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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 22
Gots: 36 | 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 barnzy78
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of I2uss
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bobhits
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.

Photo of InlandTaipan
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.

Photo of jbertsch
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.

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.

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.

Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden bodied ale out of a 12oz bottle. Fizzy white head forms to a finger or so but dies out quickly. No lace at all after the head dies down completely.

S- Aroma of low-end overall strength lends citrus, floral hops and some lager yeast influence. Really trying to think of more but can't pick up much.

T- Opens up with a nice balance of grainy malt, citrus and floral hops, yeast bread and some buttery hints. Clove, banana, cereal, peach, zest and herbal also come to mind.

MF- Creamy light bodied lager with high foamy carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter and sweet.

Lots of nice flavors going on and decently balanced. Drinks quite well in a very hot living room.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a good foamy white head. Trace amounts of lace as the glass is drained. Ok head retention.

Some light malt and sweet grassy notes.

Smooth beer. Very smooth. The malt has the right amount of sweetness, but it transitions well to some grass and light leafy bitterness. Mineral notes balance this one out. Incredibly easy to drink. No bite or odd or overbearing elements. Good strength of flavors.

Lighter bodied, perfect moderate carbonation.

This is just great brew. All the elements fit. An easy choice to have again.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Damn these six packs are expensive. But I bought a single just to try it.

Poured into a pils glass. Pours a very nice golden clear. Nice white head dissapated to a film and a ring. Ok lacing.

Aroma is nice. Nice lager pils aroma with a nice touch of pils malt. Bit of grassyness.

Taste is solid. Tastes like it could use a bit more hops to crisp it up a bit but it is good. Nice pils taste.

Mouthfeel needs more carb. Ok though.

Overall not worth it for the price but it's is pretty good. Still like spaten better

Photo of CBOLAND17
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

very aromatic and tasty beer that is a perfect example of the beer that germany produces. perfect head with a good amount of residual yeast floating about to contribute to that delicious yeasty flavor that most americans would consider unpleasant and foreign, but to the expert, it is a godsent.

Photo of kojevergas
2.33/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Bready with prominent lemon. A touch of iron, some musty floral, and carbonate.

T: Clean and bready. Simple but well made. Body is a bit fuller than expected, and carbonation slightly light giving this a slightly heavy, bready character. Light notes of bright, fresh lemon mix with saltine and biscuit in a slightly sweet middle that’s all about the grain. Finish is semi-dry and very soft, with continued bread/cracker. Light iron and just a touch of floral hops lingering.

Notes: Highly drinkable, quality product. Lemon is a nice touch.

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.

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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.9/5  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.

Photo of vtfan77
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light gold with a good inch or so of head that quickly dissipates into a smattering of lace.

S- Malty sweet, like a marshmallow almost, with a nice grassy hop bite.

T- Sweet, light honeysuckle malt with a grassy, hay-like hop character. Just a kiss of bitterness on the finish to even things out.

M- Light to medium and smooth with good carbonation and a slightly creamy feel.

This is a very solid, quenching lager. Everything about this screams quality; you can tell it's well-made even if the flavor doesn't smack you over the head. Simple but elegant. I'd drink this anytime. Recommended.

Photo of rgf001
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought and tasted in Munich (ie, fresh)
Color and appearance: light gold, a bit darker than a Helles with good carbonation and with a two-finger head when poured in a narrow 250cc tulip.
Smell: More like a good pilsner than like a helles.
Taste: very easy to drink, with enough hop and Munich malt flavors not to feel too watery, good light-hop aftertaste.
This is a great beer for biergarten drinking, but it does not look like a beer that would travel well.

Photo of schoolboy
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't usually drink beers like this, and now that I am drinking this one, I wish that I had saved it for later, when I want something easy to drink.

For me, this style should be subtle and delicate, and this beer nails that. I'm still not in love with the style, but this is a light tasting, easy drinking beer a cut above most macro brews.

Photo of rtepiak
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

overall one of the biggest surprises out here in poland that i ran into. and also something that turned to be quite well made but poorly executed. pour as nice and golden with a healthy head. nose was sort of nothing out of the ordinary. i was expecting some sort of interesting notes of german yeast and grain but it was just very much euro pale smelling. palate was surprisingly smoother though. or at least it maintained that for a long period of time. the feel was the only solid thing that differentiated the beer from anything that was quite common around eastern europe. a bit of apple and straw husk. the bottle looks better than the beer actually seems to taste.

Photo of PEBKAC
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
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. :/

Photo of pioppo
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm very fascinated by the style Munich because the flavour and the sensation in mouth brought by Munich malt are very particular and charming.

So this beer doesn't disappoint the expectations by this point of view.

In general a good drinking even if I wasn't in the right conditions for taste a beer. So I promote Edelstoff but i wanna drink it another soon!!

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a nice, staw-colored yellow in color with a quality, pure white head.

Smell - The wonderful Munich malt somes out perfectly at the nose. There's a light touch of herbal hops but mostly this is a purebred MHL aroma.

Taste - The malts come out beautifully and there's just enough hop flavor to create a modest balance. The finish is long and grainy just like it should be.

Mouthfeel - This is a bit bigger than light-bodied and shows a creamy texture in the mouth and cheeks. There's a respectable bitterness from the hops as well.

Drinkability - This is where this lager was at its best. I can't imagine how good this would be on tap but even from the bottle this is a terrific session bier.

Photo of lionchow
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Schmidt's restaurant in SF.

Pale gold. Pours with a nice head.

Aroma is grainy malt.

Taste follows on naturally from the aroma - tastes strongly of sweet Munich malt, some raw barley and wheat flavor. Full of rich maltiness, hop profile is very mild. Slight sweetness keeps the heavily malty beer from being one dimensional.

Creamy mouthfeel.

Overall very enjoyable. Goes great with a German meal.

Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.