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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)
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Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany | website

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

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598
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1,372
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
21.25%
 
 
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Photo of Bamabrew22
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nice offering from Bavaria. Poured this out of a 12oz green-glass bottle this past weekend. Poured a pale, golden color with a foamy white head atop. Head quickly dissipated. Smell was of the common Euro-pale lager, with a sweet tinge accompanied by an oakey afterthought. Taste was good, comforting, sweet malt dominated what little hops were discernable. A good, solid beer. Doesn't over dazzle you and doesn't let you down. Consistently good tasting beer.

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

A- Clear golden yellow with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly.

S- Metallic nose with a whiff of pale malts and floral hoppiness.

T- Lots of tannins with hints of lemon and again floral hops.

M- Light with good carbonation. Super crisp and dry.

D- Very drinkable, but not much to come back for. Too one dimensional and straightforward for my taste.

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Photo of beernbbq
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably a classic but just not a lot going on here for the long haul. Meant to be drunk quickly and cold. Classic dark yellow appearance with a tight white head that quickly disappates. Smell is mildly bready malt with Hallertau hop. Taste is a mild bread like a challah style with the tart Hallertau backdrop. Finishes clean and easy.

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Photo of MusicmanSD
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Weird drinking this now a-days after turning snobbish. Looks like your usual decocted lager, got a bit of that golden hue to it. Smells very mild, a bit sweet. Tastes like a decocted beer, but maybe it's just mass-production that takes the melanoidins away. Actually has a sulfery yeast character like an American lager would, just way mellower. Hops are also very mild, but you could drink this with just about anything. I'd say Hofbrau does a much better helles.

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Photo of ohoove
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A golden yellow color with plenty of carb. and a small fizzy white head that reduced to a ring with no lacing. First sip and taste was that of classic German pils .vWhat I did like about this was that it didn't have the overwhelming skunk taste that accompanies many German beers, if i'm going to drink German beers the Munich styles are my first choice. Very clean, fresh and crisp with a small hop finish on the end. Very refreshing on a hot summers day.

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Photo of Jimbo87
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In a US pint glass.

Pale clear straw, small white head.

S: fresh barley, fresh cut hay, some hops.

T: Very smooth, a sort of powderyness. Like nose, fresh barley. Sweet. Slight hops at the end. Tastes kind of like bread.

MF: Very nice, good carbonation, but maybe on the low side for a pale-colored lager.

D: Very Very good lager. Sweet and fresh and enough hops. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of stormgasm7
2.74/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was very reminiscent of Heineken but skunkier. It's probably due to the duration of shipping. It's wasn't particularly great but I'll drink it if it's available. I wasn't too impressed though. I would like to try their other beers for sure.

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Photo of twbrewer
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear light gold in color.Head falls fast leaving nothing but bubbles.

S- Semi- sweet cookielike smell,light hops aroma.

T- Taste like it smells, almost sweet malt with a grass/lemon hop.

M- This has a light crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D- Classic German lager.Malty semi-sweet very lightly hopped and well balanced.No off tastes. Very easy to drink more than a couple of these!

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Photo of mdunman
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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 Joe_Howard
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really bright, clear, somewhat goldenish color. Smell is the weak point for this because it had a very small hint of skunkiness (green bottle). Tastes very refreshing, and is incredibly smooth and easy to drink. I could seriously drink this stuff like water.

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Photo of alankwak
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Golden bright with good carbonation. Fine head with good head retention and lacing.

S: Light here. Not much in the way of hopiness but that's proper for the style.

T: Yes. Outstanding. Light grassy notes and extremely smooth. Some Sazz flavor with some malt evident.

M: Full to medium mouthfeel. Light enough as a session beer but still of the highest quality in a lager.

D: Shoooot. This is of the highest quality. I would put this up in there with the best of them. If this were a pils I'd say it wasn't hoppy enough but it's not. For this style an excellent beer!!

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Photo of mmmbirra
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks more or less like the other Munich pale lagers.
Smells rich and malty, with some spicy hops.
Taste is fuller with richer malts than Paulaner and Hofbrau, and is also somewhat more bitter than those two.
The best Munich helles lager easily, and cheaply, found in these parts.

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Photo of UncleFrank
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is clean a grainy. Hints of malt but no hops. Appearence is clear, sparkling with a thin head and some lace.
The taste is not skunky at all as has been expected from green bottles. Perhaps this was protected well. Light bread flavor and a sweetness that isnt sugary. Finishes dry. The aftertaste is of a touch of bread and hops. Very refreshing.
For beers of this type I am not a huge fan. But if Im going to drink one, this is it. In this new land of extreme and huge beers, this beer is a perfect example of what can be accomplished in a simple beer.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear and golden. Carbonation evident in the number of bubbles. Head is thick, with a grassy straw aroma. Almost buttery scent. Hops dominate taste, but come with a although heavy feel on the palate, are easily accepted. Not overly bitter at all. Floral hops shine in this one. There is just enough malt pushing through to give it balance. Overall, very crisp and well balanced beer.

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Photo of Ungespundet
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Spaten Helles pours up nicely with a light gold color topped a by a fine bubbled but thin head. The head gives up to quickly however, and settles an alarming speed back into the beer. The aroma evokes fresh citrus and mint thoughts. Mildly hopped, the dominate character is the subdued malt aroma. Hints of sulfur are to be found also. All in all a little too subdued for my tastes. However no flaws are detectable, the beer is just simply mild. When it comes to flavor Spaten delivers a slight yeast influenced sulfur quality paired with a mild hop bitterness. Malt quality seemed to be lacking in the flavor department. The mouth feel was thin and almost empty. A very drinkable beer, and in fact, in the Biergarten an absolute crowd pleaser. You can’t knock this beers ability to refresh and still maintain its character. There are definitely better Helles in München but this beer gets the job done.

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Photo of esv
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell had an immediate hint of skunkyness that quickly dissipated. A light, persistent sweet, malty aroma.

The color appeared straw to light golden. A stiff pour resulted in a sea foam head, tight-and-white. Crystal clear. Slight lacing and the head faded halfway through but was easily resurrected with a gentle swirling.

Well balanced but certainly a sweeter beer. I didn't take any notes on any hop flavors and don't recall any. There was a residual sweetness that stayed on the pallate.

The body seemed light to light-medium. Solidly medium carbonation.

(A consistently average 1st review)

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Photo of sessycuban
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - The beer pours a pale, light yellow color. I got plenty of head and lacing typical of a Helles. I was fortunate to sample this beer from a brown bottle.

S - Like a classic German beer, I’m getting Bavarian malts and hops. I’m also getting very light citrus.

T - I’m getting simple malts, very crisp. I’m also getting some hop flavor as it goes down. After a drinks, I also get a grainy taste. This is a very balanced beer.

M - Very smooth. This is the German purity law at its best. I find it amazing how you get similar consistency even across different brewers.

D - As I’m partial to the style, I think Spaten makes for a great session beer. You’re not going to find complexity here. That’s not always what you want. If you want something smooth, tasty, and crisp, Spaten is a good choice. Part of the appeal to me for this beer is that you can find it nearly anywhere. Even Safeway carries this beer, so I don’t always have to go to a specialty store to find good beer.

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Photo of tconboy
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw with mild head and decent lacing. Smells of grains, bitterness, and lemony freshness. Tastes crisp and grainy and bitter with some decent complexity, but the flavors just don't blend well in my opinion. If offered to me, I'll drink this, but I'm not going out of my way to get it.

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Photo of schanker21
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear yellow color with a two finger head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing throughout. Looks like your average continental European lager.

S- Smells a lot like your average continental European lager as well. Malty with a little bit of hops can be detected through a slightly skunky smell.

T- Tastes pretty much like it smells. Well-balanced, but that slight skunky flavor is still there. Hoping it was just this bottle.

M- Mouthfeel is right on for the style. Medium carbonation and pretty smooth.

D- Pretty drinkable, I just wish the European brewers would get over having the "traditional European look" and ditch the green bottles for brown ones.

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Photo of lawman834
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light golden yellow with a bright white head. Bubbles like champagne. Head thins out, but hangs around to nearly the end with some light lacing. Smelled quite skunky! I couldn't smell much over it. Damn Green Bottles! Tastes kinda skunky too, but not so bad. Taste is a little thinner than I had hoped. Nicely balanced though. Crisp and light and a little sweet on the finish. Reminds me of a Stella or a Heine. Similar style and quality to me. Easy to drink.

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Photo of DeepSix
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A clear light yellow color with a decent head. Much carbonation visible, no lacing really throughout the beer.

A bready malt aroma very distinct. With a light hop note as well.

That crisp lager taste with a hint of sweet malts, finishing off with light hops. While a light body, its much closer to medium then one would except by looking at it. That carbonation makes itself felt here.

A good light lager, great during the summer.

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Photo of tang214
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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 CU570M
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow beer with thin little head. Does last a while though. Smells more like today's mexican beers (i know a lot of the mexican beers were started by german brewers that traveled to mexico) more than a german. Nice tart kind of taste. Kind of creamy with hints of corn. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy going down. Drinkabililty is fair. Crisp refreshing.

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Photo of beakerboy
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ultimate Brew Crew Jul '06 - German Lagers

A: Straw yellow with a solid white head. There is good lacing left behind on the glass.

S: There are plesent malt and citrus aromas.

T: Slight bitterness with malt sweetness dominating

M: Somewhat light for my pallete, but good for a european lager.

D: Quite drinkable. Better than most lagers.

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Photo of Romulus141
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the Samuel Adams serving glass.

Appearance: Pours a light, golden yellow with a small amount of white head. The head itself dissipates quickly. There are a fair number of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. There is some minimal lacing on the edges of the glass, but it doesn't stay long.

Smell: Initially, this beer has a skunky smell to it. After the initial pour, the smell becomes less instrusive, and is replaced with a malty, wheaty smell. The smell also has a slight sweet tinge to it. Overall, it is nothing to get overly excited about.

Taste: For a lager, this has a creamy taste. It starts and finishes sweet, with malts aplenty. There some slight metallic overtones in the finish too. I also detect a faint hint of citrus. It has character, and is one of the better lagers I've had. However, it still is simply a light colored lager, which is hardly my favorite type of beer. It does its job, that's all I can really say.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and plenty of carbonation. The carbonation is actually a good quality in this beer, as it gives it a light body and a quick finish. The viscosity is not oily, but smooth and nimble. The mouthfeel itself is quite nice.

Drinkability: Given the light character and fuller flavor of this beer, it would be quite ideal for a session. It'll quench the thirst, it's not filling, and the flavor is robust enough that it will satisfy the better beer-minded indivdual.

This was enjoyable, but given its price, I doubt I'll reach for it again. It's worth a try, but don't expect too much out of it.

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