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

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83
good

1,260 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,260
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 46
Gots: 151 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 Onenote81
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear straw gold. Good amount of bubbles rising from the bottom. Large 2-finger foamy white head. Pretty good retention, and so-so lacing.

Smells pretty astringent. Some corn scents coming through, mixed with some of the floral hops scent.

This tastes like a lager, albeit a good lager. There's nothing here that's that unique. Low hop bitterness. Nice malt backbone. Starts with a slight metallic twang that fades after the first few sips.

Crisp clean brew. Decent amount of carbonation. High drinkable quality, but I'd move on to more flavorful beers after this.

Photo of danielharper
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours clean from a green bottle into a tall pilsener glass. Small head at first from the slow pour, grows quickly into a two-finger white foam that sticks around for a little while. It dissipates eventually into a tiny white cap on top of the beer -- the beer itself is a dingy yellow color with constantly up-moving bubbles within.

Smell seems a bit off to me -- I think that Spaten uses a combination of malt and hops that resembles a bit of a skunk smell, because this beer has a bit of an "off" aroma on top. Seems to-style, so I'm not counting off too much, but it does seem to be a difficult aroma to get used to.

Taste is somewhat grassy, clean, but still with that vaguely skunked taste. Tastes more like a pilsener than a lager, but this seems to-style for a Munich Helles Lager. Nothing special, but decent enough for quaffing, especially with a flavorful meal.

Mouthfeel is very light on this one. Carbonation is fairly high but not overwhelming, and the watery texture makes this beer an easy quaffer. Enjoyable.

Overall, I'm giving this a 3 for drinkability. I like it just fine for what it is, but I find it not really worthy of the price I paid for it, and I probably won't purchase it again anytime soon. If I find it on-tap, I'll probably give it another try, however.

Photo of jmhart
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At this from the bottle in a bar across from my hotel in Munich.

Golden-straw colored, clear, no sediment. Foamy white head. Not very firm. Had a full body but no structure, so it dissipated quickly.

Smell was strong earthy hops. Being from a bottle in a shady bar, I think it may have been a little past it's prime. The funk was almost overpowering, but I persisted.

Bitterness hit first, but a sweetness that muted it on the finish. Floral elements that were quite nice, and probably would have been even better on tap or at least in a fresher bottle.

Strong bite, either from the bitters, alcohol, or carbonation. Hard to say, but a strong bite. Did not cover my palette as much as I would have wanted, but was a nice feeling.

This is a slower drinker than most of the Munich lagers I've had. Not altogether bad, but decidedly different in style from the standard.

Overall, I will drink this at least one more time. If it's the exact same, I'll pass on it in the future after that point.

Photo of jpkoch1962
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass at cellar temps. Brilliant pale color with a sticky head that disappeared within minutes of the pour. Faint aroma of malts and noble hops. This beer began and ended with a bland mixture of faint malt and maybe medium dry noble hops. Pretty much blah when compared to other authentic Helles Lagers.

This is not a bad beer, but it underwhelms those who expect the delicate, malty pale lagers from Bavaria. I don't know if Spaten ships this particular brand (in green bottles of course) in order not to offend the average American beer drinker. I had this lager decades ago in Munich, and it is not even close to what is being exported to the states now. If Spaten lightens this anymore, it will be in the same categaory as Becks and St Paulis Girls -utterlly forgetable.

For those looking for an above average thirst quencher, this is your beer. For those expecting the delicate, malty lager of yester year -avoid.

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into my pilsener glass a crystal clear yellow-amber the exact color of apple juice with a very white, frothy head that takes a long time to subside to a complete covering and leaves pretty nice lace for a lager.

Smells a bit like apple cider too, with some pear and yeasty zest smells.

I have a hard time picking out distinct flavors in lagers, but this one is pretty good, and it's definitely easy to drink. I just don't find myself as satisfied drinking this lager as a lot of Spaten's other brews, which I think are some of the best from Germany. Fizzy carbonation and a totally clean finish.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Picked up a mixed 6-Pack of Spaten Optimator and Premium Lager at Trader Joes. The Premium Lager comes in a 12 fluid ounce green glass bottle with a rather plain looking main label.

Appearance: One word, Lager! Pale golden color that has a thick white foam like head that settles to a thin collar, some lacing.

Nose: Some grain, a hint of stale hops and, well, ermm, not much else really.

Taste: I am finding it very hard not to slip into the usual deluge of descriptive Lager similes and explanatory statements that have been written a thousand times before. Some bitterness towards the back end, crisp but desperately thin. *Very* average,

Mouthfeel: I kept searching, but found this to be rather thin to be honest, not quite “wishy”, but certainly “washy” at times, so much so it even had a light washing-up liquid feel to it on the tongue, soapy almost – rather off-putting.

Drinkability: It’s a decent enough drink, which sinks well, but with its inoffensive nose and average taste profile, as well as its light mouthfeel, that’s not really that much of a surprise really. A good thirst quencher though.

Overall: I found this to be a rather average Lager at best to be brutally honest. There are certainly plenty of other similarly priced Lagers, German or otherwise, that are way up my shopping list that I would purchase before this one again. Lacks character.

After the Oktoberfest and the Optimator, I was disappointed.

Photo of karengarys
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours crystal clear, amber, leaving a third inch head that dissipates fairly quicly.

Smell is sweet, hoppy and malty at the same time. Nothing outstanding, no strange bad things either - just a good solid beer.

Taste is a little sweet with a bit of a hop bite balance. Not bad at all. Not a lot of character, but I would think a person accustomed to the macro American brews could drink this without straining a tastebud, and start stepping up at the same time..

Mouthfeel is slightly buttery, and slightly creamy/coarse. This is actually good.

The finish is buttery, sweet, clean and refreshing.

I am quite surprised with this beer. I didn't really expect much, and it turned out to be something worth drinking. It is a good beer if you can't decide what to drink because it hits the spot without any extreme stuff going on. A person used to cheap beer may even like this because it isn't overly flavorful, but does have more than the junk beers. I recommend that both seasoned beer drinkers and those stuck on American lite beers. Try it!

Photo of shirfan
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Typical eurolager taste, but inoffensive.

Aroma was just very slightly skunk, with reserved lemony european hops.

Pours crystal clear straw-golden, with a thick and sticky head.
Fairly good amount of sweet malt flavor, a little hoppier than most of its counterparts. Lemon and noble-type flavors, slightly spicy.

An easy-drinking eurolager that doesn't challenge, but is slightly above average for the style.

Photo of seanyfo
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

50cl bottle poured into Seidel

A: Pale golden in colour, with creamy 3 finger head after aggressive pour, retention is good, minimal lacing, lively beading.

S: Malt dominant as expected, sweet bready quality.

T: Malty sweet breads in the start, balanced with some hop bitterness in the finish, finish is too quick though, almost vanishes even

M: medium carbonation and a medium mouthfeel

D: Its a drinkable helles, but there are far better ones out there. Tasted fresh enough but was a bit tasteless in the finish. Nevertheless, easily drinkable but i favour a few helles above this one.

Photo of lehkost
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Spatenbräu is credited as the originator of the Helles Lager style, and 110-odd years down the line, things are pretty much what you might expect.

This beer pretty much exactly fits the guidelines of a standard light lager, and, as such, is mildly malty, barely hoppy, and straw-colored. It is a good beer. Good, not great. The highly industrialized origin of the ingredients is apparent in the flavor, but this beats the hell out of anything you're going to find from a large brewery in the U.S., so there you go.

This beer is purely average, but by European standards, that still means good.

Photo of xnicknj
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a clear golden color with plenty of bubbles. Thick layer of white head rests on top, fades slowly with plenty of patchy lacing.

Soft scents of lemon peel and straw. Hints of citrus and spice with faint sweetness and a metallic note.

A little bitter up front with faint hops. Citrus and lemon peel with a thin straw malt backbone. Light metallic touch towards the middle, finishing a little dry and crisp.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, bubbly and somewhat refreshing. Drinks okay, but not exactly thrilling in any specific department.

Photo of tone77
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is skunky, not much else. Taste is crisp, slightly sweet, rather bland. Not a lot going on here. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fairly mediocre beer.

Photo of beeragent
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pilsner glass. The beer poured a deep yellow, with no head or lacing. The aroma is light, consisting of a light skunkiness, a little hop sweetness, and a hint of malt. The taste is also very light. Mostly a sweet taste from the hops, and a little thickness created from the malt. Not really a whole lot in the taste that stands out. Light mouthfeel. Overall, I could see having this beer on a summer afternoon, to relax, but if flavor was the issue, I would be going elsewhere. Its not to say that this is a bad beer, but its always hard to enjoy a lager, such as this one, for its flavor. Its stubborn, but I am still trying to get more into lagers. I will try this one again in a few months, and see how my taste has changed.

Photo of bnes09
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light, transparent straw color. Similar in appearance to apple juice, maybe even a little lighter in color.

Smell is mostly skunky, a little lemon and some mild graininess are detectable.

Not a lot of flavor to behold. Some grains are present and a bit of skunky texture with a mild tartness but not much else is there.

Light-bodied and a low level of carbonation, finishes crisp and clean. Does not provide a distinctive mouthfeel.

Overall, I'm disappointed with this brew and in myself for buying a six-pack of it. It just does not have much to offer. Its light and refreshing but still very average.

Photo of Wildman
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light gold color and formed a nice white head that left some lace. Some light carbonation present. The aroma was of hops and touch of lemon. The flavor was of hops and a little lemon. The finish was a bit astrigent and had a bit of citrus to it. Not bad for a session beer, but there are better ones out there.

Photo of flyers1980
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a case on clearance for $20 and was psyched to try this highly esteemed lager. Maybe it's the fact that I've been accustomed to Americanized lagers but I was astounded by the syrupy quality this beer has in aftertaste. It poured a golden color with a generous foamy head into my pilsner glass. In look and in taste it reminded me if yuengling premium, which im not above drinking but it is what it is. Decent beer but it didn't give me an exceptional vibe.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin head on a clear straw body. A little lemon custard with pale malts but overall very light. Flavor is a touch bitter with more pale malts and grains but very simple. No off putting aftertaste. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall drinkable but simple. Not bad not great.

Photo of tconboy
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw with mild head and decent lacing. Smells of grains, bitterness, and lemony freshness. Tastes crisp and grainy and bitter with some decent complexity, but the flavors just don't blend well in my opinion. If offered to me, I'll drink this, but I'm not going out of my way to get it.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a foamy, white head.

Smell: Lightly skunky nose with notes of spicy, floral hops, pale malts, and the tiniest bit of apple fruitiness.

Taste: Light pale malts with a pinch of sugary sweetness followed by flowery, spicy hops with a mild, restrained bitterness. Very minor hint of Golden Delicious apples. Finishes dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Aside from the souring skunkiness, it's a fine, enjoyable lager.

Photo of Holyterror
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is simply a middle-of-the-road German pils. Not real strong or real weak, just kind of there. Poured a pale yellow that was more remininscent of urine than I'm used to. Thin white head subsided, decent lacing down the glass. Lots of grain on the nose, and surprisingly little sulphur for a green bottled beer. Taste was, well, just average stereotypical German pils. Easy on the palate, but I quickly became bored with this beer.

I found it amusing that the label indicates this is "malt liquor." It also tries to make up for its mediocrity by playing the reinheitsgebot card.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A boring German pilsner, but then, I find the style boring in general, so I guess I should try to compare this to other pilsners I've had. A pretty average and follow-the-guidelines style beer right down to the smallest detail. Obviously its better than most American pilsners, and mostly the same as other European pilsners. Whew, there is just not much to say one way or the other about this one.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass from mini keg. The beer is a muted golden color? The head dissipates before you breathe. Lacing is spotted dots, not much else. The beer smells skunky and sweet. The taste is that of most euro pale lagers, but it's got a sweetness about it that dominates, with bready, nutty afterthoughts. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied.

Overall, not a great beer, but for a mini-keg on a huge occasion, it works, especially at a nice price. But really, disappointing.

Photo of ronniebruner
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Normally, I never go right down the middle on my reviews, but this is an exception. Its not that this beer is not good, it is that it is not really remarkable either. It pours a very average light see-through typical color of what you would expect from a lager. It has the carbonation, lace and head of a lager, and the aroma of barley and hops you'd expect from a better lager. The beer to me resembles a malt liquor in terms of the bitterness and dryness and it is evident on the tongue for a strong mouthfeel. Not a bad brew, not a great brew. I would drink Spaten if it was the only other option other than a cheap American adjunct lager.

Photo of a10t2
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear golden-yellow. Pours with a thin white head which dissipates quickly but leaves light lacing.

S: A little malt odor, but overall not much nose on this one.

T: Generic lager, very crisp but with no malts or hops to speak of. A faint sweet/syrupy flavor, and a moderately bitter aftertaste that fades quickly.

M: Light and carbonated, but again, no real complexity to be found.

D: Certainly refreshing and clean; drinkability is way up there.

On the whole I was disappointed by this beer. It's a cut above American macro lagers but has none of the complexity and depth that characterize Spaten's other offerings.

Photo of armock
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden yellow color with a white head the fades to a thin covering

S - Is mostly of malt with a hint of hops

T - Follows the smell malt with a touch of hops

M - Fairly thin with light carbonation

D - I expected more from Spaten I remember the other beers to be better than this. Over all this is pretty much just an average beer not bad just ok

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,260 ratings.