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

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1,079 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 32
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-08-2001)
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Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Bongo BBQ drivethru fridges), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

A big, white, crusty, dense head leaves thick, clumpy lacing on the glass. The collapse is uneven. I love this kind of head. The beer is clear, pale yellow with some carbonation. I think this is the clearest beer I've ever seen.

The smell: lagerfonk-o-rama! Some bready grains.The front is lagerfonk with nice grains. The middle is metallic, some malt, sweetish. The finish is nicely bitter, but a little metallic. The fonk and metal definitely tame as the beer warms. Overall, this is a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 07:26:56 | More by kbub6f
Photo of Hhawk06


2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured yellowish-golden with a thin, inconsistent head. Turned off by the smell, as it almost had a skunky characteristic. Can't say the taste was anything special either. It had a bready texture with more of a floral finish. Fortunately, it was very smooth going down. I expected better things, as I am typically a big fan of the Spaten line.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2003 07:24:44 | More by Hhawk06
Photo of budgood1


3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a clear golden color with a fluffy one inch head which stuck quite nicely, leaving a nice lace down the glass. sweet malt and grain aromas, a bit of lemony hints with light hoppiness around the edges. light tastes of sweet grain, lemony malt...not really in the typical euro-lager fashion. more like a good quality american lager/pilsener rather than mimicking the euro style. rather light bodied. a hint of spiciness to the hops. clean and crisp finish. despite the green bottles, i neither smell nor taste any skunk. spaten premium comes off as a clean and non-descript easy drinking euro-lager. probably quite average in comparison to others within it's style, but easy drinking nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 20:17:48 | More by budgood1
Photo of Reidrover


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a brown 25 oz bottle with the usual gold foil around the top.
In appearance it looks like a 100 other German style light colored beers. Had a good head that dissapated pretty quickly.
Not a very strong smell at all unlike corn addled American macros..light and slightly hoppy.
Taste is pretty good though unexciting..maybe i shouldnt have eaten the slalmi before hand though :)
Nice feel around the tounge and the back of the mouth very nice.

Very easily to drink could see this as a good summer BBQ beer if i had the cash!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2003 19:32:47 | More by Reidrover
Photo of TXHops


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I bought the green bottles, but in a sealed 12 pack, to avoid possible skunking. Admittedly, this is a better beer in the summer (for me at least), but I've had it probably 30+ times, so I feel safe that I'll give it a fairly accurate review in the winter.

From the bottle, the beautiful, light golden body emerges with the whitest head a beer can have. The 1.5" of foam fades into a slightly lumpy, thinner head after a minute or so. The aroma is that of fresh, decocted malt with a sweet back-scent of Noble hops--reminiscent, like many noble-hopped Euro lagers, of sweetish, ripening baby corn.

The medium-light body has a light, but rounded maltiness and a crisp, but faint bitterness from the hops. VERY little hop flavor. Smooth and sweet--this is a beer I've used to convert several macro guys to better beer. My complaints with it are that it's slightly too foamy and that it leaves a slight sourness in the finish, which lingers unpleasantly. I've had this beer on draft at the Bavarian Grill, where they seem to take good care of their beers, and it's better there--firmer and less prone to souring on the finish. Someday I'll try it in Munich and have a definitive answer :)

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 17:56:31 | More by TXHops
Photo of bditty187


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

Blinding gold, ultra translucent, small white head, poor retention, decent lace. Slightly hay-like, grassy, very quiet spiciness, the malt is solid but ultimately an unimpressive nose. Very tasty palate, grassy-hay, a murmur of peppery-spice, decent malt undertones, slightly crisp... refreshing. Simple and light… pleasant mouthfeel, easy to drink and enjoyable. I’d recommend it for a ‘cross-over’ beer or for hot summer days. While this is not the best Helles lager, Spaten Premium is a decent and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 09:26:15 | More by bditty187
Photo of Gusler


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As I always beat on lagers and pilsners, I must own up to finding this one quite pleasant to quaff, as fair is fair and it deserves my praise. Bright gold color as it sets in the glass with a spacious frothy white head and as it dissipates, leaves a fine covering sheet of lace to cling mightily to the glass. Sweet tones first, then malt, with a light earthiness to end the nose. Malt start, with the top light and fresh, the finish smacking in its acidity, hops apropos to the style, dry as a desert bone aftertaste, and just plain refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 16:17:01 | More by Gusler
Photo of BeerAngel


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

Pours a ultra clear very pale yellow with a 3-finger head that shrinks to a nice lumpy layer. The smell reveals an earthy grain with black pepper spicing. The taste is a lightly sweetened malt of earthy tones and the hops that are in the aromas are not apparent in the taste. Very, very mild hopping...perhaps under-hopped. It is a very pleasant taste despite the lack of bite. It is a light bodied brew with just a light sticky-sweet mouthfeel and drinkability is quite high for this one. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2002 19:19:42 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of cokes


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An average, yet solid, German Helles.
Served up bright golden as expected. White head settled out quickly.
Nose is faintly malty and sweet. Touches of spicy hops.
Taste is comprised mostly of (very lightly-) caramel drizzled breadiness. Quietly grainy. A quick jab of spicy hops finishes things. Nothing else is noted.
Not complex in the least, but a decent session choice.
Light-medium in the mouth with steady rolling carbonation. Brainlessly quaffable.
Agreeable, yet remarkably average. But there is nothing here to criticize. If US macros were anything like this, I'd still drink them.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2002 00:40:50 | More by cokes
Photo of Morris729


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

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin white head. Slightly hoppy aroma. Taste is crisp and refreshing with notes of sweet malts and bitter hops. A pretty average beer but a definite step up from the macros.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 00:03:32 | More by Morris729
Photo of ipogios


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An original Muinich beer with golden colour and nice smell. Malty with nice body with a head that adds to the fine appearance of the beer. You'll love this beer..



Serving type: bottle

11-19-2002 00:23:03 | More by ipogios
Photo of ryanocerus


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An average looking beer with a clear golden color and moderate, short-lived head. The aroma was hops laden with just a hint of malt. The flavor was slightly off (victim of the green bottle syndrome), but the high hop content and slight malt finish were refreshing. The good carbonation and long-lasting flavor upped the mouthfeel. An easily drinkable beer that would be better if fresher. I anticipate more samplings of this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2002 07:27:55 | More by ryanocerus
Photo of Wildman


3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light gold color and formed a nice white head that left some lace. Some light carbonation present. The aroma was of hops and touch of lemon. The flavor was of hops and a little lemon. The finish was a bit astrigent and had a bit of citrus to it. Not bad for a session beer, but there are better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2002 13:20:50 | More by Wildman
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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

Quite OK with me. Very pale yellow colour, small head and little lasting, sweetish maltiness, medium bitterness. Highly drinkable, fruity flavour, not too bad in the end.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2002 04:52:59 | More by rastaman
Photo of DarthMalt


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Provided the skunks stayed home, this beer presents itself with a slight hoppy aroma, which holds at about that same level throughout the beer. The sweetness is less than that of, say, Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell and it seems a bit more watery too, but that is not to say it detracts from the flavor, and it is definitely more hoppy (as far as hops for Helles goes).

The taste and drinkability are inversely proportional to hunger and thirst, but after one, it is easy to get back into it for good session drinking.

But G.D. those green bottles!!!!!!!! GRRRRRR!!!!!
The six-pack I had went from the sublime to the ridiculous. You could actually taste which corner of the pack was sitting closest to the refrigerator lightbulb. Hate that!

I think I'm buying greenies by the case from now on.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2002 13:30:33 | More by DarthMalt
Photo of Longstaff


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

Very light appearence with whiter than white head. Sweetish tasting but the malt profile is somewhat lacking in flavor. Goes down easy with a creamy mouthfeel. Finish is crisp with a little hop flavor and almost no bitterness. A good alternative to American macroswill.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2002 12:23:08 | More by Longstaff
Photo of Jdiddy

Rhode Island

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

This was a good average lager. Not much head. Tasted very similat ro Stella Artois which I quite like. A very drinkable beer. Like a German Budweiser buy MUCH better.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2002 08:40:08 | More by Jdiddy
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

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

quality munich lager. goes down great, a bit light and very smooth. it is not up there with the hacker-pschorr, but it is a fine example of a good german brew

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2002 20:06:43 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of ADR


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

Clear yellow-gold color, 1/4 inch head in a Pilsner glass that's decently persistent. Slightly nutty aroma. Light-bodied, malt is unobtrusive but hops are well balanced and lend just a touch of crispness. No annoying skunk. Pleasant finish, a little honey sweetness. I was looking for more grain or nut characteristics. Not a ton of memories here but a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2002 08:24:16 | More by ADR
Photo of StevieW


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

Golden yellow in color, with highly carbonated fizzy white head. Bitter hop smell mixed with some malty sweetness, made smell like beer. Taste was somewhat malty and sweet, but the bitterness lingered to long, and was off. Too bitter to be balanced. Light to medium bodied. Easy to drink, but not a beer to really go back to for a while.......

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2002 14:44:06 | More by StevieW
Photo of goindownsouth


4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice example of what a German brew is and should be. It is very refreshing and aromatic at the nose. From the very inital sip to the very last, it is extremely consistent and user-friendly. The head is light, yet still lightly omnipresent. The aroma of the earthy malt and hops are a fantastic match with all foods German, particularly with pork and sauerkraut. Well worth seeking out! Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2002 05:52:45 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

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

Gold in color, malty slightly sweet nose. White head.Very smooth malty feel in the mouth. Some hop nobility. Not very good head retention. Slightly above average for the style. This was a dissapointment taste wise. Not really alot there to comment on...

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2002 11:15:39 | More by frank4sail
Photo of AaronRed

New York

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the basic fine German lagers. Always available, reliable (unless it has been sitting to long in the store). It has a nice golden color with white head. Crips tasting, with lingering bitterness, but with enough smoothness for balance. It a beer for everyday consupmtion. Maybe this is the mass-produced version of German Bud, but at least it is good.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2002 18:44:28 | More by AaronRed
Photo of jackndan


4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Premium: Very nice example of the classic German taste. Pale golden beer with a pure white head. The aroma reminded me of skunk, but the taste of the beer was anything but. Sweet taste, with a pleasant sour follow through and a hoppy dry, absolutely clean finish. Very nice and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2002 19:44:11 | More by jackndan
Photo of psugrad98


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Above average for an American Beer, slightly below average for a German brew. Moderatly malty with a slightly hoppy aftertaste. Goes down pretty smooth. What middle-age, balding men from Germany drink after mowing THIER lawn.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2002 19:47:23 | More by psugrad98
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