Unplugged Bohemian Lager | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Bohemian LagerUnplugged Bohemian Lager

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by joe1510 on 09-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 140
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of cokes
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

24K golden body, spotlessly, shimmeringly clear, topped with a pale ecru head of modest size but filthy retention and lacing.
Bready pils malt hit the nose, accentuated with a dollop of honey sweetness. Saaz enters confidently but does not overwhelm.
Across the mouth the bready malts combine with a lilting clover honey sweetness, and a ephemeral notion of strawberries and cream to form a delicate but concrete foundation as it slides into a brisk, crystalline spring-water lagered clarity. Saaz brings multicolored flowers and autumn prairie hues. It's significantly hopped, but not crunchy. The balance here is more than stately, it's regal.
The tightly woven medium light body eddies through the mouth with a gentle carbonation. The feel is fantastically soft, yet still supple.
This is potentially endlessly drinkable and absolutely gorgeous in every facet.
Easily the best Czech Pils I've ever had.
I pray this is not merely a one-off. It needs to stick around, or at least come back to visit frequently.

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Photo of Sconnie
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Being that I have some Bohemian nationality, I figured I should give this beer a try.
Pours a golden straw color, not too much head. Smells strongly of Saaz hops, and the taste is right there, lots of that great saaz hop taste with a nice malt balance. Balance is the key word, one of the smoothest most balanced and yet flavorful lagers i've ever had.
I'm not much of a pilsner fan for the most part, but Dan Carey may have changed my mind by putting out two great ones, first the Eidel Pils and now this fantastic Bohemian Lager. Keep 'em coming Dan.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle received from the insanely generous joe1510 in the LNBA BIF. Thanks, Joe! Into my Trumer Pils glass

A: Pours a golden yellow with a massive white head with great retention, leaving a gorgeous lace in its wake. Tons of carbonation. The lacework is absolutely ridiculous - there's nary a spot on my foot-long glass that doesn't have any

S: Spicy Saaz hops are delicate and lead into a mildly toasted and biscuity malt profile with a hint honey-like sweetness. Hint of oak in the back. This is not a particularly complex brew but the balance is simply outstanding.

T: Starts off hoppy with a spicy Saaz character with some mild pepper before a mild malt character comes through. Mild sweetness before a drying and mildly bitter finish. The complexity on the palate is remarkable. Magnifique!

M: Crisp with carbonation, mildly resiny with the hops, ridiculously clean (this is how you ferment lagers, folks) and an excellent drying and bitter finish

D: Hands down the best Czech pils I've had. This is disappearing in a heartbeat

Notes: This beer had a lot going against it. It's 58 degrees outside, I had a huge bowl of pumpkin soup for dinner and a peach for dessert. This beer shone through it all. The only tragedy with this beer is that it's a one-time brew. If you're a fan of pilseners, I can not recommend this enough. And I will make an exception to my philosophy of avoiding the "No True Scotsman" fallacy and say this - no true fan of beer can dislike this beer.

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4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Pokal (I never get the chance to use this!) Unplugged Bohemian Lager is a splendid looking beer. The white head is nearly three fingers high and it simply refuses to recede. The tall glass showcases small bubbles traveling rapidly toward the head. The color is a transparent, vibrant gold. The head has nearly receded now, and its remnants are cavernous. The impressive amount of lacing is everywhere on the glass.

The aroma is spicy with some pear and light citrus notes (lemon). Some apple is also noticeable in the nose. Ahhhh...Saaz...the distinct earthy and spicy hop aroma is unmistakable.

The noticeable spiciness in the nose definitely carries over to the flavor. Spicy and earthy up front. Minimal sweetness. The mild alcohol flavor fits in perfectly with the zesty lemon. I'm once again tasting pear notes, but not the apple that I smelled. The long, dry finish is crisp and clean, with a nice level of bitterness.

Dry, very light on the palate, and very refreshing! Light bodied. Excellent carbonation. This is the best Czech Pilsner I've had to date. I pulled out the Pilsner glassware my brother gave me over a year ago. The Pokal really allowed every aspect of this beer to shine.

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4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok Dan and Deb, you have impressed me yet again! WOW...a delicate and precision crafted lager with near perfect features. The brilliant yellow gold body is remarkably clear with a soft airy head that leaves substantial lacing in my Sam Adams flavor glass. The big doughy aroma blends with a grassy floral saaz presence as an oakiness lays the groundwork for the balance of spice, floral, and bitter notes. Big-time malt with a fruity sharpness. The taste provides the crispness of an old-school lager and wonderful hop layers. The bitterness is very delicate but perfectly balanced. The oak comes through in the taste and adds to a sharp finish. A cherry note pulls through as the beer warms. The maltiness of this beer is unsurpassed, but not dopplebock malty, true Pils malty! Drinkability is through the roof and could easily be cherished by those who dare to step from the bounds of macros. I have rarely been wowed by a domestic lager, but this one is worth seeking out. The beer gods love WI!

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4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep regal golden body with a fittingly nice crown of pure white froth on top. Its staying power is good and the lace comes in bountiful sheets. Great nose of Saaz hops and bready pilsner malt. Very balanced and very enjoyable. The flavor, too, is exquisitely balanced. Oh, the saaz is there, just not overpowering. It's not like, say, the Prima Pils (which is good in its own right). Its counterpoint is the bready, crackery, rich malt tones achieved with their triple decoction process and 100% of Czech's Moravian malt. The body and carbonation are in perfect harmony for this beer. It's an easy beer to put back. Too easy. I see this and their Staghorn Ofest being my 2 main go-to beers for this month, my favorite month of October.

The bottle says, "elegant masterpiece of complexity." I will not argue. I wish more top flight microbreweries would follow New Glarus' example and create top notch lagers like this. They're a lot harder to come by than top notch ales. I believe that with the recent "mainstreaming" of Capital that New Glarus is now the best lager brewery in Wisconsin (and one of the best in the country).

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4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this brew in a trade with eyncognito, Thanks Ian!

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden color with a white head/light layer that left a good amount of lacing.

S - Czech Malt and Saaz Hop aroma.

T - excellent flavor, sweet malt and bitter hop in perfect balance.

F - light, clean, crisp and refreshing.

D - excellent brew!

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4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from a trade with wisrarebeer. The beer pours pale straw color, very clear, with a thick rocky head that clings to the glass until it dries into clumps. The smell is pure Munchen, bready malts and Bohemian hops (saaz?). Same with the taste, full of malty sweetness which feels authentically German, this is very similar to fresh beers I've had in Munich beer halls (reminds me most of Paulaner, but really it's not far from any helles lager of the region). This is as good as I'd hoped, I wish I had a case.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of shbobdb
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer basically sums up why I drink beer as well as why I think NG is one of the best, if not the best, brewery in the country.

At first sip, the beer is simple and straightforward. It is a pilsner, after all. A nice rich, sweet pilsner malt backbone and a nice, dry, hoppy finish. But as you ponder the beer, whole new worlds slowly start to open up. Lemon zest and biscuit are big players here. It is like the crust of a really good baguette with some really nice herb butter.

I will say that the water used for brewing this seems a little harder than is traditional. So it has a nice Czech malt quality (more on that in a bit), nice Czech hops, but pils-like water, maybe even Dortmunder level water. It adds a nice minerally note to the finish of the beer.

Speaking of the finish and the malt, this beer has a lot of rich moravian malt going on but I swear there is some acidulated malt used to create that knacky finish I associate more with German pilsners as opposed to Czech pilsners.

Dan has done it again, he manage to put just a nice subtle twist on a traditional style and make something just wonderful. I love it.

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4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most highly anticipated beers of the year for me. A solid pour produces an almost two-finger thick, frothy, pale tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. The beer is a clear, orange tinged, gold color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright, rich gold hue when held up to the light (more color than a German Pils, but not quite as much as the darker, traditional Bohemian versions). The aroma has a nice spiciness to it and is definitely influenced heavily by the hops; aromas of hay, lemon zest and a nice savory herbal note are noticeable. The malt plays a definitive role here too though, with aromas of biscuit-like malt, grain sweetened cracker notes, a touch of honey-like malt towards the finish and perhaps even a hint of ripe melon. This definitely has a nice chewy malt and hop nose to it; exactly what one would expect from a good Bohemian interpretation.

This has a light medium heft to it that coats the palate with some lightly sweet malt character. The hop notes easily cut through this though, providing a staunch bitterness and a nice herbal note both of which linger on in the long finish. This definitely has a nice, savory, spicy, hop character to it that fully expresses itself on the palate. The malt plays a supporting role in the flavor (more so than it did in the aroma), but does contribute a substantial impact to the mouthfeel as well as contributing back end flavors of buttery malt, grassy / lightly toasted grain, honey-like malt notes that become noticeable in the finish, . This has some definite notes of lemon zest that become more noticeable as the beer warms up, this also has a certain palate coating character that makes me think of oak-barrel derived tannins (though it could just be green hop notes, but I don't think so, at least not entirely). I really like how the zing (bitterness, spice and herbal notes) of the hop character is lightly held in check by the textured, soft, yet inviting, malt backbone.

This is easily the best beer I have had from New Glarus. A simple, yet substantial Bohemian Pilsner, complex in its sparse ingredient choices; this beer grows on me more and more as I work my way through this beer. This is just so quaffable, a 12oz bottle isn't nearly enough and I would definitely love to have a couple 6 packs of this in my fridge.

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4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Big thanks to Jeff (mnjeff) for the bottle! This one may be a bit past its prime, but I'm definitely looking forward to trying it.

Pours hazy gold, bit darker than is standard, with a thin, soapy off-white head on top and some fantastic stickage and lacing.

Nose is rather light, and sweeter than expected. The triple decoction is evident in the malt character. Notes of honey, grain, and a light breadiness, with a light fruity note that brings to mind apple or even pear skins. Floral hops are hinted at.

Taste is excellent, though it's a stretch to call this a pilsner anymore. Still, what remains is a delicious blond lager more akin to a pale bock or a particularly rich helles than a pilsner. Rich malt notes of fresh baked bread covered in honey, caramel, apple skins, and a lingering, light but firm spicy bitterness make for a delicious beer. You can feel the age on this one, but it absolutely defies it. Still a masterwork even now, I can only imagine how fantastic this one was when fresh.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, full bodied, light but sharp carbonation underneath. Drinkability is superb - amazing balance even now, and absolutely delicious.

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4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pale golden amber with brilliant clarity, lots of lace and a head that lasts until the final sip. Doesn't get any better than this.

Smell: Light cereal grain sweetness, hints of oak and earth, subtle herbal hops. This stuff has a raw and complex aroma when compared to most commercial pilsners.

Taste & mouthfeel: Semi-sweet up front, grainy with a touch of oak and honey. Light in body and extremely crisp, it's difficult to savor this as it's so damn drinkable. The sweetness fades into a dry and bitter finish with that signature saaz character lingering on the tongue in between sips. This is impressive stuff, I wish more American craft breweries would attempt beers like this.

Notes: A big thanks to Dyan for hooking it up!

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4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an impressive gold color with a perfect white head.

S-Floral and perfumey...layered with a bready, honied graininess.

T-Grassy and with some spicy notes..also some lemon peel....graininess is bready with honey notes.

M-Perfect...exactly the way a top quality Pilsner should feel....crisp...clean....hops begin sharp but finish more rounded and smoothed out...

D-The Pilsner style is not one of my favorite styles but this is a dandy....extremely well made.

New Glarus is incredible and this creation is no surprise. At one point there was legit debate about what the top Wisconsin brewery was...not anymore...New Glarus is a clear-cut #1 with Tyrenena a strong second....after that no-one is close...

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4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what a lager should be.

A: Pours an amberish color, and as someone else pointed out, looking rather like a mass-market beer - but then it is a Pilsner, so what's to complain? Nice solid head.

S: Has an actual aroma (a surprise in a lager) - oaky/malty with a hint of hop - very inviting.

T: Such a tasty beer! It is nutty and malty all across the palate, with just enough hop to finish it. No apologies that I mention what used to be a very good mass-market lager: it reminds me of the original Stroh's lager, one of the very few that had a true taste and maltiness (before Miller destroyed it) but this one is better.

M: Nice persistent flavor, not dense, but not thin either. Both refreshing and chewy. Nice combo.

D: Were it available, it would be most drinkable. What I had made me go looking for the other bottles I don't have.

Here's what NG says about the beer:

"In 1985 before The Wall fell, and just after the birth of our youngest daughter, Dan [Carey] followed the Siren's Call making the true Brewer's pilgrimage to the birthplace of modern beer: Pilsen. Inspired by the noble brew he scribbled notes; triple decoction, 100% Czech Moravian malt, fermentation in unlined oak tanks, generous amounts of Saaz Hops, Krau[e]usening and a three month ice cold lager. An elegant masterpiece of complexity lost to change in the Czech Republic. We resurrect and invest, by brewing without compromise, that exact Old World recipe and this is the brew - Bohemian Lager."

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Photo of twelvsies
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally, a kick-ass stateside pilsner. I've had some good ones, but nothing as authentic and near perfection as this one. Excellent pillowy head with big bubbles, surviving the whole life of the beer, which didn't turn out to be too long. Slightly grassy and doughy aroma. Lots of flavor in this lager. Nice spicy notes from the hops in the finish on top of a great base of pale malt and a nice bready body. Only the best German lagers can top this in the flavor department. Crisp mouthfeel with plenty of body and so uber drinkable. Probably the best lager I've had from the US. Yum.

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Photo of scaliasux
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light gold. Clear. Somewhat bubbly. Short foamy white head that persists.

Smell - Light sweet malt. Fairly prominent floral hops. Appetizing.

Taste - Rich sweet malt starts and moderately strong floral hops finishes. Nearly a perfect balance. This is what a light lager should taste like. Light without being weak or oversweet. All of the flavors of a beer are present and work together.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Drinkability - I opened one of these and it immediately became one of my favorites. Probably the best pilsnerish beer I can remember tasting. This needs to be a regular offering.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting to try this one. Pours into my glass a golden amber hue with extreme clarity and lots of active bubbles. A half inch of white head leaves spotty lacing as it falls. Aromas of crisp, vibrant toasted malt that has a fresh grain kick. Spicy, herbal Saaz hops are punchy and upfront. Simply sublimely clean and enticing. What a show.

First sip brings a crisp toasted, grainy malt upfront that carries a light sweetness along with it. A touch bready moving into spicy, herbal hops. The Saaz bitterness is mellow but balances out the sweetness nicely. This is what an amazing lager is all about right here. Smooth, clean and full of flavor, a great homage to the original lager beers of Pilsen.

Mouthfeel is lighter with fast moving carbonation that brings some creaminess. Easily drinkable and very refreshing with a great balance of flavors. I could see myself drinking this all night!! NG Bohemian Lager is an exceptionally tasty lager. To Dan Carey: Please bring this out in six packs!!

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4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The 2 boxes I received from Abents were really amazing! 2 well packaged boxes that were a looking glass from Boise to Madison... simply astounding... unending boxes!! Thanks Adam... I know New Glarus has a great rep on the Unplugged series... but I love great lagers.... and am very much hoping this one meets my lofty standards.... Poured into my shaped SA glass.

Easy 2 finger head.. sticks around forever.. great sticky big bubble lace.. Crystal clear. gold.. really.... honestly.... very pretty... crusty lace should be in pictures.. I'm surprised .. wow.. dried out lace just shatters when you touch it.

Smells Czech!! Seriously.. I don't know how to describe continental maltiness.. but this brew has it! Rich maltiness with floral and lesser spicy hoppiness... toasty?.. biscuit?? I don't know but this is what I think of when I think "Czech."

Very smooth... oooh so smooth! I love well made lagers.. especially when they taste fresh... this brew is great.. pale malts with a little bread.. some toast? Perfect bitterness for the brew... spicy hoppiness is again damn near perfect... very clean.. nothing from the yeast ever comes in to play.. mouthfeel is perfect.. reminds me of the best examples from my best homebrewer buddies.. just great... very smooth and very complex at the same time..

Adam... This was an EPIC trade!! I don't know if I can match your level!! Please remember me when you're famous! :-)

Edit: Wow!! Finishing the last sips of this brew... really this should be the "standard" for Bohemian Pils.. just perfect... screw Europe.. All Hail Wisconsin!!! No really.. I'm not joking.


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4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: into my pilsner glass, fluffy little cap over a beer the color of burnished gold, good retention and lacing

s: crisp pilsner malt body carries a highly aromatic and spicy noble hop, lightly metallic, great balance

m: carbonation on the high side of medium, light bodied

t: near perfect pilsner flavor, clean and crisp pilnsner malts bring a delicate sweetness that's immediately swept away by spicy noble hops and a cleansing bitterness, great finish

d: pure session, i'd buy a case of this just to have around

i have a little trouble trying to convey the greatness of a beer that's inherently all about simplicity and balance, but this is a world-class example no doubt...stands alongside Prima as my favorites of the style

sent southward by dirtylou, a true friend

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4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pour is golden with a small but very soap head. great lace. smell is very light lemon grass, dense straw, and a clean pilsner hop. palate is fantastic. crisp, hop yet bready. a straw yeast that is a bit musky and earthy. grassy lemon notes... a gentle hop that clears the tongue, mild mint. i would drink this all summer if possible. unfortunately i have only this one bottle.

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4.6/5  rDev +10%
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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4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright and golden in colour, the head is short, but is well-lasting with tantalizing streams of carbonation rising upward. Lots of sticky lace. The aroma is doughy, breaded malt, with hints of lemon zest, and is very clean.

The flavor is excellent, as the dry maltiness is just sweet enough to please. There is a well executed hop bitterness also, setting in early on and lingering after the finish. Overall a nearly perfect balance of malt and hops. A nice bouquet of citrus character comes through too, but is not overdone. The mouthfeel is crisp, light, and well carbonated, which creates some foamy depth.

Hands down one of the best Czech Pils I have tried. I love the assertive hoppiness. I would drink this all summer long if given the chance. It is nearly perfect... Thanks to Arsenal04 for this bottle.

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Unplugged Bohemian Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 155 ratings