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

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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,194 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,194
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 41
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Spaten's Premium Lager today for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I have never had this beer before or anything else from this brewery so I am interested to see how this turns out, so lets see hoe it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a green 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty simple and clean looking, but it doesn't really stick out on the shelf. It poured a very clear light golden yellow color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded to nothing and left a hardly any lacing. This is a pretty average looking lager.

S- The aroma starts off with a good amount of malts which have a higher amount of medium sweetness and impart some sweet, grainy, grassy, hay and bready aromas. Next comes a slight skunky aroma followed by some slightly peppery yeast. This is a pretty average smelling Lager, nothing too special going on, but still solid for it's style, but I could go with out the skunky aroma.

The taste seems to be fairy similar to the aroma, it starts off with a good amount of malts that have a really light amount of medium sweetness and impart some grainy and bready flavors along with a grassy and hay like flavor that seems to stick out the most. Towards the end I get a little skunkyness with a very low amount of bitterness on the finish and it had a grassy and hay like after taste. This a good tasting Lager, but the skunkyness keeps it from getting a four.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp,on the thicker side of being light bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was very good and true to style, it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer and a slightly above average example of a Munich Helles Lager, it had just about everything that I look for in the style, but the skunkyness prevented it from being as good as it could be. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was smooth but the flavors couldn't quite hold my attention, but I could still drink two or three of these if in the mood. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was true to style and just where it should be, no complaints there. What I liked least about this beer was the fact that it was a little skunky, I think that's from the green bottle, these older brewery's that still use green bottles need to get with the times. I might have this beer again if I was looking for a sessionable lager, but I would be more inclined to revisit this again on draft, it's got to go great with brats. This beer made for an Ok first impression for Spaten, and I would be interested to try more of their beers, but you can be sure that I will be a little leery if they are in the same green bottle, good brew, it just needs better packaging.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin head on a clear straw body. A little lemon custard with pale malts but overall very light. Flavor is a touch bitter with more pale malts and grains but very simple. No off putting aftertaste. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall drinkable but simple. Not bad not great.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a case on clearance for $20 and was psyched to try this highly esteemed lager. Maybe it's the fact that I've been accustomed to Americanized lagers but I was astounded by the syrupy quality this beer has in aftertaste. It poured a golden color with a generous foamy head into my pilsner glass. In look and in taste it reminded me if yuengling premium, which im not above drinking but it is what it is. Decent beer but it didn't give me an exceptional vibe.

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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw golden, with a huge white crown of carbonation. Dense and beautiful ringlets of lace.

Nose is slightly skunky. Hmm.

Taste is definitely malty sweet but crisp and light. A perfect thirst quencher for hot summer days, and aside from the aroma, a solid lager.

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.