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3.68/5
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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:
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Added by Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

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pDev:
14.13%
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Photo of drizzam
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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 -19.3%
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 +3.8%
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 +6.8%
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 -18.8%
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 +9.2%
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 +3.8%
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 +4.1%
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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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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 -6.3%
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%
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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Photo of damndirtyape
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12oz bottle (no date I could interpret) poured into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with a 1/8" white foam that died down quickly to form a very thin white skin across the top and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Some strands of lacing here and there, but they slide back down the glass.

Smell: Malty - maybe a hint of honey.

Taste: A classic malty lager taste, but more on the sweet side with some hints of apple and a crisp finish. Nice and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation spiciness on the tongue - crisp comes to mind again. Juice-like thickness.

Drinkability: Went well with a meal (pottage and bread) but I think this would be better with pizza or a burger. Very drinkable.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle into pint glass

A: clear, pale gold/thin white head.

S: spicy hops, clean malt. Heavier on the malt -- bready and a little sweet.

T/M: Malty, but not particularly sweet. Very light hop bitterness, but it's there. Lively, champagne-like carbonation.

D: Great session beer. Balanced, fairly low in alcohol, with no off-flavors

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fine beer, with well-balanced, pleasant flavor that sits well on the palate. Those looking for pungency and strength may do better elsewhere, but you can't fault Spaten Premium for being a fine, easygoing brew. There's a place for that. I think Bud drinkers and aficionados alike can find something here. The difference between this and a typical macrobrew is the subtle additional flavors that come across - a little malt, a little lemon, some balanced hop flavor - all which combine to produce good Bavarian beer.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light pale yellow color with a thin white head which gives way to not much lacing. The aroma is of bready malt and biscuits with hints of honey and a touch grassy hops. The taste has a biscuit and bread malt backbone with slight hints of honey and a little hop bite at the back end. The taste is crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and creamy. The drinkability is good, it is crisp refreshing and there is not much to make you dislike it but the flavors aren't over the top.

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Photo of dwilson01
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, completely clear pale yellow coloring, thin white head tops it and dissipates quickly.

The malty scent reminds me of biscuit and a small amount of honey. Not much hopping to speak of but smells extremely smooth and light.

The taste was surprisingly good, refreshing and creamy smooth, the bready biscuity malts come through very well with a small amount of wildflower honey. The hops pick up with the honey and supply the faintest light colored fruitiness to the brew, golden delicious apple and pearblossoms.

The mouthfeel is quite full for a brew this thin looking, the creamy texture fills the palate and makes for a very smooth swallow.

Drinkability is 100%, definitely a session brew if you're into the lighter colored ones. Overall it's not something that particularly strikes my fancy but in and of itself it's not a bad brew, very neutral.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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 gainesvillegreg
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance of an average lager; pee colored liquid with a finger of slowly receding solid white head.

Effervescent cereal aroma with hints of sweet wine on the back end.

Very healthy lager flavor with dichotomous profile. The brew itself looks like a lager but the barely and hop profile is rich and earthy, more fitting for a darker beer.

Mouth feel is clean and smooth like a German Lager should be.

This is an excellent session brew for warm months or, really, anytime of the year.

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Photo of sjantiflow
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer to review. I am still getting the hang of tasting.

What I can say is that it poured well, with a foamy head. The aroma is clean, honey sweet and biscuity. It tasted very crisp and carbonated with a warming mouthfeel. The hops add a mild, bitter flavor. Certainly a drinkable beer.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid straw color in the glass. Barely-there head fades to nothingness. Not terribly impressive.

Smell is pure ganja, a waft of sweet, dank grass that carries across the room. Up close, oddly enough, the smell seems somewhat faded. An odd duck.

Taste stumbles a bit; a bit of mineral and marbles, a dash of sweet golden syrup, and, on the swallow, a flash of alcohol, which is a little off-putting.

Mouthfeel is like so many little henchmen, all scrambling along in a row, scrubbing the palate, prepping for the next sip.

Drinkability is fine, but not tremendous. It seems to be a beer that cries out to be served next to fatty pork -- while it comes up a little acrid and clumsy on its own, something tells me a bit of pig would play nicely with it.

All in all, a rather middling brew; I'm not complaining, but there are so many better examples of the style. Decent showing.

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Photo of cnally
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My ongoing love affair with crisper beers continues with trying this one.

A golden yellow, crisp and clear, a little carbonation bubbly in the body. White head dissipates real quick.

Aroma is very much a corn and yeast one, slightly sour and a little rusty.

Flavor is dominated by the crisp bitterness but is rather layered with a touch of golden malt. Heavily reliant on the grain, tasting a little wheaty and with corn.

The feel is tangy and bubbly. Tamed in spite of its high carbonation level.

Decent to drink, but refreshing? Maybe. The flavor is nice for this style, but borders on being too skunky to take seriously.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tested on a rainy afternoon in may 2010. Poured in a FCBayern-Pilsener glass. Denotes a bright golden color, oil type, thin head of foam with acceptable duration and retention. In the smell, is a blend of floral and herbal hops. The taste have the same hops with some extra biscuity malt and olive oil. The mouthfeel is extra-crunchy, off of thirst, medium bitterness with a bittersweet finish, smooth body. In the drinkability, is the second "most crisp" beer i have taste (after Corona Extra), by far the best munich helles lager style.

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

A- Tan gold, respectable amount of head. Fades quickly but didn't really disappear. Good retention. Decent carbonation.

S- Honey and grains as well as a slight herbal hopping.

T- Good balance of yeast, hops, malts, lemon, and herbs. Balanced incredibly well. There's a slight amount of honey sweetness to it.

M- Pretty smooth. Medium body. The carbonation comes on a bit rough.

D- All around pretty good beer. Somewhat standard though. What you'd expect from a Munich Helles lager. Very easy to drink.

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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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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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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,474 ratings