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

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BA SCORE
83
good

581 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 581
Hads: 1,277
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 48
Gots: 161 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

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Reviews: 581 | Hads: 1,277
Photo of wl0307
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Sheffield branch of ALDI supermarket. BB 07/2008, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: yellowish straw in colour, coming with a lively carbonated body and a layer of nice white froth with reasonable retention.
S: floral and lemony upfront, the aroma seems to give out more hop elements than many other Helles Lager I’ve tried; a very mildly tart doughy edge and powdery grains hide underneath. Overall, very clean, subtle, and simple (in a good way).
T: neutrally-flavoured upfront, gradually introducing a faint floral tinge of hops to go with the light grainy theme, while a corn-ish flavour of gristy malts hides at the back, with a faintly syrupy touch in the very end... As the malts retreat, a restrained bitterness manifests itself in the aftertaste, yet everything remains attenuated throughout.
M&D: the mouthfeel is o.k., not too fizzy, befitting the cleanliness just quite well; for a 5.2%abv. Helles Lager, this one comes surprisingly light in maltiness and clean for the palate, while the bitterness level doesn't come sufficient to live up to a Pils-style Lager. Despite being slightly mundane, this beer fares as a well-made, easy-drinking, meal-pairing beer, perhaps working well to wash down some overly-salty Bratwurst~~ (1,257 characters)

Photo of packetknife
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light lager. Nice thicker than expected head. Not too intrusive but doesn't lack character. Could go well with a meal I suspect but I had it alone. Reminds me of wonderbread on the nose. (186 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill haze slightly muddies an otherwise clear golden light orange, a little white head with larger bubbles springs up but doesn't stick around. Lacing is pretty good.

Aroma is grainy, fairly sweet, and bready. Husky fullness also lets in some earthy hop with a lemon tint. The flavor expounds on these themes, with a muted herbal bite from the hops, an allusion toward spice at the finish, and the prevalent light malts with a white biscuit character.

Balance is very good, although lacking in standout qualities. Finish is dry, but slightly thin and indistinct, although certainly not negative. Middle of the road Helles. (631 characters)

Photo of beertastegood
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very pale golden color, with a white head that dissipated quickly. Looks like a quality lager should.

Smell: Hops! Almost entirely hops. (I like it)

Taste: Once again, hops predominate, with a light malty flavor in the background. Towards the end of the taste, as one of the other reviewers mentioned, an almost grassy flavor appears. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Light, airy.

Drinkability: good. This is one you can have more than a few of.

Despite the fact that I am not a big lager fan, I enjoyed this one and will most likely purchase it again. (570 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A light bodied lager. Slightly hoppy and mildly malty. Nice flavor, somewhat fruity. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Light and refreshing (251 characters)

Photo of sentomaster
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Dr. Dremo's, served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear straw color with a small white head that recedes to a small ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Leaves faint traces of lace.

Smell: Grassy and herbaceous with a distinct DMS aroma. (yeah, skunk). Not overpowering, though.

Taste: Light bread and grass tastes with a DMS/mint flavors on the finish. Again, not overpoweringly skunky, just there.

Mouthfeel: Oh so light bodied.

Drinkability: If this DMS doesn't bother you, then it's rather drinkable. I'd probably drink it if someone bought it for me, but that's about it. (610 characters)

Photo of OnThenIn
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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). (1,043 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm, finally got around to reviewing this one...

Straw yellow, medium head when I poured it. Smell is sweet and a bit candy-like.

My overall impression of this beer is, well, that it was sweet. While nicely carbonated, it is not as dry as what I like, and had more of a fuller malt flavor. I might even have to ask where the hops are...Near the end of finishing this, I almost would have to characterise the sweetness as being wine-like!

My green bottle wasn't skunked, but I think there are tastier versions of this out there, slightly drier, hoppier, and with a bit more bite in the taste. Pat (604 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clear bubbly gold, crisp 2 finger white head, decent retent

S- skunky at first, after that settles just crisp malts

T- simple crisp malts with some supporting hops presence, biscuit, grain, balanced

M- higher carbonation, coarse, crisp, dry finish

D- simple and tasty session brew, not much use for this brew, but its not a bad brew at all (354 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with tons of carbonation and a thick creamy head that seems to grow from all the bubbles rising up to the surface. Some dimples in the top of the head. Leaves some scant lacing. Sweet malts, sweet breads, and some grassy and floral hops in the nose. Has as crackery sweet malt that kind of washes away a bit thin and ends with some dirty hops flavors and bitterness. Eh. Feels a but too full in the mouth and kills the crispness it would have otherwise had from the carbonation. Wouldn't be opposed to another one nor would I look forward to another one. (575 characters)

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love the Optimator, figured I'd see what else Spaten has to offer.

A: Nice goldenrod color, with a bubbly 1.5 finger head and little lacing.

S: Crisp and clean, some mild hops, maybe some spices but subtle.

T: Strongly hopped with mild malt flavor. Some sweetness and spicyness in there as well.

MF: Quite bubbly and a full bodied feel. Very refreshing beer. Little to no aftertaste.

O: Not that I'm surprised, but much better than an American lager. Considering I'm more of an ale fan, this has quite a nice flavor, and would be great for tailgating or a hot summer day. (580 characters)

Photo of sevopie
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light golden in color with a somewhat fluffy white head that dies to a film quickly, but stays in that film throughout.

Smell - Sweet, almost candy-like malt with a touch of corn in the smell.

Taste - Light maltiness with a touch of hop bitter. Sweet coming from somewhere on this one, and it finishes an even mix of the sweet/hop bitter.

Mouthfeel - Light and too much carbonation.

Drinkability - Not too bad here, rather easy to drink. Might become a go-to choice when I need a lager. (503 characters)

Photo of Jordan
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First surprize came, when I poured it into my glass. Very white, like champagne, the head was thick and creamy. Most of the emphasis is on the malt. A few raw barley notes. Crisp bite at start, creamy aftertaste. Don't enjoy many lagers, but this one is special. Delicious! (278 characters)

Photo of crwrunner
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Crystal clear golden color with about a two fingers worth white head. Leaves some lacing around the glass.

Smell- I really don't smell much. Just some grains is really all I smell.

Taste- Just like it smells, grains. It is very clean and crisp although.

Overall- This is a kind of beer that I could drink all night or at a cookout. Very light and clean. Just not much going on with it. (402 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden yellow and a nice white head that left a nice sticky lacing around the Spaten tall glass. Aromas of a nice sweeter malt. The taste of a above average German lager. Sweet where it needs to be, and a bit dry. A small hop bitterness is in the aftertaste. (271 characters)

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5L mini keg in a pint glass at our super bowl party.

A - Nice golden yellow with little carbonation and little head.

S - Crisp and clean but not much there.

T - Nice and clean but there's a hint of something that's just not right.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Ok beer. I've had many lager's that we're better. (329 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was given this beer by mistake, and got to try it for free. I found it rather ordinary for a German lager. It poured a pale yellow with a small white head that disappeared way too quickly. The aroma was pleasantly grassy with some hints of the malt. The taste is bland with nothing really presenting itself strongly. There was a mediocre malt base with a very slight hop finish. It was thin but cleansing in the mouth. I found that it went down quickly but not nearly as satisfying as the Franziskaner that I ordered. (519 characters)

Photo of arkurzynski
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours estremely pale with frothy, white head. Good lacing. Extremely clear with champagne-like carbonation. Spicy, floral hop aroma with light malt character. Moderately hoppy flavor with a slightly dry finish. Fairly well balanced. A little bit of skunk. Crisp and clean. (272 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a clear gold with a fizzy bright white head that dissipates quickly.

S-Not a very strong nose, but what I picked up on was some grassy hops and hint of sweet malts.

T-Similar to the nose as grassy, Noble hop flavors stand out along with some sweet grainy malt. Not the most flavorful beer by any means, but nothing offensive. It has a nice bite to it and its refreshing.

M-Pretty thin and watery.

D-One could drink many of these in a session due to its good flavor and average abv.

Overall, this makes a good beer to drink when you just want to drink a few beers and not think about it. (599 characters)

Photo of mgmvh
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

taste: i consider this a simple beer. brewed for the masses. if someone offered this or most any other kind of pilsner, i would take this. theres flavors of honey and lemon and grain, all the usual i guess. the lack of head isnt very exciting but it's what i was expecting. it's far from a disappointment but also far from the top of any list. (343 characters)

Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the Spaten logo on the plain, and simple white label.
Pouring 12oz bottle into pilsner glass I get a nice bright white foamy head that doesn't "stick" around too long. Nice clear golden colour.

My flaring nostrils don't pick to much up. I smell some herbal citrus lemon, and cut hay hop aroma, and some sweet malts underneath.

Descent up front lemon hop bitterness, with a touch of malt sweetness. Little to watery, and weak on the finish. Hits the palate with a nice medium mouthfeel, but doesn't hold.

Definitly would not turn away, and are drinkable. Just nothing groundbreaking here in this German Lager. Other great Spaten Brews available. (663 characters)

Photo of Kanyon22
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured form a 12oz. green bottle into my stella artois glass. Got this form a Spatan variety pack. Every brewery needs to make a variety pack, I love them.

A: Pours a clean golden yellow color with a big soapy bubble white head which is receding as I'm typing this. So far its playing the helles part well.

S: Has that wonderful musky, grainy, skunk like quality I get from a lot of German beers. Getting a bit of an earthy notes as well. Nothing earth shattering here, wished it had a bit more malt profile kinda classic green bottle smell.

T: Starts off with a slight hoppy fizzy carbonation burn at first. The middle is a lot quicker, its a cleansing watery like taste that quickly transfers to a brief sweet then lingering German musky,grainy, skunk flavor I was getting from the aroma. Reminds me of their Oktoberfest, but not as sweet. Pretty boring here.

M: The mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer it has a good medium thickness to it, you can tell that this beer has no adjuncts in it.

O: This beer is average at best it feels like every other green bottled euro beer to me and does nothing to set itself apart from the middle of the road. (1,165 characters)

Photo of stunna12
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer comes in a neat green bottles with a cool unique logo. It has golden color light brown. This beer has just about no head. Another neat thing is the carbonation of this beer, it reminds me of champagne. Thus beer smells like clean cut grass. It has a sweet malt taste and a clean after taste. This beer goes down smooth and is a Classic German Lager. (359 characters)

Photo of StevieW
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow in color, with highly carbonated fizzy white head. Bitter hop smell mixed with some malty sweetness, made smell like beer. Taste was somewhat malty and sweet, but the bitterness lingered to long, and was off. Too bitter to be balanced. Light to medium bodied. Easy to drink, but not a beer to really go back to for a while....... (343 characters)

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