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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,063 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,063
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 31
Gots: 40 | 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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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured golden yellow color with plenty of carb. and a small fizzy white head that reduced to a ring with no lacing. First sip and taste was that of classic German pils .vWhat I did like about this was that it didn't have the overwhelming skunk taste that accompanies many German beers, if i'm going to drink German beers the Munich styles are my first choice. Very clean, fresh and crisp with a small hop finish on the end.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 19:50:00 | More by barleywinefiend
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Bamabrew22

Alabama

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nice offering from Bavaria. Poured this out of a 12oz green-glass bottle this past weekend. Poured a pale, golden color with a foamy white head atop. Head quickly dissipated. Smell was of the common Euro-pale lager, with a sweet tinge accompanied by an oakey afterthought. Taste was good, comforting, sweet malt dominated what little hops were discernable. A good, solid beer. Doesn't over dazzle you and doesn't let you down. Consistently good tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 19:11:52 | More by Bamabrew22
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz purchased at the Coop on Thursday for about $1.45.. poured into my standard weizen glass.

Very short lasting head left behind nice lace.. atop a light golden brew.. very clear.

Grainy pale malts.. very clean.. this is one of the good times where less is more... I love a good helles... and this is a good one for sure.

Malty .. very restrained bitterness and just the slightest breath of spicy/grassy hop flavor... smooth lite/medium body with just enough carbonation... as it warms, it sweetens.. but not in a bad way.. the malts come to the front as they should. This is not a pilsner.. and nobody should think otherwise. This brew does not have the hoppy backbone the Spaten pils has.. Malts are the star here.

Everytime I try and brew a helles, I buy as many as I have access to in Boise.. this one is always available... the Spaten is damn near perfect and a fantastic beer for your friends who hate micros or imports... Pretty much spot on for the style .. even better on draft.. don't pretend that this is a pils... it is not.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 09:55:05 | More by JohnGalt1
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jar2574

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing fancy in the appearance. In fact, you could say it's unappealing. Light transclucent appearance, very little carbonation and thin white head.

Smells like a pilsner, hoppy and grainy.

Solid taste. Solid beer. Not outstanding, but it does the trick.

Not too bitter, a good blend of hops and malts. Nothing overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 02:02:36 | More by jar2574
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armock

New York

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

A - Poured a golden yellow color with a white head the fades to a thin covering

S - Is mostly of malt with a hint of hops

T - Follows the smell malt with a touch of hops

M - Fairly thin with light carbonation

D - I expected more from Spaten I remember the other beers to be better than this. Over all this is pretty much just an average beer not bad just ok

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 20:18:25 | More by armock
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JDV

Texas

1.73/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Typical taste. Light malt, big yeasty, doughiness. I hate it. Piss gold, white head, musty smell and taste and a bit undercarbonated. Call it a dortmunder/helles, but it still is boring, average, and I don't like anything about it. Paid 5.25 for it on tap and left half of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 23:11:50 | More by JDV
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5L mini keg in a pint glass at our super bowl party.

A - Nice golden yellow with little carbonation and little head.

S - Crisp and clean but not much there.

T - Nice and clean but there's a hint of something that's just not right.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Ok beer. I've had many lager's that we're better.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2008 23:51:34 | More by jeffmonarch
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steveh

Illinois

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

*Updating my review because I'm revisiting the beer and not getting some of the characteristics I did in the first review (02/01/08):

Once again, reviewing this beer to style based on a crossover of BA & BJCP style characters.

Once my favorite Helles', now I'm concerned because the word on the street is that Spaten is no longer decoction mashing and I'm afraid the great, toasty maltiness of Bavarian beers will be lost...

A - Very clear, gold color with a good, thick white head that settles quickly.

S - Some nice bready malts trying to get thru, good noble hops, some sour notes too along with the typical DMS to this style.

>> No sour notes this time through, good bready malt character.

T - Some toasty maltiness (melanoidin) coming through. Hop finish with that sourness back -- almost astringent, but not quite that distracting.

>> Again, no sour or astringent notes, bready and spicy hop notes in the finish.

M - Soft and smooth mouthfeel -- very decoction-like, so I'm wondering about the rumors.

D - Good drinkability because of the body and light flavors -- nothing harsh.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 22:50:53 | More by steveh
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cer40

Kansas

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this bewer out of a 12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. It poured golden with a nice head that dissapated quickly with little to no lacing. Lots of bubbles.

Smells well, malty and not much else. Taste is crisp and slightly sweet with lots of pale malt.

Mouthfeel is thin and bubbly. Could drink more but would prefer something else.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 18:11:29 | More by cer40
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

50cl bottle poured into Seidel

A: Pale golden in colour, with creamy 3 finger head after aggressive pour, retention is good, minimal lacing, lively beading.

S: Malt dominant as expected, sweet bready quality.

T: Malty sweet breads in the start, balanced with some hop bitterness in the finish, finish is too quick though, almost vanishes even

M: medium carbonation and a medium mouthfeel

D: Its a drinkable helles, but there are far better ones out there. Tasted fresh enough but was a bit tasteless in the finish. Nevertheless, easily drinkable but i favour a few helles above this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 13:00:00 | More by seanyfo
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BryanEast

Texas

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

Had this beer at an irish pub in college station. Poured a nice golden color with a small foamy head. Great taste did not finish with any skunk flavor and had a wonderful mouthfeel. love this beer drink it all the time and would love to go to Germany and drink it with the GERMANS!!!!

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2008 23:51:47 | More by BryanEast
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Sheffield branch of ALDI supermarket. BB 07/2008, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: yellowish straw in colour, coming with a lively carbonated body and a layer of nice white froth with reasonable retention.
S: floral and lemony upfront, the aroma seems to give out more hop elements than many other Helles Lager I’ve tried; a very mildly tart doughy edge and powdery grains hide underneath. Overall, very clean, subtle, and simple (in a good way).
T: neutrally-flavoured upfront, gradually introducing a faint floral tinge of hops to go with the light grainy theme, while a corn-ish flavour of gristy malts hides at the back, with a faintly syrupy touch in the very end... As the malts retreat, a restrained bitterness manifests itself in the aftertaste, yet everything remains attenuated throughout.
M&D: the mouthfeel is o.k., not too fizzy, befitting the cleanliness just quite well; for a 5.2%abv. Helles Lager, this one comes surprisingly light in maltiness and clean for the palate, while the bitterness level doesn't come sufficient to live up to a Pils-style Lager. Despite being slightly mundane, this beer fares as a well-made, easy-drinking, meal-pairing beer, perhaps working well to wash down some overly-salty Bratwurst~~

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 15:07:10 | More by wl0307
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jenbys2001

Japan

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer that brings back memories of Germany. This beer was served in a German liter mug at a local German restaurant, Schnitzelhaus. It pours a rich cream soda color with a large head. The beer has a very citrus smell and tastes slightly acidic. It has a crisp flavor with a light hop finish. Although it's not a very complicated beer, I consider Spaten to be a tasty example of German lager.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2008 18:51:33 | More by jenbys2001
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Overlord

California

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

Have had this many times, but picked up a bottle recently to review.

Pours a light, gold color. Almost no head. Strange. I didn't remember that. Lacing on glass.

Nice, crisp tasting. A solid session beer. Some malt strains, maybe a hint of citrus (lemon zestiness!), no real yeast or hops presence. Some nice mouthfeel.

Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 13:19:47 | More by Overlord
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Boru's, Waterbury, Conn.

A: Poured a rich, golden-straw color with a thin veil of carbonation which disipated about a third of the way down the brew, leaving no lacing.

S: Smells faintly sweet and grainy. There is a slight lemon zest from light hoping in the nose, but it's pretty malty.

T: Sweet, almost sticky bread taste with a mildly zesty citrus-hop backbone. It's mostly sweet, grainy malts, with some corn, and a drying hop taste. Not bad.

M: Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and I'm sure would be more crisp out of the bottle, as there was no real carbonation to this one.

D: A managenable lager with nothing really special to offer, other than the fact it's a decent session lager tastier than Bud. Good for the outing we were on, but not one to stock at home.

It could have been the pour, or the keg this was coming from, but the complete lack of body carbonation, no head retention, and muted flavor sof everything dimmed the experience a bit. However, it's not a funky, imported-tasting brew, and was pretty serviceable, although it ranks low on my list of good Spaten beers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2008 23:58:21 | More by Gambrinus1184
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therica

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very nice surprise at the Schmankerl Stube Bavarian haus in Hagerstown Maryland last night. I'm usually drinking the Hefe or Marzen. Schmankerl has changed over to Spaten recently, as well, and I guess I'd just never gotten this one, on-tap.

A= very nice luscious rich-golden, with a white medium head foam typical of a lager.

S= very very nice on the nose, or maybe it's just what I happened to be looking for-- a good old traditional lager with some whiffs of sweet malts and traces of grassy notes with a complimentary presence of hops, in-balance.

T= an interesting bouquet in the first instant-taste, pronounced and yet not intrusive, followed quickly by a splash of honey sweetness, then all of it seeming to combine into a combined-wholeness. Nice carbonation, medium rather than tiny bubbles and yet not an over-amount of filling carbonation. Goes down nicely, didn't leave me feeling belchy.

M= very nice, clean, and it went well with the entire meal from bread to goulash to salad to sweet-sour Sauerbraten and everything in between.

D= totally drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2007 14:41:36 | More by therica
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SargeC

Japan

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold color with a dense, white head.

Smell: Very clean, minimal malt and hop presence.

Taste: Solid beer. Well balanced and very clean. The brew gives a glimpse of the malt and hops to produce a very refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp and smooth finish

Drinkability: Very easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 00:25:30 | More by SargeC
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GPHarris

Alabama

1.63/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

a - poured a one finger thick white head into a tumbler. it left no sheet and a light ring that was gone halfway through. the body was a clear and slightly bubbly golden color.
s - i'm getting nothing.
t - no discernable taste, except maybe a mild graininess.
m - thin and watery.
d - it was a struggle to get through this, i almost poured it down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 15:20:10 | More by GPHarris
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Natural510

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received a 2 litre boot of Spaten Lager at a local German restaurant in San Francisco.

It poured with a good head for a lager, with a rich golden color (not pale as in, say, a Budwesier or Heiniken. It had a smooth, crisp flavor without being watery and the carbonation stayed in my mouth. This is a very drinkable lager which doesn't lack flavor and is therefore a great 'session beer', not making one sick the watery alchoholic feeling of an American Macro.
Certainly drinkable enough to finish a boot without wishing I had ordered something else.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2007 03:44:36 | More by Natural510
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this has a straw color, transparent. Minimal white head that lasted only for a moment. This has an aroma of hops and smells almost a little skunky. My first taste was bitter with nice presence of strong hops. This beer reminded me of my time in Germany and seemed to be a very traditional example of a German brew. Nothing special, but a decent showing. This is a drinkable import, but there are better beers available for a better price here in the states.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 02:40:47 | More by WJVII
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skeetermoses

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like this beer but I am not extremely impressed with it. I have had much better and would not mind trying the other beers made by spaten. Good beer, but I would recomend a belgian white, I would recomend this beer with any food, I cannot specifically point out what food this beer would go with.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 03:50:08 | More by skeetermoses
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Redrover

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle with no freshness dating.

Poured into a glass, the beer is light gold with a dense white head. You will notice extremely active carbonation.

The aroma is of malts, straw, and floral hops.

The taste is brisk with some slight hop bitterness. The beer is slightly sweet with a grainy taste that is accented by a honey like flavor. The hops are slightly more prominent in the aftertaste.

The mouth is crisp and sleek. This is an easy drinker and is very easy to pair with food.

I had the good fourtune of drinking this several times in the Spaten Haus which is the Breweries showcase pub and restaurant in Munich. Glad to see this beer travels so well to the States!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 01:42:32 | More by Redrover
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shadow1961

Minnesota

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

Spaten Premium Lager pours a huge stiff head over a clear yellow brew.
Carbonation is slow and steady in this sample, and the nose is pale barley
malt and lager yeast. Thankfully, despite the pretty green glass, there was
no skunk odor either. Flavor is pleasant malt with a bit of spicy hops in the
finish. A bit of bisquit in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and dry. Pretty
simple stuff, but well executed.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 07:21:29 | More by shadow1961
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choyhosoi

California

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint into a glass

Appearance- As I was pouring this lager I noticed a nice white head that quickly fizzled away to pretty much nothing. The color was something that also took a different apperance from a champagne look (golden) to a pinkish gold look very interesting.

Smell-The smell wasn't too overwhelming picked up a little bit of fruits a little grass but nothing much.

Taste/Mouthfeel-Wow these guys certainly know there stuff.Took a couple of drinks and not a hint of bitterness just a smooth lager that is indeed premium.

Drinkabilty-At 5.2 I urge you to pick up a 12 and take them to a party people will not be dissapointed in closing this brand has impressed me yet again try this and Optimator if you can find them.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 03:40:42 | More by choyhosoi
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twbrewer

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear light gold in color.Head falls fast leaving nothing but bubbles.

S- Semi- sweet cookielike smell,light hops aroma.

T- Taste like it smells, almost sweet malt with a grass/lemon hop.

M- This has a light crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D- Classic German lager.Malty semi-sweet very lightly hopped and well balanced.No off tastes. Very easy to drink more than a couple of these!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 06:01:18 | More by twbrewer
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