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

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Reviews: 582
Hads: 1,289
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 49
Gots: 170 | 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 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.

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Photo of surfmeister
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Possibly the best beer brewed...
Appearance: yellow/gold, plentiful white head with good retention to the bottom of the glass, nice to look at
Smell: good malt/yeast aroma jumping from the suds, little hop
Taste: big malt, bread, slight bitterness in the finish but true to the style this is a malt lovers' beer
Mouthfeel: this is where this beer stands out IMHO, full substantial mouthfeel for a "yellow" beer, kept wanting to hold a big gulp in my mouth
Drinkablility: The standard bearer for "yellow" beers

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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 Mustard
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. green bottle; no "best before" or "bottled on" warning; no ABV %; purchased as a "busted" single from TJ's for $1.00.

Appearance: Pours a pale, straw-colored gold; crystal clear; large, sudsy, snow-white head; a good b-cup's worth of lattice style lacing; respectable head retention.

Aroma: Primarily of grain, floral hops, butter and lemon.

Taste: Front betrays a hint of sweetness and a biscuit-like malt presence; grainy, lemony notes throughout; hints of butter; finish closes with a light, floral bitterness; well-balanced; light to medium bodied; somewhat undercarbonated.

Notes: A tad grainy for my tastes...

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Photo of DESTRO
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an attractive clean gold with a decent sized pure white head. a light grain/faint lemon scent is about all that rises but it alright to me. taste wise its nice and smooth, grains and faint lemon come through with a small but nice hop bite at the end. crisp and clean mouthfeel finishes slightly dry and goes down oh so easy. another crisp clean one for washing down flavorfull food with ease.

paid $5.99 for a 6er.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Dr. Dremo's, served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear straw color with a small white head that recedes to a small ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Leaves faint traces of lace.

Smell: Grassy and herbaceous with a distinct DMS aroma. (yeah, skunk). Not overpowering, though.

Taste: Light bread and grass tastes with a DMS/mint flavors on the finish. Again, not overpoweringly skunky, just there.

Mouthfeel: Oh so light bodied.

Drinkability: If this DMS doesn't bother you, then it's rather drinkable. I'd probably drink it if someone bought it for me, but that's about it.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I ordered this in a German restaurant in Moscow, and it brought me back to my college days in the beer gardens of Munich. My favorite Munich beer then, it still delivers today.

Came out clear gold under a big slightly off-white contoured head that left excellent lace down the glass. The nose is mildly malty with, unfortunately, a touch of soap. The mouth is prickly and light, as it should be. The flavor features a good light malt followed by a nice hoppy bite in the finish. The aftertaste combines the light malty sweetness with a hoppy bitterness, making you long for the next sip. Good stuff.

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Photo of proc
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a bright golden in the glass with a slight, very white head. Aroma is that of a light lemon and grass. The taste is very Euro-lager and is quite good. This could be an easy session beer to sit back with during a sporting event on the tube.

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Photo of tang214
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked this beer. I gave it an average on appearance because I drank it straight from the bottle this night. I have had it before in a pub but cannot remember it or much else from that night. It has a slightly wheaty-malt aroma with good rich hops. The taste was very crisp and refreshing and mellows excellently as it warms up. It has a sweet and malty taste and feels great going down the throat. I found it very drinkable. It was easy to drink even at the end of a night of moderate partying.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A light bodied lager. Slightly hoppy and mildly malty. Nice flavor, somewhat fruity. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Light and refreshing

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Photo of steelreign
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being a big Optimator fan, I thought this would be a nice surprise....well, it was. It was less than great. The color, aroma and head all seemed to fit into the lager arena, but the taste left me wondering if they mistakenly bottled their weisse beer in the lager bottles? I mean, the flavors of wet grain and grass were there, and it just took me by surprise. Not much in the way of hops, and the malt is present in small doses. Ah well, one of these is STILL infinitely better than a case of anything made by A-B...

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Photo of fattychubs
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was served in a giant Spaten Mug at a local tap room. The color was like fake cheap gold jewelry, with a bit of white lace resting. The aroma was mostly clean, a faint sweet malt smell and just a touch crisp grassy hop. Taste starts with a crisp and sweet malt, goes to a subtle cracker taste, then a bit of balancing hops and very subtle citrus.

Very easy going down, and could make a good session brew. Not a lager fan, but this one seems right on, for flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of yosh
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer, Raleigh, NC.

Served in a half liter Malles Munich Mug and had a bright golden color. It started out a little grainy, but the hops were evident towards the end. The mouthfeel was smooth for this light-bodied beer and it went down pretty easy. Smoothness leads to a great drinkability for this beer

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Photo of BierManVA
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine golden colored crisp lager. A little weak on the smell, (no skunk, like a good Lager shouldn't) but, I drink bier for the flavor and punch. A very smooth bier but with a nice after taste. Meaning, 'swallow the bier and enjoy'. Not overly carbonated but a very good lacy head.

"Lass Dir raten, trinke Spaten" = "Left to your advice, drink Spaten..."

An excellent Munich macro with drinkability, Especially at the price. Easy to see why they are part of the Big Six.

I highly recommend it. I mean...What else do you want from a Lager Bier?


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Photo of putnam
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sunny golden liquid. The first bottle, curiously had no pressure and the beer was almost flat. The second was fine, with a vigorous, creamy head.
The nose is deliriously rich with toasted, caramel white egg-bread fragrances. Impossibly deep, it elicits a nostalgia for the alley between the great breweries of Munich. A wealth of honey and wholesome white bread.
On the palate it is decidedly firm, with a solid cold grip of baked grain and mineral. Easy malty sweetness reigns over the soft, bubbly mousse...the only structural check offered, as there is no acidity or burnt bitterness to speak of. Perhaps a little top heavy or "soapy" but a lovely little lager nonetheless.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured medium head with fine-small bubbles that quickly dissolved. There was not much lacing with this brew. There was carbonation observed rising to the top. It had a fruity, citrusy aroma to it. It was a thin and watery brew. The body was a light yellow. This brew reminded me too much of American mass-produced beers. This was disappointing.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a no freshness date.

Appearance: Glistening golden straw colour holds a decent white lace for some time.

Smell: Crisp graininess with a lemon back and some faint grape tannin as well, a touch grassy from the hops and very clean.

Taste: Fluffy crispness lifts the tongue to feel all of the tiny bubbles, a mild biscuity malt shows some grape tannin off … this show the quality of the brew by the choice malt it was brewed with. Graininess hits with a light bready and faintly lemon note, hops round everything out and seems to clean things up nicely. Long lingering grain and hop finish leaves a trail of dryness.

Notes: One of the originals and some what underrated in my opinion, this brew has no problem pairing with a plate of knock and bratwurst with a tangy kraut and some German potato salad.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm, finally got around to reviewing this one...

Straw yellow, medium head when I poured it. Smell is sweet and a bit candy-like.

My overall impression of this beer is, well, that it was sweet. While nicely carbonated, it is not as dry as what I like, and had more of a fuller malt flavor. I might even have to ask where the hops are...Near the end of finishing this, I almost would have to characterise the sweetness as being wine-like!

My green bottle wasn't skunked, but I think there are tastier versions of this out there, slightly drier, hoppier, and with a bit more bite in the taste. Pat

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Photo of brakspear
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The original helles, renamed Spaten Premium for the American market. This classic beer would definitely be improved if it was not in the dreaded green bottles.

The beer pours a gorgeous straw gold with a lofty white head that lingers and sticks to the inside of the glass. Perfect for a helles.

The aroma suffers in the green bottle, skunk is present but there is still a nice hop aroma with malty undertones.

The tast is refreshing, but still nicely malty and clean. The hop bitterness is subdued as it should be for a helles, but still is lingering as a backdrop and supporting the malt base. Very nice.

This is one of the classic world beers. A helles is the highest measure of Bavarian brewing skills. Subtle and nuanced, any flaws are readily apparent. I would love to drink this fresh in Munich.

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Photo of TheDM
2.04/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This brew pours a medium head of fine to medium sized white bubbles and a transparent straw yellow lager colored body. It has a hoppy aroma with a fizzy initial, burp, taste and a hoppy slightly bitter acidic flavor that lingers well after it finishes. It left only a fair lacing. I expect better from Spaten the maker of one of my favorite Doppelbocks, but a s a lager, if you like them this one is just OK.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I originally had Spaten a few months ago at a local beer bar. The other night, while browsing a 6-pack place, I noticed for the first time the dignified yet cool symbol of the shovel on the sixer of Spaten. I was sold. It poured a clear, bright gold color, with just a bit of lacing and noticeable carbonation. There was a nice sharp hop smell, with a lingering malt foundation. I also noticed a grassy, almost fruity odor, and thankfully no skunk. The taste was very crisp and mildly sweet, but the nice hop addition adds some nice citrus characteristics after the swallow. The mouthfeel was pretty average and lighter than expected. Easy drinking with a pleasing smell and taste, Spaten is a very reliable and honest import. This sixer went down very quickly...it had to be the shovel.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My friend decided he did not want this bottle because it said "malt liquor" on the front and I was more than happy to relieve him of it(wink wink). Bah, another green bottle! Oh well. It poured a light, pale, yellow without too much head and not very much carbonation apparent. The smell had contrasting sesations; first there was a shap(hallertau??) hop aromoa which cut through the more malty honey/flowery smell. The taste was sweet and thin up front, buttery and full bodied malts dominated the middle, which receded back to the sweet taste and finished with a hoppy(little bit skunky) bitter aftertaste. Vey decent beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a thin, yet lasting head. A smell that is somewhat skunky with some malts to be noted. The initial onslaught of rich and grainy hops are noted, followed with a creamy and grassy tasted. The clear green bottle leaves a bad impression on an average beer; not much to write home about.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this one in Venice, Italy. I'm wondering if this is the same beer as the Munchner Hell renamed for the export market? Clear, light golden with a light white head atop small to medium sized bubbles, with moderate to poor retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is crisp and delicate with extremely clean ferment, freshly cut hay and distantly husky, sweet munich or carapils malt. Hops are minimal. Mouthfeel is brisk, wet, and crisp with a light to medium body and a sparkling character upon the tongue. Taste begins with some delicate earthy flavor hops up front, followed by husken pale malts, giving way to a well-balanced smooth, earthy bitterness with a lightly astringent husken character in the finish. A well-made delicate and pleasant brew.

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.