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

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Reviews: 581
Hads: 1,277
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 48
Gots: 161 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

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Photo of rarbring
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear light golden beer, a white head leaving some lacing.

A rather weak smell, some malty/sweet notes.

The taste has bread notes, sweet corn flakes, some lemon acidity and a metallic bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, an un-complex body.

Descent, but not very compelling to me. (286 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright shiny strong yellow gold. Excellent clarity. Rocky baseball size snow white head rose above the rim. Whisps of lace dot the glass. Inviting.

Aggressive but pleasant grass/hay aroma. Smells noble.

Taste begins with a soft, delicately sweet malt which gently spills across the tongue. Gentle bitter gradually rises to balancethe sweetness, and then overcome it with a pleasant nip, if not a bite, at the swallow. Nothing big nor anything caustic.

Smooth, mouthfeel has what might be called a light fullness. Enough body so its not airy, but not off putting on a hot summer afternoon either.

Drinkability is just what the doctor ordered at a summer party. Tasty as one, doesn't wear out with several.

A good straightforward helles. A big step up from BMC if not quite as interesting as some of the American micro versions. Buy the completely enclosed twelve pack to protect the dreaded green bottles. A nice example of basic quality German beer in the US. (982 characters)

Photo of apasternak
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in Munich, this is another delicious Germany beer. Simple but delicious. I had this beer a lot when I was in Germany and thought it was delicious. Color is not the darkest I've seen in a beer, but was also not the lightest. Clean, full-bodied flavor. (257 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blinding gold, ultra translucent, small white head, poor retention, decent lace. Slightly hay-like, grassy, very quiet spiciness, the malt is solid but ultimately an unimpressive nose. Very tasty palate, grassy-hay, a murmur of peppery-spice, decent malt undertones, slightly crisp... refreshing. Simple and light… pleasant mouthfeel, easy to drink and enjoyable. I’d recommend it for a ‘cross-over’ beer or for hot summer days. While this is not the best Helles lager, Spaten Premium is a decent and enjoyable beer. (520 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite OK with me. Very pale yellow colour, small head and little lasting, sweetish maltiness, medium bitterness. Highly drinkable, fruity flavour, not too bad in the end. (170 characters)

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

A: Golden filtered, almost no carbonation, 4 fingers of white head with merengue like chunky lacing.

S: Light and malty, some German hops, hay, fermenting hay.

T: Malty, smooth, hay, a little fermenting hay, little bitter hops but very subdued in the background. Light sweetness. A little green herb.

M: Medium bready body, very low carbonation.

O: I love this style, enjoying this Spaten version which is such a classic. (425 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good, solid helles, but not near the top. It has zesty, light hoppy bitterness on a nice bready, malty base.

Bright gold, it has a medium, creamy white head that steadily shrinks to a thin wispy top and leaves only a faint hint of lace.

The aroma has a strong bready-grain character, with flowery-herbal hops. It has a lot of bread and herbs with a hint of lemon.

The taste s zesty with bread and herbs with some toasted grain and lemon. It's somewhat soft and creamy, yet zesty, lightly sweet with a faint hop bite, and a crisp, almost tangy, faintly lemony-herbal finish. It's quite drinkable, but not nearly as good as some others. (649 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i pretty much love all of Spaten's recipes. this pours nicely, laces in little spots and smells very pilsnerly. lager? smells hoppy, tastes very dr; finishes clean with a crisp taste. nice session beer, dry, a little bitter, very germany . . . . wish they would bring back the Club-Weisse.... (292 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale yellow with lots of bubbles and a big dense white head that dissipates quickly. Light, spotty lacing.

Light grassy and sweet grain/corn aromas. Some herbal notes but hard to find.

Decent light malt, dry grain flavors having some sweetness, combined with an instant nondescript bitter bite. Finish is bitter and lightly malty. Decent.

Fizzy enough to keep this highly drinkable, with enough body to know you are drinking something.

This goes down really easy -- very good with food -- no real bold in your face flavors, but thirst quenching and palate clearing. A really decent beer and worth trying. (620 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill haze slightly muddies an otherwise clear golden light orange, a little white head with larger bubbles springs up but doesn't stick around. Lacing is pretty good.

Aroma is grainy, fairly sweet, and bready. Husky fullness also lets in some earthy hop with a lemon tint. The flavor expounds on these themes, with a muted herbal bite from the hops, an allusion toward spice at the finish, and the prevalent light malts with a white biscuit character.

Balance is very good, although lacking in standout qualities. Finish is dry, but slightly thin and indistinct, although certainly not negative. Middle of the road Helles. (631 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to order one when I saw it on tap. Classic crystal clear yellow-gold. Nice head, smells of fresh grasses and grains. Light body as a Lager should have. Medium carbonation with a proper German fizz. Very European flavor. Bitter and malty with an earthy note and a strong yeast flavor. Crisp and sharp. Sort of herbaceous and rather well thought out; taut flavors. Not much depth and not very challenging but a good beer and no doubt the Germans would defend it to the depths of Dusseldorf. (492 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Body is clear yellow body with a small white head.

S: Light skunkiness is noticeable -- love those green bottles. Also florally hops and a hint of fruit -- ripe green apples, I think.

T: Light pale malts with some fruity sweetness up front. Followed by floral hops and a maybe even a touch of daicetyl. Finishes with a mild, lingering bitterness. Makes it somewhat dry, but there's still plenty of fruity sweetness that lingers underneath. Skunky burps.

M: Light-bodied. Lightly carbonated.

D: A decent drinker but for the skunkiness. Would probably be a lot better on tap. (609 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Attractive crisp, clear straw color. Above average sized, light, bubbly, foamy, soapy, white head. Decent retention leaving a thin, whispy lace.

S - Slightly subdued aroma with loads of grainy malt and some bready aroma as well. Some grassy Noble hops. Not bad but nothing spectacular.

T - Grain and bready malt make up a lot of the flavor. Some Granny Smith apple along with a floral/herbal hop flavor that gets stronger on the finish. Slight bitter kick on the finish but it doesn't linger long.

M - Light body with above average carbonation. Zesty and crisp feel that ends pretty fast without much lingering feel.

D - Very drinkable beer that has a nice spicy hop aspect that pairs well with the maltiness. Goes down easy and is refreshing and crisp.

Notes: Nice beer and a good example for the style. Goes down easy and is refreshing. Decent level of hops to contrast with the maltiness resulting in a well balanced, refreshing beer. (946 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Spicy hops, Saaz is my guess, light clean malt base.

Appearance: Painfully clear golden glass crowned by a cream white head that laced wonderfully

Taste: Sweet clean malt overpowers the noble hop, but finds a peaceful balance. This is a bit off for the style (if this IS a Pils) as I expected more hops, but it’s hard to complain. Taste is clean and clear as the appearance.

Mouthfeel: Lively, on the edge of fizzy carbonation. Dry but lip smacking finish.

Overall: Easy drinking. It has been a couple years since I’ve touched a Spaten, I’m glad I’ve revisited it. (589 characters)

Photo of Amalak
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had a bottle of this beer. Extremely clear yellow, to the point that it looks like water with a slight bit of food coloring. Average foamy head that dissipates quickly.

This tastes more like a Pilsner than a lager to me. Bitter if not stale. It is very easy to drink, but doesn't offer much. The initial taste wears off quickly, leaving a highly unimpressive beer. (368 characters)

Photo of armock
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden yellow color with a white head the fades to a thin covering

S - Is mostly of malt with a hint of hops

T - Follows the smell malt with a touch of hops

M - Fairly thin with light carbonation

D - I expected more from Spaten I remember the other beers to be better than this. Over all this is pretty much just an average beer not bad just ok (361 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a couple shades darker than straw with a thin slick of a head that bears little lacing.
S- Smell is of slightly earthy and grassy aromas, with lingering malt sweetness.
T- Rather crackery flavor, with grassy hops and vague apple peel flavors.
M- Good body to it for style, though I found this one somewhat undercarbed.
D- Light, crisp, refreshing. Very drinkable and unlikely to slow you down. All in all a good helles. (428 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear straw gold. Good amount of bubbles rising from the bottom. Large 2-finger foamy white head. Pretty good retention, and so-so lacing.

Smells pretty astringent. Some corn scents coming through, mixed with some of the floral hops scent.

This tastes like a lager, albeit a good lager. There's nothing here that's that unique. Low hop bitterness. Nice malt backbone. Starts with a slight metallic twang that fades after the first few sips.

Crisp clean brew. Decent amount of carbonation. High drinkable quality, but I'd move on to more flavorful beers after this. (585 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellow pils like color with good lacing and head the smell is some noble hops and sweet malts..the taste is crisp and light with a small hop bite it finishes smooth overall a good helles or pils very refreshing and a decent taste its recommended but not one i would buy all that much worth a try (309 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, great lager

appearance: light yellow

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, clear greata taste

mouthfeel: good carbonation

drinkability: very easy and smooth.

Great overall lager. Perfect to switch the bud drinkers over to. (258 characters)

Photo of JDV
1.74/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Typical taste. Light malt, big yeasty, doughiness. I hate it. Piss gold, white head, musty smell and taste and a bit undercarbonated. Call it a dortmunder/helles, but it still is boring, average, and I don't like anything about it. Paid 5.25 for it on tap and left half of it. (276 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a pale golden clear liquid. Thick white fluffy head. A few bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Good head retention and lace. Pale maly, big grassy notes. Light bready malt flavor, good amount of grassy/spicy hops. Maybe slightly oxidized. Light body, high carbonation. Pretty crisp and clean. Good use of hops in this one, give it that "German" flavor. (385 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright gold color with many small carbonation bubbles. White head is small, with OK retention. Leaves almost no lace.

S: Grass, green apple and slight malty sweetness.

T: Grainy malt is bread like. Mild bitterness is spicy, with notes of cloves. Finishes somewhat dry with a lingering maltiness.

M: Medium-light body with the right amount of fizz.

D: Nice session brew. Goes down easily. I could drink several of these in one night. (439 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Boru's, Waterbury, Conn.

A: Poured a rich, golden-straw color with a thin veil of carbonation which disipated about a third of the way down the brew, leaving no lacing.

S: Smells faintly sweet and grainy. There is a slight lemon zest from light hoping in the nose, but it's pretty malty.

T: Sweet, almost sticky bread taste with a mildly zesty citrus-hop backbone. It's mostly sweet, grainy malts, with some corn, and a drying hop taste. Not bad.

M: Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and I'm sure would be more crisp out of the bottle, as there was no real carbonation to this one.

D: A managenable lager with nothing really special to offer, other than the fact it's a decent session lager tastier than Bud. Good for the outing we were on, but not one to stock at home.

It could have been the pour, or the keg this was coming from, but the complete lack of body carbonation, no head retention, and muted flavor sof everything dimmed the experience a bit. However, it's not a funky, imported-tasting brew, and was pretty serviceable, although it ranks low on my list of good Spaten beers. (1,106 characters)

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