Two Women Lager | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great lager, from Riley's in Madison. Generous retained head on noticeable yellow. Smooth mouthfeel, something I could drink lots of. Light toast, hint of citrus lemon and lime. Mild but noticeable bitterness.Simple and nicely executed.Floral aroma.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

its a lager alright. the yeast here is the main flavor agent, and the feel and taste just scream lager to me. what i like about it is how it has a sort of late summer plains agriculture thing going on. its really grainy, and darn fresh and full bodied for the style, especially at this low abv. its listed as a german lager, but its equally american, and not just because its hopped a little more than the norm from europe. its decidedly american in its big bold cereal body, much more heft and even caramelization to the grain bill than any i have had from germany, almost seems like there has to be a little wheat in it too. i like its bigness of feel and flavor, although i think the lager yeast is a little overpowering, german for sure, but out of proportion just a bit. there is also a lingering sweetness to this before the hops kick in that doesnt all the way belong, at least in a traditional example. well made and well carbonated, i think with its body it has all season versatility, and its always a treat to try beers from these guys since they dont send it anywhere. i would buy this occasionally if it were available here.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice clear looking brown color with a white head on top. The head settles pretty quickly leaving behind just a thin white film on top of the beer. The smell of the beer has some typical lager aromas, some light earthy funk to it but nothing unpleasant. The taste of the beer has a really nice smooth crisp flavor. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, a little watery but has enough carbonation to keep the beer enjoyable. Overall this beer is a good Lager, for being just that it's a good brew and I would drink it again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It takes a lot of guts for a modern craft brewer to boast about the quality of their pilsner. Anything less than spectacular becomes a lightning rod for criticism.

Two Women opens with a dark straw, burnish golden colors and brilliant clarity. Early carbonation builds a creamy off-white lather that laces strongly above its tarnish sheets.

Moderately malty aromas accompanied a light grain, spicy yeast character, light apples and lemons, and then earthen hop aromas. Toasted pilsner sweetness denotes itself easily with a fresh-baked, cracker-like bread scent with elegant Vienna-type sweetness.

Flavors of the malt and grain blend ride slightly in front of the sharper bitterness and with more intensity than expected. Light fruitiness and acidity give just enough complexity to buffer the bitterness while the sweetness combats the bite on the malt side. To add to the flavor, a subdued savory toasted sweetness persists.

Medium bodied, the mouthfeel shows malt up front but the beer fades quickly, showing the grainy-sweet texture. Light acidity and calcium give a much needed crisper edge to the beer that keeps the lager from being too malt-heavy.

What makes for a full-bodied and highly flavorful pilsner also makes for a good, yet common, Vienna lager.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours clear golden verging on amber, with a billowy head that delivers the lace

Smell: Rich bready aromatics - smells like a bread bakery; a touch of grass and lemon

Taste: The malt is the star of the show, here, with a rich, freshly baked bread character; the hops bring a lemon and grassy aspect, but the malt flavors are so robust that they dominate the finish; I also pick up a smear of honey on the bread

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am having trouble thinking of this as a pilsener and I note that New Glarus makes no such claims; I would go with a moderately hopped Vienna Lager

Thanks, knapers03, for the opportunity

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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.

Low C

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 emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Milwaukeeclassic for this one, and for sharing choice brews at DLD...

Poured into an 0.5L Spaten mug, Two Women is a light pale gold, with a generous two finger head. It's creamy on the surface, with a soft meringue sheen. As the foam subsides, it leaves sticky suds all around the glass. Retention is good, and keeps a skim for the duration of the glass. A drippy crown of lacing encircles the edges, and looks as attractive as a Pils can.

Smells like apple cores and hay, grassy and a touch sweet. The hops lend a certain "German lager" association, especially after just having a Schlenkerla Lagerbier.

Bready malt flavors are there, with very slight bittering from the hops, which come across more hay-like. Fairly delicate with simple, subtle flavors. Body is light and fairly crisp. It's very drinkable, but for my money Bohemian Pils was better.

Paired nicely with some Muenster.

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Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip. Appearance is more reddish-amber than I recall the 500ml bottles being.

Nose is very clean, malty and sweet, more or less in line with a marzen or Vienna lager. Has some nice honey and caramel notes, a little toasted bread and a clean lager yeast profile.

Palate mirrors the aroma, though it's a bit less sweet than the nose implies, though still plenty malty. Crusty bread and caramel, dark fruit, faint sulfur from the yeast. Medium bodied, fairly hefty for a 5% ABV lager. Clean, malty finish, not much bitterness or bite. Enjoyable stuff, but not my favorite New Glarus lager. I recall liking it more from the large format bottle, though it seems like a different beer now.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cereal and grain taste is very particular and enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by clean cereal and grain notes with a light vegetable note. This is a though one to judge as it is not a style that I have easy access to. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Refreshing and well brewed with a different malt bill then I am used to with limited use of hops.

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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 mothman
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pils glass.

Pours 1 finger of white head. Good head retention with some nice lace. Lots of active carbonation in the glass. Color is a clear straw yellow.

Aroma: Grassy hops, pale malt, crisp aroma. Very 'basic' but well done.

Taste: Grassy hops, some crisp flavors. Pale malts. A lot like the aroma. It has some musky flavors. The beer is well crafted to fit the style.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, lighter bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry, but relatively clean.

Overall, a very solid pils. This one is very drinkable. Lots of good thing going on for the style.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into a Pils glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with several rich fingers of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a tight 1/2 finger cap, leaving some thick frothy swathes of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy and citric, with a nice little lemony zest pop and some light peppery spice coming out. The toasted sweetness of the Pils malts pull up the back with a stiff grainy presence in the back of the nose.

The taste has a bit more spice, with bright notes of citric zest and bitter rind emerging, as well as a touch of earthy grit. The breadiness of the malts mixes with the fruity middle portion of the flavor to give this some balance. A tougher feeling underlying grainy aspect to the malts gives the overall profile some firmness on the palate. This finishes with lingering bitter fruit, earth, and spicy dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth crispness to it and an overall light and easy feel that seems to just glide across the tongue. Very nice.

This was a great take on a Pils, with crisp full flavor and a super easy drinking body. I could down bottles of this all summer long. New Glarus rocked this one!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bready caramelized malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty but not too heavy malt character that provides sweetness and breadiness along with the lager yeast. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this a solid sessionable beer with enough flavor and substance to make it worth pounding down for a long time.

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Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a deep gold color, with an active bright white head covering the top of the beer. The head faded and became spotty, but left a little lacing on the sides as it did so.

The aroma has a a decent grassy, earthy, noble hop presence, but not as strong as some of the more well known American examples like say Prima Pils. It also has a nice sweet graininess to it that really helps balance out the nose nicely.

The taste also shows a moderate noble hoppiness with some earthy and spicy tones. The sweet malty and grainy flavor really come through and balance it out nicely. The finish shows more of the noble hop spiciness and a bit of citrusness. Crisp, clean and balanced are good descriptors for it.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is high. Drinkability is good, it was a very good tasting beer. It was very well balanced with some great flavors which definitely aid in the drinkability. It isn't my favorite style and it didn't have a ton of extreme flavors, but it was just a very well made beer and version of the style.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes, had on tap at New Glarus.

A: Two Women was a light golden straw color, rather clear with a foamy white head on top. Decent retention with thin lacing down the sides.

S: Light grainy malt, a bit of sweetness, apple, lemon, and some earthy hops.

T: Light fruit flavors, lemon and apple, with some grainy and bready malt.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking and smooth.

O: A solid pilsener, always a fan of these easy drinking and tasty lagers.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

golden hay color with a huge head of nearly three inches that never seems to let itself go down coating the sides with some nice lacing and tons of carbonation. Aroma is light grains, bready notes, hints of l;ight clove maybe and a touch of some earthy grass notes. Nothing crazy but it does the job. Very light and clean flavor, crisp, refreshing nothing out the ordinary in any way. Was easy to throw down with a clean and refreshing aftertast

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Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Shiny copper, impressive head.

Smell: Stunning malty nose. Grape skin, fine tooled malt, light toasted grain, dried grass and fresh baked pita bread. Hallertau hopping is pleasant.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Big on smoothness, lighter body. Bucket load of fresh cut grass, toasted grain and that Weyermann malt trait like no other. Noble hoppiness, bitterness is clutch and flavor enhances. Clean from start to finish.

Overall: Without a doubt the malt used for this brew helped make it a stellar lager. Wow ...

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this one.

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a large white head and some strings of lacing.

S: Nice bready malts on the nose with plenty of sweetness. There is a nice yeasty quality to the nose and some floral and earthy hops. There is a bit of sweet apple and biscuit malts.

T: Bread and biscuit malty base give the beer substance and sweetness. The same sweet apple is there on the palate as well. Floral and earthy hops with a very slight bitterness.

M: Light in body with a medium carbonation.

O: A really clean and delicious lager. Great stuff.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a transparent golden color with 1 inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of rye, grain, spice, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of wheat and bready malts, and a hint of citrus.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty nice pilsener. Has a pretty standard pilsener smell and taste, would give another shot.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is clear and golden colored with a half inch of white head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma offers grain, light fruit, malt, biscuits - smells like a German lager. A tad sweet, refreshing, highly drinkable. A fine choice for a session beer. Light in body with appropriate carbonation.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The brew appears a burnt copper color with yellow clarity around the edges. A white film fades back leaving spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with a biscuit to bready character that is a little toasty with caramel and buttery diacetyl towards the back. Fruity and floral components are also tossed in towards the finish.

The flavor is buttery with toffee and caramel malt. Fruity and floral hops mix in with diacetyl and a touch of alcohol warmth. A bit of green yeastiness is noted towards the back with some mineral/carbonic quality. As it warms up, it starts to grow on me with freshy bready grain malts and fruity alcohol aspects.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This seems like a brew caught between a marzen and a czech pils but leaning more towards marzen. Not bad but not great either.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12 oz bottle shared by MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity!
Slightly hazy medium golden color with a decent head. Aromas of rich sweet bready pilsner malt with hints of light fruit and extremely faint floral hops. Sweet bready maltiness without much to provide balance. Fruity flavor seems out of place in a clean lager. Easy enough to drink but needs some tweaking.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A buddy brought home a bunch of samples from New Glarus. The Two Women Lager poured a golden color with decent white head that formed a slight lacing as the beverage was consumed. The smell was slightly fruity and pleasing though not a pilsner like aroma. The taste was had some hop flavor balance with the malt. The mouthfeel was medium body with good carbonation. I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours amber to copper with a thin off-white head. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of softly roasted caramel/toffee with a touch of noble (Hallertau) hops.

The taste is of lightly roasted sweet caramel/toffee - with tart lemon with a bitter-ish touch in the finish. Clean and refreshing!

The feel is clean and crisp - as a lager should be!

A nicely balanced, easy-drinking, "sessionable" lager.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus Two Women Lager, 12 Fl. Oz.

Get ready for more pompous, overblown gasbaggery. Here comes the label copy: "Four thousand years before Christ, Sumerian women created the divine drink of beer. Viking women brewed in Norse society. European Ale Wives were so successful as cottage brewers they were taxed. Artisanal women lost their domination of the daily ritual of brewing during the Industrial Revolution. Today's brewing trade is controlled by men. 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!"

This history of the role of women in brewing,leaves out one that still continues, and that is the brewer of sorghum-based homebrew in Africa. Let South African songbird Yvonne Chaka Chaka tell you all about it. (I hear this song about twice a night whenever we host African DJ events at the Blue Nile, which happens at least twice a month.)

Alright, enough, let's open and get to it.

Clear, amber coloring. Large, lush off-white head.

Classic Lager nose, cereal grains, low bitterness, small sweetness. All-malty goodness.

Taste: Clean, dry, and lightly malty. A hint of sweetness, gone in a wink, wrapped up with subtle hops. Slightly fruity, again, appearing for a minute, then whisked away. Quaffable, indeed. Simple, straightforward, with just enough flavor, to make it worth drinking.

I won't be returning to it, though. Not for me. I won't turn down a good "Classic Lager", but I won't go looking for any, either. My feelings on lagers have already been made plain.

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