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Paulaner Original Münchner | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-02-1998

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Comes out rather American fizzy yellow in appearance, didn't break out the good head, retention was almost nil. Aroma hit with the traditional banana and clove, but not over the top, like again, the Americanized version.

Lots of carbonation brings a lemon and wheat feel. This is light all around except for the carbonation and yeast feels. No off flavors, but for a single bottle format beer, you pay a lot and don't get anything unique or worth the higher price per oz cost.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Golden colored beer, clear with tons of bubbles. Thin head that hangs around
S: Pretty faint. Definately floral hop aromas present, malts are thin though. Have a slight sweet honey note to them.
T: Once again, kind of thin, hops are present and give a peppery bite, some floral and vegetal characters. Malts have a little more presence in the taste, but are still somewhat outshined by the hops. Present the standard honey cracker character of the style.
F: Light refreshing body, however hop bite is unexpected and lends a little more dryness to the beer than I prefer for the style.
O: Somewhat medicore for the style, which is one of my favorites.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean, crisp and light with a crackery, slightly sweet malt and a hint of fruity yeast. Refreshing and easy to drink. The original session beer! Crisp and creamy carbonation. This is a well executed and uncomplicated lager. I have found variability in freshness - if it hasn't been sitting on the shelf for ages this one hits the spot.

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Photo of Dado_D
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

0.5l bottle. Bought in store.

Look: Poured hard and didn't get large head. Head dissipates fast and leaves allmonst no lacing. Clear beer with light dim.

Smell: Got allmost no smell. Little that can be smelled is like any ordinary lager.

Taste & feel : Easy to drink. Maybe over-carbonated. Leaves nice "fruity" aftertaste.

Overall: Really refreshing and great for everyday beer!

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

L: Pours a nearly perfectly clear pale yellow with a small white head that dies fast. This is the clearest beer I've ever seen.

S: Faint hop aroma, almost no smell from the beer other than a bit of pale malt? You know what light beer malt smells like.

T: This beer is super refreshing. It's very light on the palate, with minimal malt bite. A little diacetyl, combined with light german hop aroma. Small amounts of sweetness - it's fairly dry.

F: Very thin, bubbly medium carbonation. You could most certainly chug this.

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Photo of Act25
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as good as Hacker-Schorr Munich Gold which has more body, mouth feel, and flavor, but still a classic. I cannot discern as much in Euro Lagers as in every other style. It's like arguing Bud vs Miller.

Helles lager is the Sauvigon Blanc of beers.

A - Light golden color, clear, with a 1 inched dense white head that quickly dissipates but laces and rings nicely.

S - GIves off a tame toasty aroma - not enough, faint hops, and grass.

T - Very clean taste, with a only bit of hoppiness that lingers for a cleansing finale.

F - Clean but low carbonation. Slightly prickly and fresh. Good food beer but too bland for me.

O - As good and clean a mainstream lager as you will find. Try 1.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear, deep yellowy gold. Head is fluffed and sudsy. It dies off rather quickly and isn't too lacy. Aroma is fairly sweet with cooked grain and some countering grassy hops. Not heavy on the yeast notes. Flavor is easy and mostly pleasant. Hoppiness is soft and grassy. Thankfully, the sweetness isn't as potent as some of the style. Yeastiness is well balanced. I predominantly get a sweet cracker and cooked grain flavor. Light bodied. Pretty drinkable. An easy going six pack that I astonishingly have not had before.

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Photo of lastmango
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale yellow with one finger white head. Little lacing. Initial grassy aroma followed by honey. Light sweet malt flavor that is steady through the light hop bitterness on the end. Light body and medium light carbonation. This is a good beer if you are having a few and also eating.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale very clear with a very nice white foam head, medium retention. Smell is skunky when you open de the bottle but it disipates quickly, then you get malts and very sutil noble hops. Taste is crisp, refreshing, grains and dry finish with low bitterness. Overall very nice munich helles.

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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
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | 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
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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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Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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