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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,067 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 31
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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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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javlin624

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

04-30-2014 02:03:17 | More by javlin624
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nosavingsaccount

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

03-16-2013 19:42:05 | More by nosavingsaccount
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-26-2014 00:43:22 | More by rale
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TexAggie011

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-11-2012 22:57:33 | More by TexAggie011
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Luigi

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a lot of carbonation bubbles running up the glass. Bubbly white head that is sticks all around the glass.

The aroma is fresh cut grass, spicy hop and grainy malt.

The flavor is classic German. Spicy hops hit the tongue up front and are balanced out nicely with a grainy malt. I little hint of lemon zest at the end. Nothing is out of balance.

Finishes of clean and very thirst quenching. Put some brats and burgers on the grill. This brew makes me think of summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 03:37:21 | More by Luigi
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

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

A- Tan gold, respectable amount of head. Fades quickly but didn't really disappear. Good retention. Decent carbonation.

S- Honey and grains as well as a slight herbal hopping.

T- Good balance of yeast, hops, malts, lemon, and herbs. Balanced incredibly well. There's a slight amount of honey sweetness to it.

M- Pretty smooth. Medium body. The carbonation comes on a bit rough.

D- All around pretty good beer. Somewhat standard though. What you'd expect from a Munich Helles lager. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

08-25-2010 22:50:37 | More by BBP
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stephendr

California

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold color light , clear – frothy thick white head –nose is grains, grassy , cereal, hopps , malts , and clean - taste of malts , grainy , grassy , sweet corn , hopps , and hint of orange peel – dry light sweet mouth feel – skunky , cereal , bitter , grass , sweet corn aftertaste , short

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 03:36:04 | More by stephendr
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jkrich

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle with no freshness date. Poured a clear yellow to light gold with a huge, fluffy white head that very slowly receded leaving intricate lacing on the stein glass.

Not a great deal going here: some fresh, clean malt aromas and, for a green bottle, no skunky odor.

The flavor was spicy and sweet malts with some dough like flavors. There were hints of vanilla as well. Overall, very fresh tasting and smooth with a subtle hop taste.

Light bodied with surprisingly low carbonation for the style. The mouthfeel was smooth and refreshing leaving a nice sweetness on the tongue.

An excellent, sessionable lager that never becomes boring. The helles style is very underrated.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 01:12:58 | More by jkrich
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nyyfanatic213

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-08-2013 19:56:26 | More by nyyfanatic213
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TheDM

Indiana

2.05/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This brew pours a medium head of fine to medium sized white bubbles and a transparent straw yellow lager colored body. It has a hoppy aroma with a fizzy initial, burp, taste and a hoppy slightly bitter acidic flavor that lingers well after it finishes. It left only a fair lacing. I expect better from Spaten the maker of one of my favorite Doppelbocks, but a s a lager, if you like them this one is just OK.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 14:07:06 | More by TheDM
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cnally

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My ongoing love affair with crisper beers continues with trying this one.

A golden yellow, crisp and clear, a little carbonation bubbly in the body. White head dissipates real quick.

Aroma is very much a corn and yeast one, slightly sour and a little rusty.

Flavor is dominated by the crisp bitterness but is rather layered with a touch of golden malt. Heavily reliant on the grain, tasting a little wheaty and with corn.

The feel is tangy and bubbly. Tamed in spite of its high carbonation level.

Decent to drink, but refreshing? Maybe. The flavor is nice for this style, but borders on being too skunky to take seriously.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 00:45:36 | More by cnally
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-26-2014 20:45:59 | More by JIMTRK16
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BodiesLexus

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-19-2013 03:28:53 | More by BodiesLexus
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ChaseTheAce

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-15-2012 05:16:09 | More by ChaseTheAce
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spaten lies between the German macros (like Becks and St. Paulie) and the world class pils/lagers (like Paulaner, Urquell, Bitburger, etc). Clean, smooth, crisp. Leans more towards the malt as opposed to the hops (appropriately for the style). Just doesn't quite have the body and overall flavor of the best lagers. This would always do, but I rarely buy it because there are better beers to be had for a similar price.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 05:17:36 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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cjac

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9%

07-24-2012 21:43:51 | More by cjac
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Socialiste

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-29-2014 20:20:39 | More by Socialiste
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Treb0R

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-13-2012 16:34:23 | More by Treb0R
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goschool

California

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

The bubbles are very lively in this pilsner's pale to gold body. The good sized white head sticks around to the last sip. It smells nice with cut grass and hop aromas. It has enough of that saaz bite to satisfy me. This beer isn't particularly complex, however it is very refreshing and very easy to drink. I picked this stuff up for a party at which no one drank and I'm happy to be stuck with it.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 08:58:58 | More by goschool
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.3%

02-08-2013 20:27:45 | More by Chris77McGrath
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AMCimpi

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-27-2014 15:40:26 | More by AMCimpi
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lauries444

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

04-10-2014 23:57:17 | More by lauries444
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is better known as Spaten Premium in North America. München is host to quite a few well reknowned breweries, and Spaten is certainly one of them. While they also brew the acclaimed Optimator doppelbock and the Franziskaner wheat brews, their Premium beer (a Münchner helles type lager) is a rather average offering. It does a very good job as serving as a thirst quencher, but it turns out to be rather neutral and bland flavored.

This beer pours a bright yellow/gold color with a nice 2 finger white foam that lasts about 30 to 40 seconds. The aroma consists of a somewhat sugary sweet fruity smell mixed in with some husky grain aromas/grassiness. Surprisingly this sample was not lightstruck. The mouthfeel is thin yet well carbonated. The taste was also a bit sweet, consisting of light malts and fruity sweetness. Those flavors seems to meld together to form a brew that is a bit bland and unexciting. The hops were not too noticable either and just added some mild dryness to the finish. This dryness continued into the aftertaste where a light tart green apple flavor arose, and the beer concluded with very little alcoholic warmth.

I did like this beer, even if it was a bit neutral and unexciting. Having a fresh sample probably did wonders for this beer. This beer can be used to wash down some wursts and spaetzle with no problem. As an average everyday beer, Bitburger might be a slightly better choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 04:38:42 | More by Beastdog75
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Hautacam

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap...pour head laces down to a collar.
Smells slight nutty malt...hops faint.
Tastes sweet malt at first...some buttery flavor...muted hops...crisp, clean slight bitter finish.
Mouthfeel pretty light, carbonation meduim-high.
All in all , a pretty good lager.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2006 00:15:18 | More by Hautacam
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Duvel

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

03-09-2013 16:35:19 | More by Duvel
Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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