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

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)
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3.69/5
1,439 Ratings
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:
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Added by Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,428
Reviews:
612
Ratings:
1,439
pDev:
14.09%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
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Ratings: 1,439 |  Reviews: 612
Photo of manodepaz
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour into a pilsner glass...moderate golden color with a very nice off white head. On the nose, a subtly pleasant grassy aroma that shouts summer. A refreshing opening with a slightly petrol texture. The hops comes through first with the malt lingering on the finish...a very nice balance. An extremely drinkable beer well worth the $9 for a six pack...

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

Spaten Premium
12 oz green bottle
L 27061H
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a vibrant light yellow with a golden tint. Mini carbonation bubbles shoot to the top of the glass. A bone white head forms on top leaving fluffy trails of sticky lace behind.

Initially I got a whiff of skunk in the nose, but that disappeared rather quickly. Whiffs of grains and fruit sweetness.

Hints of grains with a grassy flavor. A touch of honey sweetness meshes with a strong grainy biscuit backbone. The finish reveals a tight hop snap.

Mighty quaffable and pleasant to drink. An authentic Munich Helles Lager. Definitely a warmer weather session time brew.

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

Brown half-liter bottle with regal label.

A: Golden yellow, with white rocky head, good retention.

S: Bready malt, some floral hops, nothing too substantial, also a slight sulfur, mineral content.

T: Malts upfront, with slight acidity due to the carbonation, hops come through in the aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied, dry, somewhat spritzy, excellent for the style.

D: Very refreshing, immensely drinkable, easily available locally, and cheap - a good summer choice.

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

Appearance: Clear gold color with a dense, white head.

Smell: Very clean, minimal malt and hop presence.

Taste: Solid beer. Well balanced and very clean. The brew gives a glimpse of the malt and hops to produce a very refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp and smooth finish

Drinkability: Very easy drinking brew.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear pale yellow with no head or lacing. It's aroma is lemony with a hint of dough. The flavor is mild lemon with a bit of malt sweetness and a hint of hoppiness. Very well balanced. It's mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Spaten Munchner Hell (Premium Lager) is a good beer, a perfect match for schnitzel and sauerkraut. Recommended!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz purchased at the Coop on Thursday for about $1.45.. poured into my standard weizen glass.

Very short lasting head left behind nice lace.. atop a light golden brew.. very clear.

Grainy pale malts.. very clean.. this is one of the good times where less is more... I love a good helles... and this is a good one for sure.

Malty .. very restrained bitterness and just the slightest breath of spicy/grassy hop flavor... smooth lite/medium body with just enough carbonation... as it warms, it sweetens.. but not in a bad way.. the malts come to the front as they should. This is not a pilsner.. and nobody should think otherwise. This brew does not have the hoppy backbone the Spaten pils has.. Malts are the star here.

Everytime I try and brew a helles, I buy as many as I have access to in Boise.. this one is always available... the Spaten is damn near perfect and a fantastic beer for your friends who hate micros or imports... Pretty much spot on for the style .. even better on draft.. don't pretend that this is a pils... it is not.

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Photo of zeff80
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear golden-yellow color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of caramel malts and lightly hopped.

T - It tasted very clean. Malty and slightly bitter with hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good German brew.

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Photo of bark
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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 farrago
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Close to a full finger of pure white foam, delicate enough to dissipate with ease, lacing is thin but there, plain gold color, more yellow than orange, has hue depth in spite of transparency, lazy bubbles slowly rise within. Bready dough on the sweet side in the nose, touch of corn, more bite from something like white pepper than herbaceous grass, while the hops seem to provide direction and a pinch of white citrus, the sweetness of the malts some more dominant. Medium-bodied, has decent heft without giving up much of its ability to refresh. Hay, sweeter grains, corn, more floral here, teases out a small portion of apple, pear fruit and lemon peel. The carbonation is fine yet very active, few flavors soak in fully. The peppery spice remains as a subtle accent. Very solidly put together, easy to quaff and, if anything, suffers from comparison to much flashier brews.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like this beer but I am not extremely impressed with it. I have had much better and would not mind trying the other beers made by spaten. Good beer, but I would recomend a belgian white, I would recomend this beer with any food, I cannot specifically point out what food this beer would go with.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This one pours golden with a large white head that dissipates a little to quickly.

S: The malt is prominent but there is also bitter hops and some fruit (citrus). This beer smells really fresh.

T: Very malty, almost like liquid bread. This is a beer that's very refreshing. The dryness is also noticable.
In the aftertaste the bitter hops just keeps on coming.

M: This is light in the mouth, with a nice amount of carbonic acid.

D: Refreshing, very refreshing. The taste is very nice. This is what you should drink on a warm summer day. I had it with a pizza - it was very nice.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this one in Venice, Italy. I'm wondering if this is the same beer as the Munchner Hell renamed for the export market? Clear, light golden with a light white head atop small to medium sized bubbles, with moderate to poor retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is crisp and delicate with extremely clean ferment, freshly cut hay and distantly husky, sweet munich or carapils malt. Hops are minimal. Mouthfeel is brisk, wet, and crisp with a light to medium body and a sparkling character upon the tongue. Taste begins with some delicate earthy flavor hops up front, followed by husken pale malts, giving way to a well-balanced smooth, earthy bitterness with a lightly astringent husken character in the finish. A well-made delicate and pleasant brew.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice pale yellow and very clear with a 3 finger head that leaves nice lacing

Smell - some earthy bready notes but faint and slighty skunky

Taste - Nice flavor with straw hints. Light and easy to drink. No bitterness yet crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - fine

Overall - A nice light German easy drinker.

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Photo of ralph-pine
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good lager, superior to others. Refreshing, tasty, perfect for the summer.

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Photo of rjlemos
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quite honest and good münchner beer. Better than most of the german lagers, like Warsteiner, Löwenbräu and Bitburger.
Excellent taste, nice smell, very good appearance and drinkability. Good balance among malt, yeast and hops. It worth a try, for sure.

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Photo of wolfpack87
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was a nice gold color. Smell was rather weak, which I was not expecting from this import, but the taste was much better. Very smooth beer to drink. Overall, very enjoyable beer. Not sure about the price as it was given to me at a family gathering, but a very good German beer.

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Photo of jenbys2001
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer that brings back memories of Germany. This beer was served in a German liter mug at a local German restaurant, Schnitzelhaus. It pours a rich cream soda color with a large head. The beer has a very citrus smell and tastes slightly acidic. It has a crisp flavor with a light hop finish. Although it's not a very complicated beer, I consider Spaten to be a tasty example of German lager.

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Photo of bditty187
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blinding gold, ultra translucent, small white head, poor retention, decent lace. Slightly hay-like, grassy, very quiet spiciness, the malt is solid but ultimately an unimpressive nose. Very tasty palate, grassy-hay, a murmur of peppery-spice, decent malt undertones, slightly crisp... refreshing. Simple and light… pleasant mouthfeel, easy to drink and enjoyable. I’d recommend it for a ‘cross-over’ beer or for hot summer days. While this is not the best Helles lager, Spaten Premium is a decent and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong spicy noble hop and a mild grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a soft grain malt and a good spicy and potent noble hop.

The mouthfeel was average with good carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable lager on draft. A good Madison Square Garden beer.

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Photo of drews240
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crookedhalo
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours translucent straw pils colored with a nice white head. Grainy malt aroma and a nice kettle hop bitter aroma, too. Fresh and clean smelling. Light sweet grain taste and a fruitiness that combines with the hops to come across as lightly citric. Carbonation is ample and enhances the overall experience on the palate. In my exploits of sampling loads of beer, sometimes it's nice to revert back to a beer that it reminiscent of what I drank in my teenage years, though this is way better than some of the swill I drank back then...

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Photo of choyhosoi
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint into a glass

Appearance- As I was pouring this lager I noticed a nice white head that quickly fizzled away to pretty much nothing. The color was something that also took a different apperance from a champagne look (golden) to a pinkish gold look very interesting.

Smell-The smell wasn't too overwhelming picked up a little bit of fruits a little grass but nothing much.

Taste/Mouthfeel-Wow these guys certainly know there stuff.Took a couple of drinks and not a hint of bitterness just a smooth lager that is indeed premium.

Drinkabilty-At 5.2 I urge you to pick up a 12 and take them to a party people will not be dissapointed in closing this brand has impressed me yet again try this and Optimator if you can find them.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with a fast-fading dense white head. Sweet barn and nectar nose. Honey and spice malts with dry, grassy, vaguely herbal hops - hint of coriander. Light-bodied, dry finish, soft, some prickle.

No fireworks, but a good benchmark. No nasty sourness or aftertaste shows what a good lager can be.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fine beer, with well-balanced, pleasant flavor that sits well on the palate. Those looking for pungency and strength may do better elsewhere, but you can't fault Spaten Premium for being a fine, easygoing brew. There's a place for that. I think Bud drinkers and aficionados alike can find something here. The difference between this and a typical macrobrew is the subtle additional flavors that come across - a little malt, a little lemon, some balanced hop flavor - all which combine to produce good Bavarian beer.

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Photo of mnrider
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright clear golden yellow. Nice white head. Carbonation is high. Retention is on the poor side.

S: Grains. Pungent. Pepper and lemon. Crisp. Nice.

T/M: Bubbly and crisp. Grains and malts with some light herbal hops. The taste of grapes come in a little. The overall taste is a little on the clean side. The finish is dry with a linger of grains.

O: Very Good German Lager. I can taste the vintage recipe. Easy to drink, not a bad choice.

Cheers!!

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,439 ratings
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