New Glarus Brewing Company

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Bohemian Pilsener
3.86 | pDev: 11.14%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of Wobbly
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%

In general, I am amazed that folks states-side feel that our attempts at this style are better than ones made in Bohemia, Moravia, or across Germany. But this one is actually worth it. A truly satisfying and complex masterpiece by one of the ten to fifteen best breweries in the U.S. For those of us lucky enough to have lived in Wisconsin, this beer made other attempts at this style seem foolish.

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Photo of MarriedAtGI
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice lager from New Glarus (as usual), but for a Czech Pilsner, I prefer a stronger Saaz presence. Color is golden, and beer is nearly clear. Produces a thick white head that persists. Smell is sweet malt and very subtle. Tastes delicious, just a very nice lager malt flavor. This would be perfect on a hot summer day.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of carbedtostyle
4.37/5  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.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.64/5  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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Photo of falloutsnow
3.05/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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!


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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.04/5  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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Photo of guityler83
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
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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Photo of EmpireStrikesBock
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this beer a lot. I think New Glarus has made at least a dozen beers that are better than this one. I think they should try their hand at another Czech Pilsener in the future.

Still, an enjoyable beer that would hold its own against the VAST majority of American-brewed Czech style Pilseners

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Photo of woosterbill
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle.

A: Crystal clear medium-amber body under two inches of frothy off-white head. Tremendous retention and lacing. Gorgeous.

S: Rich, fresh doughy maltiness dominates, with toastiness and fruitiness playing major roles. Some leafy, herbal, and citrusy hops as well. Quite nice.

T: Bread dough up front, with delightfully fresh maltiness. Chewy, rich, and substantial. Leafy hops lend bitterness to the finish, balancing out the major malt. Excellent example of the style.

M: Smooth, light-to-medium body with moderate, lively carbonation. Good.

O: If there was a problem with this beer it was that it just had too much richness for a Pils, with the flavorful, fresh maltiness overwhelming any attempt at refreshment. I'm never one to complain about too much of a good thing, though, and highly recommend this to anyone open to experiencing how wonderful a rich Bohemian lager can be.


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Photo of GeezLynn
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden straw with a nice white head.
S: Primarily bready malt, with hops adding some floral/grassy notes.
T: Flavor is nice, clean and understated……white bread with some mild balancing hops and a touch of fruityness (red apple). Lager yeast is apparent on the finish.
M: Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation. Pretty soft feel overall.

Great, clean drinking pilsner. Very nice, but what I really want is more Hometown Blonde.

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Photo of Ri0
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into shaker pint.

A- Brilliant, clear golden Pilsner color with a big 2 finger white head. It fades into a thick collar and leave behind spotty lacing.

S - Solid malt backbone with barley and floral, earthy hops. Yeast, biscuit, and cracker prevail.

T - Malt, yeast, noble hops, and barley. Hints of floral earthy hops. Some biscuit, cracker, and maybe a touch of tart fruit in the back.

M - Light and refreshing, crisp and clean. Whets the palate with a smooth and creamy finish anytime of year.

O - This is the first beer that New Glarus released in Nov. 1993 and it still is one of the better Pilsners brewed in the US. Truly a timeless classic.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Though this is an overlooked style, a well-balanced pilsener is tough to find. I woud recommend this to be among the best. The beer was a golden yellow color when poured into a glass. The aroma was a biscuity beer aroma, that is what your grandfather's beer smelled like, but better. On the initial taste, one detects smooth grassy notes with a mild creaminess. Mild notes of lemon are hidden in the background. The carbonation is well-balance and not overly aggressive. The Earthy grass of the aftertaste lingers in the mouth for an appropriate duration before it is swept away by the carbonation. Edel-Pils is a nice smooth, easy drinker.

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Photo of MJKauz
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Beautiful pour. A deep golden tone with a 2 inch head that dissipates quickly.

S: Brings back memories from Packer games, but belies the fact that it's not just another crappy beer. Really great hoppy smell but very mellow taste for the strong and distinct hop smell.

T: Taste is just a straight up solid pilsner. Not a lot of hop, just enough depth without being too much. Light and simple.

M: Not too much carbonation. Feels just right.

O: One of my favorite beers. New Glarus really has their act together on this one, per usual.

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Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a good sized white head of foam. It smelled floral with toasted caramel and hints of citrus. Sweet toasted caramel taste with a grassy bitterness.

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Photo of birchstick
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was told from a shareholder that this was the original beer New Glarus brewed when it opened. This represents a throwback in celebration of 20 years of success.

A- pours a dehydrated piss yellow color with a nice head that seems to loose itself in the glass over time

S - nose is grainy malts with bready overtones; a little bit of grassy lemony hops are present, but the malt bill overpowers them

T - sweet and salty? upfront, which moves on to a really nice grain malt flavor. The malts here are perfect - bready, a bit spicy, and, hell, grainy. A modicum of citrusy and grassy hops round off the palate, however the grainy malts linger on and one well after the beer has gone down.

M - creamy, full, and smooth - nice mouthfeel

D - overall this is a really well crafted pilsener. I wish I would have bought more than I did because they really nail the style. Also, it's summer time and pilseners are the epitome of summer beers to me.

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Photo of Strix
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear straw color, good initial head, fades to nothing.

Grassy hops, bready notes.

Cracker, herbal hops, toast, lemon zest, white grape. Clean finish.

Smooth medium-thick mouthfeel, a bit of a zing from the carbonation.

A really nice summer beer, easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poures golden in color with a thin half finger head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of sweet bready malt. Very mild hop aroma typical to noble hops. Very slight yeast presence in the nose.

Taste is similar to the smell, a sweet bready sweetness with a noble hop presence on the exhale. Not much bitterness but a nice slightly grassy spice typical to noble hops.

Hop oils give this beer a somewhat creamy feel for a pils though still light, bubbly, and refreshing.

Overall this is pretty drinkable and good for the style. Not my favorite style and not incredibly complex but a good drinkable pils none the less

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Photo of cw577enfield
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to willseph for this one!

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Nice golden color, about a finger and half of head, dissipated quickly.

S: Crispy and grassy hops, bit of a fruit note...apple?

T: Light, sweet, citrus, and vague detection of honey.

M: Light-bodied, bit of carbonation, somewhat sweet and refreshing!

O: Honestly, I'm not a fan of pilsners but this one certainly opened my eyes. New Glarus did an outstanding job with this one and I'll be looking to get another one in the near future.


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Photo of KFBR392
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean light golden color. Three fingers of creamy head which subsided to about one finger. Thick lacing left on the glass with each drink, a great cascade. Above average carbonation.

Smell: Wheat and straw are some of the stronger aromas. Additions of light lemon, green apples, and bananas. Some very fruity hops can be picked up as well. As the beer slightly warmed up so did my admiration for this aroma.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, the somewhat plain wheat and earth straw flavors hit the palette. The hops and fruity aromas really brighten up this beer on the back end, lemon and exotic fruits continue to come. The finish has some nice bright accents but does fall off a little more then desired.

Mouthfeel: Clean but could use some more lingering presence.

Overall: Another very solid beer from New Glarus. A very easy drinker that I could not hesitate to grab a sixer of at any time. You get some hops and nice yeast presence.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The shoulder of the bottle features a batch code, but there is no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a New Glarus flute. It is a clear, golden straw color. A finger of light, eggshell-colored head dissipated quickly, leaving a ring of foam and a spotted lacing.

Smell: Crisp, bready, grassy, and a little skunky — just like a Czech pilsner should be. It has a helles-like hay mound aroma, probably from the Bavarian yeast. There is a little apple, and prunes or raisins come to mind as well.

Taste: Mirrors the smell. Grassy and bready with a little hay mound, sweet fruit, and a touch of lemon mixed in. It has a crispy, grassy hop bite, too.

Drinkability: Delicious and true to form. It is simple yet so incredible and well-crafted. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Edel Pils

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tapered pilsner glass. Served cold...

A) Shimmering golden brew, with about a finger of white foam, which settled to a collar quickly. Lots of bubble trails to watch.

S) Light malt, grains, and a nice grassy/herbal hops aroma. It is a refreshing scent.

T) Flavor is very much like the nose. This is very clean and crisp. A nice bitter finish.

M) A lighter body, with carbonation to maximize refreshment. Again, it's very clean. Quite smooth, with a slightly dry finish.

O) This is a fantastic warm weather beer. Hell, I'd drink it anytime. I like this just as much as Hometown Blonde. Glad to recommend....

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Edel-Pils from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 310 ratings