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 mothman
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ed for sending this my way.

Poured into pils glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of creamy off white head. Nice retention. Leaves a ring of lace every sip. Color is a slight hazed orange gold.

Aroma: Pale malts with some nice noble hops present. Very earthy. It has a barnyard like nose (not that of a saison, however) with hay flavors. A very pleasing aroma. Awesome profile for a pils.

Taste: There is something in this beer I just can't pick out, but its unique and good. Pale biscuity malts Earthy noble hops. It definitely has a yeasty flavor and a touch of sweet honey.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, a touch bitter, and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this was a great pils. More breweries need to make the style like this. NG really nailed this one. Very drinkable with some great flavors. I am impressed.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Brian for sending this my way! 12 oz bottle poured into my pilsner glass.

A-Body is a uniformly hazy golden yellow hue with a mild to moderate fogginess. Pours with a nice soapy 1-2 finger white head that fades to 1/2 finger and has good retention from there. Lots of lacing sticks the whole way down the glass. Bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top. A very beautiful beer.

S-Nose reminds me a lot of Voodoo PILZILLA. Its fairly mild and pilsner malt is probably the most prominent. There is a sugary sweetness underneath as well. The hop profile is there but pretty mild with some pine and earthy tones.

T- Upfront is a slightly sweet, sugary malt profile with and accent of pine hop flavor. The pine and earthy hop flavor come through and intensify for the finish but then fade immediately as a grainy sweetness and Euro lager flavor emerge. Beer is crisp and refreshing.

M-Medium to high tingly carbonation and a very smooth, oily, lightweight, drinkable lager body.

D- This is a very good brew and another great one by New Glarus. I'm sure the hop profile was a bit brighter when this was newer but I don't know if the mouthfeel would be as smooth. One of the best lagers that I've had that isn't from the state of PA.

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

I love having reasons to visit Wisconsin, because I get access to some amazing breweries. New Glarus is on the top of that list.

Serving: Bottle, about 2 months after release, kept at about 40F, poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden honey/straw color with a solid finger of creamy head that dies very slowly, leaving lots of sticky lacing. Quite bubbly.

Nose: Sweet honey malt is dominant, built on top of a smooth yeast aroma with just a hint of hops and citrus.

Taste: Surprisingly, hops is the dominant flavor, but it is very mellow and smooth. A little malty sweetness, but not nearly as much as expected after the smell. Citrus notes around the edge, and yeast filling in the cracks.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but carbonated just enough to keep it crisp. Sweetens a little as it warms up. Hoppy aftertaste with a hint of citrus lingers for a bit.

Drinkability: Very smooth and delicious. The flavors complement each other well. The palate changes some as it warms up, becoming sweeter. The hops in the aftertaste are more prominent than expected, but still enjoyable.

Now that I think about it, I should have recognized the Czech hops right off that bat. I've only ever had a few Czech lagers, but their flavor is distinctive enough that I remember it well. Though I must say I prefer this rendering of the recipe to any of the imports I've tried. Hats off to Dan.

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Photo of sauron681
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
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 DrewHodges
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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Photo of d0ggnate
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to pwoods for getting this over to me. I'm a fan of the New Glarus beers I've had so far. Glad to get to try another.

Poured smoothly into a tulip a deep golden/yellow color. My glass is topped with a single finger clean white layer of head.

First nose is sweet and slightly floral. Honey is the first thing that comes to mind. A desirable bready/malty aroma is also present.

The taste is still a little sweet, but balanced with the hints of malt and very subtle hop notes. I still am reminded of a saison with this beer, rather than a pilsner. Quite bready/earthy, but not in a bad way.

Thicker than expected on the mouthfeel. Very smooth on the palate, but almost chewy. Packed with flavor and still very balanced.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I would love to have one extremely fresh, as I do not know when this bottle is from. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This unplugged series brew pours a copper color with a nice white head. Head falls slow and stays. Nice lace.

It has a nice grain aroma. Pretty clean but nice smell.

Full flavor. Bit sweet and nice malt taste. Very good lager, not like others I've had.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Nice lager. Flavor is rather full and delicious.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a slight citrus note. The taste is very nice, malty, slight citrus note, caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one, very tasty.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
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 afausser
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bohemian lager
Bottle courtesy of nflmvp. Thanks!

A: Pours a slightly hazy peach amber with a ton of medium sized carbonation bubbles and a nice foamy pale finger of fluffy head, and nice sticky foam lacing. The head is fairly persistent and is fed by nice sparking champagne-esque bubbles. Amazing head retention--stays at close to a finger for the longest time. The lacing expresses itself as a wispy, cloudy foam sheet.

S: Dry white grapes, apples, and a hint of lime. Yeast, heavy grains and malts, and a slight floral or sweet grass scent. Honey and light bread.

T: Heavy honey and grains, and a slight nutty taste that's really brought out by the gouda cheese I've paired with it--as a friend pointed out, it's almost like honey-nut cheerios. Slight hops and a slightly sour citrus note, but it's also juicy, sort of like a combination of lemon and orange (though more of the juice from an orange with a slightly lemony tang) slightly light toast.

M: Nicely fizzy but not overwhelmingly so, and not at all overpowering. The citrusy, juicy taste gives the mouthfeel a bump up. Nice heat keeps it interesting, and the bubbles are present in full at the beginning of the sip and disappear as it goes down, leaving a tiny hoppy aftertaste and a refreshed palate.

D: Very nice and refreshing. Crisp and simple but with a twist, and easily sessionable.

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Photo of Deuane
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Bright, copper kissed deep golden yellow with a medium off-white head that reduced to a thin cap and left nice ringing lace.

S-Sharp lemon rind zing and some spicy notes with moderately sweet biscuit malt backing.

T-Spicy lemon zest zip up front with balancing semi-sweet biscuit malt and a touch of clover honey. Herbal bitterness in the background upon warming. Impressed with how well this has held up.

M-Medium-light bodied, super sharp and crisp with long lingering hop bitterness and a dry finish.

D-Wow! If I didn't know this was from Wisconsin (and I was drinking it in Pennsylvania) I would swear I was sitting at a bistro in Prague! An amazing American tribute to one of the worlds great styles! Way to go Dan and crew!

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Classic 12oz brown NG pop top; nice label and nicely foiled; no best by date.

Appearance: Dark gold beer, ever-so-slightly hazy, with a nice thick, creamy white cap with good retention.

Smell: Nice, crisp and clean...some mild, just SLIGHTLY toasty grainy malt, some light mineral notes as well. Some light herbal hops.

Taste: Finally, a full-flavored Pilsener! I think this might be a bit on the old side, but it's held up quite nicely. Nice grainy malt with a ghost of toasty character, bitterness from the herbal, grassy hops is medium, firm, and smooth. Almost just a hint of cinnamon from the hops; Saaz, maybe? Not tons of depth, but solid, tasty, crisp, and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light, yet substantial; no waterlike mouthfeel here.

Drinkability: High.

Conclusion: Crisp, herbally hop character, with a nice malt background. Damn, this makes me wish I had a big plate of Knockwurst, rye, and spicy mustard.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a brilliant golden color with a couple fingers of fluffy white head that slowly dissolves into a thin ring around the glass. The aroma is spicy, floral hop and some malt. The flavor is sweet malt forward with a good amount of spicy hops to balance it out and finishes crisp. Its a light bodied beer with an appropriate amount of carbonation. I'm not the biggest fan of lagers in general but this is an easy drinking Bo Pils.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Awesome extra from an awesome trader, brian23456. Huge thanks!

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a slightly murky gold with a big frothy white head on top. Excellent retention; left beautiful sip rings and plenty of lace. Scents of corn mash, light lemon, and faint hops.

Moderate body with a good amount of crisp carbonation. Flavors of citrus, bread, and a good hop finish. Bitterness was moderate-to-low. I could drink this all night. Great beer. I'd love to get my hands on some more of this.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a cloudy golden color. Thick off white head reaches at least two inches before fading. You could scrape the thick lace rings left behind with a knife.

The aroma is a tad weak. What I do pick out is sweet malt and a bread like yeast smell. Just a hint of hops can be picked up if you try hard.

Flavor is saaz hops and sweet malt. Typical corn tortilla like finish that seems to dominate czech pilsners.

Medium body with a decent dose of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall I'm not a big fan of pilsners but this does follow style fairly well. Not the usual over the top beer for an NG unplugged but good nonetheless.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this in a mixed 4-pack at a recent visit to the brewery. Poured from 12oz bottle into my Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a golden-yellow and a fingers-worth of white fluffy head. The head disipiates into a super-thin cap and leaves a nice coat of sticky lacing along the sides.

S - Bready, wheat/straw, malt, and yeast notes. Maybe a little bit of honey sweetness in there. No really hop notes to speak of, but I think that's pretty much what I was expecting.

T - There's some bitterness that's mixed with a malt sweetness. Some straw and floral notes with a bitter finish.

M - Light bodied, crisp, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D - Easy to drink and very good. The unplugged series has yet another winner.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light almost clear honey ....of white 1 inch head, leaves to ring. Some cling lace.

S - Almost briney, fresh straw and malt.

T - Light, subtle, good solid light malt, straw and hay notes.

M - Light bodied, good carb, spotty coat and so so balance.

D - Yum...good stuff. One I would be hard pressed to get tired of over a session.

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Photo of nickd717
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade thanks to badbeer on BA. Clear golden color with a creamy one-finger white head and good lacing. Aroma is sweet pale malt, corn, and citrusy/grassy hops. Flavor is basically what Budweiser hopes it could be in its wildest dreams. Sweet pilsner malt with some corn/graininess, but in a good way, and grassy, earthy Saaz hops, and a little citrus. Body is medium-light with a fairly dry finish and some hop bitterness lasting. Drinkability is very high. Great example of a rather uninteresting style.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
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 ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into stange on 9/27/09.

A - Poured a hazy pale golden body with a fingers width of fluffy white head that settled to a quarter inch of retention and yielded unique zigzags of ice-like lacing.

S - Aroma features a bold citrus character with herbal undertones paired with subtle sweet apple and honey notes. Malt is biscuity and bready, while the yeast imparts a spicy character.

T - Opens with a hint of toasted grains, some sweet caramel malt notes and hefty dose of Sazz hops, which impart a citrus and slightly herbal character. There is also a hint of spicy, yeasty notes in the middle through the backend. Plenty of biscuity, grainy malt appears in the backend and lasts through the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly oily texture and subtle carbonation. Mouthfeel is pretty soft and creamy overall with some residual hop oiliness. Clean finish with a crisp hop bite and slight dryness on the palate.

D - New Glarus really hit the mark with this very authentic Czech Pilsner. Why did I buy just one of these? Quite flavorful and undeniably sessionable.

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Photo of botham
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. pours a lightly hazy light golden color with two fingers of healthy tight white head that retains very well and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is a lively mix of lager yeast and some floral notes, along with a base of pale malts that are a bit bready. overall it is lightly sweet and fresh in the nose.

taste is lightly malty and mildly sweet up front, with a floral finish of residual light malts. very crisp on the finish with an aftertaste of light grain and some lager yeast. after a bit of warming, a subtle note of fruity yeast shows itself, belgian in nature.

mouthfeel is light bodied and lightly effervescent, along with a semi-dry finish of residual slickness.

drinkability is great. a very well put together pils with a solid character. the floral note is well mixed in with the malts, creating a complete tasting brew that leaves the palate wanting more. cheers!

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

Thanks to imperialking for this beer in our recent trade.

Pours a slightly darkened gold color with a frothy finger thick foam. The head displays some good retention with some soapy lacing on the glass.

Decoction indeed. Very deep layer of malt on the nose, incredibly malty, sweet caramel, toffee, sweet toast, very German-like malt intensity, and a floral and slightly spicy hop aroma. I get a slightly heavy and syrupy feeling from this beer just with the smell. The malt seems to create a low ester profile with hints of candied fruits, apples and pears. As it warms up there is a sort of a buttery sweetness or powdered sugar aroma, more like a slight piloncillo and honey note.

Again, very malty and complex malt flavors but with a nice dryness and carbonation level to balance out the sweetness. A bit of floral hop flavor in the finish. Light notes of caramel, sweet apple, bread crust but not really toasted, slightly dough-like bread flavor, lightly toasted malt. Low bitterness near the end and back of the palate but just enough to create some balance, good hop flavor though. Somewhat earthy, floral, and increasingly spicy hop flavor with each sip. Sometimes I get a drier and spicier/floral finish and in some sips I get a cleaner finish with a trace of malt sweetness in the end and some floral notes. Lovely.

Moderate carbonation with a very creamy and smooth finish. Drinkability? I need to slow down drinking this so I can finish this review...I knew one bottle wouldn't be enough! I wish there were more well made lagers like this available. New Glarus has a masterpiece with this one.

I'm almost sure if this one was a bit fresher on the hop profile that it would have score a tad higher.

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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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