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Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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93
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113 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 113
Hads: 325
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 126
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Far and away my favorite helles. Always enjoy a couple of liters in Munich and the honeymoon visit was no exception. Perfect blend of that beautiful biscuity malt and the crisp clean hops, this is what a lager should be. (220 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had in Munchen on a few occasions from July 25-27. A fine example of a Munich Helles lager coming from one of the traditional Munchen breweries. A lovely flavor which begs for another sip even right after you just finished one. Sweet biscuit malts and a dash of lemon. Finishes neutral on the palate and has a kiss of herbal hops. Easy to drink a few of these chubby 0.5L bottles. (380 characters)

Photo of garmisch-partenkirchen
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Augustiner is the best in Munich. The locals know it. I enjoy the other 5, don't get me wrong, but they are the best of the big 6. This is Munich Helles style at its best. (177 characters)

Photo of Melvintrude
4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lager perfection. I've had it both bottled (UK) and draught in Munich. You could waste a month of sunny afternoons with it. So clean, so crisp. My best beer discovery this year. (177 characters)

Photo of Malt_Man
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from 500ml bottle into straight mug. This is one of my favourite biers, can't understand why I haven't done a review before.

L) Golden, clear, dense fluffy white head. Lots of bubbles.

S) Sweet hint of malt and sourness from hallertau hops.

T) At the very first, you think it is too sweet, but that is very quickly overtaken by the classic bready malt and subtle hop bitterness. Very well balanced, everything works together.

F) Light, fizzy and refreshing. No aftertastes.

O) One of the best Helles, and widely available at reasonable prices. (559 characters)

Photo of RichN
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, very pale gold colour. Beautifully balanced lager. Medium to low bitterness and wonderful grainy taste. Will seek this out preferentially in Germany. (164 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good lacing. Typical golden straw colour. Good carbination.

Strong aroma of herbal hops, mint and honey.

Excellent taste. Deliacate yet flavourful. Minty herbal hop tastes with sweet honey malt. Mineral notes. I also felt it tasted a little of lemon sherbert. Just a touch sweeter than a pilsener but otherwise very similar to that syle.

Nice moderately carbonated mineral water-esque mouthfeel.

Overall, a very good example of the Munich Helles lager style. If you've not been bothering to buy lagers, as they tend to be dull, this could be one to ignite or re-ignite your taste for them. Up there with craft ales in terms of quality and (understated/subtle) complexity.

Recommened 91/100 (701 characters)

Photo of drmeto
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

T:
-sweet malt upfront
-very bready and biscuity
-honey and caramel
-floral notes
-mildly carbonated
-very clean finish

O:
Bang-on Helles.Standard-bearer of the style (167 characters)

Photo of korniev
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I would rate that beer as being UTTERLY SUPERB!!

Great smooth taste, though czech lager lovers might not appreciate it since there is zero bitterness in the taste.

As for me a beer of pure perfection! (204 characters)

Photo of henkmudi
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A light yellow golden beer with a white medium head. The aroma is typically sweet and malty. Nose is mild and herbal, wood and malty. Malt aroma balanced with the note grassy hop aroma. Modest bitterness and carbonation combine nicely in this beer. Some seawater, peanut and cereals. No doubt best helles, and one of best beer generally. (339 characters)

Photo of ChrisFu
5/5  rDev +18.8%

This is THE benchmark for lagers, hands down. Having used to think Weihenstephaner original was the prototype, a visit to München and a few dozen of these over my visit thoroughly changed my mind. The absolute definition of balance and drinkability without tasting simply watered down. Not overly sweet nor overly hopped like many Helles, particularly American clones. All hail the standard bearer for the type. The greatest shame is that this brew is not exported whatsoever; the Augustiner Edelstoff is not up to par. (520 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tall tumbler glass.

Bright light brass to straw body. Good slow rising carbonation, in great streams very fine in appearance. Head is soft white with a thin cap of foam of about half a finger while drinking all the time. Real nice looking.

Light aroma of malts on the nose. Pretty subtle, that classic doughy angle comes out just a little sweet.

Palate is extremely light and airy. Malt density comes with just a touch of honey on the mid palate, and finishes with a very slow growing pils density. Slightly chewy body with a light flavor and a hint of brightness. Nice body with some popping hop carbonation a bit. There's also a fruit orange taste to it on the finish almost as well which is real nice..

Overall a refreshing brew, with nice subtleties. (796 characters)

Photo of ELS
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank this beer on tap in Munich. Hands down the best Lager I've ever had. It's so smooth and drinkable with just enough malt presence to make it sweet but not overly so. The carbonation is reserved which works perfectly for this beer. I wish they could export a fresh keg to my local German Biergarten in Florida. (317 characters)

Photo of JTuomi
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

0,5 l bottle (bb 11.14) into a pint. Pale golden with a medium white head that settles down pretty quickly with some lacing. Sweet malts and floral hops on the subtle smell. Very crisp taste beginning with light bready malt sweetness, drying up towards a fresh floral hop aftertaste. Very smooth and refreshing. Medium carbonation, semi-light mouthfeel. Overall a really good and enjoyable beer for a light lager. Liked it a lot the first time I tasted it in Münich and tastes as good at home too. (498 characters)

Photo of Rehabeam
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of BoilerMo
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of the_danish_swede
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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!! (564 characters)

Photo of nodder
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of RollBounce
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of mmmbirra
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

0.5 liter bottle into an Augustiner willibecker 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 hell 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.
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 for the full experience. (701 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
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 (256 characters)

Photo of Billy2222
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of apasternak
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of Ryanm1
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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! (413 characters)

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Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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