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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Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 308
Photo of wardough
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +0.8%
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 -8%
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%
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 +2.6%
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 -19.4%
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 -8.8%
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 -7.5%
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 +0.3%
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 -18.3%
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 -13.4%
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 -7.8%
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 -7.8%
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 +5.2%
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 +9.8%
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 -4.1%
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 -1.8%
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 +9.6%
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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Photo of ryantupy
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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 +7.2%
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 -13.4%
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 +3.4%
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 +0.8%
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 +5.9%
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 +5.2%
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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Edel-Pils from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
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