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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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374 Ratings
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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

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

Appearance: Brilliantly clear pale gold, lighter even than most helles lagers, with a big frothy white head that leaves rings of lace as it slowly settles.

Smell: Cereal grain, a touch of sweet corn and honey. No trace of hops, and very clean all around.

Taste & mouthfeel: Crisp and dry initially, malty sweetness reveals itself slowly with a touch of floral hop flavor to back it up. The finish is drying again, and only faintly bitter. Simple and straightforward stuff, but clean and very drinkable. I'd love to try this on tap at the brewery.

largadeer, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I *just* got this bottle today in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

A light straw gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam. Good lacing and lots of bubbles.

The smell is nice with a good bready malt presence and some good light lemon zestiness. I like.

The taste is way good. Plenty of bread and grain up front with with the lemon hoppiness bringing up the rear and man, does this ever please my palate. I haven't had too many Helles lagers but this puppy sure doesn't lack when it comes to taste and drinkability.

It's on the high side of light bodied and the carbonation is on the light side. The drinkability is top notch! Great brew, in my book.

Bitterbill, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellow with a decent, foamy white head that descends to a wide patch, leaving some lacing.

The smell is grainy, grassy with a touch of lemon-lime.

The taste is sweet grain and grassy with a floral hop touch. It finishes refreshingly dry.

Appropriately light-bodied, it has something towards a fizzy feel, but is smooth and crisp. Thirst-quenching, for sure.

A nice "sessionable"/easy-drinking Helles with a good balance to it within the style.

jwc215, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of becktone
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes 9-8-08

Done back-to-back with Ayinger Jahrhundert

Eye: Color is a very transparent crystal clear gold. The gold shade is deeper towards the top of this pils glass where the beer has more volume (more for the light to pass through). At the bottom the shade lightens considerably to an extremely pale yellow (almost clear water in color). Carbonation brings life to this beer. Initial formation of a nice pillowy head was very nice, however the retention of said head is now no more than a thick blanket. Lacing could use work as well.

Nose: Very clean aroma on this brew. Hop presence is very faint. Dominating this brew's nose is the bready and sweet malt aromas. Not much else, could be stronger and could also be deeper as well.

Tongue: Nice mix of bready, sweet malt, and grainy flavors going on in here. Hop bitterness nicely balances the strong malt backbone of this beer. Hop flavor also gives balance to the beer, grassy notes balance the bready and sweet malt flavors. Overall this is crisp, clean and well rounded lager.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Finish on this one is dry, it works very nicely with the hop flavor-grassy/floral notes and bitterness one of the last components to taste leads to a dry finish. Body is medium and carbonation is delicate and does not get in the way of the brew's flavor. This is one beer that is easy to drink and I can easily be putting a few more of these back in one sitting. On the other hand I'm not sure that this beer is worth the $12.00 for the sixer. There have to be better ones out there that are cheaper....still glad I got to try it. A decent beer that is worth the time to try. Maybe I'll come back to it and maybe I won't...but I'll definitely be looking to other beers of the same style.

becktone, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. foil capped bottle into a pilsner glass. ABV is noted on bottle as 5.7%.

Color is bright straw-yellow. Pours with a nice two-finger foamy head that fades to a cap fairly quickly and leaves behind a thick lacing.

Aroma is fairly faint, consisting mostly of fruity, herbal hops.

Medium-to-full-bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation; tastes of sweet grain with a tinge of grass in the middle, finishing with a lingering malty sweetness.

A great Helles, going down clean and quenchingly, but begging for another draught. The quintessential German quaffing brew, perfect for downing in the company of friends, but at a cost of $2.99 a bottle, not quite fitting as the quintessential American session beer.

superdedooperboy, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved drinking this beer in Germany, bought it by the rack, let's see how it fares crossing the sea

Pours an effervescent gold/honey with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Perfumy hops & some lemon

T: Lemony & herbal hops, breadyness, & slight grapefruit up front. Breadyness & honey malt & hoppy crispness as this warms. Finishes crisp, soapy & moreishness

MF: Medium bodied, nice spritzyness & superb balance

Great drinkability, a damn fine helles, was even better (fresher) in Germany if memory serves me..

russpowell, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a clear, lucid, golden-hue with slight carbonation and a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded...
Sweet, pale aroma with mild hints of wheat and vanilla essences...
Taste was extremely flavorful given the style, with noticeable nuances of vanilla, candied sugars, honey, along with a slight pepperish bite...
Overall, one of the better and more authentic depictions of the style that I've encountered...
Great stuff...

dsa7783, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of TheSarge
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Augustiner Braeu Export is the ultimate form of what a lager beer should be. This pours nicely to produce a beer rich with a golden color unparalleled. Also, the head presentation is great with tons of bright white head.

The aroma is robust with lemony hops and new mown straw. There is no guessing that this is how a great lager should smell.

The taste is a little more complex than a typical German lager. The lemony hops are pronounced but the cereal grain taste jumps right in after sipping.

This brew is wet to the palate and is very thirst quenching. This is a great beer, but probably exceeds the ABV for a session beer; however, it is quite refreshing.

This beer is solely worth the trip to Muenchen, let alone any other beer. Augustiner will never let anyone down.

TheSarge, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin...

Poured a very pale, crystal clear, light golden yellow colour... White head poured fairly big and foamy and a good steady stream of carbonation bubbles maintains a good thickish coating throughout... decent amount of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Quite sweet grainy malts, bready, light peppery and floral hops, spicy fruits (light lemons, apples), some saltiness, light honey sweetness, lots of cut grass notes..

Taste - Quite a lot of peppery and grassy hop bitterness, quite tart fruits (lemons, tart apples), some honey, nice light biscuit maltiness, herbal notes, salty traces...

Feel - Light and crisp... Light body... Pretty refreshing and drinkable - very sessionable

Overall - A good, clean and very drinkable lager.... nothing groundbreaking but very drinkable... worth a try...

mdagnew, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of Crosling
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Light gold color with a full wispy head that lasts well. Aroma shows fresh malt (butter, light grain, husk) with perhaps a touch of lemon from the hops. Smells pretty pure and clean. Flavor also shows purity, with no off flavors. Solid hop bitterness and really nicely balanced. It's a nice beer.

Crosling, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle (from a busted six pack) from La Bodega in Riverside, CA. in May 2008 for $3.49 (pretty pricy!). The label is greately different from the BA image; this one is gold and aqua/teal showing a smiling monk encircled by gold awards (or are the barrels?) and hop vines.

Pours a bright clean very yellow yellow. A small amount of carbonation feeds a very thin head on the top- almost enough to say it's not there at all.

Aroma is crisp clean bready malts and hops. Flavor is more of the same, sweeter, but I also detect a vegetal notes- kind of throws the rest of the flavor off. Slick and oily mouthfeel keep this one from being as good as I would like.

It's OK, but especially at the price (by far the most expensive German beer at the store), this one is not worth it. Maybe on tap in Munich, but not in Riverside.

Dukeofearl, May 22, 2008
Photo of akogrady
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - straw golden color, finger and a half of white head

S - light smell of hops, nothing distinct or especially appealing

T - very light, mild hoppiness, generally indistinct in flavor

M - medium carbonation, fairly smooth

D - easy to drink, but I probably won't get it again

akogrady, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of bditty187
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, white-gold in hue; bright white foam, at the apex the head was two fingers tall. Head retention was excellent; the bubbles were slow to fade to a small, thick cap before eventually turning to a soapy collar. Subsequent lacing was spotty, somewhat noteworthy. This is as about as good as a "yellow" beer can look.

The nose is lightly sweet with cracker-toasty bread hints with soft earthy-flowery-grassy hops. The bouquet is well rounded; I really like the balance between the malt and hop characteristics. Edelstoff is an excellent example of a Helles Lager. Considering the style, the potency is high... inviting!

The palate starts slightly sweet but quickly turns bready and cracker-like with a slight toasted edge. Then the hops arrive, the bitterness is moderate but there is a good amount of flavor. It is vaguely earthy but more so grassy-flowery with just a kiss of spiciness. "Simple" beers with big flavors are not a dime-a-dozen; this is one of my favorite German beers. I recommend it often at work since it is of such high quality.

Medium/medium-light in body, moderately low carbonation, the mouthfeel is ideal for this beer (and the style).

Very easy to drink, a true session beer and well worth the $10.99 a six-pack. This is generally a great beer. No fills... great flavor. I'd love to try this on draft... is it available anywhere? Still, I am very happy I can buy this locally. Recommended.

bditty187, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a very clear, bright yellow with a half-finger creamy white head. Visible carbonation was very high.

S: very light with sweet buttered corn and a light herbal hopping.

T: sweet and buttery corn malt with a fresh, lemon herbal hopping. The hopping was dry on the finish while the flavor ended rather abruptly. Not a lot of layering or complexity regarding flavor, just sweet buttery corn malt and a light herbal hopping.

M: light-medium with a buttery slick texture on the tongue. There was a strong floral hopping and carbonation bite in the swallow.

D: Overall drank like a sweetened festbier, though a tad to much so for multiples. More macro then micro.

beerthulhu, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A million thanks to Jeff from Steak Frites in NYC for the amazing tour of the beer cellar, and for the more-than generous gift of assorted glasses and this beer.

Served at fridge temperature in a traditional German stange appropriate for a helles lager.

Appearance- Crystal clear pale gold and flashing a snow white two-finger head, this beer is begging to be guzzled and scarfed down like there's no tomorrow. It looks like the ultimate festbier for mass-consumption. Spotty lacing here and there.

Smell- A sharp, zippy hop attack that adds a bit more malt and bread notes than the last few examples of the style I've sampled. There's even a residual floral aroma that concedes to toast. Solid and nice.

Taste- Perfectly balanced flavors of smooth malts and a subtle burst of hops... gentle and very easy to enjoy. Not as expressive as Hofbrau's example of the style, but definitely enjoyable. This would cut grease like Fantastik.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Prickly and animated on the tip of the tongue, then becoming slick like the foam at the edge of a mellow wave down the Jersey shore. A textural pleasure, and an all-day drinker without a doubt. A little more punch on the palate would really have driven this score up a notch.

yelterdow, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of cichief
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had right from the barrel at the Augustiner Grossgastatte in Munich.

A- Pours a straw colored gold, with lots of white foam.

S- Nice and sweet, the hops are more prevalent than some helles beers.

T- Starts off with a nice soft Munich malt flavor, then finishes nice and dry.

M- Thin to medium in body, moderate carbonation (right from the barrel).

D- This is a great session beer. This is the epitome of a great helles beer.

cichief, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of wl0307
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Archer Road Beer Stop, where this was recommended by the owner for being "the best lager produced any where" (for him). BB 04/2008, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: dark straw hue with great clarity & initially lively fizziness that does soften bit by bit; a thick & spongey white beer head retains its texture quite well, leaving laces behind.
S: sweet and acidic lemony as well as floral notes sit on top of a quiet yet intense doughy note and gristy lager malts... Potent, yet refreshing, very decent for a Helles.
T: a mouthful of deliciously juicy and grainy malts upfront, underlined by more crushed biscuits and toastiness, leading towards a very long finish full of bready flavour and balancing floral hoppiness... Bitterness comes rather clean and attenuated, turning dry-ish in the end, but doesn't affect the overall rounded texture. The lingering aroma of the juicy and mildly "sting-ish" maltiness even reminds me of the aftertaste of a pale bock.
M&D: mildly carbonated and refreshing enough on the texture - this is a very decent Helles with a healthy balance and lovely aftertaste.

wl0307, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's 6-pack.

Looks a brilliant, clear gold with a white head. Smells of bland, sweet malts with a little yeast character. There's more malt and a little hop character in the flavor, making for a beer that's just a step above your average Euro pale lager. Not bad, just not very complex. Washes down Mexican quesadillas loaded with peppers quite nicely.

tempest, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw gold. Some white head that does not stick around. Nice airy clean nose, with not a lot punching my senses really. Flavor has a good profile. Nice earthy and grainy qualities to it. No skunk. No metal. Smooth. Feel has a fair amount of carbonation in there. Liquid feel is fairly thick as well, but in a lager sense of it all. Definitely drinkable. Smooth and fairly well bodied.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a beautiful head that never beats a retreat and leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Crisp, with a moderate tone of flowery hops, but primarily cracker malt driven

Taste: Opens with a mouthful of Munich malt flavor and just a touch of hop after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and moderate to heavy carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice refreshing beer from one of Munich's best breweries

brentk56, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence : Pale lager (Spezial) with a very beautifull sticker
Smell : lemon, ginger aroma
Taste : sweetish taste with pepper and malt aroma
Mouthfeel : bitter finish with hop
Drinkability : A good beer with lots of fresh hop flavours

Thierry (13/10/2007)

thierrynantes, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of macpapi
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a case of this stuff for a friend on a recent trip to D.C. It was his go-to beer back home in Germany. He gave me a sample bottle, the source of this review.

The bottle design is very interesting. A classic Medeval, European-looking fellow (perhaps a monk due to his old-school skull cap, sackcloth robe and white apron) peering benevolently into the distance at something or someone--perhaps he is admiring the Augustinerbrau product just fermented. The scene apparently could be taking place as far in the past as 1328, since that is when the brewery was founded. A further reinforcement of just how young the 'New World' really is in comparison to other cultures. But I digress....

Edelstoff pours an almost pale straw-yellow color with a pretty decent white head. It is absolutely clear through the glass, so clear that it seems our lablel portrait Monk could be reading his Latin mass through the glass. The smell is malt-based, but lighter than most with that substance as the primary ingredient. It is crisp and fresh on the nose. A bit of hop bite is also noted. The flavor is somewhat unique. Very different from our most popular Vienna Lager in the States (Sam Adams.) Crisp and clean at first with a nice hop bite. This is a very flavorful, if not terribly complicated quaff. It is pretty light and highly carbonated on the palate, with that same hop bite providing a bit of oomph.

To my mind this is an eminently drinkable beer. It is flavorful, yet dangerously easy to swallow. Very refreshing. It also made me think quite a good deal about what the average B.A. expects from a 'quality' brew. Most of us are looking for the extreme hop punch, a beer over the top in bitterness and A.B.V. But for many others around the world who appreciate good beer, more moderate flavors are appealing. A quaffable, but very flavorful brew, one that can be enjoyed either in bulk or moderation is not a bad thing. I think sometimes many of us hold strong to our 'bigger is better/'more bang for the buck' attitudes and forget about the values of moderation, simplicity and subtleness. Augustiner Edelstoff is a very fine beer, yet I feel that many BAs sadly would not share this opinion.

macpapi, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet cereal grain with a smattering of flowery hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront sweet and robust malt. Soft cereal grains dominated. Some earthy floral hops balanced the flavor out.

The mouthfeel was average for the style with a nice creaminess and some residual sweetness.

Overall a very tasty helles. Good representation of the style.

plaid75, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of Daredevil
2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

light straw color, a malty smoky smell, which does not find any aequivalent in the taste, the latter being rather watery, with hints of carrots, cauliflower and peppermint, a soury bitter finish ... interesting, but not really to my taste ...

P.S.: I am not sure the style is described correctly, I would rather believe this to be an Export style ..

Daredevil, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A beautiful label on the bottle. The beer is clear and golden with a small head.

Smell is a little malty and has some hoppy notes and a little buttery smell. Not too much going on at the nose.

Taste is a little malty with a whiff of hoppiness. I can taste some cinnamon, not something I ever tasted in a lager. The yeast produces a clean beer. Body is medium to thin. A rather disappointing beer, rather un-German, drinkability is good, but lacks in the malt and hop department.

Absumaster, Aug 23, 2007
Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.