I always have high expectations for any beer from New Glarus, especially a style as simple as a pilsner. This is not your typical pilsner, however, but if you’re fan of rich ones, you’ll love Hometown Blonde.
For starters, this pilsner is on the heavier side, at least as pilsners go. Hometown Blonde uses four varieties of German hops to achieve a richer and creamier “Old World” style pilsner. Hops clearly comprise the backbone, a concept I’ll never argue with, but from a person who’s not the biggest pilsner fan, they’re a little much at first. I wouldn’t go as far as to say they tasted stale, but their strength clashed with the light and creamy texture. I wasn’t used to this, as it’s been a good long while since I’ve had a legit pilsner, but Hometown Blonde grew on me. Hops add meat to the normally-bland pilsner, and this is one I would willingly pick up again.
If you like a good pilsner you’ll love Hometown Blonde. The flavor is consistent and finishes clean without an aftertaste, but the middle was a little much for me at first. If you’re not used to thicker pilsners, don’t pass judgment quickly; if you know you’re a pilsner fan, this is for you.