GuinnessHong (147) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, clear golden, with very generous head. Aromas of straw, pine, hops. Fresh, crisp, clean taste. Very mild bitterness, with slight astringent taste. Some spice & herbs also present.
Lemke10 (964) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Home Town Blonde is the newest addition to the New Glarus family debuting in the late summer of 2012. As of now it is listed as a limited production, but perhaps with gaining popularity, we will see it again in 2013.
It pours a clear light amber color with bubbly head giving off that great, authentic pilsner taste. The scent is rather mild with the use of 4 different hops. Overall, it is a very inviting aroma.
Upon my first sip, I could not have guessed I was drinking a pilsner made in Wisconsin and not from Germany. The taste is light, refreshing and slightly fruity. The ingredients compliment each other so well it is difficult to pick out specific ingredients. Finishes with and ever so slight crisp and bitter after taste.
There is nothing better than waking up and finding out there is a new New Glarus beer on the market. This is a great, unique add to their already stellar line up of brews. I’m sure not many will find this to be their new favorite, but it is a nice transition from Totally Naked to Home Town Blonde. In the German tradition, here’s Prost!
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear light golden color with a finger sized head of pure white foam. Nose is hoppy. Very creamy on the palate, the taste is of bread, grain and hops. Most notable for its creaminess, this blond pilsner can be paired with deli sandwiches, snacks or light cheeses.
AWISLguy (2487) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Woodman’s in the Falls. Pours a very clear dark gold with some of a white head. Aroma has sweet malt, straw, light fruits. Taste is of sweet honey, light biscuit, some fruitiness and some yeast. FInishes quickly and quite dry with some sweetness. Easy and fairly tasty drinker.
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(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.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
felsenpils (155) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
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.
sthlm (1276) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[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.
backdaft (286) - Menasha Red Light District, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jcnielsen (3180) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing at the Midwest Beer Summit 2012. Straw, grain aromas and flavor. Average german pilsener.