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

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BA SCORE
83
good

576 Reviews
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Reviews: 576
Hads: 1,266
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 47
Gots: 153 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a very nice golden clear. Nice bubbles with a thin white head. No lacing.

Aroma is nice. Grassy and pilsner like. Nice German hop aroma.

Taste is clean. It has a nice grassy taste with a slight maltiness and a nice hop flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Nice carb.

Overall I like this a bit better than the Hacker-Pschorr I just had. Much more cleaner and crisp with a nice hop flavor. (442 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pils glass

The smell is of sweet grass with some fresh grass and a tpuch of fruitiness. No Euro skunk here.

The taste is of fresh, sweet malt balanced by oily, slightly fruity hops. Light, clean refreshing finish.

It has a nice body for the style. Very smooth.

For a green bottled Euro this is very nice. Holds up well. Nice taste with a smooth, refreshing feel. Good choice for a "session". (416 characters)

Photo of Mistofminn
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle. Consumed at a Christmas party with assortment of other beers.

Straw yellow color with white head. Impressive lacing.

Malts. There are some faint hops here, and maybe some citrus.

Great taste and mouthfeel. There is a good balance with the malts and hops (the hops are barely noticeable) and it works well with the carbonation. Medium body.

Very drinkable. Especially after you've had many other beers in a holiday party environment. Don't get carried away though. (487 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. green glass bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a pale golden body with intense clarity. One finger fizzy looking white head that quickly dies down to a ring of foam clinging to the edge of the glass and scattered wisps of foam in the middle. No real lacing left behind.

Fruity lager scent, some faint grain, and grassy hops in the nose.

Taste follows smell with a fruity lager fragrance, some bready yeast, some grain, grassy and slightly peppery hop finish.

The mouthfeel is light, smooth, creamy on the bigger sips, and clean with a nice crisp finish. Quite refreshing.

So easy to drink. One of the best widely available lagers in my books. (660 characters)

Photo of deanhead
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored with very little head. Aroma is floral and spicy. Very clean smelling, (in good way)
Taste is bitter up front, and then has a crisp and extremely dryfinish. Mouthfeel is light. This is a really great example of the classis style, it better be since it's made by the Germans!
This is a real easy drinker. Would go well with spicy foods or meat.
This would be a good standy to keep in the fridge. (409 characters)

Photo of jackndan
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Premium: Very nice example of the classic German taste. Pale golden beer with a pure white head. The aroma reminded me of skunk, but the taste of the beer was anything but. Sweet taste, with a pleasant sour follow through and a hoppy dry, absolutely clean finish. Very nice and very drinkable. (305 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at T. Phillips Alehouse in "downtown" Glendora, CA. Served in a 23oz mug.
Appearance: clear yellow color with a lumpy white head that was quite durable thanks to the abundant carbonation. Nice rings of lace clung to the walls of the glass.
Nose: notes of hayfields, dusty grains and biscuity malts. Light aroma of herbal hops.
Taste: good balance here. Solid malt bill that has a biscuity flavor overlays a mild dusty grain tasste. Finishes with a slight herbal and grassy hops bite that's nicely in balance with the malt side of the equation.
Feel: light, crisp, and refreshing.
Overall, I think I just might want to go back for more of this. Spaten Premium Lager has struck a good balance between the malt and hops profiles and is very easy drinking. Worth sending down your soup cooler. (796 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a fluted glass.

A - clear, golden color with a fluffy white head.

S - sweet malt and some yeastiness in the aroma.

T - sweet malty taste with just a slight bitterness right before a sweet finish.

M - crisp and light.

D - easy drinking brew. (268 characters)

Photo of Beerislife652854
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Crystal clear golden yellow w/ medium white head. Slight amount of lacing.

S - Smells like an American lager.

T - Crisp and refreshing.

M - Carbonation is what you would expect in a lager beer.

D - No problems here. Could easily drink many of these. (291 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer a lot. I'm already of Spaten's great Optimator and this beer maintains Spaten's reputation.

It looks nice: Pale yellow with a large, puffy white head. The smell is hoppy, grassy and grainy.

The taste first begins with light flavors of toasted malt and ends with a nice hop bitterness and flavor. This is good stuff. It's very refreshing.

The body is light and easy to swallow, just as expected. This beer is very easy to drink and is a great session beer, as are most German lagers, for some reason. ;-)

Overall this is a fine lager and good for when you're looking for something good to drink on a hot day or when you don't want a really heavy hitter. (681 characters)

Photo of orangemoustache
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a crystal clear golden yellow with bubbly white head that leaves behind tons of lace

S-mostly grains and sweet hops,very clean and almost sterile like

T-sweet corn taste upfront with a wonderful hop presence that is earthy and helps add a nessesary dimension to this otherwise simple brew

M-light body that is'nt watery at all,medium carbonation,finishes nice and clean

D-refreshing and a little more flavor than your average Pils or Lager (451 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow in color with lots of brightness through its completely clear body, this beer develops a soft clean white head on top that peaks at just less than one finger. It holds up pretty well and manages sturdy patching that eventually drops to spotting but continues to cling pretty well.
Grains up front hold with a pale malt with a lemony tang that's balanced by some grass and herb hops notes.
A lightly sweet beer is kept in check by a dry/doughy biscuit malt, some green grape and red apple mostly. Lemon comes in to add another dimension with zest, and the hops are grassy and herbal as in the nose.
This beer is light, clean and refreshing all around. It has a strong carbonation that isn't allowed to get out of control even with a crispness that never stops biting; as such, it's fluffy in the mouth while biting. It has just a little dryness to balance the feel. It starts off grainy but ends clean. (915 characters)

Photo of BierManVA
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine golden colored crisp lager. A little weak on the smell, (no skunk, like a good Lager shouldn't) but, I drink bier for the flavor and punch. A very smooth bier but with a nice after taste. Meaning, 'swallow the bier and enjoy'. Not overly carbonated but a very good lacy head.

"Lass Dir raten, trinke Spaten" = "Left to your advice, drink Spaten..."

An excellent Munich macro with drinkability, Especially at the price. Easy to see why they are part of the Big Six.

I highly recommend it. I mean...What else do you want from a Lager Bier?

John (561 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle to a heavy glass mug. Head is a rich, thick, creamy, white blanket with fine lacing an amazing staying power. The liquid in pale yellow with coper high lights. Very attractive and inviting.

Smell is sweet, bready and a hint of yeast minor notes of citrus.

Taste is very refreshing. Excellent balance between sweet bready malt and mild biter hops. Zum Wohl!

Mouthfeel is mildly fizzy with a slight bite. Full body, creamy and smooth.

Drinkability is very high. This would be a KA session beer if you had an extra 20 minutes to work off the 5.2 ABV.

Prosit! MK (605 characters)

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal gold, dense white head, about a finger in thickness lasts for about 10 minutes before receding to a hazy cap. Vigorous visible carbonation release.

The scent is predominantly a bready malt with some faint peppery hops in the background. There is also a slightly vinous quality to this brew's aroma.

This brew has a quite pleasant bready flavor with a constrast of grassy hops. Very clean, with just a bit of hop bitterness.

The texture is silky smooth, with some prickly carbonation. Medium-bodied. (510 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very clear and bright gold, with a fluffy, thick head that's perfectly white. The aroma is quite zesty with spicy German hops and some nice bread crust notes. Some sweet cooked grain notes make their way in as well. On the palate, big carbonation first off, along with some sharply bitter, almost gritty hop oils that are laid over an extremely smooth pale malt base that almost defines "bready". Mouthfeel is quite nice, as the beer hits both its smooth and rough notes, with the only off note being some carbonation that is perhaps overzealous. Overall, this is an excellent helles. (590 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sunny golden liquid. The first bottle, curiously had no pressure and the beer was almost flat. The second was fine, with a vigorous, creamy head.
The nose is deliriously rich with toasted, caramel white egg-bread fragrances. Impossibly deep, it elicits a nostalgia for the alley between the great breweries of Munich. A wealth of honey and wholesome white bread.
On the palate it is decidedly firm, with a solid cold grip of baked grain and mineral. Easy malty sweetness reigns over the soft, bubbly mousse...the only structural check offered, as there is no acidity or burnt bitterness to speak of. Perhaps a little top heavy or "soapy" but a lovely little lager nonetheless. (678 characters)

Photo of musicman575
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Spaten has this big beer stigma about it that makes me avoid drinking it when there are other options. I went against my instincts and got some anyway.

Poured three 12-oz bottles into a 1-liter vintage clay Spaten Mug, pouring the last one a bit harder to make some foam. I still had trouble getting much foam out, but I didn't really expect much.

It has that good ol' German grainy smell with a bit of hops to it. I don't know why I was surprised to find it really didn't smell like cheap beer to me.

I loved the way it drank. I didn't try to pace myself since I could enjoy all of its goodness in large gulps. Not even close to the most flavorful fancy beer in the world, but it sure does have a jolly spirit!

Prost! (722 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good, solid helles, but not near the top. It has zesty, light hoppy bitterness on a nice bready, malty base.

Bright gold, it has a medium, creamy white head that steadily shrinks to a thin wispy top and leaves only a faint hint of lace.

The aroma has a strong bready-grain character, with flowery-herbal hops. It has a lot of bread and herbs with a hint of lemon.

The taste s zesty with bread and herbs with some toasted grain and lemon. It's somewhat soft and creamy, yet zesty, lightly sweet with a faint hop bite, and a crisp, almost tangy, faintly lemony-herbal finish. It's quite drinkable, but not nearly as good as some others. (649 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L Brown bottle
Pours light golden/straw colored and effervescent with a 2 fingers deep white head. Very good head retention and good lacing

Smell: Grassy and malty smells

Taste: Sweet, clean and malty. Slight alcohol taste sneaks in as the beer warms. Finishes crisp with lemon notes and slightly fruitty

MF: Nice balance, very good carbonation

Drank very easy, super impressed that this stood up so well from its swim across the pond. Brings bak memories of a gasthaus we frequented in Garmisch (Spaten joint that was walking distance from the campground & had stellar food) Great summer time session bier (621 characters)

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12fl oz bottle poured into my stange

Appearance was a pale golden to light yellow color with a two inch white head. Good head retention with soapy lacing scattered all over my glass.

Aroma consist of slightly barnyard/funky smells. This does not mean it is a bad bottle, a lot of lagers from Europe smell like that. I get smells of hay, grains, wheat, cracker and bread like malts. Noble hops are also detected as usual.

Upfront taste of grains and slightly sweet malts. A little bit of citrus flavor follows midway with just a tad bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

Light bodied with high carbonation. (608 characters)

Photo of BigOsoDaddy
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think there is a world of difference between this beer poured from a bottle and from draft or mini keg; any beer drinker worth his salt should know that beer from green bottles has a high probability of off flavors and aromas. That being said...

Spaten premium pours nicely with a thick foamy head and in a "bar clean" class had good retention and lovely lacing. It is best served chilled at cellar temps, not ice cold. The nose is subtle but does have nice malt presence and subtle sourdough bread notes. The perfect golden-yellow is what you would expect from a Munich Helles and is nicely effervescent but not overly carbonated. For me it is moderately sweet on the front of the sip and leaves no off flavor aftertaste but finishes clean an d a bit wet. Overall an excellent example of an everyday German lager for everyday lager drinkers and a great value. Buy a 5 liter mini keg and enjoy while grilling some brats! (923 characters)

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served up on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Appearance is a vibrant, clear yellow with a full two-finger creamy white cap that fizzles somewhat slowly and leaves behind little lacing on the glass.

Produces a bright, floral bouquet with some faint sweet malt aroma mixed in.

Nice light, crisp mouthfeel. Tastes lightly of sweet grains up front with a nice balance of herbaceous hop bitterness in the middle and finishes with a lingering, slightly unpleasant bready sweetness.

Quite a refreshing brew. Drinkability is top notch; I could easily quaff this all night long and not tire of it. (597 characters)

Photo of Cmack15
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am on a really big lager kick lately and picked up a bottle of Spaten last time I was at the store. The beer has a nice light golden color and good carbonation. The aroma is a nice sweet malty lager smell that makes you thirsty. The taste is nice sweet malt with just a hint of noble hops. The beer is very refreshing and easily a session beer. I would say this a great beer to pair with a meal too since it won't leave you full or thrash your palette. Nice smooth refreshing, enjoy
cheers (491 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spaten premium pours a light golden color with a centimeter or so of white foam. Given the size and look of the foam, it left considerable lacing. The aroma is inviting with doughy bready notes. A light mouthfeel with some buoyant carbonation. Grainy malt along with some starchiness begins on the palate. As the beer moves back the mild hops balances the subtle beginning. This is a well rounded beer. A classic refreshing brew. (429 characters)

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