Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Augustiner Bräu EdelstoffAugustiner Bräu Edelstoff
BA SCORE
69.6%
Liked This Beer
3.89 w/ 546 ratings
Augustiner Bräu EdelstoffAugustiner Bräu Edelstoff
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
Germany
augustiner-braeu.de

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,471
Reviews:
250
Ratings:
546
Liked:
380
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
13.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
102
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 546 |  Reviews: 250
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

5.7% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. There is initially a strong skunk aroma after the pour that dissipates somewhat over time. I am also getting some malt, grain, and grassy and herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavors are a bit too sweet in my opinion.

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Photo of spycow
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out has a pale golden color, the head was a little fizzy and left just a touch of lacing. The smell of the beer has the traditional German aroma, there a light skunk and grass aromas. There also a little lemon on the nose. The taste is actually a little citrusy mixed with the grassy flavors. It's got a pretty refreshing mouthfeel actually and it's got a lighter body. Overall this beer was much better than I expected it to be.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that faded away and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of grainy malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty; there are some hints of malty sweetness in the initial taste and the finish has a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is easy to drink and rather sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml brown glass bottle with traditional pressure cap served into an An Brainblasta goblet in Belfort, France. I forget where I bought the bottle. My bottle shows 5.6%, not 5.7%. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head of slight cream, bad thickness, and below average retention. Clear lemon yellow retention.

Sm: Very light scent of barley. That's all me broken nose picks up; sorry lads.

T: Barley body - full, to its credit - with lemon ester notes and malt on the climax. Simple, but refreshing. Balanced well but poorly built. Rather- boring, actually.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but refreshingly so. Complements the simple flavours of the body. A bit sharp on the climax. Thin.

Dr: While this wouldn't be an awful fest beer, it an't much of a normal beer. Normal ABV, easy drinking, and low quality. Leave it on the shelf, lads, and pick something better.

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Photo of emerge077
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served in a small narrow stange glass.

Pale gold, streaming carbonation that rose steadily from the bottom of the glass. Thin layer of white foam on the surface, fizzled down quickly into a light veil with a slight collar around the edge, and some minimal lace that stuck around.

Average lager smell, clean, dry grain, slight grassiness.

Flavor was sort of bland with a dry, papery saltine cracker taste, some grassy hop bitterness in the aftertaste, but fairly subtle. Feel was very light and a bit watery. Dry with little to no residual sweetness, left with a somewhat hollow impression. It was ok to pair with some food, but ultimately just a pedestrian lager that didn't hold interest for long.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a beautiful head that never beats a retreat and leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Crisp, with a moderate tone of flowery hops, but primarily cracker malt driven

Taste: Opens with a mouthful of Munich malt flavor and just a touch of hop after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and moderate to heavy carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice refreshing beer from one of Munich's best breweries

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Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  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.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff
vom fass @ Augustiner am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, DE
,5L for €3,90 at noon on Christmas day 2013

Good looking glass of beer. Clear gold with a massive head of bright white froth. The head retention and lacing are exquisite. In the nose it's floral over lightly sweetish malt. The flavor brings out a bit more character with a little more bready graininess and less sweetness than the nose suggested, as well as more noble hops and a subtle note of apple-like fruitiness. Median bitterness is well-threaded through - a very round, balanced, and nicely polished lager. Medium bodied. Crisp and clean. Remarkably easy to drink.

Additional note: I tasted this side by side with the standard "hell" and didn't find much difference. It's just slightly darker. And also a touch fuller in character, but not by much, and at the same time a little less malty... ? More balanced, shall we say? So... I'd guess it's got a degree or so more Plato to it, a touch more hops for flavor, and just a hint of additional bitterness to balance that as well - OR, is it the same beer and just slightly more fermented? No, probably not.

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friends Jack and Kristin for bringing this back from Germany.

Pours a creamy and fizzy almost 2 finger head that fades semi quickly with a slight bit of lacing over brilliantly clear banana wheat opaque beer. Nose was a little on the light side too, could have opened up a bit.

Nose light grassy hay, straw, nice decoction complex mash, crisp lager with a hint of lager fruit, hint of grassy floral hops.

Taste light and crisp, lots of soft malt with a light decoction complexity, light straw, light toasty. Crisp and light fruity lager, and some pilsner malt flavors. Light floral hint grassy hops. The end brings a hint of a cracker. Finish is dry and crisp, toasty pilsner malts, hint of grassy hops lingering.

Mouth is lighter bodied, soft and subtle, decent carb.

Overall nice, lighter but good flavors, good malt and mash profile, fairly tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with very little visible carbonation. The head is about one finger tall and just off white but dissipates quickly leaving just a hint of bubbles in the center of the surface of the beer. Little to no lacing present.

S: Aromas are grassy with the slightest hint of skunkiness to it.

T: Flavors are primarily the malts - taste like cereal malts and honey malts to me. There is a small amount of hay or grass and just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation on the tongue. Could easily be described as crisp.

O: Very enjoyable and certainly one to grab again the next time I'm by a store that carries it. Very easy to drink but with a real pleasant maltiness to it. Definitely sessionable.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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 nickfl
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcmchew
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This should be good. Looks textbook: pale golden, lots of bubble, but just at first, perfect two finger fluffy head.
Smell of noble hops, herbs, spices and sweet grains.
Taste is awesome. Malts are grainy and sweet, but not too much, just enough. A low lemon zing, sweet (to dry) red apple. Spiciness really sells this beer, really tasty and packing a very nice unexpected hint of vanilla. German hoppy finish, herbal and bitter.
Not so much carbonation as you'd expect from the pour, it's smooth and chewy. Perfect mouthfeel.
This is a perfect example of a German lager, a benchmark for others. Really good.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of smithj4
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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..

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
Beer rating: 69.6% out of 100 with 546 ratings
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