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Hometown Blonde | New Glarus Brewing Company

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3.99/5
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321 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:
#4,641
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
321
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 321 |  Reviews: 88
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
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 jchanley
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 ZEB89
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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Photo of wolverine0712
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

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 8/12/2014. Pours fairly clear bright golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread, straw, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance and robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly dry finish, but not overly dry. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is an excellent German pilsener style. All around great robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of beinerso
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 321 ratings
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