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

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,177 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,177
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 40
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
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Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
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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Photo of endovelico
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 21/02/2009. Poured into pokal. Reviewed under Medium natural light.

Appearance: Fizzy two thinger white head that quickly fades. Medium to medium high effervescence. Straw yellow color. Clear brew. Weak lacing. The appearance is fitting considering the style, but rather bland.

Aroma: Medium high strength. Fresh aroma of noble hops: Maybe Saaz? Faint adjunct smell aswell. Grassy aroma and fresh apple can also be identified. Slight maltiness on the background.

Taste: Saaz like hop spicyness with strong malty backbone. Every sip seems to bring out a different nuance. Well balanced. Pretty much how a Helles shoud taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body. Medium to medium high bitterness. Texture is slightly watery and oily. Good Bitterness / Sweetness balance, although more skewed towards the bitterness. Slight lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: Suffers from less than stellar palate, but is a beer that remains interesting throughout the experience. A good representation of the style, although a slightly more subdued bitterness might have worked better. Excellent price/quality relationship.

endovelico, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Albinoh
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden color topped by a nice foamy white head, very nice looks. Nice strong smell, sweet malt a little citric, herbal. It smelled good but it didnt taste as good as i thought from the aroma. It wasnt sweet, it was bitter and citric, some spicy sips bit my tongue. Light mouthfeel,

However, reading the description of the style i think it fits very very well... its spicy ("often times a bit coarse on the palate"). Definitly herbal and citrus like... so i give some point to that, not my favorite style though.

Albinoh, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

RoyalT, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

StevenBilodeau, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of ADR
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

ADR, Jul 08, 2002
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of UncleFrank
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

UncleFrank, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of Ottertude
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Ottertude, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of twbrewer
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

twbrewer, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of gatornation
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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

gatornation, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of Jdiddy
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Jdiddy, Jul 11, 2002
Photo of Redrover
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Redrover, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

FaradayUncaged, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of nasty15108
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

nasty15108, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of txbrew81
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

txbrew81, May 28, 2011
Photo of barknee
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

barknee, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of pipp
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

pipp, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

GreatPondBrewer, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Reidrover, Jan 31, 2003
Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Brad007, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of sessycuban
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

sessycuban, May 16, 2007
Photo of ipogios
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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

ipogios, Nov 19, 2002
Photo of allergictomacros
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

allergictomacros, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Walken
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Walken, May 17, 2010
Photo of estlinska
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

estlinska, Mar 14, 2013
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