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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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 140
Photo of crossovert
3.42/5  rDev -18.2%
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 +6.5%
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 +4.8%
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 -0.2%
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 +4.1%
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%
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 -11.5%
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 -7.4%
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 -0.2%
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 -8.4%
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 -4.8%
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 -8.4%
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 -8.6%
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 -2.4%
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 +2.9%
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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Photo of bennetj17
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright and golden in colour, the head is short, but is well-lasting with tantalizing streams of carbonation rising upward. Lots of sticky lace. The aroma is doughy, breaded malt, with hints of lemon zest, and is very clean.

The flavor is excellent, as the dry maltiness is just sweet enough to please. There is a well executed hop bitterness also, setting in early on and lingering after the finish. Overall a nearly perfect balance of malt and hops. A nice bouquet of citrus character comes through too, but is not overdone. The mouthfeel is crisp, light, and well carbonated, which creates some foamy depth.

Hands down one of the best Czech Pils I have tried. I love the assertive hoppiness. I would drink this all summer long if given the chance. It is nearly perfect... Thanks to Arsenal04 for this bottle.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Masterski sent this one to me in a recent trade; thanks.

A vibrant, translucent yellow body that has a ton of fast moving, tiny carbonation bubbles. About a finger and a half of white head that is rocky, thick, and settles down to a fairly thick ring on top of my beer. Also leaves some nice sheets and rings of lacing on my glass.

A grass, lemony hop aroma comes through, along with a ton of sweet pilsner malt. For some reason I keep picking up not only a slightly toasted, biscuity malt, but also a slight smoked malt flavor. Maybe the smoked malt is my imagination, but I noticed it throughout the entire time I drank this beer.

Right of the bat comes there is a good, sweet malt that is both crackery and a touch biscuity. Good mix for a pilsner. Immeidately cutting the malt is a good, spicy hop that tastes like some variety of noble hop. A touch of lemon and cut grass is there in the hop profile also. There are slight fruit tones in this beer also, with weak notes of melon. The smoked malt that comes through in the nose for me is nowhere to be seen in the flavor, so maybe it is just my imagination.

Mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated, and crisp.

A good, drinkable beer. Something I would buy a few six packs of if I had regular access to it. I would love to have had the chance to try a growler straight from the brewery, or to have it on tap right after brewing when the hops were a little stronger.

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Photo of mcallister
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking lager getting some extra points courtesy of the awesome head. Golden elixir with millions of bubbles making their way up the curvrature of the tulip. Thick rocky whit head with great retention leaves very nice lace behind.

Cereal grains and a biscuity malt with some noble hop aromas. Hints of toffee and caramel.

Nice easy drinking lager. Good carbonation with a full bodied middle and finish. Nice bitter finish with a chewy toffee, cereal induced middle. Biscuit in the mouth as well. A straightforward lager.

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Photo of shadow1961
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus Unplugged Bohemian Lager pours a finger of loose foam over a clear gold brew. Carbonation is moderate but steady, the nose is biscuit and barley. The flavor is sweetish and bready, slightly nutty malt with sharp, peppery, herbal Saatz hops off the back. Mouthfeel is crisp with a bit of grassyness sticking around in the aftertaste. Spot on for the Czech Pilsner style, and unlike too many of the brews from the Czech Republic, this one is fresh and not skunked, with a nice crackling peppery hop to it.

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the brewery in mid-May of 2009. Wasn't discounted, no freshness or nothing, so I figure it's fair to review it as normal.

Pours wonderfully! Very dark, thick old gold with a huge white head. This is the way High Life looked in those old technicolor commercials.

Smells of dense, grassy malt and light hops. The hop profile has probably been deaded a bit from age, but the beer as a whole is still lively and balanced.

Tastes as it smells, bold for the style but still light enough to pound. Big weedy malts start things off, moving into a sparkling middle of lightly sour malt nodes and spicy european hops, ending on more directly bitter hops that leave a bit of a green tinge on the back of the tongue.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a red foil topped bottle into a Pilsner Urquell stem.

Pours a bright golden straw with a rocky head that sticks to a clean glass like spiderwebs. Slight haze that may be the glass.

Aroma is husky grain, malty corny smelling malts. Hops are floral and the usual noble hop aroma, although not as skunky as I'm used to smelling in Pils. Light metallic twang, but not too much.

Flavor is light malt, crispy and light the malt is followed by the noble hops with a floral flavor. Buttery diacetyl and corney flavored grain. The flavor is very fresh despite the fact that I think this one has some age and may be past it's prime. For an aged pils, this one tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and the carbonation is soft and gives the beer a creamy texture. Very nice.

Drinkability is great and would be better if it was more available.

Good pils, but not the best of the unpluggeds I'm afraid. Which is funny, because even a mediocre unplugged is outstanding.

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

12 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours a clear deep golden color with lots of carbonation rising to create a one and a half inch off-white head. Really good retention and lots of lace are left behind on the glass.

Aroma is straight up Saaz hops, the typical grassy, floral, spicy character that they produce. The malt also adds a bit of complexity, a slight sweetness and a bit of toasty, breadiness. Pretty much dead on for the style, but then again it's not that much better than something like Pilsner Urquell.

Taste starts off with hops instantly, definitely not bitter, but lots of the aromatic characteristics like the floral and grassiness come through. Towards the finish the sweet, bready malt character definitely becomes apparent right after a brief shot of mild hop bitterness that fades and lingers on with the malt.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, really nice carbonation, clean and crisp going down.

This is by far the best Czech Pils I've tasted. Maybe because it's so fresh compared to the imports, but either way, this is pretty much the Pilsner taste perfected in my mind. I wish I had picked up more.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light pale yellow color with a cloudy white two finger head. Good head retention and amounts of lacing.

Am I drinking a Macro? cause it sure does smells like one. I do not really get that much aroma from this other then a nice clean crisp smelling of grains, dough, fresh-scented laundry soap, and spicy hops.

Well this surly does taste a lot better then your macros. Gives off a very smooth caramel like taste with small amounts of hops.

Light with decent carbonation. Very nice and crisp aftertaste.

Well, I sure as hell dont live in Wisconsin so theres no way I can get this beer again, but if I could get it on a daily basis then I would definitely have more then one of these on hot summer days.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from a trade with wisrarebeer. The beer pours pale straw color, very clear, with a thick rocky head that clings to the glass until it dries into clumps. The smell is pure Munchen, bready malts and Bohemian hops (saaz?). Same with the taste, full of malty sweetness which feels authentically German, this is very similar to fresh beers I've had in Munich beer halls (reminds me most of Paulaner, but really it's not far from any helles lager of the region). This is as good as I'd hoped, I wish I had a case.

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Photo of pwoods
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Homerbag from TBS for this bottle.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a Pilsener glass.

A: Pours a rustic yellow with some orange tinting, decent clarity but not perfect. About a 1 finger head forms and holds for a bit before falling to a skim. Good lacing.

S: Lightly spicy hops, somewhat floral. Clean and crisp malts. Overall not that aroma.

T/M: Hops are a bit more pronounced in the taste. Still moderately spicy and with a bit more floral. Malts are crisp, clean, and refreshing. A touch of biscuit as it warms further. The yeast is much more pronounced and lends some fruity esters to the mix. Body is light and crisp with slightly elevated carbonation that awakes your tongue. Not really any lingering bitterness or hops.

D: Very drinkable.

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