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Spaten Pils - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Spaten PilsSpaten Pils

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190 Ratings

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%

Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

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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Photo of jcalabre


2.15/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 01:33:35 | More by jcalabre
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2009 04:45:12 | More by TLove
Photo of clvand0


2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2003 14:07:48 | More by clvand0
Photo of freed


2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2003 16:10:31 | More by freed
Photo of OStrungT


2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 00:24:31 | More by OStrungT
Photo of HochFliegen


2.9/5  rDev -21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 06:01:19 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of charlzm


2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 21:59:52 | More by charlzm
Photo of jackndan


3/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 20:08:21 | More by jackndan
Photo of bgraney


3/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 15:55:19 | More by bgraney
Photo of stcules


3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clean, brilliant, golden color. Thin perlage. Decent head, white.
Nothing strange in the smell. Average hoppy, hay and freshness. For sure, not a bad beer.
Same for the taste, correct, just a bit anonimous. Sweet, acacia honey, and then a plesant bitterness in the back.
In the aftertaste the bitterness is quite long, and pleasant.
Light in body, very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2008 13:20:15 | More by stcules
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 12:01:47 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of JohnY


3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap and in a classic pilsner style glass. Bright white head almost three fingers in depth. Fairly Carbonated with lots of medium sized bubbles. Hop aroma on the nose. A faint yellow beer in color. Could definately taste the use of the Hallertau hops which created wonderfully balanced yet floral flavors. Little lacing evident. Easy to drink, but not the best Pilsner I've ever had. Worth a pint if you find it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2006 05:38:27 | More by JohnY
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: crystal clear, pale yellow color, with a big, fluffy white head, leaving copious lace around.
Aroma: sharp, vegetal, minerally, flinty...not unpleasant, but not too, terribly pleasant, either...
Taste: Lands acceptably on the tongue and settles amiably in the mouth. Inoffensive. A touch of sweetness, with a well-rounded approach. Light bodied, small texture, little finish.
Not bad, not bad. I'm no lager-lover, though, and it's no surprise that I'm not moved much this this Munchenbrau, but it's just fine for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2003 22:49:51 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of grindcore666


3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very translucent and vulnerable yellow straw. Generous with the foam, and it looks great: crystals scattered in snow, spiderweb lacing.

Aroma is a malty funk, like an aggressive macro-lager. Also some notes of bread.

Opens with a bite of carbonation, transitions abruptly into a moderate twinge: dark malt, oak, straw, bark, rice. Earthy if you ask me.

Good, not great. Probably won't look for it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 02:12:37 | More by grindcore666
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the dutch

A: straw yellow, small head with impressive retention

S: malt, grass

T: malt sweet followed by light grass and skunk. Not an overly clean pilsner

M: light, crisp

O: not a bad beer, wish it didn't have skunk. I doubt das germans would be happy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 21:39:38 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of mynie


3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw colored with a little head that doesn't stick around for too long. It smells a little grainy and a little bit like skunk.

Tastes like sweet and tart malt up front, crisp and light, a little hoppy skunk bitterness at the back, mixed with just a hint of spice. A little skunk can actually be good, and it is here, but the flavor overall isn't very complicated. A bit of metal in the back doesn't help all that much, either.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2004 04:37:29 | More by mynie
Photo of gatornation


3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear yellow color with a brilliant white head..a little lacing and a fresh collar

S- floral hops,malt baked bread

T- a noble floral hop taste that was light but present.sweet malts and baked bread..all on the light side

M- was pure and crisp with good carbonation

O- a good pils but not great i like to visit this one from time to time always a good one for the summer

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 22:02:14 | More by gatornation
Photo of Hunter


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Carfeul on the pour or you end up with a bigger head than you'd expect of a pilsner. Pale gold brew, no carbonation. Milky white head of dense, frothy bubbles. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Heavy hops and malt, but always there's that slightly eggy adjunct smell so many pilsners have. Grassy undernote and a slight skunkiness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Light hops, almost fruity body vanishes instantly on the swallow. Not as sharp on the tongue as one might expect.

Drinkability: Certainly drinkable, worth trying, but I doubt it will draw you away from your current favorite pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 05:12:40 | More by Hunter
Photo of rxdrewthejew


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow, quite bubbly, with a HUGE frothy head. I mean, HUGE, like three fingers.

S: Very hoppy smelling.

T: Very hoppy with an intensely bitter aftertaste. A subtle mix of spices and fruit (citrus?) in there as well, but mostly overpowered by the hops.

MF: Light and bubbly, and goes down very smooth.

D: This beer got better as I continued to drink it. The spicy/fruity overtones came out more and more. Very nice flavor, much better than I had expected.

Spaten scores again!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 07:08:41 | More by rxdrewthejew
Photo of theopholis


3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 01:45:12 | More by theopholis
Photo of crossovert


3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Mindestens haltbar bis Ende: 02/2012.

It pours an extremely light pale gold with a foamy bright white head. It leaves some very nice lacing behind as it recedes.

The smell has thick noble hop scents. Grass, orange peel, and herbs. There is a slight fruity/grainy sweetness as well.

The flavor follows. It has a thick wall of noble hops, very orangey, then a surprising bit of sweet malt. It isn’t as dry and zippy as I was expecting, but it is alright. There is a faint bitterness in the finish.

This one falls a bit short, great smell, mediocre in other departments.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 07:52:45 | More by crossovert
Photo of Gusler


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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”.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 05:01:04 | More by Gusler
Photo of beertaster13


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good solid pilsner. Pours a nice pale yellow with great carbonation and a head that is quite impressive, lacing will coat the glass. The smell has a nice honey coated grain to the nose, a slight floral hop brings up the rear. The taste is a nice crisp smooth caramel malt with toasted grain that puts it all together, the hops really don't work right here, light/medium bodied and very quenching, a nice pils for seafood.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 21:32:11 | More by beertaster13
Photo of jaluria


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of 4 beers on-tap at Flat Rock in Philly.
This beer has a golden, translucent color that is heavily carbonated and is bubbling with head that fizzes quickly and leaves behind just a touch of lacing. Aromas of sun-dried fruits and freshly cut grass. The taste is above average in that the smoothness of this beer is not apparent at first but does develops over time. I enjoyed this beer, but the carbonation didn't really add texture to it as I sipped it. The drinkability is not as good as might be expected because it's not as dry or as flavorful as others in this style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2006 13:54:43 | More by jaluria
Photo of trackstar1043


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 18:31:15 | More by trackstar1043
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