Steve's Liquor, Madison
This awaited pilsner fills my glass with a strong golden liquid and outstanding clarity to the point of allowing fingerprints to be read perfectly through the glass. Two fingers of bone white head continue to dress up the body of this beer. The head eventually falls to a solid collar and moderate skimming. A good amount of unpredictable lacing is left after each drink, staying sticky throughout.
My nose is immediately greeted by handfuls of drying grass. The grass falls back and allows the other aromas to shine through. The hop profile not only shows the grassiness, which is most prominent, but brings along a nice subtle floral character as well. I'm really impressed with the maltiness in the nose. Freshly husked grains add a slight sweetness that brings out a touch of honey and the oak vats produce a very subtle and complimenting dry woodiness. Each swirl of the glass brings about a squeeze of lemon juice that brings it all out and makes my mouth water. This is how a pilsner should smell.
I'm happy to say the nose led me in the right direction. This beer has all of the wonderful qualities the nose suggested. Grassy upfront that eventually falls back but never fully leaves and is always noticeable. The mild honey like sweetness from the superbly clean grains lay down a great foundation for the style and the lemon tends to come across on the tongue slightly more then it did in the nose. The finish brings the drying grassiness and dry woodiness to the front. Each separate flavor profile in this beer is crisp, clean and expressive. Bohemian Lager is a delicious pilsner.
The carbonation is lively and snaps across the tongue pushing the medium body through at a fast pace which makes the drinking that much easier. The grassy hoppiness sneaks up on me and leaves my tongue battered and beaten halfway through the glass that the Sahara-like dryness only enhances. The body is lively, quick moving, slightly numbing and fits the beer exceptionally well.
The drinkability is off the charts. This is a beer I could drink all day long on these warm days like today. I struggled keeping this beer in my glass long enough to write a review. The dryness is parching to the point of needing another sip right after the last.
I am thoroughly impressed by New Glarus's newest creation. I imagine this is what the old school Pilsners tasted when fresh from the brewery in Plzen. This is a delicious beer; get it while it's fresh.
Price: $8.99 Served In: Pilsner Glass
Thanks to imperialking for this beer in our recent trade.
Pours a slightly darkened gold color with a frothy finger thick foam. The head displays some good retention with some soapy lacing on the glass.
Decoction indeed. Very deep layer of malt on the nose, incredibly malty, sweet caramel, toffee, sweet toast, very German-like malt intensity, and a floral and slightly spicy hop aroma. I get a slightly heavy and syrupy feeling from this beer just with the smell. The malt seems to create a low ester profile with hints of candied fruits, apples and pears. As it warms up there is a sort of a buttery sweetness or powdered sugar aroma, more like a slight piloncillo and honey note.
Again, very malty and complex malt flavors but with a nice dryness and carbonation level to balance out the sweetness. A bit of floral hop flavor in the finish. Light notes of caramel, sweet apple, bread crust but not really toasted, slightly dough-like bread flavor, lightly toasted malt. Low bitterness near the end and back of the palate but just enough to create some balance, good hop flavor though. Somewhat earthy, floral, and increasingly spicy hop flavor with each sip. Sometimes I get a drier and spicier/floral finish and in some sips I get a cleaner finish with a trace of malt sweetness in the end and some floral notes. Lovely.
Moderate carbonation with a very creamy and smooth finish. Drinkability? I need to slow down drinking this so I can finish this review...I knew one bottle wouldn't be enough! I wish there were more well made lagers like this available. New Glarus has a masterpiece with this one.
I'm almost sure if this one was a bit fresher on the hop profile that it would have score a tad higher.
Served In: Pint Glass
Thanks to Tip Top for the bottle!
Pours a brilliant light gold with a white head that lasts forever - looks like beer, dammit! The aroma is simple yet so enticing - full of fresh, ozone-y, leafy grassy Saaz over a background of wildflower honey spread on a freshly baked, lightly toasty roll.
Now take that simple roll with honey, and add on a bitter, leafy, delicately floral, grassy Saaz hop character that lasts throughout. Very little in the way of sweetness - just enough to balance, but there's a balanced dryness here that carries through to the end. Finishes dry, slightly grassy/lemony... very nicely done, and very true to style. Medium light body makes this one a scarily drinkable son of a gun - not as chewy as some Bohemian lagers, but not necessarily a bad thing.
Very, very clean and tasty take on the style from New Glarus. Really liked this one - had it sitting by the pool and it was ideal for the job.
Served In: Pint Glass
Slightly fogged medium lemon gold color topped with a small starchy fluffed white foam and lots of lacing spread in torn sheets across the glass.
Aroma is very wholesome and powered well in the nose with a full on amount of rounded bready, doughy sweet malts. Slightly grassy notes and crusted with a light toasty faction.
Flavors are bold and lasting with a whole lot of firm bready sweet malts edged with a partial touch of toastyness and grassy grains. Very lasting and impressionable with a super keen little dryness airing off the finish as the malts lay its foundation of bread dough in each sip.
Firm chewy body of largely more then mediumness in its malt distribution. Tenderly crisp yet keeps a rounded tone of bready sweetness far reaching throughout every bud of tasting.
One heck of a solid beer! Quite tasty and lasting with a great breadyness. Another yummy addition to the Unplugged line up of New Glarus.
Served In: Pint Glass
Slightly darker tinted hay yellow with a fluffy white head that fades and leaves a bit of nice lacing.
Aroma of lemon, hay, fresh orange juice (but not in an overly hoppy way) and slightly spicy.
Taste is very similar to the smell with more of that upfront orange flavor with lemon and straw as well. A nice spicy hop finish. Very juicy overall.
Nice medium dryness with a medium mouthfeel.
Great session beer.
Served In: Pint Glass
This is one of the most highly anticipated beers of the year for me. A solid pour produces an almost two-finger thick, frothy, pale tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. The beer is a clear, orange tinged, gold color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright, rich gold hue when held up to the light (more color than a German Pils, but not quite as much as the darker, traditional Bohemian versions). The aroma has a nice spiciness to it and is definitely influenced heavily by the hops; aromas of hay, lemon zest and a nice savory herbal note are noticeable. The malt plays a definitive role here too though, with aromas of biscuit-like malt, grain sweetened cracker notes, a touch of honey-like malt towards the finish and perhaps even a hint of ripe melon. This definitely has a nice chewy malt and hop nose to it; exactly what one would expect from a good Bohemian interpretation.
This has a light medium heft to it that coats the palate with some lightly sweet malt character. The hop notes easily cut through this though, providing a staunch bitterness and a nice herbal note both of which linger on in the long finish. This definitely has a nice, savory, spicy, hop character to it that fully expresses itself on the palate. The malt plays a supporting role in the flavor (more so than it did in the aroma), but does contribute a substantial impact to the mouthfeel as well as contributing back end flavors of buttery malt, grassy / lightly toasted grain, honey-like malt notes that become noticeable in the finish, . This has some definite notes of lemon zest that become more noticeable as the beer warms up, this also has a certain palate coating character that makes me think of oak-barrel derived tannins (though it could just be green hop notes, but I don't think so, at least not entirely). I really like how the zing (bitterness, spice and herbal notes) of the hop character is lightly held in check by the textured, soft, yet inviting, malt backbone.
This is easily the best beer I have had from New Glarus. A simple, yet substantial Bohemian Pilsner, complex in its sparse ingredient choices; this beer grows on me more and more as I work my way through this beer. This is just so quaffable, a 12oz bottle isn't nearly enough and I would definitely love to have a couple 6 packs of this in my fridge.
Served In: Bottle
Pours a nice crystal clear light-medium copper with a small white head. The foam settles quickly and leaves just a bit of lacing on the walls of the glass. Tiny bubbles rise from the bottom and make their way to the top of the brew.
Grainy nose up front. Hint of sweetness in the malt and a touch of bready aroma. Light touch of caramel. Not much else there.
Smooth malty body with a medium carbonation. Bready with a touch of light caramel mingled in. Clean finish and very drinkable.
While this brew is very tasty, the price asked for a 4 pack is too high. If they made it a year-round offering at the price of their normal brews I'd buy it regularly.
Served In: Pint Glass
Pours golden amber with a dense white head. The aroma has plenty of grainy pilsner malt and Saaz hop character. Flavor is a bit of a let down. Clean malty flavor with a bit of a perfume note with a round bitter finish. Full body with some refreshing carbonation. Dry finish with a pleasant malt sweetness as well. Certainly a fine beer. It just isn't going to knock you socks off. Personlly, I'd prefer more hops.
Served In: Other
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