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Native Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by xlperro on 10-15-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by OldFrothingSlosh:
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Color was different...like an amber corssed with a porter. The wife thought it was a stout; I had it pegged as a porter. Cloudy, with a thinnish layer of tan-colored head. Minimal lacing. Aromas are a mixture of caramel, some roasty malt, and some spices. Flavor is a hodge-podge of dark chocolate, some more caramel, roasted nut, earthen hops, and hints of spice. Mouthfeel was definitely on the thin side. Overall, it was an odd collection of flavors that just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy brown pour with a medium off-white head. the heads fades fast and leaves a small ring.

Smell: uninteresting and somewhat dull. a little woody. a little citusy. a little malt and some tin.

Taste & Mouthfeel: fruity up front with a little tangy twist in there. a smooth & mild mouthfeel that lends itself well to the fruity tang of this brew. the taste is definitley more appealing than the nose. the finish was mellow.

Drinkability: this isn't too bad of a beer. average drinkability. light bodied for a warm day howvever nothing that will satisfy a seasoned palate.

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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 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 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 cokes
2.28/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Marketed as: "a dark, unfiltered German-style ale".

Murky deep brown-bronze body. Tiny head fizzles out immediately.
Smells strongly of rubber. Mostly of the pencil eraser variety, with delicate latex notes. Some dark chocolate notes on the side, but faint to the point of being imaginary. Faint musty hops as well.
Taste can be summed up as weak. Hardly enough here to report anything. Light carmel notes, touches of sugar diluted in water. Trace burnt toast. Light fruit and dough flavors from the yeast (thus the Spotted Cow comparison, probably the same strain). Finishes lightly hoppy, in a grassy sort of way.
A mushy, cocoa-rubber mess.
Drinkable, but why?

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

This creamy dark ale maintains a short head of off-white over its deep chestnut body, and leaves soggy splashes about the glass as it goes. The nose is limited, but clean and bright, and welcomes you with wafts of dark cocoa. Its medium-light body is smooth and lightly creamy across the palate with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation that gently caresses the tongue. Caramel and cocoa dominate the flavor, nicely balanced to the sweetish side, with a mild note of grassy hops in the finish. It's rich enough to be satisfying, yet light enough to enjoy throughout a session. Nicely done!

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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 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 Beertracker
4/5  rDev +18%

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 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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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 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 mntlover
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a strange color dark amber with brown in the middle all hazy not a bad mixture a nice tanish head that is fizzy hear the bubbles popping nad watching the head decend quickly.
Aroma is malty slight hints of nuts chocolate with some grassy hops to going along for the ride.
Taste is light sort of fizzy also probably the lightest brown ale I have had. Malt lightly toasted with some nuttiness in the flavor, very slight hints of chocolate malt near the finish.Finishes with some hop flavor and very light bitterness that mingle with carbonation at the finish.
Mouthfeel is thin and light for a brown ale.
Drinkability is good, goes down smooth but not any real reason to try this unless your just looking for a thirst quincher. Thanks go to ave for this sample.

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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 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 TastyTaste
2.71/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Much darker brown than the fat squirrel from New Glarus. Head is very large after an aggresive pour, rocky and uneven. Smell is not very strong, maybe light carmel and grain. This also matches the flavor. Nothing very big or different. Sweet and light carmel, very subdued. Appropriate carbonation. C'mon New Glarus, this is a pretty boring and underpowered beer.

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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 Kasie
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Redrover
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck no freshness dating.

Beer pours a very dark brown with a ½ inch tan head. You’ll get decent lacing with this beer.

Beer smells of lightly roasted malt and bit of spruce.

Taste is slightly sweet with a touch of underlying fruit. Does not seem to have much in the way of hops. Very mild flavor and not very complex.

Seems to be quite a bit over carbonated and perhaps a little thin in the mouth.

I love this brewery, but I think this is one of their weaker offerings.

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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 Sixpoint
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Is "SLAMMABLE" a word? It is if you're from Wisconsin and you liked to get $##[email protected]$ed up off microbrews.

If this were my intention, New Glarus Native Ale would be on the top of my list.

Beer pours a chestnut brown with a head of white with minimal retention.

At first a very distinct yeast aroma, beneath it, some chocolate nuttiness.

Not too much hops upfront, mostly malt. A slight lingering flavor hop presence, along with a strong chocolate malt accent.

Medium bodied and perfect for kicking back while watching the Pack.

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Photo of Ave
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus Native Ale, 12 oz bottle at cellar temperature in an imperial pint glass.
Doesn’t pout as the “silken black” claimed by the packaging, but does present a pint of deep dark amber. A modest light tan head of small tight bubbles forms readily but settles out quickly leaving just a trace of lace. Sweet caramel aroma with just a hint of hopieness in the back of the nose. Lace is quick to reappear with a slight swirl. Sharp CO2 fizz on the lips & tongue. Not the most ale like of ales, tastes more like a dark lager, somewhere in alt or dunkle range perhaps. Clean mouth feel & continuing caramel in on the pallet with light nut, creamy sweet malt in the middle with a nice light hop finish that is maybe just a touch sour. Very light body & leaves almost no aftertaste. Would be a very drinkable beer if it had a bit more uumphff in it somewhere. Nothing showy or daring, but also avoids being offensive at anytime.There is a tiny bit of yeasties at the bottom of the bottle, next time I'll add those & see if there is any improvment.

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