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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Original MünchnerPaulaner Original Münchner

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736 Ratings
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Ratings: 736
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 21
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, single bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.49...
Clean, clear, lucid, light, appel-juice appearance with minimal visible carbonation and a decent-sized foamy head that lingered for a bit before slowly receding and leaving a fine layer of froth around the top of the glass...
Subtle, non-descript, pale aroma with faintly noticeable florals, grain, and citrus...
Teriffic, clean, crisp taste with strong suggestions of clean, fresh florals, strong citrus, including essences of pears, apples, and sweet grapefruit...
Light, clean mouthfeel without any signs of disturbing flavors or nuances...
Excellent drinkability due to the light ABV and crisp flavor which was very refreshing and would prove to be quite a thirst-quencher on a hot, humid, Summer day... Nice stuff... Worth a shot...

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 00:30:02 | More by dsa7783
Photo of JDV


3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly light golden with decent quickly fading head. Smell is a nice mix of light hops, and malty sweetness. Taste is honey malt sweetness, light to medium bitter hoppiness. Slightly thin with a minimal malty yeast finish to it. Overall this is very drinkable. A very beery beer, and enjoyable although not really unique. Kind of Pilsner like, I thought, and I could drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 22:51:53 | More by JDV
Photo of blatherbeard


2.1/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I am doing another of my not so famous live drinking tests of a beer company that introduced me into the world of real beer drinking with their Hefe-wiesen line. Unfortunately, i find the smell of this beer...just that, some kind of smell. Just smells like...well like a beer. No aroma of anything else, just a grainy beer smell. This beer pours like a mass produced beer, light golden color and a head that fades almost as soon as i poured it. Maybe im just not a "regular" beer drinker but this doesnt even taste like a liager to me. This tastes more like an "american" lager or pilsner. No where near thick, which can be a good thing since paulaner Hefe's thickness detracts a bit for me, but this is just like a light beer. No real taste at all.

I wouldnt say a BAD beer, just one that is definetly not for my taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 22:53:08 | More by blatherbeard


4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a true lager, what beer is suppose to taste like. Any one that likes beer will like this. It is a good strong style, with nothing fancey. No fruit, no spice, just beer. If you want a beer exceptional drinkability you will love this. If your still drinking the likes of Bud and Coors this makes a great beginner beer into the world of real beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 02:08:16 | More by GORDONSWALTHAM
Photo of Stimack

New York

2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours to a golden yellow color with a thick frothy white head that had a low retention and left just spotty lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma seems to have pronounced grain presence, sort of a grass like smell? The taste goes along with the aromas, a grainy flavor of grass seems to come out. Slight sweet feel. Finishes with a slight hop to it that goes well. Not one of my favorite brews but had it and though I would review it. Probably a lower grade for me than most, just because I don't think very highly of it. Not a brew I would actively track down.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 17:47:33 | More by Stimack
Photo of goetta


3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow/gold with tight 1 1/2" head, Leaves a light lace on side of glass. More hop aroma and mouthfeel than typical American lager. Taste seems weak and watery at first but more pleasant with each sip. Hops are a little more predominate than malt. This is a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 22:13:06 | More by goetta
Photo of clemsonbrewer

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden appearance. Nice finger head that disappears somewhat quickly but leaves a good bit of lacing. Smells of banana and some other fruit I can't put my finger on. Almost smells TOO much like a weizen (maybe it's supposed to and I'm missing something?). Good flavor with banana gangbanging my tastebuds. Mild hoppy flavor in the background but mostly banana. Smooth light feel to it with a clean brisk palate. Great session beer that's easy to enjoy all afternoon. Not much of a celebratory beer but much better than an MBC as a grass cutting beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 02:52:13 | More by clemsonbrewer
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4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle as part of a mixed 6 pack of singles. Produced on 0707 date on bottle, which actually makes this some of the fresher Paulaner of this style I have seen here.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer is golden, clear, with a nice soft white head about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in height. Head fades to a thin cover. Leaves just a little lace.

Smell: Some grainy malts, giving this a bit of a scent of fresh bread. Some subtle grassy and herbal aromas mixed in as well (I'm thinking fresh cut grass).

Taste: Good balance of the malts with a little bitterness on the finish. A touch sweet at the back of the mouth in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp, no aftertastes. The beer is lively with good carbonation.

Drinkability: A good lager. Easy to drink, it has some taste, but should appeal to a macro drinker. Less than 5% ABV, its sessionable as well. I wish there were more (and better) domestics available like this. As I stated previously, this is one of the fresher Oringinal Munchners I have seen, and its three months old.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 03:38:22 | More by BigRedN
Photo of Stephen63

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

A - Impressively golden as a pils should be, disappointing head that disapppeared rapidly.

S - Mostly dominated by the malt but hints ot fruitiness.

T - Clean and crisp, does what you'd expect from a genuine pils/lager. Subtle sweet fruit flavours.

M - Excellent carbonation and really quite smooth.

D - Slips down very easily.

When you consider most of the beer drunk in the world is related to this style of beer you realise that this is a very good example of the style. One of the nicest lagers I have tried though not widely available.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 22:35:31 | More by Stephen63
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4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden light-headed lager with many tiny bubble fizzing to the top. No overpowering aromas jump out at you. Just hints of the basic ingredients consistant with the German Purity Law of 1516 can be detected. That's how a basic lager is supposed to be. That's all I'm looking for here. The taste is exactly what a lager is supposed to be as well. There's a hint of bitterness. Thin and moderately carbonated and very easy to drink. I like it. Good lager. Not as good as Sam Adams, but good.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 17:05:47 | More by berserker256
Photo of adamette


2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a Golden, transparent lager with 20-30 very small carbonation bubbles rising from below. Poured into glass with very slight head which dissapeared within 30 seconds. Smell is hoppy, mildly alcohlic but dissappointingly average. I was not impressed with taste. To me it is a slight step above Miller Genuine Draft in terms of taste. Mouthfeel also very average, again reminds me of MGD. Because of its similarity to MGD its drikability is just average as well. I was dissapointed in this beer as it was recommended and I expected better from a Munich Brewer like Paulaner.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 02:06:20 | More by adamette
Photo of Erdinger2003


4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light color of gold and very clear. The soft looking white head grows past 1/4 inch, but then falls into a thin layer of head with no lacing. The breadiness is very nice in the smell. Aromatically soft and sweet breadiness. Very nice. The taste is crisp and clean with good breadiness, the taste has fresh bread and it's very nice. The mouthfeel is crisp and slightly harsh with carbonation, but not by much. Overall, this is a very good beer and I'm glad to get it without any off flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 22:25:32 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of bluemoonswoon


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into nonic pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with a two inch pure white loosely bubbly head that fades away into a ring a bit too quickly. Not much more correctly no carbonation or pockects of bubbles along the sides of the glass. No lacing.

S: Decent malt and grass aroma, sweet and nice and thats it, not much to say about it.

T/MF: Clean and crisp, if it were possible to bottle autumn it would probably taste like this. For some reason this beer makes me think of the leaves chaning. Anyways it is quite malty and has a decent hop bitterness to it to balance things. A hint of lemon zest I feel is in here, but the bready flavors dominate this one as expected.

D: Not a style I'm very familiar with or very fond of but this beer isn't that bad, not that I thought it was going to be, it's just a nice servicable malty lager, nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 01:15:57 | More by bluemoonswoon
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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 07/07. Pours a pale gold with a white head that hangs around for a while. Bittering hops and crackery malt make up for the smell with a bit of honey backing things up. Bittering hops are more present in the taste and call me crazy, but have a very green taste to the them. This is the freshest I've had this beer before. Hops up front and in the finish too atop crackery malt and mild grain taste. Honey and light pear juice are present too. Medium bodied for a helles with a perfect amount of carbonation. Drinkability is like givin birth on Labor day. Color me impressed?

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 22:53:11 | More by jwff
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap in a bistro in Salzburg, Austria. I learned much about beer on my trip to Europe, but the central lesson was that a lager can actually be a pleasurable experience, as opposed to America, where microbreweries are ale-heavy and the only lagers are along the lines of Budweiser and PBR. And this was the best lager that I had. Rich and bready, almost like a meal, yet with the smooth drinkability inherent to the lager style. Really something that has to be experienced abroad (akin to Heineken).

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2007 09:17:32 | More by porntipsguzzardo
Photo of DoubleJ


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once again, I ask why centuries-old Bavarian breweries labled their lager as "original". Whatever, let's move on to the beer:

Poured into a stange, it looks like your typical yellow lager with a dismal head. This brew is a little sweeter than your typical helles lager, so those who prefer a hoppier lager may want to go for something else, as the hop flavor is minimal at best. It's a little light, making it a good choice for a warm day when you need something to wet your whistle.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 00:21:06 | More by DoubleJ
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3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: very clear with a straw colour. The head is white, moderately low, frothy and not very persistent.
Aroma: sweet malts and grassy hops.
Taste: confirms the aroma. More balanced towards the biscuity sweet malts than the herbal hops.
Mouthfeel: smooth, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength and very light body.
Finish: very short and weak hoppy aftertaste.

Overall: refreshing, elegant and pleasant beer. I was expecting a little bit more body, but I would like to have another one.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 09:37:02 | More by AlexLMS
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

--Having just finished a Zagorka Special(lager) I decided to sit down w/ the Paulaner Original Munich Lager and see how the two stand up next to each other

Serving Size is 1Pint.9fl.oz

Appearance: Pours a very golden colour w/ a white head...i'd say about 1 fingersworth. The head lasted longer than I expected but once it disappated there was no sign of it being there earlier

Smell: A very herbal grassiness is noticed immediately. a touch of sweet grass smell is mixed in w/ the regular smell

Taste: upon first drinking it was very cold. It created a very crisp taste. The item that jumped out the most to me was a wheat like taste. Once the drink raises slightly in temperature you notice a slight bitterness at the end that I rather enjoy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body w/ some carbonation. Very light and wispy when drinking

Drinkability: A very nice lager that goes down very smooth. Nice to relax with while outside or even having a bbq.

After drinking both lagers back to back...this one wins out. It is a smooth drink that goes down lightly

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 19:19:11 | More by livingregret
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3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just reviewed two beers back to back in hopes of discovering which was the better Munich Helles Lager. I reviewed the Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold and Paulaner Original Munich. Too be honest, I could not find a difference between the two of them. Both were very solid and good beers, nothing spectacular. Honestly, there is such subtle differences between the two beers that I ended up rating them exactly the same. So I tried to discover which is better, and I'm sorry to report, there is not much a difference, but both are good solid beers...

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 01:29:56 | More by BDIMike
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3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Newly distributed beer, Bottle date of 02.06, Sampled August 2007
Pours a brilliantly clear, yellow gold color and is topped by a frothy, initially fat, one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The aroma has a sharp, herbal grassiness to it that is immediately noticeable. Underneath this is a nice, dry, biscuit / cracker like malt character, but there is also a touch of sweet grain aromatics here as well. Hints of butterscotch and a touch of lemon zest are also noticeable at times in the aroma.

The beer is quite chilled right now, which causes it to be quite crisp, with a biting bitterness and a cracker-like malt character. At this temperature the beer is quite dry. As it warms up a bit a soft, though simple, malt sweetness becomes present as does a touch of butterscotch. The hop character opens up a bit more; it leans towards grassy notes with perhaps a hint of lemon zest. The perception of bitterness really is muted once the beer warms up as well, though it still provides a sharp backbone to the flavor profile. Somewhat light bodied, but still has a touch of structure and body to it. A decent beer, which is probably even better fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 01:21:52 | More by Gueuzedude
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Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice golden color that's slightly hazy, with a big creamy looking head. Unfortunately, the head disappears completely after only 15 seconds or so.

S- I was quite impressed with the aroma of this lager, as most do not have much of a smell at all. An enjoyable sweetness, best described in my opinion as a mild honey/doughy aroma....very enticing!

T- A smooth, very noticable malt flavor is the first thing that I tasted once this hit my palate and very little in terms of hops in the finish at first, which by the way lasts much longer than most brews that I've tried in the past...but wait a minute and a pleasant mild bitterness shows up. Very tasty beer!

M- This is more of a medium bodied lager as it kind of just glides down the sides of my tongue and back of my throat. It has a slightly creamy texture to it, but it is also fairly carbonated which offer a mild tingle to the mouth.

D- I would be able to enjoy this beer for the better part of the evening, but I wouldn't recommend eating a ton of food with this as it will do a good job filling your stomach up on its' own. Very flavorful and unique, I'd recommend this one to anyone looking for something slightly sweet and with a little umph!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 04:30:31 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of biggmike


3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like their weiss beer, so I decided to give this a try. Poured golden yellow, with pretty decent head that lasted a while. Not bad, but no real characteristic that stood out. Very drinkable, however. Very smooth and would make a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 14:46:36 | More by biggmike
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap, 1L mass, in the Seehaus beer garden in Munich (Englischer garten). This was definitely the best location to enjoy the beer, in its own element as it were. The beer was pale yellow straw color, the real show (in terms of appearance) being the massive swirling poof of foam on top. The smell was light and malty, maybe you could imagine honey in the aroma (could be the color of the beer or surroundings that did that to me). The flavor was simple but delicate, malt with a nice carbonation tickle and a hint of hops bite on the back-end. Just about right for the syle I think. Incredibly drinkable in a beautiful beer garden by a lake, this is one to remember fondly.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2007 11:26:20 | More by TurdFurgison
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a pale yellow into a mug, white head with good retention.

S: Bready malts predominately, with some hops, quite robust, actually.

T: Delicate malts dominate the flavor, but a good complementary hop bitterness in the end.

M: Medium-bodied, good amount of carbonation, kind of spritzy, but in a good way.

D: Very good, typical of a lager of this type, very refreshing and easy to drink, straightforward, what you see is what you get, but a great example of the Munich Helles Lager type.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 23:09:23 | More by Halcyondays
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color with a rather large soapy white head that left some nice rocky lacing. The smell has a light noble hop aroma, peppery. The taste is very light but very refreshing. Again some light noble hop taste and a light dry cracker like malt. The feel is light and well carbonated, no offensive flavors on the palate. A very drinkable lager, very light tasting, but a great thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 02:53:11 | More by Gmann
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