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

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BA SCORE
83
good

581 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 581
Hads: 1,277
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 48
Gots: 161 | 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 beeragent
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of lehkost
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (588 characters)

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. (1,471 characters)

Photo of karengarys
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
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! (1,060 characters)

Photo of shirfan
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of jmhart
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of jpkoch1962
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (607 characters)

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. (377 characters)

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

Bottle pours a pale golden color with a finger width white cap. The cap dissipated with a thin lacings on surface and on sides. There is a constant uprising shower of tiny bubbles even from my basic pilsner glass. Smell is citrus hops and cereal maltiness. Just like the style should. Taste is basic German pils, but not quite as bold as I would like. Flavors do blend well, just light. A little on the watery side with medium level of carbonation. This is very smooth going down and refreshing. As I usually say about this style.... great "burger and hot day" brew! (566 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of danielharper
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (1,348 characters)

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. (832 characters)

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. (170 characters)

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. (291 characters)

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. (298 characters)

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. (566 characters)

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. (601 characters)

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. (704 characters)

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. (387 characters)

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. (705 characters)

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. (752 characters)

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.