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 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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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored and clear. Pours with an impressive head and outstanding lace.

Malty and "frothy" in the nose. Nice floral hop in the background.

Well balanced, but quite light in flavor. Too little of a good thing. This has all of the elements of a nice pils but as it was watered down. Oddly, the body is fine.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Spaten Pils is a clear golden lager with a film of a white head. Soft fruit and wood are in the aroma. It smells prickly and a touch sweet with hints of lemon. It is light bodied and a touch gritty like minerals. It is smooth, well rounded in bitterness and shows great balance in flavor. All of the aroma elements are present in the flavor, plus pretzels and cracked pepper. Very drinkable.
(rated Jul 8, 2008)

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Photo of spike882
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good two inch white head that sticks around for a little bit but doesn't leave a lot of lacing on the glass. Nice light taste with a fair malty body. Pleasant aroma of hops and citrus running on the lemony side. Taste is fresh but slightly bitter with a good amount of carbonation. A pretty straightforward pilsner. The finish was bitter but crisp that makes for relatively easy drinkability. Would reccomend to others that like the pils style with a zesty citrus taste.

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

This is a flavourful, highly drinkable pilsner with a good body, but, while hopd-ominated, it's relatively light in the hoppiness for a German pilsner.

Golden, it has a medium white head that shrinks only slowly and leaves no real lace.

The aroma is bready grain with a strong, sweet flowers and herbs and a hint of sulphur.

The taste is light but fairly firm malty, bready grain with herbal hops, hints of mineral and lemon, and light but dominant, zesty bitterness. A slightly oily texture and malty sweetness, nicely counter the hops, making it seem a little closer to a Czech than a true German-style pilsner. The hops mostly come to the fore with a finish that is zesty, lively, herbal, and lightly bitter, riding bready sweetness.

It lacks the clearly hop-dominated character or zesty cleanliness of other German pilsners, but it's still quite good and a lot better than many.

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Photo of zornbeast
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a Large Hefeweisen Glass. Clear in apperance with yellow tint, nicely carbonated. Smell is of light earthy hops perdominated by malt sweetness. Straightforward Pils in taste, with a nice semi-crisp finish. Light Drinkability leading to exceptional drinkability. Not a favorite but definatly a nice beer, enjoyable in the hot weather.

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Photo of animal69
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear pale golden-yellow w/ a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving a good coating of lace in my pilsn glass ; a moderate smell, cereal grains w/ some grassy hops ; a decent herbal hop bite initially filled in w/ a light bready malt flavor, a clean crisp finish ; a dry light bodied brew with a good amount of co2 ; a good pilsner for sure, i could drink this all summer long....

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Photo of biggmike
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with nice white head that hung around for a while. Nice grassy aroma with a floral element to it as well. Flavor is pretty much standard fare, but is very smooth with a pleasant mouthfeel. This is a very refreshing and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of trackstar1043
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright golden/wheat perfectly unclouded and has minimal head left little lacing.

S - Aromas of wheat and grains, has a bit of a bitter sweet smell, very crisp and clean.

T - Light and clean, the taste of wheat and grains are very present and balance nicely with the hops.

M - Light and crips, clean finish.

D - Easy to drink but there are better Pilseners.

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Photo of daledeee
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in a 16.9 ounce dark bottle.

Pours a clear yellow with a nice white fluffy head. Lace stayed to the end.

The nose is slightly hoppy and grainy.

Taste is true pilsner. Nice up front hops and great balance of malt and hops. Aftertaste is hops. Mouthfeel is good carbonation. A very pleasant beer to drink.

Pilsners are tough to find in my area. When I was in northern Germany, that is all that the bars wanted to sell.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date of August 2008; Sampled February 2008
A vigorous pour produces a four-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that leaves a fairly amount of lacing as it slowly recedes with a volcanic plateau in the middle of my glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear full gold color. Grassy, herbal hop notes mix with a touch of honey-like malt and a finish of soda cracker grain character. If you dig around a bi more fresh crushed grain aromas, notes similar to fresh bread crumb and a definite, fresh cut herbal note.

A crisp, hop biting bitterness is noticeable as soon as the beer hits my tongue. This bitterness continues throughout the flavor profile into a long dry finish. Slightly grassy, most definitely herbal with even a bit of lemon zest flavor, the hop character is certainly the defining character of this beer. The malt plays a supporting role here, but is very clean with just a touch of sweet grain flavor in the middle, and a dry, grain-like, bready finish that lingers on in the mouth. Light bodied and easy drinking, though it does have a light heft to it that helps the malt stick to the mouth a bit.

This is a nice quaffing beer; it is a great example of a German Pils; crisp hop and malt character with a solid hop bitterness. Certainly not the most intriguing beer in the world, but there is something about it that just hits the spot.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Spaten Pils from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.67 out of 5 based on 232 ratings.
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