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

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BA SCORE
83
good

581 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 581
Hads: 1,279
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 48
Gots: 161 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

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Photo of McD0uche
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This beer has the typical lager appearance in that it is golden, visibly carbonated, and produces a nice frothy head. Nothing spectacular here, although it does look fresh and appetizing.

S: Malts make up the majority of the smell profile. Some grassy and floral notes are mixed in. Reminds me of olives.

T: Wow. It possesses the lager flavor, but there's something more there. The flavor is more full and rounded than other lagers, if that makes any sense. The skunky, malty bitterness is present, but doesn't overpower.

M: Light bodied, crisp, and finishes dry. Superb.

O: Here we see a high quality beer that encompasses everything I look for in a lager. It hits all the high notes you expect out of a quality lager--the very qualities that are absent from mainstream lagers popular in America today. I will stock up on these around the summer months, as something this refreshing can't be passed up. (913 characters)

Photo of a10t2
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear golden-yellow. Pours with a thin white head which dissipates quickly but leaves light lacing.

S: A little malt odor, but overall not much nose on this one.

T: Generic lager, very crisp but with no malts or hops to speak of. A faint sweet/syrupy flavor, and a moderately bitter aftertaste that fades quickly.

M: Light and carbonated, but again, no real complexity to be found.

D: Certainly refreshing and clean; drinkability is way up there.

On the whole I was disappointed by this beer. It's a cut above American macro lagers but has none of the complexity and depth that characterize Spaten's other offerings. (639 characters)

Photo of Albinoh
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden color topped by a nice foamy white head, very nice looks. Nice strong smell, sweet malt a little citric, herbal. It smelled good but it didnt taste as good as i thought from the aroma. It wasnt sweet, it was bitter and citric, some spicy sips bit my tongue. Light mouthfeel,

However, reading the description of the style i think it fits very very well... its spicy ("often times a bit coarse on the palate"). Definitly herbal and citrus like... so i give some point to that, not my favorite style though. (520 characters)

Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden honey clear looking beer with carbonation present throughout. light head fades to almost nothing.

Clean malty smell with a bit of grassy undertones.

Clean crisp slightly sweet taste with a bit of earthiness to it, but very clean easy to drink.

This beer feels light, but with great carbonation felt in your mouth, which leaves a really nice finish. (359 characters)

Photo of tbraun1
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Everything a lager should be. Crisp. Refreshing. Easy on the palate and adaptable to many different types of foods. Way more flavor and depth than any large scale macro american domestic. One of my favorites for the style. Ein prosit! (234 characters)

Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really liked the clean,amber color,good bubbles,just sad head. The smell had a hint of skunk,however,still a sweet malty odor soon overwhelms the skunk,as does the taste. Very smooth ,very clean taste. There is more grain taste that hops,to me a great balance. Refreshing anytime. (280 characters)

Photo of biergeniesser
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle of Spaten Lager poured a crystal clear straw to gold. Its slowly dissipating pure white head laced nicely on the glass as it was consumed, and fine bubbles evolved slowly from the sides and bottom of the glass throughout.

Spaten Lager has an aroma dominated by clean malt. It also has hints of grain and grass as well as a noticeable aroma component of noble hops.

The flavor is a balance of clean malt and hop bitterness with elements of sweet malt. Grainy and grassy flavors are present to a degree, but are more in the background of the flavor.

Body is light and refreshing with a light, pleasant mouthfeel and low-level carbon dioxide bite.

In my opinion, Spaten Lager is a refreshing light lager, which definitely leans more to German Pils (although Spaten also makes a Pils) than to Műnchner Helles. It is quite drinkable and definitely sessionable… a great beer for a Mass Krug in the Biergarten on a nice summer afternoon. (968 characters)

Photo of SSBrennan
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very light golden color with light carbonation and a frothy white head that falls quickly.

The smell is of wet grain with earthy undertones.

Taste is initially crisp with a lingering bitterness. The hop flavor is mild with herbal and floral notes. Relatively subtle taste with good crisp malt flavors; well balanced.

The mouthfeel is light and clean as it should be.

Very drinkable. (411 characters)

Photo of yankiac
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What is most striking about this beer is its drink-ability. It has a nice flavor, though not quite as much as I would like. due to its light texture and extreme drinkability it is definitely a great summer beer, ideal for relaxing after a long summer day in the sun. (266 characters)

Photo of Winston_Smith
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The straw color was a bit darker in this lager. There's very little head, which fades quickly.

Smell: The first scent upon opening the bottle was a hoppy skunkiness (not in a bad way). There's a sweet odor too, maybe honey. Some mild lacing is present.

Taste: Very crisp and clean with some of the earlier mentioned skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: Very light and bubbly with an almost dry after-feel.

Overall: Spaten Premium Lager is a decent beer to try. It's not my favorite style, but I could see myself getting an itch that this style could scratch on occasion. I don't think I would buy it the majority of the time, however. It's a good lighter choice for when you don't want to sacrifice taste like some other *cough*Americanmacrolagers*cough* light choices. (775 characters)

Photo of FacistCannonBall
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the lagers I look to when I want something tasty and light to drink. This and a few other pilsners and lagers make up what I mostly drink when not putting down some other more substantial ales and porters.

A: A good looking light golden color pointing to its all malt heritage. Nothing corny looking here.

S: Again the light sweetness of the malts come through with a slight amount of hops.

T: The taste is light in potency yet still enjoyable with moderate malt flavors kept in check by the appropriately balancing hops on the finish. Not very floral in hops, but not just pure bitterness either.

M: Crisp and light. Perfect on a warm day.

D: Easily put away quite a few of these.

Overall, a very good beer and fun to drink without having to get blown away or too serious. (794 characters)

Photo of AtlasBrew
2.52/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tonight's first sampling comes from Germany: Spaten Premium, which, on the bottle, actually says in tiny little letters: Malt Liquor. D'oh! On the Spaten website, however, this is labeled as "Spaten Premium Lager" stating that this brew is their specialty which they've been brewing since 1894.

The flavor profile on the website says: "golden in color with a well-balanced hop-flavor. The full rounded body is a superb balance between hops and a malty sweetness."

OG: 11.7%
ABV: 5.2%

Here's the Atlas Brew Review:
Taster's Note: This beer comes in a green 12 oz. bottle, poured into a British pint glass. I'm always leery of green bottles, especially for imported beers. The time it takes for the beer to get from the brewery, to the store, to my fridge and into my glass is way too long in a green bottle. For those of you who don't know, green bottles do not block nearly as much light as brown bottles, and light is a beer's worst enemy. Clear bottles offer no protection whatsoever. Light destroys beer, and lends to a skunky smell and flavor. This is classically seen in Rolling Rock, for example.

Color: straw, very light with a white head that has no retention.

Aroma: after swirling the beer a bit to get rid of some of the skunky smell, I could smell a very sweet grassy adjunct-loaded beer.

Flavor: I was concerned when I saw the "malt liquor" indication on the bottle...my thoughts were "what the hell is this?" If i wanted malt liquor, I would've bought a 40 of St. Ides! The flavor, though, was a very sweet, adjunct loaded taste up front with sweetness throughout. It ended with no hop flavor and no bitterness.

Overall: I would avoid getting this beer. Definitely not a good example of what Germany is capable of! The word "premium" on the bottle is a misleading representation of what you're about to drink. I'd rather drink a Pabst Blue Ribbon! (1,869 characters)

Photo of TheLastEngineer
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found on-tap at JP McGrady's in Bethlehem, PA

Very light color and a decent pure white head. The less-educated folks at my table assumed that I was drinking some sort of domestic megaswill. They were, fortunately, wrong. A noseful of hops with some malt. Good taste with a hit of hops early and nice amount of sweetness. Nice, light, and crisp with ample carbonation. A bit astringent, but it comes with the territory. I'm not a huge hops fan, so the drinkability is hurt a bit by having to work through the initial taste. Still a quality brew and a proper representative of this genre. (589 characters)

Photo of Mayhem976
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden fizzy color, I've had this on tap and bottle. The head that comes out of the tap is huge, out of the bottle ...not so much.

S- Hoppy semi skunky smell, I pick up oats and barley as well.

T- I get hops and alot of grains, finishes off with a slight sweet aftertaste. I'm not a golden beer drinker but this stuff is pretty darn good. I go to a German restaurant here in Colorado and get it on tap in a 2L boot (das boot).

M- Thin, fizzy, and watery.

D- Eight bucks a six pack this stuff goes down real smooth, it appears to me like a Bud or Coors (American domestic) but when I gulp it down I know it's much more than just that. I'm a dark heavy beer drinker but when I'm looking for something light, golden, and semi inexpensive ...I'll reach for this lager. (773 characters)

Photo of eschbach
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I stopped by Total Wine looking for a good imported lager. I came across the Spaten so I decided to buy it.

This beer looks great in a pilsner glass. It has exceptional head and a nice light golden color. The smell is incredible. All lagers should smell like this. It has a great hops smell. the taste is superb! Wow! Why can't all Lagers taste this great? I can actually taste the hops and it does not have a mineral aftertaste. It's a very crisp tasting beer. It's 100 degrees out and I'm enjoying with this Spaten.

If you like lagers you need to buy this beer! It's delicious! (581 characters)

Photo of 828beagle
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a very pale clear gold. An unusual color. A bright white fizzy 2 finger head. Some lacing. Mild lemony citrus smell. A near perfect mixture of sweet malts and bitter hops, a crisp earthy taste. Nice medium light body with good carbonation. So smooth going down. Good aftertaste. Refreshing and sessionable. This is definitely one of my favorite overall breweries. They can do no wrong. (410 characters)

Photo of Beertroop
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. This beer pours nicely into the glass with a nice 1 1/2 inch of white foamy head. A nice light yellowish tint, with a decent amount of carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

S. Good smelling German Lager. Your original smell of a good German beer meeting the Puritan law. You can smell this beer and know its a German beer.

T. This beer is very pleasant to the mouth. Light bodied, with a good taste of the grains and a hint of the yeast. Not an over powering taste of Hops. Just the right amount to balance this beer as a true drinkable Lager. Well balanced and true to its original taste.

M. The mouthfeel of this beer is one of its strong points. It activates your taste buds and it really pairs well with meats at dinner.

D. A great "Go To" beer when you want really want to have a beer with Dinner. (817 characters)

Photo of sprackops
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into my pilsner glass a pale gold color, with high carbonation feeding a medium white head.

Smell: Understated sweet bready aromas. Not much happening here, but no "off" smells like skunking or the like. Pleasant enough.

Taste: Starts with light malt sweetness leading to a citric lemon-like taste with a dry, herbal hop finish with the faintest hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thin, soft, the relatively high carbonation is easily detected here.

Drinkability: As a lighter lager this one is emminently drinkable, a perfect session beer if you're in the mood for uncomplicated, quality lager.

If what you want is a simple thirst quencher clearly made from quality ingredients, or just a nice beer to keep around for guests accustomed to macro lager, this is certainly worth considering. I think I'll pour another one now. (851 characters)

Photo of leechungsr
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not really a light beer drinker; with that said, this is my favorite light lager. It's great for times when I want something to go with a small, light, snack.

Mouthfeel is nice and clean, like a light beer should be. It has a nice clean balanced flavor that isn't biased; it's usually a little light for my taste, but is just right when I'm in the mood for something that won't fill me up. (396 characters)

Photo of cer40
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this bewer out of a 12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. It poured golden with a nice head that dissapated quickly with little to no lacing. Lots of bubbles.

Smells well, malty and not much else. Taste is crisp and slightly sweet with lots of pale malt.

Mouthfeel is thin and bubbly. Could drink more but would prefer something else. (351 characters)

Photo of Kanyon22
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured form a 12oz. green bottle into my stella artois glass. Got this form a Spatan variety pack. Every brewery needs to make a variety pack, I love them.

A: Pours a clean golden yellow color with a big soapy bubble white head which is receding as I'm typing this. So far its playing the helles part well.

S: Has that wonderful musky, grainy, skunk like quality I get from a lot of German beers. Getting a bit of an earthy notes as well. Nothing earth shattering here, wished it had a bit more malt profile kinda classic green bottle smell.

T: Starts off with a slight hoppy fizzy carbonation burn at first. The middle is a lot quicker, its a cleansing watery like taste that quickly transfers to a brief sweet then lingering German musky,grainy, skunk flavor I was getting from the aroma. Reminds me of their Oktoberfest, but not as sweet. Pretty boring here.

M: The mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer it has a good medium thickness to it, you can tell that this beer has no adjuncts in it.

O: This beer is average at best it feels like every other green bottled euro beer to me and does nothing to set itself apart from the middle of the road. (1,165 characters)

Photo of jdoherty
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting sample I had at a college bar which really surprised me in its range of quality.

A: Appeared much like any Bavarian lager, a little malty head and that light brown color that didnt impress, but wasnt bad

S: A mix of grass and motor oil, unpleasantly shocking on first wiff, I couldn't believe how strong it was. Not its strong suit

T: Too malty for me, not exactly my thing, its just left a very bad taste in my mouth.

M: Suprisingly heavy malt mouthfeel, it really seemed to be weighed down by that. Similar to malt liquor

D: Went down reasonbly smooth. It really wasn't something I could have more than two of, but if you do like strong smelling malted lagers (the smell overpowered me) then this would be very agreeable (761 characters)

Photo of arkurzynski
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours estremely pale with frothy, white head. Good lacing. Extremely clear with champagne-like carbonation. Spicy, floral hop aroma with light malt character. Moderately hoppy flavor with a slightly dry finish. Fairly well balanced. A little bit of skunk. Crisp and clean. (272 characters)

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

i got this at trader joes for $1 in the mix-n-match place. i saw it at wal-mart last time i was there. i'm not sure i've drank this before. it's been in the freezer for 2 hours.

serving type: bottle
appearance: drinkin from bottle. :(
smell: light hops
taste: malt and citcus. it's like mineral water and heineken
mouthfeel: slightly over average
drinkability: this comes off as kind of a high class beer. i think it's mainly the label. there's like 5 or 6 imported beers with the same-looking label and taste as this. i'm not real interested in the flavor. i'm not going to buy a six of it anytime soon. it was nice to visit.

the label says: MALT LIQUOR. good! i was feeling cheap. ;) (687 characters)

Photo of danetrain0101
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very light golden color with a thick foam head that disapates quickly.

Smells of malt with a slight fruit hint. Very good lager smell.

Very heavy and light at the same time. I nice malt flavor with little traces of alcohol. Very delicious and refreshing.

Fells just plain good in your mouth. Not to heavy, not to light but a great drinking beer.

This beer is a flat out great lager. Light but still has the full body of a full flavored beer. Would be great for grilling or a bar-b-que. (492 characters)

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.