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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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Added by Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

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Photo of JohnY
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap from one of Portland's great places to find German Bier, Gustav's. Served in a tradional spaten logo bier stein. Bright white head that last most of the stein. Light yellow in color. Medium to light bodied. Well balanced hop flavor. Typical lager scents on the nose. Full rounded body and superb balance between hops and a malty sweetness. A great munich Helles.

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Photo of NODAK
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma...some sweet grain malt, a little grassiness perhaps. Not the remarkable part of the beer for sure. Very straw colored...pale.

Taste has a fairly sweet cereal grain malt on it, along with a nice grassiness that's the dominant flavor of the beer. There's a bit of a hop presence in the finish as a lingering bitterness runs along the side of the tongue. Finishes a little sweet...pretty nice.

A very drinkable, light beer. Another classic brewery and classic beer. Would be absolutely wonderful on a hot day (or really, any time).

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Photo of OneTuffPony
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bankboy66
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of my favorites. Looks and smells great. Taste is classic German lager. My only gripe is with the feel which I think is a bit on the fizzy side. Overall you can't go wrong with this if you are looking for a classic beer that is easy to love.

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Photo of Longstaff
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very light appearence with whiter than white head. Sweetish tasting but the malt profile is somewhat lacking in flavor. Goes down easy with a creamy mouthfeel. Finish is crisp with a little hop flavor and almost no bitterness. A good alternative to American macroswill.

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Photo of Allegue04
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, light to medium straw color with a dense white head. Aromas of slight DMS, a little floral hop note, but overall very clean. On the palate, a smooth malty rich brew hits the mouth with light and sweet flavors of Pils grain, and a bit of hop flavor. The finish is not completely dry with a lingering malt sweetness and just a balancing hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium low with moderate carbonation. A very crisp and clean beer with just a touch of hop character.

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Photo of sherillc
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TinusTime
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I hadnt had this beer in a while, as I usually leery of green bottles. But BiermanVa left a couple over at my casa after a cook out and well Im not gonna let it go to waste. Pours a nice clear golden hue with a fluffy almost pure white head. Smell was crisp with the typical German lager hoppiness, with a bit of the sweetness of the malt coming through as well. Taste was clean and crisp, a bit of slightly sweet maltiness at first which was washed away by the nice crisp drying noble hops.. A bit prickly on the tongue with the carbonation, but still nice.. Very drinkable, I can see being able to suck these down with abandon on a hot summer day. I would certainly pick up a few of them this summer, especially in the 5 liter keg which cant get light struck.

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Photo of jlb502
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It's yellow. Maybe a yellow shade of gold? Straw yellow? Yellowy yellow?

S: Lager, biscuits and a little bit of honey graham cracker.

T: I like it. Sweeter than it is dry but the dryness is there. Doughy, some butter and a little bit more of that honey graham.

M: NIce carbonation, good body. It works in a way that doesn't draw attention.

O: I think this beer is done very well though I'll probably re-consider the overall rating once I've tried more from this style.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle pours a crystal clear, light yellow color with a rapidly diminishing cap of white foam. Not all that unlike many American macros unfortunately.

Nose is much better as slightly honeyed malts combine with a grassy and somewhat floral hop bouquet. Fresh and clean smelling beer.

One of those beers where a twelve pack disappears before you know it. Noble hop flavors and mild bitterness battle to a standstill with slightly sweet, grainy malts. Very clean with no off-flavors whatsoever. This probably is not my favorite Helles (Hofbrau gets that distinction), but it is a prime example of what the style is all about.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fnord
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Clear, very pale yellow and fizzy, not much head. Standard appearance for a pale lager.

Smell - A little bready malts, some grass and hops. More nose than most pale lagers.

Taste - Crisp, a touch of hops, clean and grassy. A bit of skunk in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated, thin, and smooth.

Drinkability - Extremely high.

Notes - It's hard not to drink this fast. It's one of the best easily-found lagers out there. I'm not big on keg parties, but if I were to throw one, this might be the keg of choice.

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Photo of bongobeer
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FreshHawk
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Attractive crisp, clear straw color. Above average sized, light, bubbly, foamy, soapy, white head. Decent retention leaving a thin, whispy lace.

S - Slightly subdued aroma with loads of grainy malt and some bready aroma as well. Some grassy Noble hops. Not bad but nothing spectacular.

T - Grain and bready malt make up a lot of the flavor. Some Granny Smith apple along with a floral/herbal hop flavor that gets stronger on the finish. Slight bitter kick on the finish but it doesn't linger long.

M - Light body with above average carbonation. Zesty and crisp feel that ends pretty fast without much lingering feel.

D - Very drinkable beer that has a nice spicy hop aspect that pairs well with the maltiness. Goes down easy and is refreshing and crisp.

Notes: Nice beer and a good example for the style. Goes down easy and is refreshing. Decent level of hops to contrast with the maltiness resulting in a well balanced, refreshing beer.

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Photo of DirkNachbar
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jbehlar
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of neenerzig
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a clear/green bottle. However mine did not appear to be skunked. This beer pours a nice light, clear golden color with a white head about an inch thick before settling. Leaves some decent lacing. Aromas of grains along with a touch of hops and malt. and maybe some vegetables. Not much else smellwise. Has a sweet, grainy taste upfront with a touch of malt rounded out with a hint of spices and hop bitterness. Has a bit of a bitter and perhaps dry aftertaste. Has a nice clean, crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I found this beer to be refreshing and extremely easy to drink, in a good way that is. A good, solid beer for this style.


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Photo of ghostwalker
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body with a nice thick white head.

Nose is floral german hops, spicy and tantalizing. A little sour, however.

Flavor is very tart and somewhat spicy. A very nice example of the style, reminiscent of Bitburger Pils, another of my German favorites.

Mouthfeel is crisp and tight.

A great quaffable pilsener. Very drinkable.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- nice clear golden 'beer-yellow', piss yellow, whatever you wanna call it, with just a huge whirlwind of rising bubbles that disperses itself out into multiple streams. very champagne like as they never really slow down or go away. white foam is loose and and airy with a leathery skin on top and pretty decent stickies, so i'm hoping there's some hops in here.
*by the end, the lace is all encrusted and a disk of foam has remained the whole time, thanks to all those bubbles.

S- nose is lemon and grass clippings with pale malt and herbal german hops. only a small touch of buttery sweetness mixes in with the grainy citrus aroma and some floral properties, and though it's reinheitsgebot, i can still smell cooked white rice. somewhere.

T- not a bad munich at all. in fact, it's one of the better i've had but perhaps it just appeals to my tastes. cereal grains and a brief metallic tinge before a pleasant balance of flowery lemony grassy herbal hops and lightly toasted malt. hops are flavorful, and have a fair amount of bitterness that persists long into the finish, but is in no way overwhelming.

MF- light crisp refreshing with ideal carbonation and some more body than it would appear to have. becoming kinda syrupy as it warms, this one definitely needs to stay chilly.

D- one of the better helles/pils/golden lagers i've had, i could be a happy guy with a keg of this.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest head that does a good job in the lacing department

Smell: Grainy aroma with a clear presence of the underlying malt

Taste: Malty, bready flavors up front that are joined by by light fruity bitterness, mid-palate; herbaciously light friuty bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Excellent example of the style; crisp and refreshing

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Photo of bogus564
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a Pilsner glass.

I'm taking a break from being uncle, and preparing to watch my beloved Mets break my heart again by threatening to be a playoff-caliber team, then going on a late-season losing streak. Call me a pessimist, but I've seen it all before. What on God's green earth does this have to do with beer, you say? Well, why do you think I drink so much beer? So here goes...

A: Bright yellow in color, and you can see right through it. Leaves a small wheat colored head that lasts short of two minutes. Bubbles nicely, reminding one of champagne if one didn't know better.

S: Smells mainly of wheat; it's nice, pretty much what you'd expect. Little bit of hoppiness, I'm getting a dash of lemon as well.

T: This... is... Spaten!!! Couldn't resist the reference - sorry. Flavors sensed in the smell are confirmed. It's quite grassy, which I don't mind. Not very powerful, but as it's a Pilsner, it's not meant to be.

M: A solid Good - light in body, carbonated well, a bit of a wet grassy finish. It's okay.

O: Good, not outstanding. This is one you could drink all day at a barbeque or cookout, and goes quite well with my sister's fried chicken (she cooks it like my mom, may she rest in peace). Prost!

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Photo of John1985
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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 stjaernstoft
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten München, ABV: 5.2%.
500 ml bottle, 15.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: Clear, golden liquid, and a nice, fluffy, white head. Equally nice lacing.

S: Light, both malty and hoppy aroma, with minor hints of citrus and toffee. It somehow reminds me of a good pilsener.

T: Bittersweet with notes of citrus, butterscotch, and vanilla. Here are hints of alcohol, but it has a nice, balanced taste, and it's quite pleasant on the tongue.

M: Somewhat soft. Quite mild carbonation. Body is medium, and the bitterness is good (medium to high). Really drinkable. A nice, long aftertaste.

O: The Germans know how to make good lagers, and this is an example as good as any. I can't complain about anything. Maybe it misses that extra thing to make it special, but I'll bet I could drink this on most occasions. As most German lagers it doesn't cost much either.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden with a big frothy head that leaves ok lacing and a few carbonation streams

S- Nothing special in the aroma, but nothing offensive either

T- Taste is light and well-balanced with sweet, grainy malts and spicy, slighty bitter hops.

M- Feel is dry and crisp. Very good with a moderate body and carbonation

D- Drinks real well with no offensive qualities

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 50.7% out of 100 with 1,438 ratings
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