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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

1,003 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1003
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%


Brewed by:
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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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beernbbq

Connecticut

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

Probably a classic but just not a lot going on here for the long haul. Meant to be drunk quickly and cold. Classic dark yellow appearance with a tight white head that quickly disappates. Smell is mildly bready malt with Hallertau hop. Taste is a mild bread like a challah style with the tart Hallertau backdrop. Finishes clean and easy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2004 15:32:32 | More by beernbbq
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Dr. Dremo's, served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear straw color with a small white head that recedes to a small ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Leaves faint traces of lace.

Smell: Grassy and herbaceous with a distinct DMS aroma. (yeah, skunk). Not overpowering, though.

Taste: Light bread and grass tastes with a DMS/mint flavors on the finish. Again, not overpoweringly skunky, just there.

Mouthfeel: Oh so light bodied.

Drinkability: If this DMS doesn't bother you, then it's rather drinkable. I'd probably drink it if someone bought it for me, but that's about it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2003 13:10:09 | More by ManekiNeko
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I ordered this in a German restaurant in Moscow, and it brought me back to my college days in the beer gardens of Munich. My favorite Munich beer then, it still delivers today.

Came out clear gold under a big slightly off-white contoured head that left excellent lace down the glass. The nose is mildly malty with, unfortunately, a touch of soap. The mouth is prickly and light, as it should be. The flavor features a good light malt followed by a nice hoppy bite in the finish. The aftertaste combines the light malty sweetness with a hoppy bitterness, making you long for the next sip. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2003 19:48:15 | More by Globetrotter
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proc

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a bright golden in the glass with a slight, very white head. Aroma is that of a light lemon and grass. The taste is very Euro-lager and is quite good. This could be an easy session beer to sit back with during a sporting event on the tube.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2003 13:31:56 | More by proc
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fattychubs

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was served in a giant Spaten Mug at a local tap room. The color was like fake cheap gold jewelry, with a bit of white lace resting. The aroma was mostly clean, a faint sweet malt smell and just a touch crisp grassy hop. Taste starts with a crisp and sweet malt, goes to a subtle cracker taste, then a bit of balancing hops and very subtle citrus.

Very easy going down, and could make a good session brew. Not a lager fan, but this one seems right on, for flavor and drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2003 21:02:18 | More by fattychubs
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yosh

North Carolina

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer, Raleigh, NC.

Served in a half liter Malles Munich Mug and had a bright golden color. It started out a little grainy, but the hops were evident towards the end. The mouthfeel was smooth for this light-bodied beer and it went down pretty easy. Smoothness leads to a great drinkability for this beer

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2003 14:48:19 | More by yosh
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2003 05:50:21 | More by oberon
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An average, yet solid, German Helles.
Served up bright golden as expected. White head settled out quickly.
Nose is faintly malty and sweet. Touches of spicy hops.
Taste is comprised mostly of (very lightly-) caramel drizzled breadiness. Quietly grainy. A quick jab of spicy hops finishes things. Nothing else is noted.
Not complex in the least, but a decent session choice.
Light-medium in the mouth with steady rolling carbonation. Brainlessly quaffable.
Agreeable, yet remarkably average. But there is nothing here to criticize. If US macros were anything like this, I'd still drink them.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2002 00:40:50 | More by cokes
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice example of what a German brew is and should be. It is very refreshing and aromatic at the nose. From the very inital sip to the very last, it is extremely consistent and user-friendly. The head is light, yet still lightly omnipresent. The aroma of the earthy malt and hops are a fantastic match with all foods German, particularly with pork and sauerkraut. Well worth seeking out! Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2002 05:52:45 | More by goindownsouth
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Beer-May

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sometimes you just want a beer and you'd be hard pressed to find a better example of great lager than this. Smooth and creamy with just the right amount of crisp hops to finish it off. It's a shame that no big name American beer even resembles something this good.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 19:42:36 | More by Beer-May
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Carolvs

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a case of 24 bottles in Wilbraham, MA.

A - Light gold tint with a frothy foamy head of two inches or so.

S - Beer.

T - It tastes like a lager through and through.

M - Crisp, and easy goin' down.

O - I think it's unfortunate that the irrational craze for ales (especially over-the-top IPAs) over the last few years has left the traditional lager woefully underappreciated. And yet the truth is that a good lager is mighty difficult to brew, much more so than an ale. Well, this is damn good lager: Refreshing and crisp yet simultaneously hearty. Great stuff - you see how the Germans drink this stuff by the liter at their beer halls.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 18:01:52 | More by Carolvs
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McStagger

California

3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been drinking this one on and off for years. Thought for sure I had rated it. Nope!

A: Two fingers eggshell head. Retention is moderate. Golden straw in color. Vigorous carbonation. Excellent lacing in the glass. What macro lagers should look like.

S: Biting herbal hop presence. Lemony, bit of sulfur. Cracker like undertone of malt.

T: Good clean fun! There is nothing overly complex about this one. Herbal noble hoppiness. Same touch of sulphur. Lemon rind, slighty saltiness. Very cracker like malt. Finish is absolutely clean and dry. No lingering aftertaste of skunk like many Euro Pales have.

M: Light, easy to drink. Carbonation is prevalent but not overpowering like it has a tendency to be in so, so many light lagers.

O: Solid beer. Beach beer. Lawnmower beer. Summer beer. Enough flavor to keep ya happy while being a thirst quencher. I forgot how much I liked this one. Will be revisiting again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 06:47:49 | More by McStagger
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stormgasm7

Arkansas

2.74/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was very reminiscent of Heineken but skunkier. It's probably due to the duration of shipping. It's wasn't particularly great but I'll drink it if it's available. I wasn't too impressed though. I would like to try their other beers for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 22:15:42 | More by stormgasm7
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Subliminal64

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite beers. Very reminiscent of the beer I had at Oktoberfest in Munich (view my avatar)

Beer pours a light gold colour. Lots of carbonation.

Smell is little on the heavier side. Not offensive though.

Taste is what a beer should be. Strong, but not too strong. A little too much aftertaste for my liking, but I will deal with it.

As stated before, this beer has lots of carbonation. Goes down a little harsher then desired.

Overall I love this beer. So glad I had the chance to sample in the beer fests of all beer fests. Give this one a try. Does not disappoint.

MB

Serving type: can

10-20-2013 23:11:50 | More by Subliminal64
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can from LCBO into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color is poured into glass, nice 1-1.5 fingers of foam with some lingering and leaving minimal lacing.

Smell - Grassy, with some nice mild hops smell. A trace of metallicness is also present which drags this rating down a bit.

Taste - Similar to the smell, nothing over-powering just really nice blend of hops and malts. Metallic smell is not reflected in taste at all.

Mouthfeel - Smooth mouthfeel, with nice sharp dryness at the end that adds a crispness but it's not too much. Great balance.

Overall - One of my favorite German beers that isn't substantially better than most in any particular area, but the little differences add up to make a great brew as compared with a merely good one.

Serving type: can

10-02-2013 00:54:52 | More by DenisKolkin
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Light golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Rich bready pilsner malt with a hint of carmelization and some light fruity notes. DMS was quite evident upon first pour but seems to have mostly dissipated. Light floral hop aroma. The flavor is rich toasty sweet bready caramel maltiness with a hint of light sweet fruit. Light earthy spicy hop flavor with a light level of hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet rich malty mouthfeel. Nice flavorful malt forward beer. The DMS was a bit heavy at first, I'm glad that went away. I could drink many of these given half a chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 23:15:51 | More by johnnnniee
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bbluemzbeer

California

4.95/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thisis way better then Heineken. I can say best tasting lager.

Appearance: : Golden color with nice head with good head retention and lacing.

Smell . Not much in the way of hopiness but that's proper for lager style.

Taste: Yes.Awesome. Some light grassy notes and extremely smooth. and some flavor with some malt. It is very drinkable. I wish American beer companies could take this example of beer an improve their beers.

Moutfull: Medium mouthfeel. Light for a great session beer but still of the highest quality in a lager.

Overall This is of the highest quality lager in the world. I would put this up in there with the best of them. For this style is world class beer!!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 06:06:23 | More by bbluemzbeer
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TheMarkE

California

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold with a quickly disappearing head.

Smell: Bready malts, hints of spice.

Taste: Bready malts, hints of spice and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, dry. Slightly spiced aftertaste that only lasts a millisecond.

The Verdict: Pretty good beer. Nothing fancy or complex, just a good solid German lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 22:04:19 | More by TheMarkE
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a guinness pint glass.

Pours a crisp golden color with a 1 inch white head. Nice fruity, refreshing smell. you know this beer will go down smooth. Taste is as anticipated from the nose, lemony with a perfect mix of hops and malts. a tad bitter, very good. on the lighter side of medium bodied and the lighter side of medium on the carbonation.

Overall just a good, enjoyable beer. Nothing world class but it's just solid and a brew I think almost any kind of palate would enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 00:14:27 | More by Axnjxn
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stevoj

Germany

2.74/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Middle of the road helles, nothing too remarkable here, but overall a decent helles. Appearance is lacking some color (pale golden ) and head (very spare). Aroma is malt, taste is mostly malt, hops barely make an appearance here. Much better to be found in germany.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 19:58:48 | More by stevoj
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stella77artois

New York

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

Have been drinking this stuff for a while now. Without a doubt my favorite non-bock Lager. So tasty, so refreshing. I had seen it many times, but didn't decide to try it until a friend of a friend who has a similar appreciation for German beer highly recommended it.

A - Looks like a normal lager. Not made for it's looks. Yellow-amber with lot' of carbonation present. Head varies based on freshness, but even with one that's a bit on the older side, you can still form a head with some aggression in the pour.

S - Smooth and mild malts. More hops than similar lagers, and just a tad of dankness. The way a European Lager should smell, IMO.

T - Delicious. Perfect amount of refreshment and taste. Malt up front with hops shortly afterwards. A touch of the dank smell is noticed in the taste, but not in a skuky way that you often find w/ Heineken or Pilsner Urquell. This stuff always tastes fresh. This stuff isn't complicated like an IPA or American Strong ale, but it's perfect for what it is : a tasty, refreshing lager.

F - The perfect beer for refreshment. So good after a workout. Crisp and tasty, the carbonation tingle is perfect. Easy on the throat and stomach.

O - Again, one of my favorite beers overall. I realize that lager's get a bit of an unfair bummed rap around here, but you have to remember, there are plenty of excellent lagers out there. The fact that most crap American beers are lagers plays into this negative stereotype, which I think is wrong. This beer has a perfect amount of taste and refreshment. The ultimate (and my favorite) session beer, and one of my Top 5 overall. Highly recommended for any Lager fans, or anyone who likes to session with quality, tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 16:22:09 | More by stella77artois
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MrHassellYaHurd

Louisiana

4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 20:21:52 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow.
Smell: Lemon.
Taste: A pilsner with a splash of lemon.
Mouthfeel: A bit carbonated.

This is a refreshing brew. Its smell stands out the most, just like a Lemon Drop. It tastes like a pilsner, but it has a hint of lemon. This is certainly not exciting, but it's definitely drinkable. I might get this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 02:44:14 | More by TeamMathis
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

These Free Beers From Work never cease!

Poured to a pint glass darkish yellow. White head winds up a thick ring and spotty cap, light lacing left behind.

Scent is quite 'lagery', with bread, butter, grains, kind of papery tones. Some lemon and spicy hop there as well.

Taste brings a decent, but somewhat standard German lager. Big graininess with bready, pale, buttery malts, with a tiny bit of skunkiness there too. A good amount of spicy and grassy hop going on here, lemon and some apple crispness. Nicely well-rounded.

Good mouthfeel. Body is fine, could use some more carbonation maybe. Easy drinking, crisp and refreshing.

Certainly not the most exciting lager, but this seems like a good standard for an authentic helles. It's refreshing, drinkable, and not offensive - good cookout beer I imagine.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 23:27:28 | More by Chico1985
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WissBrauSean

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So this beer is in a green bottle. I can't understand why you would use a green bottle. They must like the skunk flavor. I will, however, reuse the bottle and just keep my beer from light.

The beer pours a clear deep straw color with a white one finger head that stays as a ring and a center cap throughout the drink and the lacing is a nice archway pattern.

The smell upfront is that green bottle skunk aroma but the pale malt sweetness and the hops are noticeable and nice.

The taste is almost citrus like up front and then pale malt sweetness a hint of yeast and nice and mellow earthy hops. The skunk aroma is also part of the flavor profile and not too desireable.

The mouthfeel is somewhere between dry and sweet, noticeably dry, but still well balanced with average body and nice medium carbonation. Mild dry finish with a hint of black pepper.

Overall, this is a good beer and I would love to try it on draft. I won't buy it in bottles again. For the life of me, I can't understand that if the Germans were such purists, why they kept the usage of green bottles? The skunk detracts from the beer there is no question, but not terribly so. I'm going to give this beer high 3's out of 5.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 00:13:01 | More by WissBrauSean
Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,003 ratings.