Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,260 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,260
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 46
Gots: 151 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

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Ratings: 1,260 | Reviews: 589
Photo of Machoo
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Decent. Much prefer ales. Not biggest fan of Helles.

Photo of Myotus
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours with two fingers worth of white foam that dissipates into a half fingers worth within two minutes. Straw yellow in color. Plethora of bubbles with moderate lacing. Has mild aromas of spicy, bitter, and floral hops that combine with mild, buttered bread malt aromas and a hint of smoke. Initial taste is a rapid succession of hop flavors: Mild spicy hops followed by mild bitter hops preceded by slightly stronger floral hops. And that's just act one!! Up next comes the deliscious, it mild buttered bread malts. All flavors persist except for floral hops, which grow a little stronger. A hint of smokey flavor manages to sneak in to the aftertaste. Medium bodied, incredibly smooth, too carbonated (almost burns the tongue, but not quite), with a crisp, dry finish.

Photo of Dentist666
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear straw yellow beer with fizzy white head, relatively weak retention. Smell is rich malty and rather sweet. Taste - mineral, malts, lack of hops even for the style. The beer seems not balanced and not carbonated as it must have been.

Photo of utopiajane
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color gold and glinting with clarity. Thinnish white head that fell off pretty fast. Nose is mild grain, and a small whiff of dms. Textbook to style. Taste is excellent. Crisp malt. Body is tremendously light even thinnish. Carbonation livens the palate . Smooth, dry malty finish with a soft sweet hop herbal. No esters, no diacetyl.

Photo of KensWorld
4.51/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer to give to your friend who has no clue and loves the domestic light crap. This is a true, real LIGHT BEER. 4 60

Photo of Chuck6860
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent beer. Just not a huge lager fan

Photo of tbraun1
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Everything a lager should be. Crisp. Refreshing. Easy on the palate and adaptable to many different types of foods. Way more flavor and depth than any large scale macro american domestic. One of my favorites for the style. Ein prosit!

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spaten is one of my favorite German beers and always great taste and consistent quality.

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear, dark straw yellow with thin head that quickly dissipated into lacing. Light carbonation.
S: Skunk and grain.
T: Smooth, delicious grain with pleasant skunky hoppy goodness.
F: A little thinner than I like, but still very good.

Photo of slimpickens101
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good on tap, a little skunk in the bottle.

Photo of brooklyneseboy
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best chill out beers ever!

Photo of Bali_hi
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of spaten lager drank.

Photo of mmmbirra
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks more or less like the other Munich pale lagers.
Smells rich and malty, with some spicy hops.
Taste is fuller with richer malts than Paulaner and Hofbrau, and is also somewhat more bitter than those two. Doesn't come near Augustiner though.
The best Munich helles lager easily, and cheaply, found in these parts.

Photo of House_Of_Rebecca
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great summer easy drinking beer, not too sweet.Not too filling.

Photo of Hodgson
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is very fresh judging by the date codes, maybe 6 weeks max from packaging.

I agree substantially with the last review except there is no way I would compare this to Budweiser, it is much better. It has good grainy values - no starch-like notes I associate with adjunct - and good mineral notes from the hops. Also, it has no DMS or similar smells like a lot of Euro lager has. It is on the dry and light side for helles but nothing wrong with that.

I am sure on draft unpasteurized it would be even better.

Photo of DaveBar
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $2.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in seconds. Light gold color and filtered clear

S- Not a lot of nose on this one. Some hops. Touch of malt

T- Pretty good blend. Light bodied and hoppy. Malt comes through as soon as the hops leave. These guys are good.

M- Pretty much a Bud but that is fine

O- Pretty good beer. In the pecking order this one comes in on a good level. Will choose this one over a Bud any day

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with..... Chinese stir fry. Lots of crispy veggies and oyster sauce.

Enjoy

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really bright, clear, somewhat goldenish color. Smell is the weak point for this because it had a very small hint of skunkiness (green bottle). Tastes very refreshing, and is incredibly smooth and easy to drink. I could seriously drink this stuff like water.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not usually a seeker of German pale lagers, but when I have to drink one, it might as well be spaten, it's so light and clean, one could literally consume a dozen of these in an afternoon with little consequence. Blonde and bright, nice and fizzy, refreshing, and really clean in the finish. Enjoying the hops on it, more than others, and the yeast is an absolute classic, often found skunked out in the market because of the green glass, but when fresh, this really is an excellent lager, distinct from the others in its class I think, and pleasantly flavorful for what it is. Often the best beer available at non craft spots.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; light gold colored; less than a one finger white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; little lacing;

S: sweet malt; grainy; a little skunky;

T: pilsner malt, cheerios; light hop flavor and low bitterness on the finish;

M: clean, crisp; medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a little light struck, but still a really nice beer;

Photo of flyingpig
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from Reilly's (Lisnaskea - £1.79):
Quite a nice lager without really doing much to stand out from the crowd, being from Germany is almost enough to elevate it above most lagers you're likely to try in the UK but it is by no means a classic. It had enough going for it to keep you interested and the crisp finish was particularly pleasing but it's not a beer I'd go out of my way to track down again.

Photo of Abigale
1.81/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Smells like grass. Tastes like lemongrass. Fresh and crisp but couldn't get past the strange hop flavor integrated into the brew.

Photo of mnrider
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright clear golden yellow. Nice white head. Carbonation is high. Retention is on the poor side.

S: Grains. Pungent. Pepper and lemon. Crisp. Nice.

T/M: Bubbly and crisp. Grains and malts with some light herbal hops. The taste of grapes come in a little. The overall taste is a little on the clean side. The finish is dry with a linger of grains.

O: Very Good German Lager. I can taste the vintage recipe. Easy to drink, not a bad choice.

Cheers!!

Photo of mdphill
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything a lager should be.

Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden honey clear looking beer with carbonation present throughout. light head fades to almost nothing.

Clean malty smell with a bit of grassy undertones.

Clean crisp slightly sweet taste with a bit of earthiness to it, but very clean easy to drink.

This beer feels light, but with great carbonation felt in your mouth, which leaves a really nice finish.

Photo of hmvalp
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What lagers should aspire to

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