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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)
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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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618
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1,473
pDev:
14.13%
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4.12
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very decent pilsener on tap at Clark's Ale House #2. Blond yellow with Nice head, foam and retained lace, smooth and crisp. Unoffensive easy drink. Spot of citrus lemon, refreshing. Malts so somewhat sweet and leads to bitterness in aftertaste. Better with stronger carbonation, have it on tap.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin head on a clear straw body. A little lemon custard with pale malts but overall very light. Flavor is a touch bitter with more pale malts and grains but very simple. No off putting aftertaste. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall drinkable but simple. Not bad not great.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not usually a seeker of German pale lagers, but when I have to drink one, it might as well be spaten, it's so light and clean, one could literally consume a dozen of these in an afternoon with little consequence. Blonde and bright, nice and fizzy, refreshing, and really clean in the finish. Enjoying the hops on it, more than others, and the yeast is an absolute classic, often found skunked out in the market because of the green glass, but when fresh, this really is an excellent lager, distinct from the others in its class I think, and pleasantly flavorful for what it is. Often the best beer available at non craft spots.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grape juice, and some slightly skunky aromas that disappear after the pour. Taste is of sweet malt/grain and some grape juice and fruity flavors. There is a slight hop bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. There is a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good and easy to drink lager that is pretty refreshing.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of spycow
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another German pilsner... So much of these out there. The beer is a hellish gold color with fluffy white head on it. The brew is light bodied and has flavors of some hops, malts and fresh cut grass. The grassy flavors aren't too strong in the this which is nice. I can drink this beer if I have too, I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grainy and biscuit malts plus grassy and spicy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has initial flavors of grain and biscuits followed by spices from the hops in the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very well balanced between the malt and hops and is also quite easy to drink.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A terrific thirst quencher. Looks a solid straw in color and crystal clear. Forms a fairly dense head that lingers at about 1/4". Smells lightly malty, vegetal, herbal, and hoppy. Tastes lightly sweet; on the side of light honey or powdered sugar. Hop balance is present in the flavor and bitterness. This brings out an herbal character. Through the body, light apple flavors rise and remain through the finish. The body is medium and carbonated. Coats the mouth nicely without being buttery. Finishes crisply and suddenly without drying. Only mild hop flavors persist in the aftertaste.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
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 zeff80
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear golden-yellow color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of caramel malts and lightly hopped.

T - It tasted very clean. Malty and slightly bitter with hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good German brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest head that does a good job in the lacing department

Smell: Grainy aroma with a clear presence of the underlying malt

Taste: Malty, bready flavors up front that are joined by by light fruity bitterness, mid-palate; herbaciously light friuty bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Excellent example of the style; crisp and refreshing

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at The Tavern in Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light notes of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a lighter amount of cereal grains. There are light to moderate aromas of grassy and spicy hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts with a lighter amount of cereal grain malts contributing just a touch of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of grassy and spicy hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops making it easy to drink and quite enjoyable. A classic example of the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Balance is the key to a brilliant pilsener, and Spaten's Premium Lager has it. Beyond it's typically crystal-clear golden body and bright-white head lies a perfectly balanced combination of grassy and mildly spicy hops amidst a grainy and mildly sweet malt. It's nose is bright and welcoming with the hops and malt taking turns in appearance, but also working together to deliver a more concise presentation. The flavor follows along the same lines; and it's "rich" and exciting without being overly bold. It's malt is nicely grainy, and softly sweet with suggestions of Munich malts; and it acts as the perfect, supple, blanket on which to lay its grassy and spicy hop flavors. It's components are distinct, but always kept in check. Even it's bitterness is solid and clearly present, but not aggressively bold. This is a southern German pilsner that's balanced with a gentle hand and formulated for drinkability - and it succeeds!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a refrigerator sized mini-keg. I think it was about 5L in size. Instructions are clearly marked, but freshness date is some random numerical code. Color is golden straw, head isn't too big due to the small size of the keg spigot; I couldn't get the beer to come out fast enough to create good head. Smell is grainy with some typical German maltiness. Taste is nicely balanced, with grain taste paired with light malts. Maybe just a bit of lemon flavor. This is crisp and very drinkable. Another German beer in a long line that I enjoy.

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Photo of largadeer
2.54/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

It pours a pale and perfectly clear straw-yellow. A two finger head rests on top, retaining nicely and leaving a bit of lacing behind.

The aroma is light but clean, bordering on bland. It's lightly sweet and malty, a bit floral and soapy. Not bad, but there's not much to it.

The taste can pretty much be summarized by the word "meh", but since BA reviews require more characters than that, I guess I'll extrapolate. It's malty, clean, sweet without any hops to balance the malt; it fades into nothing. There's no finish, not much in the way of nuance. It's in no way terrible, but it is poorly balanced and extremely boring. The sweetness seems to stick to the palate after a while, which makes this difficult to drink in any large quantities.

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Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml undated, green bottle served in a snifter.

A: The body is crystal-clear light golden-yellow, with a very short-lived fluffy white head. Zero sediment.

Aroma: Light aroma, mostly lacking the somewhat expected skunkiness. Grassy with sweet grain.

Taste: more skunkiness (actually, this tastes fresh and the 'skunk' is from the hops, I believe) and hops here than in the nose, and more flavor than one might expect given the light appearance and aroma. Lightly earthy hops with a hints of lemon, fresh hay and biscuit.

M: near medium bodied with rather aggressive carbonation that imparts a crisp feel. Dry finish.

O: haven't had this in years, but pretty much as expected. Works best with food.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear pale color with decent head. Clean, grainy aroma with a hint of sweetness. Taste is also a bit on the sweet side but gets more balanced to the finish. Decent but a bit too sweet for my taste.

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