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

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Ratings:
1,434
Reviews:
610
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.17%
 
 
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Photo of torchedpunk
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mobyfann
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.5%
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 +3.5%
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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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grainy and biscuit malts plus grassy and spicy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has initial flavors of grain and biscuits followed by spices from the hops in the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very well balanced between the malt and hops and is also quite easy to drink.

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Photo of Eman17
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

500ml bottle

A- Golden, a bit less pale than usual, perfect see-through. Quite small but enough persistent white and very small bubbled head. Little and not persistent lacing

S- Pilsnerish. Fresh herbal notes are what first comes to mind, malts are quite on the low side if compared to most Hells but they bring a light but very clean biscuit aroma. Some lemon undernotes might be noticed

T- Very rich and complex for the style. Malts are very delicate, giving a smooth biscuity flavour. Hops are quite strong with lemon and some fresh herbal notes: i think i can clearly recognize saaz, but there may be some more. The best thing about hops is that they can be felt not only on the tongue, they also bring freshness on the back of the palate. Super clean finish

M- Carbonation is vivid and has the beer feeling quite rich on the palate. It does not get aggressive cause the persistent and fluffy head gives the mouthfeel a very soft feel. This is still not enough to competely hide a quite too light body

O- Very refreshing and an easy drinker; very rich taste for the style though

I was a huge fan of Spaten Hell when i started drinking good beer some 3/4 years ago. In tasting it again after quite a long time i was expecting a bit of a letdown. I'm instead very glad, this is one the best Hells out there

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light straw color with a smallish head... light lacing.

The first whiff smelled just like essence of skunk in a bottle! It's the same scent I get from Heineken, Stella Artois, and other euro lagers. Someone please explain where the odor comes from... it's very unappetizing to me!

Taste is similar to smell, but adds a metallic bitterness that only serves to heighten the unpleasantness.

Mouthfeel seems fine... I'm too disturbed by the previous points to really focus!

IMO, it's really hard to down much of this. At least the American macro-lagers have little flavor at all; better than the offensive flavors I get from this beer! I really think I need an education in euro-lagers... either my taste buds can't appreciate these flavors, or I'm getting a bunch of skunky beers every time I try one.

ADD. - After drinking an entire sixer I realize that some of these were obviously light-struck, as at least a couple were very nice without the "off" skunky flavors.

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color. Had a 2 finger head with an aggressive pour and the head disappeared quickly.

Has a light aroma with grains apparent. You notice small amounts of malt and hops.

A typical German lager that is smooth and grainy with a nice amount of hops to finish. Spaten is crisp and a little sweet.

A pleasant and flavorful lager. Good carbonation and light-bodied. No surprise since it's a lager.

Spaten or other Euro/German lagers or pilsners are good change of pace beers on a nice warm, day. Was perfect compliment to grilled Italian Sausage brats and asparagus.

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Photo of Dkline39
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cwkash
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bryanweppner-123
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale, looks almost watered-down. Head quickly fades to nothing.

S: Mildly grassy and hoppy notes. Also hints of skunkiness. I know I'm not supposed to review tainted beers, but brewers know better than to put their beer in green bottles, so screw 'em.

T: In a word, mild. Mild malt, mild hops. I don't mean to imply that it's indistinguishable from alcoholic seltzer water like an American macro. There's plenty of flavor, but it's more subdued. So it's not a symphony of flavors exploding in your mouth. It's more like a string quartet playing tastefully and inobtrusively in the background at a garden party.

M: Probably the lightest beer I've ever had that was any good. A bit too carbonated.

D: There are better German lagers, but it's still an excellent example of the style. It's really easy to put down a bunch of these in a single sitting.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grape juice, and some slightly skunky aromas that disappear after the pour. Taste is of sweet malt/grain and some grape juice and fruity flavors. There is a slight hop bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. There is a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good and easy to drink lager that is pretty refreshing.

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

Crystal clear and light gold with a short white cap of fine and rocky bubbles. The head quickly settled to a collar, leaving behind streaky lace. Hoppy aroma, spicy with notes of sulfur and lemons, almost floral. Malt was quite mild. Light bitterness allowed delicate malt sweetness and spicy hops to cover the palate. Short finish of malt and hops. Crisp and dry, light bodied with average plus carbonation. I liked this quite a bit, even though I'm not partial to the sulfury hop notes. A slight bit more bitterness would have made it a little more refreshing, but it's a minor quibble.

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

Wow, great lager

appearance: light yellow

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, clear greata taste

mouthfeel: good carbonation

drinkability: very easy and smooth.

Great overall lager. Perfect to switch the bud drinkers over to.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A pretty boring pour: yellow and clear, a finger's worth of head. Very translucent with a lot of carbonation present. It left some sticky lace behind, but not much. After the head dissipated it left a little bubbly ring around the edges. The nose was a typical lager/pils ; grain, soda crackers, perhaps a little lemon. It tasted like white bread, malt, some crunchy crackers. The backend was dry with a balance of sweet. Very crisp and light mouthfeel; smooth. I liked it for a good summer lager! I'll smash a few of these, yo!

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

Poured a clear, pale gold with two fingers of bright white head. Sweet, grainy aroma with a touch of grass.

Moderate carbonation and a full, crisp mouthfeel. Biscuity grain up front followed by a bit of malty sweetness, a hint of corn, and lightly spicy bitterness on the tail end.

Balanced and refreshing. Solid.

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

Presentation - Green bottle with no best by date.

A - Crystal clear pale straw yellow in color topped by an ample one finger bright white head.

S - A bit of skunk in the nose, likely as a result of being bottled in a green bottle. Once you get past the skunk, you can smell a grainy body with perhaps a touch of lemon rind.

T & M - Light malt and grain are accented by some citric notes and a very tiny hop bitterness toward the end. Thin to medium bodied and it finishes supremely clean and crisp. A little coarse on the tongue from the carbonation.

D - I find that this is a very easy beer to drink...this glass is nearly finished by the end of my review. I wish it weren't bottled in green bottles to help combat some of that skunk...I would love to try this one on tap! I wish all beer finished as clean and crisp.

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Photo of Exner83
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now this is a brew!

Bouquet's one of subdued malt and uber-faint hops. Appearance is average enough - we're talking solid lager goodness: You got your generous foamy head, alriight--and above-average retention.

Then comes the flavor! In-and-out, straight-forward... WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU, MA'AM. (And this beer is a lady, indeed.) You got your fizzy tightness and up-front malts--basic but lovely. An even-keel body and a drying hop finish, and there you have it: It's a trademark lager. Finish is a skosh meaner than your common macro, and a bit kinder than the zest of a Pilsner Urquell, for instance. I think I'm tasting an oh-so slight, perfumy fusel note toward the end.

Anyway, A plebian people-pleaser from the kind Teutons at Spaten!

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500 mL can picked up at the LCBO; BB date June 2012. Pours a bright, almost fluorescent yellow colour, topped with one finger of white head that has dissipated to a patchy cap and collar within a few minutes. The aroma is rather subdued but generally pleasant; bready malts with some grass and lemony citrus notes.

Not bad. Slightly sweet doughy-cracker malts are the first flavour I pick up, but this leads into some grassy, slightly spicy hop bitterness toward the finish. A bit of lemon zest; excellent balance between the malt and hops with neither overpowering the other. Highly carbonated, a bit much for my liking, with a medium-to-light body. Thirst-quenching and highly refreshing.

It's been a while since I last reviewed a Munich lager, but this one instantly reminded me why I should seek out this style more often - perfect balance, crisp and refreshing, with enough flavour to keep me interested for the whole session. Definitely worth a try; a supremely well-made lager.

[Updated Jan. 3 2014]

Another can, this time compared with the other Munich lagers available locally (Lowenbrau and Hacker Pschorr Munich Gold). I really don't think I gave this stuff enough credit last time - it is just an absolutely superb lager, and easily the best Munich Helles I've ever had (and I have had it probably more often than any other German brew). Smooth and refreshing, with a delicately balanced flavour that I greatly prefer over most domestic pale lagers and many imports. This one wins the three-way showdown by a hair, but the Hacker Pschorr is also very high-quality and a good substitute.

Final Grade: 3.79, a respectable B+.

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Photo of tang214
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked this beer. I gave it an average on appearance because I drank it straight from the bottle this night. I have had it before in a pub but cannot remember it or much else from that night. It has a slightly wheaty-malt aroma with good rich hops. The taste was very crisp and refreshing and mellows excellently as it warms up. It has a sweet and malty taste and feels great going down the throat. I found it very drinkable. It was easy to drink even at the end of a night of moderate partying.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1D
Light golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Rich bready pilsner malt with a hint of carmelization and some light fruity notes. DMS was quite evident upon first pour but seems to have mostly dissipated. Light floral hop aroma. The flavor is rich toasty sweet bready caramel maltiness with a hint of light sweet fruit. Light earthy spicy hop flavor with a light level of hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet rich malty mouthfeel. Nice flavorful malt forward beer. The DMS was a bit heavy at first, I'm glad that went away. I could drink many of these given half a chance.

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,434 ratings.
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