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 jdg204
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second of the two 6'ers my buddies and I got for the GT-Clemson game (it was a heck of a game). I figured my German buddy would enjoy a classic German brew.

A: Straw yellow with a one-inch head that soon becomes a lasting patch. Slight traces of lacing stick to glass.

S: Aroma is floral - mild, but clean.

T: Prominent taste is of toasted yet sweet grainy malt with a light floral, slightly fruity backing. Hop dryness balances out malt sweetness in the finish.

M: The feel is rather thin, but enough holds on to keep it going.

D: Another solid brew that has mass appeal and can be enjoyed by all. An enjoyable offering that goes well with pizza, football, and good friends. Recommended as safe option which is very approachable to a wide audience.

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Photo of yankiac
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not very impressed by this beer. Poured a nice golden color with a decent aroma. The major complaint I have with this beer was in its drinkability and mouthfeel. I had a whole 6 pack in 1 sitting and it just sat way too heavy for a beer of this style.

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Photo of ADZA
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours exactly like a nice pilsner,a pale see thru straw colour with nice carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing two finger head and a ring of lacing,the aroma is average with smells of malted barleyish coated hops,it has an average mouthfeel with a barleyish hop taste,definately not the best example of the style that ive tried and tastes more like a pilsner but in saying that could easily drink this as a nice session beer.

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

Pours a crystal clear straw from a 500 ml. bottle into a pint glass. A thin white head offers fair retention and some light lacing.

Grainy and sweet on the nose with a bit of barnyard going on, which settles out with a bit of exposure. Nice sweet hop nose when agitated a bit. Taste follows and is somewhat simple sweet for the style, not offering a lot of body or depth to the malt structure. Rather crisp nonetheless and with a lingering light lemon finish. Light body limits this beer however.

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Photo of dfitch81
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Typical appearance for the style; I'd have a pretty difficult time rating the appearance of any munich helles or pilsener a '5' since they all look more or less the same. Smell is wonderful - fresh, clean and crisp, with spicy noble hops making their presence known. Taste is fantastic - crisp and tart with just enough malt sweetness to balance. I love it! Ample carbonation suits this brew well. Highly drinkable, this beer always does it for me. A favorite to be sure, severely underrated in my opinion. Call me crazy, but to me this is comparable to Weihenstephaner original - only much easier to find.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Date 02/09
12 oz brown bottle

A - Poured a pale golden color, small head didn't last long, and some rather weak lacing left behind
S - Malty aroma, grains, rather weak on the aroma

T - Sweet malts balanced well with hops, some grain, a bit of lemon at the end. taste pretty good

M - Light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation leaves it crisp and clean

D - easy to drink, nice and refreshing, crisp and clean. Could easily drink a couple

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Photo of rgrholmes168
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is the first thing that struck me. It is a beautiful, clear straw that displays a few carbonation bubbles floating to the top.
The beer poured a 1.5 finger head and although it vanished quickly, their was still a skim of foam on top of the body of the beer.

The beer was ripe with a lemon citrus smell with a slight buttery accent.

The beer was light bodied with the classic taste of a German pilsner beer. Very drinkable session beer, that is very refreshing. Glad I have a sixer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Small head faded very quickly. Pale golden.
Aroma contains a lot of euro hops, which, unfortunately, can't quite block out the "dirty alley" and vegetal DMS notes. Quite grainy, not pleasant!
There's some sweet biscuity malt flavour upon the first sip. After that my brain seemed to realise this wasn't going to be a pleasant experience, and hence severed all nerves connecting my taste buds. Next to no bitterness, although there is a misplaced lambic-like funky-ness.
Too watery!

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Photo of bennetj17
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold, the carbonation almost looks explosive as it rises to the top of the glass, although the head is thin and short lasting. Not getting much from the aroma, faint bready malt only.

Very clean flavor, the malt flavor is subtle, with a basic cereal grain taste. The finish is also quite clean, not much bitterness or hop presence really, it's mostly unremarkable. The mouthfeel is nice, sharper carbonation light and crisp.

This Helles is very traditional, a bit bland overall, but clean with no off flavors. I could drink it on a hot day for sure, but it's not exactly a session beer as I would get bored easily. Worth a try...

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Photo of diamondc
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 02/09

Nice fluffy head, some weak lacing. Looks like a typical pilsener lager.

I couldn't smell much after a few furious swirls. Maybe some wet grain in there.

Taste is dominated by the sweet maltiness with the hops way in the background. Reminds me a bit of red apple skins with a bit of lemon in there. Good stuff.

Not the most complex lager I've had, which is a good thing when you want something easy & refreshing to drink.

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

Very nice for a lager!

A dark golden color with white foamy head. The taste and aroma were sweeter than I imagined, a bit more malty than hoppy. A medium-medium body. It was very smooth with just a bit of crispness. I'm definitely going back for more of these.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is golden with a decent head and lace.

The aroma of malts,grains and light citrus notes.

The taste was of sweet malts,grains and a hint of light citrus.

The feel was light body,low carbonation and easy to drink a lot of.

Notes: A session brew with a solid drinkability.

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

I was new to the Helles style lager when I tried this, and came away thinking this was a slightly above average beer. It felt thin on the tongue but still had a decent taste of hops. Was very drinkable, excellent for a hot summer day. One of the better pale lagers I have enjoyed.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Clear golden yellow color with a creamy white head that eventually thinned to a light layer and left a few spots of lacing.
German malt aroma with a bit of grains.
Good German beer taste with a little bit of bitterness and a whole lot of malty sweetness.
Light, crisp and refreshing feel plus good taste make this a very easy beer to drink.

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

A: Deep gold color with a foamy white head. Excellent clarity, but only OK head retention. Leaves no lace.

S: Simple, but pleasant. Sweet raw grains, plus some lemon and fresh cut grass.

T: Again, pretty straightforward. Dry malts hit first with a sweetbread quality. Bitterness follows with a mild lemon snap. Finishes crisp and clean. Balance is perhaps a bit too perfect, if that makes any sense.

M: Medium-light body feels just about right in the fizz department.

D: Great session beer, if not a terribly complex one. Not my favorite Paulaner beer, but a nice representation of the style. The low ABV makes this beer go down very easy.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Clear pale gold in colour, head is a sizable and creamy white. Retention and lacing are both lacking.

Smell - 3.5
Very clean, aromas of biscuity pale malt and lemony hops.

Taste - 3.5
Crisp, clean and a little boring. Malt and hops are well balanced and there are no off flavours, tastes of grain, a little husk, lemony hops give moderate bitterness, finishes dry with little flavour.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Moderately carbonated with fine bubbles, quite light in the mouth although a little watery.

Drinkability - 4.0
A brilliant summer beer, very refreshing, although most beer enthusiasts will tire of it quickly.

OVERALL - 3.45
Quite a good beer really, possibly deserves to score higher, I just found it a little boring. Weihenstephaner makes a better, tastier helles lager.

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Photo of zosoworm
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Grainy-sweet and no hop aroma

Appearance: Thick white head. Pale hay colored yellow

Flavor: Slightly sweet with a dry some what bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: on the light side, very smooth

Overall: Very light easy drinking beer with a sutle malt sweetness. I could drink a few of these but I only bought one pint.

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

A: Nice yellow pour with aclean with head and
visibly active carbonation.

S: Grassy, grainy, lemon peel flavors with under
lying tastes of alcohol and a cilo.

T: Unlike any pilsner I've had. Very good
character and suprisingly complex medley of
flavors. I like the hint of lemons and the
mental image of pasture the taste evokes.

M: A little thin but crisp with good carbonation

D: Very drinkable, one of my top two pilsners
this spring (so far)

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Photo of hockeyhead
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Picked up a twelve pack of this on sale for ten ninty nine and that is great deal
A: the appearance of this beer is a nice golden color with snow white head with lots of bubbles racing to the top
S: little sweet malty character with spicy check style hop bitter smell, very nice
T: very smooth then taste like sweet biscuts and begins to turn slightyly spicy bitter and finishes very clean. this beer is very balanced
M: little bit of body but still water and plenty of carbination but it complements this beer extremely well
D: give me a twelve pack of these and i would be glad to finish them any time.

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Photo of juju7
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great big 2 finger head over the pale gold body sure looks the part. A hoppy nose albeit seems to getting on a bit in freshness. Slight touch of lemon in the background with a niggling smell of Weet Bix (that would be a cereal aroma).Drinks light,creamy and smooth with a mild bitterness. A nice long finish with a pleasant aftertaste. I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this brew exemplifies how a Munchner Helles should look: Tons of bright white head, with a gold and ultra clear body. This brew looks just too enticing. The lacing sticks well to the glass all the way through my half liter serving.

The aroma is more than on par for the style: A good amount of cereal grain sweetness, but with a hint of lemon.

Taste wise, this is again an enjoyable experience: Just the right balance of sweet and buttery biscuit and a strong finish with lemon drop.

This helles is totally well balanced with not too much carbonation that it drowns out the taste. This leaves the palate very refreshed and ready to have some more. I wish I would've tried this beer sooner. God Bless Paulaner!

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

Served in an Paulaner 0.5 liter mug. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Bright, clear yellow with a thin head that fades quickly to small rim around glass. Lots of thin streams of bubbles last for the entire glass. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Aroma is that of light bready malt with hints of fresh floral hops.

Taste: The flavor is crisp, clean and fresh with light bready malt sweetness but little or no hop bitterness at first. Over time the hops show up a bit more but never take over the flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light bodied with low, soft carbonation. The finish is medium long as the malt sweetness trails off into subtle floral hop bitterness.

Drinkability: This is easily drinkable and I could easily see having a few in the heat of summer or with friends while sitting around chatting, etc.

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

2 of 4 in my Lager lineup on this fine evening.
From the 500ml bottle, it goes right up to the rim of my prima pils glass, with just enough headspace to mushroom over the top without breaking tension. This sucker pours like a beer commercial.

HEad dies away fairly quickly, but bubbles rise up steadily. Clear straw (pee) yellow.

Got a slight whiff of skunk/lightstruck at first, but it aired out. Some light cereals and a crisp noble hop profile.

Nice smooth drinker, with good fizzy carbonation and some light cereal/barley/grapenut grain in the malt profile. Hops are crisp, slightly metallic, and a nicely spicy. This is one very well balanced beer, utterly true to the Helles Lager style, and soooo drinkable! Delicious!

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

this beer poured nice into the glass with about one and a half inches of head. the head settled to a light head and film. smells and tastes = yum! a good german lager that is a good thirst quencher and goes very well with food. color was yellow with steady carbonation.

good beer makes me happy! suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, with a "bottled on" date of 11/08. tasted in mid-march 2009.

clear, pale golden straw. fizzy head is adequate, but soon fades to wisps. some thin and splotchy lacing.

clean aroma, whiff of sulfur, moving into noble hops, with hint of bready malt in the back.

crisp, mild to moderate bitterness of noble hops comes right out in front of the palate, along with fizzy, crispy carbonation. malt underneath and in the finish, but more emphasis on the hops. all of this seems a touch watery however.

drinkable enough.

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Paulaner Original Münchner from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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