Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany
franziskaner-weissbier.de

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

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pDev:
14.09%
 
 
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Photo of mpylant
4.74/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Nice smooth beer that went really well with my German dinner.

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Photo of VictorSage
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjv
4.77/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jrc1093
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 3/2019

Pours a crystal-clear light golden straw with a towering, pillowy white head; great retention and a healthy smattering of leftover lacing.

Aromas of gritty, peppery hay smoothing to a floral grass character, with a soft hop finish and quiet, earthy malt backbone; simple upfront, but with a layered, approachable intensity.

Taste brings a great balance of light grass and thick hay, with an ensuing subtle hop character imparting a mild, herbal finish.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with some perfectly integrated medium carbonation; soft all-around, but manages to prop up a dynamic profile through excellent structure on the palate; crisp, clean, and absolutely effortless.

Much like their Oktoberfest, this Spaten offering shows a ton of nuance from a simpler profile; a beautifully-structured beer, effortlessly consistent throughout, and another pleasure to drink courtesy of Spaten.

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Photo of JoeyJellico
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knickfan3
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Danielr26
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davidlbarnes
4.85/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: brilliant gold under a 1" white foam collar with fair retention

S: has a spicy, woodsy noble hop smell with some bread crumb in the background

T: Rich malt flavors with a trace of sweetness lead followed by medium hop flavors

F: medium light with moderate carbonation and a crisp, clean finish

O: a classic - refreshing, flavorful, crisp and clean

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Photo of LanguedocRocks
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mehak
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of FriedichVonostrowo
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The original Münchner Hell. Spaten is the originator of this style of beer to compete with Pilsners that were taking over the brewing industry at the turn of the century. A little light compared to Hacker Pschorr Münchner Gold Hell. but still good!
Pours crystal clear and gold with a quickly diminishing head
Light hop aroma but not much else
Clean taste with mild hop flavour and bittering
Enjoyable to drink and I'd never turn one down but my preference is for the fuller taste of Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold.
At one time before the 70's this style and it close relative Export and Dortmunder were the most popular beers in Germany. The same time that London Canada was switching from light coloured and light flavoured North American ales like 50, Export ale, Red Cap ale and Stock Ale to North American adjunct lagers like Canadian, Blue, Black Label and Alberta Pil, Germany was switching over to Pilsners. I understand that Bavaria and Berlin are embracing Helles/Export once again which can only help the beer industry in Germany.

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Photo of SeymourDunn
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Baviera
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ILeftNJ
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice lager. Smooth and with good taste. Nothing overpowering or too foamy, gassy either. Nice break from American IPAs that give me headaches.

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Photo of alexdavit3
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice Helles - drinkable and good representative of the style. Maybe has a little more happiness and a bit drier and more carbonated than the HB Helles - more fitting for the hot summers as a session beer. There is a reason this beer has been around for so long - it's delicious!

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Photo of RobTheKnob
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wafers
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrown456
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From notes taken 08/08/17:

Clear, straw-gold but orange-tinted, with steady stream of rising fizzy bubbles to replenish light but condensed, fine foamy head of creamy white. Smells of skunk, corn or grain, honey, grass, faint lemon, in no particular order. Green bottle so skunk is not mystery. It’s not awful, though. Palate mirrors all of this for the most part. Except orange in addition to lemon. And it is much richer than certain others of the style, the grain bill is more robust or voluminous perhaps. Light-bodied, with a fine, soft, tingly almost effervescence.

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Photo of sqpat
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chilmer
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mr-Beer
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crisp clean smooth. Not feeling light a nice beir.

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Photo of jcoleMA66
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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