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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 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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Photo of jenbys2001
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer that brings back memories of Germany. This beer was served in a German liter mug at a local German restaurant, Schnitzelhaus. It pours a rich cream soda color with a large head. The beer has a very citrus smell and tastes slightly acidic. It has a crisp flavor with a light hop finish. Although it's not a very complicated beer, I consider Spaten to be a tasty example of German lager.

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Photo of rkinsella
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this beer for the first time on tap in a German restaurant in Hudson Wisconsin.

Straw yellow in the mug, with a pure white foamy head.

On the nose, notes of grain, lemon, and a touch of floral hops.

Taste was fresh and snappy. Fairly complex malt profile, touch of citrus zest on the smooth finish.

Easy to drink. Looked forward to the next one.

This was a bit of a sleeper...had it in the bottle a few times, but on tap it was very surprising and absolutely delicious.

A near perfect Munich Helles. Enjoy!

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A quite nice transparent golden yellow with slight head retention and substantial lacing.

S - Fruity, slightly metallic with a touch of hoppy bitterness.

T - Crisp, clean and refreshing, has just a touch of hops to contrast the light maltiness.

M - Crisp and bubbly ending with a somewhat dry feeling.

D - Quite enjoyable and would have no trouble having another.

Overall, a delicious German beer of the Munich Helles Lager variety. I would probably take this over Warsteiner or Pilsener Urquell, it seems to have more character while still being quite pleasing to many peoples' tastes.

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

Had this one at a golf club in the bar. I wasn't expecting much selection but they did have this one on tap. Wow was I surprised at how much I enjoyed it! Looks very ordinary. Pale golden lager with a slight white head. The taste was exceptional. Slighly sweet, grainy malt nicely balanced with hops. Very drinkable! I could have stayed all night. This is a good one for a session.

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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 krunchie
4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed on April 21.

A: Clear, yellow liquid with an airy, crisp head. Lovely "classic lager"-foam. A lot of CO2, looks great!

S: Lager yeast, pilsner malt, swedish hard bread (knäckebröd) and weak citrus aroma.

T: Sweet pilsner malts and great bready taste. I love malty bread taste in a lager so this is right up my alley. Some syrup taste after half a bottle, still very nice. No unpleasant surprises, not even after the last sip.

M: Light and crisp. Just like a lager's supposed to be. Thumbs up

D: 100% drinkable! Great thirst quencher and goes down very easily. Probably my favorite bavarian hell atm.

...and it's quite cheap here in Sweden! How do they do it? :)

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Photo of AllenJasper
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can't seem to figure out when it was bottled... but it can't be that fresh, since it was made in Germany, imported to New York, then to Minnesota.
Bottle to glass. Not Coors Light cold, like I presume the Germans would drink it.

A: Light Golden, clear very carbonated, head dissipated rapidly.

S: It smells skunky and floral, but not strong.

T: Well, IMO it's better than all the 'domestic' lagers, but not by a whole lot. It has a little more bite to it, hoppier. A slight skunk aftertaste.

O: I've had the Optimator and the Marzen Oktoberfest, and I was a little disappointed at first, but then remembered it's a light lager, and should be judged as so... that being said, it's pretty good, and it's probably not nearly as fresh as the domestics, being in the middle of America.

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Photo of fattychubs
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was served in a giant Spaten Mug at a local tap room. The color was like fake cheap gold jewelry, with a bit of white lace resting. The aroma was mostly clean, a faint sweet malt smell and just a touch crisp grassy hop. Taste starts with a crisp and sweet malt, goes to a subtle cracker taste, then a bit of balancing hops and very subtle citrus.

Very easy going down, and could make a good session brew. Not a lager fan, but this one seems right on, for flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of NA1NSXR
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear and golden with a nice medium-small head on an aggressive pour. Laces. Like a common pale lager but with a little touch extra on the appearance.

Smell - Slight graininess, light floral hoppiness, very little skunk, smells pleasant for the style. Smell is overall medium-weak in strength.

Taste - Sweet and malty start, especially for a lager, with a very subtle hop finish. This is very good. Completely inoffensive, with light flavors.

Mouthfeel - Just right for the style, imo. Medium carbonation with medium consistency. Despite the light flavor its not really watery.

Drinkability - This is one of the most drinkable lagers I've had in a long time. I suppose its not something you drink for the flavor, although it is pleasant, but it is solid on its own and I can see this going well with food.

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Photo of Ottertude
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a golden yellow color into my pint glass. There was a small white head that left quickly but left nice lacing on my glass.

The smell was of grass, hay and some lemon. It was a bit skunky thanks to the green bottle.

Fortunately my Spaten tasted much better than it smelled. A bit of lemon and some hop tanginess. Some maltiness followed with a nice clean finish. Overall very nice.

This beer was really easy to drink. A few swallows and the bottle was gone. A few of these with some pizza would be nice. My only complaint would be that I wish that I would have had a fresher sample. But otherwise this is a good basic solid beer.

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Photo of Wegbier
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours with very active egg shell pillow head, damn i pushed its tension too far and i spilled down the glass, however still a short time of nice above the rim hold. the liquid is light gold and has lots of little active bubbles. thick spiderweb lace.

s- light floral white bread. gentle on the nose and kinda makes me hungry and certainly thirsty

t/m- mmm medium bodied direct follow up to smell of light floral hops balanced smoothly with light bread taste, almost no feel of carbonation, so smooth sloshing in my mouth and clean and smooth on the way down. almost unknown bite on finish

d- all day all night smooth, flavorful and enjoyable. Best on a hot day in the beer garden.

a well balanced premium lager/pils is neither extreme nor innovative but is always an art.

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, straw-colored liquid with white head.

Simple and charming aroma with barley/wheat and some citric character and the taste follows similarly - not lemony but a light lager with a mildly citric finish. I find the taste very good, the mouthfeel smooth. This is a nice barley malt lager with a light crispy style and a nice hop character. What's not to like?

Very, very drinkable. You could really enjoy a few pints of this with no problems whatsoever. Okay, I could.

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color. Had a 2 finger head with an aggressive pour and the head disappeared quickly.

Has a light aroma with grains apparent. You notice small amounts of malt and hops.

A typical German lager that is smooth and grainy with a nice amount of hops to finish. Spaten is crisp and a little sweet.

A pleasant and flavorful lager. Good carbonation and light-bodied. No surprise since it's a lager.

Spaten or other Euro/German lagers or pilsners are good change of pace beers on a nice warm, day. Was perfect compliment to grilled Italian Sausage brats and asparagus.

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Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden honey clear looking beer with carbonation present throughout. light head fades to almost nothing.

Clean malty smell with a bit of grassy undertones.

Clean crisp slightly sweet taste with a bit of earthiness to it, but very clean easy to drink.

This beer feels light, but with great carbonation felt in your mouth, which leaves a really nice finish.

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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 a10t2
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear golden-yellow. Pours with a thin white head which dissipates quickly but leaves light lacing.

S: A little malt odor, but overall not much nose on this one.

T: Generic lager, very crisp but with no malts or hops to speak of. A faint sweet/syrupy flavor, and a moderately bitter aftertaste that fades quickly.

M: Light and carbonated, but again, no real complexity to be found.

D: Certainly refreshing and clean; drinkability is way up there.

On the whole I was disappointed by this beer. It's a cut above American macro lagers but has none of the complexity and depth that characterize Spaten's other offerings.

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

Clear golden color topped by a nice foamy white head, very nice looks. Nice strong smell, sweet malt a little citric, herbal. It smelled good but it didnt taste as good as i thought from the aroma. It wasnt sweet, it was bitter and citric, some spicy sips bit my tongue. Light mouthfeel,

However, reading the description of the style i think it fits very very well... its spicy ("often times a bit coarse on the palate"). Definitly herbal and citrus like... so i give some point to that, not my favorite style though.

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Photo of tbraun1
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Everything a lager should be. Crisp. Refreshing. Easy on the palate and adaptable to many different types of foods. Way more flavor and depth than any large scale macro american domestic. One of my favorites for the style. Ein prosit!

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really liked the clean,amber color,good bubbles,just sad head. The smell had a hint of skunk,however,still a sweet malty odor soon overwhelms the skunk,as does the taste. Very smooth ,very clean taste. There is more grain taste that hops,to me a great balance. Refreshing anytime.

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Photo of biergeniesser
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle of Spaten Lager poured a crystal clear straw to gold. Its slowly dissipating pure white head laced nicely on the glass as it was consumed, and fine bubbles evolved slowly from the sides and bottom of the glass throughout.

Spaten Lager has an aroma dominated by clean malt. It also has hints of grain and grass as well as a noticeable aroma component of noble hops.

The flavor is a balance of clean malt and hop bitterness with elements of sweet malt. Grainy and grassy flavors are present to a degree, but are more in the background of the flavor.

Body is light and refreshing with a light, pleasant mouthfeel and low-level carbon dioxide bite.

In my opinion, Spaten Lager is a refreshing light lager, which definitely leans more to German Pils (although Spaten also makes a Pils) than to Műnchner Helles. It is quite drinkable and definitely sessionable… a great beer for a Mass Krug in the Biergarten on a nice summer afternoon.

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Photo of SSBrennan
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very light golden color with light carbonation and a frothy white head that falls quickly.

The smell is of wet grain with earthy undertones.

Taste is initially crisp with a lingering bitterness. The hop flavor is mild with herbal and floral notes. Relatively subtle taste with good crisp malt flavors; well balanced.

The mouthfeel is light and clean as it should be.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of yankiac
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What is most striking about this beer is its drink-ability. It has a nice flavor, though not quite as much as I would like. due to its light texture and extreme drinkability it is definitely a great summer beer, ideal for relaxing after a long summer day in the sun.

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