Unplugged Bohemian Lager
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Bohemian Pilsener
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4.2 | pDev: 9.29%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of joe1510
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle
$8.99 4-Pack
Steve's Liquor, Madison

This awaited pilsner fills my glass with a strong golden liquid and outstanding clarity to the point of allowing fingerprints to be read perfectly through the glass. Two fingers of bone white head continue to dress up the body of this beer. The head eventually falls to a solid collar and moderate skimming. A good amount of unpredictable lacing is left after each drink, staying sticky throughout.

My nose is immediately greeted by handfuls of drying grass. The grass falls back and allows the other aromas to shine through. The hop profile not only shows the grassiness, which is most prominent, but brings along a nice subtle floral character as well. I'm really impressed with the maltiness in the nose. Freshly husked grains add a slight sweetness that brings out a touch of honey and the oak vats produce a very subtle and complimenting dry woodiness. Each swirl of the glass brings about a squeeze of lemon juice that brings it all out and makes my mouth water. This is how a pilsner should smell.

I'm happy to say the nose led me in the right direction. This beer has all of the wonderful qualities the nose suggested. Grassy upfront that eventually falls back but never fully leaves and is always noticeable. The mild honey like sweetness from the superbly clean grains lay down a great foundation for the style and the lemon tends to come across on the tongue slightly more then it did in the nose. The finish brings the drying grassiness and dry woodiness to the front. Each separate flavor profile in this beer is crisp, clean and expressive. Bohemian Lager is a delicious pilsner.

The carbonation is lively and snaps across the tongue pushing the medium body through at a fast pace which makes the drinking that much easier. The grassy hoppiness sneaks up on me and leaves my tongue battered and beaten halfway through the glass that the Sahara-like dryness only enhances. The body is lively, quick moving, slightly numbing and fits the beer exceptionally well.

The drinkability is off the charts. This is a beer I could drink all day long on these warm days like today. I struggled keeping this beer in my glass long enough to write a review. The dryness is parching to the point of needing another sip right after the last.

I am thoroughly impressed by New Glarus's newest creation. I imagine this is what the old school Pilsners tasted when fresh from the brewery in Plzen. This is a delicious beer; get it while it's fresh.

Reviewed: 9/21/08

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Photo of Duff27
2.83/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Short lived white head with decent retention.

S- Slightly skunked smell.

T- Actuallly not too bad considering age/style. Slight sweetness, dry aftertaste.

M- Thin mouthfeel, low carbonation.

D/O- Alright. Not bad, definitely beyond its ageability. If you still have any I'd recommend cracking them soon before they become undrinkable.

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Photo of manitouman84
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright crystal clear golden honey with an exuberant white head. Hop smell is spicy and earthy, lemon and grassy, over a strong malt backbone. Taste is grainy; cereal, biscuit and pale malt flavors dominate, hint of red grapes, mild bitterness with herbal undertones, and slight copper flavor kicks in on the finish. Dry finish, for a lager, crisp and refreshing, highly drinkable, very good.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 rate.

12oz bottle, thanks Ryan! Pours a nice clear honey gold with a small ,creamy white head. Slightly sour nose with very light fruits, grains, and bittering hops. Flavor is a touch blank. A decent grain and hop presence. A slight sour twang announces itself like a berlinner weisse. Not sure what they were really going for here. A decent offering, certainly drinkable, just nothing to really drool over.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pilsner glass - thanks to GraniteSkunk

Pours golden orange with a very slight haze to it, plenty of carbonation, decent white head retains pretty well with some patches of lacing on the glass.

Toasted biscuity malt, lemon grass, light fruit sweetness and a dash of citrusy hops in the nose.

Bitter grassy hops up front with touches of lemony citrus. Soft biscuit malt, light breadiness and some sweet edges. Faint traces of caramel and fruit sweetness. Finishes with some bitter dry hoppiness and citrus.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, refreshing on the palate, slightly dry. Solid flavor, easy to drink, smooth overall.

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Photo of corby112
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a two finger, frothy white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing.

Slightly earthy pilsner malt aroma with hints of grass, straw, lemon and light, crisp fruit.

Surprisingly full bodied and much more complex than anticipated. Pilsner malt flavor balanced by some earthy bitterness along with hints of straw, lemon zest and crisp golden apple. Slightly dry finish. Very well balanced and quite quaffable. This beer was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

It pours a lively golden hue with a frothy bone colored head. The head is sticky and th retention is very high. Tiny champagne like bubbles are constantly rising to the surface. This is nearly a perfect looking beer.

The nose has a touch of herbal, spicy hops with underlying toasted bread. It's not as crisp and clean as when this beer was fresh but it's still very good.

The taste has a little bit of spicy hops with an addition of some citrus orange zest taste. Behind that there is just a little malt sweetness. The flavor profile is pretty simple and straight forward but really good.

The mouthfeel is where this beer kind of fell apart for me. I suspect it is a victim of it's age since I do not remember it like this when fresh. The body is a little too full and as previously mentioned it doesn't have that great well made lager crispness. Even through all that it is highly drinkable as most New Glarus beers are and I am still enjoying this beer.

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Photo of Xul
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GraniteSkunk for hooking this up.

A: Pours a translucent straw color, capped by a finger of foamy white head. Retention is good as it settles at a half finger and holds steady there.

S: Noble hopping up front, followed by a big citrus kick with slightly sweet lemon juice, lemon zest and some faint oranges. Pale malt base provides a strong background.

T: Hops are a bit more dialed up than on the nose with a nice grassy quality. Citrus is assertive but not overbearing, with almost a touch of a medicinal quality. Well balanced and clean.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, if it was a touch lighter it would be perfect.

D: Quaffable, if I wasn't paying attention it would've been easy to put this down in under 10 minutes.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice moderate amber color with a good white head. The nose brings some light bready malt and some nice, mild fruity undertones. The taste is definite bread with some good caramel and a light hop presence. Some slight yeast characteristics. Good, crisp mouthfeel leading to excellent drinkability. Additionally, after having this a few times over a fairly extended period of time, I can say that this aged quite well.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to adamharbaugh for this shared with abru17 -poured chilled into a willybecker.

A light golden color like apple juice with slight haziness. The cap is cream and holds well with a tiny bead. There is moderate amounts of lace that cling. I like the aroma -a LOT, the smell of malt is sweet with a mild fruity honey-like aroma and some hop aroma gets carried with it which has more spice than fruit. The feel is very good with moderate bitterness and clean overal texture w/ a slight spice in the finish with full feeling malt.

I was very pleased with the way this tastes and did not want to stop drinking it. The noble hop flavor of saaz is apparent with a mild citrus and spice complimenting the nice semi sweet pilsner malt which is slightly bready and the beer finishes semi-dry with a light bitter somewhat spicy hopped flavor. I enjoyed this and could see this as a year round pleaser except that it is brewed nowhere near me and was unplugged which means it may or may not be brewed again -Kudos to New Glarus for another tasty lager!

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Photo of mothman
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ed for sending this my way.

Poured into pils glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of creamy off white head. Nice retention. Leaves a ring of lace every sip. Color is a slight hazed orange gold.

Aroma: Pale malts with some nice noble hops present. Very earthy. It has a barnyard like nose (not that of a saison, however) with hay flavors. A very pleasing aroma. Awesome profile for a pils.

Taste: There is something in this beer I just can't pick out, but its unique and good. Pale biscuity malts Earthy noble hops. It definitely has a yeasty flavor and a touch of sweet honey.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, a touch bitter, and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this was a great pils. More breweries need to make the style like this. NG really nailed this one. Very drinkable with some great flavors. I am impressed.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pilsner glass.

Appearance is light straw with a decent sized head that retains solid lacing throughout. Pretty.

Little to no hop aroma in this one; sweet malts only. I get a little bit of that typical yeasty bread character as well. Typical for the style.

The taste is actually a little hoppier than I expected (though not nearly as much as say Prima Pils); perfectly balancing out the subtle sweetness. I nice crisp finish is also appreciated here. Good stuff.

I might have liked a little more of an crisper mouthfeel to this one but it is still above average to me as it's slightly creamy instead. Of course, this is one I would love to try again but Summer is almost over and so is this beer.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Brian for sending this my way! 12 oz bottle poured into my pilsner glass.

A-Body is a uniformly hazy golden yellow hue with a mild to moderate fogginess. Pours with a nice soapy 1-2 finger white head that fades to 1/2 finger and has good retention from there. Lots of lacing sticks the whole way down the glass. Bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top. A very beautiful beer.

S-Nose reminds me a lot of Voodoo PILZILLA. Its fairly mild and pilsner malt is probably the most prominent. There is a sugary sweetness underneath as well. The hop profile is there but pretty mild with some pine and earthy tones.

T- Upfront is a slightly sweet, sugary malt profile with and accent of pine hop flavor. The pine and earthy hop flavor come through and intensify for the finish but then fade immediately as a grainy sweetness and Euro lager flavor emerge. Beer is crisp and refreshing.

M-Medium to high tingly carbonation and a very smooth, oily, lightweight, drinkable lager body.

D- This is a very good brew and another great one by New Glarus. I'm sure the hop profile was a bit brighter when this was newer but I don't know if the mouthfeel would be as smooth. One of the best lagers that I've had that isn't from the state of PA.

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Photo of Thanby
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love having reasons to visit Wisconsin, because I get access to some amazing breweries. New Glarus is on the top of that list.

Serving: Bottle, about 2 months after release, kept at about 40F, poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden honey/straw color with a solid finger of creamy head that dies very slowly, leaving lots of sticky lacing. Quite bubbly.

Nose: Sweet honey malt is dominant, built on top of a smooth yeast aroma with just a hint of hops and citrus.

Taste: Surprisingly, hops is the dominant flavor, but it is very mellow and smooth. A little malty sweetness, but not nearly as much as expected after the smell. Citrus notes around the edge, and yeast filling in the cracks.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but carbonated just enough to keep it crisp. Sweetens a little as it warms up. Hoppy aftertaste with a hint of citrus lingers for a bit.

Drinkability: Very smooth and delicious. The flavors complement each other well. The palate changes some as it warms up, becoming sweeter. The hops in the aftertaste are more prominent than expected, but still enjoyable.

Now that I think about it, I should have recognized the Czech hops right off that bat. I've only ever had a few Czech lagers, but their flavor is distinctive enough that I remember it well. Though I must say I prefer this rendering of the recipe to any of the imports I've tried. Hats off to Dan.

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Photo of sauron681
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a short head, with a crisp golden color. with good carbonation throughout. Aroma of yeasty bread, and slightly floral. Medium thin body going down.
Has a nice caramel malt flavor, with hints of citrus and possibly honey. Goes down good. Wish I had more than the two bottles. Maybe they will brew again.

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Photo of DrewHodges
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got my hands on a 4-pack at Chicones in Hudson, WI. Notes from 3/7/10 tasting. Bottle poured to pint glass.

A-Clear, golden, with 1-finger head-light and foamy, great sticky lacing, head settled but some stuck around

S-Noble hops and sour bread aroma

T-exceptional flavor for a lager, slightly sweet taste, malty sweetness, corn, similar to Czeske Budvar

M-crisp and clean, light and refreshing mouthfeel

D-Excellent drinkability, one of the best Unplugged beers from New Glarus I have tasted

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to pwoods for getting this over to me. I'm a fan of the New Glarus beers I've had so far. Glad to get to try another.

Poured smoothly into a tulip a deep golden/yellow color. My glass is topped with a single finger clean white layer of head.

First nose is sweet and slightly floral. Honey is the first thing that comes to mind. A desirable bready/malty aroma is also present.

The taste is still a little sweet, but balanced with the hints of malt and very subtle hop notes. I still am reminded of a saison with this beer, rather than a pilsner. Quite bready/earthy, but not in a bad way.

Thicker than expected on the mouthfeel. Very smooth on the palate, but almost chewy. Packed with flavor and still very balanced.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I would love to have one extremely fresh, as I do not know when this bottle is from. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This unplugged series brew pours a copper color with a nice white head. Head falls slow and stays. Nice lace.

It has a nice grain aroma. Pretty clean but nice smell.

Full flavor. Bit sweet and nice malt taste. Very good lager, not like others I've had.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Nice lager. Flavor is rather full and delicious.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a slight citrus note. The taste is very nice, malty, slight citrus note, caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one, very tasty.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color lager with a nice foamy head with limited retention and some light lacing. Aroma of floral hops is more dominating then what I had anticipated with some light sweet malt. Taste is easily drinkable with loads of floral hops with a dry aft3ratse and some nice malt that is lightly sweet - a touch of cardboard is noticeable but not too bad and totally understandable since this is not a fresh sample. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well made if maybe a touch too heavy to drink loads of.

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Photo of afausser
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bohemian lager
Bottle courtesy of nflmvp. Thanks!

A: Pours a slightly hazy peach amber with a ton of medium sized carbonation bubbles and a nice foamy pale finger of fluffy head, and nice sticky foam lacing. The head is fairly persistent and is fed by nice sparking champagne-esque bubbles. Amazing head retention--stays at close to a finger for the longest time. The lacing expresses itself as a wispy, cloudy foam sheet.

S: Dry white grapes, apples, and a hint of lime. Yeast, heavy grains and malts, and a slight floral or sweet grass scent. Honey and light bread.

T: Heavy honey and grains, and a slight nutty taste that's really brought out by the gouda cheese I've paired with it--as a friend pointed out, it's almost like honey-nut cheerios. Slight hops and a slightly sour citrus note, but it's also juicy, sort of like a combination of lemon and orange (though more of the juice from an orange with a slightly lemony tang) slightly light toast.

M: Nicely fizzy but not overwhelmingly so, and not at all overpowering. The citrusy, juicy taste gives the mouthfeel a bump up. Nice heat keeps it interesting, and the bubbles are present in full at the beginning of the sip and disappear as it goes down, leaving a tiny hoppy aftertaste and a refreshed palate.

D: Very nice and refreshing. Crisp and simple but with a twist, and easily sessionable.

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Photo of Deuane
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Bright, copper kissed deep golden yellow with a medium off-white head that reduced to a thin cap and left nice ringing lace.

S-Sharp lemon rind zing and some spicy notes with moderately sweet biscuit malt backing.

T-Spicy lemon zest zip up front with balancing semi-sweet biscuit malt and a touch of clover honey. Herbal bitterness in the background upon warming. Impressed with how well this has held up.

M-Medium-light bodied, super sharp and crisp with long lingering hop bitterness and a dry finish.

D-Wow! If I didn't know this was from Wisconsin (and I was drinking it in Pennsylvania) I would swear I was sitting at a bistro in Prague! An amazing American tribute to one of the worlds great styles! Way to go Dan and crew!

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Classic 12oz brown NG pop top; nice label and nicely foiled; no best by date.

Appearance: Dark gold beer, ever-so-slightly hazy, with a nice thick, creamy white cap with good retention.

Smell: Nice, crisp and clean...some mild, just SLIGHTLY toasty grainy malt, some light mineral notes as well. Some light herbal hops.

Taste: Finally, a full-flavored Pilsener! I think this might be a bit on the old side, but it's held up quite nicely. Nice grainy malt with a ghost of toasty character, bitterness from the herbal, grassy hops is medium, firm, and smooth. Almost just a hint of cinnamon from the hops; Saaz, maybe? Not tons of depth, but solid, tasty, crisp, and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light, yet substantial; no waterlike mouthfeel here.

Drinkability: High.

Conclusion: Crisp, herbally hop character, with a nice malt background. Damn, this makes me wish I had a big plate of Knockwurst, rye, and spicy mustard.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a brilliant golden color with a couple fingers of fluffy white head that slowly dissolves into a thin ring around the glass. The aroma is spicy, floral hop and some malt. The flavor is sweet malt forward with a good amount of spicy hops to balance it out and finishes crisp. Its a light bodied beer with an appropriate amount of carbonation. I'm not the biggest fan of lagers in general but this is an easy drinking Bo Pils.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Awesome extra from an awesome trader, brian23456. Huge thanks!

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a slightly murky gold with a big frothy white head on top. Excellent retention; left beautiful sip rings and plenty of lace. Scents of corn mash, light lemon, and faint hops.

Moderate body with a good amount of crisp carbonation. Flavors of citrus, bread, and a good hop finish. Bitterness was moderate-to-low. I could drink this all night. Great beer. I'd love to get my hands on some more of this.

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Unplugged Bohemian Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 155 ratings