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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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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Reviews:
598
Ratings:
1,372
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
21.25%
 
 
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Photo of PatandDavid
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm, finally got around to reviewing this one...

Straw yellow, medium head when I poured it. Smell is sweet and a bit candy-like.

My overall impression of this beer is, well, that it was sweet. While nicely carbonated, it is not as dry as what I like, and had more of a fuller malt flavor. I might even have to ask where the hops are...Near the end of finishing this, I almost would have to characterise the sweetness as being wine-like!

My green bottle wasn't skunked, but I think there are tastier versions of this out there, slightly drier, hoppier, and with a bit more bite in the taste. Pat

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Photo of tonistruth
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clear bubbly gold, crisp 2 finger white head, decent retent

S- skunky at first, after that settles just crisp malts

T- simple crisp malts with some supporting hops presence, biscuit, grain, balanced

M- higher carbonation, coarse, crisp, dry finish

D- simple and tasty session brew, not much use for this brew, but its not a bad brew at all

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Photo of goochpunch
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with tons of carbonation and a thick creamy head that seems to grow from all the bubbles rising up to the surface. Some dimples in the top of the head. Leaves some scant lacing. Sweet malts, sweet breads, and some grassy and floral hops in the nose. Has as crackery sweet malt that kind of washes away a bit thin and ends with some dirty hops flavors and bitterness. Eh. Feels a but too full in the mouth and kills the crispness it would have otherwise had from the carbonation. Wouldn't be opposed to another one nor would I look forward to another one.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love the Optimator, figured I'd see what else Spaten has to offer.

A: Nice goldenrod color, with a bubbly 1.5 finger head and little lacing.

S: Crisp and clean, some mild hops, maybe some spices but subtle.

T: Strongly hopped with mild malt flavor. Some sweetness and spicyness in there as well.

MF: Quite bubbly and a full bodied feel. Very refreshing beer. Little to no aftertaste.

O: Not that I'm surprised, but much better than an American lager. Considering I'm more of an ale fan, this has quite a nice flavor, and would be great for tailgating or a hot summer day.

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Photo of sevopie
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light golden in color with a somewhat fluffy white head that dies to a film quickly, but stays in that film throughout.

Smell - Sweet, almost candy-like malt with a touch of corn in the smell.

Taste - Light maltiness with a touch of hop bitter. Sweet coming from somewhere on this one, and it finishes an even mix of the sweet/hop bitter.

Mouthfeel - Light and too much carbonation.

Drinkability - Not too bad here, rather easy to drink. Might become a go-to choice when I need a lager.

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Photo of Jordan
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First surprize came, when I poured it into my glass. Very white, like champagne, the head was thick and creamy. Most of the emphasis is on the malt. A few raw barley notes. Crisp bite at start, creamy aftertaste. Don't enjoy many lagers, but this one is special. Delicious!

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Photo of crwrunner
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Crystal clear golden color with about a two fingers worth white head. Leaves some lacing around the glass.

Smell- I really don't smell much. Just some grains is really all I smell.

Taste- Just like it smells, grains. It is very clean and crisp although.

Overall- This is a kind of beer that I could drink all night or at a cookout. Very light and clean. Just not much going on with it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden yellow and a nice white head that left a nice sticky lacing around the Spaten tall glass. Aromas of a nice sweeter malt. The taste of a above average German lager. Sweet where it needs to be, and a bit dry. A small hop bitterness is in the aftertaste.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5L mini keg in a pint glass at our super bowl party.

A - Nice golden yellow with little carbonation and little head.

S - Crisp and clean but not much there.

T - Nice and clean but there's a hint of something that's just not right.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Ok beer. I've had many lager's that we're better.

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

Pours estremely pale with frothy, white head. Good lacing. Extremely clear with champagne-like carbonation. Spicy, floral hop aroma with light malt character. Moderately hoppy flavor with a slightly dry finish. Fairly well balanced. A little bit of skunk. Crisp and clean.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a clear gold with a fizzy bright white head that dissipates quickly.

S-Not a very strong nose, but what I picked up on was some grassy hops and hint of sweet malts.

T-Similar to the nose as grassy, Noble hop flavors stand out along with some sweet grainy malt. Not the most flavorful beer by any means, but nothing offensive. It has a nice bite to it and its refreshing.

M-Pretty thin and watery.

D-One could drink many of these in a session due to its good flavor and average abv.

Overall, this makes a good beer to drink when you just want to drink a few beers and not think about it.

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Photo of mgmvh
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

taste: i consider this a simple beer. brewed for the masses. if someone offered this or most any other kind of pilsner, i would take this. theres flavors of honey and lemon and grain, all the usual i guess. the lack of head isnt very exciting but it's what i was expecting. it's far from a disappointment but also far from the top of any list.

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Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the Spaten logo on the plain, and simple white label.
Pouring 12oz bottle into pilsner glass I get a nice bright white foamy head that doesn't "stick" around too long. Nice clear golden colour.

My flaring nostrils don't pick to much up. I smell some herbal citrus lemon, and cut hay hop aroma, and some sweet malts underneath.

Descent up front lemon hop bitterness, with a touch of malt sweetness. Little to watery, and weak on the finish. Hits the palate with a nice medium mouthfeel, but doesn't hold.

Definitly would not turn away, and are drinkable. Just nothing groundbreaking here in this German Lager. Other great Spaten Brews available.

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Photo of Kanyon22
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured form a 12oz. green bottle into my stella artois glass. Got this form a Spatan variety pack. Every brewery needs to make a variety pack, I love them.

A: Pours a clean golden yellow color with a big soapy bubble white head which is receding as I'm typing this. So far its playing the helles part well.

S: Has that wonderful musky, grainy, skunk like quality I get from a lot of German beers. Getting a bit of an earthy notes as well. Nothing earth shattering here, wished it had a bit more malt profile kinda classic green bottle smell.

T: Starts off with a slight hoppy fizzy carbonation burn at first. The middle is a lot quicker, its a cleansing watery like taste that quickly transfers to a brief sweet then lingering German musky,grainy, skunk flavor I was getting from the aroma. Reminds me of their Oktoberfest, but not as sweet. Pretty boring here.

M: The mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer it has a good medium thickness to it, you can tell that this beer has no adjuncts in it.

O: This beer is average at best it feels like every other green bottled euro beer to me and does nothing to set itself apart from the middle of the road.

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Photo of stunna12
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer comes in a neat green bottles with a cool unique logo. It has golden color light brown. This beer has just about no head. Another neat thing is the carbonation of this beer, it reminds me of champagne. Thus beer smells like clean cut grass. It has a sweet malt taste and a clean after taste. This beer goes down smooth and is a Classic German Lager.

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Photo of StevieW
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow in color, with highly carbonated fizzy white head. Bitter hop smell mixed with some malty sweetness, made smell like beer. Taste was somewhat malty and sweet, but the bitterness lingered to long, and was off. Too bitter to be balanced. Light to medium bodied. Easy to drink, but not a beer to really go back to for a while.......

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tapped from a 1gal 1qt 9fl oz mini keg with the dates 17.03.11 and EXP 12.2011 stamped on the bottom.

Appearance - Gold body with fine suspended particulate matter. One finger white head with decent retention and good stick.

Smell - Strong musky corn and wet cardboard. Sweet. No hoppiness.

Taste - Light. Metallic finish. Stale water aftertaste. Corn in the body. The metallic taste really ruins it.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Not quite refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - It's not a bad beer. Perhaps slightly better than average for the style.

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Photo of aaronbeach69
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

ehhh... a very typical lager

appearance: very very clear, very light golden

smell: a very good lager aroma,

taste: tangy on the edges of your tounge, but very smooth

mouthfeel: a little to light for me... it is a lager so I'll give it that .. but it lacks some substance

drinkability: very very drinkable..too drinkable... goes down like carbonated water...but is this a good thing...the only thing holding back its drinkability is that that taste becomes boring fast and starts to build up its boringness

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Photo of ohoove
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A golden yellow color with plenty of carb. and a small fizzy white head that reduced to a ring with no lacing. First sip and taste was that of classic German pils .vWhat I did like about this was that it didn't have the overwhelming skunk taste that accompanies many German beers, if i'm going to drink German beers the Munich styles are my first choice. Very clean, fresh and crisp with a small hop finish on the end. Very refreshing on a hot summers day.

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Photo of nekronos
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

INteresting while dirnking it. Had it while having a break on a rehearsal. THe taste is hoppy more like a Pils, but it does not tires like it. The foam is white and thick. Good taste, great beer among those that are shipped to Mexico and remains. Bubbly, not too much and veyr enjoyable.

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Photo of megmulvaney
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a relatively average lager. It is and enjoyable and easy beer to drink. The color is a light golden. It comes in a green bottle with a neat label. The smell is wheaty or grassy. It has a very clean finish. The taste is very balanced...neither too sweet nor too bitter. There is a slight caramel flavor as well. This beer is similar to a heineken.

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

355ml undated, green bottle served in a snifter.

A: The body is crystal-clear light golden-yellow, with a very short-lived fluffy white head. Zero sediment.

Aroma: Light aroma, mostly lacking the somewhat expected skunkiness. Grassy with sweet grain.

Taste: more skunkiness (actually, this tastes fresh and the 'skunk' is from the hops, I believe) and hops here than in the nose, and more flavor than one might expect given the light appearance and aroma. Lightly earthy hops with a hints of lemon, fresh hay and biscuit.

M: near medium bodied with rather aggressive carbonation that imparts a crisp feel. Dry finish.

O: haven't had this in years, but pretty much as expected. Works best with food.

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

Usual brown 500ml bottle, labelled as the Munchner Hell. Best before Mar 2012, poured into two pilsner stemmed tulips.

The beer was reviewed in a blind tasting along side the Spaten Pils: this beer was slightly dark in its golden colour and smoother, meaning softer and so bitter as the Pils.

Looks good, as already stated it is a good rich gold colour, a thin white head tried to hang around, but like all beers I've had in this style, it failed to stay for long.

No real smell, gets my usual score of 3 for a non-smelling pilsner/lager/helles.

Although there is a hop feel to it, its not harsh or too bitter (like its Pilsner brother).

Easy to drink and I could see myself drinking this sort of brew on a hot summers day in a Munich bier garden.

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