Unplugged Bohemian Lager | New Glarus Brewing Company

Unplugged Bohemian LagerUnplugged Bohemian Lager
155 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by joe1510 on 09-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 140
Photo of alexgash
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear golden yellow, with straw edges. Eggshell white, finger-thick, extra-lacy head sits comfortably on top and sticks around for a while. Biscuit and honey malt perfume mix with sea air, lightly skunky hops, and white pepper. Floral and spicy hop bitterness strikes up front. Honey and biscuit malt form a solid base mid-palate. Snappy lemon mineral water bitterness comes in, along with a vegetal, earthy, almost piny hop bitterness. Traces of pepper mix with residual doughy sweet malts. Delicious. Dry, appetizing finish. Medium bodied with a lively feel. One of the best pilseners I've ever had--right up there with the Prima Pils! Make this a year-rounder!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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 ZAP
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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Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, as always, Lukaski (Johnny Cakes) comes through with an awesome hook-up.

Nice two finger head that leads to a nice film o' foam throughout. Great bubbling and a little lacing as well. Perfect sunshine yellow color fr a pilsner. The aroma is very grassy. Good amount of hopping in the nose. Lots of great toastedand dry maltsin the taste with plenty of grassy herbal hops. The perfect crispness and drinkability for this pilsner.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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 dbtoe
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into a tulip

Look is golden with a good head that stayed around until the end.

Smell is grassy and flowery

Taste very light malt flavors with a big smack of grassy and lemon flavors. A clean taste comes to mind.

Feel has a lot of carbonation that is very lively and has a clean finish.

Drink this is a very easy drinking beer that doesn't over power and I could easily have more than a few.

Comment this is one of those beers my wife didn't say ick too. That rarely happens that we both like the same beer.

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Photo of antilogic
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw colored, good, lasting head. Aroma is lager yeast, floral hops, maybe grassy. Taste is well balanced, medium body, slightly sweet after taste, and goes down smooth. Presents itself as a very good session beer. If I could, I would probably keep a few of these in the fridge.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
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 Gueuzedude
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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Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

somehow missed rating this one during my first 4-pack...picked up another 4pack at rileys

appearance: poured into a pint glass...straw-golden body, foamy white crest, nice looking brew

smell: still a very fresh aroma, biscuity malt, clean saaz hops...nice smelling pils from new glarus

taste: I thought highly of this beer from first sip...the balance truly is remarkable - a sharp zesty saaz hop profile with a spicy kick really carries this into premier territory. this pils has a sweet, grainy core and hints of honey and lemongrass. Very nice

mouthfeel: fresh and crisp, creamy finish

drinkability: super high

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours a light gold with cyclonic carbonation going on. The head of foam is huge and growing.

The smell is hoppy and fruity....some grapefruit and sour apples with a solid sweet malt backbone. Nice.

The taste...mmm...that pilsner hoppy goodness is there and it's delicious....reminiscent of New Belgium's Blue Paddle. Anywho, it has a solid sweet malt underlining the whole brew and there's a nicely done flavour of sour apples here that adds a lot to the drinkability for me.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are medium, perfectly matched imo and the head retention and lacing are super.

Bottom line: Here's a great looking, smelling, tasting, feeling, drinking brew!! "nuff said.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from joe1510, cheers Joe!

Pours a very effervescent pear color with 3 fingers of pearl white head. superior lacing & head retention

S: Apple skins & some grassyness

T: Grainy, hint of pear & green apples & grapefruity hops up front. A touch of honey malt & more appleskins as this warms, not truly working for me. Finishes with leafy hops, a touch honey malts, dryness & more appleskins & a bit of lemony hops crispness

MF: Creamy, soft, perfect carbonation, pretty good balance, was expecting more hop profile across the board

Great drinkability, not super true to the style, but this is going down too easy on a very warm Indian summers day in November

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light, clear, golden color with a small head and plenty of apparent carbonation.

Scent of sweet malts, faint hops, apples, honey with an almost smokey oak character.

Taste of sweet malts with the same oak character, a bit of apple as well. A hint of bacon in the finish, it's odd. but strangely welcome.

Mouthfeel is crisp and very clean with great drinkability.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3/5  rDev -28.2%
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 Skidz
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sits bright gold in the glass with a small, flimsy white head. Fades to a ring around the glass, with few lacings.

Bright, crackery malts and tendrils of lemony grasses and floral notes...

...I notice a sharp clinking/tapping noise emanating from my glass. I immediately fear for the dry security of my laptop, thinking the glass is about to shatter somehow. Picking up the glass changes nothing. Placing my ear to the opening of the glass amplifies the volume. This is coming from the beer.

It is a steady beat. Syncing it with a metronome reveals that it is sounding at a rate of 117 beats per minute; quite steadily at that.

Drinking the beer seems to have little effect, though the movement of the beer does temporarily increase the BPM. Light bready malts are reveled beneath a mild bitterness. Flowery hop flavors and a faint sweetness. The beat slows back down after i set the glass back on the coaster.

I examine the effect of placing my fingers on certain areas of the glass, paying close attention the the nucleation sites. I have found it. There is one spot, no wider than 0.5mm that is keeping this beat. Heating the glass with my finger over it, increases the rate and then it gradually slows down after I remove my finger.

As I drink this beer further down the glass, waiting until one more sip wipes out my little drummer friend (as he is only halfway down the glass), I note the light and vibrant mouthfeel, and its playfully musical carbonation.

One final sip, and the concert is over. But, this beer is far from over. It is far too easily consumed and is a stunning example of a pils (in more ways than one). Half a glass to go, but it will be in dead silence.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a glass mug)

A- This beer has a crystal clear body with a hue of copper-yellow and a strong carbonation of bubbles gliding through it. There is a spongy snow white head that sticks to the sides of the glass turning lacy and lasting for the full beer.

S- The soft smell of fresh rain ans a smooth sulfur quality to it but it is not sharp like many lagers. There is a slight sweetness to the fresh grain notes that are nice.

T- This beer has a soft smooth fresh pale malt flavor followed by a green hop note that is soft but with a sharper Saaz bit at the finish. There is a sulfur hint that builds on the hop flavors aswell.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a big freshness to all the flavors with a nice depth of flavor especially for a "simple" grain bill. The hops have a nice fresh flavor aswell and start to become the dominate flavor as the beer warms.

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold, slow trails of hypnotic bubbles, a fingers worth of creamy foam. Sticky lacing at the edge, and a glossy sheen to the surface of the bubbles. The head seems to fade after a couple minutes to a splotchy skim. Swirling the glass gives the lace a grainy, spotty look.

Soft florals, apple and pita bread aroma.

Soft oak hint in the flavor that puts it above and beyond run of the mill Czech Pilsners. Bready middle and lightly dry and bitter in the finish. Noble hop taste lingers with hints of vegetal spice. Very soft and creamy feel.

Micro carbonation makes it smooth, and i'm on my second already before this review is finished...Subtlety is it's strong suit, it keeps you interested and drinking more for further research purposes.

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Photo of steveh
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Clear, deep gold with a very persistent white head. Nice lacing in a Willi Becker.

S - Spicy, earthy hops with bready malt back, but some initial vegetal hints that were a bit off. I wonder if this wasn't dry-hopped, or were the hops just that fresh?

T - Bready malt to start, blending to spicy and slightly citric hops, finishing vaguly buttery and dicaetyl-like -- very much like Pilsner Urquell of old.

M - Soft and smooth.

D - Good, but could weigh heavy after a few.

A very nice effort by Dan, I think he nailed a Bohemian Pils quite nicely, and the oak aging helped the character. I'm voting for this one to come back.

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Photo of largadeer
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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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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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Photo of bound4er
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I generally find lagers to be boring. This beer is not in that camp. It is extremely well made - kudos to New Glarus for another Unplugged winner.

Bohemian Lager pours golden yellow with a white head that settles quickly whilst leaving nice lacing. It smells extremely precise - clove, lemon zest and grass. It tastes incredibly crisp with balanced flavors of bread dough and lemon framed by a light hoppiness to add just the right amount of bitterness. Really nice. On the palate, this beer is light to medium bodied - just what one would expect from a lager. And to pull it all together, its drinkability factor is 5+ for me. Note to self; buy some more before it disappears.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
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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Photo of brewcrew76
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Bright golden and extremely clear, 2 finger white head that settles to sticky patches on the edges of the glass.

S - Spicy Saaz hops with some grassy and floral notes mixed in, pilsner malt with a touch of honey sweetness and some bread.

T - Lemony and spicy hops with a bready, pilsner malt and a touch of honey sweetness then drying out again with a lingering spicy finish.

M - Clean and crisp with good carbonation. Light to medium body and refreshing. Dry, lingering bitter finish.

D - Fantastic. I could drink this all day.

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