Two Women Lager | New Glarus Brewing Company

very good
306 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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Photo of jester27lax
2.16/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I bought a few bottles last week at the brewery on the recommendation of the workers. I hate to say but for the price, it was remarkably forgetable. The smell is nice and malty. The color is average, but a little too MGDish, and there is nothing that stands out in the taste. I didn't dislike the beer, but I wouldn't purchase it again. For the price, there are many other lagers that are better. This beer would appeal to the masses...someone without an experience palate.

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Photo of hardy008
2.46/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours light copper with a two finger white foam head which does not last very long. Smells of cooked corn, yeast, grain, and hops. Smells slightly sour which is off putting.

The taste has corn, yeast, grain, and is somewhat sour. The sourness is not as bad as from the smell, but is still unwelcome.

Light bodied, high carbonation, has a sour aftertaste. Not much to my liking. too sour, and the yeast smell and taste are a bit too strong. I will pass on this in the future.

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Photo of Seanhillmusiccleaner
2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why New Glarus would put Two Women Lager and Naked Lager in the same sampler pack is beyond me. There is so little difference between these beers and they aren't special in the slightest. There is far better beer in Wisconsin. Three Sheeps for example. They do different, tasty, special brews that pop. New Glarus is getting by on reputation, undeservedly.

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Photo of rapayn01
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%

It's probably a terrific lager, but I'm not a fan of the style and this one is very malt-forward. Bad news for a hop-lover like me. It certainly has much more flavor than your run-of-the mill mass-produced lager. It has a fairly deep golden coloring with lots of lacing on the pour.

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.71/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - TONS of fluffy white head, lots of lacing, deep copper color

S - lightly hoppy, well banecd malts

T - not much there as far as any distinctve tastes go. kind of disappointing, it is a bit tangy/citrusy though and leaves a sweet aftertaste in the mouth

M - very smooth on the palate, goes down very easily

O - overall, it's a good anytime beer. not quite sure the abv on this one, but i'd be careful since it seems easy to drink this one down fast and easy

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Photo of ErmahgerdPhD
2.76/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - This beer came out darker than I thought, tending more towards a brown than the golden color that some have mentioned on here. There was a generous amount of head on the beer, about 2+ fingers, bubbly white, that disappeared rather quickly. Not much lacing

S - not too much unique here; typical lager with toasted grains, some breadiness to it, with some grassiness (hops) barely recognizable. Smells somewhat sweet.

T - Not much sticks out other than the malt to me in the taste department. Initial fruitiness gives way to only the malt; would've liked to get the grassiness from the hops biting at the back end, even if only slightly. Not a huge fan of the taste, but not bad.

M - felt like a medium body to me, which is a bit thicker than I would've expected/liked. Some carbonation. Again, nothing really sticks out in a great way for me here.

O - I just honestly couldn't get into this beer. I don't doubt it is decent, but maybe I just got a bad batch or something. Also, I hold New Glarus to a very high standard, and they usually deliver, so it may just be a tough grading.

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Photo of harrymel
2.92/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk

Pours golden with a solid sheet of fine white foam, a little dark for the style. Smells of apple, grain, crsytal malt, some sweet corn and some bits of bitter, noble hops. Taste is smooth with some apple juice, some metal, some grain and bits of white grape juice over hay and standard lager flavors. Thin with low carb and a semi dry yet wet finish. An okay beer, very drinkable but lacks the assertiveness and lightness a fine pilsner should have. This is a lager, but not a pilsner.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle with branded pressure cap and cute simple label art served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I love a lot of beers from New Glarus. "Lager." Brewed with Bohemian malt and Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops. A collaboration with...Weyermann? This has me worried; I visited Weyermann and had a lot of beers from their pilot system - most of which were terrible.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted hard pretzels.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of nice soft cream, nice thickness, and good (4+ minute) retention. Body colour is a vibrant clear gold. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks pretty good for a German Pilsener/lager. Probably one of the top 5 best appearances for a German Pilsener I've ever seen.

Sm: Hrm. I'm not big on the aroma. Light smoked malt. Grainy as hell. Grassy. Minimal hopping - floral only. A bit of bread/cracker notes. There's an off-note here and I'm none too keen on it. I also get some adjunct I can't quite place. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. An above average strength aroma.

T: It's a bit...salty? Yes, slightly gose-esque. That shouldn't be in a pilsener. Light bready notes. Grainy as hell. Minimal, imperceptible floral hops. The finish is grainier than the body. Slightly imbalanced. I'm just not a fan of how this is built; I think it's just my personal tastes. Simple and a bit bland. What little is there I'm not a fan of. A pilsener should be refreshing; this isn't. Not liking this, as much as I want to.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but it coarsens in the second and third acts. Slightly overcarbonated, reducing drinkability. Unrefreshing. A bit too thick for the style. It only sort of suits the flavour profile; this needs work. Not at all creamy.

Dr: Far from New Glarus' best work, but I blame Weyermann. I wouldn't get this one again, especially for the $3.99 pricetag here in L.A. Unfortunately, this is one New Glarus offering you can skip. It's not up to their standards.

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12/23/16 2nd impressions from a bottle:

AROMA: Well hopped with Hallertau, but surprisingly spicy and peppery from the yeast. A bit fruity as well, reminding me of Piraat with its subtlety and nuance.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Fruity in spite of having a clean lager yeast taste. Crisp refreshing feel. Balanced and enjoyable, with more subtlety than I gave it credit for in my last review.

Nice depth of flavour. Soft. Smooth and wet.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable fare with a nice fruitiness and a crowd pleasing taste. Nice but not stellar work from the brewery I consider the finest in North America.


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Photo of MaximalC
2.97/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an extremely transparent, amber color with a moderate head of fluffy, white froth. The aroma smells of traditional, unadventurous lager: light, bready malt with some noble hops. Broad sheets of lacing adorn the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste is similar to the nose, featuring bread, honey, apple skin, and a potently spicy twang from the hops. The sweetness is very delicate and only barely manages to avoid getting overriden by the hops (even though the hops aren’t especially bold by hop standards). Light body and fine carbonation lend a slightly creamy mouthfeel that’s just north of too thin.

Overall, this is about as basic and unremarkable a beer as you are likely to find. It epitomizes what I think of when I hear the word “lager” without anything else attached, and would most likely have been quite at home in my grandfather’s basement. I’m sure it’s a fine session beer, but it’s not really my style.

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Photo of Schmittymack
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into the trusty ol' shaker glass. Poured a clear amber/gold color with a creamy white head that quickly disapated. All I got on the nose was sweet malt. Taste was sweet malt, a touch of honey, and a touch of lemon with no bitterness whatsoever. Mouthfeel was pretty thin; unless it was a hot day back in the midwest, I doubt I'd pursue this one again.

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Photo of brdc
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks stoutsnipas for this one. Medium sized bottle poured into a pint glass.

Very light, clear golden color, average white head with average retention.
Aroma is quite light, just like body and flavor. Grains, minimal grassy bitterness, cracker notes.
Not a lot else here. I cannot say I am a fan of pilsners, but this one is a bit more boring than the average.

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Photo of MNJR
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not the biggest fan of this brew. It has an astringent taste and a very grainy, rough feel. I want to like it, because I am New Glarus fan in general, but this beer for me just doesn't work. I get very tart, harsh flavors from this beer. I have had several over the last few years hoping to "get it," but after each one I never want another. It leaves a sour aftertaste and has no hint of clean hop flavor that I want from a lager. Not sure what a "Country Lager" is, but I suppose it is similar to French country ale or has some Belgian inspiration. Not what I am looking for in a lager. Sour and rough, with an unpleasing, macro-ish aftertaste.

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Photo of Northsider
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in bottle.

This was another one my dad was pushing on my from New Glarus. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but pretty generic in taste. Nothing I could pull out and distinguish. It simply tasted like beer. If this is in the fridge I'd have it again but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.

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Photo of mryuk
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a filtered gold with little head.

smell is light and earthy...very pilsner like.

taste is very light and mostly malt with very little hoppiness.

mouth is very light with medium carbonation.

overall it was not very good and I was quite excited to finish and move on.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to seeswo for this one.

a - opened the bottle, filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a nice deep, yet transparent orange/copper. visible carbonation could be seen in the glass and a thin bubbly head didn't hang around long, but a circle around the rim hung out. lacing was pretty slippery and left only spotty traces on the glass.

s - wow...pilsnery. kind of smells like a BMC. grass, malts, high school beer. kind of off putting since it smells so much like a BMC.

t - where the nose was too much like BMC, the taste is a bit better than BMC. a bit zesty and citric.

m - mouth is okay. not as gross or fizzy as BMC, but again...this one is pretty reminiscent in many ways.

o - overall, i'm not the biggest fan of german pilsners, however there are a few i've had that blew me away. this is not one of them. if you are trying to baby step someone off BMC this might be a good choice into exploring other beers, but i imagine your buddy will say "it tastes the same, why spend more?" since it does pretty much appear to be the craft version of BMC. kind of surprised this one has the grade it has.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a nice box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus tasting glass.

Pours a somewhat-dark golden color with a thin white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some bready malt and a very faint hop presence. I pegged this as a non-adjunct American lager, and was disappointed to see if called a pilsner. The hop presence in this is quite subdued, and instead there's a bit of light bready malt. Body is a bit too heavy for a pilsner without the refreshing dryness.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Solid Lager. No technical flaws. It would be nice if the beer had some more hops. The malt profile is enjoyable and the yeast created a nice mellow smooth beer. Reminds me quite a bit of mama's little yellow pils.

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Photo of beagle75
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, pale golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass while solitary bubbles rise in the column and a few solid bits hang suspended.

S: Very clean, with delicate biscuit that is made fresh by just a scant breath of dried grassy hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with mild malt that is soft and bready, yielding a simple sweetness. There is also a brief expression of fruitiness that is hard to pin down, yielding both aromatic and estery qualities. Flavors lighten up somewhat during the middle as dryness is slowly increased. The finish is mildly bitter, with some understated hay also present.

M: Medium viscosity, surprisingly substantial yet remaining wet and smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: While some features of this beer raise questions, it comes across as fairly composed when considered as a whole. Flavors fail to uplift the experience, appearing too predictable and even unaccomplished. The texture provides the biggest surprise, showing more resistance than one might expect from the style--which is also not helped by the lack of effervescence. As for the style classification, its position here as a Bavarian pilsner does the beer no favors. It seems like a decent Munich-style helles, but only the most mediocre of pilsners.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: vigorous pour yields 2 gingers of frothy white head, clear gold appearance, head dissipates to a cm of head with decent retention, significant lacing

S: strong notes of corn and a hint of sour graininess up front, mellow earthy hops in the background, corn and malt dominates aroma

T: notes of caramel, bread, and corn, starts of with small amount of hops followed by slight tartness in the middle, becomes rather malty and sweet, finish is corn and stale bread

MF: light body, medium to high carbonation

O: seems to represent the style well, but the grain profile is a little off putting to me, the slight sourness seems a little off

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pokal.
Appearance - more bronze than gold; an eruption of carbonation bubbles that build an impressive, foamy white head. Lacing is hit and miss.
Smell - malt and barley producing a buttermilk biscuit quality.
Taste - very laid back with a flavor profile matching the nose.
Feel - light body, clean and crisp, with decent carbonation.
Overall - I could see how Pilsner fans dig this beer; it may be the best Pilsner I've ever had. Unfortunately, it's just not my bag.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Medium gold. Clear and bubbly. Tall white, soapy head - appears pretty long lasting.

Smell - Sweet malt. Hint of what appears to be hops.

Taste - Pretty light. Starts with a mild sweet pale malt. Finishes with a light dose of mildly spicy citrusy hops. Seems nicely balanced if not distinctive. Leaves a little bit of a citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light and well carbonated.

Drinkability - Certainly not a bad example of a Bavarian pilsener, but nothing world-changing. Exclusivity of the beer makes it a little more fun.

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Founders Bolt Cutter glass

Pour: Pours a dark copper brown with two fingers worth of off white head. Settles down quickly to a small ring. Rather transparent while being a mahogany.

Smell: Smells crisp and has a big malty base. Mild hop presence but just a ton of bready malts. The hops do create some spice.

Taste: Very crisp, malty and bread like. The hops create a spice and the malt base is cracker, bread forward.

Mouthfeel: Light to just possibly touching moderate body. Moderate carbonation and very crisp and quite refreshing.

Overall: Ok beer. Straightforward but enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of neckbracesub
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I visited a friend up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and of course during the time of my stay it was mandatory to drink ONLY Wisconsin-brewed beers. This one was among a standard New Glarus mix-and-match twelve pack, and I would have to say it was decent but not among the best of the pack.

I would rank it higher than the Spotted Cow but lower than the Fat Squirrel, but I think that it really because I am more of a fan of darker brews anyway. With that being said, there are some good things Two Women has going for it - chief among them being its smoothness.

It is pleasant-tasting enough that you can almost not notice that you have drank 10 of them in just about an hour’s time. I imagine if you are a big lager fan then this one would hit the spot nicely.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, the beer gave a generous white head on top of its gold color. A mild aroma was present which would best be described as malty. The initial taste was slightly hoppy with a smooth but slight wheat flavor. Made in the style of a pilsener, there is not going to be anything to knock the socks off of most beer drinkers aside from the smoothness. It is a gateway type beer for non-craft beer drinking. It is certainly better than a macro. The middle of the road feeling I get from this beer makes me miss New Glarus Stone Soup.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

4/18/11 re-review from fresh 12oz. bottle

I'm not going to do a full review, just note the changes I noticed from the different bottlings.

The color appears to be a little darker, moving into the copper/gold stage, still a fluffy white long lasting head with tons of tiny carbonation drops.

The aroma is nearly devoid of any hop aroma, just a ton of toasted bread malt aroma coming off from this beer. Very sad to see the hops seemingly dialed back for this mass release.

The flavor is a balance between the toasted malt and some earthy medium bitterness hops. I'm glad to taste the hops in the flavor but I still feel like it is more restrained than the original.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are once again awesome. Crisp and clean with lots of bubbles.

Overall I am very disappointed in this release. Like many of the latest New Glarus lagers this one seems dumbed down and playing it safe. To me it tastes much closer to a slightly toasted Munich Helles or Vienna than a German Pils. I know in the almost year it has been since I had the original my palate, especially for lagers, has developed considerably. Still, even taking that into account I can't believe my original impression would be so drastically different without just cause.

New Glarus lagers can be mind blowing (Edel-Pils, Bohemian Lager) so it really disappoints me when I taste this new offering.


A big thanks to Chris for picking this up for me on his way to DLD 2010. Opened during a tasting with Tony and Eric.

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass

It poured a crystal clear bright gold with a brilliant white head that lasted for a while. A low amount of lacing was present.

The aroma was heavily dominated by that great crisp pilsner malt smell with just a little of that grassy German noble hop smell.

Man this beer tastes like everything a well made lager should be. the taste of mildly sweet crisp pilsner malt is very present with just a touch of bitterness for balance. I'm still don't feel that I've had enough well made lagers to properly describe the tastes in any meaningful way but this one is great.

This beer is very light and effervescent on the tongue. It's extremely drinkable and really refreshing.

While this beer is relatively expensive, and would not be a regular purchase if it was available in stores, I completely understand the $5/bottle for a brewery only release in the same special expensive bottles used for R&D #1. I wish they would release a year round high quality lager like this or the unplugged bohemian lager at their normal 6-pack price.

Original 500mL bottle score 4/4/4.5/4.5/5

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