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
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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 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 TheSarge
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Augustiner Braeu Export is the ultimate form of what a lager beer should be. This pours nicely to produce a beer rich with a golden color unparalleled. Also, the head presentation is great with tons of bright white head.

The aroma is robust with lemony hops and new mown straw. There is no guessing that this is how a great lager should smell.

The taste is a little more complex than a typical German lager. The lemony hops are pronounced but the cereal grain taste jumps right in after sipping.

This brew is wet to the palate and is very thirst quenching. This is a great beer, but probably exceeds the ABV for a session beer; however, it is quite refreshing.

This beer is solely worth the trip to Muenchen, let alone any other beer. Augustiner will never let anyone down.

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

Just THE Lager Beer.

An example of the old munich tradition in beer brewery, with Augustiner being the oldest one. You see it, with it’s golden color with the lively carbonation and the white foam.
You smell it, clearly a smooth beer aroma, a bit sweet from the malt, a bit harsh from the hops.
You taste it, best balance with malt and hops, like you guessed from the start and even better, from the first sip to the last, even after a few beers - but then you will feel that's a bit stronger with it's alcohol.

A bit stronger for Lager, but for an Export normal with it’s 5,6% alc. and yet so easy and lovely to drink. Could never get enough of it. If you find it somewhere out of Munich, take one, you’ll find it hard ’cause they’re not maximaze any further the production to have always the best quality and so it get’s very rare outside of it’s brewery place.

I did read the rules of reviewing and "an all 5" can be just rare and it can't improve anymore, so for me, it's a five. In my opinion, it's what it says: an Export (german) Lager beer called "Edelstoff" (noble material).


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Photo of sgwagner
4.94/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is regarded among many Bavarians as the greatest beer in the world. I for one cannot disagree. It tastes exactly as Helles should, with no exaggerated colors, aromas, flavors, etc... I admit that I'm biased toward German lagers as my style of choice, this one, to me, stands out as simple perfection.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.89/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first beer review during my study abroad odyssey! A friend picked up a bottle during a weekend trip to Munich and gave me a bottle. Let's see how it is:

Poured from .5l bottle into a flute glass (not sure how large) with a picture of Bratislava, Slovakia etched on the side.

Appearance: Golden, with a fluffy white head with nice retention and lace. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom.

Smell: Sweet and flowery, with fruity notes of citrus or apple.

Taste: Starts with a good apple-like sweetness that is apparent in most beers of this style, then finishes with a mild and pleasant bitterness. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and refreshing, with just enough carbonation. Light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Overall, the best helles I have tasted and I would love to have more of this beer. I sure can't wait to go back to Munich so I can stockpile the stuff. If you couldn't already tell, it's highly recommended.

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Photo of Maerzen
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. I've had this before on tap and am glad to have found this in the bottle.

A - Light, clear yellow with noticeable carbonation and good foam. Dissolved quickly with nice lacing.

S - Faint hint of spice and floral

T - Nice balance of hops. This is the hops taste I like. Subtle but with a sweetness.

M - Light with nice carbonation

D - Yes, yes and yes. Great beer.

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Photo of Offa
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, very tasty, complex beer.

Bright yellow-gold, it has a medium-large, off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin foamy top and leaving some nice lace.

The aroma is toast, bread, a lot of lemon, herbs, hints of juniper.

The taste is a firm, slightly oily bready malt with lots of herb, juniper, lemon. It's lightly sweet with a light, lingering bitter finish. There is a lot going on here, all harmoniously, and it's overall wonderful.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BB 01-06. Great presance with good and lasting head and full golden and cristal clear beer. Wonderfull nose also with lots of finest maltyness and great hops that are hard to define but perfume the beer great. Not much esters or yeastinfluence except for the alcohol but yeah great nose. As is taste that's full, litle sweet and very malty, good hops and litle alcoholic. Woww with this not too high carbonisation also a heaven like mouthfeel. Well what can you say a perfect sessionbeer IMO.

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Photo of TKempe
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A shiny gold look with a crisp head, fast-moving and beautifully formed carbonation and strong lacing.

A malty and spicy nose, with plenty of fruity sweetness (slightly citrus and apple like) and juicy, mouth-watering fragrances. Hop character is delicate and herbal with a grassy accent. Very fresh and inviting.

The taste starts of with a beautiful combination of succulent sweet malt and slightly bitter hoppines. Shortly after, it gets dry and somewhat sour, more dry and grainy in the finish. Hops are omnipresent, yet in a moderate fashion and put into check by an incredibly rich malt palette and a strong fruity note. Let this beer warm up and it becomes sweeter and even more delicious, with an ending that has the deepest kind of flavors bursting out.

A smooth and round mouthfeel with soft but strong carbonation and a medium body. A treat to drink.

Absolutely, simply great.

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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 johnnyc
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of course Augustiner Bräu wants to sell you bottled beer, but Augustiner Edelstoff is designed to be drunk fresh, on tap, in Munich or nearby. A bottle of the stuff in America is a very different experience. That difference includes more hoppy than you will get from a crisp, fresh Helles.

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Photo of CBOLAND17
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

very aromatic and tasty beer that is a perfect example of the beer that germany produces. perfect head with a good amount of residual yeast floating about to contribute to that delicious yeasty flavor that most americans would consider unpleasant and foreign, but to the expert, it is a godsent.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.61/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pale gold with a ton of lacing, Augustiner is crystal clear and topped by a layer of white froth. Very appealing.

S: cereal grains, yeasty sulfur, and a touch of hops work together to produce a delicate, though meager, bouquet.

T: Augustiner is crispy and dry, accented by bready grains and a touch of continental good.

M: very light body with a very clean finish and a healthy dose of prickly carbonation.

D: a great Helles that is both refreshing and flavorful. Definitely worth trying if you are in to German lagers.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Yellowish hue with Greenish Glow

Smell: Barley

Taste: Cucumber, Light sweetness, Lite Carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Soothing and calming to the palate with a refreshing aftertaste that cools the palate.

Drinkability: Session Session Session - I wish I could get a keg of this beer on tap. This is the ultimate Lager style beer! I highly recommend if you get your hands on it!

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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 tai4ji2x
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle. no date found, but was assured from the beer manager that this was a recent arrival.

pale golden straw. clear. big foamy head fades to wisps and ring. great lacing.

very sweet and bready malt aroma, with faintest sulfur note and gentle but fragrant noble hopping.

more sweet breadiness in the flavor, quickly balanced by a light but flavorful noble hop kick, grassy and almost herbal, with moderate yet masterfully restrained bitterness. clean and simple but still manages constant interplay of bready malt and noble hops.

not too thin, smooth, with faint astringent flash in the finish. spritzy, moderate carbonation can even be fluffy at times.

woe is me - if only the 6-pack didn't cost a dastardly $16!

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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 CAMRAhardliner
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bottle label is a minimalistic old school design with a cartoon monk, different to the one in the icon here.

Pours a luminescent gold color with a smallish head. Plenty of foam sticks around on the glass. The aroma is a veritable festival of malt with unsalted crackers, cookie dough and pie crust abounding and a good balance of floral noble hops. The first sip is light and airy with the same malt characteristics and a honey comb sweetness. Herbal, flowery hop flavors and a light bitterness builds as the beer warms. Lemon and tropical fruit notes also add to the mix. The mouthfeel is light with soft carbonation. Light bitterness in the finish.

This is a highly quaffable helles lager. It hits all the bases for the style and then some. Wish this was available in Canada. This style is underrated because of its subtlety, deserves higher reviews.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a crystal clear pale gold with a two-finger rocky snow white head. It does look a touch washed out but thankfully that does not translate to the aroma or flavor. This is perfectly balanced in every way and gets significant yet pleasant contributions from the bready malt and the hops. A grassy quality dominates but there are some surprisingly nice gentle fruity elements, apples and pears, as well. The best part is how fresh and creamy it all comes across. The moderate carbonation and bitterness make for a dangerously easy drinking experience, but my preference would be that both could be a bit higher. Still, it is a heck of a beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a clear, lucid, golden-hue with slight carbonation and a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded...
Sweet, pale aroma with mild hints of wheat and vanilla essences...
Taste was extremely flavorful given the style, with noticeable nuances of vanilla, candied sugars, honey, along with a slight pepperish bite...
Overall, one of the better and more authentic depictions of the style that I've encountered...
Great stuff...

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Photo of seanyfo
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First bier of the holiday im Munchen, vom fass in a Maß, at the Augustiner Großgaststätte im Marienplatz.

Appearance - Golden nectar colour! Medium Carbonation, thick white head with lively beading. Lacing is very good

Smell - Sweet buttery hops, lemons, grass, lots of fresh bread

Taste - Refreshing, hints of lemon with a crisp dry mild hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is just right, smoothly goes down, slighty salty.

Drinkability - Medium carbonation is easy on the stomach so its easy to have a few. Buttery sweetness lingers in the mouth making it very moreish. One of my fav Munich Helles.

Just wish i could get this on tap locally! Will need to move to Munchen!

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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the slightly stronger version of the AUGUSTINER HELL, a bit more estery but still smooth. This is also served at the OKTOBERFEST, there with 6% ABV, called "Wies'n-EDEL"! I personally, when in Muenchen, prefer the HELL! Well done brewers!

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

When I was living in Allach, Germany, just West of Munich, I was quite partial to Augustiner beers and did not go a day without visiting one of their local Gasthaus. Augustiner is one of the only breweries that remains within Munich and is still brewed using wooden barrels. Edelstoff translates literally as "precious stuff" and that is exactly what it is. Prost!

A - Typical helles, light bavarian lager color

S - Refreshing, simple smell

T - Crisp, refreshing, and the pinnacle of Bavarian lagers

M - Light, bubbly

O - My go to Bavarian lager, unfortunately they do not export the .5 liter bottles.

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