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 #29,703
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 by sprackops:
Photo of sprackops
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with an illustration of Munich on the label. Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass.

Appearance: Golden with a thin, soapy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Grainy with a hint of floral hops aroma.

Taste: Clean pale malt upfront giving way to the dry, mild bitterness of noble hops. Some earthy notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin with active carbonation. Perfectly to style.

Drinkability: Nearly as high as it gets, by design. An excellent session lager.

Comments: While I personally look to Spaten first when I want a good Helles, this is a fine representation of a subtle, easily overlooked style.

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Photo of Spike
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle.
L: Rich, golden colour with light carbonation and a half-inch, foamy head that reduces quickly to a smear.
S: Clean, grassy, pilsner malt. Noticeably malty.
T: Grassy, herbal, more than a hint of lemon.
F: Medium body. Low carbonation. A little stickiness. Lightly drying. Very smooth.
O: Great summer beer. The real deal. Serve this at your bbq instead of Peroni or Stella and your mates will thank you. Due to its low carbonation it would also make a good accompaniment to a curry in place of the ubiquitous Cobra or Kingfisher.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ The Landing in Hillsborough, NJ.

Enjoyed this one during their Oktoberfest celebration. Pale gold color and clear with a creamy white head. Bready, grainy malt aroma. Just the right amount of herbal hops for balance. Slightly sweet in the finish with a touch of bitterness. Medium-light body and so incredibly soft and clean. Too easy to drink. I could have several of these in a row with ease. A textbook Helles.

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Photo of baw185
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great German Helles lager. Found this when I was exploring various Biergartens in Munich.

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Photo of furballkazoo
4.74/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great Munich Helles, can really taste the malt.

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Photo of zac16125
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
no bottling dates

A: Very light pale straw yellow, a few carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass. 1.5 fingers width of bright white head has decent retention before dissipating down, and leaves almost no lacing. 3.75

S: Floral, sweet, some hop spice, a metallic quality. 3.5

T: Hop spice, some sweetness, floral, subtle bitterness. 3.75

M/D: Light body, carbonation appropriate, very easy drinking. 3.5

O: Solid beer, but not my favorite Helles Lager. Can’t hate on a classic though. 3.75

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

I used to enjoy this often while stationed in babenhausen, Germany while in the Army in the mid 80s. I miss those days. Good German beer while spit shining boots.

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Photo of Reverand
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden in color with a crisp clean taste,terrific lager that is dangerously easy to drink. Great flowerly aroma with bubbly head.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Clear pale gold in colour, head is a sizable and creamy white. Retention and lacing are both lacking.

Smell - 3.5
Very clean, aromas of biscuity pale malt and lemony hops.

Taste - 3.5
Crisp, clean and a little boring. Malt and hops are well balanced and there are no off flavours, tastes of grain, a little husk, lemony hops give moderate bitterness, finishes dry with little flavour.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Moderately carbonated with fine bubbles, quite light in the mouth although a little watery.

Drinkability - 4.0
A brilliant summer beer, very refreshing, although most beer enthusiasts will tire of it quickly.

OVERALL - 3.45
Quite a good beer really, possibly deserves to score higher, I just found it a little boring. Weihenstephaner makes a better, tastier helles lager.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of jmv0009
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Paulaner Restaurant in Zhengzhou.
This is a tasty lager, very malty. Lots of wheat and bread flavors. Not a noticeable hop bitterness. Light and easy drinker, good choice for a hearty dinner. I think this pairs better with a broader range of food than the Hefe, although the Hefe is more refreshing.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of biggmike
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like their weiss beer, so I decided to give this a try. Poured golden yellow, with pretty decent head that lasted a while. Not bad, but no real characteristic that stood out. Very drinkable, however. Very smooth and would make a good session beer.

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Photo of cdub70085
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of YvesB
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pegasus
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium golden color, faintly hazy, with a quite large off-white head, slight carbonation, and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Pronounced bready malts and honey notes with light but persistent hops.

Taste: Begins with slightly sweet malt and hints of honey, the light but substantial malt flavors carry throughout the taste. Toward the finish, mild but lingering herbal hop bitterness appears. The finish is clean and crisp.

Mouth feel: Quite smooth and rich, excellent for the style.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant and drinkable beer, which exudes quality and seems well met for hot summer weather.

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Photo of giblet
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured nice into the glass with about one and a half inches of head. the head settled to a light head and film. smells and tastes = yum! a good german lager that is a good thirst quencher and goes very well with food. color was yellow with steady carbonation.

good beer makes me happy! suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm starting to think nearly all German wheat beers taste similarly good... Paulaner is no exception in that category. In the lager department, though, some German beers are more exciting than others. Now the Paulaner Original is a good, easygoing brew, I must say, but I think the Weihenstephaner, Spaten, and Hofbräu lagers have a little more Bavarian character.

The appearance and smell in the Paulaner Original are fine and what you'd expect. It's good tasting - no long, lingering finish, just grains, malt, a little lemony spice and clean feel on the palate. I can't say I'm not impressed; any beer that tastes just like it should taste works for me. I'd get this again... it's a good anytime beer.

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Photo of Kingcurio
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of OlaB
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: clear golden color with a small top of head disolves almost immediately. Some lacings on the glass.

S: grains, bread and crackers, some light herbs

T&F: follows much of the aroma, malts in the start with slight hop bitterness in the finish with some herbs and spices in the back. Easy drinkable, clean with a crisp bite in the mouth. The mouthfeel was the best with this beer.

O: a easy drinking decent german lager. Nothing really exiting about it, but would work out good in a session with friends.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold color, a lots of crbonation visible on the sides of the glass. Head rises and fades fast, leaving a ring of foam. Smell is grassy and pretty standard for a euro lager. Taste is also right on with the style. Brilliant grassy flavors, give way to a slight metallic twang, and a little hop presence. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, and alright. Drinkable, yet unimaginitive and somewhat boring.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light gold with fine carbonation. 1 finger of head which reduced.

Smell - Delicate corn-like malts, backed up with a touch of fruity hops.

Taste - Very mild, but the quality and near flawlessness of the malt and hops is quite noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Extremely light bodied, like a Helles should be. Possibly the lightest beer I have tried. Smooth with a good carbonation level.

Drinkability - The only thing preventing this beer from getting a 5 in this category is that it is a little too bland to enjoy over and over again.

Overall - Definitely on the lower end of the flavour scale of European lagers, but still a quality Helles.

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Photo of crbnfbr
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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