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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

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Ratings: 1003
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%


Brewed by:
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2004 04:04:42 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Pours a clear light orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grape juice, and some slightly skunky aromas that disappear after the pour. Taste is of sweet malt/grain and some grape juice and fruity flavors. There is a slight hop bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. There is a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good and easy to drink lager that is pretty refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 01:34:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Minimally dusted yellow-gold, not quite pale enough to be called straw. While the beer itself is average at best, the head is a looker. Big, cottony white and supremely tacky, it displays a moonscape surface and results in a considerable amount of thick, pocked lace in rings and vertical streamers (that ultimately, and unfortunately, lacks adherence).

I question the pilsener classification, especially since the brewery doesn't think it's a member of that style and already brews a beer called Spaten Pils (note: the BA style has since been changed). The nose isn't very pilsener-like; which, to me, means that it isn't very noble hoppy. Nobles are definitely in use, but they're countered effectively, and even trumped, by a pale malt sweetness.

The beer tastes like a Euro pale lager to me, and a pretty good one at that. Like the nose, the flavor consists of malt and hops in nearly equal measure. Semi-sweet pils malt provides an effective base on which the floral hops are arrayed. While they don't soar as they would in a true pilsener, their flavor and bitterness contributions are an effective counterweight and turn this into a well-rounded, flavorful lager.

Is a well-made beer necessarily a good one? That simple question would, undoubtedly, provide many hours of passionate beer geek discussion. I won't attempt to answer it here. This beer is definitely the former and is kinda, sorta the latter. It doesn't really grab me though. It doesn't stand out sufficiently in any one area to be considered head-and-shoulders above its peers.

Thanks to the generous amount of malt, the mouthfeel is medium in heft and is firmly smooth (if that doesn't alert the oxymoron police). The quality of the carbonation is just about perfect: enlivening and peppy, yet not annoyingly so. The more I focus on the mouthfeel, the more I like it.

Spaten Premium Lager is good, solid beer. If there was any justice in the world, this kind of balanced, should-appeal-to-all flavor profile would be embraced by BMC as the blueprint for their standard lagers. Maybe then I could get some degree of enjoyment out of those occasions when I'm forced to drink their products.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 13:34:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Enjoyed this one on tap last night at Barleys as well. It had been a long time since I had a Spaten, and wanted to try it again, but had not seen it on tap in a good long while, needless to say I proceeded to order up a pint straightaway!

Appearance - Poured your classic German lager, with a bright yellowish amber color, and amazing clarity. A rush of carbonation to the top of the glass never really abated throughout the session and kept it lively all night. A nice soft one inch foam pillow came over the top but did not last long, leaving it completely bare after just a few minutes.

Smell - The aroma was alright. Loaded down with malts and not much else, it came across a bit one sided. Lots of grain here, with a touch of a bready aroma, and maybe the slightest hint of clove, but that could have just been me imagining it.

Taste - The flavor was crisp and clean, a hallmark for the beer. Not much of an aftertaste, and it was very refreshing indeed. Light bready malts, and a good bit of grain were all readily present. Nice light earthy aftertaste had just a touch of bitter to it, but all of it faded off rather quickly in the end.

Mouthfeel - A simple medium bodied lager there is really not much to discuss here. Not too thin, or too thick. Good carbonation and a solid body. This was you classic German Lager.

Drinkability - Come on now, it Spaten! You can throw these down with brute force without much coming between them. It is an easy drinker that can be sessioned all day and all night. Light ABV and a clean profile.

Overall it was the classic Spaten I remember. Of course it pales to what I normally drink now, but back in the day this was as solid as they come. I am glad this can be gotten again as it is the a quintessential part of any good lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2008 14:50:43 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest head that does a good job in the lacing department

Smell: Grainy aroma with a clear presence of the underlying malt

Taste: Malty, bready flavors up front that are joined by by light fruity bitterness, mid-palate; herbaciously light friuty bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Excellent example of the style; crisp and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 02:23:33 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A terrific thirst quencher. Looks a solid straw in color and crystal clear. Forms a fairly dense head that lingers at about 1/4". Smells lightly malty, vegetal, herbal, and hoppy. Tastes lightly sweet; on the side of light honey or powdered sugar. Hop balance is present in the flavor and bitterness. This brings out an herbal character. Through the body, light apple flavors rise and remain through the finish. The body is medium and carbonated. Coats the mouth nicely without being buttery. Finishes crisply and suddenly without drying. Only mild hop flavors persist in the aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2005 12:43:25 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice straw color with some lively carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is aromatic with a bit of floral and herbal hops, though mostly light bread and grain. Taste is slightly bitter with some grain and straw. Feel brigs brisk carbonation leading to some pretty good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 12:18:40 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 00:27:52 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a foamy, white head.

Smell: Lightly skunky nose with notes of spicy, floral hops, pale malts, and the tiniest bit of apple fruitiness.

Taste: Light pale malts with a pinch of sugary sweetness followed by flowery, spicy hops with a mild, restrained bitterness. Very minor hint of Golden Delicious apples. Finishes dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Aside from the souring skunkiness, it's a fine, enjoyable lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 02:58:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I liked the nice gold color to it medium sized head wich left a good lace that stayed for quite awhile.Very grainy,sweet minerally aroma very malt accented.Pretty clean tasting a hint of hops in the finish,a little thin in the mouthfeel department though.A pretty good lager better than the American giants but not as good of its European partners.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2003 05:50:21 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at bauer's Brauhaus.

Watchin' Jeopardy! and drinkin' German brews. Good times. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived white foam. The nose comprises grass, flowers, light wheat, and a very light twist of lemon. The taste takes a simpler tack, rocking just wheat and flowers, almost pilsner-like. The body is pretty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a decent helles lager, but lacking any kind of real character, any kind of discerning remarks, so to speak. It's nowhere near bad, just not something I would aim for, especially with other quality German choices around.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 22:57:07 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

Balance is the key to a brilliant pilsener, and Spaten's Premium Lager has it. Beyond it's typically crystal-clear golden body and bright-white head lies a perfectly balanced combination of grassy and mildly spicy hops amidst a grainy and mildly sweet malt. It's nose is bright and welcoming with the hops and malt taking turns in appearance, but also working together to deliver a more concise presentation. The flavor follows along the same lines; and it's "rich" and exciting without being overly bold. It's malt is nicely grainy, and softly sweet with suggestions of Munich malts; and it acts as the perfect, supple, blanket on which to lay its grassy and spicy hop flavors. It's components are distinct, but always kept in check. Even it's bitterness is solid and clearly present, but not aggressively bold. This is a southern German pilsner that's balanced with a gentle hand and formulated for drinkability - and it succeeds!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 15:27:34 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.45/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, a decent hops burst, but a little skunkiness as well.

T: The taste starts out with a light sweetness that quickly fades into a mild & dry burst of hops bitterness and a pale flavor of grain. The after-taste is bready and bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, definitely not one of the better beers in the style. I could drink a few of these, it would only be if I had very little else to choose from.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 01:56:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L Brown bottle
Pours light golden/straw colored and effervescent with a 2 fingers deep white head. Very good head retention and good lacing

Smell: Grassy and malty smells

Taste: Sweet, clean and malty. Slight alcohol taste sneaks in as the beer warms. Finishes crisp with lemon notes and slightly fruitty

MF: Nice balance, very good carbonation

Drank very easy, super impressed that this stood up so well from its swim across the pond. Brings bak memories of a gasthaus we frequented in Garmisch (Spaten joint that was walking distance from the campground & had stellar food) Great summer time session bier

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 03:25:29 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

0.5 L is the appropriate size to have of this beer. Served in a wheat beer glass for some reason. Beer looks like a cartoon a child would draw of a beer, its yellow, light, clear, heavily carbonated, nice white head that falls away but doesn't leave lacing on the glass. This is the type of beer that when its poured, enhanced sound effects are needed, fade aways to running horses or a close up of a thumb rubbing ice off of a glass, this is a real beer.

Joking aside, it smells like pilsner malt and its a little sweet but has an edge to it. Smells exactly what I expect it to smell like.

Beer has an odd late bitterness at the back that lingers in what could, if I were more cynical, could be described as an aftertaste, but its not a swallow flavor its a late grainy/hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is like water,seriously, its wet and thin and light, easy drinking for sure. The forward of the beer is mildly sweet and middle falls a little flat. It finishes well, except for that distracting bitterness. Its pretty good and I'd have it again. Its a good lawnmower beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 01:44:13 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear golden-yellow color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of caramel malts and lightly hopped.

T - It tasted very clean. Malty and slightly bitter with hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good German brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 02:15:17 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 01:03:40 | More by Gueuzedude
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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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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Usual brown 500ml bottle, labelled as the Munchner Hell. Best before Mar 2012, poured into two pilsner stemmed tulips.

The beer was reviewed in a blind tasting along side the Spaten Pils: this beer was slightly dark in its golden colour and smoother, meaning softer and so bitter as the Pils.

Looks good, as already stated it is a good rich gold colour, a thin white head tried to hang around, but like all beers I've had in this style, it failed to stay for long.

No real smell, gets my usual score of 3 for a non-smelling pilsner/lager/helles.

Although there is a hop feel to it, its not harsh or too bitter (like its Pilsner brother).

Easy to drink and I could see myself drinking this sort of brew on a hot summers day in a Munich bier garden.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 12:11:02 | More by BlackHaddock
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pils glass

The smell is of sweet grass with some fresh grass and a tpuch of fruitiness. No Euro skunk here.

The taste is of fresh, sweet malt balanced by oily, slightly fruity hops. Light, clean refreshing finish.

It has a nice body for the style. Very smooth.

For a green bottled Euro this is very nice. Holds up well. Nice taste with a smooth, refreshing feel. Good choice for a "session".

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 23:37:12 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2004 18:43:11 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2004 20:11:08 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown half-liter bottle with regal label.

A: Golden yellow, with white rocky head, good retention.

S: Bready malt, some floral hops, nothing too substantial, also a slight sulfur, mineral content.

T: Malts upfront, with slight acidity due to the carbonation, hops come through in the aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied, dry, somewhat spritzy, excellent for the style.

D: Very refreshing, immensely drinkable, easily available locally, and cheap - a good summer choice.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 05:36:50 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

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

Popping the top releases that hoppy aroma that does have a whiff of skunk, but perfectly pleasant. Fairly sharp with a light body, but nothing watery about it. Golden color with a fairly coarse head. Pleasant flavor with that same hoppy fragrance as you sip. A touch of malt and a little more sweet than typical lagers.

Not a bad drink but probably needs to be icy cold and really fresh so you get a nice froth. Seems to be all about the perfume of the hops. Modestly bitter aftertaste. In the right mood this could be fine, but it is a little unusual.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 05:01:34 | More by mactrail
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured golden yellow color with plenty of carb. and a small fizzy white head that reduced to a ring with no lacing. First sip and taste was that of classic German pils .vWhat I did like about this was that it didn't have the overwhelming skunk taste that accompanies many German beers, if i'm going to drink German beers the Munich styles are my first choice. Very clean, fresh and crisp with a small hop finish on the end.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 19:50:00 | More by barleywinefiend
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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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