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:
1,417
Reviews:
606
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
225
For Trade:
0
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of ffboooboo
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance-Light yellow constant bubbles rising from the white head that fades thin but remains.

Smell- big aroma here but I’m not sure what I’m smelling

Taste-clean malty flavor a bit of bitterness background ending a bit tart

Mouthfell-Thin watery

Drinkabilty- I like it but I’m unfamiliar with the style. Not bad but I would not seek another at this time. Need to try more than revisit this one.

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Photo of mmilyko
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of GatorCoop
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of crosbyms
2.76/5  rDev -25%

Photo of BeerSnobery
2.76/5  rDev -25%

Photo of gbarron
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft from a shared pitcher at Dr. Dremo's in Arlington, Va.

A - bright golden yellow, deep color. Head is bright white but dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. No head retention at all.

S - sweet malt. Some DMS. Very little hop aroma, some slight spicy, noble hop aroma there, but malt dominates. Bready.

T - overwhelmingly sweet. Very sweet malt flavor predominates, followed by some yeasty notes, some graininess. Very little hop flavor or backbone to balance out the sweet pils malt flavor. Some earthy noble hop flavor but not much. Sweet flavor of corn, grains, sugar. Yuck.

M - thin, but highly carbonated and filling. Sweet but not sticky.

D - wow, very unimpressed with this offering from what I consider to be a great brewery. Love Optimator and love their Oktoberfest, but this 'traditional' lager leaves a lot to be desired - particularly the presence of any hops. Not sure if this beer is trying to be more of a pils or helles, but either way pass this by.

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Photo of Machoo
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Decent. Much prefer ales. Not biggest fan of Helles.

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Photo of Amalak
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had a bottle of this beer. Extremely clear yellow, to the point that it looks like water with a slight bit of food coloring. Average foamy head that dissipates quickly.

This tastes more like a Pilsner than a lager to me. Bitter if not stale. It is very easy to drink, but doesn't offer much. The initial taste wears off quickly, leaving a highly unimpressive beer.

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2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale metallic gold, clear colour but the slightest hint of haze. Slow carbonation bead trailing up to a snowy white head that's sunk to a thin film, leaving some nice sticky lacing around. Looks quite good, I guess.

Smells grainy, with a sweet alcohol kind of aroma. Pearl barley notes with a touch of honey and some corn characters as well. Some unpleasant bready notes but a fairly pleasant hop character backing up with some earthy sourness. Not enough, though, to cover that yeasty note. Not bad, but bland.

Taste is a little unpleasant at times. Mild maltiness on the front with some barley and corn balanced with a touch of honey. This evolves into bready grain on the mid with a yeasty note that doesn't last. Finish is largely phenolic with a real medicinal hop character. Too pungent, really, to be overly clean and doesn't contrast well enough to knock out the sweetness which continues to the finish. Once I adjust to the flavour, it becomes a milder but it could be a lot cleaner and better balanced.

Feels alright in the mouth, there is a spice to the back, body is a bit over-full and could be crisper, but sits quite well with me otherwise.

Yeah, palatable enough once you get over that medicinal finish. But nothing special.

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2.84/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Intense golden yellow color, quite carbonated, with an average foam, not very longstanding.
Definte malty notes in the smell, with some biscuit.
Same for the taste, malty, but with a secondary light hint of hop.
Honest beer, easily drinkable.
Same notes again in the aftertaste, with strong maltness, biscuit, and some hop.

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Photo of Raime
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Lager glass. Pours a dark yellow in color with a three finger head. Quite nice I guess though nothing special. Pretty much smells of any other lager, Including Adjuncts with some strong skunkiness coming through. Taste is realistically no better than a PBR, Except with some very slight fruitiness. The mouthfeel is pretty much the same as the taste. With no additional flavors coming through, However it is not harsh at all. Overall, It's a pretty average beer. Nothing worth buying in my opinion, I got the bottle for free so I cannot complain

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2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear light golden beer, a white head leaving some lacing.

A rather weak smell, some malty/sweet notes.

The taste has bread notes, sweet corn flakes, some lemon acidity and a metallic bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, an un-complex body.

Descent, but not very compelling to me.

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2.92/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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2.92/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of SamN
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light honey tones with a nice soapy but looser head on top. Color is rather pale, not too rich with almost no visible carbonation whatsoever. Aroma is a sour/metal hoppiness. Faint adjunct-like maltiness; huskiness, vegetably. Not great. Taste is balanced, no side overpowers the other, but this makes for a sort of boring beer, lacking character. Faint finish on cracker malts, hops bitterness is quite low. Mouthfeel is right on target, not too thin in body, good pilsen structure.

Overall, a pretty boring German lager. Not much character to it, flavors are subdued to the point of being almost unnoticeable. Compared to the Paulaner pils I reviewed yesterday, this is a German Budweiser.

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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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