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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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3.67
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Photo of wl0307
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Sheffield branch of ALDI supermarket. BB 07/2008, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: yellowish straw in colour, coming with a lively carbonated body and a layer of nice white froth with reasonable retention.
S: floral and lemony upfront, the aroma seems to give out more hop elements than many other Helles Lager I’ve tried; a very mildly tart doughy edge and powdery grains hide underneath. Overall, very clean, subtle, and simple (in a good way).
T: neutrally-flavoured upfront, gradually introducing a faint floral tinge of hops to go with the light grainy theme, while a corn-ish flavour of gristy malts hides at the back, with a faintly syrupy touch in the very end... As the malts retreat, a restrained bitterness manifests itself in the aftertaste, yet everything remains attenuated throughout.
M&D: the mouthfeel is o.k., not too fizzy, befitting the cleanliness just quite well; for a 5.2%abv. Helles Lager, this one comes surprisingly light in maltiness and clean for the palate, while the bitterness level doesn't come sufficient to live up to a Pils-style Lager. Despite being slightly mundane, this beer fares as a well-made, easy-drinking, meal-pairing beer, perhaps working well to wash down some overly-salty Bratwurst~~

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a guinness pint glass.

Pours a crisp golden color with a 1 inch white head. Nice fruity, refreshing smell. you know this beer will go down smooth. Taste is as anticipated from the nose, lemony with a perfect mix of hops and malts. a tad bitter, very good. on the lighter side of medium bodied and the lighter side of medium on the carbonation.

Overall just a good, enjoyable beer. Nothing world class but it's just solid and a brew I think almost any kind of palate would enjoy.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost completely clear yellow color; had a very slght haze. Head was soft and full, but didn't hold; stayed tight to the surface for a bit, then dissapated.

Sweet maltiness in aroma, very light hops. Too one-sided with donimance of malt and hint of something so light I couldn't identify it (cloves?).

A very well-balanced beer with pleeasantly sweet maltly taste. Crips and clean like you might expect from the style.

Light body, nice carbonation and very dry feel.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance – Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, malts, floral notes, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and some cooked corn. There is also a decent amount of malts and a light floral spiciness. The beer finishes with a grainy spicy aftertaste.

Overall – It's definitely better than most of the run of the mill euro-beers out there. But there are a few other beers in this category that I'd rather be drinking.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, pale sunshine yellow. A one finger, bright white, spongey head lastst for about five minutes. Eventually recedes to nothing. Good bubbling though. The aroma has very pale pilsner malts and some grassy hops. The taste is hinting at trees, and a fresh cut prairie grass next to a small stream. Dry malts and light, earthy hops. Very reshing palate and easy to drink. Great session beer that could easily be served by the liter.

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and light gold with a short white cap of fine and rocky bubbles. The head quickly settled to a collar, leaving behind streaky lace. Hoppy aroma, spicy with notes of sulfur and lemons, almost floral. Malt was quite mild. Light bitterness allowed delicate malt sweetness and spicy hops to cover the palate. Short finish of malt and hops. Crisp and dry, light bodied with average plus carbonation. I liked this quite a bit, even though I'm not partial to the sulfury hop notes. A slight bit more bitterness would have made it a little more refreshing, but it's a minor quibble.

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Photo of bark
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is label ”Spaten München Original Munich Beer”, but their web site calls it “Spaten Premium Lager”.

The liquid is clear and yellow (“corn coloured” my wife said). The finger thick head is compact and white.

The smell is a bit sweet with lots of bitter hops. It reminds me of toasted bread with butter, and a hint of fresh herbs.

The taste is quite mild for a German pilsner; the almost lemonade-like fresh hops is perfectly balanced with the somewhat sweet and neutral malt. The taste develops into a taste of white bread with butter and a refreshing (but not overwhelming) bitterness with a delicate hoppyness. The aftertaste is malty with some alcohol and a nice bitter finish.

The carbonation is milder than expected. Small bubbles.

A very drinkable and thirst drenching brew.

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Photo of Brad007
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color with almost no head. Aroma isn't too impressive with a slight skunk. Taste is somewhat smooth, even fruity and goes down very easily. There's some biscuit-like taste to it and it's definitely the opposite of what I expected it to be, due to the slight skunk in the aroma. I have to give this lager props for being very drinkable.

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

Pours with great yellow clarity and a frothy white head. Aroma is definitely skunky, in a light, green bottle, not weed kind of way.

Nice spritzy effervescent feel to the beer, maybe noble or golding hops, very light malt bill to the beer. Skunky lemon, green apple to a much lesser degree. Skunky, yet crisp.

Very light aftertaste, good bitterness, this is a great beer to have with food when you don't want a big beer to drown out the food flavor you are pairing it with. A decent palate cleanser as well, without being water or watered down.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in a dive bar in Western Massachussetts. The beer looked like any other Munich Helles, pale yellow colored and maybe a little hazy with a really thick foam. The smell was a little cleaner than other examples, a very sweet malt base with only a little floral aroma from hops. It's tasty and satisfying without being extreme, to me it's what a macro lager should be. I'd say this is my least favorite Munich Helles from the big six in Munich (my favorite would be Augustiner, maybe closely folloed by Paulaner), but I'll probably get it again many times, especially if the other options are Miller or Bud products

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Photo of barnzy78
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz green bottle
L - golden colored body, precisely clear, with a creamy, white head that slowly fades to a foam
S - light struck, grass, biscuit, spicy noble hop
T - crisp and clean, impeccable balance, grassy spicy hops, biscuity grain, faint light struck hop taste
F - creamy and smooth, ample carbonation, finishes clean
O - slightly tainted by the green bottle light effect, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As I always beat on lagers and pilsners, I must own up to finding this one quite pleasant to quaff, as fair is fair and it deserves my praise. Bright gold color as it sets in the glass with a spacious frothy white head and as it dissipates, leaves a fine covering sheet of lace to cling mightily to the glass. Sweet tones first, then malt, with a light earthiness to end the nose. Malt start, with the top light and fresh, the finish smacking in its acidity, hops apropos to the style, dry as a desert bone aftertaste, and just plain refreshing.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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 rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice yellow pour, good clarity, 1" of virgin white head. Aroma hits those nice skunky lager notes.

Highly carbonated, noble hops, skunky taste, not offputting, very light malt stuff going on here, a little bit of green apple, lime and lemon going on in the background. Substantial bitterness for style. Good, but a little expensive per bottle.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a clear golden color with plenty of bubbles. Thick layer of white head rests on top, fades slowly with plenty of patchy lacing.

Soft scents of lemon peel and straw. Hints of citrus and spice with faint sweetness and a metallic note.

A little bitter up front with faint hops. Citrus and lemon peel with a thin straw malt backbone. Light metallic touch towards the middle, finishing a little dry and crisp.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, bubbly and somewhat refreshing. Drinks okay, but not exactly thrilling in any specific department.

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Photo of stcules
2.9/5  rDev -21%
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 StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with a fast-fading dense white head. Sweet barn and nectar nose. Honey and spice malts with dry, grassy, vaguely herbal hops - hint of coriander. Light-bodied, dry finish, soft, some prickle.

No fireworks, but a good benchmark. No nasty sourness or aftertaste shows what a good lager can be.

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Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here’s a clear pale, golden colored liquid with two-fingers of brilliantly white soapy foam. Lots of carbonation (just look at the endless upward march of bubbles), nice lace: attractive beer. There’s sweet malt in the nose, along with some vegetal characteristics and a grassy, herbal hop smell. It’s not a powerful aroma, but it is pleasing, and much more appealing than most euro-macro lagers. The taste is composed of a nice malt flavor (pilsner) that’s well balanced. The high carbonation gives the beer a ‘spritzy’ quality that I could have done without. The finish has a mild shot of hop bitterness, along with a lingering semi-sweetness. Medium-light body. This is certainly a lot better than some of it’s direct competitors. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle pours a crystal clear, light yellow color with a rapidly diminishing cap of white foam. Not all that unlike many American macros unfortunately.

Nose is much better as slightly honeyed malts combine with a grassy and somewhat floral hop bouquet. Fresh and clean smelling beer.

One of those beers where a twelve pack disappears before you know it. Noble hop flavors and mild bitterness battle to a standstill with slightly sweet, grainy malts. Very clean with no off-flavors whatsoever. This probably is not my favorite Helles (Hofbrau gets that distinction), but it is a prime example of what the style is all about.

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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 ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden straw color. I love how translucent the body is, in particular. The head is a two finger white shade; retention isn't the best, but there's some really nice lacing left on the glass.

S: Aye, it's a bit skunked (lol, green bottles), but it could have been worse. The notes of pale malts, faint sweetness, and zesty hops aren't dulled in any significant capacity.

T: At first, some of the hop profile comes through with notes of grass and lemon zest, but the finish is pure, balanced, simple malt goodness. In particular, it has a nutty flavor that I really enjoy (that, and the diacetyl is kept in check). Personally, I want more hops; but I won't complain about the balance this offers.

M: Not quite as bone dry as I like my lagers to be - nor is it too sweet. The texture does the best it can to provide good drinkability without significant hoppiness.

O: Green bottles mean I wouldn't buy this one again. However, I would seek it out on tap. An under-appreciated lager unfortunately scorned both by its bottle color and by who makes it.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Spaten's Premium Lager today for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I have never had this beer before or anything else from this brewery so I am interested to see how this turns out, so lets see hoe it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a green 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty simple and clean looking, but it doesn't really stick out on the shelf. It poured a very clear light golden yellow color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded to nothing and left a hardly any lacing. This is a pretty average looking lager.

S- The aroma starts off with a good amount of malts which have a higher amount of medium sweetness and impart some sweet, grainy, grassy, hay and bready aromas. Next comes a slight skunky aroma followed by some slightly peppery yeast. This is a pretty average smelling Lager, nothing too special going on, but still solid for it's style, but I could go with out the skunky aroma.

The taste seems to be fairy similar to the aroma, it starts off with a good amount of malts that have a really light amount of medium sweetness and impart some grainy and bready flavors along with a grassy and hay like flavor that seems to stick out the most. Towards the end I get a little skunkyness with a very low amount of bitterness on the finish and it had a grassy and hay like after taste. This a good tasting Lager, but the skunkyness keeps it from getting a four.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp,on the thicker side of being light bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was very good and true to style, it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer and a slightly above average example of a Munich Helles Lager, it had just about everything that I look for in the style, but the skunkyness prevented it from being as good as it could be. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was smooth but the flavors couldn't quite hold my attention, but I could still drink two or three of these if in the mood. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was true to style and just where it should be, no complaints there. What I liked least about this beer was the fact that it was a little skunky, I think that's from the green bottle, these older brewery's that still use green bottles need to get with the times. I might have this beer again if I was looking for a sessionable lager, but I would be more inclined to revisit this again on draft, it's got to go great with brats. This beer made for an Ok first impression for Spaten, and I would be interested to try more of their beers, but you can be sure that I will be a little leery if they are in the same green bottle, good brew, it just needs better packaging.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden yellow and a nice white head that left a nice sticky lacing around the Spaten tall glass. Aromas of a nice sweeter malt. The taste of a above average German lager. Sweet where it needs to be, and a bit dry. A small hop bitterness is in the aftertaste.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is a nice, deep yellow with a huge, pillowy head. The head is like lumps of shaving cream and leaves some beautiful lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – The Munich Lager aroma is very pleasing. The grain is easy on the olfactory bulb. This is one mellow nose.

Taste – The light grain from the nose turns a bit orangish at the taste. This is a very even flavor. The hops are done just right and provide excellent balance.

Mouthfeel – This big lager is medium-bodied and heavy. The carbonation is light and feels terrific. This one also packs a huge dry wallop at the end.

Drinkability – This Helles Lager is a bit rough around the edges but good and very drinkable. It’s a classic.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
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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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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