Totally Naked | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Totally NakedTotally Naked

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pure and crisp this is a beer with nothing to hide. Wisconsin two-row barley malt ensures a mellow and smooth body. We imported Noble Hop varieties from Germany and the Czech Republic to ensure a fine mature aroma with no coarse bitterness.

Added by cokes on 09-24-2002

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Transparent with brilliant gold color. Thin white head. Yeasty nose with a little honey and grass. Slightly buttery flavor. Mild and balanced. Not a lot going on, but solid for what it is.

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Photo of bsp77
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. Grainy aroma and taste, almost corn like. Very light floral hops. Finish is barely semi-dry which doesn't make it very drinkable despite the simplicity. On par with many macros.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pure, light and transparent, the beer that has nothing to hide does have a little trick up its sleeve. The use of 2-row malt gives a hint of savoriness, caramel, toast and nutty influence to a beer that would otherwise align itself well with Czech pilsner.

Bright golden and crystal clear, Totally Naked tops with a loosely knit foam stance with sweet grain aromas with hints of honeysuckle, light caramel and bread. Herbal and floral hops sooth the grains and help the first taste to lead with sweetness. Malty with caramel, honey and bread crust- its savory upstart is realized.

Sweetness carries across the middle palate with a savory cereal taste. Bread, mild honey and powdered sugar is simple and somber while the hops turn lightly grassy, peppery and with a dry hay-like bite. Lemongrass and apple share a light ester quality while the beer trends brisk and snappy.

Medium-light in body, the beer's lingering sweetness keeps it from premiere dryness. Its subtle but complex malt taste allows the beer to take and sweet balance into finish. A short aftertaste of cereal and herb carries a mild bitterness and a bright grassy spice.

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Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very light malt character, lightly bitter, crisp finish, as the style should be. Very refreshing, and for 2.5 a pint, it was tough to pass up. Well crafted, for what it is.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with no obvious date poured into a piis glass
A: Light yellow/gold with a thing head but long lasting carbonation
S: Malts/grains
T: Matches the nose adding the lightest kiss of hops
M: Light-bodied, crisp
O: A clean, decent lager but no complexity

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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some grains. Taste is crisp, malts, grains, slightly sweet. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but really not much better than most pale lagers.

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Photo of Smash712
4.74/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My all time favorite, sit and chill beer. Clean, summery, and crisp taste with a light and fizzy mouth feel. Drive to Wisconsin from Maryland to load up on this and other New Glarus beers a few years ago. There are many incredible beers but because of the clarity and smooth taste this is definitely my go to for fresh light flavor.

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Photo of FBarber
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear crisp golden color with a frothy one finger white head.

Smell is very simple - malty, slightly sweet, grainy with a mild floral aroma.

Taste follows the nose - slightly sweet malty flavor with some ever so subtle hoppy notes. Very simple flavor profile, but appropriate for the style.

Feel is very crisp with medium carbonation. Smooth, drinkable, very refreshing.

Overall a very simple lager, but this is the kind of beer every macro beer wishes they were. Its a great beer for a hot day and one of my simple pleasure beers.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Super clear white gold.

Grassy aromas with butter, corn, and hay.

Sweet, crisp, light corn and grass with a green grape background.

Easy drinking to be sure, but takes up too much space in the belly that could be used for other, more flavorful beers!

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Photo of Taybeh
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

from a single into a willi becher, pours a clear pale gold with a 1 finger white head that subsides quickly and leaves hardly any lacing. Nose is faint with grainy perfumey sweetness. Taste and feel are light and a little thin but full of flavor...plenty of smooth pale malt, some nice light fruitiness (apple and quince), and a slight but effective hoppy liveliness. Extremely clean drinker.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 1475 11:53 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma weak, grainy – one fruit fly circled the snifter then left
Head small (<1 cm, aggressive pour), white, fizzy, instantly gone leaving an irregular one to eight mm frothy ring and an off center island
Lacing – poor. Some straggling foam from the ring remains
Body bright light yellow, clear, some effervescence
Flavor – grainy with a little hop bite; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 3.5

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Photo of c014572
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very well balanced light lager. Really nice hop to malt balance. I could see myself kicking back this all day long. A great lower ABV session beer. If you are a fan of lighter offerings, you'll like this one.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- This beer pourd a nice straw color with a huge white head.
S- Not a lot going on with the smell.
T- Like a really good lager.
F- nicely carbonated.
O- Really delicious simple beer. Perfect for a summer day.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my summer beer. There isn't a better beer out there that is more refreshing and feels better than a Totally naked, especially after mowing the lawn or doing any outdoor work. Great initial taste that cools the body as the beer goes all the way down.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : A very large white head of whipped cream appearance standing at 3 fingers, gradually receding to a river foam-like cap, leaving generous lace ont he sides of the glass in flecks and tiny webs. The body is pale straw colored and about 90% transparent.

S : Clean malts, grains, and a slight hop presence with dough and bread crust. The faintest hint of banana peel, too.

T : This has a very good flavor profile, it's complete and balanced. Beery. Pale malts, light fruity esters (banana, orange, apple), and the slightest hop presence to tie it all together. A very crisp and clean lager with enough essence to totally destroy the macro lagers of today.

F : Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation with a slight zip and it ends just faintly nipped.

O : A solid, solid lager. I'd drink this again, several times over. Absolutely annihilates the macro competition and I'll recommend this to folks who like to drink the typical B/M/C on the regular.

Later Review : Golden straw color with lots of effervescent bubbles. Aromas of baked malts, fried hay, and crisp apples. Flavor is more of the same with more of a pale flavor on the malt side, with a crispness, and red delicious apple. As it warms the apple really starts to lift and get louder. Feel is very carbonated, crispy. I think I'll buy one of each six packs of the Two Women and Totally Naked. Both are neck and neck for good NG lagers.

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Photo of Seanhillmusiccleaner
2.48/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

For the current price of a New Glarus variety pack ($17.99 before taxes), this beer is definitely NOT WORTH IT. I can get a case and then some of Miller Light for this cost, with very little difference in product. This beer is described as an "American Pale Lager", but it sure tastes like a run-of-the-mill, mass-produced American pilsner to me. an In fact, Moon Man is the only beer in the sampler with any redeeming qualities, and that still doesn't come close to the price tag. This company has gotten by on the mere fact that it's only sold in Wisconsin for too long. Craft beer in America has gotten very good and very accessible in the past 20 years. There is nothing special going on with these unlimited releases by New Glarus. Maybe they're simply trying to placate the weekend vacationers and give them something safe, but I'll take my money elsewhere from now on.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like this a lot better than the slightly overrated Spotted Cow. This is a remarkably consistent and light beer, though don't mistake it for being too watery or thin. Has a great aftertaste in addition to its simplicity. It seems anyone can brew a pale ale or a dreaded IPA nowadays, but I respect breweries that go for the more difficult styles (pilsners especially) and do them well. New Glarus is masterful at brewing difficult styles that must remain consistent and of a certain quality and this is one of the finest examples of that I've seen in a while.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.63/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, "1635 08:44" stamped on shoulder, 10815A22310 stamped on the bottom. Pilsner glass. Graded to 1C, American Premium Lager.

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear straw gold with streaming effervescence. 2 fingers foamy white head. Legendary lacing and retention. Leaves beautiful rings on the side of the glass with each sip. retains about 1/4 inch the whole way down, not kidding.

Aroma: Beer. A graininess common of American lagers. I actually like this smell because it smells like beer, but I couldn't tell it apart from Coors or Budweiser.

Taste: Ever so slightly sweet arrival quickly turning grainy, straw-like, like dried sweet hay, then just enough bitterness to call the sweetness to a close, followed by a hint of lingering sour/sweet graininess. Do I notice a theme developing here? Don't get me wrong here - graininess is not a bad thing in my book for an American lager, it's just so dominated by one flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light, highly carbonated, and just a little slick.

Overall: This is American Beer at its best. I get a craving for beer like this in the summer, I really do. Then I get a can of PBR, and it scratches the itch, but it reminds me why I don't drink it more often. If I lived in Wisconsin, that might not be the case. I'd mow my lawn every day to have an excuse to drink this. And at 4.25% ABV, you can keep your wits about you. I love lagers, but am more partial to the heavier and more bitter styles. However graded to style, it really does not get much better than this.

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Photo of golf_sierra
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean, clear refreshing pale lager. Better than macro adjunct lager and a good thirst quencher. No real hoppyness/bitterness. Very little aroma.
Probably a decent beer for the style, but I rate by how much I liked it, and this isn't my favorite style. Probably won't buy again

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Photo of bwood06
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Frothy white head that is moderately slow to dissipate. Clear. Golden straw in color. Moderate to high carbonation. 3.75/5

S - Light malt. Some caramel sweetness. Grassy hops. Maybe a hint of corn. 4/5

T - Light malt. White bread. Corn. Grassy hops. Not much sweetness to speak of. Very straightforward. Lingering grassy flavor. 3.5/5

M - Scrubbing bubbles. Fizzy in mouth. Drying astringency at the end. Crisp. 3.5/5

O - Good hot day beer. Good beer to drink with grilled food. Leaves the mouth a bit parched though. Not my favorite from New Glarus but one that I would revisit on occasion. 3.75/5

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant straw with a 1” white foam collar. Not a lot of aroma – some light grains, faint hops. Light malt flavors but not overwhelming. Light, crisp, sparkly and refreshing. Not my favorite style but well done.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours an extremely clear pale yellow with 1 inch bubbly white head with good retention (moderate carbonation continues to fuel this).
S: Crisp dry cracker malt. Very straight forward.
T: Follows aroma, plus a bit extra... Crisp dry cracker malt with subtle hints of herbal hops.
M: A highlight of the beer. Smooth and subtly sweet. Dry with just a faint whiff of bitterness. Lingers nicely on the palate too. Wonderful here, especially for style.
D: A nice simple beer. Great summer table beer. Easily approachable and refreshing. Well done for the style.

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Photo of dohm179
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be the definitive American Pale Lager for me. Crisp, refreshing, smooth and balanced. For the style nearly perfect. An incredible summer selection.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a can glass

A- pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a massive foamy white head that seems to retain forever, eventually leaving some nice lacing behind

S- clean pale malt gives light bready toasted notes, subtle spicy herbal & floral hop

T- clean malt and fresh cut hay, followed by light spicy floral hop bitterness, grainy dry finish leaves very clean

M- medium-light body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy & sudsy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish, high drinkability

O- simple and to the point, this lager is so drinkable without showing any flaws that are so common of the style

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Photo of guityler83
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale gold color with brilliant clarity. Bright white foam with long lasting head retention. A mix of small and medium sized bubbles - soapy looking.

S: Light bready malt with mild lemon/citrus. Medium-low herbal hop aroma. no esters - clean.

T: Mild toast and bready malt with low hop bitterness. Hop flavor has a mild herbal taste that comes though in the middle. Clean fermentation. Balance is on the malt but the sweetness is low. After taste is bready with a light lemon character that stays with you.

M: Medium-low body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation with no alcohol warming. Creamy mouthfeel though a slight drying sensation happens on the tongue after a few sips.

O: Very refreshing beer - I think the lemony character I was picking up deterred me from rating this higher - I really like pils malt. However an interesting take on a beer that can beer easily made bland. Cheers!

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