Totally Naked | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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 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 keethrax
4.97/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Crystal clear straw to lemony yellow. A finger or two of nice fluffy head. A very pretty bear.

Smell: Pretty clean, mostly malt with a bit of herbal of floral and a bit less than that herbal hoppiness.

Taste: Clear and brisk lager. Some grassiness. Well balanced malt and hops throughout with just a faint hint of citrus to go with the herbal and floral hops. Just a touch of bitterness, again in perfect balance, and a dry finish.

Moutfeel: Light lager body, just the right amount of carbonation.

This beer is everything a basic lager should be. And is the perfect reminder that a well executed basic lager is not boring or bad. Beer this clean is unforgiving when it comes to hiding mistakes and shortcuts, and this shows none.

If I lived in Wisconsin my fridge would always be stocked with this, particularly in the summer months.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.85/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a HUGE, bellowing, dense, white head that has good persistence and laces the glass like crazy. Distinctive noble hop aroma is slightly spicy with a touch of sweetness. Crystal clear, golden hue. Starts off with a touch of floral hops, a touch of spiciness and sweet malt. No building of bitterness, instead the malt takes the wheel and ramps this up into a sizeable, delicious, bready malt backbone. The finish is DECADES of deep, grain and breadiness; it just lasts and lasts. A touch of floral hops will peek through if you let the finish settle.
It even has this wonderful, thick, luscious, silky feel in your mouth. It's not thin, but it's not thick.

Holy hell. This is beyond amazing. Dare I say, "perfect"?
It is EVERYTHING a malt-centric lager should be; delicious, refined, and masterfully balanced. It's, literally, like drinking a loaf of fantastic bread.

I'm a HUGE fan of malt and lagers. This is perfect.
If you're looking to try and expand your palate and experience more malt-centric lagers, this is the PERFECT place to start.

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Photo of brfbeerdrinker
4.8/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Appearance]: very light pale yellow

[Smell]: malts and a slight acidity

[Foretaste]: burnt flavor(in the best way tho)

[Midflavor]: floral flavors

[Aftertaste]: sweet and floral

[Overall Flavor]: great beer for any occasion

[Mouthfeel]: light and crisp

[Drinkability]: very easy to drink.

[Personal Recommendation]: very nice beer for the light beer guy that wants a bit more flavor very refreshing.

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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 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 AKBelgianBeast
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Homerbag for this extra.

Pours a very nice light pale lager yellow with a very nice cauliflower fluffy head that retains well and leaves shockingly good lacing for a lager.

Nose is very pilsnery, some slight skunkage, but Ive had this one in the fridge for a good 6 months. Grain, a touch of light fruit, and some light pepper on the nose.

Taste is exactly what you look for in a good lager. A nice crisp grain flavor, some light euro hop nip. A slight creaminess. Very nice lager.

Mouthfeel is right where I like it to be here. Not watery thin, but not to thick either. Carbonation is just right, and not overcarbonated as is common.

Drinkability is just plain perfect here. Can't really ask for any better.

Overall this is a fantastic lager. I think I could drink about 800 of these on a hot afternoon in the fishing boat. People tend to shit on beers like this just because of what they are, but review these for the style and learn to appreciate them folks. Everyone preaches "macros have there place" but when beer like this is on the table, no, they don't. Great lager

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend Wende finally came over to see the new house last week. With her she brought Krista a fine bottle of red wine. For me, a six pack of Totally Naked. I hope that's not a hint at something else. Thank you Wende.

Appearance - Golden yellow body with many tiny bubbles rising from the bottom. The snow-white head is frothy even at just 3/4 of an inch. Very nice lacing.

Smell - The scent is full of malt. There is a subtle citrus aroma there as well.

Taste - The flavor is malty and smooth. There actually seems to be a two different malt flavors in each sip. It hints at a bitter beginning but in the end is pure smooth flavored malt.

Mouthfeel - The beginning is a little rough but the middle and end are smooth.

~ I can honestly seeing myself putting back a bunch of these on a Saturday afternoon or after a long evening biking. I'm betting this is a great warm weather brew. Ya know, the time of year when it’s warm enough to get Totally Naked.

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Photo of drpimento
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having this at the New Glarus tasting. Poured with a fine, white, nice sized head that settled down quickly but left some all the way down and a little lace. Color is a crystal clear yellow. Aroma is bananas, bubble gum, malt, grass, grain. Flavor has great balance between bitter and sweet. Body and carbonation are perfect for the style. Finish goes from sweet to bitter and has medium length. Clean. Super easy drinking session beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, high carbonation, straw yellow in color, clear

Smell: grass and grain

Taste: grass, grain, and sugar

Mouthfeel: super light body, sweet with a touch of bitterness, high carbonation

Overall: A new standard bearer for the style. Super light and refreshing minus adjunct. Very clean..I think this is what light lagers mean to be. Perfect hot weather beer. I would grab a six if I could find it locally.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had Totally Naked for the first time at the New Glarus Brewery and had to buy a six-pack right there. This has to be one of my favorite beers now. There isn't anything particularly special about this beer. Nothing about this beer will necessarily blow you away either. It is an exceptional light beer though. There isn't a great deal of flavor, but it is refreshing. It would be very easy to drink a few of these in one sitting. New Glarus has many great beers and Totally Naked is no exception.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.51/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden, clear, pale hay. Fast, bright white head, and ok bubbling. The aroma is an all grain with just a touch of lemongrass. The taste has mild, but assertive pilsner malts. With just a slight toast, the malts really make this beer go down so well. The hop add just a little smidgin of grass to balance the awesome malts a bit. They also give a little gypsum dryness to the middle of this lager. Great Summer beer, maybe my favorite Summer beer.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Pours a brilliantly clear straw colored beer with a persistent white head made of rocky bubbles.

It has a grainy malt aroma with a moderate earth and spicy hops aromas.

A clear and straight forward lager with a moderately light malt body and a moderate hops bitterness. The balance is slightly bitter with a dry finish and quick bitter aftertaste.

A smooth, easy drinking lager with an awesome balance of flavors.

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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 BurgeoningBrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsener glass; straw-yellow, pale, visible carbonation with a fizzy white head that leaves some spotty lacing. Taste is crisp and clean, champagne-like, sweet clear malt with fizzy carbonation and slight crisp herbal hops. Finishes slightly dry and crisp. Delicious and simple lager.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served in a New Glarus ale glass.

Appearance: A foamy head recedes to a ring with islands floating on the surface. Crystal clear pale lemony golden, completely uniform color from edge to edge. Above average lacing.

Smell: Light honey malt aroma with clean noble hops in the background.

Taste: Not dry like many pale lagers. Residual sweetness with slight honey. Crisp and clean. A nicely balanced beer with light hops that taste fresh with low bitterness. Slightly fruity flavor typical of New Glarus but well integrated and very pleasing in this pale lager.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth. Light but not watery. Refreshing and smooth.

I could throw back a few of these on a spring day!

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Photo of TB2
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers out there right now! I wish I could get it in 12 packs!

A. Fluffy head sits atop after pour, nice pale golden color. lots of lacing on glass as you drink it down. Just a few bubbles rise to the top as you enjoy.

S. It states on the bottle that the New Glarus Brewing Co. imports their hops from Germany and the Czech Republic BUT there is no "Euro-Hops" smell to it. ItJust a very light hoppy / grainy smell.

T. No biterness at all. tastes light and crisp kinda hasd tghe classic lager taste but a little on the lighter side than others.

M. Mouthfeel is great. Simple, crisp and refreshing with a nice aftertaste.

D. Very, Very drinkable. Awesome flavor for such a 'basic' or as they say "naked" beer.

Like I said, I wish I could get this beer in 12ers! Such a fun, refreshing brew! One of my Favs!!!


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Photo of stewart124
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw color with fizzy white head that leaves quite the lace.

Nose has more straw and herbal notes.

Grainy light mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Subtle bready character and just a touch of spicy bitterness. Very easy to drink.

Crowd pleaser here. Just a great Wisconsin lager with nothing to hide.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear pale gold body with an inch of light, fluffy white head; good retention and beautiful, clingy lace. Great looking light lager.

S: True to its name, this smells like beer, pure and simple: mildly sweet pale malt and faintly floral, grassy hops. About as light an aroma as I've gotten from an all-malt brew, but I think that's what they were going for.

T: Follows the nose, with the malt definitely taking center stage with the lightly sweet, lightly nutty complexity that I hoped for from NG. The noble hops provide just a bit of balance, but perhaps not quite as much crispness as would be ideal. That's the only drawback I can think of. This is absolutely a spectacular example of a style that's rarely anything other than bad.

M: Much more full-bodied than I expected, with moderate fine carbonation.

D: I usually finish my reviews with about half the beer left - this one's down to about two ounces. Perfectly quaffable, I could happily drink this all day.

Notes: This beer's overall score is all the proof I need of style bias on BA - if this isn't an "A" example of an American Pale Lager, than I don't think one exists. Crafted with care by one of the best brewers in the country, this beer deserves far more respect than it gets. Would I rather drink a 100 ibu, 10% DIPA? Sure, but that doesn't mean that isn't an awesome example of its style.


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Photo of MarriedAtGI
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Transparent, straw yellow color. Head is small and dissipates quickly

S: Subtle sweet malt

T: Sweet malt, not cloying at all

M: Light body with lively carbonation

O: An excellent helles style lager. I'll definitely buy more when I go back to Wisconsin.

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

A - Pale yellow, crystal clear with a rocky white head. Belgian lace clings to the glass. Looks exactly like I'd expect a pale lager to look.

S - Lightly sweet Pils malt and corn aroma. Floral hop aroma. And no skunkiness! I can't remember the last time I smelled a pale lager without that skunky aroma. Very pleasant.

T - Very tasty. There's a richness to the malt that I wasn't expecting at all given the ABV. The grainy, sweet Pils malt flavor comes through nicely. It has a low hop bitterness that doesn't linger too long, but is bitter enough to counter the malt. Light floral and herbal hop flavor; I would prefer a touch more hop flavor.

M - Light bodied with strong carbonation and a very dry finish. Crisp and refreshing.

D - Excellent. A beer that goes to show that you don't need a high ABV beer loaded with hops to be flavorful. If I lived closer to Wisconsin, I would be drinking a lot of this beer every summer.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsener glass

Pours a pale straw yellow with a bright white one and half finger bright white head. Light lacing as the head recedes. Light citrus and fresh cut grass on the nose. Opens crisp and clean with floral and grassy hops which continue until a crisp dry finish. Light bodied with a abundant light carbonation. The perfect brew to enjoy while grilling (as I did) and can't be beat in warm weather.

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Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Color: Clear pale yellow.

Smell: Clean pale malt, subtle herbal hopping that is very floral.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lager goodness, big smoothness with in the lighter body. Fresh cut hay, cleat maltiness throughout. Level hop bitterness, delicate floral hop flavor. Grainy finish what lands semi-dry.

Overall: Hell Yeah! I could quaff this beer back any day ... any time. A simple lager beer that just shows off enough yet keeps it simple and very drinkable.

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