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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

1,003 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1003
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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fx20736

New York

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a straight sided pint glass.

I normally avoid beer in green bottles but as this is brewed by the same group that makes Franziskaner I decided to take a chance. I did let it sit for 3 minutes with the cap off before pouring even though I didn't detect any skunkiness.

Poured a 1 inch snow white head, pretty to look at. Beer is golden colored with subdued carbonation.

Aroma is bready malt and grassiness with a slightly sour smell.

Mouthfeel is very full without being thick or slippery.

Taste, mild Noble hop bitterness quickly fades and the finish is dry and pleasing. After I took a few sips I thought, where's the aftertaste? But there really isn't any, just a slightly sour dryness that is very pleasant.

This beer is a marvel, it doesn't try to surprise or overwhelm you, it just presents itself quietly as a wonderful, enjoyable drink. Until knocked down this will be a Summer Regular in my fridge.

This is yet another Euro Beer that proves that most American Beers are generations away from the fine quality enjoyable beers made in Germany, Belgium and England.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 21:44:10 | More by fx20736
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robnewhart

California

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one surprised me. Friend drank the Optimator, but I am not a big fan of heavy beers so I thought I would try their Lager with a friend. Used standard beer mugs chilled and after first taste, we both looked at each other with surprise at how good it went down.

It had a good head, with a nice and not overpowering hoppy smell and just the right amount of carbonation for my liking. The taste is surprising, as it is a very smooth beer going down, as opposed to a sharp taste of my regular beer, Pacifico, with no bitter aftertaste.

I use this often as a celebration beer as an alternative to Pacifico, my regular daily beer. This beer was a pleasant surprise and is definitely a beer I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 00:39:09 | More by robnewhart
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txbrew81

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden straw. Decent head that doesn't last very long.

S: Bready sweet smell with some grassy hops.

T: Sweet and malty but fairly dry finish. Very clean.

M: Good carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: Pretty solid beer. Not the best in the world but you could derfinately do worse for a helles.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 21:18:17 | More by txbrew81
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nickthetick

Maryland

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

A: pours a clear straw into an American shaker with a thin skim of white head that doesn't hang around at all.

S: pale light malts and grassy hops.

T: sweet malt, biscuit like. There is a nice hop presence, pine like and grassy with some light lemon notes that linger on the tongue.

MF: crisp and very refreshing, surprisingly effervescent.

O: good lager, I would buy it again for lawn mowing purposes.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 00:31:29 | More by nickthetick
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jlb502

California

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

A: It's yellow. Maybe a yellow shade of gold? Straw yellow? Yellowy yellow?

S: Lager, biscuits and a little bit of honey graham cracker.

T: I like it. Sweeter than it is dry but the dryness is there. Doughy, some butter and a little bit more of that honey graham.

M: NIce carbonation, good body. It works in a way that doesn't draw attention.

O: I think this beer is done very well though I'll probably re-consider the overall rating once I've tried more from this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 04:18:25 | More by jlb502
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JednoPivoProsim

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a bright white head. Little carbonation, calm and thick looking.

Smell: Grassy metallic notes. Standard European lager nose.

Taste: Outstanding biscuity flavor. Not too sweet and not too hoppy. Just a perfect helles.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full beer. A slight bite of carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: I thought I wouldn't feel so strongly about a relatively standard (plain?) style of beer, but this is perfect right now. I have been craving something to balance out the range of over-malty to uber-hoppy beers I have been drinking for the last six months. It also satisfies a nice balance between hoppy Czech (my usual favorite) and dry German pilsners. Spaten hits the spot!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 22:31:42 | More by JednoPivoProsim
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xylophonica

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I drink this beer semi-regularly and just realised I'd never reviewed it!
For this review I'm drinking from bottled stock, poured into a 500ml Paulaner signature glass.

A - Cloudy golden amber colour. Few carbonation bubbles and a only a slight head.

S - Plenty of wheat and sweet fruits. Slight hint of citrus as well, maybe some zesty orange.

T - Nice mild lager flavour with good helpings of malt. The same orange zest comes through on the palate and is quite refreshing - very tangy. Dash of herbs in there somewhere as well.

M - Solid coating of malt initially offset by some wild tangy sensations and a more bitter aftertaste.

O - Solid example of this style. Can be consumed in copious amounts without any problems. Have experienced this on tap on many occasions but the bottled product is just as good.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 12:26:41 | More by xylophonica
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with great yellow clarity and a frothy white head. Aroma is definitely skunky, in a light, green bottle, not weed kind of way.

Nice spritzy effervescent feel to the beer, maybe noble or golding hops, very light malt bill to the beer. Skunky lemon, green apple to a much lesser degree. Skunky, yet crisp.

Very light aftertaste, good bitterness, this is a great beer to have with food when you don't want a big beer to drown out the food flavor you are pairing it with. A decent palate cleanser as well, without being water or watered down.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 17:51:12 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Cmack15

Massachusetts

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

I am on a really big lager kick lately and picked up a bottle of Spaten last time I was at the store. The beer has a nice light golden color and good carbonation. The aroma is a nice sweet malty lager smell that makes you thirsty. The taste is nice sweet malt with just a hint of noble hops. The beer is very refreshing and easily a session beer. I would say this a great beer to pair with a meal too since it won't leave you full or thrash your palette. Nice smooth refreshing, enjoy
cheers

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 17:25:05 | More by Cmack15
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Cozzatoad

Italy

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Golden, a bit less pale than usual, perfect see-through. Quite small but enough persistent white and very small bubbled head. Little and not persistent lacing

S- Pilsnerish. Fresh herbal notes are what first comes to mind, malts are quite on the low side if compared to most Hells but they bring a light but very clean biscuit aroma. Some lemon undernotes might be noticed

T- Very rich and complex for the style. Malts are very delicate, giving a smooth biscuity flavour. Hops are quite strong with lemon and some fresh herbal notes: i think i can clearly recognize saaz, but there may be some more. The best thing about hops is that they can be felt not only on the tongue, they also bring freshness on the back of the palate. Super clean finish

M- Carbonation is vivid and has the beer feeling quite rich on the palate. It does not get aggressive cause the persistent and fluffy head gives the mouthfeel a very soft feel. This is still not enough to competely hide a quite too light body

O- Very refreshing and an easy drinker; very rich taste for the style though

I was a huge fan of Spaten Hell when i started drinking good beer some 3/4 years ago. In tasting it again after quite a long time i was expecting a bit of a letdown. I'm instead very glad, this is one the best Hells out there

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 14:30:00 | More by Cozzatoad
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idurra

Maine

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

A- Clear straw color, with a white and frothy head.

S- Grass and citrus smell.

T- More malty than hoppy, the citrus smell becomes a crisp and lemony taste. Taste is steady from one sip to the other.

M- Medium body and a rather clean finish. Carbonation is a little on the vivid side, tingly on the tongue.

O- Pleasant beer that goes well alone or as an accompaniment to medium to high boldness foods. The lack of complexity does not make the beer any less pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 00:55:03 | More by idurra
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mdunman

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy gold pouts a big white head and has plenty of linger.

S: Hint of malt and a sharp tinge of bitter, lemony hops

T: Smooth biscuit up front with a transition to the lemony hops and a calm finish.

M: Light body, good carbonation and a smooth feel

Very enjoyable. Crisp, smooth and a good amount of flavor for such a simple beer. I'll make sure to get some more of these on some hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 03:53:57 | More by mdunman
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another German pilsner... So much of these out there. The beer is a hellish gold color with fluffy white head on it. The brew is light bodied and has flavors of some hops, malts and fresh cut grass. The grassy flavors aren't too strong in the this which is nice. I can drink this beer if I have too, I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:49:41 | More by Knapp85
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

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

On tap at Bier Markt in downtown Toronto.

Poured into a Spaten stange glass. Pale golden in colour, the pour left a billowy white head, which receded into a fine ring. Lacing patches throughout the pint.

Nose is grainy, sweet, soft floral hops, apple peel.

Tastes like many other Oktoberfest lagers I've had over the years, though this is a good thing! Sweet, mild hop character, lemon, apple, some bread/graininess. Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, easy drinker.

A tasty Oktoberfest-style lager, refreshing an easy to quaff in large quantities. Nothing exciting about the brew, but you can tell that this brew is crafted well for summer/festival consumption.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 05:52:24 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Kelly88

Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at cock and bull served in your standard pint.

A- straw yellow that is translucent with a magnifying glass effect. White head holds up for a short while That recedes to a uniformed group of condensed white bubbles.

S- my nose is telling me straight lager yeast with a Tad of musty basement. Maybe some wheat in the mix. Pretty plain and uneventful.

T- honestly it is a bmc lager on roids. More straightforward yeast and hops that fade to a rice type flavor. Reminds me of a ' double ' Miller lite.

M- light and crisp, very easy to drink. Good carbonation That is not to prickly like most lagers.

Overall not a very flavorful beer. Tastes are lacking But the criteria for the style is good. For me its not very good, I like more complexity in my beers

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 23:59:03 | More by Kelly88
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JMad

Texas

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

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The liquid is a pale golden, yellow with a soapy white head . Smells of hay and skunk with hints of lemon. When you take a sip there is a slightly bitter lemony hop bite with other grassy hop notes and a base of bready malt. It is light with lots of prickly carbonation and it has a dry finish. This is a good German lager, it's solid all the way around.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 01:24:09 | More by JMad
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Hellabeerguzzler

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, straw-colored liquid with white head.

Simple and charming aroma with barley/wheat and some citric character and the taste follows similarly - not lemony but a light lager with a mildly citric finish. I find the taste very good, the mouthfeel smooth. This is a nice barley malt lager with a light crispy style and a nice hop character. What's not to like?

Very, very drinkable. You could really enjoy a few pints of this with no problems whatsoever. Okay, I could.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 22:48:46 | More by Hellabeerguzzler
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alankwak

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden bright with good carbonation. Fine head with good head retention and lacing.

S: Light here. Not much in the way of hopiness but that's proper for the style.

T: Yes. Outstanding. Light grassy notes and extremely smooth. Some Sazz flavor with some malt evident.

M: Full to medium mouthfeel. Light enough as a session beer but still of the highest quality in a lager.

D: Shoooot. This is of the highest quality. I would put this up in there with the best of them. If this were a pils I'd say it wasn't hoppy enough but it's not. For this style an excellent beer!!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 02:25:23 | More by alankwak
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold and crystal clear with the patches of foam, that always look like mold to me, floating on top.
I love the smell, lemony with a touch a sourness.
Taste is typical helles light and not much of it.
Smooth and easy drinking , this is a perfect hot weather cutting the grass beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 19:10:17 | More by confer
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barknee

New York

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the "Mini-Keg" (can we call that "on tap"?) Spaten premium pours the quintessential 10k gold color with a wispy head that lasts long enough for you to admire it and bring it to your lips without having to indulge in a massive intake of foam.
Clean, relatively light in body with a underlying taste of citric lemon, this brew can be quaffed endlessly without any challenge. Slightly off-dry in the mouth and totally refreshing, this brew satisfies without being over the top or over endowed. A great all around, year long lager that is authentic and genuinely Germanic and satisfies with ease.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 23:50:38 | More by barknee
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Erish

Illinois

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

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. No freshness date.

A: clear, brilliant yellow-gold color, an aggressive pour produced a short-lived but lovely eggshell-colored head that quickly falls into a very scant cap with adequate lacing.

S: Germanic sulfurous yeast funk, a very nice core of bread-like malty aroma, some corn, a hint of herbal hop and a bit of steeliness on the nose from the abundant carbonation.

T: The funk mixes with the malty flavors up front, and then there is a definitive corn flavor in the middle, the finish is crisp, dry, and grainy. Simple but effective.

M: medium to light bodied, lightly silky to watery texture, abundant carbonation makes for a crisp finish.

D: I am quickly becoming a huge fan on Munich beer! I suppose since they have been doing it since the beginning of time, they ought to know how to do it right.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 23:53:02 | More by Erish
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bgreg3

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purity law kicks ass. Why can't american premies brew this pure? Perfect balance of water hops and malt. A bit grassy hop bite that is subsided by malt. Easy drinking beer can easily put away several pints of this beer. The Mouthfeel is a bit tingly on the front of the tongue but goes away in a second.

My girlfriend notes this doesn't taste good with pretzels and I would agree.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 18:38:24 | More by bgreg3
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

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

Spaten premium pours a light golden color with a centimeter or so of white foam. Given the size and look of the foam, it left considerable lacing. The aroma is inviting with doughy bready notes. A light mouthfeel with some buoyant carbonation. Grainy malt along with some starchiness begins on the palate. As the beer moves back the mild hops balances the subtle beginning. This is a well rounded beer. A classic refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 00:33:54 | More by BeardedBoffin
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laituegonflable

Australia

2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale metallic gold, clear colour but the slightest hint of haze. Slow carbonation bead trailing up to a snowy white head that's sunk to a thin film, leaving some nice sticky lacing around. Looks quite good, I guess.

Smells grainy, with a sweet alcohol kind of aroma. Pearl barley notes with a touch of honey and some corn characters as well. Some unpleasant bready notes but a fairly pleasant hop character backing up with some earthy sourness. Not enough, though, to cover that yeasty note. Not bad, but bland.

Taste is a little unpleasant at times. Mild maltiness on the front with some barley and corn balanced with a touch of honey. This evolves into bready grain on the mid with a yeasty note that doesn't last. Finish is largely phenolic with a real medicinal hop character. Too pungent, really, to be overly clean and doesn't contrast well enough to knock out the sweetness which continues to the finish. Once I adjust to the flavour, it becomes a milder but it could be a lot cleaner and better balanced.

Feels alright in the mouth, there is a spice to the back, body is a bit over-full and could be crisper, but sits quite well with me otherwise.

Yeah, palatable enough once you get over that medicinal finish. But nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 03:16:24 | More by laituegonflable
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ELN

Washington

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

i got this at trader joes for $1 in the mix-n-match place. i saw it at wal-mart last time i was there. i'm not sure i've drank this before. it's been in the freezer for 2 hours.

serving type: bottle
appearance: drinkin from bottle. :(
smell: light hops
taste: malt and citcus. it's like mineral water and heineken
mouthfeel: slightly over average
drinkability: this comes off as kind of a high class beer. i think it's mainly the label. there's like 5 or 6 imported beers with the same-looking label and taste as this. i'm not real interested in the flavor. i'm not going to buy a six of it anytime soon. it was nice to visit.

the label says: MALT LIQUOR. good! i was feeling cheap. ;)

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 08:15:01 | More by ELN
Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,003 ratings.