sthlm (1224) - Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2012 [Bottle, thanks, Guerde!] Pours amber with a very small off-white head. Aroma is just barley, and...more barley. I really don’t get much else from it. Taste is basic, but as I would expect from New Glarus, free of any flaws. Just showcases the barley again with light bitterness and a subdued honey sweetness towards the end. Medium-thin mouthfeel, long finish. A very basic, but enjoyable beer. Not quite what I was hoping for when i read the rave reviews for the previous version of this beer, but still good, and would make for a very easy-drinking session beer. Maybe if I bought a case and drank it this summer I would up my score, but I just can’t go much higher at the moment. Thanks again, Andy!
Re-rate: Better than I remember. Still not great, but pretty good.
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moderately sweet, malty aroma. Amber - perfectly clear. Attractive beer. Very smooth lightly malted - extremely drinkable. There is no comparison between a quality lager like this when compared to the common macros that are the big sellers.
ekoerper (587) - Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is bready, malt-forward with caramel and cereal notes, slight floral/spicy character from the hops, Pours a light amber, crystal clear, with an ample white head and great retention, lots of lacing. A light bitterness and touch of hop flavor lead in, followed by bready malt and some caramel sweetness. There is a bit of a metallic/mineral bite in the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Nice sessionable lager, although I prefer Spotted Cow or Totally Naked as far as lighter offerings from New Glarus go.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Copper with a medium off-white head. Aroma of grains, bready malt, grassy hops and a touch of skunk. Taste of mild grassy/noble hops, bready malt, mild caramel and grains. A shade metallic on the finish.
scoobysnak (328) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2011
2.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nothing special, but not bad either. Not as good as the old recipe but still not bad.
dwm1034 (627) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from local grocer. Pours a reddish color; thin lead and slight nose. Been drinking a lot of APA and IPA’s lately...and porter / stouts...so this feels and tasts ’thin’....as I sip it, the tastes begin to come thru and it improves. All in all, a good lager from our friends at NG and their brewing friends at Weyerman.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a bronze color with a foamy white head. Has a mild grainy aroma. The body is rich and malty with an initial flavor of grains followed by a taste of bread with a moderate carbonation and ending with a slightly sweat finish.
thirdeye11 (5481) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle) orange/amber pour, some soapy off-white bubbles on top. Nose of biscuit and cracker, and some mild astringency but smells nice and bready. Taste of fresh unleavened bread, low hop profile. Next to Upright’s The Clash, this just wasn’t as good. Wish it had more hops and was a bit crisper. Didn’t live up to what I hoped it would be.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried this beer at the Casanova Beer Cave Festival (2011), very nice taste to this beer.
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
A thoughtful bonus from Jason I wondered how this would compare to the brewery only release of years past. As it turns out the tweaks to the recipe make it mildly more appealing. A nice sessionable beer that gives you enough flavor to be worth your time but not so much your palate is dead after one bottle I heartily recommend this to anyone who is looking for world class beers of a normal alcoholic level.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep coppery bronze body was warm with a gentle glow. Ebony head folded in itself over time until only a thin layer remained. The smell of stale rye bred and cold tea would normally be bland but for this style it does what it should - provides some flavor without blasting you in complexity.
Flavor / Palate - The rich malty start is succeeded by a tang of brisk hops. The two balance out nicely leaving a memorable finish that somehow isn’t wearisome even after the final sip. I suspect this may be one of those beers that is much better fresh but will hold some qualities for a few months. Even so if you get a chance to try it do so sooner rather than later.