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

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83
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1,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 42
Gots: 111 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 vickersspitfire
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I used to drink this beer at a beer savvy bar I frequented when in college, before I knew much about beer. It had been a few years since I'd had a Spaten lager.

This beer pours a faint yellow, with a tightly packed white head with excellent lacing for a pale lager.

Its aroma was subtle, and a sweet malt smell.

Its flavor is also light. It is sweetly malty, barely hopped, and very refreshing. It scratches a different itch than the American craft ales I've been drinking of late.

I could drink an awfully lot of this beer.

Photo of Foxman
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours an explicitly clear straw yellow. A finger of bright white head dwindles soon to fine floating froth. Very delicate lacing lays cursively on the inside of the glass.

The aroma is first of lightly toasted malt, with mere traces of caramel and a thin berry fruitiness, and then gives up a mild pairing of grassy and peppery notes. Also present is a metallic hop edge.

Upon tasting, the malt is the frontrunner, bringing forth images of sweet caramel and berry, but swirling away soon to allow the peppery hops to bring their spicy and grassy traits to the stage. The finish is very crisp and brief, dropping off with a dry bite. While not especially impressive, it's not a bad mainstream flavor.

Light bodied, like the flavor, it coats barely before a rather prompt departure, though the hops do lend a glow to the palate.

Again, this is not a beer that will smack you and tell you how great it is. In fact, it is not great. But on a Sunday afternoon, watching the Eagles lay waste to a really lame Redskins squad, it went quite nicely with the wursts and salads. So while it is more or less pedestrian, it's also very drinkable, flowing like the proverbial water, though with a more fun result. I won't seek it out, but short of other options, I wouldn't say no if it was offered.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute. It has a light straw color with a decent head that settles quickly. Malt and hops are definately present in the aroma, with the balance being more towards the hops. The flavor is a very strong malt and hop balance, but tipped slightly to the malt side, as it's slightly sweet. It has a medium-light body with moderately high carbonation.

I suppose this is a decent session beer and good for a European 'macro'. This would probably not be my 1st choice of imports, but I do like it better than some mass-marketed European macros and sure beats the hell out of the majority of American mass-marketed beer.

Photo of bonbright7
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tapped a keg of this before my historical society's annual halloween party last night while the band was doing a sound check. I was careful to pour a generous pint for myself with at least a 2" head on top. After the inital check of the vibrant golden beer, I inhaled a great aroma of hops, yeast, and light malts.

The taste was somewhat heavier than expected with a flowing sweet quality to it that marked the 50 liter barrel for certain emptiness by the end of the night. As it was one 4 barrels, I got back to it when it was half way done for a half cup which confirmed how refreshing it was.

Photo of gonzo138
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear bright pale golden color with a big frothy white head that retained for a while and laced quite nicely afterward

S- light sweet malt aroma, a small hint of caramel, slight citric hop aroma is present as well

T- crisp sweet malt taste, a little bready, with a nice spicey hoppy bite at the finish

M- nice and tingley carbonation, light body

D- a very drinkable beer, could go through quite a few of these, Im really starting to appreciate the bottom fermented beverages of the world alot more

Photo of jdoherty
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting sample I had at a college bar which really surprised me in its range of quality.

A: Appeared much like any Bavarian lager, a little malty head and that light brown color that didnt impress, but wasnt bad

S: A mix of grass and motor oil, unpleasantly shocking on first wiff, I couldn't believe how strong it was. Not its strong suit

T: Too malty for me, not exactly my thing, its just left a very bad taste in my mouth.

M: Suprisingly heavy malt mouthfeel, it really seemed to be weighed down by that. Similar to malt liquor

D: Went down reasonbly smooth. It really wasn't something I could have more than two of, but if you do like strong smelling malted lagers (the smell overpowered me) then this would be very agreeable

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

Tasted this at the Bavarian Beer Cafe on Manly wharf, 500ml glass.

Pours a pale gold, with frothy white head and good bubbling.

Malty aromas, some grassy hop notes.

Well balanced lager, with grain & grass elements.

Nice & light and refreshing. Good summer drink.

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

INteresting while dirnking it. Had it while having a break on a rehearsal. THe taste is hoppy more like a Pils, but it does not tires like it. The foam is white and thick. Good taste, great beer among those that are shipped to Mexico and remains. Bubbly, not too much and veyr enjoyable.

Photo of stephendr
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold color light , clear – frothy thick white head –nose is grains, grassy , cereal, hopps , malts , and clean - taste of malts , grainy , grassy , sweet corn , hopps , and hint of orange peel – dry light sweet mouth feel – skunky , cereal , bitter , grass , sweet corn aftertaste , short

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

Pours a golden color with tons of carbonation and a thick creamy head that seems to grow from all the bubbles rising up to the surface. Some dimples in the top of the head. Leaves some scant lacing. Sweet malts, sweet breads, and some grassy and floral hops in the nose. Has as crackery sweet malt that kind of washes away a bit thin and ends with some dirty hops flavors and bitterness. Eh. Feels a but too full in the mouth and kills the crispness it would have otherwise had from the carbonation. Wouldn't be opposed to another one nor would I look forward to another one.

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

This beer comes in a clear/green bottle. However mine did not appear to be skunked. This beer pours a nice light, clear golden color with a white head about an inch thick before settling. Leaves some decent lacing. Aromas of grains along with a touch of hops and malt. and maybe some vegetables. Not much else smellwise. Has a sweet, grainy taste upfront with a touch of malt rounded out with a hint of spices and hop bitterness. Has a bit of a bitter and perhaps dry aftertaste. Has a nice clean, crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I found this beer to be refreshing and extremely easy to drink, in a good way that is. A good, solid beer for this style.

Eric

Photo of kmcnair
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a straw color and makes a fluffy white head, fades slowly and has good retention, brilliant clarity.

S - Sweet, grainy malts. Clean fermentation characteristics, no fruity esters. Subtle hint of noble hops. Slight vegetal cooked corn DMS aromas.

F - Slightly sweet, malted grains, clean, low hop bitterness however well balanced. Spicy noble hops are detected.

M - Medium bodied with a dry yet very slight sticky coating of the palate, medium carbonation, rather smooth but dry in the finish.

D - Crisp and refreshing, malty but not overly sweet. Easy to drink.

Photo of a10t2
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear golden-yellow. Pours with a thin white head which dissipates quickly but leaves light lacing.

S: A little malt odor, but overall not much nose on this one.

T: Generic lager, very crisp but with no malts or hops to speak of. A faint sweet/syrupy flavor, and a moderately bitter aftertaste that fades quickly.

M: Light and carbonated, but again, no real complexity to be found.

D: Certainly refreshing and clean; drinkability is way up there.

On the whole I was disappointed by this beer. It's a cut above American macro lagers but has none of the complexity and depth that characterize Spaten's other offerings.

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

Poured this 12 oz. green and undated bottle into a half liter Spaten mug, beautiful. Crystal clear golden yellow body. Bright white frothy head. Huge soapy bubbles filled the glass. Photo worthy.

Smell was terrific. Sweet cereals. Leafy hops. Grassy. Rich.

Taste was good, but not as nice as the aroma. Crisp sweet graininess. Mildy bitter (noble hops?). Bready. Subtle yet refreshing.

Mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied.

Very drinkable. I will find this one again.

Photo of BigRedN
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 17 fl oz brown bottle into a pilsner glass. My pour yielded a ridiculous 2 inch head, fluffy and white. Good retention with nice lace coating the glass. The beer itself is bright golden and clear. Nice looking beer.

Smell: While at first I was a bit let down, but I realized I should not expect any over the top aromas from this style. Subtle sweet malt with some grassy/floral hop notes.

Taste: While I am not wowed, it is still a good tasting beer. Not big and bold, a touch of grainy malt finished with just a hint of bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Light, yet not too watery. Well carbonated. Crisp with a clean finish.

Drinkability: A nice refreshing easy drinking beer. Good on one of the last days of summer with temps in the mid 80's after I finished mowing the lawn.

Photo of beakerboy
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ultimate Brew Crew Jul '06 - German Lagers

A: Straw yellow with a solid white head. There is good lacing left behind on the glass.

S: There are plesent malt and citrus aromas.

T: Slight bitterness with malt sweetness dominating

M: Somewhat light for my pallete, but good for a european lager.

D: Quite drinkable. Better than most lagers.

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

12oz green bottle

Spaten Premium was golden in color and very clear. It had a fairly large white head with good retention and some lacing. It had a light malt aroma. The taste was slightly sweet at first, but is followed by the hops to balance out nicely, leaving a slight hop aftertaste. This beer is medium bodied and tasty. It would be very easy to drink several in a sitting.

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

This beer is just a well balanced beer. It is very smooth and crisp. Very nice crispness and sweetness accompanied with a little bit of hop bitterness. Could knock several of these back.

Very nice head retention, nice crisp mouthfeel. Nice, but somewhat faint hop and malt aroma.

This is a nice beer to have when you just want to relax. Not at all demanding on the taste buds, just very crisp and smooth. A well balanced beer. I am impressed.

Photo of Drew966
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Premium Lager pours a light golden color with a white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is very mild, and has just the slightest amount of skunk. Taste is surprisingly good. A really well done lager, balanced to a tee. Very highly drinkable. Would make an excellent session beer.

Photo of mnj21655
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice yellowish-gold in color and had a good 1" head that was retained relatively well. The aroma was of malt and hops. The taste was very light, dry and crisp and extremely smooth. I detected some hops but not an overwhelming amount. The mouthfeel was thin, but not in a bad way, and had a good amount of carbonation. This beer was extremely easy to drink and very refreshing.

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