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

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Ratings: 1,224
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 42
Gots: 113 | 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 Gambrinus1184
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Boru's, Waterbury, Conn.

A: Poured a rich, golden-straw color with a thin veil of carbonation which disipated about a third of the way down the brew, leaving no lacing.

S: Smells faintly sweet and grainy. There is a slight lemon zest from light hoping in the nose, but it's pretty malty.

T: Sweet, almost sticky bread taste with a mildly zesty citrus-hop backbone. It's mostly sweet, grainy malts, with some corn, and a drying hop taste. Not bad.

M: Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and I'm sure would be more crisp out of the bottle, as there was no real carbonation to this one.

D: A managenable lager with nothing really special to offer, other than the fact it's a decent session lager tastier than Bud. Good for the outing we were on, but not one to stock at home.

It could have been the pour, or the keg this was coming from, but the complete lack of body carbonation, no head retention, and muted flavor sof everything dimmed the experience a bit. However, it's not a funky, imported-tasting brew, and was pretty serviceable, although it ranks low on my list of good Spaten beers.

Photo of therica
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very nice surprise at the Schmankerl Stube Bavarian haus in Hagerstown Maryland last night. I'm usually drinking the Hefe or Marzen. Schmankerl has changed over to Spaten recently, as well, and I guess I'd just never gotten this one, on-tap.

A= very nice luscious rich-golden, with a white medium head foam typical of a lager.

S= very very nice on the nose, or maybe it's just what I happened to be looking for-- a good old traditional lager with some whiffs of sweet malts and traces of grassy notes with a complimentary presence of hops, in-balance.

T= an interesting bouquet in the first instant-taste, pronounced and yet not intrusive, followed quickly by a splash of honey sweetness, then all of it seeming to combine into a combined-wholeness. Nice carbonation, medium rather than tiny bubbles and yet not an over-amount of filling carbonation. Goes down nicely, didn't leave me feeling belchy.

M= very nice, clean, and it went well with the entire meal from bread to goulash to salad to sweet-sour Sauerbraten and everything in between.

D= totally drinkable.

Photo of SargeC
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold color with a dense, white head.

Smell: Very clean, minimal malt and hop presence.

Taste: Solid beer. Well balanced and very clean. The brew gives a glimpse of the malt and hops to produce a very refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp and smooth finish

Drinkability: Very easy drinking brew.

Photo of GPHarris
1.59/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

a - poured a one finger thick white head into a tumbler. it left no sheet and a light ring that was gone halfway through. the body was a clear and slightly bubbly golden color.
s - i'm getting nothing.
t - no discernable taste, except maybe a mild graininess.
m - thin and watery.
d - it was a struggle to get through this, i almost poured it down the drain.

Photo of Natural510
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received a 2 litre boot of Spaten Lager at a local German restaurant in San Francisco.

It poured with a good head for a lager, with a rich golden color (not pale as in, say, a Budwesier or Heiniken. It had a smooth, crisp flavor without being watery and the carbonation stayed in my mouth. This is a very drinkable lager which doesn't lack flavor and is therefore a great 'session beer', not making one sick the watery alchoholic feeling of an American Macro.
Certainly drinkable enough to finish a boot without wishing I had ordered something else.

Photo of WJVII
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this has a straw color, transparent. Minimal white head that lasted only for a moment. This has an aroma of hops and smells almost a little skunky. My first taste was bitter with nice presence of strong hops. This beer reminded me of my time in Germany and seemed to be a very traditional example of a German brew. Nothing special, but a decent showing. This is a drinkable import, but there are better beers available for a better price here in the states.

Photo of skeetermoses
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like this beer but I am not extremely impressed with it. I have had much better and would not mind trying the other beers made by spaten. Good beer, but I would recomend a belgian white, I would recomend this beer with any food, I cannot specifically point out what food this beer would go with.

Photo of Redrover
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle with no freshness dating.

Poured into a glass, the beer is light gold with a dense white head. You will notice extremely active carbonation.

The aroma is of malts, straw, and floral hops.

The taste is brisk with some slight hop bitterness. The beer is slightly sweet with a grainy taste that is accented by a honey like flavor. The hops are slightly more prominent in the aftertaste.

The mouth is crisp and sleek. This is an easy drinker and is very easy to pair with food.

I had the good fourtune of drinking this several times in the Spaten Haus which is the Breweries showcase pub and restaurant in Munich. Glad to see this beer travels so well to the States!

Photo of shadow1961
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spaten Premium Lager pours a huge stiff head over a clear yellow brew.
Carbonation is slow and steady in this sample, and the nose is pale barley
malt and lager yeast. Thankfully, despite the pretty green glass, there was
no skunk odor either. Flavor is pleasant malt with a bit of spicy hops in the
finish. A bit of bisquit in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and dry. Pretty
simple stuff, but well executed.

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

Poured from a pint into a glass

Appearance- As I was pouring this lager I noticed a nice white head that quickly fizzled away to pretty much nothing. The color was something that also took a different apperance from a champagne look (golden) to a pinkish gold look very interesting.

Smell-The smell wasn't too overwhelming picked up a little bit of fruits a little grass but nothing much.

Taste/Mouthfeel-Wow these guys certainly know there stuff.Took a couple of drinks and not a hint of bitterness just a smooth lager that is indeed premium.

Drinkabilty-At 5.2 I urge you to pick up a 12 and take them to a party people will not be dissapointed in closing this brand has impressed me yet again try this and Optimator if you can find them.

Photo of twbrewer
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear light gold in color.Head falls fast leaving nothing but bubbles.

S- Semi- sweet cookielike smell,light hops aroma.

T- Taste like it smells, almost sweet malt with a grass/lemon hop.

M- This has a light crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D- Classic German lager.Malty semi-sweet very lightly hopped and well balanced.No off tastes. Very easy to drink more than a couple of these!

Photo of Scribbles
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- An atractive clear golden colour, with decent 1 1/2 finger head( 2 if you try for it)

S- A hint of skunk from the first bit of each bottle that seemed to go away pretty fast. Otherwise a decent hop smell.

T- Like a good German beer should taste with a bit more malt than usual which makes it interesting.

M- dry hop finish with a bit of malt.

D- Definitely easy to drink a few of these any time, especially if you enjoy a good crisp beer,

Last note, I would say its best to drink these not too long after you get them, the last one of my pack had skunked before I got to it(a couple of weeks time). besides that its a decent beer.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love the Optimator, figured I'd see what else Spaten has to offer.

A: Nice goldenrod color, with a bubbly 1.5 finger head and little lacing.

S: Crisp and clean, some mild hops, maybe some spices but subtle.

T: Strongly hopped with mild malt flavor. Some sweetness and spicyness in there as well.

MF: Quite bubbly and a full bodied feel. Very refreshing beer. Little to no aftertaste.

O: Not that I'm surprised, but much better than an American lager. Considering I'm more of an ale fan, this has quite a nice flavor, and would be great for tailgating or a hot summer day.

Photo of viperpiper522
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear pale straw with a beautiful white one finger head. Some light lacing.

S- Rich munich malt with some light pilsner. Fresh baked vienna bread with some spicy hops notes.

T- Rich bread and malt. Spicy hops with very faint citrus.

M- A little warm so a slight carbonic edge. Finish dry but malty. Above average for the style.

D- I love this one. You can roll through these no problem. This is the best style of a munich helles available commercially when fresh.

P.S. Try this in the gallon and a half keg and you get a lot more malt character. It's a little creamier too. Tastes a lot fresher and the setup reminds you of a traditional tap you would see in germany; except more modern.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden beer with a white head that falls away fast leaving nothing behind. Smell is slightly sweet and very bready. Taste is slightly bready and sweet with a crisp lager taste. Mouthfeel is slightly harsh is carbonation, crisp I guess is what you'd say. Overall, this hot spell is a nice pairing with this German lager. Very nice.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful golden color and crisp/clear. Pure whiteness on the head. beauty.

Nose is fairly faint but has a straw with a bit of cereal grain.

Palate is simply clean, dry, crisp, and overall fairly refreshing. I'm sure this would quench a hard earned thirst after lawn mowing duties on a summer afternoon.

Finish has a touch of malt sweetness.

Photo of esv
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell had an immediate hint of skunkyness that quickly dissipated. A light, persistent sweet, malty aroma.

The color appeared straw to light golden. A stiff pour resulted in a sea foam head, tight-and-white. Crystal clear. Slight lacing and the head faded halfway through but was easily resurrected with a gentle swirling.

Well balanced but certainly a sweeter beer. I didn't take any notes on any hop flavors and don't recall any. There was a residual sweetness that stayed on the pallate.

The body seemed light to light-medium. Solidly medium carbonation.

(A consistently average 1st review)

Photo of Brad007
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color with almost no head. Aroma isn't too impressive with a slight skunk. Taste is somewhat smooth, even fruity and goes down very easily. There's some biscuit-like taste to it and it's definitely the opposite of what I expected it to be, due to the slight skunk in the aroma. I have to give this lager props for being very drinkable.

Photo of genog
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of ohoove
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A golden yellow color with plenty of carb. and a small fizzy white head that reduced to a ring with no lacing. First sip and taste was that of classic German pils .vWhat I did like about this was that it didn't have the overwhelming skunk taste that accompanies many German beers, if i'm going to drink German beers the Munich styles are my first choice. Very clean, fresh and crisp with a small hop finish on the end. Very refreshing on a hot summers day.

Photo of BeerBob
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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 -7.9%
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
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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