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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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88
very good

405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 22
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Overall:
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
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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
3.05/5  rDev -22%
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
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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
2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
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
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of jmhart
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Augustiner across from Hofbrauhaus in Munich.

That perfect golden-straw color typical of a Munich Lager. If anything it was a bit ligther gold. No sediment. A thick foamy white head that was a little stiffer than some other Munich lagers.

High amounts of grain on the nose with bready undertones. German hops are clearly present in a nice balanced manner.

Pleasantly sweet up from but with an incredibly well balanced finish. It's a very light taste. All of the flavors from the smell are present, but not nearly as strong as you would have expected based on the nose.

Sharp and crisp with a decent amount of bite. Not as carbonated as the head suggested, but still rolls nicely in your mouth.

Very smooth and easy to drink. I had this after a large meal at Hofbrau and it went down like jello, filling the crevasses without making me hurt.

Overall, it was a good beer but it didn't stick out as something I would search for.

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

A: pale gold with a ton of lacing, Augustiner is crystal clear and topped by a layer of white froth. Very appealing.

S: cereal grains, yeasty sulfur, and a touch of hops work together to produce a delicate, though meager, bouquet.

T: Augustiner is crispy and dry, accented by bready grains and a touch of continental good.

M: very light body with a very clean finish and a healthy dose of prickly carbonation.

D: a great Helles that is both refreshing and flavorful. Definitely worth trying if you are in to German lagers.

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

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear pale gold body with a creamy mousse white head that is supported by a sea of tiny bubbles swirl around.
S- The aroma of soft pale malt that is dry with a dry green hop note. There is a faint dried leaves and grain note that comes through as the beer warms.
T- This beer has a smooth soft dry grain hint with some dry honey malt hints grow as the beer warms. There is a low hop green note of noble bitter hops that linger a bit and a very light sweetness in the finish.
M-This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.
D- This beer has a nice smooth beer but there is some nice depth of flavor for such a light beer. And it has a nice freshness to the crisp malt flavor.

Photo of crossovert
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz silver foiled bottle. 5.7% alc.

Pours god's gold, an incredibly clear, bright color that looks alot like a piece of gold when in the dimpled mug. The head is large, white, and foamy and sticks for awhile.

It smells very clean but robust for the style. It is very bready with not much sign of hops.

It is quite sweet with a subtle fruitiness, the grains are sweet as well. Not much in the way of hops, just a minuscule amount of bitterness. If you want a lesson in non bitter but still refreshing beer this is it. If it didn't have so much flavor it would be a rousing success in the US.

The drinkability is at high levels

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz silver foil topped bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear bright yellow color with a white head that stayed as a thin layer leaving it's fair share of lacing.
S - Euro-hop and malt aroma.
T - wonderfully balanced bitterness and sweetness in this German lager, very good.
F - light bodied with a crisp, clean feel.
D - goes down very easy.

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.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright, bold yellow-gold color. The ivory-colored foamy head is quite tall with a somewhat dense texture. Retention is good, with nice sudsy lacing.

S: Grassy and grainy maltiness is the primary aroma. Definitely a bit bready/biscuity as well. Clean hop notes, with herbal and lemony characteristics. A pleasant, mild fruitiness is also evident.

T: Some modestly sweet grainy malt up front. Quite bready and grassy, with biscuity notes. A measured hop bitterness adds good balance, with herbal and lemony flavors.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is on the light side, lending creaminess. A fairly dry finish.

D: This is a very good Helles lager. Many thanks to the better half for bringing this (along with a few other German brews) in her luggage from Munich. Despite its robust, somewhat raw graininess, this manages excellent drinkability.

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

Meh. europe hasn't done much to impress me lately and I tink this augustiner is no exception, regrettably. of course it isn't a bad beer by any means, just my palate is pleasantly numb by the extravagant american styles.

Shiny golden pour with a frothy but short-lived head, very white indeed and very smelly. strong hopped up nose, but it sort of stops right there, not much else to admire here.

Taste is by all means a soft and neutral malty flavour with a metallic and bitter hoppy ending, not too strong either- the virtues of european delicate blends. medium bodied (surprisingly), although refreshing. a decent beer but nothing to go out of your way for.

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

The export edition of one of Munich's finest. Edelstoff (top product) is a bit stronger than the normal brew, and slightly more expensive here in Munich.
Pours out a light, lemony tone of gold. Foamy head, nice amount of thickness. One thing I notice is this one is a slightly lighter shade than the normal Helles, but both sport a really stellar cap.
Aromatics are apparent from across the table. Fresh grassy, light peppery notes, bitter hops, minerals from the brewing water. A lemony citrus note, and really a restrained sweetness. Smells a bit more tart than the normal Helles.
Flavor is spot on as expected. Light lemony citrus notes accented by a dusting of pepper, bitter hops and touch of yeast. The sweetness of the malt is again subdued, but provides a nice background for the citrus-pepper notes. This would go excellent with a arugula salad with peppery-citrus seafood Finishes with a nice carbonated snap that makes it hard to put the glass down.
Mouthfeel is light, refreshing, and sparkling. The subdued sweetness really adds to the drinkablity of this brew, making it one of the finer ones I've tried. Is is better than the original Helles, no, but this is the Export, and yo should always keep the best for yourself!

Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.