Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 827
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 haz77
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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 +23.3%
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
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
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
3.43/5  rDev -8%
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
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
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 -7.5%
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
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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
2.45/5  rDev -34.3%
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 +14.7%
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
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of shererjt
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, clear yellow with nice carbonation and a good head. Aroma was clean malt with a good bit of sweetness. Maybe even a bit of DMS, though it was not at all unpleasant. I'd say some Munich malt too, but not much. Had a "sulfate-y" nose that seems to be common to all of Paulaner's lagers. Body was light-to-medium; fairly sweet but well balanced in a mellow sort of way. Mouthfeel was not as I remembered, so I'm thinking this might be an older bottle (dated 6 months ago).

Very good beer, although I was either not in the right mood when I sampled it or else this was a sub-par sixer. Great session beer if you have the cash for it; one of the all-time great quaffables.

Photo of elricorico
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden colour, very clear. had a two finger fizzy white head that lasted only a minute or so. Lots of carbonation bubbing up through the glass.

The smell is fairly malty for a lager, a sweet toasted bread smell seems to be the most prevelant, however there is a bit of pilsner like grass to the aroma as well. Nothing amazing, but decent.

Taste is a little lacking. Not watery but not much is there. Toasted bread again, with a slight touch of peppery spice. Hopping is almost unnoticable, just a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel is about average for the style. Body is good, but carbonation is a bit prickly in my opinion.

Goes down easy, but doesn't entertain much. It is very hot for May in Edmonton, but still the light flavour isn't enough. I won't be looking for it again.

Photo of Tim2000
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL brown bottle.

Straw coloured brew with very little head and a few stray bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is dominated by bready malt with some floral hops.

Lots of sugary, biscuity malt character followed by a subdued bitterness. Hops are floral with a spicy bite. The beer starts of fairly sweet and dries out a bit as the flavour develops. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation.

Crisp and refreshing, but nothing very exciting here.

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown bottle.

A beautiful golden color with a good big, light head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell was clean, malty. A good lager yeast smell.

Taste was nice and clean, refreshing, malty-sweet but light. Tasty.

Mouthfeel was light and smooth.

Overall a very drinkable beer with pleasant light malt, lager taste and a refreshing, clean finish. Not exactly exceptional, but a good beer for a hot day and at 4.90% ABV something to be consumed in mass quantities.

Photo of fisherman34
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold in colour with medium to high carbonation. Aromas of light malt, some German noble hop, and a slight touch of sulfur. Pretty much your standard pilsner light malt+hop combo as far as the flavor goes. It could have used a bit more bitterness and hop flavor, and perhaps it lacks a bit of snap on the finish. Overall this is an inoffensive, but well made German lager.

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

A - 1" white head on a pale yellow beer. Clean and bright. Head falls to a cap in less than a minute but leaves some good lacing.

S - Spicy hop. Hay-like pilsner aroma. Light malt.

T - Sweet malt. Citrus twang. Bready, toasted malt. Spicy soft hop finish. Light bitterness.

M - Light bodied mouthfeel. Crisp and clean. Medium carbonation.

D - Very good drinkability. Right on "style" wise. Nice session beer.

Photo of scottoale
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml. brown glass bottle pours a light-gold with 1/2inch of white foam head. Good carbonation streaming from the bottom keeps the head aloft , a fine lacing left behind as you swill.

A bitter malt nose with a lemony hop aroma following. It has that classic smell of a Helles Lager for sure.

The taste is of light malt and lemon, with a bitter-clean hop of a finish. It is a rather brisk, refreshing BEER flavor that IMO would be a great hot weather session brew.

Light body, low ABV, kinda fizzy in the mouthfeel all add up to a lager that easy for large consumption...refreshing to boot. Cheers !

Photo of futureman69
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Me: Knock knock
You: Who's there?
Me: Mouthfeel
You: Mouthfeel who?
Me: Mouthfeel dry...gotta beer?

I've always had a difficult time with the concept of "mouthfeel", however, Paulaner Original Münchner inspires me to believe I may someday understand it -- and a whole lot more about this amazing category of beer.

Paulaner is a gift from the gods, replete with a gorgeous greeting of the palate, a seemingly interminable mix of smoothness and carbonation, maltiness and sweetness topped off with a drying –yet wonderfully lingering – full and lasting pique-ing of the tastebuds.

Overall: delectable, stimulating…utterly confusingly tasteful.

What does all this mean? Who the hell knows! But those Germans reee-allly know how to brew perhaps the most exceptional Helles lager ever. Ever. Ever, dammit!!

Over there, the trains always run on time AND there's always plenty of Paulaner right at the corner pub.

(Note to self: save up the airfare, go to some World Cup games, savor Paulaner served up fresh in the fatherland....and praise the gods once and for all.)

Photo of EvilKeith
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce brown bottle- produced 11.05 (L31353G)

Pours into the glass a crystal clear pale golden color with two fingers of frothy, short-lived white head. Lace was thick and sticky.

Smell is rather subdued. Subtle traces of sweet malts, yeast and spicy hops.

A respectable version of the style. Well done. Well balanced and easy to drink. Could easily be a new staple in my fridge.

Photo of Domingo
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking these a lot lately, so I guess it's time to review it!
Pours a nice golden color. Look up "beer" and this is essentially when people will expect it to look like.

Smell is of grain, moving on to pleasant floral backbone, and finishes with a hint sweet maltiness.

Taste is in a single word, crisp. It's the epitome of what a terrific lager should be. Flavors are subdued enough to make it highly drinkable, but still maintain a solid flavor profile throughout.

Makes a WONDERFUL warm weather beer, session beer, and even a "macro-conversion" beer.

This and Paulaner's other offerings make for terrific default beers for any BA's fridge.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a light gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly.

The only smell I could get was of slight malt and yeast.

The taste is nice and malty up front with a good dose of hops midway to make for a good balance. But...after a few sips, the beer kind of falls flat and becomes a bit boring. I see the bottle date is Aug of 05 so I'll have to retry it if I can find a fresher sample.
Overall...even at 6 months, it's not a bad drop.

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

This beer pours a bright, crystal clear yellow with a small sudsy head.

Smell is of yeast and grass. Quite barn-like.

Taste is highly malt based, with nay a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is smooth with a minimal amount of carbonation. A drinkable and respectable beer, but nothing to write home about.

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