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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,080 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,080
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 32
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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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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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served up on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Appearance is a vibrant, clear yellow with a full two-finger creamy white cap that fizzles somewhat slowly and leaves behind little lacing on the glass.

Produces a bright, floral bouquet with some faint sweet malt aroma mixed in.

Nice light, crisp mouthfeel. Tastes lightly of sweet grains up front with a nice balance of herbaceous hop bitterness in the middle and finishes with a lingering, slightly unpleasant bready sweetness.

Quite a refreshing brew. Drinkability is top notch; I could easily quaff this all night long and not tire of it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2008 01:47:02 | More by superdedooperboy
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JoshW

Pennsylvania

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

A - Darker yellow, head was about a finger width, disappeared rather fast.

S - Smell started off slightly skunky, almost resembled Heineken, slight honey smell.

T - Crisp, clean, malty and dry, awesome.

M - Medium body, smooth, kind of fizzy.

D - Probably one of the most enjoyable beers I've had in it's category. Easy to drink, smooth aftertaste, goes down really really easy.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 21:24:05 | More by JoshW
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FacistCannonBall

California

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the lagers I look to when I want something tasty and light to drink. This and a few other pilsners and lagers make up what I mostly drink when not putting down some other more substantial ales and porters.

A: A good looking light golden color pointing to its all malt heritage. Nothing corny looking here.

S: Again the light sweetness of the malts come through with a slight amount of hops.

T: The taste is light in potency yet still enjoyable with moderate malt flavors kept in check by the appropriately balancing hops on the finish. Not very floral in hops, but not just pure bitterness either.

M: Crisp and light. Perfect on a warm day.

D: Easily put away quite a few of these.

Overall, a very good beer and fun to drink without having to get blown away or too serious.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 03:08:43 | More by FacistCannonBall
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Spaten Premium poured a clear straw color with a single finger foam head with some sticky lacing. Decent retention.

The smell was of grain and bananas. The taste was clean and fluffy. It had a grain backbone with a crisp finish. It had a light mouth feel and was pretty thin. Overall a solid MH Lager and was nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 04:31:45 | More by cswhitehorse
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johnrobe

Tennessee

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Too bad this beer, like so many euro-lagers, comes in a green bottle and inevitably takes on some skunkiness. I've had Spaten from a mini-keg and it was much better. No doubt it would've scored higher. There's skunk in the smell, but also some high quality light malt and slight grape-like notes. The taste is pleasantly malty but spicy hops also show up, a very well balanced brew. It's a little on the thin side, but just right for a summer quaffer.

It's been a while since I've had the keg version, but it lacks the skunkiness and I'd probably give it a solid B.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 07:00:29 | More by johnrobe
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow with minimal head that reduces quite quickly. Nose is skunk and grain. Taste follows with some skunkiness as well as the standard lager graininess. A small bit of apple and straw. Mouthfeel is too thick and slightly undercarbonated. A good drinkability. Overall a decent lager, certainly better than your average american macro, but I think there are defenitely some better examples out there. A good choice for an easy drinking lager, but its usually sitting right next to a paulaner, which I find to be slightly better. Decent lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 03:21:26 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Beertroop

New Jersey

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

A. This beer pours nicely into the glass with a nice 1 1/2 inch of white foamy head. A nice light yellowish tint, with a decent amount of carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

S. Good smelling German Lager. Your original smell of a good German beer meeting the Puritan law. You can smell this beer and know its a German beer.

T. This beer is very pleasant to the mouth. Light bodied, with a good taste of the grains and a hint of the yeast. Not an over powering taste of Hops. Just the right amount to balance this beer as a true drinkable Lager. Well balanced and true to its original taste.

M. The mouthfeel of this beer is one of its strong points. It activates your taste buds and it really pairs well with meats at dinner.

D. A great "Go To" beer when you want really want to have a beer with Dinner.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 17:55:14 | More by Beertroop
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schanker21

Illinois

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

A- Pours a clear yellow color with a two finger head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing throughout. Looks like your average continental European lager.

S- Smells a lot like your average continental European lager as well. Malty with a little bit of hops can be detected through a slightly skunky smell.

T- Tastes pretty much like it smells. Well-balanced, but that slight skunky flavor is still there. Hoping it was just this bottle.

M- Mouthfeel is right on for the style. Medium carbonation and pretty smooth.

D- Pretty drinkable, I just wish the European brewers would get over having the "traditional European look" and ditch the green bottles for brown ones.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 17:14:59 | More by schanker21
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whiplash3825

Georgia

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

Pours a clear light straw color with a smallish head... light lacing.

The first whiff smelled just like essence of skunk in a bottle! It's the same scent I get from Heineken, Stella Artois, and other euro lagers. Someone please explain where the odor comes from... it's very unappetizing to me!

Taste is similar to smell, but adds a metallic bitterness that only serves to heighten the unpleasantness.

Mouthfeel seems fine... I'm too disturbed by the previous points to really focus!

IMO, it's really hard to down much of this. At least the American macro-lagers have little flavor at all; better than the offensive flavors I get from this beer! I really think I need an education in euro-lagers... either my taste buds can't appreciate these flavors, or I'm getting a bunch of skunky beers every time I try one.

ADD. - After drinking an entire sixer I realize that some of these were obviously light-struck, as at least a couple were very nice without the "off" skunky flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 16:53:17 | More by whiplash3825
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in a dive bar in Western Massachussetts. The beer looked like any other Munich Helles, pale yellow colored and maybe a little hazy with a really thick foam. The smell was a little cleaner than other examples, a very sweet malt base with only a little floral aroma from hops. It's tasty and satisfying without being extreme, to me it's what a macro lager should be. I'd say this is my least favorite Munich Helles from the big six in Munich (my favorite would be Augustiner, maybe closely folloed by Paulaner), but I'll probably get it again many times, especially if the other options are Miller or Bud products

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2008 10:53:38 | More by TurdFurgison
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to order one when I saw it on tap. Classic crystal clear yellow-gold. Nice head, smells of fresh grasses and grains. Light body as a Lager should have. Medium carbonation with a proper German fizz. Very European flavor. Bitter and malty with an earthy note and a strong yeast flavor. Crisp and sharp. Sort of herbaceous and rather well thought out; taut flavors. Not much depth and not very challenging but a good beer and no doubt the Germans would defend it to the depths of Dusseldorf.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 14:44:45 | More by thekevlarkid
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MisterClean

California

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at brewer's lager tasting

A - Dark yellow, moderate head, which dissipates fast.

S - Malty and honey.

T - Good! Malty, honey, and sweet nectarine.

M - Very sweet and smooth.

D - Excellent example of a helles. Being that I am not a fan of this style though, I didn't rate it high.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 22:31:49 | More by MisterClean
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Manosbeeroffate

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice summer beer in my opinion. Pours a pale yellow, almost like a Bud or some other cheap lager. Smells a lot better, sweet malt, hops and citrus. Tastes like the same combo, a very nice balance. Mouthfeel is on the averge side, quite carbonated. Overall a nice summer sipper, go get some.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 22:52:02 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a pokal glass yields a sparkling-clear pale golden body with lots of streamers of active carbonation, capped with a finger of creamy white foam that quickly reduces to a miniscule ring leaving a few freckles of lacing on the glass.

Smell is malty with an earthy, grassy sizzle of hops.

Taste is dryly malty and crisp up front, with lightly fruity, floral, earthy hops notes that bring bitterness to the finish and come on stronger as the drink progresses.

Smooth and light-medium bodied, the drink is crisp, refreshing, and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 12:34:48 | More by cvstrickland
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle just recently purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours a clear, lucid, see-through golden hue with a modest head and minimal lacing...
Nice, yeast and wheat aroma with hints of grains, corn, caramel, and honey...
Taste strongly complemented the smell... Crisp, clean, refreshing, with a pepperish bite to match...
Good stuff...
Recommended as a good depiction of the style...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 21:57:27 | More by dsa7783
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, pale sunshine yellow. A one finger, bright white, spongey head lastst for about five minutes. Eventually recedes to nothing. Good bubbling though. The aroma has very pale pilsner malts and some grassy hops. The taste is hinting at trees, and a fresh cut prairie grass next to a small stream. Dry malts and light, earthy hops. Very reshing palate and easy to drink. Great session beer that could easily be served by the liter.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 21:43:35 | More by scruffwhor
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost completely clear yellow color; had a very slght haze. Head was soft and full, but didn't hold; stayed tight to the surface for a bit, then dissapated.

Sweet maltiness in aroma, very light hops. Too one-sided with donimance of malt and hint of something so light I couldn't identify it (cloves?).

A very well-balanced beer with pleeasantly sweet maltly taste. Crips and clean like you might expect from the style.

Light body, nice carbonation and very dry feel.

Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 17:32:29 | More by Haybeerman
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Rayek

Colorado

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

A: Bright gold color with many small carbonation bubbles. White head is small, with OK retention. Leaves almost no lace.

S: Grass, green apple and slight malty sweetness.

T: Grainy malt is bread like. Mild bitterness is spicy, with notes of cloves. Finishes somewhat dry with a lingering maltiness.

M: Medium-light body with the right amount of fizz.

D: Nice session brew. Goes down easily. I could drink several of these in one night.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 20:21:24 | More by Rayek
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JBogan

Nevada

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking medium golden color with a two finger white head and lots of carbonation bubbles rising. Average lacing left behind.

Smelled of wheat and grasses and some malt.

Slight citrus taste with the grass and wheat coming to the fore.

Great mouthfeel. Medium bodied and very crisp with a good smoothness.

This is an easy beer to drink, very refreshing and one I return to now and again.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 17:59:57 | More by JBogan
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this after I was amazed by the Oktoberfest version, I'm not overly impressed.

The dark yellow color was different than what I'm use to. The aroma and taste have a bit of a sting to them indicitive of malt liquor, I found both to be a bit unpleasant. I probably won't try this again, sorry.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 00:40:34 | More by DesMoinesMike
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one on tap last night at Barleys as well. It had been a long time since I had a Spaten, and wanted to try it again, but had not seen it on tap in a good long while, needless to say I proceeded to order up a pint straightaway!

Appearance - Poured your classic German lager, with a bright yellowish amber color, and amazing clarity. A rush of carbonation to the top of the glass never really abated throughout the session and kept it lively all night. A nice soft one inch foam pillow came over the top but did not last long, leaving it completely bare after just a few minutes.

Smell - The aroma was alright. Loaded down with malts and not much else, it came across a bit one sided. Lots of grain here, with a touch of a bready aroma, and maybe the slightest hint of clove, but that could have just been me imagining it.

Taste - The flavor was crisp and clean, a hallmark for the beer. Not much of an aftertaste, and it was very refreshing indeed. Light bready malts, and a good bit of grain were all readily present. Nice light earthy aftertaste had just a touch of bitter to it, but all of it faded off rather quickly in the end.

Mouthfeel - A simple medium bodied lager there is really not much to discuss here. Not too thin, or too thick. Good carbonation and a solid body. This was you classic German Lager.

Drinkability - Come on now, it Spaten! You can throw these down with brute force without much coming between them. It is an easy drinker that can be sessioned all day and all night. Light ABV and a clean profile.

Overall it was the classic Spaten I remember. Of course it pales to what I normally drink now, but back in the day this was as solid as they come. I am glad this can be gotten again as it is the a quintessential part of any good lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2008 14:50:43 | More by mikesgroove
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batty

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

bought and drank in Spain, June 2008.

nice lovely clear yellow, thick bubbly head, but dropped fast and not as dense as I would like.

smell is very clean and not much there, but something almost.. enticing? slight light malts.

taste is very tasty. simple and well balanced, light malt balanced well with touch of hop, couldn't ask for much more in a lager.

mouthfeel is a little lighter than i would like it, but pretty silky, which is nice. drinkability is very high, very clean beautiful high quality lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 18:38:21 | More by batty
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germanbeerluvr

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually have this on tap at the Heidelberg in NYC. I have never been disappointed, they also have Spaten Octoberfest as well. I'm drinking one as I write this review, just poured from the bottle to the glass, It's not as good as on tap, but still enjoyable. Pretty darn good!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 01:36:52 | More by germanbeerluvr
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everetends

Alabama

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden yellow pour. Got a decent white head but didn't last.

S: Smells of freshly cut fields, malt, and a bit of zest.

T: Has a good earthy taste, with malt, an herbal bite and a citrus finish. Very nice.

M: Got a crisp carbonation that makes this beer very refreshing. Finishes clean, not too much of an aftertaste.

D: Great beer, grew up with it and love it dearly. Good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 02:29:57 | More by everetends
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Moan and Dove. Very clear gold look with a thick head that thins eventually with little lacing. Sharp grassy hops with hints of spice were wonderfully permeating from the drink. The drinks bittersweetness was probably its best strength and ultimate balance. Great, refreshing carbonation. Overall, wicked good.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 22:56:37 | More by fitzy84
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