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 beerwolf77
3.88/5  rDev -7%
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 -8.2%
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 Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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%
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 -3.8%
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 -16.1%
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 ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +1.4%
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 +13.2%
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 +7.9%
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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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 KI9A
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very slightly hazed golden, with a puffy white head. Great retention, and lace windows.

S: Sweet malts, bisquits. Grassy.

T: Malty, earthy, some citrus. Neat mix of sweet, rich malts, and a quick turn to slight bitterness of the hops. About as hoppy as I like in a beer.

M: Rich, creamy, sharpness of the hops is a bit muted by a creamy mouthfeel. Nice!

D: I can drink these anytime. I would love to see this on an at least seasonal rotation, not just the Unplugged series.

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Photo of nectar14
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
A: Beautiful gold color, with excellent clarity and fluffy 2 finger white head and nice lacing. Inviting.
S: Whiff of Saaz and biscuity malt. Scents are rich and thick. Like a classic lager or Pilsener with the volume turned up.
T: Biscuity malt and golden grains accented by spicy hops underneath.
M: Smooth and full bodied. Nicely carbonated.
D: Not as easy to down as many crisper German or Czechs due to the increased richness, but easy nonetheless.
Outstanding lager. Would buy again in a second.

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Paid $2.49 for a 12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into my Spaten Optimator mug to review.

Not quite what I'd call a gusher but certainly there was some foam that spilled out the top of the bottle upon cracking. White, fizzy head of about a half inch. Transparent pale golden color with minimal head retention and lacing. Visible carbonation bubbles rising from bottom of the mug.

Nice aroma of banana and sweet malts. Some similarity to a Belgian Pale with mild spice in the blend as well. Grassy hops help to balance things out. Very clean and well brought together nose.

Taste's of high quality ingredients in used in great parity. Clean, refreshing and pleasant without really revealing any striking characteristics; just a simple, honest beer.

Well carbonated mouthfeel with a crisp finish and mild balanced aftertaste. Light body. Very drinkable.

Rarely do I finish my tasting notes on the last couple sips of beer. This one just is so drinkable and pleasant. I certainly wish I had access to this beer on a a regular basis as it would certainly be in a heavy rotation. A great beer when you are looking for something lighter bodied. Only Moonlight's Reality Czech can rival this beer in its simple greatness. This is probably New Glarus' greatest achievement outside of their fruit beers.

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Photo of waltonc
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to KRAMER17801 for throwing this in as an extra in our epic trade. Pours hazy gold with moderate white head. Smell is restrained - malt, subtle hops, a hint of spice, very refreshing. Taste is all of the above too, with subtle peppery qualities, a tad of tart apple, and a bitter snap. Body is medium in my opinion, with medium to high carbonation, and high drinkability. Perfect after our blowout flag football loss tonight, and paired nicely with some KFC.

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Photo of blackearth
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Hilltop Brewery in New Glarus, WI. Pours a slightly hazy gold body with a thin white head that caps the beer and leaves a generous amount of lacing as it goes down. Aroma is of apples, grassy malts and noble hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth malt character, subtle carbonation, not overly bitter and boasts a pleasantly dry finish. Excellent drinkability, this beer shows why golden lagers became all the rage over 100 years ago.

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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 vishneda
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Thanks to the nameless dude who obtained this for me.

This "unplugged" version of the style comes out with a light golden color and a thin but even head of foam. There is light action going on in the glass keeping things afloat. Looks good, but not blowing me away.

The aroma is strong and enticing. There is a strong bready malt profile with a clear spiciness coming through. Green apples and grass also are in the mix.

Comes out of the glass sweet on the tip of the tongue. The sharp and spicy hops introduce a nice balance, and the transition from sweet to sharp is one of my favorite parts of this beer. I detect hints of pear, banana, and grass in the flavor. This beer is a real character flavor wise.

Although this is a light beer its a bit heavier than I expected from the style. It is strongly carbonated in my session so it's not the smoothest. However, this beer was a lot of fun to drink and I look forward to grabbing some more.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very slightly hazy light straw color with a nice head that settles into a chunky lacing

S - nice blend of continental hops and sweet malt

T - hop dominated flavor with a strong malt backbone with modest hop bitterness on the finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a nice version of a Czech pils. From my previous experience of the style, it's a little on the hoppy side and might benefit from a bit more malt character. Nonetheless, I fine beer and very enjoyable.

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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 Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with 2 big fingers of foamy brite-white head. Thin, yet frothy, layer of retention leaves back a huge cascade of sticking lacing that just coats the sides of the glass. Noble hop character is front and center in the aroma, with floral notes, citrus, and spice intermingling with the sharp bready nature of the Pils malts. Nice crispness in the nose here.

The taste is spicy and biting, with a dry lingering presence to the bitterness. The sturdy bready feel of the Pils malts props up the hops nicely, giving the profile some sticky substance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the aforementioned malts giving this a good firmness in the mouth. The hops add even more sharpness to the body. Overall very crisp and refreshing but not overly clean. But that's OK.

Solid Pils here, with the sturdy crispness of the hops, malt, and body all playing into the great drinkibility of this. Another good entry in the Unplugged Series.

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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 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 number1bum
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from mymrnngjkt. Thanks Kevin.

Pours a mostly clear rich golden color with just a slight haze. Has a pretty fluffy two fingers of off-white head. Keeps a full and solid lace throughout, and leaves rings of stick all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell is a bit sweeter than many pils, with a subtle honey and cracker like sweetness. Plenty of hops, though, with a very spicy aroma in particular, plus some grass and an herbal character. I'm thinking the hops have probably faded a bit in the nose since this was fresh but it's still very nice.

Taste also has a bit more sweetness and body than many pils. It's honey and cracker like as was the aroma, and adds some body and a slickness that I find appealing. Hops are of a very spicy noble variety, again with grassy character and a bit of over-ripe pears and even some berry flavor. I'm thinking that as the hops have faded it's taken on a bit more fruit character. Still, the spice especially has persisted and held on well, as has the grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel is quite slick and creamy for a pils, but it doesn't lose the requisite crispness. It's a medium body, a bit fuller than normal, crisp and smooth. Very nice.

I would have loved to have had this when it was super fresh because it's excellent now and was clearly probably even better then. A very nice pils overall, with a bit more sweetness and body than many, but lots of nice hop character as well. Well done.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sunny gold color, shimmering and given additional life by thousands of bubbles rushing quickly to the thin but long-lasting head.

Aroma is light, with a bread/biscuit base and light citrus coming in to play.

Even though this bottle is hardly the freshest example of this release, the hops are still vibrant, and they're incorporated perfectly with the doughy malt base. There's a light whiff of skunk, and I do NOT mean that in the "bad"/Grolsch sense. I mean in that authentic Czech Pils way, where the breadiness leans to the yeasty side and where the hops are spicy and flowery. Its useless to pick out individual flavor perceptions--everything here is mingled as one, nearly perfectly.

Texture is just right for the style, crisp and on the dry side, yet with a round smoothness and sturdy medium body that makes it a pleasure to hold in the mouth.

I swear this brewery only gets better every year. How many brewers can nail lagers and ales in equal measure? Bohemian Lager is another fine one in the Unplugged series, and another that many of us wish was a year-round offering.

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Unplugged Bohemian Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 155 ratings.
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