Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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88
very good

438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 24
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 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.

Photo of sgwagner
4.94/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Augustiner Edelstoff has a thick, off-white head, a mostly clear (with some suspended white particles), bubbly, golden appearance, and a nice amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is subtle, but you’ll pick up a sweet, lightly-roasted, bready barley malt. Taste is of sweet, bready malt and a kiss of hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit slick, and Augustiner Edelstoff finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and exceptionally drinkable. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, and I rate it as being most excellent. Get some!

RJT

Photo of WhatDaddy
5/5  rDev +27.9%
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).

Prost.

Photo of jaasen64
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a very translucent golden with tons of fast rising carbonation bubbles with nice consistency and two fingers of fizzy white head that fizzles to about a half finger of head that has great retention.

S- Sweet pilsner-like malts, yeast, some light lemon and floral/grassy notes, some hops, a light grassy funkiness. Fairly aromatic and definitely interesting.

T- Light sweet malts, some hops, honey, subtle spices, finishes with a very light lemon tartness.

M- Crisp, prickly from the carbonation, easy drinking, medium-bodied with a smooth feel, very-light almost slightly syrupy lager finish.

O- This was a nice German beer. While I'm not a huge fan of the style, I definitely enjoyed drinking this although I can't say that it couldn't have been proven upon. I liked this and I would drink it again as well as recommend it if you want a true German beer experience.

Photo of Theshooster
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of scvance
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

This beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color with a very thin white head. Quickly disappearing and no lacing. Smell is very clean, not much to discern from it at all. Slightly sweet malty smelling with a hint of citrus. Flavor is very light and clean. Slightly bitter with a long lasting sweetness in the finish. Very little in the way of detectable flavors, light malt character and very little hops. This is definitely a light lager. Medium high carbonation makes this beer very crisp, low body and easy drinking. Not at all like some American light lagers that make you cringe with an aftertaste. This is a very refreshing beer, good lawnmower beer.

I recommend this beer, and if it weren't so expensive here, I'd buy it more often.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as part of my effort to try more Helles beers - all in all, my favorite style. Thought I was buying the Augustiner Lagerbier Hell, the highest rated Helles, but I was mistaken.

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Alc.5.7%

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow. Subtle carbonation, with a decent white, fluffy head.

Smell: Grassy, metallic, almost skunky Euro hop aroma.

Taste: A little richer flavor than the average Helles. The Edelstoff is listed as a Spezial lager which, as I understand, has a little more depth and is approaching Dortumunder/Export territory for maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately smooth. Not a lot of carbonation.

Overall: Decent, but not great in my opinion. Not sure how long this six pack had been sitting on the shelf, but I am glad I picked it up anyway.

Photo of jonb5
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale, clear, medium head which wasn't particulary well retained but some lacing hung around. Malty aroma, a bit in your face, notes of tangerie. Tasted Munich malts, had a balanced sweetness, finish slightly bittersweet, flavours were a bit coarse. Well carbonated, quite crisp, smooth enough, slightly thicker texture than Augustiner's Helles. Overall not bad at all, rated lower than the Helles by the Munich natives, which was more subtle.

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When the bartender at Max's mentioned they had the Augustiner pilsner, I became rather excited. This is what he meant... should have known it was too good to be true. Regardless....

The beer pours a striking gold color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, but what I get is pretty attrative, consisting of light honey, a hint of pepper and dry citrus, and light bread dough. On the palate, this is flat out delicious. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this impeccably balanced, deliciously crisp and dry helles lager. There's some underlying sweetness, but it's just enough to keep the light bitterness in check. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but with a long, crisp, clean, satisfying finish. Alcohol is no more than an after thought in this well made helles.

Why anyone would drink any of the BMC macro swill when this is available is a complete mystery to me. Very nice beer...

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Germany/Portugal on the tv, German beer in the glass.

This thing doesnt look like much. Bright yellow body with no head. Good carbonation. The smell had a bit of skunk at first, but that faded quickly. Light and sweet, with some sweet cereal grains coming in.

Such a clean beer, and it feels so smooth. This is a lesson in how smooth and clean a good German beer should be. Now if it just had a touch more sweetness, itd be world class.

Photo of djura
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got it from Germany.

A-Pale golden,few bubbles,nice white foam lasting few minutes.

S-Mostly refreshing smell of citrus and sweet malt.

T/M-On a first touch,incredibly tasty,very refreshing and extremely positive balance in the beer. Nice sweetness,refreshing citrus notes and few more ingredients in it.
Medium bitterness and medium carbonated.

O-Germans knows business.

Photo of tastybeer
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Super pale gold, crystal clear body with a white tight foam head. Fairly quick fading with no permanent lacing.

S: Crisp, clean, spicy floral. Very soft lemon touch. Yummy lightly toasted bread and multi-grain crackers. Really nice balance. Delightfully sniffable...

T: More lemon citrus, spice, bread, and fresh grains. Very tasty and clean with well defined flavors. Good even bitterness.

M: Prickly carbonation makes this entertaining. An excellent compliment to the bitterness. Very slightly syrupy texture is slick and smooth. Light body with substance.

O: A good choice. I could keep drinking this refreshing treat all Summer long.

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 Oz bottle into a Pokal at Monk's Kettle in SF,CA

A - Straw colored with a decent amount of activity, not much of a head
S - Sweet bisctuity malt, sugar and honey bread, sweet finishing hops
T - Clean and crisp but very complex, buttery and yeasty body cut with bitter bavarian hops
M - Carbonation is perfect. Beer's flavor is so rich but the finish is smooth on the palate. COuld drink these all day
O - Just superb.

Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-clear pale/straw gold, with a nice head of white foam. No lace here.

Nose is malty-yeasty. Very lager-like.

Taste is clean and bready, with a little sweetness balanced by a hint of citrus hops. Overall, an enjoyable, well-constructed, and drinkable German lager.

Photo of flagmantho
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. Label notes 5.7% ABV rather than the above-listed 5.6%.

Appearance: light golden hue with a crystal-clear body and a light effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam; decent.

Smell: lightly grainy malt aroma with just a hint of a plastic-like off-aroma. Not bad, but not as clean as could be.

Taste: lightly malty flavor with a hint of grain which works well for the style. Bitterness is very low, and hops have a light, noble and earthy character which contributes nicely.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation which yields a surprising creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a decent helles lager, but there are some faults with the aroma.

Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice, soft, well-rounded, German lager. Its aroma is malty, light, and fresh. The golden colored beer is slightly hazy, but capped with a bright head. The taste is clean, with a notable pale malt flavor. Fuller in body than expected, and very drinkable. An nice German beer.

Photo of johnnyc
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of mooseo
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Crystal clear pale yellow with a small white head.

S - Light grassy hops, grain, and a touch of sweet malt.

T - Nice balance between fresh floral hops and bready malt. Overall has a much sweeter and larger malt profile than the aroma suggests. Finish is grainy with a touch of lemon, honey, and spice.

M - Light-medium body, average carbonation. Crisp clean mouthfeel.

O - A very tasty Helles lager. Superb drinkability, very refreshing and thirst quenching.

Photo of flyingpig
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light straw coloured with a foamy white head that is about two fingers width tall and lasts pretty.

A light and rather mild smelling beer with some faint lager hops and malts along with a mild skunk smell although nothing too serious. There is a little corn and very light, grassy hops but little else in the way of a detectable aroma.

A clean tasting beer with some corn and some lager hops along with a faint metallic taste and a slightly bitter aftertaste although nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

Smooth on the palate with a mildly bitter finish and a good amount of sweetness to it. There isn't too much to say hear really other than the beer had a good feel to it, was well balanced and was easy to finish.

A very nice tasting helles lager that had a good balance and went down well without too much skunk, certainly far less than you would find in most other lagers.

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Photo of DerekP
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very active brew...had to pop the cap in the sink (started to spill out after the first tug of the cap with a bottle opener). Dark yellow in appearance. Bubbly carbonation. White head slims down but remains full and true. Near-cloudy.

Grassy, pilsner-like smell. Bright lemon peel. Lime and salt in the nose. Almost burns the nostrils. Sour. Bread crust.

Clean in the mouth. Grainy up front with balancing bittering hops. Washes away smoothly. Hardly astringent. Feigns lemon-like harshness, but never makes it that far. Mild citrus. Smooth, non-lingering hops quality.

There's a friendly dryness to this brew, with the tartness of fruit. I can imagine lemon pepper chicken and rice accompanying this one with style and finesse.

Photo of FloppyDog
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

0.5L poured from the cask at Augustiner's in East Berlin.

Poured a crystal clear pale straw yellow with an inch of head that slowly dissipated over 10 minutes.

Smell of faint light malt and earthy noble hops. Nothing too strong.

Taste is very clean, with malt presence up front followed by a nice woody-oak character on the finish.

Mouthfeel was light and smooth - right on for the style.

Overall, a complex, yet refreshing beer that I could definitely have multiple of in a given sitting. A great session beer, and the wooden cask aging just puts it over the top!

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with very little visible carbonation. The head is about one finger tall and just off white but dissipates quickly leaving just a hint of bubbles in the center of the surface of the beer. Little to no lacing present.

S: Aromas are grassy with the slightest hint of skunkiness to it.

T: Flavors are primarily the malts - taste like cereal malts and honey malts to me. There is a small amount of hay or grass and just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation on the tongue. Could easily be described as crisp.

O: Very enjoyable and certainly one to grab again the next time I'm by a store that carries it. Very easy to drink but with a real pleasant maltiness to it. Definitely sessionable.

Photo of JoeBloe
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was given a 6pk as a gift - never heard of it before - pours a golden yellow with a 1 finger head that fades to a consistent ring - spotty lacing slides down the glass with each sip - I was surprised by the clean, fresh aroma of this beer - i guess I've become used to german lagers having that diacetyl skunkiness - hence my surprise when I tasted the actual "bright' of this Helles Lager - great balance all-around - very enjoyable - wondering if the secret is the brown bottle here - good stuff!

Photo of SLeffler27
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale straw, with a thin, sticky, white head. Lots of big, carbonated bubbles leave no real lacing.

Edelstoff puts off a grassy, fresh-grain aroma with light hops.

This hand-blown pilsner showcases the simple, honey-grain flavors with some lemon punctuation. The finish is long and subtle.

A medium body with soft texture, modest carbonation and no alcohol. Closes dry.

A nice, refreshing beer pairs perfectly with the 19th hole.

Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.