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 Sammy
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Riley's in Madison. Fairly run-of-mill lager. Nothing against lagers, but this is passable in every respect, except for drinkability. A spot of taste, and a good amount of retained head. Average mouthfeel.More hop flavour would have helped.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear light golden body with minimal head and lacing. Fairly strong pale malt, barely and grain base with cracker and light honey presence. Nice hop complexity with sweet corn, honey for flavor which is a lot less malty than the aroma forboded. Light body and moderate carbonation and crisp finish.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a clear yellowish gold color. There was a good amount of bubbles rising to the top with a white head forming. The aroma is of some simple grains and a some light hops on the nose as well as a bit of yeast too. The taste of the beer is very light, pretty clean tasting, grains and a slight bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and sharp, finishes nicely. Overall it's a pretty standard lager, drinkable and pretty refreshing.

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Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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 kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle in Milwaukee:


On-draught in Chicago (from a keg purchased in Wisconsin and brought home):

Aroma is fragrantly malty, emphasizing fresh 2-row barley, pilsner malt, soft creamy aromatics, cleanly attenuating American lager yeast, and flaked malt. Subtle Noble hop grassiness is present, lending a subtle floral note to the mix. Fresh, clean, and light, suggesting a refreshing brew devoid of any adjunct and free of the faults that are often observed in inferior expressions of the style. Quite appealing, though drinkers accustomed to big bold beers with loud flavours may find this aroma too timid. I'm eager to try it.

Taste is admittedly a bit neutral, but the beer is free from any faults, adjuncts, or off-flavours. Fresh two row barley is at its core, with flaked malt, pilsner malt, and Noble hop grassiness coming through as well. Creamy. Impeccably balanced, if a bit wanting in terms of depth of flavour. It's simple - which is to say it's true to style.

Soft, creamy, refreshing, light-bodied, smooth, wet, and mellow. Its softness and creaminess set it apart from the pack, and coupled with the beer's delicate flavours results in an approachable and enjoyable brew I'll enjoy drinking all night.

Ludicrously drinkable. Totally Naked is more solid work from one of the U.S.'s finest breweries, and is amongst the best all-malt pale lagers brewed in the country. I chose this as the main beer for my sister's wedding, and would recommend it to anyone - especially casual drinkers looking for something similar to Budweiser, Miller, Heineken, etc. but far better.

Low B (3.56) / GOOD

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Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vacation beer #8

High clarity amber, nice skim that remains for the duration of the glass. Clean and sweet malty aroma, nondescript and not much there. Simple and utilitarian.

Flavor is simple too, wet barley, mildly sweet. A table beer to wash down food, inoffensive and quaffable. Not the most creative beer from NG, but its quality as usual. Medium carbonation and light bodied. Pleasant mild bready aftertaste.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 12/4/2017. Pours crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Touch of yeast fruitiness in the aromas, but not overwhelming. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Lightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and light sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.25%. Overall this is a delicious pale lager! All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the low ABV, never watery feeling. Clean pils malt flavors with nice noble hop presence for the style. Definitely has some German Pilsner style influence going on. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden/yellow color with a foamy, white, one-finger head. It left behind some lace.

S - It smelled of sweet grains with some floral an d citrus notes.

T - It tasted of sweet grains with a slight caramel malt taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light bodied beer.

D - This is a nice lager. One of the better ones brewed.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Monger: Poured a golden color beer with a big pure white bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of light sweet malt is quite weak with no noticeable hops. Taste is also dominated by sweet malt which at least is pure malt and not some kind of adjunct. Carbonation is medium with a nice body. I understand they wanted to brew something light but this is a bit too light – I suggest sticking to the Yokel if you want a refreshing lager.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label reads "This is beer at it's most basic." How true. It's a simple golden lager. But I can't fault Dan for doing it. He's got a business to run, and I'm sure that this is one of his best selling brands - look at the Spotted Cow! It's on tap all over in Wisconsin! Besides that, it's well-made, and really, not a bad beer at all, it's just simplistic. It's got a good malt flavor to it with a slightly honeyish edge, and some very nice lemony, grassy, and floral hops. And it's balanced, albeit it a little towards the sweet side. Sure it could have a little more hops in the aroma, but it is what it is; my only complaint is that the head retention and lacing should be better (and they could be, that all goes to brewing practice). So, although you won't find me drinking this or the Spotted Cow, I won't pass them by under certain conditions (free beer) or in certain situations (limited tap selection, backyard BBQ, etc).

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3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first New Glarus review, with many more to come, soon especially. THis one and many more thanks to levifunk. American Pale Lager, seems perfect for a nice hot summer night like tonight, especially watching the Red Sox game.

A: A fluffy pasty white 1.5 finger head rises up and slowly fades, reinforced by the many bubbles rising from the etch at the bottom of the glass. After cleaning the condensation on the sides of the glass I can see the crystal clear light yellow, (cleaning condensation again) slightly watery colored beer.

N: Some American lager aromas, some toasty and sweet syrupy malts, a slight almost skunked mass produced lager aroma that you would get from a BMC beer, but just slightly, with lots of agitation and warming I finally get some light pale hops, a little grassy and spicy.

T: Starts with lots of toasty malts. A nice toasty and somewhat sweet malty lager flavor, also a very slight BMC cheap lager flavor with that. Not sure what they did but it has a cheap lager flavor. Some crisp and light lager flavors, and a little juicy hop goodness. The hops add a little bitterness, with mostly grassy and slight spicy hop characteristic. Overall the flavor is somewhat bland as well, I mean it's hard to do a pale lager right, but this just doesn't excel in anything and has a little bit of some unpleasant flavors.

M: Medium to lighter body with lots of carbonation.

F: Slight bitterness, with some spicy and grassy hops again coming through first. Also again, that slight not so pleasant bitter BMC cheap lager flavor comes through on the finish, that just reminds me a lot of those bad Frat parties at college. A little lingering sweet malty lager taste late on the finish as it also seems to dry a bit.

This beer does well with the clear color, although a little too watery in color, the aroma is OK but has some off parts, the taste is really bland and adds more off flavors, then the mouth is pretty normal for the style with a nice crisp and light drinkability. On a hot summer day this would be a nice drink, but not the best lager around.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, straw colored body. The head sticks around for a while and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Musty, herbal hop aroma with some grainy malt.

T - Clean, mild malt with light hop presence and little else.

M - Mdium body, moderate carbonation, and a well balanced finish.

D - Nicely done, it is very well balanced and drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate straw yellow color with a dollop of cream and a white head. Nose brings some light creamed corn and some mild sweetness plus grain. The taste is very light grain with a touch of sweetness. A bit of straw. Light body with good carbonation. Not a very terrific beer, but pretty damn good and drinkable for what it is.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear pale gold, with 2 fingers of brite-white colored foam. Retains with a thin, yet frothy layer that stays rich, leaving back a latticework of lace that hangs in heavy swathes down the sides of the glass. Classic Noble hop character comes out immediately in this, being floral and spicy, a bit citric, and a touch dry in the nose. This gives way to a bloom of doughy malt in the back. While not overly robust smelling, this certainly possessed a pleasant fresh pop to it.

The taste is lightly buttered toast, jazzed up with a gentle spicy bitternes, which lends the profile a bit more firmness than it otherwise would have had. Finishes fairly clean, with maybe just a touch of spice creeping in. The mouthfeel is naturally lighter bodied, with a crisp carbonation and an overall smooth and easy drinking feel to it.

You know, this is what it is for the style, but I can tell you that, that fresh Noble hop character really set this apart for me and got both the aroma and taste over the average hump. Light, tasty, and refreshing, I could easily spend a warm Wisconsin evening with a sixer of this.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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