1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Not Rated.
Paulaner Original MünchnerPaulaner Original Münchner

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

741 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 741
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 21
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

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)
View: Beers (23) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Paulaner Original Münchner Alström Bros
Ratings: 741 | Reviews: 405 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
AustinBeerLvr

Texas

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden color...

Smell: Malty aroma....slightly bready with some light honey notes...

Taste: Nice grainy maltiness....clean tasting with just enough malt sweetness...finishes slightly dry...quenching and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied...arbonation is medium...firm, crisp mouthfeel...

Drinkability: Would be a nice keg beer for a summer party I imagine...Too bad the basic macro lagers can't spit out beers like this as their standards...

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 04:53:41 | More by ZAP
Photo of malcontent
malcontent

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden body with a respectable finger-thick head that reduces to spotty lacing.

Lots of hay/yeast in the nose with lemony notes in the background.

An uncomplicated, well-executed lager. Malt/hops interplay exactly as it should be with refreshing citrus aftertaste.

Near perfect mouthfeel which, when paired with the straight-forward nature of the taste, makes for an exceptionally drinkable beverage.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 02:43:23 | More by malcontent
Photo of Bighuge
Bighuge

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale, apple cider color. Thin and bubbly white head. Lace is sparse. I love the thick, bready aroma on this one. Slight nuances of sweet cookie dough and bread pudding. Really nice aroma for this style. Taste follows suit with great bready malt tones. Warm and biscuity. Rounded sweetness. Crisp and ever so slightly dry on the finish. Medium full body with an agreeable mouthfeel. This is a very solid Helles Lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 02:42:36 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Phyl21ca
Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color lager with a nice medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of floral malt is light but pleasant. Taste is quite light with some floral malt with some sweetness and a slightly dry finish with low hops. Well done beer with limited complexity but very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 14:02:01 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of yelterdow
yelterdow

New Jersey

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

Served at fridge temperature in a Spaten stange. Produced on 19263; July, 2006.

Appearance- Pours a very pale gold into the glass with a flurry of activity; the snow white, sudsy three finger head stays put for several long minutes. It's beautifully clear, and large bubbles remain trapped along the sides of the glass... with smaller streams lauching from the pad below. Good lacing.

Smell- The head gives forth a zippy, crisp, spicy hop character. As the beer slowly opens up, I detect some bread and sweet phenolic notes. My appetite is whet for some beer.

Taste- A surprisingly generous malt palate gets me interested immediately... very tasty! After the barley and grain components flow over the tongue, a gentle sweetness is followed by a wonderfully fresh, clean hop finish. Drying and quite nicely balanced, I await the next sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- There isn't much to say about mouthfeel except it's pretty average... mellow, light, and subtly carbonated. It doesn't necessarily improve or diminish the beer's overall enjoyment. This is the first time I'm drinking this out of an appropriate glass, and it's a much more interesting beer. Effortless and thirst-quenching, I'd pair this with burgers or common German cuisine anytime and be quite content.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 01:40:37 | More by yelterdow
Photo of MillRat
MillRat

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A darker golden color that doesn't quite get into the orange tones that mark a Marzen/Okto for me. The head is off-white and a little more durable than H-P or Spaten.

S: Slight honey malt aroma, the hops are there if you concentrate.

T: Similar to the smell, the hops are further back than they could be, and the malts are pleasant enough, but they don't do anything unusual.

M: More body than the taste would suggest, but not to the point of being sweet. A little honey in there.

D: This is a very easy-drinking lager, but there's not enough character to compel me to do so.

Overall, a nicely crafted beer that does nothing wrong. It leans more toward a Helles than a Marzen. A bit more malt, noble hops, and color would put this more squarely into the Okto category and give H-P and Spaten a better run for their money.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 21:15:17 | More by MillRat
Photo of vanrassel
vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

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

A fluffy, one-finger head topped a golden body with an aroma of grassy hops and biscuity malt. The smell promised a well-balanced brew, and the taste delivered. It finished spicy and crisp. Lively carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel kept the palate engaged and broadened the sensory experience.

This is a good example of the style: well-balanced, but a bit spicy, too.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 22:27:38 | More by vanrassel
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
TheLongBeachBum

California

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

Presentation: Ubiquitous 500ml (1 Pint 0.9 fl.oz.) brown glass. The main label has black and gold edges with a pastel yellow background including the Munich skyline, the neck label is color coordinated. Listed as ‘Paulaner Original Munich Premium Lager’. No strength listed but this bottle was produced on 08.05.

Appearance: Super body, crystal clean shining golden torso is filled with a milky white rampant conditioning during the pour. The head laces nicely, starts at 3” deep and eventually rests to a thin ¼” thick but is always present.

Nose: Biscuit malts a very clean and fresh floral character. Crisp and sharp with nothing here to fetter the pure aromas.

Taste: Sift body, light grain and a crisp gentle hoppy character that benefits from a lovely honey sweetness. Smooth clean lines with just enough of everything to make this one a classic.

Mouthfeel: The conditioning plays a big part in this beer, despite my bottle being more than a year old, this was in great nick. Sprightly bitterness with a gentle honey sweetness to add to the thick carpet texture of the dissolved carbonation.

Drinkability: On a warm hot sunny lazy Sunday afternoon in Long Beach, this one quenches the thirst but all the time it provides a rewarding return for the taste buds at the same time. The sub 5% strength accentuates the Drinkability. A superb Session beer.

Overall: A lovely crisp, clean and easy drinking premium Munich Helles that goes down all too easily. One of the better versions out there, this should more widely recognized for my money but it always seems to get overlooked. Don’t make that mistake because this is a great Munich Helles, not to be missed!!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 23:14:59 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of wl0307
wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Bavarian beer in this Oktoberfest-month. BB 05/07, served lightly chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: dark yellowish-straw hue; the thick, pillowy beer head is force-poured, but sustains pretty well, on top of semi-lively carbonation full of medium-sized bubbles.
S: refreshingly lemony lager malts, a touch of sweetness of sugar, light touch of floral-hop aroma, while a swirl brings out a very subtle suggestion of honey-drink. Overall, typically Helles, not exciting but well-crafted.
T: a mildly honey-ish taste and a chewy, bitter and plastic edge of light grains prevail upfront, ensued closely by a refreshing bitter-sourness as of lime peels; towards semi-dryish bitterness of hops in the medium finish. The bitter edge is not considerable as in a Pilsner or English Bitter, but quite important here to hold the thin-ish body due to the feather-light presence of malts.
M&D: clean (not crisp) palate, light-bodied, with ideal carbonation for a lager, very refreshing and mildly-flavoured to quaff--BUT not as lively as draught... In a sense this is a very approachable Helles, but my palate tells me one bottle is more than enough... It simply fails to keep my interest or focus, as I simply prefer fuller, hoppy lagers like a true Pilsner. That said, this beer is well-crafted for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 18:35:37 | More by wl0307
Photo of jhollick
jhollick

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured a very pale yellow, no head or retention to speak of. Smell is sweet, grains, and bread. Light in body, but not watery.

Taste is very neatly balanced between light and spicy hops and malts. Biscuit, some spice from yeast strains, bread and a nice very fainly dry finish. A small amount of carbonation livens the beer, but does not define it.

This beer is all about tasteful and subdued harmony. It is absoutely a top notch go of a Helles lager in my mind, with no flavor overbearing any other. This makes this beer extremely drinkable. It would be quite easy to get carried away with this one. At the price, this is a tough sell for me, but if I lived in Europe this would certainly be in my fridge a lot.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 00:10:30 | More by jhollick
Photo of BlackHaddock
BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The draught version of this beer knocks the socks off the bottled one.

Pours well and looks the part, good white head sat on top of a golden, clear, clean looking lager.

To me there is no great smell, just wheat and maybe a hint of summer fruits.

This is where Paulaner have somehow missed a trick, it doesn't remind you of Munich or beer gardens at all, it is just a bog standard helles.

Because I like my beers to be provocative and give me something, this Paulaner produce falls short, in the bottles case anyway.

I can't review it from draught because it is some years since I last tried it, but i am sure the scores would have been much higher.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 13:06:37 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of haz77
haz77

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a bright, clear gold, with an inch of foamy head. This drops to a thin layer. Small bubbles of low carbonation can be seen.

S - Big honey scent, some banana, delicate floral hops.

T - Starts with a bitter twang, with the banana forcing its way through in the middle. It's joined, and then overtaken, by the honey to a sweet and clean finish. A short aftertaste is nearly all honey/caramel, but there is a background citrus hop note.

M - Light body, with low-medium carbonation. Lovely smooth mouthfeel form the middle onwards. As expected, it's clean, crisp and refreshing.

D - About as drinkable as beers get. If you're after a lager this would be a fine choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 14:27:57 | More by haz77
Photo of acrawf6
acrawf6

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark straw with a little orange hue. Seems to have a small haze to it (could be chill haze) small white head.

Smell. Nice light and sweet maltiness, a light caramel and sweet fruits.

Taste. Nice light maltiness with a tartness that is a bit citrusy. But it also has a small off cardboard. Aftertaste is dry initially but sweetens up a touch.

Mouthfeel is good. Niced crispness with a average amount of carbonation. Good balance.

Overall, a very nice session beer i could see all enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 01:31:09 | More by acrawf6
Photo of tugdriver7
tugdriver7

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Of all the German Munich Helles that are fairly easy to find (in a bottle here in the US), this one rivals Augustiner for my favorite--and is usually less expensive. It looks marvelous in the glass (bright, frothy yellow/amber) with a delicate hops smell as you raise the glass to your nose. The taste is mostly malt with a nicely balanced bitterness/fruitiness that makes it almost irresistable. Excellent drinkability. I think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 22:33:06 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of Phocion
Phocion

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, mildly cloudy golden color with a frothy white head that settles to a thin lacing sitting on top of my beer.

Smells of sweet honeyish malt mixed with light floral hops.

Taste is of honey and very light hops, just like the nose. Almost no bitterness whatsoever.

Very crisp and sharp, and ridiculously refreshing. It's not the most flavorful brew, but there is nothing at all offensive about this beer. Would definitely recommend, especially on a hot summer day like today.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 21:02:01 | More by Phocion
Photo of BeerManDan
BeerManDan

California

2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured it was medium light yellow in color with very little foam and some lace on the face of the glass. This was the high point as far as I was concerned. The flavor was lack luster the finish was so short that there was no flavor what so ever. I grade this beer as average, but I was feeling very generious. I will never purchase this brew again. What a dissapointment.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 02:26:04 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of trevorwideman
trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a Pilsener glass. Pours a golden colour with a bit of depth to it, not much head, almost flat, and very little lacing to speak of. Medium carbonation. Yeasty aromas and earthy tones blend well with the bright noble hop presence that makes this one smell very appetizing.

Taste reveals a hefty and nutty malt presence, and sticky and oily hops that balance this beer out well. There's a slight unpleasant sharp acidic soapiness at first that mellows as the brew warms and comes into its own, but nonetheless is there. Mouthfeel is sparkly and warm, full bodied and not over-carbonated. A decent summer brew, but the taste leaves just a little something to be desired. Nonetheless, a thirst-quencher for this hot afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 19:36:33 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of mcarroll10177
mcarroll10177

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- straw yellow with a big puffy white head tons of lacing left on the pilsner glass with every sip

S- some hops nice and light

T- very nice hops upfront with some light banana clove and bitter then clean finish very palate cleansing

M- balanced but a bit more watery than I would have liked

D- like all well done german lagers this one is a very quaffable easy drinker. Very refreshing on a hot day. There are better examples of the style but this is certainly one of Paulander's finer offerings.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 20:38:06 | More by mcarroll10177
Photo of allengarvin
allengarvin

Texas

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

Bright gold color, with slight haze. Initial head quickly faded away. Grainy, sweet malt aroma, little hop aroma. Flavor is more of the same, simple malt with low bitterness and low hop flavor. Clean finish. Crisp, light body.

Helles is a difficult style for me to judge because all but the best examples seem invariably bland. Still, I think Paulaner's is one of the mediocre versions.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 23:36:49 | More by allengarvin
Photo of Pepeton
Pepeton

Mexico

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this one, and four others from Paulaner, in the gourmet section of a local department store. Hope they keep up bringing more new beers to this beer deprived country of mine. :-)

Pours a yellow and clear brew, with a white compact and short living head. Almost no lacing to talk about.

Smell is very discrete, with hoppy and bready hints.

Taste is refreshing, light bodied and with a nice bitter finish.

Mounthfeel is crisp, as a lager is supposed to be, and with a clean and well balanced aftertaste.

Drinkability is high, with my 95°F outside, and a forecast of 102 later today, and tomorrow and the day after, this is a nice refreshing everyday beer to have.

¡Salud!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 19:06:33 | More by Pepeton
Photo of kimcgolf
kimcgolf

Georgia

2.45/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ours to a golden color with thin white head that dissipates quickly, and not much lacing. Aroma is mostly hops, offsewt slightly by malt sweetness. Has a fruity flavor, with an OK taste and finish. All and all, there was just nothing that really stood out for me with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 12:02:43 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of nortmand
nortmand

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours straw yellow with a slight chill have. Head is brilliant white and leaves perfect lacing.

Lemongrass in the nose alongside some nice clove and herbal notes.

Slight saltiness at the tip of the tongue is followed by a mellow sweetness midtongue. Leaves a distinct, but light, lingering bitterness.

Smooth, mouthfeel, very nice and not overcarbonated, very nice lawnmower beer. Should be imbibed by the liter.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 22:25:53 | More by nortmand
Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 741 ratings.