Edel-Pils - New Glarus Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
07-18-2006 13:56:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
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
09-15-2008 23:39:26 | More by brentk56
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
golden amber color to it. Lots of carbonation streaking toward the surface throughout the entire session. A very nice three inch high head of white foamy and fizzy lace formed on the top and hung around for a few moments before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top that lasted until the end.
The aroma was loaded down with cereal grains and a touch of light fruity yeast. The aroma of banana clearly evident as was a nice fresh grass like hoppy nose. The flavor followed right along with it, being very light in profile and feel and very highly carbonated. List grain flavors dominated with a nice earthy feel. Hints of banana and fresh grass running through it as well,
12-04-2011 02:50:33 | More by mikesgroove
4.19/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
05-26-2013 00:12:37 | More by emerge077
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
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!).
01-27-2005 21:59:21 | More by NeroFiddled
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
Color:clear, bright straw-gold. Head: stocky, strudy, milky white. Aroma: exactly what we desire from a proper pils, fresh, clean, and pretty, honeyish, floral.
Texture is excellent and tasty. Hops are lively, but not too. Malt is solid, and sweet. Body is light, but taste is terrific, and keeps returning, sip after sip. A thorough pleasure to drink.
I'd had enough bland beers just before my encounter with this one to confirm: this is when I like a lager!
05-02-2003 02:27:23 | More by feloniousmonk
3.58/5 rDev -7%
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a dark gold color as it sits on my desk, but shows a bright, full gold color when held up to the light. Perhaps a touch dark for a German style Pils, but it is perfectly in line with the color of a more Bohemian style one. The aroma has an up front grassy grain character as I take a deep draught of the nose, but it has a herbal / grassy hop character to it as well. After a bit a touch of sweet grain character becomes noticeable in the aroma, though this is fairly faint and this remains a crisp, dry smelling beer over all.
This has a nice soft hop bite to it up front that becomes more pronounced towards the finish. Competing with the bitterness in the finish is a sweet, pale grain flavor that was most noticeable during my first sip. Overall this beer finishes fairly dry and with a crisp hop bitterness. The grain sweetness does make an appearance from time to time in the finish though. Herbal hop notes dominate in a clean way and both malt and hop contribute to a certain, light grassy flavor. Cracker-like malt flavors and a clean pale malt character struggle to be noticed through the more dominant hop character. This is definitely hop dominated, but the hops are not overly aggressive and in fact could be more pronounced (might be a freshness issue), but still the malt seems a touch weak comparatively, even in a Pils I would expect a bit more characterful malt character. I do like the body and texture of this brew, it is not overly light and has just enough body to it to make things interesting. As the beer warms a bit a touch of cooked-corn / DMS character starts to become noticeable, it is fairly light and seems to add some extra complexity more than take away anything.
A decent example of a Pils that could use a bit more malt character and / or a touch more hop notes. Still this is good and certainly hit my hankering for a Pils, though the DMS gets a bit distracting as I get towards the end of my glass.
10-04-2008 03:43:22 | More by Gueuzedude
3.18/5 rDev -17.4%
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!
09-30-2013 03:24:44 | More by kojevergas
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
This poured with a nice, bubbly, white head that quickly gave way, but there was still a great deal of CO2 evident in the glass. It had an extremely light mouthfeel with a grassy/alfalfa aftertaste presenting itself on the finish. Overall, it was a very smooth, dry, light beer. I think that it would be very good on a hot, humid day, the polar opposite of the day that I tried it, but it is still not bad for a Pils.
08-22-2004 14:54:17 | More by woodychandler
3.85/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-11-2009 22:38:49 | More by tempest
3.5/5 rDev -9.1%
(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.
09-23-2013 21:00:27 | More by rhoadsrage
3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
05-27-2008 03:45:27 | More by Zorro
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" of white head over the straw-hued brew. Lacing is excellent. Aroma is lightly of pale malts, but I've never found pilsner-styles to overcome my lame sniffer, so if I smell anything, it must be significant. Taste is solid pale malts, with a crisp hit of slightly fruity hops at the outset. Refreshing. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Great summertime brew.
06-28-2004 22:31:27 | More by ppoitras
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
This crystal clear golden brew throws a nice creamy off-white head that sticks around for a little while. There are some orange tints noticeable also. Malt tones blend nicely with the noble hop accents on the nose. The spiciness noted isn't as great as true Bohemian or German style pilseners, but it's nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Body seems to be about medium full. This is a very thirst quenching brew. Great subdued maltiness and hoppiness. Some spicy hop notes surface midway through. Nice malt backbone the whole way through. Very nice brew, but I do prefer their Hometown Blonde which is more of a true European style pilsener.
09-04-2002 19:33:18 | More by Bighuge
British Columbia (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
A: Golden-bronze, white head, very little retention or lace.
S: Slight grassy-metallic aroma & biscuity bread.
T: Grassy, floral, slightly metallic hops, bready malt, hint of DMS.
M: Moderate body is very smooth; modest carbonation.
D: A decent drinker.
06-19-2008 02:23:53 | More by Derek
4.08/5 rDev +6%
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
12-29-2005 02:13:22 | More by dirtylou
Edel-Pils from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.