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Paulaner Original Münchner - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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779 Ratings
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Ratings: 779
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 25
Gots: 44 | 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 Quaffer
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Quaffer, Mar 21, 2003
Photo of OatmattStout
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

OatmattStout, Mar 19, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

BeerBuilder, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of BeerAngel
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

BeerAngel, Feb 12, 2003
Photo of John
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

John, Jan 24, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

JohnnyDuvel, Jan 10, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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!!!

francisweizen, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of Morris729
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Morris729, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of inebrius
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

inebrius, Nov 22, 2002
Photo of proc
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

proc, Nov 17, 2002
Photo of Scoats
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wound up getting this case for free, long story that I won't bore you with.

I let it sit around for a while in the basement before even contemplating it. With all the great beer around, what I suspected to be a Heineken style beer had nothing to lure me to drink it. I took "Munich Lager" to be code meaning "brewed for people not adventurous to try our great wheat beers". I took it to be like Victory All Malt Lager, a fine, fine beer, but meant for training wheels beer drinkers.

I eventually chilled some and ignored it some more. One night I was feeling adventurous, maybe just a bit out of sorts, and I finally tried one. It poured a whitish yellow and smelled OK. Nothing yet to interest me. But once I tasted it I realized I had grossly underestimated this beer.

Mellow, well balanced with a nice ending. This is one great beer, even old, even with a bad mood. Not at all a Heinekin crapfest.

This is not my favorite style of beer, but I wasn't surprised when this case wound up kicked rather quickly.

Scoats, Oct 22, 2002
Photo of BeerBob
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original Munich Premium Lager came a light golden colour with a slight creamy white head that was persistent in nature.

Nose was a toasted malt and palate was delicious toasted malt and a well balanced bitter hops.

This is one of the better lagers to be found. If you like a good crisp full flavored lager, Original Munich Premium by Paulaner is what you’ll be looking forward to.

BeerBob, Sep 30, 2002
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm delicious. Very smooth German lager, malt flavor comes through nicely. A great beer to kick back with. Not quite there with Hacker-Pschorr, but nonetheless, very tasty and worth every penny. Would love to try on tap.

IrishRedRock, Sep 07, 2002
Photo of EagleTalon
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean, easy drinking lager. Somewhat malty flavor. Low hopping allows for malt aroma to come through. Head was low and tight with a little lace on the glass. Pleasantly bitter finish. A nice, crisp, light and malt-oriented lager. I will definitely order this one on tap when available.

EagleTalon, Aug 22, 2002
Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has grainy/bready quality with just the slightist hint of hops. Nice white head, clear and yellow-gold color. Smooth lighter bodied beer, with plenty of carbonation. Light malty flavor begins, but less grainy than the aroma. Some dryness and hops at finish with some astringency (not appropriate for style). This isn't quite as good as I had hoped, especially compared to some of this brewery's other offerings.

garymuchow, Aug 10, 2002
Photo of DarthMalt
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice cottony head. Smell is a smidge sulphury. Nice and sweet going in, with a small hop edge. Hops bitter out and fade midway, leaving a spicy flavor and a scent that is easily mistaken for grain. It resembles Salvator in that way, minus the melanoidins. There's also a trace wood element which is difficult to pin down. Finishes without nary a trace.

Absolutely luscious!

DarthMalt, Aug 05, 2002
Photo of Wildman
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a straw color and formed an bubbly white head that didn't hold and formed little lace. A strong aroma of bread/grain and slightly of hops. A flavor of bread/grain and some hops. The finish was astrigent. Not the best that this fine company offers.

Wildman, Aug 02, 2002
Photo of BillyBrew
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was a little let down by the normally great Paulaner. A lackluster straw colur with a whispy head that left the building. Very faint banana and yeasty nose. Clean, low malt and hop flavor with sharper, biting carbonation and a surprising light body.

Not bad, but not what I wouyld have guessed as 'the Original Munich Premium Lager.' That is because it is a helles, or light lager. It fits the style, but not neccesarily my taste.

BillyBrew, Jul 23, 2002
Photo of bditty187
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A light golden pour, fairly pale. Minimal head, fizzy & bubbly as it rests... don't last long though. It does make you want to drink it and good thing you do…

No real smell... maybe mine was a tad old?

This is a smooth, refreshing Lager with no concerning bitterness or excess harshness.

A very delicious beer, I will definitely have another one please!

bditty187, Jul 15, 2002
Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malty fresh nose with a very very pale yellow look. This yellow is of course crystal clear. withn a thick creamy white head and lace. The head is very airy... Creamy malt feel and taste with a very clean finish. The brew is very clean on the tongue. The finish is ever so slightly bitter. This brew has more malt flovor than its competitors but the brew should have slightly more bitterness to put it over the top. The quality is there though and I really enjoy the feel of this lager. I have not met a Paulaner I have not enjoyed.

frank4sail, Jun 04, 2002
Photo of Thrasher
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a fine everyday beer, with light malt background, aggressive hoppy hints, and persistent rapid bubbles reminiscent of a beady pilsner. Short-lived head, yellow golden color, not much aroma. Decent with spicier foods, generally delicate but substantial and interesting enough for sustained drinking. A basic flavor - what most people think of when they think of "beer" - without the US macro chemical nastiness. Some slight travel damage is inevitable; after all, this is a pretty sensitive brew, but tasty nonetheless.

Thrasher, Jun 01, 2002
Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear, pale straw color. Pilsner glass gives a generous head, bubbles are big at the side. Nose is sweet with a little nutmeg. Nutty malts with spice, typical of the style but not leaning toward a wallpaper paste as in some. A little lighter in mouthfeel and taste than a Hacker Pschorr Munchner. Clean finish with little after taste. Not a world beater but a good lager is always appreciated.

ADR, May 26, 2002
Photo of budgood1
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

hazy golden color, pours out a decent head that disappears quickly. very soft euro lager smell, some wheat characteristics....taste is light and very smooth. hops bite on the tongue in the end. it's a damn shame that some domestic mass macro brewer can't brew something similar to give us another option at affordable prices.

budgood1, Apr 10, 2002
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good malty German brew,finishes well with just enough hop spiceyness to it.Good with food,not to light but doesnt fill you up real quick either,thearomas are light, but the flavor is fuller with some substance to it,unlike to many American adjuct filled lagers.

oberon, Mar 28, 2002
Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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