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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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816 Ratings
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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 29
Gots: 53 | 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 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.

ernie, Jun 12, 2006
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.

rokoch27, Jun 09, 2006
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.

shererjt, May 25, 2006
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.

elricorico, May 17, 2006
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.

Tim2000, May 10, 2006
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.

AaronHomoya, May 06, 2006
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.

fisherman34, May 04, 2006
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 !

scottoale, Apr 22, 2006
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.)

futureman69, Mar 31, 2006
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.

EvilKeith, Mar 10, 2006
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.

Domingo, Mar 04, 2006
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.

Bitterbill, Feb 23, 2006
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.

sinistermadman, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of stcules
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Straw colored - greenish, no bubbles. White head, not perfectly compact.
Hell typical smell: malt overall, and acacia honey.
A bit less convincing at the taste: it slips away easily. Flat, very low carbonation. Light malt, and non more. A bit flat.
Something more in the aftertaste, but not too much. A little watery.

stcules, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of ski271
2.33/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, pale gold with a very small, foamy, mostly diminishing head. Some decent lacing. It has a rather typical euro smell with light perfumey hops over moderate, lightly toasted grains. The taste is clean and crisp with a nicely dry finish, but it’s a bit on the bland side, even for the style. It has a medium-light body, watery texture and low carbonation. I was not impressed with this one at all. It’s rather… blah, and definitely not worth the money.

ski271, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of beertaster13
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a light yellow with a nice bubbly white head. Lacing is light. The smell is on honey grain and light banana yeast. The taste is light, hints of melons, the grain is caramelized and delicious. A nice banana lemon lingers. Light bodied and smooth, great summer beer.

beertaster13, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale blond with excellent clarity. A white three finger head is thick and retains very well. Some patchy lacing and highly carbonated. the only smells are faint noble hops and traces of light malt. A solid pale malt flavor, light german hops in the background and a clean finish. The light body and pleasent balance are smooth and drinkable, but too timid and mild to be a good Munich Helles.

PBRstreetgang, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of radshoesbro
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a nice golden amberish with a finger and a half head but poor lacing.

smells of yeast. i cannot smell the bannana in this but everyone else i know has smelt it. maybe it's very very weak? no noticable hops in the nose.

tastes good at first (light malt and a little bits of a bannana come to mind), however, the finish was absolutely ghastly. it's almost to smooth! overall the taste is pretty average if i'm only having one glass, but after that one glass i actually start to feel queezy.

note: the bottle that i used to rate this i've had in my fridge for a while now. however, it tastes the same way that i remember.

radshoesbro, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of TongoRad
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample was taken from a sealed case- produced on 06.05

It pours a bright sunny yellow color with a two-finger white head. The head lingers for a bit and leaves a ton of lacing as it recedes.

Aroma is moderately interesting- spicy/lime peel hops are at the forefront but they're backed up by sweet biscuity malt.

The palate features perhaps a bit too much hop bitterness, and throws off the delicate balance that I appreciate in this style. There are also creamy malt and lime peel present but not at the level that this bitterness would require. Still- it is a nice beer that stands up to multiple beer sessions.

TongoRad, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a clear yellow brew, with a 2 finger head. Thanks to my friend Bob for this one... he had it left over from a party, and I hadn't had one of the style in a long time.

Aroma was of slightly skunky hops, with some graininess. Not entirely thrilling, but not too bad. I expected more hops, compared with the style description listed here.

Taste was sweet and grainy, with some medium-bodied malts as well. Less grain than the aroma would lead one to believe.

Mouthfeel was bright and crisp... very nice, and what I would expect.

Drinkability... hell yeah, when they're free *LOL* Otherwise, not too bad.

connecticutpoet, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dazzling tornado of carbonation is an appealing part of this pour, spinning and whirling from bottom to top of the glass. The show's over soon, though, and then we consider the paleness of the yellow, and admire the long-lasting frothycloud nestled on top.

As for aroma, it's soft and pleasant, grainy, lightly honeyish, a little floral...not bad. On par or better for a typical lager.

Taste it, already!
Clean and solid, on and off the tongue. Crisp and zippy, delicate, but well-appreciated hops, minimal malt. But I don't think a lager can get more classic than this. Hops are more pronounced on the tongue the more I drink, and I like it like that.

Light bodied, tidy, hop-inflected finish. Perfectly palatable, excellently designed and executed.

I'm thumping myself to think that I've never tried this before. If ever I'm in the mood for a good, smooth, utterly untroubling lager, this would be my choice.

feloniousmonk, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one at first didn't sit well with me--a bit too sweet and malty. Half way through I began to enjoy the hints of fruit and spices. Very easy to drink-crisp, clean, and smooth. Nice head and solid carbonation. Would not pay big bucks, but worth the $3 a pint tonight.

Backer2004, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thick, frothy white head...very appealing. Aroma is very light, hints of spicy saaz hops and light grainy, bready malt scecnt. Taste begins with a bready malt flavor followed by spicy, grassy saaz hops flavor...good but not great. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with high carbonation and drinkability is good. A solid helles but not as good as many american versions (specifically Edenton's Helles Angel and many others).

silver0rlead, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a pale golden yellow colour... Head was white and had a slight foamy appearance. This dissappeared quite quickly and left a thin layer which lasted until the end...

Aroma - Quite sweet smell, flowery, grassy, hints of lemon / apple..

Taste – Flowery, creamy, light citrus notes, slight hint of hops..

Feel - Slight sharpness with nice amount of carbonation.

Overall - This is what a lager should taste like... an excellent, very drinkable beer... recommended...

mdagnew, Jul 25, 2005
Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
85 out of 100 based on 816 ratings.