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 notchucknorris
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden color with a pretty decent foam head.

S: Some pale malts and something kind of metallic-smelling.

T: Some slightly stale-tasting grassy hops, pale malts and a pretty heavy metallic taste. The finish is pretty clean and the drinkability is pretty good on this one. Still, it's not one of the better German beers I've had.

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

From a 12 oz. brown bottle with a best before date of 04/11. Served in a tall pilsener glass.

Appearance is a clear, bright golden color - very visually appealing with 4 fingers of white head that had a good lacing quality. A low to medium amount of carbonation evident.

Smells are of pale malts and floral noble hop aromas.

Taste is crisp, with a pale malt backbone and slight sweetness, balanced with a low amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a medium body and moderate carbonation. Clean finish that is balanced well.

Very good, refreshing lager that I'd be happy to have again.

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Photo of dbaker61
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden yellow with about a finger of head. The foam dies down after a minute or so to a ring of bubbles. Left successive rings of lacing. Plenty of bubbles rose through the beer as I drank.

Smell: A light aroma of sweet malt and a little grassiness. Pleasant.

Taste: Well-balanced lager, a bit more malt sweetness than hops flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with adequate carbonation. A lingering sweetness in the finish.

Drinkability: This is a nice lager. I am not a huge fan of the style, but I could have several of these.

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Photo of bala747
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at a German bar in Singapore, Brotzeit. On a side note, when having this from a bottle make sure the person pouring knows how to pour a German Weissbier, or the beer poured will be too gassy early on and too flat later. The thick heads help regulate the escape of the gas from the beer.

A: The beer pours a beautiful, cloudy orange-yellow, with a good, thick head typical of German beers. The head showed surprisingly good retention and lace. It looks darker and thicker than most Weissbiers.

S: Mild smells of banana and other sweet esters but largely of yeast, some alcohol and wheat. I was slightly put off by the strong smell of yeast but otherwise not too bad.

T: To put it simply, I have had better tasting Weissbiers, especially Schofferhoffer and Franziskaner. Paulaner's version wasn't bad by any stretch. It tasted slightly of raisins and some wholemeal bread, most of the taste being yeast and some hops.

M: Crisp, rich mouthfeel with a very mild, slightly sweet aftertaste. Very rich feeling in the mouth, almost like eating liquid wholemeal bread. The rich feeling is balanced by the aftertaste which, unlike some heavy German ales, doesn't weigh you down.

D: You could easily down five or six of these on a hot day and not realise it. While it looks thick and heavy, it's surprisingly light on the stomach and very drinkable.

Overall, a good, dependable product from Paulaner.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer pours a very clear yellow color with a small cap of small bubbles after a pretty quick pour, and then the head faded into a small ring pretty quickly...within about 20 seconds. There is a small amount of lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Lots of sweet and toasty malts dominate the aroma, giving the mild impression of a milkshake. I can pick up a very subtle hopping in here, and they are clearly noble, but are very reserved when compared to the malt.

Taste: The flavor is also dominated by the malt, so much so that I really can't pick out the hops that I got in the aroma. The beer is medium to light bodied with ample carbonation, so it is quite drinkable. The finish is clean and malty without any hops present except to provide minimal balance.

Opinion: Well, I would have to say that this is a classic example of this style, so it is going to get high marks. There isn't a whole lot for me to say about it, but the subtlety of this beer speaks for the style well. That said, I would take an Augustiner Helles over this any day, but it still a good brew and one of the better malt accentuated beers available here is Texas at the time.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes: Subtle bready notes in the nose. Pours a sparkling clear straw. The mostly lasting white creamy head is super sticky & stiff like meringue, and leaves behind light lace. The flavor is typical of a lager; well balanced but non-descript. Light acidity leads to a grainy finish. The light & creamy body is soft.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L, best by August 2011.

Pours a pale, clear gold with a yellowish tint. Decent head, decent retention.

The aroma is very clean, with grainy malts and grassy hops.

Nice, easy-drinking lager here. Exceptionally clean, with a nice crackery malt base and light bitterness. Hops are lightly tangy and flowery. Fresh and well-balanced, if a little sweeter than I like for the style. The mouthfeel is typical force-carbonated, though smooth.

Won't knock off Augustiner as my fave for the style, but nevertheless a solid brew from Paulaner.

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Photo of southsider
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap into a one liter stein.

A-Poured a bright golden yellow with a snow white head that dissolved to a film.

S-Malty sweet with a touch of spicyness.Mild and inviting.

T-Malty and bready rich opening followed by a restrained spicy,floral hop bite. Finishes a little sweet and smooth.

M-Silky with a light body and low alcohol.

D- Delicious,clean,subtle and restrained. A welcome relief to the over-the-top hop bombs that are all the rage. Vivaldi vs. AC/DC. The epitome of a session beer.

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Photo of treque
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow, with some constant carb which dont let the tiny white head to dissapear at all, the head is a 2 finger creamy foam, it takes just a couple of minutes to get almost gone, not sediment was left behind

S: a nice one, some sweet notes, like a bread with some honey, some grassy is present

T: the sweetnes is present from the begging til the middle of the sip, so much crisping on the sweet zone of the tongue, then you get a nice bitternes but soft and last for a while, a chewy end

Nice beer for warm and hot day and party opener

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

Appearance: pours a clear yellow color with a 1" head. Some spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: light grass and hint of citrus is all you can detect.

Taste: mild malt, grass, hint of lemon zest, and a mild bitterness are the main flavor components. Nicely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is relatively clean.

Drinkability: very easy to drink this beer. If you are looking for a good lager this will hit the spot.

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

I don't get much of a chance to try Helles lagers. This particular one pours a crystal clear light golden color with a quickly dissipating white cap of foam. Very clean. The aroma is subtle, as expected for the style. Barely toasted barley is detectable. Very crisp and clean on the palate. The malt is the highlight, but it gives way to touch of citrus which sticks with the palate after the beer is gone. Drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.67/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

330 ml bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops and bready malt. Body is light and smooth. Taste is of sweet biscuit malt and grassy hops. Finish is short dry. Drinkable brew.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.57/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance; clear light yellow with a white head. Dissipates slowly, leaving a bit of lacing.

smell; pretty mild, mainly barley with pleasant spicy hop bitters. Almost pilsner like but malts are a little more powerful. Good balance of aromas.

taste; very gentle malts with a crisp lemony finish of hops. Not at all bitter but super well balanced, the less said the better, this is a good beer.

mouthfeel; very clean and crisp but not without a respectable body.

drinkability; very drinkable, well balanced and pleasing. One of my favorites of the style. Never had this one in the states, perhaps the quality suffers a bit in transport.

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Photo of Andrew644
2.79/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- very light gold with a nice white head.

S- very little aroma what is there though is a slight maltiness with a little hop spiciness.

T- very little flavor, it is very similar to the smell with a little maltiness and a slight spiciness from the hops but it seems very bland, the only good part is that it has a clean finish.

M- good carbonation.

D- average, nothing special

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Ommegang pint glass
Poured from a 12oz bottle

A: Pours a transparent yellow with a very slight haze. Pours with very little amount of thin white head that quickly dissipates

S: Smells strongly of wheat and also a nice citrusy sweetness, also has the slight depth of scent of a lager

T: Slight citrus notes, almost has a skunked/nutty flavor which seems a bit odd to me

M/D: Drinks smoothly, the taste isnt the best so the drink ability is effected. strong carbonation tingle

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

A- Pours a clear gold. About a half cm of head, that leaves after about 30 seconds. little to no lacing.

S- some almost biscuity malt, touch of something a little more acidic maybe a bit of lemon zest but only very subtly. not bad.

T- pretty damn malty, a touch sweet, but pretty nice. also a bit of citrusy hop again lemon zesty like with the smell. finish is just a touch bitter. pretty good.

M- little prickly from the carbonation, a touch bitter towards the end, with an overall dry finish. not bad.

D- nice feel, pretty good taste, lower alcohol. drinkable.

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

Single 11.2 oz bottle (best by 05/11) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear light golden yellow with a thin white foam across the top and ring around the glass. Some dots and strands of lacing here and there. The beer pours a 1/8" foam on a hard pour, but it didn't stick around.

Smell: Malt with a hint of metallic and apples. A very appealing lager smell.

Taste: Clean malt with a crisp finish. Clearly a solid lager - tasty, but nothing outstanding.

Mouthfeel: A bit spicy on the tongue - maybe even a bit dry due to the carbonation, but still okay. Above average.

Drinkability: Well...this is very good in the drinkability department. While the each of the individual components of this beer are just above average, these things combined are more than the sum of their parts. This beer went really fast - refreshing and outstanding with a meal, and I could easily have another one or two so very sessionable as well. An outstanding drinkable beer. Thank goodness I got a six pack of this.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a plastic Paulaner cup at The Firkin.

What a classy frat party. Tee-hee. It pours a clear pale golden straw topped by a nice finger of thick white froth. The nose comprises flowers, very light lemon wedge, and light wheat. The taste holds notes of coriander, lemon wedge, lots o' grasses, wheat, and flowers. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a refreshing feel. Overall, a nice helles, the quality probably due to the freshness, which I've never seen in a stateside German beer before.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a plastic cup at The Firkin in Libertyville

Went up here under the advisement of some buddies of mine that there was a keg of Paulaner on-tap that had been flown in from Germany. So it was quite the experience of getting in line to get a plastic cup to get beer in from a keg that was sitting on their bar.

This was an incredibly fresh batch of this stuff. It appeared as pale as you'd expect this beer to be, but it rocked a nice finger or so of the head as well. The aromas were a bit off, they smelled quite strongly of hops that were getting close to being too old as well as a serious amount of pale malt aroma. The taste however was rather straight forward and real pleasant. The hops tasted rather fresh still on the palate and the malts were savory and crisp. On a side note, I was so happy, because I was later able to consume bratwurst which works so well with that fresh on the palate. The mouth feel was a bit syrupy, but then again this was old school from the keg who knows how the carbonation worked. It still tastes really fresh and went down so very smooth. It was one hell of a good beer.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and bubbly, this pale straw colored brew looks thin and mild. The head starts out strong, fizzy and white but fades quickly to a nothing collar of skinny bubbles.

Nose is very faint. Like the looks there is a very thin and mild scent to this beer. A touch of grains and not much else. It's clean but slightly disappointing because there isn't anything to it.

Taste follows the nose but has a little more character to it. It's still mild but the grain bill shows up more. It's warm and has a light roast to the grain kind of like plain white bread that has been toasted on the lowest setting.

The mouthfeel is also very clean with a light touch of bubbles and slight hop bitterness. An easy drinker that is all around above average. This one goes down easy and has some nice mild flavor to it. I can sit and drink on this one all night.

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Photo of lovetranquillity
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice coppery color, has a white head that stays pretty well.

Smells of malt and hints of clove, nothing much there

Tastes very malty, pretty much zero bitterness, I cannot taste any hops. But a clean pleasant taste.

Drinks like any other regular lager, pretty average mouth feel, carbonation and feel are what you would expect from a lager.

Very easy to drink, it is refreshing and can be enjoyed as a social beer. Very little complexity but tastes good for the flavor that it has. I would buy it again as a beer to share with friends who do not like very complex beer.

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Photo of boss302
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paulaner original munchner, draft .3l

A Nice copper color clear.  Nice head, stayed the whole glass. 4.5 

S Malt dominates, carmely, a little estery, not much else. No hops. 3 

T Again malt is the dominate component, but drier, not cloying. A little astringent on the back of the tongue. 3.5 

M Thin, carbonation is good. 3.5

D Good beer, would have another. 3.5 

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Photo of cetherid
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass.


a straw yellow colored beer. minimal white head. looks like a pilsner.


not a strong smelling beer. i get grainy smells. a hint of hops in there. decent smelling, but nothing really powerful.


just as smell. faint tasting, but still decent. grains with some earthy hops in there. a hint of bitterness at end.


light bodied brew. high carbonation. gives a tingle to the tongue.


pretty good. doesn't have great flavor but decent. the combo of that with it being light, crisp and refreshing makes it an easy beer to drink. a good sessionable beer.

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Photo of PABeerHiker
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes from 9/18/10 in Munich, Germany.

A: A clear golden-yellow with a large white foamy head. The head lasted for around a minute before completely disappearing.

S: Smells a lot like grain or malts. Reminded me of the fall with the crisp smell.

T: A strong malty, hoppy taste with a sweeter aftertaste.

M: A very light beer that is very refreshing.

D: Very easy to drink and even easier to order a second before you are half way done your first.

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Photo of Sleestak
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since it is officially Oktoberfest in Munich now I figured on getting a slew of German beers to celebrate. This one is the first stop. Nice golden yellow with an egg shell head. Crackery, grain, clean and crisp with a little hop kick at the end. Pretty simple but so damn good. A nice place to start. I love the Paulaner lineup of brews.

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Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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