Edel-Pils - New Glarus Brewing Company

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86
very good

300 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 300 | Reviews: 128
Photo of Dotcubed
2.49/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Still on the same Glarus kick. Lots of quality at this brewery, the beer they make are all distinct, well crafted. But it's true what they say about fresh beer.

A clear sun shine yellow color. High clarity. Bud like in appearance, smells pilsen. Nice hopps but dusty.

Malty. Smooth. And a bit watery. I hate to say it, aged flavors. Thin, dry, and lacking any strong flavors. Not my favorite example. I'm guessing it's an old bottle.

It looks really good, yet falls flat. Not yet in the hot summer beer season, I'm sure this would be good fresh. Especially with fresh cut grass and a grilled hot dog.

Photo of ballewblake
2.94/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Half finger white head on pour, crystal clear, almost transparent golden body. Head doesn't last very long, resolves to a light haze on the top. Smell is... corn? Okay, I thought I had evolved to like even styles I used to hate, I can drink a bud if I have too (okay, not a full one) but pilsners still don't do anything for me, even a craft brewed pils. Body is nicely carbonated, mouth is light and crisp.. as expected. Taste is barely there, pilsen malts, very light balancing hops are barely there. Tongue is sucked dry of moisture very fast. Still not a style I look forward to drinking. Oh well, maybe I can finish this one.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Tenuta's, Kenosha, WI
Date: "0993 11:24" stamped on bottle
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

This is a pleasant tasting beer, but to call it a pilsner of any sort is strange, for it is neither particularly hoppy or light in color, as pilsners generally are. The dominant flavors are of mild bread and bread crusts, definitely not right for a German pilsner, which relies on a more white bread and hop flavor than anything else. While this beer was certainly drinkable, for the style it is off and in general it is a fairly unremarkable light amber lager. If you want a German Pilsner, go to Germany and try an easily obtainable, fresh Augustiner Pils or Tannenzapfle.

Pours a 1cm head of slightly off-white foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, giving a slightly dish soap appearance. Retention is average, around one minute, fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass, no islands. Lacing is minimal to nonexistent, a few small spots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a golden orange color bordering on light copper, with light bringing out golden yellow hues. Beer is transparent, with carbonation of moderate number and activity.

Aroma of light brown bread, slightly toasted bread, with a touch of dried grass.

Beer's flavor is predominantly malty, with a mild hint of vegetative and grassy hops lingering in the mid-palate and background. This is robust enough to be interesting, but certainly no pilsner. Beer opens with light brown bread and modest bread crust, mild dried leaves and dried grass. Mid-palate of light brown bread with slight toasted accents, very modest herbal and dried grass underneath the malt-based flavors and sweetness, ultra-light bitterness in the background. Back of palate is of lightly toasted bread with a very mild bitterness. Aftertaste is primarily of toasted bread with slight bitterness and dried, bitter vegetation.

Beer is medium in body with medium levels of carbonation, leading to a lightly foamy, smooth mouthfeel that's appropriate for this beer, though perhaps a bit low in carbonation for the style. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness clining to the palate.

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.

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 bennetj17
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much head on this baby, just a faint ring tops off the clear golden liquid. Carbonation appears subtle. The smell is faint, bready malt aroma with a hint of citrus hops. Taste is a bit weak also, bready malt flavor with a slight to moderate bitterness in the finish. Very clean tasting, the mouthfeel is a bit light, but crisp with adequate bubbles. Drinkability is nice, no off-flavors to speak of, low alcohol. It goes down pretty easy once you quit trying to grasp the taste and just accept it's simplicity. It's at least a step up from many macros of this pilsner style...

Photo of mynie
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pilsner? What?

It looks like a pilsner, I guess, gold and unexceptional with a decent head and no lacing. It smelled like potpourri--like the stuff you get in a gift shop. Very floral, which is kind of nice because it's unique but almost out of place in a beer.

The taste is unpleasantly spicy and too sweet. There are hints of fruity malts and it tastes kind of like flowers. Seriously, it's like dipping your head into a flower bed and taking in very deep breathes.

Very smooth, but the spicy aftertaste and candy sweetness makes this one tough to drink.

Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard New Glarus style label art and a branded pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with Duff27 (thanks, buddy!) and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which makes some beers I've adored. Reviewed as a German pilsener because the description notes that it was brewed with noble hops, Bavarian yeast, and Bavarian hops. There's no mention of anything indicative of a Czech pilsener anywhere on the label.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Okay creaminess and thickness. Not much frothiness. Complexion is pretty average. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good for the style - about 4-5 minutes.

Body colour is a clear transparent-as-they-come translucent yellow-copper of slightly above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks about right for the style. Not unique or special. No obvious flaws.

Sm: More sweetness than expected. Grainy and malty, with plenty of pilsner malts but also some floral hops and flowery notes. Crystal malts. Noble hops. Fragrant honey and bit of a nectary character; this honey aroma has more depth than I've experienced in awhile. Cereals. Clean Bavarian least leaves little in terms of overtly residual sugars. Everything seems in ordnung here.

An above average aroma overall for the style. Pleasant and of mild strength.

No alcohol is detectable. No other off notes either. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Plenty of honey lends it a nontraditional sweetness. The body is comprised entirely of predictable pilsner malts. Floral/Noble hops. Spritzy crystal malts. Grains and cereals abound. It's certainly sweeter than it maybe should be, but the sweetness also lends it some depth of flavour. Decently balanced for what it is, but it's not gestalt. Decent complexity. Not much subtlety, really.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No alcohol comes through. I guess I get some clean German yeast. Low attenuation for the style. .

I do like it in a general sense, but I've certainly had better pilseners.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but it does have some light coarseness up front. Above average thickness and body. Slight overcarbonation; I guess they didn't bottle-condition this one? Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. It does have a nice crispness. Spritzy.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: A downable brew, but it isn't up to par for the brewery. I'd happily buy it if I were in the mood for a pilsener, but it's not the best I've had by any means. While I'd be glad to have it available nearby, I hoped for better. Fans of the style may be disappointed considering the brewery. Definitely not their strongest work. In any case, I'm glad to have tried it. On any summer day, I'd be happy with a litreglas of this to down. Thanks to Duff27 for the bottle!

C+

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 Erdinger2003
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, but small head that sticks around and leaves a good lacing. Looks crisp and clear and well carbonated. Smells very nice, like rich barley and it's very smooth. Tastes very smooth and like a richer, full-bodied pilsner than other pilsners-such as Miller. It's smooth on the palate and finishes very smooth. It was a very enjoyable bier.

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

Poured into a pint glass this has a nice golden brown color with a light head leaving little lacing. The smell is malty but not much else in the nose. The taste is well balanced with minimal overwhelming flavors. The overall status of this brew is solid. The simplicity is exactly what one would expect in a pils. Definitely easy to drink a few.

Photo of kmeves
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow golden with a small off white head.

Aroma is lemony and grass, maybe a hint of corn.

Flavor is nicely bitter but there is a nice sweetness to balance it all out.

Medium body, very crisp mouthfeel. Finish is long and fruity.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Don't know how old this beer is but considering the last review is 3 months ago, I think its safe to assume that this one is past its freshness date. We'll see...

Pours a straw color with big two finger head using a hard pour into a pint glass. Clove, yeast, and a hint of orange peel in the nose. Flavor a mild blend of clove, grass, and traces of urine. Based on style this one fits it perfectly, definitely a well crafted beer but not something that excites me in any way.

Photo of popery
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to deliriumfest for this beer.

A: Light golden liquid with a rich tone. A nice white lager head sits atop.

S: A tad sweet without quite enough crispness. You can smell some fairly dry yeast, but there are some sweet fruit notes that I don't really care for on this style.

T: It's certainly not a bad beer, but the sweetness needs to be toned down. There could be a bit more spicy hop bite and clean grain flavor of a good pilsener. Anyway, the malt is biscuity and pretty good.

M: Good, clean mouthfeel to start, but it gets a tad grainy. In my opinion, the beer could really use a tad bit more bitterness particularly for the finish.

D: Good beer but forgettable. It's easy to drink, but I probably wouldn't pick it up again unless I was trying to compare pilseners or something. The main malt flavor just doesn't quite have the necessary freshness for my taste in lagers.

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 KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pour a clear golden color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is quite malty with a lot of biscuit, and a hint of noble hops. The taste is maltier that the aroma without much hop character at all. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent pilsenser, but there are better ones out there.

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a moderate head that slips away rather quickly without draping much lace

Smell: A bit Germanic, with some noble hop aromas but a lot of doughy malt, too

Taste: Opens doughy, almost sweet and the hops never really deliver; bready, overall

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body but lifeless carbonation

Drinkability: I picked this up last week in Columbus at Once Upon a Vine; it was a single bottle in the fridge and, not expecting to see New Glarus so far south, I should have asked questions about its provenance; perhaps it is a bit old as it is surely rather disappointing compared to what I expected from other reviews

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich, hearty, 'amber waves of grain' amber with the slightest blush of orange. The bone white head is exceedingly fine-bubbled and is already beginning to lay down beautiful, delicate, minutely pocked Belgian lace. Even without going any further, it's apparent that this is quality beer. A very nice look.

No surprises in the nose, considering the style. Unfortunately, the aroma isn't up to the standard set by the appearance. Yeah, it's noble hoppy, but the mustier characteristics come through the clearest. There's a little spiciness, but not enough to matter.

Edel-Pils is not your typical pilsener in that the malt:hop seesaw is tilted too far to the malty side of things, giving the beer an amber ale vibe that isn't at all what I expected. Either the recipe is too malt-dominant or it's too hop-deficient or the hops have faded from their former glory. Time for a new recipe (stay tuned).

Sweet and bitter coexist in near perfect harmony; not the usual circumstance in beer of this style. The flavor lacks a certain verve, a certain panache and it's not just because my hop sensors have gone wanting. I'd swear this beer is an ale; it has that fruitiness that I typically associate with ale yeast.

The body is aleish as well. It's firm, medium-full and slightly slick rather than being light, airy, crisp and clean. I like it just fine given the rest of the beer's attributes, but yet again, it isn't really pils-like at all. 'Not really pils-like' describes Edel-Pils to a 'T'.

Deborah Carey, the co-owner of New Glarus, stated in a newspaper article last December that Edel-Pils (the brewery's original beer, by the way) would be undergoing a face-lift this year. It seems that the rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. I'd say that a face-lift is a great idea. A little liposuction wouldn't hurt either.

Photo of Fcolle2
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poures golden in color with a thin half finger head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of sweet bready malt. Very mild hop aroma typical to noble hops. Very slight yeast presence in the nose.

Taste is similar to the smell, a sweet bready sweetness with a noble hop presence on the exhale. Not much bitterness but a nice slightly grassy spice typical to noble hops.

Hop oils give this beer a somewhat creamy feel for a pils though still light, bubbly, and refreshing.

Overall this is pretty drinkable and good for the style. Not my favorite style and not incredibly complex but a good drinkable pils none the less

Photo of Zorro
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through Monsone and Brews N Tunes 3 BIF.

Clear golden colored beer with a tall and long lasting white head.

Smell is lots of grain and a spicy Nobel hop aroma. Herbal and spicy hops with no citrus aromas. Good aroma but it lacks complexity.

The taste starts out heavy grain and yeast and a rich malt flavor. Little bit of citrus hop flavor here with a toasted grain flavor, small sour snap reminds me of rye. Not spicy in flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not bad at all but I prefer a Pilsener with a spicier flavor.

Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep golden color, small but lacing head, and a continual effervescence from the bottom of my pilsner glass.
This smells of grain, silage, rubber bands and wheat fields.
Comes off initially with a husky grain flavor that gives way to a mild finishing sweetness. Mild notes of wheat and barley present themselves, and a hint of a flavor reminiscent of some root crop like rutabaga or turnip.
The mouthfeel is just a bit sticky but all in all refreshing. Initially I got a slight numbness to the palate from this, for whatever reason. This is a good drinking beer.

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 hgrong
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Btl. 2005

Beer pours bright golden in color with a smallish head that fades to a thin layer. It is the color of straw as a pilsner should be. Not impressive, not a negative. The nose is not particularly impressive. It smells of lager yeast and hints of hops. Essentially dominated by the yeast esters. The palate is slightly sweet and simple. There are hints of fruit (apple stands out) and malty sweetness. There are some hops in the finish but they are not prominent. The mouth-feel is creamy and less crisp than I would like from a pilsner. It is well carbonated, but there is a strange thickness to the beer.

While not impressive, this would be a good beer for a hot summer day when you intend to drink a few. It is easy to drink and not offensive.

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a yellowish color and a mainly clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of head and good lacing.

S: A very malty smell, along with a grainy quality.

T: The malt was the overwhelming ingredient, along with grains and mild hops. Solid, but not overwhelming.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a decent version of a German Pilsener. Pretty well-balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of Slynger
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright clear golden grain colored with a fuzzy lid of white.

Smells of sweet malts with lemony floral tea and lightly spicy grassy noble hops.

Tastes the same with a medium body and creamy texture.

This one is fine, good for the style, but nothing really special.

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