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

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1,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 34
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came out a nice golden yellow thats was crystal clear and covered with a nice thick head that slowly tapered away into a thin head, simply put this beer looks really inviting.I can barely smell the hops in this one, but it does have a semi sweet aroma . It looks and smells better than it tastes, don't get me wrong it's not a bad beer, but it could use some work. When it first hits your tongue it feels slightly dull and a little dry, and its aftertaste has a bit of a dry kick to it as well. I can really taste the bitterness of this beer as it hits my throat.

vickersspitfire, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of janubio
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml. botte. Clear yellow colour, big head that does'nt hold much, but leaves a ring on the surface. Smell of lemon, grain, slightly fruity. Fresh and crispy palate, taste is herbal, lemon. Not a omplex beer, but very drinkable and enjoyable. Good one.

janubio, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of cavemanlawyer1999
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

cavemanlawyer1999, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Duvel
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Duvel, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of plfahey
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Yellow in color. Brilliant clarity. Medium white head with fine bead and moderate retention.

Aroma-Mild grainy sweet malt aroma. Moderately low soft perfumy floral hops. Clean.

Flavor-Lightly sweet Pils malt flavors with a slight background DMS corniness, which is low enough that it comes across almost pleasantly. Hop flavor is floral and is relatively low. Hop bitterness is moderately low. Finish is dry with slightly malty balance.

Mouthfeel-Relatively low body enhanced by moderately high carbonation. Crisp and rather well attenuated. Refreshing.

The flavors on this Helles are light, subtle, and clean. Very tasty and QUITE drinkable.

plfahey, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of GodOfBeer
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.

GodOfBeer, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this after I was amazed by the Oktoberfest version, I'm not overly impressed.

The dark yellow color was different than what I'm use to. The aroma and taste have a bit of a sting to them indicitive of malt liquor, I found both to be a bit unpleasant. I probably won't try this again, sorry.

DesMoinesMike, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of drizzam
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Green bottle with no best by date.

A - Crystal clear pale straw yellow in color topped by an ample one finger bright white head.

S - A bit of skunk in the nose, likely as a result of being bottled in a green bottle. Once you get past the skunk, you can smell a grainy body with perhaps a touch of lemon rind.

T & M - Light malt and grain are accented by some citric notes and a very tiny hop bitterness toward the end. Thin to medium bodied and it finishes supremely clean and crisp. A little coarse on the tongue from the carbonation.

D - I find that this is a very easy beer to drink...this glass is nearly finished by the end of my review. I wish it weren't bottled in green bottles to help combat some of that skunk...I would love to try this one on tap! I wish all beer finished as clean and crisp.

drizzam, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of deanhead
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored with very little head. Aroma is floral and spicy. Very clean smelling, (in good way)
Taste is bitter up front, and then has a crisp and extremely dryfinish. Mouthfeel is light. This is a really great example of the classis style, it better be since it's made by the Germans!
This is a real easy drinker. Would go well with spicy foods or meat.
This would be a good standy to keep in the fridge.

deanhead, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of nodder
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

nodder, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of SDG1070
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

SDG1070, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of genog
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the mini keg a clear golden color with thick and creamy head that refuses to die down. Smell is grains, some honey notes and little malt on this one. Taste is a little maltier with some hops coming through as well. Very crisp, clean and smooth in the mouth that makes this a very nice and drinkable beer. We had plenty of fun with this keg on labor day weekend.

genog, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden color with a brilliant pure bright white head. It appears to be very bubbly and highly carbonated. It smells of smellls of hops and seems kind of grainy. The taste is impressive, the bitter hops are pronounced well at first, yet not too overwhelming at all. Tastes great. The mouthfeel is great as well, it doesnt quite seem to have that light-bodied feel to it that I expected. Above average pilsener by my standards.

jasonpeckins32, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of fx20736
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a straight sided pint glass.

I normally avoid beer in green bottles but as this is brewed by the same group that makes Franziskaner I decided to take a chance. I did let it sit for 3 minutes with the cap off before pouring even though I didn't detect any skunkiness.

Poured a 1 inch snow white head, pretty to look at. Beer is golden colored with subdued carbonation.

Aroma is bready malt and grassiness with a slightly sour smell.

Mouthfeel is very full without being thick or slippery.

Taste, mild Noble hop bitterness quickly fades and the finish is dry and pleasing. After I took a few sips I thought, where's the aftertaste? But there really isn't any, just a slightly sour dryness that is very pleasant.

This beer is a marvel, it doesn't try to surprise or overwhelm you, it just presents itself quietly as a wonderful, enjoyable drink. Until knocked down this will be a Summer Regular in my fridge.

This is yet another Euro Beer that proves that most American Beers are generations away from the fine quality enjoyable beers made in Germany, Belgium and England.

fx20736, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Stoneman78
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Pours a very clear, light yellow hue; minimal head with no lacing

S- Suble Bavarian malts and hops; slight citrus and grain/corn tones

T- Refreshing and crisp maltiness followed by subtle bitterness; I get a strong corn flavor in the finish

M- Very thin and watery, light carbonation

D- Smooth, refreshing lager; alcohol taste is very unassuming; this would be a nice beer to drink on a summer day; I get the feeling that I could have quite a few servings without being overwhelmed

Stoneman78, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of MaxOhle
4/5  rDev +8.7%

MaxOhle, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of jlb502
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It's yellow. Maybe a yellow shade of gold? Straw yellow? Yellowy yellow?

S: Lager, biscuits and a little bit of honey graham cracker.

T: I like it. Sweeter than it is dry but the dryness is there. Doughy, some butter and a little bit more of that honey graham.

M: NIce carbonation, good body. It works in a way that doesn't draw attention.

O: I think this beer is done very well though I'll probably re-consider the overall rating once I've tried more from this style.

jlb502, May 19, 2011
Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

LooseMoose1978, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Kingcurio
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Kingcurio, May 28, 2013
Photo of AWB3
3/5  rDev -18.5%

AWB3, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

AlpacaAlpaca, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of jeffthecheff
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.

jeffthecheff, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of outsider
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

outsider, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of SamN
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

SamN, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Leftofthedial
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Leftofthedial, Dec 17, 2011
Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,135 ratings.