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Edel-Pils - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
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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3.05/5  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.

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.

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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+

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a stemmed strange)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden orange body with a lumpy pale white head supported by loose chains of tiny bubbles.

S- The clean aroma has hints of DMS dried corn that grows as it opens but otherwise a very clean aroma.

T- The clean flavor has a touch of sweetness to the pale malt flavor with a faint buttery note that grows a bit as it warms. There is a slight tart hop note in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that grows as it warms.

O- This beer is not real crisp but is pretty clean with a touch of sweetness but not enough character to make it sessionable.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - crisp, golden, strawlike yellow from this pour with very little lacing or head.

Smell - holy farm smell to it. Lots of oats and straw and smells like a brewery on a brewing day

Taste - crisp, light, easy, cereal flavor to it

Mouthfeel - very easy to drink and leaves easily as well

Overall - a true pils and quite refreshing! I could see myself having a few of these

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A brilliantly clear golden colored beer with a pillowy bright white head, great retention. Thick chunky laceing down the NG pilsner glass with each sip. And the bubbles rocketing up from the WI logo at the bottom are a nice touch.

S: Bready grainy pilsner malt aroma balanced with spicey noble hops. Very clean smelly hop aroma.

T: Everything is well balanced in the flavor off this beer. The hop bitterness is moderate and flavor is consistant with the noble aroma but never becomes over powering or fatigueing. The clean, crisp fermentation character is very similar to lagers i've had from germany (Wyeast 2124?). And the malt complexity is there even though its probably only pilser malt. Bready, almost sweet but thats not the correct word and grainy (but in a good way).

M: The light to moderate body makes it very drinkable. Moderate carbonation. Refreshing!

O: I've been diving in to the german/czech pilsners/lagers latley and with NG redily available in WI what a high bar to set. I've had examples from germany that have been sitting on a shelf but don't quite stack up.. this is a winner all the way.

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