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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-02-1998

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jettjon
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up for $3.99 a sixer; couldn’t pass that up. From a bottle marked both “Original Muchner” and “Original Munich” into a pilsner glass. Slightly hazy golden color with plenty of big bubbles showcases nicely by the appropriate glassware. Whitish head of about one finger, slow fade to a clumpy cap and ring. Nose is mildly malty and sweet and a bit fruity. Lemon and bread and something herbal I can’t quite place. Very pleasant nose. In the mouth, more bready malt with mild lemon-citrus hops. Semi-dry, somewhat bitter finish. Very clean on the palate. Mouth is crisp and bubbly.

Overall: A very good representation of style. Not my favorite, but on sale for $3.99 impossible to pass up. Surprising I had not tried this Paulaner offering before; despite my lackluster interest in traditional German styles, this one is worth a second try for me.

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Photo of dunit697
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just turned 21 recently and this was one of the first biers I graded. I had it on tap at the Alpine Village in Torrance, CA. This is still one of the best biers I have ever tried. Clean, solid taste, very smooth and tastes great. I recommend it to everyone.

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear pale yellow in color with a clean white bubbly head that rises to two fingers and drops rather quickly. Weak retention.

S-Really clean Pils malt aroma with sweet grain characteristics. No real discernible hop presence. Not very complicated, but that isn't a huge complaint with a Munich Helles.

T- Slightly sweet malt characteristics. There is a very minor hop bitterness here, with slight amount in the aftertaste. The main taste is the malt sweetness. Very clean throughout with consistent malt flavor.

M-A decent amount of carbonation (maybe a bit too much?) but overall medium bodied with a decent mouthfeel.

D- Highly drinkable. Light and clean, with no bad aftertaste. This is a drinkable, refreshing beer.

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Photo of zdk9
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Comes out of the bottle a pale yellow with about half a finger of head. Appearance is underwhelming.

S- Sweetness of honey or light maple syrup, or just plain malt syrup. Some floral notes as well, plus some peach or apricot.

T- Light sweetness, earthy bitterness fading into pure bitter feeling on the corners of my tongue. Nothing particularly notable.

M- Fine- the balance is towards the sweetness.

O- This is a boring beer. A very drinkable-don't-have-to-think-about-it boring, but still kind of boring.

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Photo of OCBeerBaron
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a can of this beer from a co-worker, who I occasionally chat with about beer, after he returned from Munich this week.

A- Looks like a traditional beer with a nice yellow-straw crisp color and white head.

S- Good smell with a noticeable malt aroma.

T- Has a nice taste from start to finish. Little bit of a bite but in a good way.

M- For such a clear and clean beer it has a nice velvet feel to it that dries out then rolls down easy in the throat.

O- I like this one... I like a lot of beers but this is up my ally.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm starting to think nearly all German wheat beers taste similarly good... Paulaner is no exception in that category. In the lager department, though, some German beers are more exciting than others. Now the Paulaner Original is a good, easygoing brew, I must say, but I think the Weihenstephaner, Spaten, and Hofbräu lagers have a little more Bavarian character.

The appearance and smell in the Paulaner Original are fine and what you'd expect. It's good tasting - no long, lingering finish, just grains, malt, a little lemony spice and clean feel on the palate. I can't say I'm not impressed; any beer that tastes just like it should taste works for me. I'd get this again... it's a good anytime beer.

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Photo of curasowa
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden color with streaks of carbonation and 1 finger of head that fades to a thin cap.

Aroma: Crisp, with some light citrus and yeast notes and what almost smells like wheat malt.

Taste: Crisp and prickly up front, then a grainy maltyness moves in with just a hint of spicy bitterness leading to a fairly fast, slightly astringent finish.

The Rest: Body is medium for a lager, this is far superior to the BMC lagers. Its slightly grainy without the off-putting adjunct taste with a nice hint of bitterness.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with bubbles. White foamy head with slow dissipation. The bubbles stand out.

Yeasty, earthy, floral, almost pilsner aromas. Hoppy note is there. Some metallic notes are apparent at times.

Clean taste of water then a yeast note is apparent with a spice. Some malty sweetness arrives after that. Bananas hit me every now and again. Floral, earthy.

Very clean feel to this with smooth carbonation, somewhat dry in the aftertaste.

Good brew overall. Easy to drink, clean taste.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pils glass. Pours deeper golden color than others. Very clear. Thin white head dissapated to a ring. A bit of lacing.

Aroma is that of a bit maltier pils. Nice pils malt aroma with that pils lager aroma. Smells good.

Taste is similar. It's got a bit more malt backbone than others but it is pretty smooth. Nice grassy taste mixed with the maltiness.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than other pils but it sort of works with this one. Nice carb.

Overall it's tasty. Would have it again for sure.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.87/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this one at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a German pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with great retention. Perfectly clear golden yellow with lots of active carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and leaves lots of chunky lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of grainy and bready malts in the nose. Notes of honey and a good dose of floral hops. Medium in strength and quite nice for the style.

TASTE: Not nearly as good as the nose. Bready malts and some grassy hops through the middle, but honestly a little watery through and through. Some floral hops and a touch of bitterness accompany the sweet malt at the finish. A mild yet lingering aftertaste includes some bitter floral hops and sweet bready malts, but it is still too weak and watery to be enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and soft, medium carbonation. Creamy and light on the palate, goes down smooth with a slightly dry finish. Very nice feel.

OVERALL: Everything about this beer was quite good, except for the flavor, which is where it really counts. There was nothing off about this one, but the flavor was simply too weak and watery to really be worth drinking. One of the weaker examples of the style. Skip this and reach for a Augustiner when in Munich.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My brother likes this beer, he says he drank a lot of it in Germany and it was his favorite, so he gave me one to try. Thanks G. It pours golden and is capped with a billowing off-white head, lacing ensues; good look-ing for a lager. The brew is malty in a pale and honey-ish way, and besides that it offers some mineral notes, a herbal bitterness on the finish and a delicate floral aroma. Lively carbonation and refreshing overall; this is a very nice lager.

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Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light yellow color with a small white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Nice aroma that includes malts, a hint of honey that complements subtle hops.

T: The taste is on the malty side with a hint of sweetness to it. Hops are present with slight citrus overtones. Quite good all and all.

M: Crisp, medium-bodied with not a lot of carbonation. Fresh tasting.

O: This is a very good lager from a brewery that also produces one of the best Hefewaizen-beers out there. I would buy this lager again.

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Photo of hiku7
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle to a nonic pint glass. Pours a clear straw-gold with nice streams of bubbles and a quickly dissipating white head.

Smell is bread, dough and yeast. Taste is along those lines, but with a moderate earthy noble hop finish. Slight lemony tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light and dry. Very clean, with little aftertaste. This is a simple and enjoyably refreshing lager. Easy drinking session beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of AdrianRP
4.95/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is simply a superb example of a 'proper'
quality German lager. Taste is robust with a unique, very original hoppy flavor yet not overpowering. A GREAT session beer in where several of these can be consumed quite rapidly with nearly zero negative drawbacks.

Pours golden in color and with a good, frothy head that resists settling and sticks beautifully to the sides of the glass.

Now this is what I call BREW!

IMO the Germans make the best beer in the world and this fine beer is one of the countries best.

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Photo of wedge
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow color with a tall, lasting, lumpy white head on top. Aromas of pale cereal malt, honey, and soft floral noble hops. Grassy/earthy hops and dusty grain greet the tongue...a hint of lemon, finishing with gentle sweetness. Decently crisp, light-bodied, and certainly pound-able. Solid helles...

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Photo of steveh
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been a long time since I've tried my runner-up Munich Helles and with the InBev monster clinging tight to Spaten, I thought I'd see if Paulaner was remaining the same beer it used to be. And frankly, it's difficult to find any of the Paulaner beers around me except at Oktoberfest time.

Brown bottle, best by 11/11 on the label.

A -- Clear, straw gold color with a foamy and firm white head.

S -- Mostly spicy hops in the nose with a hint of bready malt back.

T -- Surprisingly spicy with hops up front, for a Helles, then rolls into an interesting, sort of dry alcohol character and finishes with bready malts.

M -- Body is light with a dry, crisp mouthfeel.

O -- Overall, this is a good drinking beer with some good flavors, but that dryness in the middle overshadows the good bready/toasted bread characters I like in a Munich Helles.

I remember that dry character from the fresh beers in Munich, but it seems to suffer from export/Pasteurization -- becomes sort of harsh, close to astringent. Too bad.

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Photo of Cmack15
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden strawcolor nice carbonation.

Aroma: some yeasty banana like notes. not as strong as I would like but its there.

Taste: starts sweet and malty with a hint of noble hops in there. finishes dry and smooth leaving your palate clean.

Mouthfeel: smooth nice light body good carbonation

Nice refreshing lager not great but decent.

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Photo of ramseye4
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A=Pours a wispy golden color with a pretty strong head and decent lacing
S=Sweet, grassy malt, very straightforward
T=Light grassy malts, a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste
M=Extremely watery in the finish, light bodied and highly carbonated
O=If this were still drinkability, it would get a 4.5. Overall though, its a very run of the mill and unimpressive lager. I'm not drinking lager haterade either, they have grown on me over the past year, but there are much finer German lagers out there than this. If you want a good Paulaner beer, stick with their Hefeweizen, it is delicious.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paulaner Original Munich Premium Lager has a thick, white head and a somewhat hazy golden appearance, with lots of tiny bubbles streaming up and a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is a sharp breadiness, with little-to-no hop smell detected. Taste is a delightful toasted barley, cracker, a subtle hop kiss, and some other subdued, yet indiscernible flavors. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Paulaner Original Munich Premium Lager finishes crisp, refreshing, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a very good beer.


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Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,053 ratings