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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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797 Ratings
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Ratings: 797
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 49 | 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 BayouBengal1537
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Date 02/09
12 oz brown bottle

A - Poured a pale golden color, small head didn't last long, and some rather weak lacing left behind
S - Malty aroma, grains, rather weak on the aroma

T - Sweet malts balanced well with hops, some grain, a bit of lemon at the end. taste pretty good

M - Light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation leaves it crisp and clean

D - easy to drink, nice and refreshing, crisp and clean. Could easily drink a couple

BayouBengal1537, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of rgrholmes168
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is the first thing that struck me. It is a beautiful, clear straw that displays a few carbonation bubbles floating to the top.
The beer poured a 1.5 finger head and although it vanished quickly, their was still a skim of foam on top of the body of the beer.

The beer was ripe with a lemon citrus smell with a slight buttery accent.

The beer was light bodied with the classic taste of a German pilsner beer. Very drinkable session beer, that is very refreshing. Glad I have a sixer.

rgrholmes168, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Small head faded very quickly. Pale golden.
Aroma contains a lot of euro hops, which, unfortunately, can't quite block out the "dirty alley" and vegetal DMS notes. Quite grainy, not pleasant!
There's some sweet biscuity malt flavour upon the first sip. After that my brain seemed to realise this wasn't going to be a pleasant experience, and hence severed all nerves connecting my taste buds. Next to no bitterness, although there is a misplaced lambic-like funky-ness.
Too watery!

CrazyDavros, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of bennetj17
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold, the carbonation almost looks explosive as it rises to the top of the glass, although the head is thin and short lasting. Not getting much from the aroma, faint bready malt only.

Very clean flavor, the malt flavor is subtle, with a basic cereal grain taste. The finish is also quite clean, not much bitterness or hop presence really, it's mostly unremarkable. The mouthfeel is nice, sharper carbonation light and crisp.

This Helles is very traditional, a bit bland overall, but clean with no off flavors. I could drink it on a hot day for sure, but it's not exactly a session beer as I would get bored easily. Worth a try...

bennetj17, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of diamondc
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 02/09

Nice fluffy head, some weak lacing. Looks like a typical pilsener lager.

I couldn't smell much after a few furious swirls. Maybe some wet grain in there.

Taste is dominated by the sweet maltiness with the hops way in the background. Reminds me a bit of red apple skins with a bit of lemon in there. Good stuff.

Not the most complex lager I've had, which is a good thing when you want something easy & refreshing to drink.

diamondc, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice for a lager!

A dark golden color with white foamy head. The taste and aroma were sweeter than I imagined, a bit more malty than hoppy. A medium-medium body. It was very smooth with just a bit of crispness. I'm definitely going back for more of these.

DesMoinesMike, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is golden with a decent head and lace.

The aroma of malts,grains and light citrus notes.

The taste was of sweet malts,grains and a hint of light citrus.

The feel was light body,low carbonation and easy to drink a lot of.

Notes: A session brew with a solid drinkability.

Lexluthor33, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of vividox
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was new to the Helles style lager when I tried this, and came away thinking this was a slightly above average beer. It felt thin on the tongue but still had a decent taste of hops. Was very drinkable, excellent for a hot summer day. One of the better pale lagers I have enjoyed.

vividox, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Clear golden yellow color with a creamy white head that eventually thinned to a light layer and left a few spots of lacing.
German malt aroma with a bit of grains.
Good German beer taste with a little bit of bitterness and a whole lot of malty sweetness.
Light, crisp and refreshing feel plus good taste make this a very easy beer to drink.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep gold color with a foamy white head. Excellent clarity, but only OK head retention. Leaves no lace.

S: Simple, but pleasant. Sweet raw grains, plus some lemon and fresh cut grass.

T: Again, pretty straightforward. Dry malts hit first with a sweetbread quality. Bitterness follows with a mild lemon snap. Finishes crisp and clean. Balance is perhaps a bit too perfect, if that makes any sense.

M: Medium-light body feels just about right in the fizz department.

D: Great session beer, if not a terribly complex one. Not my favorite Paulaner beer, but a nice representation of the style. The low ABV makes this beer go down very easy.

Rayek, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of LittleCreature
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Clear pale gold in colour, head is a sizable and creamy white. Retention and lacing are both lacking.

Smell - 3.5
Very clean, aromas of biscuity pale malt and lemony hops.

Taste - 3.5
Crisp, clean and a little boring. Malt and hops are well balanced and there are no off flavours, tastes of grain, a little husk, lemony hops give moderate bitterness, finishes dry with little flavour.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Moderately carbonated with fine bubbles, quite light in the mouth although a little watery.

Drinkability - 4.0
A brilliant summer beer, very refreshing, although most beer enthusiasts will tire of it quickly.

OVERALL - 3.45
Quite a good beer really, possibly deserves to score higher, I just found it a little boring. Weihenstephaner makes a better, tastier helles lager.

LittleCreature, May 29, 2009
Photo of zosoworm
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Grainy-sweet and no hop aroma

Appearance: Thick white head. Pale hay colored yellow

Flavor: Slightly sweet with a dry some what bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: on the light side, very smooth

Overall: Very light easy drinking beer with a sutle malt sweetness. I could drink a few of these but I only bought one pint.

zosoworm, May 28, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice yellow pour with aclean with head and
visibly active carbonation.

S: Grassy, grainy, lemon peel flavors with under
lying tastes of alcohol and a cilo.

T: Unlike any pilsner I've had. Very good
character and suprisingly complex medley of
flavors. I like the hint of lemons and the
mental image of pasture the taste evokes.

M: A little thin but crisp with good carbonation

D: Very drinkable, one of my top two pilsners
this spring (so far)

ArrogantDeadGuy, May 27, 2009
Photo of hockeyhead
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Picked up a twelve pack of this on sale for ten ninty nine and that is great deal
A: the appearance of this beer is a nice golden color with snow white head with lots of bubbles racing to the top
S: little sweet malty character with spicy check style hop bitter smell, very nice
T: very smooth then taste like sweet biscuts and begins to turn slightyly spicy bitter and finishes very clean. this beer is very balanced
M: little bit of body but still water and plenty of carbination but it complements this beer extremely well
D: give me a twelve pack of these and i would be glad to finish them any time.

hockeyhead, May 16, 2009
Photo of juju7
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great big 2 finger head over the pale gold body sure looks the part. A hoppy nose albeit seems to getting on a bit in freshness. Slight touch of lemon in the background with a niggling smell of Weet Bix (that would be a cereal aroma).Drinks light,creamy and smooth with a mild bitterness. A nice long finish with a pleasant aftertaste. I'd definitely drink it again.

juju7, May 13, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this brew exemplifies how a Munchner Helles should look: Tons of bright white head, with a gold and ultra clear body. This brew looks just too enticing. The lacing sticks well to the glass all the way through my half liter serving.

The aroma is more than on par for the style: A good amount of cereal grain sweetness, but with a hint of lemon.

Taste wise, this is again an enjoyable experience: Just the right balance of sweet and buttery biscuit and a strong finish with lemon drop.

This helles is totally well balanced with not too much carbonation that it drowns out the taste. This leaves the palate very refreshed and ready to have some more. I wish I would've tried this beer sooner. God Bless Paulaner!

TheSarge, May 12, 2009
Photo of drtth
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Paulaner 0.5 liter mug. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Bright, clear yellow with a thin head that fades quickly to small rim around glass. Lots of thin streams of bubbles last for the entire glass. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Aroma is that of light bready malt with hints of fresh floral hops.

Taste: The flavor is crisp, clean and fresh with light bready malt sweetness but little or no hop bitterness at first. Over time the hops show up a bit more but never take over the flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light bodied with low, soft carbonation. The finish is medium long as the malt sweetness trails off into subtle floral hop bitterness.

Drinkability: This is easily drinkable and I could easily see having a few in the heat of summer or with friends while sitting around chatting, etc.

drtth, May 06, 2009
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 of 4 in my Lager lineup on this fine evening.
From the 500ml bottle, it goes right up to the rim of my prima pils glass, with just enough headspace to mushroom over the top without breaking tension. This sucker pours like a beer commercial.

HEad dies away fairly quickly, but bubbles rise up steadily. Clear straw (pee) yellow.

Got a slight whiff of skunk/lightstruck at first, but it aired out. Some light cereals and a crisp noble hop profile.

Nice smooth drinker, with good fizzy carbonation and some light cereal/barley/grapenut grain in the malt profile. Hops are crisp, slightly metallic, and a nicely spicy. This is one very well balanced beer, utterly true to the Helles Lager style, and soooo drinkable! Delicious!

SurlyDuff, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of giblet
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured nice into the glass with about one and a half inches of head. the head settled to a light head and film. smells and tastes = yum! a good german lager that is a good thirst quencher and goes very well with food. color was yellow with steady carbonation.

good beer makes me happy! suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, with a "bottled on" date of 11/08. tasted in mid-march 2009.

clear, pale golden straw. fizzy head is adequate, but soon fades to wisps. some thin and splotchy lacing.

clean aroma, whiff of sulfur, moving into noble hops, with hint of bready malt in the back.

crisp, mild to moderate bitterness of noble hops comes right out in front of the palate, along with fizzy, crispy carbonation. malt underneath and in the finish, but more emphasis on the hops. all of this seems a touch watery however.

drinkable enough.

tai4ji2x, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of jkempe11
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I just finished a halb-Maß of this about two hours ago, though I've drunk it many times before. Tonight I drank it on tap from "zum Weißer Schwan" in Heidelberg, Germany. Poured into a Paulaner stein, as it should be.

It looks exactly like a Münchner Helles Bier should look. It is golden in color and fairly transparent. Smallish-moderate head that dies fairly quickly.

Smells amazing. It is malty and to my nose it is sweet. Honestly, the two smells that dominate to me are vanilla and bread, which are right about what other reviewers have said too (floral, bready, and sweet).

Tastes perfect. Pronounced but not "biting" taste, with an incredibly smooth aftertaste.

Light mouthfeel, goes down easy. Definitely one of my favorite Helles Biers from Munich, especially among the "big brewers."

jkempe11, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of lordsellers04
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paulaner Original Munchner.

Color: a lighter yellow. not gold

Appearance: light in color. not many carbs!

Smell: the smell is not strong. it is neither pleasing nor unpleasing. in other words it really is not bad at all.

Drinkability: it is clean, smooth, not filling, goes down easy. nooo after taste at all! which is very good. very drinkable.

if you want to compare it to its brother Hacker Pschorr lager just not that everything about the hacker pschorr lager would be stronger and more flavorful

lordsellers04, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance is crystal clear, golden in color with a white one inch head on top. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles flying up. Very nice looking. Lots of lacing to boot as well.

Aroma is typical of the style. Some sweet malts, a touch of breadiness. There's also a faint herbal hop presence in the back.

Taste has some sweetness up front with the breadiness coming in next. A crisp and spicy hop flavor comes in towards the finish. Also a bit of fruitiness that I can only say is like lemon.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, very crisp and refreshing. Of course, like most of this style, it's highly drinkable.

I like this one a lot, though I think I slightly prefer Spaten over this. Definitely will be having it again.

roadhouse, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Mardukk
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy yellow high carbonation.

Typical Euro lager smell.

A stale slightly bitter touch of hops with little to no malt present.
Very thin watery mouthfeel with high carbonation. Resulting in a lingering soul aftertaste.

I'm a big fan of the German Helle Lagers typically, but this fails on every front.

Mardukk, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of madvoice
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale straw colour with very little head that dissappeared almost instantaneously. Had very little lacing. Smelled like straw with a bit of a corn aroma. Taste and smell are pretty much the same. Has a slight bitter aftertaste that lingers. Very thin mouthfeel and quite watery with a fair bit of fizz. It is drinkable but not one of my favourites.

madvoice, Mar 07, 2009
Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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