Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 22
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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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 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.

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Quej
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of argock
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of Offa
4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of becktone
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
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..

Photo of dsa7783
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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...

Photo of TheSarge
5/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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...

Photo of Crosling
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of akogrady
3.05/5  rDev -22%
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

Photo of bditty187
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of yelterdow
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of cichief
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.