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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 29
Gots: 68 | 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 DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
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
3.7/5  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 -1.9%
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 -6.5%
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
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
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
3.62/5  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 -1.1%
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 +10.2%
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
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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 +11.6%
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
2.46/5  rDev -33.9%
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 +1.6%
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
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
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
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of stephendr
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of golden yellow , with a frothy white head - nose of hay , grass , mild floral hopps , malt , and slight skunk – taste of bubblegum , sweet malts, and light hopps - body smooth , crisp , and medium carbonation – aftertaste of grassy , and slight resin

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a one-inch head that soon becomes a lasting patch. Slight traces of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is floral - mild, but clean.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt with a floral, slightly fruity backing. Hop dryness balances out malt sweetness in the finish.

The feel is rather thin, but enough holds on to keep it going. Pretty smooth.

A world classic that, to me, was better in the past. I don't know if it's my changing tastes, or if it just isn't made the same as it used to be (or a combination). Still in all, a decent lager that makes for an easy "session" choice.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on-tap at T. Brendan O'Reily's in Harrisburg.

A - Pours a clear golden color with a small head and mild carbonation. Not very exciting.

S - Mild hops & malt...some sweet notes followed as it warmed.

T - Some light-bready malt and grassy hops, but all the flavors are on the blander side. Taste isn't bad...it just feels like its missing something.

M - Watered down body, but still a crisp finish.

D - I dunno...I was disappointed...thankfully it was my last of the evening as I became the DD midway through the night.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, sweet robust malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The flavor is sweet, but not overly sweet, with flavors of honey, banana and some hops. It has a healthy malt character, but it’s not heavy. After-taste is slightly sweet and a little bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, good representation of style, this is a nice light and refreshing beer. I could stick with this beer for a while. I normally prefer something with a bigger kick, but it’s a very good choice if I want something lighter.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Solid yellow and clear with a thin cap of white fizz. Decent lacing, but nothing outstanding going on here.

S - Firm malt backdrop with very subtle and clean hop scents on top. Very clean and pils-like.

T - Again, very much like a German pils. Soild white cracker malts and brisk twangy hop nuances. Sort of run-of-the-mill IMO.

M - More full in body than I would have expected from a clear yellow brew. Slightly creamy, but acidic and twangy too. I would call this medium bodied.

D - Good. I could session this fo' sho'.

Photo of theopholis
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Fairly light straw color with a couple of fingers of a pure white head. Just a tad hazy. Head has some lasting power, but does almost completely dissipate over about 10 minutes. Leaves a fairly decent lacing..

Aroma - Absolutely astounding sweet munich malts. It's amazing how sweet this beer smells. Very little hop aroma.

Taste - Malt sweetness not really there. Some decent hop bitterness in the middle, but this beer is surprisingly thin in both taste and body. .

Mouthfeel - A tad light in body. Decent carbonation but kind of watery.

Drinkabiliby - Very drinkable, but not very impressive. Hopefully, I just got a bad bottle. It's hard to believe Paulaner would consistantly release a beer this unimpressive. That said, it's a nice, easy drinking beer that would be good on a hot day.

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

Pint served in my local Bierhalle (Glasgow) not Munich unfortunately

A - Pale straw yellow with two fingers of frothy white head. Produced moderate lacing.

S - The beautiful aroma of munich malts, that overpowers any hop profile, this is one of my favourite smells in the world

T - Light malt sweetness, finishing in a fresh hop bitter finish, however all very watery and bland, i dont know why this is, its not like this even from the bottle, i dunno if the glass has been to cold and condensation has gotten into the beer.

M - Smooth, lively carbonation but very watery, disappointing.

D - The beautiful taste of the munich malt holds a special place in my heart making this Munich Helles a favouite with me, however this offering is pretty crap, Very watery. Ive had this beer, drinking from the bottle in a Munich Nightclub which had more flavour. Will get some more bottle of it and re-review. I have had the Urtyp Version of this by the bottle and this was excellent, will need to do a direct comparison to find the true champion

Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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