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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 VoodooBrew
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear pale gold. The head is initially fluffy and white, but seems to go away a bit too quickly. The nose shows nice, soft continental malt... with maybe just a trace of hops. Flavors are of soft cracker malt, with a touch of bitterness that rises initially to meet the malt, then receeds just as gracefully to leave a dry malty finish. Drinks smooth and easy, and if you take the time to investigate, there's some real flavor in there too. Man, if I had another cold one I'd crack open a second.

In the past couple months I have become increasingly fond of this style. Perhaps not coincidentally, I think I may have finally given up on my old standby brand of American Macro Lager that I would keep on hand just so I could drink it cold and fast. And so Munich Helles has stepped in as my present "light" beer of choice.

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

Appearance: Pale golden color...

Smell: Malty aroma....slightly bready with some light honey notes...

Taste: Nice grainy maltiness....clean tasting with just enough malt sweetness...finishes slightly dry...quenching and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied...arbonation is medium...firm, crisp mouthfeel...

Drinkability: Would be a nice keg beer for a summer party I imagine...Too bad the basic macro lagers can't spit out beers like this as their standards...

Photo of malcontent
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden body with a respectable finger-thick head that reduces to spotty lacing.

Lots of hay/yeast in the nose with lemony notes in the background.

An uncomplicated, well-executed lager. Malt/hops interplay exactly as it should be with refreshing citrus aftertaste.

Near perfect mouthfeel which, when paired with the straight-forward nature of the taste, makes for an exceptionally drinkable beverage.

Photo of Bighuge
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale, apple cider color. Thin and bubbly white head. Lace is sparse. I love the thick, bready aroma on this one. Slight nuances of sweet cookie dough and bread pudding. Really nice aroma for this style. Taste follows suit with great bready malt tones. Warm and biscuity. Rounded sweetness. Crisp and ever so slightly dry on the finish. Medium full body with an agreeable mouthfeel. This is a very solid Helles Lager.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color lager with a nice medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of floral malt is light but pleasant. Taste is quite light with some floral malt with some sweetness and a slightly dry finish with low hops. Well done beer with limited complexity but very refreshing.

Photo of yelterdow
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served at fridge temperature in a Spaten stange. Produced on 19263; July, 2006.

Appearance- Pours a very pale gold into the glass with a flurry of activity; the snow white, sudsy three finger head stays put for several long minutes. It's beautifully clear, and large bubbles remain trapped along the sides of the glass... with smaller streams lauching from the pad below. Good lacing.

Smell- The head gives forth a zippy, crisp, spicy hop character. As the beer slowly opens up, I detect some bread and sweet phenolic notes. My appetite is whet for some beer.

Taste- A surprisingly generous malt palate gets me interested immediately... very tasty! After the barley and grain components flow over the tongue, a gentle sweetness is followed by a wonderfully fresh, clean hop finish. Drying and quite nicely balanced, I await the next sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- There isn't much to say about mouthfeel except it's pretty average... mellow, light, and subtly carbonated. It doesn't necessarily improve or diminish the beer's overall enjoyment. This is the first time I'm drinking this out of an appropriate glass, and it's a much more interesting beer. Effortless and thirst-quenching, I'd pair this with burgers or common German cuisine anytime and be quite content.

Photo of MillRat
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A darker golden color that doesn't quite get into the orange tones that mark a Marzen/Okto for me. The head is off-white and a little more durable than H-P or Spaten.

S: Slight honey malt aroma, the hops are there if you concentrate.

T: Similar to the smell, the hops are further back than they could be, and the malts are pleasant enough, but they don't do anything unusual.

M: More body than the taste would suggest, but not to the point of being sweet. A little honey in there.

D: This is a very easy-drinking lager, but there's not enough character to compel me to do so.

Overall, a nicely crafted beer that does nothing wrong. It leans more toward a Helles than a Marzen. A bit more malt, noble hops, and color would put this more squarely into the Okto category and give H-P and Spaten a better run for their money.

Photo of vanrassel
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fluffy, one-finger head topped a golden body with an aroma of grassy hops and biscuity malt. The smell promised a well-balanced brew, and the taste delivered. It finished spicy and crisp. Lively carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel kept the palate engaged and broadened the sensory experience.

This is a good example of the style: well-balanced, but a bit spicy, too.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Ubiquitous 500ml (1 Pint 0.9 fl.oz.) brown glass. The main label has black and gold edges with a pastel yellow background including the Munich skyline, the neck label is color coordinated. Listed as ‘Paulaner Original Munich Premium Lager’. No strength listed but this bottle was produced on 08.05.

Appearance: Super body, crystal clean shining golden torso is filled with a milky white rampant conditioning during the pour. The head laces nicely, starts at 3” deep and eventually rests to a thin ¼” thick but is always present.

Nose: Biscuit malts a very clean and fresh floral character. Crisp and sharp with nothing here to fetter the pure aromas.

Taste: Sift body, light grain and a crisp gentle hoppy character that benefits from a lovely honey sweetness. Smooth clean lines with just enough of everything to make this one a classic.

Mouthfeel: The conditioning plays a big part in this beer, despite my bottle being more than a year old, this was in great nick. Sprightly bitterness with a gentle honey sweetness to add to the thick carpet texture of the dissolved carbonation.

Drinkability: On a warm hot sunny lazy Sunday afternoon in Long Beach, this one quenches the thirst but all the time it provides a rewarding return for the taste buds at the same time. The sub 5% strength accentuates the Drinkability. A superb Session beer.

Overall: A lovely crisp, clean and easy drinking premium Munich Helles that goes down all too easily. One of the better versions out there, this should more widely recognized for my money but it always seems to get overlooked. Don’t make that mistake because this is a great Munich Helles, not to be missed!!

Photo of wl0307
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Bavarian beer in this Oktoberfest-month. BB 05/07, served lightly chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: dark yellowish-straw hue; the thick, pillowy beer head is force-poured, but sustains pretty well, on top of semi-lively carbonation full of medium-sized bubbles.
S: refreshingly lemony lager malts, a touch of sweetness of sugar, light touch of floral-hop aroma, while a swirl brings out a very subtle suggestion of honey-drink. Overall, typically Helles, not exciting but well-crafted.
T: a mildly honey-ish taste and a chewy, bitter and plastic edge of light grains prevail upfront, ensued closely by a refreshing bitter-sourness as of lime peels; towards semi-dryish bitterness of hops in the medium finish. The bitter edge is not considerable as in a Pilsner or English Bitter, but quite important here to hold the thin-ish body due to the feather-light presence of malts.
M&D: clean (not crisp) palate, light-bodied, with ideal carbonation for a lager, very refreshing and mildly-flavoured to quaff--BUT not as lively as draught... In a sense this is a very approachable Helles, but my palate tells me one bottle is more than enough... It simply fails to keep my interest or focus, as I simply prefer fuller, hoppy lagers like a true Pilsner. That said, this beer is well-crafted for sure.

Photo of jhollick
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured a very pale yellow, no head or retention to speak of. Smell is sweet, grains, and bread. Light in body, but not watery.

Taste is very neatly balanced between light and spicy hops and malts. Biscuit, some spice from yeast strains, bread and a nice very fainly dry finish. A small amount of carbonation livens the beer, but does not define it.

This beer is all about tasteful and subdued harmony. It is absoutely a top notch go of a Helles lager in my mind, with no flavor overbearing any other. This makes this beer extremely drinkable. It would be quite easy to get carried away with this one. At the price, this is a tough sell for me, but if I lived in Europe this would certainly be in my fridge a lot.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The draught version of this beer knocks the socks off the bottled one.

Pours well and looks the part, good white head sat on top of a golden, clear, clean looking lager.

To me there is no great smell, just wheat and maybe a hint of summer fruits.

This is where Paulaner have somehow missed a trick, it doesn't remind you of Munich or beer gardens at all, it is just a bog standard helles.

Because I like my beers to be provocative and give me something, this Paulaner produce falls short, in the bottles case anyway.

I can't review it from draught because it is some years since I last tried it, but i am sure the scores would have been much higher.

Photo of haz77
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a bright, clear gold, with an inch of foamy head. This drops to a thin layer. Small bubbles of low carbonation can be seen.

S - Big honey scent, some banana, delicate floral hops.

T - Starts with a bitter twang, with the banana forcing its way through in the middle. It's joined, and then overtaken, by the honey to a sweet and clean finish. A short aftertaste is nearly all honey/caramel, but there is a background citrus hop note.

M - Light body, with low-medium carbonation. Lovely smooth mouthfeel form the middle onwards. As expected, it's clean, crisp and refreshing.

D - About as drinkable as beers get. If you're after a lager this would be a fine choice.

Photo of acrawf6
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark straw with a little orange hue. Seems to have a small haze to it (could be chill haze) small white head.

Smell. Nice light and sweet maltiness, a light caramel and sweet fruits.

Taste. Nice light maltiness with a tartness that is a bit citrusy. But it also has a small off cardboard. Aftertaste is dry initially but sweetens up a touch.

Mouthfeel is good. Niced crispness with a average amount of carbonation. Good balance.

Overall, a very nice session beer i could see all enjoying.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Of all the German Munich Helles that are fairly easy to find (in a bottle here in the US), this one rivals Augustiner for my favorite--and is usually less expensive. It looks marvelous in the glass (bright, frothy yellow/amber) with a delicate hops smell as you raise the glass to your nose. The taste is mostly malt with a nicely balanced bitterness/fruitiness that makes it almost irresistable. Excellent drinkability. I think I'll have another.

Photo of Phocion
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, mildly cloudy golden color with a frothy white head that settles to a thin lacing sitting on top of my beer.

Smells of sweet honeyish malt mixed with light floral hops.

Taste is of honey and very light hops, just like the nose. Almost no bitterness whatsoever.

Very crisp and sharp, and ridiculously refreshing. It's not the most flavorful brew, but there is nothing at all offensive about this beer. Would definitely recommend, especially on a hot summer day like today.

Photo of BeerManDan
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured it was medium light yellow in color with very little foam and some lace on the face of the glass. This was the high point as far as I was concerned. The flavor was lack luster the finish was so short that there was no flavor what so ever. I grade this beer as average, but I was feeling very generious. I will never purchase this brew again. What a dissapointment.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a Pilsener glass. Pours a golden colour with a bit of depth to it, not much head, almost flat, and very little lacing to speak of. Medium carbonation. Yeasty aromas and earthy tones blend well with the bright noble hop presence that makes this one smell very appetizing.

Taste reveals a hefty and nutty malt presence, and sticky and oily hops that balance this beer out well. There's a slight unpleasant sharp acidic soapiness at first that mellows as the brew warms and comes into its own, but nonetheless is there. Mouthfeel is sparkly and warm, full bodied and not over-carbonated. A decent summer brew, but the taste leaves just a little something to be desired. Nonetheless, a thirst-quencher for this hot afternoon.

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- straw yellow with a big puffy white head tons of lacing left on the pilsner glass with every sip

S- some hops nice and light

T- very nice hops upfront with some light banana clove and bitter then clean finish very palate cleansing

M- balanced but a bit more watery than I would have liked

D- like all well done german lagers this one is a very quaffable easy drinker. Very refreshing on a hot day. There are better examples of the style but this is certainly one of Paulander's finer offerings.

Photo of allengarvin
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bright gold color, with slight haze. Initial head quickly faded away. Grainy, sweet malt aroma, little hop aroma. Flavor is more of the same, simple malt with low bitterness and low hop flavor. Clean finish. Crisp, light body.

Helles is a difficult style for me to judge because all but the best examples seem invariably bland. Still, I think Paulaner's is one of the mediocre versions.

Photo of Pepeton
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this one, and four others from Paulaner, in the gourmet section of a local department store. Hope they keep up bringing more new beers to this beer deprived country of mine. :-)

Pours a yellow and clear brew, with a white compact and short living head. Almost no lacing to talk about.

Smell is very discrete, with hoppy and bready hints.

Taste is refreshing, light bodied and with a nice bitter finish.

Mounthfeel is crisp, as a lager is supposed to be, and with a clean and well balanced aftertaste.

Drinkability is high, with my 95°F outside, and a forecast of 102 later today, and tomorrow and the day after, this is a nice refreshing everyday beer to have.


Photo of kimcgolf
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ours to a golden color with thin white head that dissipates quickly, and not much lacing. Aroma is mostly hops, offsewt slightly by malt sweetness. Has a fruity flavor, with an OK taste and finish. All and all, there was just nothing that really stood out for me with this beer.

Photo of nortmand
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours straw yellow with a slight chill have. Head is brilliant white and leaves perfect lacing.

Lemongrass in the nose alongside some nice clove and herbal notes.

Slight saltiness at the tip of the tongue is followed by a mellow sweetness midtongue. Leaves a distinct, but light, lingering bitterness.

Smooth, mouthfeel, very nice and not overcarbonated, very nice lawnmower beer. Should be imbibed by the liter.

Photo of ernie
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stylish 500 cl bottle. Beautiful pale golden color. Accurate medium sized head. Elaborate lace.

Aroma is complex - malts, hops, fruit, a hint of herbs - and pleasing.

Taste is even more complex, changing from malty start to hoppy, acidic finish, but it's not a 'big' taste and it must be appreciated for its gentle character.

Feels good in your mouth. Very drinkable beer.

Photo of rokoch27
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A sweeter lager with more malt than Paulaner’s lighter offerings, but doesn’t really stand out. Golden color and sweet aroma, this is a beer t o enjoy on a warm summer afternoon. Not entirely refreshing, but better than mass market American lagers. Makes you want to have another and see if it really is a good session beer.

Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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