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 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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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

17oz bottle picked up at the Coop today for $2.. poured into my small weizen glass.

2" rocky head drops leaving sheets of lace.. polished straw colored brew.

Grainy aroma is sorta husky ... floral/spicy hop nose.

Good bitter backbone transitions into malty background flavors and a distinctive spicy hoppiness. Body is on the light side of medium with fairly high carbonation.... very drinkable any time of the year.

I always seem to have access to the Spaten Pils, and actually buy it quite often.. a pretty good deal for a well made German pilsner.

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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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Spaten Pils from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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