Edel-Pils - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 18
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002

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Reviews by Strix:
Photo of Strix
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear straw color, good initial head, fades to nothing.

Grassy hops, bready notes.

Cracker, herbal hops, toast, lemon zest, white grape. Clean finish.

Smooth medium-thick mouthfeel, a bit of a zing from the carbonation.

A really nice summer beer, easy drinking and tasty.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Wobbly
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%

In general, I am amazed that folks states-side feel that our attempts at this style are better than ones made in Bohemia, Moravia, or across Germany. But this one is actually worth it. A truly satisfying and complex masterpiece by one of the ten to fifteen best breweries in the U.S. For those of us lucky enough to have lived in Wisconsin, this beer made other attempts at this style seem foolish.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty quality pilsner that I don’t frequently drink because when I’m drinking light, I prefer really great beers like Highlife and Pabst.

What I like most about this beer is that it’s American and yet it’s not an American pilsner. It’s the real deal. It’s got hops, real noticeable hops and it actually doesn’t have to be consumed ice cold like all other American pilsners. NG’s people’s beer actually tastes good above 38 degrees.

The swiss edel is also rather creamy and smooth compared to most pilsners. Super drinkable with great texture.

A rocking good beer that is too often overlooked by the hardcore beer guys.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my SN pint glass a nice amber orange with a thin bubbly head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the top. Aromas of crisp sweet barley, slightly fruity with a dash of herbal hops in the nose as well. Fairly standard overall, doesn't grab me all that much.

First sip brings a nice sweet pale maltiness that has some light citric fruit tones. A somewhat mellow earthy herbal hop hits the back of the palate. Finishes clean with a slightly bready yeast. An easy drinking pils for sure.

Mouthfeel is good with enough malt to make it a bit full in the mouth. A beer that achieves its goal of being a German Pilsener but not much else. Not a brew that I would actively seek out, but works well on a hot summer day.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to onecrazymofo for this opportunity.
Pours a clear, golden color...lots of carbonation as I hear it crackling in my pint glass. Less than a half finger of white head w/ a fairly aggressive pour, but sits pretty on top for most of the pint.
Lacing is tight, but thin and slides its way back into the beer within seconds.
The aroma is very nice...very subtle malt sweetness up front.
Wow...a nice pucker after the first taste. Slightly sweet and just a touch sour. I have not had many Pilseners, but I dig its style....it is very refreshing and not as carbonated as I was expecting. The mouthfeel is not thin and the aftertaste is very clean...even the burps are refreshing.
I could really enjoy a bunch of these on a nice sunny day...then again, the weather sucks here presently, and this new brew is lifting my spirits...thanks again ocmf.

Photo of badbeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light golden color with a quarter inch of head with a ring of lacing that lasts throughout. Hints of flowers in the aroma. Taste is slightly sweet at beginning with a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is nice and full. Very drinkable brew, definately a pilsner that I will be frequenting when the opportunity arises. Let this beer warm a little, not room temperature, but it gets better when it's not ice cold.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Bubbly clear yellow in color. Fizzy. Sparkling head of white foam rests atop. Smattering of lace on the glass. Aromas of "pilsener" (no sh!t)...crackery/biscuit malt notes blended with a hoppy spice note. Flavors see more of the aromas. Solid malt backbone with spicy/zingy hop accents. Dry...crisp finish. Solid in nearly every facet. Super summertime thirst-quencher.

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass. Bottle code of 0743.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellowish orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with solid hints of biscuit and earthy hops. Bready malts upfront with solid sweet hints of biscuit, grains, crackers, straw, and yeast. Noticeable earthy hints of noble hops giving a somewhat spicy scent. Mild hints of fruity esters of apple and grape. A pretty solid Euro style pilsener aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a crisp and refreshing bready taste of biscuit, grains, and spicy hops. Sweet and bready malts throughout with good notes of biscuit, grains, crackers, yeast, and straw. Light fruity notes of apple, grapes, and some lemon zest. Some spicy earthy notes provided by a noticeable presence of noble hops. A pretty clean and solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and slightly prickly.

Overall: A solid take on the European Pilsener style. Solid biscuity taste with some nice fruit hints.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - crisp, golden, strawlike yellow from this pour with very little lacing or head.

Smell - holy farm smell to it. Lots of oats and straw and smells like a brewery on a brewing day

Taste - crisp, light, easy, cereal flavor to it

Mouthfeel - very easy to drink and leaves easily as well

Overall - a true pils and quite refreshing! I could see myself having a few of these

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a stemmed strange)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden orange body with a lumpy pale white head supported by loose chains of tiny bubbles.

S- The clean aroma has hints of DMS dried corn that grows as it opens but otherwise a very clean aroma.

T- The clean flavor has a touch of sweetness to the pale malt flavor with a faint buttery note that grows a bit as it warms. There is a slight tart hop note in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that grows as it warms.

O- This beer is not real crisp but is pretty clean with a touch of sweetness but not enough character to make it sessionable.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Homerbag for this extra.

Pours a nice clean golden pilsner with a white head that actually retains quite well. grassy nose with grain and slight straw. Taste follows, very lagery graininess, some hay, and a tiny bit of pepper. A slight cream. wierd i know, but its there, not obvious and works well with it though. A good mouthfeel that is just a touch too thick. Drinkability is quite good, a defenite good choice for a lawn mower refresher. Overall a solid pils from NG, as always, I am satisified with their product.

Photo of cokes
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite American style pilsener, period. New Glarus has outdone themselves with this beauty.

Pours a rich crystalline golden color...nearly amber. Dense, creamy head. Very inviting. Nice sweet malty smell with faint (noble?) hop notes. And this needn't be sucked down ice cold. Actually, it considerable better out of the fridge for a awhile.

Smooth and creamy, and yet perky with CO2, and obviously attentively lagered. Full mouthfeel is New Glarus' trademark and it really pushes this beer to the top. Phenomenal to drink. Sweet near caramelly malts caress the taste buds, mingling with grain, and husk flavors. The noble hops enter and keep things nicely balanced, grassy and brown. I could go for a little more hop snap, then it might be truly perfect..
Quite honestly, this is one of the most complex pils I have had. The creaminess seems to bring out myriad hidden flavors. Maybe some faint vanilla, honey and herbal notes as well.

Great beer. On of NG;s upper tier. Excels in the spring to early summer. But since it is brewed year round, it's great anytime.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus' Edel-pils reeks of rich, grainy malt, and not surprisingly, it's found in the flavor as well. Gently spicy and mildly floral hops round things out; and it's really well-balanced, displaying its rich maltiness without ever becoming sweet. The mouthfeel is great with its medium body and very fine-bubbled, restrained carbonation lending a caress to the tongue before warming to become creamy and smooth. Always satisfying and highly drinkable, this is one of my favorite beers (and that says alot!).

Photo of dirtylou
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: pours a dull pale straw color, fairly clear, small bubbly head forms with virtually no lacing

smell: pretty typical for the style...strong peppery malt structure, grassy, earthy, slightly fruity (apple, lemon peel), mild hop presence of the floral nature

taste: crisp and clean, spicy and peppery hops on top of a deep malt profile...apple, lemon peel, slight orange fruit flavors, touch of vanilla, touch of honey

mouthfeel: medium-light, not watery, clean crisp and fresh

drinkability: very

Photo of tempest
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Crazynelson for trading this.

Poured into a clear stein, its a brilliant gold with a thick white head. The flavor has a light dry-biscuit malt backbone with a bite of spicy, lemon hops for balance. Something about the body almost makes this beer juicy and seemingly extra drinkable. I could down it by the liter stein and I wish it were summer, not March, so I could have my thirst properly quenched by this fine pilsner.

Photo of jackndan
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice looking Pilsner beer, deep amber, almost red color. The head turned flat very quickly. Very nice aroma, earthy, fresh mown hay aroma. Rich malt flavors, deep mouth feel, smooth flavors throughout the after-taste. This is a wonderful smooth beer, with deep layered tastes throughout. I like this beer.

Photo of bditty187
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, bright gold in hue with hints of orange as well, there is some animation lazily dancing to the white head. The foam was one finger in height and the head retention was decent, it faded to a skimpy cap after a few moments. Subsequent lacing was stringy and unorganized. It looks like a Pilsner. The nose is uncomplicated but articulate. It is succinct like a dictionary definition and this beer would be the very entry for a Pilsner. Both the nose and palate are ideal for the style. The bouquet is largely malt with tons of crisp biscuit aromas, hints of grain but the maltiness is concisely “Pils.” Nice. Hops play a secondary role but their influence is easily noticeable, they offer some flowery, lemony smells. Clean. Tremendously inviting. I wish the potency were a little louder. In a word the palate is great. IMO, if you can’t dig this beer you just don’t like Pilsners. I’m not knocking you if you don’t; I happen too love it. The malt backbone is perfect, great strength, very firm and so damn tasty! It offers very slight and succulent sweetness that dances a sexy tango with the biscuit flavors. A trace of grain is a distant wallflower. Speaking of flowers, the hops contribute such a taste along with the most modest kiss of lemon. Great stuff. There is no start or finish, just full-on flavor at all times. The aftertaste really elevates this beer, it is a sense it is clean but I don’t forget what I just had. I don’t want that “empty” feeling either. Good crispness. Super refreshing. This is the best Pilsner I’ve had. Yummy! Medium/medium-full in body, modest but natural carbonation, it is ideal for this style of beer. The mouthfeel has some bulk and it has a very pleasant essence to it. Nice. Amazingly drinkable! This would be a great everyday beer or a BBQ beer or even a beer for the macro-lager crowd. I’m very impressed. I should have bought more than the six-pack I purchased in Milwaukee, WI.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on November 11, 2005. 12 oz Bottle. Thin effervescent dark golden pour, with a thin white head. Dusty malt and metallic hop aroma. Suprisingly sugary clean malt, with background notes of grain and wheat. Malt is sweet, even and clean. A touch of sourness and some lemon flavor and a bit of balance from the gentle hops. Not really all that impressive, fairly typical. Palate is a touch watery and a good bit sweet and clingy.

Photo of shbobdb
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

I can see why this beer does so well on BA. Unfortunately, the things that make a beer rate highly on BA are some of the very things that shouldn't be in a pilsner.
The beer pours a nice golden yellow with delicate little bubbles. From the first sip, you know that this beer is more of a germanic pils than a bohemian pilsner. That's fine, a nice light beer is a good thing. However, the body is waffly. It just can't make up its mind whether it wants to be a full-bodied beer or a watery beer. It kind of reminds me of the 1% gelatin solution we keep onhand at the lab -- it looks, feels, and moves like water but wrong.
Then there is the nose. Very estery, lots of yeast aroma here dancing with a whiff of hops. No skunked/sulfur aroma (which OUGHT be present). It almost smells like a tripel rather than a pilsner. Most distressing.
The taste isn't bad, once you get past the mouthfeel. It just doesn't taste like a pils, really. There are too many fruity yeast flavours, particularly at the end. Rather than a crisp, pilsner 'ahhh', I feel like I'm drinking a british ale. Not a bad thing, just not something I want in my pilsner.

Yeah, this lager is too ale-y for me. Not a bad beer by any means, it just doesn't fit the pilsner mold very well . . . which is a very bad thing when you are reaching for a one.

Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow with a nice two-fingers of white head. Retention was good. Moderate amounts of lacing is left on the glass. I smell lemons, grassy hops, and some light malt. About average taste. Light malt, noble hops, and a little bit of a lemon flavor. Has a light body with a crisp finish. An above average pilsner all around and refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of marcobrau
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a light, crisp, refreshing pilsner beer that is perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot day. A gentle malt sweetness is evident, but the beer is still hoppy enough to be called a pilsner. There is none of the six-row malt huskiness that is sometimes found in microbrewed pilsners, but there was a slight noticeable buttery note, that is a bit inappropriate for the style.

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden orange, crystal clarity, scant head after five minutes, but it had a finger or two of white foam initially. Trails of tiny bubbles rise throughout.

Minor aromas of sun tea, apple, soft bready pilsner malt.

Flavor is nice and the body is also pleasant. Apple butter on white bread, dry grassy noble hop, pristine and smooth. Light bodied with ample carbonation, easily drinkable. A classic that I was very happy to see again. Not quite in the upper echelon of NG lagers with Hometown Blonde and Bohemian Lager, but a solid summer drinker. Recommended.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, clean pale gold. Small head white head of fizzing carbonation forms then vanishes leaving no lace. Carbonation is so "tight" that it is audible which I've never noticed in a beer before.
Aroma is pale malt, very citrus with maybe some biscuit in the background.
Flavor has some solid but sweet pale malt and a very restrained and ctirc acid hop bittering on the finish.
Mouthfeel is has some stickier malt hits than most Pils I've had but must say have not had any German Pils before this one. Carbonation is not as high as I'm accustomed to with the style but OK overall.
Drinkability is very high as this is refreshing after a workout.

Photo of scaliasux
3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium gold with a hint of red. Clear and bubbly. Medium tall, soapy, white head. Head is persistent.

Smell - Light pale malt. Bready with a slight fruitiness.

Taste - Light. Sweet and bready. A little peppery spice. A little orange in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Overall - Light and pleasant. Not, however, an exemplar of the style or terribly exciting.

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New Glarus Edel-Pils

Appearance: Another pilsner from New Glarus to follow up their brilliant Hometown Blonde. This one pours a perfectly crystal clear golden/brass color with two fingers of head almost white head, which has decent retention. Lacing is a little above average. The star of the show is the carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass like people out of apartment building fire. It looks the part of being a very refreshing beverage, hopefully the rest of the beer lives up to this promise.

Aroma: There is a noble hop presence that lets you know the beer is not a macro. This is followed up by sweet malts, not of the caramel or toffee type or anything that sometimes comes out of most malts; here, the malts just smell like sweet malts (albeit with the trademark New Glarus aroma), no more, no less. The yeast is there and is a bit bready, but, like the rest of the beer, is quite reserved. There is a hint of green apple crispness in the back of the aroma. This is a very average smelling lager with nothing that really stands out about it.

Taste: Up front there is just a passing taste of noble hop presence, but it is swallowed up almost instantly by the sweetness of the malt, which here comes across as biscuity, buttery (New Glarus’s hallmark) and bready, which melds well with the mild fruitiness of the yeast. This bready presence continues even as most of the flavor drops out halfway through the taste, leaving the drinker with a heavy grain presence in the mouth. The green apple flavor is here as well, though as minimal as the nose. Some hop bitterness would really have been welcome to cut the aftertaste off and make this a bit crisper and, thus, more refreshing, which is largely what all pilsners should shoot for. It is a good tasting beer, nonetheless, just a bit off the style.

Mouthfeel: Here, the beer is on point. The body is medium-light, and in the sweet spot for pilsners. The carbonation is not as active as it appears in the glass and so is just below where would be desirable per style. There is no lingering stickiness and no astringency (though, again, some would have been welcome to halt the flavor entirely). This drinks like the well-crafted beer that it is, however, it could be so much better.

Overall: Dan and Deb, hear me out: bring back Hometown Blonde! That beer was far better, far truer to its style, and far more refreshing. This is a good effort, but it just cannot stand up to New Glarus’s own lofty standards, its precursor, or the other great craft lagers out there (Victory Prima Pils, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, and Great Lakes Eliot Ness). Pick it up if you want to convert a macro drinker to the side of the Force, but otherwise, choose a different craft lager. 15/20

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Edel-Pils from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.