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

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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
Ratings:
1,424
Reviews:
608
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,424 |  Reviews: 608
Photo of AaronRed
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the basic fine German lagers. Always available, reliable (unless it has been sitting to long in the store). It has a nice golden color with white head. Crips tasting, with lingering bitterness, but with enough smoothness for balance. It a beer for everyday consupmtion. Maybe this is the mass-produced version of German Bud, but at least it is good.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden filtered, almost no carbonation, 4 fingers of white head with merengue like chunky lacing.

S: Light and malty, some German hops, hay, fermenting hay.

T: Malty, smooth, hay, a little fermenting hay, little bitter hops but very subdued in the background. Light sweetness. A little green herb.

M: Medium bready body, very low carbonation.

O: I love this style, enjoying this Spaten version which is such a classic.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I ordered this in a German restaurant in Moscow, and it brought me back to my college days in the beer gardens of Munich. My favorite Munich beer then, it still delivers today.

Came out clear gold under a big slightly off-white contoured head that left excellent lace down the glass. The nose is mildly malty with, unfortunately, a touch of soap. The mouth is prickly and light, as it should be. The flavor features a good light malt followed by a nice hoppy bite in the finish. The aftertaste combines the light malty sweetness with a hoppy bitterness, making you long for the next sip. Good stuff.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Straw yellow with champaign-like bubbles supporting a two finger white fizzy head that subsides to a thing lace rather quickly.

S - Straw and lightly sweet malts. Some corn husk in the background.

T&M - Smooth yet drying mouthfeel with a very clean taste. Taste of bread and mildly sweet malt with a low-moderate hop bitterness. Very nice and drinkable. No unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of Buttermilk
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A - Clear and bright gold, with a bright white head; decent retention and good lacing

S - Scent is grainy and "bright" with some citrus tones, hops seem light in the nose

T&M - Lighter medium body with a lot of grain and a bit of a vinous note (white grapes?). Hints of lemongrass and a touch of a yeasty, biscuit or cracker type quality.

D - This style has grown on me, and to me this is one of the better examples that I've had. Lot's of clean flavors with good balance.

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Photo of BBP
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Tan gold, respectable amount of head. Fades quickly but didn't really disappear. Good retention. Decent carbonation.

S- Honey and grains as well as a slight herbal hopping.

T- Good balance of yeast, hops, malts, lemon, and herbs. Balanced incredibly well. There's a slight amount of honey sweetness to it.

M- Pretty smooth. Medium body. The carbonation comes on a bit rough.

D- All around pretty good beer. Somewhat standard though. What you'd expect from a Munich Helles lager. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Musky
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice dark golden yellow color. Pours with a nice thick head with tinny bubbles that lace the litre glass as they recede. Has a definite aroma of Vienna malt with a light hop aroma. Malty is how I would describe the taste and aroma of this great German brew.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really bright, clear, somewhat goldenish color. Smell is the weak point for this because it had a very small hint of skunkiness (green bottle). Tastes very refreshing, and is incredibly smooth and easy to drink. I could seriously drink this stuff like water.

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Photo of confer
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold and crystal clear with the patches of foam, that always look like mold to me, floating on top.
I love the smell, lemony with a touch a sourness.
Taste is typical helles light and not much of it.
Smooth and easy drinking , this is a perfect hot weather cutting the grass beer.

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Photo of Natural510
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received a 2 litre boot of Spaten Lager at a local German restaurant in San Francisco.

It poured with a good head for a lager, with a rich golden color (not pale as in, say, a Budwesier or Heiniken. It had a smooth, crisp flavor without being watery and the carbonation stayed in my mouth. This is a very drinkable lager which doesn't lack flavor and is therefore a great 'session beer', not making one sick the watery alchoholic feeling of an American Macro.
Certainly drinkable enough to finish a boot without wishing I had ordered something else.

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Photo of daledeee
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a sampler.

Nose is grainy and hoppy.

This beer poured a nice clear yellow with a medium white head.

The taste is fresh and clean with some grain, hops and a little citrus.

Mouth feel is nice and bubbly. This beer is very easy to drink and could be one of the better session beers. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of trackstar1043
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours golden and completely unclouded, with a think white head that disapated quickly with little lace.

S - Hops, wheat, carmel, has a sharp aroma.

T - Clean and crisp. Can taste wheats and hops with a slight citrus bite.

M - Very light with a crisp finish. Refreshing.

D - Very nice goes great with pizza, good any day.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; clear straw yellow with a fluff white head. Bubbles are fine and large, leaving sticky lacing. Follows the style to every last detail. Head dissipates slowly, yet if pour properly, remains throughout the drink.

smell; mostly spicy hops, not much else.

taste; much more malty in a raw dough and barley flour sort of way. Slightest bit of citric hops in the finish before malts come out again. This taste a little wierd for the style but the hop/malt balance is very accurate.

mouthfeel; sting carbonation with a dry and crisp finish.

drinkability; I'm always thrown off at first but the taste grows on me and this beer is quite refreshing. I buy it often times.

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Photo of n00tz
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden body, light carbonation, low head retention.

S - grain scent (like cheerios), and some fruits and florals.

T - sweet fruits (dates?), grassy hops and grain.

M - light, refreshing, carbonation that dances on the tongue..

D - good brew, I'll have to come back to this style when I study the european lagers.

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Photo of dwilson01
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, completely clear pale yellow coloring, thin white head tops it and dissipates quickly.

The malty scent reminds me of biscuit and a small amount of honey. Not much hopping to speak of but smells extremely smooth and light.

The taste was surprisingly good, refreshing and creamy smooth, the bready biscuity malts come through very well with a small amount of wildflower honey. The hops pick up with the honey and supply the faintest light colored fruitiness to the brew, golden delicious apple and pearblossoms.

The mouthfeel is quite full for a brew this thin looking, the creamy texture fills the palate and makes for a very smooth swallow.

Drinkability is 100%, definitely a session brew if you're into the lighter colored ones. Overall it's not something that particularly strikes my fancy but in and of itself it's not a bad brew, very neutral.

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Photo of SSBrennan
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very light golden color with light carbonation and a frothy white head that falls quickly.

The smell is of wet grain with earthy undertones.

Taste is initially crisp with a lingering bitterness. The hop flavor is mild with herbal and floral notes. Relatively subtle taste with good crisp malt flavors; well balanced.

The mouthfeel is light and clean as it should be.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard German 500mL macro brown bottle and standard label.

Appearance: one-finger fluffy white head that quickly dissipates, the body is crystal golden yellow.

Aroma: sweet grainy malts and some citric hops. Definitely smells refreshing and inviting.

Taste: transfers from the nose - those sweet pale biscuit malts, those citric hops and some faint earthy flavours.

Aftertaste: the more interesting flavours back off, to leave those more typical lager grains. Impressively, No metallic fug - very clean indeed. Good for a lager.

Mouth feel: medium-bodied with a lighter carbonation than the standard American or Australian lagers. Works well as it has more flavour and doesn't need to blast it across with higher carbonation.

Overall: very good quality lager, I thought it must have been a light ale or a pilsener. AU$80 a case for 2 x 500mL - not bad value at all for such a good quality lager.

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Photo of shambeano
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear golden yellow with about 1 cm of head that slowly dies down to a whisper. looks alright.

S- bready malts straight up, touch of yeast, but malt dominates the smell, nice.

T- again the malt dominates, generally pretty bready but with a touch of sweetness. very small amount of hop in there to round it off but no particular flavour jumps out. very very tiny amount of bitterness at the end. not bad, but pretty plain.

M- light and pretty spritzy carbonation bounces around the mouth, slightly dry end.

D- the flavours are pleasant but nothing really jumps out, pretty rounded, the slightly dry finish just makes you want to have another sip. a very easy drinker and would be a very good session beer.

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Photo of torchedpunk
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the regulars on my line up. Spaten Premium is great from the bottle or from the sweet mini keg, what ever you can find it in it's worth sharing.

Appearance- Great example of a Helles Lager, very light in color, darker then a pilsner but not by much, pours a quick settling head with light character and has constant bubble movement.

Smell- pretty basic as far as what I consider a light beer, majority of the aroma is malt, I can't really pick up any hoppyness but it's a light lager not an IPA.

Taste- The taste is great for the quick pick beer, if you don't want a dubbel or a stout or any heavy malt or an offending arrogant bastard IPA this is the great beer of balance. Very simple taste, subtle malt, light yeast, almost no bitterness, nice balance.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, same consistency as water, light and no where near offensive.

Drinkability- This rates perfect as far as drinkability goes, its so basic it can't go wrong. Nothing offensive and no problem drinking this all night. I have no problem welcoming this guy into my house once a month for a safe bet berr.

I am a very strong supporter of all Spaten works. They make great beer and this is their way of a balanced smooth light beer. The Premium evens out their line up as far as intensity goes, holding the reins of the Optimator. Safe bet as you'll ever get, the way to go for a great simple beer, that doesn't taste like a macro corn brew from the cheap bud and coors.

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Photo of Acforster2
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mobyfann
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $8.99 for a build your own six-pack at Wild Oats...

The beer pours a clear, light golden base with a nice large white head, good retention and nice lacing effects the entire way. The aroma isn't too noteworthy, starts off with a pale grain and ends with a little floarl tone.

The taste is what to expect from a Muinch lager, nothing heavy but smooth. It's got a nice grainy taste to it, but it's only a one-dimensional beer. The mouthfeel is very good, light in the mouth smooth to the palette and a nice release complement this beer well. The drinkability is where this beer shines. One wouldn't notice this as a 5.2% and not detect alcohol, and even with that this is a beer I could drink every day and plenty of as well.

Final Thought: Germany has the most drinkable mainstream beers with Spaten and Warsteiner leading, and Krombacher and Konig-Pilsener while in Germany itself.

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Photo of beakerboy
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ultimate Brew Crew Jul '06 - German Lagers

A: Straw yellow with a solid white head. There is good lacing left behind on the glass.

S: There are plesent malt and citrus aromas.

T: Slight bitterness with malt sweetness dominating

M: Somewhat light for my pallete, but good for a european lager.

D: Quite drinkable. Better than most lagers.

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Photo of Scribbles
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- An atractive clear golden colour, with decent 1 1/2 finger head( 2 if you try for it)

S- A hint of skunk from the first bit of each bottle that seemed to go away pretty fast. Otherwise a decent hop smell.

T- Like a good German beer should taste with a bit more malt than usual which makes it interesting.

M- dry hop finish with a bit of malt.

D- Definitely easy to drink a few of these any time, especially if you enjoy a good crisp beer,

Last note, I would say its best to drink these not too long after you get them, the last one of my pack had skunked before I got to it(a couple of weeks time). besides that its a decent beer.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale straw hue with light head. The aroma was primarily light malt, faint hops, and although it's hard to describe, it smells of decent quality and modesty. The flavor is of a creamy malt and a very light hops. Again, this is simplicity incarnate, and the flavors are in a nice harmony. Easy and pleasant on the palate. This would be easy to pair, and is light-hearted, yet delicious.

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