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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,111 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 34
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
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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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

500ml bottle bought from Grape Expectations, Ballyclare...

Poured a light golden colour... Head was white and had a slight foamy appearance. This dissappeared quite quickly and left a thin layer which lasted until the end...

Aroma - Slight sweet smell, vanilla, lemony, zesty, grassy, slight fruitiness...

Taste – Lemony, slight earthiness, creamy, slight sourness, very slight hopiness..

Feel - Quite creamy and smooth, not that much carbonation...

Overall - A very good lager... very drinkable... recommended...

10-24-2005 08:52:45 | More by mdagnew
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blackie

California

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

appearance: The thin, bone white head quickly recedes. The color of the beer is an extremely pale straw blonde. One of the lighter colored beers I've seen.

smell: Spicy, clean german hops. Clean light malts. The smell is pleasing and unoffensive, but also somewhat boring.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty high, and the body on the heavier side of the lighter range.

taste: A light maltiness offset by spicy, light hops. A decent German pilsener, but nothing to get excited about.

drinkability: pretty drinkable

10-22-2005 01:53:31 | More by blackie
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

Minimally dusted yellow-gold, not quite pale enough to be called straw. While the beer itself is average at best, the head is a looker. Big, cottony white and supremely tacky, it displays a moonscape surface and results in a considerable amount of thick, pocked lace in rings and vertical streamers (that ultimately, and unfortunately, lacks adherence).

I question the pilsener classification, especially since the brewery doesn't think it's a member of that style and already brews a beer called Spaten Pils (note: the BA style has since been changed). The nose isn't very pilsener-like; which, to me, means that it isn't very noble hoppy. Nobles are definitely in use, but they're countered effectively, and even trumped, by a pale malt sweetness.

The beer tastes like a Euro pale lager to me, and a pretty good one at that. Like the nose, the flavor consists of malt and hops in nearly equal measure. Semi-sweet pils malt provides an effective base on which the floral hops are arrayed. While they don't soar as they would in a true pilsener, their flavor and bitterness contributions are an effective counterweight and turn this into a well-rounded, flavorful lager.

Is a well-made beer necessarily a good one? That simple question would, undoubtedly, provide many hours of passionate beer geek discussion. I won't attempt to answer it here. This beer is definitely the former and is kinda, sorta the latter. It doesn't really grab me though. It doesn't stand out sufficiently in any one area to be considered head-and-shoulders above its peers.

Thanks to the generous amount of malt, the mouthfeel is medium in heft and is firmly smooth (if that doesn't alert the oxymoron police). The quality of the carbonation is just about perfect: enlivening and peppy, yet not annoyingly so. The more I focus on the mouthfeel, the more I like it.

Spaten Premium Lager is good, solid beer. If there was any justice in the world, this kind of balanced, should-appeal-to-all flavor profile would be embraced by BMC as the blueprint for their standard lagers. Maybe then I could get some degree of enjoyment out of those occasions when I'm forced to drink their products.

10-10-2005 13:34:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head on tap into 16oz pint glass. Grassy aromas and hops are present. Taste has a lot of grain present, nice crisp hops and a slightly sweet finish. Pleasant lively carbonation abounds. A very crisp and refreshing beer, highly drinkable. A good session beer or refresher on a hot day.

09-12-2005 01:49:51 | More by ChrisBowers
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Zorro

California

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a clear yellow beer with a solid white head.

Smell is a lot of grain and a grassy herbal hop scent. Lots of bread and crackers in the malt scent and a little spice is in there from the hops.

Taste is mildly sweet with a lot of herbal hop flavor. And that is about a little malty with a solid hop flavor that finishes clean.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is my standard reference beer by which I measure all the others. Not one thing about this beer is outstanding but nothing is flawed either. Very drinkable and dependable beer choice that isn't that hard to find. I was surprised that I had not reviewed this beer yet when I noticed the omission.

09-04-2005 22:44:07 | More by Zorro
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BrinkyBeerBoy

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%

I like the Spaten logo on the plain, and simple white label.
Pouring 12oz bottle into pilsner glass I get a nice bright white foamy head that doesn't "stick" around too long. Nice clear golden colour.

My flaring nostrils don't pick to much up. I smell some herbal citrus lemon, and cut hay hop aroma, and some sweet malts underneath.

Descent up front lemon hop bitterness, with a touch of malt sweetness. Little to watery, and weak on the finish. Hits the palate with a nice medium mouthfeel, but doesn't hold.

Definitly would not turn away, and are drinkable. Just nothing groundbreaking here in this German Lager. Other great Spaten Brews available.

08-29-2005 00:45:15 | More by BrinkyBeerBoy
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Albinoh

Mexico

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Clear golden color topped by a nice foamy white head, very nice looks. Nice strong smell, sweet malt a little citric, herbal. It smelled good but it didnt taste as good as i thought from the aroma. It wasnt sweet, it was bitter and citric, some spicy sips bit my tongue. Light mouthfeel,

However, reading the description of the style i think it fits very very well... its spicy ("often times a bit coarse on the palate"). Definitly herbal and citrus like... so i give some point to that, not my favorite style though.

08-20-2005 23:46:13 | More by Albinoh
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jettjon

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -6%

Pours golden clear with a fine, thick whitish head that fades slowly. Citrus (grapefruit?) and grassy nose. Taste is bitter, hoppy, watery, and yet somewhat plain. Still, there’s something there, and a good bitter finish. Mouth is more watery than I’d like, but it’s pretty drinkable. Overall, a good pilsner, though not as good as some other Spaten offerings.

08-09-2005 00:28:51 | More by jettjon
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Pepeton

Mexico

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Straw yellow, very clear. Reminded me a lot a macros. Great 2 inch head, some lace.
Some skunkiness, that really doesn't appeal me at all, but you can also find some grass and malt smell.
Taste is crisp, mildly bitter.
Mouthfeel is creamy, but not overwhelming.
It's just an average lager and I can find some domestic beers that are quite better than this one.

07-28-2005 18:24:59 | More by Pepeton
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

A terrific thirst quencher. Looks a solid straw in color and crystal clear. Forms a fairly dense head that lingers at about 1/4". Smells lightly malty, vegetal, herbal, and hoppy. Tastes lightly sweet; on the side of light honey or powdered sugar. Hop balance is present in the flavor and bitterness. This brings out an herbal character. Through the body, light apple flavors rise and remain through the finish. The body is medium and carbonated. Coats the mouth nicely without being buttery. Finishes crisply and suddenly without drying. Only mild hop flavors persist in the aftertaste.

07-28-2005 12:43:25 | More by BEERchitect
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bark

Sweden

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

This beer is label ”Spaten München Original Munich Beer”, but their web site calls it “Spaten Premium Lager”.

The liquid is clear and yellow (“corn coloured” my wife said). The finger thick head is compact and white.

The smell is a bit sweet with lots of bitter hops. It reminds me of toasted bread with butter, and a hint of fresh herbs.

The taste is quite mild for a German pilsner; the almost lemonade-like fresh hops is perfectly balanced with the somewhat sweet and neutral malt. The taste develops into a taste of white bread with butter and a refreshing (but not overwhelming) bitterness with a delicate hoppyness. The aftertaste is malty with some alcohol and a nice bitter finish.

The carbonation is milder than expected. Small bubbles.

A very drinkable and thirst drenching brew.

07-17-2005 17:57:24 | More by bark
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palliko

California

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

Appearance is translucent gold, a white head that leaves some lace. Aroma is of grasses and herbs, barley and malt. There is promise here that is not fulfilled – roasted malts and fescue, along with pungent, bitter hops. May be to the taste of some, but I will pass.

07-15-2005 16:19:38 | More by palliko
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Nice bronze colored pour with a foamy white head that's quite large and holds up well. Moderate lacing but not too much. Aroma begins really grassy but not really herbal. Some sweet honey notes come into the picture as well. Taste has a remarkable balance between the sweet grainy flavors and the grassy hoppy bitterness. But with that being said, the flavors aren't really anything too great. Soft almost weak. Begins more grassy and grows sweeter the further I go. Finish is a sweetness more than a dryness which is odd to me for this style. Decent beer, solid, rounded mouthfeel. Well crafted but nothing amazing imo.

07-06-2005 12:47:47 | More by granger10
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goschool

California

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

The bubbles are very lively in this pilsner's pale to gold body. The good sized white head sticks around to the last sip. It smells nice with cut grass and hop aromas. It has enough of that saaz bite to satisfy me. This beer isn't particularly complex, however it is very refreshing and very easy to drink. I picked this stuff up for a party at which no one drank and I'm happy to be stuck with it.

06-15-2005 08:58:58 | More by goschool
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danielharper

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours clean from a green bottle into a tall pilsener glass. Small head at first from the slow pour, grows quickly into a two-finger white foam that sticks around for a little while. It dissipates eventually into a tiny white cap on top of the beer -- the beer itself is a dingy yellow color with constantly up-moving bubbles within.

Smell seems a bit off to me -- I think that Spaten uses a combination of malt and hops that resembles a bit of a skunk smell, because this beer has a bit of an "off" aroma on top. Seems to-style, so I'm not counting off too much, but it does seem to be a difficult aroma to get used to.

Taste is somewhat grassy, clean, but still with that vaguely skunked taste. Tastes more like a pilsener than a lager, but this seems to-style for a Munich Helles Lager. Nothing special, but decent enough for quaffing, especially with a flavorful meal.

Mouthfeel is very light on this one. Carbonation is fairly high but not overwhelming, and the watery texture makes this beer an easy quaffer. Enjoyable.

Overall, I'm giving this a 3 for drinkability. I like it just fine for what it is, but I find it not really worthy of the price I paid for it, and I probably won't purchase it again anytime soon. If I find it on-tap, I'll probably give it another try, however.

06-02-2005 23:11:57 | More by danielharper
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ffboooboo

Michigan

2.73/5  rDev -25.6%

Appearance-Light yellow constant bubbles rising from the white head that fades thin but remains.

Smell- big aroma here but I’m not sure what I’m smelling

Taste-clean malty flavor a bit of bitterness background ending a bit tart

Mouthfell-Thin watery

Drinkabilty- I like it but I’m unfamiliar with the style. Not bad but I would not seek another at this time. Need to try more than revisit this one.

05-23-2005 23:18:32 | More by ffboooboo
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Hunter

Arizona

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%

I tend to like German pilsners so I have high hopes for this one.

Appearance: Beer is your typical pale golden color with a wispy head of white foam that dissipates quickly. Crystal clear brew with thin thread of carbonation.

Aroma: Light. grassy notes here of hay and hops. Slight skunkiness but I wonder anymore if that's avoidable in the style, regardless of bottle color.

Taste: Very light flavor profile. This would get overwhelmed immediately if paired with food. Clean aftertaste, no sour notes. Crisp and bracing, best served ice cold I should think. It's just that nothing stands out.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light, what one would expect.

Certainly one of the least offensive beers one could try, but simple in scope and complexity. Not a bad brew to offers noobies before moving them on to stouts. This one would certainly hit the spot after a heavy day of labor in the sun.

04-15-2005 23:38:20 | More by Hunter
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Bright, clear, golden yellow body with a large, thick, off-white head. Smells of clean, honeyish malt with a pungeant, sea-air hop bouquet. Lean honey biscuit malt flavors up front--lightly sweetened. Snappy hop bitterness flashes. Finishes clean with lingering honey and light bitterness. Not bad. Light to medium bodied with a refreshing feel.

04-15-2005 01:13:30 | More by alexgash
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TheLastEngineer

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

Found on-tap at JP McGrady's in Bethlehem, PA

Very light color and a decent pure white head. The less-educated folks at my table assumed that I was drinking some sort of domestic megaswill. They were, fortunately, wrong. A noseful of hops with some malt. Good taste with a hit of hops early and nice amount of sweetness. Nice, light, and crisp with ample carbonation. A bit astringent, but it comes with the territory. I'm not a huge hops fan, so the drinkability is hurt a bit by having to work through the initial taste. Still a quality brew and a proper representative of this genre.

04-13-2005 18:36:08 | More by TheLastEngineer
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

04-09-2005 20:27:12 | More by jasonpeckins32
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mobyfann

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Paid $8.99 for a build your own six-pack at Wild Oats...

The beer pours a clear, light golden base with a nice large white head, good retention and nice lacing effects the entire way. The aroma isn't too noteworthy, starts off with a pale grain and ends with a little floarl tone.

The taste is what to expect from a Muinch lager, nothing heavy but smooth. It's got a nice grainy taste to it, but it's only a one-dimensional beer. The mouthfeel is very good, light in the mouth smooth to the palette and a nice release complement this beer well. The drinkability is where this beer shines. One wouldn't notice this as a 5.2% and not detect alcohol, and even with that this is a beer I could drink every day and plenty of as well.

Final Thought: Germany has the most drinkable mainstream beers with Spaten and Warsteiner leading, and Krombacher and Konig-Pilsener while in Germany itself.

02-21-2005 02:55:45 | More by mobyfann
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%

This is one of those beers that I could (and have) drink an insane amount of. I have more than once, after all, knocked out one of those 5 litre mini-kegs of this stuff by myself in 2 hours or so. This stuff pours a golden straw colour with a white foamy head that subsides after a few minutes. The nose is quite mild with pleasantly noticeable amounts of both hops and malt, though malt does seem to dominate. The taste of the beer is quite malty with a pleasantly bitter hops "kick" on the finish. Lack of huge carbonation makes this easy to drink and have a smooth mouthfeel. There's a ton of Beck's fans out there, but in my opinion, in the way of German lagers, Spaten is König.

02-20-2005 06:08:24 | More by SilentSabre
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beertastegood

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Appearance: very pale golden color, with a white head that dissipated quickly. Looks like a quality lager should.

Smell: Hops! Almost entirely hops. (I like it)

Taste: Once again, hops predominate, with a light malty flavor in the background. Towards the end of the taste, as one of the other reviewers mentioned, an almost grassy flavor appears. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Light, airy.

Drinkability: good. This is one you can have more than a few of.

Despite the fact that I am not a big lager fan, I enjoyed this one and will most likely purchase it again.

02-06-2005 21:07:20 | More by beertastegood
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +18%

Balance is the key to a brilliant pilsener, and Spaten's Premium Lager has it. Beyond it's typically crystal-clear golden body and bright-white head lies a perfectly balanced combination of grassy and mildly spicy hops amidst a grainy and mildly sweet malt. It's nose is bright and welcoming with the hops and malt taking turns in appearance, but also working together to deliver a more concise presentation. The flavor follows along the same lines; and it's "rich" and exciting without being overly bold. It's malt is nicely grainy, and softly sweet with suggestions of Munich malts; and it acts as the perfect, supple, blanket on which to lay its grassy and spicy hop flavors. It's components are distinct, but always kept in check. Even it's bitterness is solid and clearly present, but not aggressively bold. This is a southern German pilsner that's balanced with a gentle hand and formulated for drinkability - and it succeeds!

01-24-2005 15:27:34 | More by NeroFiddled
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

12 oz. bottle. Pours a pale golden clear liquid. Thick white fluffy head. A few bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Good head retention and lace. Pale maly, big grassy notes. Light bready malt flavor, good amount of grassy/spicy hops. Maybe slightly oxidized. Light body, high carbonation. Pretty crisp and clean. Good use of hops in this one, give it that "German" flavor.

01-03-2005 01:35:45 | More by Bierguy5
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