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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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88
very good

400 Ratings
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 22
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002)
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

5.7% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. There is initially a strong skunk aroma after the pour that dissipates somewhat over time. I am also getting some malt, grain, and grassy and herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavors are a bit too sweet in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that faded away and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of grainy malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty; there are some hints of malty sweetness in the initial taste and the finish has a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is easy to drink and rather sessionable.

metter98, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.3%

kjkinsey, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a beautiful head that never beats a retreat and leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Crisp, with a moderate tone of flowery hops, but primarily cracker malt driven

Taste: Opens with a mouthful of Munich malt flavor and just a touch of hop after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and moderate to heavy carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice refreshing beer from one of Munich's best breweries

brentk56, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good German lager. Lightly flavored and textured. Aromas are crisp and light. Medium maltiness and a bit grainy, but not bad. Flavors of mint and Granny-smith apples spice the beer up a bit. Still light and clean on the palate. Finishes crisp and clean. It could have a bolder malt and hop profile, but not if it means less crispnenss. It's better than most German Lagers.

BEERchitect, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

light golden amber lager shaping up before my eyes. A small, maybe a half an inch of white head came up over the top and settled down quickly into a light veil across the top.

The aroma was light. Some small amount of smoked in it, with lots of grain and bready malts, though I have to admit, not much here to really pick up on. The flavor was a bit better. Lots of campfire like smokiness in it, with a subtle, yet easily definable bready malt base. Some sweetness, caramel maybe and a light peach flavor when cold that quickly gets burnt out by the smoked and roasted malts. Way too light of a feel, almost makes the flavor get lost as it comes across a bit watered down.

mikesgroove, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Chris.

A: The beer pours a clear golden straw color with a finger of white head.

S: A pretty sweet aroma to this beer. Heavy on the pale malts with a little bit of corn to it. Minimal hop notes, perhaps a light floral quality to it. Some sugar and bread to it as well.

T: Luckily, the flavor is a bit more balanced. Nice sweetness of pale malts and bread. There seems to be a light adjunct quality to it, but a nice bit of floral malts and a very faint bitterness.

M: Light to medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Not the best Helles I've had, but certainly drinkable and good for a hot day.

womencantsail, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out has a pale golden color, the head was a little fizzy and left just a touch of lacing. The smell of the beer has the traditional German aroma, there a light skunk and grass aromas. There also a little lemon on the nose. The taste is actually a little citrusy mixed with the grassy flavors. It's got a pretty refreshing mouthfeel actually and it's got a lighter body. Overall this beer was much better than I expected it to be.

Knapp85, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +2.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was a beer I havent seen before and decided to pick it up,ours an extremely pale yeloow with a light wispy head,aroma is softly malty with a light hop bitterness that lingers.A very clean refreshing tasting brew with some mild cracker maltiness although I thought it was a tad watery in the finish and body.A real easy drinker here it would be great on a hot summer day.

oberon, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brilliantly clear pale gold, lighter even than most helles lagers, with a big frothy white head that leaves rings of lace as it slowly settles.

Smell: Cereal grain, a touch of sweet corn and honey. No trace of hops, and very clean all around.

Taste & mouthfeel: Crisp and dry initially, malty sweetness reveals itself slowly with a touch of floral hop flavor to back it up. The finish is drying again, and only faintly bitter. Simple and straightforward stuff, but clean and very drinkable. I'd love to try this on tap at the brewery.

largadeer, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of emerge077
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

emerge077, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hue with a bright white head, leaves 2-3 fingers worth of head space. Fine even lacing very nice look to it. Aroma has a light lemongrass/herbal hop note with light biscuit malts, slight metallic edge from the hard water. Flavor is great a fresh easy drinking helles lager right out of Munich. Light biscuit/crackers from the malts, herbal lively slghtly citric hops in the background refreshing as all hell. Very clean drinking experience this is an art form. Mouthfeel is light bodied carbonation is sturdy and natural never heavy on the palate no harshness to be had here. Drinkability is grab a sixer type of beer, at least a six. Great for the summer I'm glad fresh Edelstoff showed up at my local.

WVbeergeek, May 30, 2010
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of fluffy, white head on a perfectly clear, light gold body. The head settles a bit more quickly than I would like, but leaves decent lace.

S - Sweet maltiness, not grainy with a slight earthy hop aroma.

T - Sweet and malty with a balancing herbal hop flavor up front. The mild bitterness shines through the light flavors in the middle and fades into the malty, clean finish.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable and nicely balanced. This bottled version has held up to the trip across the Atlantic better than I would have expected, but I know from personal experience that it is better still on draught in Munich.

nickfl, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw gold. Some white head that does not stick around. Nice airy clean nose, with not a lot punching my senses really. Flavor has a good profile. Nice earthy and grainy qualities to it. No skunk. No metal. Smooth. Feel has a fair amount of carbonation in there. Liquid feel is fairly thick as well, but in a lager sense of it all. Definitely drinkable. Smooth and fairly well bodied.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six, poured chilled into a willybecker.

The lager is golden with crystal clarity and 3 fingers of snowy cap from a vigorous pour with ultra fine bead and lace sticks well w/ very good head retention. sweet notes of malt in the nose with a floral hop and herbal aroma with slight yeast and peppery odor with great overall aroma. The fragrance is malt focused with a slight fruitiness. The feel is semi-light with mild sweetness with moderate bitterness and clean yeast presence. The alcohol is low with a mostly dry and spicy with gently creamy feel from somewhat high carbonation.

The flavor is crisp with malt taste and slight sweet edge w/ mild floral hop flavor and an accent of pepper with light bread dough w/ yeast adding to the lightly kilned malt flavor adding dry spice in the mostly clean and dry finish. Overall this is a very good lager, I could enjoy this frequently with no problem - a pretty great beer for the style which shows flaws easily.

Slatetank, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friends Jack and Kristin for bringing this back from Germany.

Pours a creamy and fizzy almost 2 finger head that fades semi quickly with a slight bit of lacing over brilliantly clear banana wheat opaque beer. Nose was a little on the light side too, could have opened up a bit.

Nose light grassy hay, straw, nice decoction complex mash, crisp lager with a hint of lager fruit, hint of grassy floral hops.

Taste light and crisp, lots of soft malt with a light decoction complexity, light straw, light toasty. Crisp and light fruity lager, and some pilsner malt flavors. Light floral hint grassy hops. The end brings a hint of a cracker. Finish is dry and crisp, toasty pilsner malts, hint of grassy hops lingering.

Mouth is lighter bodied, soft and subtle, decent carb.

Overall nice, lighter but good flavors, good malt and mash profile, fairly tasty and very drinkable.

jlindros, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved drinking this beer in Germany, bought it by the rack, let's see how it fares crossing the sea

Pours an effervescent gold/honey with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Perfumy hops & some lemon

T: Lemony & herbal hops, breadyness, & slight grapefruit up front. Breadyness & honey malt & hoppy crispness as this warms. Finishes crisp, soapy & moreishness

MF: Medium bodied, nice spritzyness & superb balance

Great drinkability, a damn fine helles, was even better (fresher) in Germany if memory serves me..

russpowell, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Edelstoff Exportbier, Augustiner Braeu Munchen Edelstoff

"Kuhl und dunkel lagern"...also, Zutaten: Wasser, Gerstenmalz, Hopfen."
500 ml bottle.

Transparent and pale yellow appearance. Huge, milk white head, slims down, but stays.

Aroma: although this is a fresh bottle, the smell is slightly skunky. Typical Euro-lager aroma, ....nothing really to commend it.

Taste: spritz of carbonation of front, then mostly flavorless. Light in body, Very drinkable, but not particularly memorable. Clean. Inoffensive. I'm liking this more as we go. However, Edelstoff doesn't really have anything to set apart for any other lager.

feloniousmonk, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +2.3%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

beernads, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellow with a decent, foamy white head that descends to a wide patch, leaving some lacing.

The smell is grainy, grassy with a touch of lemon-lime.

The taste is sweet grain and grassy with a floral hop touch. It finishes refreshingly dry.

Appropriately light-bodied, it has something towards a fizzy feel, but is smooth and crisp. Thirst-quenching, for sure.

A nice "sessionable"/easy-drinking Helles with a good balance to it within the style.

jwc215, Sep 24, 2008
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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.