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

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,160 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 37
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-08-2001)
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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TappaKeggaBrew, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of BigOsoDaddy
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

BigOsoDaddy, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of brez8791
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

brez8791, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of ChrisPratz
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ChrisPratz, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of andersony17
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

andersony17, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of KingBiscuit
3/5  rDev -18.5%

KingBiscuit, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

aztraz, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of SalMineo
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

SalMineo, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml undated, green bottle served in a snifter.

A: The body is crystal-clear light golden-yellow, with a very short-lived fluffy white head. Zero sediment.

Aroma: Light aroma, mostly lacking the somewhat expected skunkiness. Grassy with sweet grain.

Taste: more skunkiness (actually, this tastes fresh and the 'skunk' is from the hops, I believe) and hops here than in the nose, and more flavor than one might expect given the light appearance and aroma. Lightly earthy hops with a hints of lemon, fresh hay and biscuit.

M: near medium bodied with rather aggressive carbonation that imparts a crisp feel. Dry finish.

O: haven't had this in years, but pretty much as expected. Works best with food.

chinchill, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of bier_uber_alles
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the beer has an average appearance. Nothing that would stand out in any persons mind as unique.

smell is of strong malt and grass. very pleasant.

taste substantially overlaps with the scent. Taste comrpises flavors of grass, toasted malt, etc.

mouthfeel is agreeable. carbonation is mild, bubbles are small. Leaves the mouth feeling a bit wet.

overall, this brew is not very complicated. It's straight forward and easy to appreciate. Perfect all year round.,

bier_uber_alles, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Powerstroker90
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Powerstroker90, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with a large head of white foam on a clear, golden body. The head settles quite slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - rich, thick malt aromas with light, spicy hops.

T - clean malt up front with a rich sweetness that kicks in towards the finish. Lingering malt with just a hint of spicy hops and light bitterness.

M - medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - a very nice german lager, the aroma is virtually perfect and the flavor profile is spot on as well.

nickfl, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +8.7%

smartassboiler, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of WeissBoy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

WeissBoy, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of M27
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

M27, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

HoistinBrews, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of KLAYNE87
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

KLAYNE87, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of ParraPalliative
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

ParraPalliative, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of hopmashian
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

hopmashian, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev +8.7%

VonZipper, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Thullin187
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Thullin187, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of tyleeis
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

tyleeis, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of szmnnl99
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

szmnnl99, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of acevenom
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours pale golden with a two-finger length white head. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is of lightly toasted barley malt and hops. There's a mild citrus aroma. There are flavor is sweet, bready, with notes of citrus and some hop bitterness. It's a very well balanced flavor and it's delicious. The mouthfeel is light. It's crisp with adequate carbonation. The finish is dry. It's very refreshing. This is an excellent lager and deserves top ratings for this style.

acevenom, Mar 22, 2012
Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
84 out of 100 based on 1,160 ratings.