Edel-Pils | New Glarus Brewing Company

308 Ratings

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002

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Ratings: 308 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of steveh
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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 zkoehn
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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 KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of TheSSG
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense, soft, white head that has very surprising persistence. A fresh green, soft, grainy hop aroma with malt showing through. Clear and radiant gold color. Starts off with a nice sweet malt and a grainy hop bitternesss blend. Moves quickly into a serious malt backbone as the hops get into the back seat. Finish is slightly sweet and tastes of biscuits/pancakes...and it just lingers on the palate with a touch of grainy hops behind it. This is absolutely silken in my mouth.

This is seriously good. If you like a malty Pils, then this is for you. There is a nice, soft kiss of grainy noble hops, but the malt isn't overbearing. This is delicately balanced and masterfully brewed. Just excellent.
(I'm a sucker for these clean, smooth, malty lagers!)

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Photo of Lemke10
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Edel-Pils is finally back after a drought of 4-5 years. I heard it was brought back to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of New Glarus Brewery because this was one of the original beers! This pours a clear, light amber color with a frothy head. The scent is quite grainy with a slight hint of hops. The taste is superb for a pilsner! Lots of rich flavor of grains, malts, and hops combine together to make a well balanced brew! This beer will pair quite well with most foods as it’s very simple yet very tasty.

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Photo of Synergy87
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of soze47
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of grumpygerman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Smidged
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of windelbo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

golden amber color to it. Lots of carbonation streaking toward the surface throughout the entire session. A very nice three inch high head of white foamy and fizzy lace formed on the top and hung around for a few moments before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top that lasted until the end.

The aroma was loaded down with cereal grains and a touch of light fruity yeast. The aroma of banana clearly evident as was a nice fresh grass like hoppy nose. The flavor followed right along with it, being very light in profile and feel and very highly carbonated. List grain flavors dominated with a nice earthy feel. Hints of banana and fresh grass running through it as well,

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of alcstradamus
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Don't know how old this beer is but considering the last review is 3 months ago, I think its safe to assume that this one is past its freshness date. We'll see...

Pours a straw color with big two finger head using a hard pour into a pint glass. Clove, yeast, and a hint of orange peel in the nose. Flavor a mild blend of clove, grass, and traces of urine. Based on style this one fits it perfectly, definitely a well crafted beer but not something that excites me in any way.

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Photo of ballewblake
2.94/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Half finger white head on pour, crystal clear, almost transparent golden body. Head doesn't last very long, resolves to a light haze on the top. Smell is... corn? Okay, I thought I had evolved to like even styles I used to hate, I can drink a bud if I have too (okay, not a full one) but pilsners still don't do anything for me, even a craft brewed pils. Body is nicely carbonated, mouth is light and crisp.. as expected. Taste is barely there, pilsen malts, very light balancing hops are barely there. Tongue is sucked dry of moisture very fast. Still not a style I look forward to drinking. Oh well, maybe I can finish this one.

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Photo of Voonder
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks TATURBO for this one.
Pourve very light yellow, slightly cloudy. One finger solid white head. Smell - slightly sweet (honey like), grassy. Very clean. Taste - pretty much the same - honey-like sweeteness hits at first, then grassy maltiness, finishes very clean. It is very simple as pils shoud be in my books. Crisp and refreshing, very good drinker. Excellent pils! Thanks again Chris!

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Photo of popery
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to deliriumfest for this beer.

A: Light golden liquid with a rich tone. A nice white lager head sits atop.

S: A tad sweet without quite enough crispness. You can smell some fairly dry yeast, but there are some sweet fruit notes that I don't really care for on this style.

T: It's certainly not a bad beer, but the sweetness needs to be toned down. There could be a bit more spicy hop bite and clean grain flavor of a good pilsener. Anyway, the malt is biscuity and pretty good.

M: Good, clean mouthfeel to start, but it gets a tad grainy. In my opinion, the beer could really use a tad bit more bitterness particularly for the finish.

D: Good beer but forgettable. It's easy to drink, but I probably wouldn't pick it up again unless I was trying to compare pilseners or something. The main malt flavor just doesn't quite have the necessary freshness for my taste in lagers.

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Photo of Dotcubed
2.49/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Still on the same Glarus kick. Lots of quality at this brewery, the beer they make are all distinct, well crafted. But it's true what they say about fresh beer.

A clear sun shine yellow color. High clarity. Bud like in appearance, smells pilsen. Nice hopps but dusty.

Malty. Smooth. And a bit watery. I hate to say it, aged flavors. Thin, dry, and lacking any strong flavors. Not my favorite example. I'm guessing it's an old bottle.

It looks really good, yet falls flat. Not yet in the hot summer beer season, I'm sure this would be good fresh. Especially with fresh cut grass and a grilled hot dog.

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Photo of tempest
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Crazynelson for trading this.

Poured into a clear stein, its a brilliant gold with a thick white head. The flavor has a light dry-biscuit malt backbone with a bite of spicy, lemon hops for balance. Something about the body almost makes this beer juicy and seemingly extra drinkable. I could down it by the liter stein and I wish it were summer, not March, so I could have my thirst properly quenched by this fine pilsner.

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Photo of twbrewer
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a pale yellowish gold color with a slight hazed swirl in the glass.Quick fizzy head that instantly vanishes,no lacing.

S-Sweet,sweet malts and maybe a hint of hops.

T-Like the smell the taste is all sweet malts with a tiny hop bitterness but has a big malty and bread like finish.

M-Light bodied with decent carbonation.A little too creamy mouthfeel,not crisp enough.

D-Very good drinking beer, easily a good session beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a yellowish color and a mainly clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of head and good lacing.

S: A very malty smell, along with a grainy quality.

T: The malt was the overwhelming ingredient, along with grains and mild hops. Solid, but not overwhelming.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a decent version of a German Pilsener. Pretty well-balanced and easy to drink.

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Edel-Pils from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 308 ratings
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