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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

1,005 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1005
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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Mustard

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. green bottle; no "best before" or "bottled on" warning; no ABV %; purchased as a "busted" single from TJ's for $1.00.

Appearance: Pours a pale, straw-colored gold; crystal clear; large, sudsy, snow-white head; a good b-cup's worth of lattice style lacing; respectable head retention.

Aroma: Primarily of grain, floral hops, butter and lemon.

Taste: Front betrays a hint of sweetness and a biscuit-like malt presence; grainy, lemony notes throughout; hints of butter; finish closes with a light, floral bitterness; well-balanced; light to medium bodied; somewhat undercarbonated.

Notes: A tad grainy for my tastes...

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2003 08:26:48 | More by Mustard
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an attractive clean gold with a decent sized pure white head. a light grain/faint lemon scent is about all that rises but it alright to me. taste wise its nice and smooth, grains and faint lemon come through with a small but nice hop bite at the end. crisp and clean mouthfeel finishes slightly dry and goes down oh so easy. another crisp clean one for washing down flavorfull food with ease.

paid $5.99 for a 6er.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 20:18:00 | More by DESTRO
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Dr. Dremo's, served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear straw color with a small white head that recedes to a small ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Leaves faint traces of lace.

Smell: Grassy and herbaceous with a distinct DMS aroma. (yeah, skunk). Not overpowering, though.

Taste: Light bread and grass tastes with a DMS/mint flavors on the finish. Again, not overpoweringly skunky, just there.

Mouthfeel: Oh so light bodied.

Drinkability: If this DMS doesn't bother you, then it's rather drinkable. I'd probably drink it if someone bought it for me, but that's about it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2003 13:10:09 | More by ManekiNeko
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I ordered this in a German restaurant in Moscow, and it brought me back to my college days in the beer gardens of Munich. My favorite Munich beer then, it still delivers today.

Came out clear gold under a big slightly off-white contoured head that left excellent lace down the glass. The nose is mildly malty with, unfortunately, a touch of soap. The mouth is prickly and light, as it should be. The flavor features a good light malt followed by a nice hoppy bite in the finish. The aftertaste combines the light malty sweetness with a hoppy bitterness, making you long for the next sip. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2003 19:48:15 | More by Globetrotter
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proc

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a bright golden in the glass with a slight, very white head. Aroma is that of a light lemon and grass. The taste is very Euro-lager and is quite good. This could be an easy session beer to sit back with during a sporting event on the tube.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2003 13:31:56 | More by proc
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tang214

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked this beer. I gave it an average on appearance because I drank it straight from the bottle this night. I have had it before in a pub but cannot remember it or much else from that night. It has a slightly wheaty-malt aroma with good rich hops. The taste was very crisp and refreshing and mellows excellently as it warms up. It has a sweet and malty taste and feels great going down the throat. I found it very drinkable. It was easy to drink even at the end of a night of moderate partying.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 05:42:22 | More by tang214
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Picked up a mixed 6-Pack of Spaten Optimator and Premium Lager at Trader Joes. The Premium Lager comes in a 12 fluid ounce green glass bottle with a rather plain looking main label.

Appearance: One word, Lager! Pale golden color that has a thick white foam like head that settles to a thin collar, some lacing.

Nose: Some grain, a hint of stale hops and, well, ermm, not much else really.

Taste: I am finding it very hard not to slip into the usual deluge of descriptive Lager similes and explanatory statements that have been written a thousand times before. Some bitterness towards the back end, crisp but desperately thin. *Very* average,

Mouthfeel: I kept searching, but found this to be rather thin to be honest, not quite “wishy”, but certainly “washy” at times, so much so it even had a light washing-up liquid feel to it on the tongue, soapy almost – rather off-putting.

Drinkability: It’s a decent enough drink, which sinks well, but with its inoffensive nose and average taste profile, as well as its light mouthfeel, that’s not really that much of a surprise really. A good thirst quencher though.

Overall: I found this to be a rather average Lager at best to be brutally honest. There are certainly plenty of other similarly priced Lagers, German or otherwise, that are way up my shopping list that I would purchase before this one again. Lacks character.

After the Oktoberfest and the Optimator, I was disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2003 01:57:48 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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beerguy101

California

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A light bodied lager. Slightly hoppy and mildly malty. Nice flavor, somewhat fruity. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Light and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2003 03:10:46 | More by beerguy101
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steelreign

New York

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being a big Optimator fan, I thought this would be a nice surprise....well, it was. It was less than great. The color, aroma and head all seemed to fit into the lager arena, but the taste left me wondering if they mistakenly bottled their weisse beer in the lager bottles? I mean, the flavors of wet grain and grass were there, and it just took me by surprise. Not much in the way of hops, and the malt is present in small doses. Ah well, one of these is STILL infinitely better than a case of anything made by A-B...

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 18:09:49 | More by steelreign
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fattychubs

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was served in a giant Spaten Mug at a local tap room. The color was like fake cheap gold jewelry, with a bit of white lace resting. The aroma was mostly clean, a faint sweet malt smell and just a touch crisp grassy hop. Taste starts with a crisp and sweet malt, goes to a subtle cracker taste, then a bit of balancing hops and very subtle citrus.

Very easy going down, and could make a good session brew. Not a lager fan, but this one seems right on, for flavor and drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2003 21:02:18 | More by fattychubs
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yosh

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer, Raleigh, NC.

Served in a half liter Malles Munich Mug and had a bright golden color. It started out a little grainy, but the hops were evident towards the end. The mouthfeel was smooth for this light-bodied beer and it went down pretty easy. Smoothness leads to a great drinkability for this beer

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2003 14:48:19 | More by yosh
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BierManVA

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine golden colored crisp lager. A little weak on the smell, (no skunk, like a good Lager shouldn't) but, I drink bier for the flavor and punch. A very smooth bier but with a nice after taste. Meaning, 'swallow the bier and enjoy'. Not overly carbonated but a very good lacy head.

"Lass Dir raten, trinke Spaten" = "Left to your advice, drink Spaten..."

An excellent Munich macro with drinkability, Especially at the price. Easy to see why they are part of the Big Six.

I highly recommend it. I mean...What else do you want from a Lager Bier?

John

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 02:04:05 | More by BierManVA
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putnam

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sunny golden liquid. The first bottle, curiously had no pressure and the beer was almost flat. The second was fine, with a vigorous, creamy head.
The nose is deliriously rich with toasted, caramel white egg-bread fragrances. Impossibly deep, it elicits a nostalgia for the alley between the great breweries of Munich. A wealth of honey and wholesome white bread.
On the palate it is decidedly firm, with a solid cold grip of baked grain and mineral. Easy malty sweetness reigns over the soft, bubbly mousse...the only structural check offered, as there is no acidity or burnt bitterness to speak of. Perhaps a little top heavy or "soapy" but a lovely little lager nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 22:21:56 | More by putnam
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hotstuff

Indiana

2.42/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured medium head with fine-small bubbles that quickly dissolved. There was not much lacing with this brew. There was carbonation observed rising to the top. It had a fruity, citrusy aroma to it. It was a thin and watery brew. The body was a light yellow. This brew reminded me too much of American mass-produced beers. This was disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 21:36:16 | More by hotstuff
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a no freshness date.

Appearance: Glistening golden straw colour holds a decent white lace for some time.

Smell: Crisp graininess with a lemon back and some faint grape tannin as well, a touch grassy from the hops and very clean.

Taste: Fluffy crispness lifts the tongue to feel all of the tiny bubbles, a mild biscuity malt shows some grape tannin off … this show the quality of the brew by the choice malt it was brewed with. Graininess hits with a light bready and faintly lemon note, hops round everything out and seems to clean things up nicely. Long lingering grain and hop finish leaves a trail of dryness.

Notes: One of the originals and some what underrated in my opinion, this brew has no problem pairing with a plate of knock and bratwurst with a tangy kraut and some German potato salad.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 19:05:31 | More by Jason
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

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

Hmm, finally got around to reviewing this one...

Straw yellow, medium head when I poured it. Smell is sweet and a bit candy-like.

My overall impression of this beer is, well, that it was sweet. While nicely carbonated, it is not as dry as what I like, and had more of a fuller malt flavor. I might even have to ask where the hops are...Near the end of finishing this, I almost would have to characterise the sweetness as being wine-like!

My green bottle wasn't skunked, but I think there are tastier versions of this out there, slightly drier, hoppier, and with a bit more bite in the taste. Pat

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2003 19:17:26 | More by PatandDavid
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brakspear

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The original helles, renamed Spaten Premium for the American market. This classic beer would definitely be improved if it was not in the dreaded green bottles.

The beer pours a gorgeous straw gold with a lofty white head that lingers and sticks to the inside of the glass. Perfect for a helles.

The aroma suffers in the green bottle, skunk is present but there is still a nice hop aroma with malty undertones.

The tast is refreshing, but still nicely malty and clean. The hop bitterness is subdued as it should be for a helles, but still is lingering as a backdrop and supporting the malt base. Very nice.

This is one of the classic world beers. A helles is the highest measure of Bavarian brewing skills. Subtle and nuanced, any flaws are readily apparent. I would love to drink this fresh in Munich.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 16:22:29 | More by brakspear
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TheDM

Indiana

2.05/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This brew pours a medium head of fine to medium sized white bubbles and a transparent straw yellow lager colored body. It has a hoppy aroma with a fizzy initial, burp, taste and a hoppy slightly bitter acidic flavor that lingers well after it finishes. It left only a fair lacing. I expect better from Spaten the maker of one of my favorite Doppelbocks, but a s a lager, if you like them this one is just OK.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 14:07:06 | More by TheDM
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SchmichaelJ

Pennsylvania

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

I originally had Spaten a few months ago at a local beer bar. The other night, while browsing a 6-pack place, I noticed for the first time the dignified yet cool symbol of the shovel on the sixer of Spaten. I was sold. It poured a clear, bright gold color, with just a bit of lacing and noticeable carbonation. There was a nice sharp hop smell, with a lingering malt foundation. I also noticed a grassy, almost fruity odor, and thankfully no skunk. The taste was very crisp and mildly sweet, but the nice hop addition adds some nice citrus characteristics after the swallow. The mouthfeel was pretty average and lighter than expected. Easy drinking with a pleasing smell and taste, Spaten is a very reliable and honest import. This sixer went down very quickly...it had to be the shovel.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 21:30:47 | More by SchmichaelJ
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GreatPondBrewer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 08:42:02 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a thin, yet lasting head. A smell that is somewhat skunky with some malts to be noted. The initial onslaught of rich and grainy hops are noted, followed with a creamy and grassy tasted. The clear green bottle leaves a bad impression on an average beer; not much to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2003 19:25:36 | More by GeoffRizzo
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this one in Venice, Italy. I'm wondering if this is the same beer as the Munchner Hell renamed for the export market? Clear, light golden with a light white head atop small to medium sized bubbles, with moderate to poor retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is crisp and delicate with extremely clean ferment, freshly cut hay and distantly husky, sweet munich or carapils malt. Hops are minimal. Mouthfeel is brisk, wet, and crisp with a light to medium body and a sparkling character upon the tongue. Taste begins with some delicate earthy flavor hops up front, followed by husken pale malts, giving way to a well-balanced smooth, earthy bitterness with a lightly astringent husken character in the finish. A well-made delicate and pleasant brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 04:56:10 | More by Mitchster
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shirfan

New York

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Typical eurolager taste, but inoffensive.

Aroma was just very slightly skunk, with reserved lemony european hops.

Pours crystal clear straw-golden, with a thick and sticky head.
Fairly good amount of sweet malt flavor, a little hoppier than most of its counterparts. Lemon and noble-type flavors, slightly spicy.

An easy-drinking eurolager that doesn't challenge, but is slightly above average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 11:05:29 | More by shirfan
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oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I liked the nice gold color to it medium sized head wich left a good lace that stayed for quite awhile.Very grainy,sweet minerally aroma very malt accented.Pretty clean tasting a hint of hops in the finish,a little thin in the mouthfeel department though.A pretty good lager better than the American giants but not as good of its European partners.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2003 05:50:21 | More by oberon
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Pegasus

Texas

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

Dazzlingly clear straw gold color with a large white head, decent carbonation, and lots of sticky lace. Aroma carries a slightly sweet bready note as well as mild hops, completely free of lager skunk, probably due to the brown glass bottle. Taste begins with a moment of sweetness, followed by solid malt flavors, finishes with lingering mildly bitter citrus hops. The finish is clean and a bit dry. Mouth feel is quite smooth and full, good for the style; the soft carbonation imparts only the slightest tingle. This beer is another textbook example of German brewing quality.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 22:34:42 | More by Pegasus
Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,005 ratings.