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

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1,190 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,190
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 41
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-08-2001)
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Photo of gatornation
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellow pils like color with good lacing and head the smell is some noble hops and sweet malts..the taste is crisp and light with a small hop bite it finishes smooth overall a good helles or pils very refreshing and a decent taste its recommended but not one i would buy all that much worth a try

Photo of bushbeer75
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. green bottle poured into a mug.

Spaten Premium Lager [Munchner Hell] poured a clear golden color and produced a white cottony 2-finger head that stayed well in my mug.

The smell and taste is clean and crisp of grassy hops and a little lemony. Carbonation produced tiny bubbles that rushed to the top of my mug.

Spaten Premium Lager is well balanced refreshing, not very filling making it an easy drinker...sure worth a second, a third...

Photo of thekanna
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Typical clear, golden yellow with active carbonation and a medium head.

S: Faint yeasts and sweet malt flavors. Generally very clean.

T: Malts with a honey-like sweetness, followed by faint yeasts and a hop bite. Ends on a biscuity sweet note with slight phenols.

M: Very crisp and refreshing, with active carbonation that finishes dry.

D: If you're sitting on a patio on a hot summer's day, this would be hard to give up. However, I can't say much about its complexity if you're actually interested in tasting the uniqueness of the beer's flavor.

Photo of yankiac
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What is most striking about this beer is its drink-ability. It has a nice flavor, though not quite as much as I would like. due to its light texture and extreme drinkability it is definitely a great summer beer, ideal for relaxing after a long summer day in the sun.

Photo of OnThenIn
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured with a 2 finger white head that dissipates into a head that just covers the beer very quickly. The color is a golden, pale yellow.

Smell: The smell was pure crisp lager. There was a hint of sweetness and maybe something resembling lemon. There really wasn't much to the aroma.

Taste: A nice bitter flavor upfront with a little bit of a malty backend to it and a crisp, dry finish. There is a tiny bit fruityness in the finish, which could just be the interplay between the malt and the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp finish with perfect carbonation for the style. I really wasn't a fan of the dryness in this beer. I really enjoy a dry finish in some wines and could definitely see myself enjoying it with a some beers, especially bigger ones, but it didn't seem to fit here.

Taste: If it wasn't for the dryness, I could see this as an option for having multiple during a hot summer day. I wasn't really impressed with the flavor or smell of this beer and don't think I would ever buy it (my brother brought home a sixer).

Photo of MTNboy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a refreshing break on a hot summer day. It has a grassy and grainy taste with a malty pasture like aftertaste. There is a bit more bitterness than most beers in this category. It is a nice looking beer with clear golden body that is lined with small bubbles. The smell is pretty plain. The mouthfeel is thin but has some bite.

Photo of Mayhem976
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden fizzy color, I've had this on tap and bottle. The head that comes out of the tap is huge, out of the bottle ...not so much.

S- Hoppy semi skunky smell, I pick up oats and barley as well.

T- I get hops and alot of grains, finishes off with a slight sweet aftertaste. I'm not a golden beer drinker but this stuff is pretty darn good. I go to a German restaurant here in Colorado and get it on tap in a 2L boot (das boot).

M- Thin, fizzy, and watery.

D- Eight bucks a six pack this stuff goes down real smooth, it appears to me like a Bud or Coors (American domestic) but when I gulp it down I know it's much more than just that. I'm a dark heavy beer drinker but when I'm looking for something light, golden, and semi inexpensive ...I'll reach for this lager.

Photo of albern
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty standard Munich Lager. It pours a very clear, fairly pale color with a nice white head, some retention, a touch of lace too. The nose is quite grainy, a touch of sulfur too right from the pour although this dissipates as the beer settles. There is a bit more floral and grassy aromas that emerge as the beer settles.

The flavor is quite crisp, a touch on the tart side. There is a lemony slightly spicy crispness, but there is also some hop towards the finish, but some sweeter grainy malts underneath. The beer is interestingly balanced in that respect. Some hop, some spice, lemony tart crispness, some sweeter grains underneath. The mouthfeel is a bit oily, and it does add something to the body of the beer, making it more medium bodied than most beers of the style. The aftertaste is a bit of the tartness and hop lingering beyond. Not a bad beer, refreshing, easy to drink, not brilliant though.

Photo of PartyBear
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear, and pale yellow in colour. The head comes and goes within a minute of being poured, and is not seen again until another one is poured. Not particularly carbonic for a lager.

S - Grassy hops, with subtle malts. Fruity citrus notes are also fairly prominent.

T - Slight maltiness, which becomes more noticeable in an aftertaste at the back of the palette. There's also a noticeable nutty taste. Towards the end there is a detectable biscuity dryness.

M - Very flat for a lager, might have just been a bad bottle or maybe bad pouring technique. Light body.

D - A pleasant enough lager, not much to be overly negative about apart from the flatness.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This one pours golden with a large white head that dissipates a little to quickly.

S: The malt is prominent but there is also bitter hops and some fruit (citrus). This beer smells really fresh.

T: Very malty, almost like liquid bread. This is a beer that's very refreshing. The dryness is also noticable.
In the aftertaste the bitter hops just keeps on coming.

M: This is light in the mouth, with a nice amount of carbonic acid.

D: Refreshing, very refreshing. The taste is very nice. This is what you should drink on a warm summer day. I had it with a pizza - it was very nice.

Photo of WalrusJockey
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into 'imperial' or 'tulip' or whatever you like to call this kind of pint glass.

A- crystal-clear light yellow with a pure white head.

S- old-world hops on top of a slight bed of malt. More noticeable in the nose than the malt is the yeast, which is surprisingly noticeable.

T- very mellow and yeasty, with a clean, bready malt all gently framed in by slight bittering hops. Swallow is crisp, clean and light, and the aftertaste is sweet bready malt, with some yeasty flavors as well. The yeast doesn't add any particular notes, but rather the general 'yeast' blanket, the same way it is in the nose. The yeast presence is similar to what you might find in a bottle conditioned beer, but the yeast doesn't seem to add much beyond making its presence known. The hops do provide a balancing touch, but they are very slight.

ETA: this woudl be fantastic with seafood based mexican food.

M- light, crisp, smooth. Very refreshing.

D- could easily be sessioned, if that is the question. The flavor is good, and the body is good, drinking a handful in a sitting wouldn't be a particular challenge. But I'm not sure how quickly I will buy more, either. The strength of this beer is in it's smoothness, but that comes at the sacrifice of a bit of uniqueness and interest. As someone who rarely drinks more than one beer a day, for a lager I would probably chose something a bit less mild, of which there are many choices.

That said, you could certainly buy a worse beer at the store, that's for sure.

Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a green 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. There appears to be no freshness date and the label reads "malt liquor".

Appearance: It has a light golden colored body with very good clarity and some visible streams of carbonation. The head on top is light and foamy, bright white in color and fades out quickly.

Smell: The aroma is very light with just a hint of pale malt and grassy/floral hop notes.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor is simple crisp and refreshing with a light to medium body. There is a thin biscuity malt balanced by floral and somewhat grassy hops that bring mild but balanced bitterness. The finish is quick and fairly dry with active cleansing carbonation.

Notes: It has an easy drinking texture and a good simple and balanced flavor.

Photo of DeepSix
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A clear light yellow color with a decent head. Much carbonation visible, no lacing really throughout the beer.

A bready malt aroma very distinct. With a light hop note as well.

That crisp lager taste with a hint of sweet malts, finishing off with light hops. While a light body, its much closer to medium then one would except by looking at it. That carbonation makes itself felt here.

A good light lager, great during the summer.

Photo of MusicmanSD
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Weird drinking this now a-days after turning snobbish. Looks like your usual decocted lager, got a bit of that golden hue to it. Smells very mild, a bit sweet. Tastes like a decocted beer, but maybe it's just mass-production that takes the melanoidins away. Actually has a sulfery yeast character like an American lager would, just way mellower. Hops are also very mild, but you could drink this with just about anything. I'd say Hofbrau does a much better helles.

Photo of Magpie14
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: electric pale yellow tone with almost clear edges. A number of lethargic bubbles rising to the top as we speak. The head bubbled up and fizzled away rather fast leaving a countable number of blobs of lace.

S: a ripe skunked noble hop nose is dominant, smells very Pilsenery too me. A nice addition gathered after a few whiffs of faint, very faint, sweetened pale malts

T: seems that this lager has a well-to-do quality. The flavors stay within the range of the smells and nothing new seems to roam. The maltiness seems maybe a bit stronger on the palate and adds a sugary type of sweetness. Hops might lend the tongue a bit of grassy spiciness, but in reality do very little

M: the flavors give the body a bit more heft than it looks. The maltiness may have something to do with this? Anyway, the body is a soft mild and goes down real easy. This is somewhat interesting too me, it looks light, tastes rather light, and yet the body is weighty for the style. Carbonation is rather nice as well, good marks here

D: this is a good beer, simply put. It is an enjoyable and refreshing lager

Photo of NODAK
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma...some sweet grain malt, a little grassiness perhaps. Not the remarkable part of the beer for sure. Very straw colored...pale.

Taste has a fairly sweet cereal grain malt on it, along with a nice grassiness that's the dominant flavor of the beer. There's a bit of a hop presence in the finish as a lingering bitterness runs along the side of the tongue. Finishes a little sweet...pretty nice.

A very drinkable, light beer. Another classic brewery and classic beer. Would be absolutely wonderful on a hot day (or really, any time).

Photo of atpben
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer has a very special space in my heart with Warsteiner since they were the two beers that changed my appreciation and taste for other beers. Pours an excellent golden color into a Spaten mug. Awesome aroma of malty bread and some grain. Excellent carbonation and crispiness. The hops come in near the end with a very nice smooth, crisp dry finish that lingers for a little bit. I love this beer. A great session lager. I think I will go and buy some more right now.

Photo of Wegbier
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours with very active egg shell pillow head, damn i pushed its tension too far and i spilled down the glass, however still a short time of nice above the rim hold. the liquid is light gold and has lots of little active bubbles. thick spiderweb lace.

s- light floral white bread. gentle on the nose and kinda makes me hungry and certainly thirsty

t/m- mmm medium bodied direct follow up to smell of light floral hops balanced smoothly with light bread taste, almost no feel of carbonation, so smooth sloshing in my mouth and clean and smooth on the way down. almost unknown bite on finish

d- all day all night smooth, flavorful and enjoyable. Best on a hot day in the beer garden.

a well balanced premium lager/pils is neither extreme nor innovative but is always an art.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Awesome beer! I loved every minute of it.

Appearance- amber color, good size head, transparent

Smell- sweet bready aroma

Taste- bready malt taste

Mouthfeel- light, crisp, clean

Drinkability- very drinkable, enjoyed every minute of it, would drink it regularly

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green pop top bottle, thanks Luke for sharing

Appearance: Medium gold beer with stark white cap which soon fades to almost nothing

Smell: Nice sweet toasted malts, and not a lot else...nice, but simple

Taste: Just like the aroma, with a decent hop bitterness on the end which balances this perfectly

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Nothing fancy or special here, but drinkable, refreshing, and great with some bratwurst and sauerkraut

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow with a very light, white head that has decent retention, nothing special, but better than most for the style. Carbonation can be seen streaming to the top of the beer.

Aroma is kind of your typical lager yeast aroma. A little bready, but overall the aroma had good strength to it. Very nice.

The taste is better than expected. A nice malt taste that was combined well with a bready/yeast taste. Nothing unpleasant to speak of. Solid all the way through.

The beer felt light and crisp, honestly, just like the style should. The beer was very easy to drink, the carbonation was just right and the beer was very refreshing. I could drink this beer all day long during the summer.

Photo of krunchie
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed on April 21.

A: Clear, yellow liquid with an airy, crisp head. Lovely "classic lager"-foam. A lot of CO2, looks great!

S: Lager yeast, pilsner malt, swedish hard bread (knäckebröd) and weak citrus aroma.

T: Sweet pilsner malts and great bready taste. I love malty bread taste in a lager so this is right up my alley. Some syrup taste after half a bottle, still very nice. No unpleasant surprises, not even after the last sip.

M: Light and crisp. Just like a lager's supposed to be. Thumbs up

D: 100% drinkable! Great thirst quencher and goes down very easily. Probably my favorite bavarian hell atm.

...and it's quite cheap here in Sweden! How do they do it? :)

Photo of WakeandBake
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A clear golden yellow pour,with three fingers of creamy white head that left some spotty lacing. Aroma of pale malt,and slightly skunky floral,and citrus hops. Flavor is balanced, a good amount of pale malt for a Euro Lager,slightly dry with hints of lemon,and some faint hints of spice maybe pepper ? A slightly dry finish,crisp mouthfeel. I would call this quite drinkable,and a fun try but nothing very memoriable

Photo of Nixon
4.72/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this stuff! If you take a swig and hold it in your mouth you can clearly taste all the components...sweet and 'biscuity' malt, flavorful hops and pure, refreshing Alpine water.

German brewers really know what they're doing. They've managed to assemble a pretty big beer...about 2 ABV percentage points higher than products from our large brewers...and keep it flavorful and refreshing.

No one single ingredient has to overpower the others to let you know it's there. The brewers present them all to us equally and you get the sense that they've worked hard to make sure it comes out that way. When properly poured into a clean glass you get a fluffy, lasting head crowning the rich golden liquid that holds just the right amount of gassiness. Well done Spaten!

Photo of BarrelO
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale, looks almost watered-down. Head quickly fades to nothing.

S: Mildly grassy and hoppy notes. Also hints of skunkiness. I know I'm not supposed to review tainted beers, but brewers know better than to put their beer in green bottles, so screw 'em.

T: In a word, mild. Mild malt, mild hops. I don't mean to imply that it's indistinguishable from alcoholic seltzer water like an American macro. There's plenty of flavor, but it's more subdued. So it's not a symphony of flavors exploding in your mouth. It's more like a string quartet playing tastefully and inobtrusively in the background at a garden party.

M: Probably the lightest beer I've ever had that was any good. A bit too carbonated.

D: There are better German lagers, but it's still an excellent example of the style. It's really easy to put down a bunch of these in a single sitting.

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