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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 851
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 32
Gots: 75 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-02-1998

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Ratings: 851 | Reviews: 421
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.

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

Pours straw gold with a short white head, no real retention. The aroma is a bit too mild, but still nice and appropriate for the style with sulfur and pale grains. The flavor, however, and this is why this style is so different from the American macro, is full-flavored with sweet, pale grains, mild hops, minerals from hard water, and lager character. The Weihenstephaner is a little richer, but this is still a great beer.

Photo of tonistruth
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear and golden, very bubbly and active, 1 finger of thin bubbly white head with good retention

S- crisp, malt sweetness, hints of honey

T- crisp malts all throughout, grainy aftertaste, hop flavors toward finish. well balanced

M- crisp and well carbonated, slightly oily

D- tasty and sessionable lager, solid offering for style

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

Poured into a Lowenbrau mug.

A - Slightly hazy straw yellow coloration, nice head of froth, good retention and spotted lacing.

S - Huge grass hop nose with a metallic tinge. Very potent, yet pleasant.

T - Bitter hops and a grainy, grassy profile. Little malt backing and a refreshing lemon aftertaste.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation level, citrusy residues, crisp finish.

D - Very good, I could enjoy having a few of these with dinner, and could even comfortably make a night of it. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of dsa7783
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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...

Photo of JDV
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of blatherbeard
2.11/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of Stimack
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of goetta
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of clemsonbrewer
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of BigRedN
4.07/5  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.

Photo of Stephen63
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of berserker256
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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