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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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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

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

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Photo of Magpie14
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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 secondtooth
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw golden, with a huge white crown of carbonation. Dense and beautiful ringlets of lace.

Nose is slightly skunky. Hmm.

Taste is definitely malty sweet but crisp and light. A perfect thirst quencher for hot summer days, and aside from the aroma, a solid lager.

Photo of Ottertude
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of blackie
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Photo of ithacabaron
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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 AlexLMS
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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 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 StevenBilodeau
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. green bottle poured into a mug.

Spaten Premium Lager [Munchner Hell] poured a clear golden color and produced a white cottony 2-finger head that stayed well in my mug.

The smell and taste is clean and crisp of grassy hops and a little lemony. Carbonation produced tiny bubbles that rushed to the top of my mug.

Spaten Premium Lager is well balanced refreshing, not very filling making it an easy drinker...sure worth a second, a third...

Photo of Spidey13
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spaten Premium Lager pours a clear light gold with lots of bubbles and a thin white head. Lots of noble hops on the nose with some skunk in there. Some toast also.

The flavor is mostly buttered toast with a pop of hops on the quick finish. Mouthfeel is medium/thin and a bit fizzy.

Not a super beer, but a good reflection of this style.

Photo of MattGrimley
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

It pours an explicitly clear straw yellow. A finger of bright white head dwindles soon to fine floating froth. Very delicate lacing lays cursively on the inside of the glass.

The aroma is first of lightly toasted malt, with mere traces of caramel and a thin berry fruitiness, and then gives up a mild pairing of grassy and peppery notes. Also present is a metallic hop edge.

Upon tasting, the malt is the frontrunner, bringing forth images of sweet caramel and berry, but swirling away soon to allow the peppery hops to bring their spicy and grassy traits to the stage. The finish is very crisp and brief, dropping off with a dry bite. While not especially impressive, it's not a bad mainstream flavor.

Light bodied, like the flavor, it coats barely before a rather prompt departure, though the hops do lend a glow to the palate.

Again, this is not a beer that will smack you and tell you how great it is. In fact, it is not great. But on a Sunday afternoon, watching the Eagles lay waste to a really lame Redskins squad, it went quite nicely with the wursts and salads. So while it is more or less pedestrian, it's also very drinkable, flowing like the proverbial water, though with a more fun result. I won't seek it out, but short of other options, I wouldn't say no if it was offered.

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

Appearance: Poured from the 17 fl oz brown bottle into a pilsner glass. My pour yielded a ridiculous 2 inch head, fluffy and white. Good retention with nice lace coating the glass. The beer itself is bright golden and clear. Nice looking beer.

Smell: While at first I was a bit let down, but I realized I should not expect any over the top aromas from this style. Subtle sweet malt with some grassy/floral hop notes.

Taste: While I am not wowed, it is still a good tasting beer. Not big and bold, a touch of grainy malt finished with just a hint of bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Light, yet not too watery. Well carbonated. Crisp with a clean finish.

Drinkability: A nice refreshing easy drinking beer. Good on one of the last days of summer with temps in the mid 80's after I finished mowing the lawn.

Photo of PanicUnited
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to pick up this beer during a rush trip to Total Wine before a world cup match, and found it to be a little better than I expected.

The head was semi-strong and lasting (with a good pour) and the taste was pretty good. Spaten is easy to drink, so its great for sporting events but if your looking for something unique, this doesn't quite fit the bill. Its an average Lager.

Photo of gonzo138
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear bright pale golden color with a big frothy white head that retained for a while and laced quite nicely afterward

S- light sweet malt aroma, a small hint of caramel, slight citric hop aroma is present as well

T- crisp sweet malt taste, a little bready, with a nice spicey hoppy bite at the finish

M- nice and tingley carbonation, light body

D- a very drinkable beer, could go through quite a few of these, Im really starting to appreciate the bottom fermented beverages of the world alot more

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

Bright, clear, golden yellow body with a large, thick, off-white head. Smells of clean, honeyish malt with a pungeant, sea-air hop bouquet. Lean honey biscuit malt flavors up front--lightly sweetened. Snappy hop bitterness flashes. Finishes clean with lingering honey and light bitterness. Not bad. Light to medium bodied with a refreshing feel.

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

Pale yellow color with nice volume of dense white head. Smells of light grains with a bit of hoppy spice. Taste shows a similar blend of lightly sweet malts touched with a bit of crispness. The mouthfeel seems a little off--by no means unpleasant but somewhat ill-defined. Still, this beer goes down easily and is a good example of a style that, in general, I find uninspiring.

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

Pours a straw yellow with a lot of carbonation bubbles running up the glass. Bubbly white head that is sticks all around the glass.

The aroma is fresh cut grass, spicy hop and grainy malt.

The flavor is classic German. Spicy hops hit the tongue up front and are balanced out nicely with a grainy malt. I little hint of lemon zest at the end. Nothing is out of balance.

Finishes of clean and very thirst quenching. Put some brats and burgers on the grill. This brew makes me think of summer.

Photo of klub24
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Thur123
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a light straw yellow with solid carbonation and very little head on a heavy pour. The smell is biscuit malt and a slightly grassy hop edge.

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The flavor is that of traditional bready sweet malts with a slightly bitter edge at the end, leaving this beer tasting very crisp. Overall a very good standard beer, very traditional...mouth feel is less watery than it would appear.

Photo of twbrewer
3.65/5  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!

Photo of damndirtyape
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12oz bottle (no date I could interpret) poured into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with a 1/8" white foam that died down quickly to form a very thin white skin across the top and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Some strands of lacing here and there, but they slide back down the glass.

Smell: Malty - maybe a hint of honey.

Taste: A classic malty lager taste, but more on the sweet side with some hints of apple and a crisp finish. Nice and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation spiciness on the tongue - crisp comes to mind again. Juice-like thickness.

Drinkability: Went well with a meal (pottage and bread) but I think this would be better with pizza or a burger. Very drinkable.

Photo of zoso493
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stone pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale golden-straw color that is quite transparent. Even a vigorous pour only produces a thing one-finger head that is nothing but bubble and disappears quickly.

Smell: There's not a whole lot going on in the scent, save for some light grains and an intermediate amount of hop flavoring.

Taste: This tastes very much like a Euro pale lager would taste, only fuller and better. The graininess is evident from the get-go and the beer finishes with a very nice and crisp hop bitterness. Spaten is a very refreshing brew.

Mouthfeel: This brew is pretty highly carbonated, as the style would call for. It's not got a whole lot in the way of body, but what do you want?

Drinkability: This is a pretty drinkable brew, especially given the lower ABV. This would definitely make a nice session brew on a warmer summer day and would make a nice substitute for an adjunct. Given the price tag, however, I would be very disinclined to spend $9 on a sixer.

I remember drinking this beer before I began my real foray into craft beer and thinking that this was an outstanding brew.
Well, lots of beers later I can say that this is not the case, but this is still a nicely drinkable brew and a refreshing example of the style. It's not over the top with the flavor by any means, but it makes a great thirst-quencher on a warm day.

Photo of Jdiddy
3.65/5  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.

Photo of schanker21
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear yellow color with a two finger head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing throughout. Looks like your average continental European lager.

S- Smells a lot like your average continental European lager as well. Malty with a little bit of hops can be detected through a slightly skunky smell.

T- Tastes pretty much like it smells. Well-balanced, but that slight skunky flavor is still there. Hoping it was just this bottle.

M- Mouthfeel is right on for the style. Medium carbonation and pretty smooth.

D- Pretty drinkable, I just wish the European brewers would get over having the "traditional European look" and ditch the green bottles for brown ones.

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