Two Women Lager | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Two Women LagerTwo Women Lager

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

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

12 oz poured into a pint glass
No surprise I liked this a lot. Subtle and very tasty.
Look is a deep golden with a nice finger of head that stays.
Smell is mainly a light toasty malt.
Taste is about the same with a little hint of grass and spice to finish.
Feel is a little thicker than I thought it would be. Almost a medium body to it.
Over all I think this is one of those beers that get better after you have 2 or more of them. Very good anytime beer

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Photo of marcobrau
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber to deep gold. A solid pour forms a dense rocky head that leaves a significant amount of lace behind with each gulp. I say gulp because this is a very quaffable beer. The aroma is quite simple; fresh malt and maybe some grass hops. The taste reminds me quite a bit of Bohemian lager more than a German Pilsener, something perhaps like a Czechvar...but upon further reflection it is also reminds me of a Wurzburger Pils which I suppose is what the brewer is really trying to emulate. A touch of caramel malt, some toasted malt, some very fresh (almost worty) malt flavor is present here with a touch of bubblegum and mild graininess. Maybe I just worked extra hard today, this is very quaffable, with the right amount of hops to make me wish I picked up a case of this stuff.

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Photo of ZAP
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just finished a Pabst and thought this would be a good time to review this craft lager.

Reminds me a little of Capital Bohemian Lager of years past but with a bit more of a somewhat lemon peel type of citrus hop presence. Malt appears to be pilsner type...the aroma gives off a bready/grainy scent and the taste follows suit.

I like this. Clearly much more impressive than the Pabst (which drank just fine I might add)....this has some complexity but is still easy drinking. I'd call the body medium to perhaps the light side of medium....

I've had this a couple times now and the first time I thought this was incredible...this time I'd say just good. I've been critical of NG dumbing down their beers in some cases but beers like this that are well made and sessionable will always have a place in my fridge...watered down crap like Back 40 and the Honey Bock will not.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cheer on this beer for its intent and historical awareness above all else.

A: Nice light brown to red in color. 1 finger of off-white head with minimal lacing.

S: Smelled of sweet malt and raisin.

T: Very smooth and easy drinking with a finish of light hop.

M: Gentle and very refreshing.

D: Could go back to back with this in a comfortable setting, contemplating the beauty, power and wonder of women.

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Photo of cokes
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Relatively dark, golden bronze bodied with a healthy ivory dome that laces well even as it fades fairly fast.
The nose is greeted with a apple-tinged breadiness and pangs of spicy, grassy hops, augmented with a drop of lemon oil.
It begins through the mouth with a toasty breadiness that blossoms into a suggestion of crusty apple pie, emphasizing the crust more than the fruit, though traces of the latter appear. Brisk and lagered clean through the middle. Hops bring tempered grassy herbs, dried floral bitterness, and just a squirt of lemon.
Medium+ bodied with a carbonation that fades fairly quickly. It's by no means heavy or cloying, but it lacks a bit of crispness and drinkability for the style. It's a bit like Staghorn's skinnier little brother. And that's not a bad thing.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this one has gone downhill significantly since the first few weeks ...

A: 4-4.5 A slightly ruddy amber. The first few of these I had ended up being drunk straight from the bottles in which they came, but I imagined an amber-colored brew only slightly lighter than it turned out to be. Off-white head leaves a film and some lace.

S: 4-4.5 Toasted malt, pale or pilsnery malt. That typical new glarus smell (shared with back 40 bock and several others), some think of overripe apples, but I think of a certain form of toasted malt. Yet here the aroma is in the most pleasant form I have come upon, not overdone and not accompanied by discordant smells (like Staghorn), just a nice bready smell and faint hops. Lots of malt in the nose for a pilsner, if that is really what this is intended to be. I have had this on several occasions now and would never have guessed pilsner. Could actually pass for an easy-going marzen. Some hops are in there but are quite subdued.

T: 4-4.5 Again, the emphasis is on the malt and a subtle bready yeast flavor. The hops lend a slight spice and just do enough to balance out the moderate sweetness. The finish is not what I would call refreshing, but I really like this beer. Despite being underwhelmed by it the first time, it has very quickly become a favorite in my house.

M: 4-4.5 Not light-bodied. Some may think so, but my first bottle, tossed back as a thirst-quencher, actually dissappointed me with its relatively ample viscosity. I'd put the body around medium, with fine ample carbonation. Had this back to back with SA noble pils, and at other times back to back with various german style lagers, and this was clearly the thickest of them all.

O: 4.5 The best of the NG lagers that I have had so far. Two 6-packs down, at least several more to buy when I see it again. This and back 40 are very drinkable and balanced, whereas such offerings as the honey bock (cabin fever) and the temperamental staghorn quickly wore out their welcomes.

update: just picked up another 6er and am still slightly amazed at how solid and sustainably welcoming this beer is. it isn't in your face; it's savor my malt if you have time, slug me down if you want, ignore me if your busy, mistreat me a little since i know you love me ... it's like two solid yet subtle beers in one. like having two hardworking yet subtly sexy women at your side.

of course, now that's not an r&d beer with the attendant exclusivity and whatnot, and given that it's an untrendy sort of lager, it will probably take a dip toward 3.7 land despite the base of NG hype. it deserves more. it--they--deserve to be appreciated, held, cared for ... loved. suddenly i have the urge to befriend two solid german women who know what's up.

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Photo of WJVII
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a light orange color very clear and transparent with active carbonation present however not too big of a clean white head. The aroma is soft and subtle of quality malt slightly roasted. There is not much more than a mild hint of citrus from hops. The taste is crisp and clean with a good malt body and a nice nutty after taste. No real hop presence to speak of. The carbonation is mild and the body is light to medium. This is a good sipping brew. I prefer the Czech pilsner myself, but this is a solid brew.

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Two Women Lager from New Glarus Brewing Company
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