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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,205 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 1,205
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 43
Gots: 95 | 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 schanker21
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, the color was medium yellow, with a nice amount of white foam and some lace retention. The taste an smell had a light bite from the hops and a hint of citrus aroma. A nice pleasantly balanced Lager from the hops and citrus. This is a wonderful lager.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle

Spaten Premium was golden in color and very clear. It had a fairly large white head with good retention and some lacing. It had a light malt aroma. The taste was slightly sweet at first, but is followed by the hops to balance out nicely, leaving a slight hop aftertaste. This beer is medium bodied and tasty. It would be very easy to drink several in a sitting.

Photo of txbrew81
3.65/5  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.

Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright gold color with many small carbonation bubbles. White head is small, with OK retention. Leaves almost no lace.

S: Grass, green apple and slight malty sweetness.

T: Grainy malt is bread like. Mild bitterness is spicy, with notes of cloves. Finishes somewhat dry with a lingering maltiness.

M: Medium-light body with the right amount of fizz.

D: Nice session brew. Goes down easily. I could drink several of these in one night.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Minimally dusted yellow-gold, not quite pale enough to be called straw. While the beer itself is average at best, the head is a looker. Big, cottony white and supremely tacky, it displays a moonscape surface and results in a considerable amount of thick, pocked lace in rings and vertical streamers (that ultimately, and unfortunately, lacks adherence).

I question the pilsener classification, especially since the brewery doesn't think it's a member of that style and already brews a beer called Spaten Pils (note: the BA style has since been changed). The nose isn't very pilsener-like; which, to me, means that it isn't very noble hoppy. Nobles are definitely in use, but they're countered effectively, and even trumped, by a pale malt sweetness.

The beer tastes like a Euro pale lager to me, and a pretty good one at that. Like the nose, the flavor consists of malt and hops in nearly equal measure. Semi-sweet pils malt provides an effective base on which the floral hops are arrayed. While they don't soar as they would in a true pilsener, their flavor and bitterness contributions are an effective counterweight and turn this into a well-rounded, flavorful lager.

Is a well-made beer necessarily a good one? That simple question would, undoubtedly, provide many hours of passionate beer geek discussion. I won't attempt to answer it here. This beer is definitely the former and is kinda, sorta the latter. It doesn't really grab me though. It doesn't stand out sufficiently in any one area to be considered head-and-shoulders above its peers.

Thanks to the generous amount of malt, the mouthfeel is medium in heft and is firmly smooth (if that doesn't alert the oxymoron police). The quality of the carbonation is just about perfect: enlivening and peppy, yet not annoyingly so. The more I focus on the mouthfeel, the more I like it.

Spaten Premium Lager is good, solid beer. If there was any justice in the world, this kind of balanced, should-appeal-to-all flavor profile would be embraced by BMC as the blueprint for their standard lagers. Maybe then I could get some degree of enjoyment out of those occasions when I'm forced to drink their products.

Photo of merlin48
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Helles pours a clear, pale yellow body with a 4 cm, white, rocky, head. Good head retention, and attractive patch lacing all over the glass.

Nice aroma has lemony hops up front with a roasted grain background.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with even carbonation and a light body. Clean and smooth.

The taste is crisp with carbonation, and features a well executed balance of lemony hops and soft, grainy, maltiness that evokes the flavor of unsalted crackers. Finish is crisp and smooth, with a clean aftertaste.

Very drinkable! Excellent for the style. I could enjoy a few of these. In fact, I think I will.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale yellow from a *gasp* green bottle. Forms a one finger head that quickly recedes to a thin collar and haze. Decent amount of spotty lacing coats the glass, and this can only muster a thin cap when swirled. Except for the small amount of lace, this could be confused with any American macro lager based on the appearance.

S - A pungent acrid saaz pepper note hits my nose before I approach the glass. White pepper, floral perfume, sweaty socks, and lemon butter. Reminds me of how my pee smells after eating asparagus. Oddly, I like this smell.

T - Initially much sweeter than I expected based on the nose, then the acrid sweat flavors come out riding a crest of biscuity malt. Peppery, acidic, firm, and tight.

M - Light bodied, oily, with a relatively low level of carbonation. I keep thinking of the words firm, tight, and taught. The finish is off-dry with a lingering aftertaste of pepper.

D - This makes me thing of a super-flavorful macro lager. Like what Miller and Bud are trying to accomplish while failing miserably. I like this a lot as a simple session brew. This is something that I would buy a min-keg of.

Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden honey clear looking beer with carbonation present throughout. light head fades to almost nothing.

Clean malty smell with a bit of grassy undertones.

Clean crisp slightly sweet taste with a bit of earthiness to it, but very clean easy to drink.

This beer feels light, but with great carbonation felt in your mouth, which leaves a really nice finish.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is Bavaria's offering here in the Golden Invitational, and second of four. It must score well here if it wishes to overtake Golden Pheasant for the early lead, and at 3.9, will be a chore. On to the beer:

From a half-liter bottle into a Spaten labled stange glass, it pours into the glass almost perfectly, with a darker clear gold color. The appearance rating gets a jump from sporting in it's brand name's glass, but takes a hit when the head holds up merely okay. Vey clean in the nose, with some dextrin notes. The flavor is clean, a bit grassy, hops and malts don't really dominate the flavor. Good to drink on a warm day, but otherwise I'll take the brand's Pilsner...

..Or Bohemia's offering Golden Pheasant. Spaten Premium is still a satisfying choice, but the beer with the bird on the label holds it's early lead. The South Pacific's offering is the next scheduled tasting here in the Golden Invitational.

Photo of Beertroop
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. This beer pours nicely into the glass with a nice 1 1/2 inch of white foamy head. A nice light yellowish tint, with a decent amount of carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

S. Good smelling German Lager. Your original smell of a good German beer meeting the Puritan law. You can smell this beer and know its a German beer.

T. This beer is very pleasant to the mouth. Light bodied, with a good taste of the grains and a hint of the yeast. Not an over powering taste of Hops. Just the right amount to balance this beer as a true drinkable Lager. Well balanced and true to its original taste.

M. The mouthfeel of this beer is one of its strong points. It activates your taste buds and it really pairs well with meats at dinner.

D. A great "Go To" beer when you want really want to have a beer with Dinner.

Photo of Farren
3.67/5  rDev 0%

Photo of endovelico
3.67/5  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.

Photo of UncleFrank
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle into pint glass

A: clear, pale gold/thin white head.

S: spicy hops, clean malt. Heavier on the malt -- bready and a little sweet.

T/M: Malty, but not particularly sweet. Very light hop bitterness, but it's there. Lively, champagne-like carbonation.

D: Great session beer. Balanced, fairly low in alcohol, with no off-flavors

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice straw color with some lively carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is aromatic with a bit of floral and herbal hops, though mostly light bread and grain. Taste is slightly bitter with some grain and straw. Feel brigs brisk carbonation leading to some pretty good drinkability.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Redrover
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!

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

Had this one at a golf club in the bar. I wasn't expecting much selection but they did have this one on tap. Wow was I surprised at how much I enjoyed it! Looks very ordinary. Pale golden lager with a slight white head. The taste was exceptional. Slighly sweet, grainy malt nicely balanced with hops. Very drinkable! I could have stayed all night. This is a good one for a session.

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

Pale cold color with good clarity. Medium sized white head. Creamy and with a bit of retention.

Minimal aroma - simple clean malt smells and maybe a bit of hops

Malty but very subdued - sufficient hop bitterness to balance. Finishes dry and with minimal aftertaste. Nice clean lager profile, but without strong positive flavor elements.

Medium body and carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel - no astringency.

A simple and refreshing beer - more malty than hoppy. Not sure if this wasn't an old example - it seemed to lack a certain "pop" in the flavor despite otherwise being a clean and attractive beer.

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of nasty15108
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of sessycuban
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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

I usually have this on tap at the Heidelberg in NYC. I have never been disappointed, they also have Spaten Octoberfest as well. I'm drinking one as I write this review, just poured from the bottle to the glass, It's not as good as on tap, but still enjoyable. Pretty darn good!

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,205 ratings.