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 ryantupy
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man this was an enjoyable pilsner it went great with my pasta and was a definate thrist quencher. It poured a strawish bronze color and has a little sticky lace. It smells very floral and wheaty. It tastes of smooth malts not to sweet yet to not to bitter. This beer is defiantly drinkable and is defiantly worth checking out if you can get ahold of it.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a pale golden color with a one inch head. Endlessly rising bubbles. Bready malt aroma with some apples. Pilsner malt flavor with some honey, apples, and grassy hops. This pils is not as spicy as some versions, but there are enough other interesting flavors to keep this beer from being boring. Full bodied for a pils, which is a good thing. Great drinkability too. Nice offering from New Glarus.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my SN pint glass a nice amber orange with a thin bubbly head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the top. Aromas of crisp sweet barley, slightly fruity with a dash of herbal hops in the nose as well. Fairly standard overall, doesn't grab me all that much.

First sip brings a nice sweet pale maltiness that has some light citric fruit tones. A somewhat mellow earthy herbal hop hits the back of the palate. Finishes clean with a slightly bready yeast. An easy drinking pils for sure.

Mouthfeel is good with enough malt to make it a bit full in the mouth. A beer that achieves its goal of being a German Pilsener but not much else. Not a brew that I would actively seek out, but works well on a hot summer day.

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Photo of longarm
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark yellow-orange is a terrific change from most pilsners. Carbonation doesn't last.

Robust straw-like aroma. Little else, but I get the sense that's what's desired in this beer.

Full-bodied pilsner with a slightly sweet finish. Exceptionally well done.

A fine beer that's not exceptionally complex. Crisp and clean with just enough flavor.

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

thanks kmpitz2 for this one

clear as day light amber pour, bubbles rising and head settles to 1/2 cm or so. nose is very buttery with honey notes and not a hop to be found. almost belgian aroma. tasty- full malt mouthfeel and flavor rounded out with the diacetyl, very bready but light in texture. slightest bit of german hops and alcohol in the aftertaste, attempting to even out the silkiness with something substantially abrasive.. falls flat in the 'balance' respect but an overall refreshing and tasty beer.. anyway, who is going to expect balance from the makers of raspberry tart and apple ale???

would love to drink this again, in a hotter room on a warmer day.

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

12 oz brown longneck ith no freshness dating.

The beer pours a darker than expected light bronze with a smallish head. Some lace sticks to the side of my pint galss.

The nose is of spicy/floral hops with a bit of fruit in the background.

The taste is smooth and slightly hoppy. Seems to have a nice underpinning of malts. Slightly sweet and slightly bitter, nice one-two combination. Some apple taste emerges about 1/3 of the way through.

The beer is lagered and it shows in the smooth mouth. Good drinkablity, this beer would go great with a meal or while sitting on the porch enjoying a nice summer evening. Well made beer in a style that we BAs often tend to over look. Great job!

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

Big thanks to onecrazymofo for this opportunity.
Pours a clear, golden color...lots of carbonation as I hear it crackling in my pint glass. Less than a half finger of white head w/ a fairly aggressive pour, but sits pretty on top for most of the pint.
Lacing is tight, but thin and slides its way back into the beer within seconds.
The aroma is very nice...very subtle malt sweetness up front.
Wow...a nice pucker after the first taste. Slightly sweet and just a touch sour. I have not had many Pilseners, but I dig its style....it is very refreshing and not as carbonated as I was expecting. The mouthfeel is not thin and the aftertaste is very clean...even the burps are refreshing.
I could really enjoy a bunch of these on a nice sunny day...then again, the weather sucks here presently, and this new brew is lifting my spirits...thanks again ocmf.

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

Pours a beauty of a medium/dark gold color, streams of visible carbonation with a very creamy looking head with fine bubbles on top. Smell has that euro lager grass scented malt to it. Taste is also very grassy, grainy, and honey-sweet. Hops fit the style. Well carbonated and crisp mouthfeel. I could easily put back several of these.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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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3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep golden color, small but lacing head, and a continual effervescence from the bottom of my pilsner glass.
This smells of grain, silage, rubber bands and wheat fields.
Comes off initially with a husky grain flavor that gives way to a mild finishing sweetness. Mild notes of wheat and barley present themselves, and a hint of a flavor reminiscent of some root crop like rutabaga or turnip.
The mouthfeel is just a bit sticky but all in all refreshing. Initially I got a slight numbness to the palate from this, for whatever reason. This is a good drinking beer.

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Photo of bditty187
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Skidz
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out golden yellow and sits golden amber in the glass with a small fluffy white head.

Aroma is lightly malty with barley and aromatic hops abundant. A nice, sharp yeasty background.

Tastes lightly tart with dry barely and a yeasty finish. Some caramel and nutty flavors mixed in at the end.

Smooth and creamy with medium carbonation, good body. Good drinking, but not a favorite.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a nice, bubbly, white head that quickly gave way, but there was still a great deal of CO2 evident in the glass. It had an extremely light mouthfeel with a grassy/alfalfa aftertaste presenting itself on the finish. Overall, it was a very smooth, dry, light beer. I think that it would be very good on a hot, humid day, the polar opposite of the day that I tried it, but it is still not bad for a Pils.

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Photo of mynie
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pilsner? What?

It looks like a pilsner, I guess, gold and unexceptional with a decent head and no lacing. It smelled like potpourri--like the stuff you get in a gift shop. Very floral, which is kind of nice because it's unique but almost out of place in a beer.

The taste is unpleasantly spicy and too sweet. There are hints of fruity malts and it tastes kind of like flowers. Seriously, it's like dipping your head into a flower bed and taking in very deep breathes.

Very smooth, but the spicy aftertaste and candy sweetness makes this one tough to drink.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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 TheOtherMike
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is supposedly a pilsner, yet neither I nor any of my beer-testing buddies would call it so. It is a good beer tho and very drinkable. It tastes exactly like their Norski, less the sweetness. I'm tempted to rate it lower for missing its category (pilsner) but it's a good (albeit plain) beer.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, clean pale gold. Small head white head of fizzing carbonation forms then vanishes leaving no lace. Carbonation is so "tight" that it is audible which I've never noticed in a beer before.
Aroma is pale malt, very citrus with maybe some biscuit in the background.
Flavor has some solid but sweet pale malt and a very restrained and ctirc acid hop bittering on the finish.
Mouthfeel is has some stickier malt hits than most Pils I've had but must say have not had any German Pils before this one. Carbonation is not as high as I'm accustomed to with the style but OK overall.
Drinkability is very high as this is refreshing after a workout.

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

Presentation: 12 ounce tall brown bottle that arrived in a great package from Minnesota. Tan colored thick paper label with dark brown print. Edel-Pils is written in a Germanic font, lending a Teutonic feel to the label. A plain gold twist cap and a thin opposite colored brown neck label with “Edel Pils” on it. No freshness date or strength listed.

Appearance: Served in a tall straight sided Pilsner Urquell glass, the body is a prefect golden color, truly clear and only broken with the occasional streamer. A white easily forms on the top of the beer. The slightly off-white head remains at only ¼” thick though and does tend to break up after a while. A quick swirl of the beer induces some of the dissolved carbon dioxide to break solution, and help to reform the head. Light singular point smatterings of head remain on the glass walls, which never quite form a lacing.

Nose: Pilsner malts are evident in the nose together with biscuit tones make way for a light hoppy character at the back end. Has a restrained nose I found, but it is fresh, crisp and clean.

Taste: Solid levels of Pilsner Malts with a sweet feel in the middle. Hoppy finish in the back end, but not as crisp as I like, but that is nevertheless welcome. Improved as I worked my way through the bottle, and this is a good Pilsner style Lager with all the usual traits in good balance. Some nice light noble-hop burps at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light airy feel, dissolved carbon dioxide easily leaves solution in the mouth but in a controlled manner that lends creaminess to the body. Above average feel that lends quaffability.

Drinkability: A nice clean, crisp, malty offering and a damn good balanced Pilsner Lager. Creamy and smooth, but the carbonation is a little low after the beer has stood only a short time, which is a shame.

Overall: A decent offering, but the description on the label hints at the beers background. More of a Germanic Pils, than a Czech Pilsner, but a damn nice drink, suffers only from low carbonation at times though.

Vielen Danke to Herr Sehr Groß for this one.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus Edel-Pils is America's official apology to the world for ruining pilsener beer. Even if you don't know what German beer is (your poor thing), you will identify most of New Glarus' beer as German. I've heard that they use the old-fashioned (and painstaking) decoction mash method of brewing where part of the wort is boiled seperately . . . point is, it adds a lot of body and malt profile to the beer. You could tap Edel-Pils in a Munich pub and sell it out fast.

The malts are generous -- full-bodied and supple -- and do well to balance the lightly woodsy hops. Mid-palette, this beer is increasingly grapey -- I don't know if that's the odd yeast they mention on the label or not, but I welcome it with open arms. The grainy/malty/bready/lagery finish is symphonic or at least garage bandish. The flavors are so rustic, yet so well-defined and integrated, that it'd be tough to call this beer glorious, but apt to find it humble and charming.

Not as light or as crisp as I expected, Edel-Pils is probably mimicking some regional German Pilsener I'll never know, but it reminds me first of British bitter (lagered . . .). That said, the fullness of this beer is occassionally overpowering and, for real pilsener fans, probably a fault. Though there is a crispness to the finish, it is more tannic on the back of the tongue than anything I'd identify as noble hops or classically pilsener. Put this in the cellar for the throes of winter (well, at least late fall). Lawnmower pilsener is dead.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold color. Small head. Aroma is malty. Very smooth tasting pilsner. Slightly malty and hoppy for a pilsner. Nice flavor, very smooth. Somewhat sweet. Kind of citrusy, some apples and lemon taste. This is a very nice pilsner. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on my trip to Milwaukee. It poured to a clear, golden color, with a white head. It left a good amount of lacing when sipped down. It had a crisp, grainy, and semi-sweet aroma, with a bit of hop spiciness. The flavor is clean with a sweet, grainy flavor that flows to a soft, spicy hop bitterness. It has a soft malt background. It is smooth and light. Has a nice finish. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of marc77
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear light golden hue, topped by a persistent, thick, pitted, porcelain white head. Tattered lace remains. Soft grass and chlorophyll hop nose with a citric tinge upfront in aroma, accompanied by mildly sweet, doughy malt and faint husk. Rounded, bready, pilsner malt sweetness initially in flavor is ensued by stately, drying combination of moderate hop bitterness and mineralized, lightly salty cracker. Urbane, judiciously dextrinous mouthfeel, partially from the well calculated attenuation. Agreeably attuned, mildly herbal, sweet basil esque hop flavor surfaces transiently mid palate, then fades allowing dry, spicy biscuit reminscent of malted rye to persist through the trim, simply grainy finish. A comely balanced pilsner with emphasis on its soft grain presence; overall hop character is secondary. Edel - Pils is light, almost airy on the palate and superbly drinkable. Tasty! Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the delivery.

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Photo of jeffboo
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very drinkable but unremarkable pils. It pours a nice golden color with bright white head. It has a somewhat malty aroma with noble hop grassiness on the mild side. The flavor is bisquit malt with some floral hop pop in the finish. It has a crisp light body and dry finish with the malt giving a little bit of a body boost. A good summer beer.

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

A very good domestic pils, but still missing the overall deep flavor and body of a Bohemian pilsner.

This beer pours with a pleasant golden body and fluffy white head, there is some lacing, but not an incredible amount.

To me, the aroma is the high point of this beer. Malt lingers in the basement, but the rest of this aromatic structure is all hops, slightly grassy, but spicy and refreshing. Sublime.

The taste is a bit too sweet and lacks a deep rich maltiness I have come to expect in the style. If this was meant to be a German pils, the beer lacks the crisp hop bite. The body feels a bit too slight as well.

This is beer will enter my regular rotation, but I prefer Klisch Pilsner from Lakefront brewery in Milwaukee to satisfy my Wisconsin pils jones .

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Edel-Pils from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 309 ratings