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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:
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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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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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

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

Poured into a standard pint glass from mini keg. The beer is a muted golden color? The head dissipates before you breathe. Lacing is spotted dots, not much else. The beer smells skunky and sweet. The taste is that of most euro pale lagers, but it's got a sweetness about it that dominates, with bready, nutty afterthoughts. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied.

Overall, not a great beer, but for a mini-keg on a huge occasion, it works, especially at a nice price. But really, disappointing.

Serving type: can

05-05-2012 20:24:13 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured a one finger fluffy white head that quickly disappeared to nothing, the body is crystal golden yellow.

Sweet grainy malt, hops, some lemon in the nose, refreshing.

Taste is sweet pale malt, lemony, mild earthy hops,some biscuit

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, slight lingering bitterness that coats all of your mouth, dry, very sessionable.

A good lager that was a pleasant surprise. Not a lager fan but this style seems to appeal to me. Would definitely grab it again or sip a few next octoberfest.

Serving type: can

02-06-2012 21:17:20 | More by Stocean1
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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very light golden colour with visible fine carbonation bubbles and a thin but persistent froth. Its aromas are of grain, grass, and a touch of fruit. Overall a very clean aroma. It's light bodied and well-carbonated with flavours of lemonbread, grain, and apple, with very slight bitterness and a hint of spicy hops.

A very clean and easy drinking beer. Exactly what one would expect of the style.

Serving type: can

11-03-2011 22:30:24 | More by
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500 mL can picked up at the LCBO; BB date June 2012. Pours a bright, almost fluorescent yellow colour, topped with one finger of white head that has dissipated to a patchy cap and collar within a few minutes. The aroma is rather subdued but generally pleasant; bready malts with some grass and lemony citrus notes.

Not bad. Slightly sweet doughy-cracker malts are the first flavour I pick up, but this leads into some grassy, slightly spicy hop bitterness toward the finish. A bit of lemon zest; excellent balance between the malt and hops with neither overpowering the other. Highly carbonated, a bit much for my liking, with a medium-to-light body. Thirst-quenching and highly refreshing.

It's been a while since I last reviewed a Munich lager, but this one instantly reminded me why I should seek out this style more often - perfect balance, crisp and refreshing, with enough flavour to keep me interested for the whole session. Definitely worth a try; a supremely well-made lager.

[Updated Jan. 3 2014]

Another can, this time compared with the other Munich lagers available locally (Lowenbrau and Hacker Pschorr Munich Gold). I really don't think I gave this stuff enough credit last time - it is just an absolutely superb lager, and easily the best Munich Helles I've ever had (and I have had it probably more often than any other German brew). Smooth and refreshing, with a delicately balanced flavour that I greatly prefer over most domestic pale lagers and many imports. This one wins the three-way showdown by a hair, but the Hacker Pschorr is also very high-quality and a good substitute.

Final Grade: 3.8, a respectable B+.

Serving type: can

09-26-2011 08:40:17 | More by thehyperduck
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale golden colour, one finger white dense head, not much lace but decent retention. Smell is malty and floral, grass, grainy with lemony citrus and a grainy presence. Taste is malty with lots of fruit going on, lemon, floral, citrus with a mild bitterness. Nice mouthfeel, medium crisp carbonation, medium body, good feel. Pretty good stuff, solid and more complex than competing brands at the LCBO, fairly easy drinking stuff here.

Serving type: can

09-21-2011 16:36:27 | More by peensteen
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Kartoffeln

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear, pale straw-yellow with a white, bubbly head of average size but fair density for a lager; it's short-lived, though, dissipating to patches of foam and leaving little lacing.

S: Typically robust Munich malts joined by a slightly sweet grain aroma, joined by fainter notes of noble hops. Hint of ethanol.

T: Loads of rich, well-attenuated Munich malts with a mild biscuity character ease off to a lighter, slightly sweet grain taste that lets floral, noble hop flavours show through.

M: Body on the light end of medium with moderate carbonation giving initial lightness and a crisp swallow. Well-balance flavour profile with a clean finish of increasingly prominent, lasting hop bitterness makes for a refreshing and exceptionally drinkable Helles.

D: An excellent Helles: it's to-style with a distinct taste and tremendous sessionability. Well worth trying.

Serving type: can

09-09-2011 19:23:48 | More by Kartoffeln
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a very pale straw yellow with a foamy head that quickly fades away. Looks like apple juice after a while.

Smells of grassy, bready malts, some slight citrus derived from the hops.

Tastes like you're typical Munich lager, I've had many like this, not very unique. It's getting harder to really differentiate between these european lagers. That being sad it does have a nice hop character balanced by a nice sweetness.

Very refreshing and enjoyable, but nothing I would really buy again.

Serving type: can

08-13-2011 21:39:27 | More by GodOfBeer
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear straw with a moderate sized, brittle head.

S - Nose is grass and lemon, hints of hay and light fruit.

T - Malty sweet with notable acidity. Husky grain in the middle and mild herbal hops and finishing bitterness.

M - Solid body has some heft and slickness. Mild-moderate carbonation.

D - Solidly drinkable brew. A good light but non-wimpy brew.

Serving type: can

08-05-2011 00:48:45 | More by allergictomacros
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance – Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, malts, floral notes, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and some cooked corn. There is also a decent amount of malts and a light floral spiciness. The beer finishes with a grainy spicy aftertaste.

Overall – It's definitely better than most of the run of the mill euro-beers out there. But there are a few other beers in this category that I'd rather be drinking.

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 17:28:41 | More by spinrsx
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

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

A- Tan gold, respectable amount of head. Fades quickly but didn't really disappear. Good retention. Decent carbonation.

S- Honey and grains as well as a slight herbal hopping.

T- Good balance of yeast, hops, malts, lemon, and herbs. Balanced incredibly well. There's a slight amount of honey sweetness to it.

M- Pretty smooth. Medium body. The carbonation comes on a bit rough.

D- All around pretty good beer. Somewhat standard though. What you'd expect from a Munich Helles lager. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

08-25-2010 22:50:37 | More by BBP
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

Spaten Premium Lager, poured from a mini keg/can into a pint glass. Straw gold in color with fine clarity, good amount of head and lacing.

Smells of bready malts and euro hops.

Tastes of pale malt, light herbal hopping. Cracker like yeast is in the flavor profile as well. Well balanced and tasty for the style.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit thin.

Drinkability rates high, this is a nice German lager, smooth and refreshing.

Serving type: can

01-09-2010 00:19:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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erz316

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

5L minikeg into 1L spaten Maß

the canned version was much sweeter than I remembered. The appearance was fine, if anything it was better than the bottle because of the way the pour looked. the smell was the same but a bit sweeter, and the taste was the same, but sweet: grains, bit of hops and sweetness. the feel was fine, but the drinkability really suffers because the added flavour.

Serving type: can

11-23-2009 23:22:10 | More by erz316
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stcules

Italy

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

Intense golden yellow color, quite carbonated, with an average foam, not very longstanding.
Definte malty notes in the smell, with some biscuit.
Same for the taste, malty, but with a secondary light hint of hop.
Honest beer, easily drinkable.
Same notes again in the aftertaste, with strong maltness, biscuit, and some hop.

Serving type: can

11-16-2008 10:22:45 | More by stcules
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musingmonkey

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My friend brought back a 1 gallon "party keg" of this on his return from Nashville for the Christmas break. We had several beers to sample that night, so the keg remained unfinished and sadly lost its carbonation by the following day.

On original pouring into an oversize wine glass, the carbonation from the keg was high, and created a generous and pillowy head.
Colour was a soft honey, which immediately reminded me of my favourite dessert wine, the Briar Ridge botrytis semillon. Now if only they taste similar... ô¿ô

Little bitterness to speak of, felt only in the finish. Malt is subtle, but pleasing... but I found this beer, rather boring and typical of its type.

Mouthfeel was rather nice however. While somewhat thin, it was very smooth and mellow. A definite easy session drink. But overall, an average beer.

Serving type: can

01-12-2006 16:03:23 | More by musingmonkey
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TongoRad

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly good representation of the style, which almost tends to be unexceptional by definition. Nevertheless there's some elegance about it- any misstep in production or design would be immediately noticeable- and a nice seamless quality. It has a pleasantly restrained nose, slightly favoring the spicyness of the hops. It finishes soft and slightly malty.

Serving type: can

07-08-2004 17:43:27 | More by TongoRad
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Dmann

California

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

06-05-2004 09:06:45 | More by Dmann
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Ken_H

Michigan

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2014 06:34:34 | More by Ken_H
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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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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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

1D
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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at The Tavern in Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light notes of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a lighter amount of cereal grains. There are light to moderate aromas of grassy and spicy hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts with a lighter amount of cereal grain malts contributing just a touch of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of grassy and spicy hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops making it easy to drink and quite enjoyable. A classic example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 20:30:57 | More by dbrauneis
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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,003 ratings.