, only slightly spicy, a good share of grainy malt backing too.

The taste is even better, lots of noble hops again here, more spices, has a bit of a bite to it even, a nice bit of bittering here, much appreciated, always riding on top. On the understated side, again some grainy, slightly caramel malt sticks to its thing. The medium body is smooth but well carbonated ride right through to the end. Not normally a pilsner fan, I must say, this is one that I definitely like. A lot.

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Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 319 ratings
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