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 Backer2004
2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Man, was I disappointed when I got this from Beer Poker - $2.50 for whatever bottle they pull out at the Flying Saucer. My buddy got Rogue Dead Guy and another 60 Minute IPA - nobody would trade me. It could have been disappointment in poker but my general impression was this one was not impressive. A Dinkle Acker of Prima Pils is more my style, this one's a bit bitter, more of a Euro Lager in appeance and smell. Easy enough to drink but I won't pick this one again (but will probably play Beer Poker again).

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Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here’s a clear pale, golden colored liquid with two-fingers of brilliantly white soapy foam. Lots of carbonation (just look at the endless upward march of bubbles), nice lace: attractive beer. There’s sweet malt in the nose, along with some vegetal characteristics and a grassy, herbal hop smell. It’s not a powerful aroma, but it is pleasing, and much more appealing than most euro-macro lagers. The taste is composed of a nice malt flavor (pilsner) that’s well balanced. The high carbonation gives the beer a ‘spritzy’ quality that I could have done without. The finish has a mild shot of hop bitterness, along with a lingering semi-sweetness. Medium-light body. This is certainly a lot better than some of it’s direct competitors. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of biergeniesser
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle of Spaten Lager poured a crystal clear straw to gold. Its slowly dissipating pure white head laced nicely on the glass as it was consumed, and fine bubbles evolved slowly from the sides and bottom of the glass throughout.

Spaten Lager has an aroma dominated by clean malt. It also has hints of grain and grass as well as a noticeable aroma component of noble hops.

The flavor is a balance of clean malt and hop bitterness with elements of sweet malt. Grainy and grassy flavors are present to a degree, but are more in the background of the flavor.

Body is light and refreshing with a light, pleasant mouthfeel and low-level carbon dioxide bite.

In my opinion, Spaten Lager is a refreshing light lager, which definitely leans more to German Pils (although Spaten also makes a Pils) than to Műnchner Helles. It is quite drinkable and definitely sessionable… a great beer for a Mass Krug in the Biergarten on a nice summer afternoon.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Spicy hops, Saaz is my guess, light clean malt base.

Appearance: Painfully clear golden glass crowned by a cream white head that laced wonderfully

Taste: Sweet clean malt overpowers the noble hop, but finds a peaceful balance. This is a bit off for the style (if this IS a Pils) as I expected more hops, but it’s hard to complain. Taste is clean and clear as the appearance.

Mouthfeel: Lively, on the edge of fizzy carbonation. Dry but lip smacking finish.

Overall: Easy drinking. It has been a couple years since I’ve touched a Spaten, I’m glad I’ve revisited it.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The bottle is brown with some gold tin, pours a clean yellow color, nice carbonation, small head which fizzy's down to some nice lacing through out the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malt, hops, and maybe some citrus.

T - Very nice taste crisp clean and a little sweet, hoppy/malty. Nice kinda dry finish.

M - Light-Medium body. This is a nice balanced brew.

D - Very drinkable. Would recommend.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a perfectly clear straw-yellow into a pilsener glass, white foamy one and a half finger head fell to light lacing pretty quickly. Smells crisp, sweet, definite balanced hop and malt aroma present as well. Tastes as crisp and clean as it smells, very refreshing beer. Hints of citrus, then the hops come in, finishes with the balanced malt, no bitterness or alcohol bite present whatsoever. A definite session beer, goes down nice and smooth despite moderate carbonation on the tongue, but the crisp finish is absolutely remarkable. Would purchase again, a fine example of a German Pilsener from a fine German brewer.

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Photo of musingmonkey
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My friend brought back a 1 gallon "party keg" of this on his return from Nashville for the Christmas break. We had several beers to sample that night, so the keg remained unfinished and sadly lost its carbonation by the following day.

On original pouring into an oversize wine glass, the carbonation from the keg was high, and created a generous and pillowy head.
Colour was a soft honey, which immediately reminded me of my favourite dessert wine, the Briar Ridge botrytis semillon. Now if only they taste similar... ô¿ô

Little bitterness to speak of, felt only in the finish. Malt is subtle, but pleasing... but I found this beer, rather boring and typical of its type.

Mouthfeel was rather nice however. While somewhat thin, it was very smooth and mellow. A definite easy session drink. But overall, an average beer.

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

Pours into my pilsener glass a crystal clear yellow-amber the exact color of apple juice with a very white, frothy head that takes a long time to subside to a complete covering and leaves pretty nice lace for a lager.

Smells a bit like apple cider too, with some pear and yeasty zest smells.

I have a hard time picking out distinct flavors in lagers, but this one is pretty good, and it's definitely easy to drink. I just don't find myself as satisfied drinking this lager as a lot of Spaten's other brews, which I think are some of the best from Germany. Fizzy carbonation and a totally clean finish.

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Photo of manofmanners
4.84/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Spaten, the spade, is one of my top 5 beers in the world. It has a nice golden color, perfect aromoa to it, and by far the best taste.
It goes well with any food, which is a plus, and you can drink it year round. It will take the chill away in the winter and cool you down in the summer. Try it and you will be hooked.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color with nice volume of dense white head. Smells of light grains with a bit of hoppy spice. Taste shows a similar blend of lightly sweet malts touched with a bit of crispness. The mouthfeel seems a little off--by no means unpleasant but somewhat ill-defined. Still, this beer goes down easily and is a good example of a style that, in general, I find uninspiring.

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Photo of Shaw
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer a lot. I'm already of Spaten's great Optimator and this beer maintains Spaten's reputation.

It looks nice: Pale yellow with a large, puffy white head. The smell is hoppy, grassy and grainy.

The taste first begins with light flavors of toasted malt and ends with a nice hop bitterness and flavor. This is good stuff. It's very refreshing.

The body is light and easy to swallow, just as expected. This beer is very easy to drink and is a great session beer, as are most German lagers, for some reason. ;-)

Overall this is a fine lager and good for when you're looking for something good to drink on a hot day or when you don't want a really heavy hitter.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A boring German pilsner, but then, I find the style boring in general, so I guess I should try to compare this to other pilsners I've had. A pretty average and follow-the-guidelines style beer right down to the smallest detail. Obviously its better than most American pilsners, and mostly the same as other European pilsners. Whew, there is just not much to say one way or the other about this one.

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Photo of karengarys
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours crystal clear, amber, leaving a third inch head that dissipates fairly quicly.

Smell is sweet, hoppy and malty at the same time. Nothing outstanding, no strange bad things either - just a good solid beer.

Taste is a little sweet with a bit of a hop bite balance. Not bad at all. Not a lot of character, but I would think a person accustomed to the macro American brews could drink this without straining a tastebud, and start stepping up at the same time..

Mouthfeel is slightly buttery, and slightly creamy/coarse. This is actually good.

The finish is buttery, sweet, clean and refreshing.

I am quite surprised with this beer. I didn't really expect much, and it turned out to be something worth drinking. It is a good beer if you can't decide what to drink because it hits the spot without any extreme stuff going on. A person used to cheap beer may even like this because it isn't overly flavorful, but does have more than the junk beers. I recommend that both seasoned beer drinkers and those stuck on American lite beers. Try it!

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw, crystal clear. Bubbly two finger head with good retention and decent lacing. The floral hop aroma is strong, with background sweet malt. The pale munich type flavor upfront is faint but balanced well with bold noble hops. Spicy whole hop aftertaste that comes on strong, then gracefully fades. Light body and actively carbonated for a smooth mouthfeel with a very mild hoppy finish. A quality pilsener with no skunk character and high drinkability.

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Photo of Holyterror
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is simply a middle-of-the-road German pils. Not real strong or real weak, just kind of there. Poured a pale yellow that was more remininscent of urine than I'm used to. Thin white head subsided, decent lacing down the glass. Lots of grain on the nose, and surprisingly little sulphur for a green bottled beer. Taste was, well, just average stereotypical German pils. Easy on the palate, but I quickly became bored with this beer.

I found it amusing that the label indicates this is "malt liquor." It also tries to make up for its mediocrity by playing the reinheitsgebot card.

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

500ml bottle bought from Grape Expectations, Ballyclare...

Poured a light golden colour... Head was white and had a slight foamy appearance. This dissappeared quite quickly and left a thin layer which lasted until the end...

Aroma - Slight sweet smell, vanilla, lemony, zesty, grassy, slight fruitiness...

Taste – Lemony, slight earthiness, creamy, slight sourness, very slight hopiness..

Feel - Quite creamy and smooth, not that much carbonation...

Overall - A very good lager... very drinkable... recommended...

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Photo of blackie
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The thin, bone white head quickly recedes. The color of the beer is an extremely pale straw blonde. One of the lighter colored beers I've seen.

smell: Spicy, clean german hops. Clean light malts. The smell is pleasing and unoffensive, but also somewhat boring.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty high, and the body on the heavier side of the lighter range.

taste: A light maltiness offset by spicy, light hops. A decent German pilsener, but nothing to get excited about.

drinkability: pretty drinkable

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

Minimally dusted yellow-gold, not quite pale enough to be called straw. While the beer itself is average at best, the head is a looker. Big, cottony white and supremely tacky, it displays a moonscape surface and results in a considerable amount of thick, pocked lace in rings and vertical streamers (that ultimately, and unfortunately, lacks adherence).

I question the pilsener classification, especially since the brewery doesn't think it's a member of that style and already brews a beer called Spaten Pils (note: the BA style has since been changed). The nose isn't very pilsener-like; which, to me, means that it isn't very noble hoppy. Nobles are definitely in use, but they're countered effectively, and even trumped, by a pale malt sweetness.

The beer tastes like a Euro pale lager to me, and a pretty good one at that. Like the nose, the flavor consists of malt and hops in nearly equal measure. Semi-sweet pils malt provides an effective base on which the floral hops are arrayed. While they don't soar as they would in a true pilsener, their flavor and bitterness contributions are an effective counterweight and turn this into a well-rounded, flavorful lager.

Is a well-made beer necessarily a good one? That simple question would, undoubtedly, provide many hours of passionate beer geek discussion. I won't attempt to answer it here. This beer is definitely the former and is kinda, sorta the latter. It doesn't really grab me though. It doesn't stand out sufficiently in any one area to be considered head-and-shoulders above its peers.

Thanks to the generous amount of malt, the mouthfeel is medium in heft and is firmly smooth (if that doesn't alert the oxymoron police). The quality of the carbonation is just about perfect: enlivening and peppy, yet not annoyingly so. The more I focus on the mouthfeel, the more I like it.

Spaten Premium Lager is good, solid beer. If there was any justice in the world, this kind of balanced, should-appeal-to-all flavor profile would be embraced by BMC as the blueprint for their standard lagers. Maybe then I could get some degree of enjoyment out of those occasions when I'm forced to drink their products.

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

Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head on tap into 16oz pint glass. Grassy aromas and hops are present. Taste has a lot of grain present, nice crisp hops and a slightly sweet finish. Pleasant lively carbonation abounds. A very crisp and refreshing beer, highly drinkable. A good session beer or refresher on a hot day.

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

Pours a clear yellow beer with a solid white head.

Smell is a lot of grain and a grassy herbal hop scent. Lots of bread and crackers in the malt scent and a little spice is in there from the hops.

Taste is mildly sweet with a lot of herbal hop flavor. And that is about a little malty with a solid hop flavor that finishes clean.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is my standard reference beer by which I measure all the others. Not one thing about this beer is outstanding but nothing is flawed either. Very drinkable and dependable beer choice that isn't that hard to find. I was surprised that I had not reviewed this beer yet when I noticed the omission.

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Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the Spaten logo on the plain, and simple white label.
Pouring 12oz bottle into pilsner glass I get a nice bright white foamy head that doesn't "stick" around too long. Nice clear golden colour.

My flaring nostrils don't pick to much up. I smell some herbal citrus lemon, and cut hay hop aroma, and some sweet malts underneath.

Descent up front lemon hop bitterness, with a touch of malt sweetness. Little to watery, and weak on the finish. Hits the palate with a nice medium mouthfeel, but doesn't hold.

Definitly would not turn away, and are drinkable. Just nothing groundbreaking here in this German Lager. Other great Spaten Brews available.

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Photo of Albinoh
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden color topped by a nice foamy white head, very nice looks. Nice strong smell, sweet malt a little citric, herbal. It smelled good but it didnt taste as good as i thought from the aroma. It wasnt sweet, it was bitter and citric, some spicy sips bit my tongue. Light mouthfeel,

However, reading the description of the style i think it fits very very well... its spicy ("often times a bit coarse on the palate"). Definitly herbal and citrus like... so i give some point to that, not my favorite style though.

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

Pours golden clear with a fine, thick whitish head that fades slowly. Citrus (grapefruit?) and grassy nose. Taste is bitter, hoppy, watery, and yet somewhat plain. Still, there’s something there, and a good bitter finish. Mouth is more watery than I’d like, but it’s pretty drinkable. Overall, a good pilsner, though not as good as some other Spaten offerings.

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Photo of Pepeton
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Straw yellow, very clear. Reminded me a lot a macros. Great 2 inch head, some lace.
Some skunkiness, that really doesn't appeal me at all, but you can also find some grass and malt smell.
Taste is crisp, mildly bitter.
Mouthfeel is creamy, but not overwhelming.
It's just an average lager and I can find some domestic beers that are quite better than this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A terrific thirst quencher. Looks a solid straw in color and crystal clear. Forms a fairly dense head that lingers at about 1/4". Smells lightly malty, vegetal, herbal, and hoppy. Tastes lightly sweet; on the side of light honey or powdered sugar. Hop balance is present in the flavor and bitterness. This brings out an herbal character. Through the body, light apple flavors rise and remain through the finish. The body is medium and carbonated. Coats the mouth nicely without being buttery. Finishes crisply and suddenly without drying. Only mild hop flavors persist in the aftertaste.

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