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Totally Naked | New Glarus Brewing Company

299 Reviews
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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

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: 299 | Ratings: 1,105
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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Photo of DaneBramage
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crisp and refreshing, but the taste is fairly bland and isn't anything special. Too many hints of bread flavor for my liking. I picked up a mix-6 of New Glarus on a family trip to Wisconsin Dells, and Totally Naked was a good representation of the 6-pack - good but not great. And that isn't my Illinois bias showing, as I really wanted to like their beer.

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Photo of Henrich
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours ith a slight cap of anemic, soapy foam, which dissapates in seconds to nothing. Visable, strong carbonation. Beautiful pale color. Would have rated higher if the head retention were better.
Aroma: Clean maltiness. Smells delicious.
Taste: More pure, clean grain flavor, with a slight backbone of noble hops. Very refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation. Dances over the tongue in a refreshing, spritzy way.
Overall: Wow, I usually avoid this style, but I'm glad I tried this one. Ultimately, it tastes like a homebrewer brewed a better macro lager without rice solids. I like.

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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 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 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 barnzy78
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pale golden wirh excellent clarity, fluffy white head leaves some lacing as it fades
S - faint aroma; some biscuit and yeast but not much going on
T- sweet and malty, biscuity, vegetal, grassy, faintly fruity & yeasty
M - thinner body, crisp, easy to drink, finishes semi-dry and clean; refreshing
O - super easy to drink, a little on the sweet side for me, but it's a good American pale lager

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Photo of alphagnome
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bright, golden hued body that is incredibly clear. A nice, pillowy head hangs around for awhile leaving plenty of lacing in its' wake. A soothing carbonation is present, although light. A bit more carbonation and it'd be perfect.

Boring and a bit skunky. Faint grass and clay notes. A bit of clean lemon zest is present, but lacks potency.

I'm not typically a fan of this style, but I found myself enjoying the crisp, refreshing nature of Totally Naked. There isn't a lot to note sadly... Sourdough, wheat, and yeast are pretty much all there is. A very dull bitterness steps in for an encore but is quickly shoed off-stage.

Ultra light! Refreshing and crisp. Very, very easy to drink.

As I mentioned above, I'm not really a fan of the style. Hwever, this one was decent and easy to drink. I pefer this others in the genre, but definitely not a go to beer.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A pale golden color. Creamy head with thick lacing left on the sides of the glass. Above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking. Clear transparent body. Very clean look to this brew.

Smell: Clean pilsner yeast aroma. Mild hop bitterness. Refreshing wheat tones add an extra level of complexity. Leafy greens come through on the back end. Refreshing.

Taste: Medium bodied hops on the front end. Pilsner style wheat body keeps coming in waves. Light malt combines well with hop presence. Bright front transitions well to a medium dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking. Something that will not sit long in anyones fridge.

Overall: New Glarus continues to knock it out of the park with many styles that other breweries ignore and neglect. The clean mouthfeel of all their beers has to be their trademark for me.

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Photo of FPWolff
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What am I missing? 98 by The Bros?? Is this beer just a master of its style? It doesn't have the impressive impression on my palate. It's like 33/77 on ratebeer as well. I think it's a great, drinkable American Pale Lager, but it's nothing to write home about.

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Totally Naked from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.
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