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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,066 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,066
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 31
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-08-2001)
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is a nice, deep yellow with a huge, pillowy head. The head is like lumps of shaving cream and leaves some beautiful lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – The Munich Lager aroma is very pleasing. The grain is easy on the olfactory bulb. This is one mellow nose.

Taste – The light grain from the nose turns a bit orangish at the taste. This is a very even flavor. The hops are done just right and provide excellent balance.

Mouthfeel – This big lager is medium-bodied and heavy. The carbonation is light and feels terrific. This one also packs a huge dry wallop at the end.

Drinkability – This Helles Lager is a bit rough around the edges but good and very drinkable. It’s a classic.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 17:28:50 | More by RoyalT
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StevenBilodeau

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Obviously a popular German Beer, probably third to Becks and St. Pauli Girl, at least in the US. Spaten is a great lager. It isn't too light or heavy, refreshing and very drinkable for a German Beer. It has a very quick head, and some lacing. What can I say, the beer sells it self.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 09:07:25 | More by StevenBilodeau
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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

Clear yellow-gold color, 1/4 inch head in a Pilsner glass that's decently persistent. Slightly nutty aroma. Light-bodied, malt is unobtrusive but hops are well balanced and lend just a touch of crispness. No annoying skunk. Pleasant finish, a little honey sweetness. I was looking for more grain or nut characteristics. Not a ton of memories here but a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2002 08:24:16 | More by ADR
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

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

Pours a clear pale yellow with minimal head that reduces quite quickly. Nose is skunk and grain. Taste follows with some skunkiness as well as the standard lager graininess. A small bit of apple and straw. Mouthfeel is too thick and slightly undercarbonated. A good drinkability. Overall a decent lager, certainly better than your average american macro, but I think there are defenitely some better examples out there. A good choice for an easy drinking lager, but its usually sitting right next to a paulaner, which I find to be slightly better. Decent lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 03:21:26 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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UncleFrank

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is clean a grainy. Hints of malt but no hops. Appearence is clear, sparkling with a thin head and some lace.
The taste is not skunky at all as has been expected from green bottles. Perhaps this was protected well. Light bread flavor and a sweetness that isnt sugary. Finishes dry. The aftertaste is of a touch of bread and hops. Very refreshing.
For beers of this type I am not a huge fan. But if Im going to drink one, this is it. In this new land of extreme and huge beers, this beer is a perfect example of what can be accomplished in a simple beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 02:12:33 | More by UncleFrank
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Ottertude

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a golden yellow color into my pint glass. There was a small white head that left quickly but left nice lacing on my glass.

The smell was of grass, hay and some lemon. It was a bit skunky thanks to the green bottle.

Fortunately my Spaten tasted much better than it smelled. A bit of lemon and some hop tanginess. Some maltiness followed with a nice clean finish. Overall very nice.

This beer was really easy to drink. A few swallows and the bottle was gone. A few of these with some pizza would be nice. My only complaint would be that I wish that I would have had a fresher sample. But otherwise this is a good basic solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 23:55:44 | More by Ottertude
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twbrewer

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear light gold in color.Head falls fast leaving nothing but bubbles.

S- Semi- sweet cookielike smell,light hops aroma.

T- Taste like it smells, almost sweet malt with a grass/lemon hop.

M- This has a light crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D- Classic German lager.Malty semi-sweet very lightly hopped and well balanced.No off tastes. Very easy to drink more than a couple of these!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 06:01:18 | More by twbrewer
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gatornation

Minnesota

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

pours a clear yellow pils like color with good lacing and head the smell is some noble hops and sweet malts..the taste is crisp and light with a small hop bite it finishes smooth overall a good helles or pils very refreshing and a decent taste its recommended but not one i would buy all that much worth a try

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 23:01:17 | More by gatornation
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Jdiddy

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good average lager. Not much head. Tasted very similat ro Stella Artois which I quite like. A very drinkable beer. Like a German Budweiser buy MUCH better.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2002 08:40:08 | More by Jdiddy
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Redrover

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle with no freshness dating.

Poured into a glass, the beer is light gold with a dense white head. You will notice extremely active carbonation.

The aroma is of malts, straw, and floral hops.

The taste is brisk with some slight hop bitterness. The beer is slightly sweet with a grainy taste that is accented by a honey like flavor. The hops are slightly more prominent in the aftertaste.

The mouth is crisp and sleek. This is an easy drinker and is very easy to pair with food.

I had the good fourtune of drinking this several times in the Spaten Haus which is the Breweries showcase pub and restaurant in Munich. Glad to see this beer travels so well to the States!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 01:42:32 | More by Redrover
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nasty15108

New York

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A - Clear yellow with a good amount of carbonation. The pour produced a foamy white head that quickly subsided into a thin bubbly film. Minimal lacing scattered throughout the glass.

S - Noting too overpowering here. Typical yeasty, slightly musty aroma you would expect from this style of beer. Very subtle hints of sourdough bread.

T - Mild malty taste up front followed by a crisp dry finish. I also detected a little hop bitterness in the finish. Not huge on flavor, but enough to satisfy.

MF&D - Thin bodied, but plenty of carbonation to burn the tongue a little and give a nice aftertaste. Pairs great with most cuisine, a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 13:45:56 | More by nasty15108
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txbrew81

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden straw. Decent head that doesn't last very long.

S: Bready sweet smell with some grassy hops.

T: Sweet and malty but fairly dry finish. Very clean.

M: Good carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: Pretty solid beer. Not the best in the world but you could derfinately do worse for a helles.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 21:18:17 | More by txbrew81
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barknee

New York

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the "Mini-Keg" (can we call that "on tap"?) Spaten premium pours the quintessential 10k gold color with a wispy head that lasts long enough for you to admire it and bring it to your lips without having to indulge in a massive intake of foam.
Clean, relatively light in body with a underlying taste of citric lemon, this brew can be quaffed endlessly without any challenge. Slightly off-dry in the mouth and totally refreshing, this brew satisfies without being over the top or over endowed. A great all around, year long lager that is authentic and genuinely Germanic and satisfies with ease.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 23:50:38 | More by barknee
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GreatPondBrewer

California

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 08:42:02 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a brown 25 oz bottle with the usual gold foil around the top.
In appearance it looks like a 100 other German style light colored beers. Had a good head that dissapated pretty quickly.
Not a very strong smell at all unlike corn addled American macros..light and slightly hoppy.
Taste is pretty good though unexciting..maybe i shouldnt have eaten the slalmi before hand though :)
Nice feel around the tounge and the back of the mouth very nice.

Very easily to drink could see this as a good summer BBQ beer if i had the cash!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2003 19:32:47 | More by Reidrover
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Brad007

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color with almost no head. Aroma isn't too impressive with a slight skunk. Taste is somewhat smooth, even fruity and goes down very easily. There's some biscuit-like taste to it and it's definitely the opposite of what I expected it to be, due to the slight skunk in the aroma. I have to give this lager props for being very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 03:20:39 | More by Brad007
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sessycuban

California

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - The beer pours a pale, light yellow color. I got plenty of head and lacing typical of a Helles. I was fortunate to sample this beer from a brown bottle.

S - Like a classic German beer, I’m getting Bavarian malts and hops. I’m also getting very light citrus.

T - I’m getting simple malts, very crisp. I’m also getting some hop flavor as it goes down. After a drinks, I also get a grainy taste. This is a very balanced beer.

M - Very smooth. This is the German purity law at its best. I find it amazing how you get similar consistency even across different brewers.

D - As I’m partial to the style, I think Spaten makes for a great session beer. You’re not going to find complexity here. That’s not always what you want. If you want something smooth, tasty, and crisp, Spaten is a good choice. Part of the appeal to me for this beer is that you can find it nearly anywhere. Even Safeway carries this beer, so I don’t always have to go to a specialty store to find good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 23:25:11 | More by sessycuban
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ipogios

Cyprus

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An original Muinich beer with golden colour and nice smell. Malty with nice body with a head that adds to the fine appearance of the beer. You'll love this beer..

Cheers

ipogios

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2002 00:23:03 | More by ipogios
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear straw with a moderate sized, brittle head.

S - Nose is grass and lemon, hints of hay and light fruit.

T - Malty sweet with notable acidity. Husky grain in the middle and mild herbal hops and finishing bitterness.

M - Solid body has some heft and slickness. Mild-moderate carbonation.

D - Solidly drinkable brew. A good light but non-wimpy brew.

Serving type: can

08-05-2011 00:48:45 | More by allergictomacros
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Walken

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spaten: Premium Lager (No date) (Tasted 05/17/10)
12 oz. green bottle, poured into a dimple mug.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden liquid with a small, fluffy off-white head that fades down into a thin cap, surprisingly good lace.
Odor: Malt forward nose, aromas of grain husk and white bread with some hints of floral, slightly spicy hop in the background.
Consistency: Light bodied, but with some serious girth for a helles. Carbonation is medium-high, tingling the tongue a bit.
Taste: Herbal hop and grainy, pilsner malt flavors come in equal proportion, tugs of bitterness around the edges of the mouth, finish is clean and crisp, with a final flourish of bready malt.

Great helles. If my understanding is correct, Spaten is the originator of the style, in reaction to encroaching Czech pilsners. That being the case, it explains why this example is relatively bitter compared to others that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 17:24:17 | More by Walken
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estlinska

Arkansas

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 23:37:19 | More by estlinska
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-29-2013 03:13:58 | More by cam477
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stolzbinich

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-13-2013 00:29:06 | More by stolzbinich
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Razr86

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-11-2012 02:30:25 | More by Razr86
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bradford

California

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

Bought a 6-pack at Trader Joe's.
Appearance was less than stellar, but about par for the course for a pilsner
Smelled quite hoopy with enough yeastiness and malt to carry it through
Taste was good, better than average for most pilsners I have tried
Mouthfeel is about what I expected. Crisp, hoopy bite. Unoffensive and goes down easy.
Drinkability is above average. This is one beer where you can have more than one, and I plan on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 02:30:14 | More by bradford
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