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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 a10t2
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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 +16.3%
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 -1.4%
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 +3.5%
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 -0.8%
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 +8.2%
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 -3.5%
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 +8.2%
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.

Photo of heidelbeerg
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at a golf club in the bar. I wasn't expecting much selection but they did have this one on tap. Wow was I surprised at how much I enjoyed it! Looks very ordinary. Pale golden lager with a slight white head. The taste was exceptional. Slighly sweet, grainy malt nicely balanced with hops. Very drinkable! I could have stayed all night. This is a good one for a session.

Photo of JohnY
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap from one of Portland's great places to find German Bier, Gustav's. Served in a tradional spaten logo bier stein. Bright white head that last most of the stein. Light yellow in color. Medium to light bodied. Well balanced hop flavor. Typical lager scents on the nose. Full rounded body and superb balance between hops and a malty sweetness. A great munich Helles.

Photo of shbobdb
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh, now this is how beer should taste. Who knew Spaten had it in them? The beer is really just freakin' fantastic. A strong malt presence with just enough earthy hops to balance out the beer leaving a sweet, but not too sweet taste. Really very subtle and extremely quaffable.

Man, this beer man, this beer. It is so freakin' tastey. A brainless drink, but man, does it ever taste good.

Photo of wynnie211
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: nice color and thick head

S: what nice aroma

T: very light and dry good from beginning to end

M: very nice

D: If I had to have only one beer for the rest of my life I could settle on this. Overall this is a very drinkable beer through and through. This is the first legitamate German Beer that I have tired and it is exactly what I expected and then some. Very pleased

Photo of mithrascruor
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Crystal-clear golden yellow color, with a thick off-white head that lasts for quite a while.

Smell: Great spices, grains, a tad bit of fruit, and a dash of hops.

Taste: It's like the smell, only better! Very well balanced and refreshing. My only complaint is that while there's a lot of interesting flavors, the complexity isn't very striking.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, very smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation as well.

Drinkability: An extremely drinkable lager that you could keep drinking all night.

This is certainly the best Munich Helles Lager that I've had (and I've tried a fair number). Better than the other in every respect: looks better, smell and taste is more balanced and/or "refined." Easy and nice to drink for practically any occasion. This will definitely be on my next shopping list.

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

Poured a nice, slightly straw-colored yellow and clear. Nice, thick, white head. Aroma was toward the hops; some malt as well but quite pilseneresque. Very clean. Taste was dry, hoppy, very flavorful, and crisp. To style, but I couldn't help but think it could use a bit more malt. Mouthfeel was on the light side of medium, but still substantial. Very drinkable.

A pilsener through and through. I bought this thinking it was a helles, which is what I was in the mood for. Still, quite good.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle to a heavy glass mug. Head is a rich, thick, creamy, white blanket with fine lacing an amazing staying power. The liquid in pale yellow with coper high lights. Very attractive and inviting.

Smell is sweet, bready and a hint of yeast minor notes of citrus.

Taste is very refreshing. Excellent balance between sweet bready malt and mild biter hops. Zum Wohl!

Mouthfeel is mildly fizzy with a slight bite. Full body, creamy and smooth.

Drinkability is very high. This would be a KA session beer if you had an extra 20 minutes to work off the 5.2 ABV.

Prosit! MK

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass

A- straw yellow with a big white head from an aggressive pour. very little lacing on the glass. A good looking German beir

S- exactly what a german should smell like. some confuse a skunk smell with a perfectly balanced offering from Munich. This beir was the later.

T- wonderful, a sheer joy. crisp and clean with a balance of hops. Perfect smooth finish. I think I am in love.

M- just what this style should, be thin with some carbonation adding to the ease of drinkablility.

D- the ultimate easy drinker. So crisp so refreshing, this my friends is what a Munich Helles lager should be like.

If you ever find yourself saying " I want something similar to (although slightly different style) a Heineken, but good" - this is your beer. This is one of my go to beirs.

This is one of the finest beirs on the planet, a monumental achivement.

Photo of rjlemos
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quite honest and good münchner beer. Better than most of the german lagers, like Warsteiner, Löwenbräu and Bitburger.
Excellent taste, nice smell, very good appearance and drinkability. Good balance among malt, yeast and hops. It worth a try, for sure.

Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L Brown bottle
Pours light golden/straw colored and effervescent with a 2 fingers deep white head. Very good head retention and good lacing

Smell: Grassy and malty smells

Taste: Sweet, clean and malty. Slight alcohol taste sneaks in as the beer warms. Finishes crisp with lemon notes and slightly fruitty

MF: Nice balance, very good carbonation

Drank very easy, super impressed that this stood up so well from its swim across the pond. Brings bak memories of a gasthaus we frequented in Garmisch (Spaten joint that was walking distance from the campground & had stellar food) Great summer time session bier

Photo of ghostwalker
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body with a nice thick white head.

Nose is floral german hops, spicy and tantalizing. A little sour, however.

Flavor is very tart and somewhat spicy. A very nice example of the style, reminiscent of Bitburger Pils, another of my German favorites.

Mouthfeel is crisp and tight.

A great quaffable pilsener. Very drinkable.

Photo of gbarron
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft from a shared pitcher at Dr. Dremo's in Arlington, Va.

A - bright golden yellow, deep color. Head is bright white but dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. No head retention at all.

S - sweet malt. Some DMS. Very little hop aroma, some slight spicy, noble hop aroma there, but malt dominates. Bready.

T - overwhelmingly sweet. Very sweet malt flavor predominates, followed by some yeasty notes, some graininess. Very little hop flavor or backbone to balance out the sweet pils malt flavor. Some earthy noble hop flavor but not much. Sweet flavor of corn, grains, sugar. Yuck.

M - thin, but highly carbonated and filling. Sweet but not sticky.

D - wow, very unimpressed with this offering from what I consider to be a great brewery. Love Optimator and love their Oktoberfest, but this 'traditional' lager leaves a lot to be desired - particularly the presence of any hops. Not sure if this beer is trying to be more of a pils or helles, but either way pass this by.

Photo of daliandragon
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden, crystal clarity with a thin head and properly Pilsner appearance. The nose is mainly composed of yeast and citrus with a backdrop of grain. Fresh smelling but otherwise nothing special.
Has a moderate bitterness but is really more bark than bite. Hop flavors are minimal and although clean, this is more watery even than I anticipated.
Not a terrible beer, and I can see trying it on tap, particularly if I can back to Munich anytime soon but in the bottle it's mostly weak and uninspiring

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

On tap...pour head laces down to a collar.
Smells slight nutty malt...hops faint.
Tastes sweet malt at first...some buttery flavor...muted hops...crisp, clean slight bitter finish.
Mouthfeel pretty light, carbonation meduim-high.
All in all , a pretty good lager.

Photo of Ricochet
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

#200 should be a traditional beer. Yes, and a traditional german beer beverage. It's this one. It fits. German pils. Color is, well, yellow, Head went fairly quick, small carbonation bubbles, average for style. Smell was , the typical yellow beer import smell. Skunk. However this told of better ingredients. Foamed nice in the mouth, very small amount of bitter, swallowed average. Others I've had are dryer so that's a notch below. This one seems to stress the maltiness more and seemed a lot closer to macro lagers, but there are no adjuncts which made this a very welcome yellow beer. Again, a touch of bitter, and no hint of the alcohol, made this a decent import.

So, yes, I could see getting this again and having it with pizza. The better choice to BMC and won't scare off non-BAs.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear slightly orangish golden color with a half-inch of mousy white foam. The head was active and retained for a minute or so. There are quite a few bubbles rising to keep the head alive.

Aroma: Sweet buttery and toasty malt along with a generous helping of floral hops. There is a little bit of skunkyness to this beer...probably from the green bottle...pity. There is a slight toasted caramel thing going on in here, but it is really subtle.

Taste: The malt is the major player in this beer as it starts out with some noticeable sweetness to go along with the toasty notes. The hops are definitely a noticeable part of the profile and add a floral and slightly spicy presence to the beer. There is no alcohol noticeable, and the beer finishes balanced toward the sweetness. It is pretty refreshing in the finish, but leaves you with enough residual mouthfeel to let you know that you didn't just drink some macro-brew.

Opinion: I am disappointed in the green bottle that these beers come in. This is a pretty tasty beer, and one that I am sure is better in Germany "vom fass". It has a meaty enough presence that it holds it own as a top-notch beer, but it isn't in the best of shape by the time it makes it over the "big water". I would like to try this beer fresh and on tap.

Photo of Koolbreeze2
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light yellow with a white head. A nice colorful beer.

Smell: Hoppy. Makes the nose feel pretty good.

Taste: A nice tasting Lager. Malty, a little bitter (I like bitter). If its not bitter, its not German. They seem to get it right.

Mouthfeel: Very pleasent feel. Makes the mouth feel good but a little much on the carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, especially on a hot day. Not my first pick to buy but I won't turn one down when offered. I have been to Germany many times and drank alot of beer. Even made the Octoberfest once. I wish I had written down each beer I drank. If I could have held a pen.

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.