Saturday, September 10, 2011

Paulaner Original Munich Lager

OK, back to all viewer request month. This one comes from who's all the way in Australia. You'd think he'd want me to review an Australian beer since I never have (unless you count Foster's). But he wanted to see me review Paulaner Munich Lager - a German beer. Even though I just reviewed a German lager a few weeks ago, it's been a long time since I reviewed anything by Paulaner - so let's give it a shot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (643) - Albany, USA - SEP 9, 2011
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a lager glass.

Appearance: Bright maize yellow with slight orange hue. Mostly clear body with some haze. Forms a small, bright white, frothy head which retains and laces very well.

Smell: Generic pale, non-adjunct aroma. Milled grain, slight sweetness and a hint of orangepeel or other citrus pith.

Taste: Pale lagers and pilsners are among my least favorite styles of beer, so if one can make me say anything more than "meh" you know it’s doing something right. That’s definitely the case of Paulaner Lager - I honestly didn’t think I’d like it this much, but it’s pretty good. Up front is a light malty sweetness with a cold, refreshing quality. It’s a clean taste without the oily qualities you tend to get in American adjunct macro lagers. For a moment in the middle there is a quick hop nibble. Just a minute amount of bitterness that you find in pale lagers of the sort. The end finishes much like it begins with a mild sweetness with a hint of orange fruit and orange peel flavor. It’s not necessarily tart or acid like you’d get with a hop forward beer like an IPA, but just much more character than your average pale lager.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly medium-bodied, actually. Not overly fizzy or carbonated. Refreshing while in the mouth, but it does leave a dry, pasty aftertaste.

Drinkability: I drank Paulaner Lager outside on a hot day and it was surprisingly refreshing. The clean, cold, mild palate really make it a beer to drink for the sake of drinking a beer. While the aftertaste is a little annoying, it’s easily obscured by taking another swig. It weighs in at only 4.9% ABV and satisfies as if it were something heavier.

Overall, Paulaner Original Munich Lager is one of the best German lagers I’ve ever had.

Grade: 7/10

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