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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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BigOsoDaddy


4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Serving type: cask

04-22-2012 01:23:13 | More by BigOsoDaddy
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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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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

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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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
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden straw color. I love how translucent the body is, in particular. The head is a two finger white shade; retention isn't the best, but there's some really nice lacing left on the glass.

S: Aye, it's a bit skunked (lol, green bottles), but it could have been worse. The notes of pale malts, faint sweetness, and zesty hops aren't dulled in any significant capacity.

T: At first, some of the hop profile comes through with notes of grass and lemon zest, but the finish is pure, balanced, simple malt goodness. In particular, it has a nutty flavor that I really enjoy (that, and the diacetyl is kept in check). Personally, I want more hops; but I won't complain about the balance this offers.

M: Not quite as bone dry as I like my lagers to be - nor is it too sweet. The texture does the best it can to provide good drinkability without significant hoppiness.

O: Green bottles mean I wouldn't buy this one again. However, I would seek it out on tap. An under-appreciated lager unfortunately scorned both by its bottle color and by who makes it.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 19:04:54 | More by ThisWangsChung
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apasternak

Ohio

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

Brewed in Munich, this is another delicious Germany beer. Simple but delicious. I had this beer a lot when I was in Germany and thought it was delicious. Color is not the darkest I've seen in a beer, but was also not the lightest. Clean, full-bodied flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 16:47:23 | More by apasternak
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TheBeerProf

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearence: Pours Straw Gold with a nice 2 finger frothy off white head that fades over a couple minutes. Ever so slight haze... Just under crystal clear. I would have gotten better lacing if I would have drank more down when it came to me cold and with frothy head, but what fun is that?

Smell: Sweet Aroma of Pilsner malt, as indicated by a pleasant level of DMS. Very slight toffee sweet overtone mixes with the DMS, If it is diacytl it is literally ON my threshold. Very mild noble hop aroma that lends or blends into an earthy mineral note. Beautiful.

Taste: Clean and malty with a small and desirable hint of DMS that fades as the bitterness balances the initial malt sweetness. Very nice balance as indicated by the gradual morphism from sweet and grainy to dry and lightly bitter. Mineral on the tongue just after swallowing when drank over top of the tongue. Clean and focused.

Mouthfeel: Sweet to start and drying in the finish averaging on mid round. Balance is impeccable.

Very Very tasty brew. This beer to me exemplifies a German premium lager.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2013 18:36:57 | More by TheBeerProf
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mjurney

Texas

4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pale gold color, clear. Lots of fine bubble rising up. Thick bright white head. Leaves very nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Sweet, bready, biscuit, lightly spicy hops, crisp.

Taste:
Breadiness up front, rich, biscuit, cracker, slight caramel. Hop bitterness is mild to medium, it's sharp, spicy-herbal. Clean dry finish. Body is light, soft, clean, crisp, refreshing, lively carbonated.

Overall:
It's an excellent beer. Rich, tasty, highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 00:53:36 | More by mjurney
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estlinska

Arkansas

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap in a shaker at The Pantry (minus the green food coloring offered due to St. Patty's). Crisp golden color like a mildly tarnished golden wedding band with a cap of thick white head that kept pretty good retention and a touch of lacing. Smelled a lot of biscuit mix, freshly kneaded in the kitchen from several feet away as well as a touch of some citrus. The citrus came out more pronounced in the taste and mouthfeel, almost like a bit of lime zest and/or rind along the back of a bready malt. The mouthfeel was pretty light and just a very small touch of carbonation and spritz. Pretty good for a lager overall.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 23:37:19 | More by estlinska
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured this Munich Helles Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a golden color, produced a nice white head, decent retention and decent lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted grain and grassy hops. Light in body, this Helles had a foundation of malted grain, fresh baked bread, a touch of lemon citrus and earthy hops. Dry Finish. One of the big Munich breweries, while this was much better served fresh in Munich, this bottle offering won't dissappoint if your looking for a traditional Munich Helles. Prost!

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Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 20:25:02 | More by GossageBrewery
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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,003 ratings.