Spaten Pils - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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3.98/5 rDev +8.7%
Sallow yellow loaded with multiple, vigorous streams of fine bubbles jumping off the bottom of the glass. Their destination is a beautiful, snow white cap that has so many tiny pits that it looks like it's been sandblasted. Clingy sheets of thick lace look great as well.
The nose is clearly built on German noble hops, although it avoids that sharp pungency that I sometimes find (and don't appreciate) in beer of this style. It's also a tad more lemony than is usual. I'll attribute its soft sweetness to a generous amount of pils malt.
Good call on the malt, there's more than enough on hand to temper whatever excesses the hops might have had in mind. I beg for unbridled hoppy mischief when it comes to American hops, but there's only so much floral grassiness that I can tolerate. There's actually a very nice sweet-bitter balance, with plenty of each. It's a good thing I enjoy the flavor so much because there's a lot of it.
Again, bitter lemon peel is more prominent than it is in most pilseners. Since I love lemon, I approve wholeheartedly. I can't emphasize enough how beautifully bitter this beer is, but yet how well-supported. A bigger body, a higher ABV and a modest bump in hop content and it wouldn't be that much of a leap to Imperial Pils status.
Gorgeously messy rings of lace march down the length of the glass, further solidifying the appearance score. Even though the mouthfeel isn't quite as full as I'd like, it is appropriate for the style. The amount of carbonation is on the high end. It's so fine-bubbled, however, that it enhances the mouthfeel and mirrors the spunky hoppiness.
I have very little memory of the other Spaten-Franziskaner-Brau beers that have crossed my palate, but I'm certain that this one comes in near the top of the heap, if not at the top. If I was a German hophead rather than an American one, Spaten Pils would be a permanent occupant of my bier der eisschrank (beer fridge).
11-23-2005 14:42:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
The quentessential German Pilsner, and perhaps the opidome of the style. A crisp and refreshing soft pilsner base is balanced and complimented with Noble (Saaz) hops. Classicly German through and through.
An herbal boquet of floral/flowery hoops hit the nose first, just before the soft cracker-like malts begin its rise in intensity. Modest yeasty/sulfury notes linger in the background.
Brilliantly clear, light straw in color, the beer releases an airy white head and carries a long lasting foamstance while leaving light rings of lacing behind.
Flavors of malt sweetness, breadiness, and gains take precidence early- until the assertive hop bitterness then balances and eventually pushes the final taste deep into the finish and aftertaste. Still, herbal tasting with light tea-like notes and subtle flavor of hay and fresh cut lemongrass. Terterary flavors of minerals and sulfur aid the bitterness and crispness late and without becomming a deterrant to the beer.
Like most great German pilsners, the beer's soft and elegant malt profile is more than balanced with a depth and lingering floral hop flavor and bitterness. This beer begs to be paired with genuine bratwurst and saurkraut.
07-17-2010 15:32:31 | More by BEERchitect
3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
So we make our way back to some Spaten. They have been treating me very well lately between the lager, octoberfest, and dopplebock. I see the Pils always sitting next to the rest and figured it was about time I gave it a try.
A- Crystal clear pale colden yellow. Nice one inch white head upon the pour quickly faded to reveal nothing at all. No lace eaither. Decent amount of carbonation coming from the bottom kept it at least looking a bit alive for now.
S - Light grain, earthy type aroma. A hint at maybe some ceral or bread, and a touch of a spicey yeast perhaps in the back.
T - Typlical pilsner. Very light flavor, lots of grain and wheat, a touch of some bread, nothing really shocking or stand out here, just typical.
M - Crisp, clean, short lived finish. Nice carbonation and a good feel on the tongue. Very easy going down, and could honestly drink a whole lot of these if I tried.
Overall this was a typical pilsner in my eyes. It impressed me the least out of the Spaten beers I have tried so far. Still it was pretty decent and there are alot worse out there. This could very easily be a hot summer day mowing the lawn type of beer. Served cold and drank quickly, not half bad.
07-16-2007 00:28:45 | More by mikesgroove
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Served up a clear, deep yellow body with a smallish, white head.
Smell: The characteristic grassy, spicy touch of traditional German hops backed by a scent of grainy pilsner malts and scant hint of lemon.
Taste: Sweetish, grainy pilsner malts -- actually, make that particularly grainy. Modest background hint of basic lemon. Sharply spicy, grassy Noble hops with a moderate amount of bitterness that remains on-hand until the dry, lightly effervescent finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.
Drinkability: As it should be, it's a crisp, clean German Pilsner that's pretty easy to quaff down at record speed.
08-13-2009 02:50:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.65/5 rDev -0.3%
Yellowish golden colour with a thin cropped lace, smells a vague sweet grain and herbal hop ... clean in the aroma. Ample crispness lets the moderate body show its malty side first. Touch of spicy bitterness leans towards an herbal note in the end. The simple malt charcter and even hop make for a very well balanced brew and one that is a perfect pick as a lunch time brew.
10-19-2002 07:11:58 | More by Jason
4.22/5 rDev +15.3%
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!
11-18-2006 19:22:41 | More by russpowell
3.13/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
11-09-2003 22:49:51 | More by feloniousmonk
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale malt scent that is skunky with that German green bottle aroma. The taste is decent. It has a light, crisp pale malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes clean. It is slightly skunky, but easy drinking. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a fine German pilsner. It has a light, clean flavor, but it maintains the style nicely; a good drinker.
09-01-2004 01:25:12 | More by WesWes
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
Bottle Date of August 2008; Sampled February 2008
A vigorous pour produces a four-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that leaves a fairly amount of lacing as it slowly recedes with a volcanic plateau in the middle of my glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear full gold color. Grassy, herbal hop notes mix with a touch of honey-like malt and a finish of soda cracker grain character. If you dig around a bi more fresh crushed grain aromas, notes similar to fresh bread crumb and a definite, fresh cut herbal note.
A crisp, hop biting bitterness is noticeable as soon as the beer hits my tongue. This bitterness continues throughout the flavor profile into a long dry finish. Slightly grassy, most definitely herbal with even a bit of lemon zest flavor, the hop character is certainly the defining character of this beer. The malt plays a supporting role here, but is very clean with just a touch of sweet grain flavor in the middle, and a dry, grain-like, bready finish that lingers on in the mouth. Light bodied and easy drinking, though it does have a light heft to it that helps the malt stick to the mouth a bit.
This is a nice quaffing beer; it is a great example of a German Pils; crisp hop and malt character with a solid hop bitterness. Certainly not the most intriguing beer in the world, but there is something about it that just hits the spot.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
02-28-2008 23:20:41 | More by Gueuzedude
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
Straw colored and clear. Pours with an impressive head and outstanding lace.
Malty and "frothy" in the nose. Nice floral hop in the background.
Well balanced, but quite light in flavor. Too little of a good thing. This has all of the elements of a nice pils but as it was watered down. Oddly, the body is fine.
01-01-2009 22:44:14 | More by smcolw
4.22/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
07-12-2007 04:59:57 | More by Halcyondays
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
4.03/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
10-31-2009 22:45:48 | More by woodychandler
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
A: Pours a bright light golden color with a nice white cap
S: Nose is grain, sweet n crisp
T: Crisp, clean, hints of corn, grains, crisp hops
M: Light and crips, clean finish. Low ABV and cleanness leaves a good mouthfeel
D: Easy to drink overall
02-26-2011 21:55:11 | More by barleywinefiend
3.93/5 rDev +7.4%
Pours a sunny clear gold color with lots of carbonation.
This has a very strong and good grain smell to it, mostly bread and biscuits. There is also some mild floral if you really get your nose in there and smell.
Mildly sweet and malty, big Pilsner flavor. Has a tamed hops bite in the finish.
Very drinkable. This is one of those brews that goes well with everything. Very solid Pilsner with no warts on it, it's like a Labrador Retriever, gets along with everyone and is eager to please you! ;)
02-04-2004 02:43:50 | More by Zorro
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
Bought this a few nights ago from the local liquor store along with a few other beers, this is the beer I have saved for last of the bunch. On to the beer:
Poured into a stange glass, the body resembles a straw-like color with a nice two-finger foam head that sticks to the glass. The smell suggests of sweetness, followed by notes of hops. Now to taste; very crisp, grassy, with a moderate spicy bitterness that lingers after each sip. Going down the hatch, it was light, but not too light, smooth, and refreshing. The only problem I had was I didn't have enough of this beer, as their "bombers" are sold in 500 milliliter bottles.
01-15-2007 20:34:34 | More by DoubleJ
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
A - Pours a clear yellow color, nice head, some carbonation, lot's of lacing through out the drink.
S - Scents of spicy hops, and malts.
T - The taste is pretty hoppy for a pils with a touch of spices. The after taste is clean and fresh.
M - Medium body. A well balanced pils.
D - Drinkable. A very good offering from Spaten.
01-31-2006 23:56:57 | More by Wasatch
3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured a nice golden straw hue. Two fingers of light foamy head with decent retention and lacing.
The smell had a nice hop aroma and a bit of spiciness. A good hop to malt balance.
The taste was a bit sharp. This beer, taste-wise, is almost a pilsner/wheat beer hybrid. Spicier and sharper than most German Pils.
The mouthfeel was crisp and clean. Beer should be served at around 40 degrees.
Very drinkable. One of the better examples of the style.
04-20-2006 03:20:00 | More by plaid75
4.2/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
08-12-2002 19:43:46 | More by Bighuge
Spaten Pils from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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