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)

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Added by joe1510 on 09-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Bighuge
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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Photo of SQNfan
3.34/5  rDev -20.1%
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 +4.1%
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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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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Photo of Pauly2X
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Unplugged Bohemian Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 155 ratings