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

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Reviews: 581
Hads: 1,279
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 48
Gots: 161 | 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 Cmack15
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am on a really big lager kick lately and picked up a bottle of Spaten last time I was at the store. The beer has a nice light golden color and good carbonation. The aroma is a nice sweet malty lager smell that makes you thirsty. The taste is nice sweet malt with just a hint of noble hops. The beer is very refreshing and easily a session beer. I would say this a great beer to pair with a meal too since it won't leave you full or thrash your palette. Nice smooth refreshing, enjoy
cheers (491 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spaten premium pours a light golden color with a centimeter or so of white foam. Given the size and look of the foam, it left considerable lacing. The aroma is inviting with doughy bready notes. A light mouthfeel with some buoyant carbonation. Grainy malt along with some starchiness begins on the palate. As the beer moves back the mild hops balances the subtle beginning. This is a well rounded beer. A classic refreshing brew. (429 characters)

Photo of Wegbier
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of brakspear
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The original helles, renamed Spaten Premium for the American market. This classic beer would definitely be improved if it was not in the dreaded green bottles.

The beer pours a gorgeous straw gold with a lofty white head that lingers and sticks to the inside of the glass. Perfect for a helles.

The aroma suffers in the green bottle, skunk is present but there is still a nice hop aroma with malty undertones.

The tast is refreshing, but still nicely malty and clean. The hop bitterness is subdued as it should be for a helles, but still is lingering as a backdrop and supporting the malt base. Very nice.

This is one of the classic world beers. A helles is the highest measure of Bavarian brewing skills. Subtle and nuanced, any flaws are readily apparent. I would love to drink this fresh in Munich. (813 characters)

Photo of bgreg3
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purity law kicks ass. Why can't american premies brew this pure? Perfect balance of water hops and malt. A bit grassy hop bite that is subsided by malt. Easy drinking beer can easily put away several pints of this beer. The Mouthfeel is a bit tingly on the front of the tongue but goes away in a second.

My girlfriend notes this doesn't taste good with pretzels and I would agree. (382 characters)

Photo of Carolvs
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a case of 24 bottles in Wilbraham, MA.

A - Light gold tint with a frothy foamy head of two inches or so.

S - Beer.

T - It tastes like a lager through and through.

M - Crisp, and easy goin' down.

O - I think it's unfortunate that the irrational craze for ales (especially over-the-top IPAs) over the last few years has left the traditional lager woefully underappreciated. And yet the truth is that a good lager is mighty difficult to brew, much more so than an ale. Well, this is damn good lager: Refreshing and crisp yet simultaneously hearty. Great stuff - you see how the Germans drink this stuff by the liter at their beer halls. (645 characters)

Photo of FacistCannonBall
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a couple shades darker than straw with a thin slick of a head that bears little lacing.
S- Smell is of slightly earthy and grassy aromas, with lingering malt sweetness.
T- Rather crackery flavor, with grassy hops and vague apple peel flavors.
M- Good body to it for style, though I found this one somewhat undercarbed.
D- Light, crisp, refreshing. Very drinkable and unlikely to slow you down. All in all a good helles. (428 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Very transparent light straw color with an eggshell white foam head that lasts for quite some time but leaves minimal lacing. Aroma at first whiff reminds of apricots and tangerines, but resolves into a cracker malt with strong and complex herbal / floral hopping. Taste is somewhat pushed into sweetness but not unbearably so, finish is semi-sweet but lasts for a respectable amount of time, texture is lighter side of medium body, refreshing, and definitely worth sessioning! (507 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
4/5  rDev +9%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden beer with a white head that falls away fast leaving nothing behind. Smell is slightly sweet and very bready. Taste is slightly bready and sweet with a crisp lager taste. Mouthfeel is slightly harsh is carbonation, crisp I guess is what you'd say. Overall, this hot spell is a nice pairing with this German lager. Very nice. (344 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +9%
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... (407 characters)

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

Tasted this at the Bavarian Beer Cafe on Manly wharf, 500ml glass.

Pours a pale gold, with frothy white head and good bubbling.

Malty aromas, some grassy hop notes.

Well balanced lager, with grain & grass elements.

Nice & light and refreshing. Good summer drink. (274 characters)

Photo of steveh
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. (1,106 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +9%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a .5 L mug

Bright yellow color, fizzy exciting activity with a nice foamy head that's very patient in its retreat

S - Grassy and skunky, invitig hop bitterness

T - Grassy hops are very prevalent. Rich buttery malt balances out the brew nicely. Hop bite is more similar to a pilsner than a helles

M - Very calm on the palate. Slight sweetness sticks tot he tongue, but the hop bitterness is really a nice cut.

O - A nice snappy lager. Easy to knock back a few and a great alternative if your looking to mix it up (542 characters)

Photo of danetrain0101
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very light golden color with a thick foam head that disapates quickly.

Smells of malt with a slight fruit hint. Very good lager smell.

Very heavy and light at the same time. I nice malt flavor with little traces of alcohol. Very delicious and refreshing.

Fells just plain good in your mouth. Not to heavy, not to light but a great drinking beer.

This beer is a flat out great lager. Light but still has the full body of a full flavored beer. Would be great for grilling or a bar-b-que. (492 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +9%
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. (492 characters)

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

Pours a bright shiny strong yellow gold. Excellent clarity. Rocky baseball size snow white head rose above the rim. Whisps of lace dot the glass. Inviting.

Aggressive but pleasant grass/hay aroma. Smells noble.

Taste begins with a soft, delicately sweet malt which gently spills across the tongue. Gentle bitter gradually rises to balancethe sweetness, and then overcome it with a pleasant nip, if not a bite, at the swallow. Nothing big nor anything caustic.

Smooth, mouthfeel has what might be called a light fullness. Enough body so its not airy, but not off putting on a hot summer afternoon either.

Drinkability is just what the doctor ordered at a summer party. Tasty as one, doesn't wear out with several.

A good straightforward helles. A big step up from BMC if not quite as interesting as some of the American micro versions. Buy the completely enclosed twelve pack to protect the dreaded green bottles. A nice example of basic quality German beer in the US. (982 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is just a well balanced beer. It is very smooth and crisp. Very nice crispness and sweetness accompanied with a little bit of hop bitterness. Could knock several of these back.

Very nice head retention, nice crisp mouthfeel. Nice, but somewhat faint hop and malt aroma.

This is a nice beer to have when you just want to relax. Not at all demanding on the taste buds, just very crisp and smooth. A well balanced beer. I am impressed. (450 characters)

Photo of JamisonM
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear light gold color bright white head

S: grassy hops not much else faint hint of malt

T: grassy hops dry finish refreshing beer

M: light mouth

D: very drinkable

overall: a very nice lager highly drinkable could drink 5 or 6 in a row. great summer beer. (264 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of mnj21655
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice yellowish-gold in color and had a good 1" head that was retained relatively well. The aroma was of malt and hops. The taste was very light, dry and crisp and extremely smooth. I detected some hops but not an overwhelming amount. The mouthfeel was thin, but not in a bad way, and had a good amount of carbonation. This beer was extremely easy to drink and very refreshing. (395 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy white head, frothy, initially head takes the larger part of the glass, then mostly diminished in a few seconds. Body is light white gold, or platinum in color, or as I say spaten-num. The aroma has very light malt & hop notes/ herbs & grain smell. Flavor is lightly sweet. Finish is moderately bitter. It has over the top carbonation. Overall a very drinkable brew, and surely a change of pace as far as lagers go. (426 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
3.97/5  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. (576 characters)

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