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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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426 Reviews

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Reviews: 426
Hads: 895
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 44
Gots: 109 | 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: 426 | Hads: 895
Photo of hotstuff
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured into my glass, this beer had a medium sized white head with fine-small bubbles. There was fair lacing on the sides of my glass. This beer had fizzy carbonation along with a yellow colored body. It had a sweet taste to it along with a bitter taste that lingered throughout my rating of this beer but it was not an overpowering bitterness. (349 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the few lagers that I can drink on a regular basis, and as it is in the low 100’s today, it will hit the “B” spot.

The color that of the archetypal lager, a crystal clear gold, the head large and frothy, bright white in color and the lace a covering sheet. Nose is crisp and clean, all malt and somewhat sweet as is the start, top is light to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a crisp acidity, the hops modest and unassuming in their bite, very dry lingering aftertaste, a nice summer thirst quencher, and one I most always have on hand. (563 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very good looking beer that has a huge 2 inch head that holds on for a little while and then settles into a thin residual head. The color is clear gold with a white head. Bubble streams are small and constant. When I opened the pint bottle there was a definite skunk aroma that eminated from the bottle. This carried through into the glass but lessened in a few minutes. The other aroma that began to come through was hops (Saaz?) The bottle was a pale bronze and I wonder if that lends to light passage similar to the green bottles so popular in Europe. There was a good sense of bready grains with a strong side sense of hops to balance the malt sweetness. This seems like a Pilsener style lager but is not advertised as such. Overall this is a better than macro beer, but not one of the best of the German lagers. (826 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear golden color with a small white head that doesn't last. Bready and flowery aroma, starts sweet and bready with a hint of grains, light bodied, somewhat of a thin and watery mouthfeel, finishes smooth and crisp, a bit above average IMHO. (263 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few of these on tap.

Nice to see it available. Beautiful lager yellow, nice head, which left some lace in the glass.

I liked this beer becausue I like the style. However, I did find it sweeter than what I normally enjoy. While not overly malty, that sweetness had to come from somewhere. Slight grassy/lemon finish.

Not carbonated or crisp enough to be truly outstanding, but would pair well with spicey food.

pat (431 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a golden light yellow with a very foamy, white head that was three fingers high, very tall indeed. Has some big bubbles here and there but is mostly foamy and left small patches of white webby lace. Has a faint but definate aroma of spicy, floral hops and has a small hint of malt sweetness. Taste echoes the smell with a nice sweet malt and ha a very good dry hoppiness that is balanced in quite well. It has a light bodied feel, teetering on the medium side with smooth sweet lightness that finishes with a spicy hop dryness throughout. Good stuff, very drinkable, a perfect lager for some serious drinkin'. (618 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in the 1 pint brown euro-style bottle "Since 1643" so this is a new german brewery LOL
for a lager this is a real nice looking beer clear golden colour with a small but persistant white head..good carbonation strings..this is how a lager SHOULD look!
Smell is not to bad..pleasant malts some hops a little astringenmt..fresh mowed grass..lemon..comes to mind.
A real fresh tatseing lager..fairly zings the taste buds..again sweetish malts followed by a lemon-grass flavour..not any bitterness at all.
Good on the tongue as expected no bitterness..good.
A very very drinkable lager..i rate this along with Ayinger's Jahrhundert bier as great lagers!! (661 characters)

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer was a crystal clear yellow. The heavy bead made it almost sparkle in the glass. It poured with a three-finger white head that settled down slowly. A thin layer was present for the entire drink. A little bit of lace was left behind on the glass, but not a lot.

Smell: Right after the pour, the aroma resembled that of a pils, having a fairly strong Saaz hops odor. As the beer settled down, this gave way to an aroma of roasted malt and raspberries.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied and smooth.

Taste: The beer had a pilsner-like flavor to it. The main component was a sharp, crisp hoppiness with a floral characteristic. There was also a faint maltiness and a hint of sweetness.

This was not a bad lager, but it had a lot of pilsner-like qualities considering it is not marketed as such. I am not a big fan of pilsners and Saaz hops. (857 characters)

Photo of OatmattStout
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Started with a nice thick white head and was clear light yellow in color. Had a real inviting smell of toasted grain and clean hops. The taste followed suit with the smell nice malt backbone and typical dryness and hop presence of a good lager. The hops had a nice floral clean finish to them and wern't to heavy as in many lagers. Being predominantly an ale drinker I have a tough time distinguishing between pale lager flavors but this was straightforward, clean and good. (474 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Munich is a brilliant golden color with a white head. The nose is full of spice, and bready malts. The flavor is also breading with a dry slightly hoppy finish. It is relatively light in body, smooth and refreshing. This would be a great summer brew; very easy drinking beer. (280 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow stained-water color with a massive white head. Faint esters of wheat, fruit, and light hops make up the aroma that is quite nice. The taste mirrors the smell with black pepper flavored hops and a pronounced yeast background that makes for a lightly sticky light-bodied brew. Although I’m reviewing this in the winter, today in Texas was quite warm as we top the hill of the roller-coaster temperatures that we encounter in the winter. So this beer went down quite well. Another very good brew from Paulaner. Prosit! (550 characters)

Photo of John
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super light straw color. Streaming columns of bubbles steadily make their way to the surface. Nearly pure white head. The light color is deceiving though, as I’ve said before, the Germans are masters at packing flavor into light colored beer. This is another example. The aroma is of fresh bread, lightly toasted malt. The flavor screams purity, nary an adjunct to be found. The bready, malty flavor is accompanied by precise, dry finishing noble German hops. Carbonation is crisp, prickly and steady. The perfect accent for my pesto pasta. (541 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel that "Original Munich" is one of the better beers labeled as a "lager". Quite refreshing, pours a beautiful glass of beer (prominent, fluffy head - good retention. Nice lace from start to finish.) Taste leans slightly towards the malty, but overall, a pretty mild beer. Holds up well next to the best lagers and pilsners I've had. (337 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very basic old school lager...a nice golden colour on the pour with a malty, hoppy aroma that is pretty standard with a lager of this style. This had a very crips taste with a good mouthfeel and this lager has a very high drinkability. Not very complex but it gets the job done, and it gets the point for its high refreshment value. A tad bit pricey though, so you may be better off with another German style helles. Either way this takes the piss out of Pete's Wicked Helles, that's for sure!!!
cheers! (506 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw color with a foamy white head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of lightly toasted malts with some mild floral notes. Taste is of sweet malts with notes of citrus and a mild hop bitterness. It is dry, crisp, and refreshing in the mouth. A very drinkable brew. (283 characters)

Photo of inebrius
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of cream horns and green leaf lettuce. A slim, sliding head over straw. A nice, sweet toasty spine with a few bitter sprinkles to balance. A smidgen too bubbly. Paulaner Original is no slouch, but kind of a bore. A good beer to have around when you get into those profound philosophical conversations with your cat and you don't want your beer mucking up your stream of consciousness. (390 characters)

Photo of proc
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here is a lager that just yellls, "Drink me!". Its not a powerhouse, yet its not too light in body. Pours out to the typical golden color of the style with a decent, yet light aroma of hops. Taste is somewhat sweet with a slight detection of nutmeg and cloves. A very drinkable beer that could lead to many more due to how easy it goes down. (341 characters)

Photo of Scoats
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wound up getting this case for free, long story that I won't bore you with.

I let it sit around for a while in the basement before even contemplating it. With all the great beer around, what I suspected to be a Heineken style beer had nothing to lure me to drink it. I took "Munich Lager" to be code meaning "brewed for people not adventurous to try our great wheat beers". I took it to be like Victory All Malt Lager, a fine, fine beer, but meant for training wheels beer drinkers.

I eventually chilled some and ignored it some more. One night I was feeling adventurous, maybe just a bit out of sorts, and I finally tried one. It poured a whitish yellow and smelled OK. Nothing yet to interest me. But once I tasted it I realized I had grossly underestimated this beer.

Mellow, well balanced with a nice ending. This is one great beer, even old, even with a bad mood. Not at all a Heinekin crapfest.

This is not my favorite style of beer, but I wasn't surprised when this case wound up kicked rather quickly. (1,024 characters)

Photo of BeerBob
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original Munich Premium Lager came a light golden colour with a slight creamy white head that was persistent in nature.

Nose was a toasted malt and palate was delicious toasted malt and a well balanced bitter hops.

This is one of the better lagers to be found. If you like a good crisp full flavored lager, Original Munich Premium by Paulaner is what you’ll be looking forward to. (388 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm delicious. Very smooth German lager, malt flavor comes through nicely. A great beer to kick back with. Not quite there with Hacker-Pschorr, but nonetheless, very tasty and worth every penny. Would love to try on tap. (221 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean, easy drinking lager. Somewhat malty flavor. Low hopping allows for malt aroma to come through. Head was low and tight with a little lace on the glass. Pleasantly bitter finish. A nice, crisp, light and malt-oriented lager. I will definitely order this one on tap when available. (287 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has grainy/bready quality with just the slightist hint of hops. Nice white head, clear and yellow-gold color. Smooth lighter bodied beer, with plenty of carbonation. Light malty flavor begins, but less grainy than the aroma. Some dryness and hops at finish with some astringency (not appropriate for style). This isn't quite as good as I had hoped, especially compared to some of this brewery's other offerings. (422 characters)

Photo of DarthMalt
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice cottony head. Smell is a smidge sulphury. Nice and sweet going in, with a small hop edge. Hops bitter out and fade midway, leaving a spicy flavor and a scent that is easily mistaken for grain. It resembles Salvator in that way, minus the melanoidins. There's also a trace wood element which is difficult to pin down. Finishes without nary a trace.

Absolutely luscious! (395 characters)

Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.