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

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BA SCORE
83
good

580 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 580
Hads: 1,279
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 48
Gots: 163 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 stormgasm7
2.74/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was very reminiscent of Heineken but skunkier. It's probably due to the duration of shipping. It's wasn't particularly great but I'll drink it if it's available. I wasn't too impressed though. I would like to try their other beers for sure. (245 characters)

Photo of Subliminal64
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite beers. Very reminiscent of the beer I had at Oktoberfest in Munich (view my avatar)

Beer pours a light gold colour. Lots of carbonation.

Smell is little on the heavier side. Not offensive though.

Taste is what a beer should be. Strong, but not too strong. A little too much aftertaste for my liking, but I will deal with it.

As stated before, this beer has lots of carbonation. Goes down a little harsher then desired.

Overall I love this beer. So glad I had the chance to sample in the beer fests of all beer fests. Give this one a try. Does not disappoint.

MB (594 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can from LCBO into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color is poured into glass, nice 1-1.5 fingers of foam with some lingering and leaving minimal lacing.

Smell - Grassy, with some nice mild hops smell. A trace of metallicness is also present which drags this rating down a bit.

Taste - Similar to the smell, nothing over-powering just really nice blend of hops and malts. Metallic smell is not reflected in taste at all.

Mouthfeel - Smooth mouthfeel, with nice sharp dryness at the end that adds a crispness but it's not too much. Great balance.

Overall - One of my favorite German beers that isn't substantially better than most in any particular area, but the little differences add up to make a great brew as compared with a merely good one.

Edit** January 31, 2015. I've had this beer on a number of occasions since my last formal review, since it's one of my everyday great drinking beers. You want to sit down with a beer and not think about it but just enjoy it, this might beer the beer for you. Anyway, I' haven't noticed any sort of metallicness in probably the last ten times I've had this so, this score deserves a half point bump in the aroma department. (1,189 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1D
Light golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Rich bready pilsner malt with a hint of carmelization and some light fruity notes. DMS was quite evident upon first pour but seems to have mostly dissipated. Light floral hop aroma. The flavor is rich toasty sweet bready caramel maltiness with a hint of light sweet fruit. Light earthy spicy hop flavor with a light level of hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet rich malty mouthfeel. Nice flavorful malt forward beer. The DMS was a bit heavy at first, I'm glad that went away. I could drink many of these given half a chance. (639 characters)

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. (1,109 characters)

Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.95/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thisis way better then Heineken. I can say best tasting lager.

Appearance: : Golden color with nice head with good head retention and lacing.

Smell . Not much in the way of hopiness but that's proper for lager style.

Taste: Yes.Awesome. Some light grassy notes and extremely smooth. and some flavor with some malt. It is very drinkable. I wish American beer companies could take this example of beer an improve their beers.

Moutfull: Medium mouthfeel. Light for a great session beer but still of the highest quality in a lager.

Overall This is of the highest quality lager in the world. I would put this up in there with the best of them. For this style is world class beer!! (680 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold with a quickly disappearing head.

Smell: Bready malts, hints of spice.

Taste: Bready malts, hints of spice and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, dry. Slightly spiced aftertaste that only lasts a millisecond.

The Verdict: Pretty good beer. Nothing fancy or complex, just a good solid German lager. (327 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a guinness pint glass.

Pours a crisp golden color with a 1 inch white head. Nice fruity, refreshing smell. you know this beer will go down smooth. Taste is as anticipated from the nose, lemony with a perfect mix of hops and malts. a tad bitter, very good. on the lighter side of medium bodied and the lighter side of medium on the carbonation.

Overall just a good, enjoyable beer. Nothing world class but it's just solid and a brew I think almost any kind of palate would enjoy. (498 characters)

Photo of stevoj
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Middle of the road helles, nothing too remarkable here, but overall a decent helles. Appearance is lacking some color (pale golden ) and head (very spare). Aroma is malt, taste is mostly malt, hops barely make an appearance here. Much better to be found in germany. (265 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear pale color with decent head. Clean, grainy aroma with a hint of sweetness. Taste is also a bit on the sweet side but gets more balanced to the finish. Decent but a bit too sweet for my taste. (197 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
4.49/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

Have been drinking this stuff for a while now. Without a doubt my favorite non-bock Lager. So tasty, so refreshing. I had seen it many times, but didn't decide to try it until a friend of a friend who has a similar appreciation for German beer highly recommended it.

A - Looks like a normal lager. Not made for it's looks. Yellow-amber with lot' of carbonation present. Head varies based on freshness, but even with one that's a bit on the older side, you can still form a head with some aggression in the pour.

S - Smooth and mild malts. More hops than similar lagers, and just a tad of dankness. The way a European Lager should smell, IMO.

T - Delicious. Perfect amount of refreshment and taste. Malt up front with hops shortly afterwards. A touch of the dank smell is noticed in the taste, but not in a skuky way that you often find w/ Heineken or Pilsner Urquell. This stuff always tastes fresh. This stuff isn't complicated like an IPA or American Strong ale, but it's perfect for what it is : a tasty, refreshing lager.

F - The perfect beer for refreshment. So good after a workout. Crisp and tasty, the carbonation tingle is perfect. Easy on the throat and stomach.

O - Again, one of my favorite beers overall. I realize that lager's get a bit of an unfair bummed rap around here, but you have to remember, there are plenty of excellent lagers out there. The fact that most crap American beers are lagers plays into this negative stereotype, which I think is wrong. This beer has a perfect amount of taste and refreshment. The ultimate (and my favorite) session beer, and one of my Top 5 overall. Highly recommended for any Lager fans, or anyone who likes to session with quality, tasty beer. (1,748 characters)

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal gold, dense white head, about a finger in thickness lasts for about 10 minutes before receding to a hazy cap. Vigorous visible carbonation release.

The scent is predominantly a bready malt with some faint peppery hops in the background. There is also a slightly vinous quality to this brew's aroma.

This brew has a quite pleasant bready flavor with a constrast of grassy hops. Very clean, with just a bit of hop bitterness.

The texture is silky smooth, with some prickly carbonation. Medium-bodied. (510 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow.
Smell: Lemon.
Taste: A pilsner with a splash of lemon.
Mouthfeel: A bit carbonated.

This is a refreshing brew. Its smell stands out the most, just like a Lemon Drop. It tastes like a pilsner, but it has a hint of lemon. This is certainly not exciting, but it's definitely drinkable. I might get this again. (339 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

These Free Beers From Work never cease!

Poured to a pint glass darkish yellow. White head winds up a thick ring and spotty cap, light lacing left behind.

Scent is quite 'lagery', with bread, butter, grains, kind of papery tones. Some lemon and spicy hop there as well.

Taste brings a decent, but somewhat standard German lager. Big graininess with bready, pale, buttery malts, with a tiny bit of skunkiness there too. A good amount of spicy and grassy hop going on here, lemon and some apple crispness. Nicely well-rounded.

Good mouthfeel. Body is fine, could use some more carbonation maybe. Easy drinking, crisp and refreshing.

Certainly not the most exciting lager, but this seems like a good standard for an authentic helles. It's refreshing, drinkable, and not offensive - good cookout beer I imagine. (811 characters)

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. (307 characters)

Photo of WissBrauSean
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So this beer is in a green bottle. I can't understand why you would use a green bottle. They must like the skunk flavor. I will, however, reuse the bottle and just keep my beer from light.

The beer pours a clear deep straw color with a white one finger head that stays as a ring and a center cap throughout the drink and the lacing is a nice archway pattern.

The smell upfront is that green bottle skunk aroma but the pale malt sweetness and the hops are noticeable and nice.

The taste is almost citrus like up front and then pale malt sweetness a hint of yeast and nice and mellow earthy hops. The skunk aroma is also part of the flavor profile and not too desireable.

The mouthfeel is somewhere between dry and sweet, noticeably dry, but still well balanced with average body and nice medium carbonation. Mild dry finish with a hint of black pepper.

Overall, this is a good beer and I would love to try it on draft. I won't buy it in bottles again. For the life of me, I can't understand that if the Germans were such purists, why they kept the usage of green bottles? The skunk detracts from the beer there is no question, but not terribly so. I'm going to give this beer high 3's out of 5. (1,198 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden straw color. I love how translucent the body is, in particular. The head is a two finger white shade; retention isn't the best, but there's some really nice lacing left on the glass.

S: Aye, it's a bit skunked (lol, green bottles), but it could have been worse. The notes of pale malts, faint sweetness, and zesty hops aren't dulled in any significant capacity.

T: At first, some of the hop profile comes through with notes of grass and lemon zest, but the finish is pure, balanced, simple malt goodness. In particular, it has a nutty flavor that I really enjoy (that, and the diacetyl is kept in check). Personally, I want more hops; but I won't complain about the balance this offers.

M: Not quite as bone dry as I like my lagers to be - nor is it too sweet. The texture does the best it can to provide good drinkability without significant hoppiness.

O: Green bottles mean I wouldn't buy this one again. However, I would seek it out on tap. An under-appreciated lager unfortunately scorned both by its bottle color and by who makes it. (1,120 characters)

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. (257 characters)

Photo of TheBeerProf
4.84/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearence: Pours Straw Gold with a nice 2 finger frothy off white head that fades over a couple minutes. Ever so slight haze... Just under crystal clear. I would have gotten better lacing if I would have drank more down when it came to me cold and with frothy head, but what fun is that?

Smell: Sweet Aroma of Pilsner malt, as indicated by a pleasant level of DMS. Very slight toffee sweet overtone mixes with the DMS, If it is diacytl it is literally ON my threshold. Very mild noble hop aroma that lends or blends into an earthy mineral note. Beautiful.

Taste: Clean and malty with a small and desirable hint of DMS that fades as the bitterness balances the initial malt sweetness. Very nice balance as indicated by the gradual morphism from sweet and grainy to dry and lightly bitter. Mineral on the tongue just after swallowing when drank over top of the tongue. Clean and focused.

Mouthfeel: Sweet to start and drying in the finish averaging on mid round. Balance is impeccable.

Very Very tasty brew. This beer to me exemplifies a German premium lager. (1,063 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pale gold color, clear. Lots of fine bubble rising up. Thick bright white head. Leaves very nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Sweet, bready, biscuit, lightly spicy hops, crisp.

Taste:
Breadiness up front, rich, biscuit, cracker, slight caramel. Hop bitterness is mild to medium, it's sharp, spicy-herbal. Clean dry finish. Body is light, soft, clean, crisp, refreshing, lively carbonated.

Overall:
It's an excellent beer. Rich, tasty, highly drinkable. (460 characters)

Photo of estlinska
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap in a shaker at The Pantry (minus the green food coloring offered due to St. Patty's). Crisp golden color like a mildly tarnished golden wedding band with a cap of thick white head that kept pretty good retention and a touch of lacing. Smelled a lot of biscuit mix, freshly kneaded in the kitchen from several feet away as well as a touch of some citrus. The citrus came out more pronounced in the taste and mouthfeel, almost like a bit of lime zest and/or rind along the back of a bready malt. The mouthfeel was pretty light and just a very small touch of carbonation and spritz. Pretty good for a lager overall. (626 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured this Munich Helles Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a golden color, produced a nice white head, decent retention and decent lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted grain and grassy hops. Light in body, this Helles had a foundation of malted grain, fresh baked bread, a touch of lemon citrus and earthy hops. Dry Finish. One of the big Munich breweries, while this was much better served fresh in Munich, this bottle offering won't dissappoint if your looking for a traditional Munich Helles. Prost!

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Photo of McD0uche
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This beer has the typical lager appearance in that it is golden, visibly carbonated, and produces a nice frothy head. Nothing spectacular here, although it does look fresh and appetizing.

S: Malts make up the majority of the smell profile. Some grassy and floral notes are mixed in. Reminds me of olives.

T: Wow. It possesses the lager flavor, but there's something more there. The flavor is more full and rounded than other lagers, if that makes any sense. The skunky, malty bitterness is present, but doesn't overpower.

M: Light bodied, crisp, and finishes dry. Superb.

O: Here we see a high quality beer that encompasses everything I look for in a lager. It hits all the high notes you expect out of a quality lager--the very qualities that are absent from mainstream lagers popular in America today. I will stock up on these around the summer months, as something this refreshing can't be passed up. (913 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 grittybrews
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, pale gold with two fingers of bright white head. Sweet, grainy aroma with a touch of grass.

Moderate carbonation and a full, crisp mouthfeel. Biscuity grain up front followed by a bit of malty sweetness, a hint of corn, and lightly spicy bitterness on the tail end.

Balanced and refreshing. Solid. (316 characters)

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.