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

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,003 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1003
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%


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)
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Sorvahr

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from a gas station in Memphis, TN for $12 for a six-pack. Comes in green bottles with the Spaten logo front and center, a much simpler label than the Dunkel or Optimator. Poured into an Abita pint glass.

A: Pours a golden color, somewhat darker than the average pale lager, with a 1.5-finger fluffy white head that quickly disappeared. Lacing is decent at first but also quickly goes away. The glass may be partly to blame for this, as it seems to make head disappear particularly quickly with the various beers I've poured into it. At least it had plenty of carbonation bubbles, almost like a champagne.

S: A clean smell, not particularly strong, with a somewhat floral hop aroma.

T: Very crisp and refreshing, with a nice balance between the slightly sweet bready malt and spicy lemon hops. A hoppy aftertaste settles in and lingers on the tongue for a long time. This beer starts sweet when it hits the tongue but has a very dry finish.

M: Light-bodied but not unsatisfying, with moderate carbonation. Goes down easily, but is not watery.

O: It's not as good as the Spaten Dunkel, Oktoberfest, or Optimator, but a very nice pale lager. Definitely a step up from the cheaper European lagers like Beck's or Heineken. But, unless you're crazy about pale lagers, I'd recommend one of Spaten's darker beers instead, especially now in OCtober.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 19:04:08 | More by Sorvahr
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monoXcide

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing! It is what got me into the finer beers. Before I had a Spaten, my preconceptions of beer was that nasty stuff that is branded with names such as Miller and Budweiser. Not being a snob, but come on, can those brands really compare to this?! I absolutely love this beer!!!

Appearance - Pours clear and golden with a thin head and little lacing. Very nice looking. Some complain about the head and lacing but I don't look at beer...I drink it.

Smell - This is what a beer should smell like. The only way to describe it would be fresh and kinda grain like. No smell is particularly dominant.

Taste - Clean! Purity Law takes a bit of a new meaning with this one. This is very refreshing. Everything feels like it is in perfect balance with each other. I wish I could describe it better then just clean but it does have a little bitter bite at the end that is great.

Mouthfeel - Remember that thin head and little lacing? It is in there but it comes out in the mouthfeel. A bigger head means that the carbonization is wasted there instead of coming out in the mouthfeel. It has just the right amount of carbonization...if you poured it right that is.

Drinkability - Holy hell! This beer is very smooth, goes down very easy, does not fill me up, and does not disappoint. Each sip is better then the last and I can easily finish off a bottle and then plow through a few more. As long as it continues to find my mouth, then I am still drinking it. Spaten is to beer as Lay's is to potato chips...I can't have just one!

Get you some and enjoy with friends.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 06:17:48 | More by monoXcide
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mgmvh

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

taste: i consider this a simple beer. brewed for the masses. if someone offered this or most any other kind of pilsner, i would take this. theres flavors of honey and lemon and grain, all the usual i guess. the lack of head isnt very exciting but it's what i was expecting. it's far from a disappointment but also far from the top of any list.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-17-2009 03:11:25 | More by mgmvh
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germanbeerluvr

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually have this on tap at the Heidelberg in NYC. I have never been disappointed, they also have Spaten Octoberfest as well. I'm drinking one as I write this review, just poured from the bottle to the glass, It's not as good as on tap, but still enjoyable. Pretty darn good!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 01:36:52 | More by germanbeerluvr
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cjunior955

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was included in a 3 pack variety case I picked up from the local distributor. Not familiar with Spaten products I was willing to give it a try. I was expecting to it to taste similar to Heneken or Grolsch, however it came up a little short. Not enough flavor, but very smooth and drinkable. Nice for a hot summer day, or a good pizza beer. Not bad beer for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 18:19:36 | More by cjunior955
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FarmerJohnny

California

4.9/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
No freshness date

A - A gorgeous hazy golden-straw color with a nice frothy head.

S - Classic german yeast and hops make this the one of the best smelling Helles Lagers I've experienced. Doesn't beat an IPA though.

T - My first impression is "wonderful." Very clean all around. You can "taste" the floral hops on the finish and it keeps you coming back for more.

M - Very, very clean. The light malt comes through upfront, followed by a crisp finish that makes this very refreshing.

O - Munich Helles Lagers done right are some of my favorite lagers for summer. That being said, this Helles is done to near perfection. Pick up a six pack for yourself and enjoy a summer afternoon (or two or three).

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 00:34:34 | More by FarmerJohnny
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Devildog3

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spotted this the other day at my local beer shop and bought a 6 to take home. Despite the fact that I did not have this beer in years, it was a welcome experience.

Poured into a 16 Oz mug and it had a nice golden color. Head did not last long but the lacing was decent. Had a spicy, sweet floral aroma and taste.

Mouthfeel and drinkability scored high in my book and this is definitely a refreshing beer I will keep around the house.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 13:36:39 | More by Devildog3
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darylvelez

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had great promise. I was told by the owner of the shop I bought it from that it's one of the best lagers on the market. But as soon as I smelled it i knew he was wrong. Maybe it was skunked, cause this thing smelled foul. Good color, loads of bubbles, look was great. Mouthfeel light. Taste was ok. Slightly more complex than a bud. Not buying this again, not asking that dude what he reccomends again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 00:09:41 | More by darylvelez
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apasternak

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in Munich, this is another delicious Germany beer. Simple but delicious. I had this beer a lot when I was in Germany and thought it was delicious. Color is not the darkest I've seen in a beer, but was also not the lightest. Clean, full-bodied flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 16:47:23 | More by apasternak
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BryanEast

Texas

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

Had this beer at an irish pub in college station. Poured a nice golden color with a small foamy head. Great taste did not finish with any skunk flavor and had a wonderful mouthfeel. love this beer drink it all the time and would love to go to Germany and drink it with the GERMANS!!!!

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2008 23:51:47 | More by BryanEast
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Olivia55555

California

2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was lighter yellow in color. To me it was just like a typically, standard beer. What you think of when you hear the word beer. It has an herbal, almost grassy taste and was pretty smooth. Not my favorite, but what I did like about this beer was that it has a super clean finish and did not leave a horrible after taste!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 03:12:40 | More by Olivia55555
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megmulvaney

California

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a relatively average lager. It is and enjoyable and easy beer to drink. The color is a light golden. It comes in a green bottle with a neat label. The smell is wheaty or grassy. It has a very clean finish. The taste is very balanced...neither too sweet nor too bitter. There is a slight caramel flavor as well. This beer is similar to a heineken.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 07:10:09 | More by megmulvaney
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amk786

California

4.97/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a great German Lager. For anyone who loves to drink classic american pilsner such as Budweiser will love this German creation. This beer is extremely smooth, the taste is neither bitter or sweet but perfectly balanced. The color of the beer is light golden, and has a malty aroma with a hint of lemon.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:05:58 | More by amk786
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stormgasm7

Arkansas

2.74/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was very reminiscent of Heineken but skunkier. It's probably due to the duration of shipping. It's wasn't particularly great but I'll drink it if it's available. I wasn't too impressed though. I would like to try their other beers for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 22:15:42 | More by stormgasm7
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sjantiflow

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer to review. I am still getting the hang of tasting.

What I can say is that it poured well, with a foamy head. The aroma is clean, honey sweet and biscuity. It tasted very crisp and carbonated with a warming mouthfeel. The hops add a mild, bitter flavor. Certainly a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 22:18:51 | More by sjantiflow
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gainesvillegreg

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance of an average lager; pee colored liquid with a finger of slowly receding solid white head.

Effervescent cereal aroma with hints of sweet wine on the back end.

Very healthy lager flavor with dichotomous profile. The brew itself looks like a lager but the barely and hop profile is rich and earthy, more fitting for a darker beer.

Mouth feel is clean and smooth like a German Lager should be.

This is an excellent session brew for warm months or, really, anytime of the year.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 14:02:17 | More by gainesvillegreg
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robnewhart

California

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one surprised me. Friend drank the Optimator, but I am not a big fan of heavy beers so I thought I would try their Lager with a friend. Used standard beer mugs chilled and after first taste, we both looked at each other with surprise at how good it went down.

It had a good head, with a nice and not overpowering hoppy smell and just the right amount of carbonation for my liking. The taste is surprising, as it is a very smooth beer going down, as opposed to a sharp taste of my regular beer, Pacifico, with no bitter aftertaste.

I use this often as a celebration beer as an alternative to Pacifico, my regular daily beer. This beer was a pleasant surprise and is definitely a beer I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 00:39:09 | More by robnewhart
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stunna12

California

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer comes in a neat green bottles with a cool unique logo. It has golden color light brown. This beer has just about no head. Another neat thing is the carbonation of this beer, it reminds me of champagne. Thus beer smells like clean cut grass. It has a sweet malt taste and a clean after taste. This beer goes down smooth and is a Classic German Lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:07:02 | More by stunna12
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lindalo112

California

2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It has an herbal, almost grassy taste and was pretty smooth.
Color: Golden yellow
Smell: Had a wheaty smell
Taste: maltier, balanced, hint of hops, herbal taste with wheat or grass taste.
Carbonation: little carbonation
Head: very tiny head with light to none hold
Mouthfeel: light mouthfeel
Extra: Didn't particularly care for this beer. It was your average run of the mill beer. The taste was identical to that of Coors or Heineken.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 04:46:17 | More by lindalo112
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breweradams

California

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

appearance : Pale straw like color, white head stayed well over a minute then flattening to a thin white ring. Very clear

smell: Slight malt aroma, no hop aroma

taste: Slight sweetness with no hop flavor, Well balanced

mouthfeel: medium effervescent / no astringency

overall: Very drinkable, light body beer that lingers slightly. Great beer for a hot afternoon

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 00:06:14 | More by breweradams
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manodepaz

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour into a pilsner glass...moderate golden color with a very nice off white head. On the nose, a subtly pleasant grassy aroma that shouts summer. A refreshing opening with a slightly petrol texture. The hops comes through first with the malt lingering on the finish...a very nice balance. An extremely drinkable beer well worth the $9 for a six pack...

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 21:26:44 | More by manodepaz
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BigOsoDaddy


4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think there is a world of difference between this beer poured from a bottle and from draft or mini keg; any beer drinker worth his salt should know that beer from green bottles has a high probability of off flavors and aromas. That being said...

Spaten premium pours nicely with a thick foamy head and in a "bar clean" class had good retention and lovely lacing. It is best served chilled at cellar temps, not ice cold. The nose is subtle but does have nice malt presence and subtle sourdough bread notes. The perfect golden-yellow is what you would expect from a Munich Helles and is nicely effervescent but not overly carbonated. For me it is moderately sweet on the front of the sip and leaves no off flavor aftertaste but finishes clean an d a bit wet. Overall an excellent example of an everyday German lager for everyday lager drinkers and a great value. Buy a 5 liter mini keg and enjoy while grilling some brats!

Serving type: cask

04-22-2012 01:23:13 | More by BigOsoDaddy
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Beer-May

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sometimes you just want a beer and you'd be hard pressed to find a better example of great lager than this. Smooth and creamy with just the right amount of crisp hops to finish it off. It's a shame that no big name American beer even resembles something this good.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 19:42:36 | More by Beer-May
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wynnie211

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: nice color and thick head

S: what nice aroma

T: very light and dry good from beginning to end

M: very nice

D: If I had to have only one beer for the rest of my life I could settle on this. Overall this is a very drinkable beer through and through. This is the first legitamate German Beer that I have tired and it is exactly what I expected and then some. Very pleased

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 14:42:46 | More by wynnie211
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OneAlaskanWoman

Alaska

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I realize I am new to beer, but I love this one! So smooth & easy. It is a lovely color with great bubbles. It drinks very easy with a good mouth feel. I originally had it in a German restaurant with an order of spaetzle. I have had it since without food just as an evening beer & was still very pleased.
I only wish it didn't have to be special ordered where I live...

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 06:54:46 | More by OneAlaskanWoman
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