Two Women Lager | New Glarus Brewing Company

very good
1,434 Ratings
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 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 drizzam
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear dark gold body is topped by a generous two finger dimple and fluffy white head. Very nice head retention with a nice lacing left down my glass.

S - That's the classic Pilsener aroma. Biscuity malt and grain are followed by a sweet natural apple smell. Some slight grassy hops as well.

T & M - This is a very clean tasting brew. The biscuity malt paves the way for the sweet fresh apples, and a slight grassy hop finish toward the end. Hop bitterness is actually very low in this particular Pils. Light bodied mouthfeel, and it finishes very crisp.

D - I've enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. A particularly sessionable brew in my opinion...I'll be stocking this in my fridge in the future. A brew that makes me glad I live in Wisconsin!

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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 TheQuietMan22
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pilsner glass. The color is a deep gold that has caramel tones to make it lean toward bronze. Two fingers of what I think was egg-shell colored head developed. I’m not so sure, though, because it dissipated immediately to leave a ring around the edge and a nebula-shaped lacing.

Smell: Part helles, part pilsner, and part (very small part) brown ale. Aromatic grassy hops give it that barnyard hay smell, and there is also a little spice to offer a nice snap. Toasted malt and caramel round out the aroma.

Taste: The taste is much more pilsner-like; it offers the crisp bitterness reminiscent of a pilsner. The helles and lager-like characteristics hang out in the background and offer flavors of grassy hops, lightly toasted malts, and a little caramel.

Drinkability: Is it a pilsner? A lager? Neither. It is a tasty hybrid adding to my eagerness to make a return to trip to New Glarus.

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Photo of u2carew
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles quickly leaving a thin lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Bronze in color with a clear body. Thin, semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Grassy with some tree fruit.
T) Pleasant malts up front with a hint of green apple. Stays quite sweet and light to the finish.
M) Light body. Crisp. A little chalky in the finish.
O) A nice pilsener. I'd have another.

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Photo of steveh
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Didn't realize this was a lager until I picked up the bottle, thought I'd give it a go.

A -- Clear, deep orange to amber with a very dense, light tan head.

S -- Fresh "beer" smell with light, spicy hops back.

T -- Quick hit of spicy hops followed by very good, slightly sweet, bready malt -- very reminiscent of fresh Bavarian lagers. Finishes with a light bite of spicy hops and a grainy character lingers through the aftertaste.

M -- Soft and smooth mouthfeel and dry finish with a light to medium light body.

O -- I'm giving this a 5 overall because it's such a fresh, beautiful take on a true European lager and comes across as so because of no Pasteurization (I'm deducing). While not a Pilsner to my palate, and NG calls this a "Country Lager," it's a darn good Oktoberfest. Year round beer too -- even better!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark bronze color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of toast, hints of light toffee, and a splash of spicy noble hops. The taste is very well balanced with a bunch of toasty malt, and ample hops. There is also a very faint metallic note in the background that adds to the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and fairly high carbonation. Overall, this is a really good pilsener that I will surely drink again when the opportunity presents itself.

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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 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 yeahnatenelson
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a golden toast brown with a finger of sudsy white head and golden highlights. Looks pretty good!

Smell -- Golden toast and biscuit, grassy hops, floral/apple sweetness.

Taste -- Sliced apple, biscuit, dry golden toast, earthy hops, and grassy bitterness. Well-balanced, really quite nice.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with crisp carbonation. Good stuff.

Overall -- Another exceptional lager from New Glarus, the titans of easy-drinking beer. While I'm not usually a lager person, I really enjoyed this.

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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 GPHarris
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick pillowy, fluffy off-white head into an english pub glass. the head left a thin ring that was gone halfway through the beer. the body was a bright and beautiful copper color.
s - hay, clean lager yeast are the dominant aromas.
t - bready, grass, straw with some caramel sweetness coming through. a hint of nuttiness as well.
m - slick and slightly thin.
o - nice session lager and one i hope to try again.

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Photo of Chaz
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant copper-gold in color, topped with a darker off-white head which hangs around for a good while. After a couple of minutes there's a thin film of darker off-white head, and excellent lacing all around.

The nose is great: piquant, nearly-spicy Noble hops matched with lightly-bready pale and pilsener malts. Lightly metallic (in a good way).

Light sweetness on the first part of the sip is quickly followed by a grassy aromatic aspect, some earthy malt, and a lightly-tangy hop profile. Mid-palate benefits from a softer malt backbone which is actually fairly dry, and the biscuit character of the malt lingers quite nicely. Bittersweet hop and malt interplay along with the lingering dry, biscuity malt makes for a subtle, quaffable beer.

To my mind, this year-round bottled version of the R & D beer is a little bit different than the original; A little bit darker in color and a just little bit sweeter, and overall it's slightly better than average for the style. Of course, there are some very impressive (and authentic) renditions of the Pilsener style out there from the Craft brewers these days, so this is by no means an 'average' American beer in this respect. Rather, 'better than average' for a German-style Pilsener is a *very good* thing to my mind.

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Photo of bound4er
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Much darker copper color than I was expecting with a two finger, dense white head that has excellent retention.

S. Nice cracker-like malt aromas with an inviting, herbal undertone.

T. This is just flat out tasty. Bready malt upon entry that doesn't leave a funny aftertaste that so many lagers seem to do. Fine grained hops add a nice prickliness to the finish. Goes down almost too fast.

M. Creamier than what I was expecting - this beer has a perfect feel to it without being heavy.

O. I didn't have very high expectations for this beer but it easily exceeded them. I don't mind a lager every so often, say once a month, but Two Women is something I wouldn't mind drinking all the time, especially during the summer. NG has crafted a great beer here - kudos.

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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 mdwalsh
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep gold with a huge off white bordering on light brown head. The beer is brilliant with very nice active carbonation. The head is a little too big/lingering, and then falls apart completely.

S: Bready and very mild with just a hint of noble hops. Maybe a little estery. Could be bolder.

T: The hops also come through in the taste for sure, giving the beer a good bite, but there is a solid bready, slightly sweet and caramelly malt backbone as well. Mild intensity, but flavorful and complex. As I drink more though I get a little acetelehyde maybe?

M: Light body but smooth and creamy, perfect carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable, though maybe the to-style carbonation is too much for me to have to many.

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Photo of barleypopmaker
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't know what kind of Pilsners you all have been drinking but classifying this a German Pils is just way off. Nothing about this beer is a German Pilsner. Color is way off, There is no caramel or Toffee flavor in a German Pils, and there should never be. The hop character of this beer is way too low, and carbonation is not popping enough. The only thing German Pils-like about this beer is it contains floor malted Bohemian Pils malt and German hops. But there are other ingredients in this beer that pull it out of that category. This beer should be classified on here as an American Dark Lager if anything. Now I'm not a style Nazi, but if you are going going to classify a beer as such, people reviewing this saying that the caramel and toffee flavor are "classic German Pilsner" are way off base. If its not a German Pils and you don't know what to call it, then if anything it is a specialty lager. Don't lump it where it does not belong. This beer is much closer to Sam Adams Boston Lager than Victory Prima Pils, wouldn't you say?

Aroma: Some clean malt with slight hint of sweetness. Some soft bready aroma with a touch of toffee. Hops aroma is low with a slightly floral and herbal character.

Appearance: Dark amber, with a good clarity. Nice white head.

Flavor: Some sweet bready malt with a touch of toffee. The hops are also on the low side, with a bit of subtle spicy flavor. The beer is fairly clean, and finished just slightly sweet. It is an easy drinking beer.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body than I was thinking when I looked at it and smelled it. Carbonation is medium.

Overall: it is a very good easy drinking beer for this summer. It's well balanced and put together very well. A German Pils it is not, but as a Dark American Lager this thing is outstanding. I rather like the malt profile. While I personally would like a touch more bitterness to finish this beer out, the hops does it's job. I like it.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in a trade w/ MilwaukeeCrusher, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours darker than expected with a chestnut-amber hue and a fleeting, soapy tuft of big-bubbled head. Good carbonation, but almost no retention. Aroma is a step up with a good dose of roasted nuttiness, grassy hop notes, and a hint of corn husk.

Flavor speaks to the Pilsener style with an easy-drinking body and flavorful malt bill that suggests nutty toffee, toasted pilsner malt, and bread crust. Hops are floral and spicy with a nice balance of bitterness. Mouthfeel pops with carbonation while the medium-light body finishes clean and dry with a crisp bite. Overall, Two Women is a solid example of a Pilsner and yet another case of New Glarus dominating the less popular beer styles. Looking forward to my other bottle.

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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 Strix
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear light yellow-tan, some head that left quickly.

Smells of sweet malt, and honestly, apple pie.

Sweet malt, and a big tea note, with some grassy pilsenery hops.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

I can see how some would love this beer, and I did appreciate some of the flavor complexity, but I'm personally not a fan of the grassy herbal tea notes. I will be spending most of my free time searching out some more of their exquisite IIPA.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FrankenBrew for sending this one my way. Although I wouldn't pursue it (due to the number of great Colorado beers available to me) I really enjoyed it. Poured a nice golden color with a good white head. Aromas of sweet malt, honey and biscuit. On the palate, this one is light bodied, crisp and refreshing, with flavors of sweet malt and honey.

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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 dhannes
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night on tap at a wedding reception. First glass (served in plastic cup) was just after drinking a home brewed APA...second glass was a bit different but still wonderful.

Brewers describes this as a "Classic Country Lager" and it does not resemble any Pilsener that I've ever had.

A=Nice amber color, leaning a bit towards the golden end.

S=Faint odor of sugar or sweetness.

T=Wow. Rather sweet with almost no taste of hops. Not at all bitter.

M=Excellent...a true session beer. Medium body and light carbonation means one could drink this all night.

O=The best lager that I've had in a long time. I'm not a huge fan of New Glarus beers, but this is enjoyable, especially between Spring and Autumn.

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

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) Darker than expected. A deeper amber. There was a decent head after the pour and some light lacing.

S) Toasty... Malty... A little sweetness... Touch of hops... MMM...

T) Much like the smell, and that I must say is quite delightful.

M) Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This is very smooth and pleasing to the palate.

O) This is an excellent offering from New Glarus. I have scooped up several six packs, and have savored each bottle.

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

Dark, golden color body. Very clear. Big head.
Smells grainy, sweet, a little bit of herbal and tea-like hops.
Taste is shaped by toasty, bready sweetness and a little bit of lemon-rind sweet/bitter note.
Mouthfeel has a nice light, dry feel. Super carbonated.
"Two Women" finds a way to be both full flavored and refreshing.

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Two Women Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,434 ratings.
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