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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 32
Gots: 77 | 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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Ratings: 853 | Reviews: 421
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

Photo of bigdeuce
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe I am warming up to this style, who knows. Paulaner is a great beer company and makes nothing except top of the line beers. This one pours a rich, deep, golden color with a craggy head. The head cools down quickly not leaving much lacing, either. Smells of some and tastes of some banana/orangy flavor with hallertau hops coming in nicely, balancing the brew. A classic representation of the style.

Photo of billysj
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is yellowish orange with a foamy white head, You can also see the carbonation.

The smell has a malty aroma. The taste is pleasant with hops and malt with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth with good carbonation.

Overall, I like Paulaner Original Münchner and will recommend it to my friends.

Photo of maddogruss
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this tonight; first time I ever saw this brand of brew. A nice, straw like appearance witha bright orange-yellow body; similar to Blue Moon. A nice, whaite head that is retained throughout the beer. If you feel like you want more head, give it a swish and up it comes. An interesting, malty smell with earthy tones. Tasted kind of sweet at first with an earthy aftertaste that is pleasant and lingers in your mouth. I liked that very much. A nice, thick mouthfeel makes this beer very drinkable. Highly recommended. It being served with a lemon is nice; the bitterness of the lemon offsets the earthy tones quite nicely producing a well-balanced beer.

Photo of Minkybut
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer was poured into a tumbler at 50 degrees. Very pale lager very normal. Beer was very clean and fresh tasting and while nothing really stands out about the brew, there is certainly nothing wrong with it. A great all year around beer and it was great with the steamed shrimp I cooked. I would purchase again.

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

A - Pale straw yellow with two fingers of frothy white head that leave a squat ring of lacing at the top of the pilsener glass. High carbonation is visible through the clear brew.

S - An earthy and grassy lager yeast over a milder light malt. A typical lager aroma.

T - A light malty sweetness with a bit of a musty bread flavor that meshes well with the grassy hops. The finish is a mild grassy bitterness. A nice flavor.

M - Smooth, medium thickness, very refreshing.

D - Pretty good. If I am in a non-doppelbock lager mood (not a frequent event, but it could happen), I might reach for one of these. The flavor is more pronounced that many non-bock lagers. Pretty nice.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank one on tap at the Wurstfest (mini O-Fest) in New Braunfels, Texas.

Pours a fairly typical German Helles look, nothing special, but not bad.

I remember this beer tasting a little better while I was in Munich. That said, it certainly didn't taste bad. At Wurstfest, I got it in a 12 ounce cup, certainly smaller than what they drink in Germany! The taste of this brew is very well balanced between a nice faint maltiness with a decent amount of hoppiness to it to round things out.

This is the ultimate Munich Helles to wash down some good Bavarian food or to be drank in fairly large quantities. However, for a sipping session brew, I prefer something with a little more flavor and body to it. However, true to the style, this Munich Helles is a damn good brew.

Photo of LarryV
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow color with little head. Crisp, clean grainy aroma. Taste of light malted grain with a slightly sweet flavor followed by a crisp finish with a bit of subtle hoppiness lingering on the palate. An enjoyable, tasty lager that's easy to drink.

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.

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