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Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 93
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of PrinceDarren
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

PrinceDarren, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of MrIncognito
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

MrIncognito, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of srroos
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

srroos, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Lees4236
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My girlfriend sampled this beer during a recent trip to Munich and came back raving about how good it was. I recently discovered it for sale on a well known UK beer stockist's website so naturally I had to buy some.

- Pours a very light, clear golden colour with a thin head. You can tell how refreshing the beer is going to taste just by looking at it in the glass.

- Quite sweet and grainy. Very good, without being too strong.

- VERY clean and crisp. Without a doubt the most refreshing beer I have ever tasted. You could give this to a non beer drinker and I'm sure they would love it. I was extremely surprised at just how easy it was to drink considering it's 5.2% ABV. Usually beers that go down as easily as this one are light beers with a much lower ABV.

- Mildly carbonated and very smooth. Seriously, this is a beer that pretty much goes down as easy as water.

- I don't think I have ever came across a beer that was as drinkable as this one. Perfect for a hot day or for just kicking back with some friends. Despite the slightly higher ABV this could without a doubt be consumed in large quantities.

I don't think I've ever been so impressed with a beer before. I'll be stocking up again very soon. If you are looking for a very high quality, refreshing, easy to drink beer then you aren't going to get any better than this. Every day we see ads on TV for a new beer claiming to give us that light, easy taste like no other. All I can say is that all of those companies could only ever dream of producing something as fantastic as Augustiner.

No wonder this is Munich's favourite beer. I'd love to go over there now just to try some on tap.

Lees4236, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht. Sold out very quickly, unfortunately.

Into my Augustiner beer glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium-thick white head. Color is a golden or lemon yellow and is perfectly clear with decent carbonation in the form of bigger bubbles. Head slowly fades to a thin white film. A thin film remains and leaves some solid lacing down the glass. Very nice.

SMELL: Grainy sweet malt with hints of dark bread and a touch of floral hops as well. Decent strength as well. Good nose.

TASTE: A bit of sweet malt up front with some grainy and dark bread notes through the middle. Finishes with some flowery hops, bread, and a touch of bitterness. Aftertaste is mild and long lasting. Good profile for sure.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium-low end carbonation. Goes down smooth with no bite at all and finishes crisp with just the right amount of dryness on the palate. I understand why they call this vollbier. Can't imagine it getting any better for the style.

OVERALL: Don't be put off by the fact that all the bums drink this around the train station. This is one of the most drinkable and enjoyable lagers of all time and was my beer of choice while in Munich. It's just as good out of the bottle as well. This one rivals, and probably beats, Weihenstephan's Original for top spot in the helles category. One I'll definitely make a staple, especially in the warmer summer months. Should be drunk in Mass quantities. Munich bums have good taste. Very recommended.

Jeffo, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of sweetschalls
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Ein maß bitte"
This beer was incredible. This beer was exactly what I dreamed it would be. I had it in the liter form at the Augustiner biergarten in Munich. Nothing can quite compare.
Smell: Smells slightly of bread, hop aroma to balance, but nothing too strong.
Appearance: Pale and golden colored, it was very clear
Taste: Incredibly clean malt flavor, again balanced with hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: lightly carbonated, which makes it refreshing. Goes down easy.
Drinkability: It is clear why they serve it in liters: because you can drink liters of it!

Order one of the gigantic pretzels with it and you will not be disappointed, although all their food is excellent.

sweetschalls, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Domingo
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this numerous times on my last Munich trip, although primarily at Am Platzl and Am Dom.
This is the quintessential helles.
Light golden with a fluffy white head.
Freshly baked bread and light flowery hops.
While the bready malt is the focus, the hops are evident and bold enough to offer a solid counterpoint to the grains.
This is about as easy drinking as a lager will ever be. Not too thick, to sweet, or too watery. Just right across the board.
There's a reason this is widely considered Munich's favorite beer.
It'll never be as bold and daring as a bigger beer, but I'd say it's drinkability and balance are unmatched.
It might be fairly common, but don't let that fool you. It's as good as anything you'll find from the smaller Bavarian brewers, too.
World class for sure.

Domingo, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of tm82
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

An exceptionally clean easy to drink summer lager and first rate at that. Problems with travel could occur and I expect this not to last long at all being a hell. You loose the hop feel on your mouth after the drink by date but it is still safe due to the cleaness of the beer.

I was pleasently surpirsed with this lager being as clean and crisp as it was. This is a great traditional lager, leaving little to the nose but plenty to the taste and the feel. The taste is clean and crisp and the hops are prominent on the tongue.

A perfect beer for the long summer day. Despite the abv the drinkability is very high. Most lagers this light in the feel are often of much lower abv. The closest I can compare this to in a bitter would be Amarrilo from Essex. A very easy going, not intimidating, sit back and relax with the hops heavy and the taste long. I think I remember slight citrus overtones but the fact is when it's hot and you need a light tasting and unintimidating lager this is ideal.

Keep this in the fridge and pop it open on a summer day and a great accompanyment to the soccer or whatever preferred sporting event. Fantastic summer beer.

tm82, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of geographie
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great white head atop a brilliant straw head. head is lingering and leaves some very tight lacing. very mild hop notes with a decent malt aroma. taste is very mildly fruity and crisp and clean. tasty and light without being watered down. great mouthfeel and overall drinkability.

geographie, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of goindownsouth
4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed vom Fass at Augustiner Braustuberl in Munich - several times - during my 09 March through 19 March visit.

Amazingly bright and golden in colour with a thick, pillowy head sitting firmly atop this Bier. Great lacing. Fantastic hay-like grainy aroma with hints of hops. just for balance. Unsurpassingly smooth with a moderate carbonation. Grassy flavours with lots of character from the malt. Hands down, the best Helles lager I had while in Bavaria. Balanced, worked and played well with everything. Fantastic in its sturdiness and underrated, simplistic beauty.

goindownsouth, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of cpmau11
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in liter mugs at the Augustiner Biergarten in Munich Germany.

The body has is a golden yellow color with a large bright white two inch head. The taste speaks for itself, this is by far one of the best tasting lagers in the world. Great hop character which is in perfect balance with the malt.

You can litterally taste how fresh this beer really is. The hops are grown in the Hallertau Valley, so there is little distance from the actual growspot and the place of production. Fresh, Delicious, and Classic.

cpmau11, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of germanbeer1
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap at the Augustiner Bierhaus in Munich and found it to be very good. Augustiner is by far the best brewery in Munich and it is much easier to recognize, because of the competition between wheat beers in the area. It has a golden body and doesn't give off much smell, like most lagers. Full body with very little after-taste. This beer is widely-respected by most Bavarians.

germanbeer1, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of TKempe
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle states "Helles Vollbier", and that's precisely what its content is, clear and full. This beer embodies what I like so much about German beer: high quality ingredients and the opportunity to get in touch with and truly taste them.

A firm and juicy, yet slightly dryish body of pale malt is supplemented by some lemon-like hop accents and many little fruity notes (white grapes, apple). It is the taste that manifests these qualities best. It's a long journey in which sweet and bitter, sour and herbal, are constantly exchanged (somehow akin to a good white wine). Slightly dry and a juicy mouthfeel, with a perfect carbonation level.

In the desirable sense of the word, this is a simple beer that is very tasteful!

TKempe, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of TheSarge
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This helles bier pours with a decent amount of bright white head, and has a crystal clear golden body.

The aroma is potent. Lemony Hallertau hops are easily perceptible. There is also the typical grainy huskiness common in beers of this type.

Taste wise this is a delight. There is a solid biscuit character, with a tang of lemony hops. There is a fullness here that I can't quite explain.

This is a light bodied brew with much thirst quenching qualities. This isn't overly carbonated and hits the spot just right. This is probably about the most unique helles lager that comes out of München, even though I am a big fan of Löwenbräu.

TheSarge, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin...

Poured a very pale, crystal clear, straw yellow colour... White head poured fairly big and foamy and a good steady stream of carbonation bubbles maintains a good thickish coating throughout... decent amount of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Light maltiness, light peppery hops, spicy fruits (light lemons, apples), some saltiness, light honey sweetness, light cut grassy / peppery notes, floral, slight trace of rubber...

Taste - Peppery and grassy hop bitterness, quite tart fruits (lemons, tart apples), some honey, nice maltiness, herbal notes, salty traces...

Feel - Light and crisp... Light body... Pretty refreshing and drinkable - very sessionable

Overall - A good, clean and very drinkable lager.... nothing groundbreaking but very quaffable... worth a try...

mdagnew, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice finger width head that that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Very malty with a hint of the helles lager smell

T: This lager is actually quite tasty. It has a malty flavour to it with a bit of hops in at the end for bittering. The lager taste is what one tastes at first, but after it turns into a smooth refreshing taste.

M: Nice and creamy a bit thin, but great for a lager.

D: Yes, like most German beers.

swizzlenuts, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of hunteraw
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Christmas present from a Bavarian friend, enjoyed on Christmas day at her place outside of Munich.

Appearance: Straw color, very clear, good head and retention, some lacing.

Smell: Predominantly grassy hops aroma, with a bit of herbal earthiness and DMS

Taste: Rather light. Grassiness, solid bitterness but finishing on a sweet malt note. Good, but not exceptional.

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation. Good for the style.

Drinkabilitz: Very drinkable, and from what I hear an excellent value. I have seen this being drunk all over Munich.

hunteraw, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of foles
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this tasting very interesting, as I have not had it for a long time. The presentation & appearance are good, as a typical German helles, but the "lagery" taste is present here in abundance in the mouthfeel - reminds me of an macro in that department. But once you get used it and discover what lies underneath, you start to appreciate it more! This contributes to it's easy drinking quality, because the aftertaste gives that grassy, fresh feeling that is indicative of quality.

Overall for me, this is a world class example of helles, and more to the point - this is what lager should taste like.

foles, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of Ungespundet
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I feel fortunate to be able to drink this beer whenever I want and it’s always fresh. The brewery is about 15 minutes away by bike. Augustiner is a special place in Munich and a special beer for the Münchner. This beer is by all means and unequivocally the beer of the people in Munich. Like the beer or not you have to respect a brewery that refuses to sell out to the conglomerates of the world. Its still family owned and operated(Wagner Family). They also still serve there beer in wood casks. It’s amazing in this day in age to see beer trucks around town unloading wood casks for restaurants. I should also mention that the brewery survives with no advertising department. Can you imagine? Word of mouth works for Augustiner and works very well! Finally to the best reason for liking the brewery….and that’s the beer….

The “Grüner Mönch” pours nicely into a picture perfect white soft pillow-like head reminiscent of the Sky over Bavaria. It really is a thing of beauty. The aroma has been something of a dilemma for me. Upfront and unmistakable is the sulfur smell produce by Augustiner closely guarded yeast strain. The characteristics of this yeast stain are so specific that it should become easily recognizable to anyone after a few evenings with the beer. The sulfur aroma sometimes borders and even crosses the line of burnt rubber. Once you dive in past this upfront and sometimes overly strong aroma you’ll find a lovely soft malt aroma that lingers with a mild herb-like hop aroma. Hints of butter are to be found sometimes. The dilemma for me was rather I could get past the aroma or not. In blind tests when I first moved here I killed this beer on aroma. I didn’t like APAs the first time I drank one either.(Many years ago). I have gotten use to the aroma and actually appreciate it for its uniqueness. My favorite part of this beer is definitely the flavor/mouth feel combination. The mouth feel is as full as Helles gets in Bayern. Prickelnd(high carbonation) on the tongue and coats its perfectly before departing and leaving only a refreshed feeling. Nice palate cleanser for a meal pairing. The flavor is definitely influenced by their yeast strain, with its unique characteristics. What begins with a slight bitterness up front quickly falls into, what can only be described as, a soft malt heaven. The hop bitterness stays with you from the beginning to the swallow and then lingers nicely on the tongue. Soft malt sweetness helps to balance. The hop flavor is somewhat subdued and plays a back ground role to the, obviously superior, brewing process that turns malt into elixir. I have found this beer to be an absolute love it or hate it beer in Munich. Understandable when you look at it from the standpoint that it is its own beer. The other guys in town would challenge the best of us beer lovers to separate them in a blind test. What can I say, some like it average and some not. I had this beer in the US and paid $13 for a sixer. Guess what it sucked and I hated it but now I have had it fresh and I'm happy I had the chance to get to know this Bier. I can only say as a word of caution for everyone who drinks imports. At best they will be almost as good as drinking it here and at worse…well I’m sure you all have you own horror stories about money, time, and opinions being wasted…Zum Wohl!

Ungespundet, May 16, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really quite pleasantly surprised by this beer. It is an eminently likeable lager with good aroma and fine mouthfeel. It's not extreme and it's not going to blow your socks off, but it really hit the spot.

Its appearance is pale yellow and sparkling, with white head. The beer was rather foamy. It was lightly hoppy in aroma (Saaz?) and its flavor was lightly sweet and bread-y, well balanced with European tasting hops. Mouthfeel was fine and smooth. I thought this beer was very drinkable. Reminds me of the best-tasting Bitburger or Warsteiner I've ever had.

BeerBelcher, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of haz77
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale straw with a firm inch of white head. This falls to a layer just under a finger thick and is helped along by small bubbles of moderate carbonation.

S - Honey, floral, sourdough bread, light grassy hops.

T - Grassiness and sweet malt up front, with grain and a bready flavour pushing through in the middle. Dry, slightly floral hop finish, with a short, clean aftertaste.

M - Light bodied, with a crisp, cleaning carbonation.

D - Pleasant, delicate and very drinkable. Solid offering.

haz77, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of HappyHourHero
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a solid white froathy head over a clear deep-golden colored beer. Aroma of spicy hops from the pour, but from the glass there is a pungent stinky cheese smell. An irregular ring of lace hangs from where the head once stood. Crisp flavor, a lightly sour/sweet malt flavor at first that becomes less sweet and more bready towards the end. The finish has a nice spicy hop flavor and a decent bite. Pretty nice. It's like a step up on malt from a pilsner. I could drink a few of these.

HappyHourHero, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of seanyfo
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pale gold colour. Medium Carbonation,lively beading.

Smell - sweet malts, flowery

Taste - Refreshing, firm maltiness, very dry in finish

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is just right, smoothly goes down, slighty

Drinkability - Medium carbonation is easy on the stomach so its easy to have a few. Could drink a few but i do prefer the edelstoff

seanyfo, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of bruachan
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

yup, it's a hell; it's kinda hard to review some of these beers...the differences are quite subtle. decent head to start—lacing looks decent

the aroma is big and malty. it's not a hoppy beer, though i suppose argument could be made that it should be to a certain point. i may detect a little zing at the end

the maltiness is very crisp. a good quaff

bruachan, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of moderndrunkard
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer, beer, beer, beer....beer.

Straw-colored appearance and very, very clear. Big, big foamy head. White, creamy, and very long lasting. Clings to the glass nicely.

Smell is faint. Light beer-y aromas with just a smidgen of noticeable hops.

The first thing I notice about the taste is light amount of carbonation. And the second thing I notice is the beer-y aftertaste. It's clean. It's crisp. And there's really not much else to say about it. Very, very slight hop presence.

Overall, though, this is great easy-drinking beer. It's a prefect way to start your day: a liter of helles at the Augustiner Keller, just down the road from the Munich train station, on a beautiful, sunny summer morning.

moderndrunkard, Apr 22, 2006
Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
93 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.