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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

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1,457
pDev:
14.09%
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4.12
 
 
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Photo of megamick
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

12 fl oz green glass bottle purchased as part of a sixer at a Trader Joe's for $9.99 USD. Even if you didn't know this was an InBev-owned brand, the suspicious 12 fl oz format ought to set off an immediate warning bell given that it's ostensibly German and traditional...wouldn't it be 11.2 fl oz if it were truly a traditional European lager? "Imported by Import Brands Alliance, St. Louis, MO." Best before: 08.2018.

5.2% ABV. "Premium Lager." "Imported."

Pours a ~2cm head. White in colour and appealingly frothy. Clear yellow-golden body of average vibrance. Clean, lacking any visible yeast/lees. Obviously filtered.

AROMA: Grassy hop aromatics, clean pilsner malt, crisp 2-row, hints of almost buttery creamy notes, a blip of Graham cracker, floral hops, appealing malty sweetness.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Slight spiciness from the grassy hops plays nicely atop the pleasantly soft mouthfeel. This beer eschews the crisp overcarbonation observed in many pale German lager style beers in favor of a more balanced mellow carbonation, though it's still high. Smooth, wet, buttery, refreshing.

Flavour profile is simplistic overall, but it's a nicely light to medium-bodied brew. 2-row malted barley and pilsner malt lend it its clean malt backbone without injecting too much sweetness. Grassy and floral. It's balanced but not perfectly dialed in, and there's some rough-about-the-edges graininess to it as well as an unwelcome hint of bubblegum I'd expect in a German ale but not a lager.

The beer's softness is its best attribute, but it lacks the delicate flavours to match. Each constituent note blurs into the loose whole instead of ringing distinct. Not as expressive or evocative as would be ideal. Depth of flavour is limited.

Flavour duration is above average. Flavour intensity is average.

OVERALL: I adore' many Spaten-Franziskaner beers, but this isn't as true to style as its reputation would suggest. Drinkable and enjoyable, but comparable to Grolsch in terms of its contemporary quality relative to its historical reputation. I'm sure it's nicer fresh on-draught, but based on this bottle it's not a beer I'd buy again even if I'll enjoy working my way through my sixer.

C+ (3.08) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crispier than your mom’s morning bacon, this ones not bad. Light, golden straw hue like Miriam Hopkins after a highlight, with a taste that is about as spot on as Hedy Lamar taking an IQ text. We ain’t looking for glory here, just something solid like Abe Lincoln building a log cabin.

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Photo of danger_russ
4.94/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of CRObighit2
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BennyProfane
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jondoeworks
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenjaGrif
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good German lager. Classic.

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Photo of Mkrobinson
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of G-Style
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dandy14
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Griphon
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CurtisD
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured a pale crystal yellow with a one finger white fizzy head that disappeared quickly. Sweet grain aroma. The taste is mild; grass, cracker and honey. Medium body and carbonation. Overall, this seems more like an American AL rather than the typical Munich Helles Lager. For the price, I would rather have an American lager.

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Photo of Hil-da-boom
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A light golden brew, at first I noticed a hoppy bitter flavor, followed by a honey-like sweetness. A light bubbly feel and a faint sweet aroma finish the experience.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DarthVorador
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanKininger
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amalahow
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,457 ratings