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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 22
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG visit their website

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

The current US import of this bottle has some of the dopest looking packaging I've seen. I've had two styles from this brewery, this and the Maximator.

A – Golden-pale, effervescent, crystal-clear with a foamy white head and lots of lacing.

S – Great aroma, I can smell it from half-way across the stube. Clean German malt, noble hops, and an overall pristine grain character waft copiously.

T – Slightly sweet, full-flavored but not strongly flavored, and with a bit of lingering alcohol in the finish. Basically, a quintessential pale lager.

M – Well-carbonated, very refreshing, perfectly sharp; the sharpness gives a bite that amplifies the otherwise subdued flavors.

D – A very chuggable beer. Especially suitable for das boot, if you’ve got one.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The regular brown 500ml bottle, best before 03/2010, drank and reviewed 01/2010. Poured three times into a Veltins Pilsner stemmed tulip.

Pale gold, clear, bright and clean. On top sat a snow white crown of foam.

Cereal, grassy aroma, a litle hint of hops and yeast if you sniff and believe.

No great flavour, typical of the style, it is refreshing and lightwieght in the mouthfeel. It does however have an after kick, the alcohol comes in towards the end and leaves a pleasant malty (for a Helles) reminder that you've had a beer.

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

This poured very pale and very bubbled, without much of a head--very wispy. The smell is sweet and grainy.

It's very refreshing, very light, smooth and sessionable, with a nicely sharp floral hop bite and some nice sweet cracker malts, a little bit of apple. I'll be buying it again!

Photo of bristol2120
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle. Pours with a nice big head, that has decent retention and leaves a good amount of lacing. Very nice medium golden appearance, indicative of the style. Good, restrained aroma with pleasant malt presence mixing with tart, slightly sour notes in the background. Taste is very smooth, and moderately subdued. Malt notes again mixing with an unexpected but not unwelcome tartness or sourness in the background. NIce smooth mouthfeel, with restrained carbonation. Extremely drinkable and pleasant. Overall, an excellent beer, and a great representative of the style.

Photo of Dentist666
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At last, I've got it!
Light yellow and sparkling, 1,5 finger clear head with good retention.
Tones of white bread, yeast, something pleasant sour.
Amazing taste! - fresh malt, distinct alcohol note and harmonic significant hop ending.
Dry and low-carbonated beer; neutral, a bit numb palate, distinguished!

Photo of DerBayer
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden gold colour with frothy goibg on creamy big head.

Smell is of sweet Munich malts and little floral hops but lacking depth

taste is a superb example of the style. Mild sweet malts domibnate with a gentle floral hop finish

Body is light to medium and very refreshing without making u burp.

Drinkability is unbelievable!

Photo of cudmud
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of californiakulak
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of MrIncognito
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of philipquarles
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of KroMagnon
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of MTNboy
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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

Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of BarrelO
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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?

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

Photo of nick76
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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!

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.9/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Photo of TKempe
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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