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Spaten Pils - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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206 Ratings

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 16
Gots: 3 | 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 mithrascruor
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

mithrascruor, Jun 07, 2006
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
Photo of utahbeerdude
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

utahbeerdude, May 17, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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

jasonjlewis, May 16, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

IntriqKen, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

plaid75, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Bitterbill, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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

beveragecaptain, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Wasatch, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of watermelonman
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

watermelonman, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of marcobrau
4.43/5  rDev +21%
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.

marcobrau, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

DogFood11, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of jaluria
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

jaluria, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of studentofbeer
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

studentofbeer, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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).

BuckeyeNation, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of grindcore666
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

grindcore666, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of Hunter
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Hunter, Oct 08, 2005
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 ryantupy
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was pared excellently with my food at some unique German restaraunt in Vail, Colorado. It poured a golden color with a nice lace and bubbles. It smelled grainy and herbal with some sourness to it. It tasted nice clean and crisp with some bitterness to its finish. I really enjoyed it with my dinner and would grab it again.

ryantupy, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of palliko
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is gold with little foam and lace, aroma has sweet barley and leafy hops. Initial taste is clean and refreshing, with hints of malt, followed by coriander, allspice, and bitter hops. This beer finishes nicely, though, and might be a good choice to go with food where one does not want too many competing flavors.

palliko, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of Puddleglum
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice pilsner. I had it at Great American Ballparks as I watched the Reds swat the Atlanta Braves on a nice summer afternoon which may have added to the enjoyment, especially considering the swill everyone else around me was drinking for just about the same price. Anyway the color was golden and the head was nice with some good lacing. The smell was that of a northern pilsner with the hops and grain right up front. The flavor was much the same with a good base of malt that sweetened it up just enough. Nice balance. Very characteristic.

Puddleglum, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Pils is light golden in color with plenty of carbonation. Head is large and rocky. Very good retention. The aroma is of light sweet malts with just a hint of grain aroma. The taste has a light, sweet malt body with a mild hop body for balance. Spice flavor is also noted throughout. Mouthfeel has the trademark crispness of a German pils. Drinkability is very good, this seems like it would make a great afternoon session beer.

Gagnonsux, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of brewQ
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a tightly knit puffy white head over a golden yellow body. Very fine bubbles. Definitely on style.

The aroma is fresh, both earthy and breadlike.

Taste has some sweetness and body with a background tang rounding it out.

A very satisfying finish with hops remaining on the palate.
Quite drinkable. Perhaps the best Pils I have had lately.
I do like the brewery.

Date was L0264 but held up well in the cooler.

brewQ, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of Luigi
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle a pale golden color into a pilsner glass. Good amount of carbonation with a big white head that sticks to the glass. I can smell the spice from the hops and some grains too. Light malts come out in the flavor but just enough to balance the spicy hop flavor. I would say this is an very well balanced German Pils. Makes a great session beer and goes great with a heavy meal. Nicely priced too.

Luigi, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of mynie
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

mynie, Oct 22, 2004
Spaten Pils from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.