Spaten Pils - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 226
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 14
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 04-12-2002

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Photo of BeerBob
4.65/5  rDev +26%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
4.39/5  rDev +19%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of studentofbeer
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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! (401 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of xgabe
4.28/5  rDev +16%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of SargeC
4.28/5  rDev +16%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of ChrisDeWitt
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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! (559 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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! (838 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of brewduck
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of zornbeast
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a Large Hefeweisen Glass. Clear in apperance with yellow tint, nicely carbonated. Smell is of light earthy hops perdominated by malt sweetness. Straightforward Pils in taste, with a nice semi-crisp finish. Light Drinkability leading to exceptional drinkability. Not a favorite but definatly a nice beer, enjoyable in the hot weather. (343 characters)

Photo of Dave128
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (1,347 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good German bier, to say the least. This particular Spaten poured out of the tap a nice bark brown. The head was obvious and stern. This brew has a good herbal-almost woodsy kind of aroma, as many Germans of this style have. It went down easy on the first sip and continued on its horrid pace down my throat. One to try. Prost! (334 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I will be forever indebted to Los Hermanos Alstrom and the seminar on Lager-style beers at which time the scales fell from my eyes.

Once again, a German offering at the home of the German expat, Beate, at Bridgewaters Pub in Philly. Who knew?

Brought to me with a finger of bone-white head with low retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pleasant Saaz hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a spicy hop taste on the tongue. Finish was dry, refreshing, eminently drinkable. (511 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a flavourful, highly drinkable pilsner with a good body, but, while hopd-ominated, it's relatively light in the hoppiness for a German pilsner.

Golden, it has a medium white head that shrinks only slowly and leaves no real lace.

The aroma is bready grain with a strong, sweet flowers and herbs and a hint of sulphur.

The taste is light but fairly firm malty, bready grain with herbal hops, hints of mineral and lemon, and light but dominant, zesty bitterness. A slightly oily texture and malty sweetness, nicely counter the hops, making it seem a little closer to a Czech than a true German-style pilsner. The hops mostly come to the fore with a finish that is zesty, lively, herbal, and lightly bitter, riding bready sweetness.

It lacks the clearly hop-dominated character or zesty cleanliness of other German pilsners, but it's still quite good and a lot better than many. (889 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the only beer of interest in a restaurant in upstate new york that i was eating at. Usually prefer other german pilsners but his was very good. Color was excellent, flavor and mouthfeel was perfect for lunch; in general i would recommend this as a great lunchtime lager. (279 characters)

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 0.3 liter Spaten Pils glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is clear, light golden color with a ½" white head that eventually recedes to a small ring around the glass. The flow of carbonation is nearly continuous though out consumption. Sipping leaves patches and spots of lacing here and there for most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is soft, with pale malt and herbal/floral character. There are some hints of lemon zest and a few earthy notes.

Taste: The flavor is initially sweet from the pale malts and then the hops quickly slide in and take over with their combination of floral and lemony bitterness forcing the malt into the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky smooth with the steady light, prickly carbonation. The finish is long and dry, beginning in the malt sweetness but then turning into the bitterness of the hops which seem to go on and on.

Drinkability: I found this one to be very drinkable and it would be very easy to have more than one (in fact I did ☺ ). This one will also be easy to turn to in the future. It should be a great summer beer, light, refreshing and tasty. Not a great Pils but well made and tasty. (However given the ready availability of Stoudt's Pils locally this one will always be second choice if the other is available.) (1,364 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draught at Old World in Huntington Beach, downstairs in The Rathskeller. served by Monica....
appearance is the typical headstrong foam on top, clear straw liquid.
smell is dry and bitter.
taste is also dry and bitter, some hops coming through but different than what you will taste with american brews and their hops. a little tart, a little citrus(?), but overall, an average and similar compared with the other germans of this type.
but the ambience certainly affects the taste, does it not? and The Rathskeller certainly has that charming, warm appeal. definitely stop by if you're in the area; it gives me the feeling of my second home.... (647 characters)

Photo of palliko
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is gold with little foam and lace, aroma has sweet barley and leafy hops. Initial taste is clean and refreshing, with hints of malt, followed by coriander, allspice, and bitter hops. This beer finishes nicely, though, and might be a good choice to go with food where one does not want too many competing flavors. (323 characters)

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