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Edel-Pils - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 15
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean light golden color. Three fingers of creamy head which subsided to about one finger. Thick lacing left on the glass with each drink, a great cascade. Above average carbonation.

Smell: Wheat and straw are some of the stronger aromas. Additions of light lemon, green apples, and bananas. Some very fruity hops can be picked up as well. As the beer slightly warmed up so did my admiration for this aroma.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, the somewhat plain wheat and earth straw flavors hit the palette. The hops and fruity aromas really brighten up this beer on the back end, lemon and exotic fruits continue to come. The finish has some nice bright accents but does fall off a little more then desired.

Mouthfeel: Clean but could use some more lingering presence.

Overall: Another very solid beer from New Glarus. A very easy drinker that I could not hesitate to grab a sixer of at any time. You get some hops and nice yeast presence.

KFBR392, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of NickSMpls
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

NickSMpls, Jun 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Woodman70, Jun 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

DenverBigRed, May 31, 2013
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The shoulder of the bottle features a batch code, but there is no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a New Glarus flute. It is a clear, golden straw color. A finger of light, eggshell-colored head dissipated quickly, leaving a ring of foam and a spotted lacing.

Smell: Crisp, bready, grassy, and a little skunky — just like a Czech pilsner should be. It has a helles-like hay mound aroma, probably from the Bavarian yeast. There is a little apple, and prunes or raisins come to mind as well.

Taste: Mirrors the smell. Grassy and bready with a little hay mound, sweet fruit, and a touch of lemon mixed in. It has a crispy, grassy hop bite, too.

Drinkability: Delicious and true to form. It is simple yet so incredible and well-crafted. Excellent stuff.

TheQuietMan22, May 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Fargrow, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DarthGuitarHero, May 29, 2013
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Edel Pils

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tapered pilsner glass. Served cold...

A) Shimmering golden brew, with about a finger of white foam, which settled to a collar quickly. Lots of bubble trails to watch.

S) Light malt, grains, and a nice grassy/herbal hops aroma. It is a refreshing scent.

T) Flavor is very much like the nose. This is very clean and crisp. A nice bitter finish.

M) A lighter body, with carbonation to maximize refreshment. Again, it's very clean. Quite smooth, with a slightly dry finish.

O) This is a fantastic warm weather beer. Hell, I'd drink it anytime. I like this just as much as Hometown Blonde. Glad to recommend....

RoamingGnome, May 26, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

emerge077, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

atone315, May 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Larrygto, May 24, 2013
Photo of jabo134
4/5  rDev +3.9%

jabo134, May 23, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

MattyG85, May 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

GinsuDave, May 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

MarkFy, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

PeterOrlando92, May 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

theminutemen, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ajzy, May 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

jaasen64, May 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Mandark, May 10, 2013
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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

THANAT0PSIS, May 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

gio540, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ArfArf, May 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

npendres, Apr 29, 2013
Edel-Pils from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.