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

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BA SCORE
83
good

581 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 581
Hads: 1,279
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 48
Gots: 161 | 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 darylvelez
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had great promise. I was told by the owner of the shop I bought it from that it's one of the best lagers on the market. But as soon as I smelled it i knew he was wrong. Maybe it was skunked, cause this thing smelled foul. Good color, loads of bubbles, look was great. Mouthfeel light. Taste was ok. Slightly more complex than a bud. Not buying this again, not asking that dude what he reccomends again. (412 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice pale yellow and very clear with a 3 finger head that leaves nice lacing

Smell - some earthy bready notes but faint and slighty skunky

Taste - Nice flavor with straw hints. Light and easy to drink. No bitterness yet crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - fine

Overall - A nice light German easy drinker. (319 characters)

Photo of
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very light golden colour with visible fine carbonation bubbles and a thin but persistent froth. Its aromas are of grain, grass, and a touch of fruit. Overall a very clean aroma. It's light bodied and well-carbonated with flavours of lemonbread, grain, and apple, with very slight bitterness and a hint of spicy hops.

A very clean and easy drinking beer. Exactly what one would expect of the style. (414 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Usual brown 500ml bottle, labelled as the Munchner Hell. Best before Mar 2012, poured into two pilsner stemmed tulips.

The beer was reviewed in a blind tasting along side the Spaten Pils: this beer was slightly dark in its golden colour and smoother, meaning softer and so bitter as the Pils.

Looks good, as already stated it is a good rich gold colour, a thin white head tried to hang around, but like all beers I've had in this style, it failed to stay for long.

No real smell, gets my usual score of 3 for a non-smelling pilsner/lager/helles.

Although there is a hop feel to it, its not harsh or too bitter (like its Pilsner brother).

Easy to drink and I could see myself drinking this sort of brew on a hot summers day in a Munich bier garden. (752 characters)

Photo of Sorvahr
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from a gas station in Memphis, TN for $12 for a six-pack. Comes in green bottles with the Spaten logo front and center, a much simpler label than the Dunkel or Optimator. Poured into an Abita pint glass.

A: Pours a golden color, somewhat darker than the average pale lager, with a 1.5-finger fluffy white head that quickly disappeared. Lacing is decent at first but also quickly goes away. The glass may be partly to blame for this, as it seems to make head disappear particularly quickly with the various beers I've poured into it. At least it had plenty of carbonation bubbles, almost like a champagne.

S: A clean smell, not particularly strong, with a somewhat floral hop aroma.

T: Very crisp and refreshing, with a nice balance between the slightly sweet bready malt and spicy lemon hops. A hoppy aftertaste settles in and lingers on the tongue for a long time. This beer starts sweet when it hits the tongue but has a very dry finish.

M: Light-bodied but not unsatisfying, with moderate carbonation. Goes down easily, but is not watery.

O: It's not as good as the Spaten Dunkel, Oktoberfest, or Optimator, but a very nice pale lager. Definitely a step up from the cheaper European lagers like Beck's or Heineken. But, unless you're crazy about pale lagers, I'd recommend one of Spaten's darker beers instead, especially now in OCtober. (1,358 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tapped from a 1gal 1qt 9fl oz mini keg with the dates 17.03.11 and EXP 12.2011 stamped on the bottom.

Appearance - Gold body with fine suspended particulate matter. One finger white head with decent retention and good stick.

Smell - Strong musky corn and wet cardboard. Sweet. No hoppiness.

Taste - Light. Metallic finish. Stale water aftertaste. Corn in the body. The metallic taste really ruins it.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Not quite refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - It's not a bad beer. Perhaps slightly better than average for the style. (557 characters)

Photo of godlessape
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a light golden straw color like most German lagers and gives up a thin white head.

Smell: The bready, grassy and earthy malt notes come together perfectly with maybe a hint of lemon.

Taste: The biscuity malt flavor comes through with great might and ends with a subtle spicy hop crispness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied--feels just right on the tongue.

Overall: This is great stuff. I wish American lagers had this much flavor. Das bier ist gut. (473 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml. botte. Clear yellow colour, big head that does'nt hold much, but leaves a ring on the surface. Smell of lemon, grain, slightly fruity. Fresh and crispy palate, taste is herbal, lemon. Not a omplex beer, but very drinkable and enjoyable. Good one. (254 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500 mL can picked up at the LCBO; BB date June 2012. Pours a bright, almost fluorescent yellow colour, topped with one finger of white head that has dissipated to a patchy cap and collar within a few minutes. The aroma is rather subdued but generally pleasant; bready malts with some grass and lemony citrus notes.

Not bad. Slightly sweet doughy-cracker malts are the first flavour I pick up, but this leads into some grassy, slightly spicy hop bitterness toward the finish. A bit of lemon zest; excellent balance between the malt and hops with neither overpowering the other. Highly carbonated, a bit much for my liking, with a medium-to-light body. Thirst-quenching and highly refreshing.

It's been a while since I last reviewed a Munich lager, but this one instantly reminded me why I should seek out this style more often - perfect balance, crisp and refreshing, with enough flavour to keep me interested for the whole session. Definitely worth a try; a supremely well-made lager.

[Updated Jan. 3 2014]

Another can, this time compared with the other Munich lagers available locally (Lowenbrau and Hacker Pschorr Munich Gold). I really don't think I gave this stuff enough credit last time - it is just an absolutely superb lager, and easily the best Munich Helles I've ever had (and I have had it probably more often than any other German brew). Smooth and refreshing, with a delicately balanced flavour that I greatly prefer over most domestic pale lagers and many imports. This one wins the three-way showdown by a hair, but the Hacker Pschorr is also very high-quality and a good substitute.

Final Grade: 3.79, a respectable B+. (1,641 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a clear golden color with plenty of bubbles. Thick layer of white head rests on top, fades slowly with plenty of patchy lacing.

Soft scents of lemon peel and straw. Hints of citrus and spice with faint sweetness and a metallic note.

A little bitter up front with faint hops. Citrus and lemon peel with a thin straw malt backbone. Light metallic touch towards the middle, finishing a little dry and crisp.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, bubbly and somewhat refreshing. Drinks okay, but not exactly thrilling in any specific department. (588 characters)

Photo of barleyroad
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold in color with that euro lager smell.
average taste with a good feel to the mouth, clears nicely. Better that most american lagers, with exceptions of course. Overall not bad, but again falls short of american micro brews. Stay with the home team. (252 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale golden colour, one finger white dense head, not much lace but decent retention. Smell is malty and floral, grass, grainy with lemony citrus and a grainy presence. Taste is malty with lots of fruit going on, lemon, floral, citrus with a mild bitterness. Nice mouthfeel, medium crisp carbonation, medium body, good feel. Pretty good stuff, solid and more complex than competing brands at the LCBO, fairly easy drinking stuff here. (439 characters)

Photo of Kartoffeln
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear, pale straw-yellow with a white, bubbly head of average size but fair density for a lager; it's short-lived, though, dissipating to patches of foam and leaving little lacing.

S: Typically robust Munich malts joined by a slightly sweet grain aroma, joined by fainter notes of noble hops. Hint of ethanol.

T: Loads of rich, well-attenuated Munich malts with a mild biscuity character ease off to a lighter, slightly sweet grain taste that lets floral, noble hop flavours show through.

M: Body on the light end of medium with moderate carbonation giving initial lightness and a crisp swallow. Well-balance flavour profile with a clean finish of increasingly prominent, lasting hop bitterness makes for a refreshing and exceptionally drinkable Helles.

D: An excellent Helles: it's to-style with a distinct taste and tremendous sessionability. Well worth trying. (876 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw yellow with a foamy head that quickly fades away. Looks like apple juice after a while.

Smells of grassy, bready malts, some slight citrus derived from the hops.

Tastes like you're typical Munich lager, I've had many like this, not very unique. It's getting harder to really differentiate between these european lagers. That being sad it does have a nice hop character balanced by a nice sweetness.

Very refreshing and enjoyable, but nothing I would really buy again. (494 characters)

Photo of musicman575
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Spaten has this big beer stigma about it that makes me avoid drinking it when there are other options. I went against my instincts and got some anyway.

Poured three 12-oz bottles into a 1-liter vintage clay Spaten Mug, pouring the last one a bit harder to make some foam. I still had trouble getting much foam out, but I didn't really expect much.

It has that good ol' German grainy smell with a bit of hops to it. I don't know why I was surprised to find it really didn't smell like cheap beer to me.

I loved the way it drank. I didn't try to pace myself since I could enjoy all of its goodness in large gulps. Not even close to the most flavorful fancy beer in the world, but it sure does have a jolly spirit!

Prost! (722 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.72/5  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. (366 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Soulard (St. Louis), MO for $15. Tapped into my new Spaten Litre Seidel Glass and enjoyed in this large of a glass because of the iTap Soulard Sunday Opening Event. The First Litre was $15 and after that $10 for every Litre refill.

Aroma- Grainy, sweet, malty, and very boring. Only hints of all of these while it seems like over 5 minutes I have my nose down into my litre. Are you going to drink that Litre?

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger (or more), foamy head that dies quickly but leaves a ring of lacing. Pale gold color body that is clear and has huge carbonation bubbles. Lacing is good.

Flavor- Light grains and malts, sweet, and has no bitterness at all on the finish. A great refreshing taste and clean!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves bit of grain on the palate.

Overall Impression- Not my favorite of the Helles Lagers, but still brings me back to Austrian/German festival days. Easy drinking, light, clean, and bottoms up! Prost! (1,029 characters)

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a .5 L mug

Bright yellow color, fizzy exciting activity with a nice foamy head that's very patient in its retreat

S - Grassy and skunky, invitig hop bitterness

T - Grassy hops are very prevalent. Rich buttery malt balances out the brew nicely. Hop bite is more similar to a pilsner than a helles

M - Very calm on the palate. Slight sweetness sticks tot he tongue, but the hop bitterness is really a nice cut.

O - A nice snappy lager. Easy to knock back a few and a great alternative if your looking to mix it up (542 characters)

Photo of bogus564
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a Pilsner glass.

I'm taking a break from being uncle, and preparing to watch my beloved Mets break my heart again by threatening to be a playoff-caliber team, then going on a late-season losing streak. Call me a pessimist, but I've seen it all before. What on God's green earth does this have to do with beer, you say? Well, why do you think I drink so much beer? So here goes...

A: Bright yellow in color, and you can see right through it. Leaves a small wheat colored head that lasts short of two minutes. Bubbles nicely, reminding one of champagne if one didn't know better.

S: Smells mainly of wheat; it's nice, pretty much what you'd expect. Little bit of hoppiness, I'm getting a dash of lemon as well.

T: This... is... Spaten!!! Couldn't resist the reference - sorry. Flavors sensed in the smell are confirmed. It's quite grassy, which I don't mind. Not very powerful, but as it's a Pilsner, it's not meant to be.

M: A solid Good - light in body, carbonated well, a bit of a wet grassy finish. It's okay.

O: Good, not outstanding. This is one you could drink all day at a barbeque or cookout, and goes quite well with my sister's fried chicken (she cooks it like my mom, may she rest in peace). Prost! (1,232 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear, pale straw color, with an inch of egg shell head that falls to about a quarter inch that really sticks around and has good cling. Just a bit of visible carbonation. There's a lot of sweet malt bread notes in the nose. A bit of underlying grassy hop provides some grounding. There is a bit of lemon peel that comes across in the bouquet, as well. Bread malt notes are very prominent in the taste, with a bit of hop bitterness making its presence felt at the sides and back of the tongue. Finishes on the sweet side, with the malts winning out over the hops. While not especially engaging, the tastes are all very smooth throughout their life on the palate. The feel is a bit more pedestrian than the taste: It's light-bodied and quite effervescent, with some acidity and crispness.

This is a classic-tasting and very well-balanced lager. What you see is what you get with this one: The lack of surprises or significant complexity in this one is compensated by smoothness and solid flavors throughout. It may not raise many eyebrows, but it really does everything that a good lager should. (1,108 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance – Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, malts, floral notes, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and some cooked corn. There is also a decent amount of malts and a light floral spiciness. The beer finishes with a grainy spicy aftertaste.

Overall – It's definitely better than most of the run of the mill euro-beers out there. But there are a few other beers in this category that I'd rather be drinking. (716 characters)

Photo of stjaernstoft
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten München, ABV: 5.2%.
500 ml bottle, 15.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: Clear, golden liquid, and a nice, fluffy, white head. Equally nice lacing.

S: Light, both malty and hoppy aroma, with minor hints of citrus and toffee. It somehow reminds me of a good pilsener.

T: Bittersweet with notes of citrus, butterscotch, and vanilla. Here are hints of alcohol, but it has a nice, balanced taste, and it's quite pleasant on the tongue.

M: Somewhat soft. Quite mild carbonation. Body is medium, and the bitterness is good (medium to high). Really drinkable. A nice, long aftertaste.

O: The Germans know how to make good lagers, and this is an example as good as any. I can't complain about anything. Maybe it misses that extra thing to make it special, but I'll bet I could drink this on most occasions. As most German lagers it doesn't cost much either. (855 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Red Sox World Series 2007 Champions pint glass.

The color is a light yellow and has about two fingers of foamy white head that is gone pretty quickly but leaves little hints of lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit of toasty malt aroma that is a little like butter on dry toast. There is a peanut brittle aroma as well.

The taste is has crispy malt flavor that is a little biscuit mixed with fried dough. The same peanut brittle like flavor comes back as I inhale while tasting a sip. there is a nice sweetness toward the end that has an ever so small bitterness to let you know there is some hops in this beer but this is driven by the malts to it's destination which is my tongue.

The feel of this beer is pretty crisp and has the signature of a German pilsner. There is a bready aftertaste with some smooth feel as this goes down. A well made larger that would got well with some pulled pork. (940 characters)

Photo of Kanyon22
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured form a 12oz. green bottle into my stella artois glass. Got this form a Spatan variety pack. Every brewery needs to make a variety pack, I love them.

A: Pours a clean golden yellow color with a big soapy bubble white head which is receding as I'm typing this. So far its playing the helles part well.

S: Has that wonderful musky, grainy, skunk like quality I get from a lot of German beers. Getting a bit of an earthy notes as well. Nothing earth shattering here, wished it had a bit more malt profile kinda classic green bottle smell.

T: Starts off with a slight hoppy fizzy carbonation burn at first. The middle is a lot quicker, its a cleansing watery like taste that quickly transfers to a brief sweet then lingering German musky,grainy, skunk flavor I was getting from the aroma. Reminds me of their Oktoberfest, but not as sweet. Pretty boring here.

M: The mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer it has a good medium thickness to it, you can tell that this beer has no adjuncts in it.

O: This beer is average at best it feels like every other green bottled euro beer to me and does nothing to set itself apart from the middle of the road. (1,165 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: lager yeast, malts,

taste: crisp, clean, some hop character and malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: a refreshing lager enjoyed this in the baking sun and it was much needed. if you need a crisp clean beer go for it.

Cheers,
The CPJ (349 characters)

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.