Japanese Name: サッポロ エーデルピルス
Release: April 24, 2013
Type: Japanese Beer
Purchase Price: ￥259 @Popura
Ah Edelpils, at long last you are mine. A months long search at every convenience store I came across turned up zilch. And finally yesterday a chance visit to the neighborhood Popura (a conbini I’ve never been to before), led to the purchase of one 350mL can of Sapporo Edelpils. When it comes to bitter and beer, Sapporo really knows their stuff. Even at 259 yen per 350mL can, you can be quite certain you won’t be let down. On to the review…
Pop the can and into the glass, Edelpils is very unassuming. It has a golden-straw yellow, perhaps a little darker than some pilsners. Hints of green hops and a little bit of yeast are on the nose. Touching the lips then the tip of the tongue you get a little bitterness, but as it transverses the mid-palate down the throat the bitterness really clamps down. However, as you go through the can, it lightens its grip and eases back up to the tip of the tongue. Pure genius! Edelpils has a wonderfully rich flavor, mostly hops reminiscent of the sweetness of freshly cut grass, but it strangely remains light and refreshing at the same time.
Sapporo Edelpils is not quite limited edition. They produce kegs sold to restaurants so if you miss out at the conbini, you might be able to find it at a high end eatery. There’s no doubt the on-tap pour will knock your socks off. As I finish off my glass, and this post, the seemingly endless search for Sapporo Edelpils was worth it. It is indeed a noble pilsner.