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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,229 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,229
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 45
Gots: 123 | 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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Ratings: 1,229 | Reviews: 579
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 CTbrew32
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -0.8%
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.

Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.3%
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 -0.3%

Photo of endovelico
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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%
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.

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