Paulaner Original Münchner | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Original MünchnerPaulaner Original Münchner

Brewed by:
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 filabrazilia
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden with a sparkling clarity that shows off the effervesent bubbles nicely. Good lace.

A light grain and hop aroma waft from the beer to the nose to create a mild bouquet.

The taste is mild yet complex--a grassy hop component balances the slightly sweet grain to complete a nice flavorful brew.

This beer is thin and crisp in the mouth. There is a pronounced bitter finish that is neither overwhelming or dominant. This is what good macro beers aspire to be--light, flavorful and mildly complex.

This beer got better as I drank it. A light yet robust full flavored beer from Paulaner. Excellent.

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Photo of brewQ
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden brew with a steady stream of tiny bubbbles building a snow white head. Decent lacing on the sides.

The aroma holds a whiff of grain and is perhaps mildly skunky (this was a warm shelf bargain).

A respectable lager with some symmetry- some malt and some hop tanginess. The light mouth coating at the finish is nice.

It is well made- I just like other Paulaner offerings better. The 1/2 liter bottles are, of course, very user friendly.

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Photo of paulaner
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh I just sat down to write a review about one of my favorite go to beers when I want a smooth good tasting beer. Being that I am writing a review on this I will have to be a little more cynical of my cherished paulaner. First of all whenever I poor a pils call it erratic but I just dump it into the glass this takes a while longer to get to the treasure that is in any delectable beer. This in my mind gives the beer a more palatable taste like off a tap at your nearest pub.

The head is a snow capped summit of wonderful thoughts of the last ski adventure. While the body a fine golden sweet wine color with bubbles dancing around enjoying a wonderful life, a truly unique chance of only knowing fine beer. Now don't get me started about the taste, but thats what a rating is about. When drinking from a tall mug you first get the smell which in itself would only leaving you wanting this fine aroma of only the best barley and hops on your palate. Like any wine connoisseur would tell you the smell alone will tell you if the nectar is as sweet as the flower. With this one the statement holds true. Paulaner has its own unique pils taste that cannot be matched by any other, like a fine beer that is sweet but not a sugar sweet taste. That makes you wonder if I were a brewmaster would beer connoisseurs taste a truly unique taste that would only leaving them comparing all other beers to mine. This is why paulaner has been around since the 1600's and is still going strong. So on your next outing try a paulaner original and discover this unrepeatable taste. ENJOY

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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 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 Brent
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of those beers where you think to yourself "hmm - something different about this lager . . . wait, I know, it has flavor!" Nicely crisp, yet full bodied. Pleasant interplay between some lightly roasted malt flavors and a slightly lemony hops profile. Tremendously drinkable - one just calls out for another. A beer that simply does its thing well.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer came in a standard 500 ml bottle made with the typical Teutonic obsession about similar color scheme, label style, fonts, and overall look of the bottle to other beers from the same brewery. The beer poured very pale golden yellow in color with a short (3/4 inch) fizzy head that dissipated quickly. The beer left very little lacing on the Pilsner glass it occupied. The nose was malt dominated with honey, sourdough bread, and a bit of graininess. There was a touch of grassy hops. The taste was just as advertised by the aroma, with mostly a grainy, sweet character, and a light dose of fruitiness (bananas and apples mostly), and a lemony sourness. The hops showed up as a spicy finish with a peppery prickliness to them. The aftertaste was just a tad bit dry, urging you to gulp down the beer faster. This is a great summertime brew with enough character to keep from things getting boring.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a moderate yellow-gold with medium carbonation. Starts with a nice looking medium off-white head that quickly subsides. Aroma: grassy, floral, some hops and a touch of yeasty earthiness. Flavor: a nice smooth malt & light citrus fruit and a slight sharp hop bite at the end. Sour (in a good way) notes with the hop. I enjoy this brew, and it is a nice way to have something that is easy drinking. Not overly complex, but good for its style.

(Note: I had allergies while reviewing this).

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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 Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ultra clear golden brew.

Smell is sweet and very grainy like toasted bread.

Taste is barely sweet with a solid hop presence. Grain and yeast are the base of this beer's taste. This beer is very well balanced in its flavors and is tasty and mild.

Mouthfeel is good.

Super drinkable brew, tasty yet not overpowering. A great beer for any time or any meal.

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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 joecast
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice looking clear golden in color with a smallish white head.
malty sweet aroma with a grassy hoppiness.
very well rounded flavor. malt comes through with some light caramel and butterscotch flavors, and a crisp dryish finish.
this is the kind of beer you should be given to teach you what a lager should taste like. if more people had this to try instead of other, more common beers, there would be a lot more people drinking beer.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It seems a bit uncommon to me that a brewery would produce both a Helles and a Pils, but Paulaner of Munich does produce both types. As the more traditionally maltier of the two styles, this Helles does do an excellent job of being a very good thirst quencher. It isn't an extraordinary beer, but most Helles-style beers usually aren't.

The Paulaner Original Munich Premium Lager (as the label says) pours a light golden color with a 1 finger foam that lasts for about a minute before thinning out, and it leaves some sticky lacing in its wake. The aroma consists of some light malty smells, along with some skunk-like smell which is probably more along the lines of grassiness/mustiness. A light citric hop smell is present as well. The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated, and the beer could be easily chugged if need be. As mentioned, the flavor is quite simple, featuring the light maltiness with some of the grassy/musty flavors carrying over. The mild, citric hop presence does a very good job of making the finish a bit dry, turning this into an excellent thirst quencher. A few bready/grainy notes appear in the aftertaste partnered with the continued dryness, and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

I will probably try the Paulaner Pils next to see how that compares to this one. Germany may have a fair share of pale lagers (in the Pils and Helles mold), but most of them are very well made and refreshing and this one is no exception.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale golden in color, ever so slightly hazy, head is a mere thin layer of foam.

Smell: Malty, slight hints of a grassy/grainy aroma. Are those noble hops? I think so.

Taste: Not overly sweet, hop bitterness is low. Taste is like a supremely well crafted macro. Finish is a lingering maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp. No real alcohol noticeable.

D&N: Goes down oh so smoothly, not a beer that will demand too much of the drinker, I would definitely recommend this one for anyone trying to bring one of the lost souls of the macro world into the good beer world. Nicely done.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice clear golden, white head. nice. clean nose, grainy with light hops...smells like a quality lager. light and crisp in the mouth, clean and refreshing. perfect carbonation, smooth. light sweet malt on the tongue along with a touch of grass, light toastiness, clean grain. refreshing, flavorful, a top lager that always does me fine.

$1.99 for 16.9oz bottle

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

A little something for everyone in this staple of the Munich Helles Lager family. It poured out of the tap a brilliand golden colour, offereing me just enough head to have something to watch fade away for a few minutes. The aromas were clean and slightly spiced with yeast and a faint note of rippened bananas. Brings a decent and clean hop finish, which really helps clense the palate. Again, a staple of this style, and a respected one, at that.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of surfmeister
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: yellow/gold with thick frothy head with staying power, beautiful lacing
Smell: blast of malt hit me after opening the bottle even before pouring, impressive nose on this lager
Taste: malt and hops in fine balance, possibly more hoppy than the other Helles I've sampled, a wonderful malty aftertaste lingered
Mouthfeel: creamy and full
Drinkability: unsurpassed, where are my leiderhosen?

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

color-golden yellow, transparent, exuberant white foamy head that lingers with many dimples.

aromas- too mild to pick up, maybe a little grass or straw.

taste- very mild, very smooth, a little too watery for my taste. barely any aftertaste. this what heinken is supposed to taste like when it's not skunked? this beer is too expensive (i paid $7.85 for a sixxer) but will placate a wide variety of beer drinkers.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is lightly malty. Aroma is lightly malty. A crisp clean Euro-lager. Malts and hops are mild. Not a lot of flavor. Very drinkable beer, but nothing noteworthy. Mouthfeel is round. Finish is VERY clean. Aftertaste is very slightly bitter.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The big, almost cream-colored head is foamy on top of the clear, yellow-gold beer. Some schpoonk on the nose, no big deal. Some corn too. Fresh fruit corn in the front leads to a sweet malt middle. Grains complement more corn in the dry yet sweetish (is that possible) finish. This is very good.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a brown 17oz. bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with a lumpy off-white head that had good retention and minor lace.
Smell was of breadlike malt with a mild floral hops note.
Taste was of a nice bready malt flavor up front. A mild build of hops in the finish and I swear I got a hint of clove lurking about.
Feel was light-to-medium bodied with a mild graininess.
Overall, not a bad beer. Actually, a pretty good one to have after an hour or so of being outside fixing a sprinkler system in 100ºF heat. I'd get this one again.

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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 Globetrotter
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at an American steak house in Moscow. Came in a Paulaner glass, but a Weissbierglas. Oh well. It came in a clear light gold with minimal bubbles under a decently contoured white head that faded a bit too quickly but left some good lace, at least at first. The nose was pretty malty, with just a touch of hops. The mouth was pretty heavily carbonated, but light bodied. The initial taste was slightly sweet, almost wheat-like (my tastebuds responding, like Pavlov's dogs, to the wheat beer glass). This initial impression was followed by a nicely balanced malt-hop finish that left a lightly bitter aftertaste.

This was far from my favorite beer when I lived in Munich, but I must admit it tasted good with pork barbecue on a hot Moscow summer day.

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Photo of TripelJ
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle

Appearance: Very pale yellow with a head that fills the pint glass to the top. Head looks fluffy, but diminishes quickly with little or no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet with grassy hops in the backend. Very smooth and pleasant.

Taste: Very light, but the beginning brings all sweet malts with just a hint of hops to balance it out. I was expecting more balance, but the hops are much more aparent in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, very light. Nice and refreshing if imbibed nice and cold.

Overall: A great value at less than $8 for a 6-pack. Worth a try.

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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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Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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