Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 428
Hads: 903
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 17.74%
Wants: 46
Gots: 117 | FT: 0
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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 Sammy
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A functional lager, fine for a late afternoon summer day. Straw colour, a bit of head that sizzles then fizzles. Easy simple drink, a tad spice and grassiness from yeast and malts. A basic beer, and of course I have had more exciting product from this brewery.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 7/2012.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy 1/2 inch bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some grassy and hay aromas. Taste is of grain, grass/hay, and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good lager that is quite refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at GermanFest Picnic, Carillon Park, Dayton, OH

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts in the nose along with some notes of grassy hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is quite malty—bready malts stand out in particular. There are some hints of grassy hops and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The flavor in this beer isn’t quite as bright compared to other Munich Helles Lagers, but it is easy to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light golden color, clear, with a small head that quickly dissipates; no lacing to speak off

Smell - GIves off a nice toasty aroma - comes across a bit stronger than you would expect for a lager

Taste - Nice clean taste, with a bit of hoppiness on the finish that lingers for a while

Mouthfeel - modest carbonation

Drinkability - This is a quaffing beer to beat the summer heat; nothing to spend time lingering on with just enough flavor to keep it interesting

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clean and pure- tough to argue with a classic. The beer pours an inviting straw color with froathy, white head formation and very good retention while lacing periodically. Aromas of soft pilsner malts balance well against a complementary cereal grain flavor that doesn't seem to deter. Spicy, earthy Saaz hops are undeniable-- pungent and grassy. Flavors favor the malts, but balanced once again with the raw barley flavors and spicy hop notes even deep into the finish. Clean and light on the palate; nearly airy. Thirst quenching, refreshing, crisp in the finish and a smooth spicy hop lingering. This beer begs to be sessioned on these 90+ degree days.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color lager with a nice medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of floral malt is light but pleasant. Taste is quite light with some floral malt with some sweetness and a slightly dry finish with low hops. Well done beer with limited complexity but very refreshing.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly dusted medium amber. Above the beer sits a good sized, creamy head of dirty white foam that appears creamysmooth, yet light and airy. Delicate lace sticks to the glass in fits and starts, looking as if it can't decide 'should I stay or should I go?' (The Clash). Most of it goes.

The nose is noble hoppy and toasted malty with a good deal of assertiveness. It's pleasant, but isn't overly exciting. I have a sneaking suspicion that the flavor will strike me the same way.

Yep, pretty much. Original Munchner is good beer if you like the style or know what to expect coming in. It tastes of lightly sweet, lightly toasted barley mixed with spicy-herbal Eurohops. Balanced and drinkable. The body is light-medium and a judicious amount of carbonation provides a smooth, well-mannered mouthfeel.

I was surprised to discover that Original Munchner is my first Paulaner beer. While it doesn't rock my world, it is an acceptable, reasonably flavorful lager. Simple isn't always a bad thing.

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Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, very bubbly, straw yellow color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head that had some nice retention and left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel and grassy hops.

T - Tasted of grains, sweet caramel, a touch of vanilla and some grassy/herbal hops that provided just enough bitterness for a good lager.

S - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied beer that is very sessionable.

D - This is a good lager. I couldn't believe that I had never tried/purchased it. I always assumed that I had tried all of Paulaner's regular lineup. This was worth buying.

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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 TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a plastic Paulaner cup at The Firkin.

What a classy frat party. Tee-hee. It pours a clear pale golden straw topped by a nice finger of thick white froth. The nose comprises flowers, very light lemon wedge, and light wheat. The taste holds notes of coriander, lemon wedge, lots o' grasses, wheat, and flowers. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a refreshing feel. Overall, a nice helles, the quality probably due to the freshness, which I've never seen in a stateside German beer before.

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light creamy/fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing, over chill hazed golden yellow color.

Nose has plenty of sweet and fruity lager aromas, a crisp lager like aroma, some light toasty and mild straw like malts, a ripe pilsner malt aroma.

Taste starts lighter, crisp and clean lager comes right out, with hints of straw and toasty pilsner malt flavors, some lager yeast fruit flavors. Later on the taste comes some light floral grassy hops that bring a bit of bitterness and move into the finish. Finish isn't as dry and clean as I hoped, with a bit of a sticky feel and some nagging bittering earthy hop tastes.

Mouth is lighter bodied with good carb.

Overall not bad, fairly light but should be, nice lager flavors, no real off flavors, the finish gets a bit iffy though with the hops getting a bit to nagging bitter and not much clean or crisp like it started. Also not sure where the haze comes from but it should be fairly clear.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, sweet robust malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The flavor is sweet, but not overly sweet, with flavors of honey, banana and some hops. It has a healthy malt character, but it’s not heavy. After-taste is slightly sweet and a little bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, good representation of style, this is a nice light and refreshing beer. I could stick with this beer for a while. I normally prefer something with a bigger kick, but it’s a very good choice if I want something lighter.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Well, I just recieved my official Paulaner half-liter mug, and man is this thing huge. I love it, to break it in I opted to select the Orginal Munich Formula, and being a big fan of the hefeweizen I had never tried the lager. I must say, this beer is great!!! It took three bottles to fill my mug, and it looks perfect the golden color and the huge thick frothy white head. That same great European lager fresh and sending nice scents of malt. Amazing, and then I took my first sip. A huge malty treat, refreshing smooth lemon grassy sweetness. An awesome beer that could take the throne as my all time favorite lager, that I've tasted.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dazzling tornado of carbonation is an appealing part of this pour, spinning and whirling from bottom to top of the glass. The show's over soon, though, and then we consider the paleness of the yellow, and admire the long-lasting frothycloud nestled on top.

As for aroma, it's soft and pleasant, grainy, lightly honeyish, a little floral...not bad. On par or better for a typical lager.

Taste it, already!
Clean and solid, on and off the tongue. Crisp and zippy, delicate, but well-appreciated hops, minimal malt. But I don't think a lager can get more classic than this. Hops are more pronounced on the tongue the more I drink, and I like it like that.

Light bodied, tidy, hop-inflected finish. Perfectly palatable, excellently designed and executed.

I'm thumping myself to think that I've never tried this before. If ever I'm in the mood for a good, smooth, utterly untroubling lager, this would be my choice.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a one-inch head that soon becomes a lasting patch. Slight traces of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is floral - mild, but clean.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt with a floral, slightly fruity backing. Hop dryness balances out malt sweetness in the finish.

The feel is rather thin, but enough holds on to keep it going. Pretty smooth.

A world classic that, to me, was better in the past. I don't know if it's my changing tastes, or if it just isn't made the same as it used to be (or a combination). Still in all, a decent lager that makes for an easy "session" choice.

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Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy pale malt scent with a dry lager yeast finish. The taste is decent as well. It has a grainy pale malt feel. It goes down easy and finishes very dry and slightly musty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good lager. It has good pale malt flavor and aroma, but not much else; a good drinker nonetheless.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good beer for a scorching hot day. This lager appears a light yellow color. Bubbles rise rapidly from the bottom of the pilsner glass. There is a pretty average sized head that fades rapidly, leaving a thin coating of lacing on the glass. The smell is pretty straight forward and simple. Pilsner malt and a slightly sweet flavor comprise the taste and the aroma. The feel is pretty thin, as expected. This beer is crisp, refreshing and very easy to drink. There are no off flavors or astringent notes that I detect. Overall, a plain, simple, decent tasting brew that goes down easy.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - golden copper with a large, pure, white, fizzy head that has decent retention

S - bready, grainy, a bit sweet

T - bready malt, noble hops, faint sweetness

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, crisp

This is a decent, malty, sessionable beer. It has good flavor but little in the way of hop character. It was enjoyable once, but I'm not sure I'll pick it up again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear yellow color with a 1" head. Some spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: light grass and hint of citrus is all you can detect.

Taste: mild malt, grass, hint of lemon zest, and a mild bitterness are the main flavor components. Nicely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is relatively clean.

Drinkability: very easy to drink this beer. If you are looking for a good lager this will hit the spot.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A real super brass gold, and real crystal clear. Some good mix of slow and fast rising carbonation, with a bright white head. Head billows up real nice, fluffy, hangs around with a light top for quite some time. Real good looking beer.

Nose is classic German malts, and some dough bread. Hits also some clean hop, very light grass and even somewhat floral. Real nice.

Palate hits with an interesting angle. It seems a little light bodied, but the malt flavors come in nicely. Honey sweetness a bit, not particulalry toasty. Wetness kind of smacks the palate a bit, and the sweetness seems a little artificial strangely. Carbonation seems about moderate. Hop angle seems to just want to peak out barely, but doesn't quite get there.

Overall though this is probably not my fav, but it's easily drinkable and wouldn't ever turn it down. I'll enjoy finishing these off.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Newly distributed beer, Bottle date of 02.06, Sampled August 2007
Pours a brilliantly clear, yellow gold color and is topped by a frothy, initially fat, one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The aroma has a sharp, herbal grassiness to it that is immediately noticeable. Underneath this is a nice, dry, biscuit / cracker like malt character, but there is also a touch of sweet grain aromatics here as well. Hints of butterscotch and a touch of lemon zest are also noticeable at times in the aroma.

The beer is quite chilled right now, which causes it to be quite crisp, with a biting bitterness and a cracker-like malt character. At this temperature the beer is quite dry. As it warms up a bit a soft, though simple, malt sweetness becomes present as does a touch of butterscotch. The hop character opens up a bit more; it leans towards grassy notes with perhaps a hint of lemon zest. The perception of bitterness really is muted once the beer warms up as well, though it still provides a sharp backbone to the flavor profile. Somewhat light bodied, but still has a touch of structure and body to it. A decent beer, which is probably even better fresh.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once again, I ask why centuries-old Bavarian breweries labled their lager as "original". Whatever, let's move on to the beer:

Poured into a stange, it looks like your typical yellow lager with a dismal head. This brew is a little sweeter than your typical helles lager, so those who prefer a hoppier lager may want to go for something else, as the hop flavor is minimal at best. It's a little light, making it a good choice for a warm day when you need something to wet your whistle.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a pale yellow into a mug, white head with good retention.

S: Bready malts predominately, with some hops, quite robust, actually.

T: Delicate malts dominate the flavor, but a good complementary hop bitterness in the end.

M: Medium-bodied, good amount of carbonation, kind of spritzy, but in a good way.

D: Very good, typical of a lager of this type, very refreshing and easy to drink, straightforward, what you see is what you get, but a great example of the Munich Helles Lager type.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The draught version of this beer knocks the socks off the bottled one.

Pours well and looks the part, good white head sat on top of a golden, clear, clean looking lager.

To me there is no great smell, just wheat and maybe a hint of summer fruits.

This is where Paulaner have somehow missed a trick, it doesn't remind you of Munich or beer gardens at all, it is just a bog standard helles.

Because I like my beers to be provocative and give me something, this Paulaner produce falls short, in the bottles case anyway.

I can't review it from draught because it is some years since I last tried it, but i am sure the scores would have been much higher.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw gold with a short white head, no real retention. The aroma is a bit too mild, but still nice and appropriate for the style with sulfur and pale grains. The flavor, however, and this is why this style is so different from the American macro, is full-flavored with sweet, pale grains, mild hops, minerals from hard water, and lager character. The Weihenstephaner is a little richer, but this is still a great beer.

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Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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