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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 JWU
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle that was misplaced in my case of Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen. Hey, I'll take the variety.

A- Looks like a macro lager with very little head.

S- Better than a vast majority of Munich Helles lagers. Straightforward grain/lager smell, but has a bit of a Hefe kick on the end (yeasty, some light banana).

T- A really well done Helles. A very nice malt sweetness leads to the yeasty/mild banana note, and ends with a very mild hop finish. Very clean.

M- The best part. Starts almost slick and downright creamy for a lager, but the crispness hits mid sip and the carbonation kicks in as well.

O- Likely my favorite of the German Helles, but as wrong as it feels to say, I'll still take Stoudt's Gold Lager.

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Photo of rx-beer
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 fl oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass.

A - Pouring down the center of the glass produces about 2 inches of white head that swiftly fades to a light ribbon. Once poured, the beer has a pale yellow color, is completely clear and has an almost non-existent carbonation. Light, yet lasting, lacing.

S - Not a lot going on in the aroma. Light citrus with a musty, biscuity touch.

T - Tastes of malt, bread, and grain with a barely noticeable hint of hops .

M - Light bodied with mild carbonation.

O - A very clean, crisp, refreshing beer. I keep this one around for when I'm in the mood for something very light. Have received quite positive feedback from several non-craft beer drinkers so this seems to be a nice gateway beer.

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Photo of jonb5
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle.

A: Golden, clear, small head, moderate retention, lots of lacing.

S: Citrus, malt, slightly soapy.

T: Munich malt, orange, hint of paint.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth.

O: A middle of the road Helles, does the job but nothing more.

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Photo of Hulk_Beer
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

app- pours a yellow straw color. Crystal clear, with the tiniest amount of streaming bubbles. Not much head but it's white and fizzed down to a paper thin cap.

sml- I like this smell. Slightly pungent hops. Lemony, peppery. I don't get much malt smell. Also some clean water.

tst- Here is where the malt smoothness kicked in. This is a very balanced and bright beer. The hops are not all that intense, just refreshing and once again, bright. Malt kicks the bitterness down just a notch. Not enough to taste much on the malt side, however.

Mf- it's light, goes down smooth. Just that slightest bit of a kick from the lemony hops.

It's unbelievable to imagine that this is what Budweiser has been trying to make all this time. This is the quintessential bright lager. Nothing heavy, nothing complex. Just the basic, super fresh beer ingredients that leave a light taste in your mouth and you wanting more. This is definitely a beer I would give to my adjunct drinking friends.

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Photo of IronLover
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short, dense white foam that reduced to a healthy white cap. Earthy grass and bready aromas with light herbal notes in the background. Delicate, creamy smooth feel up front, rich carbonation through the middle and a crisp , tangy finish. Bready malt flavor througbout with light, spicy, herbal hop tanginess through the middle to the end. Finishes crisp and clean with a bready malt aftertaste.

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Photo of mjurney
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw color, a little haze. Fairly good amount of carbonation rising up. Frothy head, that dissipate. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Very rich, pale malt, biscuit, honey, faint spicy hops.

Rich malts up front, biscuit, cracker, cookie dough, faint vanilla. Mild hop bitterness towards the end, mainly lemonly-spicy. Finish is crisp and clean. Body is light, carbonation is mild, slight dryness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A real super brass gold, and real crystal clear. Some good mix of slow and fast rising carbonation, with a bright white head. Head billows up real nice, fluffy, hangs around with a light top for quite some time. Real good looking beer.

Nose is classic German malts, and some dough bread. Hits also some clean hop, very light grass and even somewhat floral. Real nice.

Palate hits with an interesting angle. It seems a little light bodied, but the malt flavors come in nicely. Honey sweetness a bit, not particulalry toasty. Wetness kind of smacks the palate a bit, and the sweetness seems a little artificial strangely. Carbonation seems about moderate. Hop angle seems to just want to peak out barely, but doesn't quite get there.

Overall though this is probably not my fav, but it's easily drinkable and wouldn't ever turn it down. I'll enjoy finishing these off.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, transparent straw color. Thin, bubbly head dissipates quickly. Some lacing, but not much.

Smell is sweet grass, and just a hint of sweet malt and bread. Very subtle and mild.

Tastes of sweet malt and some hints of biscuit. An underlying sweetness in the finish. Very little hops.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with some carbonation. A clean, dry finish.

Another easy drinking Helles. I do love this style.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a straight pint glass.

Pours a pale golden colour with a decent lasting white head.

Smells malty and yeasty, yet quite light.

Tastes extremely more-ish. Light and yeasty with a slight malt depth and hop bitterness. Very refreshing.

Overall a really enjoyable beer, nothing great about it except its simplicity which is an awesome thing to have. A pleasure to drink, it slips down a treat.

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Photo of plaid75
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was Goid retention and lacing.

The smell featured a noble hops and a touch of metal.

The taste consisted of a grainy malt with a light herbal hop and a metallic twang.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an average lager. Nothing special.

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Photo of bmike86
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 6 pack of Munich Helles from South Lyndale Liquors in Minneapolis, MN.

Appearance --- light pale golden color. Carbonation bubbles flowing subtly through a clear complexion. Minimal white head

Smell --- bready malts

Taste --- bready, with possibly small hints of banana

Mouth feel --- slightly carbonated, very smooth, light bodied, sweet finish

Overall --- I enjoy this beer every time, and will always come back to it at several points in the year. Superb

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Photo of acevenom
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours golden with a thick white head and plentiful streaming bubbles. The head dissipates slowly. The beer smells of barley malt and some grassiness from the noble hops. The taste follows the nose to the letter. I get those flavors of the malt, which are pretty bready. Those noble hops provide some nice mild grassiness on the back end to help balance the beer. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is very high. This is a very good beer and a solid example of this style.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - golden copper with a large, pure, white, fizzy head that has decent retention

S - bready, grainy, a bit sweet

T - bready malt, noble hops, faint sweetness

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, crisp

This is a decent, malty, sessionable beer. It has good flavor but little in the way of hop character. It was enjoyable once, but I'm not sure I'll pick it up again.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle in a 16 ounce mixing glass.

Appearance - Clean. Bright. Golden in color. The head (one finger) is made of very fine bubbles. Mild lacing that disappears quickly. Overall, a very pretty lager.

Smell - Good.

Taste - Germanic. Toffee. The flavors come on quickly. What a treat!

Mouth - Substantial. Don't let the color fool you.

Overall - A very good German lager. Buy some and share it with your friends.

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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 Zimbo
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very fresh nose with a pretty attractive foamy glossy ricky head. Herbally trace to the taste with an almost light tannic finish. To the eye ressembles ginger ale with a reasonable inner core. Solid summer beer. No pretentions but quality throughout. Very good for what it is.

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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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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle with a beautiful label depicting skyline of Munich. Bottle poured into a 1/2 L mug.

A - Bright golden yellow with a soft inviting head that sticks to the glass nicely. Very effervescent and inviting.

S - Buttery biscuits cut by some spicy hops, nothing too pronounced

T - The malt is a bit on the lighter side but is none the less pleasantly sweet. The bitter hops keep the flavor interesting and complex. Honey and lemongrass are present

M - Extremely refreshing and clean, goes down easy

O - Great brew, a go to for a traditional, refreshing beer

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Photo of Neorebel
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A perfectly clear golden beer. It initially has a foamy head of about 2 fingers, but it quickly fades down to a thin covering. The aroma has a grainy, slightly spicy character to it as it enters the nose, like wheat and cloves, and one can also detect banana and European hops as well. The flavor is nice and balanced, with a sturdy malt foundation and just the right amount of hop bitterness. It is light bodied, but feels good coating the mouth and going down. The only negative I find is that there is a tiny bit of a metallic/oxidized off flavor in there sometimes. Overall, this is a staple everyday beer in my refrigerator.

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Photo of Francepants06
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is nothing special about this beer. It looks yellow-orangeish in color. It smells of dry malt, bread,wheat. it taste of about the same things.The mouthfeel is crisp, light to medium in body, not very filling which is a good thing for someone wanting to drink a step up from the BMCs. Overall, it's really just an average compare to lets say their Hefeweizen or Oktoberfest which are so much better made beers.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice clean blonde color,the head a little lacking,however,the nice bread/malty aroma quickly entices all senses. A very mild yet complex odor and taste,just a wonder balance of malt and hops. Very easy to drink,no after taste,overall I love this beer, and many of their other formulas

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Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a shaker. Poured a pale golden yellow with a one finger pure white that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grain, spices, rice, fruit, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, grain, spices, floral, fruit, and very subtle alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The aroma on this one was definitely not my favorite of this style. However, the flavor did a pretty good job of making up for this. The flavor was really nicely balanced, but wasn’t very complex unfortunately. Worth trying for sure as it is very easy to drink.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass by best before date.

The pour produces average foamy head with average retention, decent lace left upon dissipation. Gold in color, visible carbonation is rather low.

Hop spice firstly dominates. Let it settle thence bready malt, fruit tanginess, citrus reveal their vim.

The tastes make me wow. Hit through palate first by bready malt thereafter carries to balance by fruitiness deriving from yeast. Citrus zest draws a finish curtain along with slight biscuity malt. Hop bitterness is at the very tail but just wee and underlying as leverage of its sweetness portion.

Mouthfeel is smooth with good crisp of carbonation, medium-bodied, not much dry.

Worthy brew, high drinkability yet tasty, I would buy more to stock my inventory as this beer could be able to match in any occasion.

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Photo of afdempse
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden in color, head fizzes up and then quickly fades away to almost nothing.

Smells of fruity malt, almost like apple juice

Flavor mostly follows aroma, with fruit juice, sweet biscuit and slight caramel flavors. Grain and husk follow the sweetness. Hops are in the very distant background, which is appropriate for the style, but I'd still like more. Slightly earthy in the finish.

Thin to medium body, seems slightly under-carbonated. Finishes dry.

Not a bad Helles, but far from being my favorite of the style.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a light straw yellow. A foamy head sits on top and dissipates to an even layer, then a white ring. Smells of lemon grass and faint citrus. The beer tastes like it smells -- A lemony undertone with a crisp citrus finish. The mouthfeel is light, bright, and very drinkable. Overall, this would be a great beer to have at a pub while watching a game. Highly sessionable, very refreshing, and it just tastes really good.

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Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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