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Spaten Pils - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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83
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209 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 16
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-12-2002)
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

JSkone09, Nov 22, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +31.1%

Keithbruning, Thursday at 09:09 PM
Photo of kgrichards
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

kgrichards, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of BeerBob
4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spaten Pils pours a crystal clear golden amber from a dark brown 1pt .9fl oz glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head of white fine bubble foam went to over two fingers before dissipating to a full cap of carpeting foam with fine lacing along the walls of my 22oz Pils glass.

Nose is of damp barley grain, malt, and hops. Palate is a well bittered hops followed by toasted barley malts where the bittering is more prevalent than the sweet malt. The level of carbonation is evident by the constant streams of bubbles welling up from the golden Pils when the glass is at rest, which is not often. Also the bight of carbonation and bittering of the hops, make for a pleasant aftertaste as well.

A more complete Pils would be hard to find, as all of the attributes are represented well, appearance, smell, and taste, being World Class.

BeerBob, Sep 03, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

TrojanWheels, Jan 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

MaddDogg84, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of DogFood11
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a classic german pils. Its the standard to judge a good pilsner against.

Sticky white head, blanket lacing, The type of lacing your going to have to break out the brillo pad to get off before washing. Light pale straw color.

Saaz hops are up front and personal, light malted brew that is super easy on the palate but enough sting in the hop profile to make it interesting. Just a touch of metallic grinds a bit but this is quickly washed away never to be tasted again. Bitter finish is not only welcomed but its extremely well put together and finishes this brew off with a "Hell Yeah" zip.

Notes: Outstanding Pilsener. Perfect brew for sessioning on a football Sunday. Hey its Sunday....welcome in Spaten.

DogFood11, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of marcobrau
4.43/5  rDev +21%
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.

marcobrau, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of Docer
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Docer, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of ChrisDeWitt
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

ChrisDeWitt, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of studentofbeer
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

studentofbeer, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of SargeC
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep gold with a foamy white head.

Smell: Overall, clean aroma. Hints of grass, butter and malt.

Taste: Brilliant hop presence. Clean, yet flavorful finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Flavors linger long after each sip.

Drinkability: Great session beer. Able to satisfy without overpowering.

SargeC, Dec 26, 2007
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4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First pilsner I'm reviewing officially... after being all over the imperial stouts and double IPA's, it was about time I saw some of the original styles that brought all this awesome craziness about.

Poured into a pilsner glass (finally got to use it!), pouring a pale straw yellow, effervesence vividly present, forming a 1" head that left little to no lacing on the glass.

The grassy fresh smell was present... very vivid on the aroma side, especially when you think this is supposed to compete with American pilsners... this one blows the macrobrews away in complexity.

Mouthfeel was surprisingly full, yet dry and crisp. The carbonation was more vivid than I like in most styles, but fits this one right, far from becoming seltzer-like.

Very enjoyable... I usually stick to American craft microbrews, but this one is an enjoyable departure from the usual ales I have.

xgabe, Jul 25, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

j_hollings13, Jun 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

azorie, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

IntriqKen, Apr 22, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Storning, Mar 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

pixarnick, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

AnnArborJoe, May 10, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  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!

russpowell, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a Spaten Pilsner Glass, this pours clear yellow with a massive 2-3 finger frothy white head that faded slowly; good spotty lacing with tons of carbonation racing up the brew in the middle of the glass.

Smells of lemon, yeast, light sweet malt, herbs, grass and light citrus hops; really light citrus aroma overall that is clean and airy.

Tastes of lemon, yeast, light sweet malt, herbs, grass, hay, grains, citrus hops and some light caramel; really light citrus essence is crisp and tasty, with a grainy hoppy pucker at the end. Really easy to drink, it goes down like water.

Mouthfeel is smooth on the tongue, very light and very crisp, with high bubbly carbonation, and an extremely refreshing feel and drinkability. A really great beer that was extremely drinkable, an excellent representation of German Pilsner beer!

CHickman, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Clear golden yellow, with thick white head, good lacing and retention. A quality sight.

S: Very robust for a pilsner, bready malts and dry noble hops predominately.

T: Noble hops are very evident, dry and earthy. Backed up by quality German malt, very tasty.

M: Smooth, dry, not overly carbonated as some pils tend to be, very well done.

D: A quality pils from Germany at a good price, only $1.69 a bottle, my local liquor store just got this, you can't go wrong with this brew from Spaten.

Halcyondays, Jul 12, 2007
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4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. First off, it's pretty. A pale gold in color with a typhoon of evenly distributed carbonation, swirling its way up to a massive foamy white head.

Second, it smells just like a pils ought to smell. A slightly sweet graininess dominates but is backed up by a tinge of herbal hop. Nice.

And finally, it's just lovely in the mouth. A bit of sweet malt at the start but the effervesence cuts this alot and leaves one with an overall very crisp mouthfeel. This impression is aided by what strikes me as a slightly lemony aspect of the hops at the finish. And then, just when I thought it was over, there's this really cool, slightly sweet cereal-like aftertaste. It tastes like Cheerios -- fer real.

My only complaint is the mouthfeel starts to get a tad bit sticky in the throat by the time you reach the end of the bottle. This isn't my favorite style, as it doesn't lend itself to a terrible amount of complexity. But Spaten does a damn fine job with it.

mzwolinski, Sep 24, 2004
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4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This crytal clear light straw colored beer shows some nice carbonation and throws out a nice, long-lasting rocky white head. The head clings nicely to the glass as I drink. A really nice malt underlying on the nose dotted with very sharp spicy saaz hop notes. Nice carbonated mouthfeel and medium body. There is a nice malt backdrop in this brew, but bitter hop tones and the spicy saaz take the center stage. They don't overwhelm, but rather blend nicely together and with the malt properties. A clean and refreshing beverage that is very drinkable.

Bighuge, Aug 12, 2002
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4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the classic German pilsner. Taste is like a great loaf of bread, with grain and sweetness showing through the crisp finish. I totally crave this beer, and use it as an example to demonstrate the style to friends who are just getting to the Real Beer stage. Def. one of my favorites. Very good for something that has international availability. I'd be happy to drink 3-4 of these.

brewduck, Sep 08, 2010
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Spaten Pils from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.