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

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)
BA SCORE
3.69/5
1,439 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#29,445
Reviews:
612
Ratings:
1,439
pDev:
14.09%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
231
Trade:
0
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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: lager yeast, malts,

taste: crisp, clean, some hop character and malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: a refreshing lager enjoyed this in the baking sun and it was much needed. if you need a crisp clean beer go for it.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of johntandlich
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ElGuapo
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

quality munich lager. goes down great, a bit light and very smooth. it is not up there with the hacker-pschorr, but it is a fine example of a good german brew

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Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Theniz
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of JamesGWittel
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Amp
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of conoraugustine
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hoptician
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ortie
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ElijahRivera
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of pheelingIt
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of kornkid8600
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of dgherm
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Premo88
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: gold, clear, not much of a head but tons of bubbles in the column; with a super hard pour, the head reached about 1-inch of wispy white foam that evaporates quickly -- big soapy bubbles on top

S: some green/grassy hop notes with a bit of bread malt sweetness ... grain, sweet grain, sour grain; has a slight skunkiness but not too bad

T: mostly bread malt and water ... it really has a watered-down taste ... a pinch of hops but not overly bitter; the hops taste more like black pepper/earth than those greener hops in the nose

F: average ... again, a bit watery

O: far from terrible, far from great ... it's not a beer I'll buy again because we import so much better from the region, but it's also a serviceable helles with an interesting hop mix of grass in the nose and black pepper on the tongue

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Photo of biegaman
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bier Markt, in Toronto.

The beer's colour straddles that line between dark yellow and medium gold; it is spotlessly clear, to be sure, but has an untypically intense, thick tone, one that implies more flavour and body than the average North American lager. The beer is well insulated: two fingers worth of soapy, white suds create a dense seal between the liquid and my lips.

The brewer saw no need to dress up the aroma and neither do I. Sure, it is ordinarily simple and plain, but every bit as pleasant. Clean Pils malt dominates the nose, providing a reasonable graininess as well as a spattering of sweetness. Sniffing this all night would be monotonous but beers like this are not meant for ceaseless smelling anyways...

They're meant for drinking! And the brewery has done everything to make this beer serviceable for doing just that. At your disposal is a clean, relatively tasteless maltiness that is appreciated most for its unwilted graininess. The absence of hops leaves scantly a dash of bitterness and the beer slides down the throat like a more substantial water.

The maltiness is so clean, in fact, that there is absolutely no lingering taste. None! You start to understand why Germans don't serve these lagers in anything less than a full pint (if not a 2 liter stein!) and why they drink so much of it. I could easily have gone for one of those huge steins (it helps that I happened to be sitting on a sunny patio at the time.)

It's not easy to claim this beer as being anything other than an ordinary, conventional kind of lager but that doesn't mean it isn't owed some acknowledgments. For one, clean and appreciably malty beers like this are not commonplace in North America. I wish domestic macro brewers shared the same standards as their German counterparts.

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Photo of jp32
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden color with a brilliant pure bright white head. It appears to be very bubbly and highly carbonated. It smells of smellls of hops and seems kind of grainy. The taste is impressive, the bitter hops are pronounced well at first, yet not too overwhelming at all. Tastes great. The mouthfeel is great as well, it doesnt quite seem to have that light-bodied feel to it that I expected. Above average pilsener by my standards.

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Photo of JVan
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Labeled "Spaten Lager", I had this beer on tap with a pizza, served in a frosted pint.

The beer pours a golden, light yellow with just a film of head. The aroma has faint, lemony hops to it that saves it from complete plainness. Other than that, this is a completley plain and clean lager. No off aromas or adjuncts detectable. Nice, but not all that impressive.

The taste is very straightforward. There is very little bitterness or sweetness. Lemon comes through a tiny bit again, as does some white bread. Very dry. Wasn't interesting enough for me to order another one, but drinkable enough.

I'm not really familiar with the style, and I had no idea what style this beer was when I ordered it, so all scores are judged against standard Euro lagers.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw yellow with a foamy head that quickly fades away. Looks like apple juice after a while.

Smells of grassy, bready malts, some slight citrus derived from the hops.

Tastes like you're typical Munich lager, I've had many like this, not very unique. It's getting harder to really differentiate between these european lagers. That being sad it does have a nice hop character balanced by a nice sweetness.

Very refreshing and enjoyable, but nothing I would really buy again.

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Photo of Winston_Smith
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The straw color was a bit darker in this lager. There's very little head, which fades quickly.

Smell: The first scent upon opening the bottle was a hoppy skunkiness (not in a bad way). There's a sweet odor too, maybe honey. Some mild lacing is present.

Taste: Very crisp and clean with some of the earlier mentioned skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: Very light and bubbly with an almost dry after-feel.

Overall: Spaten Premium Lager is a decent beer to try. It's not my favorite style, but I could see myself getting an itch that this style could scratch on occasion. I don't think I would buy it the majority of the time, however. It's a good lighter choice for when you don't want to sacrifice taste like some other *cough*Americanmacrolagers*cough* light choices.

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,439 ratings
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