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Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

263 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 93
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Zimbo
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was really up for this. The last time I had it I was in Munich many many years ago and to get back into the spirit of things I poured two 500ml bottles into the Stein of Truth.

Popping the cap I was reminded immediately of that appetising beautiful smooth sweet smell of bread and the bottles poured superbly yeilding a three inch thick head. Reasonable yellow in colour. All good to go...

But to taste it began almost on the acvidic side with none of the firmness, smoothness or complexity I had once loved. Its elements were no where near as integrated as I remembered and this just struck me as being far to skinny.

A bit bewildered by the end of the litre. Another favourite traditional world classic fails to deliver the quality and taste I have grown to expect.

So bewildering in fact that I could have sworn I heard just a trace of a mocking croaking voice whisper 'Good. Good. Now go Extreme my young apprentice'.

Zimbo, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap

A- Light pale yellow with good head and perfect retention

S- Smell is quite weak. Obviously on the sweet/malty side, with background grassy and lemonish notes

T- Delicate taste but pretty nice. Smooth malts, mild fruitiness (mainly citrus) and some herbal tones. Overall on the sweet side, even for the style. Finish is still dry and refreshing

M- Thin, almost watery, maybe a little oily, but still very pleasant. Average carbonation with a light natural crispy/crackery feel. Goes down so easy

O- Maybe a tad too sweet for me but all in all a classic, highly drinkable hell. Great at what it is supposed to be: a delicate, refreshing beer

Cozzatoad, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours white gold with lumpy snow white carpet of foam with trailers. Nose is fresh cut grain, grassy hops and maybe a hint of DMS. Biscuity malts with some straw followed by spice and hay hops. Perhaps a whiff of sulfur. Sweet finish, tingling dry linger. Creamy, crisp, round and lively, light verging on thin.

Superbly balanced and very drinkable. At the same time, a few off notes in there, too. A better than average Helles.

StJamesGate, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of kjc51478
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:Pours a pale yellow color with thick, white head.

Nose: Aroma is weak but of sweet malts and yeast.

Taste: Taste is very sweet - mostly pale malts with a little bit of citrus.

Palate: Palate is thin, a bit oily and a light body. Finishing is sweet and long-lasting.

kjc51478, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of Ochsenblut
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an old standby for me, reminding me of brilliant times passed in Augsburg. 50 cl, proprietary bottle, labeled in both German and Italian.

A- This beer's head retention is less than expected. One finger of white disappeared to sticky lacing within a few moments. I suspect the glassware is responsible though. This Helles is yellow!

S- Dry grass, and a delicate floral hops presence

T- Crackery malts give way to a nicely balanced and conclusive hops' bitterness.

M- The carbonation is upfront, but not overpowering. It takes only a moment to subside before the beer can speak it's mind. Without it, it would lie flat and watery on the palate.

D- Highly drinkable- Every sip demands another and although not terribly complex, it's strong suit is awesome balance and a pleasing malt profile.

Overall: Augustiner helles is widely considered a superior Hellesbier, and for good reason. It's uncomplicated, honest and easy to knock back. Where Munich contemporaries add hops extract, Augustiner brews traditionally by using the finest ingredients.

Ochsenblut, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of pinkano
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - lightly hazed light yellow
S - nice fruits at the beginning with light malt, ends with kind of salty smell of the sea
T - light and crispy taste with fruit tones at the beginning. Little bit sweeter overall, not so bitter.
M - well balanced body with nice mouth-fullness
D - easy and light beer, very drinkable

pinkano, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of appenzeller
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorites. I'm so excited, I finally found this Stateside for the first time.

Pours a straw yellow with good depth of color. Short head with good retention.

Smell is of grain and fruit, subtle and very pleasing aroma. Taste is smooth yet rich, crisp yet substantial. Both smooth grain, apple taste in the malts and a sweet hoppy finish like a Czech pilsner. While the bottled version isn't quite what I've had fresh on tap, as I recall, this is still a superb lager. A benchmark for the style, having all the smoothness and subtleness it should, but with more depth and complexity of flavor than its European peers.

appenzeller, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malty and floral notes.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet malty flavour, a bitter and slightly floral finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Munich Helles Lager.

thierrynantes, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11.02.2010. Thanks to drabmuh for helping me get this one.

Pours a modest yellow straw color with a white head. A good pours doesn't yield a large head, though there's a good amount of lacing. The nose is slightly sweet and brings a really nice pale grain scent. The taste is fairly plain and difficult to describe, but is quite, quite good. Light straw and grain with a touch of sweetness. The feel is excellent, with a nice amount of carbonation and is incredibly soon. Uber sessionable, this is one fine beer.

Thorpe429, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just got bottles of this in at my local shop

A - Ow wow pours clearer than expected. A nice hazy bright yellow with a half inch of head with aggressive pour.

S - Grainy and malty with a bit of a sugar sweetness, which is very pleasant.

T - Starts off fairly dry moving to a semi - sweet grain or corn and then finishes sweet and wet.

M - Very light and drinkable. Bitterness is way lower than expected.

D - Well this changes my mind that a lager has to be an amber lager before it is sweet. A damn nice and smooth Helles! Better than most with less ABV. Bravo

DrDemento456, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Kostrizer Schwarzbier stein. Beer is light yellow and mostly clear with a thin white head of tiny bubbles and high carbonation, low lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is mildly grainy mildly sweet.

Beer is light in body and bright on the palate. Carbonation is high on the palate the back flavors fall away quickly leaving a nice finish with no aftertaste. Beer is moderately dry but its not bone dry, leaving a nice feeling in my mouth. The graininess gives the beer a nice flavor and overall its a really nice drinking beer. Probably the best helles I've ever had.

drabmuh, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

.5L, Germany.

Pours light gold with a foamy head. Nice lacing.

Good aroma of grainy malts and grassy, lemony hops.

The flavor is outstanding. Definitely fuller and more flavorful than the average helles: some tartness, spicy hops and a pleasantly crisp and grainy malt backbone. Delicious mix of the bready and bitter, also nicely dry for the style. Hints of minerality throughout but not metallic, with a lightly tangy, hoppy finish. Soft, medium-high carbonation and a smooth, surprisingly delicate drink.

This beer drinks exceptionally well: I don't know why, it just does. It really engages the palate, providing a lot of flavor for a lighter beer. Awesome lager.

dasenebler, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Prostman81
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Munich Helles are one of my all time favorite styles. Not flashy like an IPA or DIPA, but a well crafted beer of this style exudes drinkability and the well balanced flavors of continental malt and noble hops.

Beer pours a wonderful deep straw color with gold hues. Leaves a nice 1 inch head in the glass with good carbonation.

Aroma is of floral hops and bready grain. The taste on this one hits the Helles style perfectly. Great mouthfeel, excellent flavor, and supreme drinkability. Satisfying and full flavored, but incredibly refreshing.

My sister got to sample this in person when she recently traveled to Germany, and then purchased this sixer for me when she returned to the U.S. because she enjoyed it so much and new I was a fan of this type. I can only imagine how much fresher her experience was, but this certaintly can't be too far off the mark. I'd get this one again in a heartbeat.

Prostman81, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of austinhensley
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On my trip to Deutschland this was the first beer I had a chance to encounter. I had just gotten off the tour bus and scurried around until I stumbled into the first restauraunt I could find. It happened to be this 4 star dig and I was severely under-dressed. I asked the waiter (using what little German I knew) what he recommended. He smiled and exclaimed,
"Augustiner!"

When he brought the first glass the first thing I noticed was the 2 finger thick head (and it stayed that way for some time). Before I took the first swig I got a good long inhale. Glorious. Taste: can't be desribed any further than delectable. The only thing that kinda bugged me was the stingy after taste (I took of in the mouthfeel category). Other than that I think this is a finely brewed beverage.

austinhensley, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a .5 liter stein.

Big thanks to Digita7693 for sending me this beer. I have been looking for it since October 2008 after my first Oktoberfest in Germany.

Appearance: pours a beautiful, filtered and perfectly clear golden yellow. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass shows me it's superior carbonation. Nice frothy head recedes to leave spider we like lacing down the stein. Really fresh looking.

Smell: has a bright fresh light bitter aroma to it. Really fresh like sea water. Also has a nice humidity to it, like being in a brewery. Really great toasted white bread aroma as well.

Taste: fresh as can bee flavors. Really eye opening how pure this beer is. Has that great European lager flavor of toasted bread and lemon zest. This is my favorite beer and it's great to see that my palate has evolved in the two years since I have had this, but the flavors still jump out that make me love this beer.

Mouthfeel: has perfect carbonation, effortless transitions between the palates. Really smooth, with some nice bitter hops and a sweet bready malt feel to it.

Drinkability: I could drink 10 of these bottles in a sitting. Really the best beer for every season to me. Not super light and not super heavy. I would love this with some roasted chicken or fish dishes. If you have a chance to try this version it's going to be a revelation. The American import version is good, but this is a whole new level. A must try if you are in Germany.

Augustiner719, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of jneiswender
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at the Brewhouse right across from the Hofbrau in Munich. Served in a mug cool.

A-fluffy white head, light and bright gold body

S-floral hop aroma, earth, some metals

T-perfectly balanced malt and hop flavor, bready almost light pastry like.

M-light almost airy

D-maybe one of my favorites of all time. Just superb. I wish I could get this on tap at my local bar. I hope to drink this beer again.

jneiswender, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my go to beer when I'm in Germany. When your in the supermarket and you can't decide what beer to get-- get Augustiner.

A: Looks like a Helles should nice golden colour with quite a bit of carbonation. Has a decent head and lacing.

S: Big malt smells and a little bit of lemon grass. Perhaps something spicy from the hops???

T: Wonderful! nice big malt flavours tastes a bit like bread with some grassy and herbal tones to savour. This beer has a bit more hop flavour than many other Helles beers. Less alcohol taste than Edelstoff, which is a positive IMHO.

M: The carbonation in this beer is what sticks out. I think that is a big factor in this beer's overall appeal.

D: Goes down so smooth. You can drink this all night no problem, which I have done on several occasions.

EwaldEichstaett, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.98/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Half litre brown bottle, best before July 2010, drank early June 2010 on a warm sunny afternoon in my garden. Poured (3 times) into a Veltins Pilsner stemmed tulip.

Pale golden, as you'd expect from a helles lager. Snow white foaming head on each pour, some lacing, but not huge ammounts.

Weak smell, wheat or straw type esters, otherwise nothing.

The beer is crisp and refreshing, but lacks body, the alcohol is evident from the first sip which makes the beer unbalanced in my book.

The sun makes the beers shine, but all that glisens isn't gold. This is an OK lager, but a long way from something I'd recommend anyone having while tasting German beers.

BlackHaddock, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of jmhart
2.9/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From the cask at Augustiner across from Hofbrauhaus in Munich.

Color is a deep golden straw color, with almost, ALMOST, a hint of brownish green to it. Crystal clear with no sediment. Served with a strong think head that persisted for several minutes.

Strong flavors on the nose. Leafy with hints of citrus and a little grain. Only mild malt on the nose.

Bready with green leaf on the initial taste. Citrus elements don't continue into the taste. There's not much sweetness to it, but a fair amount of bitters on the finish. Not as balanced as I would have hoped.

Texture is full bodied, thicker than other Munich lagers. Relatively no acid and very little bite.

I found the bitterness on the finish to be a little overwhelming and therefore drinkability takes a bit hit.

Overall, I would not order this again.

jmhart, May 04, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a imperial strange)
A- This beer has a crystal clear pale golden yellow hued body with a mousse snow white head that was a bit bubbly on top. There is a big carbonation of microbubbles gliding to the surface. S- This beer has a light green herbal and sulfur note with a very soft raw grain hint coming through as the beer warms.
T- This beer has a light pale malt hint with mineral water note to the soft Noble hop green flavor in the finish. There is a very light sweetness in the finish aswell.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.
D- This beer has a very soft smooth light flavor but the sulfur is mild and blends well with the slight sweetness. The hops are not all pungent but still pretty light and dry. It is a refreshing crisp beer just a little drab.

rhoadsrage, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of sunrisesolara
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Pours golden with a fluffy 3-finger white head which receeds to a thick ring. Good lacing throughout.

S: Grassy hops, sweet malt, biscuits, lemon zest.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

T: Malt and hops are nicely balanced, with solid malt at the fore and mildly spicy hops contributing to a crisp finish. Biscuity aftertaste.

D: One of my favorites, but hard to get here in Vienna. But it is worth bothering to find it.

sunrisesolara, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Bright, clear gold with a good sized foamy and sticky white head. Retention is decent and a bit of lacing is left on the edges.

S - Typical Pilsener type of smell with a bit of bready pale malt. Also a good amount of lemongrass smell too. More floral/herbal hop smells in the background.

T - Base of the beer is pale malt with a bit of bread and grainy taste. Sometimes this is in the background and other times it is more upfront. Good amount of hops present. They provide a bit of bitterness as well as some grassy, floral, and herbal taste. Also a good amount of tart apple and lemon provide a zesty taste along with some pepper. This spiced, zesty, and bitterness is always present, but sometimes the malt masks these. Good balance with zesty and some hoppiness winning out.

M - Medium to light body with average to slightly above average carbonation. Smooth and crisp with a slightly drying finish.

D - Good drinkability. Goes down smooth and refreshing. Good amounts of sweet malt and zesty hops.

Notes: Good, simple, easy to drink lager. Just a nice to drink everyday, session beer. Maybe not the most memorable, but I would gladly get it again.

FreshHawk, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of czfreeman
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had in the bottle numerous times, now after having a few last night after work, on-tap review is in order.
Pours a bright golden tone, great head, foamy creamy and and lots of active carbonation in my glass.
Smells of light malt, grassy hops, fresh bitter bite from the bitter minerals in the water here, biscuit, citrus, overall a light, biting Helles.
Flavor is spot-on. Biscuit, lemon, fresh grass, mineral, bread, light tingling carbonation adding to the citrus bite, finishing with the great touch of bittering Hallertau. This beer is a bit more carbonated on tap, adding to the sparking character I enjoy so mch when drank from the bottle.
This brew manages to to be lightly tart and biting, and slightly creamy and malty in the same sip. This is the top Helles in the land of Helles that is Bavaria. It deserves the high accolades and really is stellar for the style. Cheers.

czfreeman, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Feurhund
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crisp, malty, big mouthfeel for a helles. On tap in the BierKeller in Munchen. Have had this on every visit and just love the way it gets better and better as you drink it. Great for a long session.

I have requested this beer in heaven and for a desert Island situation.

Feurhund, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As some of the reviewers also say below, I had the pleasure of drinking a lot of Augustiner at the 2009 Oktoberfest. I loved the Oktoberfest bier served in the tent, and also the lager served at their restaurant near Marienplatz. So when I saw bottles of this on the menu at Post 390 Restaurant in Boston, I thought I'd give it a shot. Well, as they say, it's always freshest at the source. Poured into a pint glass, it had a nice bright yellow color, but lacked the head I was hoping for. Smell was clean and fresh. Taste kinda let me down somewhat. While I could feel that crisp German lager flavor was there, I think the bottle was starting to turn a bit, as it was a bit skunky. Kinda turned me off a bit. An easy beer to drink, but maybe I should have skipped it in the US and just kept the good memories of drinking it at Oktoberfest in my mind.

morebeergood, Nov 23, 2009
Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
93 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.