Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle shared by beerman6686. Pours a clean clear straight yellow with a fluffy white head. Aroma of grassy hops, grape skins, hay. Taste is light sweetness with a crisp finish. One of the best pilseners I have ever had. Awesome stuff. dfroms (477) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle traded by kalthaus223, cheers! Pours a clear pale chardonnay color with very small head that fades to a ring of white bubbles. Aroma is awesome fresh pils: lightly toasted grain, dough, citrus peel, earthy/spicy/grassy hops, biscuity malt, soft rose petals, sweet honey. Taste is gulpable pale doughy malts and faint orange juice with a little lemon-lime character, honey, and earthy hops. Medium carbonation. My glass is emptying quickly. In the vein of great American pilsners like Prima but softer and sweeter. Very tasty. superspak (5508) - Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2015
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 8/12/2014. Pours fairly clear bright golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread, straw, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance and robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly dry finish, but not overly dry. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is an excellent German pilsener style. All around great robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A very enjoyable offering. Terminus (3679) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2012 not good-this should have been better-very bitter and thats in a bad way. Very yellow miller look-i would pick Goose Island Summertime over this anyday-New Glarus is a great company, but this is definately not a signature beer for them
RERATE NOV 2012-Its been over 10 yrs since i have had this beer and wow, have my tastes improved. This is a fantastic pils! pours lite crystal clear orange with effervescent carbonation with a big bubble white whispy head. nose is spicy noble hops, cracker like malts, a bit of barn/farmhouse note, grassy-everything you want in a pils! Flavors of big bitter spicy. grassy hops, nice pale cereal/cracker malts. Finish is very long-lots of bitterness for a pils with crisp carbonation lively palate. This is a fine example of the style! perfect marriage of crisp spicy hops and fine pils malt. beautiful! Nuffield (4167) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2004
I thought this was really good. Really, this is a style that doesn’t get much respect--"blonde" often stands in for a brewpub or microbrewery’s least offensive beer intended for the masses. But in the hands of New Glarus it is a very subtle, sensitive beer. Pouring a clear yellow with a rich white head--as advertised--the aroma is very fresh, with little of the stale grass notes often found. A few citrus notes complement a very gentle hop touch, with a restrained bitterness that lets you know it is in a German style. Nice enough carbonation (nothing to distinguish it, however, though that is a commentary on the style rather than the brewing). I could drink this one on a regular basis, and I virtually never say that about pilseners. Well done, New Glarus!
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2007 This is balls to the wall pilsner; if you can’t take it than switcth to smirnoff ice! Bitter and full flavored session pils; acidity, hops, hops, malt, hops, and refreshment. A great beer for the summer. This is Wisconsin baby and you bettta recognize game. joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Roy’s Market New Glarus
Home Town Blonde is one impressive looking beer. Absolutely glows like a gold bar with plenty of large carbonation bubbles rising to the 3 finger white heaed that formed on the pour. The head eventually fades to a half finger cap that leaves decent lacing. If the lacing was slightly better this beer would get a perfect rating.
Extremely refreshing aromas come from this beer. There’s a very light pale base that has a touch of caramel mixed in there. The showcase is the use of hops. According to the bottle 4 varities were used. A very refreshing light grassy hop aroma hits the nose first but is quickly followed by a couple squeezes of lemon juice. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again "very refreshing".
Much like the aroma biscuity malts start things off and always float around in the background but the showcase is hops. Grassy hops show up almost immediately and give a pleasant mild bitterness mid palate. The citrus (lemon) shows itself toward the end and goes nicely hand in hand with the grassiness. Finishes mostly grassy but as I sit the lemon tartness comes around again. Probably my favorite all time Pilsner.
Mouthfeel is medium light and airy toward the back of the tongue. Mild bitterness along the sides and back of tongue that lingers and make this beer so enjoyable.
Fantastic drinkability! This is a non-stop all day long drinker.
My favorite pilsner and one of my new favorite summer quaffs. In my opinion this should be a year round offering. I never thought I would rate a pilsner this high but this beer is so good and refreshing for style it deserves every bit of praise it will ever recieve.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Move over Victory Prima Pils, there’s a new sheriff in town. The body is a clean golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is awesome. Clean Saaz and Tettninger hops with crisp corn grains. The flavor is nicely grainy with lots of sweet barley and corn with lots of fresh Saaz and Tettninger hops. Crisp, refreshing, and it’s a perfect summer beer! Nicely bitter on the palate. A great pilsener! 37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Bottle. Nice clear yellow with a thin head. Much stronger hop aroma than expected with the color. Well balanced malt flavor with a strong bitter finish. Another good beer from New Glarus. jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2012
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.