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

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1,191 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,191
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 41
Gots: 82 | 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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Photo of BretSikkink
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill haze slightly muddies an otherwise clear golden light orange, a little white head with larger bubbles springs up but doesn't stick around. Lacing is pretty good.

Aroma is grainy, fairly sweet, and bready. Husky fullness also lets in some earthy hop with a lemon tint. The flavor expounds on these themes, with a muted herbal bite from the hops, an allusion toward spice at the finish, and the prevalent light malts with a white biscuit character.

Balance is very good, although lacking in standout qualities. Finish is dry, but slightly thin and indistinct, although certainly not negative. Middle of the road Helles.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden yellow and a nice white head that left a nice sticky lacing around the Spaten tall glass. Aromas of a nice sweeter malt. The taste of a above average German lager. Sweet where it needs to be, and a bit dry. A small hop bitterness is in the aftertaste.

Photo of manodepaz
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour into a pilsner glass...moderate golden color with a very nice off white head. On the nose, a subtly pleasant grassy aroma that shouts summer. A refreshing opening with a slightly petrol texture. The hops comes through first with the malt lingering on the finish...a very nice balance. An extremely drinkable beer well worth the $9 for a six pack...

Photo of theopholis
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Body is a light, golden straw with a very small white head. The head has no retention, and leaves behind no lace.

Aroma- Smelsl a tad light-struck. Behind that, you get a decent blend of malt sweetness, graininess and Saaz hops. To bad the fools had to out this in a green bottle.

Taste- Some Saaz hops up front, followed by a mellow malt sweetness. Rather pleasant. Kinda of has a tartness to it to.

Mouthfeel- Light, crisp, and good carbonation.

Drinkability- This would probably be a good beer if they packaged it right. They lose major points for poor packaging and getting it light-struck.

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

Photo of Romulus141
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the Samuel Adams serving glass.

Appearance: Pours a light, golden yellow with a small amount of white head. The head itself dissipates quickly. There are a fair number of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. There is some minimal lacing on the edges of the glass, but it doesn't stay long.

Smell: Initially, this beer has a skunky smell to it. After the initial pour, the smell becomes less instrusive, and is replaced with a malty, wheaty smell. The smell also has a slight sweet tinge to it. Overall, it is nothing to get overly excited about.

Taste: For a lager, this has a creamy taste. It starts and finishes sweet, with malts aplenty. There some slight metallic overtones in the finish too. I also detect a faint hint of citrus. It has character, and is one of the better lagers I've had. However, it still is simply a light colored lager, which is hardly my favorite type of beer. It does its job, that's all I can really say.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and plenty of carbonation. The carbonation is actually a good quality in this beer, as it gives it a light body and a quick finish. The viscosity is not oily, but smooth and nimble. The mouthfeel itself is quite nice.

Drinkability: Given the light character and fuller flavor of this beer, it would be quite ideal for a session. It'll quench the thirst, it's not filling, and the flavor is robust enough that it will satisfy the better beer-minded indivdual.

This was enjoyable, but given its price, I doubt I'll reach for it again. It's worth a try, but don't expect too much out of it.

Photo of Ungespundet
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Spaten Helles pours up nicely with a light gold color topped a by a fine bubbled but thin head. The head gives up to quickly however, and settles an alarming speed back into the beer. The aroma evokes fresh citrus and mint thoughts. Mildly hopped, the dominate character is the subdued malt aroma. Hints of sulfur are to be found also. All in all a little too subdued for my tastes. However no flaws are detectable, the beer is just simply mild. When it comes to flavor Spaten delivers a slight yeast influenced sulfur quality paired with a mild hop bitterness. Malt quality seemed to be lacking in the flavor department. The mouth feel was thin and almost empty. A very drinkable beer, and in fact, in the Biergarten an absolute crowd pleaser. You can’t knock this beers ability to refresh and still maintain its character. There are definitely better Helles in München but this beer gets the job done.

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

A - The beer pours a pale, light yellow color. I got plenty of head and lacing typical of a Helles. I was fortunate to sample this beer from a brown bottle.

S - Like a classic German beer, I’m getting Bavarian malts and hops. I’m also getting very light citrus.

T - I’m getting simple malts, very crisp. I’m also getting some hop flavor as it goes down. After a drinks, I also get a grainy taste. This is a very balanced beer.

M - Very smooth. This is the German purity law at its best. I find it amazing how you get similar consistency even across different brewers.

D - As I’m partial to the style, I think Spaten makes for a great session beer. You’re not going to find complexity here. That’s not always what you want. If you want something smooth, tasty, and crisp, Spaten is a good choice. Part of the appeal to me for this beer is that you can find it nearly anywhere. Even Safeway carries this beer, so I don’t always have to go to a specialty store to find good beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.45/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, a decent hops burst, but a little skunkiness as well.

T: The taste starts out with a light sweetness that quickly fades into a mild & dry burst of hops bitterness and a pale flavor of grain. The after-taste is bready and bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, definitely not one of the better beers in the style. I could drink a few of these, it would only be if I had very little else to choose from.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner style glass. To get it out of the way, the only knock on this brew is the damn green bottles! That said, this stuff is so good, as you will read in my review, that I suggest buying it in 12 packs, so it's sealed up and you don't have to worry about light exposure.

A: Brilliant pale golden color, plenty of head and lacing is left on the glass as it's consumed.

S: A very refreshing lemon and clean hop scent dominate the nose of this German classic.

T & M: A very refreshing lemon malt sweetness starts off and then a white grape flavor kind of makes it way through. The hops then kick in that balance the sweetness out and round thins out very nicely. Spaten's trademark very clean hops are defenitely present. A nearly perfect balance between malt and hops.

D: One of the most sessionable beers on the planet earth! This beer is not "complex", but it's just plain good, for any time of the day or any season. It's refreshing, it has flavor, nothing is overpowering, just plain perfect for a "plain" beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is Bavaria's offering here in the Golden Invitational, and second of four. It must score well here if it wishes to overtake Golden Pheasant for the early lead, and at 3.9, will be a chore. On to the beer:

From a half-liter bottle into a Spaten labled stange glass, it pours into the glass almost perfectly, with a darker clear gold color. The appearance rating gets a jump from sporting in it's brand name's glass, but takes a hit when the head holds up merely okay. Vey clean in the nose, with some dextrin notes. The flavor is clean, a bit grassy, hops and malts don't really dominate the flavor. Good to drink on a warm day, but otherwise I'll take the brand's Pilsner...

..Or Bohemia's offering Golden Pheasant. Spaten Premium is still a satisfying choice, but the beer with the bird on the label holds it's early lead. The South Pacific's offering is the next scheduled tasting here in the Golden Invitational.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got a 6 pack of this for 6 bucks, not a bad deal. pours a golden color like most lagers, the smell of a slight skunkiness is apparent as soon as you open the bottle. Smell is more apparent as i pour it, has a bit of a hoppiness smell to it as well, no malt is present. Taste is crisp and light, but still full bodied, one of my favorite lagers, and a beer you can drink all day long, slight carbonation throughout the glass, but little head. Much better lager than heineken, or becks. and for around the same price you can't go wrong.

Photo of mjc410
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap - sort of. It's from one of those 5L mini-kegs, which I hauled with great labour from Wegman's in my bike's panniers. Working a little harder for beer is never a bad thing!

I've decided to make a review of the second pour, since the first poured more than 90% head. Well, this one probably amounts to 40%, but I'm stubborn enough to write down the details anyway. The white head in my Spaten becker falls slowly, and leaves thick spongy lacing as it does. The beer's body is a bright but translucent gold, as simple as that. A beautiful beer. The nose smells of cereal, rich bread, and herbal hops. Very nice. The taste is clean, but rich. Definitely focused on a crisp, balanced malt flavor, with noble hops filling out the other end. The mouth is thick for a lighter type of lager, with great crisp carbonation. A fine helles that I'll be working on for the next few days.

EDIT: Or maybe not a few days. I polished it off over the course of the whole day while watching all the Rocky movies but the newest. THAT was a lazy day.

Photo of tonistruth
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clear bubbly gold, crisp 2 finger white head, decent retent

S- skunky at first, after that settles just crisp malts

T- simple crisp malts with some supporting hops presence, biscuit, grain, balanced

M- higher carbonation, coarse, crisp, dry finish

D- simple and tasty session brew, not much use for this brew, but its not a bad brew at all

Photo of Hibernator
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Premium
12 oz green bottle
L 27061H
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a vibrant light yellow with a golden tint. Mini carbonation bubbles shoot to the top of the glass. A bone white head forms on top leaving fluffy trails of sticky lace behind.

Initially I got a whiff of skunk in the nose, but that disappeared rather quickly. Whiffs of grains and fruit sweetness.

Hints of grains with a grassy flavor. A touch of honey sweetness meshes with a strong grainy biscuit backbone. The finish reveals a tight hop snap.

Mighty quaffable and pleasant to drink. An authentic Munich Helles Lager. Definitely a warmer weather session time brew.

Photo of beeragent
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pilsner glass. The beer poured a deep yellow, with no head or lacing. The aroma is light, consisting of a light skunkiness, a little hop sweetness, and a hint of malt. The taste is also very light. Mostly a sweet taste from the hops, and a little thickness created from the malt. Not really a whole lot in the taste that stands out. Light mouthfeel. Overall, I could see having this beer on a summer afternoon, to relax, but if flavor was the issue, I would be going elsewhere. Its not to say that this is a bad beer, but its always hard to enjoy a lager, such as this one, for its flavor. Its stubborn, but I am still trying to get more into lagers. I will try this one again in a few months, and see how my taste has changed.

Photo of torchedpunk
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the regulars on my line up. Spaten Premium is great from the bottle or from the sweet mini keg, what ever you can find it in it's worth sharing.

Appearance- Great example of a Helles Lager, very light in color, darker then a pilsner but not by much, pours a quick settling head with light character and has constant bubble movement.

Smell- pretty basic as far as what I consider a light beer, majority of the aroma is malt, I can't really pick up any hoppyness but it's a light lager not an IPA.

Taste- The taste is great for the quick pick beer, if you don't want a dubbel or a stout or any heavy malt or an offending arrogant bastard IPA this is the great beer of balance. Very simple taste, subtle malt, light yeast, almost no bitterness, nice balance.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, same consistency as water, light and no where near offensive.

Drinkability- This rates perfect as far as drinkability goes, its so basic it can't go wrong. Nothing offensive and no problem drinking this all night. I have no problem welcoming this guy into my house once a month for a safe bet berr.

I am a very strong supporter of all Spaten works. They make great beer and this is their way of a balanced smooth light beer. The Premium evens out their line up as far as intensity goes, holding the reins of the Optimator. Safe bet as you'll ever get, the way to go for a great simple beer, that doesn't taste like a macro corn brew from the cheap bud and coors.

Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong spicy noble hop and a mild grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a soft grain malt and a good spicy and potent noble hop.

The mouthfeel was average with good carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable lager on draft. A good Madison Square Garden beer.

Photo of mpyle
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of CU570M
2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow beer with thin little head. Does last a while though. Smells more like today's mexican beers (i know a lot of the mexican beers were started by german brewers that traveled to mexico) more than a german. Nice tart kind of taste. Kind of creamy with hints of corn. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy going down. Drinkabililty is fair. Crisp refreshing.

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.

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

Has a nice dark golden yellow color. Pours with a nice thick head with tinny bubbles that lace the litre glass as they recede. Has a definite aroma of Vienna malt with a light hop aroma. Malty is how I would describe the taste and aroma of this great German brew.

Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pils glass

The smell is of sweet grass with some fresh grass and a tpuch of fruitiness. No Euro skunk here.

The taste is of fresh, sweet malt balanced by oily, slightly fruity hops. Light, clean refreshing finish.

It has a nice body for the style. Very smooth.

For a green bottled Euro this is very nice. Holds up well. Nice taste with a smooth, refreshing feel. Good choice for a "session".

Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very clear light gold with a half inch white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. smell is slightly fruity with a pine hop scent also. taste slightly fruity and nice hop finish. mouthfeel dry crisp light. nice easy beer to drink with a good hop bite.

Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with white puffy head. Modest lacing.
Smell is a pleasant combination of fruity malt and fragrant hops.
Taste is extremely enjoyable with an absolute perfect balance of the sweet malt and crisp hops. Immensely refreshing.
Leaves a pleasant full rich crisp feeling in the mouth with nice lingering after tastes.
Excellent beer. What a lager should be.

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
84 out of 100 based on 1,191 ratings.