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Spaten Pils - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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83
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222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 04-12-2002

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Ratings: 222 | Reviews: 118
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Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellowish golden colour with a thin cropped lace, smells a vague sweet grain and herbal hop ... clean in the aroma. Ample crispness lets the moderate body show its malty side first. Touch of spicy bitterness leans towards an herbal note in the end. The simple malt charcter and even hop make for a very well balanced brew and one that is a perfect pick as a lunch time brew.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is an awesome-looking Pils. The body is light yellow in color and shows great, tiny carbonation. The white, pillowy head came up huge on a careful pour and showed tenacious retention. It slowly went down into puffy little swills of foam and covered the inside of my glass with lace.

Smell – The pure, unadulterated grain proved to be a rightful balance to the wonderful hoppy notes.

Taste – All the ingredients are here, but the grain is a bit too harsh for the noble hops.

Mouthfeel – This one is light and delicate in the mouth. The carbonation tickles the inside of the cheeks.

Drinkability – Not completely on the mark but a very good effort that’s better than most.

Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light golden color, 1/4 inch head of tight carbonation. Laces well in a pilsner glass, thicker accumulations that sheet somewhat mid glass. Light nose, somewhat grapey with a mild hop sizzle. Mouthfeel is a little fizzy for me. Malting is light and somewhat fruity, hops attenuate with a decent Saaz-like crispness in combination with more than ample carbonation. A little champagne-like. Pretty light but well-balanced, a definitely drinkable warm weather refresher.

Photo of OStrungT
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a straw yellow. Very clear. It leaves a snow white head that fades slowly, leaving a decent amount of laces. It smells hoppy. Also, it smells sort of like grass. I detect slight citrus aromas also. I smell no malty aroma at all. I dont think I like the aroma at all. This beer has a crisp citrusy taste. It is not as hoppy as the aroma led me to believe. The flavor is ever so slightly sweet. The flavor is not very aggressive at all. This beer is light bodied. It goes down smooth leaving a cirtusy aftertaste. This beer might be a decent session beer to someone that enjoys the style. I doubt that I will ever be drinking this one again. I have had some Pilsners that were good, not great, but good, but this one is just not good.

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

Has a tightly knit puffy white head over a golden yellow body. Very fine bubbles. Definitely on style.

The aroma is fresh, both earthy and breadlike.

Taste has some sweetness and body with a background tang rounding it out.

A very satisfying finish with hops remaining on the palate.
Quite drinkable. Perhaps the best Pils I have had lately.
I do like the brewery.

Date was L0264 but held up well in the cooler.

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

This poured to a very light yellow and gold with a large head that lasted fairly well. There's a fair amount of lace.

The smell has nice hop flavor but is a little too sharp. Malt content is very light. The taste is fairly faint up front and quickly gives way to hops. The mouthfeel is pretty thin while drinkability is pretty good.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale yellow with a thick airy snow white 2 1/2 finger head that melts to heavy large bubbled lacing. At first I thought this might be a whitbier from it's looks.
Aroma is freshly sweet malts with a tiny bit of hop grassyness.
Taste is only slightly sweet malt followed with the nice sharp saaz hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is tingly and full for this style...not watery at all.
Aftertaste only slightly citrus.
This is an excellent summer lunchtime thirst quencher...can definately be sessioned.

Photo of Dave128
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This brew is what I compare to whenever I am given a German Pilsner. It has the classic taste and finish that it should have and reminds me a lot of my first beer tastings when I was wee lad thinking, "what should a good beer taste like?"

A - Brilliant gold color with ample carbonation evident by the bubbles racing towards the top, supporting a nice fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a while.

S - Grainy. I'm mildly reminded of a macro brew on the nose but then I get those wonderful flowery noble hops to quickly snap out of the thought of guzzling another cheap beer.

T - Slightly harsh on the first sip from the bitterness from the hops but the malt quickly shines through to counterbalance the bitterness for a great compromise. A little alcohol escapes at the end making me want to drink and drink to get the same 1-2-3 combo of bitterness, sweetness, and alcohol. Overall just a classic beer taste in my mind.

M - Swirls around smooth in the mouth high carbonation helps to counteract the bite from the bitterness.

D - I could see myself in lederhosen swiggin these down pint after pint. If these were readily available in grocery stores I would be filling my fridge with these every weekend. The epitome of a classic German Pils. The beer I recommend to my macro drinking friends when I suggest they drink a REAL lager.

Photo of ChrisDeWitt
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

When I first tried this authentic German pilsner, I was at first frightened, but upon tasting it, I fell in love. There is no greater feeling than a warm german beer sliding down your throat and feeling the warmth in the belly. One of the best german Pilsners I have ever had. Two thumbs up.

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

i needed something to wash down some pizza so ill be damned this looked like it would do the trick. it pours a clear yellow with a small head that leaves a nice lace throughout the drinking experiance. the smell is faint, slight hop and grain. the taste is of a clean smooth lager, slightly bitter and herbal. mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, easily drinkable. for sure not a powerhouse beer to kill your taste buds, but a great selection for something easy drinkin yet tasty, great for washing down spicy food.

Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden & effervescent with a 4 fingers+ pillowy white head. Great head rention & pretty good lacing

S: Perfumy hops

T: Grassy then a little grainyness up front. Grapefruitty/lemony hops follow. Finishes dry, fruitty & hoppy. There's just a tinge of cardboard taste hanging around detracting from the taste

MF: Medium bodied with perfect carbonation that brings out the softness & the hops

Drinks very easy, if this was a little fresher maybe it push higher marks, not sure. Had this in germany & it tasted about the same. A pretty good pils!

Photo of trackstar1043
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright golden/wheat perfectly unclouded and has minimal head left little lacing.

S - Aromas of wheat and grains, has a bit of a bitter sweet smell, very crisp and clean.

T - Light and clean, the taste of wheat and grains are very present and balance nicely with the hops.

M - Light and crips, clean finish.

D - Easy to drink but there are better Pilseners.

Photo of jackndan
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spaten Pils: A huge pure white head over a very pale golden beer. The aroma seems skunked right out of the 500 ml brown bottle. In the glass, however, the aroma is much maltier. The taste is kind of a toasty malt, actually fairly strong in this regard. A slight bite of hops helps to clean up in the end. All and all, a fairly easy to drink beer.

Photo of bditty187
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spaten Pils pours an unblemished golden-hay color with a white head that has fine retention and excellent lacing. It looks very drinkable in glass, nay; it creates lust in your eyes. The odor threw me off at first; it was kind of hoppy but it was also too grainy. Overall, the nose was less then impressive. But the taste rebounded the beer, perfectly! The flavor was a perfect blend of spicy hops and textured malt. Then add in a blend of bitterness and dryness, which makes one tasty beer! This beer was very refreshing, easy to drink, and satisfying through and through.

You need to try one…

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

pours a brilliantly clear pale straw color with a fluffy white head that leaves lots of lacing.

great saaz nose of flowers, honey, just a touch of spice and biscuit.

dry, crisp body with plenty of carbonation. austere and brisk, with a full but delicate hop flavor that leaves an almost green tea-like bitterness. just a touch of DMS creeps into the aftertaste.

a stand out classic pils. yum!

Photo of marcobrau
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A crystal clear straw-colored pils that pours with a voluminous rocky head with just a touch of hop spicy aroma on top of fresh malt. I pour some of this beer and the head rapidly rises, I let it settle and pour the last third of the bottle to form a huge rocky head. As the head falls, clumps of foam are left sticking to the sides of my mug. Malt and hops are beautifully in tune with each other in this brew. The first suggests crisp, fresh malt laced with noble spicy hops. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and the body is rather full for a pils. The hops exert themsevles towards the finish, which is solidly hoppy, but with a firm maltiness that you expect from Spaten. The bitter, spicy hops linger on the palate making for a long bitter, spicy finish. This is my second favorite German pils.

Photo of TLove
2.57/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This Spaten was too watered-down for my taste, despite it being on tap.

Appearance was light golden yellow, with a thin, white head.

Smell and taste were weak, with a poor distribution of sugary flavors and bitterness. Not crisp like most pilsners. Perhaps it was because it was the second-to-last beer in the keg before it went out. Tastes of cabbage, pear, and distilled water. Don't really know how else to describe this.

Mouthfeel a bit better, with the light hoppiness, gentle crispness, and syrupy sugars coming out in the mouth.

Finished poor, with little prospect of me wishing to open another.

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

Guest tap at the Salmon Creek Brewpub...

- Straw yellow, light, clear-bodied pilsner.... little to no head, light white lacing... perfect for the style...

- Light skunk... fresh and crisp grain and hop.... perfectly light....

- Clear, clean, and crisp pilsner, perfect for the style... light skunk and floral 'n bitter hopping....

- Great carbonation, and tasty, slight sryness....

- Overall a great pilsner for the style... fits it spot-on.

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

Pours a light straw color with a nice white head that sinks quickly but leaves behind a nice lace. Smell is of a nice crisp graininess but minus the hop great hop bit that makes the best pilsners stand above the rest. Starts off with a nice dose of vague malt sweetness but is lacking the necessary hoppiness that would balance things nicely. The lack of hoppiness keeps this one down in the mouthfeel category as well since it is not quite as crisp as I would like it to be although the bubbly carbonation helps make up for that. Although it is slightly lacking those hops that I love this is still a rather drinkable brew and is rather refreshing on this humid day.

Photo of theopholis
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Wow!!! This is a light, crystal clear brew. Pours a very clear, very light yellow. It is quite effervescent with impressive head. Both fall off failry quickly tho. Very little lacing.

Aroma- Lots of light sour-mash and saaz. About what you would expect. Kind of simple and 1-diminsional though.

Taste- Mostly grassy and grainy. Very little malt sweetness, no flavoring hops. Just a basic pilsner.

MouthFeel- This is the high point of the beer, Medium body for the style (which means it's relatively light), and the perfect amount of carbonation. Very refreshing.

Drinkability- Drinks very easy, very sessionable. Good with dinner or working out in the back yard.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

17oz bottle picked up at the Coop today for $2.. poured into my small weizen glass.

2" rocky head drops leaving sheets of lace.. polished straw colored brew.

Grainy aroma is sorta husky ... floral/spicy hop nose.

Good bitter backbone transitions into malty background flavors and a distinctive spicy hoppiness. Body is on the light side of medium with fairly high carbonation.... very drinkable any time of the year.

I always seem to have access to the Spaten Pils, and actually buy it quite often.. a pretty good deal for a well made German pilsner.

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

So we make our way back to some Spaten. They have been treating me very well lately between the lager, octoberfest, and dopplebock. I see the Pils always sitting next to the rest and figured it was about time I gave it a try.

A- Crystal clear pale colden yellow. Nice one inch white head upon the pour quickly faded to reveal nothing at all. No lace eaither. Decent amount of carbonation coming from the bottom kept it at least looking a bit alive for now.

S - Light grain, earthy type aroma. A hint at maybe some ceral or bread, and a touch of a spicey yeast perhaps in the back.

T - Typlical pilsner. Very light flavor, lots of grain and wheat, a touch of some bread, nothing really shocking or stand out here, just typical.

M - Crisp, clean, short lived finish. Nice carbonation and a good feel on the tongue. Very easy going down, and could honestly drink a whole lot of these if I tried.

Overall this was a typical pilsner in my eyes. It impressed me the least out of the Spaten beers I have tried so far. Still it was pretty decent and there are alot worse out there. This could very easily be a hot summer day mowing the lawn type of beer. Served cold and drank quickly, not half bad.

Photo of HotterThanHell
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh....A true Pilsner without overdoing it.

One of Munich's big boys and a fine brew. I harken back to my Munich days with TTU94 and Ungespundet drinking at the Gardens of Bavaria.

I'll keep it short...if our want to know what it's like to drink in southern Germany, get six of these .5 liters (each) and go to the park on a 70 degree day with some buddies and some Pretzels.

Heaven or whatever you might call it.

Photo of Gusler
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pleasant limpid gold color as it pours into the glass with a modest head that is frothy in its texture, the lace nice firm sheets to coat the glass. Crisp fresh nose with light hints of citrus but the malts dominate, as one would expect. Front is lightly sweet, malt with a rather skinny mouth feel. Finish is perkily carbonated, pleasingly hopped, droughty aftertaste and a good everyday drinking beer that always hits the “Beer Spot”.

Photo of surfmeister
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I reviewed this head to head, blind with Spaten Premium:
Appearance: yellow, pretty bubbles, three finger head that remained during my quaff
Smell: malt aroma, subtle hops
Taste: bitterness jumps right out at you immediately, totally different from the Premium, Spaten obviously trying for the Pils hop emphasis with this, while those that enjoy more bitterness in their lagers will enjoy this, I found it distracting, malt came through more as the beer warmed
Mouthfeel: as with Premium, full and satisfying as a lager
Drinkability: could drink many,

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Spaten Pils from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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