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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

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Reviews: 228 | Ratings: 483
Photo of T100Mark
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An 11.2 ounce Euro-weeny bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Bright yellow color. Big head yet very little stickage. Amazing clarity.

Smell - Fresh. Grassy. A bit sour. Slight citrus smell.

Taste - Fruity (bananas?). Herbal. Slighty sour. A very mild hop flavor on the tail end.

Mouth - Fizzy. A touch oily.

Overall - A very nice German helles lager. Tasty. Chugable. A little underwhelming, however. I'm partial to the Weihenstephaner bright lagers.

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Photo of Kallenovsky
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best lagers I've ever had. It's so crisp and refreshing with a strong malty finish. Very drinkable. This was amazing to try for the first time with a quiet, mountain backdrop and a cool breeze.

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Photo of delta490
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light gold, clear, with a thick-ish cap of foamy white head aided by the effervescence makes this a beautiful beer. The aroma is lighter but has some grain notes (like a cracked wheat cracker) and a little earthy hops. The taste is much the same but with just a little hint of sweetness that balances the up-front hops. The body is lighter but not thin, with a slight but steady carbonation.

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Photo of Fuldner
2.87/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A tasty exceptional brew. The best to describe the Edelstoff is like a traditional Augustiner Helles with a kick. The Edelstoff is a prefect brew for Auf dem Weg or on the way party. For a Spaetkaufbier... really is a great choice.

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Photo of Surdu
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the real champagne of beers. Light and crisp with a light hop bite and a bready aftertaste. Great with a brat when you're chillin' with the boys.

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Photo of mmmbirra
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THE Munich beer. Malty spicy aroma, smooth sweet malts in the taste with the perfect amount of bitterness for it to finish dry and clean. The 5.6% alcohol sneaks up on you.
Great beer, especially in the warmer months.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark golden color, very bubbly, carbonated. Crystal clear
S: Very grainy. Smells slightly of cat pee. A little floral hop aroma.
T: Once again, very grainy with some sweetness, but very base with a mildly sour sort of taste. Nothing really offensive just not much to offer.
F: Light, somewhat refreshing. Very crisp from the carbonation.
O: Very basic lager. Certainly not bad, just not very good. As a really big lager fan I found this one to be really kind of underwhelming, especially for the price.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served cool from 500ml bottle into straight pilsner mug.

L) Light straw colour, clear, 1cm white bubbly head. On the light side for Munich Helles. The usual array of big bubbles rising.

S) The usual Hallertau hops, a bit of raisiny malt too.

T) Just a touch smoother than the Lagerbier Hell that I just finished. Stronger alcohol content gives a bit of a warming flavour. Very pleasant warm Munich malt flavour, no real hop bitterness or sweetness, just perfect balance.

F) Smooth, goes down easy, pleasantly fizzy just a hint of alcohol warmth too. No bitterness in the aftertaste, just keeps you coming back for another drink.

O) Superb, just a smoother slightly stronger version of the Augustiner Hell

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Photo of GiaLvo
1.81/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Big disappointment.

Pale, transparent yellow with quick-vanishing scarce foam.

Already the smell is kind of metallic and monotone, but when you drink it you'll be its overwhelmed by the bleak, boring, sour-but-plain taste. No evolution in it, no surprise, hard to even drink up half a litre.

To be fully honest I must admit the beer (unlike most low-fermentation beers) got better and not worse as it shifted from cold to room-temperature.

My advice: only eat it with food, never on its own, never more than a half litre or you'll be so bored you won't be able to finish it.

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Photo of 303beer
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
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 +3.4%
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%
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 -14.2%
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 -2.1%
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 -28.9%

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 +29.2%
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 +3.4%
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 +7.8%
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 +3.1%
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 +11.6%
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 -12.1%
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 +3.4%
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 +18.1%
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 -3.9%
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 +4.4%
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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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
87 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.