Edelstoff | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

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Reviews by IchLiebeBier:
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale golden; clear; effervescent; medium, white head

Aroma: Malty; slightly grassy; faint hops; slight citrus

Taste: Juicy malt; sweet start; crisp, refreshing mid with slightly hoppy finish; quite tasty

Remarks: Good session beer

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Brauhaus
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For those who like Dortmunder Exports, this is the perfect Bavarian interepretation of the style. It is simply the reference beer when it comes to this type.

Full bodied, great mouthfeel, lovely maltyness, fantastic finish in the back despite it's low bitterness rate (18 IBU).

It is suprising that a drink with so much body and maltyness and high alcohol level (5.6% ABV) can be made being so bright (6.5 EBC).

This is THE example of the Bavarian art of brewing. I always have it when it's available.

Perfection in a bottle.

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Photo of TG17
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I apologize for not being as refined as most reviewers, I'm simply a guy who loves German Helles style lagers. This beer is my absolute favorite beer that I can buy in the US. I've spent some time in Bavaria off and on during my military service and this is the only beer that makes me think I'm sitting in the garden of a gasthaus drinking a litre. It's just that great.

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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.

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Photo of Kallenovsky
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best lagers I've ever had. It's so crisp and refreshing with a strong malty finish. Very drinkable. This was amazing to try for the first time with a quiet, mountain backdrop and a cool breeze.

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Photo of mmmbirra
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THE Munich beer. Malty spicy aroma, smooth sweet malts in the taste with the perfect amount of bitterness for it to finish dry and clean. The 5.6% alcohol sneaks up on you.
Great beer, especially in the warmer months.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was a beer I havent seen before and decided to pick it up,ours an extremely pale yeloow with a light wispy head,aroma is softly malty with a light hop bitterness that lingers.A very clean refreshing tasting brew with some mild cracker maltiness although I thought it was a tad watery in the finish and body.A real easy drinker here it would be great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a nice, staw-colored yellow in color with a quality, pure white head.

Smell - The wonderful Munich malt somes out perfectly at the nose. There's a light touch of herbal hops but mostly this is a purebred MHL aroma.

Taste - The malts come out beautifully and there's just enough hop flavor to create a modest balance. The finish is long and grainy just like it should be.

Mouthfeel - This is a bit bigger than light-bodied and shows a creamy texture in the mouth and cheeks. There's a respectable bitterness from the hops as well.

Drinkability - This is where this lager was at its best. I can't imagine how good this would be on tap but even from the bottle this is a terrific session bier.

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Photo of CBOLAND17
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

very aromatic and tasty beer that is a perfect example of the beer that germany produces. perfect head with a good amount of residual yeast floating about to contribute to that delicious yeasty flavor that most americans would consider unpleasant and foreign, but to the expert, it is a godsent.

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3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcurrin
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of joemacpherson
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It has a clear and bright yellow appearance. Thick, frothy, and creamy head dissipates rather abruptly to a thin suddy layer- but that's ok. Immediately after poring this beer, before I put my nose in it, the scent of Noble hops came right at me. Very fresh and green flower aromas penetrate through a thin veil of light malts. The gentle scent of sweet lemon peels makes this beer tantalizing to to try. It has a distinct sweet and malty flavor that tastes of honey biscuits. The grains are there, but not overbearing. Overall the malt give it a smooth body. The hops barely push their way through as flowers and lemon rhine. The alcohol makes itself a surprisingly strong impression at last. The carbonation is moderate and it has a very full character due to the southern-germany malt profile. It is drinkable. whatever that means to anyone.
Very smooth.

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Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, gold in color with minimal head. Taste is grass and grain with honey sweetness. Light bodied, crisp, moderate carbonation, and sweet. Really tasty helles lager. Could drink this beer all day. Nice and smooth and well worth a try.

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Photo of vinivini
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, The Lime Kiln,Bristol - Pours clear pale gold. Medium carbonation. Thin foam head. Smell - a little malt. Taste - good blend of malt and hops. Very refreshing. Don't normally drink beers of this type but this was lovely.

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Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mjtiernan
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of wiwi
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of RickyS
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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