Sitting atop the worldwide domestics
A Review of Spaten Premium Lager by Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Posted on 4/11/2013 by Chops
The lager is perhaps the most abused and bastardized beer style on the planet. Large corporate breweries have stripped so much character out of the style that most beer drinkers have no earthly idea what lagers are supposed to taste like. Every beer producing country brews a domestic lager of some sort, which is usually the most popular beer due to its high accessibility. These beers also translate into primary exports and big beer companies just love to flog that cash cow like they caught it breaking into their house. In other words, the world is full of crappy flavorless lagers that are essentially the same beers in different packaging. That is, unless it comes from Germany. So going into the Spaten Premium Lager, I already know that it resides on the lower end of the German beer spectrum. But that's more than enough clout to destroy its competitors.

In the glass, the Spaten Premium Lager has a golden straw coloration that resembles apple juice. It came with a frothy white head that has good retention. On the nose, I found grainy pale malts along with grassy notes and a touch of lemony citrus. The aroma was very clean and somewhat buttery, which foreshadowed a decent body. It didn't smell soapy, metallic, or watered down. In other words, those Germans know what the hell they are doing, even when crafting no-thinker drinkers.

I found that the flavor closely mirrored the aroma: grainy malts, earthy grass and lemon citrus. I also found a biscuit-like bready note that acted as a base layer. The hop profile was quite mild, but appropriately complimented the flavor, creating a well-balanced brew. The hops were more noticeable on the exit, which finished clean and left a lightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was thicker for the style and came across as moderately buttery. The beer feels and drinks a lot like apple juice. It's unoffensive and easy to grasp.

Overall, the Spaten Premium Lager is a tasty brew and a worthy representative of the style. I can easily recommend it to any and all beer fans. Seasoned drinkers will enjoy it as a reliable session and/or maintenance beer while novices will enjoy it as a big step up from their usual garbage beer. I wouldn't call this a great beer, but it's certainly one of the best of the big worldwide domestics. This isn't exactly a revelation considering the beer's origin, but it can't even touch the Deutschland masters. Course, Spaten isn't that kind of brewery and I imagine they are perfectly content offering the world a simpler taste of German brewing. As an American, I feel very fortunate to even have access to the bigger German brews, even if they are less regarded in their homeland. But compared to vile swill like Budweiser, the Spaten Premium Lager is a champion.

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