1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,133 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,133
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 34
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,133 | Reviews: 563 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cjac
4/5  rDev +8.7%

cjac, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of kobeer
3/5  rDev -18.5%

kobeer, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of BrandonCBeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

BrandonCBeer, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of JWU
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

12oz. botle poured into a tumbler glass

A- A clear straw yellow with a tight white head that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a little lacing down the glass.

S- A straightforward graininess with aromas of lemon peal and white wine tannins. A bit of floral/earthy hops.

T- Clean. A nice mix of everything mentioned in the aroma, the touch of floral hops and tannins finish it out.

M- Medium carbonation, and not over the top on the bubbles like some can be. Light to medium body. Refreshing.

O- Pretty good stuff. Very clean, and nothing off-putting at all.

JWU, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

ExaltedNecrosis, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of ssjkyle
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

whartontallboy, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grainy and biscuit malts plus grassy and spicy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has initial flavors of grain and biscuits followed by spices from the hops in the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very well balanced between the malt and hops and is also quite easy to drink.

metter98, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of FarmerJohnny
4.9/5  rDev +33.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
No freshness date

A - A gorgeous hazy golden-straw color with a nice frothy head.

S - Classic german yeast and hops make this the one of the best smelling Helles Lagers I've experienced. Doesn't beat an IPA though.

T - My first impression is "wonderful." Very clean all around. You can "taste" the floral hops on the finish and it keeps you coming back for more.

M - Very, very clean. The light malt comes through upfront, followed by a crisp finish that makes this very refreshing.

O - Munich Helles Lagers done right are some of my favorite lagers for summer. That being said, this Helles is done to near perfection. Pick up a six pack for yourself and enjoy a summer afternoon (or two or three).

FarmerJohnny, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of kingslotty
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

kingslotty, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of Mikecap
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Mikecap, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of pirmannt1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

pirmannt1, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Garlicjosh
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Garlicjosh, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of SometimesIfart
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%

Poured from a bottle into a Lager glass. Pours a dark yellow in color with a three finger head. Quite nice I guess though nothing special. Pretty much smells of any other lager, Including Adjuncts with some strong skunkiness coming through. Taste is realistically no better than a PBR, Except with some very slight fruitiness. The mouthfeel is pretty much the same as the taste. With no additional flavors coming through, However it is not harsh at all. Overall, It's a pretty average beer. Nothing worth buying in my opinion, I got the bottle for free so I cannot complain

SometimesIfart, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of PearlyGates
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

PearlyGates, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of mk66
4/5  rDev +8.7%

mk66, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of jgebauer110
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

jgebauer110, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of carteravebrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

carteravebrew, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

barbellsNbeers, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of cuy50
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

cuy50, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of mcss
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

mcss, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Miz77
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Miz77, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of rabiddawg
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

rabiddawg, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

StoutHunter, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of jdt
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jdt, Jun 06, 2012
Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,133 ratings.