Beer of the Weekend #461: Edel-Pils

All week I have indulged in the cheese I bought in Wisconsin last Friday, so tonight I thought it was high time to drink some of the beer.

The beer tonight is Edel-Pils, brewed by the New Glarus Brewing Company of New Glarus, Wisconsin.

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The shoulder of the bottle features a batch code, but there is no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a New Glarus flute. It is a clear, golden straw color. A finger of light, eggshell-colored head dissipated quickly, leaving a ring of foam and a spotted lacing.

Smell: Crisp, bready, grassy, and a little skunky — just like a Czech pilsner should be. It has a helles-like hay mound aroma, probably from the Bavarian yeast. There is a little apple, and prunes or raisins come to mind as well.

Taste: Mirrors the smell. Grassy and bready with a little hay mound, sweet fruit, and a touch of lemon mixed in. It has a crispy, grassy hop bite, too.

Drinkability: Delicious and true to form. It is simple yet so incredible and well-crafted. Excellent stuff.

Fun facts about Edel-Pils:

-Style: New Glarus calls it “Bohemian Pilsner.”

-Price: About $1.42 per bottle at the Roelli Cheese Haus in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. All the custom sixers there cost $8.49.

-Serving temperature: 40-45ºF.

-Alcohol content: 5.3 percent ABV.

-Food pairings: The beer’s webpage says, “It will complement any fine meal or friendly gathering.” Listed among the food pairings is “Grilled grass-fed beer, any cut.” The cheese pairings are “Smoked Gouda” and “Horseradish Cheddar.”

-Nerdiness from the webpage:

This "Noble-Pilsner" is the creation of our brewmaster. He brought special yeast from Bavaria, combined it with Wisconsin barley and the finest Bavarian and American hops. Then employing traditional brewing methods, this Pilsner is finished with a long cold rest in our cellars.

The Quiet Man’s grade: A-.

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