Pilsner
New Glarus Brewing Company

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From:
New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #13
ABV:
Not listed
Score:
92
Ranked #4,742
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 7.66%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
54
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 10, 2023
Added:
Apr 26, 2023
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  2
Quests of unobtainable perfection exist. Brewmaster Dan's Holy Grail is the perfect pilsner. His ideal being an old school blur of German and Czech styles. Heirloom pilsner malted barley and a double decoction mash begin the maddeningly complex journey. Joined by Bavarian royalty Diamant, Mittelfrüh, Saphir, Select and Hallertau Blanc hops that gracefully weigh in a quaffable 35 IBU. The simplicity of a six week lager forges this pilsner treasure.
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Reviewed by mcm180 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Excellent clean Pilsner.

Pours yellow-gold and perfectly clear into my Guinness glass. Small head, quarter inch or so. Dissolves into a little lacing.

Smells kinda like skunky biscuit, light floral note.

Tastes: niiiiiiiice. Clean and clear flavor. Not bitter. Crisp on top but not sharp. Nice floor of darkness under the hollow middle.

Light, tight carbonation. Light mouthfeel.

Overall: really good to drink. Really really good.
Nov 10, 2023
 
Rated: 3.68 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Oct 01, 2023
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall new glarus pilsner glass. pours a fairly clear straw gold with almost two fingers of firm white foam that leaves decent lacing as the liquid is consumed. the one starts more yeasty and bread-forward on the nose but as it warms develops an almost floral, grassy aroma to it. taste is bready malts with expressive lager yeast and cracker-like quality to the finish. it’s got a little bit of mineral taste to it and a little bite to the finish. medium-full mouthfeel with a smooth and creamy finish. overall pretty good. something about the finish on the taste though that brought this down a little for me. still really good. new glarus does not hardly ever seem to make a bad beer.
Sep 07, 2023
 
Rated: 3.81 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Aug 28, 2023
 
Rated: 3.47 by Hatchel from Minnesota

Aug 13, 2023
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass. Pours a clear straw color with a medium-sized head. Aroma and flavor feature dry, crackery malt with some bready sweetness, bitter/spicy noble hops, and some citrus rind. The bitterness is more assertive than I was expecting, but this is no doubt a solid pilsner nevertheless.
Aug 11, 2023
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pale gold pour with excellent clarity; streaming carbonation; tight white head; ok cap retention; solid ring with some soapy lace. Bready malt with floral hop nose. Baked bread; light spicy herbal hop bitterness; firm malt base. Light body, moderate carbonation. Overall an excellent Pilsner; light refreshing and delicious.
Aug 08, 2023
 
Rated: 4.25 by emerge077 from Illinois

Aug 08, 2023
 
Rated: 4 by Eziel from Ohio

Aug 05, 2023
 
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jul 31, 2023
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Reviewed by jdhops from Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Unknown canning date. First letter is I, possibly indicating best by September?

L: Pours a clear gold with a fluffy white head that sticks around the glass. Lots of upwardly moving bubbles. Thin irregular lacing.

S: Aromas of grass and bread. Slightly skunky.

T: A bit spicy up front, bread in the middle. Finishes pleasantly dry with a hint of bitterness.

F: Clean and crisp mouthfeel, very easy on the palate.

O: Refreshing and balanced. Well done.
Jul 28, 2023
 
Rated: 4.49 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Jul 14, 2023
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Reviewed by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Glad I was able to finally get my hands on New Glarus Pilsner. Pours a straw color with a foamy white two finger head, that recedes to a thin film. Smells wonderful! Fresh cut grass, noble hops, it's all there. Tastes great! Cracker, bread, lemon, noble hops, honey. Pleasing bitterness and dry finish. An excellent Pilsner from New Glarus. I will savor all 12 I have, make that 11.
Jul 14, 2023
 
Rated: 4.08 by cd34 from Illinois

Jul 09, 2023
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Reviewed by SaltofOH from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Bottle, no date. Drank w/i 5 days of purchase. Pilsner glass.

A: light gold, crystal clear, frothy three fingers of head turns to a thin cap that lasts. Streams of carbonation and rings of lacing as I drink it down. Looks perfect.

S: strong scent of Pilsner malt, slightly sulfury (in a good way), and green/floral noble hops.

T: initially a slightly sweet, bready, malty arrival, turning slightly sulfury, with honey-drizzled bread, then bitter, floral, noble hops on the finish.

M: rich, but well-attenuated. Moderate carbonation, keeps it popping. Clean, almost astringent finish. Feels lighter, more like a German Pilsner.

O: tastes like a Bohemian Pilsner, feels like a German Pilsner. Reminds me of the first time I had Pilsner Urquell, or Weihenstephaner Original. Even that Old Seattle lager. Really a masterpiece of balance. Rich, malty, and loaded with noble hops. Right up my alley. Wish I could get it at home. Like many great Pilsners, greater than the sum of its parts.
Jul 09, 2023
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
While New Glarus is sold only-in-Wisconsin and yet is world-famous for their lambic-like fruit beers, I've always considered many NG lagers to be world class ranging from the blonde (Two Women) through the middle Marzen (Staghorn) to darks (Uff-Dah!). And that just might be high-praise coming from a malt-head like me.

So with my dis-comfort zone for lagers starting around 25 IBU, along comes this 35 IBU pils and I barely notice the hops until they linger in the finish; much like a balanced brew should. More noticeable is what a six week sit in the lagerer does. (Other brewers might claim that long, but they can't match what this sit did for clean complexity.)

A question I have for NGBC.... I drank your Hometown Blonde in my pre-BA career, so I can't remember it and took no notes. But how close is this Pilsner to Hometown Blonde? What did you learn from her?

7/16/23 Regretting I only bought a single copy of Pilsner on my recent beer run to Woodman's Kenosha, I opened my sampler box and found more Pilsner ! I like it so much, I might even buy some remainders during my annual run to satisfy my Staghorn fix. Until then, NG remains my second most favored brewer... even if they are only in Wisconsin. Prost !
Jul 08, 2023
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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
This pilsner checks off the two major requirements I insist on when it comes to a German Pils. Those are that it must be clean, and it must be dry. This succeeds on both counts. Grainy with some mineral quality that I would point more towards Bohemian style and the hops are slightly vinous and earthy.
Jul 08, 2023
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Look - Clear yellow with a slight white head nice rimming and active bubbles
Smell - earthy grassy grain, slight bread
Taste - grassy floral taste with a slight mineral and a slight hop earthy bitterness
Feel - light body with a medium crisp carb
OVerall - Really Nice Pils, very complex and different
Jul 06, 2023
 
Rated: 4.22 by brewskis from Indiana

Jul 03, 2023
 
Rated: 4.36 by fflopps from Iowa

Jul 02, 2023