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Augustiner Lager - Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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Augustiner LagerAugustiner Lager

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60 Ratings

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-18-2002)
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Reviews by RblWthACoz:
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2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber color with minimal head. Taste is sweet like fruit with an almost cherry tone with a hint of orange. Mouth feel is standard, but the drinkability factor is low because I felt the flavor tapered off to something less than I would want in any lager. Maybe the line was dirty; maybe the keg was old. Either way, it didn't impress me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2007 04:18:52 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, floral, wheat, malts

taste: citrus, floral, malts, sweet,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: not a terrible lager. just another summertime beer. glad I finally go to try something from Pittsburgh.


Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 15:37:36 | More by THECPJ
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2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:03:27 | More by zeff80
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2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 20:40:07 | More by secondtooth
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3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: can

02-16-2011 01:08:37 | More by DerekP
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3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color, mildly roasty in the nose

flavor follows suit, mild burnt caramel notes, very mild indeed, some black liquorish, not much hop bite to speak of, mostly all malt.

It is well balanced there's just not much flavor going on

It is pretty well balanced just not much flavor to speak of, a basic example of this style, comparable to a Leinenkugel's amber

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 03:05:38 | More by Adamthome1
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3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up while I was in Pittsburgh a few months ago. It isn't the biggest beer, but it has been sitting in my fridge the whole time, so hopefully it held up.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a 1/4" head of creamy white foam on top that faded to a small ring on top of the beer within about 30 seconds. There are numerous bubbles rising to keep a solid ring across the top of the beer. Even after the pour, there is already some pretty significant lacing left on the glass. Overall first impression is that this is a pretty nice looking beer.

Aroma: I initially got a decent amount of malt with a noticeable green apple aroma in there that isn't strong enough to remind me of a Jolly Rancher or anything, but it is there. As the beer sits some, the honey malt is becoming more apparent, and the hops are making an appearance as an earthy component.

Taste: The beer is really mild overall. The malt is the key player in the flavor, but there is the earthy hops and aldehydes here as a pretty big contributor as well. There is no alcohol noticeable at all, and the beer is medium-light bodied overall. It is somewhat dry, and the carbonation is high, which make the beer sail across your palate pretty quickly leaving a mild creaminess and some honey malt to linger in the finish. As the beer warms up, the aldehydes are either getting less apparent or I am getting used to them.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. I would say that it comes in under the guidelines of a Vienna Lager. There are some fermentation characteristics that detract from this beer quite a bit since this is such a light style, there isn't much to hide behind. Overall this isn't a bad beer. I am going to finish my glass and I wouldn't mind giving it a go on tap or something, but I won't be seeking this one out.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 07:56:03 | More by SkeeterHawk
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3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 00:41:40 | More by emerge077
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3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-18-2010 02:18:36 | More by goatxpower
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2.1/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light amber color with a thin head into my glass. Not sure what to expect here.

Aroma is sweet, full of mainly caramel. Grainy. Not really characteristics of the style.

Taste is more of the same but it adds a third component: it's watery. Feels like they didn't really try here.

Why bother? Mouthfeel and taste are identical. Nothing changes.

Eh, you can do better. Find a locally-produced example because Iron City should stick to making lagers and light lagers. This is supposed to be a vienna lager but sure as hell isn't one.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 05:44:52 | More by Brad007
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3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really wanted to LOVE this beer...it (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.

Serving type: can

11-22-2009 04:29:09 | More by dakeynr
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3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ripe apricot orange with a few fine floaters that settle to the bottom soon enough. A two finger slice of pale sand colored foam sits up top, fades as it should, and leaves the glass on the skimpily covered side.

The aroma is nothing to write home about. It has the light toasted-earthy notes of the style, though a little hoppiness would be nice. Let's see if things come together a little better on the palate.

Augustiner Premium Lager, like most beer with the word premium in the name, isn't. It isn't bad either, it's just... okay. That said, it's the best thing that I've had from PBC so far. When the others were I.C. Light, Iron City Beer and Eagle Malt, that isn't saying much.

The flavor profile includes whole grain toast with a thin layer of apricot preserves and a handful of spent tea leaves. It's odd to find fruity esters in a lager, but they're there. Neither sweet nor bitter add much of note. Unfortunately, this is lackluster beer that barely hangs onto its average score.

The mouthfeel manages to achieve that low bar as well. Can't complain about the size (given style and ABV), but the bubbles could work a little harder.

Augustiner Premium Amber Lager is far from the world's best Vienna lager. Or even the hundredth best. In fact, it's a barely passable effort that anyone who has enjoyed the real deal won't buy twice. I've not even sure that anyone should buy it once. The new packaging looks much better, for whatever that's worth.

*reviewed on 10-25-2009

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 22:38:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sample from S.K.I. Beer in NY... freshness code 2708 is lasered on the neck. Served at just over fridge temperature in a SABL glass, appropriate enough since this is a Vienna style amber lager.

Appearance- Pours medium amber with a two-finger head that slowly desintegrates. After the crown is gone, it's a thin, feeble looking beer.

Smell- Caramel malt, with just a suggestion of cooked vegetables and a mild sweetness. It loses its luster more as the beer warms.

Taste- Tasting more like a richer, more flavorful macro, the malt and hops seem overpowered by some adjuncty sweetness. The beginning and middle are similar and balanced enough, but the swallow brings with it some cloying. It leaves me wanting something more out of it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The wispy, thin texture doesn't hold up even enough to really last the enire tasting. The carbonation is smooth and unremarkable, but becomes flabby and lifeless midway through the sampling. For anyone who likes Iron City beer, this has more flavor but pretty much the same basic profile.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 02:00:22 | More by yelterdow
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2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 21:05:55 | More by goblue3509
Photo of ThaBobfather


3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear amber color with a couple fingers worth of thin bodied bleach white head.
Smells great of grain and some malt on the back end.
Taste has some bready profile with a little sweetness through the middle.
Crisp finish with a refreshing drinkable smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 20:52:00 | More by ThaBobfather
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Augustiner Lager from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
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