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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 428
Hads: 903
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 17.74%
Wants: 45
Gots: 117 | FT: 0
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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-02-1998

Our Original Munich Lager is a true classic and a beer which always goes down well. It is mild with a hint of sweetness and a soft hit of hops in the background. This Munich beer is ideal to accompany spicy dishes.
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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18 oz pint on draft at the Bier Markt - Square One. Served on tap into a cool Paulaner pint glass / mug.

Appearance - Rich dark golden color, a decent finger of fluffy white head and good retention. Impressive clarity and lots of visible bubbles.

Smell - Grainy with some very bready notes and some nice sweetness, making this definitely a Munich Helles, but certain similarities to a Marzen are in place.

Taste -Rich flavors with a steady hop bitterness up front, followed up by a sweet malt backbone that is unyielding. Lots of grain throughout make this one of the best Helles Lagers on the market.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and crisp, modest carbonation and average dryness on the finish.

Overall - A top notch Munich helles, i only wish this was available in bottles or cans here.

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Photo of Oleg85
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought as "Paulaner Münchner Hell". Bottled May 2015.
L: Pours clear pale color between yellow and green. Thick two fingers white head disappears quickly. Carbonation is low.
S: Tender warm smell of fresh baked bread, baked pork, with some hops on the background.
T: Rich taste of dough and oats with nice hoppy aftertaste.
F: Fits the style.
O: Very good helles, rich in taste and refreshing. I'd highly recomend to try it.

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Photo of Marlowe_85
4.82/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On those nights when you plan to drink a bunch of beers, I've always preferred to go with lagers. Go down easy, and the taste doesn't wear on you even after you're a few deep. For this, Paulaner is among my favorites. I first had it at the Auld Dubliner in Long Beach, CA. They haven't yet had it on draft while I've been there, but it is served by the bottle.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Golden color with intense and thick white head. Malt and grassy hops in aroma. Taste is malty with quite short aftertaste. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of BayernMunchen3113
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very light and crisp helles lager. Floral tones and fruity tones really shine through in this one. Very flavorful and I would definitely recommend to anyone who asked if it's worth it or not! Prost!

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Photo of EMV
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Paulaner brauhaus in Frankfurt. Poured into a pint stein.

L: Pours a clear golden color with thick white head.

S: Malts and noble hops. Fresh baked bread.

T/F: Malty and smooth. Hops there at the finish. Very typical for the style. Nicely carbonated and crisp/smooth.

O: A classic example of a Helles Lager. Tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden beer with two-finger whte head, medium retention. Smell is too papery to be admired of, somewhat floral. Taste is even and malty, common for munchner helles, some herbal hops. Classic helles.

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Photo of lucasldoria
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The cream is a little dense and consistent. The surprise is in its smell and taste with strong presence of malt. Soft and weak end, but great drinkability.

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Photo of VeioBarreiro
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Super light beer with low carbonation. Light floral smell. Tastes not so bitter with hop spice. Body lighter than I expected, almost like water ... Expected more from a Paulaner beer.

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Photo of zac16125
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
no bottling dates

A: Very light pale straw yellow, a few carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass. 1.5 fingers width of bright white head has decent retention before dissipating down, and leaves almost no lacing. 3.75

S: Floral, sweet, some hop spice, a metallic quality. 3.5

T: Hop spice, some sweetness, floral, subtle bitterness. 3.75

M/D: Light body, carbonation appropriate, very easy drinking. 3.5

O: Solid beer, but not my favorite Helles Lager. Can’t hate on a classic though. 3.75

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 500ml brown bottle into straight pilsner mug.

L) Light golden colour, clear, lots of bubbles rising. This one hasn't got any head, just a thin broken white film.

S) Warm bready Munich malt. Delicious smell, but more muted than some other Munich Helles.

T) Lovely warm bready doughy Munich malt is the big taste, with equal hints of hallertau hop bitterness right at the back of the mouth and a distinct sweetness, the origin of which is hard to pin down.

F) Spot on for the style, the sweetness element adds very pleasant additional dimension.

O) Solid Helles, not the best example but available from Majestic Wines for equivalent of £1.60 a bottle; well worth the money.

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Photo of drmeto
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

-very floral and slightly metallic upfront
-Notes of honey
-well carbonated
-slight lemon notes with a clean finish

o.k. Helles,the Augustiner beats the shit out of it though

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Photo of marko7
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. Nice look for a lager, but of course, the head disappears quickly upon pouring. Tastes somewhat strange at first, almost as if some kind of powder had been mixed with water. Initially, I wasn't a fan, but after a few more sips, it started to taste relatively solid.

All in all, I would say this is a pretty average lager, which came as a bit of a disappointment to me, as I had been expecting considerably more of a supposedly premium-class German lager.

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Photo of priwen
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice, rich yellow appearance with hints of gold. Slightly hazy. Creamy, white head. Aroma of mild, grassy hops with some bready malts. I don't taste anything too distinct. Maybe some lemon with grassiness from the hops. The overall flavor is very nice. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Dry finish. Refreshing. Overall, I really liked this one. Although it's nothing special, it has an easygoing character that I find very appealing.

11.2 oz bottle
Best before: 01/15
Served in a Pilsner glass

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Dad tonight.

This one pours a golden clear yellow, with a little bit of lacing, and one inch head.

This smells slightly faint, but nice- bready malts and grassy hops.

This is pretty simple but pretty tasty. The aforementioned bready malts and grassy hops stand tall. Very little bitterness, and very little sweetness- it's perfectly balanced in the middle there.

This is light bodied, with a crisp, dry mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

This is a very "beery" beer, and one of the best of the style.

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Photo of FZR23
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer. The smell is nice, the taste is nice, and it's one of those beers that I can drink all evening long without feeling the need to switch to a different type.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; the color of apple juice - SRM approx. 5-6; less than a 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar;

S: sulfur;

T: a little skunky; can still pick up a little of the cracker from the malt; a touch of sour apple tartness on the back end before a moderately bitter finish;

M: light bodied; a little effervescent; crisp;

O: if I didn't get the skunkiness, this would have been really good:

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

There is a grainy, earthy, crayon-like malt aroma accented with some light fruitiness akin to pear and apricot. The head is white and leaves webby lacing; the body is a very pale golden hue. The flavor is dominated by sweet, grainy malt with some doughy sourness, along with some spicy, low-level hop bitterness and a sweet, grainy finish. The feel is rather light and crisp with moderate carbonation.

Very light, smooth, and drinkable with plenty of cleanly sweet malt and just a little punctuating bitterness. It also has a sour quality, which isn't too appealing.

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Photo of mmmbirra
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Typical Munich lager appearance.
Typical Munich lager sweet maltiness in the aroma with a hint of hops. Not bad.
Nice sweet malt with again the hops in the background, but it has a slick almost buttery character to it that I don't much enjoy and don't find in any of the other classic examples of the style.
Very drinkable, but that slick sensation builds up and I enjoy the second pint less than the first, the third less than the second.

I'll take a Hofbrau or Spaten over this any day.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +7.5%

A: Straw body with a white head.
S: A bit of prickly ginger and some hops spice.
T: A bit grainy but plenty of lemon/lemonade and some ginger beer. Fairly bitter. Some slight denkness from the hops. Nice bitter/lemonday aftertaste.
O: Would be great with some bread and cheese.

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Photo of ENogueira
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

11.2 oz bottle 04/15 poured in a pint glass. Clear yellow, like most lagers. Huge foam head buildup; took a while to go away. Smells bready and of malt. Tastes of chemicals and grain. Something off-putting about it. I got a lingering, bitter aftertaste. I'm going to have to revisit. It may be due to not having had a lager in quite some time.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color with a slight white head Some lacing left along the glass as you finish. Good amount of carbonation. Smell is sweet, malty, and fresh. Taste is also malty but with a subtle hint of grapes. Medium bodied -- good session beer and a good alternative for someone that feels like getting a lager with a little kick to it but nothing crazy. Paired this with sausage and peppers on the bbq on a hot summer day and it was very enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 8/2/14. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass "Texas" style boot.

Pours a pretty golden in color with a good half of a finger foamy white head that settles down to just along the sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is of bready malts for the most part. The taste has more going on even with a sweet bread taste followed by a slight dry finish. Clean and crisp and goes down easy. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Lighter to medium bodied. Overall a great brew!

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Photo of JamesMN
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dated 01/15.

Appearance: Amazing clarity and a golden color. Fluffy three-finger white head with decent retention. A few tiny bubbles cascade upwards from the base of the glass.

Aroma: Great bready malt. Some dryness, very clean.

Taste: Not as grainy as the aroma led me to believe. Some bitterness from the hops as well as some interesting yeast esters. Somewhat dry with a smooth finish. Aftertaste is a tad cloying due to dryness bready malt flavor that lingers on the palate. I expected a little more hop flavor, there is really just a hint of bitterness. A flash of sweetness comes across during the initial taste.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with smooth carbonation and easy drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Not quite as great as I was hoping given the freshness and dark bottle. A good example of the style and worth a try if you are a fan of the style. Nothing special but far and above adjunct swill on the market. Would I drink it again? On a hot day.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is dry grain with some lemon. Mild.
The taste has a grain flavor as well with some mild bitterness. Pretty tame.
The texture is fizzy with moderate carbonation.
It's fine but lacks any distinguishing characteristics.

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Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.