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Spaten Pils - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 04-12-2002

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Ratings: 219 | Reviews: 117
Photo of jaluria
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
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
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
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
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of OStrungT
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Photo of ryantupy
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of palliko
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Puddleglum
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of brewQ
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Luigi
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of mynie
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of beertaster13
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of mzwolinski
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.59/5  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.

Photo of WetCoaster
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of steinlifter
3.89/5  rDev +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!

Photo of filabrazilia
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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! ;)

Photo of moulefrite
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of surfmeister
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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,

Photo of HochFliegen
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of DESTRO
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.

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Spaten Pils from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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