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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Augustiner Bräu EdelstoffAugustiner Bräu Edelstoff

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BA SCORE
88
very good

331 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%


Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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djura

Serbia

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 19:45:56 | More by djura
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 00:02:59 | More by tastybeer
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DrewSnyc667

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 02:12:07 | More by DrewSnyc667
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 22:22:46 | More by secondtooth
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flagmantho

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 17:52:54 | More by flagmantho
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 19:56:36 | More by Suds
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johnnyc


4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 19:36:03 | More by johnnyc
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 02:06:41 | More by mooseo
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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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Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 20:45:25 | More by flyingpig
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 19:54:57 | More by DerekP
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FloppyDog

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Serving type: cask

02-11-2012 20:10:28 | More by FloppyDog
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 23:30:59 | More by dbrauneis
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JoeBloe

New York

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 16:32:11 | More by JoeBloe
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SLeffler27

New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:06:37 | More by SLeffler27
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stevoj

Germany

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold in color, one finger head that dissipated quickly, lots of bubbles in first pour, fading fast. 50 cl bottle picked up in Nuremburg. Light and airy in the mouth, with smooth, mellow taste. Noted some of the grassy tones mentioned in previous reviews. Not sure if I would rate it as high as some of the previous marks, but a good, fairly light weight pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 19:50:44 | More by stevoj
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale straw yellow with a moderately sized white head. No lacing.

S - Mild aroma overall - honey malt and biscuits. Not very strong, but I catch a bit of ripe strawberries.

T - Elder and goji berries, a bit of hay and honey malt. Aftertaste has lingering hay and a bit of a bitter grass and hint of aspirin. Surprisingly fruity in the foretaste though!

M - Smooth, the beer is medium bodied, but bursts into foam in your mouth. This gives a creamy feel, but numbs the tongue a lot.

D - Pretty good! I was surprised, this isn't a style I've been impressed with before.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 05:06:34 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Giggy

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 22:19:11 | More by Giggy
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SFLpunk

Vermont

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

Augustiner-brau Muchen Edelstoff 11.2oz brown glass pry top bottle with silver foil. Label is different than pictured, with blue, gold & white ink.

Pours crystal clear, I mean REALLY clear, thin but bright yellow with almost no head, but some white bubbles. Nose is surprisingly complex with a nice earthiness, some dried leaves, a little hay, and some clover honey notes. Palate is dry and crisp, with some nice gripping hop flavor, fairly leafy all around with those hay and honey notes. Finishes dry with a pleasant bitterness (not very bitter overall, though).

I rated this against other Helles Lagers and find it to be an exceptional version. Very complex for such a light lager. (Others should take note.)

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 21:35:38 | More by SFLpunk
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 20:03:20 | More by Slatetank
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

Augustiner Brau Edelstoff

Pours crystal clear straw gold. Soapy white head and decent lace and retention. Aroma of bready malts, noble hops and clean lager yeast. In the taste, mildly sweet upfront, more bread. flowery, noble hop bitterness provides a delicate balance. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, crisp and drying. Solid lager, nice dry hop and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 06:50:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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jkrich

Indiana

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

Undated 11.2 brown bottle: poured a clear, golden-yellow with a quickly dissipating, foamy white-head.

This lager's weakest point: faint noble hop aroma and some hay-like aroma.

The flavor begins rather sweet yet very freshing with the classic bread and yeast like flavors typical of a German lager; finishs dry on the palate. I hesitated buying this because of the lack of freshness dating, but its overall flavor profile indicates freshness. No off flavors at all.

Very nice spritzy carbonation with a light to medium body. The mouthfeel is surprisingly full with a solid malty mouthfeel that always remains refreshing and inviting.

The last time I had an Augustiner was in Germany on-tap at a restaurant. Even though this one is in a bottle, it is very good, though expensive.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 00:30:10 | More by jkrich
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bobhits

Kentucky

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

Pours clear yellow, slight density that limits how far through the glass I can see. A white head forms but doesn’t last too long, a touch of lace.

Sweet, October fest like malt with a hint of yeast dryness to finish.

Full body sweetness, perfectly balanced with hops that don’t really turn to hoppy but cuts the malt. Really really good flavor here, or I’ve just had too many blah beers tonight. Either way I’m enjoying this big time.

Medium body with just a bit of carbonation to give it that nice balanced flavor.

The bottle doesn’t state a style or if it does it is in German. Either way I don’t go for malty german beers often but this is wonderful. Hops so well balanced with a sweet wonderful malt. Crisp clean and just wonderful.

It lacks the something special that most helles have, but in a different way I really like this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 00:14:21 | More by bobhits
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InlandTaipan

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 fl oz bottle

A: Beer is a beautiful straw color with many small bubbles rising to form a steady white foam.

S: Noble Hops are present in the aroma as well as some nice lighter style malts.

T: The flavor is outstanding with no overpowering elements. Hops are present but fall perfectly into line with Helles style lagers. This beer tastes so good it is a shame when you finish one!

M: The beer evenly coats the tongue and carbonation is perfectly suited. For a lighter style beer it has a lot of character. It is dry but not excessively so.

O: Fantastic "Go-to" Helles Lager by one of the oldest brewing companies in the world! Love this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 01:34:16 | More by InlandTaipan
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light gold in color. Slight white head is timid, a little fizzy, and disappears. Between the beer’s color and the looks of its head, you think you’re about to drink a Coors light. Thankfully it tastes much better than that.

I smelled cereal-like malt and substantial notes of honey. Just a kiss of hops give a little floral bouquet.

The taste provides sweet honey-like malt, a little mustiness, and bread.

Mouthfeel is a little crisp at the beginning, but it smoothes out.

A great helles. It just shows that a light beer can be flavorful and satisfying. This went well with a Spanish antipasto plate. Its honey malt complemented carmalized onions, and prescuitto with oil, well.

If you're looking for a helles, definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 01:20:41 | More by jbertsch
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 04:57:45 | More by mikesgroove
Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.