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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Reviews: 303 | Ratings: 1,135
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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Glarus Totally Naked has a thick, white head, a clear, straw-gold appearance, a few white specs, and very heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, slightly pungent grain, and the flavor is of the same thing, with very low levels of hop bitterness for balancing. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and New Glarus Totally Naked finishes crisp and refreshing. RJT

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six-pack at my nearest gas station (there are some delightful things about living in Wisconsin). No bottled on date. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a bright straw yellow, crystal clear with good visible carbonation. The chalk-white head starts at about a half inch but soon falls to a film and ring that leaves nice cling on the glass.

S: Biscuit malt notes with a suggestion of cut grass from the hops. Perhaps a hint of cider in the mix, as well. Not a very big bouquet.

T: Cracker-clean malt notes at the front, with just a bit of apple cider coming though. This transitions into a more earthy/grassy sensation as the hops begin to play into the mix. The back end is quite smooth, continuing with the solid malt flavor and leaving you with just the slightest hint of bitter. The flavors are smooth and well-balanced.

F: This is just the kind of feel that I'm looking for in a lighter-bodied beer: crisp, a bit creamy, and nice and clean on the finish. Very easy to put this away.

O: I'm not a huge fan of the pale lager style, but this one made a believer out of me. Others have said it, but this is really what the big brewers should aspire to: quality ingredients that are expertly brewed to create a beer that can be enjoyed for its simplicity and great taste.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Refreshingly crisp and clean. We have not had this one in a while, so just now getting to rate it. Good for the first beer on the deck. Carbonation is right, maltiness is present with not even a hint of adjuncts -- because there are none!

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Photo of Ri0
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into Pils glass.

A - Pours a brilliant light straw color that is clear. Bright white pillowy 2 finger head that doesn't last long. Good lacing on my tall glass.

S - Hints of lemon, grass, floral, grain and cracker.

T - Follows the nose. Light and bready with faint grain and staw. Hints of the lemon and maybe pear, providing a bit of balance to the sweetness. The taste of this Lager is quite good.

M - So light and crisp with good carbonation. Leaves a nice tang on the finish.

D - All around great refreshing lager that is nice on a warmer day in WI.

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

This is my wifes favorite beer. In the winter, I brew a clone of it for her and play with the hops a bit to mess with her. Just finished off the last one - a very good, simple beer that is what it is. Lucky to have New Glarus in WI.

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Photo of Brams17
3.8/5  rDev +5%

Poured into a tapered pint glass

A: Pours a straw gold color with a thin white head. The beer is crystal clear. Nice lacing.

S: Some grainy aroma, not rally anything as far as hops go.

T: Very crisp grainy flavors and that smooth lager taste. Slightly sweet. Reminds me some of a Munich Helles.

M: Good carbonation, light body. Very crisp and easy drinking/

O: A very good refreshing lager. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%

Ok, so this rating is for the style, not necessarily the overall beer. The beer itself is actually very tasty and smooth, which one would expect. But for this style, I have yet to try another than comes even close. New Glarus is one of the best and least appreciated breweries in the country.

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Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Crystal clear, light yellow. Small white head and excellent lacing (4.00)

Aroma/Flavor: Grainy, almost no hop aroma. Really not a lot going on here. (3.60)

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, dissipating. No alcohol warmth. (3.75)

Overall: A great converter for BMC drinkers. (3.75)

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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 LittleDon
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale hay colored with a decent amount of lace. Grainy aroma with a fair amount of hop spiciness. More hopping than the typical macro, but still much less than your average German lager. Light body and carbonation. Smooth and clean from start to end, but much of the flavor fades at the finish.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this up in Wisconsin on a family trip. Poured from a bottle into a random glass. Poured a crisp, clear, light straw color with a quickly settling foamy head. No lacing, as is typical for a lager.

Not much in the nose. A little straw, a little floral when swirled. Not anticipating a lot of flavor.

However, this is surprisingly good. I am admittedly not a lager guy, but I enjoy this. Not overly complex, but doesn't need to be. A simple taste done well. Maybe a hinyt of fruitiness on the finish. Feel is as expected.

A really good find. Wasn't expecting a lot, but pleasantly surprised. Would be easy drinking on a hot day.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours like a colors light with a bigger head. A very simple taste in which the finish and barley creates an incredible refreshing beer. I could drink about 2000 of these. A great lager!

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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 mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My second beer from the New Glarus variety twelve pack, acquired from my mom on one of her recent trips to Wisconsin.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a bright gold straw colored body with some nice clarity to it. About a finger and a half of sudsy white head. Leaves behind thin stringy lacing. Looks very nice for the style.

S - The smell is about average for the style - a no frills or gimmicks experience. Grainy, husky, wheaty, grassy. Simple, but true to the style.

T - Taste follows the nose - grainy, husky, corny, wheaty, grassy, lightly papery finish. Taste is on par with and would be easily accessible to fans of cheap adjunct lagers like Miller Light and Coors Light, except this beer is brewed much more purely and less artificial. A lightly hoppy sort of pith is noticeable. The quality of the ingredients used definitely shows.

M - The feel is crisp, clean, and smooth. Lightly grainy / husky / papery on the finish. Light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a very true to style representation that would be easily accessible to fans of cheap macro lagers. Like the label says "simple unadorned flavor". A classic lager for sure.

New Glarus Totally Naked ---4/5.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap into a "pint" glass. Pours straw with a nice fluffy head. Smells of sweet grain, a little wheat, slight fruitiness. Tastes of some grain, little wheat, but a bit watery. Beer is light bodied and very refreshing, decent carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Flight317
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As far as lagers go this one is a treat. Very drinkable and would likely be a hot day gem if it were local to me. A nice smell with a subtle hop presence and of course a nice malt charcter. Not my favorite style but it is done very well

A: 4
S: 3.75
T: 4
M: 3.75
O: 4

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Photo of wiseguywood
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice very golden yellow, with excellent lacing and quite a frothy head
S: It smells exactly like I imagine a good lager should
T: Very tasty, with a hint of sweetness, but just that, not overpowering at all
M: A bit thicker than one would expect, but to me, that is a plus
O: Considering that it is a lager, I would say that it is one of the best examples of the style that you can have. At times, something simple can be exactly that, and yet, quite refreshing.
New Glarus, I have yet to be disappointed by your brews, just wish I had better access to them.

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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 BeerFMAndy
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Pop the cap off this bottle and Totally Naked pours a nicely carbonated pale straw yellow color that's crystal clear and crowned by an everlasting start white cap of foam. The frothy pile of beer mousse lays sheets of lace all over the glass for a stunning display of beauty.

S - Simplistic pale malt brings a grainy aroma with a crispness matched by soft nuances of floral noble hops for a pleasing, bare-bones nose.

T - Completely basic, pale malt flavor just peeks through the blinds at breadiness leaning more towards grains while nearly non-existent hop flavor trails off giving the beer an almost tonic water-like flavor.

M - Totally Naked's touch of carbonation barely keeps this light and crisp beer from being pretty watered down-feeling. The slick, almost oily body lacks any pizazz, finishing clean leaving no trail that you even just had a sip of beer.

O - Totally naked, Dan Carey is letting his skill hangout for everyone too see and, as their track record might suggest, it's a pretty big skill. But I feel his skill as a brewer is just about all Totally Naked has going for it because there's little about this beer that's otherwise interesting. As they say, "this is beer at its most basic" - completely free of any sort of flaw but also lacking much of any reason to drink it, I feel. Just a vehicle for introducing alcohol to the blood stream, Totally Naked, along side Spotted Cow are two perfect beers to draw the "big beer" drinkers into craft.

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Photo of joe1510
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Roy's Market - New Glarus

Totally Naked is amazingly clear and amazingly golden. By clear, I mean that I could easily read a book through the body. By golden, I mean that it shines the brightest, purest straw golden out there. Big ol' large carbonation bubbles cling to the base of the glass, each releasing and rushing to the surface individually. The head is snow white, two fingers in height and leaves 97.7% coverage on the glass. She's a beauty to behold.

Bright, fresh grains are what's most prominent in this beer. The nose overall is simple and direct but to the point in a way that's both refreshing and clean. Besides the graininess present I smell grits, uncooked of course and that wraps it up for the malt profile. Way in back is a smattering of noble hop spiciness but it's faint. There's not much excitement here but it smells well made... I guess that makes sense, right?

The flavor profile is much the same. There's a corn presence that comes across as uncooked grits, or how I could imagine them tasting raw. A soft, very soft, grassy/spicy hop character pops up mid-palate but disappears before the finish with no hint remaining. The graininess isn't as pronounced in the flavor, unfortunately. Not bad, not great.

There is some snappiness with the carbonation. A slight aggressiveness that awakens the tongue, unfortunately the body leaves something to be desired. The weight is between moderate and light but there's not much body present. Drinkability is high and I could see a lot of these getting drank on a blazing hot day.

Totally Naked isn't a bad beer, pretty good as a matter of fact, especially when taking into consideration the style. It's overall clean but rather boring. Basically it's a step toward craft before even Spotted Cow. You have to crawl before you walk.

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Totally Naked from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 1,135 ratings.
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