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

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

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.

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.

Light in body. Pretty thin and flat.

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 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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Photo of breadwinner
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Serves the purpose well enough, Munich helles, lovely appearance and body, rich golden yellow with a layer of foam and an appropriately carbonated feel. Palate is basic, not really richly bready, but good enough.

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Photo of matuto
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle, exp. 07/2017, "Paulaner Münchner Hell", 4.9% ABV. Moderate bitterness, light body but not watery. With some swirls, one gets very nice aroma. Great beer!

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Photo of OlaB
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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 NastyNorseman
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored with white head that disapates rapidly. Malt in aroma. Taste is classic, nothing outstanding with slight hops in the finish. Light, malty flavor and slightly bitter. This brew won't steal the show, but it's very drinkable and nicely balanced.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a clear golden with a moderate head, slowly dissipating to a thin layer. A bit of malt in the nose. A bit of malt in the mouth. Enjoyable.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pokal glass

This beer pours pale yellow in color and is topped with three inches of creamy, white head that leaves a little lacing.

The main aroma is toasted grain.

The taste is pretty much the same with a clean finish.

Moderate to thin mouthfeel

'Tis the Octoberfest season. It is an easy drinker and lacks much flavor.

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Photo of Roguer
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant golden lager, but appearance is slightly spoiled by a modest head with only ok retention.

Aroma is classic Helles: light and biscuity, not much going on, save a kiss of floral, slightly vegetal hops on the back end.

Flavor follows: it's a straightforward, inoffensive brew good for the summer months and to innocuously accompany meals. Nice clean malt presentation without graininess; surprising amount of bitterness. Not at all over sweet.

Easy drinking feel; you can easily pound these back, if that's your leaning. Doesn't lend itself well to sipping.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
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 jmv0009
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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 dacrza1
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

DATE: August 5, 2016... OCCASION: The Olympic opening ceremonies begin, while I wait for Jerry and Matt to arrive... GLASSWARE: Ommegang pokal... crystal clear, imperial golden body that has a fleeting, off-white head that takes the form of uneven suds...solitary bubbles... a perfumed lightly, aromatically hopped--lilac and with crisp cracker malts making for an invitation... smooth, light, slightly syrupy, but highly drinkable and uninhibited... a light-bodied lager that dissipates without much of a draw or drag... the taste profile is soft and apologetic, with less of a "hearty" impact than expected... a bit beefy, with the vegetable and butter flavors of an honest lager... as Paulaners go, no match for the hefe, but a pleasantly light lager that has hints of toasted bread, flowers and dry champagne...

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold. Slight head doesn't persist.

Light aroma. Vague graininess with slightly sweet impression. Not much from the hops, perhaps slightly herbal. Overall very modest and clean.

A very pleasant, rounded, and subtle drinking experience. This is the encyclopedic example of a grainy-sweet flavored brew. Soft and delicate malt with a nice earthy hop supplement. Bitterness not really relevant, the finish is a tad sweet and bready. Clean, oh so very clean.

Medium body with not too much in the way of carbonation, Despite this, there is a slight zip to the finish. After the sip, there are no lingering difficulties, sensations, or worries to speak of.

A mellow brew.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Creature Comforts nonic pint. Label says Best Before End of: 04.17

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a swirl of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Grainy, crackery malt with some alcohol weak corn smell.

T- Reminds me of an AAL with maybe a bit of actual malt character. Other than that, seems like they might use corn for the rest of the malt bill. Minimal hop bitterness and a touch of sweetness.

M- Crisp but watery with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- I'm sure this is brewed to style, but it's just not doing anything for me. Granted I'm not a lager guy, but I've had plenty that I've liked and this just isn't one of them.

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Photo of Spike
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
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, herby, more than a hint of lemon.
F: Medium body. Medium to low carbonation. A little stickiness. Lightly drying. 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-ish carbonation I suspect it would also make a good accompaniment to a curry in place of the ubiquitous Cobra or Kingfisher.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles of El Duque. In Teku glass. After dinner. Very drinkable, although feels watery and a bit more sweet then desiderable.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Comes out rather American fizzy yellow in appearance, didn't break out the good head, retention was almost nil. Aroma hit with the traditional banana and clove, but not over the top, like again, the Americanized version.

Lots of carbonation brings a lemon and wheat feel. This is light all around except for the carbonation and yeast feels. No off flavors, but for a single bottle format beer, you pay a lot and don't get anything unique or worth the higher price per oz cost.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Golden colored beer, clear with tons of bubbles. Thin head that hangs around
S: Pretty faint. Definately floral hop aromas present, malts are thin though. Have a slight sweet honey note to them.
T: Once again, kind of thin, hops are present and give a peppery bite, some floral and vegetal characters. Malts have a little more presence in the taste, but are still somewhat outshined by the hops. Present the standard honey cracker character of the style.
F: Light refreshing body, however hop bite is unexpected and lends a little more dryness to the beer than I prefer for the style.
O: Somewhat medicore for the style, which is one of my favorites.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean, crisp and light with a crackery, slightly sweet malt and a hint of fruity yeast. Refreshing and easy to drink. The original session beer! Crisp and creamy carbonation. This is a well executed and uncomplicated lager. I have found variability in freshness - if it hasn't been sitting on the shelf for ages this one hits the spot.

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Photo of Dado_D
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

0.5l bottle. Bought in store.

Look: Poured hard and didn't get large head. Head dissipates fast and leaves allmonst no lacing. Clear beer with light dim.

Smell: Got allmost no smell. Little that can be smelled is like any ordinary lager.

Taste & feel : Easy to drink. Maybe over-carbonated. Leaves nice "fruity" aftertaste.

Overall: Really refreshing and great for everyday beer!

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Photo of Groenebeor
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a nearly perfectly clear pale yellow with a small white head that dies fast. This is the clearest beer I've ever seen.

S: Faint hop aroma, almost no smell from the beer other than a bit of pale malt? You know what light beer malt smells like.

T: This beer is super refreshing. It's very light on the palate, with minimal malt bite. A little diacetyl, combined with light german hop aroma. Small amounts of sweetness - it's fairly dry.

F: Very thin, bubbly medium carbonation. You could most certainly chug this.

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Photo of Act25
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as good as Hacker-Schorr Munich Gold which has more body, mouth feel, and flavor, but still a classic. I cannot discern as much in Euro Lagers as in every other style. It's like arguing Bud vs Miller.

Helles lager is the Sauvigon Blanc of beers.

A - Light golden color, clear, with a 1 inched dense white head that quickly dissipates but laces and rings nicely.

S - GIves off a tame toasty aroma - not enough, faint hops, and grass.

T - Very clean taste, with a only bit of hoppiness that lingers for a cleansing finale.

F - Clean but low carbonation. Slightly prickly and fresh. Good food beer but too bland for me.

O - As good and clean a mainstream lager as you will find. Try 1.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear, deep yellowy gold. Head is fluffed and sudsy. It dies off rather quickly and isn't too lacy. Aroma is fairly sweet with cooked grain and some countering grassy hops. Not heavy on the yeast notes. Flavor is easy and mostly pleasant. Hoppiness is soft and grassy. Thankfully, the sweetness isn't as potent as some of the style. Yeastiness is well balanced. I predominantly get a sweet cracker and cooked grain flavor. Light bodied. Pretty drinkable. An easy going six pack that I astonishingly have not had before.

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Photo of lastmango
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow with one finger white head. Little lacing. Initial grassy aroma followed by honey and baked bread. Light sweet malt flavor that is steady through the light hop bitterness on the end. Light body and medium light carbonation. This is a well balanced and good beer if you are having a few and also eating.

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