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Edel-Pils - New Glarus Brewing Company

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86
very good

292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 15
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear deep yellow, almost a light orange. One finger head and some carbonation.

S-Wheat, bread, toast, slight grass but not much else.

T-Rather bread/toast/wheat forward. Some very slight grass and lemon. Not much if any bitterness though.

M-Lighter with nice carbonation.

O-This beer grew on me as I drank it. Still not a Pils fan but this beer was decent.

rlee1390, Dec 16, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dough and bread aromas with something vegetal that's tough to detect - maybe light hop aromas? Very clean. Straw/ light orange color with loose chains of bubbles. Pours a rocky head that dissipates quickly. Light, sweet body with a very mellow bitterness. Sweetness and caramel malt flavors quickly transition to a tart citrus-like finish. Malt and tartness are more prevalent than hop flavor. Really enjoyed that aspect of this beer.

carbedtostyle, Nov 06, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Pilsner Urquell footed pilsner glass. Pours a deep, clear golden with a rich, white head that leaves great lacing. There's a good amount of visible carbonation. Buttery biscuits are picked up on the nose. Taste is similar with some grassy bitterness on the end. Very crisp and clean, as a pilsner should be.

Overall: Not much hop presence to this one, and the bready malts are a bit lacking in boldness. But even though it's not the greatest pilsner in the world, it's still worth a try.

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3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

falloutsnow, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Finally reviewing this after consuming a 6pack of this.

(A)- Pours a clear pale goldenrod color. Produced a lovely voluminous white frothy head that really stuck around for awhile before dissipating. Some lacing.

(S)- A really nice lemongrass meets a lovely soft grainy yeast attribute. ever so subtlely sweet in a honey-like sense.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. It just has the right amount of a honey-like sweetness combined with a light but crisp graininess with just a kiss of an orange and lemon peel-like fruit.

(M)- An insanely crisp and refreshing body. Light yet gobs of subtle complex flavors that make this very dynamic without losing its hugely smooth yet lightly crisp mouthfeel.

(O)- Its been a very long time since a pilsner has caught my attention, but this is simply fantastic. Incredibly drinkable; light and refreshing. I would have a case of this in my fridge at all times if New Glarus made it year-round. A refreshing take on a style that I usually consider bland.

sweemzander, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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+

kojevergas, Sep 30, 2013
Edel-Pils from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.