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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,205 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,205
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 43
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
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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 jeffthecheff
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Labeled "Spaten Lager", I had this beer on tap with a pizza, served in a frosted pint.

The beer pours a golden, light yellow with just a film of head. The aroma has faint, lemony hops to it that saves it from complete plainness. Other than that, this is a completley plain and clean lager. No off aromas or adjuncts detectable. Nice, but not all that impressive.

The taste is very straightforward. There is very little bitterness or sweetness. Lemon comes through a tiny bit again, as does some white bread. Very dry. Wasn't interesting enough for me to order another one, but drinkable enough.

I'm not really familiar with the style, and I had no idea what style this beer was when I ordered it, so all scores are judged against standard Euro lagers.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw yellow with a foamy head that quickly fades away. Looks like apple juice after a while.

Smells of grassy, bready malts, some slight citrus derived from the hops.

Tastes like you're typical Munich lager, I've had many like this, not very unique. It's getting harder to really differentiate between these european lagers. That being sad it does have a nice hop character balanced by a nice sweetness.

Very refreshing and enjoyable, but nothing I would really buy again.

Photo of Winston_Smith
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The straw color was a bit darker in this lager. There's very little head, which fades quickly.

Smell: The first scent upon opening the bottle was a hoppy skunkiness (not in a bad way). There's a sweet odor too, maybe honey. Some mild lacing is present.

Taste: Very crisp and clean with some of the earlier mentioned skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: Very light and bubbly with an almost dry after-feel.

Overall: Spaten Premium Lager is a decent beer to try. It's not my favorite style, but I could see myself getting an itch that this style could scratch on occasion. I don't think I would buy it the majority of the time, however. It's a good lighter choice for when you don't want to sacrifice taste like some other *cough*Americanmacrolagers*cough* light choices.

Photo of illidurit
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a rather pale gold with a disappearing froth of white fizz. Aroma is earthy and grainy with a hint of caramel and some mustiness. Definitely a bit more to this than the appearance would indicate. Soft malty flavor, mostly grainy, some light breadiness, mild grassiness. I'm liking the lack of a strong metallic character which a lot of German lagers have. This is very crisp and finishes dry. One of the better pale lagers around.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on a bottle I was sure would be skunk-free. It doesn't have the raw grains and lager yeast flavors of a Weihenstephaner for instance, but it had a decent hop to it. The malt stayed back and the spicy, but somewhat bland, hops dominated. Still, even if the hops weren't crisp, it's not a bad lager.

Photo of granger10
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bronze colored pour with a foamy white head that's quite large and holds up well. Moderate lacing but not too much. Aroma begins really grassy but not really herbal. Some sweet honey notes come into the picture as well. Taste has a remarkable balance between the sweet grainy flavors and the grassy hoppy bitterness. But with that being said, the flavors aren't really anything too great. Soft almost weak. Begins more grassy and grows sweeter the further I go. Finish is a sweetness more than a dryness which is odd to me for this style. Decent beer, solid, rounded mouthfeel. Well crafted but nothing amazing imo.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a pint glass

A: light straw yellow color, foamy 1/2 head, quick reduction to light lacing cap

S: light malt, slight grass.

T: light malt balanced well with flower and grass hop

M&d:light mouth, slightly buttery

Good beer on a warm day

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright straw gold color, that is topped by a white thick head. A spicy, grainy, sweetish, and grassy aroma wafts from my glass. The taste is clean, lightly sweet with some accompanying grain notes. This beer finishes with a bit of sharp bitterness, which is nice. There is a hint of apple in the taste. Pretty straight forward, half way decent beer. Would definitely be good on a hot day.

Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 6/4/10 notes. Had on tap at Saloon in DC.

a - Pours a golden color with an inch of white head.

s - Smells of yeast, bready malts, and wheat.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, wheat, and bready malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok lager but nothing special. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 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.

Photo of Pepeton
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Straw yellow, very clear. Reminded me a lot a macros. Great 2 inch head, some lace.
Some skunkiness, that really doesn't appeal me at all, but you can also find some grass and malt smell.
Taste is crisp, mildly bitter.
Mouthfeel is creamy, but not overwhelming.
It's just an average lager and I can find some domestic beers that are quite better than this one.

Photo of
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very light golden colour with visible fine carbonation bubbles and a thin but persistent froth. Its aromas are of grain, grass, and a touch of fruit. Overall a very clean aroma. It's light bodied and well-carbonated with flavours of lemonbread, grain, and apple, with very slight bitterness and a hint of spicy hops.

A very clean and easy drinking beer. Exactly what one would expect of the style.

Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, straw-colored liquid with white head.

Simple and charming aroma with barley/wheat and some citric character and the taste follows similarly - not lemony but a light lager with a mildly citric finish. I find the taste very good, the mouthfeel smooth. This is a nice barley malt lager with a light crispy style and a nice hop character. What's not to like?

Very, very drinkable. You could really enjoy a few pints of this with no problems whatsoever. Okay, I could.

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I liked the nice gold color to it medium sized head wich left a good lace that stayed for quite awhile.Very grainy,sweet minerally aroma very malt accented.Pretty clean tasting a hint of hops in the finish,a little thin in the mouthfeel department though.A pretty good lager better than the American giants but not as good of its European partners.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came out a nice golden yellow thats was crystal clear and covered with a nice thick head that slowly tapered away into a thin head, simply put this beer looks really inviting.I can barely smell the hops in this one, but it does have a semi sweet aroma . It looks and smells better than it tastes, don't get me wrong it's not a bad beer, but it could use some work. When it first hits your tongue it feels slightly dull and a little dry, and its aftertaste has a bit of a dry kick to it as well. I can really taste the bitterness of this beer as it hits my throat.

Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As I always beat on lagers and pilsners, I must own up to finding this one quite pleasant to quaff, as fair is fair and it deserves my praise. Bright gold color as it sets in the glass with a spacious frothy white head and as it dissipates, leaves a fine covering sheet of lace to cling mightily to the glass. Sweet tones first, then malt, with a light earthiness to end the nose. Malt start, with the top light and fresh, the finish smacking in its acidity, hops apropos to the style, dry as a desert bone aftertaste, and just plain refreshing.

Photo of psugrad98
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Above average for an American Beer, slightly below average for a German brew. Moderatly malty with a slightly hoppy aftertaste. Goes down pretty smooth. What middle-age, balding men from Germany drink after mowing THIER lawn.

Photo of Drew966
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Premium Lager pours a light golden color with a white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is very mild, and has just the slightest amount of skunk. Taste is surprisingly good. A really well done lager, balanced to a tee. Very highly drinkable. Would make an excellent session beer.

Photo of peensteen
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale golden colour, one finger white dense head, not much lace but decent retention. Smell is malty and floral, grass, grainy with lemony citrus and a grainy presence. Taste is malty with lots of fruit going on, lemon, floral, citrus with a mild bitterness. Nice mouthfeel, medium crisp carbonation, medium body, good feel. Pretty good stuff, solid and more complex than competing brands at the LCBO, fairly easy drinking stuff here.

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.

Photo of Proteios7
3.56/5  rDev -3%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale yellow with lots of bubbles and a big dense white head that dissipates quickly. Light, spotty lacing.

Light grassy and sweet grain/corn aromas. Some herbal notes but hard to find.

Decent light malt, dry grain flavors having some sweetness, combined with an instant nondescript bitter bite. Finish is bitter and lightly malty. Decent.

Fizzy enough to keep this highly drinkable, with enough body to know you are drinking something.

This goes down really easy -- very good with food -- no real bold in your face flavors, but thirst quenching and palate clearing. A really decent beer and worth trying.

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.

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

Appearance: Pours a very clear slightly orangish golden color with a half-inch of mousy white foam. The head was active and retained for a minute or so. There are quite a few bubbles rising to keep the head alive.

Aroma: Sweet buttery and toasty malt along with a generous helping of floral hops. There is a little bit of skunkyness to this beer...probably from the green bottle...pity. There is a slight toasted caramel thing going on in here, but it is really subtle.

Taste: The malt is the major player in this beer as it starts out with some noticeable sweetness to go along with the toasty notes. The hops are definitely a noticeable part of the profile and add a floral and slightly spicy presence to the beer. There is no alcohol noticeable, and the beer finishes balanced toward the sweetness. It is pretty refreshing in the finish, but leaves you with enough residual mouthfeel to let you know that you didn't just drink some macro-brew.

Opinion: I am disappointed in the green bottle that these beers come in. This is a pretty tasty beer, and one that I am sure is better in Germany "vom fass". It has a meaty enough presence that it holds it own as a top-notch beer, but it isn't in the best of shape by the time it makes it over the "big water". I would like to try this beer fresh and on tap.

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,205 ratings.