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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
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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 kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml brown glass bottle with traditional pressure cap served into an An Brainblasta goblet in Belfort, France. I forget where I bought the bottle. My bottle shows 5.6%, not 5.7%. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head of slight cream, bad thickness, and below average retention. Clear lemon yellow retention.

Sm: Very light scent of barley. That's all me broken nose picks up; sorry lads.

T: Barley body - full, to its credit - with lemon ester notes and malt on the climax. Simple, but refreshing. Balanced well but poorly built. Rather- boring, actually.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but refreshingly so. Complements the simple flavours of the body. A bit sharp on the climax. Thin.

Dr: While this wouldn't be an awful fest beer, it an't much of a normal beer. Normal ABV, easy drinking, and low quality. Leave it on the shelf, lads, and pick something better.

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Photo of nick76
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The aroma has a hay like grass, paper, latex, and corn malt. The appearance is pale gold with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma and has that euro lager incense taste. The palate is thin. Overall not something I would buy again. I am just not a fan of this despite being to style.

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Photo of Schmit
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

You can't get Augustiner beers in Washington State, but I grabbed this one at Ledger's Liquors on a recent visit to Berkeley. By the way, Edelstoff translates to "noble stuff" in English, and a German friend of mine assures me that this sounds just as goofy in German as it does in English.

Unfortunately, this beer pales in comparison to Augustiner's Lagerbier Hell, which is excellent where this one is pretty average. I drank two bottles trying to come up with anything that would distinguish it as a beer, and I got nothing. I'd rather not repeat the experience.

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Photo of stcules
2.72/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yellow, quite full. White head, average compactness. A little too fizzy in appearance.
Classic hell smell, fully malted, round. Some light hints of hop.
At the taste too, a full malty. But overall is quite flat, drinkable, and nothing more.
Average hell., average in body.
Some hop in the aftertaste, even if it is still dominated by the maltiness.

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Photo of Cresant
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Slight chill haze apparent in the thin bright yellow body. Minimal head did not linger.

Smell was of noble hops (?) and light grains. Corn husk aroma surfaced as it warmed.

Tasted salty. Corn syrup malts. Mildly bittering hops.

Mouthfeel was mildly zesty and medium bodied. Easy to drink but not especially interesting.

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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 Daredevil
2.79/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

light straw color, a malty smoky smell, which does not find any aequivalent in the taste, the latter being rather watery, with hints of carrots, cauliflower and peppermint, a soury bitter finish ... interesting, but not really to my taste ...

P.S.: I am not sure the style is described correctly, I would rather believe this to be an Export style ..

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" irregular off-white head which dissipated to barely a trace. Clear straw yellow in color. Smells of malt, grass, and has just a slight start of skunking. Taste could be any average BMC American beer and in a blind taste test I'm pretty confident I would have guessed it was one of those. Acceptable but I guess I expected more from the makers of Maximator.

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Photo of Backer2004
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Did not enjoy this beer any more than I would a Miller or Bud Light. Other than nice head retention, there were no appealing qualities in its looks. Received this as part of a Beer of the World's Mix pack and am not sure how long it may have been on the shelves. Tastes of sweet corn maltiness that got a little better as it lost some of its chill. Not recommended.

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Photo of granger10
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden color with an inch high head which dwindles to near nothingness and leaves scant lacing. Bready aroma with notes of sharp herbal acidity. Taste matches aroma. Body is light and weak and the flavors as well are quite light and weak. Plus they really aren't too enjoyable. A slight buttery breadiness holds the body while the hops, which are grassy, come into the finish. Lower carbonation smooths the beer out but really also bores any taste. I'm disappointed.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stout season is over. Hooray beer! 11.2oz bottle from Good Beer. Poured into a Carlsberg Pils glass.

Pasty, off-white head. It comes to rest as a permanent dollop of cream atop my beer. Uniform spackle. Clear, pale, golden body.

Smells of caramelized Euro malt & a light zest of minty/herbal/metallic hops. Bit mundane.

Taste is sweet like low salt Ritz crackers. Halfway in is a spot of herbal hops that turn more irony as they linger. Empty finish.

Dainty little thing. Watery. ABV is really suspect. Carbonation is soft & lacking. Probably the lightest Helles I've ever had. Not crisp enough to drink in quantity. Too light to bother to import. :/

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Photo of emerge077
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served in a small narrow stange glass.

Pale gold, streaming carbonation that rose steadily from the bottom of the glass. Thin layer of white foam on the surface, fizzled down quickly into a light veil with a slight collar around the edge, and some minimal lace that stuck around.

Average lager smell, clean, dry grain, slight grassiness.

Flavor was sort of bland with a dry, papery saltine cracker taste, some grassy hop bitterness in the aftertaste, but fairly subtle. Feel was very light and a bit watery. Dry with little to no residual sweetness, left with a somewhat hollow impression. It was ok to pair with some food, but ultimately just a pedestrian lager that didn't hold interest for long.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a very clear, bright yellow with a half-finger creamy white head. Visible carbonation was very high.

S: very light with sweet buttered corn and a light herbal hopping.

T: sweet and buttery corn malt with a fresh, lemon herbal hopping. The hopping was dry on the finish while the flavor ended rather abruptly. Not a lot of layering or complexity regarding flavor, just sweet buttery corn malt and a light herbal hopping.

M: light-medium with a buttery slick texture on the tongue. There was a strong floral hopping and carbonation bite in the swallow.

D: Overall drank like a sweetened festbier, though a tad to much so for multiples. More macro then micro.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a clear yellow brew with a one finger head that was very fizzy, and dissipated quickly into a thin film. A few moments later, almost none left.

Aroma was slightly fruity, a little grainy, with some light malts and a hint of lager-like skunkiness.

Taste was slightly bitter and grassy, with llight hops and a bit of funkiness. The malts were kind of washed out.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin and, as I said, washed out.

Drinkability was just average. Better than some, but it didn't stand out.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a straw yellow color with decent foamy white head that left very little lacing.

The scent was of faint grains and some citrus.

The taste was of grains, biscuity malts some citrus notes.

Light bodied, crisp and kind of thin, moderate carbonation.

This was easy to drink, though I expected more flavor. I thought it was a bit thin and watery and there could have been more flavor.

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Photo of akogrady
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - straw golden color, finger and a half of white head

S - light smell of hops, nothing distinct or especially appealing

T - very light, mild hoppiness, generally indistinct in flavor

M - medium carbonation, fairly smooth

D - easy to drink, but I probably won't get it again

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle (from a busted six pack) from La Bodega in Riverside, CA. in May 2008 for $3.49 (pretty pricy!). The label is greately different from the BA image; this one is gold and aqua/teal showing a smiling monk encircled by gold awards (or are the barrels?) and hop vines.

Pours a bright clean very yellow yellow. A small amount of carbonation feeds a very thin head on the top- almost enough to say it's not there at all.

Aroma is crisp clean bready malts and hops. Flavor is more of the same, sweeter, but I also detect a vegetal notes- kind of throws the rest of the flavor off. Slick and oily mouthfeel keep this one from being as good as I would like.

It's OK, but especially at the price (by far the most expensive German beer at the store), this one is not worth it. Maybe on tap in Munich, but not in Riverside.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle from the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn.

A: Musty gold. No head. Eh. Looks like cider

S: Light malty, bread smell. Eh.

T: Malty and zesty. Nice honey flavor. Eh.

MF: Zesty, well carbonated. Cider like. Eh.

D: Drinkable, but not the best Helles I’ve had from a bottle here in the State. I’m sure having this on tap in Germany (or here) would be much better.

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Photo of Quej
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden colour with a small amount of white head.
S - Very metallic smelling, very little smell to be honest.
T - Not a lot of taste either, quite like a pilsener. Quite smooth, a slight sweet maltiness is about all I can taste.
M - Decently carbonated, with a nice light-medium body.
D - Pretty good. Nothing to complain about, but not so appetizing.

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Photo of Crosling
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Light gold color with a full wispy head that lasts well. Aroma shows fresh malt (butter, light grain, husk) with perhaps a touch of lemon from the hops. Smells pretty pure and clean. Flavor also shows purity, with no off flavors. Solid hop bitterness and really nicely balanced. It's a nice beer.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

btw, the bottle looks different, for newbs

A - very pale straw yellow, white thin head, very light carbonation

S - a true wheat aroma, with a lemon kick, like a summer ale

T - a real lemony wheaty taste, thin bodied, but very good flavor, would be great on a hot summer day

M - thin bodied, kinda dry, but tasty

D - easily poundable, high drinkability

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Photo of argock
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.90.

A: Pale yellow, clear, with barely 1-finger head and minimal to no lace.

S: Plenty of sweet cereal grain with light noble hops

T: Clean and too light in flavor with usual sweet graininess and noble hops. Flavor is not off, just not assertive enough.

M: Exceedingly smooth with average carbonation and clean short grain aftertaste.

D: An easy-to-drink lager that doesn't have as much personality as it could -- and as it needs. Nothing really wrong with this brew, but it could have a bit bigger flavor.

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Photo of Giggy
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow. Nice white head leaves quickly. Smell is very grassy. Slight skunkiness. Taste is full of cereal and sweet grains. Very subtle and subdued. Tasted like a German Lager should. Had a very crisp feeling on the tongue. Not great/not bad.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear pale straw color with a thin fizzy head that fades quickly, even after a fairly aggressive pour.

Smell is lightly toasted grains, grassy hops.

Flavor is toasted grains, sweet maltiness, a light apple-pear flavor, grassiness, and a little bit of an astringent clarity. Slight, but present, skunked flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly crisp.

Overall: Completely non-descript, a little weak in the flavor department. These guys can do better in the style; we know they can!

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Photo of Absumaster
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A beautiful label on the bottle. The beer is clear and golden with a small head.

Smell is a little malty and has some hoppy notes and a little buttery smell. Not too much going on at the nose.

Taste is a little malty with a whiff of hoppiness. I can taste some cinnamon, not something I ever tasted in a lager. The yeast produces a clean beer. Body is medium to thin. A rather disappointing beer, rather un-German, drinkability is good, but lacks in the malt and hop department.

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