Paulaner Original Münchner | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
paulaner.de

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-02-1998

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,027
Reviews:
458
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.1%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
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Photo of Trevor_martin
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a frothy white head. It retains for a few minutes, however, it eventually dissipates completely.
In the nose I smell toasted malt, including a slightly burnt straw aroma. Was the burnt straw intended? This soon gives way to a sweeter malt and slight grassy hops aroma that smooths things out.
Impressions tasting it are of a medium bodied, clean, bready and malt forward brew with soft carbonation. There is a modest amount of grassy hops, light spice and lemon in the finish. There is a modest amount of malt sweetness towards the end.
A fairly simple and uncomplicated lager. I found it average, but perhaps I'm not used to the style.

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Photo of Griphon
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Parmesan
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Copper gold color with a medium white head and rings of lacing around the glass.

S: Grain and white bread, slight floral hop aroma.

T: Grain and watered down white bread, a slight hop. This is missing a bit of a hop bite I expect from a lager. Sweet but a little watery.

F: Light body and easy drinking.

O: This beer is a little watery for my taste.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

07/04/2017, in Garmisch, Germany.

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Photo of Marzen_Fan
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a straw like color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, grains, some sweetness. Taste is mild, malts, crackers, easy drinking. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing beer, but there are more flavorful examples of the style out there.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fthegiants
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of drews240
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A lighter bodied amber style lager. The ceiling for this style isn't astronomically high, so this is about as well done as you will find of a representation

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Photo of louislouis91
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hombo3
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluesyasian
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml can (labeled as 'Münchner Hell') - nice to see more Old-School lagers coming over here from das Vaterland.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three zaftig fingers of puffy, chunky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of melting snowbank lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of grainy and cereal-forward pale malt, some toasted white biscuits, a touch of gasohol, subtle pome fruit esters, and some plain leafy, earthy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, lightly buttered breakfast biscuits, overripe apples, ethereal petrol notes, and more understated herbal, leafy, and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly tame in its quotidian frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a small airy creaminess seeping in as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, the cereal malt and mild hops dancing a subtle little tango in seeing us out.

Overall, this is a rather easy-going and pleasant version of the style, seemingly simple, but with enough nuance to keep a more expectant palate from devouring itself in protest. I could see blasting these back after mowing the lawn on my corner lot this summer, perhaps as a complement to the nascent craft brew lagers being made in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Myboymi
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass a light straw color. Very little head, light smell of hops. First Impressions, very dry, but finished very nicely. Not bad.

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Photo of pau622
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Dms844
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Branlott42
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sjdevel
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look:
1 finger head. Very pale lager / pilsner-like. Head recedes but stays just a tad active. Slight haze.

Smell:
Funky, but almost like a beer on its way out... a bit skunky maybe. Some malt and a slight hop bite. Like a cheap commercial beer though.

Taste:
Starts off with a slight hop bite, but rushes into a bit of funk and skunk. Gets a bit sweet and malty (improves in other words). The tail end gets more flavorful and biscuity. Fades out a bit drier.

Feel:
Light in body. Pretty thin and flat.

Overall:
Bought as a single in a mixed 6 pack. Would not buy again (definitely not a full 6 pack). Seemed like a cheap / mass-produced commercial beer.

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Photo of DallasK
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bronxite
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JRed
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden in body with white head that dissipates. Aroma of grain, honey, some hops. Tastes of honey corn flakes, grain, mild hops. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,027 ratings.
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