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

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83
good

1,261 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,261
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 46
Gots: 152 | 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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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright straw gold color, that is topped by a white thick head. A spicy, grainy, sweetish, and grassy aroma wafts from my glass. The taste is clean, lightly sweet with some accompanying grain notes. This beer finishes with a bit of sharp bitterness, which is nice. There is a hint of apple in the taste. Pretty straight forward, half way decent beer. Would definitely be good on a hot day.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden straw color with a nice sized fizzy white head leaves behind healthy amounts of lacing served in a Spaten half liter mug. Aroma: Sweet grainy lemongrass tones with lightly toasted malts packing a nice gentle punch and the grassy herbal European hops do the trick here. Taste: Very clean tasting no "skunky" effect the draft really improves the flavor of this beer, sweet with a nice bitterness in the finish, session brew. Mouthfeel: Light bodied fizzy carbonation, mass produced but well done German helles. Drinkability: Nice and easy effortless beer don't think about just enjoy, meant to be drank in number.

Photo of MobBarley
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is in my opinion a brew that is criminally underrated, true to the style, refreshing and tasty too. This is a well-rounded brew that, unfortunately, lacks the WOW character that we North Americans seem to crave in our beer. I'll admit that the straw-yellow color, standard, fizzy head and moderate lacing do little for me. The smell is warm and sweet with some serious fruit notes to round it out. Some hops lurk in the background but largely serve to make the aroma more complex. The taste is fine. Fruity and sweet and just slightly bready, with a nice mineral-rich aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great for the style, with rather high carbonation and a smooth, relatively thin body. Drinkability is tops, and I could see this being a top-notch session beer.

Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow / gold in color with a thin white head. No lacing during the drink. The aroma was grainy and grassy. The flavor was of grains, grass, and mild bitterness. A little more maltiness would do this well.

Very clean and crisp in the mouthfeel, and an extremely clean finish as the bitterness fell off the tongue immediately. Carbonation levels were just right. Extremely drinkable as a lighter bodied beer, but one could get bored of this over time.

Photo of sprackops
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into my pilsner glass a pale gold color, with high carbonation feeding a medium white head.

Smell: Understated sweet bready aromas. Not much happening here, but no "off" smells like skunking or the like. Pleasant enough.

Taste: Starts with light malt sweetness leading to a citric lemon-like taste with a dry, herbal hop finish with the faintest hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thin, soft, the relatively high carbonation is easily detected here.

Drinkability: As a lighter lager this one is emminently drinkable, a perfect session beer if you're in the mood for uncomplicated, quality lager.

If what you want is a simple thirst quencher clearly made from quality ingredients, or just a nice beer to keep around for guests accustomed to macro lager, this is certainly worth considering. I think I'll pour another one now.

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

Probably a classic but just not a lot going on here for the long haul. Meant to be drunk quickly and cold. Classic dark yellow appearance with a tight white head that quickly disappates. Smell is mildly bready malt with Hallertau hop. Taste is a mild bread like a challah style with the tart Hallertau backdrop. Finishes clean and easy.

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.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw color, active carbonation, and a creamy white head. Not much boquet, although you can smell a little bread and grass. Tastes light and malty, with not much hops backing. A semi-dry finish makes this an above-average beer. Not that great compared to Optimator, though.

Photo of surfmeister
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Possibly the best beer brewed...
Appearance: yellow/gold, plentiful white head with good retention to the bottom of the glass, nice to look at
Smell: good malt/yeast aroma jumping from the suds, little hop
Taste: big malt, bread, slight bitterness in the finish but true to the style this is a malt lovers' beer
Mouthfeel: this is where this beer stands out IMHO, full substantial mouthfeel for a "yellow" beer, kept wanting to hold a big gulp in my mouth
Drinkablility: The standard bearer for "yellow" beers

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head was as white as a models teeth. Dissapeared quickly back into the clear golden liquid where it originated. Sweet malt and skunky hops make up the faint aroma. There's more carbonation than flavor in this beer. It tastes the same as it smells. Not a bad beer, just not a whole to it.

Photo of Mustard
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...

Photo of DESTRO
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of proc
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of tang214
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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.

Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
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

Photo of steelreign
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...

Photo of fattychubs
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of yosh
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

Photo of BierManVA
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Photo of putnam
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of hotstuff
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.

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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.

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