Two Women Lager | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,445 Ratings
Two Women LagerTwo Women Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

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!

Added by levifunk on 04-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,445
Reviews:
310
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.31%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
297
For Trade:
8
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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 acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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 kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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 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.

Low B- / WORTHY

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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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 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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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Two Women Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,445 ratings.
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