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Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

248 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 90
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002)
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

04-13-2008 00:41:46 | More by swizzlenuts
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hunteraw

China

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

12-25-2007 22:14:01 | More by hunteraw
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foles

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

10-07-2007 14:32:53 | More by foles
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Ungespundet

Germany

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

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!

05-16-2007 06:42:47 | More by Ungespundet
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

04-04-2007 15:28:02 | More by BeerBelcher
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haz77

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

12-02-2006 10:09:53 | More by haz77
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

08-27-2006 15:46:41 | More by HappyHourHero
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

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
salty.

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

08-16-2006 23:14:11 | More by seanyfo
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%

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

07-04-2006 03:14:18 | More by bruachan
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moderndrunkard

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

04-22-2006 11:19:25 | More by moderndrunkard
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SERENGETI

Tanzania

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%

This is how a MUNICH HELLES LAGER beer should be! Smooth, always urging you to take one more and, very important, no bad feelings on "the day after", even if you drowned yourself in up to 10 litres!
This is heaven, this is Manna! The real Munich beer!

03-13-2006 13:03:20 | More by SERENGETI
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

I got this beer from the "bottom shelf" at Spec's here in Houston. Those are singles where part of the six-pack gets broken...or someone switches out the bottles to get an odd number. It wasn't until right before I drank it that I noticed that it had some floaties on the bottom...indicating that it likely has some age on it. A beer this delicate doesn't age well, so my initial expectations are pretty low.

Appearance: Some floaties on the bottom. Poured a super clear golden yellow with a 1/4" white head of active small bubbles. The head was gone within 20 seconds or so to end up a small white layer on top of the beer. There are quite a few bubbles rising to keep some foam on top of the beer.

Aroma: Very light aroma of sweet malts are the dominant player. No apparent oxidation...which is a good thing. The malt is really dry and toasty smelling that is reminiscent of a milkshake. There is a bit of a stale aroma coming out as it warms a bit.
Taste: Very clean flavor. There is some soft cereal-like sweetness to greet you in the beginning of the profile. There is a subtle floral hop presence that is noticeable for a minute in the middle of the profile, but this doesn't last long as the malt takes back over and leads into the finish. The beer tastes like it has a bit of age on it, and finishes a little more dry because of it. The beer is well attenuated, but there is still enough mouthfeel to let you know that was a quality beer you just drank.

Opinion: I really like this beer, but this was a bad example. I will have to get a six-pack just for a review...and get it from a high volume shop so I know it will be fresh. I will post another review when I feel I have a better example.

01-30-2006 00:44:43 | More by SkeeterHawk
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mobyfann

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Paid .70EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 500mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 17.07.2005

The beer pours a clear golden base, small-to-medium white head, excellent head rentention and nice lacing from start to finish. It's certainly a bold smell for a Helles but I could not place all of it. Light on the hops and a mix of other things.

The taste is noticeably light, creamy from the head and a great crisp aftertaste. One of the smoothest on this planet, my palette absolutely loved this beer. This is the Helles beer in Munich, maybe in the world, this is a beer for men and women that love to have a drinking session.

Final Thought: This beer defines Munich, it is of the smoothest and most drinkable beers in the world and not overly with the taste. This beer is absolutely remarkable.

07-19-2005 17:03:33 | More by mobyfann
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a clear golden color with a white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of spicy hops. Crisp spicy hop flavor with enough malt precence to balance everything out. The mouthfeel is light, and dry. Overall, this would make for a good brew on a hot summer day. It is light and refreshing, but still has a lot of flavor and personality.

05-17-2005 04:37:57 | More by KarlHungus
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Best before 06-05. Pours in easy and good with a thick white head that stays well. Nice golden color but litle opalizing.
Smell is wonderfully malty, great yeast and decent but fine hops.
Taste is as a Munich Hell should taste if I may say it or you ask Munich people( I'm oly 50% bavarian). Love this brew thats malty, fresh, fully yeast flavoured and has a nice but quiet bitter aftertaste!

02-12-2005 23:56:18 | More by paterlodie
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allboutbierge

Austria

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

This beer, though of very differnt style, kept reminding me of fresh Pilsner Urquill from the tap. Odd huh?

The color was of a transparent, vibrant, and deep gold. Carbonation was very light and could be easily seen. Head was light, bright white, and offered a bouquet of floral, herby, and lightly bitter scents. Taste was more herby and of 'earthy' flavors than Hofbrau Helles. Taste was more pronounced and 'in your face'. Mouthfeel was smooth and relaxing. Good session beer.

11-18-2003 15:04:18 | More by allboutbierge
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.18/5  rDev -23.6%

A nice helles. Nothing fancy however. Grassy, nice drying hops in the finish, lightly fruity. Finish is hoppy and dry and as i mentioned grassy. Also quite crisp aswell, relatively refreshing, softish, lightly fizzy mouthfeel, an easy drinking helles, but not a boring one, very pleasant(Tap-GBBF 03')

10-02-2003 01:06:32 | More by rastaman
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Fresh on tap in Munich.
A nice pale gold color. This beer was perfect for a hot day in Munich, crisp, dry and quenching. I has a great hop bitterness that was accompanied by a subtle maltiness. The hop bitterness definitely dominates the flavor of this one, but it also has the malt backbone to balance. A very good example of a Helles, far better than most.

08-26-2003 17:00:16 | More by Gueuzedude
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Morris729

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a golden straw color with a medium sized white head that fades into a good amount of lace. Nose is dominated by sweet German malts with some notes of hay. Moderate in body and quite smooth with a very fine soft carbonation. Taste is sweet rich malts blended with some grassy and grain husk notes. Some spicy and bitter hops round out the taste and leave a dry finish. A very nice choice for a session beer.

05-14-2003 17:12:47 | More by Morris729
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%

Clear, bright gold body topped by a bright white head that holds OK but drops to a standard collar and whispy surface foam. Great Munich malt aroma and delicate hop background. The body is medium with a very fine and moderate carbonation that leaves it creamy in the mouth. The flavor is of rich Munich malts supported by spicy hops. Long malty finish. This is a very straightforward beer with a great Munich malt character. Quite an exceptional beer. Not complex, but with a great depth of character. Sweet, but also very well-balanced and exceptionally drinkable. Absolutely worth seeking out.

10-13-2002 18:07:39 | More by NeroFiddled
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DarthMalt

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Lightest and sweetest Helles yet--perhaps even paler than a US macro. Sweetness is unsurpassed for any Helles tried thus far. I like Jason's grape skin description. It is apt. Little bit more boozy, party feel than other Helleses (sp?). No special hopping schedule to discern, like Paulaner or Hacker.

Ditto on the $10 price!

SIDENOTE: Bit of a clinical, soapy scent in the glass. Graininess, perhaps? I salt-washed and hot-rinsed the glass, yet it was still there. Must try another to be sure!

08-07-2002 12:47:05 | More by DarthMalt
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psugrad98

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Yellowish haylike color with very thick foamy head that lasts and lasts. Smells like a wheat field. Smooth and drinkable with a wheat-like sweetness with a slight nice bitterness.

06-03-2002 09:09:37 | More by psugrad98
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Presentation: 12 oz slender brown Euro style bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Bright straw colour with a two fingered white lace that holds strong, lace sticks all over the glass.

Smell: Hay-like grainy aroma with hints of grape skin and husk, quick run of herbal hop also.

Taste: Smooth moderate body with a crisp medium carbonation. Grassy malt flavours throughout, dry from the get go with lots of character from the malt. Flavours run from grain and husk to suggestions of grape skin and grass. Hops are bitter to the point of not getting in the way, still very noticeable by adding to the poignant dry finish.

Notes: Delicate without being complex, flavourful without being complicated. Clean and crisp with an unsurpassing drinkability.

06-02-2002 19:46:52 | More by Jason
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