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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
511
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
19.9%
 
 
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Reviews: 234 | Ratings: 511
Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When the bartender at Max's mentioned they had the Augustiner pilsner, I became rather excited. This is what he meant... should have known it was too good to be true. Regardless....

The beer pours a striking gold color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, but what I get is pretty attrative, consisting of light honey, a hint of pepper and dry citrus, and light bread dough. On the palate, this is flat out delicious. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this impeccably balanced, deliciously crisp and dry helles lager. There's some underlying sweetness, but it's just enough to keep the light bitterness in check. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but with a long, crisp, clean, satisfying finish. Alcohol is no more than an after thought in this well made helles.

Why anyone would drink any of the BMC macro swill when this is available is a complete mystery to me. Very nice beer...

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Germany/Portugal on the tv, German beer in the glass.

This thing doesnt look like much. Bright yellow body with no head. Good carbonation. The smell had a bit of skunk at first, but that faded quickly. Light and sweet, with some sweet cereal grains coming in.

Such a clean beer, and it feels so smooth. This is a lesson in how smooth and clean a good German beer should be. Now if it just had a touch more sweetness, itd be world class.

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Photo of djura
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got it from Germany.

A-Pale golden,few bubbles,nice white foam lasting few minutes.

S-Mostly refreshing smell of citrus and sweet malt.

T/M-On a first touch,incredibly tasty,very refreshing and extremely positive balance in the beer. Nice sweetness,refreshing citrus notes and few more ingredients in it.
Medium bitterness and medium carbonated.

O-Germans knows business.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Super pale gold, crystal clear body with a white tight foam head. Fairly quick fading with no permanent lacing.

S: Crisp, clean, spicy floral. Very soft lemon touch. Yummy lightly toasted bread and multi-grain crackers. Really nice balance. Delightfully sniffable...

T: More lemon citrus, spice, bread, and fresh grains. Very tasty and clean with well defined flavors. Good even bitterness.

M: Prickly carbonation makes this entertaining. An excellent compliment to the bitterness. Very slightly syrupy texture is slick and smooth. Light body with substance.

O: A good choice. I could keep drinking this refreshing treat all Summer long.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 Oz bottle into a Pokal at Monk's Kettle in SF,CA

A - Straw colored with a decent amount of activity, not much of a head
S - Sweet bisctuity malt, sugar and honey bread, sweet finishing hops
T - Clean and crisp but very complex, buttery and yeasty body cut with bitter bavarian hops
M - Carbonation is perfect. Beer's flavor is so rich but the finish is smooth on the palate. COuld drink these all day
O - Just superb.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-clear pale/straw gold, with a nice head of white foam. No lace here.

Nose is malty-yeasty. Very lager-like.

Taste is clean and bready, with a little sweetness balanced by a hint of citrus hops. Overall, an enjoyable, well-constructed, and drinkable German lager.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. Label notes 5.7% ABV rather than the above-listed 5.6%.

Appearance: light golden hue with a crystal-clear body and a light effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam; decent.

Smell: lightly grainy malt aroma with just a hint of a plastic-like off-aroma. Not bad, but not as clean as could be.

Taste: lightly malty flavor with a hint of grain which works well for the style. Bitterness is very low, and hops have a light, noble and earthy character which contributes nicely.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation which yields a surprising creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a decent helles lager, but there are some faults with the aroma.

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice, soft, well-rounded, German lager. Its aroma is malty, light, and fresh. The golden colored beer is slightly hazy, but capped with a bright head. The taste is clean, with a notable pale malt flavor. Fuller in body than expected, and very drinkable. An nice German beer.

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Photo of johnnyc
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of course Augustiner Bräu wants to sell you bottled beer, but Augustiner Edelstoff is designed to be drunk fresh, on tap, in Munich or nearby. A bottle of the stuff in America is a very different experience. That difference includes more hoppy than you will get from a crisp, fresh Helles.

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Photo of mooseo
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Crystal clear pale yellow with a small white head.

S - Light grassy hops, grain, and a touch of sweet malt.

T - Nice balance between fresh floral hops and bready malt. Overall has a much sweeter and larger malt profile than the aroma suggests. Finish is grainy with a touch of lemon, honey, and spice.

M - Light-medium body, average carbonation. Crisp clean mouthfeel.

O - A very tasty Helles lager. Superb drinkability, very refreshing and thirst quenching.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light straw coloured with a foamy white head that is about two fingers width tall and lasts pretty.

A light and rather mild smelling beer with some faint lager hops and malts along with a mild skunk smell although nothing too serious. There is a little corn and very light, grassy hops but little else in the way of a detectable aroma.

A clean tasting beer with some corn and some lager hops along with a faint metallic taste and a slightly bitter aftertaste although nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

Smooth on the palate with a mildly bitter finish and a good amount of sweetness to it. There isn't too much to say hear really other than the beer had a good feel to it, was well balanced and was easy to finish.

A very nice tasting helles lager that had a good balance and went down well without too much skunk, certainly far less than you would find in most other lagers.

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

A very active brew...had to pop the cap in the sink (started to spill out after the first tug of the cap with a bottle opener). Dark yellow in appearance. Bubbly carbonation. White head slims down but remains full and true. Near-cloudy.

Grassy, pilsner-like smell. Bright lemon peel. Lime and salt in the nose. Almost burns the nostrils. Sour. Bread crust.

Clean in the mouth. Grainy up front with balancing bittering hops. Washes away smoothly. Hardly astringent. Feigns lemon-like harshness, but never makes it that far. Mild citrus. Smooth, non-lingering hops quality.

There's a friendly dryness to this brew, with the tartness of fruit. I can imagine lemon pepper chicken and rice accompanying this one with style and finesse.

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Photo of FloppyDog
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

0.5L poured from the cask at Augustiner's in East Berlin.

Poured a crystal clear pale straw yellow with an inch of head that slowly dissipated over 10 minutes.

Smell of faint light malt and earthy noble hops. Nothing too strong.

Taste is very clean, with malt presence up front followed by a nice woody-oak character on the finish.

Mouthfeel was light and smooth - right on for the style.

Overall, a complex, yet refreshing beer that I could definitely have multiple of in a given sitting. A great session beer, and the wooden cask aging just puts it over the top!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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 JoeBloe
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was given a 6pk as a gift - never heard of it before - pours a golden yellow with a 1 finger head that fades to a consistent ring - spotty lacing slides down the glass with each sip - I was surprised by the clean, fresh aroma of this beer - i guess I've become used to german lagers having that diacetyl skunkiness - hence my surprise when I tasted the actual "bright' of this Helles Lager - great balance all-around - very enjoyable - wondering if the secret is the brown bottle here - good stuff!

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale straw, with a thin, sticky, white head. Lots of big, carbonated bubbles leave no real lacing.

Edelstoff puts off a grassy, fresh-grain aroma with light hops.

This hand-blown pilsner showcases the simple, honey-grain flavors with some lemon punctuation. The finish is long and subtle.

A medium body with soft texture, modest carbonation and no alcohol. Closes dry.

A nice, refreshing beer pairs perfectly with the 19th hole.

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Photo of stevoj
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold in color, one finger head that dissipated quickly, lots of bubbles in first pour, fading fast. 50 cl bottle picked up in Nuremburg. Light and airy in the mouth, with smooth, mellow taste. Noted some of the grassy tones mentioned in previous reviews. Not sure if I would rate it as high as some of the previous marks, but a good, fairly light weight pilsener.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale straw yellow with a moderately sized white head. No lacing.

S - Mild aroma overall - honey malt and biscuits. Not very strong, but I catch a bit of ripe strawberries.

T - Elder and goji berries, a bit of hay and honey malt. Aftertaste has lingering hay and a bit of a bitter grass and hint of aspirin. Surprisingly fruity in the foretaste though!

M - Smooth, the beer is medium bodied, but bursts into foam in your mouth. This gives a creamy feel, but numbs the tongue a lot.

D - Pretty good! I was surprised, this isn't a style I've been impressed with before.

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Photo of Giggy
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow. Nice white head leaves quickly. Smell is very grassy. Slight skunkiness. Taste is full of cereal and sweet grains. Very subtle and subdued. Tasted like a German Lager should. Had a very crisp feeling on the tongue. Not great/not bad.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Augustiner-brau Muchen Edelstoff 11.2oz brown glass pry top bottle with silver foil. Label is different than pictured, with blue, gold & white ink.

Pours crystal clear, I mean REALLY clear, thin but bright yellow with almost no head, but some white bubbles. Nose is surprisingly complex with a nice earthiness, some dried leaves, a little hay, and some clover honey notes. Palate is dry and crisp, with some nice gripping hop flavor, fairly leafy all around with those hay and honey notes. Finishes dry with a pleasant bitterness (not very bitter overall, though).

I rated this against other Helles Lagers and find it to be an exceptional version. Very complex for such a light lager. (Others should take note.)

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six, poured chilled into a willybecker.

The lager is golden with crystal clarity and 3 fingers of snowy cap from a vigorous pour with ultra fine bead and lace sticks well w/ very good head retention. sweet notes of malt in the nose with a floral hop and herbal aroma with slight yeast and peppery odor with great overall aroma. The fragrance is malt focused with a slight fruitiness. The feel is semi-light with mild sweetness with moderate bitterness and clean yeast presence. The alcohol is low with a mostly dry and spicy with gently creamy feel from somewhat high carbonation.

The flavor is crisp with malt taste and slight sweet edge w/ mild floral hop flavor and an accent of pepper with light bread dough w/ yeast adding to the lightly kilned malt flavor adding dry spice in the mostly clean and dry finish. Overall this is a very good lager, I could enjoy this frequently with no problem - a pretty great beer for the style which shows flaws easily.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Augustiner Brau Edelstoff

Pours crystal clear straw gold. Soapy white head and decent lace and retention. Aroma of bready malts, noble hops and clean lager yeast. In the taste, mildly sweet upfront, more bread. flowery, noble hop bitterness provides a delicate balance. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, crisp and drying. Solid lager, nice dry hop and easy to drink.

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Photo of jkrich
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 11.2 brown bottle: poured a clear, golden-yellow with a quickly dissipating, foamy white-head.

This lager's weakest point: faint noble hop aroma and some hay-like aroma.

The flavor begins rather sweet yet very freshing with the classic bread and yeast like flavors typical of a German lager; finishs dry on the palate. I hesitated buying this because of the lack of freshness dating, but its overall flavor profile indicates freshness. No off flavors at all.

Very nice spritzy carbonation with a light to medium body. The mouthfeel is surprisingly full with a solid malty mouthfeel that always remains refreshing and inviting.

The last time I had an Augustiner was in Germany on-tap at a restaurant. Even though this one is in a bottle, it is very good, though expensive.

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Photo of bobhits
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow, slight density that limits how far through the glass I can see. A white head forms but doesn’t last too long, a touch of lace.

Sweet, October fest like malt with a hint of yeast dryness to finish.

Full body sweetness, perfectly balanced with hops that don’t really turn to hoppy but cuts the malt. Really really good flavor here, or I’ve just had too many blah beers tonight. Either way I’m enjoying this big time.

Medium body with just a bit of carbonation to give it that nice balanced flavor.

The bottle doesn’t state a style or if it does it is in German. Either way I don’t go for malty german beers often but this is wonderful. Hops so well balanced with a sweet wonderful malt. Crisp clean and just wonderful.

It lacks the something special that most helles have, but in a different way I really like this one.

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Photo of InlandTaipan
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 fl oz bottle

A: Beer is a beautiful straw color with many small bubbles rising to form a steady white foam.

S: Noble Hops are present in the aroma as well as some nice lighter style malts.

T: The flavor is outstanding with no overpowering elements. Hops are present but fall perfectly into line with Helles style lagers. This beer tastes so good it is a shame when you finish one!

M: The beer evenly coats the tongue and carbonation is perfectly suited. For a lighter style beer it has a lot of character. It is dry but not excessively so.

O: Fantastic "Go-to" Helles Lager by one of the oldest brewing companies in the world! Love this one.

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Augustiner Bräu Edelstoff from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
3.87 out of 5 based on 511 ratings.
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