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

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,004 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1004
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%


Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-08-2001)
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DCon

Missouri

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

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Soulard (St. Louis), MO for $15. Tapped into my new Spaten Litre Seidel Glass and enjoyed in this large of a glass because of the iTap Soulard Sunday Opening Event. The First Litre was $15 and after that $10 for every Litre refill.

Aroma- Grainy, sweet, malty, and very boring. Only hints of all of these while it seems like over 5 minutes I have my nose down into my litre. Are you going to drink that Litre?

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger (or more), foamy head that dies quickly but leaves a ring of lacing. Pale gold color body that is clear and has huge carbonation bubbles. Lacing is good.

Flavor- Light grains and malts, sweet, and has no bitterness at all on the finish. A great refreshing taste and clean!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves bit of grain on the palate.

Overall Impression- Not my favorite of the Helles Lagers, but still brings me back to Austrian/German festival days. Easy drinking, light, clean, and bottoms up! Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2011 16:00:40 | More by DCon
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DabblinWiscCraft

Wisconsin

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

Pours a very clear, pale straw color, with an inch of egg shell head that falls to about a quarter inch that really sticks around and has good cling. Just a bit of visible carbonation. There's a lot of sweet malt bread notes in the nose. A bit of underlying grassy hop provides some grounding. There is a bit of lemon peel that comes across in the bouquet, as well. Bread malt notes are very prominent in the taste, with a bit of hop bitterness making its presence felt at the sides and back of the tongue. Finishes on the sweet side, with the malts winning out over the hops. While not especially engaging, the tastes are all very smooth throughout their life on the palate. The feel is a bit more pedestrian than the taste: It's light-bodied and quite effervescent, with some acidity and crispness.

This is a classic-tasting and very well-balanced lager. What you see is what you get with this one: The lack of surprises or significant complexity in this one is compensated by smoothness and solid flavors throughout. It may not raise many eyebrows, but it really does everything that a good lager should.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 07:03:23 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
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THECPJ

Delaware

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: lager yeast, malts,

taste: crisp, clean, some hop character and malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: a refreshing lager enjoyed this in the baking sun and it was much needed. if you need a crisp clean beer go for it.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 00:30:35 | More by THECPJ
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 05:52:24 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Kelly88

Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at cock and bull served in your standard pint.

A- straw yellow that is translucent with a magnifying glass effect. White head holds up for a short while That recedes to a uniformed group of condensed white bubbles.

S- my nose is telling me straight lager yeast with a Tad of musty basement. Maybe some wheat in the mix. Pretty plain and uneventful.

T- honestly it is a bmc lager on roids. More straightforward yeast and hops that fade to a rice type flavor. Reminds me of a ' double ' Miller lite.

M- light and crisp, very easy to drink. Good carbonation That is not to prickly like most lagers.

Overall not a very flavorful beer. Tastes are lacking But the criteria for the style is good. For me its not very good, I like more complexity in my beers

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 23:59:03 | More by Kelly88
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barknee

New York

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the "Mini-Keg" (can we call that "on tap"?) Spaten premium pours the quintessential 10k gold color with a wispy head that lasts long enough for you to admire it and bring it to your lips without having to indulge in a massive intake of foam.
Clean, relatively light in body with a underlying taste of citric lemon, this brew can be quaffed endlessly without any challenge. Slightly off-dry in the mouth and totally refreshing, this brew satisfies without being over the top or over endowed. A great all around, year long lager that is authentic and genuinely Germanic and satisfies with ease.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 23:50:38 | More by barknee
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bgreg3

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purity law kicks ass. Why can't american premies brew this pure? Perfect balance of water hops and malt. A bit grassy hop bite that is subsided by malt. Easy drinking beer can easily put away several pints of this beer. The Mouthfeel is a bit tingly on the front of the tongue but goes away in a second.

My girlfriend notes this doesn't taste good with pretzels and I would agree.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 18:38:24 | More by bgreg3
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a couple shades darker than straw with a thin slick of a head that bears little lacing.
S- Smell is of slightly earthy and grassy aromas, with lingering malt sweetness.
T- Rather crackery flavor, with grassy hops and vague apple peel flavors.
M- Good body to it for style, though I found this one somewhat undercarbed.
D- Light, crisp, refreshing. Very drinkable and unlikely to slow you down. All in all a good helles.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 08:02:51 | More by jsprain1
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

0.5 L is the appropriate size to have of this beer. Served in a wheat beer glass for some reason. Beer looks like a cartoon a child would draw of a beer, its yellow, light, clear, heavily carbonated, nice white head that falls away but doesn't leave lacing on the glass. This is the type of beer that when its poured, enhanced sound effects are needed, fade aways to running horses or a close up of a thumb rubbing ice off of a glass, this is a real beer.

Joking aside, it smells like pilsner malt and its a little sweet but has an edge to it. Smells exactly what I expect it to smell like.

Beer has an odd late bitterness at the back that lingers in what could, if I were more cynical, could be described as an aftertaste, but its not a swallow flavor its a late grainy/hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is like water,seriously, its wet and thin and light, easy drinking for sure. The forward of the beer is mildly sweet and middle falls a little flat. It finishes well, except for that distracting bitterness. Its pretty good and I'd have it again. Its a good lawnmower beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 01:44:13 | More by drabmuh
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largadeer

California

2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

It pours a pale and perfectly clear straw-yellow. A two finger head rests on top, retaining nicely and leaving a bit of lacing behind.

The aroma is light but clean, bordering on bland. It's lightly sweet and malty, a bit floral and soapy. Not bad, but there's not much to it.

The taste can pretty much be summarized by the word "meh", but since BA reviews require more characters than that, I guess I'll extrapolate. It's malty, clean, sweet without any hops to balance the malt; it fades into nothing. There's no finish, not much in the way of nuance. It's in no way terrible, but it is poorly balanced and extremely boring. The sweetness seems to stick to the palate after a while, which makes this difficult to drink in any large quantities.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 01:48:05 | More by largadeer
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Munchner Hell poured a lighter amber color, with almost no head. There wasnt much of a smell to it either. It tasted very much like a typical lager, but a bit stronger, and smooth. It like lagers had an easy drinkability. Overall a better lager, easy to drink, a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 06:58:04 | More by vette2006c5r
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rarbring

Sweden

2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear light golden beer, a white head leaving some lacing.

A rather weak smell, some malty/sweet notes.

The taste has bread notes, sweet corn flakes, some lemon acidity and a metallic bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, an un-complex body.

Descent, but not very compelling to me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2010 13:56:11 | More by rarbring
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rkinsella

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this beer for the first time on tap in a German restaurant in Hudson Wisconsin.

Straw yellow in the mug, with a pure white foamy head.

On the nose, notes of grain, lemon, and a touch of floral hops.

Taste was fresh and snappy. Fairly complex malt profile, touch of citrus zest on the smooth finish.

Easy to drink. Looked forward to the next one.

This was a bit of a sleeper...had it in the bottle a few times, but on tap it was very surprising and absolutely delicious.

A near perfect Munich Helles. Enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2010 03:56:06 | More by rkinsella
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2010 00:45:58 | More by kingcrowing
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 6/4/10 notes. Had on tap at Saloon in DC.

a - Pours a golden color with an inch of white head.

s - Smells of yeast, bready malts, and wheat.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, wheat, and bready malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok lager but nothing special. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 00:05:59 | More by mdfb79
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw gold with a fluffy white head that holds for a little while.

Sweet, grainy Pilsner malt dominates with a balanced bitterness and a hint of Noble hop flavor and aroma. Finish is dry with a nice tingle of carbonation.

Sort of like a German session beer. It hits all of the highlights required of the style and goes down quickly with food.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 22:59:42 | More by bump8628
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UDbeernut

New York

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

On tap poured into a pint glass

A: light straw yellow color, foamy 1/2 head, quick reduction to light lacing cap

S: light malt, slight grass.

T: light malt balanced well with flower and grass hop

M&d:light mouth, slightly buttery

Good beer on a warm day

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 20:00:00 | More by UDbeernut
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bier Markt, in Toronto.

The beer's colour straddles that line between dark yellow and medium gold; it is spotlessly clear, to be sure, but has an untypically intense, thick tone, one that implies more flavour and body than the average North American lager. The beer is well insulated: two fingers worth of soapy, white suds create a dense seal between the liquid and my lips.

The brewer saw no need to dress up the aroma and neither do I. Sure, it is ordinarily simple and plain, but every bit as pleasant. Clean Pils malt dominates the nose, providing a reasonable graininess as well as a spattering of sweetness. Sniffing this all night would be monotonous but beers like this are not meant for ceaseless smelling anyways...

They're meant for drinking! And the brewery has done everything to make this beer serviceable for doing just that. At your disposal is a clean, relatively tasteless maltiness that is appreciated most for its unwilted graininess. The absence of hops leaves scantly a dash of bitterness and the beer slides down the throat like a more substantial water.

The maltiness is so clean, in fact, that there is absolutely no lingering taste. None! You start to understand why Germans don't serve these lagers in anything less than a full pint (if not a 2 liter stein!) and why they drink so much of it. I could easily have gone for one of those huge steins (it helps that I happened to be sitting on a sunny patio at the time.)

It's not easy to claim this beer as being anything other than an ordinary, conventional kind of lager but that doesn't mean it isn't owed some acknowledgments. For one, clean and appreciably malty beers like this are not commonplace in North America. I wish domestic macro brewers shared the same standards as their German counterparts.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2010 17:06:32 | More by biegaman
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Labeled "Spaten Lager", I had this beer on tap with a pizza, served in a frosted pint.

The beer pours a golden, light yellow with just a film of head. The aroma has faint, lemony hops to it that saves it from complete plainness. Other than that, this is a completley plain and clean lager. No off aromas or adjuncts detectable. Nice, but not all that impressive.

The taste is very straightforward. There is very little bitterness or sweetness. Lemon comes through a tiny bit again, as does some white bread. Very dry. Wasn't interesting enough for me to order another one, but drinkable enough.

I'm not really familiar with the style, and I had no idea what style this beer was when I ordered it, so all scores are judged against standard Euro lagers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2009 23:05:02 | More by jeffthecheff
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MTNboy

Germany

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a refreshing break on a hot summer day. It has a grassy and grainy taste with a malty pasture like aftertaste. There is a bit more bitterness than most beers in this category. It is a nice looking beer with clear golden body that is lined with small bubbles. The smell is pretty plain. The mouthfeel is thin but has some bite.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2009 03:59:03 | More by MTNboy
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MusicmanSD

California

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Weird drinking this now a-days after turning snobbish. Looks like your usual decocted lager, got a bit of that golden hue to it. Smells very mild, a bit sweet. Tastes like a decocted beer, but maybe it's just mass-production that takes the melanoidins away. Actually has a sulfery yeast character like an American lager would, just way mellower. Hops are also very mild, but you could drink this with just about anything. I'd say Hofbrau does a much better helles.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2009 18:04:14 | More by MusicmanSD
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lehkost

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Spatenbräu is credited as the originator of the Helles Lager style, and 110-odd years down the line, things are pretty much what you might expect.

This beer pretty much exactly fits the guidelines of a standard light lager, and, as such, is mildly malty, barely hoppy, and straw-colored. It is a good beer. Good, not great. The highly industrialized origin of the ingredients is apparent in the flavor, but this beats the hell out of anything you're going to find from a large brewery in the U.S., so there you go.

This beer is purely average, but by European standards, that still means good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2009 20:26:27 | More by lehkost
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.15/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 6/15/08. On tap. Pours a light golden with good carbonation, small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, some light fruits. Flavor of wheat, skunk, sweet malt. I didn't really like this and it had a funny taste that was sort of skunky. Wouldn't get again.
5/3/4/2/8 (2.2/5)

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2008 15:51:06 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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CampusCrew

Florida

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

Wow, great lager

appearance: light yellow

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, clear greata taste

mouthfeel: good carbonation

drinkability: very easy and smooth.

Great overall lager. Perfect to switch the bud drinkers over to.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2008 23:48:01 | More by CampusCrew
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2008 01:47:02 | More by superdedooperboy
Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,004 ratings.