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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Original MünchnerPaulaner Original Münchner

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743 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 21
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-02-1998)
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Photo of jcalabre


2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 19 June 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
I need to start out by saying that I am not a big aficionado of the 'lighter' lagers (e.g.: Pilseners). So, I basically found this to be a basic, lawnmower beer. It was clean & crisp. Nothing bad, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 23:53:51 | More by jcalabre
Photo of Globetrotter


3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at an American steak house in Moscow. Came in a Paulaner glass, but a Weissbierglas. Oh well. It came in a clear light gold with minimal bubbles under a decently contoured white head that faded a bit too quickly but left some good lace, at least at first. The nose was pretty malty, with just a touch of hops. The mouth was pretty heavily carbonated, but light bodied. The initial taste was slightly sweet, almost wheat-like (my tastebuds responding, like Pavlov's dogs, to the wheat beer glass). This initial impression was followed by a nicely balanced malt-hop finish that left a lightly bitter aftertaste.

This was far from my favorite beer when I lived in Munich, but I must admit it tasted good with pork barbecue on a hot Moscow summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2003 14:02:10 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of TripelJ


3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle

Appearance: Very pale yellow with a head that fills the pint glass to the top. Head looks fluffy, but diminishes quickly with little or no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet with grassy hops in the backend. Very smooth and pleasant.

Taste: Very light, but the beginning brings all sweet malts with just a hint of hops to balance it out. I was expecting more balance, but the hops are much more aparent in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, very light. Nice and refreshing if imbibed nice and cold.

Overall: A great value at less than $8 for a 6-pack. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 00:02:54 | More by TripelJ
Photo of brakspear


4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An exceptional helles from Bavaria. Perfect representative of this style which is now overshadowed by its northern Germany brethren, the German pils. This style is all about the subtle joy of malt, with hops used only to bring the malt into balance.

The beer pours golden, clear with a beautiful white fluffy head forming and lingering. The aroma is delicate malt, slight breadlike character with subtle caramel notes.

The taste is smooth but flavorful, again the delicate malt flavors are highlighted with hop bitterness buried way in the back. A very enjoyable beer that is nearly perfect as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2003 03:20:32 | More by brakspear
Photo of Pegasus


3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium golden color, faintly hazy, with a quite large off-white head, slight carbonation, and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Pronounced bready malts and honey notes with light but persistent hops.

Taste: Begins with slightly sweet malt and hints of honey, the light but substantial malt flavors carry throughout the taste. Toward the finish, mild but lingering herbal hop bitterness appears. The finish is clean and crisp.

Mouth feel: Quite smooth and rich, excellent for the style.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant and drinkable beer, which exudes quality and seems well met for hot summer weather.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 20:23:43 | More by Pegasus
Photo of TheDM


2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a large head of fine to large sized white bubbles that mostly diminishes with time and a transparent softly carbonated light yellow orange body. It has a soft hop aroma with a hint of sweet honey. Initially, the flavor is smooth with lightly tingling mild hop notes and is very subtly spiced like the description says. Overall, it is a fine beer with a good palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 17:01:49 | More by TheDM
Photo of hotstuff


3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured into my glass, this beer had a medium sized white head with fine-small bubbles. There was fair lacing on the sides of my glass. This beer had fizzy carbonation along with a yellow colored body. It had a sweet taste to it along with a bitter taste that lingered throughout my rating of this beer but it was not an overpowering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 15:14:14 | More by hotstuff
Photo of Gusler


3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the few lagers that I can drink on a regular basis, and as it is in the low 100’s today, it will hit the “B” spot.

The color that of the archetypal lager, a crystal clear gold, the head large and frothy, bright white in color and the lace a covering sheet. Nose is crisp and clean, all malt and somewhat sweet as is the start, top is light to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a crisp acidity, the hops modest and unassuming in their bite, very dry lingering aftertaste, a nice summer thirst quencher, and one I most always have on hand.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 16:09:52 | More by Gusler
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very good looking beer that has a huge 2 inch head that holds on for a little while and then settles into a thin residual head. The color is clear gold with a white head. Bubble streams are small and constant. When I opened the pint bottle there was a definite skunk aroma that eminated from the bottle. This carried through into the glass but lessened in a few minutes. The other aroma that began to come through was hops (Saaz?) The bottle was a pale bronze and I wonder if that lends to light passage similar to the green bottles so popular in Europe. There was a good sense of bready grains with a strong side sense of hops to balance the malt sweetness. This seems like a Pilsener style lager but is not advertised as such. Overall this is a better than macro beer, but not one of the best of the German lagers.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 19:48:54 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of maxpower


3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear golden color with a small white head that doesn't last. Bready and flowery aroma, starts sweet and bready with a hint of grains, light bodied, somewhat of a thin and watery mouthfeel, finishes smooth and crisp, a bit above average IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 17:45:34 | More by maxpower
Photo of PatandDavid


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

Had a few of these on tap.

Nice to see it available. Beautiful lager yellow, nice head, which left some lace in the glass.

I liked this beer becausue I like the style. However, I did find it sweeter than what I normally enjoy. While not overly malty, that sweetness had to come from somewhere. Slight grassy/lemon finish.

Not carbonated or crisp enough to be truly outstanding, but would pair well with spicey food.


Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2003 07:16:59 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of tavernjef


4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a golden light yellow with a very foamy, white head that was three fingers high, very tall indeed. Has some big bubbles here and there but is mostly foamy and left small patches of white webby lace. Has a faint but definate aroma of spicy, floral hops and has a small hint of malt sweetness. Taste echoes the smell with a nice sweet malt and ha a very good dry hoppiness that is balanced in quite well. It has a light bodied feel, teetering on the medium side with smooth sweet lightness that finishes with a spicy hop dryness throughout. Good stuff, very drinkable, a perfect lager for some serious drinkin'.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 05:18:38 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Reidrover


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in the 1 pint brown euro-style bottle "Since 1643" so this is a new german brewery LOL
for a lager this is a real nice looking beer clear golden colour with a small but persistant white head..good carbonation strings..this is how a lager SHOULD look!
Smell is not to bad..pleasant malts some hops a little astringenmt..fresh mowed grass..lemon..comes to mind.
A real fresh tatseing lager..fairly zings the taste buds..again sweetish malts followed by a lemon-grass flavour..not any bitterness at all.
Good on the tongue as expected no bitterness..good.
A very very drinkable lager..i rate this along with Ayinger's Jahrhundert bier as great lagers!!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 20:46:12 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Rifrafboy


3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light yellow with a 3/4 inch head. Lacing is good. Smell is nice. Taste is light bodied, being nicely malty. German hops are present giving a nice somewhat bitter mouthfeel. This had almost a hint of skunk, but just enough to make it interesting. Finish is very smooth and crisp. This is a good beer, though lighter than a lot of German lagers.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 14:58:28 | More by Rifrafboy
Photo of Quaffer


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer was a crystal clear yellow. The heavy bead made it almost sparkle in the glass. It poured with a three-finger white head that settled down slowly. A thin layer was present for the entire drink. A little bit of lace was left behind on the glass, but not a lot.

Smell: Right after the pour, the aroma resembled that of a pils, having a fairly strong Saaz hops odor. As the beer settled down, this gave way to an aroma of roasted malt and raspberries.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied and smooth.

Taste: The beer had a pilsner-like flavor to it. The main component was a sharp, crisp hoppiness with a floral characteristic. There was also a faint maltiness and a hint of sweetness.

This was not a bad lager, but it had a lot of pilsner-like qualities considering it is not marketed as such. I am not a big fan of pilsners and Saaz hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2003 15:10:36 | More by Quaffer
Photo of OatmattStout


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Started with a nice thick white head and was clear light yellow in color. Had a real inviting smell of toasted grain and clean hops. The taste followed suit with the smell nice malt backbone and typical dryness and hop presence of a good lager. The hops had a nice floral clean finish to them and wern't to heavy as in many lagers. Being predominantly an ale drinker I have a tough time distinguishing between pale lager flavors but this was straightforward, clean and good.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 14:59:43 | More by OatmattStout
Photo of BeerBuilder


3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Munich is a brilliant golden color with a white head. The nose is full of spice, and bready malts. The flavor is also breading with a dry slightly hoppy finish. It is relatively light in body, smooth and refreshing. This would be a great summer brew; very easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 09:07:35 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of BeerAngel


4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow stained-water color with a massive white head. Faint esters of wheat, fruit, and light hops make up the aroma that is quite nice. The taste mirrors the smell with black pepper flavored hops and a pronounced yeast background that makes for a lightly sticky light-bodied brew. Although I’m reviewing this in the winter, today in Texas was quite warm as we top the hill of the roller-coaster temperatures that we encounter in the winter. So this beer went down quite well. Another very good brew from Paulaner. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 19:36:18 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of John

New York

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

Super light straw color. Streaming columns of bubbles steadily make their way to the surface. Nearly pure white head. The light color is deceiving though, as I’ve said before, the Germans are masters at packing flavor into light colored beer. This is another example. The aroma is of fresh bread, lightly toasted malt. The flavor screams purity, nary an adjunct to be found. The bready, malty flavor is accompanied by precise, dry finishing noble German hops. Carbonation is crisp, prickly and steady. The perfect accent for my pesto pasta.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 07:32:58 | More by John
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Well, I just recieved my official Paulaner half-liter mug, and man is this thing huge. I love it, to break it in I opted to select the Orginal Munich Formula, and being a big fan of the hefeweizen I had never tried the lager. I must say, this beer is great!!! It took three bottles to fill my mug, and it looks perfect the golden color and the huge thick frothy white head. That same great European lager fresh and sending nice scents of malt. Amazing, and then I took my first sip. A huge malty treat, refreshing smooth lemon grassy sweetness. An awesome beer that could take the throne as my all time favorite lager, that I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 20:12:45 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel that "Original Munich" is one of the better beers labeled as a "lager". Quite refreshing, pours a beautiful glass of beer (prominent, fluffy head - good retention. Nice lace from start to finish.) Taste leans slightly towards the malty, but overall, a pretty mild beer. Holds up well next to the best lagers and pilsners I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 21:08:40 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of francisweizen


3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very basic old school lager...a nice golden colour on the pour with a malty, hoppy aroma that is pretty standard with a lager of this style. This had a very crips taste with a good mouthfeel and this lager has a very high drinkability. Not very complex but it gets the job done, and it gets the point for its high refreshment value. A tad bit pricey though, so you may be better off with another German style helles. Either way this takes the piss out of Pete's Wicked Helles, that's for sure!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 12:12:40 | More by francisweizen
Photo of Morris729


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

Pours a pale straw color with a foamy white head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of lightly toasted malts with some mild floral notes. Taste is of sweet malts with notes of citrus and a mild hop bitterness. It is dry, crisp, and refreshing in the mouth. A very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 17:07:12 | More by Morris729
Photo of inebrius


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of cream horns and green leaf lettuce. A slim, sliding head over straw. A nice, sweet toasty spine with a few bitter sprinkles to balance. A smidgen too bubbly. Paulaner Original is no slouch, but kind of a bore. A good beer to have around when you get into those profound philosophical conversations with your cat and you don't want your beer mucking up your stream of consciousness.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2002 06:05:13 | More by inebrius
Photo of proc


3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here is a lager that just yellls, "Drink me!". Its not a powerhouse, yet its not too light in body. Pours out to the typical golden color of the style with a decent, yet light aroma of hops. Taste is somewhat sweet with a slight detection of nutmeg and cloves. A very drinkable beer that could lead to many more due to how easy it goes down.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 18:39:07 | More by proc
Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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