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
Germany | website

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

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

Appearance: Medium golden color, faintly hazy, with a quite large off-white head, slight carbonation, and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Pronounced bready malts and honey notes with light but persistent hops.

Taste: Begins with slightly sweet malt and hints of honey, the light but substantial malt flavors carry throughout the taste. Toward the finish, mild but lingering herbal hop bitterness appears. The finish is clean and crisp.

Mouth feel: Quite smooth and rich, excellent for the style.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant and drinkable beer, which exudes quality and seems well met for hot summer weather.

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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 hotstuff
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured into my glass, this beer had a medium sized white head with fine-small bubbles. There was fair lacing on the sides of my glass. This beer had fizzy carbonation along with a yellow colored body. It had a sweet taste to it along with a bitter taste that lingered throughout my rating of this beer but it was not an overpowering bitterness.

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Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the few lagers that I can drink on a regular basis, and as it is in the low 100’s today, it will hit the “B” spot.

The color that of the archetypal lager, a crystal clear gold, the head large and frothy, bright white in color and the lace a covering sheet. Nose is crisp and clean, all malt and somewhat sweet as is the start, top is light to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a crisp acidity, the hops modest and unassuming in their bite, very dry lingering aftertaste, a nice summer thirst quencher, and one I most always have on hand.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very good looking beer that has a huge 2 inch head that holds on for a little while and then settles into a thin residual head. The color is clear gold with a white head. Bubble streams are small and constant. When I opened the pint bottle there was a definite skunk aroma that eminated from the bottle. This carried through into the glass but lessened in a few minutes. The other aroma that began to come through was hops (Saaz?) The bottle was a pale bronze and I wonder if that lends to light passage similar to the green bottles so popular in Europe. There was a good sense of bready grains with a strong side sense of hops to balance the malt sweetness. This seems like a Pilsener style lager but is not advertised as such. Overall this is a better than macro beer, but not one of the best of the German lagers.

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

12 oz bottle pours a clear golden color with a small white head that doesn't last. Bready and flowery aroma, starts sweet and bready with a hint of grains, light bodied, somewhat of a thin and watery mouthfeel, finishes smooth and crisp, a bit above average IMHO.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few of these on tap.

Nice to see it available. Beautiful lager yellow, nice head, which left some lace in the glass.

I liked this beer becausue I like the style. However, I did find it sweeter than what I normally enjoy. While not overly malty, that sweetness had to come from somewhere. Slight grassy/lemon finish.

Not carbonated or crisp enough to be truly outstanding, but would pair well with spicey food.


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Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a golden light yellow with a very foamy, white head that was three fingers high, very tall indeed. Has some big bubbles here and there but is mostly foamy and left small patches of white webby lace. Has a faint but definate aroma of spicy, floral hops and has a small hint of malt sweetness. Taste echoes the smell with a nice sweet malt and ha a very good dry hoppiness that is balanced in quite well. It has a light bodied feel, teetering on the medium side with smooth sweet lightness that finishes with a spicy hop dryness throughout. Good stuff, very drinkable, a perfect lager for some serious drinkin'.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in the 1 pint brown euro-style bottle "Since 1643" so this is a new german brewery LOL
for a lager this is a real nice looking beer clear golden colour with a small but persistant white head..good carbonation strings..this is how a lager SHOULD look!
Smell is not to bad..pleasant malts some hops a little astringenmt..fresh mowed grass..lemon..comes to mind.
A real fresh tatseing lager..fairly zings the taste buds..again sweetish malts followed by a lemon-grass flavour..not any bitterness at all.
Good on the tongue as expected no bitterness..good.
A very very drinkable lager..i rate this along with Ayinger's Jahrhundert bier as great lagers!!

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Photo of Rifrafboy
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light yellow with a 3/4 inch head. Lacing is good. Smell is nice. Taste is light bodied, being nicely malty. German hops are present giving a nice somewhat bitter mouthfeel. This had almost a hint of skunk, but just enough to make it interesting. Finish is very smooth and crisp. This is a good beer, though lighter than a lot of German lagers.

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