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

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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 43
Gots: 92 | 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 JoshW
4.38/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of FacistCannonBall
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of johnrobe
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Beertroop
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of schanker21
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of MisterClean
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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...

Photo of scruffwhor
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of JBogan
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of batty
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of germanbeerluvr
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Photo of everetends
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of fitzy84
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a short pilsner glass. No freshness date.

A: Pale straw yellow with short big-bubbled thin white head with a lot of lace at the crest.

S: Cereal and bread grains with a touch of lemon

T: A very unique lager with lots of bready, yeasty flavors up front with a burst of raisin mixed with light lemon citrus.

M: Smooth and easy to drink with a medium-body, coating feeling with a relatively light amount of carbonation

D: The raisin undertones are very interesting and, combined with the velvety feel, make for a singular taste experience.

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