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

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1,190 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,190
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 41
Gots: 82 | 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 MuenchenerKindl
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
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
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
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
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
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
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of jabocu
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a pale golden color with a finger width white cap. The cap dissipated with a thin lacings on surface and on sides. There is a constant uprising shower of tiny bubbles even from my basic pilsner glass. Smell is citrus hops and cereal maltiness. Just like the style should. Taste is basic German pils, but not quite as bold as I would like. Flavors do blend well, just light. A little on the watery side with medium level of carbonation. This is very smooth going down and refreshing. As I usually say about this style.... great "burger and hot day" brew!

Photo of Luigi
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a lot of carbonation bubbles running up the glass. Bubbly white head that is sticks all around the glass.

The aroma is fresh cut grass, spicy hop and grainy malt.

The flavor is classic German. Spicy hops hit the tongue up front and are balanced out nicely with a grainy malt. I little hint of lemon zest at the end. Nothing is out of balance.

Finishes of clean and very thirst quenching. Put some brats and burgers on the grill. This brew makes me think of summer.

Photo of leechungsr
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not really a light beer drinker; with that said, this is my favorite light lager. It's great for times when I want something to go with a small, light, snack.

Mouthfeel is nice and clean, like a light beer should be. It has a nice clean balanced flavor that isn't biased; it's usually a little light for my taste, but is just right when I'm in the mood for something that won't fill me up.

Photo of Backer2004
2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Man, was I disappointed when I got this from Beer Poker - $2.50 for whatever bottle they pull out at the Flying Saucer. My buddy got Rogue Dead Guy and another 60 Minute IPA - nobody would trade me. It could have been disappointment in poker but my general impression was this one was not impressive. A Dinkle Acker of Prima Pils is more my style, this one's a bit bitter, more of a Euro Lager in appeance and smell. Easy enough to drink but I won't pick this one again (but will probably play Beer Poker again).

Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here’s a clear pale, golden colored liquid with two-fingers of brilliantly white soapy foam. Lots of carbonation (just look at the endless upward march of bubbles), nice lace: attractive beer. There’s sweet malt in the nose, along with some vegetal characteristics and a grassy, herbal hop smell. It’s not a powerful aroma, but it is pleasing, and much more appealing than most euro-macro lagers. The taste is composed of a nice malt flavor (pilsner) that’s well balanced. The high carbonation gives the beer a ‘spritzy’ quality that I could have done without. The finish has a mild shot of hop bitterness, along with a lingering semi-sweetness. Medium-light body. This is certainly a lot better than some of it’s direct competitors. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Photo of biergeniesser
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle of Spaten Lager poured a crystal clear straw to gold. Its slowly dissipating pure white head laced nicely on the glass as it was consumed, and fine bubbles evolved slowly from the sides and bottom of the glass throughout.

Spaten Lager has an aroma dominated by clean malt. It also has hints of grain and grass as well as a noticeable aroma component of noble hops.

The flavor is a balance of clean malt and hop bitterness with elements of sweet malt. Grainy and grassy flavors are present to a degree, but are more in the background of the flavor.

Body is light and refreshing with a light, pleasant mouthfeel and low-level carbon dioxide bite.

In my opinion, Spaten Lager is a refreshing light lager, which definitely leans more to German Pils (although Spaten also makes a Pils) than to Műnchner Helles. It is quite drinkable and definitely sessionable… a great beer for a Mass Krug in the Biergarten on a nice summer afternoon.

Photo of HardTarget
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Spicy hops, Saaz is my guess, light clean malt base.

Appearance: Painfully clear golden glass crowned by a cream white head that laced wonderfully

Taste: Sweet clean malt overpowers the noble hop, but finds a peaceful balance. This is a bit off for the style (if this IS a Pils) as I expected more hops, but it’s hard to complain. Taste is clean and clear as the appearance.

Mouthfeel: Lively, on the edge of fizzy carbonation. Dry but lip smacking finish.

Overall: Easy drinking. It has been a couple years since I’ve touched a Spaten, I’m glad I’ve revisited it.

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The bottle is brown with some gold tin, pours a clean yellow color, nice carbonation, small head which fizzy's down to some nice lacing through out the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malt, hops, and maybe some citrus.

T - Very nice taste crisp clean and a little sweet, hoppy/malty. Nice kinda dry finish.

M - Light-Medium body. This is a nice balanced brew.

D - Very drinkable. Would recommend.

Photo of danielocean03
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a perfectly clear straw-yellow into a pilsener glass, white foamy one and a half finger head fell to light lacing pretty quickly. Smells crisp, sweet, definite balanced hop and malt aroma present as well. Tastes as crisp and clean as it smells, very refreshing beer. Hints of citrus, then the hops come in, finishes with the balanced malt, no bitterness or alcohol bite present whatsoever. A definite session beer, goes down nice and smooth despite moderate carbonation on the tongue, but the crisp finish is absolutely remarkable. Would purchase again, a fine example of a German Pilsener from a fine German brewer.

Photo of musingmonkey
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My friend brought back a 1 gallon "party keg" of this on his return from Nashville for the Christmas break. We had several beers to sample that night, so the keg remained unfinished and sadly lost its carbonation by the following day.

On original pouring into an oversize wine glass, the carbonation from the keg was high, and created a generous and pillowy head.
Colour was a soft honey, which immediately reminded me of my favourite dessert wine, the Briar Ridge botrytis semillon. Now if only they taste similar... ô¿ô

Little bitterness to speak of, felt only in the finish. Malt is subtle, but pleasing... but I found this beer, rather boring and typical of its type.

Mouthfeel was rather nice however. While somewhat thin, it was very smooth and mellow. A definite easy session drink. But overall, an average beer.

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into my pilsener glass a crystal clear yellow-amber the exact color of apple juice with a very white, frothy head that takes a long time to subside to a complete covering and leaves pretty nice lace for a lager.

Smells a bit like apple cider too, with some pear and yeasty zest smells.

I have a hard time picking out distinct flavors in lagers, but this one is pretty good, and it's definitely easy to drink. I just don't find myself as satisfied drinking this lager as a lot of Spaten's other brews, which I think are some of the best from Germany. Fizzy carbonation and a totally clean finish.

Photo of manofmanners
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Spaten, the spade, is one of my top 5 beers in the world. It has a nice golden color, perfect aromoa to it, and by far the best taste.
It goes well with any food, which is a plus, and you can drink it year round. It will take the chill away in the winter and cool you down in the summer. Try it and you will be hooked.

Photo of BitteBier
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color with nice volume of dense white head. Smells of light grains with a bit of hoppy spice. Taste shows a similar blend of lightly sweet malts touched with a bit of crispness. The mouthfeel seems a little off--by no means unpleasant but somewhat ill-defined. Still, this beer goes down easily and is a good example of a style that, in general, I find uninspiring.

Photo of Shaw
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer a lot. I'm already of Spaten's great Optimator and this beer maintains Spaten's reputation.

It looks nice: Pale yellow with a large, puffy white head. The smell is hoppy, grassy and grainy.

The taste first begins with light flavors of toasted malt and ends with a nice hop bitterness and flavor. This is good stuff. It's very refreshing.

The body is light and easy to swallow, just as expected. This beer is very easy to drink and is a great session beer, as are most German lagers, for some reason. ;-)

Overall this is a fine lager and good for when you're looking for something good to drink on a hot day or when you don't want a really heavy hitter.

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