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 acevenom
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours golden with a thick white head and plentiful streaming bubbles. The head dissipates slowly. The beer smells of barley malt and some grassiness from the noble hops. The taste follows the nose to the letter. I get those flavors of the malt, which are pretty bready. Those noble hops provide some nice mild grassiness on the back end to help balance the beer. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is very high. This is a very good beer and a solid example of this style.

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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 T100Mark
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle in a 16 ounce mixing glass.

Appearance - Clean. Bright. Golden in color. The head (one finger) is made of very fine bubbles. Mild lacing that disappears quickly. Overall, a very pretty lager.

Smell - Good.

Taste - Germanic. Toffee. The flavors come on quickly. What a treat!

Mouth - Substantial. Don't let the color fool you.

Overall - A very good German lager. Buy some and share it with your friends.

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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 Zimbo
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very fresh nose with a pretty attractive foamy glossy ricky head. Herbally trace to the taste with an almost light tannic finish. To the eye ressembles ginger ale with a reasonable inner core. Solid summer beer. No pretentions but quality throughout. Very good for what it is.

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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 DrewSnyc667
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle with a beautiful label depicting skyline of Munich. Bottle poured into a 1/2 L mug.

A - Bright golden yellow with a soft inviting head that sticks to the glass nicely. Very effervescent and inviting.

S - Buttery biscuits cut by some spicy hops, nothing too pronounced

T - The malt is a bit on the lighter side but is none the less pleasantly sweet. The bitter hops keep the flavor interesting and complex. Honey and lemongrass are present

M - Extremely refreshing and clean, goes down easy

O - Great brew, a go to for a traditional, refreshing beer

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Photo of Neorebel
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A perfectly clear golden beer. It initially has a foamy head of about 2 fingers, but it quickly fades down to a thin covering. The aroma has a grainy, slightly spicy character to it as it enters the nose, like wheat and cloves, and one can also detect banana and European hops as well. The flavor is nice and balanced, with a sturdy malt foundation and just the right amount of hop bitterness. It is light bodied, but feels good coating the mouth and going down. The only negative I find is that there is a tiny bit of a metallic/oxidized off flavor in there sometimes. Overall, this is a staple everyday beer in my refrigerator.

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Photo of Francepants06
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is nothing special about this beer. It looks yellow-orangeish in color. It smells of dry malt, bread,wheat. it taste of about the same things.The mouthfeel is crisp, light to medium in body, not very filling which is a good thing for someone wanting to drink a step up from the BMCs. Overall, it's really just an average compare to lets say their Hefeweizen or Oktoberfest which are so much better made beers.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice clean blonde color,the head a little lacking,however,the nice bread/malty aroma quickly entices all senses. A very mild yet complex odor and taste,just a wonder balance of malt and hops. Very easy to drink,no after taste,overall I love this beer, and many of their other formulas

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Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a shaker. Poured a pale golden yellow with a one finger pure white that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grain, spices, rice, fruit, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, grain, spices, floral, fruit, and very subtle alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The aroma on this one was definitely not my favorite of this style. However, the flavor did a pretty good job of making up for this. The flavor was really nicely balanced, but wasn’t very complex unfortunately. Worth trying for sure as it is very easy to drink.

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

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass by best before date.

The pour produces average foamy head with average retention, decent lace left upon dissipation. Gold in color, visible carbonation is rather low.

Hop spice firstly dominates. Let it settle thence bready malt, fruit tanginess, citrus reveal their vim.

The tastes make me wow. Hit through palate first by bready malt thereafter carries to balance by fruitiness deriving from yeast. Citrus zest draws a finish curtain along with slight biscuity malt. Hop bitterness is at the very tail but just wee and underlying as leverage of its sweetness portion.

Mouthfeel is smooth with good crisp of carbonation, medium-bodied, not much dry.

Worthy brew, high drinkability yet tasty, I would buy more to stock my inventory as this beer could be able to match in any occasion.

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Photo of afdempse
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden in color, head fizzes up and then quickly fades away to almost nothing.

Smells of fruity malt, almost like apple juice

Flavor mostly follows aroma, with fruit juice, sweet biscuit and slight caramel flavors. Grain and husk follow the sweetness. Hops are in the very distant background, which is appropriate for the style, but I'd still like more. Slightly earthy in the finish.

Thin to medium body, seems slightly under-carbonated. Finishes dry.

Not a bad Helles, but far from being my favorite of the style.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a light straw yellow. A foamy head sits on top and dissipates to an even layer, then a white ring. Smells of lemon grass and faint citrus. The beer tastes like it smells -- A lemony undertone with a crisp citrus finish. The mouthfeel is light, bright, and very drinkable. Overall, this would be a great beer to have at a pub while watching a game. Highly sessionable, very refreshing, and it just tastes really good.

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Photo of jettjon
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up for $3.99 a sixer; couldn’t pass that up. From a bottle marked both “Original Muchner” and “Original Munich” into a pilsner glass. Slightly hazy golden color with plenty of big bubbles showcases nicely by the appropriate glassware. Whitish head of about one finger, slow fade to a clumpy cap and ring. Nose is mildly malty and sweet and a bit fruity. Lemon and bread and something herbal I can’t quite place. Very pleasant nose. In the mouth, more bready malt with mild lemon-citrus hops. Semi-dry, somewhat bitter finish. Very clean on the palate. Mouth is crisp and bubbly.

Overall: A very good representation of style. Not my favorite, but on sale for $3.99 impossible to pass up. Surprising I had not tried this Paulaner offering before; despite my lackluster interest in traditional German styles, this one is worth a second try for me.

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Photo of dunit697
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just turned 21 recently and this was one of the first biers I graded. I had it on tap at the Alpine Village in Torrance, CA. This is still one of the best biers I have ever tried. Clean, solid taste, very smooth and tastes great. I recommend it to everyone.

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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 IPA4LIFE
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear pale yellow in color with a clean white bubbly head that rises to two fingers and drops rather quickly. Weak retention.

S-Really clean Pils malt aroma with sweet grain characteristics. No real discernible hop presence. Not very complicated, but that isn't a huge complaint with a Munich Helles.

T- Slightly sweet malt characteristics. There is a very minor hop bitterness here, with slight amount in the aftertaste. The main taste is the malt sweetness. Very clean throughout with consistent malt flavor.

M-A decent amount of carbonation (maybe a bit too much?) but overall medium bodied with a decent mouthfeel.

D- Highly drinkable. Light and clean, with no bad aftertaste. This is a drinkable, refreshing beer.

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Photo of zdk9
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Comes out of the bottle a pale yellow with about half a finger of head. Appearance is underwhelming.

S- Sweetness of honey or light maple syrup, or just plain malt syrup. Some floral notes as well, plus some peach or apricot.

T- Light sweetness, earthy bitterness fading into pure bitter feeling on the corners of my tongue. Nothing particularly notable.

M- Fine- the balance is towards the sweetness.

O- This is a boring beer. A very drinkable-don't-have-to-think-about-it boring, but still kind of boring.

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Photo of OCBeerBaron
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a can of this beer from a co-worker, who I occasionally chat with about beer, after he returned from Munich this week.

A- Looks like a traditional beer with a nice yellow-straw crisp color and white head.

S- Good smell with a noticeable malt aroma.

T- Has a nice taste from start to finish. Little bit of a bite but in a good way.

M- For such a clear and clean beer it has a nice velvet feel to it that dries out then rolls down easy in the throat.

O- I like this one... I like a lot of beers but this is up my ally.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm starting to think nearly all German wheat beers taste similarly good... Paulaner is no exception in that category. In the lager department, though, some German beers are more exciting than others. Now the Paulaner Original is a good, easygoing brew, I must say, but I think the Weihenstephaner, Spaten, and Hofbräu lagers have a little more Bavarian character.

The appearance and smell in the Paulaner Original are fine and what you'd expect. It's good tasting - no long, lingering finish, just grains, malt, a little lemony spice and clean feel on the palate. I can't say I'm not impressed; any beer that tastes just like it should taste works for me. I'd get this again... it's a good anytime beer.

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Photo of curasowa
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.87/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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