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

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Ratings: 1,230
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 45
Gots: 125 | 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 1fastz28
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got a 6 pack of this for 6 bucks, not a bad deal. pours a golden color like most lagers, the smell of a slight skunkiness is apparent as soon as you open the bottle. Smell is more apparent as i pour it, has a bit of a hoppiness smell to it as well, no malt is present. Taste is crisp and light, but still full bodied, one of my favorite lagers, and a beer you can drink all day long, slight carbonation throughout the glass, but little head. Much better lager than heineken, or becks. and for around the same price you can't go wrong.

Photo of mjc410
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap - sort of. It's from one of those 5L mini-kegs, which I hauled with great labour from Wegman's in my bike's panniers. Working a little harder for beer is never a bad thing!

I've decided to make a review of the second pour, since the first poured more than 90% head. Well, this one probably amounts to 40%, but I'm stubborn enough to write down the details anyway. The white head in my Spaten becker falls slowly, and leaves thick spongy lacing as it does. The beer's body is a bright but translucent gold, as simple as that. A beautiful beer. The nose smells of cereal, rich bread, and herbal hops. Very nice. The taste is clean, but rich. Definitely focused on a crisp, balanced malt flavor, with noble hops filling out the other end. The mouth is thick for a lighter type of lager, with great crisp carbonation. A fine helles that I'll be working on for the next few days.

EDIT: Or maybe not a few days. I polished it off over the course of the whole day while watching all the Rocky movies but the newest. THAT was a lazy day.

Photo of tonistruth
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clear bubbly gold, crisp 2 finger white head, decent retent

S- skunky at first, after that settles just crisp malts

T- simple crisp malts with some supporting hops presence, biscuit, grain, balanced

M- higher carbonation, coarse, crisp, dry finish

D- simple and tasty session brew, not much use for this brew, but its not a bad brew at all

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

Spaten Premium
12 oz green bottle
L 27061H
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a vibrant light yellow with a golden tint. Mini carbonation bubbles shoot to the top of the glass. A bone white head forms on top leaving fluffy trails of sticky lace behind.

Initially I got a whiff of skunk in the nose, but that disappeared rather quickly. Whiffs of grains and fruit sweetness.

Hints of grains with a grassy flavor. A touch of honey sweetness meshes with a strong grainy biscuit backbone. The finish reveals a tight hop snap.

Mighty quaffable and pleasant to drink. An authentic Munich Helles Lager. Definitely a warmer weather session time brew.

Photo of beeragent
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pilsner glass. The beer poured a deep yellow, with no head or lacing. The aroma is light, consisting of a light skunkiness, a little hop sweetness, and a hint of malt. The taste is also very light. Mostly a sweet taste from the hops, and a little thickness created from the malt. Not really a whole lot in the taste that stands out. Light mouthfeel. Overall, I could see having this beer on a summer afternoon, to relax, but if flavor was the issue, I would be going elsewhere. Its not to say that this is a bad beer, but its always hard to enjoy a lager, such as this one, for its flavor. Its stubborn, but I am still trying to get more into lagers. I will try this one again in a few months, and see how my taste has changed.

Photo of torchedpunk
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the regulars on my line up. Spaten Premium is great from the bottle or from the sweet mini keg, what ever you can find it in it's worth sharing.

Appearance- Great example of a Helles Lager, very light in color, darker then a pilsner but not by much, pours a quick settling head with light character and has constant bubble movement.

Smell- pretty basic as far as what I consider a light beer, majority of the aroma is malt, I can't really pick up any hoppyness but it's a light lager not an IPA.

Taste- The taste is great for the quick pick beer, if you don't want a dubbel or a stout or any heavy malt or an offending arrogant bastard IPA this is the great beer of balance. Very simple taste, subtle malt, light yeast, almost no bitterness, nice balance.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, same consistency as water, light and no where near offensive.

Drinkability- This rates perfect as far as drinkability goes, its so basic it can't go wrong. Nothing offensive and no problem drinking this all night. I have no problem welcoming this guy into my house once a month for a safe bet berr.

I am a very strong supporter of all Spaten works. They make great beer and this is their way of a balanced smooth light beer. The Premium evens out their line up as far as intensity goes, holding the reins of the Optimator. Safe bet as you'll ever get, the way to go for a great simple beer, that doesn't taste like a macro corn brew from the cheap bud and coors.

Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong spicy noble hop and a mild grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a soft grain malt and a good spicy and potent noble hop.

The mouthfeel was average with good carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable lager on draft. A good Madison Square Garden beer.

Photo of mpyle
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale cold color with good clarity. Medium sized white head. Creamy and with a bit of retention.

Minimal aroma - simple clean malt smells and maybe a bit of hops

Malty but very subdued - sufficient hop bitterness to balance. Finishes dry and with minimal aftertaste. Nice clean lager profile, but without strong positive flavor elements.

Medium body and carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel - no astringency.

A simple and refreshing beer - more malty than hoppy. Not sure if this wasn't an old example - it seemed to lack a certain "pop" in the flavor despite otherwise being a clean and attractive beer.

Photo of CU570M
2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow beer with thin little head. Does last a while though. Smells more like today's mexican beers (i know a lot of the mexican beers were started by german brewers that traveled to mexico) more than a german. Nice tart kind of taste. Kind of creamy with hints of corn. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy going down. Drinkabililty is fair. Crisp refreshing.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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 +4.1%
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%
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 +18.2%
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 +13.3%
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 -9.2%
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 -1.4%
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 -4.9%
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 +16.8%
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 -1.4%
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 -27.7%
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 +8.7%
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 -13%
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 -10.3%
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 -12%
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 +5.4%
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.


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