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 mikeg67
1.5/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My friend brought me 6 pack of 12oz bottles. I would not buy it myself. The beer has no color, no smell, no taste. I don't understand how people can drink this. I guess Coors Light would taste like that (if I tried it), but at least that one is cheap.

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Photo of blatherbeard
2.11/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I am doing another of my not so famous live drinking tests of a beer company that introduced me into the world of real beer drinking with their Hefe-wiesen line. Unfortunately, i find the smell of this beer...just that, some kind of smell. Just smells like...well like a beer. No aroma of anything else, just a grainy beer smell. This beer pours like a mass produced beer, light golden color and a head that fades almost as soon as i poured it. Maybe im just not a "regular" beer drinker but this doesnt even taste like a liager to me. This tastes more like an "american" lager or pilsner. No where near thick, which can be a good thing since paulaner Hefe's thickness detracts a bit for me, but this is just like a light beer. No real taste at all.

I wouldnt say a BAD beer, just one that is definetly not for my taste buds.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Small head faded very quickly. Pale golden.
Aroma contains a lot of euro hops, which, unfortunately, can't quite block out the "dirty alley" and vegetal DMS notes. Quite grainy, not pleasant!
There's some sweet biscuity malt flavour upon the first sip. After that my brain seemed to realise this wasn't going to be a pleasant experience, and hence severed all nerves connecting my taste buds. Next to no bitterness, although there is a misplaced lambic-like funky-ness.
Too watery!

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Photo of ski271
2.31/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, pale gold with a very small, foamy, mostly diminishing head. Some decent lacing. It has a rather typical euro smell with light perfumey hops over moderate, lightly toasted grains. The taste is clean and crisp with a nicely dry finish, but it’s a bit on the bland side, even for the style. It has a medium-light body, watery texture and low carbonation. I was not impressed with this one at all. It’s rather… blah, and definitely not worth the money.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
2.46/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Crystal clear golden yellow with a tall foamy head.

Smell: Medium hops and grain aroma.

Taste: Mild malt and hops flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: Found this beer bland and disappointing. Thought I was drinking a light beer.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ours to a golden color with thin white head that dissipates quickly, and not much lacing. Aroma is mostly hops, offsewt slightly by malt sweetness. Has a fruity flavor, with an OK taste and finish. All and all, there was just nothing that really stood out for me with this beer.

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Photo of ENogueira
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

11.2 oz bottle 04/15 poured in a pint glass. Clear yellow, like most lagers. Huge foam head buildup; took a while to go away. Smells bready and of malt. Tastes of chemicals and grain. Something off-putting about it. I got a lingering, bitter aftertaste. I'm going to have to revisit. It may be due to not having had a lager in quite some time.

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

Straw colored - greenish, no bubbles. White head, not perfectly compact.
Hell typical smell: malt overall, and acacia honey.
A bit less convincing at the taste: it slips away easily. Flat, very low carbonation. Light malt, and non more. A bit flat.
Something more in the aftertaste, but not too much. A little watery.

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Photo of adamette
2.54/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a Golden, transparent lager with 20-30 very small carbonation bubbles rising from below. Poured into glass with very slight head which dissapeared within 30 seconds. Smell is hoppy, mildly alcohlic but dissappointingly average. I was not impressed with taste. To me it is a slight step above Miller Genuine Draft in terms of taste. Mouthfeel also very average, again reminds me of MGD. Because of its similarity to MGD its drikability is just average as well. I was dissapointed in this beer as it was recommended and I expected better from a Munich Brewer like Paulaner.

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Photo of TheDM
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a large head of fine to large sized white bubbles that mostly diminishes with time and a transparent softly carbonated light yellow orange body. It has a soft hop aroma with a hint of sweet honey. Initially, the flavor is smooth with lightly tingling mild hop notes and is very subtly spiced like the description says. Overall, it is a fine beer with a good palate.

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Photo of Mardukk
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy yellow high carbonation.

Typical Euro lager smell.

A stale slightly bitter touch of hops with little to no malt present.
Very thin watery mouthfeel with high carbonation. Resulting in a lingering soul aftertaste.

I'm a big fan of the German Helle Lagers typically, but this fails on every front.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.74/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out to a brilliantly ultra-clear golden, forming a spongy white head with average retention and sparse lacing. Aroma is typical for the style...spicy and slightly skunked German Noble Hops, fresh mown hay, light toast, and delicate pale malts. Mouthfeel is initially brisk, melding into a smooth middle with a light body. Taste is very mild...the semi-skunked hops don't jibe well with the fresh mown hay and this is something I tend to struggle with in Eurolagers. Bitterness and hop flavor is minimal. The finish is extremely clean with a residual corn-like aftertaste.

A decent Eurolager, but not something I would care to drink on a regular basis. The corn, skunk, and hay become bothersome, even after 1 bottle. There are much better brews out for the same price, and it just doesn't hold my interest.

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Photo of Andrew644
2.79/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- very light gold with a nice white head.

S- very little aroma what is there though is a slight maltiness with a little hop spiciness.

T- very little flavor, it is very similar to the smell with a little maltiness and a slight spiciness from the hops but it seems very bland, the only good part is that it has a clean finish.

M- good carbonation.

D- average, nothing special

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Photo of Sammy
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A functional lager, fine for a late afternoon summer day. Straw colour, a bit of head that sizzles then fizzles. Easy simple drink, a tad spice and grassiness from yeast and malts. A basic beer, and of course I have had more exciting product from this brewery.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured it was medium light yellow in color with very little foam and some lace on the face of the glass. This was the high point as far as I was concerned. The flavor was lack luster the finish was so short that there was no flavor what so ever. I grade this beer as average, but I was feeling very generious. I will never purchase this brew again. What a dissapointment.

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Photo of jar2574
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like recycled beer, if you know what I mean. Very clear yellow. White frothy head with plenty of bubbles.

Smells of hops and some malts. Slightly metallic and a little watery.

Slight hops, but mostly mellow and watery. Not much taste. Uninspired. Boring mouthfeel, especially for the level of carbonation.

Probably make a decent session beer at a local pub in Germany. It's taste is boring, but it's easy to drink. In most places, I'm sure you can find better though.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Ommegang pint glass
Poured from a 12oz bottle

A: Pours a transparent yellow with a very slight haze. Pours with very little amount of thin white head that quickly dissipates

S: Smells strongly of wheat and also a nice citrusy sweetness, also has the slight depth of scent of a lager

T: Slight citrus notes, almost has a skunked/nutty flavor which seems a bit odd to me

M/D: Drinks smoothly, the taste isnt the best so the drink ability is effected. strong carbonation tingle

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Photo of Stimack
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours to a golden yellow color with a thick frothy white head that had a low retention and left just spotty lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma seems to have pronounced grain presence, sort of a grass like smell? The taste goes along with the aromas, a grainy flavor of grass seems to come out. Slight sweet feel. Finishes with a slight hop to it that goes well. Not one of my favorite brews but had it and though I would review it. Probably a lower grade for me than most, just because I don't think very highly of it. Not a brew I would actively track down.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.87/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this one at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a German pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with great retention. Perfectly clear golden yellow with lots of active carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and leaves lots of chunky lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of grainy and bready malts in the nose. Notes of honey and a good dose of floral hops. Medium in strength and quite nice for the style.

TASTE: Not nearly as good as the nose. Bready malts and some grassy hops through the middle, but honestly a little watery through and through. Some floral hops and a touch of bitterness accompany the sweet malt at the finish. A mild yet lingering aftertaste includes some bitter floral hops and sweet bready malts, but it is still too weak and watery to be enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and soft, medium carbonation. Creamy and light on the palate, goes down smooth with a slightly dry finish. Very nice feel.

OVERALL: Everything about this beer was quite good, except for the flavor, which is where it really counts. There was nothing off about this one, but the flavor was simply too weak and watery to really be worth drinking. One of the weaker examples of the style. Skip this and reach for a Augustiner when in Munich.

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Photo of dgilks
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw colour which is a little bit hazy. Small white head.

The aroma is light and fairly straight forward with grain and a touch of sweetness. Not a lot going on at all.

Disappointing flavour with a a thin, dull grainy flavour being matched with... nothing. Next to no complexity and really boring.

Medium body with average carbonation. The mouthfeel is fine.

I can't help but feel that the problem here is one of freshness with the long journey from Europe taking its toll on the quality of this beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Solid yellow and clear with a thin cap of white fizz. Decent lacing, but nothing outstanding going on here.

S - Firm malt backdrop with very subtle and clean hop scents on top. Very clean and pils-like.

T - Again, very much like a German pils. Soild white cracker malts and brisk twangy hop nuances. Sort of run-of-the-mill IMO.

M - More full in body than I would have expected from a clear yellow brew. Slightly creamy, but acidic and twangy too. I would call this medium bodied.

D - Good. I could session this fo' sho'.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 19 June 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
I need to start out by saying that I am not a big aficionado of the 'lighter' lagers (e.g.: Pilseners). So, I basically found this to be a basic, lawnmower beer. It was clean & crisp. Nothing bad, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of rokoch27
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A sweeter lager with more malt than Paulaner’s lighter offerings, but doesn’t really stand out. Golden color and sweet aroma, this is a beer t o enjoy on a warm summer afternoon. Not entirely refreshing, but better than mass market American lagers. Makes you want to have another and see if it really is a good session beer.

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Photo of Hunter
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You've got to love lagers in summer. Seems so much more appropriate to down these than stouts this time of year.

Beer pours a golden straw color, typical of the style. Heavy carbonation and a good head at the pour, but within a few minutes both subside substantially.

Aroma of hops, light malt in the nose.

Initial taste of tea and/or malt under a sharp mouthfeel. Thin notes of grass and hops follow, and then...nothing. Like a good lager should, it finishes clean with little remaining on the palate.

Not bad, a decent brew but there's better out there.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Served in a pint glass at Cat’s Eye in Fells Point for $3.50.
Appearance: Clear gold with a large frothy white head. Just like a perfect beer commercial.
Smell: The odor has a very light malt sweetness with a slightly grassy undertone.
Taste: A very light tasting beer with only minimal malt and hop tones. The freshness of this was well needed at the time. I had been malt and hop bombed at several places during the Fells Point festival. This cleaned the palate and readied me for the Paulaner Ocktoberfest. I could see this as a nice fishing beer. Perhaps drank while taking care of the grill or used to parboil brats.
Mouthfeel: Light, but fresh and clean finish. A bit of bitter aftertaste. Although worth a few, this just didn’t inspire me very much.

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