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

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Reviews: 584
Hads: 1,307
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 20.98%
Wants: 51
Gots: 183 | FT: 0
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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 Gagnonsux
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a refrigerator sized mini-keg. I think it was about 5L in size. Instructions are clearly marked, but freshness date is some random numerical code. Color is golden straw, head isn't too big due to the small size of the keg spigot; I couldn't get the beer to come out fast enough to create good head. Smell is grainy with some typical German maltiness. Taste is nicely balanced, with grain taste paired with light malts. Maybe just a bit of lemon flavor. This is crisp and very drinkable. Another German beer in a long line that I enjoy.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very decent pilsener on tap at Clark's Ale House #2. Blond yellow with Nice head, foam and retained lace, smooth and crisp. Unoffensive easy drink. Spot of citrus lemon, refreshing. Malts so somewhat sweet and leads to bitterness in aftertaste. Better with stronger carbonation, have it on tap.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very clear and pale, huge head off the get go, but the head settled down quickly, but hung around. Smell of floral hops, taste is crisp at first, with a slight malty finish. Thick mouthfeel for style, aggresive carbonation. A very nice to style beer.

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Photo of beragg
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer out of a 1-gallon keg. It poured golden, but with little head (I think this had to do with the way the tap worked and I was doing this at an akward angle). The aroma was sweet floral hops. The taste was where it was at though. When this sweet lager hit my taste buds, I was in Heaven. This beer was sweet, but not soda sweet. It was just the right thickness and coated my mouth well. Drinkability is high. This is a beer I could drink a lot of and it's just the right strength for that too. All in all a great German lager.

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Photo of oelergud
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first I thought this beer to be the Spaten Münchner Hell, but the bottle is different and their website has this beer named Spaten Premium Lager.
Very pale golden body with a white head that dissipates quickly to a thin foam with thicker islands of head floating atop. lace is somewhat decent, tiny to medium bubbled.
Grass, floral and malty scents makes up the nose.
Taste is hay and grass with a slight caramel maltiness to it. Aftertaste is mostly caramel with a slight hoppy grass/hay-ness to it.
Full bodied lager, leaves a good coating and feels pretty smoth.
Definitely one of the best lagers I've had so far.


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Photo of Bierman9
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I sampled this for the first time at the WaWi Biergarten in München, vom Faß in a litre Maß...
Has a solid, clear, rich golden color. Nice foamy white topping...recedes rapidly to about a 1/8" layer, but laces well. Very toasty malt, and bready notes, in the nose. A hint of hops makes a play here too. Medium bodied throughout, with an ever-so-slight roughness. Doesn't detract, though. Maltiness in the flavor is less than suggested by the nose. Lightly bready, but with a stronger hop presence. Bitters the tongue at the finish. A good Helles, but not one I'd yearn for.

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3


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Photo of scriabin
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a golden color and moderate head. The taste is very malty, with some lovely floral overtones. It's a very well balanced lager that goes down quite smoothly and deserves multiple offerings. It does have a strong malt flavor, which isn't for everyone, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a light yellow body, foamy white head forms, fairly good retention

Smell, slight whiff of grain, malty with almost a hint of sweetness

Taste, crisp and dry, malty body with a dry, floral hop finish

A fairly good lager, not anything special but has good level of drinkability

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Photo of RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is a nice, deep yellow with a huge, pillowy head. The head is like lumps of shaving cream and leaves some beautiful lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – The Munich Lager aroma is very pleasing. The grain is easy on the olfactory bulb. This is one mellow nose.

Taste – The light grain from the nose turns a bit orangish at the taste. This is a very even flavor. The hops are done just right and provide excellent balance.

Mouthfeel – This big lager is medium-bodied and heavy. The carbonation is light and feels terrific. This one also packs a huge dry wallop at the end.

Drinkability – This Helles Lager is a bit rough around the edges but good and very drinkable. It’s a classic.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours translucent straw pils colored with a nice white head. Grainy malt aroma and a nice kettle hop bitter aroma, too. Fresh and clean smelling. Light sweet grain taste and a fruitiness that combines with the hops to come across as lightly citric. Carbonation is ample and enhances the overall experience on the palate. In my exploits of sampling loads of beer, sometimes it's nice to revert back to a beer that it reminiscent of what I drank in my teenage years, though this is way better than some of the swill I drank back then...

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Photo of merlin48
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Helles pours a clear, pale yellow body with a 4 cm, white, rocky, head. Good head retention, and attractive patch lacing all over the glass.

Nice aroma has lemony hops up front with a roasted grain background.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with even carbonation and a light body. Clean and smooth.

The taste is crisp with carbonation, and features a well executed balance of lemony hops and soft, grainy, maltiness that evokes the flavor of unsalted crackers. Finish is crisp and smooth, with a clean aftertaste.

Very drinkable! Excellent for the style. I could enjoy a few of these. In fact, I think I will.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear and golden. Carbonation evident in the number of bubbles. Head is thick, with a grassy straw aroma. Almost buttery scent. Hops dominate taste, but come with a although heavy feel on the palate, are easily accepted. Not overly bitter at all. Floral hops shine in this one. There is just enough malt pushing through to give it balance. Overall, very crisp and well balanced beer.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Crystal clear straw gold with absolutely exuberant fine carbonation--pour it and stand back. Pure white, rocky, sticky head with good retention. Some lacing. Not the most interesting looking beer out there, but good for the style.

Smell: Again, not exciting, but good for the style. Strong, pilsner-like hop aromas with a very vague, lightly toasted malt sweetness underneath.

Taste/Mouthfeel: OK, now this I didn't expect. The beer has an unmistakable orange flavor. There's nothing in it that tastes like an orange, per se, it's just that the citrus character of the hops and the particular sweetness of the malt combine for an pronounced orange taste--I've never had a beer quite like this. The beer finishes with a typically bitter, drying hop finish, albeit with a bit more citrus bite than I'm used to in a lager. The mouthfeel is quite light, but there is a slightly coating quailty. The carbonation (which does settle down after a while) gives the beer a crisp zing.

Drinkability: Quite light and crisp with a very unique and pleasant flavor. Works for me.

This beer came to me as quite a surprise, as it might to anyone who expected a typical, somewhat bland lager. Unique and very refreshing, a great summer beer

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Photo of aaronbeach69
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

ehhh... a very typical lager

appearance: very very clear, very light golden

smell: a very good lager aroma,

taste: tangy on the edges of your tounge, but very smooth

mouthfeel: a little to light for me... it is a lager so I'll give it that .. but it lacks some substance

drinkability: very very drinkable..too drinkable... goes down like carbonated water...but is this a good thing...the only thing holding back its drinkability is that that taste becomes boring fast and starts to build up its boringness

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

This is a fairly good representation of the style, which almost tends to be unexceptional by definition. Nevertheless there's some elegance about it- any misstep in production or design would be immediately noticeable- and a nice seamless quality. It has a pleasantly restrained nose, slightly favoring the spicyness of the hops. It finishes soft and slightly malty.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw color and clear. White head, leaves alot of wispy lacing. bready nose. Floral/grainy hops. Mild malt notes in the center. Light bodied, crisp and pleasant. Prickly carbonation on the tongue late. Quality lager, very nice in summer. Good session brew.

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Photo of Dmann
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a mini-keg of this at a little party tonight. It poured a medium gold color with a very nice white head that settled after about 5 minutes and left nice lace down my glass. The smell was quite malty with a very bread like scent overall. The taste was very smoothe and was largley dominated by a thick maltiness. Slight grain and apple flavors were there as well and pretty much no hoppiness to it whatsoever. The mouthfeel was quite flat, I'm thinking the mini keg might have gone flat or it was not tapped right or something. All in all it was a good easy drinking beer that went very well with the pizza and bean dip.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I hadnt had this beer in a while, as I usually leery of green bottles. But BiermanVa left a couple over at my casa after a cook out and well Im not gonna let it go to waste. Pours a nice clear golden hue with a fluffy almost pure white head. Smell was crisp with the typical German lager hoppiness, with a bit of the sweetness of the malt coming through as well. Taste was clean and crisp, a bit of slightly sweet maltiness at first which was washed away by the nice crisp drying noble hops.. A bit prickly on the tongue with the carbonation, but still nice.. Very drinkable, I can see being able to suck these down with abandon on a hot summer day. I would certainly pick up a few of them this summer, especially in the 5 liter keg which cant get light struck.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is better known as Spaten Premium in North America. München is host to quite a few well reknowned breweries, and Spaten is certainly one of them. While they also brew the acclaimed Optimator doppelbock and the Franziskaner wheat brews, their Premium beer (a Münchner helles type lager) is a rather average offering. It does a very good job as serving as a thirst quencher, but it turns out to be rather neutral and bland flavored.

This beer pours a bright yellow/gold color with a nice 2 finger white foam that lasts about 30 to 40 seconds. The aroma consists of a somewhat sugary sweet fruity smell mixed in with some husky grain aromas/grassiness. Surprisingly this sample was not lightstruck. The mouthfeel is thin yet well carbonated. The taste was also a bit sweet, consisting of light malts and fruity sweetness. Those flavors seems to meld together to form a brew that is a bit bland and unexciting. The hops were not too noticable either and just added some mild dryness to the finish. This dryness continued into the aftertaste where a light tart green apple flavor arose, and the beer concluded with very little alcoholic warmth.

I did like this beer, even if it was a bit neutral and unexciting. Having a fresh sample probably did wonders for this beer. This beer can be used to wash down some wursts and spaetzle with no problem. As an average everyday beer, Bitburger might be a slightly better choice.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spaten lies between the German macros (like Becks and St. Paulie) and the world class pils/lagers (like Paulaner, Urquell, Bitburger, etc). Clean, smooth, crisp. Leans more towards the malt as opposed to the hops (appropriately for the style). Just doesn't quite have the body and overall flavor of the best lagers. This would always do, but I rarely buy it because there are better beers to be had for a similar price.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of sprackops
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.