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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Photo of Duff27
2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
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 ATLbeerDog
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a brown 12oz bottle - Pours a clear light pale color with almost no head and well below average carbonation. Smells of floral hops and very light malts. First sip is sweet and perfumy like with a very light malt backbone. Very light bodied, lightly hopped. Somewhat under carbonated.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
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 SQNfan
3.34/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear golden in color with a moderate fluffy white head. The nose gives off aromas of yeasty dough along with lemon, grass and light spices. In the mouth this is crisp and herbal with a soft midpalate and dry finish. Overall, not bad but nothing that is very exciting.

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Photo of crossovert
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a 12 ounce bottle with a small story of the beer on the label.

Pours with 0 head just some foam on top and a dark orangeish/gold color. The color of this one is not up to Pilsener snuff.

On the nose there is some noble hops, though they smell medicinal and a bit of malt as well.

Taste is better, nice balance between the hops and malt, with a hoppy edge in the finish.

Overall it is not up to par with the centuries-old recipes of Bavaria.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
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 KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear yellow-gold color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into moderate lacing. The aroma is of bready malt, and a very faint hint of grassy hops. It is an alright aroma, but it doesn't seem to have much life in it. The taste is like the aroma with nice bready malt, but nothing to go with it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that seems a little low for the style. Overall, this is a decent pilsener, but there are better, cleaner ones out there.

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Photo of kmeves
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden pale blonde with a dense white head that lingers and leaves light lacing. Aroma is medium sweet golden malt, grassy hops, and bready. Flavor is grassy hops, bread and a nice citrus aspect. Finish is sweet and somewhat long. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation and crisp texture.

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Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to younger35 for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The pilsener is a brilliant orange-yellow color that is sol-like (except for the overwhelming, eye-burning brightness). A finger and a half of dense head has nicely laced around the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is loaded with crisp, earthy Saaz hops. Sweet biscuit malts, doughy, follow the hops.

T: The hops really drive the taste, with an earthy yet floral taste that has a high bitterness behind it. They leave a crisp finish in the mouth. The malts are very doughy, sweet biscuits. Despite the sweetness, the lager is very dry.

M: The mouthfeel is very sweet, almost too sweet. The hops have a bitter complexity that, when coupled with the sweet malts, becomes more evident.

D: The lager could use a) more hops or b) less sweetness. Fix either side and the dry crispness will sparkle.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light pale yellow color with a cloudy white two finger head. Good head retention and amounts of lacing.

Am I drinking a Macro? cause it sure does smells like one. I do not really get that much aroma from this other then a nice clean crisp smelling of grains, dough, fresh-scented laundry soap, and spicy hops.

Well this surly does taste a lot better then your macros. Gives off a very smooth caramel like taste with small amounts of hops.

Light with decent carbonation. Very nice and crisp aftertaste.

Well, I sure as hell dont live in Wisconsin so theres no way I can get this beer again, but if I could get it on a daily basis then I would definitely have more then one of these on hot summer days.

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Photo of sauron681
3.67/5  rDev -12%
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 BeerBelcher
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer because I find this brewer to be interesting, but I find the style to generally be pretty unexciting. But this beer was pretty interesting. A dark straw color with a ton of head. Aroma was Saaz hops and a ton of cereal-ness. Flavor was more of the same. Now, sour, sweet, malt-ball like graininess I am not a fan of, but the fresh cereal-y taste of cooked toasted grains can be pretty pleasant, and this beer had that in spades. Mouthfeel is pretty unremarkable.

Pretty good.

I bought this bottle at Riley's in Madison, WI.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a small white head. Aroma of toasted malts, cracker malt, and some skunk. Flavor of vegetable stew and cracker malt. It's pretty decent, kind of odd tasting to me though. I'm not sure what to make of it, but I did enjoy drinking it.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of Murchmac
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shout out to Zealot for including this bottle of joy.

Pours like GMC Vandura van shining in the sunlight This beer has a logo on the grill, black and white wheels and characteristic racing stripe on the side. No, it really is a pure golden color with beautiful lacing down the side.

I had to break this beer out of the looney bin it was hold up, in some outrageous manner because of a crime it didn't commit. Nah, really this beer smells wonderful, smells like a full bodied lager, smooth, sweet, almost woody.

You can taste the injustice of the vietnam war and the ensuing displaced soldiers of fortune that were created as a result of government mismanagement. Nah, really this beer is a beautifully crafted lager that is true and maltily authentic to the style in which it came.

As beautiful as Dirk "Face" Benedict, as unpredictable of Dwight "Murdoch" Schultz, and sturdy as Mr. "B.A. Baracus" T, this beer is simply put, wonderful when a plan comes together.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- I had a bad pour on this one. Half inch white head that dissipated quickly with little lacing. Perfectly cleared yellow gold colored beer.

S- Light malty aroma some caramel sweetness and some herbal hops little hint of skunkyness.

T- Caramel sweetness hints of apple and a good hoppy balance.

M- light and crisp, this is a very refreshing beer, good carbonation.

Overall: This is a very drinkable beer typical of this style. Light crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of manitouman84
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
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 fisherman34
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled sample via oakbluff. Dark gold - approaching copper in colour, with about average carbonation for a lager. Fairly strong herbal + grassy Saaz hops on the nose, with some subtle malts in the background. The malts come through much stronger in the mouth, but not in a cloying or overly doughy way. The hops are still very much a force in the mouth, and present a little more grassy and hay like than herbal. The mouthfeel is a little heavier than you'd expect for a Czech pils, but it's balanced nicely by a solid level of hop bitterness. Overall, I think a touch more late hopping would have pushed this beer from the "very good" category to "excellent", but that's just my personal preference. Well done!

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Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
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 tmoneyba
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by shigadeyo.

Poured a clear golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate grainy tart citrus aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of short to moderate duration.

This is a drinkable beer that is good for style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, light orange-gold body capped by a small, white head.

Smell: Spicy, lightly herbal Saaz hop scent above a soft honeyed maltiness and minor yeast note.

Taste: The malts deliver hints of dough and grain alongside a delicate honeyish sweetness. Quick flash of fruitiness. Tiny pinch of yeast. You get a nick kick of Saaz hop spiciness and bitterness. The malts bounce back, providing a final touch of sweetness to counter the bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very good, very well crafted Bohemian Pils. It's always nice when a brewery isn't simply foisting a dumpy pale lager with a "pilsner" title slapped onto it on craft brew drinkers.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw and golden honey colored, topped by a quarter inch white head. Some good lacing appears as the modest head disappears.

I could smell the hops as soon as I opened the bottle up. A closer whiff reveals some earthy and grassy notes, and a bold suggestion of honey sweetness to come. Malty aromas also come on strong.

Black pepper, honey, and a big helping of malt. I read on the bottle that it's Czech Moravian malt. Don't know much about that, but sure tastes fine to me. A bit of oak comes into the picture, but not so much in the foreground. Very crisp, and a really nice beer for a cool Autumn day. OK, it's not Autumn, but it sure feels like it this July in Wisconsin!

Medium in body, and medium to low carbonation make this a great beer to have while relaxing and catching up with some friends. A few hunks of meat on the barbeque wouldn't break my heart either.

Super beer, and although I'm not very familiar with the style, this proves to be an ambassador to Plzen, and I hope to become more of a lager drinker, and develop my palate even further. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in Pilsner glass. Numbers on neck but no visible date.

A - Yellow/Goldenrod with a really light cloudiness - possible chill haze - to it topped by a sudsy white head. Ok retention left a small layer of foam and some good lacing.

S - Light crystal malts with a citrus spike flood the aroma with a hearty helping of noble hops that have light bittering qualities but crisp up to the aroma more than anything else.

T - Very well balanced flavor as sweet crystal and really light caramel start the flavor. The hops then kick in and mellow it out a bit by bringing a touch of citrus with floral aspects and light bittering qualities.

M - Round medium-bodied beer with a medium sugary sweetness and a lingering light bitterness. A bit slight and smooth across the tongue.

D - Light in color but not in flavor, this beer is one nice lager that keeps it's drinkability while displaying a fuller body. I'm almost completely convinced New Glarus can do no wrong.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, clear amber pour with less than a half finger of head which left random wisps of lacing around the glass. Nose is straw, orange peel, clove, and spices. Taste is very malt driven, and I really enjoy the malt profile here. I'm not sure when this was released, but I am getting a sense of faded hops as well. Stinging spices creep up and dominate the aftertaste. This is extremely crisp and refreshing. On the thin side of medium bodied but the carbonation is a little too sharp for my tastes. Drinkability is good due to the crispness. The spices are really lingering forever here, wow. Very solid beer, something I would recommend for the style for sure.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright gold color with a two finger frothy off-white cap on top. Head slowly fades to about an inch of head and leaves behind solid rings of lace. Very actve carbonation quickly rising to the top.

S - Strong aroma of toasted breads with a faint earthiness. Hop profile is very muted but there is a light floral aroma. Surprisingly malt forward beer.

T - Toasted breads mixed with an earthy spiciness initially. A light floral taste come sthrough mid drink but is very muted. Finishes very bready.

M/D - Medium bodied with a light tingle on the tongue. Carbonation is at an excellent level and there is an light alcohol burn in the finish. Still, alcoholis masked well and beer is rather easy drinking.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Unplugged Bohemian Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
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