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 -15.5%
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 +4.4%
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 Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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 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 emerge077
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
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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Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with a wispy white head.

Smell: Cereal grain aroma with slight grass and floral notes.

Taste: Lightly sweet pale malts with a faint hint of grain. Mild grassiness. Hint of flowers. A sprinkling of yeast. No real bitterness present. Finishes exceedingly clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer by any means, but just a bit too light and a bit too thin for my tastes.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Big and I'm bad
And I want you to know
I hang around
Where the grass is greener
Totally naked, baby
Totally nude"

--Talking Heads

Sun-washed maize beneath a gorgeous crown of pure, bright, cumulus cloud white. This beer looks like summer. The head has a quality look, both immediately after its formation and as it descends. A lovely glass-scape of fragile Wisconsin lace is the capper on an attractive appearance.

This is exactly how an all-malt lager should smell, for better or for worse. It smells like fresh barley malt with very little in the way of accessory aromas. Totally naked is right. A few tasteful fashion accessories would have been nice though. Noble hops? Not very damn many. Points for style adherence (although I'm being generous).

I feel the same way about the flavor that I do about the nose. Sweet, simple, grain-like, absolutely unadorned. Oh well, at least the name and the label tell the drinker what to expect. I still don't appreciate much noble hoppiness. I guess it wouldn't be 'naked' if it had some sort of personality, would it? Sheesh.

The brewery might have taken this concept a bit too far ('what do you mean, it's a show about nothing?). If it wasn't for the moderate malt sweetness--and flaked maize, I'm betting--there wouldn't be anything at all for the taste buds to hang onto. I've said this more than once, but Totally Naked might be the single best crossover brew for BMC drinkers that I've ever tasted.

Like most such simply constructed beer, this one doesn't hold up all that well with warming. The flavor profile doesn't completely break down, but it does noticeably deteriorate as the mercury climbs. Well-chilled is undoubtedly the way to go. Who wants to see a fat naked body? TN's is neither chubby, nor slim, but is somewhere in that wide range called medium. Or mesomorphic if you prefer.

Even though I don't remember too much about Spotted Cow, I had Spotted Cow flashbacks while drinking this beer. They're both sweet and simple and probably fly off the shelves up there in the Badger State. Naked beer sounds like a good idea, but a trip to the hop haberdasher would spiff this one right up and would turn it into something that I might be inclined to buy again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one as part of a new glarus package recently. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed with lunch on 12/26/2008.

The pour was decent with a straw yellow color. golden amber with a crystal clear look to it. A small head of maybe an inch rose up, but immediatly fell back down, leaving a naked top to it.

The aroma was light. Lots of light grain and bready malts abound here. Small light fruit notes and an overall light profile. Taste was more of the same, light grain, light fruits, small doses of grain. A crisp, clean, and refreshing profile. Very light feel with an almost non existently light feel. Super drinkable as this one went down without much of an issue at all.

Overall a very solid light beer without much in the way of distractions. I would have no issue sessioning this but would have liked a bit more depth to it.

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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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Photo of womencantsail
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Scott for this extra.

A: The pour is a clear light golden color with a finger's worth of white head that has excellent retention and thick, sticky lacing.

S: The nose is of grassy hops with some light, sweet malts. A bit of corn in there too, but not sickeningly sweet or "off" at all.

T: The flavor is biscuity and mildly sweet. Noble hops provide a subtle earthiness and a soft bitterness. Overall, this is quite crisp and refreshing.

M: The body is fairly light with a moderate but crisp carbonation.

D: I'm not sure what's with all the low scores for this beer. I found this to be a really nice lager that is crisp, clean, and easy to drink.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at the hotel bar in Wisconsin. The beer is mostly clear and has a straw yellow body with a half inch of white head. The expected aromas of malt, grain, cereal like notes. Pretty clean and refreshing. A decent example of the style, and certainly a large step up from the ubiquitous macro crap that floods our culture like a mudslide avalanche from the darkest depths of Dante's Inferno. Anyhow, this is light on the palate and simple. A straightforward, easy drinking beer. OK.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle appears a clear yellow with frothy white cap. 2 fingers fades leaving a spotty wall of lace on the glass. Rising bubbles maintain a finger across the top.

The smell is sweet and fresh with a biscuit and bready grain quality. Some soft herbal hop touch is also present to break things up.

The taste is sweet and grainy with a freshness contrasted by a very mild fruity alcohol and hop note. This is a fresh, clean and very easy drinking brew without fault.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is crisp and effortlessly drinkable. Not a brew or style with a lot of flair but for what it is, it is worth checking out.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear straw yellow to bright, light golden. The fluffy white head descends to a thin cover and leaves a thin sheet of lacing on the glass.

The smell is inoffensive. It is clean. Some sweet grain.

The taste is clean and crisp. Sweet grain is enough to balance most of the sweetness without adding much in the way of flavor. This light-bodied brew has a refreshing, clean semi-dry finish.

A basic American pale ale done well. A clean, refreshing lager is not always the easiest style to find from a brewery that is not a macro. It is bland, but refreshing and lacks any real flaws/detractors. Just an easy-drinking lager.

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Photo of Duff27
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden with a quickly receding one-fingered head. Minimal lacing present.

S- Smells of cereal malts.

T- Bready. Slight spicy hop taste with subtle hints of lemon zest.

M- Clean and crisp. Great for the style I'd say.

D/O- Drinkability is the tits with this one. Would be a great one to give to a BMC drinker to show that there are better options.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A:poured a translucent pale golden yellow in color with a very thin white bubbly head and left almost no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma was mostly just various grains, slight wheat character, a hint of citrus, malts and not much else; pretty simple nose.

T: at first the taste was really malty but some citrus and slight wheat accents come through; pretty basic flavor.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a slight citrusy but malty crisp finish.

D: it was a very drinkable brew due to how light it was in flavor and body. Its a very sessionable beer that could be enjoyed poolside on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a one inch head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: very little aroma is detectable here as only some sweetness lingers around.

Taste: mild malt profile with some green grapes, hint of lemon zest, and a mild bitterness. Very simple flavor profile here.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Crisp at the start and finish with some dryness arriving late. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer is as easy drinking as you can get with some decent flavor. You won't be blown away here, but this is one of those lighter beers that hit the spot when necessary.

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

Poured my bottle in a pint glass and had a clear straw gold with a short white head. The aroma had a mix of doughy toast with a touch of grassy hops. Clean, light caramel malts step forward in the flavor with a subtle hop balance. The beer is on the sweet side, but is by no means thick. It's a tasty golden, malty lager—a type of beer that's hard to come by and New Glarus does an excellent job.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rather plain looking label, but unique. Pours a slightly hazed golden amber body and rather large white head for the style, about 3 fingers. Looks really nice, some particles floating around.
Smells of sweet malt mostly and hints of apple and pear. Not really strong.
The apple and pear linger in the taste, but the malt is dominant. However, the malt taste doesn't linger or stick, which is good in my opinion. Leads to a very nice finish and drinkability. Semi crisp, refreshing.

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