Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

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

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
83
good
601 Reviews
Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
601
Ratings:
1,394
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.17%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
212
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 601 | Ratings: 1,394
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden straw color. I love how translucent the body is, in particular. The head is a two finger white shade; retention isn't the best, but there's some really nice lacing left on the glass.

S: Aye, it's a bit skunked (lol, green bottles), but it could have been worse. The notes of pale malts, faint sweetness, and zesty hops aren't dulled in any significant capacity.

T: At first, some of the hop profile comes through with notes of grass and lemon zest, but the finish is pure, balanced, simple malt goodness. In particular, it has a nutty flavor that I really enjoy (that, and the diacetyl is kept in check). Personally, I want more hops; but I won't complain about the balance this offers.

M: Not quite as bone dry as I like my lagers to be - nor is it too sweet. The texture does the best it can to provide good drinkability without significant hoppiness.

O: Green bottles mean I wouldn't buy this one again. However, I would seek it out on tap. An under-appreciated lager unfortunately scorned both by its bottle color and by who makes it.

 1,120 characters

Photo of spinrsx
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance – Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, malts, floral notes, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and some cooked corn. There is also a decent amount of malts and a light floral spiciness. The beer finishes with a grainy spicy aftertaste.

Overall – It's definitely better than most of the run of the mill euro-beers out there. But there are a few other beers in this category that I'd rather be drinking.

 716 characters

Photo of TheSarge
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Lager pours with vast amounts of bright white head, which forms into sticky clumps and eventually fine lacing. The body is a beautiful straw color, and is of course quite clear.

The aroma is very light and faint, but I can detect a bit of lemony hops here.

Again, the lemon hint is prevalent in the taste, but there's an odd hint of corn. CORN? Maybe my taste buds are a bit off or something.

This brew is light and crisp, as well as refreshing. It makes for a good session beer with not much thought involved. If your goal is to sit back, clear your mind in a shaded outdoors area , such as a biergarten, go ahead hand head to Spaten.

 645 characters

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured this Munich Helles Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a golden color, produced a nice white head, decent retention and decent lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted grain and grassy hops. Light in body, this Helles had a foundation of malted grain, fresh baked bread, a touch of lemon citrus and earthy hops. Dry Finish. One of the big Munich breweries, while this was much better served fresh in Munich, this bottle offering won't dissappoint if your looking for a traditional Munich Helles. Prost!

.

 543 characters

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden colored, fingers worth of head, large bubbles that didn't stick around long. No lacing here but not sure of the freshness of the bottle either.

S: All i'm getting here is the strong skunky smell and a very light grassy/grain scent.

T: Skunk smell carries over to the taste. Light malt flavoring and continuing in with the grassy notes. Not too shabby, but the skunk is def what defines this beer.

M: Slightly more then average carbonation, seems to go well with the flavors. Crisp clean finish, barely any notice of alcohol.

O: Not too bad, def lives up to the hype that i recall of good German beer from my college days.

 641 characters

Photo of Beastdog75
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is better known as Spaten Premium in North America. München is host to quite a few well reknowned breweries, and Spaten is certainly one of them. While they also brew the acclaimed Optimator doppelbock and the Franziskaner wheat brews, their Premium beer (a Münchner helles type lager) is a rather average offering. It does a very good job as serving as a thirst quencher, but it turns out to be rather neutral and bland flavored.

This beer pours a bright yellow/gold color with a nice 2 finger white foam that lasts about 30 to 40 seconds. The aroma consists of a somewhat sugary sweet fruity smell mixed in with some husky grain aromas/grassiness. Surprisingly this sample was not lightstruck. The mouthfeel is thin yet well carbonated. The taste was also a bit sweet, consisting of light malts and fruity sweetness. Those flavors seems to meld together to form a brew that is a bit bland and unexciting. The hops were not too noticable either and just added some mild dryness to the finish. This dryness continued into the aftertaste where a light tart green apple flavor arose, and the beer concluded with very little alcoholic warmth.

I did like this beer, even if it was a bit neutral and unexciting. Having a fresh sample probably did wonders for this beer. This beer can be used to wash down some wursts and spaetzle with no problem. As an average everyday beer, Bitburger might be a slightly better choice.

 1,433 characters

Photo of WJVII
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this has a straw color, transparent. Minimal white head that lasted only for a moment. This has an aroma of hops and smells almost a little skunky. My first taste was bitter with nice presence of strong hops. This beer reminded me of my time in Germany and seemed to be a very traditional example of a German brew. Nothing special, but a decent showing. This is a drinkable import, but there are better beers available for a better price here in the states.

 482 characters

Photo of lawman834
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

 465 characters

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I used to drink this beer at a beer savvy bar I frequented when in college, before I knew much about beer. It had been a few years since I'd had a Spaten lager.

This beer pours a faint yellow, with a tightly packed white head with excellent lacing for a pale lager.

Its aroma was subtle, and a sweet malt smell.

Its flavor is also light. It is sweetly malty, barely hopped, and very refreshing. It scratches a different itch than the American craft ales I've been drinking of late.

I could drink an awfully lot of this beer.

 536 characters

Photo of sjantiflow
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer to review. I am still getting the hang of tasting.

What I can say is that it poured well, with a foamy head. The aroma is clean, honey sweet and biscuity. It tasted very crisp and carbonated with a warming mouthfeel. The hops add a mild, bitter flavor. Certainly a drinkable beer.

 304 characters

Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 35 degrees.

Pours a straw yellow in the glass with a white froth. Instantly I get a pronounced skunkiness along with a crisp graininess, some emon, some bread-like yeastiness, and subtle hardboiled egg whites. The beer has a decent mouthfeel, is crisp & dry, & has flavors of grains, skunk, and some green/leafy hops. Although there really isn't much there, the beer is crisp, very easy to drink, and really isn't that bad considering how much of this beer is made. One of the aspects that I most admire about large breweries is their consistency.

 590 characters

Photo of TXHops
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I bought the green bottles, but in a sealed 12 pack, to avoid possible skunking. Admittedly, this is a better beer in the summer (for me at least), but I've had it probably 30+ times, so I feel safe that I'll give it a fairly accurate review in the winter.

From the bottle, the beautiful, light golden body emerges with the whitest head a beer can have. The 1.5" of foam fades into a slightly lumpy, thinner head after a minute or so. The aroma is that of fresh, decocted malt with a sweet back-scent of Noble hops--reminiscent, like many noble-hopped Euro lagers, of sweetish, ripening baby corn.

The medium-light body has a light, but rounded maltiness and a crisp, but faint bitterness from the hops. VERY little hop flavor. Smooth and sweet--this is a beer I've used to convert several macro guys to better beer. My complaints with it are that it's slightly too foamy and that it leaves a slight sourness in the finish, which lingers unpleasantly. I've had this beer on draft at the Bavarian Grill, where they seem to take good care of their beers, and it's better there--firmer and less prone to souring on the finish. Someday I'll try it in Munich and have a definitive answer :)

 1,192 characters

Photo of PartyBear
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear, and pale yellow in colour. The head comes and goes within a minute of being poured, and is not seen again until another one is poured. Not particularly carbonic for a lager.

S - Grassy hops, with subtle malts. Fruity citrus notes are also fairly prominent.

T - Slight maltiness, which becomes more noticeable in an aftertaste at the back of the palette. There's also a noticeable nutty taste. Towards the end there is a detectable biscuity dryness.

M - Very flat for a lager, might have just been a bad bottle or maybe bad pouring technique. Light body.

D - A pleasant enough lager, not much to be overly negative about apart from the flatness.

 671 characters

Photo of Tolnik
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this pale yellow beer into a pint glass. There was barely any head that when poured. The aroma of the beer is that of wheat and sweet grass. The taste of the beer follows suit with a tint of a maltyness to it. Overall a decent beer for the summer months.

 261 characters

Photo of Patrick999
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light, clear yellow. Decent foaminess.

Aroma is floral, with a small hint of smoke, I thought. I like it.

Mostly floral, but with a slight sweetness. I wasn't expecting that; I have to take it down a few notches.

Feel is quite crisp and scrubbing, Should make an OK companion to many foods.

I could drink it, but truth be told, I think it's a little dull, and not because it's a lager, either. I kinda have to wonder about the freshness. It's possible that the relative dullness is due to it being not that fresh. Unfortunately, therein lies the problem with rating subtle, relatively light German lagers.

 625 characters

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.

 589 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at bauer's Brauhaus.

Watchin' Jeopardy! and drinkin' German brews. Good times. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived white foam. The nose comprises grass, flowers, light wheat, and a very light twist of lemon. The taste takes a simpler tack, rocking just wheat and flowers, almost pilsner-like. The body is pretty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a decent helles lager, but lacking any kind of real character, any kind of discerning remarks, so to speak. It's nowhere near bad, just not something I would aim for, especially with other quality German choices around.

 674 characters

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

Gold color light , clear – frothy thick white head –nose is grains, grassy , cereal, hopps , malts , and clean - taste of malts , grainy , grassy , sweet corn , hopps , and hint of orange peel – dry light sweet mouth feel – skunky , cereal , bitter , grass , sweet corn aftertaste , short

 292 characters

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

Pours from the mini keg a clear golden color with thick and creamy head that refuses to die down. Smell is grains, some honey notes and little malt on this one. Taste is a little maltier with some hops coming through as well. Very crisp, clean and smooth in the mouth that makes this a very nice and drinkable beer. We had plenty of fun with this keg on labor day weekend.

 372 characters

Photo of wl0307
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Sheffield branch of ALDI supermarket. BB 07/2008, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: yellowish straw in colour, coming with a lively carbonated body and a layer of nice white froth with reasonable retention.
S: floral and lemony upfront, the aroma seems to give out more hop elements than many other Helles Lager I’ve tried; a very mildly tart doughy edge and powdery grains hide underneath. Overall, very clean, subtle, and simple (in a good way).
T: neutrally-flavoured upfront, gradually introducing a faint floral tinge of hops to go with the light grainy theme, while a corn-ish flavour of gristy malts hides at the back, with a faintly syrupy touch in the very end... As the malts retreat, a restrained bitterness manifests itself in the aftertaste, yet everything remains attenuated throughout.
M&D: the mouthfeel is o.k., not too fizzy, befitting the cleanliness just quite well; for a 5.2%abv. Helles Lager, this one comes surprisingly light in maltiness and clean for the palate, while the bitterness level doesn't come sufficient to live up to a Pils-style Lager. Despite being slightly mundane, this beer fares as a well-made, easy-drinking, meal-pairing beer, perhaps working well to wash down some overly-salty Bratwurst~~

 1,257 characters

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

Light lager. Nice thicker than expected head. Not too intrusive but doesn't lack character. Could go well with a meal I suspect but I had it alone. Reminds me of wonderbread on the nose.

 186 characters

Photo of ajm5108
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fairly pedestrian lager beer, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It hits all the notes you'd expect, is clean & crisp, maybe a bit thin on the mouthfeel but that is really the only negative, outside of its anonymous taste profile.

 232 characters

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

Chill haze slightly muddies an otherwise clear golden light orange, a little white head with larger bubbles springs up but doesn't stick around. Lacing is pretty good.

Aroma is grainy, fairly sweet, and bready. Husky fullness also lets in some earthy hop with a lemon tint. The flavor expounds on these themes, with a muted herbal bite from the hops, an allusion toward spice at the finish, and the prevalent light malts with a white biscuit character.

Balance is very good, although lacking in standout qualities. Finish is dry, but slightly thin and indistinct, although certainly not negative. Middle of the road Helles.

 631 characters

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.

 570 characters

Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A light bodied lager. Slightly hoppy and mildly malty. Nice flavor, somewhat fruity. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Light and refreshing

 251 characters

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,394 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe