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

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,006 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1006
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%


Brewed by:
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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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, liquid gold in color. Head was a fat finger of off-white foam, with both large and small bubbles, that lingered well. A scant lacing lasted on the surface, but none clung to the walls of the glass.

S: Citrus, grain, and fresh-cut hay dominate, with faint peppery and briny notes.

T: Citrus hops are present start to finish, but not to the point of drowning out the faint malt and medium grassy-grain flavors. The hops' bitter notes appear late, then fade and mingle with the other lingering flavors. Lagers tend not to be very complex, and this one is true to the class.

M: Crisp, but not heavily carbonated. The finish was medium-dry.

O: A nice thirst quencher on a hot day, or as an accompaniment to a warm meal. A good example of a lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 23:34:34 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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BigOsoDaddy


4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think there is a world of difference between this beer poured from a bottle and from draft or mini keg; any beer drinker worth his salt should know that beer from green bottles has a high probability of off flavors and aromas. That being said...

Spaten premium pours nicely with a thick foamy head and in a "bar clean" class had good retention and lovely lacing. It is best served chilled at cellar temps, not ice cold. The nose is subtle but does have nice malt presence and subtle sourdough bread notes. The perfect golden-yellow is what you would expect from a Munich Helles and is nicely effervescent but not overly carbonated. For me it is moderately sweet on the front of the sip and leaves no off flavor aftertaste but finishes clean an d a bit wet. Overall an excellent example of an everyday German lager for everyday lager drinkers and a great value. Buy a 5 liter mini keg and enjoy while grilling some brats!

Serving type: cask

04-22-2012 01:23:13 | More by BigOsoDaddy
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden colored, fingers worth of head, large bubbles that didn't stick around long. No lacing here but not sure of the freshness of the bottle either.

S: All i'm getting here is the strong skunky smell and a very light grassy/grain scent.

T: Skunk smell carries over to the taste. Light malt flavoring and continuing in with the grassy notes. Not too shabby, but the skunk is def what defines this beer.

M: Slightly more then average carbonation, seems to go well with the flavors. Crisp clean finish, barely any notice of alcohol.

O: Not too bad, def lives up to the hype that i recall of good German beer from my college days.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 01:41:22 | More by ChrisPratz
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml undated, green bottle served in a snifter.

A: The body is crystal-clear light golden-yellow, with a very short-lived fluffy white head. Zero sediment.

Aroma: Light aroma, mostly lacking the somewhat expected skunkiness. Grassy with sweet grain.

Taste: more skunkiness (actually, this tastes fresh and the 'skunk' is from the hops, I believe) and hops here than in the nose, and more flavor than one might expect given the light appearance and aroma. Lightly earthy hops with a hints of lemon, fresh hay and biscuit.

M: near medium bodied with rather aggressive carbonation that imparts a crisp feel. Dry finish.

O: haven't had this in years, but pretty much as expected. Works best with food.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 22:46:14 | More by chinchill
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bier_uber_alles


4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the beer has an average appearance. Nothing that would stand out in any persons mind as unique.

smell is of strong malt and grass. very pleasant.

taste substantially overlaps with the scent. Taste comrpises flavors of grass, toasted malt, etc.

mouthfeel is agreeable. carbonation is mild, bubbles are small. Leaves the mouth feeling a bit wet.

overall, this brew is not very complicated. It's straight forward and easy to appreciate. Perfect all year round.,

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 18:00:14 | More by bier_uber_alles
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nickfl

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with a large head of white foam on a clear, golden body. The head settles quite slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - rich, thick malt aromas with light, spicy hops.

T - clean malt up front with a rich sweetness that kicks in towards the finish. Lingering malt with just a hint of spicy hops and light bitterness.

M - medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - a very nice german lager, the aroma is virtually perfect and the flavor profile is spot on as well.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2012 23:55:23 | More by nickfl
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours pale golden with a two-finger length white head. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is of lightly toasted barley malt and hops. There's a mild citrus aroma. There are flavor is sweet, bready, with notes of citrus and some hop bitterness. It's a very well balanced flavor and it's delicious. The mouthfeel is light. It's crisp with adequate carbonation. The finish is dry. It's very refreshing. This is an excellent lager and deserves top ratings for this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 00:51:52 | More by acevenom
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear pale yellow with no head or lacing. It's aroma is lemony with a hint of dough. The flavor is mild lemon with a bit of malt sweetness and a hint of hoppiness. Very well balanced. It's mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Spaten Munchner Hell (Premium Lager) is a good beer, a perfect match for schnitzel and sauerkraut. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 23:00:00 | More by B967ierhunter177
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ronniebruner

Arizona

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Normally, I never go right down the middle on my reviews, but this is an exception. Its not that this beer is not good, it is that it is not really remarkable either. It pours a very average light see-through typical color of what you would expect from a lager. It has the carbonation, lace and head of a lager, and the aroma of barley and hops you'd expect from a better lager. The beer to me resembles a malt liquor in terms of the bitterness and dryness and it is evident on the tongue for a strong mouthfeel. Not a bad brew, not a great brew. I would drink Spaten if it was the only other option other than a cheap American adjunct lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 03:02:13 | More by ronniebruner
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a one finger fluffy white head that quickly disappeared to nothing, the body is crystal golden yellow.

Sweet grainy malt, hops, some lemon in the nose, refreshing.

Taste is sweet pale malt, lemony, mild earthy hops,some biscuit

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, slight lingering bitterness that coats all of your mouth, dry, very sessionable.

A good lager that was a pleasant surprise. Not a lager fan but this style seems to appeal to me. Would definitely grab it again or sip a few next octoberfest.

Serving type: can

02-06-2012 21:17:20 | More by Stocean1
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Attractive crisp, clear straw color. Above average sized, light, bubbly, foamy, soapy, white head. Decent retention leaving a thin, whispy lace.

S - Slightly subdued aroma with loads of grainy malt and some bready aroma as well. Some grassy Noble hops. Not bad but nothing spectacular.

T - Grain and bready malt make up a lot of the flavor. Some Granny Smith apple along with a floral/herbal hop flavor that gets stronger on the finish. Slight bitter kick on the finish but it doesn't linger long.

M - Light body with above average carbonation. Zesty and crisp feel that ends pretty fast without much lingering feel.

D - Very drinkable beer that has a nice spicy hop aspect that pairs well with the maltiness. Goes down easy and is refreshing and crisp.

Notes: Nice beer and a good example for the style. Goes down easy and is refreshing. Decent level of hops to contrast with the maltiness resulting in a well balanced, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 03:40:41 | More by FreshHawk
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breweradams

California

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance : Pale straw like color, white head stayed well over a minute then flattening to a thin white ring. Very clear

smell: Slight malt aroma, no hop aroma

taste: Slight sweetness with no hop flavor, Well balanced

mouthfeel: medium effervescent / no astringency

overall: Very drinkable, light body beer that lingers slightly. Great beer for a hot afternoon

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 00:06:14 | More by breweradams
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks decent enough for a lager yellow in colour with a white head.

This smells skunky with an aroma of hops and flowers. Some people don't like the green bottle skunk but I do.

Tastes great, probably my favourite lager. Its got bitter hops and is somewhat complex.

Nicely carbonated and refreshing.

A good session beer and a definite step up from the usual lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 15:46:11 | More by Dave1999
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K9AleingPiss

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really liked the clean,amber color,good bubbles,just sad head. The smell had a hint of skunk,however,still a sweet malty odor soon overwhelms the skunk,as does the taste. Very smooth ,very clean taste. There is more grain taste that hops,to me a great balance. Refreshing anytime.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 05:30:22 | More by K9AleingPiss
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amk786

California

4.97/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a great German Lager. For anyone who loves to drink classic american pilsner such as Budweiser will love this German creation. This beer is extremely smooth, the taste is neither bitter or sweet but perfectly balanced. The color of the beer is light golden, and has a malty aroma with a hint of lemon.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:05:58 | More by amk786
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Very transparent light straw color with an eggshell white foam head that lasts for quite some time but leaves minimal lacing. Aroma at first whiff reminds of apricots and tangerines, but resolves into a cracker malt with strong and complex herbal / floral hopping. Taste is somewhat pushed into sweetness but not unbearably so, finish is semi-sweet but lasts for a respectable amount of time, texture is lighter side of medium body, refreshing, and definitely worth sessioning!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 23:06:43 | More by WastingFreetime
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megmulvaney

California

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a relatively average lager. It is and enjoyable and easy beer to drink. The color is a light golden. It comes in a green bottle with a neat label. The smell is wheaty or grassy. It has a very clean finish. The taste is very balanced...neither too sweet nor too bitter. There is a slight caramel flavor as well. This beer is similar to a heineken.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 07:10:09 | More by megmulvaney
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lindalo112

California

2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It has an herbal, almost grassy taste and was pretty smooth.
Color: Golden yellow
Smell: Had a wheaty smell
Taste: maltier, balanced, hint of hops, herbal taste with wheat or grass taste.
Carbonation: little carbonation
Head: very tiny head with light to none hold
Mouthfeel: light mouthfeel
Extra: Didn't particularly care for this beer. It was your average run of the mill beer. The taste was identical to that of Coors or Heineken.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 04:46:17 | More by lindalo112
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Olivia55555

California

2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was lighter yellow in color. To me it was just like a typically, standard beer. What you think of when you hear the word beer. It has an herbal, almost grassy taste and was pretty smooth. Not my favorite, but what I did like about this beer was that it has a super clean finish and did not leave a horrible after taste!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 03:12:40 | More by Olivia55555
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stunna12

California

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer comes in a neat green bottles with a cool unique logo. It has golden color light brown. This beer has just about no head. Another neat thing is the carbonation of this beer, it reminds me of champagne. Thus beer smells like clean cut grass. It has a sweet malt taste and a clean after taste. This beer goes down smooth and is a Classic German Lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:07:02 | More by stunna12
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AllenJasper

Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can't seem to figure out when it was bottled... but it can't be that fresh, since it was made in Germany, imported to New York, then to Minnesota.
Bottle to glass. Not Coors Light cold, like I presume the Germans would drink it.

A: Light Golden, clear very carbonated, head dissipated rapidly.

S: It smells skunky and floral, but not strong.

T: Well, IMO it's better than all the 'domestic' lagers, but not by a whole lot. It has a little more bite to it, hoppier. A slight skunk aftertaste.

O: I've had the Optimator and the Marzen Oktoberfest, and I was a little disappointed at first, but then remembered it's a light lager, and should be judged as so... that being said, it's pretty good, and it's probably not nearly as fresh as the domestics, being in the middle of America.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 04:39:02 | More by AllenJasper
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mactrail

California

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Popping the top releases that hoppy aroma that does have a whiff of skunk, but perfectly pleasant. Fairly sharp with a light body, but nothing watery about it. Golden color with a fairly coarse head. Pleasant flavor with that same hoppy fragrance as you sip. A touch of malt and a little more sweet than typical lagers.

Not a bad drink but probably needs to be icy cold and really fresh so you get a nice froth. Seems to be all about the perfume of the hops. Modestly bitter aftertaste. In the right mood this could be fine, but it is a little unusual.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 05:01:34 | More by mactrail
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light bronze with good clarity. Lots of carbonation. Bubbly bone white head with light retention and lacing.

S: Lightly toasted malts, cracker barrel grain. Floral and grassy
hops. Hints of lemon and spice.

T: Grain. Powerful german hops. Mild peat and warming alcoholic backing.

M:Full flavored dry and crisp finish.

O: A fine beer that I will often revisit. Pairs excellently with German cuisine.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 06:18:17 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at bauer's Brauhaus.

Watchin' Jeopardy! and drinkin' German brews. Good times. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived white foam. The nose comprises grass, flowers, light wheat, and a very light twist of lemon. The taste takes a simpler tack, rocking just wheat and flowers, almost pilsner-like. The body is pretty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a decent helles lager, but lacking any kind of real character, any kind of discerning remarks, so to speak. It's nowhere near bad, just not something I would aim for, especially with other quality German choices around.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 22:57:07 | More by TMoney2591
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darylvelez

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 00:09:41 | More by darylvelez
Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,006 ratings.