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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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743 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 21
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

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 silver0rlead

North Carolina

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

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thick, frothy white head...very appealing. Aroma is very light, hints of spicy saaz hops and light grainy, bready malt scecnt. Taste begins with a bready malt flavor followed by spicy, grassy saaz hops flavor...good but not great. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with high carbonation and drinkability is good. A solid helles but not as good as many american versions (specifically Edenton's Helles Angel and many others).

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 05:56:35 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a pale golden yellow colour... Head was white and had a slight foamy appearance. This dissappeared quite quickly and left a thin layer which lasted until the end...

Aroma - Quite sweet smell, flowery, grassy, hints of lemon / apple..

Taste – Flowery, creamy, light citrus notes, slight hint of hops..

Feel - Slight sharpness with nice amount of carbonation.

Overall - This is what a lager should taste like... an excellent, very drinkable beer... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 09:42:17 | More by mdagnew
Photo of DogFood11


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

I really enjoyed this beer. For what a lager is supposed to be this lived up to it in almost every way except the smell is a bit uninviting with sour being the leading power. Poured in a tulip duvel glass it had a nice head that quickly faded and little lacing. Taste is fairly bold for a lager wheat/yeast apparent and the finish completely wipes the palate clean with a lemon / slighty sour finish that makes the drinkability high. Every drink your starting fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 20:26:11 | More by DogFood11
Photo of palliko


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a pale transparent golden color. There is minimal foam and almost no lacing. Aroma is that of doughy bread and banana. Just-right carbonation compliments the initial taste which consists of roasted grain and some citrus in the finish. A nicely done dry lager that has plenty of good beer flavor and goes well with food.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 05:16:01 | More by palliko
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A functional lager, fine for a late afternoon summer day. Straw colour, a bit of head that sizzles then fizzles. Easy simple drink, a tad spice and grassiness from yeast and malts. A basic beer, and of course I have had more exciting product from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 04:22:53 | More by Sammy
Photo of edchef1850

New York

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pristine looking beer, perfect head on top of a straw yellow body, not to much aroma going on. The flavaor is very clean, nice body and a full mouth feel. I drink lagers rarely, having spent myself on thousands of cases of bud through high school and college, but when im in the mood for just a "beer", this is the one for me, very consistent, tastes like what american lagers should strive for imo.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2005 22:33:15 | More by edchef1850
Photo of rousee


4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw gold. Nice 3mm head of white foam. Head retention is excellent. Good carbonation too.

Smell is a very balanced malty and almost perfect. If it were a little stronger I would upgrade it a little more. Another very straightforward lager.

Upfront there is a very smooth pleasant maltiness. Not much hops to speak of. Nothing offensive though. This is one of my favorite session beers and probably one of the best lagers there is. It is much better on-tap too. Finishes with a little bit of a spicy peppery bite but very subtle.

Extremely smooth and drinkable --an excellent gateway beer to introduce to BMC drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 22:06:19 | More by rousee
Photo of foamer


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw gold with a bubbly white head that diminishes quickly to almost nothing. Some sweet malts in the nose, and some faint spicy hops. Biscuity malt backed by a subtle spicy hop character, with the hops only making themselves known in the lingering finish. Delicate yet complex and has a lot of character. Nice mouthfeel and very drinkable. An excellent quaffing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 03:01:02 | More by foamer
Photo of bceaglejoe


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured a clear golden color into a pilsner glass. About a two-finger thick head appeared, and it dissipated somewhat quickly. Bubbling suggested a higher level of carbonation. The aroma was adjunct-heavy; it mostly smelled like corn. It was actually rather sharp, and not quite so pleasant.

Tasting: First sip was exceptionally smooth. There's no sharp tang or harsh bitterness at all. The flavor comes out across the back of the tongue, and it tastes rather bread-y. It more than makes up for the aroma. This beer is very easy to drink. It's hard to say exactly what kind of flavor dominates this beer. It's a cross between a good adjunct lager and a Witbier, minus the banana scent. It's also slightly floral.

I recommend this beer. It has excellent crossover potential, and it's a good representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 02:16:16 | More by bceaglejoe
Photo of TastyTaste


3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold color, a lots of crbonation visible on the sides of the glass. Head rises and fades fast, leaving a ring of foam. Smell is grassy and pretty standard for a euro lager. Taste is also right on with the style. Brilliant grassy flavors, give way to a slight metallic twang, and a little hop presence. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, and alright. Drinkable, yet unimaginitive and somewhat boring.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2005 23:55:10 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of gentlebubbles


3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light apple juice color with absolutely no head. Sad.

Sweet lemony scent.

Citron sharpness with honey apple malt. Cloying finish with a bit of resin and a slight grassy heat.

Medium body with low carbonation which makes it seem heavier.

Bleh. Worked okay with dinner, but it's pretty dull on its own.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2005 00:59:51 | More by gentlebubbles
Photo of mobyfann


3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $8.99 for a mixed 6'er...

The beer pours a clear golden base with a small white head, minimal retention and a touch of lacing, not overly impressed. The smell isn't much but it's alright... good mix of malt and hop.

The taste is smooth, great balance of the malt-hop mix. Very drinkable beer, an ideal session beer, and ye sI wouldn't mind having another.

Final Thought: Great mellow taste and the M&D on this make it a good choice whereever you may be...

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 04:24:49 | More by mobyfann
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

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

Pours a very light golden color with a nice head and a faintly malty aroma. The flavor is complexly malty, but with a tiny hoppy bit on the finish that keeps things interesting. Flavor and mouthfeel are extremely light; it feels like you could drink this one all night almost like water. A nice example of the style, but for my money I prefer Weihenstephaner Original.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 18:16:05 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of UncleJimbo


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

Sampled on tap at Paulaner am Dom in Frankfurt, Germany.

This "Hell" poured a clear, golden color with white foam that settled, but clung to the 0.5 L glass a bit. The smell was malty with a touch of floral hops: mild but pleasing. The taste was malty with nice floral hops and good hop bitterness. There was a taste of biscuity malt as well in this well-balanced lager. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp with medium-light body and good carbonation. The hoppiness lingered pleasantly on the tongue. This was a very good beer, one of the best helles lagers that I have had, and was very easy to quaff. Obviously this beer is very tasty fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2005 08:27:19 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Original Munchner is light golden wheat in color with an average head size. Aroma is of lightly toast malts, smell is full and inviting. Taste is also of lightly toasted malts. A complex taste and crisp enough mouthfeel further the respectability of this beer. Needless to say this is very drinkable, even compared to other lighter style German lagers.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 02:17:56 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of sprackops


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with an illustration of Munich on the label. Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass.

Appearance: Golden with a thin, soapy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Grainy with a hint of floral hops aroma.

Taste: Clean pale malt upfront giving way to the dry, mild bitterness of noble hops. Some earthy notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin with active carbonation. Perfectly to style.

Drinkability: Nearly as high as it gets, by design. An excellent session lager.

Comments: While I personally look to Spaten first when I want a good Helles, this is a fine representation of a subtle, easily overlooked style.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 06:09:07 | More by sprackops
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly dusted medium amber. Above the beer sits a good sized, creamy head of dirty white foam that appears creamysmooth, yet light and airy. Delicate lace sticks to the glass in fits and starts, looking as if it can't decide 'should I stay or should I go?' (The Clash). Most of it goes.

The nose is noble hoppy and toasted malty with a good deal of assertiveness. It's pleasant, but isn't overly exciting. I have a sneaking suspicion that the flavor will strike me the same way.

Yep, pretty much. Original Munchner is good beer if you like the style or know what to expect coming in. It tastes of lightly sweet, lightly toasted barley mixed with spicy-herbal Eurohops. Balanced and drinkable. The body is light-medium and a judicious amount of carbonation provides a smooth, well-mannered mouthfeel.

I was surprised to discover that Original Munchner is my first Paulaner beer. While it doesn't rock my world, it is an acceptable, reasonably flavorful lager. Simple isn't always a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 21:50:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of sachsich

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

what can i say, a very good beer. a bit sweet to the taste, but after that, a very crisp finish that brings a smile to the face. nothing better than sitting at the paulaner beer garden and a beautiful german girl bring you a wonderful beer. viel glueck, prost

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 02:48:42 | More by sachsich
Photo of claytri


3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a rich straw gold with a thin white head. It has a sour mash aroma. The taste is pretty basic, a sour malt base with a touch of hoppishness in the finish. The feel is light and little oily. This is a solid beer, but nothing that makes you go wow.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2004 03:14:36 | More by claytri
Photo of IceAce


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light gold body supports a full finger collar of foam. Lacing is 70+% and clarity is excellent

Aroma: Bright pale malt dominates with a slight hop accent

Taste: Very, very nice malt bath for the tongue quickly followed by a very crisp hop bite.Malts and hops linger on the finish, leaving behind an inherant grassy sweetness

Mouthfeel: Nice and full-bodied lager. Very little slickness present while the quality of the malt comes shining through

Drinkability: A superb everyday lager...one of the best I have had in the recent past

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 07:57:20 | More by IceAce
Photo of WanderingFool


3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a stiff white head that dissolves to a thin ring on the beer. A fair amount of lace is left behind on the glass. Each sip of this light bodied beer is a well balanced flavor of dry malt and floral hops. Notes of butter and grass are present. It finishes with a mild tart bitter-sweet toasted malt flavor.

This is a well balanced light flavored beer. Not packed with flavor, but refreshing and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2004 00:42:29 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of MrNuggets


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The huge white head has moderate lasting power. Sturdy malts shine through in the smell. Those same malts are dominate in the taste. This is about the crispest, cleanest beer I've ever drank. Just because a beer isn't big on flavvor doesn't mean it can't get high marks. This does everything it's supposed to do and then some. Perfectly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 03:52:33 | More by MrNuggets
Photo of watermelonman


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice light gold color with a very small head. It's still leaving some good lace behind, though.

Light malts are found in the fairly average smell. The taste has more of the same up front, along with a crisp and clean hop bite in the finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly light but not at all empty. The drinkability is very high. This is a quality easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2004 05:11:18 | More by watermelonman
Photo of jimdkc


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear yellow with a moderate white head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves a little spotty lace behind. Smell is pretty mild, light malt. Taste is more complex than expected. Slightly sweet, malty. A little hop bitterness on the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. Lightly carbonated. A great beer to have when you want something lighter... but still want flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 01:08:21 | More by jimdkc
Photo of longarm


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and golden. It doesn't appear that there are any dark malts. The smell and taste confirm this. Aroma as a whole is uninviting that seems very light on the hops. Maybe this seems a little underwhelming, since I'm used to big APA's and IPA's. Flavor has a classically pils malt character, that is only slightly bitter. Also has a very crisp finish. Not a lot of body or aftertaste, but it is also quite pleasant. This seems to be how a light lager should taste to me. It is quite easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2004 20:30:12 | More by longarm
Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.