Spaten Pils - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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2.15/5 rDev -41.3%
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.
09-01-2003 01:33:35 | More by jcalabre
District of Columbia
2.58/5 rDev -29.5%
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.
01-20-2009 04:45:12 | More by TLove
2.78/5 rDev -24%
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.
08-19-2003 14:07:48 | More by clvand0
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
2.8/5 rDev -23.5%
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.
06-08-2003 16:10:31 | More by freed
2.9/5 rDev -20.8%
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.
12-30-2003 06:01:19 | More by HochFliegen
2.95/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
09-12-2009 21:59:52 | More by charlzm
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
United Kingdom (England)
3/5 rDev -18%
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.
10-29-2011 12:01:47 | More by BlackHaddock
3/5 rDev -18%
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.
05-30-2006 15:55:19 | More by bgraney
Spaten Pils from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.