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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,074 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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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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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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merlin48

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Helles pours a clear, pale yellow body with a 4 cm, white, rocky, head. Good head retention, and attractive patch lacing all over the glass.

Nice aroma has lemony hops up front with a roasted grain background.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with even carbonation and a light body. Clean and smooth.

The taste is crisp with carbonation, and features a well executed balance of lemony hops and soft, grainy, maltiness that evokes the flavor of unsalted crackers. Finish is crisp and smooth, with a clean aftertaste.

Very drinkable! Excellent for the style. I could enjoy a few of these. In fact, I think I will.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2004 01:01:39 | More by merlin48
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BobLuvBeer

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear and golden. Carbonation evident in the number of bubbles. Head is thick, with a grassy straw aroma. Almost buttery scent. Hops dominate taste, but come with a although heavy feel on the palate, are easily accepted. Not overly bitter at all. Floral hops shine in this one. There is just enough malt pushing through to give it balance. Overall, very crisp and well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 14:33:56 | More by BobLuvBeer
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WetCoaster

California

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Crystal clear straw gold with absolutely exuberant fine carbonation--pour it and stand back. Pure white, rocky, sticky head with good retention. Some lacing. Not the most interesting looking beer out there, but good for the style.

Smell: Again, not exciting, but good for the style. Strong, pilsner-like hop aromas with a very vague, lightly toasted malt sweetness underneath.

Taste/Mouthfeel: OK, now this I didn't expect. The beer has an unmistakable orange flavor. There's nothing in it that tastes like an orange, per se, it's just that the citrus character of the hops and the particular sweetness of the malt combine for an pronounced orange taste--I've never had a beer quite like this. The beer finishes with a typically bitter, drying hop finish, albeit with a bit more citrus bite than I'm used to in a lager. The mouthfeel is quite light, but there is a slightly coating quailty. The carbonation (which does settle down after a while) gives the beer a crisp zing.

Drinkability: Quite light and crisp with a very unique and pleasant flavor. Works for me.

This beer came to me as quite a surprise, as it might to anyone who expected a typical, somewhat bland lager. Unique and very refreshing, a great summer beer

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 19:30:11 | More by WetCoaster
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aaronbeach69

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

ehhh... a very typical lager

appearance: very very clear, very light golden

smell: a very good lager aroma,

taste: tangy on the edges of your tounge, but very smooth

mouthfeel: a little to light for me... it is a lager so I'll give it that .. but it lacks some substance

drinkability: very very drinkable..too drinkable... goes down like carbonated water...but is this a good thing...the only thing holding back its drinkability is that that taste becomes boring fast and starts to build up its boringness

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2004 18:00:24 | More by aaronbeach69
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TongoRad

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw color and clear. White head, leaves alot of wispy lacing. bready nose. Floral/grainy hops. Mild malt notes in the center. Light bodied, crisp and pleasant. Prickly carbonation on the tongue late. Quality lager, very nice in summer. Good session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2004 01:31:05 | More by Billolick
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Dmann

California

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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TinusTime

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I hadnt had this beer in a while, as I usually leery of green bottles. But BiermanVa left a couple over at my casa after a cook out and well Im not gonna let it go to waste. Pours a nice clear golden hue with a fluffy almost pure white head. Smell was crisp with the typical German lager hoppiness, with a bit of the sweetness of the malt coming through as well. Taste was clean and crisp, a bit of slightly sweet maltiness at first which was washed away by the nice crisp drying noble hops.. A bit prickly on the tongue with the carbonation, but still nice.. Very drinkable, I can see being able to suck these down with abandon on a hot summer day. I would certainly pick up a few of them this summer, especially in the 5 liter keg which cant get light struck.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2004 17:34:24 | More by TinusTime
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is better known as Spaten Premium in North America. München is host to quite a few well reknowned breweries, and Spaten is certainly one of them. While they also brew the acclaimed Optimator doppelbock and the Franziskaner wheat brews, their Premium beer (a Münchner helles type lager) is a rather average offering. It does a very good job as serving as a thirst quencher, but it turns out to be rather neutral and bland flavored.

This beer pours a bright yellow/gold color with a nice 2 finger white foam that lasts about 30 to 40 seconds. The aroma consists of a somewhat sugary sweet fruity smell mixed in with some husky grain aromas/grassiness. Surprisingly this sample was not lightstruck. The mouthfeel is thin yet well carbonated. The taste was also a bit sweet, consisting of light malts and fruity sweetness. Those flavors seems to meld together to form a brew that is a bit bland and unexciting. The hops were not too noticable either and just added some mild dryness to the finish. This dryness continued into the aftertaste where a light tart green apple flavor arose, and the beer concluded with very little alcoholic warmth.

I did like this beer, even if it was a bit neutral and unexciting. Having a fresh sample probably did wonders for this beer. This beer can be used to wash down some wursts and spaetzle with no problem. As an average everyday beer, Bitburger might be a slightly better choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 04:38:42 | More by Beastdog75
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spaten lies between the German macros (like Becks and St. Paulie) and the world class pils/lagers (like Paulaner, Urquell, Bitburger, etc). Clean, smooth, crisp. Leans more towards the malt as opposed to the hops (appropriately for the style). Just doesn't quite have the body and overall flavor of the best lagers. This would always do, but I rarely buy it because there are better beers to be had for a similar price.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 05:17:36 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright straw gold color, that is topped by a white thick head. A spicy, grainy, sweetish, and grassy aroma wafts from my glass. The taste is clean, lightly sweet with some accompanying grain notes. This beer finishes with a bit of sharp bitterness, which is nice. There is a hint of apple in the taste. Pretty straight forward, half way decent beer. Would definitely be good on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 01:03:40 | More by Gueuzedude
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden straw color with a nice sized fizzy white head leaves behind healthy amounts of lacing served in a Spaten half liter mug. Aroma: Sweet grainy lemongrass tones with lightly toasted malts packing a nice gentle punch and the grassy herbal European hops do the trick here. Taste: Very clean tasting no "skunky" effect the draft really improves the flavor of this beer, sweet with a nice bitterness in the finish, session brew. Mouthfeel: Light bodied fizzy carbonation, mass produced but well done German helles. Drinkability: Nice and easy effortless beer don't think about just enjoy, meant to be drank in number.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2004 18:43:11 | More by WVbeergeek
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MobBarley

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is in my opinion a brew that is criminally underrated, true to the style, refreshing and tasty too. This is a well-rounded brew that, unfortunately, lacks the WOW character that we North Americans seem to crave in our beer. I'll admit that the straw-yellow color, standard, fizzy head and moderate lacing do little for me. The smell is warm and sweet with some serious fruit notes to round it out. Some hops lurk in the background but largely serve to make the aroma more complex. The taste is fine. Fruity and sweet and just slightly bready, with a nice mineral-rich aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great for the style, with rather high carbonation and a smooth, relatively thin body. Drinkability is tops, and I could see this being a top-notch session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 09:10:07 | More by MobBarley
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow / gold in color with a thin white head. No lacing during the drink. The aroma was grainy and grassy. The flavor was of grains, grass, and mild bitterness. A little more maltiness would do this well.

Very clean and crisp in the mouthfeel, and an extremely clean finish as the bitterness fell off the tongue immediately. Carbonation levels were just right. Extremely drinkable as a lighter bodied beer, but one could get bored of this over time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2004 20:11:08 | More by Gavage
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sprackops

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into my pilsner glass a pale gold color, with high carbonation feeding a medium white head.

Smell: Understated sweet bready aromas. Not much happening here, but no "off" smells like skunking or the like. Pleasant enough.

Taste: Starts with light malt sweetness leading to a citric lemon-like taste with a dry, herbal hop finish with the faintest hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thin, soft, the relatively high carbonation is easily detected here.

Drinkability: As a lighter lager this one is emminently drinkable, a perfect session beer if you're in the mood for uncomplicated, quality lager.

If what you want is a simple thirst quencher clearly made from quality ingredients, or just a nice beer to keep around for guests accustomed to macro lager, this is certainly worth considering. I think I'll pour another one now.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 05:32:09 | More by sprackops
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beernbbq

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably a classic but just not a lot going on here for the long haul. Meant to be drunk quickly and cold. Classic dark yellow appearance with a tight white head that quickly disappates. Smell is mildly bready malt with Hallertau hop. Taste is a mild bread like a challah style with the tart Hallertau backdrop. Finishes clean and easy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2004 15:32:32 | More by beernbbq
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UncleFrank

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is clean a grainy. Hints of malt but no hops. Appearence is clear, sparkling with a thin head and some lace.
The taste is not skunky at all as has been expected from green bottles. Perhaps this was protected well. Light bread flavor and a sweetness that isnt sugary. Finishes dry. The aftertaste is of a touch of bread and hops. Very refreshing.
For beers of this type I am not a huge fan. But if Im going to drink one, this is it. In this new land of extreme and huge beers, this beer is a perfect example of what can be accomplished in a simple beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 02:12:33 | More by UncleFrank
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw color, active carbonation, and a creamy white head. Not much boquet, although you can smell a little bread and grass. Tastes light and malty, with not much hops backing. A semi-dry finish makes this an above-average beer. Not that great compared to Optimator, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 22:19:45 | More by TastyTaste
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surfmeister

California

5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Possibly the best beer brewed...
Appearance: yellow/gold, plentiful white head with good retention to the bottom of the glass, nice to look at
Smell: good malt/yeast aroma jumping from the suds, little hop
Taste: big malt, bread, slight bitterness in the finish but true to the style this is a malt lovers' beer
Mouthfeel: this is where this beer stands out IMHO, full substantial mouthfeel for a "yellow" beer, kept wanting to hold a big gulp in my mouth
Drinkablility: The standard bearer for "yellow" beers

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2003 18:35:56 | More by surfmeister
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head was as white as a models teeth. Dissapeared quickly back into the clear golden liquid where it originated. Sweet malt and skunky hops make up the faint aroma. There's more carbonation than flavor in this beer. It tastes the same as it smells. Not a bad beer, just not a whole to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 06:02:14 | More by HappyHourHero
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Mustard

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. green bottle; no "best before" or "bottled on" warning; no ABV %; purchased as a "busted" single from TJ's for $1.00.

Appearance: Pours a pale, straw-colored gold; crystal clear; large, sudsy, snow-white head; a good b-cup's worth of lattice style lacing; respectable head retention.

Aroma: Primarily of grain, floral hops, butter and lemon.

Taste: Front betrays a hint of sweetness and a biscuit-like malt presence; grainy, lemony notes throughout; hints of butter; finish closes with a light, floral bitterness; well-balanced; light to medium bodied; somewhat undercarbonated.

Notes: A tad grainy for my tastes...

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2003 08:26:48 | More by Mustard
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an attractive clean gold with a decent sized pure white head. a light grain/faint lemon scent is about all that rises but it alright to me. taste wise its nice and smooth, grains and faint lemon come through with a small but nice hop bite at the end. crisp and clean mouthfeel finishes slightly dry and goes down oh so easy. another crisp clean one for washing down flavorfull food with ease.

paid $5.99 for a 6er.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 20:18:00 | More by DESTRO
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Dr. Dremo's, served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear straw color with a small white head that recedes to a small ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Leaves faint traces of lace.

Smell: Grassy and herbaceous with a distinct DMS aroma. (yeah, skunk). Not overpowering, though.

Taste: Light bread and grass tastes with a DMS/mint flavors on the finish. Again, not overpoweringly skunky, just there.

Mouthfeel: Oh so light bodied.

Drinkability: If this DMS doesn't bother you, then it's rather drinkable. I'd probably drink it if someone bought it for me, but that's about it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2003 13:10:09 | More by ManekiNeko
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I ordered this in a German restaurant in Moscow, and it brought me back to my college days in the beer gardens of Munich. My favorite Munich beer then, it still delivers today.

Came out clear gold under a big slightly off-white contoured head that left excellent lace down the glass. The nose is mildly malty with, unfortunately, a touch of soap. The mouth is prickly and light, as it should be. The flavor features a good light malt followed by a nice hoppy bite in the finish. The aftertaste combines the light malty sweetness with a hoppy bitterness, making you long for the next sip. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2003 19:48:15 | More by Globetrotter
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proc

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a bright golden in the glass with a slight, very white head. Aroma is that of a light lemon and grass. The taste is very Euro-lager and is quite good. This could be an easy session beer to sit back with during a sporting event on the tube.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2003 13:31:56 | More by proc
Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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