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Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 102
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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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 kjc51478
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of Ochsenblut
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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

Photo of appenzeller
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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.

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

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.

Photo of dasenebler
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Prostman81
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of austinhensley
4.16/5  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,

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.

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.

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.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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.

Photo of jmhart
2.89/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

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.

Photo of sunrisesolara
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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.

Photo of czfreeman
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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.

Photo of morebeergood
3.42/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of PrinceDarren
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having recently returned from Oktoberfest, and reflecting on the countless beers that I tried, some multiple times, and under varying states of sobriety, I have decided I would only rate my "favorite" beer that I tried during the festival. That, of course, would be the Augustiner Helles.

This beer was decidedly clearer, and lighter in appearance among the many choices available in Munich. While it doesn't "look" like anything spectacular, it certainly was the tastiest. A touch more hops and a touch less malt than the others - this one may be the closest to a Czech Pilsner (I also tasted many of those on the trip while in Prague). Perhaps that is the reason I liked the Augustiner the most.

I will forego the usual review of appearance, smell, mouthfeel, etc. as this style of german beer is pretty similar across the many brands. I think it is sufficient to simply state that I preferred Augustiner over the rest. It was crisp, refreshing, very drinkable but also had an ever-so slight kiss of hoppy goodness.

By the way, I also tried the Augustiner that is brewed in a very tiny brewery in Salzburg, Austria and found it to compare favorably to the Austrian beers as well. I guess that says a lot about consistency in the name.

If you find yourself in Oktoberfest, be sure to stop by the Augustiner tent for an evening with this excellent Helles.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Augustiner beer hall in the Marienplatz, Munich.

A - Golden straw body and clear as day with a very thick and fluffy white head that retains for a good long time. Whispy lacing on the glass.

S - Biscuity malt with light hop aroma. Somewhat sweet.

T&M - Very smooth and easy-to-drink beer. Light crystal malt with just a touch of hop bitterness. Nice and biscuity and goes great with a pretzel and sausage with mustard. Becomes grassy and dry as it warms adding that much more flavor profile.

D - I could down these all night. So easy to drink and unoffensive.

Photo of srroos
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass. Light yellow in color with a coarse white head, eventually fades away completely. Smells sweet and malty. Taste is light and spicy. Very, very smooth and infinitely drinkable.

I wish I could have a liter mug of this in Munich. This would be a good one to quaff.

Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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