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

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,438
Reviews:
611
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.17%
 
 
Wants:
65
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230
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Ratings: 1,438 |  Reviews: 611
Photo of Kelly88
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at cock and bull served in your standard pint.

A- straw yellow that is translucent with a magnifying glass effect. White head holds up for a short while That recedes to a uniformed group of condensed white bubbles.

S- my nose is telling me straight lager yeast with a Tad of musty basement. Maybe some wheat in the mix. Pretty plain and uneventful.

T- honestly it is a bmc lager on roids. More straightforward yeast and hops that fade to a rice type flavor. Reminds me of a ' double ' Miller lite.

M- light and crisp, very easy to drink. Good carbonation That is not to prickly like most lagers.

Overall not a very flavorful beer. Tastes are lacking But the criteria for the style is good. For me its not very good, I like more complexity in my beers

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Photo of JMad
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The liquid is a pale golden, yellow with a soapy white head . Smells of hay and skunk with hints of lemon. When you take a sip there is a slightly bitter lemony hop bite with other grassy hop notes and a base of bready malt. It is light with lots of prickly carbonation and it has a dry finish. This is a good German lager, it's solid all the way around.

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, straw-colored liquid with white head.

Simple and charming aroma with barley/wheat and some citric character and the taste follows similarly - not lemony but a light lager with a mildly citric finish. I find the taste very good, the mouthfeel smooth. This is a nice barley malt lager with a light crispy style and a nice hop character. What's not to like?

Very, very drinkable. You could really enjoy a few pints of this with no problems whatsoever. Okay, I could.

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Photo of alankwak
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden bright with good carbonation. Fine head with good head retention and lacing.

S: Light here. Not much in the way of hopiness but that's proper for the style.

T: Yes. Outstanding. Light grassy notes and extremely smooth. Some Sazz flavor with some malt evident.

M: Full to medium mouthfeel. Light enough as a session beer but still of the highest quality in a lager.

D: Shoooot. This is of the highest quality. I would put this up in there with the best of them. If this were a pils I'd say it wasn't hoppy enough but it's not. For this style an excellent beer!!

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Photo of confer
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold and crystal clear with the patches of foam, that always look like mold to me, floating on top.
I love the smell, lemony with a touch a sourness.
Taste is typical helles light and not much of it.
Smooth and easy drinking , this is a perfect hot weather cutting the grass beer.

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

From the "Mini-Keg" (can we call that "on tap"?) Spaten premium pours the quintessential 10k gold color with a wispy head that lasts long enough for you to admire it and bring it to your lips without having to indulge in a massive intake of foam.
Clean, relatively light in body with a underlying taste of citric lemon, this brew can be quaffed endlessly without any challenge. Slightly off-dry in the mouth and totally refreshing, this brew satisfies without being over the top or over endowed. A great all around, year long lager that is authentic and genuinely Germanic and satisfies with ease.

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

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. No freshness date.

A: clear, brilliant yellow-gold color, an aggressive pour produced a short-lived but lovely eggshell-colored head that quickly falls into a very scant cap with adequate lacing.

S: Germanic sulfurous yeast funk, a very nice core of bread-like malty aroma, some corn, a hint of herbal hop and a bit of steeliness on the nose from the abundant carbonation.

T: The funk mixes with the malty flavors up front, and then there is a definitive corn flavor in the middle, the finish is crisp, dry, and grainy. Simple but effective.

M: medium to light bodied, lightly silky to watery texture, abundant carbonation makes for a crisp finish.

D: I am quickly becoming a huge fan on Munich beer! I suppose since they have been doing it since the beginning of time, they ought to know how to do it right.

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Photo of bgreg3
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purity law kicks ass. Why can't american premies brew this pure? Perfect balance of water hops and malt. A bit grassy hop bite that is subsided by malt. Easy drinking beer can easily put away several pints of this beer. The Mouthfeel is a bit tingly on the front of the tongue but goes away in a second.

My girlfriend notes this doesn't taste good with pretzels and I would agree.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spaten premium pours a light golden color with a centimeter or so of white foam. Given the size and look of the foam, it left considerable lacing. The aroma is inviting with doughy bready notes. A light mouthfeel with some buoyant carbonation. Grainy malt along with some starchiness begins on the palate. As the beer moves back the mild hops balances the subtle beginning. This is a well rounded beer. A classic refreshing brew.

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

i got this at trader joes for $1 in the mix-n-match place. i saw it at wal-mart last time i was there. i'm not sure i've drank this before. it's been in the freezer for 2 hours.

serving type: bottle
appearance: drinkin from bottle. :(
smell: light hops
taste: malt and citcus. it's like mineral water and heineken
mouthfeel: slightly over average
drinkability: this comes off as kind of a high class beer. i think it's mainly the label. there's like 5 or 6 imported beers with the same-looking label and taste as this. i'm not real interested in the flavor. i'm not going to buy a six of it anytime soon. it was nice to visit.

the label says: MALT LIQUOR. good! i was feeling cheap. ;)

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

Appearance: This sample poured with a very clear straw color with one finger of rocky head. The foam produces a nice sticky lace that clings to the glass. This is a very handsome beer.

Smell: This beer has a faint smell of hops. The aroma of theis beer is the only weak element.

Taste: This beer has a nice crisp, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and crisp.

Drinkability: This is a well done, thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Straw yellow beer with a nice two finger head which dissipates slowly, nice soapy action.

S: Hops a clean wheaty nose

T: Rich nutty malt up front, cleansing mid taste and a good amount of hops come through at the end. Not much floral or citrus to them.

M: FInish is good, long lasting light bodied.

D: Great easy drinking all around lager.

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Photo of tozz8
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A--Clear BMC yellow, small white head leaving very little lacing

S--Mild grain, grassy, hint of hops, slightly skunky probably from green bottle

T--Grainy and grassy. Hops came on the back end and gave a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M--Medium to thin body with a little carbonation. dry, mostly clean finish

D--Nothing is wrong with this beer--except maybe the green bottle. It just doesn't have anything special to differentiate itself from others in this style

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

Presentation - Green bottle with no best by date.

A - Crystal clear pale straw yellow in color topped by an ample one finger bright white head.

S - A bit of skunk in the nose, likely as a result of being bottled in a green bottle. Once you get past the skunk, you can smell a grainy body with perhaps a touch of lemon rind.

T & M - Light malt and grain are accented by some citric notes and a very tiny hop bitterness toward the end. Thin to medium bodied and it finishes supremely clean and crisp. A little coarse on the tongue from the carbonation.

D - I find that this is a very easy beer to drink...this glass is nearly finished by the end of my review. I wish it weren't bottled in green bottles to help combat some of that skunk...I would love to try this one on tap! I wish all beer finished as clean and crisp.

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Photo of Shrews629
2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Crystal clear!!! Very pale yellow with a super bright white head. The head was kind of small and didn't have a tremendous amount of lacing or retention. Several bubbles working from the bottom to the top. Reminds me of an American macro in appearance.

Smell - A very clean breadiness and cracker like aroma at first that I found enjoyable. Some fresh "grainy' or "grassy" hops pull through also. Not overly complicated.

Taste - The grainy hop bitterness comes forth more in the taste. A touch metallic. A fresh, dry, white bread type of flavor. Clean and well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium/thin. Smooth and crisp. A bit more dry in the finish than I was expecting. Seems refreshing. A bit left on the palate.

Drinkability - This is an ok beer. I am coming to the conclusion that German Pilsners and Lagers don't do much for me. They are not bad, but just nothing I flip out over. They are a good change for me on occasion, but I don't want to make an evening out of this. Just not my preferred style.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; clear straw yellow with a fluff white head. Bubbles are fine and large, leaving sticky lacing. Follows the style to every last detail. Head dissipates slowly, yet if pour properly, remains throughout the drink.

smell; mostly spicy hops, not much else.

taste; much more malty in a raw dough and barley flour sort of way. Slightest bit of citric hops in the finish before malts come out again. This taste a little wierd for the style but the hop/malt balance is very accurate.

mouthfeel; sting carbonation with a dry and crisp finish.

drinkability; I'm always thrown off at first but the taste grows on me and this beer is quite refreshing. I buy it often times.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Yellow in color. Brilliant clarity. Medium white head with fine bead and moderate retention.

Aroma-Mild grainy sweet malt aroma. Moderately low soft perfumy floral hops. Clean.

Flavor-Lightly sweet Pils malt flavors with a slight background DMS corniness, which is low enough that it comes across almost pleasantly. Hop flavor is floral and is relatively low. Hop bitterness is moderately low. Finish is dry with slightly malty balance.

Mouthfeel-Relatively low body enhanced by moderately high carbonation. Crisp and rather well attenuated. Refreshing.

The flavors on this Helles are light, subtle, and clean. Very tasty and QUITE drinkable.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear pale yellow with a healthy 1.5" head and plenty of carbonation.

Has a strong malty, barley smell, plenty of grain, wet straw, and some of the "skunk" smell one associates with some German and Dutch beers.

Malty, with mild hops; some "soapiness" and faint bitter. Wet grass and water, this is not a bold tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp.

I really wanted to like this beer, just like I've really wanted to like it in the past. I just don't find it to very interesting or tasty. I would drink it again, probably with the hope I'd finally stumble across that really good tasting Spaten lager.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a couple shades darker than straw with a thin slick of a head that bears little lacing.
S- Smell is of slightly earthy and grassy aromas, with lingering malt sweetness.
T- Rather crackery flavor, with grassy hops and vague apple peel flavors.
M- Good body to it for style, though I found this one somewhat undercarbed.
D- Light, crisp, refreshing. Very drinkable and unlikely to slow you down. All in all a good helles.

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Photo of shambeano
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear golden yellow with about 1 cm of head that slowly dies down to a whisper. looks alright.

S- bready malts straight up, touch of yeast, but malt dominates the smell, nice.

T- again the malt dominates, generally pretty bready but with a touch of sweetness. very small amount of hop in there to round it off but no particular flavour jumps out. very very tiny amount of bitterness at the end. not bad, but pretty plain.

M- light and pretty spritzy carbonation bounces around the mouth, slightly dry end.

D- the flavours are pleasant but nothing really jumps out, pretty rounded, the slightly dry finish just makes you want to have another sip. a very easy drinker and would be a very good session beer.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A quite nice transparent golden yellow with slight head retention and substantial lacing.

S - Fruity, slightly metallic with a touch of hoppy bitterness.

T - Crisp, clean and refreshing, has just a touch of hops to contrast the light maltiness.

M - Crisp and bubbly ending with a somewhat dry feeling.

D - Quite enjoyable and would have no trouble having another.

Overall, a delicious German beer of the Munich Helles Lager variety. I would probably take this over Warsteiner or Pilsener Urquell, it seems to have more character while still being quite pleasing to many peoples' tastes.

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Photo of muskiecf
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this beer to be slightly above average but not much else. Don't get me wrong this eclipses anything for BMC but it isn't anything to go nuts for. A good beer but not great. I love Helles and maybe am spoiled by Penn Gold, but this wasn't exactly what I was expecting.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice straw color with some lively carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is aromatic with a bit of floral and herbal hops, though mostly light bread and grain. Taste is slightly bitter with some grain and straw. Feel brigs brisk carbonation leading to some pretty good drinkability.

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,438 ratings.
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