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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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756 Ratings
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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 22
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of curasowa

New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Golden color with streaks of carbonation and 1 finger of head that fades to a thin cap.

Aroma: Crisp, with some light citrus and yeast notes and what almost smells like wheat malt.

Taste: Crisp and prickly up front, then a grainy maltyness moves in with just a hint of spicy bitterness leading to a fairly fast, slightly astringent finish.

The Rest: Body is medium for a lager, this is far superior to the BMC lagers. Its slightly grainy without the off-putting adjunct taste with a nice hint of bitterness.

08-08-2011 01:55:18 | More by curasowa
Photo of Sensaray


3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

Clear golden yellow with bubbles. White foamy head with slow dissipation. The bubbles stand out.

Yeasty, earthy, floral, almost pilsner aromas. Hoppy note is there. Some metallic notes are apparent at times.

Clean taste of water then a yeast note is apparent with a spice. Some malty sweetness arrives after that. Bananas hit me every now and again. Floral, earthy.

Very clean feel to this with smooth carbonation, somewhat dry in the aftertaste.

Good brew overall. Easy to drink, clean taste.

07-08-2011 23:03:45 | More by Sensaray
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured into a pils glass. Pours deeper golden color than others. Very clear. Thin white head dissapated to a ring. A bit of lacing.

Aroma is that of a bit maltier pils. Nice pils malt aroma with that pils lager aroma. Smells good.

Taste is similar. It's got a bit more malt backbone than others but it is pretty smooth. Nice grassy taste mixed with the maltiness.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than other pils but it sort of works with this one. Nice carb.

Overall it's tasty. Would have it again for sure.

07-08-2011 04:57:35 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of Jeffo


2.78/5  rDev -25.3%

Got this one at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a German pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with great retention. Perfectly clear golden yellow with lots of active carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and leaves lots of chunky lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of grainy and bready malts in the nose. Notes of honey and a good dose of floral hops. Medium in strength and quite nice for the style.

TASTE: Not nearly as good as the nose. Bready malts and some grassy hops through the middle, but honestly a little watery through and through. Some floral hops and a touch of bitterness accompany the sweet malt at the finish. A mild yet lingering aftertaste includes some bitter floral hops and sweet bready malts, but it is still too weak and watery to be enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and soft, medium carbonation. Creamy and light on the palate, goes down smooth with a slightly dry finish. Very nice feel.

OVERALL: Everything about this beer was quite good, except for the flavor, which is where it really counts. There was nothing off about this one, but the flavor was simply too weak and watery to really be worth drinking. One of the weaker examples of the style. Skip this and reach for a Augustiner when in Munich.

07-04-2011 12:15:35 | More by Jeffo
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

My brother likes this beer, he says he drank a lot of it in Germany and it was his favorite, so he gave me one to try. Thanks G. It pours golden and is capped with a billowing off-white head, lacing ensues; good look-ing for a lager. The brew is malty in a pale and honey-ish way, and besides that it offers some mineral notes, a herbal bitterness on the finish and a delicate floral aroma. Lively carbonation and refreshing overall; this is a very nice lager.

07-02-2011 16:24:36 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of SouthFLBeerLover


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Light yellow color with a small white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Nice aroma that includes malts, a hint of honey that complements subtle hops.

T: The taste is on the malty side with a hint of sweetness to it. Hops are present with slight citrus overtones. Quite good all and all.

M: Crisp, medium-bodied with not a lot of carbonation. Fresh tasting.

O: This is a very good lager from a brewery that also produces one of the best Hefewaizen-beers out there. I would buy this lager again.

06-17-2011 23:12:13 | More by SouthFLBeerLover
Photo of hiku7


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured a 12 ounce bottle to a nonic pint glass. Pours a clear straw-gold with nice streams of bubbles and a quickly dissipating white head.

Smell is bread, dough and yeast. Taste is along those lines, but with a moderate earthy noble hop finish. Slight lemony tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light and dry. Very clean, with little aftertaste. This is a simple and enjoyably refreshing lager. Easy drinking session beer that I would buy again.

05-28-2011 04:07:49 | More by hiku7
Photo of AdrianRP


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
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

Clear yellow color with a tall, lasting, lumpy white head on top. Aromas of pale cereal malt, honey, and soft floral noble hops. Grassy/earthy hops and dusty grain greet the tongue...a hint of lemon, finishing with gentle sweetness. Decently crisp, light-bodied, and certainly pound-able. Solid helles...

05-06-2011 01:42:40 | More by wedge
Photo of steveh


3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

Been a long time since I've tried my runner-up Munich Helles and with the InBev monster clinging tight to Spaten, I thought I'd see if Paulaner was remaining the same beer it used to be. And frankly, it's difficult to find any of the Paulaner beers around me except at Oktoberfest time.

Brown bottle, best by 11/11 on the label.

A -- Clear, straw gold color with a foamy and firm white head.

S -- Mostly spicy hops in the nose with a hint of bready malt back.

T -- Surprisingly spicy with hops up front, for a Helles, then rolls into an interesting, sort of dry alcohol character and finishes with bready malts.

M -- Body is light with a dry, crisp mouthfeel.

O -- Overall, this is a good drinking beer with some good flavors, but that dryness in the middle overshadows the good bready/toasted bread characters I like in a Munich Helles.

I remember that dry character from the fresh beers in Munich, but it seems to suffer from export/Pasteurization -- becomes sort of harsh, close to astringent. Too bad.

05-02-2011 21:05:21 | More by steveh
Photo of Cmack15


3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: golden strawcolor nice carbonation.

Aroma: some yeasty banana like notes. not as strong as I would like but its there.

Taste: starts sweet and malty with a hint of noble hops in there. finishes dry and smooth leaving your palate clean.

Mouthfeel: smooth nice light body good carbonation

Nice refreshing lager not great but decent.

04-29-2011 21:07:43 | More by Cmack15
Photo of ramseye4


3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

A=Pours a wispy golden color with a pretty strong head and decent lacing
S=Sweet, grassy malt, very straightforward
T=Light grassy malts, a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste
M=Extremely watery in the finish, light bodied and highly carbonated
O=If this were still drinkability, it would get a 4.5. Overall though, its a very run of the mill and unimpressive lager. I'm not drinking lager haterade either, they have grown on me over the past year, but there are much finer German lagers out there than this. If you want a good Paulaner beer, stick with their Hefeweizen, it is delicious.

04-27-2011 05:38:18 | More by ramseye4
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.98/5  rDev +7%

Paulaner Original Munich Premium Lager has a thick, white head and a somewhat hazy golden appearance, with lots of tiny bubbles streaming up and a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is a sharp breadiness, with little-to-no hop smell detected. Taste is a delightful toasted barley, cracker, a subtle hop kiss, and some other subdued, yet indiscernible flavors. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Paulaner Original Munich Premium Lager finishes crisp, refreshing, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a very good beer.


04-26-2011 17:52:30 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Cozzatoad


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

330ml bottle

A- Classic light golden. Head is perfectly white, foamy, shows very good retention and some lacing

S- Sweet malts, i'm getting some toasted notes if i'm not wrong. There is also a grassy aroma from the hops and some banana notes

T- Sweet pale malts as expected, with a bit of a viscous character. Hops on the tongue with herbal and lemon hints. A bit fruity and extremely fresh on the sides of the tongue. Quite good for the style

M- A very nice but not owerpowering crispness. Bodied enough to support flavours without feeling watery after a couple of seconds. Very fresh on the tongue

O- Highly drinkable and simple but still a beer with some character, and no flaws. The perfect drink if you are looking for something refreshing

04-02-2011 09:04:15 | More by Cozzatoad
Photo of notchucknorris


3.18/5  rDev -14.5%

A: Pale golden color with a pretty decent foam head.

S: Some pale malts and something kind of metallic-smelling.

T: Some slightly stale-tasting grassy hops, pale malts and a pretty heavy metallic taste. The finish is pretty clean and the drinkability is pretty good on this one. Still, it's not one of the better German beers I've had.

03-28-2011 23:00:29 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of sommersb


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

From a 12 oz. brown bottle with a best before date of 04/11. Served in a tall pilsener glass.

Appearance is a clear, bright golden color - very visually appealing with 4 fingers of white head that had a good lacing quality. A low to medium amount of carbonation evident.

Smells are of pale malts and floral noble hop aromas.

Taste is crisp, with a pale malt backbone and slight sweetness, balanced with a low amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a medium body and moderate carbonation. Clean finish that is balanced well.

Very good, refreshing lager that I'd be happy to have again.

03-12-2011 04:43:42 | More by sommersb
Photo of dbaker61


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden yellow with about a finger of head. The foam dies down after a minute or so to a ring of bubbles. Left successive rings of lacing. Plenty of bubbles rose through the beer as I drank.

Smell: A light aroma of sweet malt and a little grassiness. Pleasant.

Taste: Well-balanced lager, a bit more malt sweetness than hops flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with adequate carbonation. A lingering sweetness in the finish.

Drinkability: This is a nice lager. I am not a huge fan of the style, but I could have several of these.

03-06-2011 14:22:58 | More by dbaker61
Photo of bala747


3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

I had this beer on tap at a German bar in Singapore, Brotzeit. On a side note, when having this from a bottle make sure the person pouring knows how to pour a German Weissbier, or the beer poured will be too gassy early on and too flat later. The thick heads help regulate the escape of the gas from the beer.

A: The beer pours a beautiful, cloudy orange-yellow, with a good, thick head typical of German beers. The head showed surprisingly good retention and lace. It looks darker and thicker than most Weissbiers.

S: Mild smells of banana and other sweet esters but largely of yeast, some alcohol and wheat. I was slightly put off by the strong smell of yeast but otherwise not too bad.

T: To put it simply, I have had better tasting Weissbiers, especially Schofferhoffer and Franziskaner. Paulaner's version wasn't bad by any stretch. It tasted slightly of raisins and some wholemeal bread, most of the taste being yeast and some hops.

M: Crisp, rich mouthfeel with a very mild, slightly sweet aftertaste. Very rich feeling in the mouth, almost like eating liquid wholemeal bread. The rich feeling is balanced by the aftertaste which, unlike some heavy German ales, doesn't weigh you down.

D: You could easily down five or six of these on a hot day and not realise it. While it looks thick and heavy, it's surprisingly light on the stomach and very drinkable.

Overall, a good, dependable product from Paulaner.

03-01-2011 08:52:57 | More by bala747
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.28/5  rDev +15.1%

Appearance: The beer pours a very clear yellow color with a small cap of small bubbles after a pretty quick pour, and then the head faded into a small ring pretty quickly...within about 20 seconds. There is a small amount of lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Lots of sweet and toasty malts dominate the aroma, giving the mild impression of a milkshake. I can pick up a very subtle hopping in here, and they are clearly noble, but are very reserved when compared to the malt.

Taste: The flavor is also dominated by the malt, so much so that I really can't pick out the hops that I got in the aroma. The beer is medium to light bodied with ample carbonation, so it is quite drinkable. The finish is clean and malty without any hops present except to provide minimal balance.

Opinion: Well, I would have to say that this is a classic example of this style, so it is going to get high marks. There isn't a whole lot for me to say about it, but the subtlety of this beer speaks for the style well. That said, I would take an Augustiner Helles over this any day, but it still a good brew and one of the better malt accentuated beers available here is Texas at the time.

02-19-2011 06:50:10 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

From notes: Subtle bready notes in the nose. Pours a sparkling clear straw. The mostly lasting white creamy head is super sticky & stiff like meringue, and leaves behind light lace. The flavor is typical of a lager; well balanced but non-descript. Light acidity leads to a grainy finish. The light & creamy body is soft.

02-08-2011 15:09:08 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of dasenebler


4/5  rDev +7.5%

.5L, best by August 2011.

Pours a pale, clear gold with a yellowish tint. Decent head, decent retention.

The aroma is very clean, with grainy malts and grassy hops.

Nice, easy-drinking lager here. Exceptionally clean, with a nice crackery malt base and light bitterness. Hops are lightly tangy and flowery. Fresh and well-balanced, if a little sweeter than I like for the style. The mouthfeel is typical force-carbonated, though smooth.

Won't knock off Augustiner as my fave for the style, but nevertheless a solid brew from Paulaner.

01-23-2011 20:01:54 | More by dasenebler
Photo of southsider


4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from the tap into a one liter stein.

A-Poured a bright golden yellow with a snow white head that dissolved to a film.

S-Malty sweet with a touch of spicyness.Mild and inviting.

T-Malty and bready rich opening followed by a restrained spicy,floral hop bite. Finishes a little sweet and smooth.

M-Silky with a light body and low alcohol.

D- Delicious,clean,subtle and restrained. A welcome relief to the over-the-top hop bombs that are all the rage. Vivaldi vs. AC/DC. The epitome of a session beer.

01-17-2011 14:29:12 | More by southsider
Photo of treque


3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

A: Pale yellow, with some constant carb which dont let the tiny white head to dissapear at all, the head is a 2 finger creamy foam, it takes just a couple of minutes to get almost gone, not sediment was left behind

S: a nice one, some sweet notes, like a bread with some honey, some grassy is present

T: the sweetnes is present from the begging til the middle of the sip, so much crisping on the sweet zone of the tongue, then you get a nice bitternes but soft and last for a while, a chewy end

Nice beer for warm and hot day and party opener

01-15-2011 00:42:48 | More by treque
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

01-09-2011 00:02:56 | More by Gavage
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

I don't get much of a chance to try Helles lagers. This particular one pours a crystal clear light golden color with a quickly dissipating white cap of foam. Very clean. The aroma is subtle, as expected for the style. Barely toasted barley is detectable. Very crisp and clean on the palate. The malt is the highlight, but it gives way to touch of citrus which sticks with the palate after the beer is gone. Drinkable and balanced.

12-23-2010 00:34:40 | More by BeardedBoffin
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