Beertography and Review: New Glarus Two Women

Brewed by: New Glarus Brewing Company
New Glarus, Wisconsin USA
Style: Bohemian Pilsener
ABV: 5.0%

Commercial description:  Four thousand years before Christ, Sumerian women created the divine drink of beer. Viking women brewed in Norse society. European Ale Wives were so successful as cottage brewers they were taxed. Artisanal women lost their domination of the daily ritual of brewing during the Industrial Revolution. Today’s brewing trade is controlled by men. The collaboration of two Craft companies both led by women, New Glarus Brewing and Weyermann Malting, is unique. You hold the result “Two Women” a Classic Country Lager brewed with Weyermann’s floor malted Bohemian malt and Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops. A tempting and graceful classic lager found…Only in Wisconsin!

Special shout-out to Jacob, a.k.a. “Sud Savant” for this little gem. Sadly, New Glarus is not distributed in Ohio : (

APPEARANCE   (5/5)

A pour into a tulip glass reveals a clear amber color, topped with a full two-fingers of fluffy and creamy white head. The head sticks around for the party with good retention and tons of lacing.

AROMA (8/10)

Clean and crisp. Very nice balance between bready caramelized malts, lager yeast and some hops.  There’s a little bit of both with a sweetness that may be more dominate.  Maybe just a subtle hint of honey sweetness and citrus.

FLAVOR  (18/20)

Soft and subtly sweet caramel malt, nutty, toasted grain, and a hint of floral hops. The malts really pop at the front, with just a hint of sourness lingering around the edges. The hops take over in the second half, providing some acidity and just a gentle bite of bitter at the end.  Made in the style of a pilsener, there is not going to be anything to knock the socks off of most beer drinkers aside from the smoothness.  Balance, balance, balance.

MOUTHFEEL  (2/5)

This is the one weakness I could find in this beer. Fairly benign mouthfeel; it has reasonable crisp but lacks a certain flair. It also seems a little thin. Finishes clean. I would have liked a bit more carbonation and body.

OVERALL IMPRESSION  (10/10)

Well New Glarus managed to knock me over with a feather again. Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of the style. Another fine session beer with flavor and substance. Again, me only knock would be the thin mouthfeel.

FINAL SCORE  (43/50)

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