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

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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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Photo of billshmeinke
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. green glass bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a pale golden body with intense clarity. One finger fizzy looking white head that quickly dies down to a ring of foam clinging to the edge of the glass and scattered wisps of foam in the middle. No real lacing left behind.

Fruity lager scent, some faint grain, and grassy hops in the nose.

Taste follows smell with a fruity lager fragrance, some bready yeast, some grain, grassy and slightly peppery hop finish.

The mouthfeel is light, smooth, creamy on the bigger sips, and clean with a nice crisp finish. Quite refreshing.

So easy to drink. One of the best widely available lagers in my books.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light yellow body, with a steady stream of fine bubbles rushing to the creamy white head. Looks perfect in my Perfect Pint glass.

Sweet toasty malt, fresh baked bread, and grassy hops form the bouquet.

Palate is grainy wheat cracker, toasted malty sweetness, and a grassy, mildly skunky hops on the finish.

Crisp, light, highly carbonated and very smooth.

A classic German lager, the kind thst makes you yearn for a liter sized boot to drink it from. Simple, but well done.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Munchner Hell poured a lighter amber color, with almost no head. There wasnt much of a smell to it either. It tasted very much like a typical lager, but a bit stronger, and smooth. It like lagers had an easy drinkability. Overall a better lager, easy to drink, a good beer.

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Photo of gregiscool
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great tasting Munich lager, just the right amount of smoothness to bitter beer taste. Very smooth, pours a golden type color and smells great. Smells of a wholesome beer, fine bubbles from the carbonation. A very good Munich style lager, and the price is very good for a delicious tasting beer.

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Photo of rarbring
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear light golden beer, a white head leaving some lacing.

A rather weak smell, some malty/sweet notes.

The taste has bread notes, sweet corn flakes, some lemon acidity and a metallic bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, an un-complex body.

Descent, but not very compelling to me.

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Photo of JamisonM
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear light gold color bright white head

S: grassy hops not much else faint hint of malt

T: grassy hops dry finish refreshing beer

M: light mouth

D: very drinkable

overall: a very nice lager highly drinkable could drink 5 or 6 in a row. great summer beer.

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

Crystal clear and light gold with a short white cap of fine and rocky bubbles. The head quickly settled to a collar, leaving behind streaky lace. Hoppy aroma, spicy with notes of sulfur and lemons, almost floral. Malt was quite mild. Light bitterness allowed delicate malt sweetness and spicy hops to cover the palate. Short finish of malt and hops. Crisp and dry, light bodied with average plus carbonation. I liked this quite a bit, even though I'm not partial to the sulfury hop notes. A slight bit more bitterness would have made it a little more refreshing, but it's a minor quibble.

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Photo of rkinsella
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this beer for the first time on tap in a German restaurant in Hudson Wisconsin.

Straw yellow in the mug, with a pure white foamy head.

On the nose, notes of grain, lemon, and a touch of floral hops.

Taste was fresh and snappy. Fairly complex malt profile, touch of citrus zest on the smooth finish.

Easy to drink. Looked forward to the next one.

This was a bit of a sleeper...had it in the bottle a few times, but on tap it was very surprising and absolutely delicious.

A near perfect Munich Helles. Enjoy!

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Photo of Nerudamann
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - Very light and clear. Decent carbonation, with half a finger of foam.

Smell - Hopy, wheaty type of smell.

Taste - Very earthy in taste, but light in general.

Mouthfeel - very light and a little watery.

Drinkability - not a great beer in general, in my opinion, not a whole lot of taste to it, but it would be easy to drink, so it gets higher repeat drinkability.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a .3L flute.

Pours a very light yellow clear color with a very small head that fades quick. Nose is super light an slightly hoppy.

Taste is very mellow and light, not yoo complex but super drinkable and crisp. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Decent beer for te price worth checking out.

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Photo of PanicUnited
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -8.2%
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 -4.1%
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 +18.2%
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 -3%
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 +0.5%
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 +14.1%
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 -15.5%
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 -9%
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 +4.9%
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 +5.4%
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 +7.3%
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 +4.6%
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 -4.3%
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 +3.3%
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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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,445 ratings
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