Münchner Hell (Original Munich Lager)
Paulaner Brauerei

Münchner Hell (Original Munich Lager)Münchner Hell (Original Munich Lager)
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From:
Paulaner Brauerei
 
Germany
Style:
Helles
Ranked #143
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,441
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 11.94%
Reviews:
577
Ratings:
761
Status:
Active
Rated:
Saturday at 02:38 AM
Added:
Mar 02, 1998
Wants:
  61
Gots:
  268
SCORE
85
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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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Vibing at twilight and Raul is feeling alright. And as far as Munchner goes, he’s definitely invited to the party. He may not light up the joint like Robert Mitchum while smoking one, but he doesn’t make a fool. I’ll drink, and I’ll chill. And I’ll chill, and I’ll drink. Raul believes in you.
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Reviewed by dkoehler42 from New York

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This lager pours a clean transparent gold with a white head and malt nose. It tastes of a pleasant trip to Germany, with the appropriate sweetness, but not cloyingly so. This is a solid German option.
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Rated by Lampro from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Nice lager with good malt/hops balance.
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
500 mL can from the LCBO; dated Apr 25 2022 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a bright, brilliantly crystal-clear golden yellow colour, crowned with an inch of puffy, foamy, soapy white head that fades within five minutes or so. A frothy, creamy collar lives on, surrounding a filmy cap and framed by a tight ring of even lacing - an attractive lager by any reasonable metric. It smells of clean, grainy barley malts, with hints of biscuit and earthy, herbal hops.

A quality helles - nothing too fancy, yet I could drink it by the gallon - or perhaps by the litre, seeing as I've already invoked the metric system. Immaculately clean, with grainy barley malt, bread and a hint of biscuity sweetness; light hints of grassy, earthy hops on the back end, followed by a grainy, lightly biscuity aftertaste that persists momentarily. Light in body, with moderate carbonation that provides just the right amount of crispness to complement this lager's very smooth mouthfeel. What was I thinking, only buying one can - an entirely insufficient quantity, to say the least.

Final Grade: 3.88, a solid B+. Paulaner Münchner Hell is an impressively sessionable lager that I encourage all BAs everywhere to seek out and try. While I would not say it's the best German-made helles I've come across, it's just so darn flawless and easy to like that I cannot help but toss it a couple of bonus points. A winner for sure - never seen it for sale around here, otherwise it'd already be a regular fixture in my lager lineup.
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Pours out a pale yellow body, fully transparent, with a short white head, persistent cap, small bubble lacing.

S - Bright hops of grass, funk, and apple. Straight ahead fermented grains at its core.

T - Follows the nose, with the apple forward and the grass falling back. The grains present as sweetness, honey notes, with a bit of grape tang, and a subtle bitter finish, a bit of peppery spice and apple skin.

M - Quite frisky, strong carbonation over a light body, dry clean close. Solid.

O - Illustrates what a well done Helles looks like. Pretty delicious.
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3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a 500ml can from TW-Greenville, SC 6-8-22 for $2.49. Canned 11-9-21; best by 11-9-22; consumed for review 8-25-22.

Beer poured golden with an okay white head.

Nose is nice, sweet bready malts are still fresh despite the age.

Taste is very nice with the sweet bready malt base that is delicately hopped to balance this out nicely. Residual touch of grassy hops is nice.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied and refreshing.

Overall a really well-made beer!
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Reviewed by lagrluvr

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Purchased as a single 16oz can from The Blue Door for $3.00. Poured into a hefe glass.

L - Clear gold, with a minimal pale-white head.
S - Lemongrass, cracker, and faint citron. Wheat.
T - Same as the nose, and with a greater weight on the wheat note. Earthy finish. Well-balanced, for sure!
F - Light bodied, and with plenty of carbonation. Super crisp and refreshing. Satisfying. Crazy drinkable!
O - Definitely the "bar" for the style. Well-executed. Balanced, drinkable, and not too complex. Not Paulaner's best, but not bad at all!
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Paulaner Brauerei "Münchner Hell"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "Enjoy best before: 05.22 r L12715 P"
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I've certainly had this beer many times before so I don't know why it doesn't already have a review. I've had it at multiple places in München, as well as other cities across Deutschland. Anyway, it's a clear deep gold in color beneath a full head of white foam. The aroma is grainy, grassy, floral, and gently sweetish. It's bright and welcoming. The flavor follows with a fantastic maltiness from both Pilsner and Munich malts that's grainy, bready, and gently sweetish. The same floral and grassy notes are there, as well as a light bit of herb and spice. The hops are 100% Hallertauer Tradition. A median bitterness runs through it, perfectly balancing it from start to finish, and it lingers with a dollop of sweetish malt and grassy, earthy, herbal, and lightly spicy hop notes. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp then smooth across the palate. The head retention is excellent and it leaves sheets of torn lacing in its wake. This is the original Munich helles, and it's THE classic. When you're reviewing to style you're reviewing with this beer in mind.
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Reviewed by neenerzig from Ohio

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Reviewed by KleinSchwein

4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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Rated by IsaacAkhtar1

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
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