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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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763 Ratings
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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 24
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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 Halcyondays


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

07-03-2007 23:09:23 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

06-24-2007 02:53:11 | More by Gmann
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%

A real nice pils with a hoppy nose, clean crisp finish but with a complexity that other lagers often seem to miss. A great summer beer that is more than patio fodder. I hope this shows up in BC since I got this in Winnipeg. The hops show up at just the right time to let you know that the brewer knows his business

06-11-2007 20:07:10 | More by canucklehead
Photo of rohrbachsfan

New York

2.4/5  rDev -35.5%

Appearance: Crystal clear golden yellow with a tall foamy head.

Smell: Medium hops and grain aroma.

Taste: Mild malt and hops flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: Found this beer bland and disappointing. Thought I was drinking a light beer.

06-10-2007 03:01:11 | More by rohrbachsfan
Photo of Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a fairly light and perfectly clear straw-yellow, with a good-sized pure white head that lasts reasonably well and leaves some lacing. Smell is clean and grassy, light hops with some grainy malts and a light sweetness as well. Nice, but not anything extraordinary. Taste is along the same lines: light noble hops and a well done malt profile, but nothing out of the ordinary. Mouthfeel is crisp, well carbonated, and refreshing, and drinkability is very good. A very nice lager, well made and easy to drink on a hot day.

05-30-2007 23:02:23 | More by Mandrake
Photo of eberkman


3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured a crystal-clear light gold with a moderate white head that bailed pretty quickly. Big rush of carbonation bubbles shooting to the surface. Definitely had more of a nose than I expected -- mostly sweet malts and spice -- maybe a little bit of hefeweizen banana/clove action. Not what I expected.

The taste was a nice, clean, smooth, balanced maltiness without a lot of bitterness. Dryer than anticipated based on the smell. A very crisp, easy-drinking beer. Actually, the drinkability is off the charts. I'm not going to seek this out if I'm in the mood for intellectual stimulation from my beverage. But it would sure be nice to have a few more of these around on a warm night watching a ballgame. And it would certainly pair well with a dinner salad on the deck. Not big enough to overpower a lighter meal.

05-16-2007 01:35:11 | More by eberkman
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%

Pours a darker straw color with a speeding autobahn of carbonation heading up to an ironically headless top. Color is nice but that's about it. Nose is faint but mildly spiced along with grassy hop aromas.

Crisp and easy drinking with decent balance and a little bitterness up front. Carbonation is a little high, as expected, but this finishes smooth and is an enjoyable session beer. The extra bubbles make me burp more than usual.

04-23-2007 02:24:24 | More by daliandragon
Photo of mithrascruor


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a rather pale straw color, very clear. Had a big frothy white head that lats a while and laces the glass.

Smell: There's a smell here? You've gotta be kidding me. Ever-so-faint aroma of malts and grass.

Taste: Slightly sweet malty flavor, clean and crisp. There's some banana, and a bit of spicyness (presumably from hops) towards the aftertaste. Seems nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light-bodied (but towards the heavier end of that part of the spectrum), and good, light, tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down great, again and again.

Falls down in the smell category big time, but it's a very nice beer to drink and would make a great session beer. Wish I had bought some more of these.

04-20-2007 03:21:36 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of vancurly


4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

Pale gold/yellow. White head that fades.

Lovely grain & malt aroma. Smells fresh.

Balanced flavour... grain, malt, hop. Fruity, almost green apple notes, flinty, medium bitterness.

Good balance, crisp finish. An excellent beer. Refreshing, flavoursome, and moreish

03-23-2007 03:35:22 | More by vancurly
Photo of goochpunch


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours a faded gold with a foamy head that subsides eventually. Lives thick strings of lacing on the glass. Smells of bready malts, mild grain, earthy hops, and a very mild whiff of alcohol. Tastes of light honeyed bread, juicy light fruits, and tea hops. Body is solid and appropriately bubbly. Awesome drinkability. This bottle didn't last but about 5 minutes.

03-10-2007 02:14:00 | More by goochpunch
Photo of stephendr


3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

12 oz. bottle- color of golden yellow , with a frothy white head - nose of hay , grass , mild floral hopps , malt , and slight skunk – taste of bubblegum , sweet malts, and light hopps - body smooth , crisp , and medium carbonation – aftertaste of grassy , and slight resin

03-09-2007 06:08:34 | More by stephendr
Photo of jwc215


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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

The smell is floral - mild, but clean.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt with a floral, slightly fruity backing. Hop dryness balances out malt sweetness in the finish.

The feel is rather thin, but enough holds on to keep it going. Pretty smooth.

A world classic that, to me, was better in the past. I don't know if it's my changing tastes, or if it just isn't made the same as it used to be (or a combination). Still in all, a decent lager that makes for an easy "session" choice.

03-01-2007 02:16:50 | More by jwc215
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.33/5  rDev -10.5%

Sampled on-tap at T. Brendan O'Reily's in Harrisburg.

A - Pours a clear golden color with a small head and mild carbonation. Not very exciting.

S - Mild hops & malt...some sweet notes followed as it warmed.

T - Some light-bready malt and grassy hops, but all the flavors are on the blander side. Taste isn't bad...it just feels like its missing something.

M - Watered down body, but still a crisp finish.

D - I dunno...I was disappointed...thankfully it was my last of the evening as I became the DD midway through the night.

02-26-2007 00:54:11 | More by JohnnyM2002
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Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%

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

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, sweet robust malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The flavor is sweet, but not overly sweet, with flavors of honey, banana and some hops. It has a healthy malt character, but it’s not heavy. After-taste is slightly sweet and a little bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, good representation of style, this is a nice light and refreshing beer. I could stick with this beer for a while. I normally prefer something with a bigger kick, but it’s a very good choice if I want something lighter.

02-22-2007 02:44:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of pmcadamis


2.95/5  rDev -20.7%

A - Solid yellow and clear with a thin cap of white fizz. Decent lacing, but nothing outstanding going on here.

S - Firm malt backdrop with very subtle and clean hop scents on top. Very clean and pils-like.

T - Again, very much like a German pils. Soild white cracker malts and brisk twangy hop nuances. Sort of run-of-the-mill IMO.

M - More full in body than I would have expected from a clear yellow brew. Slightly creamy, but acidic and twangy too. I would call this medium bodied.

D - Good. I could session this fo' sho'.

02-04-2007 16:52:26 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of theopholis


3.28/5  rDev -11.8%

Appearance - Fairly light straw color with a couple of fingers of a pure white head. Just a tad hazy. Head has some lasting power, but does almost completely dissipate over about 10 minutes. Leaves a fairly decent lacing..

Aroma - Absolutely astounding sweet munich malts. It's amazing how sweet this beer smells. Very little hop aroma.

Taste - Malt sweetness not really there. Some decent hop bitterness in the middle, but this beer is surprisingly thin in both taste and body. .

Mouthfeel - A tad light in body. Decent carbonation but kind of watery.

Drinkabiliby - Very drinkable, but not very impressive. Hopefully, I just got a bad bottle. It's hard to believe Paulaner would consistantly release a beer this unimpressive. That said, it's a nice, easy drinking beer that would be good on a hot day.

01-27-2007 03:10:55 | More by theopholis
Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Pint served in my local Bierhalle (Glasgow) not Munich unfortunately

A - Pale straw yellow with two fingers of frothy white head. Produced moderate lacing.

S - The beautiful aroma of munich malts, that overpowers any hop profile, this is one of my favourite smells in the world

T - Light malt sweetness, finishing in a fresh hop bitter finish, however all very watery and bland, i dont know why this is, its not like this even from the bottle, i dunno if the glass has been to cold and condensation has gotten into the beer.

M - Smooth, lively carbonation but very watery, disappointing.

D - The beautiful taste of the munich malt holds a special place in my heart making this Munich Helles a favouite with me, however this offering is pretty crap, Very watery. Ive had this beer, drinking from the bottle in a Munich Nightclub which had more flavour. Will get some more bottle of it and re-review. I have had the Urtyp Version of this by the bottle and this was excellent, will need to do a direct comparison to find the true champion

01-08-2007 00:18:51 | More by seanyfo
Photo of bigdeuce


3.98/5  rDev +7%

Maybe I am warming up to this style, who knows. Paulaner is a great beer company and makes nothing except top of the line beers. This one pours a rich, deep, golden color with a craggy head. The head cools down quickly not leaving much lacing, either. Smells of some and tastes of some banana/orangy flavor with hallertau hops coming in nicely, balancing the brew. A classic representation of the style.

01-05-2007 23:15:09 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of billysj


3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

The appearance is yellowish orange with a foamy white head, You can also see the carbonation.

The smell has a malty aroma. The taste is pleasant with hops and malt with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth with good carbonation.

Overall, I like Paulaner Original Münchner and will recommend it to my friends.

01-05-2007 04:38:58 | More by billysj
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

Had this tonight; first time I ever saw this brand of brew. A nice, straw like appearance witha bright orange-yellow body; similar to Blue Moon. A nice, whaite head that is retained throughout the beer. If you feel like you want more head, give it a swish and up it comes. An interesting, malty smell with earthy tones. Tasted kind of sweet at first with an earthy aftertaste that is pleasant and lingers in your mouth. I liked that very much. A nice, thick mouthfeel makes this beer very drinkable. Highly recommended. It being served with a lemon is nice; the bitterness of the lemon offsets the earthy tones quite nicely producing a well-balanced beer.

12-16-2006 07:15:26 | More by maddogruss
Photo of Minkybut


4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

Beer was poured into a tumbler at 50 degrees. Very pale lager very normal. Beer was very clean and fresh tasting and while nothing really stands out about the brew, there is certainly nothing wrong with it. A great all year around beer and it was great with the steamed shrimp I cooked. I would purchase again.

12-09-2006 15:49:57 | More by Minkybut
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New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%

A - Pale straw yellow with two fingers of frothy white head that leave a squat ring of lacing at the top of the pilsener glass. High carbonation is visible through the clear brew.

S - An earthy and grassy lager yeast over a milder light malt. A typical lager aroma.

T - A light malty sweetness with a bit of a musty bread flavor that meshes well with the grassy hops. The finish is a mild grassy bitterness. A nice flavor.

M - Smooth, medium thickness, very refreshing.

D - Pretty good. If I am in a non-doppelbock lager mood (not a frequent event, but it could happen), I might reach for one of these. The flavor is more pronounced that many non-bock lagers. Pretty nice.

11-27-2006 21:13:41 | More by mrasskicktastic
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3.98/5  rDev +7%

Drank one on tap at the Wurstfest (mini O-Fest) in New Braunfels, Texas.

Pours a fairly typical German Helles look, nothing special, but not bad.

I remember this beer tasting a little better while I was in Munich. That said, it certainly didn't taste bad. At Wurstfest, I got it in a 12 ounce cup, certainly smaller than what they drink in Germany! The taste of this brew is very well balanced between a nice faint maltiness with a decent amount of hoppiness to it to round things out.

This is the ultimate Munich Helles to wash down some good Bavarian food or to be drank in fairly large quantities. However, for a sipping session brew, I prefer something with a little more flavor and body to it. However, true to the style, this Munich Helles is a damn good brew.

11-12-2006 03:54:44 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of LarryV


3.83/5  rDev +3%

Pours a light yellow color with little head. Crisp, clean grainy aroma. Taste of light malted grain with a slightly sweet flavor followed by a crisp finish with a bit of subtle hoppiness lingering on the palate. An enjoyable, tasty lager that's easy to drink.

11-10-2006 22:15:09 | More by LarryV
Photo of VoodooBrew

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%

Crystal clear pale gold. The head is initially fluffy and white, but seems to go away a bit too quickly. The nose shows nice, soft continental malt... with maybe just a trace of hops. Flavors are of soft cracker malt, with a touch of bitterness that rises initially to meet the malt, then receeds just as gracefully to leave a dry malty finish. Drinks smooth and easy, and if you take the time to investigate, there's some real flavor in there too. Man, if I had another cold one I'd crack open a second.

In the past couple months I have become increasingly fond of this style. Perhaps not coincidentally, I think I may have finally given up on my old standby brand of American Macro Lager that I would keep on hand just so I could drink it cold and fast. And so Munich Helles has stepped in as my present "light" beer of choice.

11-02-2006 06:34:16 | More by VoodooBrew
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