Spaten Münchner Hell (München/Premium Lager)
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Spaten Münchner Hell (München/Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (München/Premium Lager)
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Style:
Lager - Helles
Ranked #147
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,531
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 14.05%
Reviews:
681
Ratings:
1,620
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Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  72
Gots
  288
SCORE
83
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Spaten Münchner Hell (München/Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (München/Premium Lager)
Notes: Marketed as "München" in the UK and "Premium Lager" in the USA.
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours a very pale yellow with a two-finger white head with good retention.
S: As soon as i popped the cap I was overwhelmed by a skunky aroma. Malts, floral hops & a grassy aroma are present too.
T: Follows the nose, has a sweet finish.
F: Light-bodied, high carbonation, smooth, crisp, crushable.
O: Not bad for it's style, wouldn't buy again though.

Apr 30, 2021
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mikeinportc from New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By date : 06,2021

Clear gold , with light white head.

Smell is fresh light grain, with some light honey+floral+fruity (sweet apple+pear) aroma.

Taste is pretty close to the aroma , with light pleasant bitterness.

Feel is light , with slightly drying finish.

Overall , a good ,basic beer, well-done.

Mar 13, 2021
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Douglasfoor from Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Possibly one of best light beers brewed
Appearance: yellow/gold
Smell: good aroma
Taste: big malt, a malt lovers' beer. Goes down easy at room temp. No aftertaste
Feel: smooth

Jan 07, 2021
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a straw color with a faint hint of gold. The short head is white and disappears quickly. Very clear. On the nose it is an inviting maltiness with earthy hoppiness. The malts are bicuity or cracker-like. The hops tack the backseat to the malts. That is true even in the taste. The sweet but not cloying malts come through with that distinctive biscuit/crakcer hybrid taste. The hops are earthy with hint of green spiciness. The malts hit first then the hops. In the aftertaste, there is a faint estery note. Like dried fruit. The beer is somewhat dry and fairly bubbly. The body is loose but not watery. Overall, a real crushable and moreish beer.

Dec 18, 2020
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LoganFarinhas from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$2.00, 5.2%ABV, 12 fl oz., no bottled date, best by Sept. 9th 2021, Pint glass, 43.4ºF (6.3ºC), 21 IBU

Overall: Solid beer for price, freshness and taste. Easy drinker and definitely a session beer, would buy again in the summer. I give it a 90 score.

Dec 09, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Golden and clear. Low carbonation.

S: Reminiscent of Munich. Woody and skunky.

T: Buttery malt, mild hops. Nice and simple.

F: What little carbonation there is feels nice on the tongue.

O: It's a beer. Beer is good. Keep an eye out for other Spaten varieties as well. I hear one of them is a real knock out.

Oct 17, 2020
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Spike from England

3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, brewed in Munich, bottled 3 mths ago.
L: Clear, golden, many streams of micro bubbles, thin head, some lacing.
S: A hint of clean malt. Not much.
T: Hay, malt, slightly vegetal. Sweet aftertaste.
F: Soft, exceptionally smooth, rounded mouthfeel. Gentle carbonation.
O: Great mouthfeel but too sweet for me. I drank at cellar temperature. Might be better if colder.

Oct 11, 2020
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Jangles from California

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this nectar of the gods was poured at 37* out of my kegerator straight into ein Maßkrug, as it should be. it had a lovely four-finger head on it, because i pour straight down the pipe to hold in all that aroma and taste. staring at that golden ambrosia in that dimpled mug is saving 2020 for me.

i enjoyed this bastard over the course of the next few minutes, letting the foam sit, devil may care, on my magnificent beard and mustache, because i can, because i am beholden to no one, i have no damn master.

it is freaking delicious. pen all you want about the virtues of some amateur brewing small batch in his garage, but no one knows their craft like the germans, no one. potato salad, too, for that matter, but i digress.

and the Reinheitsgebot is for real, do not underestimate the value of that glorious decision.

i would encourage anyone who is serious about their beer to enjoy this fresh (my keg hit our shores just days before i took delivery) and from the tap, ice cold. why even review an obviously out of date bottle of beer. why even drink an obviously out of date bottle of beer.

jangles out.

Aug 30, 2020
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Pivopijak from Washington

3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle into glass
Light head. Clear, medium gold appearance. Smells like beer, and a large brewery tour. Light herbal and floral hop touch to the light toasted malt aroma. Very basic and slightly thin, barely hopped flavor with a fairly pleasant finish.

Aug 18, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle, pours a clear straw gold with medium head that vanishes quickly. Smell is grassy. Taste is mildly sweet malts, some spicy bitterness and a bit of earth. Finish is quite earthy, there's something a little cloying about it and a bit tinny. As this is possibly my favourite style It just doesn't taste as good or as refreshing as some of the other classics in the style.

Aug 07, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, fresh, a year out from the "best by"

Loved how another reviewer called this the prototypical 'back of your dad's fridge beer'. It's very sweet and malty for how light it is. And it's not bad. The hops turn up only in the nose, unfortunately

Too sweet and too malty for me, but not a bad beer. This would pair well with a rich meal. No rotten sweet dough flavor, like I find in a lot of bad euro lagers

Aug 02, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Helles lager is not entirely my favorite style, something about that paperlike malt finish is not entirely great, but the folks over at Spaten have been doing this for so long that they make a great product. Earthy hops radiate from the green bottle, my fear of skunking is there, but this is one of the last series of bottles in the cooler so maybe something to be worried over as smoke pours out from the top.

Pouring this from the full 12 oz bottle, thank god I am getting that .8 more (not really just making fun of one of the YT beer reviewers who calls this a European rip off size), I see no signs of skunking and get a semi quickly dispersing head.

The mouthfeel is ultra-light, super easy to drink with no real noticeable alcohol features on the back end. Full-bodied flavor, not entirely dry, a lot of action in the mids. Mainly malt forward, a spicy hop note, and a finish that sticks around. This would go great with light foods such as steamed crabs and clams.

Jul 02, 2020
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KS_Augsburg from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Spaten is a tricky one, and often times it gets a bad reputation because of old inventory being sold. I had this many time on tap in Munich, and it is simply a really well done Helles. From the bottle, sometimes hard to estimate what you’re getting.
This time I got a really fresh batch at my local retailer (Chicago suburbs), bottled in April and purched late June - that’s pretty good for a German import.
Pours a very clear, bright yellow color with really white head. Foam does not last too long, some light lacing. The taste is just delightful: malty, bready, a little citrus / fruity note. Hops are very laud back, more aroma than taste. If I recall correctly this was supposedly THE original Helles in Munich - and I line it a lot.
Interesting to me: the look is nothing special, and smell also not very impressive. But the taste makes up for it all. Love it!

Jun 28, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold beer with a finger or two of white foam atop - mild with bready grains, gentle citrus notes and herbal, earthy over tones - light and clean-finishing, very enjoyable...

Jun 21, 2020
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NordicHermit from Canada (ON)

1/5  rDev -73%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Was very disappointed to find that this is being sold at the Beer Store in Ontario, Canada as an imitation brewed by Labatt's. I should have known by the smaller 473 ml can. I'm sure the legit version is still available at the LCBO and other retailers, but I was in a hurry and stopped by the Beer Store (Which I try to avoid) & grabbed what I thought would be some safe European options (I should have looked more closely). I thoroughly enjoy authentic German Spaten and considered it to be *almost* up there with Munich Gold in terms of go-to Munich Lagers. This version has none of the bready goodness or refinement of the authentic Spaten, and I may have well been drinking a bottle of Blue. It was skunky (not in a good way), with an off-putting metallic aftertaste. Garbage.

I realize it's not really fair for this low score to negatively affect authentic Spaten's otherwise decent rating. But then it's also not fair to be fooled with an inferior product bearing a name that you knew and trusted. We'll call it even, Spaten, and hopefully you seriously reconsider how your brand is being misrepresented in Canada.

Jun 18, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

2.74/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

This is the prototypical beer that’s been sitting in the back of your dad’s fridge for years. It’s extremely skunked, slightly sweet and pretty smooth. It’s an ok imported lager. Wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it.

May 15, 2020
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Hatchjaw from Washington

4.76/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the smoothest helles you'll put down your freakin' throat. These immortals have been making beer since the late 14th century, so you're really just doing yourself a crass injustice by not drinking this one.

May 10, 2020
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joeagain from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aside from the real, Munchen brewed Lowenbrau, Spaten is my favorite from this region.
Having been stationed in Germany in the mid-seventies, when it was still West Germany, Spaten was always a good, reliable friend.
The current batch to hit the US shores is very much a true Bavarian beer!
Pours a light, slightly straw golden color, with a head that stays for awhile before dissappating about 3/4 of the way through.
Nice, light grassy nose, some honey-ish malt peeping through, too.
Nice body, not heavy or overly carbonated. Malt leads the way, tasting like a freshly baked loaf of white bread, balanced by lightly citrusy, grassy hops. Perhaps even a slight tad of yeastiness as well. Often we hear that beer is like liquid bread, well, Spaten certainly fits that description!

Mar 28, 2020
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

For me this has that classic euro lager scent with associated hops. See through light look to this brew. Classic grassy euro hops flavor with a bready malt finish. Pretty decent. I bet I’d like this a bit better with more carbonation. Must be the American in me. Floral flavor deepens as it warms and gets even better.

Mar 18, 2020
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Nvrmind16 from California

3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For a lager (I know it's technically a helles) it's very sweet and tasty, I think American lagers have lowered my standards, this is more than your average beer.

Mar 12, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a half liter mug:

Look: Transparent gold color with a thin white head that diminishes over time. Carbonation bubbles visible and constant.

Aroma: freshly cut grass and some corn. Not very powerful.

Taste: delicious malts and a few notes of grass and floral kinds of tastes that are difficult for me to describe other than that.

Feel: crisp, good carbonation, light body, very refreshing.

Overall: very good beer. I find it difficult to go wrong with German stuff, especially anything out of the Bavaria region. Although I generally prefer the darker beers, this is a great light lager. I would take this over St Pauli Girl every day of the week no question.

Jan 05, 2020
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Maxkelly9

3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into german mug. Perfect drinking beer year round. Super smooth but with character. Nice & live foamy head. Would recommend to just about anyone.

Dec 22, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a 33.8 oz (one liter) stein at Reichenbach Hall in NYC.
A: Pours a crystal clear, golden color with a three finger, foamy, white head with excellent retention, but more minimal lacing.
S: Grassy and grainy with a distinctive corniness.
T: Semidry to dry. Palate akin to nose, corny without being sweet. Very, very lightly bitter.
M: Light bodied with modest carbonation.
O: A very enjoyable, refreshing, lager bier. Perfect with the Combination Wurst platter.

Nov 22, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with moderate head. Scent of malt and some fruit. Tastes the same with some grassy floral notes. Light mouthfeel and a malty hoppy aftertaste

Oct 25, 2019
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Nofoba

3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle. It has a bright, clear, golden body, with slightly visible carbonation. Medium white head, with low retention.

It has a soft aroma of bready malts and hops.

The taste is mild; light malts with notes of bananas. Light bitterness. Low carbonation. Dry aftertaste.

A smooth, easy drinking helles.

Oct 20, 2019
Spaten Münchner Hell (München/Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 1620 ratings