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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: 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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Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from maximum12 in the Summer Beer BIF. Thanks Corey! Into my Trumer Pils glass

A: Clear golden yellow with brilliant clarity. Great white head with good retention and nice lacework

S: Crisp with a pleasing, grainy aroma with some biscuit. Spicy and earthy hops are also present with an almost resiny aroma (not sure that helps but that's what comes to mind)

T: Starts off pretty grainy with a good deal of biscuit notes (I'm guessing from the Vienna malt? I don't know). Hops are present but faint - I wish it were more up front. Crisp and dry and mildly hoppy on the finish

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

D: Very easy to drink!

DefenCorps, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew on tap in New Glarus, WI. Nice Swiss/German restaurant that I forget the name.

Beer came in a traditional pint glass with minimal head that really was more like a thin film across the top of the brew. The beer was bright pale gold on color and there was some visible carbonation. Very clear with some patchy lacing.

Aroma was fresh, slightly spicy and of fresh grain, grass.

Taste was smooth, refreshing and clearly on for a German Pilsner. A slight sweetness and flavor of biscuit malt. Some hop assertiveness to balance the sweetness and a crisp finish. I did get the very subtle flavor of grape that I sometimes sense in Pilsners. I nice effort. Not the most complex Pilsner I've ever had, but certainly good.

Mouth feel was light and refreshing with a good amount of tingle from carbonation. Very drinkable and certainly a good choice for a session brew.

Reagan1984, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Realale
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
Photo of shadow1961
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus Edel Pils pours a big stiff creamy head over
a clear yellow brew. Carbonation is extremely active, and
the nose is barley malt and lager yeast. The flavor is mild
sweetish light malt with a bit of hop spicyness for balance.
Mouthfeel is light, there's a bit of something tart here, that
with the hop lends a bit of dryness as well. There's a fair bit
of lacing left behind, and there's a bit of grain and herb in
the aftertaste. What they were shooting for is a domestic
reproduction of a pretty conservative style, and I guess it's
pretty spot on. That's not a bad thing- this brew is fresh and
the German equivalent has spent months at sea and on the
road to make it's way to your liquor store. But in the end,
quenching and drinkable though this may be (especially now
in August), I really do prefer it when New Glarus does something
a little crazy. Do get it if you can, though.

shadow1961, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of johanvond
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the next step up from the naked. It's a bright golden with a healthy amount of head. At first you get a clean biscuit like malt profile that evolves to be a bit sweet. There is a good amount of hops to keep it simple, balanced and crisp. Refreshing. Try to enjoy it with The Carr Valley Malenge Cheese. If your not aware it's north of Madison WI. The cheese is a blend of cow, goat and sheep's milk. It's creamy with a tart finnish. Try it.

johanvond, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of demcorhip
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another kick ass lager from NG. Looks good, straw coloured, very clear, moderate level of carbonation. One finger white head doesnt really want to stick around, and fades to a thin collar that intially manages to leave scant yet intricate lace.

Nice aroma. Pale, grainy malts with some husk and a touch of honey like malt sweetness. Hint of stewed veggies also present. Nice hop aroma, some fresh cut grass with a touch of lemon and hint of citrus blossom.

Straightforward and tasty. No surprises here, what is present in the nose carries through on the taste.

Crisp, clean light bodied lager. Slight creaminess almost provides more substance but is broken up by the moderate level of carbonation. Good stuff!

A very drinkable and sessionable brew. Goes down quite nicely on this warm July night. This beer was made for quaffing on a warm summer day and fits the bill quite nicely. Highly recommended for fans of pilsners, and may also serve as a good crossover brew. Would be a great choice for any gathering during the warmth of summer.

demcorhip, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of ibashmuck
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium foamy head on a golden body. Smell featured the "lager bite", although the hop bitterness taste was moderate. Malts are very nicely balanced here, taste is very good, maybe a hint of some sweetness. Very smooth and easy to drink. Good stuff.

ibashmuck, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of WJVII
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

WJVII, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden, half finger head.

S- Clean crisp malt with delicate undertones of spicy noble hops.

T- Clean, sweet bready malts lending way to a solid yet soft hop backbone.

M- Smooth, crisp, good carbonation.

D- Nice and refreshing, should of gotten the six pack.

Although some may find it pedestrian, I feel this is a good, quality brew.

Pauly2X, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow straw color with two inches of head and moderate lacing down the glass. big carbonation bubbles are keeping a nice cap on top of the brew. Smell is of some grainy malts and yeast, slightly fruity. Sweet malt character for a pilsener, some graininess and dry yeast finish. Nice hop character provides some crispness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy and goes down smooth. A great lager for the summertime or anytime!

KeefD, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The label is like most other New Glarus brews. Very light tan paper with medium to dark brown writing. Beauty in simplicity.

S - Malty and enticing.

T - The taste of a good hearty lager. Simply malt.

M - Smooth and tasty. Soft and simple.

~ I'll take another if you don't mind. Anybody else need one?

cdkrenz, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow with a nice two-fingers of white head. Retention was good. Moderate amounts of lacing is left on the glass. I smell lemons, grassy hops, and some light malt. About average taste. Light malt, noble hops, and a little bit of a lemon flavor. Has a light body with a crisp finish. An above average pilsner all around and refreshing on a hot day.

morimech, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a crystal clear bright gold with a thin bubbly head that shows good retention due to the big carbonation. Lacing is sporadic. The smell is dominated by grains, barley mostly, and some floral hops. There is also a sweet bready malt undertone throughout the nose. The taste follows the smell with floral hops up front followed by the sweet malt backbone before a very slight hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy for the style but still crisp and clean with big carbonation. This is very drinkable and great example of a pils. I could drink this all night on a summer evening.

gford217, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Slynger, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another wonderful New Glarus brew provided by flyingbison.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a stunning clear gold with a fluffy two finger bright white head that dies down to a soft layer of foam. Some stick here and there with a whole bunch of bubbles racing to the top. Smell consists of lots of noble hops, sweet barley, lemongrass, and caramel malt. Very clean aroma, hard not to enjoy sticking your nose in this one. Taste begins with fresh cut grass and dry malts followed by a light lemon zest. Grains and a touch of honey emerge midway and linger towards the end to create a bit of a dry aftertaste. A Full medium body with a smooth and creamy feel. Carbonation is definitely there, but fits the style well. New Glarus pumps out some of the best lagers that I know of, add this one to the list. Another kick ass summer beer that I could put down one after another. Good stuff.

BeerTruth, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of wardough
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Light gold. Nice head.
S: Light grainy malt character. Slight flowery hops.
T: Crisp. Malts, then finishes semi-strong with the hop presence. Low hop presence.
M: Light body. Medium carbonation.
D: A nice clean beer that I could drink any night.

wardough, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Derek
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Derek, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Zorro, May 27, 2008
Photo of wheatyweiss
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
Photo of botham
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. pours a crystal clear light golden color with two fingers of tight white head. standard pils in appearance.

aroma is lightly malted and sweet, with notes of pale malts, a bit of munich, and a floral quality that acts as the base. not much else. a clean and refined pils in the nose.

taste is very fresh. lightly sweet malts give a grain hint to the profile, while lightly fruity and floral characters serve to quench the back of the palate. finishes on a note of grain. nicely porportioned.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a smooth and lightly sparkling texture. finishes with a mildly slick mouthfeel.

drinkability is good. this is a standard pils, but the freshness and delicate nature of the flavors make this one a nice american example of the german pils style. cheers!

botham, May 02, 2008
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

CharlesDarwin, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Solid tight head rests upon a golden pilsner body. The head has fallen to a cloudy haze on top of the beer.

S: Noble hops with a touch of green apple

T: Surprisingly sweet. Good balance of gentle maltiness and fresh hops. Granny smith flavors linger in my mouth after every sip. No bitterness to speak of. Refreshing.

M: Full bodied and creamy. Carbonation level is great

D: You could drink a lot of this beer. Its nice but a bit boring for my tastes. Pilsner fans would really like this beer.

Westsidethreat, May 21, 2006
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Bubbly clear yellow in color. Fizzy. Sparkling head of white foam rests atop. Smattering of lace on the glass. Aromas of "pilsener" (no sh!t)...crackery/biscuit malt notes blended with a hoppy spice note. Flavors see more of the aromas. Solid malt backbone with spicy/zingy hop accents. Dry...crisp finish. Solid in nearly every facet. Super summertime thirst-quencher.

OldFrothingSlosh, May 07, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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...

bennetj17, Mar 09, 2006
Edel-Pils from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.