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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Reviews: 219
Hads: 456
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 19.07%
Wants: 27
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

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Photo of 303beer
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light yellow with about an inch of white semi rocky head. Light nose. Bit of malt to it. Had a light malt flavor and some sweetness. I like this. Glad I have 6 of them.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, The Lime Kiln,Bristol - Pours clear pale gold. Medium carbonation. Thin foam head. Smell - a little malt. Taste - good blend of malt and hops. Very refreshing. Don't normally drink beers of this type but this was lovely.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Augustiner am Gendarmarkt in Berlin. 0.5 l in a branded tall glass.

Appearance: Bright pale gold. Initial 1/2" white foam died back to a nice thin foam across the top. Thick strands of persistent lacing noted. A classic German beer appearance.

Smell: Initially very little aroma. Later as it warmed up more, some malt and noble hop aroma.

Taste: Well blended malt and noble hops from start to finish. At every point of the sip you taste the blend of the two flavors.

Mouthfeel: A bit sticky. Good carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A very good beer. I don't think I've had a Helles lager that is this well blended in flavor. Very drinkable and if I had a lot more time to kill and maybe the ability to just lay back for awhile afterwards, I probably could have had a full liter. A half liter though was quite nice and went very well with food (Beef Goulash with dunkel based sauce and Spatzle). I'll have to see if I can find this in the states. Sehr gut!

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Photo of drmeto
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

-pours clear golden with a quickly dissipating,bubbly white head
-citrus,slightly sulfuric,Honey and floral,banana
-follows the nose plus slight grassy bitterniss
-medium-high carbonation,alcohol warmth
-good example of the style,im just not a big fan of Exports

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Photo of FLima
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Fresh aroma of floral and herbal hops, yeast and bread.
Flavor of sweet pilsner malt well balanced by a good deal of floral hops with hints of grains, yeast, herbal tea, orange-lemon, and honey. Dry aftertaste with perfect level of bitterness for the style.
Light body with a medium carbonation.
This is an excellent and flawless lager, one of the best I had. They got it to perfection after brewing this for a few centuries. If you like lagers, this is a must try.

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Photo of titvs
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 1D). Bottle 50 cl - Batch L2013151K. AROMA: grainy sweet aroma with very faint hop notes. some DMS is present. no esters or diacetyl. APPEARANCE: medium yellow color and translucent. thin moussy white head with low retention. TASTE: sweet and clean malt flavour that lingers into the aftertaste. very low bitterness. PALATE: thin body with low carbonation. OVERALL: a watered down helles that lacks the bitterness to balance a little the sweet malt profile.

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Photo of Brauhaus
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For those who like Dortmunder Exports, this is the perfect Bavarian interepretation of the style. It is simply the reference beer when it comes to this type.

Full bodied, great mouthfeel, lovely maltyness, fantastic finish in the back despite it's low bitterness rate (18 IBU).

It is suprising that a drink with so much body and maltyness and high alcohol level (5.6% ABV) can be made being so bright (6.5 EBC).

This is THE example of the Bavarian art of brewing. I always have it when it's available.

Perfection in a bottle.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pils glass
A: Pale yellow with a one-finger head and a steady stream of small bubbles
S: Grainy, a fair amount of corn, bread and a bit of grass
T: So clean. Malty, a hint of banana, a bit nutty and a touch of herbs. A lot is there but everything is modest and balanced
M: Light-bodied, crisp and clean
O: This won't hit you in the face but instead makes you take a step back and contemplate it. What you'll find is a simple but pure & complex beer

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Photo of douchymcbag
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: grainy sweetness with floral Nobel hops.

Appearance: straw color with brilliant clarity and creamy white head that lingers.

Flavor: grainy sweetness followed by clean Nobel hop finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with medium carbonation due to being served on cask.

Overall: I am typically not a lager fan. However, this beer is excellent. Easy drinking with a wonderful balance between grainy sweetness and hop bitterness.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking lager with medium carbonation. Good lacing. A lovely aroma of lemon honey and bread. A really nice semi carbonated mineral water mouthfeel. Beautifully balanced with pilsner notes but a sweeter overall finish.... just as a Helles ought to be. I wish I had several instead of just one so I could really get into the subtle flavours. This is a superb lager. The bottle is beautiful by the way! All lager fans should try this delicious beer.

My mark out of one hundred would be 83.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a big Weihenstephaner lager glass.

A: Pours an absolutely clear pale yellow color forming a big bubbled and creamy white head. Medium retention and some thin and lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Great smell of sweet grains. Very bready. Notes of honey followed by flowery hops

T: Sweet malts in upfront. Very bready and crispy. Notes of honey. Mild bitter hoppy end. Excellent balance

M: Such a smooth, creamy and, at the same light body. Medium retention and a delicious bready and crispy aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. I can imagine myself drink gallons of this beer. State of art German Lager

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Photo of robofreak
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A) clear pale yellow, vanishing head

S) honey, bread, hint of banana, slightly metallic

T) honey start, grain, nutty finish, alcohol, slightly acidic

M) light body, medium carbonation, slightly oily

O) Refreshing, light beer with a great heritage

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a goblet. That's all the hotel had for glassware.

Appearance: This beer poured a one dinger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Pilsner malts, some sweetness and some grassy and spicy hops.

Taste: Pretty much same as above.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, smooth, light bodied, refreshing, crisp, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid helles lager. Solid beer.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This should be good. Looks textbook: pale golden, lots of bubble, but just at first, perfect two finger fluffy head.
Smell of noble hops, herbs, spices and sweet grains.
Taste is awesome. Malts are grainy and sweet, but not too much, just enough. A low lemon zing, sweet (to dry) red apple. Spiciness really sells this beer, really tasty and packing a very nice unexpected hint of vanilla. German hoppy finish, herbal and bitter.
Not so much carbonation as you'd expect from the pour, it's smooth and chewy. Perfect mouthfeel.
This is a perfect example of a German lager, a benchmark for others. Really good.

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Photo of BlakeAJurgens
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Really nice golden color; white head which lingers for a considerable length. About three fingers, maybe a tad more, a leaves a light white residue along the sides. A very attractive Export.

S - A mix of malt and an almost vanilla-type smell; not very strong but pleasant.

T - The first sip starts out malty with a hint of vanilla, mellows towards the middle and towards the end you get a hint of bitter. It surprisingly got increasingly bitter towards the end, but not to the point of being unpleasant.

O - A good export; a solid pale lager with a little bit of an unexpected kick. Not as drinkable as HP's Muenchener Gold but certainly holds it own. I have heard (I think others echo this here) that it incomparably better vom Fass (from the tap); I will review further if I find results change once i get the chance.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff
vom fass @ Augustiner am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, DE
,5L for €3,90 at noon on Christmas day 2013

Good looking glass of beer. Clear gold with a massive head of bright white froth. The head retention and lacing are exquisite. In the nose it's floral over lightly sweetish malt. The flavor brings out a bit more character with a little more bready graininess and less sweetness than the nose suggested, as well as more noble hops and a subtle note of apple-like fruitiness. Median bitterness is well-threaded through - a very round, balanced, and nicely polished lager. Medium bodied. Crisp and clean. Remarkably easy to drink.

Additional note: I tasted this side by side with the standard "hell" and didn't find much difference. It's just slightly darker. And also a touch fuller in character, but not by much, and at the same time a little less malty... ? More balanced, shall we say? So... I'd guess it's got a degree or so more Plato to it, a touch more hops for flavor, and just a hint of additional bitterness to balance that as well - OR, is it the same beer and just slightly more fermented? No, probably not.

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Photo of Oktoberfestgirl
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

There is a MASSIVE difference between tasting this beer from a wooden keg (2 places in Munich always offer this: the Augustiner Keller Biergarten and the Augustiner Braeustuben)!!! The wooden keg Edelstoff is indescribably outstanding, the bottle version is blah- and that's putting it mildly. Make the trip, try it from the wooden keg (as it was meant to be enjoyed) at the above mentioned locals and your taste buds will thank you for it. TRUST ME!

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Photo of wedge
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clarion yellow color with a short, somewhat creamy head. Stringy lacing here and there. Delightful clean pils malt sweetness, lightly floral noble hops, and a bit of lemon in the nose. Flavor is crisp, sweet pale malt and some grapey fruit. Not too much going on...a little sweet for what I like in a Helles. Pretty light bodied and easy to drink. I wish there was more depth to the maltiness and just a little more hop presence, but pretty good. I'd love to try it in Germany some day, but I don't see myself buying this again in the states as it's way too damn expensive.

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Photo of MWilcox20
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Honestly until i came to Munich and had this beer, I was skeptical of the German Lager. Im an American and I love my overly hoppy IPAs. But after a few days in Munich drinking this beer, I realized that not all beer can be or should be filled to the top with hops. I have gotten a little annoyed with what I call "hop race" in America where all these beers are competing to be the happiest (im speaking generally). Anyways, I said all that to say that this beer is the perfect example of a German Lager and is almost perfect in every way. Its refreshing and I could drink it buy the liters. I tried the other big six breweries of Munich while there and this was my favorite. I love how its still independently owned and doesnt have to market itself. Everyone drinks this around Munich, but you wont find any advertisements. Sells itself.

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Photo of JCBears
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Clear nice vigorous bubbles that dissipate quickly

smell: A lot of wheat hits you quick little bit of earthy smell

taste: bit nutty almost, with a real grain flavor, but the only word I have for it is dynamic

mouthfeel: REALLY GREAT. Just a nice bold mouthfeel that stays with you

overall: decent brew I would call this breed standard, have one by all means.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle with the silver foil. No bottling date. Can't be much older than a few months. Poured into an unlabeled snifter glass today, 10/10/2013.

Let me preface this by saying that I lived in Munich for 2 months and have been to the Augustiner Bräustuben more times than I care to remember. I've probably had everything they've ever had on tap, and loved it. I'm reviewing this beer based on this bottle but I can't help but incorporate some of my previous experience here.

Looks beautiful. Pours a clear straw yellow colour with a nice effervescent, foamy white head starting at about 2cm and slowly settling into a thin bubbly film on top. Lacing is there, but not all over the place. Looks clean, crisp and refreshing.

Smells like a typical Munich Helles Lager. Crispy, sweet bread malts, faint grassy hops and mild yeast spices. Not complicated but smells delicious. Like some freshly cut Roggenmischbrot bread.

This really is a refreshingly delicious beer. Its sweet and malty slightly balanced out by the mild grassy hoppiness and the faint yeast spice flavour. Not complicated but very refreshing.

Thin-medium bodied lager that is well carbonated and comes across as a liquid breakfast despite its refreshing qualities. Aftertaste is mostly that sweet breadiness which contributes to that feeling of a liquid breakfast or lunch.

As far as Munich Helles goes, this is a very good example. As far as I'm concerned, I really enjoy this beer a lot. I remember enjoying it a lot more at the Bräustuben, but its really an issue of atmosphere and having some pork knuckle to eat with it. Highly recommend.

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Photo of scotorum
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought two bottles of this well-rated German brew at Frankenmuth Lager Mill in Michigan in June. I was never a big fan of German imports, but then my knowledge was limited to a few mainstream offerings such as Beck's and St. Pauli Girl, and the only two I really liked a lot were Beck's Dark and Wurzburger Octoberfest.

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. I should note the bottle looked a lot different from the one in the pic above. tall, thin with a silver foil hood over the top of the bottle and a label dominated by blue. Apparently the same brew however.

a: A pilsener-like clear light gold. A finger thick white head fell away rather quickly to a solid white foam ring and a patch of surface foam.

s: Light malt.

t: Very refreshing sweet malt with seemingly perfect hop balance.

m: Moderate and well there's that word refreshing again. Heavier and slightly less pleasing as it warms. But then in this heat, not surprising.

o: A tasty brew! My first Helles Lager, but it seems like the perfect pilsener-style beer, although a bit sweeter perhaps with more substance. Highly sessionable, and very much appreciated in the current summer heat.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale golden; clear; effervescent; medium, white head

Aroma: Malty; slightly grassy; faint hops; slight citrus

Taste: Juicy malt; sweet start; crisp, refreshing mid with slightly hoppy finish; quite tasty

Remarks: Good session beer

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Foam
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 6 pack of the stuff at a new bottle shop up the road ...
They have the beers separated by country of origin and I usually zone in on the German offerings if it's done this way . Saw this stuff and had never tried it and appreciated the simple graphic design and use of colors (not that it matters that much but it DID lure me in ...)

The beer is a very light gold color with good foam / head and sparkling bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass for the duration until I slurp it .
The smell to me is what a lager *should* smell like . Perfectly balanced and lightly grainy/biscuity without being over-powering like it's American and other counter-parts .
Tastes light but very thirst-quenching satisfying ... again, the ideal text-book lager-y taste, particularly in the late Spring / early-Summer heat & humidity here in Pittsburgh ...If only its American counter-parts came together this nicely ...
Mouthfeel is again, light and spritzy but refreshing and quenching .. no tidal wave of bitter hops punching you in the face ...( as it should be ) I will never understand the perversion towards massively-hopped high-I.B.U. brews ... it's just so un-pleasant when a beer is this way .
I'm quite sure the Germans shake their heads and wonder WTF is with our American bitter-hopped ales ...
Overall, .. this now is my #1 top - rated warmer-weather / light beer ... cheers / prosit !

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Photo of Lukass
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought the augustiner lagerbier hell yesterday was an amazing lager, until I tried this one, and it blew me away! Much more sweet and bready in flavor than the original lagerbier helles. I'm very surprised this one has a lower rating. I could drink this one all day. Hands down the best lager I've ever had. An original recipe since 1328!

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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
87 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.