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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 11-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,424
Reviews:
608
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
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64
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228
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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong spicy noble hop and a mild grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a soft grain malt and a good spicy and potent noble hop.

The mouthfeel was average with good carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable lager on draft. A good Madison Square Garden beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spaten Premium Lager, poured from a mini keg/can into a pint glass. Straw gold in color with fine clarity, good amount of head and lacing.

Smells of bready malts and euro hops.

Tastes of pale malt, light herbal hopping. Cracker like yeast is in the flavor profile as well. Well balanced and tasty for the style.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit thin.

Drinkability rates high, this is a nice German lager, smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biegaman
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bier Markt, in Toronto.

The beer's colour straddles that line between dark yellow and medium gold; it is spotlessly clear, to be sure, but has an untypically intense, thick tone, one that implies more flavour and body than the average North American lager. The beer is well insulated: two fingers worth of soapy, white suds create a dense seal between the liquid and my lips.

The brewer saw no need to dress up the aroma and neither do I. Sure, it is ordinarily simple and plain, but every bit as pleasant. Clean Pils malt dominates the nose, providing a reasonable graininess as well as a spattering of sweetness. Sniffing this all night would be monotonous but beers like this are not meant for ceaseless smelling anyways...

They're meant for drinking! And the brewery has done everything to make this beer serviceable for doing just that. At your disposal is a clean, relatively tasteless maltiness that is appreciated most for its unwilted graininess. The absence of hops leaves scantly a dash of bitterness and the beer slides down the throat like a more substantial water.

The maltiness is so clean, in fact, that there is absolutely no lingering taste. None! You start to understand why Germans don't serve these lagers in anything less than a full pint (if not a 2 liter stein!) and why they drink so much of it. I could easily have gone for one of those huge steins (it helps that I happened to be sitting on a sunny patio at the time.)

It's not easy to claim this beer as being anything other than an ordinary, conventional kind of lager but that doesn't mean it isn't owed some acknowledgments. For one, clean and appreciably malty beers like this are not commonplace in North America. I wish domestic macro brewers shared the same standards as their German counterparts.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright straw gold color, that is topped by a white thick head. A spicy, grainy, sweetish, and grassy aroma wafts from my glass. The taste is clean, lightly sweet with some accompanying grain notes. This beer finishes with a bit of sharp bitterness, which is nice. There is a hint of apple in the taste. Pretty straight forward, half way decent beer. Would definitely be good on a hot day.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz purchased at the Coop on Thursday for about $1.45.. poured into my standard weizen glass.

Very short lasting head left behind nice lace.. atop a light golden brew.. very clear.

Grainy pale malts.. very clean.. this is one of the good times where less is more... I love a good helles... and this is a good one for sure.

Malty .. very restrained bitterness and just the slightest breath of spicy/grassy hop flavor... smooth lite/medium body with just enough carbonation... as it warms, it sweetens.. but not in a bad way.. the malts come to the front as they should. This is not a pilsner.. and nobody should think otherwise. This brew does not have the hoppy backbone the Spaten pils has.. Malts are the star here.

Everytime I try and brew a helles, I buy as many as I have access to in Boise.. this one is always available... the Spaten is damn near perfect and a fantastic beer for your friends who hate micros or imports... Pretty much spot on for the style .. even better on draft.. don't pretend that this is a pils... it is not.

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Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow beer with a solid white head.

Smell is a lot of grain and a grassy herbal hop scent. Lots of bread and crackers in the malt scent and a little spice is in there from the hops.

Taste is mildly sweet with a lot of herbal hop flavor. And that is about a little malty with a solid hop flavor that finishes clean.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is my standard reference beer by which I measure all the others. Not one thing about this beer is outstanding but nothing is flawed either. Very drinkable and dependable beer choice that isn't that hard to find. I was surprised that I had not reviewed this beer yet when I noticed the omission.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown half-liter bottle with regal label.

A: Golden yellow, with white rocky head, good retention.

S: Bready malt, some floral hops, nothing too substantial, also a slight sulfur, mineral content.

T: Malts upfront, with slight acidity due to the carbonation, hops come through in the aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied, dry, somewhat spritzy, excellent for the style.

D: Very refreshing, immensely drinkable, easily available locally, and cheap - a good summer choice.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Usual brown 500ml bottle, labelled as the Munchner Hell. Best before Mar 2012, poured into two pilsner stemmed tulips.

The beer was reviewed in a blind tasting along side the Spaten Pils: this beer was slightly dark in its golden colour and smoother, meaning softer and so bitter as the Pils.

Looks good, as already stated it is a good rich gold colour, a thin white head tried to hang around, but like all beers I've had in this style, it failed to stay for long.

No real smell, gets my usual score of 3 for a non-smelling pilsner/lager/helles.

Although there is a hop feel to it, its not harsh or too bitter (like its Pilsner brother).

Easy to drink and I could see myself drinking this sort of brew on a hot summers day in a Munich bier garden.

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Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of spinrsx
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Evil_Pidde
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This one pours golden with a large white head that dissipates a little to quickly.

S: The malt is prominent but there is also bitter hops and some fruit (citrus). This beer smells really fresh.

T: Very malty, almost like liquid bread. This is a beer that's very refreshing. The dryness is also noticable.
In the aftertaste the bitter hops just keeps on coming.

M: This is light in the mouth, with a nice amount of carbonic acid.

D: Refreshing, very refreshing. The taste is very nice. This is what you should drink on a warm summer day. I had it with a pizza - it was very nice.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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 rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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 barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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 TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Axnjxn
3.79/5  rDev +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 pathman
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Spaten Münchner Hell (Premium Lager) from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,424 ratings.
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