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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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764 Ratings
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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 24
Gots: 41 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-02-1998)
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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +34.4%

05-03-2014 02:36:31 | More by agentorangebitter
Photo of sconsi


5/5  rDev +34.4%

This is easily my favorite beer. It has a nice full body, great odor and color, and tastes like heaven. This is what beer is supposed to taste like, so it's no surprise that this beer is the local favorite of Munich. It's a little diminished bought when bought in the States, but nothing can beat drinking a liter of this beer in the biergarten.

06-30-2008 19:35:09 | More by sconsi
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

08-29-2012 03:42:13 | More by Suigintou92
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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +34.4%

01-03-2013 21:18:54 | More by wsc3
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4.95/5  rDev +33.1%

This is simply a superb example of a 'proper'
quality German lager. Taste is robust with a unique, very original hoppy flavor yet not overpowering. A GREAT session beer in where several of these can be consumed quite rapidly with nearly zero negative drawbacks.

Pours golden in color and with a good, frothy head that resists settling and sticks beautifully to the sides of the glass.

Now this is what I call BREW!

IMO the Germans make the best beer in the world and this fine beer is one of the countries best.

05-07-2011 02:52:44 | More by AdrianRP
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South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

05-10-2014 15:10:29 | More by henryclay_
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

07-05-2014 04:44:25 | More by Boki
Photo of dfitch81


4.65/5  rDev +25%

Typical appearance for the style; I'd have a pretty difficult time rating the appearance of any munich helles or pilsener a '5' since they all look more or less the same. Smell is wonderful - fresh, clean and crisp, with spicy noble hops making their presence known. Taste is fantastic - crisp and tart with just enough malt sweetness to balance. I love it! Ample carbonation suits this brew well. Highly drinkable, this beer always does it for me. A favorite to be sure, severely underrated in my opinion. Call me crazy, but to me this is comparable to Weihenstephaner original - only much easier to find.

09-03-2009 01:41:16 | More by dfitch81
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4.65/5  rDev +25%

I have been buying different German pilsners and lagers over the last few weeks, and this time, Paulaner is next.

I took a six of this home last night and poured into a small goblet.

The malts and grains hit my nose immediately. The head was decent at first, but slowly dissolved. However, the lacing streaked beautifully down the sides of the glass.

Has a slight citrus and sweet, grainy taste.

A great beer with excellent to outstanding drinkability. A nice session beer that's not too heavy.

This was my first time drinking this particular beer and I am duly impressed. Another fine product that will always have a home in my fridge.

11-03-2009 17:10:31 | More by Devildog3
Photo of tugdriver7


4.6/5  rDev +23.7%

Of all the German Munich Helles that are fairly easy to find (in a bottle here in the US), this one rivals Augustiner for my favorite--and is usually less expensive. It looks marvelous in the glass (bright, frothy yellow/amber) with a delicate hops smell as you raise the glass to your nose. The taste is mostly malt with a nicely balanced bitterness/fruitiness that makes it almost irresistable. Excellent drinkability. I think I'll have another.

08-16-2006 22:33:06 | More by tugdriver7
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4.6/5  rDev +23.7%

This is a delicious, very satisfying, full-bodied lager.

Clear, bright, fairly deep gold, it has a large white head that slowly shrinks to a smaller lasting head and leaves some lace.

It has a wonderful, strong helles aroma - lightly toasted bread, grain, crackers, and hints of citrus, honey, and pine.

It has a similar, rich taste and a full body. It has strong toasted grain and bread, light honey sweetness, lemony citrus, and hint of pine. A full sweetness is balanced with pleasant light bitterness to the end, with a finish of bread and hops. Full of subtle complexity and lasting flavours, it is a little oily, very smooth, and incredible drinkable. It's also very clean.

05-15-2008 21:22:08 | More by Offa
Photo of putnam


4.58/5  rDev +23.1%

Here is a lager. Aromas are suggestively fruity with notes of apricot, apple and plum along with a sour butter flavored sheet of moist breadiness. The bitter hop extracts are buttoned up and in deft service to the winy bouquet. A bitter, fruity tang resounds on the long, cool finish. This beer has the elusive combination of qualities that 99% of all other beers never achieve: ease of drinkability AND intellectually stimulating aesthetics.

05-03-2004 22:08:12 | More by putnam
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4.58/5  rDev +23.1%

Pours straw gold. Nice 3mm head of white foam. Head retention is excellent. Good carbonation too.

Smell is a very balanced malty and almost perfect. If it were a little stronger I would upgrade it a little more. Another very straightforward lager.

Upfront there is a very smooth pleasant maltiness. Not much hops to speak of. Nothing offensive though. This is one of my favorite session beers and probably one of the best lagers there is. It is much better on-tap too. Finishes with a little bit of a spicy peppery bite but very subtle.

Extremely smooth and drinkable --an excellent gateway beer to introduce to BMC drinkers.

05-11-2005 22:06:19 | More by rousee
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4.55/5  rDev +22.3%

appearance; clear light yellow with a white head. Dissipates slowly, leaving a bit of lacing.

smell; pretty mild, mainly barley with pleasant spicy hop bitters. Almost pilsner like but malts are a little more powerful. Good balance of aromas.

taste; very gentle malts with a crisp lemony finish of hops. Not at all bitter but super well balanced, the less said the better, this is a good beer.

mouthfeel; very clean and crisp but not without a respectable body.

drinkability; very drinkable, well balanced and pleasing. One of my favorites of the style. Never had this one in the states, perhaps the quality suffers a bit in transport.

12-14-2010 05:09:44 | More by Sachsenfreude
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4.55/5  rDev +22.3%

An exceptional helles from Bavaria. Perfect representative of this style which is now overshadowed by its northern Germany brethren, the German pils. This style is all about the subtle joy of malt, with hops used only to bring the malt into balance.

The beer pours golden, clear with a beautiful white fluffy head forming and lingering. The aroma is delicate malt, slight breadlike character with subtle caramel notes.

The taste is smooth but flavorful, again the delicate malt flavors are highlighted with hop bitterness buried way in the back. A very enjoyable beer that is nearly perfect as a session beer.

07-02-2003 03:20:32 | More by brakspear
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4.53/5  rDev +21.8%

Pours a very light color of gold and very clear. The soft looking white head grows past 1/4 inch, but then falls into a thin layer of head with no lacing. The breadiness is very nice in the smell. Aromatically soft and sweet breadiness. Very nice. The taste is crisp and clean with good breadiness, the taste has fresh bread and it's very nice. The mouthfeel is crisp and slightly harsh with carbonation, but not by much. Overall, this is a very good beer and I'm glad to get it without any off flavors.

09-17-2007 22:25:32 | More by Erdinger2003
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4.53/5  rDev +21.8%

Clear, pale, apple cider color. Thin and bubbly white head. Lace is sparse. I love the thick, bready aroma on this one. Slight nuances of sweet cookie dough and bread pudding. Really nice aroma for this style. Taste follows suit with great bready malt tones. Warm and biscuity. Rounded sweetness. Crisp and ever so slightly dry on the finish. Medium full body with an agreeable mouthfeel. This is a very solid Helles Lager.

10-07-2006 02:42:36 | More by Bighuge
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +21%

03-13-2014 02:30:43 | More by wehttam
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Golden in color with a crisp clean taste,terrific lager that is dangerously easy to drink. Great flowerly aroma with bubbly head.

03-09-2002 05:27:23 | More by Reverand
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El Salvador

4.5/5  rDev +21%

07-09-2013 13:52:31 | More by ghawener
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +21%

12-31-2011 04:25:47 | More by dmmcgove
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Look: Yellow nector color, apparently cloudy, very white and fat foamy head; Smell: Sweet malt and toffee essences; Taste: Sweet malt, slightly smoky and spice, create notes to bitter olives; Mouthfeel: Refreshing and bittersweet, medium body; Drinkability: Reminds me Birra Moretti, very easy to drink.

01-15-2010 17:20:53 | More by roddwolff
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

02-06-2012 04:11:56 | More by dandmc24
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Poured a very nice clean blonde color,the head a little lacking,however,the nice bread/malty aroma quickly entices all senses. A very mild yet complex odor and taste,just a wonder balance of malt and hops. Very easy to drink,no after taste,overall I love this beer, and many of their other formulas

01-28-2012 02:45:55 | More by K9AleingPiss
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

08-20-2012 15:47:13 | More by jhm
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Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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