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

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,229 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,229
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 45
Gots: 125 | 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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Ratings: 1,229 | Reviews: 579
Photo of Chris77McGrath
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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 taigor
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
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 amvrana
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of JRBecks
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Duesler
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Bf_89
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Skillz
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of DaveBar
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $2.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in seconds. Light gold color and filtered clear

S- Not a lot of nose on this one. Some hops. Touch of malt

T- Pretty good blend. Light bodied and hoppy. Malt comes through as soon as the hops leave. These guys are good.

M- Pretty much a Bud but that is fine

O- Pretty good beer. In the pecking order this one comes in on a good level. Will choose this one over a Bud any day

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with..... Chinese stir fry. Lots of crispy veggies and oyster sauce.

Enjoy

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 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 tyleeis
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of brureview
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in Pilsner glass. The beer poured a yellow color which lightened and looked like champagne as it warmed. The head was small- a 1/4 finger, with a decent smell of hops.

The mouth feel was excellent- crisp, effervescent, almost like champagne, and sparkling.

The finish is a light lager taste which sweetens with warming.

In general, a good light German lager with a very clean taste,

Photo of nyrblue2
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of shbobdb
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
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
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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

A: Typical clear, golden yellow with active carbonation and a medium head.

S: Faint yeasts and sweet malt flavors. Generally very clean.

T: Malts with a honey-like sweetness, followed by faint yeasts and a hop bite. Ends on a biscuity sweet note with slight phenols.

M: Very crisp and refreshing, with active carbonation that finishes dry.

D: If you're sitting on a patio on a hot summer's day, this would be hard to give up. However, I can't say much about its complexity if you're actually interested in tasting the uniqueness of the beer's flavor.

Photo of tonistruth
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clear bubbly gold, crisp 2 finger white head, decent retent

S- skunky at first, after that settles just crisp malts

T- simple crisp malts with some supporting hops presence, biscuit, grain, balanced

M- higher carbonation, coarse, crisp, dry finish

D- simple and tasty session brew, not much use for this brew, but its not a bad brew at all

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Dr. Dremo's, served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear straw color with a small white head that recedes to a small ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Leaves faint traces of lace.

Smell: Grassy and herbaceous with a distinct DMS aroma. (yeah, skunk). Not overpowering, though.

Taste: Light bread and grass tastes with a DMS/mint flavors on the finish. Again, not overpoweringly skunky, just there.

Mouthfeel: Oh so light bodied.

Drinkability: If this DMS doesn't bother you, then it's rather drinkable. I'd probably drink it if someone bought it for me, but that's about it.

Photo of jmccullough108
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of JBogan
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking medium golden color with a two finger white head and lots of carbonation bubbles rising. Average lacing left behind.

Smelled of wheat and grasses and some malt.

Slight citrus taste with the grass and wheat coming to the fore.

Great mouthfeel. Medium bodied and very crisp with a good smoothness.

This is an easy beer to drink, very refreshing and one I return to now and again.

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 1,229 ratings.