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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by joe1510 on 09-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 140 | Ratings: 155
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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 +4.3%
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 +8.6%
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 +12.9%
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 +14.4%
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 +9.6%
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 +15.1%
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 +9.6%
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 +16.1%
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 +16.3%
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 Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
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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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 demcorhip
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great looking lager from the best brewery of lagers in Wisconsin, period. Sorry but Capital just doesnt measure up to New Glarus, in my perhaps not so humble opinion. A golden straw coloured lager, only a half finger of snowy white head on a fairly gentle pour into my pilsner glass, but its not going anywhere, thanks, at least in part to the steady and somewhat active streams of carbonation. The amount of each swallow is recorded in the descending rings of stickly lace which almost coat the entire glass.

What a great nose on this simply sophisticated and complex brew. Tangy Saaz hops great the nose with a wonderous grassiness accented with hints of flowers and spice, then a mellow touch of oak appears with hints of vanilla, all overtop a very clean bed of crackery malt.

A very interesting and tasty take on extreme brewing. The flavours from the Saaz and the oak mingle in harmony as well as contrast. Some citrus notes, mostly of lemon with a touch of orange rind are also present from the Saaz. The woodiness is slightly more pronounced than was hinted at by the aroma and adds an interesting dimension of complexity to this beer. The malts support the whole with a very clean malt profile, and hint at crackers as well as freshly baked crusty white bread. Very clean for a lager with perhaps only the slightest hints of cooked veggies.

Almost prickly, likely from many factors, the hops, carbonation, as well as the oak. Very crisp, although the oak does muddle things up slightly to prevent a truely clean finish. Not quite medium bodied, with some warmth, although that is likely due more to the wood than the abv, but i could be wrong. There is so much going on in this simple, yet sophisticated and deliciously complex brew. I would love to see more beers like this.

Too complex for me to consider a true session beer, but what a beer this is. Wisconsin is one lucky place to be home to such a creative brewery. I will have to buy more of this incredibly tasty and complex treat in the next week or so. Very highly recommended to fans of the style, as this is a very unique and tasty take, as well as to anyone who is bored of lagers. While perhaps more subtle, this is certainly one of the more complex brews i have ever had the pleasure of tasting, and showcases the immense brewing talent of Dan Carey. I would love to see a macro brewery even try to brew something like this as they probably wouldnt even stand a chance.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Photo of Pauly2X
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Solid gold, fizzy 1/4 finger head.

S- Aromas of sweet malt and saaz hops.

T- Perfect balance of malt sweetness and hop biterness. Finish is just dry enough to make you want more.

M- Smooth, near perfect carbonation.

D- Only in 4 packs?!

Simply fantastic! This beer does wonders to break the sterotype against pale lagers. Contemplate or quaff the choice is yours.

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