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

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 feelmefoam
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here's my appreciation of the color.... hazy banana. I doubt you'll ever hear those two words put together in a sentence ever again. Still lots of carbonation running up into a foamy white head that doesn't last long and also doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. Still, a pretty interesting color.

Banana (not hazy this time), pale malt, and a little toastiness, all fairly assertive. The nose is my favorite part of the beer. Fragrant and fairly complex, it shows promise. Throw me in a little spiciness in there and it would be extra nice.

The taste falls a little short of the nose. I found that banana, biscuit, and pale malt again, but it's just not as good as making the flavors known. Be a bully. Push me around a bit. That's how I like my beer. I don't like to have to look for the flavors. They're there, but I kinda have to look and ponder. I'm in college man. I don't wanna think any more than I have to, especially when drinking a beer. Be complex, but be noticeably complex. This tastes good, but it's a little plain. Maybe I was harsh.... I don't care. Give me some more flavor!

Decent mouthfeel, a pretty light body mixed with with a fairly high amount of carbonation makes for a zesty experience on the tongue. Pretty good for the style.

Decently drinkable beer with some flaws, but it certainly isn't bad by any means. No reason to get overly excited, but give it a try if the price is right. I've had better and worse from the style, but definitely had better from Paulaner.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle with a best before date of 03/11. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a transparent dark straw color with a one finger head that fades to nothingness. Some bubbles float up and no lacing.

Smells of grains, and a kiss of floral citrus hops. Bittersweet and inviting.

Tastes like a clean adjunct. Big grain bill in the beginning which fades to a slight hop finish. Some sweetness with the malt.

Mouthfeel is good, slight tickling and slightly wet.

Drinkable, but boring. Same as any other yellow beer. I prefer Weihenstephaner Original over this any day.

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Photo of NODAK
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Smells of toasty grain...wheat...oats...a bit musty.

Taste is a bit bready/toasty upfront...a bit of the grain that's on the nose. Carbonation is subdued it seems. Nobel Hops are present but pretty tame, though a little present on the swallow against the sides of the tongue. Finish and aftertaste shows a bit more toasty grain. Finishes clean with very little lingering tastes.

This beer is definitely one that can be enjoyed by anybody. Probably a good introduction to better beer for the uninitiated. I can imagine making this a regular session beer.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paulaner, one of the excellent German breweries in my book. Even when the style of lager is not my favourite, I still wanted to try this, because I hold these guys' brewing in high regard.
0.5 l bottle, bought in Nordhorn, Germany.

Clear, pale golden colour, thin head, but good lacing. Very modest carbonation.

Smells of citric and floral hops. Gardensmell.
Taste is malty, yeasty, hoppy. Bittersweet, but very mild.

Aftertaste is clean, light bitterness. Refreshing, light to medium body.
All in all, a very good lager.

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

A good beer for a scorching hot day. This lager appears a light yellow color. Bubbles rise rapidly from the bottom of the pilsner glass. There is a pretty average sized head that fades rapidly, leaving a thin coating of lacing on the glass. The smell is pretty straight forward and simple. Pilsner malt and a slightly sweet flavor comprise the taste and the aroma. The feel is pretty thin, as expected. This beer is crisp, refreshing and very easy to drink. There are no off flavors or astringent notes that I detect. Overall, a plain, simple, decent tasting brew that goes down easy.

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Photo of BBBosco
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paulaner Lager has a refreshing appearance with shades of pale gold. The head wanes but leaves a consistent thin layer supported by carbonation streamers. The bouquet is similar to the smell of yeast bread. The taste is crisp, balanced with a little yeast and sweetness, and a slight hops floral jumps in the mouth. The texture is light and smooth. This lager is very drinkable and could be a designated hitter for the entire night.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 500mL bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: very light, pale straw hue; body is completely clear. Head poured four thick fingers of pillowy white foam. Head retention is low, but there is some terraced lace. A nice light lager.

Smell: light, sweet malt aroma with just a touch of graininess. Hops are sweetly floral and quite mild. Not bad.

Taste: light and refreshing flavor; malt is drier than the aroma and the grain has subsided a bit. The noble hops provide a nice, balanced flavor and bitterness. This is actually a pretty solid helles lager.

Mouthfeel: here, I'm quite disappointed. Body is medium-light, but there's no pop at all. It seems almost flat, so there are no fun carbonation-driven characteristics like creaminess or fizziness or anything. Having a solid body is what keeps this dropping below average for me.

Drinkability: the flavor is good, and the beer is somewhat drinkable, but the lack of a decent mouthfeel really hurts this one for me. I'm thinking I'll have to try this beer again sometime down the road; perhaps there were bottling issues with this batch.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks like fizzy yellow pale beer, no lacing on the minimal head. Aroma of banana and clove, very muted.

More muted banana taste, pricklier feel, be it from the hops or the carbonation. Taste certainly exceeded appearance, some lemon came in. Light bodied, lightly hopped, little bitterness, but close to full flavored, a decent hot weather beer. Kind of pricey for what you get.

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Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Twisted Kilt, in Toronto.

Paulaner Münchner Helles is a brilliantly clear tone of gold that's actually fairly far down that particular end of the colour spectrum. But it's not only clarity and colour in which the beer is especially blessed; a flabby head sprawls across the upper end of the stein like a vast sheet of arctic tundra; the many suds it deposits become fossilized onto the glass.

When it comes to their lagers, it's fair to say that, generally speaking, the Germans don't really stress much concern over how they smell. Or, for that matter, if they smell at all. This one's faint, but decidedly clean, grainy maltiness doesn't make for the most sexy smelling beer but it's agreeable character should still be appreciated. And with that proviso...

As far as I'm concerned the beer's mild, temperate character doesn't stem from a lack of concern for flavour but rather a primary concern for unhindered, widely appealing quaffability. And so while I'll concede that the flavour is about as exciting as watching golf, it's easier even than that to sit there and drink liter after liter of it all day!

And that's not by virtue of it being light or watery. Nay, this certainly does have a malty underbelly (when compared with the Pilsner it actually seems heavier). There's also, for the briefest time, tasted just in memory really, a brittle lightly grassy Noble hop taste. The honour of cleanest, most quaffable beers really ought to belong to Germany.

So it may not be overly flavourful but it is incredibly refreshing - and who says that one thing has to have anything to do with the other? It seems extravagant to say that a simple Munich Helles could be as refreshing as savory Belgian Wit or hoppy American IPA, but it's true. Paulaner really takes proud, time-honoured craftsmanship to a new level.

Is this all you could ever want in a beer? The short is 'yes' (with an "if...") and the long answer is 'no' (with a "but..."). Paulaner Münchner is a simple, if conventional, beer but it's emblematic of Germany's outstanding tradition of crafting clean, agreeable, insanely quaffable lagers - which is about all you could want from a typical beer.

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Photo of bort11
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a .5 liter Franziskaner hefe glass. From the middle of the logo, the head goes all the way to the top of the glass. As the head recedes flecks of foam stick to the glass. Leaves a nice tiger-striping all the way around. Body color is a clear straw yellow. Nice steady streamers of carbonation dance around.

Smell is a bold grain aroma like lightly toasted bread. Mellow hints of lemon zest. Taste also has a toasty light grain flavor and finishes with a smooth peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This beer is a pounder. You can drink one right after another easily. I wish I had one of those Bierstiefel boot shaped mugs

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Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, very bubbly, straw yellow color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head that had some nice retention and left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel and grassy hops.

T - Tasted of grains, sweet caramel, a touch of vanilla and some grassy/herbal hops that provided just enough bitterness for a good lager.

S - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied beer that is very sessionable.

D - This is a good lager. I couldn't believe that I had never tried/purchased it. I always assumed that I had tried all of Paulaner's regular lineup. This was worth buying.

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

excellent beer to substitute for bad macro brews. all the companions are there but mild. the head is not as voluminous as a proper german lager. but the nice is a mild apple yeasty. a very balanced beer in body and palate with nice light fizz. palate of gentle hops and a soft sweet finish with a bit of earth.

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

A: very light yellow not much head a lot of bubbles screaming up the glass

S: light hops light lemon clean smell

T: bit of citrus slightly sweet and a clean crisp finish

M: light mouth high carbonation

D: real drinkable

overall: hits the spot on a hot summer day a very refreshing beer no off flavors and grain notes to speak of. a good beer.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500mL can into a larger pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a light golden color with plenty of carbonation within. Head is pure white, 3 fingers thick, and has good retention.

S: Aroma is very clean with light aroma of hops and some grain. Very stereotypically beery smell but in a good way. Classic Helles.

T: Light with bread and grain dominant, with a bright floral hop character that balances nicely. Some lemony citrus backs things up. Some honey and a slight touch of yeast.

A very easy drinking and sessionable lager with just a classic "beer" profile. I can see myself drinking a lot of this in the company of friends or at a party. Light and mild but tasty, just what you look for in this kind of beer. In all respects above average.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Very light/pale gold colour. Minimal head.

S - Light mead/honey aromas. Hint of wheat and grass as well.

T - Fairly mild with sweet honey overtones. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Light with a touch of spice on the tongue.

D - Goes down easy but would you want to?

This isn't a bad beer, just not that exciting. Much better on tap if you can find it. Fairly typical of this style of beer.

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Photo of therica
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= light straw, modest white head, slght rimming, no lacing.

S= delightful bouquet of Noble hops to savor, nice sweet malts. Would make a great light-scented cologne.

T= typically exquisite Paulaner, delicious hops florals, sweet malts, lightly bitter, slight grassy traits.

M= memorable hops florals, light bitters, sweet malts lingering forever.

D= session session session

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Photo of udubdawg
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours straw in color, extremely bright. Many lines of bubbles rise to the surface, almost champagne-like in their number and their overall bright fizzy effect. The white head is creamy and leaves a little lace, but otherwise rather fleeting. Visually this beer is very appealing, though perhaps it's the hot weather.

I cover the glass with my hand immediately upon pouring as I look over the beer and decide on the description, not wanting anything faint to escape. Upon inhaling I indeed detect a hint of skunk, but it is very fleeting. Behind it is a pleasant grainy, almost bready, pilsner malt aroma and a light noble hop. There is a little DMS but it is not out of line for the style whatsoever.

It is not an explosion of flavor, but this is a tasty beer. No fruitiness, astringency, or any other noticeable flaw. As it warms slightly it becomes sweeter. this is also more pronounced as the dissolved carb level drops. No real hop flavor and bitterness is pretty restrained - the carb level brings it out a bit though. Drying in the finish.

Crisp, clean, nicely carbonated; a great quencher. Body is pretty light though there is plenty of flavor within, and drinkability is very high indeed.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed with this beer. I wasn't expecting too much out of it. It pours like a very traditional beer - it is a lovely shade of gold with foamy white head that laces the glass. By no means will this beer blow you away. There isn't a great deal of flavor, but the little flavor it has is pleasing. There is little aftertaste which makes this very easy to drink. I can imagine it would be easy to drink many of these beers in one sitting. This is a very good beer that shouldn't be overlooked.

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

12 oz. bottle with a best before date on the label - 12/10. The "long-neck" bottle design was meant for the american market.

The lager poured a clear,light gold to yellow color with a very impressive, long lasting, fluffy white head.

There is a hint of fresh, bready malts and a faint lemon aroma.

The initial flavor was bready and grainy with a slight sourness coming through at the end. When comparing it to other helles I have tried, this one falls a little short. It is zesy and refreshing.

Light bodied, perhaps a little watery; the carbonation is moderate for the style. The mouthfeel is slick and leaves a sweet, slightly fruity flavor in the mouth.

This is a world class brewery perhaps best known for its hefe weizen. This is a very satisfying helles, just not at the very top of the style.

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

On tap: Puts a clear pale gold lager in the glass with a 2 finger white sticky cap moderate retention, reduces to a surface cap and laces well.

Aroma of fresh biscuits with a herbal-woody under tone. Stable malt spine, some biscuit malt up front, lovely herbal-woody-lemony discernment in the middle then a nice biscuit snap at the finish balanced with more earthy notes.

A fine helles for sessions...I think I like this better than the Hacker edelhell.

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

Appearance: Paulaner Original pours a transparent light biege. It's substnatial head sinks into a downward funnel as it settles.

Smell: The aroma gives the indication of a noble hop presence and is slightly skunky, but less so than many European lagers of this nature.

Taste: The taste is a refreshing, if light, dose of German hops and pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Paulaner Original is on the lighter-bodied side and smooth enough for government work. Carbonation is rather high, as is appropriate for the style.

Drinkability: This is what session lagers are all about. This would be a great thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

Notes: What can really be said about a beer such as this? It's not flashy. It won't knock your socks off. But then again, that's not really the point with a beer of this sort. Paulaner Original is just plain old good beer, so I'm going to drink up.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a crystal-clear golden yellow with a thick, but quickly fading pure-white head.

Smells of cereal grains and spicy noble hops as well as a slightly acidic, citrusy note.

The taste is very crisp, almost pils-like with a bready grain taste and a tinge of spicy and slightly bitter hop flavor.

A bit on the watery/thin side, just a little lighter than appropriate. Carbonation seems spot on. The brew is damned drinkable.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Always a skim off head, good bubbles and clarity.

Light sweet grass aroma and some light malt. Hard to find.

Dry, crisp, clean light flavors. Grass, light malt, mild bitterness, very clean finish. No sweetness in this one at all. The bitterness, and just that, just bitter (no hop essence of citrus, etc) is perfect. Doesn't linger too long, nor is it too overpowering.

Lighter bodied and carbonated. A bit prickly on the tongue.

Easy drinking, can go well with food, or great on a summer day. Good simple beer. After 2, you'd want something more interesting, but you'd never knock this either. Decent.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop-top; nice classy label; kudos go to Paulaner for actually putting a "produced on" date on the bottle. Though does that mean brewed, or bottled? I'm assuming bottled.

Appearance: Dark golden beer with bright clarity and fairly high levels of carbonation. A hard pour produces a stark white cap that shows decent retention.

Smell: Nice, ever-so-slightly toasted malts with some mild grassy hops as well. Uber simple, but pleasant. And definitely no skunk here.

Taste: Perfectly balanced between very lightly toasted malts and grassy, mildly bitter hops. Not tons of flavor, but then again, this style was never meant to be life-changing. Is it good for what it is? You betcha. This would go great in a big glass (or two or three) with wurst, kraut, and potato salad. Heck yes.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium

Drinkability: All day

Conclusion: Is it crazy complex? Nope. Does it need to be? Nope. This beer would make for a nice daily drinker, perfect with German food or pizza.

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Photo of jovy1097
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonice pint.

A: Pours a straw colored, clear liquid with a pure white head that dissipates quickly to a film.

S: Earthy, grassy hops.

T: Lightly toasted barley malt that was better than I expected. Very balanced between sweet and bitter. Nice.

M: Good bite of carbonation and easy to swallow. Medium feel to it.

D: A very easy drinker that it the essence of what a lager should taste like. Nothing bad to say here. As clean a lager as they come. Spot on for the style.

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Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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