Spaten Münchner Hell (München/Premium Lager)
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Spaten Münchner Hell (München/Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (München/Premium Lager)
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Style:
German Helles
Ranked #115
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,438
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 14.09%
Reviews:
660
Ratings:
1,576
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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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Photo of jwp777
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Maxkelly9
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.69/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of Nofoba
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft in Munich. White head with little lace. Clear golden color.

A nice helles lager. Earthy, floral, grassy, noble hops. Bready and biscuity malts. Crisp, clean, and easy drinking. Soft feel. Really great.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(330 ml green bottle, 10.2019; purchased single off shelf... poured into 500 ml mug)

L: brilliantly-clear, yellow-gold liquid; tall, pillowy, white foam... thin, broken cap holds for a bit; very little lace

S: initial 'euro pale' profile, with mildly spicy-doughy, apple-like esters... spiced apple cake; rather malt-forward... subtle potpourri note eventually creeps in

T: malt forward up front as well, begging for a good bit more hop bite on the bottom; doughy, oxidized apple-skin aftertaste... apple graham

F: soft plushness to its body; perhaps a little spicy warmth lingering... delicate residual smear on the palate; only a faint murmur of carbonation at the back

O: eh... I guess this is a helles, but it drinks like a euro pale lager, and it ain't a standout in either field, though its not half bad, and does pack enough malt meat to satisfy... better off drinking cold from container (1507)

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden coloration with a large, fluffy head and very slightly visible carbonation. Smells of doughy malt and grassy, citrus hops. Taste is an excellent balance of doughy, slightly grainy malt and grassy, citrus hops, with some light floral and herbal accents. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some grassy, citrus hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

Reading through some of the reviews here, I have to wonder how fresh people are drinking this. It's actually quite a hoppy Helles at less than 3 months old, with a rather nice citrus presence as well as some grassy and much ligher floral and herbal notes. I really like the relatively strong hoppiness and rather light sweetness in this one, making it extremely crushable and surpremely refreshing. My favorite barbecue beer this summer.

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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 19th century. A little light compared to Hacker Pschorr Münchner Gold Hell. but still good!
Pours crystal clear and gold with a quickly diminishing head. These lagers tend to be maltier and less hoppy as compared to German Pilsners.
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 '70s this style and its 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 adjunct 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. A craft brewing industry based in a pub would be a big plus to the German brewing industry! There are still choices in Germany and no need to bolster the profits of ABInbev choose another and better Helles!!
This beer is now brewed by Labatt here in Ontario and I haven't tried it yet but if Lowenbrau is any indication of their brewing prowess it is probably crap!! These are the guys (Spaten) that invented Helles to compete with Pilseners back in the late 1800s which were taking over the market! I cannot suggest you try this as an example!! It cannot be the same!! Try HackerPschorr Munich Gold the original that is much better than this horse pinkle from ABInbev brewed in London Canada likely with Canadian malt!!
From what I see the LCBO in Ontario still sells the 500ml cans from Germany AND the Spaten brewed by Labatt so if the can says 473ml it is the Canadian imposter!! I've only seen the Labatt brewed in Canada Spaten at the BeerStore!

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance is a pale, weak golden color with a white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving small lacing.

Aroma is very skunky/grassy, dank. Wet grass, hay, grainy, pale malts, little bit of honey and spices. Overall, quite earthy.

Taste bread dough, caramel, and honey right up on the palette. Other notes besides those mentioned in the aroma are banana, bubblegum, biscuit, and there's maybe a bit of apple. Feel is medium-light.

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Photo of aleigator
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with a thinner, immediately receeding head.

Smells of whole grain bread, corn and a note of dried leaves.

Has a light body with a refreshing carbonation to it.

Tastes of lighter caramel notes, bread dough and rich wheat, complimented by dried grass. Provides a crisp, gentle hop smack after the swallow, taming the subtle sweetness in this perfectly, putting rhe beer‘s focus a little more on its rustic grain character. Finishes aqueous, wheat driven, while getting a good support from the hops, creating a surprisingly long aftertaste.

Perfect Helles, hitting all the spots. This got a fantastic depth to it, while every flavor benefits from each other at the same time, creating a very refreshing and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz bottle

Pours a clear straw colored body with a white head Not much retention or lacing but there is visible carbonation.

Malt forward scent of wet grass. A small amount of detectable hops (Noble?)

Taste is somewhat sweeter then the scent

Crisp feel

A nice, refreshing, "after mowing the lawn" type of beer !

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Photo of eberesford
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear straw colour with frothy head. Aroma: grassy, biscuity. Flavour lemon grass sweetness balanced by mild noble hops. Some carbonic bight. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the Germany half liter bottle, it pours a lovely clear yellow golden color with a nice white head that lasts a bit. Some malt and hops in my nose. In the mouth, it is lightly malty with a nice bite of carbonation. A nice helles!

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Photo of markkyronaylin
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look : Clear , light golden , some big bubbles , a slight head initially but dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Grassy , earthy , cereal , sweet , malty. Smells like a pleasant helles.

Tastes: Quite sweet , earthy , very slight metallic taste , grainy. I quite like it.

Feel: Thin , crisp , refreshing , little syrupy , lightly carbonated.

Overall: Perfectly good helles , helles isn't one of my favourite styles but i enjoyed this well enough.

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Photo of jonb5
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle poured into pint shaker.

A: Pale golden colour, clear, small head which disappeared quickly, didn't leave much lacing.

S: Honey, hay malt and noble hops.

T: Malt forward, honey with slight hint of apple.

M: Medium body, low to moderate carbonation.

O: A beer which comes from a long line of well made Bavarian Helles, not a hop bomb or a rich imperial stout, but worked very well as a thirst quencher.

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Photo of defunksta
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a crisp and deep, clear golden color with a small head. Very bubbly. SRM of 6-7. (3.50)

Aroma: Lemongrass, floral and grassy hop aromas. Mildly dank and skunky too. Bready malt behind it. Hard to appreciate the bready and grassy notes underneath the skunk due to the green bottle. (3.25)

Taste: Grass, honeyflower & citrus hop flavors come forward. A decent yeast presence. Hints of banana and bubblegum. A moderate honey bread malt is present that lingers on the tongue. More sweet than dry, but mildly so. Even a hint of toasted marzen malt flavors. Mostly honeysuckle and bread sweetness though. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-body. Low carbonation, but a little more heavy and sticky with the honey malt flavors. Incredibly smooth. Leaves a pleasant honey resin on the tongue. It's a little flat. (3.50)

Overall: An incredibly smooth drinking beer. Great hop flavors, but the skunkiness and under-carbonation dock it a few points for me. Overall, sweet honey bread malt is the showcase here. A delicious lager nonetheless. (Final Rating: 3.69)

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.74/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

6/14/17 (Chicago): $4 16 oz. pour into standard pint glass at Vaughan's Pub Northwest. Golden pour, light white head. Aroma light hops. Hops main taste, thin feel, easy drinking, mild carbonation. Overall mediocre beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz green bottle, within code, Zipfer glass. Slightly cloudy golden body, one and half finger frothy white head, good retention, bit of lacing. Smell is slightly skunked, which makes sense because the beer came in a green bottle. Aside from that, fairly crisp malt, a bit of biscuit and noble hops make this more or less a straightforward lager on both the smell and palate. The palate doesn't really have any skunked flavour, slight mineral, crisp freshly baked bread and a bit of floral notes, touch of bitterness on the backend. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, slightly dry with a slight floral finish. Bone water indeed tastes fairly decent.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle best by 11-19
Clear, clean straw gold with a 1/2" white head, falls to a cap and holds there.
Grain, spicy hops and some skunk. This is relatively fresh too...but the skunk is noticeable.
Sweet hay, grass...spicy, soft slightly sweet malt.
Light bodied, almost crisp...medium length finish.
I was expecting more here, didn't get it.
More like a Heineken or Carlsberg - macro European Lager than a German Helles.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A bottle from a 6pack, November 2019 bb date so that is ~4 months old, green bottle of course.

Looks all too common, pale gold with minimal head of foam.

Smells grassy, grainy, and light struck.

Taste is grassy which is good, grainy and sweet which ain't so good. Overall, slightly more bitter than sweet which is okay by me.

Usual mouthfeel for the style.

Single bottles weren't an option so..I'm stuck with 5 more bottles. I'll survive.

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

On tap. Clear golden color with white head, aroma is grainy, grassy and malty, taste is medium bitter / medium sweet, medium body, medium carbonation, ok.

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Photo of Trailboss76
2.36/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very Budweiser-esque in appearance, taste and I'm not a big fan of Budweiser! Minimal aroma. Thin white head. It's called a 'Premium Lager" but it's very "pedestrian" if you ask me. I like many things out of Germany - food, scenery, pretty gals (my wife for one!), and many beers... this isn't gosh-awful but it's not very good either.

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Photo of elnachooo
2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cerveza con una cabeza espumosa media, de carbonatación baja y con un cuerpo ligero. Aroma a malta y hierbas. En boca destaca la malta, es apenas dulce y con un ligero amargor.

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Photo of Drak-Nib
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, it smells like piddle and it has a bittersweet stuff kinda taste. I guess you could say it’s kind of decent, ’cause that’s what I’m saying. And as I finish the bottle, the verdict is in: it’s just kinda watery. circa 2008

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Spaten Münchner Hell (München/Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 1576 ratings