Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier HellAugustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell

Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 458
Photo of BayernTrips
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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Photo of PedroDaGr8
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

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Photo of Brian_H8
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

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Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of rex_4539
2.88/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
1.84/5  rDev -55.8%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of MKV
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of aleigator
3.62/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of zubeala
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
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

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Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +20.2%
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

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Photo of nooutlet
4.91/5  rDev +18%
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!

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of JustCamIt
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of Yoann
3.24/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle to a pint
A - Classic golden, indistinguishable from any other lager with a quickly disappearing foamy head
S - Bread malt and grassy hop
T - Well balanced, fits the style and the smell
M - Smooth
O - A good Bavarian helles, this is a good choice to discover the style!

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Photo of Beric
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving: .5L bottle into mason jar
Served: 16 Sept 2016

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear yellow color crowned by a glorious soapy white head that sticks around with gusto. Some soft carbonations seen percolating up through the beer.

Smell: Noble hop aromas- soft spiciness and some green notes, subtle assertions of grass and pepper. Sweet malts and traditional 'beery' smells.

Taste: Excellent flavor- really nice malts with just the right amount of sweetness and typical biscuity notes. Good hop bitterness and subtle hop flavors, largely of the same quality described in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Robust body, perfect for the style.

Overall: A marvelous lager and one that everyone should seek out.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a dimpled mug. Paid £2.39 for a single bottle.

Pours a brilliantly clear, pale golden coloured body with masses of visible streaming carbonation. A two-finger in height, bubbly white head with excellent retention leaves behind a modest amount of fine lace.

Crisp, faintly sweet, toasted grains lead above touches of hay and grassy hops to comprise the simple and delicate nose. Taste roughly follows suit. Pale malts, toasty grains and traces of wheat combine with hints of zesty lemon to lead the lightly sweet and bready flavour profile upfront. Hay and grassy hop profiles build from the mid-palate onwards, bringing a pleasant light bitterness to expertly balance initial malt sweetness. In the mouth, a light body and plentiful carbonation give a smooth and crisp feel, which make for incredibly easy drinking. Hop bitterness lingers momentarily before finishing quick, clean and dry on the palate.

Overall this is a very good beer. Simple, but clean, crisp, delicate and well crafted. I am not usually a fan of the style, but it’s malty character, refreshing nature and insane drinkability mean I could certainly see myself picking up a couple of bottles to drink on a hot summers day. Recommended.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliant in the glass with a nice head, this lager has a soft, sweet, maltiness in the nose and finishes clean with with just enough hops to round it out. To my tastes, less carbonation would be appreciated.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it 2.5 stars of 4 and noted that the beer had become thinner.
Also listed in the "1001". Of the 8 beers that I've rated in the Hell category, this is one of the better ones. So, it probably deserves to be on the list.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into lager glass.
Pours clear yellow, thick and nice white head, excellent retention.
Smell - grain, dough, hay, slightly metallic/oxidized.
Taste - clean malty, slightly metallic, pleasant hops.
Crisp and light, helles as it has to be.

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Photo of Martine
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The lagerbier that needs no introduction.

I discovered the Augustiner brewery completely by surprise from a local beer shop here in the UK, and I've never looked back. This beer sets the bar for all lagers; the beautiful crisp hoppy start to the biscuit malt aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.

Perfectly balanced; so drinkable it should be criminal. A world class Helles.

Zum Wohl!

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Photo of woodj563
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer when I was in Germany. Everyone orders and Augustiner at the bar and as soon as you have one, you'll find out why. My favorite beer by far, just wish i could find it in PA.

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