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Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002

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Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 361
Photo of 911CROFT
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a dimpled mug. Paid £2.39 for a single bottle.

Pours a brilliantly clear, pale golden coloured body with masses of visible streaming carbonation. A two-finger in height, bubbly white head with excellent retention leaves behind a modest amount of fine lace.

Crisp, faintly sweet, toasted grains lead above touches of hay and grassy hops to comprise the simple and delicate nose. Taste roughly follows suit. Pale malts, toasty grains and traces of wheat combine with hints of zesty lemon to lead the lightly sweet and bready flavour profile upfront. Hay and grassy hop profiles build from the mid-palate onwards, bringing a pleasant light bitterness to expertly balance initial malt sweetness. In the mouth, a light body and plentiful carbonation give a smooth and crisp feel, which make for incredibly easy drinking. Hop bitterness lingers momentarily before finishing quick, clean and dry on the palate.

Overall this is a very good beer. Simple, but clean, crisp, delicate and well crafted. I am not usually a fan of the style, but it’s malty character, refreshing nature and insane drinkability mean I could certainly see myself picking up a couple of bottles to drink on a hot summers day. Recommended.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliant in the glass with a nice head, this lager has a soft, sweet, maltiness in the nose and finishes clean with with just enough hops to round it out. To my tastes, less carbonation would be appreciated.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it 2.5 stars of 4 and noted that the beer had become thinner.
Also listed in the "1001". Of the 8 beers that I've rated in the Hell category, this is one of the better ones. So, it probably deserves to be on the list.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into lager glass.
Pours clear yellow, thick and nice white head, excellent retention.
Smell - grain, dough, hay, slightly metallic/oxidized.
Taste - clean malty, slightly metallic, pleasant hops.
Crisp and light, helles as it has to be.

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Photo of Martine
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The lagerbier that needs no introduction.

I discovered the Augustiner brewery completely by surprise from a local beer shop here in the UK, and I've never looked back. This beer sets the bar for all lagers; the beautiful crisp hoppy start to the biscuit malt aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.

Perfectly balanced; so drinkable it should be criminal. A world class Helles.

Zum Wohl!

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Photo of woodj563
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer when I was in Germany. Everyone orders and Augustiner at the bar and as soon as you have one, you'll find out why. My favorite beer by far, just wish i could find it in PA.

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Photo of beerinabottle
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Craft ales are more my thing these days but this is an excellent Helles style lager. 50 cl bottle and well done to Obrien's Lucan off licence for stocking this in Ireland. Love to have a pint off this in Munich some day.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color with light head and little lacing. Basically what you would expect from the style. Nose is...missing. Almost no odor, just the lightest of citrusy malt. Flavor is crisp light malt, basically just what you want from this style. Super drinkability. Something that would go down go easy in a Munich beer garden.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of garmisch-partenkirchen
5/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of RickyS
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear pale yellow, bubbly, very little head which dissipates almost immediately and completely. The aroma is not pronounced but very nice and gentle. Grassy, floreal, mildly malty. The taste is bready, hints of hay, yeast with prolonged finish. Fizzy carbonation, pleasant on the tongue, medium/light body. Not my favorite style but excellent beer on a warm summer day. Very well crafted!

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Photo of Melvintrude
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of RichN
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of drmeto
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Bang-on Helles.Standard-bearer of the style

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Photo of korniev
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

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Photo of henkmudi
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of ChrisFu
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of ELS
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Rehabeam
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of BoilerMo
5/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of the_danish_swede
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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!!

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Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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