Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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3.05/5 rDev -16.9%
Thin head on a clear straw body. A little lemon custard with pale malts but overall very light. Flavor is a touch bitter with more pale malts and grains but very simple. No off putting aftertaste. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall drinkable but simple. Not bad not great.
05-22-2012 23:28:12 | More by kylehay2004
3.05/5 rDev -16.9%
Got a case on clearance for $20 and was psyched to try this highly esteemed lager. Maybe it's the fact that I've been accustomed to Americanized lagers but I was astounded by the syrupy quality this beer has in aftertaste. It poured a golden color with a generous foamy head into my pilsner glass. In look and in taste it reminded me if yuengling premium, which im not above drinking but it is what it is. Decent beer but it didn't give me an exceptional vibe.
05-19-2012 02:19:26 | More by flyers1980
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
Straw golden, with a huge white crown of carbonation. Dense and beautiful ringlets of lace.
Nose is slightly skunky. Hmm.
Taste is definitely malty sweet but crisp and light. A perfect thirst quencher for hot summer days, and aside from the aroma, a solid lager.
05-12-2012 22:29:48 | More by secondtooth
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
A - pale gold; thick mountain of pure white, dense, foamy head; great retention
S - musty, grassy, straw, lager yeast
T - grassy, straw, faint grains, mildly bitter noble hops, a bit musty
M - smooth, well carbonated, light to medium bodied
This is a decent, quaffable, smooth, decently flavored beer. It does have the typical characteristics of a euro lager, but the hop character and grain bill do a good job of overcoming it. It's worth a try.
05-05-2012 22:03:50 | More by tdm168
3/5 rDev -18.3%
Poured into a standard pint glass from mini keg. The beer is a muted golden color? The head dissipates before you breathe. Lacing is spotted dots, not much else. The beer smells skunky and sweet. The taste is that of most euro pale lagers, but it's got a sweetness about it that dominates, with bready, nutty afterthoughts. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied.
Overall, not a great beer, but for a mini-keg on a huge occasion, it works, especially at a nice price. But really, disappointing.
05-05-2012 20:24:13 | More by JuicesFlowing
4.25/5 rDev +15.8%
Poured into a pilsner glass.
Clear, yellow in color and with a generous addition of carbonation. Contains a small head at the top that adds simple elegance to the beer. Pretty much an all around ideal looking German pilsner.
Aroma is a slight, grainy malt smell with a good dosage of sugar and lightly treading noble hops at the end. Smooth and well-balanced over all – reminds me of sugar filled cakes that you can find all over Munich.
The beer proves itself to be refreshing, crisp, and overall flavorful. The reason I enjoy reviewing and drinking well made Munich lagers is because they contain a ton of subtle flavors in between the slight maltiness and sugary flavor. There's the alcohol that creates a warming experience, as well as the noble hops' lemon and lime additions that create a refreshing, tasty sensation. I really wish that major breweries in the US followed this macrobrew's model and brought beer with this good of a quality and simple of recipe.
Apparently a classic. Their Optimator doppelbock still floors me to this day, but this manages to hold on its own as an excellent product. Totally worth buying six packs to pair with pretty much any meal.
05-02-2012 23:11:16 | More by magictacosinus
3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours a clear light orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grape juice, and some slightly skunky aromas that disappear after the pour. Taste is of sweet malt/grain and some grape juice and fruity flavors. There is a slight hop bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. There is a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good and easy to drink lager that is pretty refreshing.
04-30-2012 01:34:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.13/5 rDev +12.5%
Served in Pilsner glass. The beer poured a yellow color which lightened and looked like champagne as it warmed. The head was small- a 1/4 finger, with a decent smell of hops.
The mouth feel was excellent- crisp, effervescent, almost like champagne, and sparkling.
The finish is a light lager taste which sweetens with warming.
In general, a good light German lager with a very clean taste,
04-24-2012 00:53:43 | More by brureview
4.13/5 rDev +12.5%
A: Clear, liquid gold in color. Head was a fat finger of off-white foam, with both large and small bubbles, that lingered well. A scant lacing lasted on the surface, but none clung to the walls of the glass.
S: Citrus, grain, and fresh-cut hay dominate, with faint peppery and briny notes.
T: Citrus hops are present start to finish, but not to the point of drowning out the faint malt and medium grassy-grain flavors. The hops' bitter notes appear late, then fade and mingle with the other lingering flavors. Lagers tend not to be very complex, and this one is true to the class.
M: Crisp, but not heavily carbonated. The finish was medium-dry.
O: A nice thirst quencher on a hot day, or as an accompaniment to a warm meal. A good example of a lager.
04-22-2012 23:34:34 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
4.05/5 rDev +10.4%
I think there is a world of difference between this beer poured from a bottle and from draft or mini keg; any beer drinker worth his salt should know that beer from green bottles has a high probability of off flavors and aromas. That being said...
Spaten premium pours nicely with a thick foamy head and in a "bar clean" class had good retention and lovely lacing. It is best served chilled at cellar temps, not ice cold. The nose is subtle but does have nice malt presence and subtle sourdough bread notes. The perfect golden-yellow is what you would expect from a Munich Helles and is nicely effervescent but not overly carbonated. For me it is moderately sweet on the front of the sip and leaves no off flavor aftertaste but finishes clean an d a bit wet. Overall an excellent example of an everyday German lager for everyday lager drinkers and a great value. Buy a 5 liter mini keg and enjoy while grilling some brats!
04-22-2012 01:23:13 | More by BigOsoDaddy
3.38/5 rDev -7.9%
A: Light golden colored, fingers worth of head, large bubbles that didn't stick around long. No lacing here but not sure of the freshness of the bottle either.
S: All i'm getting here is the strong skunky smell and a very light grassy/grain scent.
T: Skunk smell carries over to the taste. Light malt flavoring and continuing in with the grassy notes. Not too shabby, but the skunk is def what defines this beer.
M: Slightly more then average carbonation, seems to go well with the flavors. Crisp clean finish, barely any notice of alcohol.
O: Not too bad, def lives up to the hype that i recall of good German beer from my college days.
04-20-2012 01:41:22 | More by ChrisPratz
Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,104 ratings.