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

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BA SCORE
83
good

589 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 589
Hads: 1,334
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 55
Gots: 191 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.......

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tapped from a 1gal 1qt 9fl oz mini keg with the dates 17.03.11 and EXP 12.2011 stamped on the bottom.

Appearance - Gold body with fine suspended particulate matter. One finger white head with decent retention and good stick.

Smell - Strong musky corn and wet cardboard. Sweet. No hoppiness.

Taste - Light. Metallic finish. Stale water aftertaste. Corn in the body. The metallic taste really ruins it.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Not quite refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - It's not a bad beer. Perhaps slightly better than average for the style.

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Photo of aaronbeach69
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

ehhh... a very typical lager

appearance: very very clear, very light golden

smell: a very good lager aroma,

taste: tangy on the edges of your tounge, but very smooth

mouthfeel: a little to light for me... it is a lager so I'll give it that .. but it lacks some substance

drinkability: very very drinkable..too drinkable... goes down like carbonated water...but is this a good thing...the only thing holding back its drinkability is that that taste becomes boring fast and starts to build up its boringness

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Photo of ohoove
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A golden yellow color with plenty of carb. and a small fizzy white head that reduced to a ring with no lacing. First sip and taste was that of classic German pils .vWhat I did like about this was that it didn't have the overwhelming skunk taste that accompanies many German beers, if i'm going to drink German beers the Munich styles are my first choice. Very clean, fresh and crisp with a small hop finish on the end. Very refreshing on a hot summers day.

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Photo of nekronos
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

INteresting while dirnking it. Had it while having a break on a rehearsal. THe taste is hoppy more like a Pils, but it does not tires like it. The foam is white and thick. Good taste, great beer among those that are shipped to Mexico and remains. Bubbly, not too much and veyr enjoyable.

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

This beer is a relatively average lager. It is and enjoyable and easy beer to drink. The color is a light golden. It comes in a green bottle with a neat label. The smell is wheaty or grassy. It has a very clean finish. The taste is very balanced...neither too sweet nor too bitter. There is a slight caramel flavor as well. This beer is similar to a heineken.

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Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml undated, green bottle served in a snifter.

A: The body is crystal-clear light golden-yellow, with a very short-lived fluffy white head. Zero sediment.

Aroma: Light aroma, mostly lacking the somewhat expected skunkiness. Grassy with sweet grain.

Taste: more skunkiness (actually, this tastes fresh and the 'skunk' is from the hops, I believe) and hops here than in the nose, and more flavor than one might expect given the light appearance and aroma. Lightly earthy hops with a hints of lemon, fresh hay and biscuit.

M: near medium bodied with rather aggressive carbonation that imparts a crisp feel. Dry finish.

O: haven't had this in years, but pretty much as expected. Works best with food.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Usual brown 500ml bottle, labelled as the Munchner Hell. Best before Mar 2012, poured into two pilsner stemmed tulips.

The beer was reviewed in a blind tasting along side the Spaten Pils: this beer was slightly dark in its golden colour and smoother, meaning softer and so bitter as the Pils.

Looks good, as already stated it is a good rich gold colour, a thin white head tried to hang around, but like all beers I've had in this style, it failed to stay for long.

No real smell, gets my usual score of 3 for a non-smelling pilsner/lager/helles.

Although there is a hop feel to it, its not harsh or too bitter (like its Pilsner brother).

Easy to drink and I could see myself drinking this sort of brew on a hot summers day in a Munich bier garden.

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Photo of Hunter
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tend to like German pilsners so I have high hopes for this one.

Appearance: Beer is your typical pale golden color with a wispy head of white foam that dissipates quickly. Crystal clear brew with thin thread of carbonation.

Aroma: Light. grassy notes here of hay and hops. Slight skunkiness but I wonder anymore if that's avoidable in the style, regardless of bottle color.

Taste: Very light flavor profile. This would get overwhelmed immediately if paired with food. Clean aftertaste, no sour notes. Crisp and bracing, best served ice cold I should think. It's just that nothing stands out.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light, what one would expect.

Certainly one of the least offensive beers one could try, but simple in scope and complexity. Not a bad brew to offers noobies before moving them on to stouts. This one would certainly hit the spot after a heavy day of labor in the sun.

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Photo of johnrobe
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Too bad this beer, like so many euro-lagers, comes in a green bottle and inevitably takes on some skunkiness. I've had Spaten from a mini-keg and it was much better. No doubt it would've scored higher. There's skunk in the smell, but also some high quality light malt and slight grape-like notes. The taste is pleasantly malty but spicy hops also show up, a very well balanced brew. It's a little on the thin side, but just right for a summer quaffer.

It's been a while since I've had the keg version, but it lacks the skunkiness and I'd probably give it a solid B.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Bongo BBQ drivethru fridges), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

A big, white, crusty, dense head leaves thick, clumpy lacing on the glass. The collapse is uneven. I love this kind of head. The beer is clear, pale yellow with some carbonation. I think this is the clearest beer I've ever seen.

The smell: lagerfonk-o-rama! Some bready grains.The front is lagerfonk with nice grains. The middle is metallic, some malt, sweetish. The finish is nicely bitter, but a little metallic. The fonk and metal definitely tame as the beer warms. Overall, this is a decent beer.

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Photo of budgood1
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a clear golden color with a fluffy one inch head which stuck quite nicely, leaving a nice lace down the glass. sweet malt and grain aromas, a bit of lemony hints with light hoppiness around the edges. light tastes of sweet grain, lemony malt...not really in the typical euro-lager fashion. more like a good quality american lager/pilsener rather than mimicking the euro style. rather light bodied. a hint of spiciness to the hops. clean and crisp finish. despite the green bottles, i neither smell nor taste any skunk. spaten premium comes off as a clean and non-descript easy drinking euro-lager. probably quite average in comparison to others within it's style, but easy drinking nonetheless.

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Photo of erz316
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

5L minikeg into 1L spaten Maß

the canned version was much sweeter than I remembered. The appearance was fine, if anything it was better than the bottle because of the way the pour looked. the smell was the same but a bit sweeter, and the taste was the same, but sweet: grains, bit of hops and sweetness. the feel was fine, but the drinkability really suffers because the added flavour.

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Photo of rastaman
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite OK with me. Very pale yellow colour, small head and little lasting, sweetish maltiness, medium bitterness. Highly drinkable, fruity flavour, not too bad in the end.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head was as white as a models teeth. Dissapeared quickly back into the clear golden liquid where it originated. Sweet malt and skunky hops make up the faint aroma. There's more carbonation than flavor in this beer. It tastes the same as it smells. Not a bad beer, just not a whole to it.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this after I was amazed by the Oktoberfest version, I'm not overly impressed.

The dark yellow color was different than what I'm use to. The aroma and taste have a bit of a sting to them indicitive of malt liquor, I found both to be a bit unpleasant. I probably won't try this again, sorry.

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Photo of musingmonkey
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My friend brought back a 1 gallon "party keg" of this on his return from Nashville for the Christmas break. We had several beers to sample that night, so the keg remained unfinished and sadly lost its carbonation by the following day.

On original pouring into an oversize wine glass, the carbonation from the keg was high, and created a generous and pillowy head.
Colour was a soft honey, which immediately reminded me of my favourite dessert wine, the Briar Ridge botrytis semillon. Now if only they taste similar... ô¿ô

Little bitterness to speak of, felt only in the finish. Malt is subtle, but pleasing... but I found this beer, rather boring and typical of its type.

Mouthfeel was rather nice however. While somewhat thin, it was very smooth and mellow. A definite easy session drink. But overall, an average beer.

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Photo of cjunior955
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was included in a 3 pack variety case I picked up from the local distributor. Not familiar with Spaten products I was willing to give it a try. I was expecting to it to taste similar to Heneken or Grolsch, however it came up a little short. Not enough flavor, but very smooth and drinkable. Nice for a hot summer day, or a good pizza beer. Not bad beer for the price.

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.