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

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Ratings: 1,229
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 45
Gots: 123 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

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Photo of generallee
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
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
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
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
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
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
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
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
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of lehkost
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Spatenbräu is credited as the originator of the Helles Lager style, and 110-odd years down the line, things are pretty much what you might expect.

This beer pretty much exactly fits the guidelines of a standard light lager, and, as such, is mildly malty, barely hoppy, and straw-colored. It is a good beer. Good, not great. The highly industrialized origin of the ingredients is apparent in the flavor, but this beats the hell out of anything you're going to find from a large brewery in the U.S., so there you go.

This beer is purely average, but by European standards, that still means good.

Photo of AtlasBrew
2.52/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tonight's first sampling comes from Germany: Spaten Premium, which, on the bottle, actually says in tiny little letters: Malt Liquor. D'oh! On the Spaten website, however, this is labeled as "Spaten Premium Lager" stating that this brew is their specialty which they've been brewing since 1894.

The flavor profile on the website says: "golden in color with a well-balanced hop-flavor. The full rounded body is a superb balance between hops and a malty sweetness."

OG: 11.7%
ABV: 5.2%

Here's the Atlas Brew Review:
Taster's Note: This beer comes in a green 12 oz. bottle, poured into a British pint glass. I'm always leery of green bottles, especially for imported beers. The time it takes for the beer to get from the brewery, to the store, to my fridge and into my glass is way too long in a green bottle. For those of you who don't know, green bottles do not block nearly as much light as brown bottles, and light is a beer's worst enemy. Clear bottles offer no protection whatsoever. Light destroys beer, and lends to a skunky smell and flavor. This is classically seen in Rolling Rock, for example.

Color: straw, very light with a white head that has no retention.

Aroma: after swirling the beer a bit to get rid of some of the skunky smell, I could smell a very sweet grassy adjunct-loaded beer.

Flavor: I was concerned when I saw the "malt liquor" indication on the bottle...my thoughts were "what the hell is this?" If i wanted malt liquor, I would've bought a 40 of St. Ides! The flavor, though, was a very sweet, adjunct loaded taste up front with sweetness throughout. It ended with no hop flavor and no bitterness.

Overall: I would avoid getting this beer. Definitely not a good example of what Germany is capable of! The word "premium" on the bottle is a misleading representation of what you're about to drink. I'd rather drink a Pabst Blue Ribbon!

Photo of emsroth
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Pale yellow with small, white head.

Smell: Sour, spicy malt and yeast. Very little sweetness.

Taste: Equal parts sweet and husky malt. A nice touch of hops, more than I've ever had in a helles.

A bit overly carbonated, but a nice, crisp mouthfeel. I could have a few of these.

Of the Helles lagers I've had, this is by far the best, but I'm not quite ready to give it any 5's. Future tastings may change this.

Photo of Jimbo87
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In a US pint glass.

Pale clear straw, small white head.

S: fresh barley, fresh cut hay, some hops.

T: Very smooth, a sort of powderyness. Like nose, fresh barley. Sweet. Slight hops at the end. Tastes kind of like bread.

MF: Very nice, good carbonation, but maybe on the low side for a pale-colored lager.

D: Very Very good lager. Sweet and fresh and enough hops. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of roadhouse
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a pale yellow color with a one inch white head that sinks to a cap. Leave some pretty good lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma has some sweet graininess with some earthy, slightly spicy hops. A slight skunk presence, but I could just be imagining it.

Taste is sweet and grainy up front, a touch of toasty malt as well. Hops come in midway through and leave an earthy, herbal taste behind.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, very creamy actually, yet crisp and refreshing. Very easy to drink.

This was actually pretty damn good. A very good session beer for sure, a six pack could be put down with no problem.

Photo of endovelico
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 21/02/2009. Poured into pokal. Reviewed under Medium natural light.

Appearance: Fizzy two thinger white head that quickly fades. Medium to medium high effervescence. Straw yellow color. Clear brew. Weak lacing. The appearance is fitting considering the style, but rather bland.

Aroma: Medium high strength. Fresh aroma of noble hops: Maybe Saaz? Faint adjunct smell aswell. Grassy aroma and fresh apple can also be identified. Slight maltiness on the background.

Taste: Saaz like hop spicyness with strong malty backbone. Every sip seems to bring out a different nuance. Well balanced. Pretty much how a Helles shoud taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body. Medium to medium high bitterness. Texture is slightly watery and oily. Good Bitterness / Sweetness balance, although more skewed towards the bitterness. Slight lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: Suffers from less than stellar palate, but is a beer that remains interesting throughout the experience. A good representation of the style, although a slightly more subdued bitterness might have worked better. Excellent price/quality relationship.

Photo of MisterE
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from $11.99 12-pack bought at Ward's

A: pours a clear straw yellow with small head that quickly retreats for lack of support

S: clean malted barley graininess with subtle fruity notes

T: crisp, clean, delicate sweetness with hops providing soft bittering element - good balance

M: smooth and mildly carbonated, without being too thin

D: a strong point for this beer is its drinkability; alone or with food, it is easy to enjoy

I feel this beer has been somewhat under-rated because of its lack of excessiveness. It's a solid example of a well behaved brew playing its role as a daily staple.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/21/2007 (12oz bottle):

Pours a clearish yellow colored body, with an average whitish colored head. Has a malty fresh aroma. A nice clean taste, but has a watery palate. Some aroma of hops is present too. Has a crisp malty aftertaste. Somewhat refreshing.

Photo of sentomaster
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden yellow with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly.

S- Metallic nose with a whiff of pale malts and floral hoppiness.

T- Lots of tannins with hints of lemon and again floral hops.

M- Light with good carbonation. Super crisp and dry.

D- Very drinkable, but not much to come back for. Too one dimensional and straightforward for my taste.

Photo of Amalak
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had a bottle of this beer. Extremely clear yellow, to the point that it looks like water with a slight bit of food coloring. Average foamy head that dissipates quickly.

This tastes more like a Pilsner than a lager to me. Bitter if not stale. It is very easy to drink, but doesn't offer much. The initial taste wears off quickly, leaving a highly unimpressive beer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a foamy, white head.

Smell: Lightly skunky nose with notes of spicy, floral hops, pale malts, and the tiniest bit of apple fruitiness.

Taste: Light pale malts with a pinch of sugary sweetness followed by flowery, spicy hops with a mild, restrained bitterness. Very minor hint of Golden Delicious apples. Finishes dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Aside from the souring skunkiness, it's a fine, enjoyable lager.

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,229 ratings.