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 PanicUnited
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to pick up this beer during a rush trip to Total Wine before a world cup match, and found it to be a little better than I expected.

The head was semi-strong and lasting (with a good pour) and the taste was pretty good. Spaten is easy to drink, so its great for sporting events but if your looking for something unique, this doesn't quite fit the bill. Its an average Lager.

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Photo of Kendo
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Body is clear yellow body with a small white head.

S: Light skunkiness is noticeable -- love those green bottles. Also florally hops and a hint of fruit -- ripe green apples, I think.

T: Light pale malts with some fruity sweetness up front. Followed by floral hops and a maybe even a touch of daicetyl. Finishes with a mild, lingering bitterness. Makes it somewhat dry, but there's still plenty of fruity sweetness that lingers underneath. Skunky burps.

M: Light-bodied. Lightly carbonated.

D: A decent drinker but for the skunkiness. Would probably be a lot better on tap.

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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 appenzeller
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of Spaten, all types. This is one of the lesser-known breweries in Munich, but their products are excellent and well established. In fact, Spaten created the first Bavarian "helles" to compete with Pilsners from Bohemia. Anyway, I may be biased. Good beer, like good wine and good food, is something we often associate with events or special times in our lives. In this case, my baptism in Spaten was my college days of yore with good friends at the source--Spaten's beer hall in Munich. Without further ado:

A: Excellent light gold color with a beautiful lacing. Clarity of a pilsner, this is one good looking helles.

S: This beer has always had a unique little scent that I cannot describe. Sort of an inviting bitter hoppy smell, but it's a true signature smell

T/M: A standard perfect German helles. Malts are subtle, hops have a good bite and carbonation is average. Basically a beautifully balanced beer finishing with a subtle and refreshing bite.

D: If I were stuck on a desert island, this one would definitely be on my short list of must-have beers.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of bonkers
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 once bottle into a nonic. It pours a fizzy clear yellow, with a 2 finger head that was quickly gone. There is lots of malty sweetness on the nose. The beer is sweet and has a hoppy bitterness with hay notes. It is balanced and has a bitter finish. The beer is light and well carbonated. IMO the flavor is more like a Euro lager.

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

Spaten: Premium Lager (No date) (Tasted 05/17/10)
12 oz. green bottle, poured into a dimple mug.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden liquid with a small, fluffy off-white head that fades down into a thin cap, surprisingly good lace.
Odor: Malt forward nose, aromas of grain husk and white bread with some hints of floral, slightly spicy hop in the background.
Consistency: Light bodied, but with some serious girth for a helles. Carbonation is medium-high, tingling the tongue a bit.
Taste: Herbal hop and grainy, pilsner malt flavors come in equal proportion, tugs of bitterness around the edges of the mouth, finish is clean and crisp, with a final flourish of bready malt.

Great helles. If my understanding is correct, Spaten is the originator of the style, in reaction to encroaching Czech pilsners. That being the case, it explains why this example is relatively bitter compared to others that I have tried.

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Photo of eschbach
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I stopped by Total Wine looking for a good imported lager. I came across the Spaten so I decided to buy it.

This beer looks great in a pilsner glass. It has exceptional head and a nice light golden color. The smell is incredible. All lagers should smell like this. It has a great hops smell. the taste is superb! Wow! Why can't all Lagers taste this great? I can actually taste the hops and it does not have a mineral aftertaste. It's a very crisp tasting beer. It's 100 degrees out and I'm enjoying with this Spaten.

If you like lagers you need to buy this beer! It's delicious!

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Photo of jmhart
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At this from the bottle in a bar across from my hotel in Munich.

Golden-straw colored, clear, no sediment. Foamy white head. Not very firm. Had a full body but no structure, so it dissipated quickly.

Smell was strong earthy hops. Being from a bottle in a shady bar, I think it may have been a little past it's prime. The funk was almost overpowering, but I persisted.

Bitterness hit first, but a sweetness that muted it on the finish. Floral elements that were quite nice, and probably would have been even better on tap or at least in a fresher bottle.

Strong bite, either from the bitters, alcohol, or carbonation. Hard to say, but a strong bite. Did not cover my palette as much as I would have wanted, but was a nice feeling.

This is a slower drinker than most of the Munich lagers I've had. Not altogether bad, but decidedly different in style from the standard.

Overall, I will drink this at least one more time. If it's the exact same, I'll pass on it in the future after that point.

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Photo of lawman834
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light golden yellow with a bright white head. Bubbles like champagne. Head thins out, but hangs around to nearly the end with some light lacing. Smelled quite skunky! I couldn't smell much over it. Damn Green Bottles! Tastes kinda skunky too, but not so bad. Taste is a little thinner than I had hoped. Nicely balanced though. Crisp and light and a little sweet on the finish. Reminds me of a Stella or a Heine. Similar style and quality to me. Easy to drink.

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Photo of wolfpack87
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was a nice gold color. Smell was rather weak, which I was not expecting from this import, but the taste was much better. Very smooth beer to drink. Overall, very enjoyable beer. Not sure about the price as it was given to me at a family gathering, but a very good German beer.

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Photo of John1985
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on a cruise. This was my favorite beer available and made me want to try more beers from this brewery.

A - Beautiful gold color with a long lasting white head.

S - Faint hoppy aroma, not much else to tell.

T - Crispy bitterness up front, balances with sweet, grassy malt in the middle and finishes dry and pleasantly bitter. I could drink a bunch of these.

M - Full bodied but light enough to be a great session beer.

D - This is a great beer for dinner or a session beer to drink in quantity. This beer took the sting off from having such a poor selection of beers on the cruise. At least I felt like I was drinking a decent beer.

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Photo of NA1NSXR
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear and golden with a nice medium-small head on an aggressive pour. Laces. Like a common pale lager but with a little touch extra on the appearance.

Smell - Slight graininess, light floral hoppiness, very little skunk, smells pleasant for the style. Smell is overall medium-weak in strength.

Taste - Sweet and malty start, especially for a lager, with a very subtle hop finish. This is very good. Completely inoffensive, with light flavors.

Mouthfeel - Just right for the style, imo. Medium carbonation with medium consistency. Despite the light flavor its not really watery.

Drinkability - This is one of the most drinkable lagers I've had in a long time. I suppose its not something you drink for the flavor, although it is pleasant, but it is solid on its own and I can see this going well with food.

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

Pours pale gold with a fast-fading dense white head. Sweet barn and nectar nose. Honey and spice malts with dry, grassy, vaguely herbal hops - hint of coriander. Light-bodied, dry finish, soft, some prickle.

No fireworks, but a good benchmark. No nasty sourness or aftertaste shows what a good lager can be.

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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 tetonka4kzoo
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color. Had a 2 finger head with an aggressive pour and the head disappeared quickly.

Has a light aroma with grains apparent. You notice small amounts of malt and hops.

A typical German lager that is smooth and grainy with a nice amount of hops to finish. Spaten is crisp and a little sweet.

A pleasant and flavorful lager. Good carbonation and light-bodied. No surprise since it's a lager.

Spaten or other Euro/German lagers or pilsners are good change of pace beers on a nice warm, day. Was perfect compliment to grilled Italian Sausage brats and asparagus.

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Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw gold with a fluffy white head that holds for a little while.

Sweet, grainy Pilsner malt dominates with a balanced bitterness and a hint of Noble hop flavor and aroma. Finish is dry with a nice tingle of carbonation.

Sort of like a German session beer. It hits all of the highlights required of the style and goes down quickly with food.

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

On tap poured into a pint glass

A: light straw yellow color, foamy 1/2 head, quick reduction to light lacing cap

S: light malt, slight grass.

T: light malt balanced well with flower and grass hop

M&d:light mouth, slightly buttery

Good beer on a warm day

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Photo of zoso493
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stone pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale golden-straw color that is quite transparent. Even a vigorous pour only produces a thing one-finger head that is nothing but bubble and disappears quickly.

Smell: There's not a whole lot going on in the scent, save for some light grains and an intermediate amount of hop flavoring.

Taste: This tastes very much like a Euro pale lager would taste, only fuller and better. The graininess is evident from the get-go and the beer finishes with a very nice and crisp hop bitterness. Spaten is a very refreshing brew.

Mouthfeel: This brew is pretty highly carbonated, as the style would call for. It's not got a whole lot in the way of body, but what do you want?

Drinkability: This is a pretty drinkable brew, especially given the lower ABV. This would definitely make a nice session brew on a warmer summer day and would make a nice substitute for an adjunct. Given the price tag, however, I would be very disinclined to spend $9 on a sixer.

I remember drinking this beer before I began my real foray into craft beer and thinking that this was an outstanding brew.
Well, lots of beers later I can say that this is not the case, but this is still a nicely drinkable brew and a refreshing example of the style. It's not over the top with the flavor by any means, but it makes a great thirst-quencher on a warm day.

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Photo of Thur123
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a light straw yellow with solid carbonation and very little head on a heavy pour. The smell is biscuit malt and a slightly grassy hop edge.

Glug glug glug

The flavor is that of traditional bready sweet malts with a slightly bitter edge at the end, leaving this beer tasting very crisp. Overall a very good standard beer, very traditional...mouth feel is less watery than it would appear.

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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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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale yellow with lots of bubbles and a big dense white head that dissipates quickly. Light, spotty lacing.

Light grassy and sweet grain/corn aromas. Some herbal notes but hard to find.

Decent light malt, dry grain flavors having some sweetness, combined with an instant nondescript bitter bite. Finish is bitter and lightly malty. Decent.

Fizzy enough to keep this highly drinkable, with enough body to know you are drinking something.

This goes down really easy -- very good with food -- no real bold in your face flavors, but thirst quenching and palate clearing. A really decent beer and worth trying.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - clear golden yellow with small little bubble streaming up the glass, very thin white foam head laces the top of the glass

Smell- very malty sweet nose, white slight grain and husk, very mild hop smell, but overall a sweetish nose

Taste- overall very sweet lager flavor with grain and slightly corn taste, very slight hops balance it out with a bit of bitterness, very nice finish that i really enjoy

Mouthfeel- very smooth light to medium bodied and easy going down'

Drinkabilty- I actually enjoyed the drinkabilty of this way more then i remember trying it almost a year ago, very smooth with a nice long creamy sweet finish, easy to slam down, very nice flavor for a lager

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

Close to a full finger of pure white foam, delicate enough to dissipate with ease, lacing is thin but there, plain gold color, more yellow than orange, has hue depth in spite of transparency, lazy bubbles slowly rise within. Bready dough on the sweet side in the nose, touch of corn, more bite from something like white pepper than herbaceous grass, while the hops seem to provide direction and a pinch of white citrus, the sweetness of the malts some more dominant. Medium-bodied, has decent heft without giving up much of its ability to refresh. Hay, sweeter grains, corn, more floral here, teases out a small portion of apple, pear fruit and lemon peel. The carbonation is fine yet very active, few flavors soak in fully. The peppery spice remains as a subtle accent. Very solidly put together, easy to quaff and, if anything, suffers from comparison to much flashier brews.

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Photo of Tolnik
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this pale yellow beer into a pint glass. There was barely any head that when poured. The aroma of the beer is that of wheat and sweet grass. The taste of the beer follows suit with a tint of a maltyness to it. Overall a decent beer for the summer months.

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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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