Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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4.28/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
06-17-2007 18:28:11 | More by HappyHourHero
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
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!
06-11-2007 04:18:53 | More by Beertracker
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
06-10-2007 19:29:01 | More by CharlieMopps
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
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.)
05-31-2007 14:36:08 | More by Domingo
3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
05-21-2007 23:19:49 | More by jspruit
3.18/5 rDev -19.1%
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 Ive had from a bottle here in the State. Im sure having this on tap in Germany (or here) would be much better.
04-18-2007 20:59:10 | More by AChamberlain
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
03-14-2007 01:01:34 | More by tugdriver7
3.45/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
03-06-2007 22:39:07 | More by BrotherJon
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
02-20-2007 21:24:46 | More by dherling
3.53/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
01-09-2007 02:56:56 | More by Phatz
3.55/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
11-18-2006 04:07:30 | More by SuperSpy
2.73/5 rDev -30.5%
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.
10-21-2006 22:55:38 | More by Cresant
3.3/5 rDev -16%
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.
10-07-2006 20:27:58 | More by Gavage
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
06-14-2006 17:46:33 | More by tgbljb
3.23/5 rDev -17.8%
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
05-16-2006 02:12:45 | More by sinstaineddemon
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
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
05-15-2006 05:24:53 | More by MuenchenerKindl
2.93/5 rDev -25.4%
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.
04-17-2006 14:13:50 | More by granger10
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
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!
03-13-2006 13:12:59 | More by SERENGETI
3.33/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
03-13-2006 09:07:37 | More by JohnfromDublin
3.2/5 rDev -18.6%
Pours out a clear pale straw color with a thin fizzy head that fades quickly, even after a fairly aggressive pour.
Smell is lightly toasted grains, grassy hops.
Flavor is toasted grains, sweet maltiness, a light apple-pear flavor, grassiness, and a little bit of an astringent clarity. Slight, but present, skunked flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly crisp.
Overall: Completely non-descript, a little weak in the flavor department. These guys can do better in the style; we know they can!
02-13-2006 03:06:59 | More by whartontallboy
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
A very good German lager. Lightly flavored and textured. Aromas are crisp and light. Medium maltiness and a bit grainy, but not bad. Flavors of mint and Granny-smith apples spice the beer up a bit. Still light and clean on the palate. Finishes crisp and clean. It could have a bolder malt and hop profile, but not if it means less crispnenss. It's better than most German Lagers.
02-02-2006 17:32:25 | More by BEERchitect
3/5 rDev -23.7%
This was a clear yellow brew with a one finger head that was very fizzy, and dissipated quickly into a thin film. A few moments later, almost none left.
Aroma was slightly fruity, a little grainy, with some light malts and a hint of lager-like skunkiness.
Taste was slightly bitter and grassy, with llight hops and a bit of funkiness. The malts were kind of washed out.
Mouthfeel was a bit thin and, as I said, washed out.
Drinkability was just average. Better than some, but it didn't stand out.
01-12-2006 03:10:49 | More by connecticutpoet
4.53/5 rDev +15.3%
This beer pours a crystal clear pale gold with a two-finger rocky snow white head. It does look a touch washed out but thankfully that does not translate to the aroma or flavor. This is perfectly balanced in every way and gets significant yet pleasant contributions from the bready malt and the hops. A grassy quality dominates but there are some surprisingly nice gentle fruity elements, apples and pears, as well. The best part is how fresh and creamy it all comes across. The moderate carbonation and bitterness make for a dangerously easy drinking experience, but my preference would be that both could be a bit higher. Still, it is a heck of a beer.
11-02-2005 21:03:04 | More by TongoRad
4.75/5 rDev +20.9%
BB 01-06. Great presance with good and lasting head and full golden and cristal clear beer. Wonderfull nose also with lots of finest maltyness and great hops that are hard to define but perfume the beer great. Not much esters or yeastinfluence except for the alcohol but yeah great nose. As is taste that's full, litle sweet and very malty, good hops and litle alcoholic. Woww with this not too high carbonisation also a heaven like mouthfeel. Well what can you say a perfect sessionbeer IMO.
09-20-2005 15:23:44 | More by paterlodie
3.85/5 rDev -2%
Pours a clear gold with a one finger stark white head. The head does not linger for long and becomes a thin white layer on top of the beer. Aroma is crisp with hints of cracker bread and a touch of grassy spicyness. Taste is crisp clean and smooth. A bit of malty sweetness up front, followed nicely with some drying slightly bitter hops. By no means hoppy, but the hops crisp up this beer nicely. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I would have guessed. Nice tight carbonation keeps this from leadening the tongue. Drinkability is good. A very good session Helles on a hot day.
08-18-2005 14:45:52 | More by TinusTime
Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.