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

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,003 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1003
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%


Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
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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Jimbo87

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 01:29:24 | More by Jimbo87
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robnewhart

California

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

This one surprised me. Friend drank the Optimator, but I am not a big fan of heavy beers so I thought I would try their Lager with a friend. Used standard beer mugs chilled and after first taste, we both looked at each other with surprise at how good it went down.

It had a good head, with a nice and not overpowering hoppy smell and just the right amount of carbonation for my liking. The taste is surprising, as it is a very smooth beer going down, as opposed to a sharp taste of my regular beer, Pacifico, with no bitter aftertaste.

I use this often as a celebration beer as an alternative to Pacifico, my regular daily beer. This beer was a pleasant surprise and is definitely a beer I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 00:39:09 | More by robnewhart
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very clear light gold with a half inch white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. smell is slightly fruity with a pine hop scent also. taste slightly fruity and nice hop finish. mouthfeel dry crisp light. nice easy beer to drink with a good hop bite.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 14:33:38 | More by billybob
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AustinBeerLvr

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner style glass. To get it out of the way, the only knock on this brew is the damn green bottles! That said, this stuff is so good, as you will read in my review, that I suggest buying it in 12 packs, so it's sealed up and you don't have to worry about light exposure.

A: Brilliant pale golden color, plenty of head and lacing is left on the glass as it's consumed.

S: A very refreshing lemon and clean hop scent dominate the nose of this German classic.

T & M: A very refreshing lemon malt sweetness starts off and then a white grape flavor kind of makes it way through. The hops then kick in that balance the sweetness out and round thins out very nicely. Spaten's trademark very clean hops are defenitely present. A nearly perfect balance between malt and hops.

D: One of the most sessionable beers on the planet earth! This beer is not "complex", but it's just plain good, for any time of the day or any season. It's refreshing, it has flavor, nothing is overpowering, just plain perfect for a "plain" beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 18:52:27 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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giblet

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty tasty lager. pours nice rich color with three quarters inch of head. good steady carbonation. smells nice and full, malts, grass, hops...nice. tastes better than i expected. nice malt and hop mix with lingering yet subtle hop finish. this was enjoyable enough that i had three in a row.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 09:42:03 | More by giblet
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JoshW

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 21:24:05 | More by JoshW
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appenzeller

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of Spaten, all types. This is one of the lesser-known breweries in Munich, but their products are excellent and well established. In fact, Spaten created the first Bavarian "helles" to compete with Pilsners from Bohemia. Anyway, I may be biased. Good beer, like good wine and good food, is something we often associate with events or special times in our lives. In this case, my baptism in Spaten was my college days of yore with good friends at the source--Spaten's beer hall in Munich. Without further ado:

A: Excellent light gold color with a beautiful lacing. Clarity of a pilsner, this is one good looking helles.

S: This beer has always had a unique little scent that I cannot describe. Sort of an inviting bitter hoppy smell, but it's a true signature smell

T/M: A standard perfect German helles. Malts are subtle, hops have a good bite and carbonation is average. Basically a beautifully balanced beer finishing with a subtle and refreshing bite.

D: If I were stuck on a desert island, this one would definitely be on my short list of must-have beers.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 07:53:02 | More by appenzeller
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828beagle

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a very pale clear gold. An unusual color. A bright white fizzy 2 finger head. Some lacing. Mild lemony citrus smell. A near perfect mixture of sweet malts and bitter hops, a crisp earthy taste. Nice medium light body with good carbonation. So smooth going down. Good aftertaste. Refreshing and sessionable. This is definitely one of my favorite overall breweries. They can do no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 00:54:20 | More by 828beagle
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours pale golden with a two-finger length white head. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is of lightly toasted barley malt and hops. There's a mild citrus aroma. There are flavor is sweet, bready, with notes of citrus and some hop bitterness. It's a very well balanced flavor and it's delicious. The mouthfeel is light. It's crisp with adequate carbonation. The finish is dry. It's very refreshing. This is an excellent lager and deserves top ratings for this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 00:51:52 | More by acevenom
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

Balance is the key to a brilliant pilsener, and Spaten's Premium Lager has it. Beyond it's typically crystal-clear golden body and bright-white head lies a perfectly balanced combination of grassy and mildly spicy hops amidst a grainy and mildly sweet malt. It's nose is bright and welcoming with the hops and malt taking turns in appearance, but also working together to deliver a more concise presentation. The flavor follows along the same lines; and it's "rich" and exciting without being overly bold. It's malt is nicely grainy, and softly sweet with suggestions of Munich malts; and it acts as the perfect, supple, blanket on which to lay its grassy and spicy hop flavors. It's components are distinct, but always kept in check. Even it's bitterness is solid and clearly present, but not aggressively bold. This is a southern German pilsner that's balanced with a gentle hand and formulated for drinkability - and it succeeds!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 15:27:34 | More by NeroFiddled
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wynnie211

Missouri

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

A: nice color and thick head

S: what nice aroma

T: very light and dry good from beginning to end

M: very nice

D: If I had to have only one beer for the rest of my life I could settle on this. Overall this is a very drinkable beer through and through. This is the first legitamate German Beer that I have tired and it is exactly what I expected and then some. Very pleased

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 14:42:46 | More by wynnie211
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bonbright7

Florida

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

I tapped a keg of this before my historical society's annual halloween party last night while the band was doing a sound check. I was careful to pour a generous pint for myself with at least a 2" head on top. After the inital check of the vibrant golden beer, I inhaled a great aroma of hops, yeast, and light malts.

The taste was somewhat heavier than expected with a flowing sweet quality to it that marked the 50 liter barrel for certain emptiness by the end of the night. As it was one 4 barrels, I got back to it when it was half way done for a half cup which confirmed how refreshing it was.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2006 23:11:01 | More by bonbright7
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BeerBob

Nebraska

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

Spaten Premium Lager pours a golden amber from a 12 fl oz green glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head went to over two fingers before going down to a full cap of fine foam with trails of lacing along the walls of my glass.

Nose is of sweet toasted barley malt with just a slight touch of husk Palate is a sweet toasted malt that has been bittered with hops, but the sweet malts are in the forefront and the hops are in the background. The bight of carbonation is welcome and very refreshing as well.

Spaten Premium Lager is a well-built lager that can hold its own with the rest of this worlds lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 02:39:13 | More by BeerBob
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jeffjeff1

California

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

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 02:21:51 | More by jeffjeff1
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

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

Appearance: Good foam and lacing on top of a clear golden yellow with good, active carbonation.

Smell: Strong malts with a good hint of spicy lemon hops. Very well balanced overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly strong malts with the obvious presence of some grapes, giving this an almost wine-like quality. You can almost taste sourdough bread in this. Very pleasant. Smooth mouthfeel that highlights all the qualities in the taste.

Drinkability: Superb. One of the most balanced "lighter" lagers I've tasted.

Overall: Underutilized and underrated, yet fairly easy to find. Definitely give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 20:14:11 | More by tjsdomer2
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JednoPivoProsim

Maryland

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

Poured from a 12 fl oz into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a bright white head. Little carbonation, calm and thick looking.

Smell: Grassy metallic notes. Standard European lager nose.

Taste: Outstanding biscuity flavor. Not too sweet and not too hoppy. Just a perfect helles.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full beer. A slight bite of carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: I thought I wouldn't feel so strongly about a relatively standard (plain?) style of beer, but this is perfect right now. I have been craving something to balance out the range of over-malty to uber-hoppy beers I have been drinking for the last six months. It also satisfies a nice balance between hoppy Czech (my usual favorite) and dry German pilsners. Spaten hits the spot!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 22:31:42 | More by JednoPivoProsim
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WetCoaster

California

4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Crystal clear straw gold with absolutely exuberant fine carbonation--pour it and stand back. Pure white, rocky, sticky head with good retention. Some lacing. Not the most interesting looking beer out there, but good for the style.

Smell: Again, not exciting, but good for the style. Strong, pilsner-like hop aromas with a very vague, lightly toasted malt sweetness underneath.

Taste/Mouthfeel: OK, now this I didn't expect. The beer has an unmistakable orange flavor. There's nothing in it that tastes like an orange, per se, it's just that the citrus character of the hops and the particular sweetness of the malt combine for an pronounced orange taste--I've never had a beer quite like this. The beer finishes with a typically bitter, drying hop finish, albeit with a bit more citrus bite than I'm used to in a lager. The mouthfeel is quite light, but there is a slightly coating quailty. The carbonation (which does settle down after a while) gives the beer a crisp zing.

Drinkability: Quite light and crisp with a very unique and pleasant flavor. Works for me.

This beer came to me as quite a surprise, as it might to anyone who expected a typical, somewhat bland lager. Unique and very refreshing, a great summer beer

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 19:30:11 | More by WetCoaster
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw, crystal clear. Bubbly two finger head with good retention and decent lacing. The floral hop aroma is strong, with background sweet malt. The pale munich type flavor upfront is faint but balanced well with bold noble hops. Spicy whole hop aftertaste that comes on strong, then gracefully fades. Light body and actively carbonated for a smooth mouthfeel with a very mild hoppy finish. A quality pilsener with no skunk character and high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 08:04:14 | More by PBRstreetgang
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SchlaflyFan

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six pack of this classic German beer on a beer run today, I've been looking for it for awhile but its not sold at any of the area grocery stores I frequent. On opening and pouring into my trusty Schlafly Pale Ale pint glass I got the classic German lager smell. Color is a nice straw yellow, with a small head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving a ring with some lacing that lasted. Taste was hoppy bite up front, a little bitter but very pleasant. This beer is very crisp, dry, and cleanses the palate. Very refreshing. Overall this is one of the best German Lager's I've had and I can see drinking a lot more of this now that I know where to get it. My old standby for this type of beer was Becks, but this is a better beer. Time to work on the rest of that six pack...

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 23:07:31 | More by SchlaflyFan
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MobBarley

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is in my opinion a brew that is criminally underrated, true to the style, refreshing and tasty too. This is a well-rounded brew that, unfortunately, lacks the WOW character that we North Americans seem to crave in our beer. I'll admit that the straw-yellow color, standard, fizzy head and moderate lacing do little for me. The smell is warm and sweet with some serious fruit notes to round it out. Some hops lurk in the background but largely serve to make the aroma more complex. The taste is fine. Fruity and sweet and just slightly bready, with a nice mineral-rich aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great for the style, with rather high carbonation and a smooth, relatively thin body. Drinkability is tops, and I could see this being a top-notch session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 09:10:07 | More by MobBarley
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taigor

New York

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle

A - Pours clear, golden color with a light head that dissipates quickly with almost no lacing.

S - Light hops smell with a hint of fruitness.

T - Light hoppiness with grains (possibly bread) and citrus.

M - Nice mouthfeel with medium carbonation and slight bitter aftertaste.

D - Very light in ABV and not feeling so very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 16:49:09 | More by taigor
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godlessape

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a light golden straw color like most German lagers and gives up a thin white head.

Smell: The bready, grassy and earthy malt notes come together perfectly with maybe a hint of lemon.

Taste: The biscuity malt flavor comes through with great might and ends with a subtle spicy hop crispness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied--feels just right on the tongue.

Overall: This is great stuff. I wish American lagers had this much flavor. Das bier ist gut.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 06:40:09 | More by godlessape
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breweradams

California

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance : Pale straw like color, white head stayed well over a minute then flattening to a thin white ring. Very clear

smell: Slight malt aroma, no hop aroma

taste: Slight sweetness with no hop flavor, Well balanced

mouthfeel: medium effervescent / no astringency

overall: Very drinkable, light body beer that lingers slightly. Great beer for a hot afternoon

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 00:06:14 | More by breweradams
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pkalix

California

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i pretty much love all of Spaten's recipes. this pours nicely, laces in little spots and smells very pilsnerly. lager? smells hoppy, tastes very dr; finishes clean with a crisp taste. nice session beer, dry, a little bitter, very germany . . . . wish they would bring back the Club-Weisse....

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:19:47 | More by pkalix
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Subliminal64

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite beers. Very reminiscent of the beer I had at Oktoberfest in Munich (view my avatar)

Beer pours a light gold colour. Lots of carbonation.

Smell is little on the heavier side. Not offensive though.

Taste is what a beer should be. Strong, but not too strong. A little too much aftertaste for my liking, but I will deal with it.

As stated before, this beer has lots of carbonation. Goes down a little harsher then desired.

Overall I love this beer. So glad I had the chance to sample in the beer fests of all beer fests. Give this one a try. Does not disappoint.

MB

Serving type: can

10-20-2013 23:11:50 | More by Subliminal64
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