Augustiner Lager - Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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Augustiner LagerAugustiner Lager

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65 Ratings

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-18-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 52
Reviews by DarthMalt:
Photo of DarthMalt
2.29/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Talk about copyright infringement!

I picked up a case of this (on a PA beer quest) thinking I was snatching the "real" Augustiner for a scant fifteen smackers at the PA packie.

All the way home I had visions of Helles, North-German Pilseners, and Dortmunders (at the price of Bud), fully expecting to kick-off beer-geek, lawn-mower-beer season in Teutonic earnest!

But, when I got home and cracked the case open, I was horrified to find--printed in eensy, weensy, teeny, script letters--the words, "Pittsburgh Brewing Company"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dudes, I bought myself a case of Iron City Yeungling!

Major bummer.

Somebody, please call Augustiner's lawyers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beer bong, anyone?

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear copper color with a thinner head that is gone quite quickly seems to be pretty highly carbonated,aromas are on the sweeter side some caramel and some nuttines and a iron-like note gives it a touch of complexity.Well the flavors are pretty middle of road some light caramel sweetness but not much hop presence, seems to taste a little watery.Well hey it was $5.29 for a sixer and this is a decent quaffable amber lager not quite as good as good ole"Y" but hey its a drinker and food friendly.

Photo of sponberg
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried judging the appearance bu looking at it pouring into my piehole out of the bottle and was unsuccessful, therefore it gets a three. Aroma of an American lager, albeit a maltier version. But again, I sniffed it out of the bottle, therefore a 3.

This is a decent vienna lager - there's a good malty sweetness that carries through, slightly sugary but still within the bounds of the style. Not much going on here in the way of hops - maybe a hint at the first sip, but beyond that, not much. Tastes sort of like an amped-up Genesee. Drinkabilty and mouthfeel are both solid for the style - doesn't have the chewiness of a barleywine but that's not the point now, is it?

Had a bunch of these for a Super Bowl party and people seemed to enjoy them. Drinkable brew.

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off long neck bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Tawny amber with a decent clarity and a tiny bubbly lace that drops patches here and there.

Smell: Toasted malt aroma is evident but not in dominance, more or less a clean aroma.

Taste: Sweet malty flavour that goes from biscuity to doughy, clean hop bitterness tries to cut through … it does a good job to balance but fails to be on top. Hops sit there with vague flavours; floral and herbal. The malt character is certainly the star of the show yet does not bother to be too complex. Nice residual sweet-like finish, grain and all with mild caramel and bread flavours.

Notes: More than the well rounded lager, but still does not rock the boat either. Draws on the malt for flavour and hops to balance only, one of the better beers from this brewery.

Photo of goatxpower
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer is a really smooth drinking amber lager, on par with a Vienna or a Marzen. The beer smells like malt and caramel and the taste pretty much backs it up. The beer has huge malt in the beginning and then fades to...nothing. No hops, no real complexity, just a shot of malt and then water. BUT this is ok. This beer isn't trying to be the next barrel-aged, bourbon-spiked blah blah blah. It is just a humble amber lager that goes down smoothly. One that I could easily down 9 of on an average session.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a light amber tone with quickly fading off white head leaves thin uneven specks of lacing, not too impressive. Aroma has some caramel malt sweetness along with a metallic quality touch of nuttiness as well just a bit muted and reserved overall with no real hop aromatics. Flavor is pretty sweet with some caramel malt tones but evident adjuncts are also accompanying the specialty malts, low bitterness relatively clean and mellow not hop flavors coming through. Mouthfeel has a thin light body with light carbonation and a touch of stickiness. Drinkability is okay but not a beer I want to really enjoy in number, a competitor of Yuengling brewed by Pittsburgh brewing in really low quantity.

Photo of umtox
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Light in color golden-reddish. Head consists of small stark white bubbles with a lace retention.

S: Faint spice and caramel.

T: Very light and a bit watery. Nice carbonation, but any flavor that could have been worth noting quickly leaves the palate.

M: Too watery.

D: If you want a very light beer thats a shade above your average mass brew, then you may try this, but it is way too watered down for my taste.

Photo of secondtooth
2.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive copper in color, with medium white head. No lace here.

This medium-bodied lager's aroma is sweet and bready.

Flavor follows much in line, with a crisply malty taste up front, with very little discernible hops presence, sadly.

I get a bready, yeasty taste, more akin to an amber ale. Not bad, but not anything special either. An easy-drinker, nonetheless.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A crystal-clear copper body is capped by a full head of frothy off-white foam that holds fairly well; and initially leaves some minor lacing about the glass. The nose is malty with a caramelish edge and a suggestion of floral hops in the background helping to round it out. In the mouth it's crisp with a light-medium body and median carbonation. The same gently caramelish malt that appears in the nose returns in the flavor; threaded with thin notes of floral and grassy hops; and backed by a solid bitterness. It finishes fairly dry and unassuming.... much as it began.

Photo of DerekP
3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my fat 20 oz weizen glass from Leinkenkugel's. Brew is a golden amber color with a cream colored head on top. Smells wet. A near-Oktoberfest aroma. Brown sugar on toasted wheat bread. Sweet malty smell spreads thin, but matches the taste. Attenuated with a balancing amount of bittering units. A mallty, honey-like sweetness in the taste. A touch of alcohol in the finish as it drys on the buds. I appreciate the head for sticking around.

Some people around my way like to compare this brew to Yuengling's Traditional Lager. While they've got a point, Iron City's Augistiner is more tepid and reserved. Still, a highly drinkable brew.

Because I work at a distributor, I paid around ten bucks for a case, but any customer can walk in and walk out with a case (a flat) of IC's Augistiner for roughly $13, and that is not at all a bad thing.

Photo of dakeynr
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really wanted to LOVE this (used to be) a Pennsylvania beer, and in my humble opinion, the best of the Iron City lot, but...alas...I like this beer...but I don't love it. It's sweet, and for the most part, nondescript, although, in all fairness, I drank it out of the can, and not in a glass...but it was a sweetish, brownish, blandish lager. OK, that's it. It's drinkable...but not a beer that you would go out of your way to find - does this make sense to you? I hope so. I would drink this if it's there. I would buy it on a whim...because the price is right: cheap. But if I wanted a beer to really enjoy...this isn't it. Damn.

Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Friar Tuck.

Bright gold, a shade deeper than your typical lager. Thin skim across the top and some minor lacing. Retention is not the greatest but decent.

Smells like mild grains and hay. Fairly faint in the aroma department.

Dry with a mild cracker note, light apple astringency. Mildly sulfurous, not good not bad. Very light sweetness to it for a second, becoming dry almost immediately. Some papery notes, though it doesn't really taste oxidized. Well carbonated, with a solid bite to it. Easy drinking German style lager, a step up from the typical American lagers. Worth a try but not that exciting overall. The stylized "A" bottlecap is cool...

Photo of TommyBuckeye
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at a Primanti Bros in Pittsburgh (awesome place)!
A: Head was very light brown / white and went quickly. Beer was a clear amber
S: Sweet corn, caramel and malt
T: Malty, caramel with a light sour finish.
M: Light thin body with little carbonation
D: I like the original IC better, but this was good beer that I would have again. A good neighborhood drinking beer that goes well with huge Primanti sandwich!

Photo of santoslhalper
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a normal amber lager color, nothing special. Small head forms and dissapears quickly. Smells of hops and flowers, again nothing special. Has a pretty bland smell. And again, as with most beers in this area, tastes like your regular old run-of-the-mill beer. It seems that eastern Pennsylvania beers are, for the most part, pretty average. There are some exceptions, but sadly this isn't one. I'd prefer if the mouthfeel were heavier, but its not horrible. It's decently drinkable beer if your drinking to get drunk. But if you want to enjoy a beer with more than the intent of getting hammered, you might wanna skip over this average lager.

Photo of buckiflyer
2.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a beer I have never seen before in North Carolina. Noticed it at Whole Foods for 4.99$ a sixpack. Pours a clear light copper color. Small head that quickly vanished. Smell reminded me of mass brewed light american beers. Taste was malty with a weak finish. Reminds me of another PA beer, Yeungling. Not a great lager, but not terrible for the price. Could drink several on a hot day.

Photo of plaid75
2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber hue with a one finger foamy head. The retention is poor but the lacing is decent.

The smell was rather neutral. Perhaps a mild malt aroma.

The taste was simple and clean. There is a good initial malty sweetness, which quickly fades. Really no hop presence to speak about. Finshes relatively dry as well.

The mouthfeel was thin. Again a dry finish, but nothing to chew on.

Overall very drinkable. Not much to it. Could easily see this as a mass produced macro offering.

Photo of Shiloh
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice brew, could easily be a session beer. Very nice light amber colouring, with a medium body and quickly disapating lace'
The flavour leans ever so slightly towards a malt sweetness, but do not discount the hops, as they are strongly evident on the other side of this well balanced offering.
The aroma has a slight grainy aspect to it.
I liked it...

Photo of RBorsato
3.95/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber to light-copper color with a low but decent off-white head. Nice malty aroma and flavor. Light-medium bodied but leans light.

Very similar to Yuengling - glad to see this one is in the Amber Lager category.

Label states: "Since 1861"

Per P.B.Co. website: 4.3% ABV

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.01/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A. Served in a 22 oz. glass at Primanti Bros. Appeared light brown with a good inch of head.

S. Some malt and not much else.

T. Malty with the slighest hop bitterness. Slightly more watery and metallic, better in the bottled format. I rarely say that. Still solid and decent.

M. Medium to full bodied and slightly chewy.

D. Not really too great I had high expectations after the bottled version. Better than Iron City though. Can't really beat the price at $2.50 for 22 oz.

Photo of Redrover
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a cool old fashioned label. No freshness dating.

Beer pours a nice golden color that is darker than macros. Not much head, but you do get decent lacing.

Beer does not have much of a nose. Perhaps a bit of malt and alcohol but that’s about all I could pick-up.

Taste in better than bland, but not really good enough to be great. You get some malt sweetness and bit of hops, but really not enough of either. Beer is easy to drink thanks to the decent carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little thin. This is not a bad beer and may be a good session beer or a beer to give to macro drinker so they can take baby steps towards better beer.

Photo of goblue3509
2.69/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a one and a half finger white head that gives way to some okay lacing. The smell is of sweet caramel malt and a hint of breadiness. The taste is of caramel malt with breadiness as well, however, the taste is a little watery and weak. The mouthfeel is on the low carbnation scale and a little slick. Overall it is an okay beer you could go one or two deep but not much more than that. The taste needs to be a little bolder.

Photo of Suds
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a burnt-amber color with a modest head. It presents a musty, soapy hop aroma that fits nicely with a mild malt smell. As you work through the glass, the malt becomes dominant. The first taste is grainy and corn-like. The malt from the aroma didn’t seem to follow through to the taste. There are some muted caramel flavors. It’s appropriately carbonated, and has a medium to light body. Finish is crisp and airy. It’s underdone, but drinkable. It’s comparable to a lot of American amber lagers, and doesn’t particularly stand out. Middle of the road.

Photo of zeff80
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with caramel highlights. It had a small, off-white head of foam that little to no lace.

S - It smelled slightly floral with some caramel malt.

T - It tasted malty and sweet with a floral hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay vienna lager. I've certainly had better, but it was worth a try.

Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale and Vienna malt scent that is slight sweet with a dry musty yeast aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry pale and Vienna malt flavor that down easy and finishes smooth and musty with some residual malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It has a pretty good aroma and flavor. This is a fine sessions beer.

Photo of tgbljb
3.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear light copper color with virtually no head. A bit of lacing but not much.
Smell is a little sweet with some caramel notes detected.
Taste shows some caramel and is a bit sweet but not much flavor present.
Little taste retention and only a thin mouthfeel.
An average beer at best.

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