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Spaten Pils - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 15
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-12-2002)
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Photo of GilaMinumBeer
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've only had one other Pilsner style beers. And that experience left me weary of the style, but not being willing to let one breweries sample give testimony to the style, I tried this one on an impulse.

Served from a bottle into an oversized mug, this beer poured a clear, gleaming, light honey color and produce a thick white frothy head leaving very little lacing. In the mug, the beer looked a pale straw color. The head dissipated very slowly and produced a grassy, white wine like aroma with alcoholic notes.

The taste of this beer was surprisingly mild, but with a complex mixture of malty, spicy, hoppy tones coming and going in succession. Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing. This beer finished dry and grassy leaving me wanting to continue to savour.

This beer was easy to drink, and with its moderate alcohol content I could easily spend an afternoon with this beer. However, in that I am not fond of the "smaller", beers I don't see myself buying this beer often much keeping a stock of it in the fridge. Given this experience, I will gladly continue to sample other examples of this style.

Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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!

Photo of goschool
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pour is clear straw with probably three inches of head popping out of the rim of my glass.

Smell: The aroma has floral and grassy hops as well as light grains and a decent amount of malt for the style.

Taste: The flavor profile is crisp and hoppy. Along with grassy and floral hops, soft sweet malts, grains, and the slightest hint of lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: This is lighter bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable brew. I had Spaten's dopplebock before this one and many BA's would have drank this one first, but it's refreshing crisp profile washes away all of the sticky malts.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9oz brown bottle

Spaten Pils was a very clear golden colored lager with a large white head. The head had good retention and left some lacing. It has a light hop aroma. The taste was crisp and clean with a slightly dry bitter finish. It is light to medium in body with plenty of carbonation. This beer goes down very easily. It went great with a burger and fries. Tasty and thristquenching.

Photo of boblog
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow color. Large head that thins out leaving some lacing. Nice crisp aroma. Taste is crisp with malt after taste. It is a medium bodied brew that has wonderful soft velvet like mouthfeel. As a good Pilsner it is highly drinkable. Not my favorite Spaten brew, but I will certainly purchase it again.

Photo of acrawf6
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice straw color with a good and frothy white head that is fueled by lots of carbonation throughout the beer.

Smell. Light and malty, even has a small floral aroma. A little citrus twist is in here. Nothing too too great, but nice.

Taste. Has a nice maltiness to it that is just slightly roasted and sweet. Hops are present enough to give this a good bitterness. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and I even get a honey taste.

Mouthfeel is good. I think it has a very nice balance, lots of carbonation. Body is nice and refreshing, and is medium in body.

Overall a nice beer. One that has a good malt character and easy to drink. Very good for it’s style, and a nice beer, but I just think this style has a glass ceiling on how good they can be. Don’t get me wrong, I like the style and give it lots of respect, but I just look to other styles when I look for complexity. But this is good.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Forest Restaurant, Nederland, Colorado, where the wait staff speak German, and they feature German beers.

Served in a Paulaner ( ! ! ) Pilsner glass with minimal head. Light yellow color.

An above-average German Pilsener: hoppy, crisp, clean and dry. It's everything you look for in the style, which, to my taste, isn't much. This is to drink WITH something, something like the incredibly delicious meal I enjoyed at this fantastic restaurant.

This would be a decent session beer, I suppose, but I would have to eat something with it.

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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Clear pale gold with a white airy head. Lots of bubbles as well.

Smell: Lots of hops, but nicely balanced with spices and grains. A crisp smell overall.

Taste: All hops and grains, but in a good balance. I can't really notices the spices at all. The aftertaste is mostly hops.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied "plus," and it's got a fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down nice and can definitely have more of these. ABV isn't bothersome or very noticable.

One of the more "solid"-feeling pilsners I've had for sure. A nice beer, but it falls down a bit in taste. It's not that the taste is bad, but it's lacking the spicy component present in the smell. It's a beer that works fine on it's own, but might be a bit better with food, just to help with some more flavor. I'll definitely get this again, but I'll probably plan on having it with dinner.

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.

Photo of utahbeerdude
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual: light gold, creamy head with good persistence, nice carbonation
Aroma: Clean, but subdued, with some hoppiness and slightly less malt.
Flavor: Nice and bitter, which becomes stronger in finish and lingers a long time in aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Carbonation fine for style, dryness in finish/aftertaste.
Overall: Very clean overall. A winner! More refined than Warsteiner, e.g.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pils=pilsner? Most pilsners have more bite than this, a lot more! I tasted a few beers from the brewry, all of them were very sweet. THis was no exception. I wanted a little bit more bite to this beer. I was feeling like i wanted a little bit more. It was brown in color, but somewhat clear and had decent carbonation. It's worth a try

Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9oz bottle(room temp) a yellow-gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a solid layer that lasted through out the session.

The smell is all hoppy and floral.

The taste has good sweet malt tones up front and a good infusion of hops near and at the finish making for a smooth balanced taste. A really good drinker this Pils and one I enjoy often.

Bottom line: A solid German Pils that I revisit often..I recommend it.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Spaten Pils pours out a clear, golden color topped with a couples inches of white head. The aroma is grassy and lemony. Clean toasted malt flavor with lemon and honey. Lightly hopped finish with a herbal flavor. The carbonation is higher than average. Mouthfeel is crisp. Good drinkability. This beer is very refreshing. I suspect the bottle I am drinking is not the freshest, but the beer has held up well

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of watermelonman
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a very light yellow and gold with a large head that lasted fairly well. There's a fair amount of lace.

The smell has nice hop flavor but is a little too sharp. Malt content is very light. The taste is fairly faint up front and quickly gives way to hops. The mouthfeel is pretty thin while drinkability is pretty good.

Photo of marcobrau
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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.

Photo of studentofbeer
4.33/5  rDev +18%
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!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

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.

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.

Spaten Pils from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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