Totally Naked | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American 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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Ratings: 1,204 |  Reviews: 319
Photo of botham
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. pours a crystal clear straw color with four fingers of tight white head after a hard pour. light lacings.

aroma is lightly sweet, mainly of pale malts with a bit of citrus mixed in the background. very simple in profile.

taste is light, with mildly sweet malts and a very restrained hop presence. somewhat dissapointing when compared to the aroma.

mouthfeel is thin and light bodied, with a slick and crisp finish.

drinkability is good. this is a very simple brew (hence the name), with a character that lacks in overall solidity. the finished brew comes out a bit flabby, without anything holding it together.

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Photo of Newglarusguy
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think there are a couple of ways you can approach this beer. First, this is a great brew which can introduce a person to craft beer. I can see a person who normally drinks Old Style or Miller being able to enjoy this and think that craft brew is not so "high-fallutin'."

However, if you're a craft beer afficiando, you may not think this beer is much. It's a good, solid summer lager that's not really light, but it's not super heavy either. It looks good, it tastes nice, but there's nothing super-special about this beer that makes it worthy of a higher rating.

Still, if you're sweating and need some refreshment, a bottle of this will totally fit the bill.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
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 BoitSansSoif
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured a nice golden straw color and formed a thick head...decent retention.

S-Weak lemon, vegetation, faint malt. It's good, but weak. Smells like I'm walking through a wheat field after the rain.

T-Weak grain with light malt, and very faint hops. It vaguely reminds me of a really good beer passed through a filter.

M-This stuff is watery, but something about it makes it bright and lively on the palate. The carbonation is moderate.

D-A decent lager, but truly, as the bottle states, "beer at its most basic." But I feel like the skimped on everything except natural fresh spring water. This is my second go at Totally Naked. I like it more than the first try, but it's still my least favorite offering thus far from New Glarus. No problem, since they have plenty other superior offerings.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
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 sfoley333
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Poured a golden color with thin white head. Smell is a very faint sweet malt aroma . Taste is dry malt backbone with slight hop flavor. Light body and easy to drink, avery good beer for a day at the beach in the summer heat.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a nice malt and saaz hops. In the taste, a nice dry malt and a balanced small hop. A smooth malty mouthfeel and a dry malt, pilsner like aftertaste. Malty pilsner, session like. Pretty good.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in a pilsner glass.

A - Really, really, really light golden yellow. Very little head.

S - Very little smell. I can't make anything out because the smell is so faint.

T - Crisp and clean. Good malt and wheat flavor.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Miller, Bud and Coors need to take notes. This is what a lighter beer should taste like. This is a great beer.

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Photo of Dotcubed
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

So far I've enjoyied the feNew Glarus beers I've had. I'm not really in to the yellow stuff, but everyone starts somewhere. I('ve had a lot of light styles, and I'd like to put this one towards the top if the pile.

Un-dated, so no telling how old the bottle is. It opened with a very satisfying decompression sound. Plesant head, good lace, and awesome bright yellow chrysanthimum color. Plesantly grassy floral smell.

Naked must really mean naked. This beverage has a watery sensation. Sweet beer-like liquid that falls flat. It's sad. I had such high hopes of a delicately hopped "wunder" beer with a balanced malt character. Instead it presents as a watery lager that tastes like it's been on the shelf too long.

Maybe the hopps were too expensive so they used less, maybe they were trying to create an artsy minimalist beer, or maybe the beer is just old. I'll never know. It's totally sad.

Use to deglaze with. Make a nice chicken sauce.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.45/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Co-ed Get Naked? Pours a mostly hazy off-lemony yellow color. Some darker highlights like a dirty blond. The head is light with a good pour left a nice head but did quickly dissipate. Although not completely, living a thin line around the edges.

The nose is overall light. Even for style there should be some grainy and malt hints, but really not much depth at all. There is a slight yeasty note but nothing off flavored. Do I smell DMS?

The taste is more definable then the nose. Pale malt flavor with some lighter grainy touches. A sweeter finish then an American lager but light for a blond. There is a spiciness that is light but reminds me of some peppery notes but could be the hops as there really is none that you can speak of. There is a off finish that reminds me of honey beers but the body is bigger so its off setting.

The body is not exactly big but definitely not crisp. The carbonation helps. Overall, rather simple. I know its easy to blame style but really this could be much better.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Small white head tops off and quickly abandons a pale, straw-gold body. Small malt presence on the nose, hint of floral. Clean lager malt taste, bits of hop come in and out. Thin to medium mouth. Not bad for what it is, basic american lager. Much better than your canned lager, but nothing amazing.

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Photo of happygnome
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a clear light golden color with about a half inch of snow white head that dissapears to an eigth of an inch quick but the remainder does not dissapear
s: lightly sweet malt aroma finsihed with a much lighter hop aroma
t: sweet malty flavor that was kind of drying light hop bitterness towards the finish
m: light to medium bodied beer with a little less than average carbonation

overall, this style isnt one that is supposed to overwhelm the senses, so i am judging it on the that, i enjoyed this, it was extremely refreshing, i enjoyed it

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Photo of lakeviewmike
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a typical lager, yellow-gold, small head, little retention.

Not much scent.

Taste is very mild. Light hops, light malts.

Mouthfeel is also light and refreshing.

This is drinkable like a Bud light is drinkable. Very light flavor, smooth and fizzy.

A good call? I guess if it is the only thing available besides Bud light.

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Photo of Homerbag
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Overall a very good beer for the warmer weather around the bar-b-que. Very much a lawn mower beer. If you are looking for a complex brew that you can stare at in amazement, this is not it. This is the type of beer that you grab when you are thirsty, standing around a garage looking a car, or just something to drink while you are doing something active, like softball or ping pong. This is a perfect beer for those who want a macrobrew but have a couple extra bucks or a "macro" chip on thier shoulder.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus Totally Naked pours a big creamy white head over a clear yellow
brew. Carbonation is low, and the nose is lager yeast and light malt. The flavor
is mild light barley malt up front and an interesting citrus finish. Big chunky lacing
as the brew recedes. Mouthfeel is light, clean, and crisp. Not a huge beer to be sure
but there's more here than you will find in your macro brews- this one is made of all
barley so it won't taste like ass when it get's warmer than 40º. I suspect it was the macro
drinkers they were going after here and it is indeed a good gateway brew for the unwary.
It's a good lawnmower, picnic, porch hanging, or session brew.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge billowy sea-foam head, with a light golden yellow color one usually associates with bad macros. But for the style it's good, and the splats of lace are nice.

Aroma is sweet corn, or maybe Corn Puffs cereal, and soft lemony Czech-pils hops (the label reveals that Nobel were used).

Sweet malt flavors dominate, having a sugary edge, with a vegetable feel, biscuit, fresh-baked white bread, and mildly fruity hops. Crisp and lightweight in the mouth, though hardly thin, and just enough sizzle from the carbonation.

Drinkability is good, of course, as this is an assuming, light, crisp, unoffensive, well-made beer. It's just not overly exciting, despite being solid and clearly made with more love than your average macro. Not the best by New Glarus, but I'm not sure that's the intent. Hey, go for it if you want to session like hell with a well-made lager.

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Photo of Becker19
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden color pours from the bottle with a head made up of very small bubbles. The foam disappeared quickly and left a tiny amount of lacing around the middle of the glass.

Smell has very faint bread quality. Totally Naked tasted rich with some hops flavor and a medium thickness in mouthfeel.

Drinkability is excellent for this smooth and flavorful light lager.

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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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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. 12 Oz Bottle. Rich Bartlett Pear aroma, with wafts of salty sea bean and crisp grain sugars. Freshly squeeze lemon juice over crisp, clean apple slices. Beautiful. Pours a sweet golden, with a fuming core and a silky white soap of head. Flavor holds a standard, lightly tart malt, with edges of aged lemon rind and weak sugar syrup. A nip of sweet corn slides in. Thin grain sugars dominate the palate, leaving it a little undesirable with some DMS. However, finishes mostly clean, save for some almonds, before smacking with the faintest hint of distant hop leaves. Acceptable, nothing to write home about.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First review of many brews brought back from a trip up north. Thanks to the in-laws for driving them back.
Pours a very clear golden hue that is right in line with many American Macros out there. No head to speak of. Maybe be a bit cold but oh well. The aroma is light. Malts and some sweetness. Taste is a nice surprise considering all the hype. Everyone I spoke with in Wisconsin made sure I was aware how much they enjoyed this offering. You pretty much get what you smell. Some nice, almost honey sweetness with some drying malts.
Drinks really smooth and is somewhat refreshing. Really went well with the 90+ temp here in Texas while cooking on the grill. Glad to have brought back a sixer and looking forward to the other New Glarus offerings I have. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden straw coloured lager poured into an etched pint glass allowed for vibrant, fine streams of carbonation which supported a tight and compact white head. Heavy, thick, and clingy lacings stuck to the inside of the glass and stayed put.

Pale bready malts, a touch of honey like sweetness, and some grain husk present from the malts. Light, floral hop aromas of lemon and fresh cut grass also present.

Clean bready flavours, a mild honeylike touch of maltodextrin sweetness, and some grain husk, taste is very similar to the nose. A very mild yeastiness also present, much like that found in leavening bread dough. Very lightly hopped. Hint of lemon works nicely with the mild honey flavours, and the light, fresh grassy qualities remind of just where barley comes from.

A very clean and refreshing brew, almost crisp, although the slight touch of sweetness and very light hopping prevents a true, crisp feel. Light in body with a smooth and creamy feel, which is nicely contrasted with the fine yet low level of carbonation. Hops play purely a secondary role in this brew, and do not stand up to the lead player, the pale malts. They do have a nice secondary role however, and support the barley in its leading role.

An excellent, highly sessionable, simple summer lager. Very clean, refreshing, and approachable. Complex in its simplicity, and in its own way this simple, well made and tasty lager is as much a testament to the brewing skill of Dan Carey as the more sought after New Glarus offerings. Ill be drinking more of this.

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Photo of renren13
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this bottled beer into a pint glass. The beer had a really nice foamy head that lasted. It has a very nice golden/straw color. It doesn't have too much carbonation which I prefer, and tastes very good for its style. Because of the mouthfeel and pleasant taste this beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of Atron67
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly frosted pale yellow with huge foamy white head, left good lacing too
S- malty, little yeast,
T- like the scents, little bready, sweet clean finish,
M- Sharp carbonation and smooth maltiness, with a light body flows over the tongue well
D- high smoothness and clean crisp flavor make for a highly drinkable beer

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well that there is one naked looking beer. As clear as can be, a nice shimmering champagne yellow with a GIANT, foamy white head that looks like something magic a kid would pretend to eat.

Smells of three or four distinct nodes of malt. Breadiness, with a slight hint of yeast, Sweetness, like malted milk without the milk (if you've ever munched on some light malted barley you know that taste), and then flowery, like a field.

Tastes very much like it smells, with three layers of fresh, crisp, malt. Flowers up front, sweetness in the back, and a light breadiness coming in, again, with just the lightest kiss of lager yeast. No hop, but none is necessary.

Some might find the sweetness a tad excessive, but I like. This beer is absolutely amazing for its style, and is truly a work of great craftsmanship.

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Totally Naked from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 1,204 ratings