Münchner Hell (Original Munich Lager)
Paulaner Brauerei

Münchner Hell (Original Munich Lager)Münchner Hell (Original Munich Lager)
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Lager - Helles
Ranked #80
Ranked #31,246
3.77 | pDev: 11.94%
Paulaner Brauerei
Very Good
Münchner Hell (Original Munich Lager)Münchner Hell (Original Munich Lager)
Notes: Known as "Munich Lager" or "Original Munich Lager" outside of Germany.

Our Original Munich Lager is a true classic with its clear and bright gold sparkling hue, crowned by a pure white head. A beer which always goes down well: mild, elegant malts, with a hint of sweetness and a soft hint of hops in the background. This Munich beer is ideal to accompany spare ribs and spicy dishes. Just try it!
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Clean golden, with a nice head of quickly-dissipating off-white suds. Little to no lace.

AROMA: Toasty malts, sweet honey and toast.

TASTE: Richly malty, and sweet. Decent if unremarkable.

Sunday at 12:25 PM
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mikeinportc from New York

3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Translucent yellow, with one finger of white head.

Smell is semi-sweet toasted grain, fresh dry straw, floral hops (goldenrod+bedstraw) , a touch of honey, and a slight musty smell when the head fades.

Taste is more-or less same as aroma, plus light, pleasant bitterness near finish, & lingering.

Feel is light , with moderate, semi-soft carbonation tingle. Drying finish , that leaves the terminal 1/4 of the tongue feeling lightly sand-blasted, & semi-numb. (In a good way. ;) )

Overall, though nothing "wow" , it is pleasant and enjoyable.

Nov 08, 2020
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elnachooo from Spain

2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

De cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media, la cerveza tiene un dedo de espuma de baja retención. Aroma a malta. Sabor ligeramente dulce con un leve amargor.

Oct 12, 2020
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can. Good two finger head, frothy and thick. Dissipated within a couple of minutes with some decent lacing on the glass. Nice light golden color. Faint bready aroma. Silky smooth and rich mouth feel on every drink. Overall a very satisfying beer- the mouth feel while drinking this beer is worth it.

Sep 27, 2020
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JoeMurphy from Tennessee

4.69/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Golden, clear; white head that is frothy and reduces to a ring of foam; leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Rich white bread, like Wonder Bread; bread crust; some grassiness from the hops. Fairly faint yet lovely.

Taste: surprisingly mute overall; general grain flavor; unsalted soda cracker; some grassiness; mild hop bitterness; sourdough tanginess.

Mouthfeel/Finish: light-medium, crisp, clean, dry, refreshing.

Aug 28, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from the Packie labeled Munich Original Lager.
Brilliantly clear deep gold in color with a large frothy head that persists.
Bready crackery maltiness earthy floral and a hint of fruit. Not too shabby.

Aug 23, 2020
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a translucent golden yellow with an off white one finger head of foam. Great head retention, it lasts for around four minutes before finally fizzling away, revealing a patchy pattern of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma: Confectionery like, but with a bready malt backbone, almost to the degree of sourdough pretzels. I'm getting baked apples, white grapes, marzipan, honey, toffee; even mild hints of dates / plum in the background. There is a subtle, saltiness to the nose.

Flavor: Bready and warm, with flavors of pretzels and very very subtle spicy notes of rye. There are fruity flavors of pear and red apples that come through midpalate to give it a bit of liveliness. Fades out into grainy flavors of bread and mildly dry honey.

Feel: Medium body, light carbonation. The beers savoriness can detract from it's sessionabiltity. It's filling, but still quaffable, almost like a very light porter in weight, but obviously not as malty. Very hearty for a helles.

Overall: This is a wonderful beer for early fall, I can see it being one of my new go-to lagers.

Aug 19, 2020
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EmperorBevis from England

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled and most welcome on a hot, hot summer evening
Poured into a straight sided glass to reveal a crystal clear golden body with good white head
Aroma is caramelised biscotti
Semolina and sweetcorn flavour

Aug 12, 2020
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Wildmild from Maryland

3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Almost no head.
Hop is unusual, but not unpleasant.
Bitterness is a little high for a Helles, perhaps I’m in the wrong category?
Beer is a nice German lager, just not my favorite.

Aug 08, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright light gold with moderate carbonation and light lacing. Lots of earthy spicy hops on the nose with light honey malt base that plays a back seat. Sweet honey lemon malt base with light spicy citrus over the top. Thick mouthfeel with a wet finish.

Traditional at it's finest.

Jul 22, 2020
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Matty1724 from England

4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Poured with a dramatic finish to create a nice head, beautiful refreshment on a warm day. Good, full flavour with easy drinkability. Yum, bought a case of 12!

Jul 06, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Original Munich Lager pours a copper color, with not much head. Malty, crisp aroma, hints of apple juice and sweeter. Flavor is mellow, but very nice, crisp, malty, sweet, apple notes. Good body and feel. Overall, nice Helles, nice flavors, good easy drinking, a bit sweeter.

Jul 02, 2020
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bigbellysailor from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 160z can into a tall frosted cylinder lass. This one pours a clear straw yellow with an abundance of fluffy white head. Taste is similar with a very clean lager beer flavor. it’s simple and it’s refreshing yet it’s not necessarily light. Drank mine ice cold after cutting the grass. it packs a punch on flavor and ok mouthfeel, which is full, well carbonated and almost creamy. An extremely enjoyable lager.

Jun 16, 2020
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KS_Augsburg from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall a nice Helles, I like Paulaner in general, but for some reason this is lacking every time I drink it from can or bottle. From the tap or tank its great. When I have this from can or bottle, there is a harshness to the malt, almost line a cardboard note which ruins the true enjoyment. I will continue to order this from the tap when in Munich, however stateside I will probably sterr clear - as there are better Helles from can or bottle available.

Jun 15, 2020
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear golden color with streaming bubbles and a single finger of crackling white head. nice little legs of lacing.

Smell is like a European lager. Has a bit of grassiness. Clean water and yeast also present.

Taste does have a hint of grassiness to it. Getting some faint hops and some of that yeast taste. Like the crust of a white bread.

Fell is light and finishes crisp. The carbonation helps push the beer across the tongue yet does seem lighter than what it looked like on the pour.

Overall I like this lager. It does have that grass like hint to it I find common in European lagers. Definitely not skunked coming out of a tall can. I was pleased that I gave this beer a shot. Cheers!

Jun 06, 2020
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laquebrada from California

3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can dated 7/24/19 [10 months old, purchased 6 days ago]
Look: Perfectly clear, golden color, small white head, just a few carbonation bubbles.
Smell: Clean malty, straw aroma, but not in the least bit assertive.
Taste: Malt sweetness up front, very clean and long lasting, fades to a slight bitter finish, Subtle, but continues for a long time.
Feel: Slightly more viscous than anticipated, carbonation balances that very well.
Overall: Good choice on a hot summer day when you want more than a Vienna, and less bite than a Pils.

Jun 05, 2020
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Kubishark from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually a difficult beer to rate. I've had it twice so far, and my impression is very different each time. The first time was from a can while on the boat. In that instance, it was completely forgettable. It tasted rather dry and had a slightly bitter bite to it. The second time was from a glass while sitting on the couch. This time, it seems much more complex and tasty. It looks golden and fantastic, with some nice looking bubbles. The smell is still practically non-existent, even with my nose right in the glass. The taste is slightly bready, but certainly still has some hoppiness and a little bit of a black pepper note that I get from some other European lagers (but that nobody else ever says they taste other than me). The feel is pretty light, but not too light. Good for a warm but not hot day I'd say. Overall it's a solid classic, something I might not specifically seek out, but something I would never turn down either.

May 28, 2020
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Sharkbite20 from Philippines

4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - beautiful bright gold color with big bubbles on a quickly forming full head that lasts. Lacing all over. Little carbonation.

S - sweet, biscuit, bread, malty. Honey. A bit floral, plum. Very clean pleasant natural smell

T - clean, sweet, and refreshing taste of malt grain, vanilla, nutty, hay, and honey at the end. This is the quintessential lager taste without the very common unnatural or metallic tastes.

F - crisp but smooth, refreshing, sweet and a medium bodied. Carbonation is moderate. This goes down easy but leaves a lingering sweetness. Slightly watery finish.

Overall - This is now my basis for lagers. I love the naturalness of the flavors, making my recent bottle of Oranjeboom and some mexicans and San Miguels taste unnatural and metallic and smell skunky in comparison. Stella Artois is tasteless compared to this.

Such a clean honest smell and taste that goes well on it’s own or some craft potato chips.

May 24, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks clear, pale gold with a stiff white head that falls to a cap. Bubbles rising up, but not overcarbonated. Get a lot of bread, cracker, malt, and a yeasty note in the aroma. Taste starts sweet and malty with a nice biscuit flavor. It stays pretty sweet throughout with some bitterness towards the end. A sweet, malty aftertaste is present. It's smooth and light bodied. The lower carbonation doesn't clean up the palate well. Overall, a nice easy lager. A bit too sweet, but that wouldn't stop me from having a few more.

May 20, 2020
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Hatchjaw from Washington

4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Got a little wang to it" as we used to say in rural Virginia, where I grew up. The O.M.L.'s got a slight bitter bite right at the end of the sip, but I love it for it. It's an edge that makes you want to keep tasting sips to chase it down, and then it fades like a dull roar down your throat. An excellent Helles.

May 20, 2020
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faraday326 from California

3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear straw with a decent head. It's a very clean smell, with light grain and bread. The taste is thin, or drinkable, depending on your mood. It's clean, crisp, with a tiny bite of malty, breadiness at the end. It's a great beer to drink in quantity (heh) or to compliment something else (food) rather than being its own experience.

Apr 03, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright body of light gold is crystal clear under a coupla fingers of white foam that draped white lacing behind... Sweeter and richer than expected - despite herbal and grainy aromas, presented some soft pale fruit sugars and a malty backbone with some body to it... Sweet cracker and biscuit impressions asserted shortly after, and brought a tang of faded citrus and marmalade... Some dry woody tannins creep throughout, and the finish has a little shellac at the same time it is drying... 10/15/19 tallboy canning with a best by of 10/15/20...

Mar 19, 2020
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle dated 02.20m and poured into a pint glass shows an almost effervescent, bubbly, clear, yellow gold body and briefly supports a 1/8in cap of tight, white bubbles.

Aroma of cracker and hints of sweetness matches the almost flowery flavor and crisp, light feel.

Overall an easy drinking companion for any style of food.

Feb 15, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour a clear straw color with fine, soapy head.

Smell is clean and crackery with some floral notes and soft malty sweetness.

Taste is clean, crisp and pretty light. Floral and citrusy with some crackery sweetness and a mid bitterness. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, a bit creamy and well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice Helles, light and refreshing.

Jan 21, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Welcome to the CANtinuing saga of New Beers From @jkblr Sunday (Week 755)! I have been running though his CANs as quickly as I CAN in support of The CANQuest (tm), but now, even my stamina is waning.

From the CAN: "The Traditional Munich Lager"; "Premium Import"; "Protected Geographical Indication".

I have to cop to using an oversized glass for this one, but it all seemed to work out. I beCAN by Crack!ing open the vent before CANmencing a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the massive 2-L glass stein. 8=O This resulted in a most impressive two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, enticing The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas to break away from NFL Week 17 programming & join me in the kitchen. Nose was very biscuit malt-driven, but it was not sans a modiCAN of grassy, hay-like hops. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was toasty, biscuity and very pleasant with just a kiss of the hops. Mmm. This was the kind of crushable beer for which Munich is known. I would happily down 1-L or 2-L if I were there. It is nice that they deigned to put it in a CAN for me to enjoy in the meantime. Finish was semi- … Hmm. Semi-sweet or Semi-dry? I leave it to your palate to decide. YMMV.

Dec 30, 2019
Münchner Hell (Original Munich Lager) from Paulaner Brauerei
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