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Edel-Pils | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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 Wisconsin
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Color is a hazy yellow with a one and half finger head that fades to a nice lace after a couple of minutes.

S - Lots of sweet grains and malts hit your nose.

T - It tastes a lot like it smells. Grains, malts and a slight sweetness hit your mouth.

M - The smoothness of this beer is great throughout.

D - This beer is very easy to drink because of the smoothness. I am not a huge fan of the pilsners but this is one of the best that I have had.

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Photo of tpd975
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light fizzy yellow hue with a nice 1/2 finger head. The retenion is great with a nice solid collar hanging around for the duration. Spotty lace is noted.

S: Very grainy malt aromas with hints of sweet corn. Light touches of citrus malt poke thru with slight tones of yeast.

T: The aroma matches the taste. Tons of light sweet malt. Very gentle splash of hops along with a touch of yeasty goodness. Good.

M: Light in body, with snappy carbonation.

D: It is the middle of December here in Wisconsin. I am on vacation and just experienced a snow storm where a foot of snow fell overnight. This is a solid beer, that is suited for summer. It's good, but I may have enjoyed it a bit more on a 90 degree Florida afternoon.

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Photo of katan
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, apparently undated

A - Pours a light golden straw color - lots of carbonation although not much head presence. Must be very filtered as there is no hazing.

S - A sweet barley scent - not much for hops nose. A hair amount of a clove yeast smell.

T - Starts off fairly sweet with a sugar plus light grainy taste. Mid-stream finds more balance, but tends towards the sweet side. Finishes with an astringency that is a bit more biting. Aftertaste retains to the sweet profile.

M - Moderate body - has a fair amount of cling to it on the mouth. Carbonation isn't overly present in the mouthfeel.

D - Very easy to drink - very smooth going down. Very light on my palette.

I would have to say for its smooth simplicity that it is a good beer. Certainly a gateway for non-BAs to get into craft beer as well.

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Photo of Domingo
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lager fans in Wisconsin rejoice. New Glarus does more than just fruit beers.
It's a bright golden color with a big rocky head.
Smells like fresh grain, but with a malty backbone and noble hops.
The taste brings me back to Bavaria. This is definitely a south German pils as it's got a malty helles-like backbone, but a creamy hoppy character.
I could drink a 6-er of these no problem. If you like, they also make a great radler mixed with some 7-up, too. Before you think I'm crazy, that's a VERY common item in Germany.
It's as good as any of the German or Czech imports, plus it's fresh, local for all but traders, and in brown bottles. The pricing is also shockingly pretty low, too.

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Photo of kmeves
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow golden with a small off white head.

Aroma is lemony and grass, maybe a hint of corn.

Flavor is nicely bitter but there is a nice sweetness to balance it all out.

Medium body, very crisp mouthfeel. Finish is long and fruity.

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Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Brilliant golden yellow with a medium bright white head that held on nicely and left spotty lace.

S-Initial thought of fresh cut apples. Then a bit of spicy/earthy hops kick in. Lastly a nice full grain mustiness takes over.

T-Vienna malt biscuit flavours with a nice support of spicy German noble hops. Nothing crazy or over th top here simply a solidly built German Pils.

M-Medium-light body with an nice crisp, dry finish.

D-Enough flavour to keep it interesting and crisp to make it freshing. This is the perfect example of a well done, true to style "beer". This would be on hand for being my offering to the BMC crowd if I lived in WI. I really like when breweries make German/Czech pilsners and dont dumb them down! Done right they are truly wonderful beers and this one proves that!

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

I really liked this beer and I am not a Pilsner-guy. Appearance is pretty good, nice head but no real lacing. Smell is decent, but a bit weak. A little malt and some noble hops, nothing really sweet. Taste is imilar but much more pronounced. Mouthfeel is on par with what it should be. Drinkability is near perfect.

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Photo of Greggy
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Review from notes

A- Slightly cloudy with thin head.

S- Some light grainy notes, a touch of citrus

T- Light grains, light citrus and graham/honey notes.

M- Nice low carbonation works.

D- Easily drinkable, a bit to simple, but would definitely drink again, especially in the summer.

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Photo of beerfairy
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a dark gold color as it sits on my desk, but shows a bright, full gold color when held up to the light. Perhaps a touch dark for a German style Pils, but it is perfectly in line with the color of a more Bohemian style one. The aroma has an up front grassy grain character as I take a deep draught of the nose, but it has a herbal / grassy hop character to it as well. After a bit a touch of sweet grain character becomes noticeable in the aroma, though this is fairly faint and this remains a crisp, dry smelling beer over all.

This has a nice soft hop bite to it up front that becomes more pronounced towards the finish. Competing with the bitterness in the finish is a sweet, pale grain flavor that was most noticeable during my first sip. Overall this beer finishes fairly dry and with a crisp hop bitterness. The grain sweetness does make an appearance from time to time in the finish though. Herbal hop notes dominate in a clean way and both malt and hop contribute to a certain, light grassy flavor. Cracker-like malt flavors and a clean pale malt character struggle to be noticed through the more dominant hop character. This is definitely hop dominated, but the hops are not overly aggressive and in fact could be more pronounced (might be a freshness issue), but still the malt seems a touch weak comparatively, even in a Pils I would expect a bit more characterful malt character. I do like the body and texture of this brew, it is not overly light and has just enough body to it to make things interesting. As the beer warms a bit a touch of cooked-corn / DMS character starts to become noticeable, it is fairly light and seems to add some extra complexity more than take away anything.

A decent example of a Pils that could use a bit more malt character and / or a touch more hop notes. Still this is good and certainly hit my hankering for a Pils, though the DMS gets a bit distracting as I get towards the end of my glass.

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

This beer pour a clear golden color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is quite malty with a lot of biscuit, and a hint of noble hops. The taste is maltier that the aroma without much hop character at all. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent pilsenser, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It poured a golden yellow with a slight haze. It had a one finger head that quickly dissipated. There was light activity rising off the lower edges of the glass.

It smelled of light malt and touch of hops. It had a slightly sweet undertone.

It tasted a bit sweet with a hint of citrus. The malt was moderate and came across smooth with a dry finish. The had a heavy body.

I found it to be very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a moderate head that slips away rather quickly without draping much lace

Smell: A bit Germanic, with some noble hop aromas but a lot of doughy malt, too

Taste: Opens doughy, almost sweet and the hops never really deliver; bready, overall

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body but lifeless carbonation

Drinkability: I picked this up last week in Columbus at Once Upon a Vine; it was a single bottle in the fridge and, not expecting to see New Glarus so far south, I should have asked questions about its provenance; perhaps it is a bit old as it is surely rather disappointing compared to what I expected from other reviews

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Homerbag for this extra.

Pours a nice clean golden pilsner with a white head that actually retains quite well. grassy nose with grain and slight straw. Taste follows, very lagery graininess, some hay, and a tiny bit of pepper. A slight cream. wierd i know, but its there, not obvious and works well with it though. A good mouthfeel that is just a touch too thick. Drinkability is quite good, a defenite good choice for a lawn mower refresher. Overall a solid pils from NG, as always, I am satisified with their product.

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Photo of KBomb
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly dull golden yellow with a small head that disappears pretty quick. The smell is moderately strong clean hops. The taste is of crisp clean hops that have a little bite, but don't over do it. Not too bitter, but not bland either. Behind the hops is the tiniest bit of nuttiness which is both interesting and pleasant. This is a dry, crisp beer-- the kind that feels refreshing at first but begs for another one to quench the new thirst of the hops bitter sting. Easily light enough for a session.

This beer didn't blow me away as anything super special, but it is a good summer brew in New Glarus' already packed line of good summer drinks. It washed down last night's BBQ quite nicely (side note: I poured half of my second bottle into my chicken marinade and it ended up being one of the best chicken breast marinades I've ever done).

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great clear straw yellow with soe goo bubbling. Starts with a one finger head that recedes to a island film of foam and a thin ring. The aroma is a clean hoppy, grass with some brisk baking flour. The taste Starts with a water cracker malt then mixing with some brisk herbally hops. You can catch a little citrus zest at the finish. Crisp and floury, a great pilsner.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from maximum12 in the Summer Beer BIF. Thanks Corey! Into my Trumer Pils glass

A: Clear golden yellow with brilliant clarity. Great white head with good retention and nice lacework

S: Crisp with a pleasing, grainy aroma with some biscuit. Spicy and earthy hops are also present with an almost resiny aroma (not sure that helps but that's what comes to mind)

T: Starts off pretty grainy with a good deal of biscuit notes (I'm guessing from the Vienna malt? I don't know). Hops are present but faint - I wish it were more up front. Crisp and dry and mildly hoppy on the finish

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

D: Very easy to drink!

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew on tap in New Glarus, WI. Nice Swiss/German restaurant that I forget the name.

Beer came in a traditional pint glass with minimal head that really was more like a thin film across the top of the brew. The beer was bright pale gold on color and there was some visible carbonation. Very clear with some patchy lacing.

Aroma was fresh, slightly spicy and of fresh grain, grass.

Taste was smooth, refreshing and clearly on for a German Pilsner. A slight sweetness and flavor of biscuit malt. Some hop assertiveness to balance the sweetness and a crisp finish. I did get the very subtle flavor of grape that I sometimes sense in Pilsners. I nice effort. Not the most complex Pilsner I've ever had, but certainly good.

Mouth feel was light and refreshing with a good amount of tingle from carbonation. Very drinkable and certainly a good choice for a session brew.

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Photo of Realale
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
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 shadow1961
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus Edel Pils pours a big stiff creamy head over
a clear yellow brew. Carbonation is extremely active, and
the nose is barley malt and lager yeast. The flavor is mild
sweetish light malt with a bit of hop spicyness for balance.
Mouthfeel is light, there's a bit of something tart here, that
with the hop lends a bit of dryness as well. There's a fair bit
of lacing left behind, and there's a bit of grain and herb in
the aftertaste. What they were shooting for is a domestic
reproduction of a pretty conservative style, and I guess it's
pretty spot on. That's not a bad thing- this brew is fresh and
the German equivalent has spent months at sea and on the
road to make it's way to your liquor store. But in the end,
quenching and drinkable though this may be (especially now
in August), I really do prefer it when New Glarus does something
a little crazy. Do get it if you can, though.

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Photo of johanvond
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the next step up from the naked. It's a bright golden with a healthy amount of head. At first you get a clean biscuit like malt profile that evolves to be a bit sweet. There is a good amount of hops to keep it simple, balanced and crisp. Refreshing. Try to enjoy it with The Carr Valley Malenge Cheese. If your not aware it's north of Madison WI. The cheese is a blend of cow, goat and sheep's milk. It's creamy with a tart finnish. Try it.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another kick ass lager from NG. Looks good, straw coloured, very clear, moderate level of carbonation. One finger white head doesnt really want to stick around, and fades to a thin collar that intially manages to leave scant yet intricate lace.

Nice aroma. Pale, grainy malts with some husk and a touch of honey like malt sweetness. Hint of stewed veggies also present. Nice hop aroma, some fresh cut grass with a touch of lemon and hint of citrus blossom.

Straightforward and tasty. No surprises here, what is present in the nose carries through on the taste.

Crisp, clean light bodied lager. Slight creaminess almost provides more substance but is broken up by the moderate level of carbonation. Good stuff!

A very drinkable and sessionable brew. Goes down quite nicely on this warm July night. This beer was made for quaffing on a warm summer day and fits the bill quite nicely. Highly recommended for fans of pilsners, and may also serve as a good crossover brew. Would be a great choice for any gathering during the warmth of summer.

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Photo of ibashmuck
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium foamy head on a golden body. Smell featured the "lager bite", although the hop bitterness taste was moderate. Malts are very nicely balanced here, taste is very good, maybe a hint of some sweetness. Very smooth and easy to drink. Good stuff.

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Photo of WJVII
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this has a nice golden brown color with a light head leaving little lacing. The smell is malty but not much else in the nose. The taste is well balanced with minimal overwhelming flavors. The overall status of this brew is solid. The simplicity is exactly what one would expect in a pils. Definitely easy to drink a few.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden, half finger head.

S- Clean crisp malt with delicate undertones of spicy noble hops.

T- Clean, sweet bready malts lending way to a solid yet soft hop backbone.

M- Smooth, crisp, good carbonation.

D- Nice and refreshing, should of gotten the six pack.

Although some may find it pedestrian, I feel this is a good, quality brew.

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Edel-Pils from New Glarus Brewing Company
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