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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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Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of geexploitation
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very clear and bright gold, with a fluffy, thick head that's perfectly white. The aroma is quite zesty with spicy German hops and some nice bread crust notes. Some sweet cooked grain notes make their way in as well. On the palate, big carbonation first off, along with some sharply bitter, almost gritty hop oils that are laid over an extremely smooth pale malt base that almost defines "bready". Mouthfeel is quite nice, as the beer hits both its smooth and rough notes, with the only off note being some carbonation that is perhaps overzealous. Overall, this is an excellent helles.

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Photo of putnam
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sunny golden liquid. The first bottle, curiously had no pressure and the beer was almost flat. The second was fine, with a vigorous, creamy head.
The nose is deliriously rich with toasted, caramel white egg-bread fragrances. Impossibly deep, it elicits a nostalgia for the alley between the great breweries of Munich. A wealth of honey and wholesome white bread.
On the palate it is decidedly firm, with a solid cold grip of baked grain and mineral. Easy malty sweetness reigns over the soft, bubbly mousse...the only structural check offered, as there is no acidity or burnt bitterness to speak of. Perhaps a little top heavy or "soapy" but a lovely little lager nonetheless.

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Photo of musicman575
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Spaten has this big beer stigma about it that makes me avoid drinking it when there are other options. I went against my instincts and got some anyway.

Poured three 12-oz bottles into a 1-liter vintage clay Spaten Mug, pouring the last one a bit harder to make some foam. I still had trouble getting much foam out, but I didn't really expect much.

It has that good ol' German grainy smell with a bit of hops to it. I don't know why I was surprised to find it really didn't smell like cheap beer to me.

I loved the way it drank. I didn't try to pace myself since I could enjoy all of its goodness in large gulps. Not even close to the most flavorful fancy beer in the world, but it sure does have a jolly spirit!


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Photo of Offa
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good, solid helles, but not near the top. It has zesty, light hoppy bitterness on a nice bready, malty base.

Bright gold, it has a medium, creamy white head that steadily shrinks to a thin wispy top and leaves only a faint hint of lace.

The aroma has a strong bready-grain character, with flowery-herbal hops. It has a lot of bread and herbs with a hint of lemon.

The taste s zesty with bread and herbs with some toasted grain and lemon. It's somewhat soft and creamy, yet zesty, lightly sweet with a faint hop bite, and a crisp, almost tangy, faintly lemony-herbal finish. It's quite drinkable, but not nearly as good as some others.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at a local biergarten

Summer calls for lagers and this one hit the spot. One of the best helles lagers i've had. Full flavor, light body. Wish they didn't sell this in green bottles, i'd be buying it all the time.

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Photo of Brenden
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow in color with lots of brightness through its completely clear body, this beer develops a soft clean white head on top that peaks at just less than one finger. It holds up pretty well and manages sturdy patching that eventually drops to spotting but continues to cling pretty well.
Grains up front hold with a pale malt with a lemony tang that's balanced by some grass and herb hops notes.
A lightly sweet beer is kept in check by a dry/doughy biscuit malt, some green grape and red apple mostly. Lemon comes in to add another dimension with zest, and the hops are grassy and herbal as in the nose.
This beer is light, clean and refreshing all around. It has a strong carbonation that isn't allowed to get out of control even with a crispness that never stops biting; as such, it's fluffy in the mouth while biting. It has just a little dryness to balance the feel. It starts off grainy but ends clean.

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Photo of BierManVA
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine golden colored crisp lager. A little weak on the smell, (no skunk, like a good Lager shouldn't) but, I drink bier for the flavor and punch. A very smooth bier but with a nice after taste. Meaning, 'swallow the bier and enjoy'. Not overly carbonated but a very good lacy head.

"Lass Dir raten, trinke Spaten" = "Left to your advice, drink Spaten..."

An excellent Munich macro with drinkability, Especially at the price. Easy to see why they are part of the Big Six.

I highly recommend it. I mean...What else do you want from a Lager Bier?


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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at T. Phillips Alehouse in "downtown" Glendora, CA. Served in a 23oz mug.
Appearance: clear yellow color with a lumpy white head that was quite durable thanks to the abundant carbonation. Nice rings of lace clung to the walls of the glass.
Nose: notes of hayfields, dusty grains and biscuity malts. Light aroma of herbal hops.
Taste: good balance here. Solid malt bill that has a biscuity flavor overlays a mild dusty grain tasste. Finishes with a slight herbal and grassy hops bite that's nicely in balance with the malt side of the equation.
Feel: light, crisp, and refreshing.
Overall, I think I just might want to go back for more of this. Spaten Premium Lager has struck a good balance between the malt and hops profiles and is very easy drinking. Worth sending down your soup cooler.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a fluted glass.

A - clear, golden color with a fluffy white head.

S - sweet malt and some yeastiness in the aroma.

T - sweet malty taste with just a slight bitterness right before a sweet finish.

M - crisp and light.

D - easy drinking brew.

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Photo of Beerislife652854
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Crystal clear golden yellow w/ medium white head. Slight amount of lacing.

S - Smells like an American lager.

T - Crisp and refreshing.

M - Carbonation is what you would expect in a lager beer.

D - No problems here. Could easily drink many of these.

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Photo of Shaw
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer a lot. I'm already of Spaten's great Optimator and this beer maintains Spaten's reputation.

It looks nice: Pale yellow with a large, puffy white head. The smell is hoppy, grassy and grainy.

The taste first begins with light flavors of toasted malt and ends with a nice hop bitterness and flavor. This is good stuff. It's very refreshing.

The body is light and easy to swallow, just as expected. This beer is very easy to drink and is a great session beer, as are most German lagers, for some reason. ;-)

Overall this is a fine lager and good for when you're looking for something good to drink on a hot day or when you don't want a really heavy hitter.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a crystal clear golden yellow with bubbly white head that leaves behind tons of lace

S-mostly grains and sweet hops,very clean and almost sterile like

T-sweet corn taste upfront with a wonderful hop presence that is earthy and helps add a nessesary dimension to this otherwise simple brew

M-light body that is'nt watery at all,medium carbonation,finishes nice and clean

D-refreshing and a little more flavor than your average Pils or Lager

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Photo of jackndan
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Premium: Very nice example of the classic German taste. Pale golden beer with a pure white head. The aroma reminded me of skunk, but the taste of the beer was anything but. Sweet taste, with a pleasant sour follow through and a hoppy dry, absolutely clean finish. Very nice and very drinkable.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a normal style for me, so take with a grain of salt..

Pours light color, good carbonation.
Smell is typical skunky euro lager
Taste is very good, best ive tried of this style. Reminds me of a cleaner heineken
Feel is good, crushable.
Overall, nice beer for style. Will drink again

Preferred it out of bottle than poured

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a no freshness date.

Appearance: Glistening golden straw colour holds a decent white lace for some time.

Smell: Crisp graininess with a lemon back and some faint grape tannin as well, a touch grassy from the hops and very clean.

Taste: Fluffy crispness lifts the tongue to feel all of the tiny bubbles, a mild biscuity malt shows some grape tannin off … this show the quality of the brew by the choice malt it was brewed with. Graininess hits with a light bready and faintly lemon note, hops round everything out and seems to clean things up nicely. Long lingering grain and hop finish leaves a trail of dryness.

Notes: One of the originals and some what underrated in my opinion, this brew has no problem pairing with a plate of knock and bratwurst with a tangy kraut and some German potato salad.

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Photo of McD0uche
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This beer has the typical lager appearance in that it is golden, visibly carbonated, and produces a nice frothy head. Nothing spectacular here, although it does look fresh and appetizing.

S: Malts make up the majority of the smell profile. Some grassy and floral notes are mixed in. Reminds me of olives.

T: Wow. It possesses the lager flavor, but there's something more there. The flavor is more full and rounded than other lagers, if that makes any sense. The skunky, malty bitterness is present, but doesn't overpower.

M: Light bodied, crisp, and finishes dry. Superb.

O: Here we see a high quality beer that encompasses everything I look for in a lager. It hits all the high notes you expect out of a quality lager--the very qualities that are absent from mainstream lagers popular in America today. I will stock up on these around the summer months, as something this refreshing can't be passed up.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a very nice golden clear. Nice bubbles with a thin white head. No lacing.

Aroma is nice. Grassy and pilsner like. Nice German hop aroma.

Taste is clean. It has a nice grassy taste with a slight maltiness and a nice hop flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Nice carb.

Overall I like this a bit better than the Hacker-Pschorr I just had. Much more cleaner and crisp with a nice hop flavor.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pils glass

The smell is of sweet grass with some fresh grass and a tpuch of fruitiness. No Euro skunk here.

The taste is of fresh, sweet malt balanced by oily, slightly fruity hops. Light, clean refreshing finish.

It has a nice body for the style. Very smooth.

For a green bottled Euro this is very nice. Holds up well. Nice taste with a smooth, refreshing feel. Good choice for a "session".

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle. Consumed at a Christmas party with assortment of other beers.

Straw yellow color with white head. Impressive lacing.

Malts. There are some faint hops here, and maybe some citrus.

Great taste and mouthfeel. There is a good balance with the malts and hops (the hops are barely noticeable) and it works well with the carbonation. Medium body.

Very drinkable. Especially after you've had many other beers in a holiday party environment. Don't get carried away though.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. green glass bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a pale golden body with intense clarity. One finger fizzy looking white head that quickly dies down to a ring of foam clinging to the edge of the glass and scattered wisps of foam in the middle. No real lacing left behind.

Fruity lager scent, some faint grain, and grassy hops in the nose.

Taste follows smell with a fruity lager fragrance, some bready yeast, some grain, grassy and slightly peppery hop finish.

The mouthfeel is light, smooth, creamy on the bigger sips, and clean with a nice crisp finish. Quite refreshing.

So easy to drink. One of the best widely available lagers in my books.

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Photo of deanhead
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored with very little head. Aroma is floral and spicy. Very clean smelling, (in good way)
Taste is bitter up front, and then has a crisp and extremely dryfinish. Mouthfeel is light. This is a really great example of the classis style, it better be since it's made by the Germans!
This is a real easy drinker. Would go well with spicy foods or meat.
This would be a good standy to keep in the fridge.

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Straw yellow beer with a nice two finger head which dissipates slowly, nice soapy action.

S: Hops a clean wheaty nose

T: Rich nutty malt up front, cleansing mid taste and a good amount of hops come through at the end. Not much floral or citrus to them.

M: FInish is good, long lasting light bodied.

D: Great easy drinking all around lager.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; light gold colored; less than a one finger white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; little lacing;

S: sweet malt; grainy; a little skunky;

T: pilsner malt, cheerios; light hop flavor and low bitterness on the finish;

M: clean, crisp; medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a little light struck, but still a really nice beer;

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Photo of DFUKNB
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. If I see this on tap then its a must buy. Locally I only know of 2 places that carry it on tap. I have purchased it in bottle but It seems to not do it for me.

Overall I highly recommend this one. Great starter if you arrive late and want to catch up to your friends lame-o beers lol.

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Photo of bier_uber_alles
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the beer has an average appearance. Nothing that would stand out in any persons mind as unique.

smell is of strong malt and grass. very pleasant.

taste substantially overlaps with the scent. Taste comrpises flavors of grass, toasted malt, etc.

mouthfeel is agreeable. carbonation is mild, bubbles are small. Leaves the mouth feeling a bit wet.

overall, this brew is not very complicated. It's straight forward and easy to appreciate. Perfect all year round.,

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