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RATINGS: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Embrace a classic! Home Town Blonde is an old world style pilsner, assertively hopped with four premium hop varieties. Tettninger, Saaz, Styrian Golding and Strisselspalt varieties all grace this German-style brew with the complex character you enjoy in a classic pilsner. Expect to pour an elegant blonde glass of beer, crowned with a rich head of foam that resonates with our chorus of hops. Although delicate in appearance, our Hometown Blonde has a backbone, but of course that’s no surprise in Wisconsin. Enjoy!


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2012
(bottle) Pours a completely clear gold color with a medium white head that retains and leaves good lacing. Looks like lively carbonation as well. The aroma is solid, but a tad muted, with some bread and cracker scents, floral and faintly spicy hops, honey nut cheerios, and musty lager yeast. The flavor is even better, with a large amount of honey spread over bread, crackery malt, and a finish that is pretty crisp and lightly minerally before yielding to an abundant amount of spicy hops. Lingering cracker on the finish too, but it could be a bit drier, although that’s a minor complaint. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is lively. Overall I don’t encounter too many solid pilsners, but this one was excellent. I’m not surprised considering the source, and it looks like I may have to procure a case of this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Appearance: Pours a hazy bright yellow gold with a fluffy white head.

Aroma: From a good yard away you can smell a huge perfumy Euro hop nose. Upon closer inspection is biscuit like malt as well.

Taste: Light dry biscuit malt with a nice grassy earthy hop finish. Finishes crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

Overall: Holy smokes, another clean as can be lager from New Glarus. Even as an crazy obsessed hop loving IPA head, I wish someone on the west coast could touch this excellence in the craft lager space.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
felsenpils (104) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2012 Bottle. A seasonal brew. This is my favorite of the New Glarus beers. It is a decent pilsener, but the color is too dark due to the use of caramel malts which do not belong here and the aroma and flavor of hops is too strong. This is not an "old world style pilsner" as it says in the description, rather an American micro-pils, along the lines of Samuel Adam´s nobel pils. The hops taste "green" because of dry hopping which you would never find in a German pils. New Glarus has all the tools to make really great beer, but never gets there.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1224) - Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2012
[Bottle] Pours amber with a small white head. Aroma is doughy, cracker, with some odd scents mixed in which I can’t quite ID. Taste is quite nice with mildly sweet cracker, cheerios, a little honey, and just the right amount of bitterness. Somewhat thin, smooth, long finish. Overall, a solid, sessionable beer which I definitely enjoyed.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
backdaft (200) - Menasha Red Light District, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear pale yellow. Thin white head with some delicate lacing. Aroma is almost nonexistent; maybe some grassy notes. Flavor is light bready malts balanced well with hops. Not too bitter or overpowering. Well carbonated with a crisp spicy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcnielsen (1980) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing at the Midwest Beer Summit 2012. Straw, grain aromas and flavor. Average german pilsener.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle @ Brad’s house Minneapolis. Pours a bit hazy golden appearance with an off white head. Pours a fairly herbal, grassy, moderately floral hoppy, a touch fruity aroma. Somewhat bitter, earthy hoppy, moderately floral, straw flavor with a moderately dry finish. Not too hard to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbfobes (2269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Poured from single 12oz bottle picked up from the brewery a couple of days ago, pours a clear bright yellow with a fizzy white head, aroma is of slight hops with more bread and crackers, the flavor is crisp with a pretty good kick of hops in the finish, not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Aroma: boozy grain and bread crust, the ubiquitous brewery smell; Appearance: don’t all pilsners look great and refreshing? Nice medium-thick head on pour, and a crisp, clear, bubbly yellow; Taste: a lot more hops than you can pick out in the aromatic boquet, something reminiscent of clover/grass; Palate: very refreshing and drinkable, maybe a little bit heavier than most pilsners, subtle sweetness lingers on the palate; Overall: a good pilsner, but, even though I’ve given it a high score, I probably won’t be able to remember very much about it once I’m through the 6-pack

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (626) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle from singles rack at PW. Pours bright clear yellow with white head. Hoppy nose with crisp pilsner taste....look forward to the next one...love the crisp taste.


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