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

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3.68/5
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1,445 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,273
Reviews:
612
Ratings:
1,445
pDev:
14.13%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
233
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of erz316
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

5L minikeg into 1L spaten Maß

the canned version was much sweeter than I remembered. The appearance was fine, if anything it was better than the bottle because of the way the pour looked. the smell was the same but a bit sweeter, and the taste was the same, but sweet: grains, bit of hops and sweetness. the feel was fine, but the drinkability really suffers because the added flavour.

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4.24/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of DerekP
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of EN27
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Jsteez
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A pretty boring pour: yellow and clear, a finger's worth of head. Very translucent with a lot of carbonation present. It left some sticky lace behind, but not much. After the head dissipated it left a little bubbly ring around the edges. The nose was a typical lager/pils ; grain, soda crackers, perhaps a little lemon. It tasted like white bread, malt, some crunchy crackers. The backend was dry with a balance of sweet. Very crisp and light mouthfeel; smooth. I liked it for a good summer lager! I'll smash a few of these, yo!

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Photo of mcss
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of dbaraniak
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of karengarys
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours crystal clear, amber, leaving a third inch head that dissipates fairly quicly.

Smell is sweet, hoppy and malty at the same time. Nothing outstanding, no strange bad things either - just a good solid beer.

Taste is a little sweet with a bit of a hop bite balance. Not bad at all. Not a lot of character, but I would think a person accustomed to the macro American brews could drink this without straining a tastebud, and start stepping up at the same time..

Mouthfeel is slightly buttery, and slightly creamy/coarse. This is actually good.

The finish is buttery, sweet, clean and refreshing.

I am quite surprised with this beer. I didn't really expect much, and it turned out to be something worth drinking. It is a good beer if you can't decide what to drink because it hits the spot without any extreme stuff going on. A person used to cheap beer may even like this because it isn't overly flavorful, but does have more than the junk beers. I recommend that both seasoned beer drinkers and those stuck on American lite beers. Try it!

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12fl oz bottle poured into my stange

Appearance was a pale golden to light yellow color with a two inch white head. Good head retention with soapy lacing scattered all over my glass.

Aroma consist of slightly barnyard/funky smells. This does not mean it is a bad bottle, a lot of lagers from Europe smell like that. I get smells of hay, grains, wheat, cracker and bread like malts. Noble hops are also detected as usual.

Upfront taste of grains and slightly sweet malts. A little bit of citrus flavor follows midway with just a tad bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

Light bodied with high carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A - Clear and bright gold, with a bright white head; decent retention and good lacing

S - Scent is grainy and "bright" with some citrus tones, hops seem light in the nose

T&M - Lighter medium body with a lot of grain and a bit of a vinous note (white grapes?). Hints of lemongrass and a touch of a yeasty, biscuit or cracker type quality.

D - This style has grown on me, and to me this is one of the better examples that I've had. Lot's of clean flavors with good balance.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of WetCoaster
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Crystal clear straw gold with absolutely exuberant fine carbonation--pour it and stand back. Pure white, rocky, sticky head with good retention. Some lacing. Not the most interesting looking beer out there, but good for the style.

Smell: Again, not exciting, but good for the style. Strong, pilsner-like hop aromas with a very vague, lightly toasted malt sweetness underneath.

Taste/Mouthfeel: OK, now this I didn't expect. The beer has an unmistakable orange flavor. There's nothing in it that tastes like an orange, per se, it's just that the citrus character of the hops and the particular sweetness of the malt combine for an pronounced orange taste--I've never had a beer quite like this. The beer finishes with a typically bitter, drying hop finish, albeit with a bit more citrus bite than I'm used to in a lager. The mouthfeel is quite light, but there is a slightly coating quailty. The carbonation (which does settle down after a while) gives the beer a crisp zing.

Drinkability: Quite light and crisp with a very unique and pleasant flavor. Works for me.

This beer came to me as quite a surprise, as it might to anyone who expected a typical, somewhat bland lager. Unique and very refreshing, a great summer beer

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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

Pours a very clear, pale straw color, with an inch of egg shell head that falls to about a quarter inch that really sticks around and has good cling. Just a bit of visible carbonation. There's a lot of sweet malt bread notes in the nose. A bit of underlying grassy hop provides some grounding. There is a bit of lemon peel that comes across in the bouquet, as well. Bread malt notes are very prominent in the taste, with a bit of hop bitterness making its presence felt at the sides and back of the tongue. Finishes on the sweet side, with the malts winning out over the hops. While not especially engaging, the tastes are all very smooth throughout their life on the palate. The feel is a bit more pedestrian than the taste: It's light-bodied and quite effervescent, with some acidity and crispness.

This is a classic-tasting and very well-balanced lager. What you see is what you get with this one: The lack of surprises or significant complexity in this one is compensated by smoothness and solid flavors throughout. It may not raise many eyebrows, but it really does everything that a good lager should.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jnorris404
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snpub540
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a pale straw hue into my nonic. Two finger head that didn't stick around very long at all. No lacing.

Smell was just doughy malts.

Taste was bready upfront and then a nice spicy, peperry hop bitterness that ended up sweet in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the drinkability is great. These can be put down a few at a time. Flavorful but not very filling.

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4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, liquid gold in color. Head was a fat finger of off-white foam, with both large and small bubbles, that lingered well. A scant lacing lasted on the surface, but none clung to the walls of the glass.

S: Citrus, grain, and fresh-cut hay dominate, with faint peppery and briny notes.

T: Citrus hops are present start to finish, but not to the point of drowning out the faint malt and medium grassy-grain flavors. The hops' bitter notes appear late, then fade and mingle with the other lingering flavors. Lagers tend not to be very complex, and this one is true to the class.

M: Crisp, but not heavily carbonated. The finish was medium-dry.

O: A nice thirst quencher on a hot day, or as an accompaniment to a warm meal. A good example of a lager.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,445 ratings
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