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Brewed by Paulaner Brauerei (Schörghuber)
Style: Dortmunder/Helles
Munich, Germany
Serve in Lager glass

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RATINGS: 1180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
When the Original Münchner was brewed for the first time at the end of the 19th Century, it was a spectacular success. With its hoppy taste, subtle, light and elegant, it becomes ever popular. Today the Paulaner Original Münchner is the best sold Münchner Hellbier (lager beer) in the world and Paulaner's No. 1 export beer in over 30 countries with its wonderfully subtle, spicy, naturally hearty taste.

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3.4
nearbeer (5555) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 20, 2007
12 oz, bottled Dec 2006. Clear topaz with a small, but lasting head. Dry, sweet cereal and corn shuck-grassy aroma. Flavor is sweet cereal grain, with some delicately bitter, fruity and herby hops on the end. Palate is almost medium-bodied, fairly smooth and makes my tongue tingle a bit.

2.2
cheap (6006) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2007
My bottle says Original Munich premium lager, I hope this is the right beer. Initially an off aroma when you pop the lid but it clears to a more attractive olfactory once poured. Ubiquitous pale yellow american lager color. The taste is a little more savory than many dorts. Some salt in the background. Much easier to enjoy without effort when compared to Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold and Victory V. Good creamy carbonation is present on a medium low level. Bitterness is well controlled and minimized. But after a few swigs and near the end of the session there is a building industrial or mettalic bite that manifests itself on the back of the throat. That hangs for a while on the finish. Overall, cannot keep up with that ever popular dort Lowenbrau.

2.4
imdownthepub (15129) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2007
Bottle, 500ml, pasteurised. Gold with white forced head. Thin and watery malt flavours straight from the start with quite a metallic, tinny background taste. I get a touch of hops, but seemingly quite boiled and I get very little subtle nuances, frankly disappointing.

4.2
andrewboss (137) - New York, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Bottle... very impressive beer. Was interested in it after it’s debut with me was a Salvator. Pours a nice and soothing yellow with a medium sized white head. First impression: might have a bit of a watery, generic flavor. On second time around, an instant change. A very full bbodied flavor. Textured, with character. The finish is nice and hoppy. A beautiful bitter flavor. A very fine beer.

3.2
FlacoAlto (4216) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Newly distributed beer, Bottle date of 02.06, Sampled August 2007
Pours a brilliantly clear, yellow gold color and is topped by a frothy, initially fat, one-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The aroma has a sharp, herbal grassiness to it that is immediately noticeable. Underneath this is a nice, dry, biscuit / cracker like malt character, but there is also a touch of sweet grain aromatics here as well. Hints of butterscotch and a touch of lemon zest are also noticeable at times in the aroma.

The beer is quite chilled right now, which causes it to be quite crisp, with a biting bitterness and a cracker-like malt character. At this temperature the beer is quite dry. As it warms up a bit a soft, though simple, malt sweetness becomes present as does a touch of butterscotch. The hop character opens up a bit more; it leans towards grassy notes with perhaps a hint of lemon zest. The perception of bitterness really is muted once the beer warms up as well, though it still provides a sharp backbone to the flavor profile. Somewhat light bodied, but still has a touch of structure and body to it. A decent beer, which is probably even better fresh.

2.6
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2007
Bottle. Disappointing after the hefeweizen, but hard to be otherwise. Decent enough, with a subtle sort of oaky flavour. That’s all gone by the time the bitter finish arrives though, so you’d have to say the timing’s a bit off. Carbonation is somehow weird as well.

2.8
downender (8774) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2007
Bottle. Golden coloured with a decent white head. Sweet malt aroma with some zest hops. Flavour also had a sweet edge with a slightly bitter finish. Ok.

3.1
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Bottled over a year ago (oops), I was surprised how good this one was. Pours a clear yellow with a spare, almost creamy, white head. On the nose is a sweet grain (corn) and straw with a bit of skunk on the pour that fades with time. Light-bodied and lively with a dry, clean finish. There was a hint of metal in the first few sips, but it disappeared by the third or fourth. Sweet, bready malt with a hint of corn. Crisp, clear and refreshing. This is definitely a good candidate for a BMC drinker’s "gateway" beer. Familiar enough for pale lager fans to be comfortable with the flavor profile and then get them to try Paulaner’s pils, hefe and marzen. If AB could make a beer like this, I’d buy it.

3.2
pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2007
Sweet malty smell - a little too much and pungent for me. Average light golden color - nothing extraordinary. A little off on the carbonation and slightly watery - but decent. Very easy to drink. Short, bitter bite in the aftertaste - I enjoy this short finishing bitterness. The more I drank of this and let it sit, the more the flavors stood out and developed in the glass.

3.1
BREWMUSKCLES (2727) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2007
mildly tropical fruit flavors co-exist with this german type bitter and refreshing brew. with small carbonation and a lightish mouthfeel this is a beer you can sit back and break open a few times! once an interesting challange to reveal (before american brewers did all of the work for the taster). this is a nice example of a spicy and subtle beer.


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