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

1,417 Ratings
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 Thur123
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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 -4.6%
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 -3.3%
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 +7.9%
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 +5.2%
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 -9.8%
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 -16.6%
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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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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Photo of kpoole25
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I liked this beer, pretty good balance of malt and hops, didn't get any off flavors due to green bottle. Got this in a world market holiday gift pack. Poured straw yellow, fizzy head, faded pretty quick. Smelled a bit like BMC. Taste is very refreshing, pretty full flavor. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of jkrich
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle with no freshness date. Poured a clear yellow to light gold with a huge, fluffy white head that very slowly receded leaving intricate lacing on the stein glass.

Not a great deal going here: some fresh, clean malt aromas and, for a green bottle, no skunky odor.

The flavor was spicy and sweet malts with some dough like flavors. There were hints of vanilla as well. Overall, very fresh tasting and smooth with a subtle hop taste.

Light bodied with surprisingly low carbonation for the style. The mouthfeel was smooth and refreshing leaving a nice sweetness on the tongue.

An excellent, sessionable lager that never becomes boring. The helles style is very underrated.

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

Spaten Premium Lager, poured from a mini keg/can into a pint glass. Straw gold in color with fine clarity, good amount of head and lacing.

Smells of bready malts and euro hops.

Tastes of pale malt, light herbal hopping. Cracker like yeast is in the flavor profile as well. Well balanced and tasty for the style.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit thin.

Drinkability rates high, this is a nice German lager, smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Obviously a popular German Beer, probably third to Becks and St. Pauli Girl, at least in the US. Spaten is a great lager. It isn't too light or heavy, refreshing and very drinkable for a German Beer. It has a very quick head, and some lacing. What can I say, the beer sells it self.

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Photo of danetrain0101
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very light golden color with a thick foam head that disapates quickly.

Smells of malt with a slight fruit hint. Very good lager smell.

Very heavy and light at the same time. I nice malt flavor with little traces of alcohol. Very delicious and refreshing.

Fells just plain good in your mouth. Not to heavy, not to light but a great drinking beer.

This beer is a flat out great lager. Light but still has the full body of a full flavored beer. Would be great for grilling or a bar-b-que.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light, clear yellow. Decent foaminess.

Aroma is floral, with a small hint of smoke, I thought. I like it.

Mostly floral, but with a slight sweetness. I wasn't expecting that; I have to take it down a few notches.

Feel is quite crisp and scrubbing, Should make an OK companion to many foods.

I could drink it, but truth be told, I think it's a little dull, and not because it's a lager, either. I kinda have to wonder about the freshness. It's possible that the relative dullness is due to it being not that fresh. Unfortunately, therein lies the problem with rating subtle, relatively light German lagers.

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Photo of bnes09
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light, transparent straw color. Similar in appearance to apple juice, maybe even a little lighter in color.

Smell is mostly skunky, a little lemon and some mild graininess are detectable.

Not a lot of flavor to behold. Some grains are present and a bit of skunky texture with a mild tartness but not much else is there.

Light-bodied and a low level of carbonation, finishes crisp and clean. Does not provide a distinctive mouthfeel.

Overall, I'm disappointed with this brew and in myself for buying a six-pack of it. It just does not have much to offer. Its light and refreshing but still very average.

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Photo of arkurzynski
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours estremely pale with frothy, white head. Good lacing. Extremely clear with champagne-like carbonation. Spicy, floral hop aroma with light malt character. Moderately hoppy flavor with a slightly dry finish. Fairly well balanced. A little bit of skunk. Crisp and clean.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 35 degrees.

Pours a straw yellow in the glass with a white froth. Instantly I get a pronounced skunkiness along with a crisp graininess, some emon, some bread-like yeastiness, and subtle hardboiled egg whites. The beer has a decent mouthfeel, is crisp & dry, & has flavors of grains, skunk, and some green/leafy hops. Although there really isn't much there, the beer is crisp, very easy to drink, and really isn't that bad considering how much of this beer is made. One of the aspects that I most admire about large breweries is their consistency.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 3.0
Poured a finger of loose white head that quickly disappeared over a clear, bright yellow body. A lot of bubbles clung to the glass, so I'm not marking it down too much for the very poor head retention.

Smell - 3.5
Dusty, grainy, very fresh, very slightly sweet.

Taste - 4.0
Very, very clean and fresh, dusty, bready malt, slightly bitter with herbal and lemon hops flavour, finishing quite dry.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light in the mouth, low to moderate carbonation, goes down very easily.

Drinkability - 4.5
A perfect beer for a hot summer's day, I could drink a lot of this.

OVERALL - 3.75
A very good beer that almost certainly deserves to score higher due to a glass that wasn't as clean as it should have been. Very approachable, very easy to drink.

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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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Photo of Ottertude
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a golden yellow color into my pint glass. There was a small white head that left quickly but left nice lacing on my glass.

The smell was of grass, hay and some lemon. It was a bit skunky thanks to the green bottle.

Fortunately my Spaten tasted much better than it smelled. A bit of lemon and some hop tanginess. Some maltiness followed with a nice clean finish. Overall very nice.

This beer was really easy to drink. A few swallows and the bottle was gone. A few of these with some pizza would be nice. My only complaint would be that I wish that I would have had a fresher sample. But otherwise this is a good basic solid beer.

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Photo of taigor
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle

A - Pours clear, golden color with a light head that dissipates quickly with almost no lacing.

S - Light hops smell with a hint of fruitness.

T - Light hoppiness with grains (possibly bread) and citrus.

M - Nice mouthfeel with medium carbonation and slight bitter aftertaste.

D - Very light in ABV and not feeling so very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Labeled "Spaten Lager", I had this beer on tap with a pizza, served in a frosted pint.

The beer pours a golden, light yellow with just a film of head. The aroma has faint, lemony hops to it that saves it from complete plainness. Other than that, this is a completley plain and clean lager. No off aromas or adjuncts detectable. Nice, but not all that impressive.

The taste is very straightforward. There is very little bitterness or sweetness. Lemon comes through a tiny bit again, as does some white bread. Very dry. Wasn't interesting enough for me to order another one, but drinkable enough.

I'm not really familiar with the style, and I had no idea what style this beer was when I ordered it, so all scores are judged against standard Euro lagers.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color from a 12 oz green bottle. White foamy head that dissipates in a few minutes to a thin white layer. Some lacing, but not much.

Smells malty, with hints of grass and hops.

Clean, crisp taste, with a mild sweet finish typical of a German helles. Hints of biscuits in the after taste, with a dry finish. No bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel is very good. Crisp, a little thin, and some carbonation that hits the back of my throat.

Not the best Helles I've ever had, but certainly easy to find in the US, and a good example of the style. Smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of david18
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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 bsp77
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear and rich gold with fluffy white head. No lacing but quite pretty.

Smell: Apples, lemon, hay and maybe a touch of noble hops.

Taste: Dry malts with an emphasis on apple, grass and hay. Slight spiciness appears at the finish to help balance the beer slightly, but this is mostly about the malts.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body. I would say it has a dry finish but there is a grainy aftertaste that unfortunately gets in the way.

Drinkability: Great German lager for a hot day or as a simple accompaniment to food or friends.

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,417 ratings.
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