Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of akogrady
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
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

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Photo of bditty187
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of cichief
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Archer Road Beer Stop, where this was recommended by the owner for being "the best lager produced any where" (for him). BB 04/2008, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: dark straw hue with great clarity & initially lively fizziness that does soften bit by bit; a thick & spongey white beer head retains its texture quite well, leaving laces behind.
S: sweet and acidic lemony as well as floral notes sit on top of a quiet yet intense doughy note and gristy lager malts... Potent, yet refreshing, very decent for a Helles.
T: a mouthful of deliciously juicy and grainy malts upfront, underlined by more crushed biscuits and toastiness, leading towards a very long finish full of bready flavour and balancing floral hoppiness... Bitterness comes rather clean and attenuated, turning dry-ish in the end, but doesn't affect the overall rounded texture. The lingering aroma of the juicy and mildly "sting-ish" maltiness even reminds me of the aftertaste of a pale bock.
M&D: mildly carbonated and refreshing enough on the texture - this is a very decent Helles with a healthy balance and lovely aftertaste.

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Photo of tempest
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's 6-pack.

Looks a brilliant, clear gold with a white head. Smells of bland, sweet malts with a little yeast character. There's more malt and a little hop character in the flavor, making for a beer that's just a step above your average Euro pale lager. Not bad, just not very complex. Washes down Mexican quesadillas loaded with peppers quite nicely.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw gold. Some white head that does not stick around. Nice airy clean nose, with not a lot punching my senses really. Flavor has a good profile. Nice earthy and grainy qualities to it. No skunk. No metal. Smooth. Feel has a fair amount of carbonation in there. Liquid feel is fairly thick as well, but in a lager sense of it all. Definitely drinkable. Smooth and fairly well bodied.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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 thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence : Pale lager (Spezial) with a very beautifull sticker
Smell : lemon, ginger aroma
Taste : sweetish taste with pepper and malt aroma
Mouthfeel : bitter finish with hop
Drinkability : A good beer with lots of fresh hop flavours

Thierry (13/10/2007)

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Photo of macpapi
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a case of this stuff for a friend on a recent trip to D.C. It was his go-to beer back home in Germany. He gave me a sample bottle, the source of this review.

The bottle design is very interesting. A classic Medeval, European-looking fellow (perhaps a monk due to his old-school skull cap, sackcloth robe and white apron) peering benevolently into the distance at something or someone--perhaps he is admiring the Augustinerbrau product just fermented. The scene apparently could be taking place as far in the past as 1328, since that is when the brewery was founded. A further reinforcement of just how young the 'New World' really is in comparison to other cultures. But I digress....

Edelstoff pours an almost pale straw-yellow color with a pretty decent white head. It is absolutely clear through the glass, so clear that it seems our lablel portrait Monk could be reading his Latin mass through the glass. The smell is malt-based, but lighter than most with that substance as the primary ingredient. It is crisp and fresh on the nose. A bit of hop bite is also noted. The flavor is somewhat unique. Very different from our most popular Vienna Lager in the States (Sam Adams.) Crisp and clean at first with a nice hop bite. This is a very flavorful, if not terribly complicated quaff. It is pretty light and highly carbonated on the palate, with that same hop bite providing a bit of oomph.

To my mind this is an eminently drinkable beer. It is flavorful, yet dangerously easy to swallow. Very refreshing. It also made me think quite a good deal about what the average B.A. expects from a 'quality' brew. Most of us are looking for the extreme hop punch, a beer over the top in bitterness and A.B.V. But for many others around the world who appreciate good beer, more moderate flavors are appealing. A quaffable, but very flavorful brew, one that can be enjoyed either in bulk or moderation is not a bad thing. I think sometimes many of us hold strong to our 'bigger is better/'more bang for the buck' attitudes and forget about the values of moderation, simplicity and subtleness. Augustiner Edelstoff is a very fine beer, yet I feel that many BAs sadly would not share this opinion.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet cereal grain with a smattering of flowery hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront sweet and robust malt. Soft cereal grains dominated. Some earthy floral hops balanced the flavor out.

The mouthfeel was average for the style with a nice creaminess and some residual sweetness.

Overall a very tasty helles. Good representation of the style.

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Photo of Daredevil
2.79/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

light straw color, a malty smoky smell, which does not find any aequivalent in the taste, the latter being rather watery, with hints of carrots, cauliflower and peppermint, a soury bitter finish ... interesting, but not really to my taste ...

P.S.: I am not sure the style is described correctly, I would rather believe this to be an Export style ..

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Photo of Absumaster
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A beautiful label on the bottle. The beer is clear and golden with a small head.

Smell is a little malty and has some hoppy notes and a little buttery smell. Not too much going on at the nose.

Taste is a little malty with a whiff of hoppiness. I can taste some cinnamon, not something I ever tasted in a lager. The yeast produces a clean beer. Body is medium to thin. A rather disappointing beer, rather un-German, drinkability is good, but lacks in the malt and hop department.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

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Photo of monkeybutler
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Ungespundet
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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!!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Maerzen
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Domingo
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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.)

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