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

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany | website

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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601
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1,381
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
21.25%
 
 
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Photo of bark
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is label ”Spaten München Original Munich Beer”, but their web site calls it “Spaten Premium Lager”.

The liquid is clear and yellow (“corn coloured” my wife said). The finger thick head is compact and white.

The smell is a bit sweet with lots of bitter hops. It reminds me of toasted bread with butter, and a hint of fresh herbs.

The taste is quite mild for a German pilsner; the almost lemonade-like fresh hops is perfectly balanced with the somewhat sweet and neutral malt. The taste develops into a taste of white bread with butter and a refreshing (but not overwhelming) bitterness with a delicate hoppyness. The aftertaste is malty with some alcohol and a nice bitter finish.

The carbonation is milder than expected. Small bubbles.

A very drinkable and thirst drenching brew.

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Photo of palliko
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is translucent gold, a white head that leaves some lace. Aroma is of grasses and herbs, barley and malt. There is promise here that is not fulfilled – roasted malts and fescue, along with pungent, bitter hops. May be to the taste of some, but I will pass.

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Photo of granger10
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bronze colored pour with a foamy white head that's quite large and holds up well. Moderate lacing but not too much. Aroma begins really grassy but not really herbal. Some sweet honey notes come into the picture as well. Taste has a remarkable balance between the sweet grainy flavors and the grassy hoppy bitterness. But with that being said, the flavors aren't really anything too great. Soft almost weak. Begins more grassy and grows sweeter the further I go. Finish is a sweetness more than a dryness which is odd to me for this style. Decent beer, solid, rounded mouthfeel. Well crafted but nothing amazing imo.

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

The bubbles are very lively in this pilsner's pale to gold body. The good sized white head sticks around to the last sip. It smells nice with cut grass and hop aromas. It has enough of that saaz bite to satisfy me. This beer isn't particularly complex, however it is very refreshing and very easy to drink. I picked this stuff up for a party at which no one drank and I'm happy to be stuck with it.

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Photo of danielharper
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours clean from a green bottle into a tall pilsener glass. Small head at first from the slow pour, grows quickly into a two-finger white foam that sticks around for a little while. It dissipates eventually into a tiny white cap on top of the beer -- the beer itself is a dingy yellow color with constantly up-moving bubbles within.

Smell seems a bit off to me -- I think that Spaten uses a combination of malt and hops that resembles a bit of a skunk smell, because this beer has a bit of an "off" aroma on top. Seems to-style, so I'm not counting off too much, but it does seem to be a difficult aroma to get used to.

Taste is somewhat grassy, clean, but still with that vaguely skunked taste. Tastes more like a pilsener than a lager, but this seems to-style for a Munich Helles Lager. Nothing special, but decent enough for quaffing, especially with a flavorful meal.

Mouthfeel is very light on this one. Carbonation is fairly high but not overwhelming, and the watery texture makes this beer an easy quaffer. Enjoyable.

Overall, I'm giving this a 3 for drinkability. I like it just fine for what it is, but I find it not really worthy of the price I paid for it, and I probably won't purchase it again anytime soon. If I find it on-tap, I'll probably give it another try, however.

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Photo of ffboooboo
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance-Light yellow constant bubbles rising from the white head that fades thin but remains.

Smell- big aroma here but I’m not sure what I’m smelling

Taste-clean malty flavor a bit of bitterness background ending a bit tart

Mouthfell-Thin watery

Drinkabilty- I like it but I’m unfamiliar with the style. Not bad but I would not seek another at this time. Need to try more than revisit this one.

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Photo of Hunter
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tend to like German pilsners so I have high hopes for this one.

Appearance: Beer is your typical pale golden color with a wispy head of white foam that dissipates quickly. Crystal clear brew with thin thread of carbonation.

Aroma: Light. grassy notes here of hay and hops. Slight skunkiness but I wonder anymore if that's avoidable in the style, regardless of bottle color.

Taste: Very light flavor profile. This would get overwhelmed immediately if paired with food. Clean aftertaste, no sour notes. Crisp and bracing, best served ice cold I should think. It's just that nothing stands out.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light, what one would expect.

Certainly one of the least offensive beers one could try, but simple in scope and complexity. Not a bad brew to offers noobies before moving them on to stouts. This one would certainly hit the spot after a heavy day of labor in the sun.

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

Bright, clear, golden yellow body with a large, thick, off-white head. Smells of clean, honeyish malt with a pungeant, sea-air hop bouquet. Lean honey biscuit malt flavors up front--lightly sweetened. Snappy hop bitterness flashes. Finishes clean with lingering honey and light bitterness. Not bad. Light to medium bodied with a refreshing feel.

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Photo of TheLastEngineer
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found on-tap at JP McGrady's in Bethlehem, PA

Very light color and a decent pure white head. The less-educated folks at my table assumed that I was drinking some sort of domestic megaswill. They were, fortunately, wrong. A noseful of hops with some malt. Good taste with a hit of hops early and nice amount of sweetness. Nice, light, and crisp with ample carbonation. A bit astringent, but it comes with the territory. I'm not a huge hops fan, so the drinkability is hurt a bit by having to work through the initial taste. Still a quality brew and a proper representative of this genre.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden color with a brilliant pure bright white head. It appears to be very bubbly and highly carbonated. It smells of smellls of hops and seems kind of grainy. The taste is impressive, the bitter hops are pronounced well at first, yet not too overwhelming at all. Tastes great. The mouthfeel is great as well, it doesnt quite seem to have that light-bodied feel to it that I expected. Above average pilsener by my standards.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $8.99 for a build your own six-pack at Wild Oats...

The beer pours a clear, light golden base with a nice large white head, good retention and nice lacing effects the entire way. The aroma isn't too noteworthy, starts off with a pale grain and ends with a little floarl tone.

The taste is what to expect from a Muinch lager, nothing heavy but smooth. It's got a nice grainy taste to it, but it's only a one-dimensional beer. The mouthfeel is very good, light in the mouth smooth to the palette and a nice release complement this beer well. The drinkability is where this beer shines. One wouldn't notice this as a 5.2% and not detect alcohol, and even with that this is a beer I could drink every day and plenty of as well.

Final Thought: Germany has the most drinkable mainstream beers with Spaten and Warsteiner leading, and Krombacher and Konig-Pilsener while in Germany itself.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of those beers that I could (and have) drink an insane amount of. I have more than once, after all, knocked out one of those 5 litre mini-kegs of this stuff by myself in 2 hours or so. This stuff pours a golden straw colour with a white foamy head that subsides after a few minutes. The nose is quite mild with pleasantly noticeable amounts of both hops and malt, though malt does seem to dominate. The taste of the beer is quite malty with a pleasantly bitter hops "kick" on the finish. Lack of huge carbonation makes this easy to drink and have a smooth mouthfeel. There's a ton of Beck's fans out there, but in my opinion, in the way of German lagers, Spaten is König.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very pale golden color, with a white head that dissipated quickly. Looks like a quality lager should.

Smell: Hops! Almost entirely hops. (I like it)

Taste: Once again, hops predominate, with a light malty flavor in the background. Towards the end of the taste, as one of the other reviewers mentioned, an almost grassy flavor appears. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Light, airy.

Drinkability: good. This is one you can have more than a few of.

Despite the fact that I am not a big lager fan, I enjoyed this one and will most likely purchase it again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Balance is the key to a brilliant pilsener, and Spaten's Premium Lager has it. Beyond it's typically crystal-clear golden body and bright-white head lies a perfectly balanced combination of grassy and mildly spicy hops amidst a grainy and mildly sweet malt. It's nose is bright and welcoming with the hops and malt taking turns in appearance, but also working together to deliver a more concise presentation. The flavor follows along the same lines; and it's "rich" and exciting without being overly bold. It's malt is nicely grainy, and softly sweet with suggestions of Munich malts; and it acts as the perfect, supple, blanket on which to lay its grassy and spicy hop flavors. It's components are distinct, but always kept in check. Even it's bitterness is solid and clearly present, but not aggressively bold. This is a southern German pilsner that's balanced with a gentle hand and formulated for drinkability - and it succeeds!

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a pale golden clear liquid. Thick white fluffy head. A few bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Good head retention and lace. Pale maly, big grassy notes. Light bready malt flavor, good amount of grassy/spicy hops. Maybe slightly oxidized. Light body, high carbonation. Pretty crisp and clean. Good use of hops in this one, give it that "German" flavor.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal-clear straw-gold color, fine bubbles streaming up, nice head and nice lacing.

Aroma: Light but fresh hop aroma, along with a clean malt scent.

Flavor: Grainy sweet malt flavor, light bitterness but hop aroma is not very detectable. Clean finish.

Body: Light body, medium carbonation.

Fairly bland, with bitterness a bit low for the style. Nice aroma, though.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was given this beer by mistake, and got to try it for free. I found it rather ordinary for a German lager. It poured a pale yellow with a small white head that disappeared way too quickly. The aroma was pleasantly grassy with some hints of the malt. The taste is bland with nothing really presenting itself strongly. There was a mediocre malt base with a very slight hop finish. It was thin but cleansing in the mouth. I found that it went down quickly but not nearly as satisfying as the Franziskaner that I ordered.

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

Sampled from a refrigerator sized mini-keg. I think it was about 5L in size. Instructions are clearly marked, but freshness date is some random numerical code. Color is golden straw, head isn't too big due to the small size of the keg spigot; I couldn't get the beer to come out fast enough to create good head. Smell is grainy with some typical German maltiness. Taste is nicely balanced, with grain taste paired with light malts. Maybe just a bit of lemon flavor. This is crisp and very drinkable. Another German beer in a long line that I enjoy.

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

Very decent pilsener on tap at Clark's Ale House #2. Blond yellow with Nice head, foam and retained lace, smooth and crisp. Unoffensive easy drink. Spot of citrus lemon, refreshing. Malts so somewhat sweet and leads to bitterness in aftertaste. Better with stronger carbonation, have it on tap.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very clear and pale, huge head off the get go, but the head settled down quickly, but hung around. Smell of floral hops, taste is crisp at first, with a slight malty finish. Thick mouthfeel for style, aggresive carbonation. A very nice to style beer.

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Photo of beragg
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer out of a 1-gallon keg. It poured golden, but with little head (I think this had to do with the way the tap worked and I was doing this at an akward angle). The aroma was sweet floral hops. The taste was where it was at though. When this sweet lager hit my taste buds, I was in Heaven. This beer was sweet, but not soda sweet. It was just the right thickness and coated my mouth well. Drinkability is high. This is a beer I could drink a lot of and it's just the right strength for that too. All in all a great German lager.

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Photo of oelergud
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first I thought this beer to be the Spaten Münchner Hell, but the bottle is different and their website has this beer named Spaten Premium Lager.
Very pale golden body with a white head that dissipates quickly to a thin foam with thicker islands of head floating atop. lace is somewhat decent, tiny to medium bubbled.
Grass, floral and malty scents makes up the nose.
Taste is hay and grass with a slight caramel maltiness to it. Aftertaste is mostly caramel with a slight hoppy grass/hay-ness to it.
Full bodied lager, leaves a good coating and feels pretty smoth.
Definitely one of the best lagers I've had so far.

-Oelergud

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Photo of Bierman9
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I sampled this for the first time at the WaWi Biergarten in München, vom Faß in a litre Maß...
Has a solid, clear, rich golden color. Nice foamy white topping...recedes rapidly to about a 1/8" layer, but laces well. Very toasty malt, and bready notes, in the nose. A hint of hops makes a play here too. Medium bodied throughout, with an ever-so-slight roughness. Doesn't detract, though. Maltiness in the flavor is less than suggested by the nose. Lightly bready, but with a stronger hop presence. Bitters the tongue at the finish. A good Helles, but not one I'd yearn for.
Prosit!!

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3

752

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Photo of scriabin
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a golden color and moderate head. The taste is very malty, with some lovely floral overtones. It's a very well balanced lager that goes down quite smoothly and deserves multiple offerings. It does have a strong malt flavor, which isn't for everyone, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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

500ml bottle

Pours with a light yellow body, foamy white head forms, fairly good retention

Smell, slight whiff of grain, malty with almost a hint of sweetness

Taste, crisp and dry, malty body with a dry, floral hop finish

A fairly good lager, not anything special but has good level of drinkability

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