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.
BA SCORE
83
good

1,075 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,075
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 32
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
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)
View: Beers (17) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,075 | Reviews: 560 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of RblWthACoz
RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

10-16-2012 21:54:29 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Jason
Jason

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a no freshness date.

Appearance: Glistening golden straw colour holds a decent white lace for some time.

Smell: Crisp graininess with a lemon back and some faint grape tannin as well, a touch grassy from the hops and very clean.

Taste: Fluffy crispness lifts the tongue to feel all of the tiny bubbles, a mild biscuity malt shows some grape tannin off … this show the quality of the brew by the choice malt it was brewed with. Graininess hits with a light bready and faintly lemon note, hops round everything out and seems to clean things up nicely. Long lingering grain and hop finish leaves a trail of dryness.

Notes: One of the originals and some what underrated in my opinion, this brew has no problem pairing with a plate of knock and bratwurst with a tangy kraut and some German potato salad.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 19:05:31 | More by Jason
Photo of russpowell
russpowell

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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
Photo of drabmuh
drabmuh

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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
Photo of WVbeergeek
WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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
Photo of Slatetank
Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-25-2013 14:49:10 | More by Slatetank
Photo of mdfb79
mdfb79

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 6/4/10 notes. Had on tap at Saloon in DC.

a - Pours a golden color with an inch of white head.

s - Smells of yeast, bready malts, and wheat.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, wheat, and bready malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok lager but nothing special. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 00:05:59 | More by mdfb79
Photo of mactrail
mactrail

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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
Photo of Gueuzedude
Gueuzedude

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 01:03:40 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of jwc215
jwc215

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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
Photo of Rochefort10nh
Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9%

12-08-2011 20:01:46 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of Halcyondays
Halcyondays

California

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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
Photo of BlackHaddock
BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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
Photo of Gavage
Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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
Photo of XmnwildX12
XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

12-13-2013 02:48:50 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of barleywinefiend
barleywinefiend

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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
Photo of tempest
tempest

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on a bottle I was sure would be skunk-free. It doesn't have the raw grains and lager yeast flavors of a Weihenstephaner for instance, but it had a decent hop to it. The malt stayed back and the spicy, but somewhat bland, hops dominated. Still, even if the hops weren't crisp, it's not a bad lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 23:59:59 | More by tempest
Photo of wl0307
wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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

Purchased at the Sheffield branch of ALDI supermarket. BB 07/2008, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: yellowish straw in colour, coming with a lively carbonated body and a layer of nice white froth with reasonable retention.
S: floral and lemony upfront, the aroma seems to give out more hop elements than many other Helles Lager I’ve tried; a very mildly tart doughy edge and powdery grains hide underneath. Overall, very clean, subtle, and simple (in a good way).
T: neutrally-flavoured upfront, gradually introducing a faint floral tinge of hops to go with the light grainy theme, while a corn-ish flavour of gristy malts hides at the back, with a faintly syrupy touch in the very end... As the malts retreat, a restrained bitterness manifests itself in the aftertaste, yet everything remains attenuated throughout.
M&D: the mouthfeel is o.k., not too fizzy, befitting the cleanliness just quite well; for a 5.2%abv. Helles Lager, this one comes surprisingly light in maltiness and clean for the palate, while the bitterness level doesn't come sufficient to live up to a Pils-style Lager. Despite being slightly mundane, this beer fares as a well-made, easy-drinking, meal-pairing beer, perhaps working well to wash down some overly-salty Bratwurst~~

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 15:07:10 | More by wl0307
Photo of Billolick
Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2004 01:31:05 | More by Billolick
Photo of dbrauneis
dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at The Tavern in Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light notes of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a lighter amount of cereal grains. There are light to moderate aromas of grassy and spicy hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts with a lighter amount of cereal grain malts contributing just a touch of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of grassy and spicy hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops making it easy to drink and quite enjoyable. A classic example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 20:30:57 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Zorro
Zorro

California

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

Pours a clear yellow beer with a solid white head.

Smell is a lot of grain and a grassy herbal hop scent. Lots of bread and crackers in the malt scent and a little spice is in there from the hops.

Taste is mildly sweet with a lot of herbal hop flavor. And that is about a little malty with a solid hop flavor that finishes clean.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is my standard reference beer by which I measure all the others. Not one thing about this beer is outstanding but nothing is flawed either. Very drinkable and dependable beer choice that isn't that hard to find. I was surprised that I had not reviewed this beer yet when I noticed the omission.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 22:44:07 | More by Zorro
Photo of Georgiabeer
Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-12-2014 03:45:15 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of DoubleJ
DoubleJ

California

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is Bavaria's offering here in the Golden Invitational, and second of four. It must score well here if it wishes to overtake Golden Pheasant for the early lead, and at 3.9, will be a chore. On to the beer:

From a half-liter bottle into a Spaten labled stange glass, it pours into the glass almost perfectly, with a darker clear gold color. The appearance rating gets a jump from sporting in it's brand name's glass, but takes a hit when the head holds up merely okay. Vey clean in the nose, with some dextrin notes. The flavor is clean, a bit grassy, hops and malts don't really dominate the flavor. Good to drink on a warm day, but otherwise I'll take the brand's Pilsner...

..Or Bohemia's offering Golden Pheasant. Spaten Premium is still a satisfying choice, but the beer with the bird on the label holds it's early lead. The South Pacific's offering is the next scheduled tasting here in the Golden Invitational.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 17:14:01 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Wasatch
Wasatch

Utah

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

A - The bottle is brown with some gold tin, pours a clean yellow color, nice carbonation, small head which fizzy's down to some nice lacing through out the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malt, hops, and maybe some citrus.

T - Very nice taste crisp clean and a little sweet, hoppy/malty. Nice kinda dry finish.

M - Light-Medium body. This is a nice balanced brew.

D - Very drinkable. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 00:35:22 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ejimhof
ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

12-09-2011 00:44:09 | More by ejimhof
Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,075 ratings.