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

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Reviews: 584
Hads: 1,307
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 20.98%
Wants: 51
Gots: 183 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

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

Spaten München, ABV: 5.2%.
500 ml bottle, 15.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: Clear, golden liquid, and a nice, fluffy, white head. Equally nice lacing.

S: Light, both malty and hoppy aroma, with minor hints of citrus and toffee. It somehow reminds me of a good pilsener.

T: Bittersweet with notes of citrus, butterscotch, and vanilla. Here are hints of alcohol, but it has a nice, balanced taste, and it's quite pleasant on the tongue.

M: Somewhat soft. Quite mild carbonation. Body is medium, and the bitterness is good (medium to high). Really drinkable. A nice, long aftertaste.

O: The Germans know how to make good lagers, and this is an example as good as any. I can't complain about anything. Maybe it misses that extra thing to make it special, but I'll bet I could drink this on most occasions. As most German lagers it doesn't cost much either.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Red Sox World Series 2007 Champions pint glass.

The color is a light yellow and has about two fingers of foamy white head that is gone pretty quickly but leaves little hints of lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit of toasty malt aroma that is a little like butter on dry toast. There is a peanut brittle aroma as well.

The taste is has crispy malt flavor that is a little biscuit mixed with fried dough. The same peanut brittle like flavor comes back as I inhale while tasting a sip. there is a nice sweetness toward the end that has an ever so small bitterness to let you know there is some hops in this beer but this is driven by the malts to it's destination which is my tongue.

The feel of this beer is pretty crisp and has the signature of a German pilsner. There is a bready aftertaste with some smooth feel as this goes down. A well made larger that would got well with some pulled pork.

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Photo of Kanyon22
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured form a 12oz. green bottle into my stella artois glass. Got this form a Spatan variety pack. Every brewery needs to make a variety pack, I love them.

A: Pours a clean golden yellow color with a big soapy bubble white head which is receding as I'm typing this. So far its playing the helles part well.

S: Has that wonderful musky, grainy, skunk like quality I get from a lot of German beers. Getting a bit of an earthy notes as well. Nothing earth shattering here, wished it had a bit more malt profile kinda classic green bottle smell.

T: Starts off with a slight hoppy fizzy carbonation burn at first. The middle is a lot quicker, its a cleansing watery like taste that quickly transfers to a brief sweet then lingering German musky,grainy, skunk flavor I was getting from the aroma. Reminds me of their Oktoberfest, but not as sweet. Pretty boring here.

M: The mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer it has a good medium thickness to it, you can tell that this beer has no adjuncts in it.

O: This beer is average at best it feels like every other green bottled euro beer to me and does nothing to set itself apart from the middle of the road.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: lager yeast, malts,

taste: crisp, clean, some hop character and malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: a refreshing lager enjoyed this in the baking sun and it was much needed. if you need a crisp clean beer go for it.


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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Premium Lager has a thin-to-medium white head and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with some bubbles and not much lacing. The aroma (not skunked, thankfully- green bottle) is strong, bready malt, with a bit of clean water and a dash of hops. Taste is likewise very bready and the bitter hops really add zing to this one. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Spaten Premium Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a very good beer, and I think you’ll enjoy it.


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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a very nice golden clear. Nice bubbles with a thin white head. No lacing.

Aroma is nice. Grassy and pilsner like. Nice German hop aroma.

Taste is clean. It has a nice grassy taste with a slight maltiness and a nice hop flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Nice carb.

Overall I like this a bit better than the Hacker-Pschorr I just had. Much more cleaner and crisp with a nice hop flavor.

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Photo of SamN
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light honey tones with a nice soapy but looser head on top. Color is rather pale, not too rich with almost no visible carbonation whatsoever. Aroma is a sour/metal hoppiness. Faint adjunct-like maltiness; huskiness, vegetably. Not great. Taste is balanced, no side overpowers the other, but this makes for a sort of boring beer, lacking character. Faint finish on cracker malts, hops bitterness is quite low. Mouthfeel is right on target, not too thin in body, good pilsen structure.

Overall, a pretty boring German lager. Not much character to it, flavors are subdued to the point of being almost unnoticeable. Compared to the Paulaner pils I reviewed yesterday, this is a German Budweiser.

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Photo of fx20736
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a straight sided pint glass.

I normally avoid beer in green bottles but as this is brewed by the same group that makes Franziskaner I decided to take a chance. I did let it sit for 3 minutes with the cap off before pouring even though I didn't detect any skunkiness.

Poured a 1 inch snow white head, pretty to look at. Beer is golden colored with subdued carbonation.

Aroma is bready malt and grassiness with a slightly sour smell.

Mouthfeel is very full without being thick or slippery.

Taste, mild Noble hop bitterness quickly fades and the finish is dry and pleasing. After I took a few sips I thought, where's the aftertaste? But there really isn't any, just a slightly sour dryness that is very pleasant.

This beer is a marvel, it doesn't try to surprise or overwhelm you, it just presents itself quietly as a wonderful, enjoyable drink. Until knocked down this will be a Summer Regular in my fridge.

This is yet another Euro Beer that proves that most American Beers are generations away from the fine quality enjoyable beers made in Germany, Belgium and England.

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Photo of robnewhart
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one surprised me. Friend drank the Optimator, but I am not a big fan of heavy beers so I thought I would try their Lager with a friend. Used standard beer mugs chilled and after first taste, we both looked at each other with surprise at how good it went down.

It had a good head, with a nice and not overpowering hoppy smell and just the right amount of carbonation for my liking. The taste is surprising, as it is a very smooth beer going down, as opposed to a sharp taste of my regular beer, Pacifico, with no bitter aftertaste.

I use this often as a celebration beer as an alternative to Pacifico, my regular daily beer. This beer was a pleasant surprise and is definitely a beer I would drink again.

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Photo of txbrew81
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden straw. Decent head that doesn't last very long.

S: Bready sweet smell with some grassy hops.

T: Sweet and malty but fairly dry finish. Very clean.

M: Good carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: Pretty solid beer. Not the best in the world but you could derfinately do worse for a helles.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear straw into an American shaker with a thin skim of white head that doesn't hang around at all.

S: pale light malts and grassy hops.

T: sweet malt, biscuit like. There is a nice hop presence, pine like and grassy with some light lemon notes that linger on the tongue.

MF: crisp and very refreshing, surprisingly effervescent.

O: good lager, I would buy it again for lawn mowing purposes.

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Photo of jlb502
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It's yellow. Maybe a yellow shade of gold? Straw yellow? Yellowy yellow?

S: Lager, biscuits and a little bit of honey graham cracker.

T: I like it. Sweeter than it is dry but the dryness is there. Doughy, some butter and a little bit more of that honey graham.

M: NIce carbonation, good body. It works in a way that doesn't draw attention.

O: I think this beer is done very well though I'll probably re-consider the overall rating once I've tried more from this style.

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

Poured from a 12 fl oz into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a bright white head. Little carbonation, calm and thick looking.

Smell: Grassy metallic notes. Standard European lager nose.

Taste: Outstanding biscuity flavor. Not too sweet and not too hoppy. Just a perfect helles.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full beer. A slight bite of carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: I thought I wouldn't feel so strongly about a relatively standard (plain?) style of beer, but this is perfect right now. I have been craving something to balance out the range of over-malty to uber-hoppy beers I have been drinking for the last six months. It also satisfies a nice balance between hoppy Czech (my usual favorite) and dry German pilsners. Spaten hits the spot!

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Photo of xylophonica
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I drink this beer semi-regularly and just realised I'd never reviewed it!
For this review I'm drinking from bottled stock, poured into a 500ml Paulaner signature glass.

A - Cloudy golden amber colour. Few carbonation bubbles and a only a slight head.

S - Plenty of wheat and sweet fruits. Slight hint of citrus as well, maybe some zesty orange.

T - Nice mild lager flavour with good helpings of malt. The same orange zest comes through on the palate and is quite refreshing - very tangy. Dash of herbs in there somewhere as well.

M - Solid coating of malt initially offset by some wild tangy sensations and a more bitter aftertaste.

O - Solid example of this style. Can be consumed in copious amounts without any problems. Have experienced this on tap on many occasions but the bottled product is just as good.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with great yellow clarity and a frothy white head. Aroma is definitely skunky, in a light, green bottle, not weed kind of way.

Nice spritzy effervescent feel to the beer, maybe noble or golding hops, very light malt bill to the beer. Skunky lemon, green apple to a much lesser degree. Skunky, yet crisp.

Very light aftertaste, good bitterness, this is a great beer to have with food when you don't want a big beer to drown out the food flavor you are pairing it with. A decent palate cleanser as well, without being water or watered down.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am on a really big lager kick lately and picked up a bottle of Spaten last time I was at the store. The beer has a nice light golden color and good carbonation. The aroma is a nice sweet malty lager smell that makes you thirsty. The taste is nice sweet malt with just a hint of noble hops. The beer is very refreshing and easily a session beer. I would say this a great beer to pair with a meal too since it won't leave you full or thrash your palette. Nice smooth refreshing, enjoy

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Golden, a bit less pale than usual, perfect see-through. Quite small but enough persistent white and very small bubbled head. Little and not persistent lacing

S- Pilsnerish. Fresh herbal notes are what first comes to mind, malts are quite on the low side if compared to most Hells but they bring a light but very clean biscuit aroma. Some lemon undernotes might be noticed

T- Very rich and complex for the style. Malts are very delicate, giving a smooth biscuity flavour. Hops are quite strong with lemon and some fresh herbal notes: i think i can clearly recognize saaz, but there may be some more. The best thing about hops is that they can be felt not only on the tongue, they also bring freshness on the back of the palate. Super clean finish

M- Carbonation is vivid and has the beer feeling quite rich on the palate. It does not get aggressive cause the persistent and fluffy head gives the mouthfeel a very soft feel. This is still not enough to competely hide a quite too light body

O- Very refreshing and an easy drinker; very rich taste for the style though

I was a huge fan of Spaten Hell when i started drinking good beer some 3/4 years ago. In tasting it again after quite a long time i was expecting a bit of a letdown. I'm instead very glad, this is one the best Hells out there

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Photo of idurra
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear straw color, with a white and frothy head.

S- Grass and citrus smell.

T- More malty than hoppy, the citrus smell becomes a crisp and lemony taste. Taste is steady from one sip to the other.

M- Medium body and a rather clean finish. Carbonation is a little on the vivid side, tingly on the tongue.

O- Pleasant beer that goes well alone or as an accompaniment to medium to high boldness foods. The lack of complexity does not make the beer any less pleasant.

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Photo of mdunman
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy gold pouts a big white head and has plenty of linger.

S: Hint of malt and a sharp tinge of bitter, lemony hops

T: Smooth biscuit up front with a transition to the lemony hops and a calm finish.

M: Light body, good carbonation and a smooth feel

Very enjoyable. Crisp, smooth and a good amount of flavor for such a simple beer. I'll make sure to get some more of these on some hot summer days.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another German pilsner... So much of these out there. The beer is a hellish gold color with fluffy white head on it. The brew is light bodied and has flavors of some hops, malts and fresh cut grass. The grassy flavors aren't too strong in the this which is nice. I can drink this beer if I have too, I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bier Markt in downtown Toronto.

Poured into a Spaten stange glass. Pale golden in colour, the pour left a billowy white head, which receded into a fine ring. Lacing patches throughout the pint.

Nose is grainy, sweet, soft floral hops, apple peel.

Tastes like many other Oktoberfest lagers I've had over the years, though this is a good thing! Sweet, mild hop character, lemon, apple, some bread/graininess. Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, easy drinker.

A tasty Oktoberfest-style lager, refreshing an easy to quaff in large quantities. Nothing exciting about the brew, but you can tell that this brew is crafted well for summer/festival consumption.

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Photo of Kelly88
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at cock and bull served in your standard pint.

A- straw yellow that is translucent with a magnifying glass effect. White head holds up for a short while That recedes to a uniformed group of condensed white bubbles.

S- my nose is telling me straight lager yeast with a Tad of musty basement. Maybe some wheat in the mix. Pretty plain and uneventful.

T- honestly it is a bmc lager on roids. More straightforward yeast and hops that fade to a rice type flavor. Reminds me of a ' double ' Miller lite.

M- light and crisp, very easy to drink. Good carbonation That is not to prickly like most lagers.

Overall not a very flavorful beer. Tastes are lacking But the criteria for the style is good. For me its not very good, I like more complexity in my beers

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Photo of JMad
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The liquid is a pale golden, yellow with a soapy white head . Smells of hay and skunk with hints of lemon. When you take a sip there is a slightly bitter lemony hop bite with other grassy hop notes and a base of bready malt. It is light with lots of prickly carbonation and it has a dry finish. This is a good German lager, it's solid all the way around.

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, straw-colored liquid with white head.

Simple and charming aroma with barley/wheat and some citric character and the taste follows similarly - not lemony but a light lager with a mildly citric finish. I find the taste very good, the mouthfeel smooth. This is a nice barley malt lager with a light crispy style and a nice hop character. What's not to like?

Very, very drinkable. You could really enjoy a few pints of this with no problems whatsoever. Okay, I could.

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Photo of alankwak
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden bright with good carbonation. Fine head with good head retention and lacing.

S: Light here. Not much in the way of hopiness but that's proper for the style.

T: Yes. Outstanding. Light grassy notes and extremely smooth. Some Sazz flavor with some malt evident.

M: Full to medium mouthfeel. Light enough as a session beer but still of the highest quality in a lager.

D: Shoooot. This is of the highest quality. I would put this up in there with the best of them. If this were a pils I'd say it wasn't hoppy enough but it's not. For this style an excellent beer!!

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.