Native Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

Native AleNative Ale
56 Ratings
Native AleNative Ale

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 10-15-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of Beginner2
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PickwickHopz
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Kasie
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Jerktookmyname
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Newglarusguy
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a brown ale, so hopheads please strap yourselves in and prepared to be bored. Like the majority of brown ales, it leans towards a malty flavor. However, this has a nice presence of chocolate in it. It's definitely better then Newcastle, although it's only available in Wisconsin, so good luck refining your tastes if you live any place where "betcha" isn't a word. It's plain, but it's a finer version of plain. And it's a big proponent of drinking "indigenously," i.e. buy from the micros near where you live, which I support. Why send my money to California when there are breweries near me that need my business? Anyway, move to Wisconsin and buy this.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice creamy head above a deep mahogany brown ale. This one has some wet lacing that runs down the glass quickly. The head reduced to a collar after a minute or two.

Deep malty roast scent with a hint of chocolate and nuts. Very indicitive of an English brown. Salty nut-shell notes along with some good smokey characteristics.

Very nice smokey flavor with some salty meats and nuts in there too. Tastes woody and outdoorsy, a bit salty, and slighty bitter like darkk roasted coffee.

This is a damn fine brew. IMO this is brewed very much "to style." Smokey, deep, woody, nutty, and mild, this is a very nice choice for a brisk autumn evening.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Noted as a friendly beer from the label. The color is a Coca Cola reddish brown, but somewhat cloudy. The head is off white and very thin leaving no lace. The aroma is nutty, but, not really there. It is very faint. I also detect some fruitiness in the smell. The taste is also mostly fruity with a bit of nuttiness. The flavor is of sweet malt with very little hoppiness. There is a small hop bitterness in the backend. I'd drink one again as it is easy to drink, but, it is nothing to write home about.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brown and red hued jumble with a very small ecru head that disappeared in seconds.
Aroma has light caramel and a whiff of herbal hop note as it warms just a tad.
Flavor has a little bit of meaty caramel notes along with a hint of chocolate biscuit. Sweetness increases but is cut of somewhat by a lackadaisical herbal hop note. Pleasant enough but simply boring.
Mouthfeel is sort of dull and a little bit lifeless. May be better on draught but this is a very mediocre effort by the Carey's.
Drinkability is decent but there really isn't anything that I noted to make coming back to.

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Photo of joedon
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Innoffensive brown ale from a good Wisconsin brewer.

Dark brown with a sticky, thick tan head. Aroma of malt, grain and some chocolate notes.

Taste is pretty mild. Some malt with brown sugar and a bit of sourness.
Kind of a thin beer despite the sticky head. Drinks pretty easily but not a noteworthy effort.

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Photo of blackie
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into the pint glass produces a .3" off white head that thins out to a small layer of bubbles. The beer is a medium brown in color.

smell: Aromas of moderately sweet toasted grain, a mild hoppiness, some woody/earthy smells

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body on the thicker end of the light range.

taste: Not a whole lot going on. A light, watery toasted grain sweetness, a light hop flavor and moderate bitterness, and just a touch of chocolate.

drinkability: Pretty good drinkability. Average and balanced.

Another sample from the fridge of dirtylou while in Madison.

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Photo of badbeer
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a deep dark brown, about a half of an inch head, with solid lacing. Smell, hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste has a decent coffee presence with a little chocolate as well as water. Decent carbonation wise, but a little too watery. Good drinkability, probably wouldn't have more than a couple however.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.91/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brown, almost headless.

Smell: rubbery water

Taste: I think I found like half of a chipped peanut that fell out of a batch of NG’s squirrel someplace in here. Otherwise, there is definitely some water in the front and the finish is nice and watery.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated Water

Drinkability: Goes down easier than Miller lite. Very poundable but with out appeal to warrant mass consumption.

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Photo of battlekow
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Expect this bier to pour an unfiltered, silken black smoothness..." that looks like sewage, with the same approximate level of carbonation. Smells better than sewage though, a sweet, malty cocktail of caramel and chocolate. Taste is thin and toasty, highlighted by hints of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel.

"This ale is the ultimate drinkable brew." I don't know about ULTIMATE, but it's a pretty sessionable light brown ale.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single from the large woodmans (west side) selection of local singles

appearance: pours mahogany/burgundy color with a tan head and some minimal lacing

smell: nothing overpowering, some toast malt, a little caramel

taste: malt profile reminds me a lot of staghorn, but not in an appropriate way for this beer. candylike sweetness, mild caramel, apple juice

mouthfeel: pretty thin, yet smooth...moderate carbonation

drinkability: easy drinking but just not that great

probably the worst new glarus beer I have had, but with such a broad lineup what can you realistically expect?

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Photo of ryantupy
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed light brown with a very thin lace that does not stick to the glass. It smelled like bready malts, spices, with a slight hin to hops. It tastes smooth with a nice malt sweetness and good hop balance. This beer is another one from New Glarus that falls under my session beer list. Defiantly worth a try, not their best but still an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice mahogany colour, under an off-tan foamy head. Lots of activity in the head- larger bubbles underneath quickly dispate, leaving little lace behind.

The smell is open and airy, with notes of brown sugar, molasses, dark malt, and even a meatloaf I once had. There's just a hint of hops underneath.

The flavor contains elements of weak coffee, a bit of orange, some molasses, and a subtle spiciness underneath. Just a hint of hops at the end.

Liquid is medium to thick with a loose carbonation that sort of dances at the roof of your mouth.

This is a nice fall session beer. Enough to keep you interested, but not so overbearing that you want to move on to something else.

Be well

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Photo of Realale
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy medium brown with some amber overtones. Very fine beige head settles to a thin incomplete cap.

Nose is bready malt with that distinct Briess malt tang (smells like a Schlafly!). Some light lemon/orange citric hop notes combine with a bit of leafiness to add lift to the otherwise monolithic nose, cutting through the malt parade nicely.

Medium in the mouth with lovely malt/hop balance. Not horribly complex, but there is enough going on there to make a session of it. Decent length, and maintains the balance through the death.

Mouthfeel is fine, with a low level of carbonation giving a satiny quality to the richness of the malt. Very drinkable, and one I look forward to consuming every time I visit Wisconsin.

4th bottle of a six pack picked up at the brewery late last month.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Native Ale pours from the bottle into my SN tulip a deep dark brown bordering on black with a bone white inch of bubbly head on top. Aromas of burnt grains, dark cherries with hints of caramel and toasty bready tones. Subtle and refined.

First sip brings a mix of dark, burnt roasted maltiness accentuated by beady tones and interwoven hints of dark fruits and cherries. Slightly confounding with a mellow sour, almost lactic aspect. Finishes with a hint of hops and a lingering burnt grain. An interesting brew that just fails to really grab me.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with hint of creaminess and fast moving cabonation. Expands in the mouth with each sip. A unique brown ale...but it just doesn't excite me. I'd reach for a different NG beer over this one.

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Photo of Domingo
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid session beer that I really like.
The smell and flavors aren't as strong as others in the style, but if you're having a few beers in one evening, that can actually be a strong point.
The appearance is typical brown ale, but a little murkier than some others.
The smell was a bit of a weak point, it's not bad but it's very subdued. There are some nice molasses hints, though.
Flavor is solid. Not to sweet, not too strong. The molasses flavor is a nice change. It's not going to knock your socks off, but it's a great beer to start with or as a session brew.
It's not as good as some of NG's other brews, but it's definitely a good beer that's worth picking up if you're in Wi.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice dark brown, rather clear with red highlights. 12oz poured into a pint glass. nutty roasty aroma cut with something sweet, almost nectary like fruit. intriguing. faint hint of creamed coffee in here and some hops as well. very drinkable beer, light and fizzy. not much of the nuttiness in the flavor, a metallic beeriness and fruit sweetness are too pronounced and cut into the smoky aspects that should dominate here. sometimes i like a brown ale, and that's rare for me, because they are light but so flavorful. this one skips out a little bit and disappointed me, albeit very drinkable and not a bad experience.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich deep reddish brown color that looks like it may be pretty clear under the hue. There was about a half inch of off-white active foam that only stood for less than a minute. There was no lacing on the glass after consuming

Aroma: Lots of nutty and chocolaty aromas in here. I may get just a bit of hops, but they are not a major player. As it warms, you can notice a bit more of a caramel presence.

Taste: The flavor is pretty nutty also. There are definitely some toasty British malts in here along with a generous helping of Chocolate. There are some bittering hops in here to balance the equation out, but there is no real presence in the flavor. The mouthfeel is a little heavy for this particular example, but the beer is balanced enough that it isn't distracting.

Opinion: I really think that this is a pretty nice beer. It is flavorful, yet light bodied enough for it to be a session beer for the entire night. I think that it would go down smoother if it was a bit more carbonated, but it is still a good beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" of beige head over the murky brown brew. Head is gone in a flash, down to a thin layer of bubbles before I can get back after rinsing the bottle, with average lacing, at best. Aroma is slightly nutty malts. Taste is malty, with again a slight nutty flavor, and a mellow hops presence slides through the rest of the experience. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Flavor could exhibit a bit more depth, but it almost seems that this brew is nicer than the sum of its ratings.

PS - I think this is what I would look for in a mild, although not knowing the abv makes it hard to determine it is such. Very sessionable to me.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm, chocolate... I like the fact that New Glarus makes beer without worrying about the a style per say, which is why I'll rate this as a beer. Appearance is a cloudy dark amber/brown wit a nice whitish head, but not the black the label hinted at. The aroma is chocolatey and nutty malt, not much hops, and some yeast in the finish. The flavor is full of malt sweetness, with the rich chocolate malt shining through. The beer is indeed very smooth and highly drinkable, another great new glarus beer.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a very average beer from a usually very much above average brewery. (And that may have tainted my scores somewhat.)

The beer poured a dark iced-tea bronze. It is clear with a thin tan head and disappears rather quickly and leaves no lace.

Very little hops in nose or flavor. I get some nuttiness and some maltiness, but very slight.

At best a medium-light body...lighter than I'd like.

This beer is OK, but I am used to expecting better than OK from New Glarus. If I want a brown, I think I'll get Bell's.

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