Hometown Blonde | New Glarus Brewing Company

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3.99/5
Very Good
322 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:
#4,750
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
322
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
24
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 322 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of robear
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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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Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IMFletcher
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus' version of a pilsener pours a clear dark golden color with just a wisp of white foam. Bready malt mixed with herbal spice in the aroma. Smooth and light on the palate with just the right lift of carbonation. The cracker malt quickly gives way to a spicy herbal bitter finish. The bitterness lingers on the palate and this is a good thing. Wanting more, I drain the bottle and regret the purchase of just one. The bottle claims that this is an old word pilsener and I cannot dispute their claim. I put this beer in a very select group of top-notch American made German-style pilseners.

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Photo of beersdmf17
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Exceptionally flavorful and well balanced with a medium hop bitterness and Pils malt softness dominating. The finish is off dry. An overall crisp and refreshing beer and a great example of the style.

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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 Chaz
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sweetish and malty-sweet with a big, full body.

Seems that it should exhibit more hop bite and crispness, all the way around.

More of a Helles to my mind, and would make a darn-good one at that.

It's an old bottle and my palate is on the mend, but it has nice character that shines through.

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Photo of d5001986
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of dedbeer
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Dovers
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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 assman79
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of MooseBoose
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of BEERschlitz
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of mattyrubes
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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

Looks blonde alright. Good head, moderate lacing. Slightly sweet but largely pilsner/blonde ale aroma. The taste is somewhat sweet, low on hops but with a lingering bitterness. Refreshing and not cloying at all. Light and moderately sharp mouthfeel. Quite drinkable. Good to see that it's under 5% ABV.

3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5

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

A: Bright straw color with great clarity. Head is on the small side with good retention.
S: Nice fresh aroma, a bit of malty sweetness and a grassy, floral (almost tangy?) hop character.
T: Initial impression is an assortment of different hop flavors. Floral, grassy, and citrus flavors all part of the lot. Plenty here to dissect. Malt is a pretty simple pilsner base with a touch of sweetness. Finish is crisp, and slightly dry with a soft bitterness.
M: Body is medium with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel as a whole is on the softer end of the spectrum relative to widely available commercial examples of this style. I tend to prefer a bit more prickliness.

This is a great fall beer for me and a reminder of how much the style has to offer when it’s done right.

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Photo of denimdemon
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Westuh
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of sahd-1
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 322 ratings
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