TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Drew. Thanks! The new version.. Skeptical. Pours a dulled darker golden pour, near transparent, well carbonation, crisp yet darker almost amber, with a moderate frothy offwhite head that cakes, stays a decent layer, laces well. Good retention. Aromas are interesting: crisp cereal grains, touches of toast, bread dough, a light floral hopping, touches of grass. Gentle, yet a distinct socky aroma, not necessarily stinky, but a detractor. Light, it gets a touch more biscuity and maybe even a bit toasty, the hops seem the bad part here, light grass and florals and that sockiness. Initial is heavier side of light bodied, some light soapy florals move into cereal grains, bread, and toasty, light and easily quaffable, a touch of pepper up front, some straw, and earthy hops are gentle, with a moderate blast of doughy bread, toast, and cereal grains, faint honey. Finish is lingering light doughy sweetness, faint bitterness and spice. Bubbly and fizzy on the palate. Ok, doesn’t remind me of the previous version though.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle: Pours a clear deep golden bronze with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty pale malty nose with some fresh German hoppiness. Starts with a mild malty sweetness, a touch of maize and bittering hop balance before a fairly smooth and drier bittersweet finish. Nowhere near as crisp and balanced as the R & D version, but this seems like something that is marketed for another audience.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of pantanap. Thanks, Kan!! I was disappointed to see that this second batch warranted a separate listing, as the 500mL format was just amazing... so it goes. Pours a light brown color with brilliant clarity, modest, fine-bubbled off-white head with decent retention and nice lacing (much darker and nothing like the fluffy head formation of the previous rendition). Muted, nondescript aroma, with light bready maltiness and some unenthusiastic noble-y hops; clean fermentation, crisp, but really not much here; perhaps a touch of caramel (which really gets me thinking in the direction of an American dark lager much more than any sort of Bo Pils,,,). Medium-light body; lively carbonation, with a forward carbonic bite at the tip of the tongue; actually kind of rough of an approach. Moderate amounts of bready malts and hints of caramel (w/ maybe a touch of papery oxidation); the German hop character is solid and spicy and on the minerally side of things, but the harsh carbonation and rather bland maltiness (though more forward than a straightup Pils grain bill) just detracts from the experience. A big letdown from the first batch, certainly, though by no means a bad beer; skillfully fermented and technically flawless... just not much to fall in love with. Brief finish, with a more overt showing of papery oxidation and that rather wimpy caramel.
Juelze (1129) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can believe this one hasn’t creeped up to level 4. New Glarus is well known for their amazing wheat and fruit beers; however, I think most people discount the amazing Pilsners they put out. Two Women Lager is o ne of those Pilsners. Pours a rich copper color that turns a beautiful, golden elixir with fizzy white head. Aroma is of rich grassy hops, bready malts, and a nose of fresh baked pastries. Taste is grassy hops, light fruit, toasted malt backbone and sourdough. The finish is sharp, yet remains well balanced as the tanginess is balanced out by the toasted grain character. Easy drinking and delish! I missed Edel-Pils big time, and this more than makes up for it! Dan, great job on this one!
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured crystal-clear coppery-orange with a sticky cap of white head. The aroma picked up bready and grassy notes, with accents of honey and lesser green plants.. just a hint of candied fruitage on the back.. overall sweet and pleasant. The flavor found bread and honey sweetness on the sweeter core, with light grass and earthy bitterness around.. a touch of lemon peel too.. balance was solid, and it was tasty. Lighter-bodied with a good feel through the palate.. good stuff.
changeup45 (1669) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy zimmerbloke. Dark gold-amber color, with a big fluffy head on top. Good lacing. Grassy and herbal aroma along with straw notes, pils malt, and light hops. Slightly sweet flavor; wheat, herbal notes, biscuity, caramel, grains, and a little grassy hops. Refreshing and easy drinking. This isn’t as crisp as I would have liked and found it to be a little lacking with the finishing hops. I was a bit aprehensive after reading a couple reviews but I still found this to be a really solid beer. Very enjoyable, actually. But I’ll have to agree with many others that the R&D release last year was certainly better.
Guerde (1113) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Glad to not have tried the old version of this beer, as it appears from the ratings that this didn’t meet expectations. Pours a dark gold with a fluffy medium white head. Aroma of honey, musty lager yeast, and some underlying grassy hop. Faint scent of cinnamon is present. Flavor is predominately malty, with a lot of cracker and biscuit flavors (could be toasty), some honey, and it finishes crisp and clean. I did not think that this beer would be so dark colored and malt-forward, but those expectations aside, I found this to be a very good lager.
Tripplebrew (764) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nutty brown copper with a frothy tan-tinged head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is a mix of hay/bread, caramel sweetness and roasted nuts. Flavor is a mix of bread, nuts, hay and roasted malts. Very earthy flavor. Palate is creamy with active carbonation. Darker than a traditional lager but still not a very heavy body but a bit creamier than other lagers.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had the new one side by side with the original. Not even close to the same. Darker pour, which I want to like more, but it was pointed out to me that it was just off. Not dark and not a bright golden color either. Lacks the crispness and the sweetness of the other. Seems rather bland overall. Major disappointment...
madvike (2380) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Clear pale brown pour with a small white head. Smell isn’t terribly pungent, with some dry, bready/crackery malt with a light herbal hoppiness. A bit of honey sweetness is in there too. Taste is sweet, lots of honey and just a touch of herbal hops. Slightly nutty finish (hazelnut?) with a touch of herbal hops. Really, really disappointed in this one. I had the original and loved it, and was looking forward to drinking this all year since it’s a year round. Now--this will be my only six pack, and I guess I’ll just wait until Dancing Man comes out.