Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 29
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-02-1998)
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Photo of Stephen63
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of adamette
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a Golden, transparent lager with 20-30 very small carbonation bubbles rising from below. Poured into glass with very slight head which dissapeared within 30 seconds. Smell is hoppy, mildly alcohlic but dissappointingly average. I was not impressed with taste. To me it is a slight step above Miller Genuine Draft in terms of taste. Mouthfeel also very average, again reminds me of MGD. Because of its similarity to MGD its drikability is just average as well. I was dissapointed in this beer as it was recommended and I expected better from a Munich Brewer like Paulaner.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light color of gold and very clear. The soft looking white head grows past 1/4 inch, but then falls into a thin layer of head with no lacing. The breadiness is very nice in the smell. Aromatically soft and sweet breadiness. Very nice. The taste is crisp and clean with good breadiness, the taste has fresh bread and it's very nice. The mouthfeel is crisp and slightly harsh with carbonation, but not by much. Overall, this is a very good beer and I'm glad to get it without any off flavors.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into nonic pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with a two inch pure white loosely bubbly head that fades away into a ring a bit too quickly. Not much more correctly no carbonation or pockects of bubbles along the sides of the glass. No lacing.

S: Decent malt and grass aroma, sweet and nice and thats it, not much to say about it.

T/MF: Clean and crisp, if it were possible to bottle autumn it would probably taste like this. For some reason this beer makes me think of the leaves chaning. Anyways it is quite malty and has a decent hop bitterness to it to balance things. A hint of lemon zest I feel is in here, but the bready flavors dominate this one as expected.

D: Not a style I'm very familiar with or very fond of but this beer isn't that bad, not that I thought it was going to be, it's just a nice servicable malty lager, nuff said.

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

Bottled on 07/07. Pours a pale gold with a white head that hangs around for a while. Bittering hops and crackery malt make up for the smell with a bit of honey backing things up. Bittering hops are more present in the taste and call me crazy, but have a very green taste to the them. This is the freshest I've had this beer before. Hops up front and in the finish too atop crackery malt and mild grain taste. Honey and light pear juice are present too. Medium bodied for a helles with a perfect amount of carbonation. Drinkability is like givin birth on Labor day. Color me impressed?

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

I had this on-tap in a bistro in Salzburg, Austria. I learned much about beer on my trip to Europe, but the central lesson was that a lager can actually be a pleasurable experience, as opposed to America, where microbreweries are ale-heavy and the only lagers are along the lines of Budweiser and PBR. And this was the best lager that I had. Rich and bready, almost like a meal, yet with the smooth drinkability inherent to the lager style. Really something that has to be experienced abroad (akin to Heineken).

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

Once again, I ask why centuries-old Bavarian breweries labled their lager as "original". Whatever, let's move on to the beer:

Poured into a stange, it looks like your typical yellow lager with a dismal head. This brew is a little sweeter than your typical helles lager, so those who prefer a hoppier lager may want to go for something else, as the hop flavor is minimal at best. It's a little light, making it a good choice for a warm day when you need something to wet your whistle.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: very clear with a straw colour. The head is white, moderately low, frothy and not very persistent.
Aroma: sweet malts and grassy hops.
Taste: confirms the aroma. More balanced towards the biscuity sweet malts than the herbal hops.
Mouthfeel: smooth, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength and very light body.
Finish: very short and weak hoppy aftertaste.

Overall: refreshing, elegant and pleasant beer. I was expecting a little bit more body, but I would like to have another one.

Photo of livingregret
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

--Having just finished a Zagorka Special(lager) I decided to sit down w/ the Paulaner Original Munich Lager and see how the two stand up next to each other

Serving Size is 1Pint.9fl.oz

Appearance: Pours a very golden colour w/ a white head...i'd say about 1 fingersworth. The head lasted longer than I expected but once it disappated there was no sign of it being there earlier

Smell: A very herbal grassiness is noticed immediately. a touch of sweet grass smell is mixed in w/ the regular smell

Taste: upon first drinking it was very cold. It created a very crisp taste. The item that jumped out the most to me was a wheat like taste. Once the drink raises slightly in temperature you notice a slight bitterness at the end that I rather enjoy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body w/ some carbonation. Very light and wispy when drinking

Drinkability: A very nice lager that goes down very smooth. Nice to relax with while outside or even having a bbq.

After drinking both lagers back to back...this one wins out. It is a smooth drink that goes down lightly

Photo of BDIMike
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just reviewed two beers back to back in hopes of discovering which was the better Munich Helles Lager. I reviewed the Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold and Paulaner Original Munich. Too be honest, I could not find a difference between the two of them. Both were very solid and good beers, nothing spectacular. Honestly, there is such subtle differences between the two beers that I ended up rating them exactly the same. So I tried to discover which is better, and I'm sorry to report, there is not much a difference, but both are good solid beers...

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Newly distributed beer, Bottle date of 02.06, Sampled August 2007
Pours a brilliantly clear, yellow gold color and is topped by a frothy, initially fat, one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The aroma has a sharp, herbal grassiness to it that is immediately noticeable. Underneath this is a nice, dry, biscuit / cracker like malt character, but there is also a touch of sweet grain aromatics here as well. Hints of butterscotch and a touch of lemon zest are also noticeable at times in the aroma.

The beer is quite chilled right now, which causes it to be quite crisp, with a biting bitterness and a cracker-like malt character. At this temperature the beer is quite dry. As it warms up a bit a soft, though simple, malt sweetness becomes present as does a touch of butterscotch. The hop character opens up a bit more; it leans towards grassy notes with perhaps a hint of lemon zest. The perception of bitterness really is muted once the beer warms up as well, though it still provides a sharp backbone to the flavor profile. Somewhat light bodied, but still has a touch of structure and body to it. A decent beer, which is probably even better fresh.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice golden color that's slightly hazy, with a big creamy looking head. Unfortunately, the head disappears completely after only 15 seconds or so.

S- I was quite impressed with the aroma of this lager, as most do not have much of a smell at all. An enjoyable sweetness, best described in my opinion as a mild honey/doughy aroma....very enticing!

T- A smooth, very noticable malt flavor is the first thing that I tasted once this hit my palate and very little in terms of hops in the finish at first, which by the way lasts much longer than most brews that I've tried in the past...but wait a minute and a pleasant mild bitterness shows up. Very tasty beer!

M- This is more of a medium bodied lager as it kind of just glides down the sides of my tongue and back of my throat. It has a slightly creamy texture to it, but it is also fairly carbonated which offer a mild tingle to the mouth.

D- I would be able to enjoy this beer for the better part of the evening, but I wouldn't recommend eating a ton of food with this as it will do a good job filling your stomach up on its' own. Very flavorful and unique, I'd recommend this one to anyone looking for something slightly sweet and with a little umph!

Photo of biggmike
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like their weiss beer, so I decided to give this a try. Poured golden yellow, with pretty decent head that lasted a while. Not bad, but no real characteristic that stood out. Very drinkable, however. Very smooth and would make a good session beer.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap, 1L mass, in the Seehaus beer garden in Munich (Englischer garten). This was definitely the best location to enjoy the beer, in its own element as it were. The beer was pale yellow straw color, the real show (in terms of appearance) being the massive swirling poof of foam on top. The smell was light and malty, maybe you could imagine honey in the aroma (could be the color of the beer or surroundings that did that to me). The flavor was simple but delicate, malt with a nice carbonation tickle and a hint of hops bite on the back-end. Just about right for the syle I think. Incredibly drinkable in a beautiful beer garden by a lake, this is one to remember fondly.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of canucklehead
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of rohrbachsfan
2.4/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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

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.

Photo of eberkman
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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

Photo of goochpunch
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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