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:
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Added by Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,417
Reviews:
606
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
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Photo of whiplash3825
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cwkash
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bryanweppner-123
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelO
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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%
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%
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%
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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Photo of staubot
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Captain68
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Axnjxn
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a guinness pint glass.

Pours a crisp golden color with a 1 inch white head. Nice fruity, refreshing smell. you know this beer will go down smooth. Taste is as anticipated from the nose, lemony with a perfect mix of hops and malts. a tad bitter, very good. on the lighter side of medium bodied and the lighter side of medium on the carbonation.

Overall just a good, enjoyable beer. Nothing world class but it's just solid and a brew I think almost any kind of palate would enjoy.

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Photo of mdunman
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy gold pouts a big white head and has plenty of linger.

S: Hint of malt and a sharp tinge of bitter, lemony hops

T: Smooth biscuit up front with a transition to the lemony hops and a calm finish.

M: Light body, good carbonation and a smooth feel

Very enjoyable. Crisp, smooth and a good amount of flavor for such a simple beer. I'll make sure to get some more of these on some hot summer days.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A rich golden-yellow color with a decently sized frothy and creamy white head. Retention is above average, and there is some solid lacing. Active carbonation bubbles.

S: Clean grains, some faintly grassy hops. Light lemon and white grape scents as well.

T: Somewhat sweet and grainy, with herbal and lemony hops. Some grape as well.

M: Crisp and very clean. Medium-to-light body, with a slightly astringent finish.

D: This is good, if a bit run-of-the-mill. Quite drinkable, this would be easy to session.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Crisp clear yellow with a very thin white head and no real retention or lacing.

S- Grassy grain smell with light accents of hops and grapes

T- Malty grassy hops with a decent amount of carbonation. Maybe a touch of corn and grapes.

M- Dry and light with a sharp clean finish and some acidity but not too much

D- Overall a pretty nice lager worth drinking again.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light yellow body, with a steady stream of fine bubbles rushing to the creamy white head. Looks perfect in my Perfect Pint glass.

Sweet toasty malt, fresh baked bread, and grassy hops form the bouquet.

Palate is grainy wheat cracker, toasted malty sweetness, and a grassy, mildly skunky hops on the finish.

Crisp, light, highly carbonated and very smooth.

A classic German lager, the kind thst makes you yearn for a liter sized boot to drink it from. Simple, but well done.

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Photo of Mayhem976
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden fizzy color, I've had this on tap and bottle. The head that comes out of the tap is huge, out of the bottle ...not so much.

S- Hoppy semi skunky smell, I pick up oats and barley as well.

T- I get hops and alot of grains, finishes off with a slight sweet aftertaste. I'm not a golden beer drinker but this stuff is pretty darn good. I go to a German restaurant here in Colorado and get it on tap in a 2L boot (das boot).

M- Thin, fizzy, and watery.

D- Eight bucks a six pack this stuff goes down real smooth, it appears to me like a Bud or Coors (American domestic) but when I gulp it down I know it's much more than just that. I'm a dark heavy beer drinker but when I'm looking for something light, golden, and semi inexpensive ...I'll reach for this lager.

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,417 ratings.
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