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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002

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Ratings: 309 |  Reviews: 127
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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Photo of KeefD
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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 cdkrenz
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The label is like most other New Glarus brews. Very light tan paper with medium to dark brown writing. Beauty in simplicity.

S - Malty and enticing.

T - The taste of a good hearty lager. Simply malt.

M - Smooth and tasty. Soft and simple.

~ I'll take another if you don't mind. Anybody else need one?

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Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow with a nice two-fingers of white head. Retention was good. Moderate amounts of lacing is left on the glass. I smell lemons, grassy hops, and some light malt. About average taste. Light malt, noble hops, and a little bit of a lemon flavor. Has a light body with a crisp finish. An above average pilsner all around and refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a crystal clear bright gold with a thin bubbly head that shows good retention due to the big carbonation. Lacing is sporadic. The smell is dominated by grains, barley mostly, and some floral hops. There is also a sweet bready malt undertone throughout the nose. The taste follows the smell with floral hops up front followed by the sweet malt backbone before a very slight hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy for the style but still crisp and clean with big carbonation. This is very drinkable and great example of a pils. I could drink this all night on a summer evening.

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

Bright clear golden grain colored with a fuzzy lid of white.

Smells of sweet malts with lemony floral tea and lightly spicy grassy noble hops.

Tastes the same with a medium body and creamy texture.

This one is fine, good for the style, but nothing really special.

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

Another wonderful New Glarus brew provided by flyingbison.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a stunning clear gold with a fluffy two finger bright white head that dies down to a soft layer of foam. Some stick here and there with a whole bunch of bubbles racing to the top. Smell consists of lots of noble hops, sweet barley, lemongrass, and caramel malt. Very clean aroma, hard not to enjoy sticking your nose in this one. Taste begins with fresh cut grass and dry malts followed by a light lemon zest. Grains and a touch of honey emerge midway and linger towards the end to create a bit of a dry aftertaste. A Full medium body with a smooth and creamy feel. Carbonation is definitely there, but fits the style well. New Glarus pumps out some of the best lagers that I know of, add this one to the list. Another kick ass summer beer that I could put down one after another. Good stuff.

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Photo of wardough
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Light gold. Nice head.
S: Light grainy malt character. Slight flowery hops.
T: Crisp. Malts, then finishes semi-strong with the hop presence. Low hop presence.
M: Light body. Medium carbonation.
D: A nice clean beer that I could drink any night.

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Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden-bronze, white head, very little retention or lace.

S: Slight grassy-metallic aroma & biscuity bread.

T: Grassy, floral, slightly metallic hops, bready malt, hint of DMS.

M: Moderate body is very smooth; modest carbonation.

D: A decent drinker.

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Photo of Zorro
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through Monsone and Brews N Tunes 3 BIF.

Clear golden colored beer with a tall and long lasting white head.

Smell is lots of grain and a spicy Nobel hop aroma. Herbal and spicy hops with no citrus aromas. Good aroma but it lacks complexity.

The taste starts out heavy grain and yeast and a rich malt flavor. Little bit of citrus hop flavor here with a toasted grain flavor, small sour snap reminds me of rye. Not spicy in flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not bad at all but I prefer a Pilsener with a spicier flavor.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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 botham
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. pours a crystal clear light golden color with two fingers of tight white head. standard pils in appearance.

aroma is lightly malted and sweet, with notes of pale malts, a bit of munich, and a floral quality that acts as the base. not much else. a clean and refined pils in the nose.

taste is very fresh. lightly sweet malts give a grain hint to the profile, while lightly fruity and floral characters serve to quench the back of the palate. finishes on a note of grain. nicely porportioned.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a smooth and lightly sparkling texture. finishes with a mildly slick mouthfeel.

drinkability is good. this is a standard pils, but the freshness and delicate nature of the flavors make this one a nice american example of the german pils style. cheers!

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on November 11, 2005. 12 oz Bottle. Thin effervescent dark golden pour, with a thin white head. Dusty malt and metallic hop aroma. Suprisingly sugary clean malt, with background notes of grain and wheat. Malt is sweet, even and clean. A touch of sourness and some lemon flavor and a bit of balance from the gentle hops. Not really all that impressive, fairly typical. Palate is a touch watery and a good bit sweet and clingy.

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

Rich, hearty, 'amber waves of grain' amber with the slightest blush of orange. The bone white head is exceedingly fine-bubbled and is already beginning to lay down beautiful, delicate, minutely pocked Belgian lace. Even without going any further, it's apparent that this is quality beer. A very nice look.

No surprises in the nose, considering the style. Unfortunately, the aroma isn't up to the standard set by the appearance. Yeah, it's noble hoppy, but the mustier characteristics come through the clearest. There's a little spiciness, but not enough to matter.

Edel-Pils is not your typical pilsener in that the malt:hop seesaw is tilted too far to the malty side of things, giving the beer an amber ale vibe that isn't at all what I expected. Either the recipe is too malt-dominant or it's too hop-deficient or the hops have faded from their former glory. Time for a new recipe (stay tuned).

Sweet and bitter coexist in near perfect harmony; not the usual circumstance in beer of this style. The flavor lacks a certain verve, a certain panache and it's not just because my hop sensors have gone wanting. I'd swear this beer is an ale; it has that fruitiness that I typically associate with ale yeast.

The body is aleish as well. It's firm, medium-full and slightly slick rather than being light, airy, crisp and clean. I like it just fine given the rest of the beer's attributes, but yet again, it isn't really pils-like at all. 'Not really pils-like' describes Edel-Pils to a 'T'.

Deborah Carey, the co-owner of New Glarus, stated in a newspaper article last December that Edel-Pils (the brewery's original beer, by the way) would be undergoing a face-lift this year. It seems that the rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. I'd say that a face-lift is a great idea. A little liposuction wouldn't hurt either.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Solid tight head rests upon a golden pilsner body. The head has fallen to a cloudy haze on top of the beer.

S: Noble hops with a touch of green apple

T: Surprisingly sweet. Good balance of gentle maltiness and fresh hops. Granny smith flavors linger in my mouth after every sip. No bitterness to speak of. Refreshing.

M: Full bodied and creamy. Carbonation level is great

D: You could drink a lot of this beer. Its nice but a bit boring for my tastes. Pilsner fans would really like this beer.

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

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Bubbly clear yellow in color. Fizzy. Sparkling head of white foam rests atop. Smattering of lace on the glass. Aromas of "pilsener" (no sh!t)...crackery/biscuit malt notes blended with a hoppy spice note. Flavors see more of the aromas. Solid malt backbone with spicy/zingy hop accents. Dry...crisp finish. Solid in nearly every facet. Super summertime thirst-quencher.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much head on this baby, just a faint ring tops off the clear golden liquid. Carbonation appears subtle. The smell is faint, bready malt aroma with a hint of citrus hops. Taste is a bit weak also, bready malt flavor with a slight to moderate bitterness in the finish. Very clean tasting, the mouthfeel is a bit light, but crisp with adequate bubbles. Drinkability is nice, no off-flavors to speak of, low alcohol. It goes down pretty easy once you quit trying to grasp the taste and just accept it's simplicity. It's at least a step up from many macros of this pilsner style...

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, but small head that sticks around and leaves a good lacing. Looks crisp and clear and well carbonated. Smells very nice, like rich barley and it's very smooth. Tastes very smooth and like a richer, full-bodied pilsner than other pilsners-such as Miller. It's smooth on the palate and finishes very smooth. It was a very enjoyable bier.

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Photo of hgrong
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Btl. 2005

Beer pours bright golden in color with a smallish head that fades to a thin layer. It is the color of straw as a pilsner should be. Not impressive, not a negative. The nose is not particularly impressive. It smells of lager yeast and hints of hops. Essentially dominated by the yeast esters. The palate is slightly sweet and simple. There are hints of fruit (apple stands out) and malty sweetness. There are some hops in the finish but they are not prominent. The mouth-feel is creamy and less crisp than I would like from a pilsner. It is well carbonated, but there is a strange thickness to the beer.

While not impressive, this would be a good beer for a hot summer day when you intend to drink a few. It is easy to drink and not offensive.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

I can see why this beer does so well on BA. Unfortunately, the things that make a beer rate highly on BA are some of the very things that shouldn't be in a pilsner.
The beer pours a nice golden yellow with delicate little bubbles. From the first sip, you know that this beer is more of a germanic pils than a bohemian pilsner. That's fine, a nice light beer is a good thing. However, the body is waffly. It just can't make up its mind whether it wants to be a full-bodied beer or a watery beer. It kind of reminds me of the 1% gelatin solution we keep onhand at the lab -- it looks, feels, and moves like water but wrong.
Then there is the nose. Very estery, lots of yeast aroma here dancing with a whiff of hops. No skunked/sulfur aroma (which OUGHT be present). It almost smells like a tripel rather than a pilsner. Most distressing.
The taste isn't bad, once you get past the mouthfeel. It just doesn't taste like a pils, really. There are too many fruity yeast flavours, particularly at the end. Rather than a crisp, pilsner 'ahhh', I feel like I'm drinking a british ale. Not a bad thing, just not something I want in my pilsner.

Yeah, this lager is too ale-y for me. Not a bad beer by any means, it just doesn't fit the pilsner mold very well . . . which is a very bad thing when you are reaching for a one.

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

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: pours a dull pale straw color, fairly clear, small bubbly head forms with virtually no lacing

smell: pretty typical for the style...strong peppery malt structure, grassy, earthy, slightly fruity (apple, lemon peel), mild hop presence of the floral nature

taste: crisp and clean, spicy and peppery hops on top of a deep malt profile...apple, lemon peel, slight orange fruit flavors, touch of vanilla, touch of honey

mouthfeel: medium-light, not watery, clean crisp and fresh

drinkability: very

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Photo of badbeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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 DaPeculierDane
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty quality pilsner that I don’t frequently drink because when I’m drinking light, I prefer really great beers like Highlife and Pabst.

What I like most about this beer is that it’s American and yet it’s not an American pilsner. It’s the real deal. It’s got hops, real noticeable hops and it actually doesn’t have to be consumed ice cold like all other American pilsners. NG’s people’s beer actually tastes good above 38 degrees.

The swiss edel is also rather creamy and smooth compared to most pilsners. Super drinkable with great texture.

A rocking good beer that is too often overlooked by the hardcore beer guys.

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Photo of 67cuda
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice golden yellow color, with one finger of white head. It has a nice sweet hops smell, with some citrusy notes to it, and some malt notes too. The taste is nice and sweet, with some citrusy notes, and a bit of hop bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty good, its not watery of overly carbonated, and it feels nice and full. This is a very drinkable beer, especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of battlekow
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Edel-Pils from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 309 ratings