1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Not Rated.
Augustiner Bräu EdelstoffAugustiner Bräu Edelstoff

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

374 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 374
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 20
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 374 | Reviews: 213 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cudmud
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer has a golden-straw color and a bright white head. The head is one-half finger thick and a little on the thin side, which produces medium lacing.

Smell: This beer has a light malt aroma with a slight hint of hops. Overall, the smell is simple and pleasant.

Taste: The taste is crisp and clean. There is a pleasant balance between the hops and malt.

Mouthfeel: Feels good in the mouth due to the moderate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A person could drink many liters of this beer on a summer day. I wish I discovered this beer in the heat of July.

cudmud, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of californiakulak
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had A liter of this beer at the Augustiner Keller in Munich. It was poured strait from the barrel.

A. The beer was a straw color. Somewhat golden. It had a huge, firm head that lingered for quite awhile.

S. Dry, toasted malts dominate. A bit more hops present than other Munich beer that I tried.

T. Light, fresh, with a creamy head. Absolutely great. Strong flavor of roasted malt.

M. Very refreshing on the palate. Dry. Decent carbonation and some graininess. Malty aftertaste.

D. This one is very drinkabel. I have never had it out of the bottle but out of the barrel it is fresh and goes down very easy. My favorite beer of this style in the world.

californiakulak, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of MrIncognito
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden straw color with big and fluffy white head that leaves a nice white cap and great lacing.

S - Lots of hay and light malt. Some sweetness and piney hops.

T&M - Much like the normal Augustiner Helles but with a bit more malt presence.

D - Also very drinkable and easy to down. A bit filling from the extra malt I think but a nice beer to session.

MrIncognito, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a fizzy white head that doesn't hold together very well. Smell is lightly sweet and grainy with some faint floral notes. Tastes of pils malt and slightly grassy hops. Very slightly spicy, and fairly sweet overall. Light body with good carbonation. Not a bad helles, just not much character, really.

philipquarles, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of KroMagnon
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a bottle from the Karstadt grocery store in Munich. The aroma is nice, with a slightly malt-honey accent. Flavor is good, clean, balance tilted towards malt but nice overall. The beer is an easy drinking beer as the style dictates, although I think that tending to usually drink American ales with their variety and aggressive flavors may have my taste buds a bit mis-calibrated.

KroMagnon, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of MTNboy
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a grainy and distinctive yeast aroma. It came to my table in a tumbler looking picture perfect. There is a nice transparent golden color to this beer. The head and lace are both well formed. Grass and fruity hop like taste. The body has a bit of carbonation burn but is still easy to drink. A very refreshing beer altogether.

MTNboy, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into my Augustiner beer glass.

Note: Reviewed directly after their Vollbier.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium-thick white head. Color is lemon yellow, is clear as day and has medium carbonation in the form of big bubbles. Head quickly fades to a thin wispy film. A ring of film remains and leaves some lacing.

SMELL: Decent amount of grainy sweet malt with hints of dark bread and a touch of floral hops as well.

TASTE: A bit of sweet malt up front with some grainy and dark bread notes through the middle. More grainy notes than the vollbier, like the nose suggested. Finishes with some flowery hops, bread, and a good amount of bitterness. Aftertaste is mild and long lasting.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium-low end carbonation. Goes down smooth with no bite at all and finishes crisp with just the right amount of dryness on the palate. Just as good as their vollbier. Great stuff.

OVERALL: Another great helles lager bier from Augustiner. In all fairness, I assume this is the same as their vollbier but with a little more pop for the export market. It has a slightly bolder grainy quality and a touch more bitterness in the aftertaste, but the similarities are obvious. The look wasn't quite up to the standards of the vollbier, but this was a top-notch lager from a top-notch brewery.

Jeffo, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with cool monk label

Appearance: Very slightly hazed straw gold beer with moderate tight white cap

Smell: Intensely fruity, apple peel predominates

Taste: Very clean, with light apple and slight grass flavors

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied

Drinkability: Pretty good

Conclusion: Tasty, nicely fruity, but nothing special and (IMO) not quite worth the price for the six pack

BedetheVenerable, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Clear pour with a straw yellow color and 1 finger head that quickly dispersed into nothing but left trace amounts of lacing on the glass.

Smell and taste are reminiscent of the stereotypical "green bottle beer" even though this particular beverage came packaged in brown glass.

The drinkability and mouthfeel of this beverage are amazing, it is crisp and very refreshing. Overall well balanced and an enjoying experience that easily welcomes another.

stakem, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of slight hops, strong yeast cleanliness, pale malt, and some sweet malt. Fits the style of a Munich Helles Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. The carbonation is too high in my opinion. Tastes of strong yeast cleanliness, slight pale hop, and strong pale male. Overall, a decent lager, but nothing special really.

Tone, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of SetarconeX
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like your standard lager. Doesn't smell like much, slightly sweet, perhaps, but there's not a whole lot of scent here.

Taste is a little maltier than expected, and quite a bit less bitter. Very light. Tastes like your standard, run of the mill lager, but much smoother and with very few offputting flavors at all. Very drinkable, if slightly dull.

SetarconeX, May 21, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's breakfast time and I don't have any orange juice to start my day. I'll start it off with this German lager. On to the beer:

Into a stange it goes, this beer has a washed out straw color to it, like a glow in the dark color. The head is one cm thick, and holding up on top. I like the aroma here; grain, big burst of pineapple, lemon, hay. I should stop teasing myself and start drinking it already.

I like my helles lager to have a smooth flavor. This one is a little bumpy on the ride. Somewhat bready upfront, it turns grassy with some herbal flavors. Sweet grain tones and a subtle veggie note finish the journey.

Not nearly as quaffable or smooth as I'd like in this style. Not a bad beer, but I'd imagine this beer, being a delicate style, is 10 times better at the source.

DoubleJ, May 07, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. After my recent foray into macro, I need something to restore my faith in beer. A quality German lager should suffice.

A: Pleasant gold color. Little head, little lacing.

S: Sweet, somewhat biscuity malt, lemons, hops.

T: Mostly honeyish sweet malt. Balanced with hints of tartness.

M: Light and crisp. Rather cleansing.

D: Bavarian lagers are invariably solid, and this is no exception. It's just not worth paying $13+ for a six-pack. Why is this not classified as a Dortmunder/Export?

BarrelO, May 06, 2009
Photo of LauraAlberts
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Yellowish hue with Greenish Glow

Smell: Barley

Taste: Cucumber, Light sweetness, Lite Carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Soothing and calming to the palate with a refreshing aftertaste that cools the palate.

Drinkability: Session Session Session - I wish I could get a keg of this beer on tap. This is the ultimate Lager style beer! I highly recommend if you get your hands on it!

LauraAlberts, May 01, 2009
Photo of nick76
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The aroma has a hay like grass, paper, latex, and corn malt. The appearance is pale gold with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma and has that euro lager incense taste. The palate is thin. Overall not something I would buy again. I am just not a fan of this despite being to style.

nick76, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pils glass.

Appears a crystal clear pale straw color with a one and a half inch soft white head that forms as a result of some violent carbonation that rushes up from the bottom. Retention is very good and lacing is excellent.

Aroma is a general sweet maltiness, grainy, a touch minerally, with some mild and clean noble hop aromas that come across spicy and herbal.

Taste has a sweet maltiness up front but that is quickly contained as some husky character comes through with a bit of a citrusy bite before the drying finish which brings a light noble hop bitterness to the front.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, clean, crisp, and refreshing. Just how the style should be.

This is a very good Munich Helles. I still prefer the Weihenstephaner, but this is another fine option.

roadhouse, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle. no date found, but was assured from the beer manager that this was a recent arrival.

pale golden straw. clear. big foamy head fades to wisps and ring. great lacing.

very sweet and bready malt aroma, with faintest sulfur note and gentle but fragrant noble hopping.

more sweet breadiness in the flavor, quickly balanced by a light but flavorful noble hop kick, grassy and almost herbal, with moderate yet masterfully restrained bitterness. clean and simple but still manages constant interplay of bready malt and noble hops.

not too thin, smooth, with faint astringent flash in the finish. spritzy, moderate carbonation can even be fluffy at times.

woe is me - if only the 6-pack didn't cost a dastardly $16!

tai4ji2x, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first beer review during my study abroad odyssey! A friend picked up a bottle during a weekend trip to Munich and gave me a bottle. Let's see how it is:

Poured from .5l bottle into a flute glass (not sure how large) with a picture of Bratislava, Slovakia etched on the side.

Appearance: Golden, with a fluffy white head with nice retention and lace. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom.

Smell: Sweet and flowery, with fruity notes of citrus or apple.

Taste: Starts with a good apple-like sweetness that is apparent in most beers of this style, then finishes with a mild and pleasant bitterness. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and refreshing, with just enough carbonation. Light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Overall, the best helles I have tasted and I would love to have more of this beer. I sure can't wait to go back to Munich so I can stockpile the stuff. If you couldn't already tell, it's highly recommended.

Mosstrooper, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of TKempe
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A shiny gold look with a crisp head, fast-moving and beautifully formed carbonation and strong lacing.

A malty and spicy nose, with plenty of fruity sweetness (slightly citrus and apple like) and juicy, mouth-watering fragrances. Hop character is delicate and herbal with a grassy accent. Very fresh and inviting.

The taste starts of with a beautiful combination of succulent sweet malt and slightly bitter hoppines. Shortly after, it gets dry and somewhat sour, more dry and grainy in the finish. Hops are omnipresent, yet in a moderate fashion and put into check by an incredibly rich malt palette and a strong fruity note. Let this beer warm up and it becomes sweeter and even more delicious, with an ending that has the deepest kind of flavors bursting out.

A smooth and round mouthfeel with soft but strong carbonation and a medium body. A treat to drink.

Absolutely, simply great.

TKempe, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of fluffy, white head on a perfectly clear, light gold body. The head settles a bit more quickly than I would like, but leaves decent lace.

S - Sweet maltiness, not grainy with a slight earthy hop aroma.

T - Sweet and malty with a balancing herbal hop flavor up front. The mild bitterness shines through the light flavors in the middle and fades into the malty, clean finish.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable and nicely balanced. This bottled version has held up to the trip across the Atlantic better than I would have expected, but I know from personal experience that it is better still on draught in Munich.

nickfl, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a flute glass. Had a yellow color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and OK lacing.

S: Smelled more of malt than anything else, though there was a slight tinge of hops.

T: A light, refreshing taste of sweet malt, hops, and - it seems - a little citrusy quality. I might be crazy on that one.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a light, easy to drink, flavorful beer. Not exactly in line with the typical Munich helles lager, but very easy to like.

avalon07, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of Quej
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden colour with a small amount of white head.
S - Very metallic smelling, very little smell to be honest.
T - Not a lot of taste either, quite like a pilsener. Quite smooth, a slight sweet maltiness is about all I can taste.
M - Decently carbonated, with a nice light-medium body.
D - Pretty good. Nothing to complain about, but not so appetizing.

Quej, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of argock
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.90.

A: Pale yellow, clear, with barely 1-finger head and minimal to no lace.

S: Plenty of sweet cereal grain with light noble hops

T: Clean and too light in flavor with usual sweet graininess and noble hops. Flavor is not off, just not assertive enough.

M: Exceedingly smooth with average carbonation and clean short grain aftertaste.

D: An easy-to-drink lager that doesn't have as much personality as it could -- and as it needs. Nothing really wrong with this brew, but it could have a bit bigger flavor.

argock, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bottle label is a minimalistic old school design with a cartoon monk, different to the one in the icon here.

Pours a luminescent gold color with a smallish head. Plenty of foam sticks around on the glass. The aroma is a veritable festival of malt with unsalted crackers, cookie dough and pie crust abounding and a good balance of floral noble hops. The first sip is light and airy with the same malt characteristics and a honey comb sweetness. Herbal, flowery hop flavors and a light bitterness builds as the beer warms. Lemon and tropical fruit notes also add to the mix. The mouthfeel is light with soft carbonation. Light bitterness in the finish.

This is a highly quaffable helles lager. It hits all the bases for the style and then some. Wish this was available in Canada. This style is underrated because of its subtlety, deserves higher reviews.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, very tasty, complex beer.

Bright yellow-gold, it has a medium-large, off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin foamy top and leaving some nice lace.

The aroma is toast, bread, a lot of lemon, herbs, hints of juniper.

The taste is a firm, slightly oily bready malt with lots of herb, juniper, lemon. It's lightly sweet with a light, lingering bitter finish. There is a lot going on here, all harmoniously, and it's overall wonderful.

Offa, Nov 24, 2008
Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.