shigadeyo (3820) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 Sampled from tap on 10/11/2006 at a restaurant called "Glarner Stube" in New Glarus, Wisconsin.
Note: I picked up a bottle of this while I was at the brewery. I hope to sample it soon. I will update my notes with more details at that time...orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3/21/2007: New Glarus Totally Naked pours a clean and clear light golden yellow with a foamy white head (good lacing). The aroma and flavor have pale malt and a hint of spicy, noble hops. This beer has no real hint of bitterness, but it is quite mellow and creamy. Also, there isn’t any harsh corn and generic "beery" and alchol flavors at all. The body is medium-light and is mildly carbonated. This beer is soft, smooth and refreshing and an all around good lager beer. New Glarus definitely knows how to assemble a good beer from the lightest of lagers to the thickest of stouts and the most complex of fruit and other specialty beers!
12 oz bottle directly from the New Glarus Brewery (purchased on 11/11/2006).
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 the only thing good about this beer is that its healthy. It’s all malt but nothing else, very water, no bitter, no hop, no smash. This is a shamful compromise beer that should be ignored by true beer drinkers. Try the hearty hop instead. jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2006
GABF-12oz bottle-pours a white head and straw color. Taste is sweet, light. Mild carbonation. drpimento (3815) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2006
ah, not sure a the purpose a this beer - kick bud’s lame butt? big accomplishment. yawn. Give credit where it’s due: some head and lace, clean & clear. On the other hand, thin, watery, no character and quintessentialy forgetable. Had it on draft tonight. badgerben (5379) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2006
I haven’t rated a beer in quite a few months, so I decided to make a return with some New Glarus goodness. Pours a very light yellow color with a small head. Smells like water soaked barley. I can’t say I was too enthused, based on the aroma, but the taste has a surprisingly strong maltiness to it. Bone dry hops. It seems to suck all moisture out of my mouth. Maybe that was the plan all along... get people to drink something because they’re thirsty, and it will only make them thirstier. Not a bad reintroduction to rating, but not exactly a beer a would sell my soul for.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Ugh, a pale lager. Whoo hoooo and extra pale at that. Because it just wasn’t pale and lifeless the way it is. Ah, this is New Glarus though and I’m expecting better despite their obvious attempt at a BMC clone. Light watery body, nothing going on with the palate. Little citrus character...light....LIGHT malt on the body. Thus, the term extra pale. The only redeeming quality is the use of hops here that helped to give it some life. Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Thank you west coast connection. Sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours gold with a white head. Aroma of citrus and sweet malts. The flavor is citrus, fruit, sweet, with a mild bitterness. Good beer. Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2006
12 oz bottle
HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - OCT 26, 2006
Coming from New Glarus, this was a let down. I knew not to expect much from something biling itself as a premium lager but surely it could have had more taste than this. If the Careys were trying to nail an upscale version of a macro, they succeeded. Unfortunately, that still results in a bland boring (mostly) flavorless beer. Pass on this one even if it is free.
Aroma / Appearance - A one-finger mottled head soon disappeared into the body which looked much like Barq’s cream soda with an added boost of carbonation. Corn, grain and butterscotch underline a very bland nose that is best described as buttered white toast. It is mildly offensive but it is moreso dull.
Flavor / Palate - The only flavor is that of hard butterscotch candy. There are some undertones of corn, grain and white bread but nothing lasts long enough to pin it down well. Overall this was extremely boring and predictable. Naturally it would also be easy to drink if your palate was used to this; for me it took a while to finish because I kept expecting something else.
Bottle (12oz). Via trade with kmweaver. Pale, bright, clear yellow, large white frothy head; something scary about that colour. Smells like 1,000 other pale lagers - dry, grainy, vaguely vegetal, stale yeast - ehhh. The taste is surprisingly refreshing - clover-sweet, thick, almost candyish malt, very light floral hops in the finish. Thick body - really thick, it’s weird, only a whisper of carbonation and astringency, very rapid finish, syrupy mouthfeel. I’m not turning cartwheels, but it beats all hell out of Bud. Thanks for this one, Ken. theisti (4237) - Kansas, USA - OCT 25, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2010 <<Re-rate 12 Sept 2010>>
12 oz bottle from my sister, part of a New Glarus mixed 12 pack. Pour is clear light yellow gold with a nice two inch white head. A touch of carbonation bubbles to the top. Aroma is cracker malt, along with some hay. Fresh nose. Taste has a mild apple sweetness, followed by the cracker malt finish with floral straw, and more apple. Palate is thin bodied, nice bright carbonation and a clean finish. Refreshing beer, I certainly enjoyed / appreciated it more this time around. (6,3,6,3,12 - 3.0)
<<Original Rating 25 October 2006>>
GABF 06 - poured and tasted this one. Traditional looking, smelling and tasting lager. A touch better then the macros, but IMO only a touch. (4,3,5,2,11 - 2.5)