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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
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 lionchow
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

A- Light golden. A medium head spreads up quickly but soon disappears

S- Sweet malts, floral notes (from hops probably), mineral

T- Mostly what the aroma suggest but this is a really tasty Hell. Smooth malts, strong but not invading herbal notes, citrus. Mineral notes kick in at times and bring a keller-like flavour

M- This is more crispy than the Lagerbier Hell (which i tasted not long ago). Despite a fantastic smoothness this beer also fills the palate and still feels fresh after some seconds in the mouth

D- Such a clean but still crispy and full mouthfeel means awesome drinkability

This beer is really similar to the Lagerbier Hell (almost same taste and aroma) but it has much more to say in my opinion. It has the great drinkability of a classic german lager but it also has the fullfilling mouthfeel that is peculiar with the "great" beers. A very fine Lager

Photo of Zimbo
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely bready smell this is very clear and very beautiful to the eye. Such a sparkling very pure pale yellow. Can't think of another beer with such a beautiful yellow body. Small heaed.
Mouthfeel takes time. When it comes it is fullish with malt followed by some fat before the bitterness which isn't intense but lingering and is very very long revealing some sappiness. There's a floral quality in there too.
Potent for what it is. Hugely enjoyable.

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

Pours pale gold with a white head that goes fast and leaves few trailers. Oily hops with grass on the nose with a cookie dough sweetness. Honey crunch biscuit malts with flower and nutmeg hops. Spicy finish, bittersweet linger. Light to medium, chewy, crisp.

A malt forward lager. Next to Lagerbier from the same brewery, this is less hoppy, not as dry, lively or balanced and all around bigger. Does cloy a bit, though.

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of dasenebler
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L, Germany, best by 3/11.

Pours with a compact, thick white head atop a clear, yellowish body. Satisfactory retention, some lacing.

Aroma is grainy and clean, with some hints of minerals and grassy hops.

Flavor is smooth and tasty. Solid grainy malt backbone with a good dose of honey and biscuit. A bit sweet, but much more balanced than I remember. Augustiner lager tanginess is there, along with a clean minerality that suggests excellent brewing water. Hop flavor is woody and grassy. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and supple, with near-perfect medium carbonation.

This is a very good lager. Usually I don't like Exportbier because it's too sweet, but the Edelstoff is balanced and highly drinkable. Augustiner makes some great beer.

Photo of joemacpherson
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It has a clear and bright yellow appearance. Thick, frothy, and creamy head dissipates rather abruptly to a thin suddy layer- but that's ok. Immediately after poring this beer, before I put my nose in it, the scent of Noble hops came right at me. Very fresh and green flower aromas penetrate through a thin veil of light malts. The gentle scent of sweet lemon peels makes this beer tantalizing to to try. It has a distinct sweet and malty flavor that tastes of honey biscuits. The grains are there, but not overbearing. Overall the malt give it a smooth body. The hops barely push their way through as flowers and lemon rhine. The alcohol makes itself a surprisingly strong impression at last. The carbonation is moderate and it has a very full character due to the southern-germany malt profile. It is drinkable. whatever that means to anyone.
Very smooth.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beverage appears a crystal clear light golden hue. The head is rather small, even with a vigorous pour. As it fades, it leaves no lacing at all.

The aroma is very typical of the style and easily recognizable as a German lager, with a pronounced pilsner malt scent.

Decent tasting and simple. The beer is clean, crisp and refreshing. A solid example of the style.

A nice feel with a good carbonation level. Alcohol presence virtually nonexistent.

It would be easy to drink a few of these by themselves or with some good German cuisine.

Photo of beeragent
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium straw, forming a 1 inch creamy white head. Light lacing sticks to the glass as the head recedes.

S - Nice aroma of light pale malts and floral hops.

T - The pale malts coat the palate, creating a nice bready flavor, followed by the floral taste from the hops in the finish. Very simple yet full. No grainy flavor noted like most lagers.

M - Nice light body and excellent carbonation. Very clean and smooth.

D - If all lagers tasted like this, I would be drinking them way more often!!! Amazing flavor without the dreaded skunky green bottle aroma associated with the major German beers. Great body and very clean mouthfeel. For a lager this is very flavorful. Highly sessionable!! Just sad this is the only one I have.

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

appearance; pale, golden, yellow, very slightly cloudy. Has a decent white head that quickly dissipates, leaving only very light lacing.

smell; slightly fruity and floral hop smells, not much else, quite subdued.

taste; tangy fruit flavors in the barley. A little tart and sour in the finish. Some mild sweetness blends with a gentle hop spice. Some citrus in the hops but are well blended with the barley. Not very bitter but has some very mild alcohol when really swished in the mouth.

mouthfeel; very sharp carbonation with a mild alcohol burn. This beer is loose without being watery, very crisp and refreshing.

drinkability; a very refreshing Helles, not the best I've ever had but still pleasant. The flavors blend really well, not overpowering, and this makes for a good session drink.

Photo of megahurts4
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff (Export)

Appearance: Yellow, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: Malts, hops, grains, and cloves.

Taste: Grains, faint hops, slight clove, apple, and a malty backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a malty texture and smooth.

Good aroma and raw ingredients. Most of the flavors can be uniquely distinguished. Good quality and a fine beer.

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

Augustiner Keller Edelstoff 0.5L glass. Exciting 2" creamy white head that quickly vanishes to a thin foam film. Sweet malty super crystal clear gold glow.
Bottle may be good but nothing beats having a fresh glass poured from tap at the Augustiner Keller, right around the corner and down a few blocks from the Munich HauptBahnhof. Thirst quenching, delicious, sweet, maltly, clean aroma. No carbonation activity in my glass. Just abstract lacing down the glass. Like staring up at clouds and looking for hidden meanings. Like drinking cold gold for sure. Go there.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a .5l stein.

Thanks digita for this great beer.

Pours a golden yellow crystal clear color with a small 1 finger white head. Has a nice amount of carbonation stemming from the base of the glass. Really pretty lacing as each sip goes down. The aroma is sweet biscuity malts with a malt freshness coming through that is very European in nature. Has a crisp flavor profile. Really nice lemony bitterness followed by sweet malts like toast with butter. Great mouthfeel. Overall easy as hell drinking and smooth all the way through. Would love to get more of this. Not as good as the traditional helles by a little bit, but really good nonetheless.

Photo of NODAK
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice aroma here of Noble hops and bright citrus. Clean smelling.

Off the bat, the carbonation is sharp. Taste seems a bit bready upfront along with a little citric character. This is very shortlived however, as the Noble hops make themselves known soon thereafter...but definitely not in an overpowering way. After the mild hoppiness, there's more toasty grain afterwards that leads to a somewhat long grainy aftertaste.

I've read that this beer is kind of hard to get here in the states, as there is only one distributer of it. This makes me all the happier to have been able to try it. It's tasty, kind of reminicent of Paulaner with more flavor. Recommended.

Photo of emsroth
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

app: beautiful golden bier. That's it. A truly wonderful color. Fluffy white head.

Smell: Sweet, rounded grain with a hint of toast. A slight hint of hop oil.

Taste: Starts with a bite and ends smooth and sweet. Finishes with crackery grain and clean herbal hops.

Medium malty body with crisp carbonation.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear gold with a pallid white head, solid retention, spotty lace.

S: Bready pils style malt, with some minerality.

T: Classic bready malt flavour, with an interesting herbal almost minty hop flavour with lemons. Minerality/notes of sulfur continue bordering on kellerbier.

M: Very crisp, biting carbonation/champagne type bubbles. Mild acidity. Real pleasing.

D: One of the more complex imported Helles I've had. I think it would be a sight to see/taste in Munich proper, but it's held up well. Overpriced though IMO a $18-20 a 6er.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a straw yellow color with decent foamy white head that left very little lacing.

The scent was of faint grains and some citrus.

The taste was of grains, biscuity malts some citrus notes.

Light bodied, crisp and kind of thin, moderate carbonation.

This was easy to drink, though I expected more flavor. I thought it was a bit thin and watery and there could have been more flavor.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Clear, bright gold color. Poured a course white 2 finger head with good retention. Very lightly decanted. Lots of lacing all the way to the end in rings and sheets.

S: Hay and grass noble hops. Wet grains. All muted and delicate in the nose.

T: Bready and biscuity malt. Well balanced bitter that's sharp and even for balance. Crisp, clean and dry; quite refreshing.

M: Light body. Moderate to ample carbonation. Crisp, clean and dry exciting the tongue.

D: A great representation of the style. Flavor and balance along with a great feel. Pretty wure I could drink a lot.

Photo of Strix
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden, decent initial head.

Smells of faint grains, slight sweetness and an herbal hop note.

Tastes of clean grains and crackers with a slight herbal/muted citric hop note. Evocative of 60s Schlitz (in a good way).

Mouthfeel crisp and bubbly.

Very drinkable. Nice to drink a tasty low abv beer, not everything needs to be extreme if it's done well, and this is done well. If only this were on tap over here all summer instead of American macros.

Photo of rkinsella
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer was shipped to me from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA.

Straw yellow in the glass, average head, average lacing. Lots of carbonation can be seen.

Fresh smell, with notes of bread and citrus. Perhaps a small whiff of alcohol. Also, some spicy goodness that I can't quite describe.

Grainy bread tastes up front, with a huge middle...big malt thickness really comes through. Soft spicy hop trail.

Mouthfeel was round and hearty. The higher carbonation dances.

Drinkable but a bit filling.

I really looked forward to finally trying this beer. I can't get Augustiner in MN. It did not disappoint.
But the whole process was sort of a pain. It's expensive, $13.99 for 6. And who knows how fresh the bottles are. No dates, or bottle codes of any kind.
Give it a try!

Photo of Schmit
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

You can't get Augustiner beers in Washington State, but I grabbed this one at Ledger's Liquors on a recent visit to Berkeley. By the way, Edelstoff translates to "noble stuff" in English, and a German friend of mine assures me that this sounds just as goofy in German as it does in English.

Unfortunately, this beer pales in comparison to Augustiner's Lagerbier Hell, which is excellent where this one is pretty average. I drank two bottles trying to come up with anything that would distinguish it as a beer, and I got nothing. I'd rather not repeat the experience.

Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pils glass for a clear golden body and a small fizzy head. Dry, airy pils malt with some graininess and leafy, bitter hops. Easy to drink light bodied beer that has a little sweetness that is the backdrop of a strong pils malt presence along some dry, citric hops. Simple but refreshing.

Photo of ScottyC
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Slight haze. Yellow color -- nice blonde.

Smell: Like a hoppy homebrew. Slightly citrus. Not a powerful aroma. Head dissipated quickly.

Taste: Clean, crisp, and goes down easily. This beer has a nice "tang" when it hits your tongue. Goes down without much aftertaste. This is what "light beers" SHOULD taste like.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Should get this instead of any light, American pilsner.

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.

Photo of hwwty4
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a silver foiled 12oz bottle into my Smokestack goblet. I have to say, I love the cap underneath the silver foil. It has a awesome little monk with a beer. It's pretty cool. Definitely will go into my collection of my favorites. This beer pours a fizzy straw with a massive 3 inch, foamy white head that leaves no lacing whatsoever. The aroma has a definite green bottle funk, which is odd, because its in a brown bottle. After the sulfur comes a little pilsner malts, and some grassy hops. The flavor is exactly the same. It really is a clean lager. No huge flavors, but at the same time no off flavors at all. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, finishing rather dryly. Overall, its a good lager. Nothing to right home about but great on a hot day.

Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.