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

BA SCORE
83
good
1,428 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
Ratings:
1,428
Reviews:
608
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
229
For Trade:
0
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Clydesdale
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A rich golden-yellow color with a decently sized frothy and creamy white head. Retention is above average, and there is some solid lacing. Active carbonation bubbles.

S: Clean grains, some faintly grassy hops. Light lemon and white grape scents as well.

T: Somewhat sweet and grainy, with herbal and lemony hops. Some grape as well.

M: Crisp and very clean. Medium-to-light body, with a slightly astringent finish.

D: This is good, if a bit run-of-the-mill. Quite drinkable, this would be easy to session.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. green glass bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a pale golden body with intense clarity. One finger fizzy looking white head that quickly dies down to a ring of foam clinging to the edge of the glass and scattered wisps of foam in the middle. No real lacing left behind.

Fruity lager scent, some faint grain, and grassy hops in the nose.

Taste follows smell with a fruity lager fragrance, some bready yeast, some grain, grassy and slightly peppery hop finish.

The mouthfeel is light, smooth, creamy on the bigger sips, and clean with a nice crisp finish. Quite refreshing.

So easy to drink. One of the best widely available lagers in my books.

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Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Patrick999
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light, clear yellow. Decent foaminess.

Aroma is floral, with a small hint of smoke, I thought. I like it.

Mostly floral, but with a slight sweetness. I wasn't expecting that; I have to take it down a few notches.

Feel is quite crisp and scrubbing, Should make an OK companion to many foods.

I could drink it, but truth be told, I think it's a little dull, and not because it's a lager, either. I kinda have to wonder about the freshness. It's possible that the relative dullness is due to it being not that fresh. Unfortunately, therein lies the problem with rating subtle, relatively light German lagers.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of jettjon
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden clear with a fine, thick whitish head that fades slowly. Citrus (grapefruit?) and grassy nose. Taste is bitter, hoppy, watery, and yet somewhat plain. Still, there’s something there, and a good bitter finish. Mouth is more watery than I’d like, but it’s pretty drinkable. Overall, a good pilsner, though not as good as some other Spaten offerings.

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Photo of Nerudamann
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - Very light and clear. Decent carbonation, with half a finger of foam.

Smell - Hopy, wheaty type of smell.

Taste - Very earthy in taste, but light in general.

Mouthfeel - very light and a little watery.

Drinkability - not a great beer in general, in my opinion, not a whole lot of taste to it, but it would be easy to drink, so it gets higher repeat drinkability.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold with a quickly disappearing head.

Smell: Bready malts, hints of spice.

Taste: Bready malts, hints of spice and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, dry. Slightly spiced aftertaste that only lasts a millisecond.

The Verdict: Pretty good beer. Nothing fancy or complex, just a good solid German lager.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear pale yellow with a healthy 1.5" head and plenty of carbonation.

Has a strong malty, barley smell, plenty of grain, wet straw, and some of the "skunk" smell one associates with some German and Dutch beers.

Malty, with mild hops; some "soapiness" and faint bitter. Wet grass and water, this is not a bold tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp.

I really wanted to like this beer, just like I've really wanted to like it in the past. I just don't find it to very interesting or tasty. I would drink it again, probably with the hope I'd finally stumble across that really good tasting Spaten lager.

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Photo of aufie
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Premo88
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Kiro
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of cypressbob
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a light yellow body, foamy white head forms, fairly good retention

Smell, slight whiff of grain, malty with almost a hint of sweetness

Taste, crisp and dry, malty body with a dry, floral hop finish

A fairly good lager, not anything special but has good level of drinkability

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3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of oelergud
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first I thought this beer to be the Spaten Münchner Hell, but the bottle is different and their website has this beer named Spaten Premium Lager.
Very pale golden body with a white head that dissipates quickly to a thin foam with thicker islands of head floating atop. lace is somewhat decent, tiny to medium bubbled.
Grass, floral and malty scents makes up the nose.
Taste is hay and grass with a slight caramel maltiness to it. Aftertaste is mostly caramel with a slight hoppy grass/hay-ness to it.
Full bodied lager, leaves a good coating and feels pretty smoth.
Definitely one of the best lagers I've had so far.

-Oelergud

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm, finally got around to reviewing this one...

Straw yellow, medium head when I poured it. Smell is sweet and a bit candy-like.

My overall impression of this beer is, well, that it was sweet. While nicely carbonated, it is not as dry as what I like, and had more of a fuller malt flavor. I might even have to ask where the hops are...Near the end of finishing this, I almost would have to characterise the sweetness as being wine-like!

My green bottle wasn't skunked, but I think there are tastier versions of this out there, slightly drier, hoppier, and with a bit more bite in the taste. Pat

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Awesome beer! I loved every minute of it.

Appearance- amber color, good size head, transparent

Smell- sweet bready aroma

Taste- bready malt taste

Mouthfeel- light, crisp, clean

Drinkability- very drinkable, enjoyed every minute of it, would drink it regularly

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Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Updating my review because I'm revisiting the beer and not getting some of the characteristics I did in the first review (02/01/08):

Once again, reviewing this beer to style based on a crossover of BA & BJCP style characters.

Once my favorite Helles', now I'm concerned because the word on the street is that Spaten is no longer decoction mashing and I'm afraid the great, toasty maltiness of Bavarian beers will be lost...

A - Very clear, gold color with a good, thick white head that settles quickly.

S - Some nice bready malts trying to get thru, good noble hops, some sour notes too along with the typical DMS to this style.

*Edit: No sour notes this time through, good bready malt character.

T - Some toasty maltiness (melanoidin) coming through. Hop finish with that sourness back -- almost astringent, but not quite that distracting.

*Edit: Again, no sour or astringent notes, bready and spicy hop notes in the finish.

M - Soft and smooth mouthfeel -- very decoction-like, so I'm wondering about the rumors.

D - Good drinkability because of the body and light flavors -- nothing harsh.

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Photo of mjurney
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pale gold color, clear. Lots of fine bubble rising up. Thick bright white head. Leaves very nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Sweet, bready, biscuit, lightly spicy hops, crisp.

Taste:
Breadiness up front, rich, biscuit, cracker, slight caramel. Hop bitterness is mild to medium, it's sharp, spicy-herbal. Clean dry finish. Body is light, soft, clean, crisp, refreshing, lively carbonated.

Overall:
It's an excellent beer. Rich, tasty, highly drinkable.

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Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,428 ratings.
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