Augsburger Golden Lager
Stevens Point Brewery

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Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
Lager - Helles
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3.35 | pDev: 16.72%
Nov 21, 2021
Jul 15, 2003
Augsburger Golden LagerAugsburger Golden Lager
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Ratings by Brian700:
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3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Brian700 from Michigan

This beer poured a clear yellow color with a white head. The smell was pretty lacking. It did have a little bit of hop presence. The taste was lacking as well. It's like a miller light but drinkable, to be honest. It has some light malt flavor with a little hop bitterness. It has a little more body and maltiness to it than most of our american swill so it would make for a good beer to try and coax some of your shit beer drinkers into trying something new. They'll probably get hammered because they'll think they are drinking some fancy schmancy stuff imported from the other side of the world and as far as they know, imported beer is always really high in alcohol. (this run-on sentance has been brought to you by sarcasm). Nope, it's from stephens point. This beer has an average mouthfeel. The one good thing about this beer is that it is a small step in the right direction. Small, but hey, baby steps if you must. I'd drink it over any American swill anyday.

Jul 27, 2005
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3.03 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 21, 2021
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5/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Analternativeperspective from Illinois

Best beer on the face of the earth. Hands down.

May 19, 2018
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4 by Exiled from Texas on Nov 26, 2011
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2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by 305940 from Georgia

Bought a six of this recently at a well-stocked package store. had heard of this famous old beer, and was eager to sample it.
Poured into a Pilsner glass. Is this bottle conditioned, or un-filtered? not expecting cloudiness/sediment in this style. Skunky aroma. Very skunky taste. WAY more than I expected from a green bottle beer. no code date of any kind. the other 5 bottles went to "Lawnmower Beer" status.
Now I learn from other reviews of this beer that not only is it no longer produced, but was last reviewed in early 2006! Will be returning the rest of this 5 year old beer to the place of purchace!

Jan 16, 2011
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2.92/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by WesWes from New York

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt scent along with a slight green bottle skunkiness. It has a grainy aroma and light malt sweetness. The taste is average also. It has a decent malt flavor that boasts of pale and Munich malts. It's light and a bit sweet with a slightly watery finish. The mouthfeel is below average. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. It has a decent malt flavor, but it comes across a little too light and watery. It needs a little more body to compliment the malt taste. This is an average beer at best. It's weak and not that impressive. It's one and done for me.

May 02, 2006
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3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by BuckeyeNation from Iowa

Medium amber, lightly flecked, with multiple sources of slow moving carbonation. The head is simple white in color, neither bright nor dingy, and is acceptable in all the ways that matter. It appears as though there'll be some lace, although nothing too extensive. Augsburger Golden Lager looks like what one might see under 'beer' in the dictionary.

An okay nose, nothing more. It's becoming obvious that this helles isn't going to impress any of my senses. The only question is, just how unimpressive will it be? The aroma is primarily of grainy malt with a modicum of musky, noble hops. The label states that 'Cascade and German Hallertau' are in use, but the Hallertau are the only ones that my nose is able to appreciate.

The flavor is relatively well-balanced; a good thing if you like this style to be balanced, a not so good thing if you think it should favor hops, as I do. This is unexciting beer, no two ways about it. The grain tastes more stale than it smelled, but a modestly bitter bite helps save the flavor from itself. Still no Cascade; surprising since it's such a distinctive hop.

The beer tastes like an attempt to copy the Euro pale lager style, a losing proposition if I've ever heard one. It has a little more life, a little more pizzazz than that, but not much. Warming brings forth nothing even remotely interesting, nor does it result in any noticeable flavor deterioraton. The mouthfeel is a fraction closer to medium than to light and maintains a surprisingly acceptable amount of carbonation from start to finish.

I haven't found much to like about beer from Stevens Point, but then I haven't found anything to really dislike either. They seem to be a strictly average craft brewery that brews strictly average craft beer that I have little memory of once the glass has been rinsed and left to dry. Not horrible, but definitely ho-hum.

Mar 15, 2006
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2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by bditty187 from Nebraska

I’m still an ignorant pup. Just based on the label and bottle I thought this was a German bier, little did I know otherwise…

Clear, gold in hue; it leans on the amber-side of gold, which is nice. White head, at the apex the foam was two fingers tall. However the bubbles quickly faded to a half finger cap and then further to a thin, soapy cap. There was a fair amount of animation dancing towards the head, which helped liven-up the appearance. There was no subsequent lacing, however. On the whole, the appearance is solid but far from noteworthy.

At first there was a hint of skunkiness in the nose; maybe the ill effects of a green bottle? Behind this non-offensive aroma I found an agreeable whiff of spicy hops, some green apples, fresh cut grass, and a hint of hay. I couldn’t find any malt. IMO, this doesn’t smell like a Helles or any other German influenced Lager. I need more malt… and less green apple. The nose is tolerable but I can’t call it inviting.

The palate is skinny on the malt, as the nose indicated it would be. Sweet at the finish, like diluted caramel syrup mixed with the essence of a green apple. In the mix are weak hints of hay and earth. There is not much going on with the palate. I’d would have like more hops… more bitterness. The aftertaste is sweet and tacky. Yes, there is flavor but it is boring and one-dimensional. All it offers is simple sweetness. For a simple beer, it is decent.

Medium-light in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is thin, slick, and without incident.

Sure, it is easy to drink but, frankly, I don’t need to go back to this beer. Sure, I’d drink this over BMC but this is Not a good Helles… is it really a Helles? As a German influenced lager this is a decent drink. It is a bit too simple to keep my attention. I purchased my bottle in Council Bluffs, IA.

Feb 10, 2006
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2.81/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by beveragecaptain from New Jersey

12 ounce green bottle. Augsburger Golden pours out a dark yellow color with a small, white head and endlessly rising carbonation. The aroma is sugar, lemon, and skunk. Toasted malt with sugary sweetness and spicy hops. Skunk is there, but not as bad as I thought from the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium. Finishes with a spicy bite. A decent lager - certainly better than a macro, but not something I'd crave very often.

Jan 31, 2006
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2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by kmpitz2 from Tennessee

Hello mercaptans. Good old green bottle skunk. Pours a light golden color with a light patchy head over top. Nose is immediate skunky mercaptans after opening the bottle. Letting it sit and breathe for a minute shows some more depth. I get some light toasty notes behind a thick sweetness, comes across caramel and buttery. The skunkyness doesn't want to seem to leave completely. Flavor is light toasty, light bready with a mild soapy hop character on the finish. Interesting. Feel is on the light side of moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, not an impressive brew. That soapyness takes away a bit from the brew. The skunk just doesn't seem to want to clear from the nose. Just okay.

Jan 21, 2006
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3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
by bearrunner44 from Illinois

Appearance- Golden amber, slightly darker than average. Pours with a fairly thin white head.

Smell- Hop spice, with a hint of malt. Typical Euro-lager aromas.

Taste- Noticeable hop bite up front and in the finish; crisp and spicy. Malt sweetness balances it a little, but it's not exceptionally thick-bodied.

Verdict- Not a bad attempt at a European-style lager. It's a little crisp and biting (higher carbonation, thinner body) for my taste, but it's pretty drinkable.

Jan 01, 2006
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4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by TIP from Wisconsin

I had to laugh at Redrover's comments because I was one of the old guys that use to hide the Auggie Doggie in the back of the fridge. The first time I tried Auggie was after I confiscated it from one of my mental patients in the later 70's (I was a psychiatric social worker) who was drinking it while on medications. He had always talked about how good it was and after having tasted the confiscated beer, I became a Auggie regular. It was the best beer of the times 70/80's around here in Wisconsin. I can remember going on our annual fishing/drinking outings and bringing a case or twoof bottled Auggie for myself. Most others had the typical Miller, Bud etc... but the Auggie was found and always got drank up first. There is a lot of fine micro brews now but Auggie is still a solid choice for a fine flavorfull lager.

Nov 14, 2005
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3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by slyke from Minnesota

I tried Augsburger on a Northwest Airlines flight when I found out they no longer have James Page Amber. It certainly beat the other two choices in my opinion (Budweiser and Miller Lite)

Appearance: deep yellow with a small white head that faces to a ring or collar soon, some lacing on the NWA plastic cup.

Smell: nothing special here, but some hop spiciness.

Taste: Subtle, flavorful, well balanced. Maltiness up front, a quick hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: About what you'd expect in a Helles Lager. Not too thin, not too thick.

Drinkability: A good beer - it would be good on a warm afternoon on the deck or boat.

Give it a try. Augsburger is decent brew.

Jun 15, 2005
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3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by maybrick from Pennsylvania

Bland and boring a hare nicer than what one would expect from a "Big 3" operation. I am a lager freak and enjoy the subtlety of lagers. I have had some great ones from the east 2 of which are Victory Brewing Companies and the best, from Sly Fox. This brew isn't anywhere close. Not very much malt or hop. Muddy finish at the end rather than a nice punched up crisp one I'd expect in this style. This brew has a lot of room for improvement.

Feb 25, 2005
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3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by moulefrite from Massachusetts

A decent formula lager from the point, and one that many will certainly take a liking to as the taste/price ratio here in Chicago is pretty good. The color is of golden sraw. The head is marginal at best, though a moderate lace with a little stick does make an appearance. The aromas are rather simple with sweet malt and a bread like grainy note dominating-not much of a hop profile. Flavors favor the typical yellow fizz. The mouthfeeel is crisp. A sweet grainy flavor that resembles rye or caraway leads the charge, while a very, very, very, very limited appearance is made by the hopster. A tad bit of that Wisconsin, cheap beer funk surfaces as the beer warms. All in all a fair glass of swill.

May 31, 2004
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3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ADR from Pennsylvania

Transparent, deeper yellow than some. Decent head of 1/4 of an inch to start, but a little foamy and down to a collar in a minute. Laces OK, thick but widely spaced. Aroma is light, but leans toward a European-style spicy hop. Mouthfeel is soft but with well-done medium carbonation. The maltiness is pleasant, if a little non-descript, in sweetness. On the other hand, the hopping is subtle but distinct -- as implied in the aroma. Just a shade too crisp and bitter, this feels like a Pilsner with better body in some ways. The malts give a little sweetness in the aftertaste, a pleasant switch-back. A pretty drinkable and well-done beer for a bigger regional brewer.

Mar 03, 2004
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3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Jables from Illinois

Sampled in my Arrogant Bastard pint glass just for grins.

Pours a clear golden color with a decent sized white head that dissipates to a sheet of white.
Smells of grains and some hops, but not much really going on there.
Mouthfeel is fairly thin and the flavor is dominated by grains with hops being slightly noticeable.
Finish is sweet enough to make the drinkability rise to quite a nice level.
Not the best lager by any means but very easy drinking.

Jan 02, 2004
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3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Redrover from Wisconsin

12 oz green longneck with the old Augsburger label design.

Beer pours a dark gold with a fairly large head. Good lacing.

Beer has more hop smell than most lagers. Very fresh smelling. No off aromas at all.

Taste is a nice with some spicy hops and good malt balance. I don’t pick-up any trace of adjuncts. The beer is assertive enough to pair with almost any foods. Nice bite remains as you work your way through the glass.

I remember this beer when it was out in the early 1980s. It had much more flavor than its contemporary American brethren of the time. I remember coming home from college with my buddies. My dad would hide this stuff in the back of the fridge and leave the Miller & Old Style out front for us to drink.

Beer has excellent carbonation and is extremely drinkable. Glad its back and I hope more people will get to try it!

Dec 07, 2003
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3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by marcobrau from Illinois

I used to drink this beer in college as I was grooming my tastebuds for the taste of more flavorful microbrews. Augsburger was part of the beginning of my journey into good beer. This beer disappeared for awhile, but now it's back, in all its glory.

I poured my Augsburger into a tulip shaped glass bearing its name -- I picked up the glass at a flea market a few years ago. Poured into this glass, my Augsburger foamed up quite a bit and released an mistable aroma of spicy hops. For an American lager beer, Augsburger is a good imitation of its finer European cousins, with a balanced malt and hop character. This finish is a bit sweet, but enough hops are present to keep me interested, and for me to still enjoy this beer.

Nov 17, 2003
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3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brakspear from Wisconsin

A flavorful reinterpretation of a regional beer that was the closest thing Wisconsin had to a micro-brewed beer back in the late 70s and early 80s. The rights were sold in the 1980s to I believe, Strohs, and it died after losing its small brewery cache. Now the rights to brew it have been bought by the Stevens Point Brewery, and with a few twists in the recipe, Augsburger is back on the shelves.

The beer pours a nice golden yellow with a small white head, decent carbonation. Unfortunately because of the green bottle, I am not able to tell if the aroma has been tainted. For a helles, it seems a tad too hoppy in the nose. The flavor of this beer breaks farthest from its Bavarian roots, Stevens Point uses a hop blend including Hallertau hops, which overall gives the flavor a bit of a bite. Not bad, just not what I expected from a Munich style beer.

Overall this is a refreshing lager, much more flavorful and hoppy than the normal macro or regional lager.

Jul 19, 2003
Augsburger Golden Lager from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 23 ratings