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Spaten Pils - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
83
good

206 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 16
Gots: 3 | 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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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Kwak78, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of jcalabre
2.15/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this beer on 19 June 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Aroma: I detected very little, if any, aroma.
Flavor: What flavor? I had difficulty finding any.
Appearance: Looks like a pilsener, clear yellow with a white head.
Overall: For me, it was a drain pour.

jcalabre, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of TLove
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

TLove, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of JIMTRK16
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Westyn
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Westyn, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of WillAndSarah
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

WillAndSarah, May 08, 2014
Photo of pchalk
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

pchalk, Apr 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Metz, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Polasiuss
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Polasiuss, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of clvand0
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a normal yellow color, but a little cloudy with a small but fluffy white head. Leaves very little lacing on the glass. The aroma is wheaty/yesty as expected with some spices and possibly citrus(?). The taste is very similar to other Spaten products. Not a bad Pilsner, but very overpriced when there are others that are better for a lower price.

clvand0, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of OStrungT
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

OStrungT, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of freed
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Even in a dark room, a pint of this looks like a Coors. There's a nice amount of head to start with, very small bubbles, which thins quickly, but leaves a nice moustace marking crown.

The aroma, if your glands are strong enough, is very slightly malty. You can even catch a rumor of hops. The taste is mellow. Nothing jumps out besides the crips finish, which signals that you had drank something. Its almost too subtle to enjoy on all but the hottests days. I had this with a bitburger and a pilsner urqell. Its certainly better than the Bit, but it doesn't reach the beauty of the Czech pils.

freed, Jun 08, 2003
Photo of HochFliegen
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a pale yellow with a thick white head that laces rather poorly. The smell is sweet and grainy with little hop smell. The taste is very light and mellow. A slight bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel was also light. Over all this was an ok beer. Nothing to go crazy over.

HochFliegen, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of charlzm
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 09/09/09.

Incredibly clear beer with average-for-style head. Light golden.

Aroma is sweet and grainy with corn overtones. Miniscule trace of spiciness - did I catch a furtive whiff of an actual hop?

Dry on the tongue, though not especially effervescent.

Flavor is somewhat sharp but lacks any real bite; sweetness and soft grain are really the only things I can pick up. Finish is crisp and fairly clean with only a slight residual sweetness.

Lacking in flavor, though not offensive, this is about as exciting to drink as watching paint dry. Still, this would probably seem like a flavor bomb on the palate of a Bud Light drinker. Faint praise, true.

charlzm, Sep 12, 2009
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3/5  rDev -18%

Mantooth, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of jackndan
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

jackndan, Feb 12, 2003
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3/5  rDev -18%

emincems, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The regular 500ml bottle, best before Jan 2012, poured into two Veltins badged stemmed tulip glasses during Oct 2011.

The review was also taken with a Spaten Munchner Hell (a blind tasting, not knowing until afterwards which was which).

Lighter than the Hell and slightly more bitter, it is a typical German Pilsner and has nothing to put it above most of them: it's clean, crisp and clear just like all the rest.

Mr average in every aspect when compared to its rivals.

BlackHaddock, Oct 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

DaKirch, Aug 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

ejimhof, Aug 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

jrutigs, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of bgraney
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale golden color, somewhat bubbly with a one finger white head.
Nice aroma, but nothing distinctive.
Tasted a bit skunky, which may not be the beer's fault. Other than that it was a typical pilsner taste experience.
Nothing substantial lingered in the mouth. The aftertaste was okay but nothing to get excited about.
Usually when I'm in pilsner-mode I look forward to the next one. Can't say I felt that way with this.
Every Oktoberfest I visit a local German restuarnt for Spaten on tap and it is one of my favorite beers but whenever I have a bottled Spaten it is always a colossal disappointment.

bgraney, May 30, 2006
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3/5  rDev -18%

ssgunbond, Aug 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

Brewer1980, Sep 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

elguapo57, Jun 17, 2012
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Spaten Pils from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.