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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,193 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 1,193
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 41
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-08-2001)
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Photo of Ricochet
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

#200 should be a traditional beer. Yes, and a traditional german beer beverage. It's this one. It fits. German pils. Color is, well, yellow, Head went fairly quick, small carbonation bubbles, average for style. Smell was , the typical yellow beer import smell. Skunk. However this told of better ingredients. Foamed nice in the mouth, very small amount of bitter, swallowed average. Others I've had are dryer so that's a notch below. This one seems to stress the maltiness more and seemed a lot closer to macro lagers, but there are no adjuncts which made this a very welcome yellow beer. Again, a touch of bitter, and no hint of the alcohol, made this a decent import.

So, yes, I could see getting this again and having it with pizza. The better choice to BMC and won't scare off non-BAs.

Photo of rale
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Asics
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute. It has a light straw color with a decent head that settles quickly. Malt and hops are definately present in the aroma, with the balance being more towards the hops. The flavor is a very strong malt and hop balance, but tipped slightly to the malt side, as it's slightly sweet. It has a medium-light body with moderately high carbonation.

I suppose this is a decent session beer and good for a European 'macro'. This would probably not be my 1st choice of imports, but I do like it better than some mass-marketed European macros and sure beats the hell out of the majority of American mass-marketed beer.

Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Stillyman11
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of giblet
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty tasty lager. pours nice rich color with three quarters inch of head. good steady carbonation. smells nice and full, malts, grass, hops...nice. tastes better than i expected. nice malt and hop mix with lingering yet subtle hop finish. this was enjoyable enough that i had three in a row.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

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

Typical eurolager taste, but inoffensive.

Aroma was just very slightly skunk, with reserved lemony european hops.

Pours crystal clear straw-golden, with a thick and sticky head.
Fairly good amount of sweet malt flavor, a little hoppier than most of its counterparts. Lemon and noble-type flavors, slightly spicy.

An easy-drinking eurolager that doesn't challenge, but is slightly above average for the style.

Photo of Natural510
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received a 2 litre boot of Spaten Lager at a local German restaurant in San Francisco.

It poured with a good head for a lager, with a rich golden color (not pale as in, say, a Budwesier or Heiniken. It had a smooth, crisp flavor without being watery and the carbonation stayed in my mouth. This is a very drinkable lager which doesn't lack flavor and is therefore a great 'session beer', not making one sick the watery alchoholic feeling of an American Macro.
Certainly drinkable enough to finish a boot without wishing I had ordered something else.

Photo of Magpie14
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: electric pale yellow tone with almost clear edges. A number of lethargic bubbles rising to the top as we speak. The head bubbled up and fizzled away rather fast leaving a countable number of blobs of lace.

S: a ripe skunked noble hop nose is dominant, smells very Pilsenery too me. A nice addition gathered after a few whiffs of faint, very faint, sweetened pale malts

T: seems that this lager has a well-to-do quality. The flavors stay within the range of the smells and nothing new seems to roam. The maltiness seems maybe a bit stronger on the palate and adds a sugary type of sweetness. Hops might lend the tongue a bit of grassy spiciness, but in reality do very little

M: the flavors give the body a bit more heft than it looks. The maltiness may have something to do with this? Anyway, the body is a soft mild and goes down real easy. This is somewhat interesting too me, it looks light, tastes rather light, and yet the body is weighty for the style. Carbonation is rather nice as well, good marks here

D: this is a good beer, simply put. It is an enjoyable and refreshing lager

Photo of TrojanWheels
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BigRedDog
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of taigor
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle

A - Pours clear, golden color with a light head that dissipates quickly with almost no lacing.

S - Light hops smell with a hint of fruitness.

T - Light hoppiness with grains (possibly bread) and citrus.

M - Nice mouthfeel with medium carbonation and slight bitter aftertaste.

D - Very light in ABV and not feeling so very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of Vylo
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of JRBecks
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of nosavingsaccount
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of danielharper
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours clean from a green bottle into a tall pilsener glass. Small head at first from the slow pour, grows quickly into a two-finger white foam that sticks around for a little while. It dissipates eventually into a tiny white cap on top of the beer -- the beer itself is a dingy yellow color with constantly up-moving bubbles within.

Smell seems a bit off to me -- I think that Spaten uses a combination of malt and hops that resembles a bit of a skunk smell, because this beer has a bit of an "off" aroma on top. Seems to-style, so I'm not counting off too much, but it does seem to be a difficult aroma to get used to.

Taste is somewhat grassy, clean, but still with that vaguely skunked taste. Tastes more like a pilsener than a lager, but this seems to-style for a Munich Helles Lager. Nothing special, but decent enough for quaffing, especially with a flavorful meal.

Mouthfeel is very light on this one. Carbonation is fairly high but not overwhelming, and the watery texture makes this beer an easy quaffer. Enjoyable.

Overall, I'm giving this a 3 for drinkability. I like it just fine for what it is, but I find it not really worthy of the price I paid for it, and I probably won't purchase it again anytime soon. If I find it on-tap, I'll probably give it another try, however.

Photo of AWB3
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of MattGrimley
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nodder
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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

12oz green bottle

Spaten Premium was golden in color and very clear. It had a fairly large white head with good retention and some lacing. It had a light malt aroma. The taste was slightly sweet at first, but is followed by the hops to balance out nicely, leaving a slight hop aftertaste. This beer is medium bodied and tasty. It would be very easy to drink several in a sitting.

Photo of sjones5045
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of shbobdb
4.72/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh, now this is how beer should taste. Who knew Spaten had it in them? The beer is really just freakin' fantastic. A strong malt presence with just enough earthy hops to balance out the beer leaving a sweet, but not too sweet taste. Really very subtle and extremely quaffable.

Man, this beer man, this beer. It is so freakin' tastey. A brainless drink, but man, does it ever taste good.

Photo of theopholis
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Body is a light, golden straw with a very small white head. The head has no retention, and leaves behind no lace.

Aroma- Smelsl a tad light-struck. Behind that, you get a decent blend of malt sweetness, graininess and Saaz hops. To bad the fools had to out this in a green bottle.

Taste- Some Saaz hops up front, followed by a mellow malt sweetness. Rather pleasant. Kinda of has a tartness to it to.

Mouthfeel- Light, crisp, and good carbonation.

Drinkability- This would probably be a good beer if they packaged it right. They lose major points for poor packaging and getting it light-struck.

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,193 ratings.