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Edel-Pils - New Glarus Brewing Company

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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 15
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002)
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

KC9LDB, Apr 15, 2013
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4.76/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A brilliantly clear golden colored beer with a pillowy bright white head, great retention. Thick chunky laceing down the NG pilsner glass with each sip. And the bubbles rocketing up from the WI logo at the bottom are a nice touch.

S: Bready grainy pilsner malt aroma balanced with spicey noble hops. Very clean smelly hop aroma.

T: Everything is well balanced in the flavor off this beer. The hop bitterness is moderate and flavor is consistant with the noble aroma but never becomes over powering or fatigueing. The clean, crisp fermentation character is very similar to lagers i've had from germany (Wyeast 2124?). And the malt complexity is there even though its probably only pilser malt. Bready, almost sweet but thats not the correct word and grainy (but in a good way).

M: The light to moderate body makes it very drinkable. Moderate carbonation. Refreshing!

O: I've been diving in to the german/czech pilsners/lagers latley and with NG redily available in WI what a high bar to set. I've had examples from germany that have been sitting on a shelf but don't quite stack up.. this is a winner all the way.

guityler83, Sep 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

soze47, Mar 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

ABO2012, Jul 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Soneast, Apr 19, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

Wobbly, Aug 29, 2014
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4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear medium gold, with a bright white extremely fine head that dissipates somewhat quickly to a thin rim.

Explosive spicy noble hop nose absolutely jumps out of the glass. Beneath it lurks rich, bready malt. How so few elements combine to make such a satisfying nose, I'm not sure, but this literally makes my mouth water.

Medium in the mouth with waves of malt barely kept in check by the spicy hops, and the hearty whack of bitterness that kicks in mid-palate. Gorgeous balance. Incredibly long, lingering finish with both the malt and hop notes echoing seemingly endlessly.

Luxuriant mouthfeel - the malt just fills each nook and cranny. Carbonation is fine and prickly - just enough to scrape the weight of the malt off the tongue before the next sip. And this is a beer to sip and savor. Drinkability is off the chart for me. I'll drink it all!

Realale, Aug 20, 2008
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4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Finally reviewing this after consuming a 6pack of this.

(A)- Pours a clear pale goldenrod color. Produced a lovely voluminous white frothy head that really stuck around for awhile before dissipating. Some lacing.

(S)- A really nice lemongrass meets a lovely soft grainy yeast attribute. ever so subtlely sweet in a honey-like sense.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. It just has the right amount of a honey-like sweetness combined with a light but crisp graininess with just a kiss of an orange and lemon peel-like fruit.

(M)- An insanely crisp and refreshing body. Light yet gobs of subtle complex flavors that make this very dynamic without losing its hugely smooth yet lightly crisp mouthfeel.

(O)- Its been a very long time since a pilsner has caught my attention, but this is simply fantastic. Incredibly drinkable; light and refreshing. I would have a case of this in my fridge at all times if New Glarus made it year-round. A refreshing take on a style that I usually consider bland.

sweemzander, Sep 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

cokes, Apr 08, 2002
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Will1508, Jul 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

clloyd892, Oct 06, 2013
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robear, May 24, 2014
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ajevne, Jun 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Beautiful pour. A deep golden tone with a 2 inch head that dissipates quickly.

S: Brings back memories from Packer games, but belies the fact that it's not just another crappy beer. Really great hoppy smell but very mellow taste for the strong and distinct hop smell.

T: Taste is just a straight up solid pilsner. Not a lot of hop, just enough depth without being too much. Light and simple.

M: Not too much carbonation. Feels just right.

O: One of my favorite beers. New Glarus really has their act together on this one, per usual.

MJKauz, Jul 23, 2013
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Fargrow, May 30, 2013
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NickSMpls, Jun 04, 2013
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KellyScottMad, Sep 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

bicyclesnbeer, Jul 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

jrpapajcik, Jun 14, 2013
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imperialking, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

gio540, May 07, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear golden straw with three fingers of fluffy off-white foam.

Smell: Spicy and floral hops, bready malt, and a nice lightly fruity yeast. I was expecting a typical pilsner aroma but this is quite nice. It does have a little bit of that sharpness inherent to the style but its softened by the Bavarian yeast.

Taste: Dry, crackery malt, lots of graininess, some spicy hops and fruity yeast. Picked up a little apple and lemon tartness as well.

Mouthfeel: Wow. Starts off crisp and then becomes incredibly creamy. Finishes extremely smooth. Carbonation seems to die off rather quickly but other than that I absolutely loved the feel of this one.

Overall, this was a fantastic pilsner. I've never been a fan of the style but leave it to New Glarus to make an expertly crafted version of a boring classic. In my opinion, this is the kind of beer they do best. Simple, clean, beautifully constructed lagers.

WolfsbaneBloom, Apr 18, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a half chalice.

Pours a golden straw with a towering head that slowly recedes leaving sticky lace and rings.

Aroma is of garlic hops, very astringent. Malt is present, but not overly so.

Flavor is fruity, like fruit punch with a hit of malt and hops. Green apple and crisp greens. Hops are there, with a hint of clover honey and white sugar. This is one complex flavor profile that ends to many quaffs.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Drinkability is awesome.

I know that New Glarus makes some good brews but I have never had a Pils as tasty as this one. Dan knows what he is doing, I only wish he wasn't local, so singing his praises wouldn't be overlooked.

Highly recommended.

wheatyweiss, May 24, 2008
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Edel-Pils from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.