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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Not Rated.
Paulaner Original MünchnerPaulaner Original Münchner

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429 Reviews

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Reviews: 429
Hads: 914
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 17.74%
Wants: 46
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews by zdk9:
Photo of zdk9
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Comes out of the bottle a pale yellow with about half a finger of head. Appearance is underwhelming.

S- Sweetness of honey or light maple syrup, or just plain malt syrup. Some floral notes as well, plus some peach or apricot.

T- Light sweetness, earthy bitterness fading into pure bitter feeling on the corners of my tongue. Nothing particularly notable.

M- Fine- the balance is towards the sweetness.

O- This is a boring beer. A very drinkable-don't-have-to-think-about-it boring, but still kind of boring.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of baw185
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great German Helles lager. Found this when I was exploring various Biergartens in Munich.

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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 furballkazoo
4.74/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Munich Helles, can really taste the malt.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good malty German brew,finishes well with just enough hop spiceyness to it.Good with food,not to light but doesnt fill you up real quick either,thearomas are light, but the flavor is fuller with some substance to it,unlike to many American adjuct filled lagers.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is a clear, brilliant yellow with a good, pitting head.

Smell – The big citrus sweetness stood out immediately at the nose. There are also some sharp grainy notes.

Taste – This one really smoothed out at the taste. There’s a nice mix of citrus notes and maybe something lighter, like melon or cherries, to go with the grain.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Lager has some very light carbonation with a heavy creamy citrusy hit at the back of the tongue.

Drinkability – This is a good, basic, no frills lager.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice yellow pour with aclean with head and
visibly active carbonation.

S: Grassy, grainy, lemon peel flavors with under
lying tastes of alcohol and a cilo.

T: Unlike any pilsner I've had. Very good
character and suprisingly complex medley of
flavors. I like the hint of lemons and the
mental image of pasture the taste evokes.

M: A little thin but crisp with good carbonation

D: Very drinkable, one of my top two pilsners
this spring (so far)

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Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BK2084
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Todd
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz European style bottle, with a drawing of Munich. They even trademarked "Original Munich."

Appearance: Light pale, yellow. Clear and fizzy with little head.

Smell: Clean, toasted, with slight hints of yeast and banana.

Taste: Blends of light, toasted malt and a smidgeon of spiced banana. Succeeded by a crisp lemon-hop finish, to cleanse the palate.

Notes: A very respected lager, and rather tasty.

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Photo of Guden
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light yellow with a 3/4 inch head. Lacing is good. Smell is nice. Taste is light bodied, being nicely malty. German hops are present giving a nice somewhat bitter mouthfeel. This had almost a hint of skunk, but just enough to make it interesting. Finish is very smooth and crisp. This is a good beer, though lighter than a lot of German lagers.

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Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle pours a clear, golden body with a small vanilla head that falls into some delicate silky lacing. Aroma is somewhat restrained, featuring floral and spicy hops and some toasted grain. Light medium in body with a crisp carbonation. Taste is dominated by a spicy hop bitterness that is never out of check. Sweet toasty malt sweetness provides an ideal balance. Hints of golden apple fruitiness add interest. One of the most drinkable lagers in the world and a true classic.

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Photo of henryclay_
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of vinivini
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AustinRT
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 edhockvols
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of wer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of fionn13
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mte1972
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Thrasher
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a fine everyday beer, with light malt background, aggressive hoppy hints, and persistent rapid bubbles reminiscent of a beady pilsner. Short-lived head, yellow golden color, not much aroma. Decent with spicier foods, generally delicate but substantial and interesting enough for sustained drinking. A basic flavor - what most people think of when they think of "beer" - without the US macro chemical nastiness. Some slight travel damage is inevitable; after all, this is a pretty sensitive brew, but tasty nonetheless.

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Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.