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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 20
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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 seanyfo
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First bier of the holiday im Munchen, vom fass in a Maß, at the Augustiner Großgaststätte im Marienplatz.

Appearance - Golden nectar colour! Medium Carbonation, thick white head with lively beading. Lacing is very good

Smell - Sweet buttery hops, lemons, grass, lots of fresh bread

Taste - Refreshing, hints of lemon with a crisp dry mild hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is just right, smoothly goes down, slighty salty.

Drinkability - Medium carbonation is easy on the stomach so its easy to have a few. Buttery sweetness lingers in the mouth making it very moreish. One of my fav Munich Helles.

Just wish i could get this on tap locally! Will need to move to Munchen!

seanyfo, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of monkeybutler
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Wine Source, which is quickly becoming my home away from homelessness.

If you see me wandering the streets of Hampden begging for bus fare, just know that none of that money will ever get near the bus if I have anything to do with it.

Pours a pale golden. Good head dissipates to a healthy lace.

Nose is just a smidge of saaz squeaking through with a nice maltiness in the background.

Taste is all saaz with some light malt notes playing alto. Very nice balance. It's melded masterfully.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with just enough hanging around to make me pick up the glass again.

Drinkability will be determined by exactly how much the drool on my pillow reeks of this stuff in the morning.

I'm betting it's going to be some delicious smelling drool.

monkeybutler, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of Ungespundet
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love going to the Biergarten, throwing down 5 Euro and 50 cent for a Maß (liter) of this elixir served from a Holzfaß (wood barrel) and sitting under huge Chestnut trees and sipping the day on by. Life in München is really that good! Thanks Augustiner!!!

Here’s the BIG brother to the wonderful Augustiner Grüner Mönch. I say BIG brother because it’s bigger and dare I say, better?

Word to the wise:This Bier is an Export. That means it is actually classified differently from a "Helles". An Edel/Spezial/Export isn't a "Helles".

This Bier pours up a beautifully clear deep golden dream that’s capped by an incredibly billowy head. Traumhaft!!! The aroma is all Augustiner. Big lager sulphury waves. This Bier separates itself from its sibling right from the start. A little deeper in color and in the aroma department much more complex. Behind the trademark Augustiner Lager aroma you’ll find nice hints of citrus and pepper. The malt aroma is mild and smooth. The flavor begins with a slight upfront sweetness. Immediately you’re hit with the yeast’s lager flavor profile. Again different form the little brother this one adds much more brisk malt character. A very solid medium body. This beer is also more aggressively hopped than its sibling. They provide a nice citrus and peppery flavor. This Bier finishes full of malt and a smooth dry hop bitterness that begs you to drink more. Thank god they serve it in a liter mug! The alcohol is up due to a bigger Original Gravity but the alcohol difference isn’t really noticeable until you stand up to get another Maß. My favorite Biergarden Bier!!!
Zum Wohl!!

Ungespundet, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Augustiner Keller beer hall in Munich. The appearance was muted straw color, a little murky but mostly clear, with a massively thick head (I always see this head in the 1L beer mugs in Munich). The aroma was mostly malts, a little bit like fresh baked bread, just a hint of hops. The flavor is biscuity and bready malt, slightly sweet and very lightly bitter in the after-taste. Extremely drinkable and I would have ordered another except I wanted to try some other beers of Munich in my short stay.

TurdFurgison, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear pale yellow with a touch of orange. Head is white, about a finger, and quickly recedes to a thinnish foam.

The aroma is okay, just fine for a Helles lager but not impressive. Grassy hops, very slightly sprightly citric yeast hint to it. Similar flavors in the mouth, with light malt, mild ingredients all around.

Definitely clean and drinkable, flavor lingers nicely, but never announce themselves.

BretSikkink, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of Maerzen
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. I've had this before on tap and am glad to have found this in the bottle.

A - Light, clear yellow with noticeable carbonation and good foam. Dissolved quickly with nice lacing.

S - Faint hint of spice and floral

T - Nice balance of hops. This is the hops taste I like. Subtle but with a sweetness.

M - Light with nice carbonation

D - Yes, yes and yes. Great beer.

Maerzen, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Raw in your face noble hop aroma. Just amazing. Poured a tiny bright white head that disappeared when I looked away. Transparent pale golden beer holds a few lazily rising bubbles. The pale malts provide a lightly sweet base that balances out the earthy/grassy hop flavors. The hop flavors intensify in the finish as they are joined by a nice bitter bite. It has a solid and crisp mouthfeel. The hop flavor doesn't approach the strength of the aroma, but that could be a good thing. In the end this is one nice beer.

HappyHourHero, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Beertracker
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff is best served at traditional cellar temperatures (50-55F) in either a house Willibecker or Krug (0.5L). A thick, white head generously tops the deep golden body, but collapses gently leaving a halo of lace. The aroma is enticing with a solid maltiness that's reminiscent of freshly baked European bread which interplays nicely with the faintest touch of Noble hoppiness. The flavor starts off with a grainy goodness which gives into just a touch of underlying spiciness from the Noble hops that finally adds a nice balance to this classic Hellesbier. This medium-bodied Helles has just the perfect amount of carbonation and is just the thing after a long, hot Summery day!

This is a wonderful, classic Helles from Munich's oldest brewery. Try pairing this one with hearty game like cherry-glazed venison steak or if you're in the mood for something more traditional then try a healthy plate of cold-cut Bierschinken (ham sausage with pistachios) served with soda bread, Butterkase cheese, thinly sliced sweet onions & radi (white radish) along with a cherry-ginger chutney. Here's to a München classic!

PROST! Beertracker

Beertracker, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal transparency, with a golden straw hue. A bubbly and somewhat thick head tops the beer and takes a while to dissipate.

S: A clean lager profile, with notes so subtle they hardly appear on the radar. Can sense the light hoppiness and pale malt aroma, with a bready overtone.

T: First sip shows a very crisp and quaint-flavored taste. Not very much on the malt side at all, so the palate really only gets going through the middle and finish. A faintly spiced and hopped middle yields to a slightly drying yet watery finish, washing away only the tiniest taste of hops.

M: Mouthfeel is light and watery, but the carbonation makes for a crisp sensation.

D: Not sure about this one. I enjoyed its easy drinkability, but flavor was somewhat of a concern. Lagers are on the whole more subtle, but I found myself searching for the characteristics of this beer too hard. Still, refreshing and light, to say the least.

CharlieMopps, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of Domingo
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Even though their normal Hell seems to be the most popular item in Munich, I think this brew is every bit as good.
I had this at the Augustiner Großgaststätte.
Arrives in 1/2 L. glass that reminds me of a wider version of pilsner glass.
This brew is a bright golden color. It's slightly darker than most brews in the style and makes for a perfect example of what I think a light-colored beer should be. It appears to be a little more carbonated than usual as the head sticks around and the bubbles keep rising.
Smell is pretty nondescript grain and a kiss of noble hops. Nothing really special, but nothing wrong either.
Flavor is crisp, a little sweet in the middle, and finishes with a little bit of bitterness with the hops. One nice thing about the hops on the back end, is that they have a little bit of the citrus usually only found in the American varieties. I think it's because of the slightly sweeter (think Export) maltiness.
Mouthfeel is typical, but with a little more carbonation as previously mentioned.
We had 2 of these on a warm evening in May and it was wonderful. It paired pretty well with a sweet dessert (apfelstrudel) as well. If I wasn't jetlagged I probably could've kept drinking these until well after nightfall.
In Munich you'll see tons of Augustiner helles bottles and 1L mugs, but don't neglect this brew! Think of it as a cross between a Helles and an Export.

(Edit: the imported bottle version is also wonderful. It's held up remarkably well, so definitely grab it, too.)

Domingo, May 31, 2007
Photo of jspruit
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank at the Bull and Castle in Dublin as part of their beer challenge. Poured a copper color with a thick foamy white two-finger head that smelled sweet with a bit of hoppiness too. A bit of hoppiness and bitterness with a touch of honey (I think) and in general it was a smooth beer that I could drink plenty of throughout the day.

I havent tasted many helles lager beers before so unfortunately I cant compare this to many other of this style.

jspruit, May 22, 2007
Photo of AChamberlain
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle from the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn.

A: Musty gold. No head. Eh. Looks like cider

S: Light malty, bread smell. Eh.

T: Malty and zesty. Nice honey flavor. Eh.

MF: Zesty, well carbonated. Cider like. Eh.

D: Drinkable, but not the best Helles I’ve had from a bottle here in the State. I’m sure having this on tap in Germany (or here) would be much better.

AChamberlain, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It is what it is. This is, from those who have "tried them all" in Munich, the "Konig" of the helles lagers. Great clarity in the glass, nice white foamy head that doesn't last long. A bit of hops in the nose and the taste is a very well balanced malt with delicate floral hops. The mouthfeel leaves a lot to be desired but it is oh so drinkable and smooth. Such a treat. Clearly a step down from "out of the barrel" in Munich, but worth buying.

tugdriver7, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of BrotherJon
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this in Munich's Shamrocks Irish Pub (Prost to Jackson the bar tender).

Light smokiness in the aroma. Sweet and sour malt flavor, yet very distinct. I thought I could detect some "butteriness" as well as some bitterness, although neither was over bearing.

All and all, very drinkable. I preferred this one to the Helles actually.

BrotherJon, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of dherling
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured out a bright golden color, with a bright white head and lacing that lasts longer than Dr. Cox's speeches on Scrubs. The nose had some fresh grain, a little hops, and some fruity apple type notes. The taste was super clean, some biscuit maltyness, and a sort of apple sauce/apple cider thing going on faint in the background. Drinks very refreshing and clean, with a crisp dry mouthfeel.

dherling, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours Clear gold with a fluffy white head and large carbonation bubbles a frothy cap and minimal lacing.

Smell: Clean Munich Helles Lager aroma. Hint of malt, lemon and grassy hops.

Taste: It has a light cracker, grain, sweetness element, followed by a dry grassy hop attribute. The aftertaste has a grassy lemon pepper snap that lingers pleasantly on and on.

Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp clean and light. Still, appropriate to style.

Drinkability: This is not a thrilling beer but it is certainly an easy drinker.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of SuperSpy
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Extremely clear and a pale gold color.

S - Some light grain with the faintest hint of grass.

T - Some very light fruit, perhaps a little lemon.

M - Medium bodied with a nice refreshing tingle from the carbonation

D - Overall this is a good outdoor, hot summer day beer. Nothing particularly outstanding but definitely nothing wrong with this beer.

SuperSpy, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of Cresant
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Slight chill haze apparent in the thin bright yellow body. Minimal head did not linger.

Smell was of noble hops (?) and light grains. Corn husk aroma surfaced as it warmed.

Tasted salty. Corn syrup malts. Mildly bittering hops.

Mouthfeel was mildly zesty and medium bodied. Easy to drink but not especially interesting.

Cresant, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of Gavage
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: crystal clear pale yellow color with a 1/2" head that quickly falls to a thin surface foam.

Smell: light lemon citrus and grass.

Taste: mild malt level with some lemon, mild bitterness, and grass. A touch of biscuit rounds it out. Overall pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Light in body. Dry and pretty clean finish.

Drinkability: a light and easy to drink beer, but flavor profile is a bit milder than expected. Definitely a refreshing summer beer.

Gavage, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale yellow color with modest white head. Head rapidly fell to a very thin ring with no lacing. Smell is very light with slight summer fruit notes present. Taste shows a nice firm maltiness that is extraordinarily refreshing. KLeaves a very tantanlizing taste in the mouth. Really a nice example of the style.

tgbljb, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

btw, the bottle looks different, for newbs

A - very pale straw yellow, white thin head, very light carbonation

S - a true wheat aroma, with a lemon kick, like a summer ale

T - a real lemony wheaty taste, thin bodied, but very good flavor, would be great on a hot summer day

M - thin bodied, kinda dry, but tasty

D - easily poundable, high drinkability

sinstaineddemon, May 16, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a Pt. Glass. Nice clear yellow color and a medium thick white white head.

Smell is clean and crisp, malty and of medium hops. Very good inviting aroma.

Taste is malty and creamy, hint of lemon and light fruit goes great with the meal.

Mouthfeel is light with med. carbonation. Just about right for the style, could be a bit thicker.

Drinkability in very good. went well with grilled chicken and brats with Mexican rice. MK

MuenchenerKindl, May 15, 2006
Photo of granger10
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden color with an inch high head which dwindles to near nothingness and leaves scant lacing. Bready aroma with notes of sharp herbal acidity. Taste matches aroma. Body is light and weak and the flavors as well are quite light and weak. Plus they really aren't too enjoyable. A slight buttery breadiness holds the body while the hops, which are grassy, come into the finish. Lower carbonation smooths the beer out but really also bores any taste. I'm disappointed.

granger10, Apr 17, 2006
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the slightly stronger version of the AUGUSTINER HELL, a bit more estery but still smooth. This is also served at the OKTOBERFEST, there with 6% ABV, called "Wies'n-EDEL"! I personally, when in Muenchen, prefer the HELL! Well done brewers!

SERENGETI, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted this on 03.03.06, a 500ml bottle from Redmonds of Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland. Best by 04.06.
I never saw this brew before, so took a chance. Poured a crystal clear light blonde brew with a white head that disappeared. No lacing.
Smelled a grassy-lager smell. Tasted of nothing much, though a very nice smooth mouthfeel gave this beer some redemption. I got tired of drinking this one and I don't think that I will bother again.

Footnote added December 2007:
I tasted this brew on tap at the Augustiner Grostgastatte, Munich recently. I did not take notes for a review, but it offered so much more than what I have written above. More bitter then the Helles, but very worthwhile. Maybe it's a beer that does not travel.

JohnfromDublin, Mar 13, 2006
Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.