Paulaner are a properly old German brewery based in Munich who have been brewing away since 1634 and are probably best known for their Weissbier which I pretty much lived on the first time I went to Budapest in Hungary but now it's time to try their Munchner Hell/Munich Lager. I was actually given this as a Christmas gift and it's been sat in my fridge for nearly 6 months now waiting for a warm enough day for me to justify drinking a lager instead of a proper beer. I do have some fairly high hopes for this though, Germans really do know how to do good beer and anywhere that's been brewing for 400 years must be doing something right.
Munchner Hell comes in a pretty hefty looking 500ml bottle with a cool yellow label featuring the Munich skyline and Paulaner logo. It also confirms what we should expect from a German beer in that it is brewed in accordance with the Bavarian Purity law of 1516 which basically means it can only be brewed with hops, barley, water and yeast. You'll see this on most German beers. The beer contains a fairly average these days 4.9% alcohol and in truth there's probably not a great deal else I can say about it without cracking it open.
The beer pours a clear straw yellow with a distinctly average white head which leaves a little lacing. The aroma is grassy lemons with maybe some grainy malts hiding in the background so it looks and smells very much like most lagers. I was hoping for more malts if I'm honest as in my opinion that's about the only thing that can save a lager from been bland. I have to say that so far I'm not overly impressed but as long as it tastes ok and keeps me cool on a warm day that's pretty much all I expect from a beer like this.
Munchner Hell is somewhere between light and medium bodied and tastes quite nasty sadly. There's some lemon in there but it's all quite tangy, it's certainly not comparable to the Paulaner Weissbier and actually comes out worse than most lagers. I had already had Salzburger Stiegl today and I have to say that's a much nicer lager than this. I'm going to give Paulaner Munchen Hell 1 out of 10 and that's pretty poor even for a lager. This is a beer that just doesn't do anything interesting and still manages to taste bad.