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Edel-Pils - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 16
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 299 | Reviews: 128
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bditty187
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Skidz
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mynie
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of ngandhi
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus Edel-Pils is America's official apology to the world for ruining pilsener beer. Even if you don't know what German beer is (your poor thing), you will identify most of New Glarus' beer as German. I've heard that they use the old-fashioned (and painstaking) decoction mash method of brewing where part of the wort is boiled seperately . . . point is, it adds a lot of body and malt profile to the beer. You could tap Edel-Pils in a Munich pub and sell it out fast.

The malts are generous -- full-bodied and supple -- and do well to balance the lightly woodsy hops. Mid-palette, this beer is increasingly grapey -- I don't know if that's the odd yeast they mention on the label or not, but I welcome it with open arms. The grainy/malty/bready/lagery finish is symphonic or at least garage bandish. The flavors are so rustic, yet so well-defined and integrated, that it'd be tough to call this beer glorious, but apt to find it humble and charming.

Not as light or as crisp as I expected, Edel-Pils is probably mimicking some regional German Pilsener I'll never know, but it reminds me first of British bitter (lagered . . .). That said, the fullness of this beer is occassionally overpowering and, for real pilsener fans, probably a fault. Though there is a crispness to the finish, it is more tannic on the back of the tongue than anything I'd identify as noble hops or classically pilsener. Put this in the cellar for the throes of winter (well, at least late fall). Lawnmower pilsener is dead.

Relax, relax.

Photo of beerguy101
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold color. Small head. Aroma is malty. Very smooth tasting pilsner. Slightly malty and hoppy for a pilsner. Nice flavor, very smooth. Somewhat sweet. Kind of citrusy, some apples and lemon taste. This is a very nice pilsner. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on my trip to Milwaukee. It poured to a clear, golden color, with a white head. It left a good amount of lacing when sipped down. It had a crisp, grainy, and semi-sweet aroma, with a bit of hop spiciness. The flavor is clean with a sweet, grainy flavor that flows to a soft, spicy hop bitterness. It has a soft malt background. It is smooth and light. Has a nice finish. Highly drinkable.

Photo of marc77
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear light golden hue, topped by a persistent, thick, pitted, porcelain white head. Tattered lace remains. Soft grass and chlorophyll hop nose with a citric tinge upfront in aroma, accompanied by mildly sweet, doughy malt and faint husk. Rounded, bready, pilsner malt sweetness initially in flavor is ensued by stately, drying combination of moderate hop bitterness and mineralized, lightly salty cracker. Urbane, judiciously dextrinous mouthfeel, partially from the well calculated attenuation. Agreeably attuned, mildly herbal, sweet basil esque hop flavor surfaces transiently mid palate, then fades allowing dry, spicy biscuit reminscent of malted rye to persist through the trim, simply grainy finish. A comely balanced pilsner with emphasis on its soft grain presence; overall hop character is secondary. Edel - Pils is light, almost airy on the palate and superbly drinkable. Tasty! Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the delivery.

Photo of jeffboo
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very drinkable but unremarkable pils. It pours a nice golden color with bright white head. It has a somewhat malty aroma with noble hop grassiness on the mild side. The flavor is bisquit malt with some floral hop pop in the finish. It has a crisp light body and dry finish with the malt giving a little bit of a body boost. A good summer beer.

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

A very good domestic pils, but still missing the overall deep flavor and body of a Bohemian pilsner.

This beer pours with a pleasant golden body and fluffy white head, there is some lacing, but not an incredible amount.

To me, the aroma is the high point of this beer. Malt lingers in the basement, but the rest of this aromatic structure is all hops, slightly grassy, but spicy and refreshing. Sublime.

The taste is a bit too sweet and lacks a deep rich maltiness I have come to expect in the style. If this was meant to be a German pils, the beer lacks the crisp hop bite. The body feels a bit too slight as well.

This is beer will enter my regular rotation, but I prefer Klisch Pilsner from Lakefront brewery in Milwaukee to satisfy my Wisconsin pils jones .

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

Color:clear, bright straw-gold. Head: stocky, strudy, milky white. Aroma: exactly what we desire from a proper pils, fresh, clean, and pretty, honeyish, floral.
Texture is excellent and tasty. Hops are lively, but not too. Malt is solid, and sweet. Body is light, but taste is terrific, and keeps returning, sip after sip. A thorough pleasure to drink.
I'd had enough bland beers just before my encounter with this one to confirm: this is when I like a lager!

Photo of tavernjef
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a clear yellow with a golden hue, thin white foamy head with some spotty clear lacing. Smells of musty grasses and dullish sweet, very nice and fresh. Taste is clean and smooth, slightly sweetish and bitter, balanced very well and easy. Most of the taste is located at the top of the mouth with a strange emptyness going down, but isn't bad, just unusually holding. Feel is pretty full for a pilsner, its favorably medium bodied and has a textured roughness in the last parts and the finish that lends to a grainyness, kinda gritty, quite interesting, but felt wrong for the style for me. It's still very drinkable and wouldn't pass it up.

Thanks jeffboo

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

12 oz bottle beautiful golden in color with a nice white foamy head that doesn't seem to last long, light hoppy flowery aroma, balanced malt and hop flavors, medium to full mouthfeel has a clean crisp finish, I am not a big fans of pilsner but I love this one, well done.

Photo of marcobrau
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a light, crisp, refreshing pilsner beer that is perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot day. A gentle malt sweetness is evident, but the beer is still hoppy enough to be called a pilsner. There is none of the six-row malt huskiness that is sometimes found in microbrewed pilsners, but there was a slight noticeable buttery note, that is a bit inappropriate for the style.

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

This crystal clear golden brew throws a nice creamy off-white head that sticks around for a little while. There are some orange tints noticeable also. Malt tones blend nicely with the noble hop accents on the nose. The spiciness noted isn't as great as true Bohemian or German style pilseners, but it's nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Body seems to be about medium full. This is a very thirst quenching brew. Great subdued maltiness and hoppiness. Some spicy hop notes surface midway through. Nice malt backbone the whole way through. Very nice brew, but I do prefer their Hometown Blonde which is more of a true European style pilsener.

Photo of ZAP
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks a little like apple juice in the glass....initial head fades quickly(seconds rather than minutes) to a flat looking beer....AMAZING clarity...nose if of bready malt....I love the way this tastes...It is my kind of Pilsner, but true Pilsener lovers might appreciate more of a hop bite. It has a strong bready malt flavor with just a twinge of a dry hop finish. Extremely drinkable....a great summer beer and my type of Pilsner with a nice malt impression..

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

For those who don't think a pilsener can be a good beer, think again. Edel-Pils is a fine pilsener, if not one of the best I've ever tried. Pours out to a darker, but still bright, golden color in the glass with a slightly off-white head that sticks around for awhile. Smell is that or faint yeast, but somewhat faintly sweet. Taste is that of a great hop to malt balance, with a slightly sweet tinge to it. Very similar to a European pils, i.e. Pilsener Urquell, Czechvar, etc, but better. Highly drinkable.

Photo of jackndan
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice looking Pilsner beer, deep amber, almost red color. The head turned flat very quickly. Very nice aroma, earthy, fresh mown hay aroma. Rich malt flavors, deep mouth feel, smooth flavors throughout the after-taste. This is a wonderful smooth beer, with deep layered tastes throughout. I like this beer.

Photo of cokes
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite American style pilsener, period. New Glarus has outdone themselves with this beauty.

Pours a rich crystalline golden color...nearly amber. Dense, creamy head. Very inviting. Nice sweet malty smell with faint (noble?) hop notes. And this needn't be sucked down ice cold. Actually, it considerable better out of the fridge for a awhile.

Smooth and creamy, and yet perky with CO2, and obviously attentively lagered. Full mouthfeel is New Glarus' trademark and it really pushes this beer to the top. Phenomenal to drink. Sweet near caramelly malts caress the taste buds, mingling with grain, and husk flavors. The noble hops enter and keep things nicely balanced, grassy and brown. I could go for a little more hop snap, then it might be truly perfect..
Quite honestly, this is one of the most complex pils I have had. The creaminess seems to bring out myriad hidden flavors. Maybe some faint vanilla, honey and herbal notes as well.

Great beer. On of NG;s upper tier. Excels in the spring to early summer. But since it is brewed year round, it's great anytime.

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Edel-Pils from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.