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Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

113 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 113
Hads: 327
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 126
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG visit their website
Germany

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 Thunder64
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After spending 4 months in Germany and 3 weekends at Octoberfest I will say this is my most favorite beer! Augustiner has a great drink-ability with exceptional quality. Very smooth taste and crisp feel. a great "everyday beer".

When I arrived back in the states I found Augustiner in bottles and was hoping that my appreciation for the beer would be the same. I was not disappointed! (385 characters)

Photo of GaetanoBresci
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to give this beer full points because it´s simply my favorite one. This beer is a flawless example of Helles, and is the most impressive Helles I have ever tasted. A true bench mark example of the style, and a true master piece. Smell is an intense flora hop aroma, and taste is a perfect balance between malt and hop. (326 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice appereance. Clear golden color. It made a consistent 3 fingers head with a long retention.
Aroma is malty with grassy hops.
Perfect balancing sweet malt taste with a mild bitterness.
Light Body with a good carbonation with small bubbles.
Very clear and crispy taste, miles away from any potential off-flavors, tough very mild, if it was sold as alcohol free, I would be in doubt. Drinkability as high as it gets. (417 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with brilliant clarity capped by meringue-white low to medium head that creates patches of lace sliding down the sides until it rapidly drops to a fine veil.

Nose is light Pils malt sweetness with discernible DMS aroma reminiscent of cooked vegetables such as German turnip. I'm barely capable of picking any hops underneath, nor there are any inappropriate buttery notes or esters.

The taste is clean, slightly sweet Pils malt. Although the malt gets supported by low hop-bitterness the flavor remains malty until the abrupt clean finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation is crispy yet simultaneously smooth and polished.

Overall, malt-accentuated but not too sweet immensely drinkable Munich Helles that is a true benchmark of the style. I haven't even noticed when the bottle went dry (500 ml, BB end 01-2013, into chalice). (858 characters)

Photo of Tomais
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I dont know can I do this beer justice as a novice reviewer. It's not *very* complex, yet it's extremely satisfying. And although I have a couple of other top German beers 'im Keller', I keep going back for this one.

Pours a medium big head which faded after a while without me noticing. Some lacing. Pale yellow colour.

Smell initially strong, fades fairly quick though. Grain, malt, yeast.

Carbonation is fine grained but reasonably strong.

Taste is malt on the front of the tongue, surrounded by lovely citrussy hops in every direction, hops come through more on first swallowing, then the malt again. Another beer I just want to hold that mouthful, and savour the tastes before swallowing.
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I dont know does that describe it quite right - maybe it's more like this: you know those taps that mix hot and cold water from the one spout, but they dont fully mix the two - one side of the flowing water is cold, the other hot. Taking a slug of this is like perfect balanced hops and malt - you can taste both - but now a bit more malt, now a bit more hops, now more malt, now ...

I think that's why it's so good -and so drinkable - it's this perfect balance.

B.B. '03.13' (1,178 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml mug enjoyed @ Augustiner restaurant @ Munich Oktoberfest 2012.

A: Pours a golden yellow color. Clear. Forms a big bubbled fizzy white head. Medium retention and many lacings left

S: Sweet grains, flowery hops, Lager yeasts. Authentic Bavarian Lager. A bit metallic and ashy too

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Sweet malts but, at the same time crisp and dry in the mouth. Strong on bready Lager yeasts with a citrus and skunky hoppy end. Balanced bitterness. Again, a bit metallic and a bit of ashes taste in the very end

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Stingy citrus and bit skunky hoppy end

O: Excellent drinkability in German style. Recommended (656 characters)

Photo of jonb5
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale colour, clear, medium thick head which disapeared fairly quickly but some lacing was retained. Had a Munich, malty aroma with notes of orange. Tasted some subtle fruity flavours and Munich malts. Finish was slightly sour. Crisp texture, light body, well carbonated. Overall well crafted and balanced. Understated but classy, a beer for many situations. (357 characters)

Photo of stonesean
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a .5 liter Augustiner Bräu glass from the bottle.

A- Standard export lager appearance. Golden color, good carbonation, decent head. No indications of anything unusual. Yet.

S- Again, everything you'd expect in a lager. Aromas of cereal and a slight grass note.

T- Here's where Augustiner really breaks free. Quite simply the best Helles Lager I've ever tasted. Flawless balance of flavors, crisp, clean, each sip makes you want another.

M- Light bodied as the style should be, refreshing, wonderful on a hot day.

This beer is the absolute gold standard for the style. The Helles Lager that all others should be compared to. Remarkable, and my very favorite of the style. (686 characters)

Photo of djura
3.32/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got it from Germany.

When i read all this comments,i expected really unique lager,with exceptional taste. I am not saying this beer is not that good,but thing is that because this style is so common in this part of Europe,i need to taste something really good,so i could say it's exceptional.

A-White foam,lasting few seconds,yellow golden color with medium carbonation.
S-crisp,grainy,very pleasant smell.
T/M-Nice bitterness,grains,very drinkable.

O-Talking about Augustiner,i think that Brau Edelstoff have more reasons to be called best Helle lager. (557 characters)

Photo of megu
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Most people living in and around Munich agree that this is the best local beer to be had. No need to add to descriptions of the taste with all the other reviews around.

It gets even better in view of the company background.
They do their own malting and are the only brewery to tap from wooden kegs at their beergardens and at oktoberfest. (340 characters)

Photo of Moose_Knuckle_Sandwich
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of the best beers I've evr had! In fact, probably the best beer ever! I enjoyed a slew of them in Munich and wish I could enjoy them on tap here in the US. It is crisp, clean, refreshing and everything else you'd want in a beer. So freakin' good! (261 characters)

Photo of bier_uber_alles
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From cask in Salzburg.
Salzburg is a beautiful city and has to be in the top 5 cities in the world to drink beer. The Augustiner in Salzburg is better than the location in Munchen.

Because the beer was served in a clay stein, the beers appearance was not readily observable. A slight head present. Smells awesome and tastes awesome. Sooo easy to appreciate. even easier to guzzle down.

this is an exceptional drink. I wish Americans could appreciate such quality and produce such drink here in the states. (510 characters)

Photo of TOMHONE
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A follow up on my desire to bring back to the states some great tasting Augustiner before all of this format here changed.

I recently brought home 2 30L Kegs of Augustiner Helles. Why? I was throwing a party for about 60+ people and wanted to show them all that when I have a party it's going to be one helluva beer drinking event. And that it was.

All beer drinkers, men and women alike, loved the Augustiner. Even some of the die hard wine sippers joined in.

We actually went to the brewery itself and bought the 2 kegs. A retired German baker we know is best friends with one of the higher-ups at the Augustiner company. Bringing back the 2 on a dolly that retracts was no problem either. The added freight fee was OK as was customs duty fees.

I didn't even have to put a deposit down on the 2 kegs. (807 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A buddy brought me a random selection of beers from Munich, this was one of them. If I remember correctly he said this was the "cheap one that everyone drinks" haha, go figure, it's the highest rated Helles Lager! Just like Tannenzapfle is the highest rated pils...anyway, cracked this one randomly because it was taking up room in the fridge.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a pillowy white head, decent retention.
Nose; straight up cereal grains and a hint of grassy hops.
Taste; grains, grassy hops, just a touch of citrus, nice breadiness throughout with a minimal bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel, slightly slick as the style permits, with a nice cripsness.
Overall; yeah it's flavorful and drinkable as it gets. Can't wait to visit Munich next month and get some more.
Anyone wanna try this thing, shoot me a BM, I'll be stateside in a couple months...Prost! (876 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.Lager glass. Enjoyed on oct´11.Pale golden in color.White head,medim size bubbles coming up & down.Rocky froth.Some lacing.Good retention. Gentle floral aroma, yeasty notes. Mildy malty flavor,noble hoppy bitterness too. Medium body,medium-high carbonation.Suggested as a perfect session beer. (307 characters)

Photo of FloppyDog
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

0.5L poured at Augustiner's in East Berlin.

Poured a light straw yellow as clear and filtered as can be. Decent 1.5" head dissipates as you drink it.

Smell is muted, but when you really look for it, you get subtle hints of both light malt and a hint of earthy hops.

Taste is a fine balance between subtle maltiness and the perfect balance of hop flavor and bitterness to round it out.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, even on a day when it was less than 10 degrees F outside.

Overall, a great, light, refreshing, session beer for any occasion. Goes great with brats and kraut! (585 characters)

Photo of Paincane
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A; Clear golden pour producing a white head and moderate lacing.
S: Grainy and bready yeast aromas strike the nose.
T: Light bready malts, grian and grassy flavors abound.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with very refreshing qualities.
O: The fact that I enjoyed it in Munich adds to the flavors and mystique. A very enjoyable beer that I would definitely have again. (394 characters)

Photo of DeutscheJeff
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nothing quite like drinking this out of a cask in Munich! Unfortunately all of the bottled versions of this are lacking, however it is still one of most amazing beers I have ever had. If you like German beer, and you don't like the "cheap" ones, give this one a try, and try some more. This beer is downright amazing, I would never pass up this beer if given the chance. (370 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pale golden with a really tall white compact and thick head. The head takes some time to set, and does so leaving rich lacings.

S: Bready sweet corn balanced with a suttle hoppy bitterness. Some faint yeast. Grassy and citric.

T: Rich malt, sweet and bready. In the back there's some bitter hops and citric notes, but that's in the back.

M: Smooth medium body and medium carbonation. Aftertaste is kind of short and mostly sweet.

A: Very nice, very nice indead! (476 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice light golden color comes through right away. Really tight head of white that sits on top for what seems like forever but then suddenly dropped off leaving it all bare.

Nice touches of light bready malts, caramel, light grasses and well rounded and nicely done hop profile. Warming brings out cereal grains, touches of light grass and a well carbonated and easily maintained profile. Extremely session able with an amazingly crisp and clean flavor, I had no issues at all with putting this one down. (504 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Helles vollbier, lager 0.5 l bottle.

Clear (obviously) pale golden, a bit fizzy soapy white head, that does hold up decently, with lacing. Modest carbonation.

Malty and yeasty, with a nice balance of grassy and floral hoppyness. Earthy garden characteristics.

Mild bitterness, with a very nice, quick dry finish.
Very simple, but pleasant brew. A lager like it's intended. Good ingredients, i guess, and well brewed.
Nice one in this style.
Nice website too (extra 0.5 point added on 'overall') (498 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.06/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unk bottle info.

A= pours a nice golden ale with excellent clarity. Single finger of soap suds fall quickly and leave a glass surface. spots are rare on the lacing.

S= not much going on here, sweet, grain, hints of skunk.

T= Grain, lightly bittered (a little more than your typical helles) and nice. No real info to report here, like beer for water.

M= Hollow.

O= I kept drinking it, and ordered another, so, not that bad. (428 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle into halleroder mini-stein (.3L) in Leipzig, Germany. Acquired in Leipzig. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of mild cream, okay thickness, and good retention. Clear yellow colour with few carbonation bubbles.

Sm: Strong smell of cream, hops, and slight barley. Pleasant and inviting.

T: Hoppy! Some nice cream and barley combine with the hops on the climax. Unfortunately, the hops are not distinct and defined, which renders them a bit unidentifiable. It is quite a pleasant and refreshing taste, but is also just shy of being a refreshing one. Balanced but limited by simplicity.

Mf: Nicely coarse without being overly so. Wet and refreshing. The mouthfeel complements the flavours of the body to a degree, but comes short of perfect.

Dr: Average ABV, excellent price, above average beer. Definitely one worth trying, especially for fans of the style. Just don't jump through hoops to get it. (927 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap in Munich at one of the breweries pubs.

A nice looking straw yellow colour with a hint of amber. Forms a massive white foam head that looks quite thick & leaves some lacing.

A mix of your usual grain along with some nice grassy hops that is followed by some floral notes and minor skunkyness.

Tastes of grassy hops & some crisp fruity flavours upfront. The beer is quite sweet and is rounded off with a mild bitter finish.

Light & crisp, somewhat refreshing and easy to drink. The beer is pretty smooth & carbonation is generally quite good.

Although this was a pretty good beer it was by no means outstanding & is probably not one I'd go out of my way to drink again. Still good, I just prefer others more.

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Photo of riedog
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A Fluffy white head (not Hefa thick, but still solid), light and bright gold body

S - Floral hop aroma, earthy

T - Perfectly balanced malt and hop flavor and so smoooth

M - light almost airy

O - This is my favorite of all time. Just superb, refreshing on hot days, or after a workout.

I have drunk a few beers in a few countries and most I can put down, but not this bad boy. I keep a rack of this at the house all the time. (434 characters)

Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
93 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.