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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 852
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 32
Gots: 76 | 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: 852 | Reviews: 421
Photo of stcules
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Photo of ski271
2.31/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

Photo of beertaster13
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.61/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of radshoesbro
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of TongoRad
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Backer2004
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
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).

Photo of mdagnew
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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...

Photo of DogFood11
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. For what a lager is supposed to be this lived up to it in almost every way except the smell is a bit uninviting with sour being the leading power. Poured in a tulip duvel glass it had a nice head that quickly faded and little lacing. Taste is fairly bold for a lager wheat/yeast apparent and the finish completely wipes the palate clean with a lemon / slighty sour finish that makes the drinkability high. Every drink your starting fresh.

Photo of palliko
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a pale transparent golden color. There is minimal foam and almost no lacing. Aroma is that of doughy bread and banana. Just-right carbonation compliments the initial taste which consists of roasted grain and some citrus in the finish. A nicely done dry lager that has plenty of good beer flavor and goes well with food.

Photo of Sammy
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A functional lager, fine for a late afternoon summer day. Straw colour, a bit of head that sizzles then fizzles. Easy simple drink, a tad spice and grassiness from yeast and malts. A basic beer, and of course I have had more exciting product from this brewery.

Photo of edchef1850
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pristine looking beer, perfect head on top of a straw yellow body, not to much aroma going on. The flavaor is very clean, nice body and a full mouth feel. I drink lagers rarely, having spent myself on thousands of cases of bud through high school and college, but when im in the mood for just a "beer", this is the one for me, very consistent, tastes like what american lagers should strive for imo.

Photo of rousee
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw gold. Nice 3mm head of white foam. Head retention is excellent. Good carbonation too.

Smell is a very balanced malty and almost perfect. If it were a little stronger I would upgrade it a little more. Another very straightforward lager.

Upfront there is a very smooth pleasant maltiness. Not much hops to speak of. Nothing offensive though. This is one of my favorite session beers and probably one of the best lagers there is. It is much better on-tap too. Finishes with a little bit of a spicy peppery bite but very subtle.

Extremely smooth and drinkable --an excellent gateway beer to introduce to BMC drinkers.

Photo of foamer
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw gold with a bubbly white head that diminishes quickly to almost nothing. Some sweet malts in the nose, and some faint spicy hops. Biscuity malt backed by a subtle spicy hop character, with the hops only making themselves known in the lingering finish. Delicate yet complex and has a lot of character. Nice mouthfeel and very drinkable. An excellent quaffing beer.

Photo of bceaglejoe
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured a clear golden color into a pilsner glass. About a two-finger thick head appeared, and it dissipated somewhat quickly. Bubbling suggested a higher level of carbonation. The aroma was adjunct-heavy; it mostly smelled like corn. It was actually rather sharp, and not quite so pleasant.

Tasting: First sip was exceptionally smooth. There's no sharp tang or harsh bitterness at all. The flavor comes out across the back of the tongue, and it tastes rather bread-y. It more than makes up for the aroma. This beer is very easy to drink. It's hard to say exactly what kind of flavor dominates this beer. It's a cross between a good adjunct lager and a Witbier, minus the banana scent. It's also slightly floral.

I recommend this beer. It has excellent crossover potential, and it's a good representative of the style.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold color, a lots of crbonation visible on the sides of the glass. Head rises and fades fast, leaving a ring of foam. Smell is grassy and pretty standard for a euro lager. Taste is also right on with the style. Brilliant grassy flavors, give way to a slight metallic twang, and a little hop presence. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, and alright. Drinkable, yet unimaginitive and somewhat boring.

Photo of gentlebubbles
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light apple juice color with absolutely no head. Sad.

Sweet lemony scent.

Citron sharpness with honey apple malt. Cloying finish with a bit of resin and a slight grassy heat.

Medium body with low carbonation which makes it seem heavier.

Bleh. Worked okay with dinner, but it's pretty dull on its own.

Photo of mobyfann
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $8.99 for a mixed 6'er...

The beer pours a clear golden base with a small white head, minimal retention and a touch of lacing, not overly impressed. The smell isn't much but it's alright... good mix of malt and hop.

The taste is smooth, great balance of the malt-hop mix. Very drinkable beer, an ideal session beer, and ye sI wouldn't mind having another.

Final Thought: Great mellow taste and the M&D on this make it a good choice whereever you may be...

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

Pours a very light golden color with a nice head and a faintly malty aroma. The flavor is complexly malty, but with a tiny hoppy bit on the finish that keeps things interesting. Flavor and mouthfeel are extremely light; it feels like you could drink this one all night almost like water. A nice example of the style, but for my money I prefer Weihenstephaner Original.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Paulaner am Dom in Frankfurt, Germany.

This "Hell" poured a clear, golden color with white foam that settled, but clung to the 0.5 L glass a bit. The smell was malty with a touch of floral hops: mild but pleasing. The taste was malty with nice floral hops and good hop bitterness. There was a taste of biscuity malt as well in this well-balanced lager. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp with medium-light body and good carbonation. The hoppiness lingered pleasantly on the tongue. This was a very good beer, one of the best helles lagers that I have had, and was very easy to quaff. Obviously this beer is very tasty fresh.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Original Munchner is light golden wheat in color with an average head size. Aroma is of lightly toast malts, smell is full and inviting. Taste is also of lightly toasted malts. A complex taste and crisp enough mouthfeel further the respectability of this beer. Needless to say this is very drinkable, even compared to other lighter style German lagers.

Photo of sprackops
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with an illustration of Munich on the label. Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass.

Appearance: Golden with a thin, soapy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Grainy with a hint of floral hops aroma.

Taste: Clean pale malt upfront giving way to the dry, mild bitterness of noble hops. Some earthy notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin with active carbonation. Perfectly to style.

Drinkability: Nearly as high as it gets, by design. An excellent session lager.

Comments: While I personally look to Spaten first when I want a good Helles, this is a fine representation of a subtle, easily overlooked style.

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