Edel-Pils | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 308
Photo of guityler83
4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
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 Wobbly
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%

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 Realale
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear medium gold, with a bright white extremely fine head that dissipates somewhat quickly to a thin rim.

Explosive spicy noble hop nose absolutely jumps out of the glass. Beneath it lurks rich, bready malt. How so few elements combine to make such a satisfying nose, I'm not sure, but this literally makes my mouth water.

Medium in the mouth with waves of malt barely kept in check by the spicy hops, and the hearty whack of bitterness that kicks in mid-palate. Gorgeous balance. Incredibly long, lingering finish with both the malt and hop notes echoing seemingly endlessly.

Luxuriant mouthfeel - the malt just fills each nook and cranny. Carbonation is fine and prickly - just enough to scrape the weight of the malt off the tongue before the next sip. And this is a beer to sip and savor. Drinkability is off the chart for me. I'll drink it all!

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Photo of MJKauz
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
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 sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
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 cokes
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear golden straw with three fingers of fluffy off-white foam.

Smell: Spicy and floral hops, bready malt, and a nice lightly fruity yeast. I was expecting a typical pilsner aroma but this is quite nice. It does have a little bit of that sharpness inherent to the style but its softened by the Bavarian yeast.

Taste: Dry, crackery malt, lots of graininess, some spicy hops and fruity yeast. Picked up a little apple and lemon tartness as well.

Mouthfeel: Wow. Starts off crisp and then becomes incredibly creamy. Finishes extremely smooth. Carbonation seems to die off rather quickly but other than that I absolutely loved the feel of this one.

Overall, this was a fantastic pilsner. I've never been a fan of the style but leave it to New Glarus to make an expertly crafted version of a boring classic. In my opinion, this is the kind of beer they do best. Simple, clean, beautifully constructed lagers.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a half chalice.

Pours a golden straw with a towering head that slowly recedes leaving sticky lace and rings.

Aroma is of garlic hops, very astringent. Malt is present, but not overly so.

Flavor is fruity, like fruit punch with a hit of malt and hops. Green apple and crisp greens. Hops are there, with a hint of clover honey and white sugar. This is one complex flavor profile that ends to many quaffs.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Drinkability is awesome.

I know that New Glarus makes some good brews but I have never had a Pils as tasty as this one. Dan knows what he is doing, I only wish he wasn't local, so singing his praises wouldn't be overlooked.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of carbedtostyle
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
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 steveh
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Excited to see this back in the line-up. Haven't had it in so long and, honestly, can't recall what it was like back when.

A -- Clear, deep golden color with a long-lasting, pretty firm white head.

S -- Mildly spicy hop nose with lightly sweet, bready - even melanoidin in character - malts and a touch of DMS. Some very light fruitiness back, probably from hops.

T -- Lightly sweet, bready malts up front that blend into a mellow crackery graininess and finishes with a mild hop bitterness and a citrus tartness that lingers into the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is incredibly soft and smooth with a light to light-medium body. It's not as light as the typical American Light Lager, but it's certainly not heavy.

O -- Overall, this is a great drinker and very tasty as a fresh lager. My only complaint to style is that the hops seem a little lacking. This beer is more Helles than Pils in character, yet a very well-made Helles and goes down as good and delicious as any fresh tapped lager you'd find in Bavaria.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!).

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Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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..

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Photo of jackndan
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of proc
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of beerfairy
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice clear golden color. Nice head and lacing in the glass.

S: Crisp with a pleasing, grainy aroma.

T: Crisp with hints of malt and grain, goes down easy. No noticeable hop taste.

M: Well carbonated, pleasing dryness on the finish. Good stuff

D: Very easy to drink!

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Photo of maxpower
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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

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.

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Photo of battlekow
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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 bditty187
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of KeefD
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow straw color with two inches of head and moderate lacing down the glass. big carbonation bubbles are keeping a nice cap on top of the brew. Smell is of some grainy malts and yeast, slightly fruity. Sweet malt character for a pilsener, some graininess and dry yeast finish. Nice hop character provides some crispness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy and goes down smooth. A great lager for the summertime or anytime!

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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 kmpitz2
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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