Paulaner Original Münchner | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Original MünchnerPaulaner Original Münchner
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:
1,016
Reviews:
454
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.1%
 
 
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48
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Ratings: 1,016 |  Reviews: 454
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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of spycow
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 7/2012.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy 1/2 inch bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some grassy and hay aromas. Taste is of grain, grass/hay, and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good lager that is quite refreshing and easy to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at GermanFest Picnic, Carillon Park, Dayton, OH

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts in the nose along with some notes of grassy hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is quite malty—bready malts stand out in particular. There are some hints of grassy hops and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The flavor in this beer isn’t quite as bright compared to other Munich Helles Lagers, but it is easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clean and pure- tough to argue with a classic. The beer pours an inviting straw color with froathy, white head formation and very good retention while lacing periodically. Aromas of soft pilsner malts balance well against a complementary cereal grain flavor that doesn't seem to deter. Spicy, earthy Saaz hops are undeniable-- pungent and grassy. Flavors favor the malts, but balanced once again with the raw barley flavors and spicy hop notes even deep into the finish. Clean and light on the palate; nearly airy. Thirst quenching, refreshing, crisp in the finish and a smooth spicy hop lingering. This beer begs to be sessioned on these 90+ degree days.

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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 brentk56
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light golden color, clear, with a small head that quickly dissipates; no lacing to speak off

Smell - GIves off a nice toasty aroma - comes across a bit stronger than you would expect for a lager

Taste - Nice clean taste, with a bit of hoppiness on the finish that lingers for a while

Mouthfeel - modest carbonation

Drinkability - This is a quaffing beer to beat the summer heat; nothing to spend time lingering on with just enough flavor to keep it interesting

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color lager with a nice medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of floral malt is light but pleasant. Taste is quite light with some floral malt with some sweetness and a slightly dry finish with low hops. Well done beer with limited complexity but very refreshing.

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Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, very bubbly, straw yellow color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head that had some nice retention and left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel and grassy hops.

T - Tasted of grains, sweet caramel, a touch of vanilla and some grassy/herbal hops that provided just enough bitterness for a good lager.

S - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied beer that is very sessionable.

D - This is a good lager. I couldn't believe that I had never tried/purchased it. I always assumed that I had tried all of Paulaner's regular lineup. This was worth buying.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good malty German brew,finishes well with just enough hop spiceyness to it.Good with food,not to light but doesnt fill you up real quick either,thearomas are light, but the flavor is fuller with some substance to it,unlike to many American adjuct filled lagers.

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light creamy/fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing, over chill hazed golden yellow color.

Nose has plenty of sweet and fruity lager aromas, a crisp lager like aroma, some light toasty and mild straw like malts, a ripe pilsner malt aroma.

Taste starts lighter, crisp and clean lager comes right out, with hints of straw and toasty pilsner malt flavors, some lager yeast fruit flavors. Later on the taste comes some light floral grassy hops that bring a bit of bitterness and move into the finish. Finish isn't as dry and clean as I hoped, with a bit of a sticky feel and some nagging bittering earthy hop tastes.

Mouth is lighter bodied with good carb.

Overall not bad, fairly light but should be, nice lager flavors, no real off flavors, the finish gets a bit iffy though with the hops getting a bit to nagging bitter and not much clean or crisp like it started. Also not sure where the haze comes from but it should be fairly clear.

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

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, sweet robust malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The flavor is sweet, but not overly sweet, with flavors of honey, banana and some hops. It has a healthy malt character, but it’s not heavy. After-taste is slightly sweet and a little bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, good representation of style, this is a nice light and refreshing beer. I could stick with this beer for a while. I normally prefer something with a bigger kick, but it’s a very good choice if I want something lighter.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly dusted medium amber. Above the beer sits a good sized, creamy head of dirty white foam that appears creamysmooth, yet light and airy. Delicate lace sticks to the glass in fits and starts, looking as if it can't decide 'should I stay or should I go?' (The Clash). Most of it goes.

The nose is noble hoppy and toasted malty with a good deal of assertiveness. It's pleasant, but isn't overly exciting. I have a sneaking suspicion that the flavor will strike me the same way.

Yep, pretty much. Original Munchner is good beer if you like the style or know what to expect coming in. It tastes of lightly sweet, lightly toasted barley mixed with spicy-herbal Eurohops. Balanced and drinkable. The body is light-medium and a judicious amount of carbonation provides a smooth, well-mannered mouthfeel.

I was surprised to discover that Original Munchner is my first Paulaner beer. While it doesn't rock my world, it is an acceptable, reasonably flavorful lager. Simple isn't always a bad thing.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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