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Edel-Pils - New Glarus Brewing Company

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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 17
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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,

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 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 Voonder
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks TATURBO for this one.
Pourve very light yellow, slightly cloudy. One finger solid white head. Smell - slightly sweet (honey like), grassy. Very clean. Taste - pretty much the same - honey-like sweeteness hits at first, then grassy maltiness, finishes very clean. It is very simple as pils shoud be in my books. Crisp and refreshing, very good drinker. Excellent pils! Thanks again Chris!

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 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 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 twbrewer
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a pale yellowish gold color with a slight hazed swirl in the glass.Quick fizzy head that instantly vanishes,no lacing.

S-Sweet,sweet malts and maybe a hint of hops.

T-Like the smell the taste is all sweet malts with a tiny hop bitterness but has a big malty and bread like finish.

M-Light bodied with decent carbonation.A little too creamy mouthfeel,not crisp enough.

D-Very good drinking beer, easily a good session beer.

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 Wisconsin
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Color is a hazy yellow with a one and half finger head that fades to a nice lace after a couple of minutes.

S - Lots of sweet grains and malts hit your nose.

T - It tastes a lot like it smells. Grains, malts and a slight sweetness hit your mouth.

M - The smoothness of this beer is great throughout.

D - This beer is very easy to drink because of the smoothness. I am not a huge fan of the pilsners but this is one of the best that I have had.

Photo of tpd975
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light fizzy yellow hue with a nice 1/2 finger head. The retenion is great with a nice solid collar hanging around for the duration. Spotty lace is noted.

S: Very grainy malt aromas with hints of sweet corn. Light touches of citrus malt poke thru with slight tones of yeast.

T: The aroma matches the taste. Tons of light sweet malt. Very gentle splash of hops along with a touch of yeasty goodness. Good.

M: Light in body, with snappy carbonation.

D: It is the middle of December here in Wisconsin. I am on vacation and just experienced a snow storm where a foot of snow fell overnight. This is a solid beer, that is suited for summer. It's good, but I may have enjoyed it a bit more on a 90 degree Florida afternoon.

Photo of katan
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, apparently undated

A - Pours a light golden straw color - lots of carbonation although not much head presence. Must be very filtered as there is no hazing.

S - A sweet barley scent - not much for hops nose. A hair amount of a clove yeast smell.

T - Starts off fairly sweet with a sugar plus light grainy taste. Mid-stream finds more balance, but tends towards the sweet side. Finishes with an astringency that is a bit more biting. Aftertaste retains to the sweet profile.

M - Moderate body - has a fair amount of cling to it on the mouth. Carbonation isn't overly present in the mouthfeel.

D - Very easy to drink - very smooth going down. Very light on my palette.

I would have to say for its smooth simplicity that it is a good beer. Certainly a gateway for non-BAs to get into craft beer as well.

Photo of Domingo
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lager fans in Wisconsin rejoice. New Glarus does more than just fruit beers.
It's a bright golden color with a big rocky head.
Smells like fresh grain, but with a malty backbone and noble hops.
The taste brings me back to Bavaria. This is definitely a south German pils as it's got a malty helles-like backbone, but a creamy hoppy character.
I could drink a 6-er of these no problem. If you like, they also make a great radler mixed with some 7-up, too. Before you think I'm crazy, that's a VERY common item in Germany.
It's as good as any of the German or Czech imports, plus it's fresh, local for all but traders, and in brown bottles. The pricing is also shockingly pretty low, too.

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

A-Brilliant golden yellow with a medium bright white head that held on nicely and left spotty lace.

S-Initial thought of fresh cut apples. Then a bit of spicy/earthy hops kick in. Lastly a nice full grain mustiness takes over.

T-Vienna malt biscuit flavours with a nice support of spicy German noble hops. Nothing crazy or over th top here simply a solidly built German Pils.

M-Medium-light body with an nice crisp, dry finish.

D-Enough flavour to keep it interesting and crisp to make it freshing. This is the perfect example of a well done, true to style "beer". This would be on hand for being my offering to the BMC crowd if I lived in WI. I really like when breweries make German/Czech pilsners and dont dumb them down! Done right they are truly wonderful beers and this one proves that!

Photo of supercolter
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer and I am not a Pilsner-guy. Appearance is pretty good, nice head but no real lacing. Smell is decent, but a bit weak. A little malt and some noble hops, nothing really sweet. Taste is imilar but much more pronounced. Mouthfeel is on par with what it should be. Drinkability is near perfect.

Photo of Greggy
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Review from notes

A- Slightly cloudy with thin head.

S- Some light grainy notes, a touch of citrus

T- Light grains, light citrus and graham/honey notes.

M- Nice low carbonation works.

D- Easily drinkable, a bit to simple, but would definitely drink again, especially in the summer.

Photo of beerfairy
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice clear golden color. Nice head and lacing in the glass.

S: Crisp with a pleasing, grainy aroma.

T: Crisp with hints of malt and grain, goes down easy. No noticeable hop taste.

M: Well carbonated, pleasing dryness on the finish. Good stuff

D: Very easy to drink!

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

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.

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.

Edel-Pils from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.