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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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass. Bottle code of 0743.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellowish orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with solid hints of biscuit and earthy hops. Bready malts upfront with solid sweet hints of biscuit, grains, crackers, straw, and yeast. Noticeable earthy hints of noble hops giving a somewhat spicy scent. Mild hints of fruity esters of apple and grape. A pretty solid Euro style pilsener aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a crisp and refreshing bready taste of biscuit, grains, and spicy hops. Sweet and bready malts throughout with good notes of biscuit, grains, crackers, yeast, and straw. Light fruity notes of apple, grapes, and some lemon zest. Some spicy earthy notes provided by a noticeable presence of noble hops. A pretty clean and solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and slightly prickly.

Overall: A solid take on the European Pilsener style. Solid biscuity taste with some nice fruit hints.

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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New Glarus Edel-Pils

Appearance: Another pilsner from New Glarus to follow up their brilliant Hometown Blonde. This one pours a perfectly crystal clear golden/brass color with two fingers of head almost white head, which has decent retention. Lacing is a little above average. The star of the show is the carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass like people out of apartment building fire. It looks the part of being a very refreshing beverage, hopefully the rest of the beer lives up to this promise.

Aroma: There is a noble hop presence that lets you know the beer is not a macro. This is followed up by sweet malts, not of the caramel or toffee type or anything that sometimes comes out of most malts; here, the malts just smell like sweet malts (albeit with the trademark New Glarus aroma), no more, no less. The yeast is there and is a bit bready, but, like the rest of the beer, is quite reserved. There is a hint of green apple crispness in the back of the aroma. This is a very average smelling lager with nothing that really stands out about it.

Taste: Up front there is just a passing taste of noble hop presence, but it is swallowed up almost instantly by the sweetness of the malt, which here comes across as biscuity, buttery (New Glarus’s hallmark) and bready, which melds well with the mild fruitiness of the yeast. This bready presence continues even as most of the flavor drops out halfway through the taste, leaving the drinker with a heavy grain presence in the mouth. The green apple flavor is here as well, though as minimal as the nose. Some hop bitterness would really have been welcome to cut the aftertaste off and make this a bit crisper and, thus, more refreshing, which is largely what all pilsners should shoot for. It is a good tasting beer, nonetheless, just a bit off the style.

Mouthfeel: Here, the beer is on point. The body is medium-light, and in the sweet spot for pilsners. The carbonation is not as active as it appears in the glass and so is just below where would be desirable per style. There is no lingering stickiness and no astringency (though, again, some would have been welcome to halt the flavor entirely). This drinks like the well-crafted beer that it is, however, it could be so much better.

Overall: Dan and Deb, hear me out: bring back Hometown Blonde! That beer was far better, far truer to its style, and far more refreshing. This is a good effort, but it just cannot stand up to New Glarus’s own lofty standards, its precursor, or the other great craft lagers out there (Victory Prima Pils, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, and Great Lakes Eliot Ness). Pick it up if you want to convert a macro drinker to the side of the Force, but otherwise, choose a different craft lager. 15/20

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into New Glarus glass beirstein.

Appearance: clear light golden bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head. Good head retention and leaves a spotty lace. As head drops slowely it is uneven and chunky.

Smell: The nose smell similiar to Staghorn. Malty and grainy.

Taste: bready and sweet malts. It a little bit buttery and fruity yeast. I also get a little bit of a honey sweetness from this beer too. It finishes with that trademark lager aftertaste with a little bit more malt sweetness. Really tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp and smooth. Has a great lager feel to this beer. Really drinkable!

Overall: This is another solid german lager brewed by Dan Carey. He always does a such great job with german beer styles this is no exception. Glad that they brought this beer out of retirement. I will probably be revisiting this beer a few times of the course of the hot weather days that are soon to be here in the midwest. Its in the middle of the 3 German Pilsners brewed by New Glarus. Hometown blond is by far the best German Pilsner from New Glarus, but Edel-Pils is a better beer than Two Woman Lager.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium gold with a hint of red. Clear and bubbly. Medium tall, soapy, white head. Head is persistent.

Smell - Light pale malt. Bready with a slight fruitiness.

Taste - Light. Sweet and bready. A little peppery spice. A little orange in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Overall - Light and pleasant. Not, however, an exemplar of the style or terribly exciting.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with no date

pours very clear, orange-gold color. very sweet smelling, buttery New Belgium-style malts, vanilla wafers, hazelnut spread. buttery sweet start and finish, the middle is my favorite: crisp, and tart. the sweetness lingers with a slight pepper feel on the finish.

not overbearingly sweet, but heavy in the nose and a lingering aftertaste. that said, it might do with some extra hopping.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Excited to give this a try, figured Dan Carey would knock this stye out of the park.

The pour doesn't dissapoint, the beer is a beautiful golden color with a nice head and good carbonation.

The smell is solid, though the lack of hops becomes apparent even at this point.

The taste is pleasant, a nice heavy breadiness and sweetness from the malts, perhaps a little heavier than you'd expect. Unfortunately, there are minimal hops on the back end, a big let down as the cleansing bitterness should be a hallmark of this style. Without the noticeable hop presence, this beer is a bit unbalanced.

Overall, a decent brew, but a bit of a letdown from the usually true to style New Glarus. Probably the only six pack I'll end up buying of this, as the beer really isn't very refreshing (as I'd normally expect a Pils to be).

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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 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 TheSSG
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +7.8%
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 mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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 alcstradamus
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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 -24%
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 +2.8%
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 -11.4%
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 -35.7%
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 -1.8%
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 -7.5%
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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Photo of Wisconsin
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -4.4%
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 -3.6%
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 +5.9%
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 -13.2%
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 +5.2%
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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Edel-Pils from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
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