Paulaner Original Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Paulaner Original Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Paulaner Original Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)
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German Helles
Ranked #59
Ranked #29,494
3.76 | pDev: 12.23%
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Very Good
Paulaner Original Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)Paulaner Original Münchner Hell (Premium Lager)
Notes: Our Original Munich Lager is a true classic and a beer which always goes down well. It is mild with a hint of sweetness and a soft hit of hops in the background. This Munich beer is ideal to accompany spicy dishes.
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Reviews: 504 | Ratings: 1,150
Photo of badgerbeer1
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent german lager. Admittedly, this is only second time having and it seemed much better first time. This go round the aftertaste is a tad too much. Still, a very good beer. Maybe ill revise after my third time.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(330 ml brown bottle, 05.20; purchased single off shelf... poured into 500 ml mug)

L: crystal-clear, pale amber-gold liquid; attractive, gummy, bouncy, bubbly, thick pad of off-white foam - sticks a bunch at the top, retention weak though

S: spiced pastry dough, subtle hint of lightly-baked sugars

T: dry, but rich malty pop up front; subtly grassy, bready, dried apple notes in the finish... second sip shares a mellow yet dense doughy pale malt lingering... back end rather dry; toasty dough note continues to pervade... missing some extra bitterness to balance

F: plump, plush malts; clean finish with a bit of residual yeasty oils and subtle boozy (spicy) warmth... has a bit more substance than others of its ilk

O: its malt richness is lovely, however, the absence of a different (and more aggressive) shade of hop bite leaves this less than moreish... seems like it would be its best as fresh as possible; on the fence about trying it again (1509)

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Photo of ATL6245
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My review is strictly style focused. In the Helles style, this is definitely the benchmark in my opinion. Light and refreshing. Fantastic herbal/spicy aroma and flavor. Restrained bitterness for balance. Just a straight up, satisfying German Helles. I know most reviews frown upon giving 5's straight across the board; I can't possibly find anything to pick apart with this beer. I am SO pleased they ship this to the US in cans! You definitely have to buy it in the cans.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a pale golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is quite grainy in nature with a little bit of a bready and doughy aroma mixed within. Along with these smells comes a little bit of a harvest fruit smell and a touch of grass and hay.
Taste – The taste begins with a rather crisp and clean doughy malt taste that has a moderate level of graininess as well as a touch of fruit sweetness of apple and pear. As the taste advances some other light sweet tastes of caramel develop all while the grain increases a touch and is joined by some light grass and a bit of hay. These tastes take the taste to the end, and leave on with a rather clean, but slightly more doughy taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average to slightly thicker for a lager of 4.9 % with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the style a little thinner of a body may have been slightly better, but overall the feel was pretty decent and does make for a good sipper.
Overall – A very nice lager overall. The flavor profile is rich, but not overpowering with a nice easy drinking feel and style.

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Photo of joeagain
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very good example of the Munich Helles style.
A billowy white head stays almost to the very end of the beer (mine was poured in a litre dimpled glass like you'd get in a Munich beer garden).
A very nice aroma, like that of freshly baked bread, with a hint of citrus from the hops. Good mouthfeel, nicely carbonated.
The taste is malt forward as it should be for the style, some hop bitterness coming in at the very end.
My only gripe, and perhaps it is being somewhat nit-pickey, is that at times, I have had fresh bottles of this beer that seemed almost too void of malt flavor to where the hop character seemed overly aggresive. The beer seemed more in the German Pils style than a helles, but again, it hasn't happened often. Overall, a beer worthy of its fine reputation among Munich helles fans!

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Photo of odannyob
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ahhhh, or aha! Finally, from a pint can (16.9 ounces anyway,) and just as tastily fresh as from 2 12 oz. bottles. This be a favorite of mine. The flavor, special. Beer as true as can be.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light straw color with a thin, white head. Plenty of carbonation.
Smells of wonderful breadiness and slight hop. Slight lemongrass.
Taste follows nose. Great combination of bread. Cracker. Malt, sweet lemongrass and German hop. Just a hint of pepper.
Mouth feel is incredibly smooth.
I love me some real German Helles and this is a good one.

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Photo of jazzandrea
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Si tratta di una birra Lager, che si presenta di colore giallo chiaro dorato, con schiuma non troppo persistente.
L'aroma presenta note di malto, crosta di pane e biscotto.
Il gusto è molto leggero, con lievi note di malto, poca crosta di pane, poco miele, ed un lieve gusto amaro dato dal luppolo. Il retrogusto presenta un discreto equilibrio tra l'amaro ed il dolce del malto.
Si tratta di una birra mediamente carbonata e frizzante, comunque beverina.

It is a Lager beer, with a pale gloden yellow colour, with barely persistent foam.
Its aroma shows malt traces, bread crust and cookie.
Taste is so light, with soft traces of malt and bread crust, a little bit of honey and a light better taste due to the hops. The aftertaste shows a decent balance between the bitter and and the sweet malt.
It is a medium carbonated and sparkling beer, ultimately drinkable.

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Photo of defunksta
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a completely clear color with a tint of lemon yellow. Incredibly light and clear. More so than a typical lager. Has a medium-heavy head that lingers, but is crisp.
Aroma: Very grassy noble hops. A little lemon. Pale biscuit malt aromas.
Flavor: Taste follows the nose. Delicious grassy, lemon hops. A good yeast presence. Finishes with a grainy biscuit & bread malt that is balanced by a peppery yeast to finish completely dry.
Feel: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Crisp and clean.

Overall: A delicious and smooth drinking helles lager. Nails the grassy and lemon noble hops with the pale malts perfectly. Nice yeast balance to finish dry. So crisp and clean on the palate. One of the most refreshing beers and lagers I've had. This beer could be a staple of the style. This one is worth coming back to.

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated 2.5.2019 into a stein

Appearance - clear straw color with white head

Smell - cracker, grain, biscuit, grass, toasted white bread

Taste - cracker, toasted white bread, grass, biscuit

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium/crisp carbonation, slight breadiness upfront, smooth, easy drinking, balanced bitterness on the back end

Overall - solid helles, this will be drinking great on those hot summer days. Looking forward to consuming more

Price Point - $7.99/4pk 16.9 oz cans

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL can, date stamped 01.22.2020 01.22.2019. Crystal clear and golden with a creamy white head. Grassy and earthy noble hops with a light biscuit malt and a touch of honey for aroma. Flavors are smooth and well balanced with notes of light caramel, bready grain, honey, and nut along with the modest noble hops adding spice, earth, and grassy flavors. Medium body, ample carbonation, balanced dry finish. Classic example of the style. I can see myself buying this in the can fotmat again.

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Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 7/2019. Pours fairly crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, biscuit, and light honey/toast, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice aromas with good balance of bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, biscuit, and light honey/toast, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, woody, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, biscuit, and light honey/toast, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Very clean on lager flavors, minimal fruity/yeasty notes. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a delicious Munich helles style. All around nice robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink with the moderately bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Perfectly balanced between clean/nicely rich pils/munich malts and earthy noble hops. Mild residual sweetness with lingering crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of jkblr
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL canned 1/22/19 BB 1/22/20 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp 4.9% ABV. The beer pours brilliantly bright light golden yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin cap leaving a few spots of lacing. The aroma is equal parts bready and yeasty. Very pleasant. The taste is bready malt with lemon zest trailing off to a low to medium bitter floral and grassy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just above average carbonation and a dry finish. There are no glaring flaws or off flavors from brewing or fermentation. Overall, very good. This is an exceptional product in the correct packaging at a fair price.

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Photo of ty_in_ND
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the local beer store in a six pack of 11.2 oz bottles. Poured into a pilsner glass.

L - Nice bright golden yellow. Crystal clear. The white head was very thin and disappeared quickly.

S - Light biscuit smell. No hops.

T - Nice biscuit, light honey, and slight malt. This gives the beer a "sweet" taste, but not in a sugary way. Very light floral from the hops. No alcohol in the taste. The taste lingers well after clearing the palate.

F - Very refreshing! Crisp, well carbonated. Light, but not watery. Finishes clean and dry.

O - I had this beer for the first time when I was in Munich recently. And, while I enjoyed many of the local brews (dunkels, weizens, and bocks), this helles is what I would reach for as a daily drinker. Very refreshing, very tasty, very easy to drink! And with the price of a half liter bottle around €1, very affordable!! Too bad it's a little more expensive in the States (close to $13 for that 6 pack) and it was slightly better in Munich (head retention and smell was better... Would be a solid 4 if based on Munich product). But, I'm just happy I can find it where I'm at! So, if you want a taste of what kind of "cheap beer" we Americans are missing out on, pick up a Paulaner Original!

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Photo of Mugman8
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has kind of a weak gold hue, with a mild head and nominal lacing. Hints of pale malt, corn, wheat, and citrus hops. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with ample carbonation. Overall, good complexity and feel, with a decent blend and appearance.

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Photo of JelickNight
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Maybe bottled is tainting my experience. It's breadiness is more subtle than I prefer, but reminds me of a dry, crusty end of a baguette that's slightly over-baked.

Bit sweet. Bit thin. Just okay.

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Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of Euro yeast, pale malt, hint of sweet malt, corn, hint of wheat, and a hint of citrus hops. Fits the style of a German Helles. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of Euro yeast, pale malt, hint of sweet malt, corn, hint of wheat, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, good complexity and feel, with a decent blend and appearance.

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Photo of Nass
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cracker, barley, slight lemon. There is a date on the bottle so I know that it is not old, but still the flavor is lacking a bit as compared to others that I have had in the style but it's still good. Cheers! B-

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I believe the packaging has changed. I have a 500ml bottle and the lables are predominantly orange. The lable reads: 'Paulaner Munchner Hell, Munich Lager'
Bought from a west London supermarket, Waitrose of Wholefoods.
L- Pale, light amber. Pours with 5mm thin/fine white head, that's slowly > lacing.
S- Very subtle, nothing to note but a slight woodiness.
T- Quite a sour entry-point, not much body backing that up,
F- It's feels pretty light for a 4.9% from a quality brewery.
O- I used to live in Germany, I get the Bavarian-beer culture, but this one misses the target for me,

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Photo of CR2036
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a mini 0.3L HB München dimpled mug.

L: Brilliant gold/straw color and very clear. What every good helles style lager should look like.
S: Has that classic bready malt smell. Not much else.
T: Crisp with a crackery malt taste, just a little bitterness with some earthy hops. Perhaps a little sweet with some generic fruit undertones. Finishes crisp with a bready taste at the finish.
F: Light with good carbonation, perhaps a bit too much. Refreshing!

O: To me, this is what an everyday German helles style lager should be. It does not amaze me, and is perhaps a bit simple, but it is a damn good thirst-quenching beer.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant gold with a few fingers of creamy head that has great retention

Has a crackery, neutral nose

Taste is subtley sweet, a bit of peppercorn and citrus, some grassiness, earthiness.

Mild, slow hop burn on the finish. Crisp, dry, drinkable. Moderate carbonation....clearly designed to be drinkable

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - See-through clear, light golden with thin white head. No lacing.
S - Strong but not overpowering distinctive lager smell.
T - Bready malt.
F - Thin to medium mouth feel, fairly crisp. Mildly dry finish.
O - A good drinking beer. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Anacross
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You can never go wrong with a Paulaner. Every style is a world class beer. Period. This Original Munchner is a wonderful example of what a good helles style is. Crispy, well balanced and easy to drink, fulfilling to a maximum. tasted from a 1 liter, Oktoberfest limited edition mini keg. Moments of pleasure ahead of you. Enjoy!

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden coloration with a medium, foamy head. Smell is quite sweet, with biscuity malt and a certain honey note and hints of grain and hay. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by mellow biscuity malt and a light honey sweetness. There is a bit more hoppiness to the taste than the smell, with light citrus and herbal/grassy notes. Finishes with a light bitterness and some honey sweetness lingering in the aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. Clean, easy-drinking, boring lager.

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Photo of monkist
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Kind of Pilsner smell with bready notes. Quite intensive, crisp, strong (artificial?) carbonation. This beer is all about the burps, can't really enjoy it because of the excessive CO2...
Funny because you feel the traces of the original Czecz pilsner and you can kinda follow through the history/evolution of the Lager. This is kind of a far cry from the Czech original but I appreciate for the nostalgia it brought up. Was kind of okay to drink one time.

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