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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,204 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 43
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Picked up a mixed 6-Pack of Spaten Optimator and Premium Lager at Trader Joes. The Premium Lager comes in a 12 fluid ounce green glass bottle with a rather plain looking main label.

Appearance: One word, Lager! Pale golden color that has a thick white foam like head that settles to a thin collar, some lacing.

Nose: Some grain, a hint of stale hops and, well, ermm, not much else really.

Taste: I am finding it very hard not to slip into the usual deluge of descriptive Lager similes and explanatory statements that have been written a thousand times before. Some bitterness towards the back end, crisp but desperately thin. *Very* average,

Mouthfeel: I kept searching, but found this to be rather thin to be honest, not quite “wishy”, but certainly “washy” at times, so much so it even had a light washing-up liquid feel to it on the tongue, soapy almost – rather off-putting.

Drinkability: It’s a decent enough drink, which sinks well, but with its inoffensive nose and average taste profile, as well as its light mouthfeel, that’s not really that much of a surprise really. A good thirst quencher though.

Overall: I found this to be a rather average Lager at best to be brutally honest. There are certainly plenty of other similarly priced Lagers, German or otherwise, that are way up my shopping list that I would purchase before this one again. Lacks character.

After the Oktoberfest and the Optimator, I was disappointed.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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

An average, yet solid, German Helles.
Served up bright golden as expected. White head settled out quickly.
Nose is faintly malty and sweet. Touches of spicy hops.
Taste is comprised mostly of (very lightly-) caramel drizzled breadiness. Quietly grainy. A quick jab of spicy hops finishes things. Nothing else is noted.
Not complex in the least, but a decent session choice.
Light-medium in the mouth with steady rolling carbonation. Brainlessly quaffable.
Agreeable, yet remarkably average. But there is nothing here to criticize. If US macros were anything like this, I'd still drink them.

Photo of whartontallboy
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The thin, bone white head quickly recedes. The color of the beer is an extremely pale straw blonde. One of the lighter colored beers I've seen.

smell: Spicy, clean german hops. Clean light malts. The smell is pleasing and unoffensive, but also somewhat boring.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty high, and the body on the heavier side of the lighter range.

taste: A light maltiness offset by spicy, light hops. A decent German pilsener, but nothing to get excited about.

drinkability: pretty drinkable

Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather light straw color with an average white head that left some spot lacing on the glass. The smell is faint, slightly grainy with a touch of grassy hops. The brew has a biscuity malt, a bit metallic, and finishes with a balancing grassy hop. The feel is light almost watery, moderately carbonated, finishes pretty clean. This is a very light Munich Helles, not as complex as the others. However this is a very refreshing brew with no off flavors.

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of threedaggers
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of alexgash
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, clear, golden yellow body with a large, thick, off-white head. Smells of clean, honeyish malt with a pungeant, sea-air hop bouquet. Lean honey biscuit malt flavors up front--lightly sweetened. Snappy hop bitterness flashes. Finishes clean with lingering honey and light bitterness. Not bad. Light to medium bodied with a refreshing feel.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.15/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 6/15/08. On tap. Pours a light golden with good carbonation, small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, some light fruits. Flavor of wheat, skunk, sweet malt. I didn't really like this and it had a funny taste that was sort of skunky. Wouldn't get again.
5/3/4/2/8 (2.2/5)

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Here’s a clear pale, golden colored liquid with two-fingers of brilliantly white soapy foam. Lots of carbonation (just look at the endless upward march of bubbles), nice lace: attractive beer. There’s sweet malt in the nose, along with some vegetal characteristics and a grassy, herbal hop smell. It’s not a powerful aroma, but it is pleasing, and much more appealing than most euro-macro lagers. The taste is composed of a nice malt flavor (pilsner) that’s well balanced. The high carbonation gives the beer a ‘spritzy’ quality that I could have done without. The finish has a mild shot of hop bitterness, along with a lingering semi-sweetness. Medium-light body. This is certainly a lot better than some of it’s direct competitors. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.
Prosit!!

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

752

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a fluted glass.

A - clear, golden color with a fluffy white head.

S - sweet malt and some yeastiness in the aroma.

T - sweet malty taste with just a slight bitterness right before a sweet finish.

M - crisp and light.

D - easy drinking brew.

Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.