Augustiner Bräu Munchen Light Export Beer | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Augustiner Bräu Munchen Light Export BeerAugustiner Bräu Munchen Light Export Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
Germany
augustiner-braeu.de

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 08-25-2003

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40
Ratings:
115
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 115
Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.56/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a sparkling, clear yellow with a thin head and no lace. The aroma is lemony with a hint of bread. The flavor is lemony with vanilla, dough, and honey notes. It's mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Augustiner Brau Munchen Light Export Beer is a decent beer, recommended.

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Photo of benlaitman
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- light, yellow, clear, lots of carbonation
S- strong crisp smell, somewhat sweet
T- odd spice, metallic, not sweet, no memorable flavor
M- thin/watery, over-carbonated
D- Nothing special. Easy drink, but a weak lager, and not what I expected from it. Mostly carbonation and lack of any strong flavors.

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Photo of MNishCT77
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

11.2 oz. bottle acquired in the greater Washington D.C. area after a pilsner tasting, unknown bottling date, poured into my Snallygaster mug, drank 11/6/13 over a half-hour.

A: 2/3 - straw yellow-golden coloration, high clarity (can both see or read through), thin white head quickly fizzled out into almost nothing, no alcohol legs

S: 7/12 - clean lager yeast aroma, adjuncts (corn and/or rice), pretty standard for a light adjunct/adjunct lager

T: 14/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's little-to-no bitterness; in the middle of the mouth, the adjunct and lager yeast flavors kick in; clean aftertaste

M: 2/5 - moderate carbonation, thin-bodied (essentially watery), little alcohol presence

O: 5/10 - don't understand the appeal of this beer at all, and don't even understand how it scored as high as an 81 on this site (I guess only because it's a German import); to me, it's in the same league as the typical American adjunct lagers with lots of the same characters - little-to-no flavor - no flaws but totally innocuous; if for whatever reason you're looking for a German lawnmower beer, this would be a decent choice, but I cannot imagine ever purchasing this

TOTAL = 30/50

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Photo of sinistermadman
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pineapple yellow with an active carbonation. Very little head at all. Smell is somewhat floral with a spicy citrus background.

This brew has a light body which won't win you over in the mouthfeel department. Not much to say about flavor except that each drink ends with an astringent twang. Very steel like. Save your money for a beer that actually has some flavor.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is a bit lemony, some pale malts, overall pretty light. Bright white head poured nice and thick, faded to a film eventually leaving a tiny bit of lace. Not much in the flavor department, maybe a little wheat with a splash of lemon. Very light body, clean finish. This would be very refreshing served nice and cold on a summer day, but otherwise just pick up a Busch and rub a lemon around the edge of the can.

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Photo of beergod1
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow color with a foamy white head that is somewhat retained. Aroma is macro lager, the old hay/straw aroma with a hint of bread, some german malt/hop is present. Flavor is sweet with some maltiness and a bit of lagering flavor as well. Not terrible, but far from great.

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Photo of hophugger
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pale yellow in color with average head and hardly any lacing. Aroma is bready and malty. A little citrus, bread and a very thin body. Extra crisp finish..

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Photo of mynie
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours *very* pale, even compared to the kolsch I just finished.

Smells like grain and nothing.

Tastes almost shockingly similar to an American adjunct. Which isn't to say it's bad, just takes a few sips to get used to. As my palette adjusts, it plainly becomes a munich style lager, but it's still thicker and rougher than all the other munichers I've ever had. Compared to Lowenbrau, for example, this positively tastes like Pabst. And, actually, compared to Pabst it kinda tastes like Pabst. Thicker, fruitier, but with a strangely similar grainbill. Which is probably impossible but I'll be damned if that's not what it tastes like.

So... not bad? Off considering my expectations for the stye, and not great, but certainly not bad.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear medium golden color, with a modest white head, slight carbonation, and thin, fine lacing.

Aroma: Mildly sweet malt, pleasant spicy herbal hop aroma, and a faint note of skunk.

Taste: Opens with mildly tart malt, and understated hops. Midway through the taste, some citric notes appear. Finishes with a mildly bitter metallic hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, pleasant, and fairly full.

Drinkability/notes: Well-crafted example of a nondescript style.

Thanks to Max for hand-carrying this beer from Germany.

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A-Pale yellow, crystal clear. Huge white head.

S-Sulfur from the yeast. Light malt. No hops.

T-Grainy with a slight saccarine sweetness. Very low hop bitterness. No hop flavor. More sulfur.

M-Fairly dry. Medium carbonation. Very light on the palate. Nice.

D-This could be a great session beer (or maybe is before it makes its trip across the Atlantic), but there is a slight sweetness that makes this beer stick around on the palate too long.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The small, fizzy, white, bubbly head dies fast, leaving nothing but a glass full of dirty gold liquid. Just a little hazy. There is some tangy fruit in the nose, with some nice schpoonk. A little corn syrup. Fruity in the front. Roasty crackers. It gets quite malty in the middle, finishing crisply bitter with some corn. It's a tasty, light lager. Enough malt and some nice grainsiness.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. There's a nice head here, a two finger white shade that's fluffy and moderately lasting. Tiny specks of lace are left on the glass, too.

S: There's a decent presence of sulfury German hops here. Allowing it to warm up will reveal touches of fruity esters, like apricot. Nothing to blow the mind, but decent for the style (I don't buy for a second this is a light lager, either).

T: Perhaps not as hoppy as the nose indicated...actually, it's rather sweet. I'd even call it too sweet - especially on the finish - but as it opens up, it does develop a faint hoppy bite on the back end. Moderately refined and smooth.

M: Decently light; not dry enough, though. For that reason, I don't feel the urge to down it in 5 seconds, which is the mark of a top-flight German lager.

O: I picked this up thinking it was Augustiner Hell...alas, no. Still, it's a decent lager - and an overpriced one, too. Simply for that, I won't buy again; unless of course I somehow mistake it for Augustiner Hell again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Rick's Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, VA.

A: Pours a very light, transparent straw color with a small head for the style. Quickly recedes into a tiny ring around the edges of the glass.

S: Initial whiff is some sweet malted grain. A bit of a corn-type smell, but other than that no detectable vegetable presence, which is a big positive with this style.

T: Quite nice and refreshing. A mild sweet grain presence without any off flavors. Clean and crisp. An ever-so-slight hop bitterness with a tiny bit of corn.

M: Fairly thin and somewhat creamy. No alcohol presence for a "light lager" that's 5.7% ABV.

D: Not bad in the since that there's nothing particularly off about this one; at the same time, there's nothing memorable about it either. Interesting to try a more-authentic German take on the light lager category, but not something I'd pick up again.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Mild skunk nose from the brown bottle. Cracker malt base, hops are leafy and noble.

Appearance: Bright clear pale yellow glass that gives no head.

Flavor: Skunk, hops are full and spicy. Malt is substantial given the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit of grain in the texture.

Overall Impression: Malt Liquor? Maybe the German version. Solid beer none the less.

Big thanks to Max for hand carrying this back from Europe!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served cold and poured into a pint glass.

i actually began and ended the night with this one. a nice little light beer to get me in the mood. pours out a light amber with nice head of white that managed to leave some good lacing down the glass throughout the session. smooth and easy on the palate in every way with light grassy notes, malty balance that is just sweet enough, a light and easy going feel and smooth, clean finish that has just a hint of dryness to it..

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Photo of Sweetjimmyb
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has been a couple years but as I recall this beer reminds me of Amstel Light, maybe a little more alcohol than Amstel. Not bad but I'm glad I didn't love it because this ain't no cheap beer. I think I paid $13 for a six pack. I guess my quest for a great Light beer will go on.

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color with a clear amber color along the bottom of the glass. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, yeast, dark citrus, and slight raisin. Fits the style of a Light Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, slight hops, slight roasted malt, and a dark citrus. Overall, a surprisingly good light lager with lots of body and a good blend.

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Photo of spoons
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear golden yellow color.

A white head that fades as soon as its poured.

Smells like a light lager. A little lagery/bready sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very well carbonated. gentle bubbling all the way across the mouth. A crisp finish

Taste is pretty nice. Bready sweetness but light. Crisp tasting and pretty good per style. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this this past weekend at the Sunset. No freshness date, so maybe I was taking a chance, but luckily the brown bottle was there to help. I have to say, this beer tasted mighty fresh. Clear light gold with a thin white head. Original impression of some sweet corn like notes in the aroma (not off-putting) later evolved into some more grape-skin like complexity, is that Munich Malt. Cool. Beer was light and darn easy to drink, a real session brew. Some sweetness, not over the top thank god, with some pleasant toast points in the finish.

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Photo of chriscolby
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle I have is labeled "Light Malt Liquor," presumably due to retarded US (or Texas) labeling laws.

The beers pours a straw yellow color with a slight haze. Moderate head. The aroma is lightly malty with a hint of noble hops and wisp of sulfur from the yeast. The flavor shows a moderate maltiness with a grainy edge (that I like). There's a noticable amount of alcohol evident, which is likely why it had to be labeled a malt liquor, but it is not overwhelming or distracting. (I'd guess it's right around 6% ABV.) The hopping level is slightly above what many similar German beers show, although it isn't hoppy by American microbrew standards. The beer has a full mouthfeel, even when cold, and the malty/grainy character clings briefly in the aftertaste.

This is a beer I would go to if were going to have a few, but not a bunch, and was in the mood for a nice, quaffable lager. I could see it being a great pair with spicy Vietnamese or Thai food.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I always see this beer and its 16 bucks a six pack. I bought one.

It pours a nice one finger head, pale sun yellow.

Smells like the bavarian wheat fields in which it was grown. Hops, malt, is good.

Tastes very sweet, again with the hops and malt. Dont know where one ends and the other begins thom yorke...

Very smooth aftertaste, full bodied.

This beer is better than Das Boot.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.25] The bottle lists the ABV (5.7%) but there is not date info. I've had this one for a while so I know it has at least 6 months on it. The beer is a really pale straw color. It forms a smal 1/4 finger of head with rough white bubbles.

S: [3.75] Corn, cereal, spice from some hops. Like a traditional lager but with the hops kick on the backend.

T: [4.00] Very similar to the nose. Good base lager flavor of grains, corn and malt sweetness but with a decent hop balance to spice it up.

M: [3.50] It is on the thinner side with fizzier carbonation. There is a bit of a linger to the malt sweetness.

O: [3.75] I like it. Refreshing and satisfying. Definitely not pretentious but still distinguishes itself from a traditional lager. The hop build is a subtle and nice addition. I would get this again and share it.

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Photo of tchenery
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clean body of pale pale pale yellow color. It has a nice bone white head on top that is not too big but not too small.

Smells appropriate to style. It has that grassy herbal hop aroma of a European lager. Slight malt/bread aromas coming through.

Very bready flavor from the get go. Somewhat bitter on the back end but much less than I expected. Very smooth and a bit dry. There's nothing crazy about it, but it is great. I can't find anything wrong with it except that it is kind of boring, but it's a lager.

Mouthfeel is very nice, not too full bodied. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Roderick
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up without ever hearing about the beer and just thinking it had an interesting label.
It poured yellow with a decent white head and a slight sweet and malty smell that is not very common with American lagers.
The taste is light with some wheat & fruit undertones. No real aftertaste and an overall good experience. I plan on trying this again sometime soon.

Price: 1.89 for a12oz bottle Liquor Barn Hurstborne

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Photo of Dragyourbone1
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as a mixed 6er.
A: light golden wheat color;nearly transparent. A moderate amount of carb sprigs rising to a 1/4 inch thick white head.
S: fragrance escapes from the bottle pour to the glass. Yeasty with an earthy fragrance of wheat, lemon peel, and something sweet-earthy.
T: not much taste; wheat with a light lemon but not tangy.
M: light and thin with light/ moderate carbonation. Somewhat watery and a clean finish. No alcohol presence.
O: very easy on the pallete and a crisp clean finish. Not a lot of flavor, but the fragrance is on point.

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