Beer Profile: Spaten


Profiled by Maria Devan

Pours a pale straw color gold and glinting with clarity. Thinnish white head that fell off pretty fast. Nose is mild grain, and a small whiff of dms. Textbook to style. Taste is excellent. Crisp malt. Body is tremendously light even thinnish. Carbonation livens the palate . Smooth, dry malty finish with a soft sweet hop herbal. No esters, no diacetyl.

If you want to observe the “background DMS note from pils malt” as per the bjcp – this is your beer..



Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”


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mdMaria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY, is a great beer writer, and should be a beer judge. We’d consider kidnapping her and taking her to a test so she can become one, but that would be wrong and ILLEGAL.