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Spaten Pils - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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83
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200 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 16
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Germany

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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filabrazilia

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent pale yellow with a thick white head. Cumulus like lace decorates the glass.

A rich hoppy aroma dominates the nose.

Grain and hops are the prominent flavors in the taste.

This is a thin and crisp beer that has a slightly bitter finish.

This is a refreshing beer that is a nice expmple of the style although it's not as good as Pilsener Urquell, which I think is the standard that all pilseners should aspire.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 03:21:18 | More by filabrazilia
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Zorro

California

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Good Mouthfeel.

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! ;)

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2004 02:43:50 | More by Zorro
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid slammer no question, and always a good choice at the bar that features this as their trendy Euro brew. The beer pours a good clean straw color, and offers little lace, just a ring of head throughout. The mouth feel is nicely crisp and the brew offers good refreshment. The aromas are a bit subdued while the flavors are nicely malty and offer substancial balancing bitter. A solid product that washes down a hot pretzel and mustard well.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 01:28:43 | More by moulefrite
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surfmeister

California

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I reviewed this head to head, blind with Spaten Premium:
Appearance: yellow, pretty bubbles, three finger head that remained during my quaff
Smell: malt aroma, subtle hops
Taste: bitterness jumps right out at you immediately, totally different from the Premium, Spaten obviously trying for the Pils hop emphasis with this, while those that enjoy more bitterness in their lagers will enjoy this, I found it distracting, malt came through more as the beer warmed
Mouthfeel: as with Premium, full and satisfying as a lager
Drinkability: could drink many,

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 03:24:27 | More by surfmeister
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HochFliegen

Oregon

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
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i needed something to wash down some pizza so ill be damned this looked like it would do the trick. it pours a clear yellow with a small head that leaves a nice lace throughout the drinking experiance. the smell is faint, slight hop and grain. the taste is of a clean smooth lager, slightly bitter and herbal. mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, easily drinkable. for sure not a powerhouse beer to kill your taste buds, but a great selection for something easy drinkin yet tasty, great for washing down spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 08:34:21 | More by DESTRO
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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
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jcalabre

California

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
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clvand0

Kentucky

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
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maxpower

Missouri

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

Clear golden color with a decent white foamy head that sticks to the sides of the glass, light bready and flowery aromas, balanced malt and hop flavors, light to medium body with a crisp mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, all in all not a bad pils, well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 23:37:36 | More by maxpower
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ngandhi

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cafe Luna in Champaign, IL. Great pour. The glass screams pilsner -- transparent amber which a fluffy, almost solid thick head. The nose is what I've come to expect from pilsners -- malty, grassy but not vegetable, a little dirty. It drinks easy and has some complexity of fruit to it. Dry, but not too dry. This is a model pilsner beer. I would have appreciated a little more hoppiness; the flavor almost dissapears on you. It's too far on the "crisp, clean, refreshing" side of the spectrum. I would drink it any time. A little overpriced at $4/pint -- but that's not Spaten's fault.

Married well with smoked salmon and spinach.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2003 18:44:25 | More by ngandhi
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Riggo

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale gold, with fluffy white head. Good head retention. Even though this is from a brown bottle, the nose seems skunky, though also notes of mint, lemon, grass. On palate, yeasty, sweet malt, and light hop finish. Mouthfeel is full and soft, with a slight spritzyness. Drinkability is high except for the element of wanting another, which I didn't, particularly. A bit lacking in charm.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 03:33:25 | More by Riggo
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ChrisDeWitt

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

When I first tried this authentic German pilsner, I was at first frightened, but upon tasting it, I fell in love. There is no greater feeling than a warm german beer sliding down your throat and feeling the warmth in the belly. One of the best german Pilsners I have ever had. Two thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 06:09:03 | More by ChrisDeWitt
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freed

Oregon

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
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok bought this in the brown euro style pint bottle..simple but effective silver label.
Beer pours a nice lustrous golden with a large white foamy head that shrinks but does not dissapear completely..very lively carbonation strings.
Great spicy hop aroma very strong..but fresh no skunk.
Well balanced flavour in this pils..sweet but doiesnt last as it bitters near the back of the tongue then a nice biscuity taste underlying them both , quite well done
Feels very comfortable on my tongue..nice and smooth , yet with some nice after taste.
A most drinkable pils indeed.
NOTES : Last few pilsners I have tasted I have become able to distinguish the German pils from the Original Czech kind..I prefer the German variety this and Bitburger are "sound" beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 22:45:56 | More by Reidrover
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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

Light golden color, 1/4 inch head of tight carbonation. Laces well in a pilsner glass, thicker accumulations that sheet somewhat mid glass. Light nose, somewhat grapey with a mild hop sizzle. Mouthfeel is a little fizzy for me. Malting is light and somewhat fruity, hops attenuate with a decent Saaz-like crispness in combination with more than ample carbonation. A little champagne-like. Pretty light but well-balanced, a definitely drinkable warm weather refresher.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 10:47:01 | More by ADR
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It's very pale golden with a rather large and then quick dissipating head of whiteness. The aroma is very clean with just a touch of skunkiness and hops. It's a little bit sweet, a little hoppy after that, very bland overall. The crisp and refreshing qualities are very enjoyable for when you need a beer that's a little less exciting but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 14:33:52 | More by AudioGilz
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jackndan

Illinois

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
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good German bier, to say the least. This particular Spaten poured out of the tap a nice bark brown. The head was obvious and stern. This brew has a good herbal-almost woodsy kind of aroma, as many Germans of this style have. It went down easy on the first sip and continued on its horrid pace down my throat. One to try. Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2002 05:14:35 | More by goindownsouth
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Gusler

Arizona

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
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Jason

Massachusetts

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2002 07:11:58 | More by Jason
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Murph

Arizona

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

Pours a light straw color with a nice white head that sinks quickly but leaves behind a nice lace. Smell is of a nice crisp graininess but minus the hop great hop bit that makes the best pilsners stand above the rest. Starts off with a nice dose of vague malt sweetness but is lacking the necessary hoppiness that would balance things nicely. The lack of hoppiness keeps this one down in the mouthfeel category as well since it is not quite as crisp as I would like it to be although the bubbly carbonation helps make up for that. Although it is slightly lacking those hops that I love this is still a rather drinkable brew and is rather refreshing on this humid day.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2002 17:30:14 | More by Murph
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spaten Pils pours an unblemished golden-hay color with a white head that has fine retention and excellent lacing. It looks very drinkable in glass, nay; it creates lust in your eyes. The odor threw me off at first; it was kind of hoppy but it was also too grainy. Overall, the nose was less then impressive. But the taste rebounded the beer, perfectly! The flavor was a perfect blend of spicy hops and textured malt. Then add in a blend of bitterness and dryness, which makes one tasty beer! This beer was very refreshing, easy to drink, and satisfying through and through.

You need to try one…

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2002 14:44:34 | More by bditty187
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2002 19:43:46 | More by Bighuge
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marc77

California

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The thick and well retained head leaves a typically beautiful lace. Perfectly clear w/ a straw hue. The high carbonation accentuates the hop profile and adds to the overall effervescence of this brew. The grassy, spicy, and uniquely Saaz hop nose is quite welcome, although it's comparatively less intense than an unskunked Czech pilser. One would figure that Hallertauer hops would be used considering this is a German brew, but this is all crisp and tasty Saaz. Hop bitterness is quite high and adds to the refreshing nature of this brew. The finish is quite dry and moderately bitter as a German pils should be. Definitely drier and lighter bodied than a good Czech pils, but still very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2002 20:39:21 | More by marc77
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Spaten Pils from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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