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

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83
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1,247 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,247
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 46
Gots: 145 | 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: 1,247 | Reviews: 585
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Photo of delta490
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clear gold with a fizzy white head. The head doesn't last long but does leave a small amount of lacing. The aroma is mild, with light notes of cut grass and grain. The taste is similar with the addition of light hops earthiness. The mouthfeel is toward the lighter side with a nice bite from the hops on the finish. A very good lager.

Photo of Ken_H
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very drinkable, enjoyable beer. Smells inviting, tastes fresh and has a number of different taste themes all working together. Finishes clean with no unpleasant aftertaste. It just seems right to me and I would be hard pressed to order something else if this was available.

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I liked the nice gold color to it medium sized head wich left a good lace that stayed for quite awhile.Very grainy,sweet minerally aroma very malt accented.Pretty clean tasting a hint of hops in the finish,a little thin in the mouthfeel department though.A pretty good lager better than the American giants but not as good of its European partners.

Photo of RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is a nice, deep yellow with a huge, pillowy head. The head is like lumps of shaving cream and leaves some beautiful lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – The Munich Lager aroma is very pleasing. The grain is easy on the olfactory bulb. This is one mellow nose.

Taste – The light grain from the nose turns a bit orangish at the taste. This is a very even flavor. The hops are done just right and provide excellent balance.

Mouthfeel – This big lager is medium-bodied and heavy. The carbonation is light and feels terrific. This one also packs a huge dry wallop at the end.

Drinkability – This Helles Lager is a bit rough around the edges but good and very drinkable. It’s a classic.

Photo of Dmann
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a mini-keg of this at a little party tonight. It poured a medium gold color with a very nice white head that settled after about 5 minutes and left nice lace down my glass. The smell was quite malty with a very bread like scent overall. The taste was very smoothe and was largley dominated by a thick maltiness. Slight grain and apple flavors were there as well and pretty much no hoppiness to it whatsoever. The mouthfeel was quite flat, I'm thinking the mini keg might have gone flat or it was not tapped right or something. All in all it was a good easy drinking beer that went very well with the pizza and bean dip.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A boring German pilsner, but then, I find the style boring in general, so I guess I should try to compare this to other pilsners I've had. A pretty average and follow-the-guidelines style beer right down to the smallest detail. Obviously its better than most American pilsners, and mostly the same as other European pilsners. Whew, there is just not much to say one way or the other about this one.

Photo of muskiecf
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this beer to be slightly above average but not much else. Don't get me wrong this eclipses anything for BMC but it isn't anything to go nuts for. A good beer but not great. I love Helles and maybe am spoiled by Penn Gold, but this wasn't exactly what I was expecting.

Photo of amk786
4.97/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a great German Lager. For anyone who loves to drink classic american pilsner such as Budweiser will love this German creation. This beer is extremely smooth, the taste is neither bitter or sweet but perfectly balanced. The color of the beer is light golden, and has a malty aroma with a hint of lemon.

Photo of generallee
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a green 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. There appears to be no freshness date and the label reads "malt liquor".

Appearance: It has a light golden colored body with very good clarity and some visible streams of carbonation. The head on top is light and foamy, bright white in color and fades out quickly.

Smell: The aroma is very light with just a hint of pale malt and grassy/floral hop notes.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor is simple crisp and refreshing with a light to medium body. There is a thin biscuity malt balanced by floral and somewhat grassy hops that bring mild but balanced bitterness. The finish is quick and fairly dry with active cleansing carbonation.

Notes: It has an easy drinking texture and a good simple and balanced flavor.

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

A- An atractive clear golden colour, with decent 1 1/2 finger head( 2 if you try for it)

S- A hint of skunk from the first bit of each bottle that seemed to go away pretty fast. Otherwise a decent hop smell.

T- Like a good German beer should taste with a bit more malt than usual which makes it interesting.

M- dry hop finish with a bit of malt.

D- Definitely easy to drink a few of these any time, especially if you enjoy a good crisp beer,

Last note, I would say its best to drink these not too long after you get them, the last one of my pack had skunked before I got to it(a couple of weeks time). besides that its a decent beer.

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a no freshness date.

Appearance: Glistening golden straw colour holds a decent white lace for some time.

Smell: Crisp graininess with a lemon back and some faint grape tannin as well, a touch grassy from the hops and very clean.

Taste: Fluffy crispness lifts the tongue to feel all of the tiny bubbles, a mild biscuity malt shows some grape tannin off … this show the quality of the brew by the choice malt it was brewed with. Graininess hits with a light bready and faintly lemon note, hops round everything out and seems to clean things up nicely. Long lingering grain and hop finish leaves a trail of dryness.

Notes: One of the originals and some what underrated in my opinion, this brew has no problem pairing with a plate of knock and bratwurst with a tangy kraut and some German potato salad.

Photo of merlin48
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Helles pours a clear, pale yellow body with a 4 cm, white, rocky, head. Good head retention, and attractive patch lacing all over the glass.

Nice aroma has lemony hops up front with a roasted grain background.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with even carbonation and a light body. Clean and smooth.

The taste is crisp with carbonation, and features a well executed balance of lemony hops and soft, grainy, maltiness that evokes the flavor of unsalted crackers. Finish is crisp and smooth, with a clean aftertaste.

Very drinkable! Excellent for the style. I could enjoy a few of these. In fact, I think I will.

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw color and clear. White head, leaves alot of wispy lacing. bready nose. Floral/grainy hops. Mild malt notes in the center. Light bodied, crisp and pleasant. Prickly carbonation on the tongue late. Quality lager, very nice in summer. Good session brew.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bier Markt in downtown Toronto.

Poured into a Spaten stange glass. Pale golden in colour, the pour left a billowy white head, which receded into a fine ring. Lacing patches throughout the pint.

Nose is grainy, sweet, soft floral hops, apple peel.

Tastes like many other Oktoberfest lagers I've had over the years, though this is a good thing! Sweet, mild hop character, lemon, apple, some bread/graininess. Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, easy drinker.

A tasty Oktoberfest-style lager, refreshing an easy to quaff in large quantities. Nothing exciting about the brew, but you can tell that this brew is crafted well for summer/festival consumption.

Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear and rich gold with fluffy white head. No lacing but quite pretty.

Smell: Apples, lemon, hay and maybe a touch of noble hops.

Taste: Dry malts with an emphasis on apple, grass and hay. Slight spiciness appears at the finish to help balance the beer slightly, but this is mostly about the malts.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body. I would say it has a dry finish but there is a grainy aftertaste that unfortunately gets in the way.

Drinkability: Great German lager for a hot day or as a simple accompaniment to food or friends.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a .3L flute.

Pours a very light yellow clear color with a very small head that fades quick. Nose is super light an slightly hoppy.

Taste is very mellow and light, not yoo complex but super drinkable and crisp. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Decent beer for te price worth checking out.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nice offering from Bavaria. Poured this out of a 12oz green-glass bottle this past weekend. Poured a pale, golden color with a foamy white head atop. Head quickly dissipated. Smell was of the common Euro-pale lager, with a sweet tinge accompanied by an oakey afterthought. Taste was good, comforting, sweet malt dominated what little hops were discernable. A good, solid beer. Doesn't over dazzle you and doesn't let you down. Consistently good tasting beer.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An average looking beer with a clear golden color and moderate, short-lived head. The aroma was hops laden with just a hint of malt. The flavor was slightly off (victim of the green bottle syndrome), but the high hop content and slight malt finish were refreshing. The good carbonation and long-lasting flavor upped the mouthfeel. An easily drinkable beer that would be better if fresher. I anticipate more samplings of this style.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Obviously a popular German Beer, probably third to Becks and St. Pauli Girl, at least in the US. Spaten is a great lager. It isn't too light or heavy, refreshing and very drinkable for a German Beer. It has a very quick head, and some lacing. What can I say, the beer sells it self.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with great yellow clarity and a frothy white head. Aroma is definitely skunky, in a light, green bottle, not weed kind of way.

Nice spritzy effervescent feel to the beer, maybe noble or golding hops, very light malt bill to the beer. Skunky lemon, green apple to a much lesser degree. Skunky, yet crisp.

Very light aftertaste, good bitterness, this is a great beer to have with food when you don't want a big beer to drown out the food flavor you are pairing it with. A decent palate cleanser as well, without being water or watered down.

Photo of ADR
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow-gold color, 1/4 inch head in a Pilsner glass that's decently persistent. Slightly nutty aroma. Light-bodied, malt is unobtrusive but hops are well balanced and lend just a touch of crispness. No annoying skunk. Pleasant finish, a little honey sweetness. I was looking for more grain or nut characteristics. Not a ton of memories here but a very drinkable beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden straw color with a nice sized fizzy white head leaves behind healthy amounts of lacing served in a Spaten half liter mug. Aroma: Sweet grainy lemongrass tones with lightly toasted malts packing a nice gentle punch and the grassy herbal European hops do the trick here. Taste: Very clean tasting no "skunky" effect the draft really improves the flavor of this beer, sweet with a nice bitterness in the finish, session brew. Mouthfeel: Light bodied fizzy carbonation, mass produced but well done German helles. Drinkability: Nice and easy effortless beer don't think about just enjoy, meant to be drank in number.

Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml undated, green bottle served in a snifter.

A: The body is crystal-clear light golden-yellow, with a very short-lived fluffy white head. Zero sediment.

Aroma: Light aroma, mostly lacking the somewhat expected skunkiness. Grassy with sweet grain.

Taste: more skunkiness (actually, this tastes fresh and the 'skunk' is from the hops, I believe) and hops here than in the nose, and more flavor than one might expect given the light appearance and aroma. Lightly earthy hops with a hints of lemon, fresh hay and biscuit.

M: near medium bodied with rather aggressive carbonation that imparts a crisp feel. Dry finish.

O: haven't had this in years, but pretty much as expected. Works best with food.

Photo of monoXcide
4.73/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing! It is what got me into the finer beers. Before I had a Spaten, my preconceptions of beer was that nasty stuff that is branded with names such as Miller and Budweiser. Not being a snob, but come on, can those brands really compare to this?! I absolutely love this beer!!!

Appearance - Pours clear and golden with a thin head and little lacing. Very nice looking. Some complain about the head and lacing but I don't look at beer...I drink it.

Smell - This is what a beer should smell like. The only way to describe it would be fresh and kinda grain like. No smell is particularly dominant.

Taste - Clean! Purity Law takes a bit of a new meaning with this one. This is very refreshing. Everything feels like it is in perfect balance with each other. I wish I could describe it better then just clean but it does have a little bitter bite at the end that is great.

Mouthfeel - Remember that thin head and little lacing? It is in there but it comes out in the mouthfeel. A bigger head means that the carbonization is wasted there instead of coming out in the mouthfeel. It has just the right amount of carbonization...if you poured it right that is.

Drinkability - Holy hell! This beer is very smooth, goes down very easy, does not fill me up, and does not disappoint. Each sip is better then the last and I can easily finish off a bottle and then plow through a few more. As long as it continues to find my mouth, then I am still drinking it. Spaten is to beer as Lay's is to potato chips...I can't have just one!

Get you some and enjoy with friends.

Photo of rastaman
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite OK with me. Very pale yellow colour, small head and little lasting, sweetish maltiness, medium bitterness. Highly drinkable, fruity flavour, not too bad in the end.

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