1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Spaten Pils - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Not Rated.
Spaten PilsSpaten Pils

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

206 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 206
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 16
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Spaten Pils Alström Bros
Ratings: 206 | Reviews: 117 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of beertaster13
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good solid pilsner. Pours a nice pale yellow with great carbonation and a head that is quite impressive, lacing will coat the glass. The smell has a nice honey coated grain to the nose, a slight floral hop brings up the rear. The taste is a nice crisp smooth caramel malt with toasted grain that puts it all together, the hops really don't work right here, light/medium bodied and very quenching, a nice pils for seafood.

beertaster13, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. First off, it's pretty. A pale gold in color with a typhoon of evenly distributed carbonation, swirling its way up to a massive foamy white head.

Second, it smells just like a pils ought to smell. A slightly sweet graininess dominates but is backed up by a tinge of herbal hop. Nice.

And finally, it's just lovely in the mouth. A bit of sweet malt at the start but the effervesence cuts this alot and leaves one with an overall very crisp mouthfeel. This impression is aided by what strikes me as a slightly lemony aspect of the hops at the finish. And then, just when I thought it was over, there's this really cool, slightly sweet cereal-like aftertaste. It tastes like Cheerios -- fer real.

My only complaint is the mouthfeel starts to get a tad bit sticky in the throat by the time you reach the end of the bottle. This isn't my favorite style, as it doesn't lend itself to a terrible amount of complexity. But Spaten does a damn fine job with it.

mzwolinski, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is an awesome-looking Pils. The body is light yellow in color and shows great, tiny carbonation. The white, pillowy head came up huge on a careful pour and showed tenacious retention. It slowly went down into puffy little swills of foam and covered the inside of my glass with lace.

Smell – The pure, unadulterated grain proved to be a rightful balance to the wonderful hoppy notes.

Taste – All the ingredients are here, but the grain is a bit too harsh for the noble hops.

Mouthfeel – This one is light and delicate in the mouth. The carbonation tickles the inside of the cheeks.

Drinkability – Not completely on the mark but a very good effort that’s better than most.

RoyalT, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

WesWes, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of WetCoaster
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear straw gold. Very active carbonation, and the large bubbles make me wonder if this beer didn't get a bit of help. Pure white finger and a half of rocky, frothy head with outstanding retention.

Smell: Saaz hops boom with a nice grainy backbone. Slight citrus sweetness from yeast esters.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Obviously, Saaz dominates, but there is decent body and a slight sweetness as well. Hops lie thick on the tongue in a rich, dry finish. Mouthfeel is light, but it's also rich and smooth. Carbonation zings the tip of your tongue at the finish.

Drinkability: Excellent (as are most pilsners). Satisfying body, crisp yet rich. Good pilsner flavor. What's not to like?

As I've said before, I've found that the flavor profile of pilsners tends to be pretty narrow; they're either "right" or they're not. This one's right and has a bit more body than some. Worked for me.

WetCoaster, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of steinlifter
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very light golden,thick initial head that gave away to a thin lacing all the way down the glass, smell was bread like and rich,could also smell a bit of hops, taste is malty, with a peppery hop flavor,good balance, and has a lot of flavor.
mouthfeel,was medium carbonated, and creamy.
drinkability: very good! this is really a good beer, I've had it many times, at restaurants and so forth, and it's alway's been a pleasure.I recommend!

steinlifter, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

filabrazilia, May 26, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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! ;)

Zorro, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

moulefrite, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of surfmeister
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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,

surfmeister, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of HochFliegen
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

HochFliegen, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of DESTRO
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

DESTRO, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

feloniousmonk, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
2.15/5  rDev -41.3%
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.

jcalabre, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of clvand0
2.78/5  rDev -24%
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.

clvand0, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

maxpower, Jul 30, 2003
Photo of ngandhi
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

ngandhi, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of Riggo
3.55/5  rDev -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.

Riggo, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of ChrisDeWitt
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

ChrisDeWitt, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of freed
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

freed, Jun 08, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Reidrover, May 18, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

ADR, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

AudioGilz, Mar 13, 2003
Photo of jackndan
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

jackndan, Feb 12, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

goindownsouth, Dec 22, 2002
Spaten Pils from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.