Spaten Pils | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Spaten PilsSpaten Pils

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Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of dishwater white resting on top. The aroma is of light malt, German Hallertauer hops, and a touch of...skunk (green bottles...). The taste is a nice blend of light malt and a gentle kiss of German Hallertauer hops. I don't really get skunk other than in the nose. The mouth is very smooth and quaffable.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 500ml can poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a pale, golden-straw colour, with about one finger of bright white head which fade quickly, leaving behind next to no lacing.

Smell - Pretty standard pils fare here. Cereal and grains dominate, with a faint grassy presence as well.

Taste - Cereal, grains and grass. The pleasant hop presence makes the beer a bit more bitter than I was expecting. However, it is not so bitter as to stop it from being both refreshing and drinkable.

Mouthfeel - An incredibly light body with very high carbonation makes this pils particularly crisp.

Overall - 3.5/5

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Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draught at Old World in Huntington Beach, downstairs in The Rathskeller. served by Monica....
appearance is the typical headstrong foam on top, clear straw liquid.
smell is dry and bitter.
taste is also dry and bitter, some hops coming through but different than what you will taste with american brews and their hops. a little tart, a little citrus(?), but overall, an average and similar compared with the other germans of this type.
but the ambience certainly affects the taste, does it not? and The Rathskeller certainly has that charming, warm appeal. definitely stop by if you're in the area; it gives me the feeling of my second home....

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The regular 500ml bottle, best before Jan 2012, poured into two Veltins badged stemmed tulip glasses during Oct 2011.

The review was also taken with a Spaten Munchner Hell (a blind tasting, not knowing until afterwards which was which).

Lighter than the Hell and slightly more bitter, it is a typical German Pilsner and has nothing to put it above most of them: it's clean, crisp and clear just like all the rest.

Mr average in every aspect when compared to its rivals.

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Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Collins Pub (served in the Spaten pils glass), Spaten is pale gold with a fluffy white head leaving nice lace.

Smell is soft, sweet cereals.

Taste is simple, nice softness from the pils grain. A touch buttery, with some herbal hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, soft and slick.

Drinkability is pretty good, a classic German pils.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is rather uninspiring; strawcolor with a small white head and weak lacings.

S: Malt, semi-sweet. Grass and some bitter hops.

T: Rather nice noble hops; bitter. Mild sweetness to the malt. Faint citric notes in the back.

M: Body is light and carbonation rather rich. Aftertaste stays for some time, holding nice bitterness.

O: Not bad, but not very good either.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the dutch

A: straw yellow, small head with impressive retention

S: malt, grass

T: malt sweet followed by light grass and skunk. Not an overly clean pilsner

M: light, crisp

O: not a bad beer, wish it didn't have skunk. I doubt das germans would be happy.

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Photo of gatornation
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear yellow color with a brilliant white head..a little lacing and a fresh collar

S- floral hops,malt baked bread

T- a noble floral hop taste that was light but present.sweet malts and baked bread..all on the light side

M- was pure and crisp with good carbonation

O- a good pils but not great i like to visit this one from time to time always a good one for the summer

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Photo of crossovert
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Mindestens haltbar bis Ende: 02/2012.

It pours an extremely light pale gold with a foamy bright white head. It leaves some very nice lacing behind as it recedes.

The smell has thick noble hop scents. Grass, orange peel, and herbs. There is a slight fruity/grainy sweetness as well.

The flavor follows. It has a thick wall of noble hops, very orangey, then a surprising bit of sweet malt. It isn’t as dry and zippy as I was expecting, but it is alright. There is a faint bitterness in the finish.

This one falls a bit short, great smell, mediocre in other departments.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap in MSG during a knicks game

Pours a somewhat hazed golden color with a thin layer of white head. Fades into spotty lacing and film on the cup.

Scents of bready malt, toasted biscuit, lemon peel and light grassyness.

Some herbal hoppiness up front followed by a thinner layer of malt. Lightly toasted breadiness and biscuit notes. Softer lemon peel sweetness with faint grassyness and floral hops. Finishes slightly bitter and dry.

Thinner medium body, higher carbonation, a bit dry on the palate. Easy drinking, alright flavor, and pretty on par with some of the other Spaten offerings I've had. Definitely one of the better options available for a sporting event though.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright light golden color with a nice white cap
S: Nose is grain, sweet n crisp

T: Crisp, clean, hints of corn, grains, crisp hops

M: Light and crips, clean finish. Low ABV and cleanness leaves a good mouthfeel

D: Easy to drink overall

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Photo of CHickman
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a Spaten Pilsner Glass, this pours clear yellow with a massive 2-3 finger frothy white head that faded slowly; good spotty lacing with tons of carbonation racing up the brew in the middle of the glass.

Smells of lemon, yeast, light sweet malt, herbs, grass and light citrus hops; really light citrus aroma overall that is clean and airy.

Tastes of lemon, yeast, light sweet malt, herbs, grass, hay, grains, citrus hops and some light caramel; really light citrus essence is crisp and tasty, with a grainy hoppy pucker at the end. Really easy to drink, it goes down like water.

Mouthfeel is smooth on the tongue, very light and very crisp, with high bubbly carbonation, and an extremely refreshing feel and drinkability. A really great beer that was extremely drinkable, an excellent representation of German Pilsner beer!

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

I was surprised to find the Spaten Pils on tap at a local beer ba, the Congregation Ale House in Long Beach.

Pours a clear straw color with a white foamy head that dissipates in a few minutes to a thin white layer. Some lacing, but not much.

Smells of hops, but not much. Hints of grass, bread, and just a little malt.

Clean, crisp taste, withj ust a hint of hops up front, and a smooth, mild finish, and just a hint of sweetness. No hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, a little thin, and some carbonation in the middle.

Not a bad Pils. I always enjoyed this one while visiting Bavaria. This pils tends to be smoother, without the typical hop bitterness that most associate with a pils. Smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of Dave128
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This brew is what I compare to whenever I am given a German Pilsner. It has the classic taste and finish that it should have and reminds me a lot of my first beer tastings when I was wee lad thinking, "what should a good beer taste like?"

A - Brilliant gold color with ample carbonation evident by the bubbles racing towards the top, supporting a nice fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a while.

S - Grainy. I'm mildly reminded of a macro brew on the nose but then I get those wonderful flowery noble hops to quickly snap out of the thought of guzzling another cheap beer.

T - Slightly harsh on the first sip from the bitterness from the hops but the malt quickly shines through to counterbalance the bitterness for a great compromise. A little alcohol escapes at the end making me want to drink and drink to get the same 1-2-3 combo of bitterness, sweetness, and alcohol. Overall just a classic beer taste in my mind.

M - Swirls around smooth in the mouth high carbonation helps to counteract the bite from the bitterness.

D - I could see myself in lederhosen swiggin these down pint after pint. If these were readily available in grocery stores I would be filling my fridge with these every weekend. The epitome of a classic German Pils. The beer I recommend to my macro drinking friends when I suggest they drink a REAL lager.

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Photo of brewduck
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the classic German pilsner. Taste is like a great loaf of bread, with grain and sweetness showing through the crisp finish. I totally crave this beer, and use it as an example to demonstrate the style to friends who are just getting to the Real Beer stage. Def. one of my favorites. Very good for something that has international availability. I'd be happy to drink 3-4 of these.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, light straw color. Extra points awarded for solid retention.
S- Smell is of saaz hops, light grains, and just the faintest of sulphur smells, but not one that is at all pervading.
T- A bit sweet, grain heavy up front. Finishes with a twang of hop bite. One could call it aggressive floral flavor.
M- Crisp, refreshing, on the light side of average.
D- A quintessential pilsner. One of the classics of the style. Thoroughly drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The quentessential German Pilsner, and perhaps the opidome of the style. A crisp and refreshing soft pilsner base is balanced and complimented with Noble (Saaz) hops. Classicly German through and through.

An herbal boquet of floral/flowery hoops hit the nose first, just before the soft cracker-like malts begin its rise in intensity. Modest yeasty/sulfury notes linger in the background.

Brilliantly clear, light straw in color, the beer releases an airy white head and carries a long lasting foamstance while leaving light rings of lacing behind.

Flavors of malt sweetness, breadiness, and gains take precidence early- until the assertive hop bitterness then balances and eventually pushes the final taste deep into the finish and aftertaste. Still, herbal tasting with light tea-like notes and subtle flavor of hay and fresh cut lemongrass. Terterary flavors of minerals and sulfur aid the bitterness and crispness late and without becomming a deterrant to the beer.

Like most great German pilsners, the beer's soft and elegant malt profile is more than balanced with a depth and lingering floral hop flavor and bitterness. This beer begs to be paired with genuine bratwurst and saurkraut.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I will be forever indebted to Los Hermanos Alstrom and the seminar on Lager-style beers at which time the scales fell from my eyes.

Once again, a German offering at the home of the German expat, Beate, at Bridgewaters Pub in Philly. Who knew?

Brought to me with a finger of bone-white head with low retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pleasant Saaz hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a spicy hop taste on the tongue. Finish was dry, refreshing, eminently drinkable.

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Photo of Docer
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Guest tap at the Salmon Creek Brewpub...

- Straw yellow, light, clear-bodied pilsner.... little to no head, light white lacing... perfect for the style...

- Light skunk... fresh and crisp grain and hop.... perfectly light....

- Clear, clean, and crisp pilsner, perfect for the style... light skunk and floral 'n bitter hopping....

- Great carbonation, and tasty, slight sryness....

- Overall a great pilsner for the style... fits it spot-on.

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

Consumed 09/09/09.

Incredibly clear beer with average-for-style head. Light golden.

Aroma is sweet and grainy with corn overtones. Miniscule trace of spiciness - did I catch a furtive whiff of an actual hop?

Dry on the tongue, though not especially effervescent.

Flavor is somewhat sharp but lacks any real bite; sweetness and soft grain are really the only things I can pick up. Finish is crisp and fairly clean with only a slight residual sweetness.

Lacking in flavor, though not offensive, this is about as exciting to drink as watching paint dry. Still, this would probably seem like a flavor bomb on the palate of a Bud Light drinker. Faint praise, true.

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

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, deep yellow body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: The characteristic grassy, spicy touch of traditional German hops backed by a scent of grainy pilsner malts and scant hint of lemon.

Taste: Sweetish, grainy pilsner malts -- actually, make that particularly grainy. Modest background hint of basic lemon. Sharply spicy, grassy Noble hops with a moderate amount of bitterness that remains on-hand until the dry, lightly effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: As it should be, it's a crisp, clean German Pilsner that's pretty easy to quaff down at record speed.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the only beer of interest in a restaurant in upstate new york that i was eating at. Usually prefer other german pilsners but his was very good. Color was excellent, flavor and mouthfeel was perfect for lunch; in general i would recommend this as a great lunchtime lager.

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Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 0.3 liter Spaten Pils glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is clear, light golden color with a ½" white head that eventually recedes to a small ring around the glass. The flow of carbonation is nearly continuous though out consumption. Sipping leaves patches and spots of lacing here and there for most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is soft, with pale malt and herbal/floral character. There are some hints of lemon zest and a few earthy notes.

Taste: The flavor is initially sweet from the pale malts and then the hops quickly slide in and take over with their combination of floral and lemony bitterness forcing the malt into the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky smooth with the steady light, prickly carbonation. The finish is long and dry, beginning in the malt sweetness but then turning into the bitterness of the hops which seem to go on and on.

Drinkability: I found this one to be very drinkable and it would be very easy to have more than one (in fact I did ☺ ). This one will also be easy to turn to in the future. It should be a great summer beer, light, refreshing and tasty. Not a great Pils but well made and tasty. (However given the ready availability of Stoudt's Pils locally this one will always be second choice if the other is available.)

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Photo of Kadonny
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a Spaten European pils glass.

A: A light golden yellow color with a one finger white fluffy head. Nice right glass lacing.

S: Noble hops with grass, lemon, grains and malt sweetness.

T: Noble hops shine with light flavors of fruit with lemon, citrus, grass and a bit of pepper. The sweet sugary grainy malt takes over in the middle of the beer and lasts. Finish is a bit bitter but more sweet creaminess and mellowing. For me this is more akin to a Czeck style than German with it's balance and drinkability.

M: Smooth and creamy, not as bitter as I had hoped.

D: Light and drinkable, very easy going with this beer. Not a full bodied brew, but more drinkable.

Overall a solid beer I would have on tap any time. Not on par with the top notch pils', but still a solid brew.

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Photo of TLove
2.57/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This Spaten was too watered-down for my taste, despite it being on tap.

Appearance was light golden yellow, with a thin, white head.

Smell and taste were weak, with a poor distribution of sugary flavors and bitterness. Not crisp like most pilsners. Perhaps it was because it was the second-to-last beer in the keg before it went out. Tastes of cabbage, pear, and distilled water. Don't really know how else to describe this.

Mouthfeel a bit better, with the light hoppiness, gentle crispness, and syrupy sugars coming out in the mouth.

Finished poor, with little prospect of me wishing to open another.

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