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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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824 Ratings
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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 29
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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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 IceAce
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light gold body supports a full finger collar of foam. Lacing is 70+% and clarity is excellent

Aroma: Bright pale malt dominates with a slight hop accent

Taste: Very, very nice malt bath for the tongue quickly followed by a very crisp hop bite.Malts and hops linger on the finish, leaving behind an inherant grassy sweetness

Mouthfeel: Nice and full-bodied lager. Very little slickness present while the quality of the malt comes shining through

Drinkability: A superb everyday lager...one of the best I have had in the recent past

Photo of WanderingFool
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a stiff white head that dissolves to a thin ring on the beer. A fair amount of lace is left behind on the glass. Each sip of this light bodied beer is a well balanced flavor of dry malt and floral hops. Notes of butter and grass are present. It finishes with a mild tart bitter-sweet toasted malt flavor.

This is a well balanced light flavored beer. Not packed with flavor, but refreshing and very drinkable.

Photo of MrNuggets
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The huge white head has moderate lasting power. Sturdy malts shine through in the smell. Those same malts are dominate in the taste. This is about the crispest, cleanest beer I've ever drank. Just because a beer isn't big on flavvor doesn't mean it can't get high marks. This does everything it's supposed to do and then some. Perfectly drinkable.

Photo of watermelonman
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice light gold color with a very small head. It's still leaving some good lace behind, though.

Light malts are found in the fairly average smell. The taste has more of the same up front, along with a crisp and clean hop bite in the finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly light but not at all empty. The drinkability is very high. This is a quality easy drinking beer.

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

Pours clear yellow with a moderate white head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves a little spotty lace behind. Smell is pretty mild, light malt. Taste is more complex than expected. Slightly sweet, malty. A little hop bitterness on the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. Lightly carbonated. A great beer to have when you want something lighter... but still want flavor.

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

Pours clear and golden. It doesn't appear that there are any dark malts. The smell and taste confirm this. Aroma as a whole is uninviting that seems very light on the hops. Maybe this seems a little underwhelming, since I'm used to big APA's and IPA's. Flavor has a classically pils malt character, that is only slightly bitter. Also has a very crisp finish. Not a lot of body or aftertaste, but it is also quite pleasant. This seems to be how a light lager should taste to me. It is quite easy to drink.

Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy pale malt scent with a dry lager yeast finish. The taste is decent as well. It has a grainy pale malt feel. It goes down easy and finishes very dry and slightly musty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good lager. It has good pale malt flavor and aroma, but not much else; a good drinker nonetheless.

Photo of Dithyramb
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Served in a pint glass at Cat’s Eye in Fells Point for $3.50.
Appearance: Clear gold with a large frothy white head. Just like a perfect beer commercial.
Smell: The odor has a very light malt sweetness with a slightly grassy undertone.
Taste: A very light tasting beer with only minimal malt and hop tones. The freshness of this was well needed at the time. I had been malt and hop bombed at several places during the Fells Point festival. This cleaned the palate and readied me for the Paulaner Ocktoberfest. I could see this as a nice fishing beer. Perhaps drank while taking care of the grill or used to parboil brats.
Mouthfeel: Light, but fresh and clean finish. A bit of bitter aftertaste. Although worth a few, this just didn’t inspire me very much.

Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is a clear, brilliant yellow with a good, pitting head.

Smell – The big citrus sweetness stood out immediately at the nose. There are also some sharp grainy notes.

Taste – This one really smoothed out at the taste. There’s a nice mix of citrus notes and maybe something lighter, like melon or cherries, to go with the grain.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Lager has some very light carbonation with a heavy creamy citrusy hit at the back of the tongue.

Drinkability – This is a good, basic, no frills lager.

Photo of HardTarget
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Slightly skunky, Grolsch like smell. Some lightly toasted malt also noted with a good hop spike.
Appearance: Scary, looks like Bud, except it has a nice fluffy white head. Too bad the head didn’t last, and only laced in spots.
Flavor: The lightly toasted malt leads the charge, with some bready yeast watching the flanks and a small hop contingent guarding the rear.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, fairly dry finish.
Overall Impression: A good EuroLager. Wife liked it, which means you can wean the macro drinkers with it. Nice session beer, but nothing I’ll crave. Still, a solid well made beer.

Photo of filabrazilia
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden with a sparkling clarity that shows off the effervesent bubbles nicely. Good lace.

A light grain and hop aroma waft from the beer to the nose to create a mild bouquet.

The taste is mild yet complex--a grassy hop component balances the slightly sweet grain to complete a nice flavorful brew.

This beer is thin and crisp in the mouth. There is a pronounced bitter finish that is neither overwhelming or dominant. This is what good macro beers aspire to be--light, flavorful and mildly complex.

This beer got better as I drank it. A light yet robust full flavored beer from Paulaner. Excellent.

Photo of brewQ
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden brew with a steady stream of tiny bubbbles building a snow white head. Decent lacing on the sides.

The aroma holds a whiff of grain and is perhaps mildly skunky (this was a warm shelf bargain).

A respectable lager with some symmetry- some malt and some hop tanginess. The light mouth coating at the finish is nice.

It is well made- I just like other Paulaner offerings better. The 1/2 liter bottles are, of course, very user friendly.

Photo of paulaner
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh I just sat down to write a review about one of my favorite go to beers when I want a smooth good tasting beer. Being that I am writing a review on this I will have to be a little more cynical of my cherished paulaner. First of all whenever I poor a pils call it erratic but I just dump it into the glass this takes a while longer to get to the treasure that is in any delectable beer. This in my mind gives the beer a more palatable taste like off a tap at your nearest pub.

The head is a snow capped summit of wonderful thoughts of the last ski adventure. While the body a fine golden sweet wine color with bubbles dancing around enjoying a wonderful life, a truly unique chance of only knowing fine beer. Now don't get me started about the taste, but thats what a rating is about. When drinking from a tall mug you first get the smell which in itself would only leaving you wanting this fine aroma of only the best barley and hops on your palate. Like any wine connoisseur would tell you the smell alone will tell you if the nectar is as sweet as the flower. With this one the statement holds true. Paulaner has its own unique pils taste that cannot be matched by any other, like a fine beer that is sweet but not a sugar sweet taste. That makes you wonder if I were a brewmaster would beer connoisseurs taste a truly unique taste that would only leaving them comparing all other beers to mine. This is why paulaner has been around since the 1600's and is still going strong. So on your next outing try a paulaner original and discover this unrepeatable taste. ENJOY

Photo of Hunter
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You've got to love lagers in summer. Seems so much more appropriate to down these than stouts this time of year.

Beer pours a golden straw color, typical of the style. Heavy carbonation and a good head at the pour, but within a few minutes both subside substantially.

Aroma of hops, light malt in the nose.

Initial taste of tea and/or malt under a sharp mouthfeel. Thin notes of grass and hops follow, and then...nothing. Like a good lager should, it finishes clean with little remaining on the palate.

Not bad, a decent brew but there's better out there.

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light golden color, clear, with a small head that quickly dissipates; no lacing to speak off

Smell - GIves off a nice toasty aroma - comes across a bit stronger than you would expect for a lager

Taste - Nice clean taste, with a bit of hoppiness on the finish that lingers for a while

Mouthfeel - modest carbonation

Drinkability - This is a quaffing beer to beat the summer heat; nothing to spend time lingering on with just enough flavor to keep it interesting

Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of those beers where you think to yourself "hmm - something different about this lager . . . wait, I know, it has flavor!" Nicely crisp, yet full bodied. Pleasant interplay between some lightly roasted malt flavors and a slightly lemony hops profile. Tremendously drinkable - one just calls out for another. A beer that simply does its thing well.

Photo of rajendra82
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer came in a standard 500 ml bottle made with the typical Teutonic obsession about similar color scheme, label style, fonts, and overall look of the bottle to other beers from the same brewery. The beer poured very pale golden yellow in color with a short (3/4 inch) fizzy head that dissipated quickly. The beer left very little lacing on the Pilsner glass it occupied. The nose was malt dominated with honey, sourdough bread, and a bit of graininess. There was a touch of grassy hops. The taste was just as advertised by the aroma, with mostly a grainy, sweet character, and a light dose of fruitiness (bananas and apples mostly), and a lemony sourness. The hops showed up as a spicy finish with a peppery prickliness to them. The aftertaste was just a tad bit dry, urging you to gulp down the beer faster. This is a great summertime brew with enough character to keep from things getting boring.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a moderate yellow-gold with medium carbonation. Starts with a nice looking medium off-white head that quickly subsides. Aroma: grassy, floral, some hops and a touch of yeasty earthiness. Flavor: a nice smooth malt & light citrus fruit and a slight sharp hop bite at the end. Sour (in a good way) notes with the hop. I enjoy this brew, and it is a nice way to have something that is easy drinking. Not overly complex, but good for its style.

(Note: I had allergies while reviewing this).

Photo of putnam
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here is a lager. Aromas are suggestively fruity with notes of apricot, apple and plum along with a sour butter flavored sheet of moist breadiness. The bitter hop extracts are buttoned up and in deft service to the winy bouquet. A bitter, fruity tang resounds on the long, cool finish. This beer has the elusive combination of qualities that 99% of all other beers never achieve: ease of drinkability AND intellectually stimulating aesthetics.

Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ultra clear golden brew.

Smell is sweet and very grainy like toasted bread.

Taste is barely sweet with a solid hop presence. Grain and yeast are the base of this beer's taste. This beer is very well balanced in its flavors and is tasty and mild.

Mouthfeel is good.

Super drinkable brew, tasty yet not overpowering. A great beer for any time or any meal.

Photo of Mitchster
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out to a brilliantly ultra-clear golden, forming a spongy white head with average retention and sparse lacing. Aroma is typical for the style...spicy and slightly skunked German Noble Hops, fresh mown hay, light toast, and delicate pale malts. Mouthfeel is initially brisk, melding into a smooth middle with a light body. Taste is very mild...the semi-skunked hops don't jibe well with the fresh mown hay and this is something I tend to struggle with in Eurolagers. Bitterness and hop flavor is minimal. The finish is extremely clean with a residual corn-like aftertaste.

A decent Eurolager, but not something I would care to drink on a regular basis. The corn, skunk, and hay become bothersome, even after 1 bottle. There are much better brews out for the same price, and it just doesn't hold my interest.

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

nice looking clear golden in color with a smallish white head.
malty sweet aroma with a grassy hoppiness.
very well rounded flavor. malt comes through with some light caramel and butterscotch flavors, and a crisp dryish finish.
this is the kind of beer you should be given to teach you what a lager should taste like. if more people had this to try instead of other, more common beers, there would be a lot more people drinking beer.

Photo of Beastdog75
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It seems a bit uncommon to me that a brewery would produce both a Helles and a Pils, but Paulaner of Munich does produce both types. As the more traditionally maltier of the two styles, this Helles does do an excellent job of being a very good thirst quencher. It isn't an extraordinary beer, but most Helles-style beers usually aren't.

The Paulaner Original Munich Premium Lager (as the label says) pours a light golden color with a 1 finger foam that lasts for about a minute before thinning out, and it leaves some sticky lacing in its wake. The aroma consists of some light malty smells, along with some skunk-like smell which is probably more along the lines of grassiness/mustiness. A light citric hop smell is present as well. The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated, and the beer could be easily chugged if need be. As mentioned, the flavor is quite simple, featuring the light maltiness with some of the grassy/musty flavors carrying over. The mild, citric hop presence does a very good job of making the finish a bit dry, turning this into an excellent thirst quencher. A few bready/grainy notes appear in the aftertaste partnered with the continued dryness, and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

I will probably try the Paulaner Pils next to see how that compares to this one. Germany may have a fair share of pale lagers (in the Pils and Helles mold), but most of them are very well made and refreshing and this one is no exception.

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale golden in color, ever so slightly hazy, head is a mere thin layer of foam.

Smell: Malty, slight hints of a grassy/grainy aroma. Are those noble hops? I think so.

Taste: Not overly sweet, hop bitterness is low. Taste is like a supremely well crafted macro. Finish is a lingering maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp. No real alcohol noticeable.

D&N: Goes down oh so smoothly, not a beer that will demand too much of the drinker, I would definitely recommend this one for anyone trying to bring one of the lost souls of the macro world into the good beer world. Nicely done.

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

pours a nice clear golden, white head. nice. clean nose, grainy with light hops...smells like a quality lager. light and crisp in the mouth, clean and refreshing. perfect carbonation, smooth. light sweet malt on the tongue along with a touch of grass, light toastiness, clean grain. refreshing, flavorful, a top lager that always does me fine.

$1.99 for 16.9oz bottle

Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
85 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.