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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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88
very good

421 Ratings
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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 21
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG visit their website
Germany

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 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.

Photo of jmhart
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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
4.61/5  rDev +17.9%
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
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
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
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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!

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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
3.78/5  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.

Photo of californiakulak
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.