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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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Added by Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale metallic gold, clear colour but the slightest hint of haze. Slow carbonation bead trailing up to a snowy white head that's sunk to a thin film, leaving some nice sticky lacing around. Looks quite good, I guess.

Smells grainy, with a sweet alcohol kind of aroma. Pearl barley notes with a touch of honey and some corn characters as well. Some unpleasant bready notes but a fairly pleasant hop character backing up with some earthy sourness. Not enough, though, to cover that yeasty note. Not bad, but bland.

Taste is a little unpleasant at times. Mild maltiness on the front with some barley and corn balanced with a touch of honey. This evolves into bready grain on the mid with a yeasty note that doesn't last. Finish is largely phenolic with a real medicinal hop character. Too pungent, really, to be overly clean and doesn't contrast well enough to knock out the sweetness which continues to the finish. Once I adjust to the flavour, it becomes a milder but it could be a lot cleaner and better balanced.

Feels alright in the mouth, there is a spice to the back, body is a bit over-full and could be crisper, but sits quite well with me otherwise.

Yeah, palatable enough once you get over that medicinal finish. But nothing special.

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Photo of illidurit
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a rather pale gold with a disappearing froth of white fizz. Aroma is earthy and grainy with a hint of caramel and some mustiness. Definitely a bit more to this than the appearance would indicate. Soft malty flavor, mostly grainy, some light breadiness, mild grassiness. I'm liking the lack of a strong metallic character which a lot of German lagers have. This is very crisp and finishes dry. One of the better pale lagers around.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice pale yellow and very clear with a 3 finger head that leaves nice lacing

Smell - some earthy bready notes but faint and slighty skunky

Taste - Nice flavor with straw hints. Light and easy to drink. No bitterness yet crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - fine

Overall - A nice light German easy drinker.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Picked up a mixed 6-Pack of Spaten Optimator and Premium Lager at Trader Joes. The Premium Lager comes in a 12 fluid ounce green glass bottle with a rather plain looking main label.

Appearance: One word, Lager! Pale golden color that has a thick white foam like head that settles to a thin collar, some lacing.

Nose: Some grain, a hint of stale hops and, well, ermm, not much else really.

Taste: I am finding it very hard not to slip into the usual deluge of descriptive Lager similes and explanatory statements that have been written a thousand times before. Some bitterness towards the back end, crisp but desperately thin. *Very* average,

Mouthfeel: I kept searching, but found this to be rather thin to be honest, not quite “wishy”, but certainly “washy” at times, so much so it even had a light washing-up liquid feel to it on the tongue, soapy almost – rather off-putting.

Drinkability: It’s a decent enough drink, which sinks well, but with its inoffensive nose and average taste profile, as well as its light mouthfeel, that’s not really that much of a surprise really. A good thirst quencher though.

Overall: I found this to be a rather average Lager at best to be brutally honest. There are certainly plenty of other similarly priced Lagers, German or otherwise, that are way up my shopping list that I would purchase before this one again. Lacks character.

After the Oktoberfest and the Optimator, I was disappointed.

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

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a short pilsner glass. No freshness date.

A: Pale straw yellow with short big-bubbled thin white head with a lot of lace at the crest.

S: Cereal and bread grains with a touch of lemon

T: A very unique lager with lots of bready, yeasty flavors up front with a burst of raisin mixed with light lemon citrus.

M: Smooth and easy to drink with a medium-body, coating feeling with a relatively light amount of carbonation

D: The raisin undertones are very interesting and, combined with the velvety feel, make for a singular taste experience.

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Photo of cokes
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An average, yet solid, German Helles.
Served up bright golden as expected. White head settled out quickly.
Nose is faintly malty and sweet. Touches of spicy hops.
Taste is comprised mostly of (very lightly-) caramel drizzled breadiness. Quietly grainy. A quick jab of spicy hops finishes things. Nothing else is noted.
Not complex in the least, but a decent session choice.
Light-medium in the mouth with steady rolling carbonation. Brainlessly quaffable.
Agreeable, yet remarkably average. But there is nothing here to criticize. If US macros were anything like this, I'd still drink them.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I sampled this for the first time at the WaWi Biergarten in München, vom Faß in a litre Maß...
Has a solid, clear, rich golden color. Nice foamy white topping...recedes rapidly to about a 1/8" layer, but laces well. Very toasty malt, and bready notes, in the nose. A hint of hops makes a play here too. Medium bodied throughout, with an ever-so-slight roughness. Doesn't detract, though. Maltiness in the flavor is less than suggested by the nose. Lightly bready, but with a stronger hop presence. Bitters the tongue at the finish. A good Helles, but not one I'd yearn for.

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3


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Photo of blackie
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The thin, bone white head quickly recedes. The color of the beer is an extremely pale straw blonde. One of the lighter colored beers I've seen.

smell: Spicy, clean german hops. Clean light malts. The smell is pleasing and unoffensive, but also somewhat boring.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty high, and the body on the heavier side of the lighter range.

taste: A light maltiness offset by spicy, light hops. A decent German pilsener, but nothing to get excited about.

drinkability: pretty drinkable

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Premium Lager has a thin-to-medium white head and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with some bubbles and not much lacing. The aroma (not skunked, thankfully- green bottle) is strong, bready malt, with a bit of clean water and a dash of hops. Taste is likewise very bready and the bitter hops really add zing to this one. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Spaten Premium Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a very good beer, and I think you’ll enjoy it.


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Photo of Reidrover
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a brown 25 oz bottle with the usual gold foil around the top.
In appearance it looks like a 100 other German style light colored beers. Had a good head that dissapated pretty quickly.
Not a very strong smell at all unlike corn addled American macros..light and slightly hoppy.
Taste is pretty good though unexciting..maybe i shouldnt have eaten the slalmi before hand though :)
Nice feel around the tounge and the back of the mouth very nice.

Very easily to drink could see this as a good summer BBQ beer if i had the cash!

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Photo of pkalix
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i pretty much love all of Spaten's recipes. this pours nicely, laces in little spots and smells very pilsnerly. lager? smells hoppy, tastes very dr; finishes clean with a crisp taste. nice session beer, dry, a little bitter, very germany . . . . wish they would bring back the Club-Weisse....

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Photo of alexgash
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, clear, golden yellow body with a large, thick, off-white head. Smells of clean, honeyish malt with a pungeant, sea-air hop bouquet. Lean honey biscuit malt flavors up front--lightly sweetened. Snappy hop bitterness flashes. Finishes clean with lingering honey and light bitterness. Not bad. Light to medium bodied with a refreshing feel.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.18/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 6/15/08. On tap. Pours a light golden with good carbonation, small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, some light fruits. Flavor of wheat, skunk, sweet malt. I didn't really like this and it had a funny taste that was sort of skunky. Wouldn't get again.
5/3/4/2/8 (2.2/5)

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Photo of peensteen
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale golden colour, one finger white dense head, not much lace but decent retention. Smell is malty and floral, grass, grainy with lemony citrus and a grainy presence. Taste is malty with lots of fruit going on, lemon, floral, citrus with a mild bitterness. Nice mouthfeel, medium crisp carbonation, medium body, good feel. Pretty good stuff, solid and more complex than competing brands at the LCBO, fairly easy drinking stuff here.

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Photo of david18
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the easiest german beers to get and it is as good as many of the harder to fine brands. Very good light color, a little lighter than a pilsner. Not too much aroma but a very interesting and unique flavor, which is a little fruitier than a traditional pilsner. Almost like a cross between a pils and a Kolsch. Inexpensive and easy to find, I would recommend this beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a fluted glass.

A - clear, golden color with a fluffy white head.

S - sweet malt and some yeastiness in the aroma.

T - sweet malty taste with just a slight bitterness right before a sweet finish.

M - crisp and light.

D - easy drinking brew.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from Grape Expectations, Ballyclare...

Poured a light golden colour... Head was white and had a slight foamy appearance. This dissappeared quite quickly and left a thin layer which lasted until the end...

Aroma - Slight sweet smell, vanilla, lemony, zesty, grassy, slight fruitiness...

Taste – Lemony, slight earthiness, creamy, slight sourness, very slight hopiness..

Feel - Quite creamy and smooth, not that much carbonation...

Overall - A very good lager... very drinkable... recommended...

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Photo of merlin48
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Helles pours a clear, pale yellow body with a 4 cm, white, rocky, head. Good head retention, and attractive patch lacing all over the glass.

Nice aroma has lemony hops up front with a roasted grain background.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with even carbonation and a light body. Clean and smooth.

The taste is crisp with carbonation, and features a well executed balance of lemony hops and soft, grainy, maltiness that evokes the flavor of unsalted crackers. Finish is crisp and smooth, with a clean aftertaste.

Very drinkable! Excellent for the style. I could enjoy a few of these. In fact, I think I will.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with white puffy head. Modest lacing.
Smell is a pleasant combination of fruity malt and fragrant hops.
Taste is extremely enjoyable with an absolute perfect balance of the sweet malt and crisp hops. Immensely refreshing.
Leaves a pleasant full rich crisp feeling in the mouth with nice lingering after tastes.
Excellent beer. What a lager should be.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden filtered, almost no carbonation, 4 fingers of white head with merengue like chunky lacing.

S: Light and malty, some German hops, hay, fermenting hay.

T: Malty, smooth, hay, a little fermenting hay, little bitter hops but very subdued in the background. Light sweetness. A little green herb.

M: Medium bready body, very low carbonation.

O: I love this style, enjoying this Spaten version which is such a classic.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this one in Venice, Italy. I'm wondering if this is the same beer as the Munchner Hell renamed for the export market? Clear, light golden with a light white head atop small to medium sized bubbles, with moderate to poor retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is crisp and delicate with extremely clean ferment, freshly cut hay and distantly husky, sweet munich or carapils malt. Hops are minimal. Mouthfeel is brisk, wet, and crisp with a light to medium body and a sparkling character upon the tongue. Taste begins with some delicate earthy flavor hops up front, followed by husken pale malts, giving way to a well-balanced smooth, earthy bitterness with a lightly astringent husken character in the finish. A well-made delicate and pleasant brew.

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

Appearance: Crystal-clear straw-gold color, fine bubbles streaming up, nice head and nice lacing.

Aroma: Light but fresh hop aroma, along with a clean malt scent.

Flavor: Grainy sweet malt flavor, light bitterness but hop aroma is not very detectable. Clean finish.

Body: Light body, medium carbonation.

Fairly bland, with bitterness a bit low for the style. Nice aroma, though.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful golden color and crisp/clear. Pure whiteness on the head. beauty.

Nose is fairly faint but has a straw with a bit of cereal grain.

Palate is simply clean, dry, crisp, and overall fairly refreshing. I'm sure this would quench a hard earned thirst after lawn mowing duties on a summer afternoon.

Finish has a touch of malt sweetness.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle just recently purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours a clear, lucid, see-through golden hue with a modest head and minimal lacing...
Nice, yeast and wheat aroma with hints of grains, corn, caramel, and honey...
Taste strongly complemented the smell... Crisp, clean, refreshing, with a pepperish bite to match...
Good stuff...
Recommended as a good depiction of the style...

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Photo of Redrover
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle with no freshness dating.

Poured into a glass, the beer is light gold with a dense white head. You will notice extremely active carbonation.

The aroma is of malts, straw, and floral hops.

The taste is brisk with some slight hop bitterness. The beer is slightly sweet with a grainy taste that is accented by a honey like flavor. The hops are slightly more prominent in the aftertaste.

The mouth is crisp and sleek. This is an easy drinker and is very easy to pair with food.

I had the good fourtune of drinking this several times in the Spaten Haus which is the Breweries showcase pub and restaurant in Munich. Glad to see this beer travels so well to the States!

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