Thursday, 1 December 2011


Spaten is a classic pale lager from Munich, Germany.  Sold in 500mL cans, Spaten's label features a shovel blade for some reason.*  It weighs in at 5.2% alcohol.  It is an extremely clear, moderately carbonated brew.  It is a wispy, yellow gold colour and pours with a substantial foamy white head that lingers as in a weird sort of pangea shape.  There is very little lace.
There is a harvest smell of wheat, grains and sweet corn.  The flavour is wheaty with a slight citrus twist.  The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side.  The aftertaste is unexpectedly bitter and pleasantly sour for a mass-produced pale lager.

Spaten is, as you would expect from a Western German pale lager, thin and refreshing.  The flavour is not earth-shattering, but there is an unexpected kick at the back end.  All told, not a bad little brew.

*An astute reader has pointed out that "spaten" is German for "spade".  I probably should have put that together...

Rating: 7.0 out of 10.

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