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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,220 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,220
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 42
Gots: 108 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 shambeano
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear golden yellow with about 1 cm of head that slowly dies down to a whisper. looks alright.

S- bready malts straight up, touch of yeast, but malt dominates the smell, nice.

T- again the malt dominates, generally pretty bready but with a touch of sweetness. very small amount of hop in there to round it off but no particular flavour jumps out. very very tiny amount of bitterness at the end. not bad, but pretty plain.

M- light and pretty spritzy carbonation bounces around the mouth, slightly dry end.

D- the flavours are pleasant but nothing really jumps out, pretty rounded, the slightly dry finish just makes you want to have another sip. a very easy drinker and would be a very good session beer.

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

12 oz bottle

A - Clear and bright gold, with a bright white head; decent retention and good lacing

S - Scent is grainy and "bright" with some citrus tones, hops seem light in the nose

T&M - Lighter medium body with a lot of grain and a bit of a vinous note (white grapes?). Hints of lemongrass and a touch of a yeasty, biscuit or cracker type quality.

D - This style has grown on me, and to me this is one of the better examples that I've had. Lot's of clean flavors with good balance.

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

A - A quite nice transparent golden yellow with slight head retention and substantial lacing.

S - Fruity, slightly metallic with a touch of hoppy bitterness.

T - Crisp, clean and refreshing, has just a touch of hops to contrast the light maltiness.

M - Crisp and bubbly ending with a somewhat dry feeling.

D - Quite enjoyable and would have no trouble having another.

Overall, a delicious German beer of the Munich Helles Lager variety. I would probably take this over Warsteiner or Pilsener Urquell, it seems to have more character while still being quite pleasing to many peoples' tastes.

Photo of muskiecf
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this beer to be slightly above average but not much else. Don't get me wrong this eclipses anything for BMC but it isn't anything to go nuts for. A good beer but not great. I love Helles and maybe am spoiled by Penn Gold, but this wasn't exactly what I was expecting.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice straw color with some lively carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is aromatic with a bit of floral and herbal hops, though mostly light bread and grain. Taste is slightly bitter with some grain and straw. Feel brigs brisk carbonation leading to some pretty good drinkability.

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

Single 12oz bottle (no date I could interpret) poured into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with a 1/8" white foam that died down quickly to form a very thin white skin across the top and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Some strands of lacing here and there, but they slide back down the glass.

Smell: Malty - maybe a hint of honey.

Taste: A classic malty lager taste, but more on the sweet side with some hints of apple and a crisp finish. Nice and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation spiciness on the tongue - crisp comes to mind again. Juice-like thickness.

Drinkability: Went well with a meal (pottage and bread) but I think this would be better with pizza or a burger. Very drinkable.

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

12oz green bottle into pint glass

A: clear, pale gold/thin white head.

S: spicy hops, clean malt. Heavier on the malt -- bready and a little sweet.

T/M: Malty, but not particularly sweet. Very light hop bitterness, but it's there. Lively, champagne-like carbonation.

D: Great session beer. Balanced, fairly low in alcohol, with no off-flavors

Photo of angusdegraosta
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fine beer, with well-balanced, pleasant flavor that sits well on the palate. Those looking for pungency and strength may do better elsewhere, but you can't fault Spaten Premium for being a fine, easygoing brew. There's a place for that. I think Bud drinkers and aficionados alike can find something here. The difference between this and a typical macrobrew is the subtle additional flavors that come across - a little malt, a little lemon, some balanced hop flavor - all which combine to produce good Bavarian beer.

Photo of goblue3509
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light pale yellow color with a thin white head which gives way to not much lacing. The aroma is of bready malt and biscuits with hints of honey and a touch grassy hops. The taste has a biscuit and bread malt backbone with slight hints of honey and a little hop bite at the back end. The taste is crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and creamy. The drinkability is good, it is crisp refreshing and there is not much to make you dislike it but the flavors aren't over the top.

Photo of dwilson01
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, completely clear pale yellow coloring, thin white head tops it and dissipates quickly.

The malty scent reminds me of biscuit and a small amount of honey. Not much hopping to speak of but smells extremely smooth and light.

The taste was surprisingly good, refreshing and creamy smooth, the bready biscuity malts come through very well with a small amount of wildflower honey. The hops pick up with the honey and supply the faintest light colored fruitiness to the brew, golden delicious apple and pearblossoms.

The mouthfeel is quite full for a brew this thin looking, the creamy texture fills the palate and makes for a very smooth swallow.

Drinkability is 100%, definitely a session brew if you're into the lighter colored ones. Overall it's not something that particularly strikes my fancy but in and of itself it's not a bad brew, very neutral.

Photo of drabmuh
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

0.5 L is the appropriate size to have of this beer. Served in a wheat beer glass for some reason. Beer looks like a cartoon a child would draw of a beer, its yellow, light, clear, heavily carbonated, nice white head that falls away but doesn't leave lacing on the glass. This is the type of beer that when its poured, enhanced sound effects are needed, fade aways to running horses or a close up of a thumb rubbing ice off of a glass, this is a real beer.

Joking aside, it smells like pilsner malt and its a little sweet but has an edge to it. Smells exactly what I expect it to smell like.

Beer has an odd late bitterness at the back that lingers in what could, if I were more cynical, could be described as an aftertaste, but its not a swallow flavor its a late grainy/hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is like water,seriously, its wet and thin and light, easy drinking for sure. The forward of the beer is mildly sweet and middle falls a little flat. It finishes well, except for that distracting bitterness. Its pretty good and I'd have it again. Its a good lawnmower beer.

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

Appearance of an average lager; pee colored liquid with a finger of slowly receding solid white head.

Effervescent cereal aroma with hints of sweet wine on the back end.

Very healthy lager flavor with dichotomous profile. The brew itself looks like a lager but the barely and hop profile is rich and earthy, more fitting for a darker beer.

Mouth feel is clean and smooth like a German Lager should be.

This is an excellent session brew for warm months or, really, anytime of the year.

Photo of sjantiflow
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer to review. I am still getting the hang of tasting.

What I can say is that it poured well, with a foamy head. The aroma is clean, honey sweet and biscuity. It tasted very crisp and carbonated with a warming mouthfeel. The hops add a mild, bitter flavor. Certainly a drinkable beer.

Photo of ithacabaron
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid straw color in the glass. Barely-there head fades to nothingness. Not terribly impressive.

Smell is pure ganja, a waft of sweet, dank grass that carries across the room. Up close, oddly enough, the smell seems somewhat faded. An odd duck.

Taste stumbles a bit; a bit of mineral and marbles, a dash of sweet golden syrup, and, on the swallow, a flash of alcohol, which is a little off-putting.

Mouthfeel is like so many little henchmen, all scrambling along in a row, scrubbing the palate, prepping for the next sip.

Drinkability is fine, but not tremendous. It seems to be a beer that cries out to be served next to fatty pork -- while it comes up a little acrid and clumsy on its own, something tells me a bit of pig would play nicely with it.

All in all, a rather middling brew; I'm not complaining, but there are so many better examples of the style. Decent showing.

Photo of cnally
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My ongoing love affair with crisper beers continues with trying this one.

A golden yellow, crisp and clear, a little carbonation bubbly in the body. White head dissipates real quick.

Aroma is very much a corn and yeast one, slightly sour and a little rusty.

Flavor is dominated by the crisp bitterness but is rather layered with a touch of golden malt. Heavily reliant on the grain, tasting a little wheaty and with corn.

The feel is tangy and bubbly. Tamed in spite of its high carbonation level.

Decent to drink, but refreshing? Maybe. The flavor is nice for this style, but borders on being too skunky to take seriously.

Photo of roddwolff
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tested on a rainy afternoon in may 2010. Poured in a FCBayern-Pilsener glass. Denotes a bright golden color, oil type, thin head of foam with acceptable duration and retention. In the smell, is a blend of floral and herbal hops. The taste have the same hops with some extra biscuity malt and olive oil. The mouthfeel is extra-crunchy, off of thirst, medium bitterness with a bittersweet finish, smooth body. In the drinkability, is the second "most crisp" beer i have taste (after Corona Extra), by far the best munich helles lager style.

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

A- Tan gold, respectable amount of head. Fades quickly but didn't really disappear. Good retention. Decent carbonation.

S- Honey and grains as well as a slight herbal hopping.

T- Good balance of yeast, hops, malts, lemon, and herbs. Balanced incredibly well. There's a slight amount of honey sweetness to it.

M- Pretty smooth. Medium body. The carbonation comes on a bit rough.

D- All around pretty good beer. Somewhat standard though. What you'd expect from a Munich Helles lager. Very easy to drink.

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12fl oz bottle poured into my stange

Appearance was a pale golden to light yellow color with a two inch white head. Good head retention with soapy lacing scattered all over my glass.

Aroma consist of slightly barnyard/funky smells. This does not mean it is a bad bottle, a lot of lagers from Europe smell like that. I get smells of hay, grains, wheat, cracker and bread like malts. Noble hops are also detected as usual.

Upfront taste of grains and slightly sweet malts. A little bit of citrus flavor follows midway with just a tad bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

Light bodied with high carbonation.

Photo of largadeer
2.54/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

It pours a pale and perfectly clear straw-yellow. A two finger head rests on top, retaining nicely and leaving a bit of lacing behind.

The aroma is light but clean, bordering on bland. It's lightly sweet and malty, a bit floral and soapy. Not bad, but there's not much to it.

The taste can pretty much be summarized by the word "meh", but since BA reviews require more characters than that, I guess I'll extrapolate. It's malty, clean, sweet without any hops to balance the malt; it fades into nothing. There's no finish, not much in the way of nuance. It's in no way terrible, but it is poorly balanced and extremely boring. The sweetness seems to stick to the palate after a while, which makes this difficult to drink in any large quantities.

Photo of 828beagle
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a very pale clear gold. An unusual color. A bright white fizzy 2 finger head. Some lacing. Mild lemony citrus smell. A near perfect mixture of sweet malts and bitter hops, a crisp earthy taste. Nice medium light body with good carbonation. So smooth going down. Good aftertaste. Refreshing and sessionable. This is definitely one of my favorite overall breweries. They can do no wrong.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good foam and lacing on top of a clear golden yellow with good, active carbonation.

Smell: Strong malts with a good hint of spicy lemon hops. Very well balanced overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly strong malts with the obvious presence of some grapes, giving this an almost wine-like quality. You can almost taste sourdough bread in this. Very pleasant. Smooth mouthfeel that highlights all the qualities in the taste.

Drinkability: Superb. One of the most balanced "lighter" lagers I've tasted.

Overall: Underutilized and underrated, yet fairly easy to find. Definitely give this a try.

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

This is a pretty unspectacular but competent lager. Nice clear pour with a brief head. Grassy and bready aroma with the same sort of flavour. A bit like a water cracker. Mouthfeel is sparkly and crisp and so drinkability is good. Sessionable but not exciting.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle pours a crystal clear, light yellow color with a rapidly diminishing cap of white foam. Not all that unlike many American macros unfortunately.

Nose is much better as slightly honeyed malts combine with a grassy and somewhat floral hop bouquet. Fresh and clean smelling beer.

One of those beers where a twelve pack disappears before you know it. Noble hop flavors and mild bitterness battle to a standstill with slightly sweet, grainy malts. Very clean with no off-flavors whatsoever. This probably is not my favorite Helles (Hofbrau gets that distinction), but it is a prime example of what the style is all about.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. green glass bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a pale golden body with intense clarity. One finger fizzy looking white head that quickly dies down to a ring of foam clinging to the edge of the glass and scattered wisps of foam in the middle. No real lacing left behind.

Fruity lager scent, some faint grain, and grassy hops in the nose.

Taste follows smell with a fruity lager fragrance, some bready yeast, some grain, grassy and slightly peppery hop finish.

The mouthfeel is light, smooth, creamy on the bigger sips, and clean with a nice crisp finish. Quite refreshing.

So easy to drink. One of the best widely available lagers in my books.

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

Clear, light yellow body, with a steady stream of fine bubbles rushing to the creamy white head. Looks perfect in my Perfect Pint glass.

Sweet toasty malt, fresh baked bread, and grassy hops form the bouquet.

Palate is grainy wheat cracker, toasted malty sweetness, and a grassy, mildly skunky hops on the finish.

Crisp, light, highly carbonated and very smooth.

A classic German lager, the kind thst makes you yearn for a liter sized boot to drink it from. Simple, but well done.

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.