With the relatively short amount of time the United States has been around, whenever I look at European history and how long certain buildings and companies have been around, I’m always amazed. The Paulaner brewery has been around since 1634, and that’s a very long time. They’ve even been supplying Oktoberfest with beer since 1810. There are a lot of breweries in the United States, but none with that kind of lifespan. The United States declared independence from England in 1776 and the oldest running brewery, Yuengling, was only founded in 1829. So relative to the United States and our breweries, this one has a lot of history.
Lagers are generally crisp and refreshing, which is perfect on this hot summer day. From Paulaner’s website, “A true Classic. This beer is credited for being one of the most popular Munich lager. Moreover, our brew masters were among the first to bring Munich lager beer to the Bavarian taps. The recipe for success remains: A perfect balance of malty character and the light bitterness of hops. Our Original Munich Lager is a true classic with its clear and bright gold sparkling hue, crowned by a pure white head. A beer which always goes down well: mild, elegant malts, with a hint of sweetness and a soft hint of hops in the background. This Munich beer is ideal to accompany spare ribs and spicy dishes. Just try it!”
This beer was purchased individually at a local liquor store. It came in a 11.2 fluid ounce (331 mL) bottle and is 4.9% alcohol by volume. The beer has a nice pour without much head and a nice clear golden color. The smell is slightly sweet, with a little grain, malt, and hops. The taste is crisp, clean, and refreshing. There is a little bite at the finish but not too bad. Overall not a very strong flavor, but it’s enjoyable. Definitely a good lager, and with the history of Paulaner, I think it’s a pretty good beer to try.
Have a favorite summer beer? Let me know in the comments!