Paulaner Original Münchner | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Original MünchnerPaulaner Original Münchner

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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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.

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Reviews: 454 | Ratings: 1,014
Photo of sconsi
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is easily my favorite beer. It has a nice full body, great odor and color, and tastes like heaven. This is what beer is supposed to taste like, so it's no surprise that this beer is the local favorite of Munich. It's a little diminished bought when bought in the States, but nothing can beat drinking a liter of this beer in the biergarten.

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Photo of AdrianRP
4.95/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is simply a superb example of a 'proper'
quality German lager. Taste is robust with a unique, very original hoppy flavor yet not overpowering. A GREAT session beer in where several of these can be consumed quite rapidly with nearly zero negative drawbacks.

Pours golden in color and with a good, frothy head that resists settling and sticks beautifully to the sides of the glass.

Now this is what I call BREW!

IMO the Germans make the best beer in the world and this fine beer is one of the countries best.

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Photo of Devildog3
4.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been buying different German pilsners and lagers over the last few weeks, and this time, Paulaner is next.

I took a six of this home last night and poured into a small goblet.

The malts and grains hit my nose immediately. The head was decent at first, but slowly dissolved. However, the lacing streaked beautifully down the sides of the glass.

Has a slight citrus and sweet, grainy taste.

A great beer with excellent to outstanding drinkability. A nice session beer that's not too heavy.

This was my first time drinking this particular beer and I am duly impressed. Another fine product that will always have a home in my fridge.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Of all the German Munich Helles that are fairly easy to find (in a bottle here in the US), this one rivals Augustiner for my favorite--and is usually less expensive. It looks marvelous in the glass (bright, frothy yellow/amber) with a delicate hops smell as you raise the glass to your nose. The taste is mostly malt with a nicely balanced bitterness/fruitiness that makes it almost irresistable. Excellent drinkability. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of dfitch81
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Typical appearance for the style; I'd have a pretty difficult time rating the appearance of any munich helles or pilsener a '5' since they all look more or less the same. Smell is wonderful - fresh, clean and crisp, with spicy noble hops making their presence known. Taste is fantastic - crisp and tart with just enough malt sweetness to balance. I love it! Ample carbonation suits this brew well. Highly drinkable, this beer always does it for me. A favorite to be sure, severely underrated in my opinion. Call me crazy, but to me this is comparable to Weihenstephaner original - only much easier to find.

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Photo of Offa
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a delicious, very satisfying, full-bodied lager.

Clear, bright, fairly deep gold, it has a large white head that slowly shrinks to a smaller lasting head and leaves some lace.

It has a wonderful, strong helles aroma - lightly toasted bread, grain, crackers, and hints of citrus, honey, and pine.

It has a similar, rich taste and a full body. It has strong toasted grain and bread, light honey sweetness, lemony citrus, and hint of pine. A full sweetness is balanced with pleasant light bitterness to the end, with a finish of bread and hops. Full of subtle complexity and lasting flavours, it is a little oily, very smooth, and incredible drinkable. It's also very clean.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.57/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance; clear light yellow with a white head. Dissipates slowly, leaving a bit of lacing.

smell; pretty mild, mainly barley with pleasant spicy hop bitters. Almost pilsner like but malts are a little more powerful. Good balance of aromas.

taste; very gentle malts with a crisp lemony finish of hops. Not at all bitter but super well balanced, the less said the better, this is a good beer.

mouthfeel; very clean and crisp but not without a respectable body.

drinkability; very drinkable, well balanced and pleasing. One of my favorites of the style. Never had this one in the states, perhaps the quality suffers a bit in transport.

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Photo of putnam
4.57/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here is a lager. Aromas are suggestively fruity with notes of apricot, apple and plum along with a sour butter flavored sheet of moist breadiness. The bitter hop extracts are buttoned up and in deft service to the winy bouquet. A bitter, fruity tang resounds on the long, cool finish. This beer has the elusive combination of qualities that 99% of all other beers never achieve: ease of drinkability AND intellectually stimulating aesthetics.

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Photo of brakspear
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An exceptional helles from Bavaria. Perfect representative of this style which is now overshadowed by its northern Germany brethren, the German pils. This style is all about the subtle joy of malt, with hops used only to bring the malt into balance.

The beer pours golden, clear with a beautiful white fluffy head forming and lingering. The aroma is delicate malt, slight breadlike character with subtle caramel notes.

The taste is smooth but flavorful, again the delicate malt flavors are highlighted with hop bitterness buried way in the back. A very enjoyable beer that is nearly perfect as a session beer.

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Photo of FZR23
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer. The smell is nice, the taste is nice, and it's one of those beers that I can drink all evening long without feeling the need to switch to a different type.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale, apple cider color. Thin and bubbly white head. Lace is sparse. I love the thick, bready aroma on this one. Slight nuances of sweet cookie dough and bread pudding. Really nice aroma for this style. Taste follows suit with great bready malt tones. Warm and biscuity. Rounded sweetness. Crisp and ever so slightly dry on the finish. Medium full body with an agreeable mouthfeel. This is a very solid Helles Lager.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light color of gold and very clear. The soft looking white head grows past 1/4 inch, but then falls into a thin layer of head with no lacing. The breadiness is very nice in the smell. Aromatically soft and sweet breadiness. Very nice. The taste is crisp and clean with good breadiness, the taste has fresh bread and it's very nice. The mouthfeel is crisp and slightly harsh with carbonation, but not by much. Overall, this is a very good beer and I'm glad to get it without any off flavors.

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Photo of rousee
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw gold. Nice 3mm head of white foam. Head retention is excellent. Good carbonation too.

Smell is a very balanced malty and almost perfect. If it were a little stronger I would upgrade it a little more. Another very straightforward lager.

Upfront there is a very smooth pleasant maltiness. Not much hops to speak of. Nothing offensive though. This is one of my favorite session beers and probably one of the best lagers there is. It is much better on-tap too. Finishes with a little bit of a spicy peppery bite but very subtle.

Extremely smooth and drinkable --an excellent gateway beer to introduce to BMC drinkers.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice clean blonde color,the head a little lacking,however,the nice bread/malty aroma quickly entices all senses. A very mild yet complex odor and taste,just a wonder balance of malt and hops. Very easy to drink,no after taste,overall I love this beer, and many of their other formulas

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Photo of Marlowe_85
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On those nights when you plan to drink a bunch of beers, I've always preferred to go with lagers. Go down easy, and the taste doesn't wear on you even after you're a few deep. For this, Paulaner is among my favorites.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer reviewed relative to style, as instructed on BA. This is one of the best Munich Helles that is imported here in the U.S.

Pours an amazingly appetizing translucent golden color with contrasting white head.

Nose is clean, light citrusy, and slightly metallic in a good way.

On the palate is light bodied, crisp, clean refreshing lager that focuses towards the malt, but is nonetheless very light and refreshing in flavor. This is what a pale lager should be. Amazing!

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- straw yellow with a big puffy white head tons of lacing left on the pilsner glass with every sip

S- some hops nice and light

T- very nice hops upfront with some light banana clove and bitter then clean finish very palate cleansing

M- balanced but a bit more watery than I would have liked

D- like all well done german lagers this one is a very quaffable easy drinker. Very refreshing on a hot day. There are better examples of the style but this is certainly one of Paulander's finer offerings.

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Photo of futureman69
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Me: Knock knock
You: Who's there?
Me: Mouthfeel
You: Mouthfeel who?
Me: Mouthfeel dry...gotta beer?

I've always had a difficult time with the concept of "mouthfeel", however, Paulaner Original Münchner inspires me to believe I may someday understand it -- and a whole lot more about this amazing category of beer.

Paulaner is a gift from the gods, replete with a gorgeous greeting of the palate, a seemingly interminable mix of smoothness and carbonation, maltiness and sweetness topped off with a drying –yet wonderfully lingering – full and lasting pique-ing of the tastebuds.

Overall: delectable, stimulating…utterly confusingly tasteful.

What does all this mean? Who the hell knows! But those Germans reee-allly know how to brew perhaps the most exceptional Helles lager ever. Ever. Ever, dammit!!

Over there, the trains always run on time AND there's always plenty of Paulaner right at the corner pub.

(Note to self: save up the airfare, go to some World Cup games, savor Paulaner served up fresh in the fatherland....and praise the gods once and for all.)

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Photo of roddwolff
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Yellow nector color, apparently cloudy, very white and fat foamy head; Smell: Sweet malt and toffee essences; Taste: Sweet malt, slightly smoky and spice, create notes to bitter olives; Mouthfeel: Refreshing and bittersweet, medium body; Drinkability: Reminds me Birra Moretti, very easy to drink.

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Photo of BBBosco
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paulaner Lager has a refreshing appearance with shades of pale gold. The head wanes but leaves a consistent thin layer supported by carbonation streamers. The bouquet is similar to the smell of yeast bread. The taste is crisp, balanced with a little yeast and sweetness, and a slight hops floral jumps in the mouth. The texture is light and smooth. This lager is very drinkable and could be a designated hitter for the entire night.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a straw yellow with good carbonation, lots of bubbles rising to the top, nice white head. Looks good. Nose is grains, light hops, some citrus. Taste is grains, light hops, floral and a bit of citrus, maybe light honey, hardly any booze. No bite, just easy drinking and very tasty. Wow. I could drink alot of this, not because of low ABV but because it is tasty and crisp.

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Photo of mjurney
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw color, a little haze. Fairly good amount of carbonation rising up. Frothy head, that dissipate. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Very rich, pale malt, biscuit, honey, faint spicy hops.

Rich malts up front, biscuit, cracker, cookie dough, faint vanilla. Mild hop bitterness towards the end, mainly lemonly-spicy. Finish is crisp and clean. Body is light, carbonation is mild, slight dryness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of PABeerHiker
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes from 9/18/10 in Munich, Germany.

A: A clear golden-yellow with a large white foamy head. The head lasted for around a minute before completely disappearing.

S: Smells a lot like grain or malts. Reminded me of the fall with the crisp smell.

T: A strong malty, hoppy taste with a sweeter aftertaste.

M: A very light beer that is very refreshing.

D: Very easy to drink and even easier to order a second before you are half way done your first.

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Photo of marc77
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Persistent, thick enticing white head covers a crystal clear absolutely golden hued beer. I've forgotten how attractive well lagered beers are. Slightly toasty Vienna malt notes dominate the aroma, but a hint of Hallertauer hops round out the nose nicely. Very clean yet very flavorful in overall flavor profile. It's got significantly more body and malt flavor than a German pils, but with less emphasis on hops. It finishes with a welcome and subtle hop bitterness on the tongue. To me this defines the style. This is a very agreeable and drinkable brew. If only American mass produced lagers were this good...

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Photo of budgood1
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

hazy golden color, pours out a decent head that disappears quickly. very soft euro lager smell, some wheat characteristics....taste is light and very smooth. hops bite on the tongue in the end. it's a damn shame that some domestic mass macro brewer can't brew something similar to give us another option at affordable prices.

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