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

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)

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Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of dcmchew
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had as Spaten Premium Lager, 5.2 % alc.
Pours pale golden, small white head that goes fast to a thin sticky lace.
Tho a strong skunky smell at first, some nice grainy malts break through as it settles, a touch of fruit and some mild stewed hops.
Maltiness dominates the taste, grainy but also with a bit of sweetness, faint apple and lemon zest.
A bit of skunk, not too discomforting, grassy hop finish, a bit spicy, mild bitterness.
Light bodied, medium carbonation.
A decent lager, but doesn't really bring the German quality stamp.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L Brown bottle
Pours light golden/straw colored and effervescent with a 2 fingers deep white head. Very good head retention and good lacing

Smell: Grassy and malty smells

Taste: Sweet, clean and malty. Slight alcohol taste sneaks in as the beer warms. Finishes crisp with lemon notes and slightly fruitty

MF: Nice balance, very good carbonation

Drank very easy, super impressed that this stood up so well from its swim across the pond. Brings bak memories of a gasthaus we frequented in Garmisch (Spaten joint that was walking distance from the campground & had stellar food) Great summer time session bier

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a no freshness date.

Appearance: Glistening golden straw colour holds a decent white lace for some time.

Smell: Crisp graininess with a lemon back and some faint grape tannin as well, a touch grassy from the hops and very clean.

Taste: Fluffy crispness lifts the tongue to feel all of the tiny bubbles, a mild biscuity malt shows some grape tannin off … this show the quality of the brew by the choice malt it was brewed with. Graininess hits with a light bready and faintly lemon note, hops round everything out and seems to clean things up nicely. Long lingering grain and hop finish leaves a trail of dryness.

Notes: One of the originals and some what underrated in my opinion, this brew has no problem pairing with a plate of knock and bratwurst with a tangy kraut and some German potato salad.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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 TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at bauer's Brauhaus.

Watchin' Jeopardy! and drinkin' German brews. Good times. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived white foam. The nose comprises grass, flowers, light wheat, and a very light twist of lemon. The taste takes a simpler tack, rocking just wheat and flowers, almost pilsner-like. The body is pretty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a decent helles lager, but lacking any kind of real character, any kind of discerning remarks, so to speak. It's nowhere near bad, just not something I would aim for, especially with other quality German choices around.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 6/4/10 notes. Had on tap at Saloon in DC.

a - Pours a golden color with an inch of white head.

s - Smells of yeast, bready malts, and wheat.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, wheat, and bready malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok lager but nothing special. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden straw color with a nice sized fizzy white head leaves behind healthy amounts of lacing served in a Spaten half liter mug. Aroma: Sweet grainy lemongrass tones with lightly toasted malts packing a nice gentle punch and the grassy herbal European hops do the trick here. Taste: Very clean tasting no "skunky" effect the draft really improves the flavor of this beer, sweet with a nice bitterness in the finish, session brew. Mouthfeel: Light bodied fizzy carbonation, mass produced but well done German helles. Drinkability: Nice and easy effortless beer don't think about just enjoy, meant to be drank in number.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -18.3%
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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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pils glass

The smell is of sweet grass with some fresh grass and a tpuch of fruitiness. No Euro skunk here.

The taste is of fresh, sweet malt balanced by oily, slightly fruity hops. Light, clean refreshing finish.

It has a nice body for the style. Very smooth.

For a green bottled Euro this is very nice. Holds up well. Nice taste with a smooth, refreshing feel. Good choice for a "session".

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Rich bready pilsner malt with a hint of carmelization and some light fruity notes. DMS was quite evident upon first pour but seems to have mostly dissipated. Light floral hop aroma. The flavor is rich toasty sweet bready caramel maltiness with a hint of light sweet fruit. Light earthy spicy hop flavor with a light level of hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet rich malty mouthfeel. Nice flavorful malt forward beer. The DMS was a bit heavy at first, I'm glad that went away. I could drink many of these given half a chance.

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pale gold; thick mountain of pure white, dense, foamy head; great retention

S - musty, grassy, straw, lager yeast

T - grassy, straw, faint grains, mildly bitter noble hops, a bit musty

M - smooth, well carbonated, light to medium bodied

This is a decent, quaffable, smooth, decently flavored beer. It does have the typical characteristics of a euro lager, but the hop character and grain bill do a good job of overcoming it. It's worth a try.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw color and clear. White head, leaves alot of wispy lacing. bready nose. Floral/grainy hops. Mild malt notes in the center. Light bodied, crisp and pleasant. Prickly carbonation on the tongue late. Quality lager, very nice in summer. Good session brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

0.5 L is the appropriate size to have of this beer. Served in a wheat beer glass for some reason. Beer looks like a cartoon a child would draw of a beer, its yellow, light, clear, heavily carbonated, nice white head that falls away but doesn't leave lacing on the glass. This is the type of beer that when its poured, enhanced sound effects are needed, fade aways to running horses or a close up of a thumb rubbing ice off of a glass, this is a real beer.

Joking aside, it smells like pilsner malt and its a little sweet but has an edge to it. Smells exactly what I expect it to smell like.

Beer has an odd late bitterness at the back that lingers in what could, if I were more cynical, could be described as an aftertaste, but its not a swallow flavor its a late grainy/hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is like water,seriously, its wet and thin and light, easy drinking for sure. The forward of the beer is mildly sweet and middle falls a little flat. It finishes well, except for that distracting bitterness. Its pretty good and I'd have it again. Its a good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on a bottle I was sure would be skunk-free. It doesn't have the raw grains and lager yeast flavors of a Weihenstephaner for instance, but it had a decent hop to it. The malt stayed back and the spicy, but somewhat bland, hops dominated. Still, even if the hops weren't crisp, it's not a bad lager.

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Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow / gold in color with a thin white head. No lacing during the drink. The aroma was grainy and grassy. The flavor was of grains, grass, and mild bitterness. A little more maltiness would do this well.

Very clean and crisp in the mouthfeel, and an extremely clean finish as the bitterness fell off the tongue immediately. Carbonation levels were just right. Extremely drinkable as a lighter bodied beer, but one could get bored of this over time.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is Bavaria's offering here in the Golden Invitational, and second of four. It must score well here if it wishes to overtake Golden Pheasant for the early lead, and at 3.9, will be a chore. On to the beer:

From a half-liter bottle into a Spaten labled stange glass, it pours into the glass almost perfectly, with a darker clear gold color. The appearance rating gets a jump from sporting in it's brand name's glass, but takes a hit when the head holds up merely okay. Vey clean in the nose, with some dextrin notes. The flavor is clean, a bit grassy, hops and malts don't really dominate the flavor. Good to drink on a warm day, but otherwise I'll take the brand's Pilsner...

..Or Bohemia's offering Golden Pheasant. Spaten Premium is still a satisfying choice, but the beer with the bird on the label holds it's early lead. The South Pacific's offering is the next scheduled tasting here in the Golden Invitational.

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Photo of stevoj
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Middle of the road helles, nothing too remarkable here, but overall a decent helles. Appearance is lacking some color (pale golden ) and head (very spare). Aroma is malt, taste is mostly malt, hops barely make an appearance here. Much better to be found in germany.

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

A - The bottle is brown with some gold tin, pours a clean yellow color, nice carbonation, small head which fizzy's down to some nice lacing through out the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malt, hops, and maybe some citrus.

T - Very nice taste crisp clean and a little sweet, hoppy/malty. Nice kinda dry finish.

M - Light-Medium body. This is a nice balanced brew.

D - Very drinkable. Would recommend.

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Photo of tone77
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is skunky, not much else. Taste is crisp, slightly sweet, rather bland. Not a lot going on here. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fairly mediocre beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright straw gold color, that is topped by a white thick head. A spicy, grainy, sweetish, and grassy aroma wafts from my glass. The taste is clean, lightly sweet with some accompanying grain notes. This beer finishes with a bit of sharp bitterness, which is nice. There is a hint of apple in the taste. Pretty straight forward, half way decent beer. Would definitely be good on a hot day.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz purchased at the Coop on Thursday for about $1.45.. poured into my standard weizen glass.

Very short lasting head left behind nice lace.. atop a light golden brew.. very clear.

Grainy pale malts.. very clean.. this is one of the good times where less is more... I love a good helles... and this is a good one for sure.

Malty .. very restrained bitterness and just the slightest breath of spicy/grassy hop flavor... smooth lite/medium body with just enough carbonation... as it warms, it sweetens.. but not in a bad way.. the malts come to the front as they should. This is not a pilsner.. and nobody should think otherwise. This brew does not have the hoppy backbone the Spaten pils has.. Malts are the star here.

Everytime I try and brew a helles, I buy as many as I have access to in Boise.. this one is always available... the Spaten is damn near perfect and a fantastic beer for your friends who hate micros or imports... Pretty much spot on for the style .. even better on draft.. don't pretend that this is a pils... it is not.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spaten Premium Lager, poured from a mini keg/can into a pint glass. Straw gold in color with fine clarity, good amount of head and lacing.

Smells of bready malts and euro hops.

Tastes of pale malt, light herbal hopping. Cracker like yeast is in the flavor profile as well. Well balanced and tasty for the style.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit thin.

Drinkability rates high, this is a nice German lager, smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong spicy noble hop and a mild grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a soft grain malt and a good spicy and potent noble hop.

The mouthfeel was average with good carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable lager on draft. A good Madison Square Garden beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bier Markt, in Toronto.

The beer's colour straddles that line between dark yellow and medium gold; it is spotlessly clear, to be sure, but has an untypically intense, thick tone, one that implies more flavour and body than the average North American lager. The beer is well insulated: two fingers worth of soapy, white suds create a dense seal between the liquid and my lips.

The brewer saw no need to dress up the aroma and neither do I. Sure, it is ordinarily simple and plain, but every bit as pleasant. Clean Pils malt dominates the nose, providing a reasonable graininess as well as a spattering of sweetness. Sniffing this all night would be monotonous but beers like this are not meant for ceaseless smelling anyways...

They're meant for drinking! And the brewery has done everything to make this beer serviceable for doing just that. At your disposal is a clean, relatively tasteless maltiness that is appreciated most for its unwilted graininess. The absence of hops leaves scantly a dash of bitterness and the beer slides down the throat like a more substantial water.

The maltiness is so clean, in fact, that there is absolutely no lingering taste. None! You start to understand why Germans don't serve these lagers in anything less than a full pint (if not a 2 liter stein!) and why they drink so much of it. I could easily have gone for one of those huge steins (it helps that I happened to be sitting on a sunny patio at the time.)

It's not easy to claim this beer as being anything other than an ordinary, conventional kind of lager but that doesn't mean it isn't owed some acknowledgments. For one, clean and appreciably malty beers like this are not commonplace in North America. I wish domestic macro brewers shared the same standards as their German counterparts.

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