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

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,229 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,229
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 45
Gots: 125 | 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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Ratings: 1,229 | Reviews: 579
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -3.5%
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 -3.5%
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 -3.5%
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 -3.5%
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 -3.3%
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 -3.3%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -3.3%
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 -3.3%
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.

Photo of TeamMathis
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of bonkers
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 once bottle into a nonic. It pours a fizzy clear yellow, with a 2 finger head that was quickly gone. There is lots of malty sweetness on the nose. The beer is sweet and has a hoppy bitterness with hay notes. It is balanced and has a bitter finish. The beer is light and well carbonated. IMO the flavor is more like a Euro lager.

Photo of Ricochet
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

#200 should be a traditional beer. Yes, and a traditional german beer beverage. It's this one. It fits. German pils. Color is, well, yellow, Head went fairly quick, small carbonation bubbles, average for style. Smell was , the typical yellow beer import smell. Skunk. However this told of better ingredients. Foamed nice in the mouth, very small amount of bitter, swallowed average. Others I've had are dryer so that's a notch below. This one seems to stress the maltiness more and seemed a lot closer to macro lagers, but there are no adjuncts which made this a very welcome yellow beer. Again, a touch of bitter, and no hint of the alcohol, made this a decent import.

So, yes, I could see getting this again and having it with pizza. The better choice to BMC and won't scare off non-BAs.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bier Markt in downtown Toronto.

Poured into a Spaten stange glass. Pale golden in colour, the pour left a billowy white head, which receded into a fine ring. Lacing patches throughout the pint.

Nose is grainy, sweet, soft floral hops, apple peel.

Tastes like many other Oktoberfest lagers I've had over the years, though this is a good thing! Sweet, mild hop character, lemon, apple, some bread/graininess. Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, easy drinker.

A tasty Oktoberfest-style lager, refreshing an easy to quaff in large quantities. Nothing exciting about the brew, but you can tell that this brew is crafted well for summer/festival consumption.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Pokal glass. Pale golden color, clear appearance. White froth, close but discrete crown leaves a thin lasting layer on top & some lacing on sides. Yeast, slight sulfur, floral, citric hints & biscuit touch to the nose. Malty upfront, light sweet & grainy flavor. High to medium body. Moderate to high carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Clean lemon zest-like bitterness & dried mouthfeel but maltiness –shown as a biscuit flavor- arises & balances a long gentle bitter finish. Lemon juice memories on the aftertaste.

Photo of cer40
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this bewer out of a 12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. It poured golden with a nice head that dissapated quickly with little to no lacing. Lots of bubbles.

Smells well, malty and not much else. Taste is crisp and slightly sweet with lots of pale malt.

Mouthfeel is thin and bubbly. Could drink more but would prefer something else.

Photo of sprackops
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into my pilsner glass a pale gold color, with high carbonation feeding a medium white head.

Smell: Understated sweet bready aromas. Not much happening here, but no "off" smells like skunking or the like. Pleasant enough.

Taste: Starts with light malt sweetness leading to a citric lemon-like taste with a dry, herbal hop finish with the faintest hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thin, soft, the relatively high carbonation is easily detected here.

Drinkability: As a lighter lager this one is emminently drinkable, a perfect session beer if you're in the mood for uncomplicated, quality lager.

If what you want is a simple thirst quencher clearly made from quality ingredients, or just a nice beer to keep around for guests accustomed to macro lager, this is certainly worth considering. I think I'll pour another one now.

Photo of beernbbq
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably a classic but just not a lot going on here for the long haul. Meant to be drunk quickly and cold. Classic dark yellow appearance with a tight white head that quickly disappates. Smell is mildly bready malt with Hallertau hop. Taste is a mild bread like a challah style with the tart Hallertau backdrop. Finishes clean and easy.

Photo of barnzy78
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz green bottle
L - golden colored body, precisely clear, with a creamy, white head that slowly fades to a foam
S - light struck, grass, biscuit, spicy noble hop
T - crisp and clean, impeccable balance, grassy spicy hops, biscuity grain, faint light struck hop taste
F - creamy and smooth, ample carbonation, finishes clean
O - slightly tainted by the green bottle light effect, but still very enjoyable.

Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow beer with a solid white head.

Smell is a lot of grain and a grassy herbal hop scent. Lots of bread and crackers in the malt scent and a little spice is in there from the hops.

Taste is mildly sweet with a lot of herbal hop flavor. And that is about a little malty with a solid hop flavor that finishes clean.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is my standard reference beer by which I measure all the others. Not one thing about this beer is outstanding but nothing is flawed either. Very drinkable and dependable beer choice that isn't that hard to find. I was surprised that I had not reviewed this beer yet when I noticed the omission.

Photo of docrtaylor
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Stoneman78
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Pours a very clear, light yellow hue; minimal head with no lacing

S- Suble Bavarian malts and hops; slight citrus and grain/corn tones

T- Refreshing and crisp maltiness followed by subtle bitterness; I get a strong corn flavor in the finish

M- Very thin and watery, light carbonation

D- Smooth, refreshing lager; alcohol taste is very unassuming; this would be a nice beer to drink on a summer day; I get the feeling that I could have quite a few servings without being overwhelmed

Photo of Spanky7
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of shererjt
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice, slightly straw-colored yellow and clear. Nice, thick, white head. Aroma was toward the hops; some malt as well but quite pilseneresque. Very clean. Taste was dry, hoppy, very flavorful, and crisp. To style, but I couldn't help but think it could use a bit more malt. Mouthfeel was on the light side of medium, but still substantial. Very drinkable.

A pilsener through and through. I bought this thinking it was a helles, which is what I was in the mood for. Still, quite good.

Photo of goschool
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bubbles are very lively in this pilsner's pale to gold body. The good sized white head sticks around to the last sip. It smells nice with cut grass and hop aromas. It has enough of that saaz bite to satisfy me. This beer isn't particularly complex, however it is very refreshing and very easy to drink. I picked this stuff up for a party at which no one drank and I'm happy to be stuck with it.

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