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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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BA SCORE
84
good

743 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 21
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 04:22:53 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 04:53:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-28-2013 21:37:29 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 21:50:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 14:49:33 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 23:55:50 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 14:02:01 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 02:10:58 | More by BEERchitect
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-29-2013 04:29:27 | More by jaydoc
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oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2002 15:33:24 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2010 17:24:13 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 04:17:32 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

11-03-2013 17:23:38 | More by JAHMUR
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 02:44:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 06:22:53 | More by feloniousmonk
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 20:12:45 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-23-2013 16:35:45 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 21:25:26 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 02:38:26 | More by WesWes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 02:16:50 | More by jwc215
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 01:21:52 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-08-2011 20:01:54 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 23:09:23 | More by Halcyondays
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 13:06:37 | More by BlackHaddock
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 00:02:56 | More by Gavage
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Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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