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Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier HellAugustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.53%

Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002)
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Photo of Rehabeam


3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard pint glass.
Best before: August 2014

Look: A pale yellow/gold colour, a lot of carbonation, a little foamy head at first which disappears almost immediately

Smell: Has a rather sour smell of maybe lemons, grass and hops

Taste: It is very dry, not bitter at all. Sour taste, too, but not inconvenient. You can definitely taste the hops. At the end it tastes quite bitter.

Feel: Stays on the tongue and leaves a convenient, dry feeling

Overall: A very refreshing summer lager. Wouldn't want to drink too many of them but still very recommendable.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 16:54:34 | More by Rehabeam
Photo of BoilerMo


5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The on tap version of Augustiner Hell is about as close to perfection as you find in a classic Munich larger. The medium carbonation and smoothness of the malt make it very drinkable. The lack of bitterness or sweetness makes it perfect by what it lacks. Serving was in an Augustiner specfic stange. I have tried the bottle and growler forms and the carbonation level changes slightly(transport, age) but the taste and mouthfeel are not really altered.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2014 14:43:34 | More by BoilerMo
Photo of the_danish_swede


4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked it up in Berlin, and didn't have any clue on what I'd bought.
The bottle looked exciting and it was with it's golden colour and excellent taste.

A: Golden, normal head and quite strong carbonation.

S: Malt with notes of peppers. I could also smell a hop presence.

T: Extremely rich, new flavors and interesting notes appears all the time. A very culinary experience.

M: Quite thick in the mouth, it doesn't just slide by when you drink it, it satisfies your tongue.

O: One of the best, if not the best lager I've ever tried.

Definitely recommended!!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 23:57:31 | More by the_danish_swede
Photo of nodder

New York

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

0.5 liter bottle had various times while visiting Munich. A really good lager with a lot of hop taste, but not overpowering. Smells like the taste, but possibly even hopped up a tad more than the taste. Light body, very smooth. Definitely the best Munich Helles. Probably why almost everyone I saw drinking a beer while walking around Munich had one of these in their hand.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 14:28:27 | More by nodder
Photo of RollBounce

New York

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Clear light yellow color light carbonation smells of wine and seashells very similar taste to it pilsener. The taste is quite clean with a hint of weakness and a touch of seashells as well. Overall this is probably one of the best tasting pilsener like beers I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 03:13:38 | More by RollBounce
Photo of mmmbirra


4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

0.5 liter bottle into an Augustiner glass. I've had this many times before but never bothered to review it.
Clear yellow golden with a nice white head. Nice; pretty standard munich helles look.
The smell is a great balance of sweet malts and just a hint of grassy hops.
Wonderful. A slight sweetness with again just a tiny hint of grassy hops. Very smooth with none of the graininess or slick butteriness lesser helles lagers can have. Just wish those hops shined through a shade richer.
Very easy-going, very smooth, never tiring, never trying, never watery.
Really just THE munich helles lager. Just about the perfect example of the style. Try it from the gravity casks in their biergarten in the summer and in the cellar in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 13:59:56 | More by mmmbirra
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pale, golden, effervescent with medium head

Aroma: delicate, grassy, strawlike notes

Taste: tart, dry with light hoppy finish; not bad overall for a pale lager

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:10:44 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of Billy2222


4.89/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I enjoyed a Litre of this lager beer in Munich during Oktoberfest. This beer was was the most memorable for my visit. This larger smelled of good quality hops but not to strong of a hop smell. The color and head were perfect. The body was medium to light with a good lager flavor. There is also a very slight floral / sweet aspect to this lager that makes it unique and superb.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2013 20:42:17 | More by Billy2222
Photo of DoubleJ


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Augustiner am Platzl, on to the beer:

Bright yellow with string of lace which whip around the mug as the level of the beer drops. The aroma of cut grass, hay, and lemon, which are balanced between each other, adds additional appeal. Then I was caught by surprise how well this tasted. I like myself fresh helles, but there's something about how this tasted which almost made me dance. It's delicate, but at the same time is full of flavor. Wave after wave of grass, citrus, dough, and a light bitterness explode at the scene. It's light bodied with appealing crispness, which helps make this beer not only very drinkable, but also one of the best lagers that I had on my trip.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2013 16:41:34 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of apasternak


5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Munich, a very very great beer. My favorite German beer. I drank a ton of these in Munich and brought some back with me. I would love to be able to find this in America. The taste, like many of the other Munich beers, is very smooth, not heavy, but with a rich, consistent flavor. This is not a beer with a very unique flavor. It doesn't have fruit or random stuff in it. It is simply a great beer, a beer I could drink every single day.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 17:43:21 | More by apasternak
Photo of Ryanm1


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smuggled this bottle back from Europe. Had a buddy traveling through Munich grab this and meet me in Paris. Claimed it was his favorite German Beer. Surely upon first taste it was delicious. It poured golden with large amount of thin lacing that dissipated quickly. Slight hop smell, but standard beer smell otherwise. Seems like a German form of a domestic lager. Hell beer so light in color. Great Session beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 00:03:49 | More by Ryanm1
Photo of Thunder64


4.89/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After spending 4 months in Germany and 3 weekends at Octoberfest I will say this is my most favorite beer! Augustiner has a great drink-ability with exceptional quality. Very smooth taste and crisp feel. a great "everyday beer".

When I arrived back in the states I found Augustiner in bottles and was hoping that my appreciation for the beer would be the same. I was not disappointed!

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 00:57:25 | More by Thunder64
Photo of GaetanoBresci


5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to give this beer full points because it´s simply my favorite one. This beer is a flawless example of Helles, and is the most impressive Helles I have ever tasted. A true bench mark example of the style, and a true master piece. Smell is an intense flora hop aroma, and taste is a perfect balance between malt and hop.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 10:10:33 | More by GaetanoBresci
Photo of FLima


3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice appereance. Clear golden color. It made a consistent 3 fingers head with a long retention.
Aroma is malty with grassy hops.
Perfect balancing sweet malt taste with a mild bitterness.
Light Body with a good carbonation with small bubbles.
Very clear and crispy taste, miles away from any potential off-flavors, tough very mild, if it was sold as alcohol free, I would be in doubt. Drinkability as high as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 21:25:00 | More by FLima
Photo of crnipeter


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with brilliant clarity capped by meringue-white low to medium head that creates patches of lace sliding down the sides until it rapidly drops to a fine veil.

Nose is light Pils malt sweetness with discernible DMS aroma reminiscent of cooked vegetables such as German turnip. I'm barely capable of picking any hops underneath, nor there are any inappropriate buttery notes or esters.

The taste is clean, slightly sweet Pils malt. Although the malt gets supported by low hop-bitterness the flavor remains malty until the abrupt clean finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation is crispy yet simultaneously smooth and polished.

Overall, malt-accentuated but not too sweet immensely drinkable Munich Helles that is a true benchmark of the style. I haven't even noticed when the bottle went dry (500 ml, BB end 01-2013, into chalice).

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 21:48:48 | More by crnipeter
Photo of Tomais


4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I dont know can I do this beer justice as a novice reviewer. It's not *very* complex, yet it's extremely satisfying. And although I have a couple of other top German beers 'im Keller', I keep going back for this one.

Pours a medium big head which faded after a while without me noticing. Some lacing. Pale yellow colour.

Smell initially strong, fades fairly quick though. Grain, malt, yeast.

Carbonation is fine grained but strong.

Taste is malt on the front of the tongue, surrounded by lovely citrussy hops in every direction, hops come through more on first swallowing, then the malt again. Another beer I just want to hold that mouthful, and savour the tastes before swallowing.
I dont know does that describe it quite right - maybe it's more like this: you know those taps that mix hot and cold water from the one spout, but they dont fully mix the two - one side of the flowing water is cold, the other hot. Taking a slug of this is like perfect balanced hops and malt - you can taste both - but now a bit more malt, now a bit more hops, now more malt, now ...

I think that's why it's so good -and so drinkable - it's this perfect balance.

B.B. '03.13'

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 20:17:21 | More by Tomais
Photo of eduardolinhalis


3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml mug enjoyed @ Augustiner restaurant @ Munich Oktoberfest 2012.

A: Pours a golden yellow color. Clear. Forms a big bubbled fizzy white head. Medium retention and many lacings left

S: Sweet grains, flowery hops, Lager yeasts. Authentic Bavarian Lager. A bit metallic and ashy too

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Sweet malts but, at the same time crisp and dry in the mouth. Strong on bready Lager yeasts with a citrus and skunky hoppy end. Balanced bitterness. Again, a bit metallic and a bit of ashes taste in the very end

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Stingy citrus and bit skunky hoppy end

O: Excellent drinkability in German style. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 00:05:29 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale colour, clear, medium thick head which disapeared fairly quickly but some lacing was retained. Had a Munich, malty aroma with notes of orange. Tasted some subtle fruity flavours and Munich malts. Finish was slightly sour. Crisp texture, light body, well carbonated. Overall well crafted and balanced. Understated but classy, a beer for many situations.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 14:27:31 | More by jonb5
Photo of stonesean


4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a .5 liter Augustiner Bräu glass from the bottle.

A- Standard export lager appearance. Golden color, good carbonation, decent head. No indications of anything unusual. Yet.

S- Again, everything you'd expect in a lager. Aromas of cereal and a slight grass note.

T- Here's where Augustiner really breaks free. Quite simply the best Helles Lager I've ever tasted. Flawless balance of flavors, crisp, clean, each sip makes you want another.

M- Light bodied as the style should be, refreshing, wonderful on a hot day.

This beer is the absolute gold standard for the style. The Helles Lager that all others should be compared to. Remarkable, and my very favorite of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 16:01:16 | More by stonesean
Photo of djura


3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got it from Germany.

When i read all this comments,i expected really unique lager,with exceptional taste. I am not saying this beer is not that good,but thing is that because this style is so common in this part of Europe,i need to taste something really good,so i could say it's exceptional.

A-White foam,lasting few seconds,yellow golden color with medium carbonation.
S-crisp,grainy,very pleasant smell.
T/M-Nice bitterness,grains,very drinkable.

O-Talking about Augustiner,i think that Brau Edelstoff have more reasons to be called best Helle lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 19:52:03 | More by djura
Photo of megu


4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Most people living in and around Munich agree that this is the best local beer to be had. No need to add to descriptions of the taste with all the other reviews around.

It gets even better in view of the company background.
They do their own malting and are the only brewery to tap from wooden kegs at their beergardens and at oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 13:32:33 | More by megu
Photo of Moose_Knuckle_Sandwich

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of the best beers I've evr had! In fact, probably the best beer ever! I enjoyed a slew of them in Munich and wish I could enjoy them on tap here in the US. It is crisp, clean, refreshing and everything else you'd want in a beer. So freakin' good!

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2012 02:01:57 | More by Moose_Knuckle_Sandwich
Photo of bier_uber_alles

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From cask in Salzburg.
Salzburg is a beautiful city and has to be in the top 5 cities in the world to drink beer. The Augustiner in Salzburg is better than the location in Munchen.

Because the beer was served in a clay stein, the beers appearance was not readily observable. A slight head present. Smells awesome and tastes awesome. Sooo easy to appreciate. even easier to guzzle down.

this is an exceptional drink. I wish Americans could appreciate such quality and produce such drink here in the states.

Serving type: cask

04-16-2012 15:38:53 | More by bier_uber_alles
Photo of TOMHONE


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A follow up on my desire to bring back to the states some great tasting Augustiner before all of this format here changed.

I recently brought home 2 30L Kegs of Augustiner Helles. Why? I was throwing a party for about 60+ people and wanted to show them all that when I have a party it's going to be one helluva beer drinking event. And that it was.

All beer drinkers, men and women alike, loved the Augustiner. Even some of the die hard wine sippers joined in.

We actually went to the brewery itself and bought the 2 kegs. A retired German baker we know is best friends with one of the higher-ups at the Augustiner company. Bringing back the 2 on a dolly that retracts was no problem either. The added freight fee was OK as was customs duty fees.

I didn't even have to put a deposit down on the 2 kegs.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 02:26:57 | More by TOMHONE
Photo of pixieskid


4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A buddy brought me a random selection of beers from Munich, this was one of them. If I remember correctly he said this was the "cheap one that everyone drinks" haha, go figure, it's the highest rated Helles Lager! Just like Tannenzapfle is the highest rated pils...anyway, cracked this one randomly because it was taking up room in the fridge.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a pillowy white head, decent retention.
Nose; straight up cereal grains and a hint of grassy hops.
Taste; grains, grassy hops, just a touch of citrus, nice breadiness throughout with a minimal bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel, slightly slick as the style permits, with a nice cripsness.
Overall; yeah it's flavorful and drinkable as it gets. Can't wait to visit Munich next month and get some more.
Anyone wanna try this thing, shoot me a BM, I'll be stateside in a couple months...Prost!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 15:28:59 | More by pixieskid
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