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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 29
Gots: 64 | 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 beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear, butter-gold with a slight white head that was littered with macro bubbles and quickly gave way to a bare surface. Visible carbonation was non-detect.

S: very faint in nature with some fresh grains and light buttered bread.

T: The initial flavor had a nice fresh lemon hopping that stood out against a crisp grain backing that had just a touch of butter to it.. There was some light herbal and straw hints as well some banana bread detected. The overall flavor was crisp with a light noble flowery bitterness on the finish. Probably one of the crispest and cleanest brewed lagers ive tasted. this one truly stands out and delivers leaving anything else a far second. I believe this beer is severely overlooked and underappreciated because not many consider the style when rating. This is an honest to goodness great example of a clean brewed german lager that I would prost to anyday.

M: light, a little thin, but crisp off the tongue.

D: Six pack worthy by all means making for a great summer drinking lager which was crisp and refreshing and the perfect session lager

Photo of yemenmocha
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer reviewed relative to style, as instructed on BA. This is one of the best Munich Helles that is imported here in the U.S.

Pours an amazingly appetizing translucent golden color with contrasting white head.

Nose is clean, light citrusy, and slightly metallic in a good way.

On the palate is light bodied, crisp, clean refreshing lager that focuses towards the malt, but is nonetheless very light and refreshing in flavor. This is what a pale lager should be. Amazing!

Photo of albern
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty traditional German lager if there ever was one. The appearance is very good for a lager. Yes, it has the pale, clear color to it, but it has a nice creamy head that retains and laces very well for a lager. This beer is quite carbonated, very refreshing, and well balanced.

The aroma is your typical yeasty lager, a bit of wheat aroma, a bit of grassy hop in there too. The taste is a tad bit lemony, grassy, a bit chewy, not all that crisp. There is a slight honey like sweetness, a touch of some sourish notes, but both are very subtle characteristics. I'm actually getting more grassy aromas as the beer settles. This is a very light bodied, refreshing beer. The finish and aftertaste are both quite mild. This is a very nice, traditional lager. L'Chaim.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sunshine yellow with a medium white head and decent retention.

Smells of floral hops.

Tastes grainy and hoppy with a slight presence of weet malts.

Feels a bit flat and watery in the mouth.

Not a bad beer, but probably the worst thing I've had from Paulaner to date.

Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled in 01/08 clearly noted on label. Pours a pale golden yellow color with a lot of tiny little bubbles rising to the top to support a thin white head with sporadic lacing. The aroma is a soft and clean with grainy malt and a touch of grassy hops. The taste is very clean and refreshing and similar to the aroma with some grainy malt and a nice dry crispness from the hops. The mouthfeel is light bodied and very heavily carbonated. Overall, this is a classic over and Germany and I can see why. It is very drinkable, and would be great to enjoy in the warm outdoors while eating a bratwurst.

Photo of sconsi
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is easily my favorite beer. It has a nice full body, great odor and color, and tastes like heaven. This is what beer is supposed to taste like, so it's no surprise that this beer is the local favorite of Munich. It's a little diminished bought when bought in the States, but nothing can beat drinking a liter of this beer in the biergarten.

Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle pours a clear, golden body with a small vanilla head that falls into some delicate silky lacing. Aroma is somewhat restrained, featuring floral and spicy hops and some toasted grain. Light medium in body with a crisp carbonation. Taste is dominated by a spicy hop bitterness that is never out of check. Sweet toasty malt sweetness provides an ideal balance. Hints of golden apple fruitiness add interest. One of the most drinkable lagers in the world and a true classic.

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

Clean and pure- tough to argue with a classic. The beer pours an inviting straw color with froathy, white head formation and very good retention while lacing periodically. Aromas of soft pilsner malts balance well against a complementary cereal grain flavor that doesn't seem to deter. Spicy, earthy Saaz hops are undeniable-- pungent and grassy. Flavors favor the malts, but balanced once again with the raw barley flavors and spicy hop notes even deep into the finish. Clean and light on the palate; nearly airy. Thirst quenching, refreshing, crisp in the finish and a smooth spicy hop lingering. This beer begs to be sessioned on these 90+ degree days.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A = Clear, light yellow with medium sized white head, fair retention, medium-light carbonation bubbling.

S = Smells of baking pastries, fresh flowers, cinnamon sugar.

T = Light flavors of sweet malts and bread with good tart citrus flavors of hops. Medium long semi-sweet finish.

M = Light bodied, minimal mouthcoating, good level of carbonation.

D = Good drinkability, very refreshing and light.

Photo of Offa
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a delicious, very satisfying, full-bodied lager.

Clear, bright, fairly deep gold, it has a large white head that slowly shrinks to a smaller lasting head and leaves some lace.

It has a wonderful, strong helles aroma - lightly toasted bread, grain, crackers, and hints of citrus, honey, and pine.

It has a similar, rich taste and a full body. It has strong toasted grain and bread, light honey sweetness, lemony citrus, and hint of pine. A full sweetness is balanced with pleasant light bitterness to the end, with a finish of bread and hops. Full of subtle complexity and lasting flavours, it is a little oily, very smooth, and incredible drinkable. It's also very clean.

Photo of santa109
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at 42 degrees.

A: Poured a very clear and pale yellow into a pils glass. Small white head quickly fades away into a thin patch of floating foam and then vanishes to nothing in a few minutes. Nice continuous rush of bubbles to the top is visible.

S: Clean malt aromas on a faint background of yeast and fruitiness. Mostly bananas. Perhaps a little grassy.

T: Mostly dominated by crisp malt. Really clean tasting with a faint middle of bananas and clove. Bit of a lemony finish.

M: Crisp and clean once again. Light bodied with a decent carbonation that gives it a cleansing feel.

D: A very easy drink, nothing strong in the taste department and it's low abv make it very easy to down a few.

Overall, something I'd go to when I need something cleansing and easy to drink.

Photo of batty
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bought and drank May 2008 in Spain.

Pours a semi-pale yellow gold, nice dense head, which unfortunately fads way too fast. looks quite fizzy, little lacing.

while the head was there the nice light malty notes, now.. more of the same, but with a bit more bite.

not too much, light malt touched with a relatively sizable hop presence, manages a touch crisp while being actually very smooth. the smoothness stays in the mouth a bit at the end, even, like a stickiness, but not unpleasant.

nice bite of carbonation, but too watery for what i would like. smooth and nice means you could continue on these, however. not my favorite style by any means, but a pretty decent lager for what it is.

Photo of rkinsella
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear and golden yellow, soapy white head, fair lacing.

Smell - Hops with a touch of flowers and grassiness. Notes of grain too.

Taste - Zesty dryness with a medium hop bitter finish. Even bitter aftertaste. Overall there was a mustiness to this beer that I didn't care for...

Mouthfeel - Somewhat thin, light and crisp. Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable because of the crispness.

Photo of Onslow
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at Molly's after my Pre-Employment screen ... fun times .. Nice Bitters ... has a good solid flavour ... not as crisp as one would think, more like an ale in someways ... on the house after that crap leight.... seems to be a middle of the road beer.

Photo of argock
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Delicious honey-colored lager with small foamy white head and lacing.

S: Clean malt aromas with light grainy character and floral noble hops.

T: Great combination of clean cereal grain with crisp noble hops finish from measured hops contribution.

M: Crisp but it could be a little smoother.

O: No-nonsense Helles lager that tastes great.

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

Pale golden with a decent head.

Smell is weak and a bit grainy, but a bit sweet and not unpleasant.

Taste is crisp and light. Few flavors that really come out. Some corn? and a suggestion of hops. What Budweiser et al. wish that they could taste like.

Mouthfeel decent.

Infinitely more drinkable than your average American macro.

Photo of jar2574
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like recycled beer, if you know what I mean. Very clear yellow. White frothy head with plenty of bubbles.

Smells of hops and some malts. Slightly metallic and a little watery.

Slight hops, but mostly mellow and watery. Not much taste. Uninspired. Boring mouthfeel, especially for the level of carbonation.

Probably make a decent session beer at a local pub in Germany. It's taste is boring, but it's easy to drink. In most places, I'm sure you can find better though.

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

Nice foam as I poured it into my pint glass. Pale golden . Sweet aroma, bready and nice. Starts with a sweet malt flavor and then there are some hops to keep it in balance, although there could be more hops. Nice aftertaste. Good as a session helles, especially on a summer day.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color. It has a lot of carbonation that shows up as a 3 finger head in the pilsener glass. The higher marks come from the head and lacing that I haven't normally seen from others in this style.

S: It has an aroma of wheat with a undertone of a bitter hop smell.

T: A very crisp taste with a strong wheat after taste. Although I am not a big fan of this style, it has a better flavor than the ones I have tried in the same style.

M: The carbonation tickling the tongue causes me to give it points for interest. Since this style is so thin the mouthfeel is usually not that interesting to me.

D: This one is easy to drink since there is no strong taste or alcohol burn. Since its light and refreshing it can be drank easily.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- pale light golden/yellow with immaculate clarity and streams upon streams of rising bubbles that meet up with a creamy lather of a nearly snow white head. lace sticks in fingers here and there, and the retention is better than i suspected, but its soapiness reflects the character of such a clean beer, and it eventually falls to nothing.

S- pale malt, raw barley, and the smallest hint of pear and banana along with some grassy spicy hops.

T- taste is pretty much a mirror of the smell, with some hay, sweet corn, and a mineral water stone flavored bite that goes nicely with its cleanliness and subsequent lack of depth. if our american macros could be a little more like its german cousin, the world might be a better place.

MF- thin and fizzy, crisp and dry, perfect for warm weather, if only spring would hurry up and get its ass here!

D- what lacks in other aspects certainly makes up for itself if D. crisp and bright and thirst quenching, but even with a hard pour i'm burpin every few minutes.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Brilliant old gold color. Sweet honeyed raisin nut bread dough aromas. A round entry leads to a tangly light to medium body with sweet lemon, tangerine, toast and golden raisin flavors. Finishes with a gentle, sweet citurs and mineral fade. Not too bad.

Photo of jpkoch1962
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a difference a decade makes. The buy-out of Paulaner by the big Euro Conglomerates has had an effect.

This lager pours a pale yellow. A decent, thick rocky head garners the glass. A faint aroma of sweet malts can be discerned. The front end of the helles is sweet, yet not as malty as it should be. The middle remains a bit sweet, while the finish dries out. A sweet malty aftertaste remains that is a bit astringent. The body is not at all firm, and the bold yet elegant malt profile is missing altogether. I suppose some noble bittering hope were used to offset the pale lager malts, but in the past a definite hop presence was detected especially in the nose. This lager has many rough edges.

Munich Helles is a brand that is certainly losing its favour even in its hometown. Paulaner is no exception. While this beer is miles ahead of most modern lagers, Paulaner many decades ago set the bar very high. It's current state shows that it is evolving into a Euro lager. Again, not a bad beer -just a disappointing one.

Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp gold with a rapidly settling white head. Faint malt aroma, vary faint wood aroma. Drinks clean, with very little aftertaste. True to style - malt first, hops second. Medium carbonation. Excellent session beer. Not my favorite Helles, but it is readily obtainable, reasonably priced, and goes with most spring/summer fare.

Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard brown 12oz glass bottle. Tan label showing a view of an old European city. Pry-off cap.
Crystal clear pale straw golden body with low carbonation. White creamy head with small bubbles, good retention and nice lace.
Sweet bready malt scent. Abit of yeast. Very good.
Lagerish flavor right off the bat with an herbal note heavy on grass. Hoppy aftertaste.
Medium body with little coating and a hydrating feel.
Good drinkability.


Photo of trackstar1043
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours light wheat yellow, gloden hue, perfectly unclouded, fizzy little bubbles as a head that were gone in a hurry.

S - Smells of wheat, little noticiable malts, bitter hoppy aroma.

T - Extremely light and crisp, hints of wheat, hops, maybe cascade, little noticable malty character.

M - Light and refreshing, high carbonation for a lively drink, leaves me wanting more from this beer.

D - Refreshing, but light even for a Munich Hells Lager, was hoping for more from this beer.

Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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