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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 841
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 29
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-02-1998

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Photo of sunrisesolara
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Poured a typical golden straw with a 2 finger head that receeded quickly, but left a thin ring at the top.

S: The aroma was rather fresh, with a hint of citrus.

M: Light and refreshing with a decent amount of carbonation.

T: Grassy, with trace amounts of lemon. Hops dominate here, but the malt provides a nice balance.

D: Overall, a very satisfying brew that goes well with an evening meal.

Photo of imanidiot777
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a medium gold color that is pretty clear. Not too big of a head but it stays and leaves some nice lacing on the way down.

S: Grainy and hoppy from what my bad nose can detect.

T: Slightly sweet or malty in the beginning I think and heavy on the grain on the way down.

M: Pretty light in the mouth, doesn't feel very refined.

D: Easy to have a few as it isn't too heavy and has the typical bitter aftertaste of a lager but there is nothing too special.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a bottled date of 05/09. Pours a very clear medium yellow color with a large, fluffy white foam that fades rapidly to a nice collar but does not leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell is grainy and husky with a noticeable grassy hop presence. Slightly sweet on the nose, but otherwise a very clean lager with a surprising lack of sulfur odor. Pretty good smelling beer.

Taste defines grainy, freshly crushed light malted barley is dominant. There is some light floral and grassy hop flavors to help balance things out a bit. This is one of the cleanest beers I have ever had, amazing job by the brewers to eliminate any off-flavors. This is a very good Helles lager and one I would love to try fresh from the source.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a great pale gold with a pure white head. little traces of lacing skirt the glass. Smell is good and very European style. Taste falls a little short from a great German Lager, yet is still very good. Feels like it is missing something, maybe a little more hop bite. Still is a good beer of a great style.


Photo of Cs1987
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light gold with fine carbonation. 1 finger of head which reduced.

Smell - Delicate corn-like malts, backed up with a touch of fruity hops.

Taste - Very mild, but the quality and near flawlessness of the malt and hops is quite noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Extremely light bodied, like a Helles should be. Possibly the lightest beer I have tried. Smooth with a good carbonation level.

Drinkability - The only thing preventing this beer from getting a 5 in this category is that it is a little too bland to enjoy over and over again.

Overall - Definitely on the lower end of the flavour scale of European lagers, but still a quality Helles.

Photo of zoso493
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a nonic

Appearance: An aggressive pour reveals a pale, straw-colored brew with a full four-finger head that recedes quickly.

Smell: Smells of a good balance of hops and malts with some very grassy and biscuity notes to it. Pretty average scent.

Taste: Well, the taste follows the scent, but it's pretty weak. The malts may come out on top of the hops just a little bit.

Mouthfeel: It's on the thinner side, but for the style, I definitely can't complain.

Drinkability: With an ABV of under 5, you could definitely session this. It's light enough and still has a decent amount of taste.

Overall, this is a pretty solid lager. I think I may have gotten an older bottle based on other reviews, since I hardly noticed the hops in this one. I'll definitely try it again and see but this would be a great beer to drink while eating a pizza and watching a game.

Photo of Devildog3
4.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been buying different German pilsners and lagers over the last few weeks, and this time, Paulaner is next.

I took a six of this home last night and poured into a small goblet.

The malts and grains hit my nose immediately. The head was decent at first, but slowly dissolved. However, the lacing streaked beautifully down the sides of the glass.

Has a slight citrus and sweet, grainy taste.

A great beer with excellent to outstanding drinkability. A nice session beer that's not too heavy.

This was my first time drinking this particular beer and I am duly impressed. Another fine product that will always have a home in my fridge.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=golden, applue juice color, limited amount of head.

S=grassy, with some amount of lemony aroma

T=much like the smell with the grassiness up front and the citrus following

M=love the crisp dry nature of the feel

D=very drinkable, could definitely enjoy quite a few of these on a poker night.

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

Comes out of the bottle with a crystal clear, golden-straw color. The foam died within a few seconds and there is almost no lace. Likewise, the corbonation is limited.

There is a hint of hops and malt in the aroma. In all, there's not too much to report here.

The flavor is balanced with hops and malt.

Feel good in the mouth and is refreshing.

Photo of BeerSingh
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Yellow and gold, a lot a play and a short lived 1/2 inch head

S : Citrusy, flowers and malt

T : Fruits and malt with a great hop strike. Nice malty backbone

M : Moist finish, suggesting a medium body.

D : Overall, its a really good beer of the style, one of the best I've had. Very refreshing and very memorable. The fruitiness is outstanding.

Photo of JBmadera
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed this beer - 12oz bottle

a - thin white head with little lacing

s - an enjoyable faint, clean floral smell

t - grainy malt with just the right amount of hops to balance the taste out

d - even tho' it's a bit chilly here today, this beer downright tastes great. could (will???) drink several of these, esp on a nice warm day with burgers, hot dogs or even a pizza

Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Biermarkt.

Pours a clear golden yellow, nice rich colour, big and thick white head forms, slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass, good layer, good lacing, great retention on this one. Smell is nice, really toasty and biscuity, caramel, honey, pretty intense aroma, tons of biscuit and toast character, some floral, really well done, very clean. Taste is similar, nice sweet malty character up front, honey and some caramel, big biscuity middle, burnt toast, floral, very clean and malty, popcorn, nice clean herbal bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very nice helles and very drinkable. I really dig this stuff.

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - 1/2 liter bottle into pint glass

Appearance - Pours a clear, straw color with decent head and carbonation bubbles that quickly give way to a nice lacing.

Smell - Nothing too complex here. Nothing offensive either. Grains, malts, and some hops/citrus notes.

Taste - Malty grains with some hop bite to balance things out. Simple, and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Fairly thin/medium-thin bodied, with medium carbonation. Goes down easy.

Drinkability - This is what a session beer, or session lager at least, should be.

Overall - A nice Munich Helles Lager for a good price. A perfect option for something refreshing and sessionable, or perhaps a good beer to have BMC fans give a shot :)

Photo of dgilks
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw colour which is a little bit hazy. Small white head.

The aroma is light and fairly straight forward with grain and a touch of sweetness. Not a lot going on at all.

Disappointing flavour with a a thin, dull grainy flavour being matched with... nothing. Next to no complexity and really boring.

Medium body with average carbonation. The mouthfeel is fine.

I can't help but feel that the problem here is one of freshness with the long journey from Europe taking its toll on the quality of this beer.

Photo of jdg204
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second of the two 6'ers my buddies and I got for the GT-Clemson game (it was a heck of a game). I figured my German buddy would enjoy a classic German brew.

A: Straw yellow with a one-inch head that soon becomes a lasting patch. Slight traces of lacing stick to glass.

S: Aroma is floral - mild, but clean.

T: Prominent taste is of toasted yet sweet grainy malt with a light floral, slightly fruity backing. Hop dryness balances out malt sweetness in the finish.

M: The feel is rather thin, but enough holds on to keep it going.

D: Another solid brew that has mass appeal and can be enjoyed by all. An enjoyable offering that goes well with pizza, football, and good friends. Recommended as safe option which is very approachable to a wide audience.

Photo of yankiac
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not very impressed by this beer. Poured a nice golden color with a decent aroma. The major complaint I have with this beer was in its drinkability and mouthfeel. I had a whole 6 pack in 1 sitting and it just sat way too heavy for a beer of this style.

Photo of ADZA
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours exactly like a nice pilsner,a pale see thru straw colour with nice carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing two finger head and a ring of lacing,the aroma is average with smells of malted barleyish coated hops,it has an average mouthfeel with a barleyish hop taste,definately not the best example of the style that ive tried and tastes more like a pilsner but in saying that could easily drink this as a nice session beer.

Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear straw from a 500 ml. bottle into a pint glass. A thin white head offers fair retention and some light lacing.

Grainy and sweet on the nose with a bit of barnyard going on, which settles out with a bit of exposure. Nice sweet hop nose when agitated a bit. Taste follows and is somewhat simple sweet for the style, not offering a lot of body or depth to the malt structure. Rather crisp nonetheless and with a lingering light lemon finish. Light body limits this beer however.

Photo of dfitch81
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Typical appearance for the style; I'd have a pretty difficult time rating the appearance of any munich helles or pilsener a '5' since they all look more or less the same. Smell is wonderful - fresh, clean and crisp, with spicy noble hops making their presence known. Taste is fantastic - crisp and tart with just enough malt sweetness to balance. I love it! Ample carbonation suits this brew well. Highly drinkable, this beer always does it for me. A favorite to be sure, severely underrated in my opinion. Call me crazy, but to me this is comparable to Weihenstephaner original - only much easier to find.

Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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

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.

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!

Photo of bennetj17
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
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...

Photo of diamondc
3.61/5  rDev -3%
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.

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.

Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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