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Brew Review: Totally Naked

19 Aug

Brew: Totally Naked

Brewed by: New Glarus Brewing Co. (New Glarus, WI)

Style: American Pale Lager (4.25% ABV)

My 2nd sampling from across the St. Croix. Totally Naked is actually the first lager style beer that I have reviewed on here, good thing this is a lager that tries to keep it as basic as possible. This beer has been stripped of all frills and oddities and keeps it as naked as possible. Technically an ‘American pale lager’ though I couldn’t tell the difference between any lager bier at this point since I am so unversed in the style. I’d say this is a good one to test my training wheels on.

It pours out like any mass produced lager in the world today, light clear golden color. Somewhat straw-like, yellow. The aroma is not mass produced, however it is very subtle. There isn’t a ton jumping out at me on the first sniff. There is the basic bready lager smell and deep down in it there are some grassy floral hops just barely there.

The flavor follow suit. The classic lager beer taste, bread, pale malts, and quite easy drinking. Those faint hops show up a little more, however in the taste. They come through with some sweetness and keep the body of the beer lighter and bouncy.

Overall, this is a very light drinking beer, great for a BBQ or a hot day outside. New Glarus has actually stripped down beer to its basics and created a very solid, albeit, naked beer. As I have said, I don’t know much about lager,s but this one doesn’t get that skunky smell or taste after it gets a little warmer like most mass produced beers, I think the fact that there are some hops (which have preservative qualities) present keeps the beer from souring so fast. It’s a smooth with a touch of sweet beer from start to finish, a very pleasant beer to drink.

Overall grade: B+

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Brew Review: Moon Man

26 Jul

Brew: Moon Man

Brewed by: New Glarus (New Glarus, WI)

Style: “No coast Pale Ale” (5.0% ABV)

 

On a trip across the boarder I finally decided to give New Glarus a try. I have had friends from Madison tell me that this brewery knows whats going on and they are doing it right. I picked up a 6 pack sampler of their beers and brought them back to the better side of the St. Croix. Thankfully WI does sell beer, real beer that is, in their grocery stores and gas stations so all I had to do was pull off the road and there was great stuff waiting for me.

The Moon Man poured out a bright golden yellow, kind of reminded me of all the straw that I saw laying around in WI, just waiting to get munched on by some cows. There was a decent sized head with big foamy bubbles on the top of the glass that settled down after a minute or two.

The aroma of this beer was unique, it didn’t come off as super hoppy but there wasn’t really any sweet maltiness to back up the hops. I think thats where they get the ‘no coast’ ale part, its neither a big hoppy bomb from the west coast and doesn’t really abide by the traditional rules of a pale ale.

The taste was refreshing. There was a good blend of hops and malts to go along with a crisp easy finish. For the most part there were grassy earthy hops that I could taste.

Overall this is a really good decent beer. It would be a great summer brew as its light enough to enjoy when its hot but still has enough flavor and complexity to satisfy. Its unique in that it doesn’t conform to an either hoppy or malty ale. It sort of dances the line and probably depending on the brewers feelings the day of brewing you could get a different sense each time you tried it. This one goes down smooth, its a super easy beer to drink. If I lived in WI this would be the beer I choose when I had a free evening on the lake or around the fire with some friends.

 

Overall Grade: B

 

Brew Review: New Glarus Back 40 Bock

23 Feb

Brew: Back 40 Bock

Brewed By: New Glarus (New Glarus, WI)

Style: Bock (5.5% ABV)

Back 40 Bock from New Glarus is a cute beer. Reggie Bush dancing-around-in-the-backfield-and –covering-thirty-yards-to-gain-two cute. It’s the guy who always seems to immediately fall into the ‘friend’ category with the pretty girls and never gets another shot at the big time. Granted, it’s better than being Brandon Jackson or the creepy guy who girls avoid at all costs, but it’s not really where you want to be.

Bocks were originally brewed by Belgian and Bavarian monks as sustenance to get them through the fasting of the Lenten season. They are supposed to be big, strong, calorie-filled, malty brews that stick to your ribs and warm your soul. In Germany it is sometimes referred to as ‘liquid bread’.  Not so much with Back 40. Although it’s a nice, drinkable cerveza, it doesn’t really hit you like an excellent bock can and should.

Usually stellar New Glarus brewmaster, Dan Carey, takes a long-lived traditional lager and puts training wheels on it, making it more broadly acceptable beverage, but one that will neither wow you nor get you through 46 days of piety and hunger. This is a solid beer that I would gladly drink, but probably won’t buy anymore sixers of it myself.

Enjoy it while it lasts, make it breakfast in the morning, give it a kiss on the cheek, and move on to bigger and better bocks.

Final Grade: B-