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

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Reviews: 583
Hads: 1,290
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 50
Gots: 171 | FT: 0
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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 Dave97
4.51/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poor - from a 12oz bottle - Nice easy poor, about a finger soapy head. Head settles down quickly to a thin top lacing. Very light lacing on the sides.

Appearance - 14k gold/straw, light amber. Very clear, almost no carbonation.

Nose - Very nice. Light Bohemian pilsner barley malt; bready/biscuit. Very nice light Hallertau, floral/grass/lemon. Very balanced, very light pleasant, rounded nose.

Mouthfeel - light, a little fizzy, a little watery... easy drinking.

Taste - Very balanced German/Bavarian pils/lager. What more is there to say, nothing really. Atypical Euro/German/Bavarian Pils/Lager. Pils barley malt, Hallertau hops, well balanced; a little grain, a little grass/floral/lemon. Nice light bitterness. No sweetness really, like in a Heineken.

Finish - Very nice light lasting finish. No off flavors. Floral, sour lemon. Dry, granny smith apple crisp.

Overall - Very nice beer. I love their website, they have all the pertinent info right there. One of the oldest breweries in Europe. This is a world class beer for sure. Very nice taste and finish. But honestly, it's not much different from Heineken and when I can get Heineken for half the price; well... I'm fine with the Heiny.

Food Pairings - honestly, pretty much everything. A great dinner beer.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Liquor Collection $2.25 12 ounce. Light golden color, light mouth feel, light refreshing taste, no bitterness. This is a good beer to have when you want to drink a lot of beer because it has a clean taste and easy drinking.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baught as Spaten München.
L: Pours clear straw with 2.5 fingers thick white head.
S: Leafy hop flavor.
T: A bit bready, with hoppy finish.
F: light bodied with excellent carbonization.
O: Good lager.

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Photo of rangerred
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours crystal clear but unfortunately there is no head to speak of. Aroma of noble hops and some biscuit malt. Kind of a floral, soapy flavor with some faint cracker and roast. Moderate bitterness with a fairly sweet finish. Pretty much a staple of the style.

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Photo of jaydenmeier
4.73/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I am from Germany and moved to Los Angeles. I had Krombacher and Wahrsteiner, but Spaten Premium Lager really kills it.

Might be the best Lager I ever had, with a light malty taste.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A likeable helles lager when you can find it fresh enough (and hidden from light). Nice bready malt nose that truly evokes, well, bread - at times white, ever so slightly toasted, bread, at others perhaps a touch of pizza dough. Malt is similarly bready with a constant poke of lager yeast. Split as to where this stacks up with other German helles, but regardless it's worth a drink if you can find a freshy.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: clear gold with a finger of white head, little retention and no lacing
Smell: vaguely cereal, mineral, herbal, a bit skunky
Taste: dry cereal, mineral, mild herbal hops
Feel: light, average carbonation

Overall: I remembered liking this about 10 years ago when I tried it last, but I guess it's a testament to the american brewing scene that it just doesn't make much of an impression anymore. As a dry, drinkable lager it is acceptable, but there just isn't much to the flavor profile, dominated cereal and mineral notes.

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Photo of Myotus
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | 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, 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, too carbonated (almost burns the tongue, but not quite), with a crisp finish.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of tbraun1
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of mmmbirra
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.
The best Munich helles lager easily, and cheaply, found in these parts.

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Photo of Hodgson
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.


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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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;

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Photo of flyingpig
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of mnrider
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.


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Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Premo88
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: gold, clear, not much of a head but tons of bubbles in the column; with a super hard pour, the head reached about 1-inch of wispy white foam that evaporates quickly -- big soapy bubbles on top

S: some green/grassy hop notes with a bit of bread malt sweetness ... grain, sweet grain, sour grain; has a slight skunkiness but not too bad

T: mostly bread malt and water ... it really has a watered-down taste ... a pinch of hops but not overly bitter; the hops taste more like black pepper/earth than those greener hops in the nose

F: average ... again, a bit watery

O: far from terrible, far from great ... it's not a beer I'll buy again because we import so much better from the region, but it's also a serviceable helles with an interesting hop mix of grass in the nose and black pepper on the tongue

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Photo of titvs
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 1D). Bottle 50 cl - Batch 17.02.2104. AROMA: sweet malt aroma with a slight background DMS. low hop aroma. APPEARANCE: yellow clear with a thin white head with average retention. TASTE: sweet taste that lingers into the finish. low bitterness and low hop flavour. no esters. PALATE: médium-light body, medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: an average bulk munich helles and the original style created at Spaten brewery.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz green bottle
L - golden colored body, precisely clear, with a creamy, white head that slowly fades to a foam
S - light struck, grass, biscuit, spicy noble hop
T - crisp and clean, impeccable balance, grassy spicy hops, biscuity grain, faint light struck hop taste
F - creamy and smooth, ample carbonation, finishes clean
O - slightly tainted by the green bottle light effect, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had as Spaten Premium Lager, 5.2 % alc.
Pours pale golden, small white head that goes fast to a thin sticky lace.
Tho a strong skunky smell at first, some nice grainy malts break through as it settles, a touch of fruit and some mild stewed hops.
Maltiness dominates the taste, grainy but also with a bit of sweetness, faint apple and lemon zest.
A bit of skunk, not too discomforting, grassy hop finish, a bit spicy, mild bitterness.
Light bodied, medium carbonation.
A decent lager, but doesn't really bring the German quality stamp.

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.