Two Women Lager | New Glarus Brewing Company

very good
308 Reviews
Two Women LagerTwo Women Lager

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The collaboration of two Craft companies both led by women, New Glarus Brewing and Weyermann Malting, is unique. You hold the result “Two Women” a Classic Country Lager brewed with Weyermann’s floor malted Bohemian malt and Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops. A tempting and graceful classic lager found…Only in Wisconsin!

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Reviews: 308 | Ratings: 1,434
Photo of stewart124
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brilliant copper color with a beautiful rocky white head.

Nose has plenty of toasted malt character and grape notes. Fresh hay and grass add to amazing nose.

Whoa! Simply amazing. Grass and toasted malts really shine. The malt character is out of this world. Medium mouthfeel and pleasant hop bitterness really round this out. Easy drinking and leaves a slight noble bitterness on the tongue.

I wasn't sure what to make of this lager at first but the label and description get the taste buds going. Thanks to Dave for bringing this down in the sampler pack. New Glarus made another stellar beer.

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Photo of McCranky
4.78/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is by far the best session beer i've ever had. Refreshing, crisp, clean and it also pairs well with many foods. i love this beer! thank you Dan Carey! It takes a lot of guts to do a beer like this because if you don't do it well there's nowhere for the negatives to hide. This beer is a winner through and through, grab one whenever you can.

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Photo of beinerso
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: From bottle, poured a scrumptious copper with ample head.

S: Heaven. Biscuits, flour/flower, earth.

T: Smooth as hell. Light roasted grain with hay cut from the Wisconsin landscape. Noble hops.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation.

O: Absolutely delicious lager/pils. Such low community ratings for this beer confirms BA Rube bias against lagers as a genre.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Has a light floral, grain and light malt nose with a hint of biscuit.
Pours brilliant dark amber under a 1" snow white foam cap.
Light biscuit, spicy grain and a hint of floral on the palate. Starts slightly sweet and then finishes with a pleasant dose of grainy tartness on the finish. Mildly bitter.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you WVJII.

A - Crisp reddish orange body that's clear and bubbly. The head is white and thin as it starts out at about a half inch but when it recedes it never quite goes away. Very nice.

S - The pristine aroma of fine malt.

T - This is how I believe a good pilsner should taste. Real mild sweet flavor of malt with no pressure from the hops. In my opinion the brewers at New Glarus nail it.

M - Smooth and moderately thick with the perfect amount of carbonation present allowing for the beer not to gain weight.

~ I'm fairly certain my review up to this point has been pretty self-explainatory. This is a very well crafted German Pilsner... for that matter its just a great beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a cool concept around which to base a collaboration beer. Above that, it's neat to see New Glarus making a little bit of a deal out of the fact that they're run by a woman. The way I see it, pride is always justified if 1)You're proud of something truly exceptional and 2) You got the chops to back it up.

Anyhow, this is just a straight-up German pils, and wow does it deliver. Aside from Millstream's pils circa 2006, this is the best American-made German Pils I've ever had (remember, Czech pils are a completely different category).

Pours very dark with a big, retentive white head. The aroma is grassy and malty, really crisp and refreshing. The flavor is whiz-bang. Starts out mildly bitter, moves into very nice cereal barley, and ends with a giant dose of herbacious hops that'll make you feel like you're walking through a field at daybreak.

Excellent, excellent beer. I wish I had bought more than one!

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Photo of Gully13
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I don't really know why I just didn't rate this a 5. I love pilseners and this is one of the best I've ever had (never been to Central Europe though). This is my desert island beer.

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Photo of Billet
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic Lager, the best that I have ever had. It has a beautiful crystal clear coppery color. Smells and tastes very smooth. It has a rich dark color but a light body, great for summer. There is a very low bitterness, just enough to complement the malts. Can't say enough good about this lagered sweetheart of a beer.

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Photo of MarriedAtGI
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Mostly clear, orange amber color, less than a finger of white head

S: Biscuity malt and earthy hops. Very rich and pleasant

T: Follows the nose, plus a hint of caramel and toffee and a slight sharpness from the hops

M: Medium body with good strong carbonation

O: An excellent lager with distinctive aroma and flavor. Can't wait to have this again!

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Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional lager..a very well balanced brew..I had this on tap and in the bottle..the tap seems to give this one more life if that makes sense..I am not very good at writing reviews but I have sampled enough beers to know a great one when I taste it and as far as lagers go this is one of my favorites

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle into tulip pint. Massive thank you to Jeff (Alewatcher) for sending a couple of bottles of this my way - absolutely one of my top wants since its release. Huge gratitude, my friend.

Pours clear gold with a nice, solid finger-and-a-half, creamy white head. Falls fairly quickly into a wafer-thin layer of soapy suds. Sparse lacing.

Nose is beautiful - nice interplay between fresh, grassy hops and a beautiful, lightly sweet malt body that carries notes of grain, bit of honey.

Taste follows the nose, kicking it up a notch. Floral hops pair with lightly sweet grain, maybe just a bit of honey sweetness, and a dry cracker edge on the finish. Finish is floral, some honeyed grain, a bit grassy on the trailing edge, delicate bitterness. Absolutely beautifully put together.

Mouthfeel is stellar as well - medium-light body, crisp but light carbonation, off-dry. Fantastic.

Drinkability is stellar as well. Not much to say; Unplugged Bohemian Lager is one of the best lagers I've ever tasted, and this absolutely holds true to that experience. Brilliant beer.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just got back from trip from Bavaria. My standard for simple lagers has gone up so much. So when I tried this I wasn't expecting much. I love their cream ale so was expecting something above average. But wowza. This one could be served on any strasse in Munich and you wouldnt know its not German quality. I love the look on this, a little on the amber side of things. The nose is familiar malt, slight hops, bitter bread. This tastes outstanding. Beautiful subtle hops balanced by the malt bill from the other side of the collab. Its sweet but bitter, refreshing but muted. Great balance overall. Outstanding from the two women that put this Two Women together.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle pours into my glass a brilliant clear golden yellow with good active carbonation and two fingers of bubbly, creamy white head sitting solidly on top of the brew. Aromas start off with bright, crisp malts upfront. The slightly sweet grain aroma is fresh and enticing. Herbal, slightly spicy hops along with a bit of an earthiness. Really nice.

First sip brings bright crisp malts upfront with a nice residual sweetness and a sun dried grain accent. Herbal, grassy hops meld in with a touch of spiciness. Super well balanced with a great flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with creamy carbonation. Overall it's just really refreshing and a pleasure to drink. I could drink a large amount of this very easily with a smile on my face. I know the ingredients and process for this one were a bit more expensive, but it would be a joy to have in six packs. A really well done lager.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful brilliant golden Pilsner, with a stratospheric white head, and leaves an unusually big smattering of lace on the side of the glass.

S - Pristine mineral flavor, slightly sweet malt-grain aroma, plus floral and slightly fruity continental hops.

T - This is what I would expect from a reputable local Bavarian Stube, if I were to travel to one. Instead, I traveled to New Glarus, and got this brew. This is fresh Pilsner at its best. The best I've had, anyway. Perhaps when I go to Germany or CZ, then I'll feel differently. But my speculative opinion is that I have just witnessed the difference between a having German brew like Jever or Bitburger here, and having them in their homeland; I just had a badass local German Pilsner in its homeland, which happens to be mine too.

M - Very very slippery. It fell out of the glass and down my gullet with the greatest of ease.

D - I haven't drank a beer this fast in I don't know how long...

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Photo of matjack85
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this 12oz brown bottle as part of a build your own 6-pack of New Glarus beers for $10. Unfortunately, New Glarus doesn't export their products outside the state, so if you want to try one of these you'll have to go up to Wisconsin to get one.

The beer poured a clear copper color with a 1½-finger white head that lasted about a minute. Very little lacing and no freshness date.

Wonderful smell of baked bread and rich caramel and roasted malts.

A delicious lager. Lots of bready flavor and toasted malt. Sweet caramel is also noticeable but the sweetness is tamed with a hefty dose of Hallertau hops which gives it just a touch of bitterness. Well balanced and very tasty.

Light to medium body withy crisp carbonation.

This is one of the best lagers I ever had. Another winner from New Glarus.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably my most anticipated beer of the summer, and I finally managed to track down a couple thanks to asmokingoat, who also happens to be a very generous and patient trader. Thank you, Joel.

Pouring a crystal clear yellow with a dense, off-white head that has excellent retention and solid lacing, this is pretty close to spot on for a pilsner, apart from the lacing, which could be improved. The nose is a magnificent showcase of Hallertau hops. Mildly lemony, mildly hay-like, some lemon rind and some earthy character, this is delicate and nuanced. A rather rustic malt character is present in the back as well, with bread and graham crackers. Quite raw. This is darn near perfect.

The palate opens with a delicate hop character, with the aromas I picked up on the nose all being represented. Mostly hay-like with some wet earth, the hop character segues into the very rustic malt character. While this beer has a very light body, it isn't lacking for malt flavors - the raw grain, graham cracker and light toast bring to my mind what was (IMO) Dan's best beer, the Unplugged Bohemian Lager. Very, very clean, there are no off-flavors here. Again, despite being light, there's enough flavor to tingle every tastebud, making this seem about as far from watery as you can get. Carbonation is medium-light, lower than I'm used to but sufficient. The finish is long and delicate, with the lemon characteristics appearing along with the earthy and grassy flavors lingering a long, long time. This is on par with the Victory Braumeister Pils in terms of quality. Exceptional stuff.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden yellow body. Bubbly white head. Lacing is quite full. Great hop aroma. Love the Mittelfrueh. Crisp and flowery. Biscuity malt nose blends in nicely. Flavor is very smooth and balanced. This is really holding up well with age. Crisp, crackery and biscuity malt base. Flowery hops balance everything out nicely. Nice accents of hay as well. Herbal and eathry. Body is medium full. Moderate carbaonation. Very good pilsener.

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Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I knew nothing of this beer when I picked it up but was intrigued by the label's claim of using Hallertau hops and bohemian malt was enough to catch my attention. The brew absolutely delivers, having a wonderfully blended flavor.

BA lists this as a pilsner but there is less brightness and more depth of flavor than is typically found in this style. The beer pours beautifully but has a muted scent. I would call this closer to a marzen than a pilsner. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear deep gold with a one finger off white head.

S- Noble grassy hops dominate the aroma. Behind that is some solid grainy/bready malt character as well.

T- Great balance throughout. The malty sweet flavor is held in check perfectly by the generous hopping which also adds a great noble hop flavor conterpoint as well. The finish is wonderfully balanced as well not too sweet and not too dry.

M- Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

O- A fantastic all around session beer when you don't want to sacrifice substance for drinkabliity.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve-ounce bottle poured into a New Glarus Pilsener glass.

A: Pours a deep golden/amber hue, almost copper, with a fluffy off-white head that settles quickly to a thin foam on the surface. Lacing is sticky, but not so much that it dries on the glass. Etching in the bottom of the glass gives off fine carbonation, almost Champagne-like.

S: Biscuit-like malt profile blends with just a touch of caramel and hops lend floral, grassy aromas.

T: caramel and fresh, bready malt tones up front, with just a hint of fruitiness. Perfectly balanced out on the finish, with grassy, floral hop notes. Finish is exceptionally clean.

Notes: Fuller in body for the style with yet a very lively mouthfeel. The balance of hops and malt is unlike any lager I have ever had. This is a session brew for all seasons. An extremely well-made brew from the folks at New Glarus. Each sip has me wanting more.

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Photo of mradamhimself
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a Vienna Lager (not German Pils). From 12 oz bottle 2-6-2016

Toasty nose with pleasant bread crust and melanoidin depth. Light copper color with brilliant clarity, fleeting white head. Complete picture of malt for this style - grains are present and in good balance for toast, attenuated malt with medium depth and complexity, and clean lager character. Medium mouthfeel with average effervescence. Great example of this style.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


An extra from the generous eyncognito, thanks Ian! This is incorrectly classified as a Czech Pilsner on the site, when it is in fact a German Pilsner. Take note. Poured into a Pilsner glass, the beer is yellow gold with a long lasting three finger head and great clarity. It's a beautiful beer, and this seldom used glass showcases the rapid ascension of bubbles to the frothy crown. Lacing is scattered.

My olfactory is greeted by a classic noble hop aroma, the glory of Hallertau, with a flowery and spicy profile that evokes images of a Bavarian summer. The malt is redolent of graham cracker, and is subtle enough to allow the great hop aroma to shine.

The flavor opens with a clean moderate level of bitterness and a big noble hop flavor with a light spiciness. The malt is crackery, toasted, and slightly bready, imparting a light sweetness. There's the slightest citrus presence in the form of lemon, but it's quite faint. The spiciness is more pronounced in the crisp and bitter finish. Carbonation is high, and the mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

A beautiful German lager bier. Crisp and refreshing, with an excellent hop profile. In a sea of ales, this style is often dismissed; what some call insipid and overt simplicity, I call nuanced and restrained complexity. I applaud New Glarus for creating another finely crafted lager. Please make more...

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Photo of hwwty4
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the in-laws for picking me up this last time the swung by Wisconsin.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Troegs pint glass. This beer pours a golden amber with a big 3 inch cap that leaves just a bit of lacing down the sides of the glass. After about a minute, a good half a inch of head is still sticking around and does so for the entirety of the pull. The aroma is fairly complex for a pilsener. Candy apples mixed with caramel and toasted bread. Nice yeasty esters. Malt backbone is pretty prevalent with just a bit of earthy hops. The flavor tells you that this is a pretty malty lager. Caramel apples with toasted bread and yeasty biscuits. Underlying the malt is just a hint of earthy hops. Very clean and straightforward. Really tasty. The mouthfeel is clean and dry with a medium carbonation. This is a great lager by a great brewery. Definitely wish I could get this year round.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dusty, dirty, murky, darkish golden hay color with a small yet densely set firm crown of bone white foam. Keeps a nice fluffy collar and skim present the entire session, but brings little lace with it as only a few areas of spottyness stick.

Aroma is crisp and firm of some solid cracker-like biscuityness melded with a some lighter notions of sweet apple and floral, herbal, earthy hoppyness. Nice nose for a Pilsener!

Taste is more of the same, which is brilliantly layered with a nice crisp tone of lightly sweet dark apple and mild melon tones over a crisp, firm, crackery maltedness. Mellowing middlework with sweetness. Finishing well with nice rounded herbal notes of earthy tea-like hoppyness.

Body is medium-full with a easy going smooth carbonation that keeps a nice crisp tone at the front then sets a mellower sweetness in the middrange before the hops do a nice number of things within a tea-like herbalness.

Drinkable by the gallons and a near masterpiece for some Summer Pilsener drinkin'! New Glarus has a big time keeper with this stuff!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-three-finger thick, pale tanned head that even leaves some lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a nice gold hue that shows a hint of haze and a brighter gold color when held up to the light. Once the beer fully warms up it is a brilliantly clear hue. Ahhhh, what a nice pale malt character, and wait there it is a spicy, lemon-leaning, herbaceous hop note that kicks in towards the finish. The malt character contributes a significant malted cracker note, whole grain chewiness, clean wheat crumb aromatics and something that reminds me of a freshly made, white corn tortilla fresh off the griddle; this last is not meant to suggest any cheap corn notes that are found in many a cheap lager. The hop character, while not aggressive, contributes a very refined herbal character and spiciness to this beer that is much softer than the grain character.

My first sip yields firmly bitter notes, then a solid grain / malt character, quickly followed by a big, herbaceous hop note and more bitterness that adds a lingering bite to the finish. This is much more hoppy in flavor than the aroma led me to believe. Lemon like hop notes mix with a subtle pale malt grain sweetness to produce a really nice combination. This is a fairly dry beer overall; the biting bitterness of the hops ensures this. This definitely has the texture and body from the malt that is so nice, yet it remains very quaffable; it is somewhere in between a good German Pils and a Czech Pilsener in the body, but it is so quaffable; I could drink liters of this beer (though much of that has to do with the flavor and not just the texture / body. While not as apparent at first, because of the balance from the hops, the really great malt character from the nose also plays a big role in the flavor; dried grassy, huge suggestions of freshly crushed pale malt of the highest quality, suggestions of sweet bread crumb and, again, a fresh white corn tortilla flavor.

The grain character of this beer in the nose is exceedingly exquisite and something I can't get enough of; I really can't shake that freshly griddled, white corn tortilla comparison, it seems so apt somehow and so appetizing. Sometimes even a Lager can be quite sublime, this has to be at least a bit past its prime and it is still quite fantastic.

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