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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Added by xlperro on 04-12-2002

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Photo of stcules
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clean, brilliant, golden color. Thin perlage. Decent head, white.
Nothing strange in the smell. Average hoppy, hay and freshness. For sure, not a bad beer.
Same for the taste, correct, just a bit anonimous. Sweet, acacia honey, and then a plesant bitterness in the back.
In the aftertaste the bitterness is quite long, and pleasant.
Light in body, very drinkable.

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Photo of SargeC
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep gold with a foamy white head.

Smell: Overall, clean aroma. Hints of grass, butter and malt.

Taste: Brilliant hop presence. Clean, yet flavorful finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Flavors linger long after each sip.

Drinkability: Great session beer. Able to satisfy without overpowering.

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Photo of atsprings
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a thin head that diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is sweet malts and a hint of bubble-gum. The taste is sweet malts and some slight citrus hop flavor. The beer is very light and crisp with near perfect carbonation. This is certainly an enjoyable pils.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow, quite bubbly, with a HUGE frothy head. I mean, HUGE, like three fingers.

S: Very hoppy smelling.

T: Very hoppy with an intensely bitter aftertaste. A subtle mix of spices and fruit (citrus?) in there as well, but mostly overpowered by the hops.

MF: Light and bubbly, and goes down very smooth.

D: This beer got better as I continued to drink it. The spicy/fruity overtones came out more and more. Very nice flavor, much better than I had expected.

Spaten scores again!

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

I was served 12 ounces from a keg in a frosted mug.

A: It pours a nearly translucent bright yellow with a one to two finger bright white head. The head lingered but only moderately laced the glass.

S: There is a distinct aroma of hops that is accentuated by the heavy carbonation. There is also the slight smell of alcohol.

T: Very grassy and zesty. The flavor of the hops dominate giving it a crisp fresh flavor. It is not overly bitter so it retains its fresh flavor throughout the experience. It finishes somewhat but not overly dry with a tough of bitterness lingering on.

M: Light body with a thin crisp tang that is refreshing. There is a slight bitterness during and linger after each sip.

Comment: This is a refreshing beer that has enough zip to it to complement a heavy meat pizza or a plate of sausage and sauerkraut.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spaten Pils pours a crystal clear golden amber from a dark brown 1pt .9fl oz glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head of white fine bubble foam went to over two fingers before dissipating to a full cap of carpeting foam with fine lacing along the walls of my 22oz Pils glass.

Nose is of damp barley grain, malt, and hops. Palate is a well bittered hops followed by toasted barley malts where the bittering is more prevalent than the sweet malt. The level of carbonation is evident by the constant streams of bubbles welling up from the golden Pils when the glass is at rest, which is not often. Also the bight of carbonation and bittering of the hops, make for a pleasant aftertaste as well.

A more complete Pils would be hard to find, as all of the attributes are represented well, appearance, smell, and taste, being World Class.

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Photo of JBogan
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very light golden color with a fair sized head which left good lacing.

A good amount of carbonation, not too much, not too little. Left a nice tingle on the tongue.

Had a good crisp bite to it and a pleasing aroma.

A very drinkable Pilsner which did a fine job of quenching my thirst on a hot summer Vegas afternoon. I'd pick this one up again.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bitburger Pokal. Looks quite fit, with a light golden color, tight bodied finger of head and drippy lace. Slightly discomfitted by the rapids of carbonation emenating from the bottom but I know that's within the style. Nose is faint but fragrant, spicy hops. Stay on target.

Fresh and not as carbonated as I feared but nicely active. Defintely has some noble hops props, with a coarse, moderately bitter finish and tasty aftertaste. Mouthfeel could stand to be a little smoother but doesn't embarass itself. This is a surprisingly husky, aggressive pilsner (especially for a bottle) that will please traditionalists and fans of continental style beer. Not really up my alley but definitely demands respect.

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Photo of illidurit
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a franziskaner weizen glass, this beer is light straw colored and clear with a nice 2 inch white head. Leaves some scattered lacing as it reduces to a cap of foam.

S: Grainy up front and grassy in the back.

T: Cereal grains and dough with an herbal hop tinge at the end. Pretty typical.

M/D: Smooth and sparkly, very easy to drink.

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Photo of xgabe
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First pilsner I'm reviewing officially... after being all over the imperial stouts and double IPA's, it was about time I saw some of the original styles that brought all this awesome craziness about.

Poured into a pilsner glass (finally got to use it!), pouring a pale straw yellow, effervesence vividly present, forming a 1" head that left little to no lacing on the glass.

The grassy fresh smell was present... very vivid on the aroma side, especially when you think this is supposed to compete with American pilsners... this one blows the macrobrews away in complexity.

Mouthfeel was surprisingly full, yet dry and crisp. The carbonation was more vivid than I like in most styles, but fits this one right, far from becoming seltzer-like.

Very enjoyable... I usually stick to American craft microbrews, but this one is an enjoyable departure from the usual ales I have.

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

So we make our way back to some Spaten. They have been treating me very well lately between the lager, octoberfest, and dopplebock. I see the Pils always sitting next to the rest and figured it was about time I gave it a try.

A- Crystal clear pale colden yellow. Nice one inch white head upon the pour quickly faded to reveal nothing at all. No lace eaither. Decent amount of carbonation coming from the bottom kept it at least looking a bit alive for now.

S - Light grain, earthy type aroma. A hint at maybe some ceral or bread, and a touch of a spicey yeast perhaps in the back.

T - Typlical pilsner. Very light flavor, lots of grain and wheat, a touch of some bread, nothing really shocking or stand out here, just typical.

M - Crisp, clean, short lived finish. Nice carbonation and a good feel on the tongue. Very easy going down, and could honestly drink a whole lot of these if I tried.

Overall this was a typical pilsner in my eyes. It impressed me the least out of the Spaten beers I have tried so far. Still it was pretty decent and there are alot worse out there. This could very easily be a hot summer day mowing the lawn type of beer. Served cold and drank quickly, not half bad.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Clear golden yellow, with thick white head, good lacing and retention. A quality sight.

S: Very robust for a pilsner, bready malts and dry noble hops predominately.

T: Noble hops are very evident, dry and earthy. Backed up by quality German malt, very tasty.

M: Smooth, dry, not overly carbonated as some pils tend to be, very well done.

D: A quality pils from Germany at a good price, only $1.69 a bottle, my local liquor store just got this, you can't go wrong with this brew from Spaten.

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

A: Pours a pale, almost excessively clear golden yellow. Hints of brown on the fringe of the beer. Aggressive pour lead to three fingers of head, which fade fairly quickly, leaving a moderate to minimal lacing on the glass. Head itself is white as a newly bleached wifebeater. (Nice comparison, there, eh? But seriously, white white white.) Bubbles mozy from the bottom at a sluggish pace to form with the head.

S: Intense grain with incredibely subtle sweetness. Minimal hops present in the nose. Beer smells crips, clean and bitter.

T: Definite pilsner. Malt and hops are light and refreshing. More bitter when cold, this beer definitely changes according to the temperature in which it is served. What begins as a cold bitterness marked by herbal and vegetal notes warms into a malty, almost carmel or buttered sweetness which is expertly balanced by a cripsness on the end.

M: Beer is textured very well. The excessive carbonation found in many light lagers and pilsners is not present. Instead, the bubbles slide across the palate without being overly silky or viscous. This is still a pilsner. The bubbles are present, but not obnoxiously so.

D: It's a quality german pilsner. It's very drinkable. With a meal, on the beach, at the pub. What makes this beer great is the range of flavors it can express. Want a fairly bitter beer with herbal notes? Chug away. Prefer a softer, slightly sweeter beer? Sip and enjoy. Either way, it's easy to drink and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh....A true Pilsner without overdoing it.

One of Munich's big boys and a fine brew. I harken back to my Munich days with TTU94 and Ungespundet drinking at the Gardens of Bavaria.

I'll keep it short...if our want to know what it's like to drink in southern Germany, get six of these .5 liters (each) and go to the park on a 70 degree day with some buddies and some Pretzels.

Heaven or whatever you might call it.

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Photo of theopholis
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Wow!!! This is a light, crystal clear brew. Pours a very clear, very light yellow. It is quite effervescent with impressive head. Both fall off failry quickly tho. Very little lacing.

Aroma- Lots of light sour-mash and saaz. About what you would expect. Kind of simple and 1-diminsional though.

Taste- Mostly grassy and grainy. Very little malt sweetness, no flavoring hops. Just a basic pilsner.

MouthFeel- This is the high point of the beer, Medium body for the style (which means it's relatively light), and the perfect amount of carbonation. Very refreshing.

Drinkability- Drinks very easy, very sessionable. Good with dinner or working out in the back yard.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a seriously pale beer, thin lace. There is some sweetness from light grains and a little twinge of hop, not much there. The flavor is mostly malt grain with a hint towards peppery hop. It is very well balanced, could wash down a lot of cuisine. Straightforward German pilsener, if it's your style give it a shot.

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Photo of MusicmanSD
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Love Spaten's products, and rarely see this anywhere on shelves, so I snatched it. Very nice bottle, I don't care if its 500 ml, its enough to perfectly fill my hefe glass! The appearance is pale as @#%, I thought it was bud light or somethin! Not too much head either, in fact, gone within 2 minutes...the smell however, makes it all good inside. Hop hit to it, which gives me faith in german pilsener's after a Beck's shirade. The taste is alllright....cant say it stacks up to the czech version though. In fact, far behind in retrospect...but it does its job, and thats to make my tastebud's happy! Spaten's malt is one of my favorite's, and paired with my favorite style, it comes out a very well rounded product. I had a bit of a headache while tasting this, so I'm going to give it another chance next time the oppurtunity comes around.

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

Bought this a few nights ago from the local liquor store along with a few other beers, this is the beer I have saved for last of the bunch. On to the beer:

Poured into a stange glass, the body resembles a straw-like color with a nice two-finger foam head that sticks to the glass. The smell suggests of sweetness, followed by notes of hops. Now to taste; very crisp, grassy, with a moderate spicy bitterness that lingers after each sip. Going down the hatch, it was light, but not too light, smooth, and refreshing. The only problem I had was I didn't have enough of this beer, as their "bombers" are sold in 500 milliliter bottles.

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Photo of GilaMinumBeer
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've only had one other Pilsner style beers. And that experience left me weary of the style, but not being willing to let one breweries sample give testimony to the style, I tried this one on an impulse.

Served from a bottle into an oversized mug, this beer poured a clear, gleaming, light honey color and produce a thick white frothy head leaving very little lacing. In the mug, the beer looked a pale straw color. The head dissipated very slowly and produced a grassy, white wine like aroma with alcoholic notes.

The taste of this beer was surprisingly mild, but with a complex mixture of malty, spicy, hoppy tones coming and going in succession. Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing. This beer finished dry and grassy leaving me wanting to continue to savour.

This beer was easy to drink, and with its moderate alcohol content I could easily spend an afternoon with this beer. However, in that I am not fond of the "smaller", beers I don't see myself buying this beer often much keeping a stock of it in the fridge. Given this experience, I will gladly continue to sample other examples of this style.

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

Pours golden & effervescent with a 4 fingers+ pillowy white head. Great head rention & pretty good lacing

S: Perfumy hops

T: Grassy then a little grainyness up front. Grapefruitty/lemony hops follow. Finishes dry, fruitty & hoppy. There's just a tinge of cardboard taste hanging around detracting from the taste

MF: Medium bodied with perfect carbonation that brings out the softness & the hops

Drinks very easy, if this was a little fresher maybe it push higher marks, not sure. Had this in germany & it tasted about the same. A pretty good pils!

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Photo of goschool
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pour is clear straw with probably three inches of head popping out of the rim of my glass.

Smell: The aroma has floral and grassy hops as well as light grains and a decent amount of malt for the style.

Taste: The flavor profile is crisp and hoppy. Along with grassy and floral hops, soft sweet malts, grains, and the slightest hint of lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: This is lighter bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable brew. I had Spaten's dopplebock before this one and many BA's would have drank this one first, but it's refreshing crisp profile washes away all of the sticky malts.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9oz brown bottle

Spaten Pils was a very clear golden colored lager with a large white head. The head had good retention and left some lacing. It has a light hop aroma. The taste was crisp and clean with a slightly dry bitter finish. It is light to medium in body with plenty of carbonation. This beer goes down very easily. It went great with a burger and fries. Tasty and thristquenching.

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Photo of boblog
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow color. Large head that thins out leaving some lacing. Nice crisp aroma. Taste is crisp with malt after taste. It is a medium bodied brew that has wonderful soft velvet like mouthfeel. As a good Pilsner it is highly drinkable. Not my favorite Spaten brew, but I will certainly purchase it again.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice straw color with a good and frothy white head that is fueled by lots of carbonation throughout the beer.

Smell. Light and malty, even has a small floral aroma. A little citrus twist is in here. Nothing too too great, but nice.

Taste. Has a nice maltiness to it that is just slightly roasted and sweet. Hops are present enough to give this a good bitterness. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and I even get a honey taste.

Mouthfeel is good. I think it has a very nice balance, lots of carbonation. Body is nice and refreshing, and is medium in body.

Overall a nice beer. One that has a good malt character and easy to drink. Very good for it’s style, and a nice beer, but I just think this style has a glass ceiling on how good they can be. Don’t get me wrong, I like the style and give it lots of respect, but I just look to other styles when I look for complexity. But this is good.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Forest Restaurant, Nederland, Colorado, where the wait staff speak German, and they feature German beers.

Served in a Paulaner ( ! ! ) Pilsner glass with minimal head. Light yellow color.

An above-average German Pilsener: hoppy, crisp, clean and dry. It's everything you look for in the style, which, to my taste, isn't much. This is to drink WITH something, something like the incredibly delicious meal I enjoyed at this fantastic restaurant.

This would be a decent session beer, I suppose, but I would have to eat something with it.

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