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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 putnam
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sunny golden liquid. The first bottle, curiously had no pressure and the beer was almost flat. The second was fine, with a vigorous, creamy head.
The nose is deliriously rich with toasted, caramel white egg-bread fragrances. Impossibly deep, it elicits a nostalgia for the alley between the great breweries of Munich. A wealth of honey and wholesome white bread.
On the palate it is decidedly firm, with a solid cold grip of baked grain and mineral. Easy malty sweetness reigns over the soft, bubbly mousse...the only structural check offered, as there is no acidity or burnt bitterness to speak of. Perhaps a little top heavy or "soapy" but a lovely little lager nonetheless.

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Photo of musicman575
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Spaten has this big beer stigma about it that makes me avoid drinking it when there are other options. I went against my instincts and got some anyway.

Poured three 12-oz bottles into a 1-liter vintage clay Spaten Mug, pouring the last one a bit harder to make some foam. I still had trouble getting much foam out, but I didn't really expect much.

It has that good ol' German grainy smell with a bit of hops to it. I don't know why I was surprised to find it really didn't smell like cheap beer to me.

I loved the way it drank. I didn't try to pace myself since I could enjoy all of its goodness in large gulps. Not even close to the most flavorful fancy beer in the world, but it sure does have a jolly spirit!


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Photo of Offa
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good, solid helles, but not near the top. It has zesty, light hoppy bitterness on a nice bready, malty base.

Bright gold, it has a medium, creamy white head that steadily shrinks to a thin wispy top and leaves only a faint hint of lace.

The aroma has a strong bready-grain character, with flowery-herbal hops. It has a lot of bread and herbs with a hint of lemon.

The taste s zesty with bread and herbs with some toasted grain and lemon. It's somewhat soft and creamy, yet zesty, lightly sweet with a faint hop bite, and a crisp, almost tangy, faintly lemony-herbal finish. It's quite drinkable, but not nearly as good as some others.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L Brown bottle
Pours light golden/straw colored and effervescent with a 2 fingers deep white head. Very good head retention and good lacing

Smell: Grassy and malty smells

Taste: Sweet, clean and malty. Slight alcohol taste sneaks in as the beer warms. Finishes crisp with lemon notes and slightly fruitty

MF: Nice balance, very good carbonation

Drank very easy, super impressed that this stood up so well from its swim across the pond. Brings bak memories of a gasthaus we frequented in Garmisch (Spaten joint that was walking distance from the campground & had stellar food) Great summer time session bier

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12fl oz bottle poured into my stange

Appearance was a pale golden to light yellow color with a two inch white head. Good head retention with soapy lacing scattered all over my glass.

Aroma consist of slightly barnyard/funky smells. This does not mean it is a bad bottle, a lot of lagers from Europe smell like that. I get smells of hay, grains, wheat, cracker and bread like malts. Noble hops are also detected as usual.

Upfront taste of grains and slightly sweet malts. A little bit of citrus flavor follows midway with just a tad bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

Light bodied with high carbonation.

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Photo of BigOsoDaddy
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think there is a world of difference between this beer poured from a bottle and from draft or mini keg; any beer drinker worth his salt should know that beer from green bottles has a high probability of off flavors and aromas. That being said...

Spaten premium pours nicely with a thick foamy head and in a "bar clean" class had good retention and lovely lacing. It is best served chilled at cellar temps, not ice cold. The nose is subtle but does have nice malt presence and subtle sourdough bread notes. The perfect golden-yellow is what you would expect from a Munich Helles and is nicely effervescent but not overly carbonated. For me it is moderately sweet on the front of the sip and leaves no off flavor aftertaste but finishes clean an d a bit wet. Overall an excellent example of an everyday German lager for everyday lager drinkers and a great value. Buy a 5 liter mini keg and enjoy while grilling some brats!

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served up on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Appearance is a vibrant, clear yellow with a full two-finger creamy white cap that fizzles somewhat slowly and leaves behind little lacing on the glass.

Produces a bright, floral bouquet with some faint sweet malt aroma mixed in.

Nice light, crisp mouthfeel. Tastes lightly of sweet grains up front with a nice balance of herbaceous hop bitterness in the middle and finishes with a lingering, slightly unpleasant bready sweetness.

Quite a refreshing brew. Drinkability is top notch; I could easily quaff this all night long and not tire of it.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am on a really big lager kick lately and picked up a bottle of Spaten last time I was at the store. The beer has a nice light golden color and good carbonation. The aroma is a nice sweet malty lager smell that makes you thirsty. The taste is nice sweet malt with just a hint of noble hops. The beer is very refreshing and easily a session beer. I would say this a great beer to pair with a meal too since it won't leave you full or thrash your palette. Nice smooth refreshing, enjoy

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spaten premium pours a light golden color with a centimeter or so of white foam. Given the size and look of the foam, it left considerable lacing. The aroma is inviting with doughy bready notes. A light mouthfeel with some buoyant carbonation. Grainy malt along with some starchiness begins on the palate. As the beer moves back the mild hops balances the subtle beginning. This is a well rounded beer. A classic refreshing brew.

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Photo of Wegbier
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours with very active egg shell pillow head, damn i pushed its tension too far and i spilled down the glass, however still a short time of nice above the rim hold. the liquid is light gold and has lots of little active bubbles. thick spiderweb lace.

s- light floral white bread. gentle on the nose and kinda makes me hungry and certainly thirsty

t/m- mmm medium bodied direct follow up to smell of light floral hops balanced smoothly with light bread taste, almost no feel of carbonation, so smooth sloshing in my mouth and clean and smooth on the way down. almost unknown bite on finish

d- all day all night smooth, flavorful and enjoyable. Best on a hot day in the beer garden.

a well balanced premium lager/pils is neither extreme nor innovative but is always an art.

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Photo of brakspear
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The original helles, renamed Spaten Premium for the American market. This classic beer would definitely be improved if it was not in the dreaded green bottles.

The beer pours a gorgeous straw gold with a lofty white head that lingers and sticks to the inside of the glass. Perfect for a helles.

The aroma suffers in the green bottle, skunk is present but there is still a nice hop aroma with malty undertones.

The tast is refreshing, but still nicely malty and clean. The hop bitterness is subdued as it should be for a helles, but still is lingering as a backdrop and supporting the malt base. Very nice.

This is one of the classic world beers. A helles is the highest measure of Bavarian brewing skills. Subtle and nuanced, any flaws are readily apparent. I would love to drink this fresh in Munich.

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Photo of Steelocation
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 12 pack of this in 12oz bottles. The bottle had an expiration date of 05/2017. The bottle number read L1266202 03:20. I poured the bottle in a pint shaped glass.

Appearance: golden, clear, and lively

Smell: grassy and clean

Taste: balanced with a malty taste from start to finish. It was crisp and a little lite with a dry finish

Mouth-feel: crisp and carbonated. I thought it was a little thin and watery

Overall: I am biased, I prefer lagers over ales any day. This lager was a little lite for me but it was crisp and worth having more than one. Enjoyed that it had a balance finish and was dry with no aftertaste. This is a standard in lagers as far as I'm concern. Worth bringing to gatherings for any occasion.

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Photo of bgreg3
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purity law kicks ass. Why can't american premies brew this pure? Perfect balance of water hops and malt. A bit grassy hop bite that is subsided by malt. Easy drinking beer can easily put away several pints of this beer. The Mouthfeel is a bit tingly on the front of the tongue but goes away in a second.

My girlfriend notes this doesn't taste good with pretzels and I would agree.

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Photo of Carolvs
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a case of 24 bottles in Wilbraham, MA.

A - Light gold tint with a frothy foamy head of two inches or so.

S - Beer.

T - It tastes like a lager through and through.

M - Crisp, and easy goin' down.

O - I think it's unfortunate that the irrational craze for ales (especially over-the-top IPAs) over the last few years has left the traditional lager woefully underappreciated. And yet the truth is that a good lager is mighty difficult to brew, much more so than an ale. Well, this is damn good lager: Refreshing and crisp yet simultaneously hearty. Great stuff - you see how the Germans drink this stuff by the liter at their beer halls.

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Photo of FacistCannonBall
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the lagers I look to when I want something tasty and light to drink. This and a few other pilsners and lagers make up what I mostly drink when not putting down some other more substantial ales and porters.

A: A good looking light golden color pointing to its all malt heritage. Nothing corny looking here.

S: Again the light sweetness of the malts come through with a slight amount of hops.

T: The taste is light in potency yet still enjoyable with moderate malt flavors kept in check by the appropriately balancing hops on the finish. Not very floral in hops, but not just pure bitterness either.

M: Crisp and light. Perfect on a warm day.

D: Easily put away quite a few of these.

Overall, a very good beer and fun to drink without having to get blown away or too serious.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a couple shades darker than straw with a thin slick of a head that bears little lacing.
S- Smell is of slightly earthy and grassy aromas, with lingering malt sweetness.
T- Rather crackery flavor, with grassy hops and vague apple peel flavors.
M- Good body to it for style, though I found this one somewhat undercarbed.
D- Light, crisp, refreshing. Very drinkable and unlikely to slow you down. All in all a good helles.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Very transparent light straw color with an eggshell white foam head that lasts for quite some time but leaves minimal lacing. Aroma at first whiff reminds of apricots and tangerines, but resolves into a cracker malt with strong and complex herbal / floral hopping. Taste is somewhat pushed into sweetness but not unbearably so, finish is semi-sweet but lasts for a respectable amount of time, texture is lighter side of medium body, refreshing, and definitely worth sessioning!

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Photo of fitzy84
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Moan and Dove. Very clear gold look with a thick head that thins eventually with little lacing. Sharp grassy hops with hints of spice were wonderfully permeating from the drink. The drinks bittersweetness was probably its best strength and ultimate balance. Great, refreshing carbonation. Overall, wicked good.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden beer with a white head that falls away fast leaving nothing behind. Smell is slightly sweet and very bready. Taste is slightly bready and sweet with a crisp lager taste. Mouthfeel is slightly harsh is carbonation, crisp I guess is what you'd say. Overall, this hot spell is a nice pairing with this German lager. Very nice.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle just recently purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours a clear, lucid, see-through golden hue with a modest head and minimal lacing...
Nice, yeast and wheat aroma with hints of grains, corn, caramel, and honey...
Taste strongly complemented the smell... Crisp, clean, refreshing, with a pepperish bite to match...
Good stuff...
Recommended as a good depiction of the style...

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Photo of vancurly
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this at the Bavarian Beer Cafe on Manly wharf, 500ml glass.

Pours a pale gold, with frothy white head and good bubbling.

Malty aromas, some grassy hop notes.

Well balanced lager, with grain & grass elements.

Nice & light and refreshing. Good summer drink.

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Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Updating my review because I'm revisiting the beer and not getting some of the characteristics I did in the first review (02/01/08):

Once again, reviewing this beer to style based on a crossover of BA & BJCP style characters.

Once my favorite Helles', now I'm concerned because the word on the street is that Spaten is no longer decoction mashing and I'm afraid the great, toasty maltiness of Bavarian beers will be lost...

A - Very clear, gold color with a good, thick white head that settles quickly.

S - Some nice bready malts trying to get thru, good noble hops, some sour notes too along with the typical DMS to this style.

>> No sour notes this time through, good bready malt character.

T - Some toasty maltiness (melanoidin) coming through. Hop finish with that sourness back -- almost astringent, but not quite that distracting.

>> Again, no sour or astringent notes, bready and spicy hop notes in the finish.

M - Soft and smooth mouthfeel -- very decoction-like, so I'm wondering about the rumors.

D - Good drinkability because of the body and light flavors -- nothing harsh.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Spaten Premium poured a clear straw color with a single finger foam head with some sticky lacing. Decent retention.

The smell was of grain and bananas. The taste was clean and fluffy. It had a grain backbone with a crisp finish. It had a light mouth feel and was pretty thin. Overall a solid MH Lager and was nicely balanced.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a .5 L mug

Bright yellow color, fizzy exciting activity with a nice foamy head that's very patient in its retreat

S - Grassy and skunky, invitig hop bitterness

T - Grassy hops are very prevalent. Rich buttery malt balances out the brew nicely. Hop bite is more similar to a pilsner than a helles

M - Very calm on the palate. Slight sweetness sticks tot he tongue, but the hop bitterness is really a nice cut.

O - A nice snappy lager. Easy to knock back a few and a great alternative if your looking to mix it up

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Photo of danetrain0101
4/5  rDev +9%
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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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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