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

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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,205 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,205
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 43
Gots: 94 | 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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Photo of Clydesdale
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A rich golden-yellow color with a decently sized frothy and creamy white head. Retention is above average, and there is some solid lacing. Active carbonation bubbles.

S: Clean grains, some faintly grassy hops. Light lemon and white grape scents as well.

T: Somewhat sweet and grainy, with herbal and lemony hops. Some grape as well.

M: Crisp and very clean. Medium-to-light body, with a slightly astringent finish.

D: This is good, if a bit run-of-the-mill. Quite drinkable, this would be easy to session.

Photo of projectflam86
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Crisp clear yellow with a very thin white head and no real retention or lacing.

S- Grassy grain smell with light accents of hops and grapes

T- Malty grassy hops with a decent amount of carbonation. Maybe a touch of corn and grapes.

M- Dry and light with a sharp clean finish and some acidity but not too much

D- Overall a pretty nice lager worth drinking again.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light yellow body, with a steady stream of fine bubbles rushing to the creamy white head. Looks perfect in my Perfect Pint glass.

Sweet toasty malt, fresh baked bread, and grassy hops form the bouquet.

Palate is grainy wheat cracker, toasted malty sweetness, and a grassy, mildly skunky hops on the finish.

Crisp, light, highly carbonated and very smooth.

A classic German lager, the kind thst makes you yearn for a liter sized boot to drink it from. Simple, but well done.

Photo of Mayhem976
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden fizzy color, I've had this on tap and bottle. The head that comes out of the tap is huge, out of the bottle ...not so much.

S- Hoppy semi skunky smell, I pick up oats and barley as well.

T- I get hops and alot of grains, finishes off with a slight sweet aftertaste. I'm not a golden beer drinker but this stuff is pretty darn good. I go to a German restaurant here in Colorado and get it on tap in a 2L boot (das boot).

M- Thin, fizzy, and watery.

D- Eight bucks a six pack this stuff goes down real smooth, it appears to me like a Bud or Coors (American domestic) but when I gulp it down I know it's much more than just that. I'm a dark heavy beer drinker but when I'm looking for something light, golden, and semi inexpensive ...I'll reach for this lager.

Photo of TongoRad
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly good representation of the style, which almost tends to be unexceptional by definition. Nevertheless there's some elegance about it- any misstep in production or design would be immediately noticeable- and a nice seamless quality. It has a pleasantly restrained nose, slightly favoring the spicyness of the hops. It finishes soft and slightly malty.

Photo of generallee
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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 dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at The Tavern in Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light notes of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a lighter amount of cereal grains. There are light to moderate aromas of grassy and spicy hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts with a lighter amount of cereal grain malts contributing just a touch of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of grassy and spicy hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops making it easy to drink and quite enjoyable. A classic example of the style.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with great yellow clarity and a frothy white head. Aroma is definitely skunky, in a light, green bottle, not weed kind of way.

Nice spritzy effervescent feel to the beer, maybe noble or golding hops, very light malt bill to the beer. Skunky lemon, green apple to a much lesser degree. Skunky, yet crisp.

Very light aftertaste, good bitterness, this is a great beer to have with food when you don't want a big beer to drown out the food flavor you are pairing it with. A decent palate cleanser as well, without being water or watered down.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Premium Lager has a thin-to-medium white head and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with some bubbles and not much lacing. The aroma (not skunked, thankfully- green bottle) is strong, bready malt, with a bit of clean water and a dash of hops. Taste is likewise very bready and the bitter hops really add zing to this one. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Spaten Premium Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a very good beer, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

RJT

Photo of david18
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the easiest german beers to get and it is as good as many of the harder to fine brands. Very good light color, a little lighter than a pilsner. Not too much aroma but a very interesting and unique flavor, which is a little fruitier than a traditional pilsner. Almost like a cross between a pils and a Kolsch. Inexpensive and easy to find, I would recommend this beer.

Photo of cudmud
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This sample poured with a very clear straw color with one finger of rocky head. The foam produces a nice sticky lace that clings to the glass. This is a very handsome beer.

Smell: This beer has a faint smell of hops. The aroma of theis beer is the only weak element.

Taste: This beer has a nice crisp, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and crisp.

Drinkability: This is a well done, thirst quenching beer.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw color, active carbonation, and a creamy white head. Not much boquet, although you can smell a little bread and grass. Tastes light and malty, with not much hops backing. A semi-dry finish makes this an above-average beer. Not that great compared to Optimator, though.

Photo of oelergud
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first I thought this beer to be the Spaten Münchner Hell, but the bottle is different and their website has this beer named Spaten Premium Lager.
Very pale golden body with a white head that dissipates quickly to a thin foam with thicker islands of head floating atop. lace is somewhat decent, tiny to medium bubbled.
Grass, floral and malty scents makes up the nose.
Taste is hay and grass with a slight caramel maltiness to it. Aftertaste is mostly caramel with a slight hoppy grass/hay-ness to it.
Full bodied lager, leaves a good coating and feels pretty smoth.
Definitely one of the best lagers I've had so far.

-Oelergud

Photo of esv
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell had an immediate hint of skunkyness that quickly dissipated. A light, persistent sweet, malty aroma.

The color appeared straw to light golden. A stiff pour resulted in a sea foam head, tight-and-white. Crystal clear. Slight lacing and the head faded halfway through but was easily resurrected with a gentle swirling.

Well balanced but certainly a sweeter beer. I didn't take any notes on any hop flavors and don't recall any. There was a residual sweetness that stayed on the pallate.

The body seemed light to light-medium. Solidly medium carbonation.

(A consistently average 1st review)

Photo of jkrich
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle with no freshness date. Poured a clear yellow to light gold with a huge, fluffy white head that very slowly receded leaving intricate lacing on the stein glass.

Not a great deal going here: some fresh, clean malt aromas and, for a green bottle, no skunky odor.

The flavor was spicy and sweet malts with some dough like flavors. There were hints of vanilla as well. Overall, very fresh tasting and smooth with a subtle hop taste.

Light bodied with surprisingly low carbonation for the style. The mouthfeel was smooth and refreshing leaving a nice sweetness on the tongue.

An excellent, sessionable lager that never becomes boring. The helles style is very underrated.

Photo of McStagger
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been drinking this one on and off for years. Thought for sure I had rated it. Nope!

A: Two fingers eggshell head. Retention is moderate. Golden straw in color. Vigorous carbonation. Excellent lacing in the glass. What macro lagers should look like.

S: Biting herbal hop presence. Lemony, bit of sulfur. Cracker like undertone of malt.

T: Good clean fun! There is nothing overly complex about this one. Herbal noble hoppiness. Same touch of sulphur. Lemon rind, slighty saltiness. Very cracker like malt. Finish is absolutely clean and dry. No lingering aftertaste of skunk like many Euro Pales have.

M: Light, easy to drink. Carbonation is prevalent but not overpowering like it has a tendency to be in so, so many light lagers.

O: Solid beer. Beach beer. Lawnmower beer. Summer beer. Enough flavor to keep ya happy while being a thirst quencher. I forgot how much I liked this one. Will be revisiting again.

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of stolzbinich
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Razr86
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of sjones5045
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Acforster2
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dexterk1
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of apasternak
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in Munich, this is another delicious Germany beer. Simple but delicious. I had this beer a lot when I was in Germany and thought it was delicious. Color is not the darkest I've seen in a beer, but was also not the lightest. Clean, full-bodied flavor.

Photo of pfaucett
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,205 ratings.