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

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Reviews: 582
Hads: 1,289
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 49
Gots: 170 | 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 Brenden
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow in color with lots of brightness through its completely clear body, this beer develops a soft clean white head on top that peaks at just less than one finger. It holds up pretty well and manages sturdy patching that eventually drops to spotting but continues to cling pretty well.
Grains up front hold with a pale malt with a lemony tang that's balanced by some grass and herb hops notes.
A lightly sweet beer is kept in check by a dry/doughy biscuit malt, some green grape and red apple mostly. Lemon comes in to add another dimension with zest, and the hops are grassy and herbal as in the nose.
This beer is light, clean and refreshing all around. It has a strong carbonation that isn't allowed to get out of control even with a crispness that never stops biting; as such, it's fluffy in the mouth while biting. It has just a little dryness to balance the feel. It starts off grainy but ends clean.

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Photo of delta490
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clear gold with a fizzy white head. The head doesn't last long but does leave a small amount of lacing. The aroma is mild, with light notes of cut grass and grain. The taste is similar with the addition of light hops earthiness. The mouthfeel is toward the lighter side with a nice bite from the hops on the finish. A very good lager.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden filtered, almost no carbonation, 4 fingers of white head with merengue like chunky lacing.

S: Light and malty, some German hops, hay, fermenting hay.

T: Malty, smooth, hay, a little fermenting hay, little bitter hops but very subdued in the background. Light sweetness. A little green herb.

M: Medium bready body, very low carbonation.

O: I love this style, enjoying this Spaten version which is such a classic.

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Photo of Ken_H
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very drinkable, enjoyable beer. Smells inviting, tastes fresh and has a number of different taste themes all working together. Finishes clean with no unpleasant aftertaste. It just seems right to me and I would be hard pressed to order something else if this was available.

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Photo of Beer-May
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sometimes you just want a beer and you'd be hard pressed to find a better example of great lager than this. Smooth and creamy with just the right amount of crisp hops to finish it off. It's a shame that no big name American beer even resembles something this good.

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Photo of Carolvs
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a case of 24 bottles in Wilbraham, MA.

A - Light gold tint with a frothy foamy head of two inches or so.

S - Beer.

T - It tastes like a lager through and through.

M - Crisp, and easy goin' down.

O - I think it's unfortunate that the irrational craze for ales (especially over-the-top IPAs) over the last few years has left the traditional lager woefully underappreciated. And yet the truth is that a good lager is mighty difficult to brew, much more so than an ale. Well, this is damn good lager: Refreshing and crisp yet simultaneously hearty. Great stuff - you see how the Germans drink this stuff by the liter at their beer halls.

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Photo of McStagger
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been drinking this one on and off for years. Thought for sure I had rated it. Nope!

A: Two fingers eggshell head. Retention is moderate. Golden straw in color. Vigorous carbonation. Excellent lacing in the glass. What macro lagers should look like.

S: Biting herbal hop presence. Lemony, bit of sulfur. Cracker like undertone of malt.

T: Good clean fun! There is nothing overly complex about this one. Herbal noble hoppiness. Same touch of sulphur. Lemon rind, slighty saltiness. Very cracker like malt. Finish is absolutely clean and dry. No lingering aftertaste of skunk like many Euro Pales have.

M: Light, easy to drink. Carbonation is prevalent but not overpowering like it has a tendency to be in so, so many light lagers.

O: Solid beer. Beach beer. Lawnmower beer. Summer beer. Enough flavor to keep ya happy while being a thirst quencher. I forgot how much I liked this one. Will be revisiting again.

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Photo of stormgasm7
2.74/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was very reminiscent of Heineken but skunkier. It's probably due to the duration of shipping. It's wasn't particularly great but I'll drink it if it's available. I wasn't too impressed though. I would like to try their other beers for sure.

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Photo of Subliminal64
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite beers. Very reminiscent of the beer I had at Oktoberfest in Munich (view my avatar)

Beer pours a light gold colour. Lots of carbonation.

Smell is little on the heavier side. Not offensive though.

Taste is what a beer should be. Strong, but not too strong. A little too much aftertaste for my liking, but I will deal with it.

As stated before, this beer has lots of carbonation. Goes down a little harsher then desired.

Overall I love this beer. So glad I had the chance to sample in the beer fests of all beer fests. Give this one a try. Does not disappoint.


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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can from LCBO into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color is poured into glass, nice 1-1.5 fingers of foam with some lingering and leaving minimal lacing.

Smell - Grassy, with some nice mild hops smell. A trace of metallicness is also present which drags this rating down a bit.

Taste - Similar to the smell, nothing over-powering just really nice blend of hops and malts. Metallic smell is not reflected in taste at all.

Mouthfeel - Smooth mouthfeel, with nice sharp dryness at the end that adds a crispness but it's not too much. Great balance.

Overall - One of my favorite German beers that isn't substantially better than most in any particular area, but the little differences add up to make a great brew as compared with a merely good one.

Edit** January 31, 2015. I've had this beer on a number of occasions since my last formal review, since it's one of my everyday great drinking beers. You want to sit down with a beer and not think about it but just enjoy it, this might beer the beer for you. Anyway, I' haven't noticed any sort of metallicness in probably the last ten times I've had this so, this score deserves a half point bump in the aroma department.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Rich bready pilsner malt with a hint of carmelization and some light fruity notes. DMS was quite evident upon first pour but seems to have mostly dissipated. Light floral hop aroma. The flavor is rich toasty sweet bready caramel maltiness with a hint of light sweet fruit. Light earthy spicy hop flavor with a light level of hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet rich malty mouthfeel. Nice flavorful malt forward beer. The DMS was a bit heavy at first, I'm glad that went away. I could drink many of these given half a chance.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at The Tavern in Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light notes of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a lighter amount of cereal grains. There are light to moderate aromas of grassy and spicy hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts with a lighter amount of cereal grain malts contributing just a touch of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of grassy and spicy hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops making it easy to drink and quite enjoyable. A classic example of the style.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.95/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thisis way better then Heineken. I can say best tasting lager.

Appearance: : Golden color with nice head with good head retention and lacing.

Smell . Not much in the way of hopiness but that's proper for lager style.

Taste: Yes.Awesome. Some light grassy notes and extremely smooth. and some flavor with some malt. It is very drinkable. I wish American beer companies could take this example of beer an improve their beers.

Moutfull: Medium mouthfeel. Light for a great session beer but still of the highest quality in a lager.

Overall This is of the highest quality lager in the world. I would put this up in there with the best of them. For this style is world class beer!!

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold with a quickly disappearing head.

Smell: Bready malts, hints of spice.

Taste: Bready malts, hints of spice and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, dry. Slightly spiced aftertaste that only lasts a millisecond.

The Verdict: Pretty good beer. Nothing fancy or complex, just a good solid German lager.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a guinness pint glass.

Pours a crisp golden color with a 1 inch white head. Nice fruity, refreshing smell. you know this beer will go down smooth. Taste is as anticipated from the nose, lemony with a perfect mix of hops and malts. a tad bitter, very good. on the lighter side of medium bodied and the lighter side of medium on the carbonation.

Overall just a good, enjoyable beer. Nothing world class but it's just solid and a brew I think almost any kind of palate would enjoy.

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Photo of stevoj
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Middle of the road helles, nothing too remarkable here, but overall a decent helles. Appearance is lacking some color (pale golden ) and head (very spare). Aroma is malt, taste is mostly malt, hops barely make an appearance here. Much better to be found in germany.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear pale color with decent head. Clean, grainy aroma with a hint of sweetness. Taste is also a bit on the sweet side but gets more balanced to the finish. Decent but a bit too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.49/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

Have been drinking this stuff for a while now. Without a doubt my favorite non-bock Lager. So tasty, so refreshing. I had seen it many times, but didn't decide to try it until a friend of a friend who has a similar appreciation for German beer highly recommended it.

A - Looks like a normal lager. Not made for it's looks. Yellow-amber with lot' of carbonation present. Head varies based on freshness, but even with one that's a bit on the older side, you can still form a head with some aggression in the pour.

S - Smooth and mild malts. More hops than similar lagers, and just a tad of dankness. The way a European Lager should smell, IMO.

T - Delicious. Perfect amount of refreshment and taste. Malt up front with hops shortly afterwards. A touch of the dank smell is noticed in the taste, but not in a skuky way that you often find w/ Heineken or Pilsner Urquell. This stuff always tastes fresh. This stuff isn't complicated like an IPA or American Strong ale, but it's perfect for what it is : a tasty, refreshing lager.

F - The perfect beer for refreshment. So good after a workout. Crisp and tasty, the carbonation tingle is perfect. Easy on the throat and stomach.

O - Again, one of my favorite beers overall. I realize that lager's get a bit of an unfair bummed rap around here, but you have to remember, there are plenty of excellent lagers out there. The fact that most crap American beers are lagers plays into this negative stereotype, which I think is wrong. This beer has a perfect amount of taste and refreshment. The ultimate (and my favorite) session beer, and one of my Top 5 overall. Highly recommended for any Lager fans, or anyone who likes to session with quality, tasty beer.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal gold, dense white head, about a finger in thickness lasts for about 10 minutes before receding to a hazy cap. Vigorous visible carbonation release.

The scent is predominantly a bready malt with some faint peppery hops in the background. There is also a slightly vinous quality to this brew's aroma.

This brew has a quite pleasant bready flavor with a constrast of grassy hops. Very clean, with just a bit of hop bitterness.

The texture is silky smooth, with some prickly carbonation. Medium-bodied.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow.
Smell: Lemon.
Taste: A pilsner with a splash of lemon.
Mouthfeel: A bit carbonated.

This is a refreshing brew. Its smell stands out the most, just like a Lemon Drop. It tastes like a pilsner, but it has a hint of lemon. This is certainly not exciting, but it's definitely drinkable. I might get this again.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

These Free Beers From Work never cease!

Poured to a pint glass darkish yellow. White head winds up a thick ring and spotty cap, light lacing left behind.

Scent is quite 'lagery', with bread, butter, grains, kind of papery tones. Some lemon and spicy hop there as well.

Taste brings a decent, but somewhat standard German lager. Big graininess with bready, pale, buttery malts, with a tiny bit of skunkiness there too. A good amount of spicy and grassy hop going on here, lemon and some apple crispness. Nicely well-rounded.

Good mouthfeel. Body is fine, could use some more carbonation maybe. Easy drinking, crisp and refreshing.

Certainly not the most exciting lager, but this seems like a good standard for an authentic helles. It's refreshing, drinkable, and not offensive - good cookout beer I imagine.

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Photo of Roguer
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spaten premium is a classic German lager. The challenge is finding it on draft, or a non-skunked bottle.

Crisp, clean, with a slightly sweet malt profile. Floral hops provide just enough balancing bitterness to make this a smooth overall beer.

As far as standard lagers go, this one is very tough to beat.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So this beer is in a green bottle. I can't understand why you would use a green bottle. They must like the skunk flavor. I will, however, reuse the bottle and just keep my beer from light.

The beer pours a clear deep straw color with a white one finger head that stays as a ring and a center cap throughout the drink and the lacing is a nice archway pattern.

The smell upfront is that green bottle skunk aroma but the pale malt sweetness and the hops are noticeable and nice.

The taste is almost citrus like up front and then pale malt sweetness a hint of yeast and nice and mellow earthy hops. The skunk aroma is also part of the flavor profile and not too desireable.

The mouthfeel is somewhere between dry and sweet, noticeably dry, but still well balanced with average body and nice medium carbonation. Mild dry finish with a hint of black pepper.

Overall, this is a good beer and I would love to try it on draft. I won't buy it in bottles again. For the life of me, I can't understand that if the Germans were such purists, why they kept the usage of green bottles? The skunk detracts from the beer there is no question, but not terribly so. I'm going to give this beer high 3's out of 5.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden straw color. I love how translucent the body is, in particular. The head is a two finger white shade; retention isn't the best, but there's some really nice lacing left on the glass.

S: Aye, it's a bit skunked (lol, green bottles), but it could have been worse. The notes of pale malts, faint sweetness, and zesty hops aren't dulled in any significant capacity.

T: At first, some of the hop profile comes through with notes of grass and lemon zest, but the finish is pure, balanced, simple malt goodness. In particular, it has a nutty flavor that I really enjoy (that, and the diacetyl is kept in check). Personally, I want more hops; but I won't complain about the balance this offers.

M: Not quite as bone dry as I like my lagers to be - nor is it too sweet. The texture does the best it can to provide good drinkability without significant hoppiness.

O: Green bottles mean I wouldn't buy this one again. However, I would seek it out on tap. An under-appreciated lager unfortunately scorned both by its bottle color and by who makes it.

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Photo of apasternak
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in Munich, this is another delicious Germany beer. Simple but delicious. I had this beer a lot when I was in Germany and thought it was delicious. Color is not the darkest I've seen in a beer, but was also not the lightest. Clean, full-bodied flavor.

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.