Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell

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Lager - Helles
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4.2 | pDev: 12.86%
Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier HellAugustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell
Notes: A particularly mild, sparkling, long stored beer, refreshing and easily digestible at the same time. Uniquely in its taste, a benefit for each beer connoisseur.
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Steve555 from Wales

4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Two finger head, translucent light, light hay colour body, about the lightest colour on the scale. Smells of herbs, grass Taste follows the colour in that it is very light and well balanced a malty opening and subtle hop bittering, taste of flour, and lemonade. No off tastes. Goes down like a bomb.

Nothing better than this to relax on a hot day or after physical exertion.

Jun 14, 2020
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JonnyGoldsbrough from England

3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L4.25 Classic pilsner colour, good head, well retained.
S3.5 Standard
T4 pretty routine lager (not seeing much difference v pilsner), but a bit more flavour than normal. Maybe it's the epic bottle illiciting some nostalga, but I am back in munich when I drink this.
F3.75 Good carbonation, I would like a bit more body even from a pilsner.
O4 Not hugely different from most other lagers, but nice that they are still an independent brewery and if you are going to drink a pilsner, at least go for one with some authenticity.

May 13, 2020
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Tony787 from Canada

4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured well into a glass with a 2 finger head and the taste was amazing it was bought in Zurich Switzerland nice fresh taste and easy drinking beer

Feb 29, 2020
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Bamberg89 from Germany

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: It is of golden colour, looks, when you pour it into the glass, a bit foamy. Some fizzyness can be seen.
Smell: Smells like fresh cut grass.
Taste: At first, there is a little bit of fruitiness as well as sweetness. Afterwards, you can taste the malt- though in this case it is very clear and crisp. You can taste the hops, but very subtle.
Feel: A very smooth beer, which feels very pleasant in the mouth.
Overall: A very good Helles, having a very unique taste. If you look for the "typical" German Helles, you are not wrong trying this one.

Feb 26, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden coloration with a medium, fluffy head and visible carbonation. Smells of doughy, slightly grainy malt and floral, grassy hops, with just a hint of hay. Taste is a great balance of doughy, grainy malt and floral, grassy hops, with lighter herbal accents and just a hint of hay and citrus. Finishes quite crisp and dry, with a medium bitterness and some grainy malt and floral, grassy hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a light/medium body and medium/strong carbonation.

Quite a nice Helles that's quite crisp and clean, with a great balance of doughy, grainy malt and floral, grassy hops, sweetness and bitterness, while even managing a decent complexity for the style, with some herbal accents and hints of citrus and hay. It's certainly supremely drinkable and refreshing, but also feels a bit light-bodied and bland for my personal taste, to be honest. While it's certainly a great example of the style, I'll have a great example of a hoppy Pale Ale over this for a refreshing session brew any day of the week.

Feb 18, 2020
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HermannTheGerman from Germany

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply the benchmark for a Bavarian Helles. They make their own malt in a traditional way, and that seem to make a difference. Close your eyes, take a decent sip and enjoy Munich beer.

Dec 15, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inexplicably I never got around to rating this beer here; despite living in Berlin for three years whilst following this site, and this being one of my favourite German beers. There is just something so nuanced in esp. it's Taste that really wows me. Nuanced/subtle enough that if I drunk it during the extreme Berlin pollen/allergy season, and hence had congestion, I'd miss it. I'd also suggest trying it on a completely fresh palate, the beauty here is subtlety, the polar opposite of contemporary blunt-weapon hipster hop-hammers.
To highlight the regionality of German beers this one isn't that easy to find in Berlin. There was one shop (major liquor store) out of about six such shops and supermarkets in Berlin within walking distance where I could find it. Compare vs down in Bavaria (Munich/Dussledorf etc) where this is sold seemingly everywhere incl train station F+B kiosks.
In London/UK the only place I've seen and bought it is Wholefoods on Kensington High Street W8 - expect to pay big-$ for anything there though, versus the circa Euro1.20 it costs in Germany.

Aug 23, 2019
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BayernTrips from Germany

4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A fresh Augustiner Helles out of the wooden keg in a sunny day in the Hirschgarten. That’s hard to top!

Augustiner is the most beloved beer amongst the locals. If you’ve only had it in the bottle after its long arduous journey across the Atlantic, you have only have the smallest hint of experiencing it in its native environs.

The “Helles” is about balance. A light colored beer, with a hint of bittering hops. Coming in just over 5%, This is the quintessential “session beer,” and the bavarians often enjoy it the whole day long.

Augustiner is hard to find outside Bavaria and spends almost nothing on advertising. 51% of the shares are held in foundation, so the brewery can never be sold. It’s Bavarian Beer, made by Bavarians for Bavarians. Prost!

Apr 18, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

near perfect example of the style here, and honestly a beer that is one of the best you can get, especially for the price, amazing that this is as affordable as it is, i wish this one came around the states a little more. its got great clarity, a classic german pils type malt nose, crackery, dusty, earthy, dry, cerealy, simple. the lager yeast is familiar too, but seems more mature here, like the beer had a longer conditioning process than is standard, and it really brightens the beer up, and keeps only the essence of the yeast character in the aroma, noble hops back it up well, subtle there. the flavor is all of this, really balanced between the elements, but its as much about the process here as it is about any specific flavor nuance, like the patience and timeless ingredients this is made with, its so perfect, just so well refined, so crisp, with distinctive herbal bitterness to finish, and just wonderful carbonation and life to it. i wouldnt change a thing about it, and think it stands as a model for others to follow in the style. it really doesnt get any better than this as far as german lager is concerned!

Apr 17, 2019
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PedroDaGr8 from Washington

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this at one of the brewpubs in Munich and it entirely changed my view of German beer. As a classic IPA and stout person, I didn't expect a lot from German beer. This one showed me how truly dumb I was!

Taste: crisp, refreshing, and remarkably complex.
Mouthfeel: light and enjoyable (I could drink liters if this and did).

Smell: A bit light and a bit bitter, still good but the taste far exceeds the smell.

Oh yeah, in Germany you can drink as the passenger in a car and nobody cares if you drink a beer while walking through the grocery store!

Mar 17, 2019
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Brian_H8 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite German Hell. I discovered it by accident in the States and have not been able to find it in Central Texas. While traveling in Germany this was my go to lager. I love this beer, it is balanced and has a fresh aroma and delicious finish. If you get the chance to try this you will love it!

Sep 23, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought in Munich. Pours clear, gold in color with one third inch head. Taste is cereal and grain. Light bodied, sweet, moderate carbonation. Really good clean lager. Awesome after a hot day. Could have several.

Aug 17, 2018
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rex_4539 from Greece

2.88/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Clear golden color, minimal head, messy lacing, light carbonation.

S: Malts, yeast.

T: Tastes like a lager with a few grapes.

F: Light bodied, easily drinkable.

O: A touch better than the average lager.

Aug 10, 2018
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

1.84/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Review: 50cl, a nice brown bottle of Augustiner Lagerbier Hell: 5.2% vol

Coming in a lovely brown bottle with that oh so cool label featuring a happy looking monk. Definitely stands out.

This beer is a very good looker. Very clear, a light golden yellow with a lovely frothy white head, and has some good lacing to boot. Its a fantastic looking beer, really inviting to drink! It is very clear to look at, excellent.

Smell is faint, get a whiff of malts.

Initial taste was one of a nice creamy mouthful flavour on the tongue, nice and refreshing.
Some slight tastes of sweet malts.

Taste seems a bit off the more you continue, slight bitter taste, not nice.

As excepted, get a lot on the bottle.
It is ok, but a bit too sour/bitter to be wholly enjoyable.

Slight kick, a little tipsy after it!!! Ha ha. So the alcohol is there just well hidden!

Second bottle
Lagery taste on 2nd bottle. Good initial mouthful.
Ok but the bitter taste is a bit meh, surely a Helles isn’t meant to be this bitter and sweet?.
Caramel body.
Not completely overbearing and not bad, manageable, but a little disappointed all things considering.

Aug 10, 2018
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2018-06-17 and again on 2018-12-04 in Columbia, PA from a 330ml bottle

A - Golden-straw with a 1-finger white head that dropped quickly leaving mild lace.

S - White bread, white grape, grassy and floral hops.

T - Delicious. Everything I like in a Helles. The white grape sweetness is very present over an enticing french bread (minus the crust) malt base. The noble spicing is perfect with honey and floral notes. Bitterness is low but enough to balance the lingering fruit/grain sweetness.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Smooth.

O - Top notch; really.

Jun 17, 2018
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MKV from Belgium

4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Rating is vom fass (on tap). The bottled version is about 5-10% less enjoyable, but still very good.

The balance of malt and hops on this beer is simply fantastic. It's easy to drink a lot of because of the low BAC and the great taste. But also not a bad beer for sipping!

May 12, 2018
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aleigator from Germany

3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale golden color with a huge, fluffy head.

Smells of funky hay, wheat and a whiff of toffee on top of a light herbal peak, which develops a floral appearance.

Drinks fairly light, soft with a nice effervescence during the finish.

Tastes of straw, wet grass, toffee and a whiff of caramel. Turns a little more aqueous and crackery during mid palate, with just a faint note of hops cutting through. Finishes floral, malty with a light herb impact.

This is better than it sounds, due to its perfect balance. The hops are borderline subdued, but still manage to make a difference.

Feb 03, 2018
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zubeala from Florida

4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

While visiting Berlin I drank 22 different German beers in 22 days. I was in beer drinker Nirvana. This was my favorite and one of the few that I ask for over and over. Nice clear pale color that pours with a good head. Effervescent is just right and near perfect German lager. Breadiness and light malts are balanced by just a touch of hop bitterness, A tasty brew!

Dec 29, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean and balance. Very simple and malt forward. Nothing over the top. It's drinkable. This is good but I definitely prefer a pilsner. The hop character in this one is near to nothing

Oct 30, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Decervecitas. In Bavaria hefe glass. Playing Last Days of Spring.
Grassy. Amazingly crushable. May not have the most complex profile, but this simple yet perfectly executed offerings are also very valuable

Sep 13, 2017
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nooutlet from Kentucky

4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Without question the "Very Best Beer I have had" When I lived in Munich, it was on every street corner and in the parks for 2 marks ($1.00), circa 2000!

Aug 07, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored and crystal clear. Very nice head. It leaves large chunky lace streaks.

Light pale ale malt aroma verging into skunkiness.

The taste is clean pale malt with a bit of raw grain. There is a minor bit of hop bitterness showing up in the swallow. Very high carbonation with a rather thin body, even for the style. The aftertaste is very short with just a touch of sourness. This beer gets points for being delicate but I don't find it to be very complex.

Jun 09, 2017
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JustCamIt from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 50cl bottle at the Munich train station for the equivalent of $1.95
Pours a clear goldenrod with tiny bubbles forming a foamy head. Aroma of hay, rising bread dough and a bit of freshly cracked white pepper. Tastes of honey, tea biscuits and lemon balm. No detectable hops. Light and crisp mouthfeel. Very thirst quenching and refreshing.
Augustiner-Keller beer garden is about a 12 minute walk from the train station for those interested.

May 04, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

White head. Clear gold color. On tap in Germany.

Earthy, floral, grassy. Nice hop profile. Bready malts. Very pils like.

Light bodied. Crisp and clean.


Edit: having this 9/19 and I really enjoy this one much more than other pils. Very impressive and full of flavor with a great feel.

Mar 30, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 5/2017. Pours crystal clean pale golden yellow color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, biscuit, white bread, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, biscuit, white bread, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness, lightly increasing through the glass. Very clean on lager flavors; touch of sulfur, but minimal fruity/yeasty notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is an outstanding Munich helles! All around great robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and well balanced for the ABV, and not too dry. A highly enjoyable offering, and fantastic style example.

Mar 11, 2017
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