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
Reviews:
604
Ratings:
1,412
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.17%
 
 
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Photo of Roguer
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spaten premium is a classic German lager. The challenge is finding it on draft, or a non-skunked bottle.

Crisp, clean, with a slightly sweet malt profile. Floral hops provide just enough balancing bitterness to make this a smooth overall beer.

As far as standard lagers go, this one is very tough to beat.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful golden color and crisp/clear. Pure whiteness on the head. beauty.

Nose is fairly faint but has a straw with a bit of cereal grain.

Palate is simply clean, dry, crisp, and overall fairly refreshing. I'm sure this would quench a hard earned thirst after lawn mowing duties on a summer afternoon.

Finish has a touch of malt sweetness.

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Photo of Redrover
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle with no freshness dating.

Poured into a glass, the beer is light gold with a dense white head. You will notice extremely active carbonation.

The aroma is of malts, straw, and floral hops.

The taste is brisk with some slight hop bitterness. The beer is slightly sweet with a grainy taste that is accented by a honey like flavor. The hops are slightly more prominent in the aftertaste.

The mouth is crisp and sleek. This is an easy drinker and is very easy to pair with food.

I had the good fourtune of drinking this several times in the Spaten Haus which is the Breweries showcase pub and restaurant in Munich. Glad to see this beer travels so well to the States!

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Photo of Pegasus
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dazzlingly clear straw gold color with a large white head, decent carbonation, and lots of sticky lace. Aroma carries a slightly sweet bready note as well as mild hops, completely free of lager skunk, probably due to the brown glass bottle. Taste begins with a moment of sweetness, followed by solid malt flavors, finishes with lingering mildly bitter citrus hops. The finish is clean and a bit dry. Mouth feel is quite smooth and full, good for the style; the soft carbonation imparts only the slightest tingle. This beer is another textbook example of German brewing quality.

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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 josanguapo
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Hipercor. In Bavaria glass. After dinner. Good maltyness, with more bitterness than usual in the style. Nice mouthfilling feel. Easy drinking. A pity its ugly look, with no foam.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from Reilly's (Lisnaskea - £1.79):
Quite a nice lager without really doing much to stand out from the crowd, being from Germany is almost enough to elevate it above most lagers you're likely to try in the UK but it is by no means a classic. It had enough going for it to keep you interested and the crisp finish was particularly pleasing but it's not a beer I'd go out of my way to track down again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten Munchner Hell poured a lighter amber color, with almost no head. There wasnt much of a smell to it either. It tasted very much like a typical lager, but a bit stronger, and smooth. It like lagers had an easy drinkability. Overall a better lager, easy to drink, a good beer.

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Photo of Kendo
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Body is clear yellow body with a small white head.

S: Light skunkiness is noticeable -- love those green bottles. Also florally hops and a hint of fruit -- ripe green apples, I think.

T: Light pale malts with some fruity sweetness up front. Followed by floral hops and a maybe even a touch of daicetyl. Finishes with a mild, lingering bitterness. Makes it somewhat dry, but there's still plenty of fruity sweetness that lingers underneath. Skunky burps.

M: Light-bodied. Lightly carbonated.

D: A decent drinker but for the skunkiness. Would probably be a lot better on tap.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A light bodied lager. Slightly hoppy and mildly malty. Nice flavor, somewhat fruity. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Light and refreshing

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

Have had this many times, but picked up a bottle recently to review.

Pours a light, gold color. Almost no head. Strange. I didn't remember that. Lacing on glass.

Nice, crisp tasting. A solid session beer. Some malt strains, maybe a hint of citrus (lemon zestiness!), no real yeast or hops presence. Some nice mouthfeel.

Good beer.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a couple shades darker than straw with a thin slick of a head that bears little lacing.
S- Smell is of slightly earthy and grassy aromas, with lingering malt sweetness.
T- Rather crackery flavor, with grassy hops and vague apple peel flavors.
M- Good body to it for style, though I found this one somewhat undercarbed.
D- Light, crisp, refreshing. Very drinkable and unlikely to slow you down. All in all a good helles.

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Photo of ADR
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow-gold color, 1/4 inch head in a Pilsner glass that's decently persistent. Slightly nutty aroma. Light-bodied, malt is unobtrusive but hops are well balanced and lend just a touch of crispness. No annoying skunk. Pleasant finish, a little honey sweetness. I was looking for more grain or nut characteristics. Not a ton of memories here but a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear straw gold. Good amount of bubbles rising from the bottom. Large 2-finger foamy white head. Pretty good retention, and so-so lacing.

Smells pretty astringent. Some corn scents coming through, mixed with some of the floral hops scent.

This tastes like a lager, albeit a good lager. There's nothing here that's that unique. Low hop bitterness. Nice malt backbone. Starts with a slight metallic twang that fades after the first few sips.

Crisp clean brew. Decent amount of carbonation. High drinkable quality, but I'd move on to more flavorful beers after this.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear straw yellow beer with fizzy white head, relatively weak retention. Smell is rich malty and rather sweet. Taste - mineral, malts, lack of hops even for the style. The beer seems not balanced and not carbonated as it must have been.

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Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear and rich gold with fluffy white head. No lacing but quite pretty.

Smell: Apples, lemon, hay and maybe a touch of noble hops.

Taste: Dry malts with an emphasis on apple, grass and hay. Slight spiciness appears at the finish to help balance the beer slightly, but this is mostly about the malts.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body. I would say it has a dry finish but there is a grainy aftertaste that unfortunately gets in the way.

Drinkability: Great German lager for a hot day or as a simple accompaniment to food or friends.

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Photo of rarbring
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
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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Photo of bnes09
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light, transparent straw color. Similar in appearance to apple juice, maybe even a little lighter in color.

Smell is mostly skunky, a little lemon and some mild graininess are detectable.

Not a lot of flavor to behold. Some grains are present and a bit of skunky texture with a mild tartness but not much else is there.

Light-bodied and a low level of carbonation, finishes crisp and clean. Does not provide a distinctive mouthfeel.

Overall, I'm disappointed with this brew and in myself for buying a six-pack of it. It just does not have much to offer. Its light and refreshing but still very average.

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Photo of apasternak
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in Munich, this is another delicious Germany beer. Simple but delicious. I had this beer a lot when I was in Germany and thought it was delicious. Color is not the darkest I've seen in a beer, but was also not the lightest. Clean, full-bodied flavor.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright shiny strong yellow gold. Excellent clarity. Rocky baseball size snow white head rose above the rim. Whisps of lace dot the glass. Inviting.

Aggressive but pleasant grass/hay aroma. Smells noble.

Taste begins with a soft, delicately sweet malt which gently spills across the tongue. Gentle bitter gradually rises to balancethe sweetness, and then overcome it with a pleasant nip, if not a bite, at the swallow. Nothing big nor anything caustic.

Smooth, mouthfeel has what might be called a light fullness. Enough body so its not airy, but not off putting on a hot summer afternoon either.

Drinkability is just what the doctor ordered at a summer party. Tasty as one, doesn't wear out with several.

A good straightforward helles. A big step up from BMC if not quite as interesting as some of the American micro versions. Buy the completely enclosed twelve pack to protect the dreaded green bottles. A nice example of basic quality German beer in the US.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Spicy hops, Saaz is my guess, light clean malt base.

Appearance: Painfully clear golden glass crowned by a cream white head that laced wonderfully

Taste: Sweet clean malt overpowers the noble hop, but finds a peaceful balance. This is a bit off for the style (if this IS a Pils) as I expected more hops, but it’s hard to complain. Taste is clean and clear as the appearance.

Mouthfeel: Lively, on the edge of fizzy carbonation. Dry but lip smacking finish.

Overall: Easy drinking. It has been a couple years since I’ve touched a Spaten, I’m glad I’ve revisited it.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Attractive crisp, clear straw color. Above average sized, light, bubbly, foamy, soapy, white head. Decent retention leaving a thin, whispy lace.

S - Slightly subdued aroma with loads of grainy malt and some bready aroma as well. Some grassy Noble hops. Not bad but nothing spectacular.

T - Grain and bready malt make up a lot of the flavor. Some Granny Smith apple along with a floral/herbal hop flavor that gets stronger on the finish. Slight bitter kick on the finish but it doesn't linger long.

M - Light body with above average carbonation. Zesty and crisp feel that ends pretty fast without much lingering feel.

D - Very drinkable beer that has a nice spicy hop aspect that pairs well with the maltiness. Goes down easy and is refreshing and crisp.

Notes: Nice beer and a good example for the style. Goes down easy and is refreshing. Decent level of hops to contrast with the maltiness resulting in a well balanced, refreshing beer.

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Photo of bditty187
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blinding gold, ultra translucent, small white head, poor retention, decent lace. Slightly hay-like, grassy, very quiet spiciness, the malt is solid but ultimately an unimpressive nose. Very tasty palate, grassy-hay, a murmur of peppery-spice, decent malt undertones, slightly crisp... refreshing. Simple and light… pleasant mouthfeel, easy to drink and enjoyable. I’d recommend it for a ‘cross-over’ beer or for hot summer days. While this is not the best Helles lager, Spaten Premium is a decent and enjoyable beer.

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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 rastaman
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite OK with me. Very pale yellow colour, small head and little lasting, sweetish maltiness, medium bitterness. Highly drinkable, fruity flavour, not too bad in the end.

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