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

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1,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,074
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 32
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-08-2001)
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-06-2013 17:38:57 | More by outsider
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2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light honey tones with a nice soapy but looser head on top. Color is rather pale, not too rich with almost no visible carbonation whatsoever. Aroma is a sour/metal hoppiness. Faint adjunct-like maltiness; huskiness, vegetably. Not great. Taste is balanced, no side overpowers the other, but this makes for a sort of boring beer, lacking character. Faint finish on cracker malts, hops bitterness is quite low. Mouthfeel is right on target, not too thin in body, good pilsen structure.

Overall, a pretty boring German lager. Not much character to it, flavors are subdued to the point of being almost unnoticeable. Compared to the Paulaner pils I reviewed yesterday, this is a German Budweiser.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 02:40:39 | More by SamN
Photo of nasty15108

New York

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A - Clear yellow with a good amount of carbonation. The pour produced a foamy white head that quickly subsided into a thin bubbly film. Minimal lacing scattered throughout the glass.

S - Noting too overpowering here. Typical yeasty, slightly musty aroma you would expect from this style of beer. Very subtle hints of sourdough bread.

T - Mild malty taste up front followed by a crisp dry finish. I also detected a little hop bitterness in the finish. Not huge on flavor, but enough to satisfy.

MF&D - Thin bodied, but plenty of carbonation to burn the tongue a little and give a nice aftertaste. Pairs great with most cuisine, a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 13:45:56 | More by nasty15108
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

08-28-2012 19:21:16 | More by DioS
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-17-2011 23:04:33 | More by Leftofthedial
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4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spaten Premium Lager pours a golden amber from a 12 fl oz green glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head went to over two fingers before going down to a full cap of fine foam with trails of lacing along the walls of my glass.

Nose is of sweet toasted barley malt with just a slight touch of husk Palate is a sweet toasted malt that has been bittered with hops, but the sweet malts are in the forefront and the hops are in the background. The bight of carbonation is welcome and very refreshing as well.

Spaten Premium Lager is a well-built lager that can hold its own with the rest of this worlds lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 02:39:13 | More by BeerBob
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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale cold color with good clarity. Medium sized white head. Creamy and with a bit of retention.

Minimal aroma - simple clean malt smells and maybe a bit of hops

Malty but very subdued - sufficient hop bitterness to balance. Finishes dry and with minimal aftertaste. Nice clean lager profile, but without strong positive flavor elements.

Medium body and carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel - no astringency.

A simple and refreshing beer - more malty than hoppy. Not sure if this wasn't an old example - it seemed to lack a certain "pop" in the flavor despite otherwise being a clean and attractive beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 00:26:46 | More by mpyle
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3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My friend decided he did not want this bottle because it said "malt liquor" on the front and I was more than happy to relieve him of it(wink wink). Bah, another green bottle! Oh well. It poured a light, pale, yellow without too much head and not very much carbonation apparent. The smell had contrasting sesations; first there was a shap(hallertau??) hop aromoa which cut through the more malty honey/flowery smell. The taste was sweet and thin up front, buttery and full bodied malts dominated the middle, which receded back to the sweet taste and finished with a hoppy(little bit skunky) bitter aftertaste. Vey decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 08:42:02 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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4/5  rDev +9%

06-19-2014 21:59:20 | More by MaxOhle
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3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing fancy in the appearance. In fact, you could say it's unappealing. Light transclucent appearance, very little carbonation and thin white head.

Smells like a pilsner, hoppy and grainy.

Solid taste. Solid beer. Not outstanding, but it does the trick.

Not too bitter, a good blend of hops and malts. Nothing overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 02:02:36 | More by jar2574
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-23-2013 03:15:56 | More by jmw4437
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $8.99 for a build your own six-pack at Wild Oats...

The beer pours a clear, light golden base with a nice large white head, good retention and nice lacing effects the entire way. The aroma isn't too noteworthy, starts off with a pale grain and ends with a little floarl tone.

The taste is what to expect from a Muinch lager, nothing heavy but smooth. It's got a nice grainy taste to it, but it's only a one-dimensional beer. The mouthfeel is very good, light in the mouth smooth to the palette and a nice release complement this beer well. The drinkability is where this beer shines. One wouldn't notice this as a 5.2% and not detect alcohol, and even with that this is a beer I could drink every day and plenty of as well.

Final Thought: Germany has the most drinkable mainstream beers with Spaten and Warsteiner leading, and Krombacher and Konig-Pilsener while in Germany itself.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 02:55:45 | More by mobyfann
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-29-2012 10:03:25 | More by StoicBeast
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-04-2013 15:48:17 | More by LooseMoose1978
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%

11-21-2011 02:33:45 | More by hotsudge
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New York

4/5  rDev +9%

01-22-2012 21:30:07 | More by Milkysunshine
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

04-16-2012 17:22:32 | More by SalMineo
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. green bottle poured into a mug.

Spaten Premium Lager [Munchner Hell] poured a clear golden color and produced a white cottony 2-finger head that stayed well in my mug.

The smell and taste is clean and crisp of grassy hops and a little lemony. Carbonation produced tiny bubbles that rushed to the top of my mug.

Spaten Premium Lager is well balanced refreshing, not very filling making it an easy drinker...sure worth a second, a third...

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 23:12:08 | More by bushbeer75
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3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is translucent gold, a white head that leaves some lace. Aroma is of grasses and herbs, barley and malt. There is promise here that is not fulfilled – roasted malts and fescue, along with pungent, bitter hops. May be to the taste of some, but I will pass.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 16:19:38 | More by palliko
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-10-2013 21:17:07 | More by Givemebeer
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

08-22-2013 02:54:48 | More by pastramionrye7
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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color with nice volume of dense white head. Smells of light grains with a bit of hoppy spice. Taste shows a similar blend of lightly sweet malts touched with a bit of crispness. The mouthfeel seems a little off--by no means unpleasant but somewhat ill-defined. Still, this beer goes down easily and is a good example of a style that, in general, I find uninspiring.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 22:12:05 | More by BitteBier
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4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a crystal clear golden yellow with bubbly white head that leaves behind tons of lace

S-mostly grains and sweet hops,very clean and almost sterile like

T-sweet corn taste upfront with a wonderful hop presence that is earthy and helps add a nessesary dimension to this otherwise simple brew

M-light body that is'nt watery at all,medium carbonation,finishes nice and clean

D-refreshing and a little more flavor than your average Pils or Lager

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 03:44:24 | More by orangemoustache
Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,074 ratings.