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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,204 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 43
Gots: 92 | 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 SkeeterHawk
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Pepeton
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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 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 jasonpeckins32
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden color with a brilliant pure bright white head. It appears to be very bubbly and highly carbonated. It smells of smellls of hops and seems kind of grainy. The taste is impressive, the bitter hops are pronounced well at first, yet not too overwhelming at all. Tastes great. The mouthfeel is great as well, it doesnt quite seem to have that light-bodied feel to it that I expected. Above average pilsener by my standards.

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

Pours a solid straw color in the glass. Barely-there head fades to nothingness. Not terribly impressive.

Smell is pure ganja, a waft of sweet, dank grass that carries across the room. Up close, oddly enough, the smell seems somewhat faded. An odd duck.

Taste stumbles a bit; a bit of mineral and marbles, a dash of sweet golden syrup, and, on the swallow, a flash of alcohol, which is a little off-putting.

Mouthfeel is like so many little henchmen, all scrambling along in a row, scrubbing the palate, prepping for the next sip.

Drinkability is fine, but not tremendous. It seems to be a beer that cries out to be served next to fatty pork -- while it comes up a little acrid and clumsy on its own, something tells me a bit of pig would play nicely with it.

All in all, a rather middling brew; I'm not complaining, but there are so many better examples of the style. Decent showing.

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.

Photo of Pens1967
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sprackops
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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 drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

0.5 L is the appropriate size to have of this beer. Served in a wheat beer glass for some reason. Beer looks like a cartoon a child would draw of a beer, its yellow, light, clear, heavily carbonated, nice white head that falls away but doesn't leave lacing on the glass. This is the type of beer that when its poured, enhanced sound effects are needed, fade aways to running horses or a close up of a thumb rubbing ice off of a glass, this is a real beer.

Joking aside, it smells like pilsner malt and its a little sweet but has an edge to it. Smells exactly what I expect it to smell like.

Beer has an odd late bitterness at the back that lingers in what could, if I were more cynical, could be described as an aftertaste, but its not a swallow flavor its a late grainy/hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is like water,seriously, its wet and thin and light, easy drinking for sure. The forward of the beer is mildly sweet and middle falls a little flat. It finishes well, except for that distracting bitterness. Its pretty good and I'd have it again. Its a good lawnmower beer.

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

12 oz bottle from $11.99 12-pack bought at Ward's

A: pours a clear straw yellow with small head that quickly retreats for lack of support

S: clean malted barley graininess with subtle fruity notes

T: crisp, clean, delicate sweetness with hops providing soft bittering element - good balance

M: smooth and mildly carbonated, without being too thin

D: a strong point for this beer is its drinkability; alone or with food, it is easy to enjoy

I feel this beer has been somewhat under-rated because of its lack of excessiveness. It's a solid example of a well behaved brew playing its role as a daily staple.

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

500ml bottle enjoyed @ Oktoberfest, Munich, 27.09.2012.

A: Cristal clear yellow color forming a big bubbled white head. Medium to low retention with a thin layer that lasts forever on the top

S: Sweet grains and flowery hops. Very Lager yeasts in the nose. Bready. Hops are very citrus

T: Sweet grains upfront with strong notes of white bread, Lager yeasts and flowery hops. Metallic and a bit ashy. In overall, a dry taste with a stingy hop bitterness in the end

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Sweet grains, stingy and quite crispy bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. An authentic Bavarian Lager. Good session beer

Photo of yosh
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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

Had it in Spain. It was the last bottle in the place so I took a chance and was not disappointed. Great beer. After that I had to drink a local macro lager and what a difference. I couldn’t swallow the macro lager after Spaten!

Poured with a bright light golden colour. The head was white, medium-sized with a fair retention (little lacing).
Very nice aroma of herbal hops with some faint citrus notes. The flavour was complex, focusing on the hops with some biscuit malt presence.
Spaten was a refreshing beer with a good level of carbonation and low alcoholic strength (5.2% ABV). Light body. The aftertaste was bitter and fairly long.

Overall it is a very interesting and well-balanced beer. I am looking forward to taste another one.

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

i got this at trader joes for $1 in the mix-n-match place. i saw it at wal-mart last time i was there. i'm not sure i've drank this before. it's been in the freezer for 2 hours.

serving type: bottle
appearance: drinkin from bottle. :(
smell: light hops
taste: malt and citcus. it's like mineral water and heineken
mouthfeel: slightly over average
drinkability: this comes off as kind of a high class beer. i think it's mainly the label. there's like 5 or 6 imported beers with the same-looking label and taste as this. i'm not real interested in the flavor. i'm not going to buy a six of it anytime soon. it was nice to visit.

the label says: MALT LIQUOR. good! i was feeling cheap. ;)

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

Pours beautiful golden color and crisp/clear. Pure whiteness on the head. beauty.

Nose is fairly faint but has a straw with a bit of cereal grain.

Palate is simply clean, dry, crisp, and overall fairly refreshing. I'm sure this would quench a hard earned thirst after lawn mowing duties on a summer afternoon.

Finish has a touch of malt sweetness.

Photo of barnzy78
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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 bsp77
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear and rich gold with fluffy white head. No lacing but quite pretty.

Smell: Apples, lemon, hay and maybe a touch of noble hops.

Taste: Dry malts with an emphasis on apple, grass and hay. Slight spiciness appears at the finish to help balance the beer slightly, but this is mostly about the malts.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body. I would say it has a dry finish but there is a grainy aftertaste that unfortunately gets in the way.

Drinkability: Great German lager for a hot day or as a simple accompaniment to food or friends.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An average looking beer with a clear golden color and moderate, short-lived head. The aroma was hops laden with just a hint of malt. The flavor was slightly off (victim of the green bottle syndrome), but the high hop content and slight malt finish were refreshing. The good carbonation and long-lasting flavor upped the mouthfeel. An easily drinkable beer that would be better if fresher. I anticipate more samplings of this style.

Photo of Magpie14
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: electric pale yellow tone with almost clear edges. A number of lethargic bubbles rising to the top as we speak. The head bubbled up and fizzled away rather fast leaving a countable number of blobs of lace.

S: a ripe skunked noble hop nose is dominant, smells very Pilsenery too me. A nice addition gathered after a few whiffs of faint, very faint, sweetened pale malts

T: seems that this lager has a well-to-do quality. The flavors stay within the range of the smells and nothing new seems to roam. The maltiness seems maybe a bit stronger on the palate and adds a sugary type of sweetness. Hops might lend the tongue a bit of grassy spiciness, but in reality do very little

M: the flavors give the body a bit more heft than it looks. The maltiness may have something to do with this? Anyway, the body is a soft mild and goes down real easy. This is somewhat interesting too me, it looks light, tastes rather light, and yet the body is weighty for the style. Carbonation is rather nice as well, good marks here

D: this is a good beer, simply put. It is an enjoyable and refreshing lager

Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The thin, bone white head quickly recedes. The color of the beer is an extremely pale straw blonde. One of the lighter colored beers I've seen.

smell: Spicy, clean german hops. Clean light malts. The smell is pleasing and unoffensive, but also somewhat boring.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty high, and the body on the heavier side of the lighter range.

taste: A light maltiness offset by spicy, light hops. A decent German pilsener, but nothing to get excited about.

drinkability: pretty drinkable

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.