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

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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 43
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

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Photo of BeerBob
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather light straw color with an average white head that left some spot lacing on the glass. The smell is faint, slightly grainy with a touch of grassy hops. The brew has a biscuity malt, a bit metallic, and finishes with a balancing grassy hop. The feel is light almost watery, moderately carbonated, finishes pretty clean. This is a very light Munich Helles, not as complex as the others. However this is a very refreshing brew with no off flavors.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it in Spain. It was the last bottle in the place so I took a chance and was not disappointed. Great beer. After that I had to drink a local macro lager and what a difference. I couldn’t swallow the macro lager after Spaten!

Poured with a bright light golden colour. The head was white, medium-sized with a fair retention (little lacing).
Very nice aroma of herbal hops with some faint citrus notes. The flavour was complex, focusing on the hops with some biscuit malt presence.
Spaten was a refreshing beer with a good level of carbonation and low alcoholic strength (5.2% ABV). Light body. The aftertaste was bitter and fairly long.

Overall it is a very interesting and well-balanced beer. I am looking forward to taste another one.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on-tap at the daily bar and grill in chicago (they were out of alpha king). this was a clear straw in color with a pure white head. some sweet bready malts and vegetal aromas in the nose. nice sweet malts upfront balanced by the crisp carbonation and underlying hops. this was well-suited for me given my sweaty balls on a warm august night and quite sessionable.

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest head that does a good job in the lacing department

Smell: Grainy aroma with a clear presence of the underlying malt

Taste: Malty, bready flavors up front that are joined by by light fruity bitterness, mid-palate; herbaciously light friuty bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Excellent example of the style; crisp and refreshing

Photo of bradford
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack at Trader Joe's.
Appearance was less than stellar, but about par for the course for a pilsner
Smelled quite hoopy with enough yeastiness and malt to carry it through
Taste was good, better than average for most pilsners I have tried
Mouthfeel is about what I expected. Crisp, hoopy bite. Unoffensive and goes down easy.
Drinkability is above average. This is one beer where you can have more than one, and I plan on it.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright shiny strong yellow gold. Excellent clarity. Rocky baseball size snow white head rose above the rim. Whisps of lace dot the glass. Inviting.

Aggressive but pleasant grass/hay aroma. Smells noble.

Taste begins with a soft, delicately sweet malt which gently spills across the tongue. Gentle bitter gradually rises to balancethe sweetness, and then overcome it with a pleasant nip, if not a bite, at the swallow. Nothing big nor anything caustic.

Smooth, mouthfeel has what might be called a light fullness. Enough body so its not airy, but not off putting on a hot summer afternoon either.

Drinkability is just what the doctor ordered at a summer party. Tasty as one, doesn't wear out with several.

A good straightforward helles. A big step up from BMC if not quite as interesting as some of the American micro versions. Buy the completely enclosed twelve pack to protect the dreaded green bottles. A nice example of basic quality German beer in the US.

Photo of geexploitation
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very clear and bright gold, with a fluffy, thick head that's perfectly white. The aroma is quite zesty with spicy German hops and some nice bread crust notes. Some sweet cooked grain notes make their way in as well. On the palate, big carbonation first off, along with some sharply bitter, almost gritty hop oils that are laid over an extremely smooth pale malt base that almost defines "bready". Mouthfeel is quite nice, as the beer hits both its smooth and rough notes, with the only off note being some carbonation that is perhaps overzealous. Overall, this is an excellent helles.

Photo of jpkoch1962
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass at cellar temps. Brilliant pale color with a sticky head that disappeared within minutes of the pour. Faint aroma of malts and noble hops. This beer began and ended with a bland mixture of faint malt and maybe medium dry noble hops. Pretty much blah when compared to other authentic Helles Lagers.

This is not a bad beer, but it underwhelms those who expect the delicate, malty pale lagers from Bavaria. I don't know if Spaten ships this particular brand (in green bottles of course) in order not to offend the average American beer drinker. I had this lager decades ago in Munich, and it is not even close to what is being exported to the states now. If Spaten lightens this anymore, it will be in the same categaory as Becks and St Paulis Girls -utterlly forgetable.

For those looking for an above average thirst quencher, this is your beer. For those expecting the delicate, malty lager of yester year -avoid.

Photo of SSBrennan
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very light golden color with light carbonation and a frothy white head that falls quickly.

The smell is of wet grain with earthy undertones.

Taste is initially crisp with a lingering bitterness. The hop flavor is mild with herbal and floral notes. Relatively subtle taste with good crisp malt flavors; well balanced.

The mouthfeel is light and clean as it should be.

Very drinkable.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown half-liter bottle with regal label.

A: Golden yellow, with white rocky head, good retention.

S: Bready malt, some floral hops, nothing too substantial, also a slight sulfur, mineral content.

T: Malts upfront, with slight acidity due to the carbonation, hops come through in the aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied, dry, somewhat spritzy, excellent for the style.

D: Very refreshing, immensely drinkable, easily available locally, and cheap - a good summer choice.

Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on a bottle I was sure would be skunk-free. It doesn't have the raw grains and lager yeast flavors of a Weihenstephaner for instance, but it had a decent hop to it. The malt stayed back and the spicy, but somewhat bland, hops dominated. Still, even if the hops weren't crisp, it's not a bad lager.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale yellow from a *gasp* green bottle. Forms a one finger head that quickly recedes to a thin collar and haze. Decent amount of spotty lacing coats the glass, and this can only muster a thin cap when swirled. Except for the small amount of lace, this could be confused with any American macro lager based on the appearance.

S - A pungent acrid saaz pepper note hits my nose before I approach the glass. White pepper, floral perfume, sweaty socks, and lemon butter. Reminds me of how my pee smells after eating asparagus. Oddly, I like this smell.

T - Initially much sweeter than I expected based on the nose, then the acrid sweat flavors come out riding a crest of biscuity malt. Peppery, acidic, firm, and tight.

M - Light bodied, oily, with a relatively low level of carbonation. I keep thinking of the words firm, tight, and taught. The finish is off-dry with a lingering aftertaste of pepper.

D - This makes me thing of a super-flavorful macro lager. Like what Miller and Bud are trying to accomplish while failing miserably. I like this a lot as a simple session brew. This is something that I would buy a min-keg of.

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.

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