1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Edel-Pils - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

290 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 290
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 16
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 290 | Reviews: 126 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of shbobdb


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

I can see why this beer does so well on BA. Unfortunately, the things that make a beer rate highly on BA are some of the very things that shouldn't be in a pilsner.
The beer pours a nice golden yellow with delicate little bubbles. From the first sip, you know that this beer is more of a germanic pils than a bohemian pilsner. That's fine, a nice light beer is a good thing. However, the body is waffly. It just can't make up its mind whether it wants to be a full-bodied beer or a watery beer. It kind of reminds me of the 1% gelatin solution we keep onhand at the lab -- it looks, feels, and moves like water but wrong.
Then there is the nose. Very estery, lots of yeast aroma here dancing with a whiff of hops. No skunked/sulfur aroma (which OUGHT be present). It almost smells like a tripel rather than a pilsner. Most distressing.
The taste isn't bad, once you get past the mouthfeel. It just doesn't taste like a pils, really. There are too many fruity yeast flavours, particularly at the end. Rather than a crisp, pilsner 'ahhh', I feel like I'm drinking a british ale. Not a bad thing, just not something I want in my pilsner.

Yeah, this lager is too ale-y for me. Not a bad beer by any means, it just doesn't fit the pilsner mold very well . . . which is a very bad thing when you are reaching for a one.

01-16-2006 22:46:09 | More by shbobdb
Photo of dirtylou


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

drinkability: very

12-29-2005 02:13:22 | More by dirtylou
Photo of badbeer


4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Beer pours a light golden color with a quarter inch of head with a ring of lacing that lasts throughout. Hints of flowers in the aroma. Taste is slightly sweet at beginning with a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is nice and full. Very drinkable brew, definately a pilsner that I will be frequenting when the opportunity arises. Let this beer warm a little, not room temperature, but it gets better when it's not ice cold.

12-21-2005 07:36:07 | More by badbeer
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

This is a pretty quality pilsner that I don’t frequently drink because when I’m drinking light, I prefer really great beers like Highlife and Pabst.

What I like most about this beer is that it’s American and yet it’s not an American pilsner. It’s the real deal. It’s got hops, real noticeable hops and it actually doesn’t have to be consumed ice cold like all other American pilsners. NG’s people’s beer actually tastes good above 38 degrees.

The swiss edel is also rather creamy and smooth compared to most pilsners. Super drinkable with great texture.

A rocking good beer that is too often overlooked by the hardcore beer guys.

11-01-2005 02:26:22 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of 67cuda


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

This beer pours a nice golden yellow color, with one finger of white head. It has a nice sweet hops smell, with some citrusy notes to it, and some malt notes too. The taste is nice and sweet, with some citrusy notes, and a bit of hop bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty good, its not watery of overly carbonated, and it feels nice and full. This is a very drinkable beer, especially on a hot summer day.

10-19-2005 05:26:24 | More by 67cuda
Photo of battlekow


4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Edel Pils pours a crystal-clear golden color, with surprisingly little head or lacing. Smell has a funky Euro Lager character to it, very grainy. Tastes quite sweet upfront, verges on apple but doesn't quite get there. Lots of graininess in the taste as well. Lacking in hops relative to the style, I would think. Dryish finish. Pretty full mouthfeel for such a light beer. Overall, Edel Pils is extremely refreshing and oddly compelling.

10-14-2005 03:45:30 | More by battlekow
Photo of ryantupy


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

Man this was an enjoyable pilsner it went great with my pasta and was a definate thrist quencher. It poured a strawish bronze color and has a little sticky lace. It smells very floral and wheaty. It tastes of smooth malts not to sweet yet to not to bitter. This beer is defiantly drinkable and is defiantly worth checking out if you can get ahold of it.

09-25-2005 23:14:21 | More by ryantupy
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a pale golden color with a one inch head. Endlessly rising bubbles. Bready malt aroma with some apples. Pilsner malt flavor with some honey, apples, and grassy hops. This pils is not as spicy as some versions, but there are enough other interesting flavors to keep this beer from being boring. Full bodied for a pils, which is a good thing. Great drinkability too. Nice offering from New Glarus.

08-26-2005 23:49:56 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

Pours into my SN pint glass a nice amber orange with a thin bubbly head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the top. Aromas of crisp sweet barley, slightly fruity with a dash of herbal hops in the nose as well. Fairly standard overall, doesn't grab me all that much.

First sip brings a nice sweet pale maltiness that has some light citric fruit tones. A somewhat mellow earthy herbal hop hits the back of the palate. Finishes clean with a slightly bready yeast. An easy drinking pils for sure.

Mouthfeel is good with enough malt to make it a bit full in the mouth. A beer that achieves its goal of being a German Pilsener but not much else. Not a brew that I would actively seek out, but works well on a hot summer day.

07-23-2005 15:44:18 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of longarm


4/5  rDev +3.9%

Dark yellow-orange is a terrific change from most pilsners. Carbonation doesn't last.

Robust straw-like aroma. Little else, but I get the sense that's what's desired in this beer.

Full-bodied pilsner with a slightly sweet finish. Exceptionally well done.

A fine beer that's not exceptionally complex. Crisp and clean with just enough flavor.

07-21-2005 03:45:16 | More by longarm
Photo of goodbyeohio


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

thanks kmpitz2 for this one

clear as day light amber pour, bubbles rising and head settles to 1/2 cm or so. nose is very buttery with honey notes and not a hop to be found. almost belgian aroma. tasty- full malt mouthfeel and flavor rounded out with the diacetyl, very bready but light in texture. slightest bit of german hops and alcohol in the aftertaste, attempting to even out the silkiness with something substantially abrasive.. falls flat in the 'balance' respect but an overall refreshing and tasty beer.. anyway, who is going to expect balance from the makers of raspberry tart and apple ale???

would love to drink this again, in a hotter room on a warmer day.

07-18-2005 18:34:34 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of Redrover


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

12 oz brown longneck ith no freshness dating.

The beer pours a darker than expected light bronze with a smallish head. Some lace sticks to the side of my pint galss.

The nose is of spicy/floral hops with a bit of fruit in the background.

The taste is smooth and slightly hoppy. Seems to have a nice underpinning of malts. Slightly sweet and slightly bitter, nice one-two combination. Some apple taste emerges about 1/3 of the way through.

The beer is lagered and it shows in the smooth mouth. Good drinkablity, this beer would go great with a meal or while sitting on the porch enjoying a nice summer evening. Well made beer in a style that we BAs often tend to over look. Great job!

07-06-2005 01:15:40 | More by Redrover
Photo of warriorsoul


4.08/5  rDev +6%

Big thanks to onecrazymofo for this opportunity.
Pours a clear, golden color...lots of carbonation as I hear it crackling in my pint glass. Less than a half finger of white head w/ a fairly aggressive pour, but sits pretty on top for most of the pint.
Lacing is tight, but thin and slides its way back into the beer within seconds.
The aroma is very nice...very subtle malt sweetness up front.
Wow...a nice pucker after the first taste. Slightly sweet and just a touch sour. I have not had many Pilseners, but I dig its style....it is very refreshing and not as carbonated as I was expecting. The mouthfeel is not thin and the aftertaste is very clean...even the burps are refreshing.
I could really enjoy a bunch of these on a nice sunny day...then again, the weather sucks here presently, and this new brew is lifting my spirits...thanks again ocmf.

05-22-2005 16:10:33 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of TastyTaste


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a beauty of a medium/dark gold color, streams of visible carbonation with a very creamy looking head with fine bubbles on top. Smell has that euro lager grass scented malt to it. Taste is also very grassy, grainy, and honey-sweet. Hops fit the style. Well carbonated and crisp mouthfeel. I could easily put back several of these.

04-19-2005 17:06:47 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of kmpitz2


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

Been saving this one for a little while. It pours a slightly golden straw color, with a 3 finger head that fallst to coat the beer. The nose is slightly grassy and witha bit of noble hop. Smells like a pilsner should. The flavor is slightly honey sweet and grainey flavor. The hop is less than what I would want, but it is definately there. The feel is light to moderate, with a fairly active carbonation. This beer is very refreshing and crisp. The hop flavor is a little light, but this beer is a good example of a pilsner.

03-05-2005 02:34:07 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of NeroFiddled


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


3.58/5  rDev -7%

Nice deep golden color, small but lacing head, and a continual effervescence from the bottom of my pilsner glass.
This smells of grain, silage, rubber bands and wheat fields.
Comes off initially with a husky grain flavor that gives way to a mild finishing sweetness. Mild notes of wheat and barley present themselves, and a hint of a flavor reminiscent of some root crop like rutabaga or turnip.
The mouthfeel is just a bit sticky but all in all refreshing. Initially I got a slight numbness to the palate from this, for whatever reason. This is a good drinking beer.

01-20-2005 22:12:41 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
Photo of bditty187


4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Clear, bright gold in hue with hints of orange as well, there is some animation lazily dancing to the white head. The foam was one finger in height and the head retention was decent, it faded to a skimpy cap after a few moments. Subsequent lacing was stringy and unorganized. It looks like a Pilsner. The nose is uncomplicated but articulate. It is succinct like a dictionary definition and this beer would be the very entry for a Pilsner. Both the nose and palate are ideal for the style. The bouquet is largely malt with tons of crisp biscuit aromas, hints of grain but the maltiness is concisely “Pils.” Nice. Hops play a secondary role but their influence is easily noticeable, they offer some flowery, lemony smells. Clean. Tremendously inviting. I wish the potency were a little louder. In a word the palate is great. IMO, if you can’t dig this beer you just don’t like Pilsners. I’m not knocking you if you don’t; I happen too love it. The malt backbone is perfect, great strength, very firm and so damn tasty! It offers very slight and succulent sweetness that dances a sexy tango with the biscuit flavors. A trace of grain is a distant wallflower. Speaking of flowers, the hops contribute such a taste along with the most modest kiss of lemon. Great stuff. There is no start or finish, just full-on flavor at all times. The aftertaste really elevates this beer, it is a sense it is clean but I don’t forget what I just had. I don’t want that “empty” feeling either. Good crispness. Super refreshing. This is the best Pilsner I’ve had. Yummy! Medium/medium-full in body, modest but natural carbonation, it is ideal for this style of beer. The mouthfeel has some bulk and it has a very pleasant essence to it. Nice. Amazingly drinkable! This would be a great everyday beer or a BBQ beer or even a beer for the macro-lager crowd. I’m very impressed. I should have bought more than the six-pack I purchased in Milwaukee, WI.

10-23-2004 18:46:49 | More by bditty187
Photo of Skidz


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours out golden yellow and sits golden amber in the glass with a small fluffy white head.

Aroma is lightly malty with barley and aromatic hops abundant. A nice, sharp yeasty background.

Tastes lightly tart with dry barely and a yeasty finish. Some caramel and nutty flavors mixed in at the end.

Smooth and creamy with medium carbonation, good body. Good drinking, but not a favorite.

10-21-2004 05:02:12 | More by Skidz
Photo of woodychandler


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
Photo of mynie


3.13/5  rDev -18.7%

Pilsner? What?

It looks like a pilsner, I guess, gold and unexceptional with a decent head and no lacing. It smelled like potpourri--like the stuff you get in a gift shop. Very floral, which is kind of nice because it's unique but almost out of place in a beer.

The taste is unpleasantly spicy and too sweet. There are hints of fruity malts and it tastes kind of like flowers. Seriously, it's like dipping your head into a flower bed and taking in very deep breathes.

Very smooth, but the spicy aftertaste and candy sweetness makes this one tough to drink.

07-31-2004 03:53:34 | More by mynie
Photo of ppoitras


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
Photo of TheOtherMike


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

This is supposedly a pilsner, yet neither I nor any of my beer-testing buddies would call it so. It is a good beer tho and very drinkable. It tastes exactly like their Norski, less the sweetness. I'm tempted to rate it lower for missing its category (pilsner) but it's a good (albeit plain) beer.

06-21-2004 20:54:18 | More by TheOtherMike
Photo of CRJMellor


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a clear, clean pale gold. Small head white head of fizzing carbonation forms then vanishes leaving no lace. Carbonation is so "tight" that it is audible which I've never noticed in a beer before.
Aroma is pale malt, very citrus with maybe some biscuit in the background.
Flavor has some solid but sweet pale malt and a very restrained and ctirc acid hop bittering on the finish.
Mouthfeel is has some stickier malt hits than most Pils I've had but must say have not had any German Pils before this one. Carbonation is not as high as I'm accustomed to with the style but OK overall.
Drinkability is very high as this is refreshing after a workout.

03-02-2004 03:20:42 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4/5  rDev +3.9%

Presentation: 12 ounce tall brown bottle that arrived in a great package from Minnesota. Tan colored thick paper label with dark brown print. Edel-Pils is written in a Germanic font, lending a Teutonic feel to the label. A plain gold twist cap and a thin opposite colored brown neck label with “Edel Pils” on it. No freshness date or strength listed.

Appearance: Served in a tall straight sided Pilsner Urquell glass, the body is a prefect golden color, truly clear and only broken with the occasional streamer. A white easily forms on the top of the beer. The slightly off-white head remains at only ¼” thick though and does tend to break up after a while. A quick swirl of the beer induces some of the dissolved carbon dioxide to break solution, and help to reform the head. Light singular point smatterings of head remain on the glass walls, which never quite form a lacing.

Nose: Pilsner malts are evident in the nose together with biscuit tones make way for a light hoppy character at the back end. Has a restrained nose I found, but it is fresh, crisp and clean.

Taste: Solid levels of Pilsner Malts with a sweet feel in the middle. Hoppy finish in the back end, but not as crisp as I like, but that is nevertheless welcome. Improved as I worked my way through the bottle, and this is a good Pilsner style Lager with all the usual traits in good balance. Some nice light noble-hop burps at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light airy feel, dissolved carbon dioxide easily leaves solution in the mouth but in a controlled manner that lends creaminess to the body. Above average feel that lends quaffability.

Drinkability: A nice clean, crisp, malty offering and a damn good balanced Pilsner Lager. Creamy and smooth, but the carbonation is a little low after the beer has stood only a short time, which is a shame.

Overall: A decent offering, but the description on the label hints at the beers background. More of a Germanic Pils, than a Czech Pilsner, but a damn nice drink, suffers only from low carbonation at times though.

Vielen Danke to Herr Sehr Groß for this one.

02-02-2004 03:51:42 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Edel-Pils from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.