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

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Reviews: 583
Hads: 1,291
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 20.98%
Wants: 50
Gots: 175 | 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 taigor
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of breweradams
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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

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Photo of godlessape
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Clear, yellow in color and with a generous addition of carbonation. Contains a small head at the top that adds simple elegance to the beer. Pretty much an all around ideal looking German pilsner.

Aroma is a slight, grainy malt smell with a good dosage of sugar and lightly treading noble hops at the end. Smooth and well-balanced over all – reminds me of sugar filled cakes that you can find all over Munich.

The beer proves itself to be refreshing, crisp, and overall flavorful. The reason I enjoy reviewing and drinking well made Munich lagers is because they contain a ton of subtle flavors in between the slight maltiness and sugary flavor. There's the alcohol that creates a warming experience, as well as the noble hops' lemon and lime additions that create a refreshing, tasty sensation. I really wish that major breweries in the US followed this macrobrew's model and brought beer with this good of a quality and simple of recipe.

Apparently a classic. Their Optimator doppelbock still floors me to this day, but this manages to hold on its own as an excellent product. Totally worth buying six packs to pair with pretty much any meal.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice example of what a German brew is and should be. It is very refreshing and aromatic at the nose. From the very inital sip to the very last, it is extremely consistent and user-friendly. The head is light, yet still lightly omnipresent. The aroma of the earthy malt and hops are a fantastic match with all foods German, particularly with pork and sauerkraut. Well worth seeking out! Prost!

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Photo of mjc410
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap - sort of. It's from one of those 5L mini-kegs, which I hauled with great labour from Wegman's in my bike's panniers. Working a little harder for beer is never a bad thing!

I've decided to make a review of the second pour, since the first poured more than 90% head. Well, this one probably amounts to 40%, but I'm stubborn enough to write down the details anyway. The white head in my Spaten becker falls slowly, and leaves thick spongy lacing as it does. The beer's body is a bright but translucent gold, as simple as that. A beautiful beer. The nose smells of cereal, rich bread, and herbal hops. Very nice. The taste is clean, but rich. Definitely focused on a crisp, balanced malt flavor, with noble hops filling out the other end. The mouth is thick for a lighter type of lager, with great crisp carbonation. A fine helles that I'll be working on for the next few days.

EDIT: Or maybe not a few days. I polished it off over the course of the whole day while watching all the Rocky movies but the newest. THAT was a lazy day.

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Photo of fx20736
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a straight sided pint glass.

I normally avoid beer in green bottles but as this is brewed by the same group that makes Franziskaner I decided to take a chance. I did let it sit for 3 minutes with the cap off before pouring even though I didn't detect any skunkiness.

Poured a 1 inch snow white head, pretty to look at. Beer is golden colored with subdued carbonation.

Aroma is bready malt and grassiness with a slightly sour smell.

Mouthfeel is very full without being thick or slippery.

Taste, mild Noble hop bitterness quickly fades and the finish is dry and pleasing. After I took a few sips I thought, where's the aftertaste? But there really isn't any, just a slightly sour dryness that is very pleasant.

This beer is a marvel, it doesn't try to surprise or overwhelm you, it just presents itself quietly as a wonderful, enjoyable drink. Until knocked down this will be a Summer Regular in my fridge.

This is yet another Euro Beer that proves that most American Beers are generations away from the fine quality enjoyable beers made in Germany, Belgium and England.

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Photo of rkinsella
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this beer for the first time on tap in a German restaurant in Hudson Wisconsin.

Straw yellow in the mug, with a pure white foamy head.

On the nose, notes of grain, lemon, and a touch of floral hops.

Taste was fresh and snappy. Fairly complex malt profile, touch of citrus zest on the smooth finish.

Easy to drink. Looked forward to the next one.

This was a bit of a sleeper...had it in the bottle a few times, but on tap it was very surprising and absolutely delicious.

A near perfect Munich Helles. Enjoy!

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Eurob-brown bottle bought from Central Market in Austin.

A: Golden pour with the slightest orange hue. Bright white foamy head.

S: Biscuity and malt aromas. Smelled of a Helles I guess.

T: Sweet and Malty. Biscuity to boot.

MF: Crisp and clean, smooth bodied.

D: Super drinkable. Litres and litres, all night, no problem. The word "drinkability" was made for beers like this.

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Photo of eschbach
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I stopped by Total Wine looking for a good imported lager. I came across the Spaten so I decided to buy it.

This beer looks great in a pilsner glass. It has exceptional head and a nice light golden color. The smell is incredible. All lagers should smell like this. It has a great hops smell. the taste is superb! Wow! Why can't all Lagers taste this great? I can actually taste the hops and it does not have a mineral aftertaste. It's a very crisp tasting beer. It's 100 degrees out and I'm enjoying with this Spaten.

If you like lagers you need to buy this beer! It's delicious!

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Photo of Roguer
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spaten premium is a classic German lager. The challenge is finding it on draft, or a non-skunked bottle.

Crisp, clean, with a slightly sweet malt profile. Floral hops provide just enough balancing bitterness to make this a smooth overall beer.

As far as standard lagers go, this one is very tough to beat.

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Photo of Domingo
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good 'ol Spaten Helles.
Aa usual I'll preface this with - buyer beware. I've had this beer on tap many times both in the US and in Germany. On tap it's wonderful. The issue is, the imported version is in green glass and because it's usually a few months before we even get it (and it likely doesn't move quickly) it has a horrible problem with skunking in bottles. If you buy it in bottles - try to get it in a paper sealed 12-pack or case.

Anyway, my local German Restaurant (Helga's in Aurora, CO) carries this on draft. That's absolutely wonderful as it's a favorite that doesn't fair well here in the US.

Arrives a moderate to dark golden color. Among the darker helles offerings you'll find. A 1/2" head fills out my .5L mug.
Smells of fresh grain, a malty toasted sweetness, and a little hops. Smells a little mild, actually.

It starts off sweet, with a little bitterness in the middle. The finish is biscuity and reminds me a little of mild graham crackers.

Everything goes down easily, and it would be easy to have glass after glass.

A great helles that's one of my favorites when fresh. In fact, it might be my 2nd favorite behind Augustiner.

Even in bottles this can be great. Just get a paper sealed 12-pack and check the date on the outside. Make sure it's the same year and make note that the first two digits are related to the day of the year. The closer to today's date the better...obviously.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very clear and pale, huge head off the get go, but the head settled down quickly, but hung around. Smell of floral hops, taste is crisp at first, with a slight malty finish. Thick mouthfeel for style, aggresive carbonation. A very nice to style beer.

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Photo of beragg
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer out of a 1-gallon keg. It poured golden, but with little head (I think this had to do with the way the tap worked and I was doing this at an akward angle). The aroma was sweet floral hops. The taste was where it was at though. When this sweet lager hit my taste buds, I was in Heaven. This beer was sweet, but not soda sweet. It was just the right thickness and coated my mouth well. Drinkability is high. This is a beer I could drink a lot of and it's just the right strength for that too. All in all a great German lager.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with white puffy head. Modest lacing.
Smell is a pleasant combination of fruity malt and fragrant hops.
Taste is extremely enjoyable with an absolute perfect balance of the sweet malt and crisp hops. Immensely refreshing.
Leaves a pleasant full rich crisp feeling in the mouth with nice lingering after tastes.
Excellent beer. What a lager should be.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, liquid gold in color. Head was a fat finger of off-white foam, with both large and small bubbles, that lingered well. A scant lacing lasted on the surface, but none clung to the walls of the glass.

S: Citrus, grain, and fresh-cut hay dominate, with faint peppery and briny notes.

T: Citrus hops are present start to finish, but not to the point of drowning out the faint malt and medium grassy-grain flavors. The hops' bitter notes appear late, then fade and mingle with the other lingering flavors. Lagers tend not to be very complex, and this one is true to the class.

M: Crisp, but not heavily carbonated. The finish was medium-dry.

O: A nice thirst quencher on a hot day, or as an accompaniment to a warm meal. A good example of a lager.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Spicy hops, Saaz is my guess, light clean malt base.

Appearance: Painfully clear golden glass crowned by a cream white head that laced wonderfully

Taste: Sweet clean malt overpowers the noble hop, but finds a peaceful balance. This is a bit off for the style (if this IS a Pils) as I expected more hops, but it’s hard to complain. Taste is clean and clear as the appearance.

Mouthfeel: Lively, on the edge of fizzy carbonation. Dry but lip smacking finish.

Overall: Easy drinking. It has been a couple years since I’ve touched a Spaten, I’m glad I’ve revisited it.

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with a large head of white foam on a clear, golden body. The head settles quite slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - rich, thick malt aromas with light, spicy hops.

T - clean malt up front with a rich sweetness that kicks in towards the finish. Lingering malt with just a hint of spicy hops and light bitterness.

M - medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - a very nice german lager, the aroma is virtually perfect and the flavor profile is spot on as well.

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Photo of bier_uber_alles
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the beer has an average appearance. Nothing that would stand out in any persons mind as unique.

smell is of strong malt and grass. very pleasant.

taste substantially overlaps with the scent. Taste comrpises flavors of grass, toasted malt, etc.

mouthfeel is agreeable. carbonation is mild, bubbles are small. Leaves the mouth feeling a bit wet.

overall, this brew is not very complicated. It's straight forward and easy to appreciate. Perfect all year round.,

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Photo of brureview
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in Pilsner glass. The beer poured a yellow color which lightened and looked like champagne as it warmed. The head was small- a 1/4 finger, with a decent smell of hops.

The mouth feel was excellent- crisp, effervescent, almost like champagne, and sparkling.

The finish is a light lager taste which sweetens with warming.

In general, a good light German lager with a very clean taste,

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Photo of kmcnair
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a straw color and makes a fluffy white head, fades slowly and has good retention, brilliant clarity.

S - Sweet, grainy malts. Clean fermentation characteristics, no fruity esters. Subtle hint of noble hops. Slight vegetal cooked corn DMS aromas.

F - Slightly sweet, malted grains, clean, low hop bitterness however well balanced. Spicy noble hops are detected.

M - Medium bodied with a dry yet very slight sticky coating of the palate, medium carbonation, rather smooth but dry in the finish.

D - Crisp and refreshing, malty but not overly sweet. Easy to drink.

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Straw yellow beer with a nice two finger head which dissipates slowly, nice soapy action.

S: Hops a clean wheaty nose

T: Rich nutty malt up front, cleansing mid taste and a good amount of hops come through at the end. Not much floral or citrus to them.

M: FInish is good, long lasting light bodied.

D: Great easy drinking all around lager.

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.