Spaten Pils - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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Reviews by fsimcox:
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
I was surprised to find the Spaten Pils on tap at a local beer ba, the Congregation Ale House in Long Beach.
Pours a clear straw color with a white foamy head that dissipates in a few minutes to a thin white layer. Some lacing, but not much.
Smells of hops, but not much. Hints of grass, bread, and just a little malt.
Clean, crisp taste, withj ust a hint of hops up front, and a smooth, mild finish, and just a hint of sweetness. No hop bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is crisp, a little thin, and some carbonation in the middle.
Not a bad Pils. I always enjoyed this one while visiting Bavaria. This pils tends to be smoother, without the typical hop bitterness that most associate with a pils. Smooth and easy to drink.
12-29-2010 14:48:12 | More by fsimcox
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3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
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 thats better than most.
09-20-2004 16:40:43 | More by RoyalT
3.65/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
10-19-2002 07:11:58 | More by Jason
3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
04-27-2003 10:47:01 | More by ADR
2.8/5 rDev -23.5%
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.
08-21-2005 00:24:31 | More by OStrungT
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-16-2005 21:15:34 | More by brewQ
3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
01-30-2006 03:53:20 | More by watermelonman
4.25/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
04-22-2006 20:13:21 | More by IntriqKen
4.05/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
10-22-2010 14:18:00 | More by Dave128
4.35/5 rDev +18.9%
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.
06-27-2003 06:09:03 | More by ChrisDeWitt
3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
11-24-2003 08:34:21 | More by DESTRO
4.22/5 rDev +15.3%
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!
11-18-2006 19:22:41 | More by russpowell
3.43/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
04-21-2008 18:31:15 | More by trackstar1043
3/5 rDev -18%
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.
02-12-2003 20:08:21 | More by jackndan
3.88/5 rDev +6%
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
09-17-2002 14:44:34 | More by bditty187
4.33/5 rDev +18.3%
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!
12-14-2005 03:37:42 | More by studentofbeer
4.43/5 rDev +21%
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.
01-30-2006 00:57:19 | More by marcobrau
Spaten Pils from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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