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Organic Münster Alt - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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BA SCORE
82
good

357 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 16
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-16-2002

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Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy, hazy shades of gold. Thin head formed at the top and dissolved after a few seconds. Looks much like a slightly darker hefeweizen.

S - Smells of alcohol and citrus. Hints of overripe banana and other herbal aromas.

T - Solidly good all around. The beer spashes on the tongue spicy and assertive yet it does not overpower the senses. Grains, cereal, and lemon peel were the first flavors I detected. There's actually a lack of presence of flavor, maybe because this feels like a traditional Belgian - but it works!

M - Thin on the palate and it kind of stings when it sits. Not very good in this particular area.

D - Goes down smooth and delicious. Decent drinkability.

Photo of John
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very Kolsch-like appearance...light straw color and somewhat hazy from the yeast. Huge head when poured, dissipates to a thin layer. Lightly toasted grain, fruity (white grape) aroma. Fresh bread grains and subdued hops summarize the flavor. Once again, for a light colored beer, there's plenty of flavor. An (ale) altbier by definition but unlike any German alt (brown ale) I've ever had. Nevertheless, a tasty light German ale.

Photo of budgood1
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this organic pours out a hazy, dirty, dark golden color. huge foamy head which is painfully slow to die down. sweet aroma of bran and honey cereal. floral hops dance in and out of the nose. very smooth mouthfeel, bordering on slick....this leads to a rather layered taste profile, with malt and toffee...some slight caramel and choco notes...all backed up with an unmistakeable alcohol bite in the finish. seems quite light in all aspects for an alt. but yet pretty stiff because it has some serious alcohol overtones. munster alt definitely is a style all it's own. recommended for it's uniqueness.

Photo of Wildman
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a straw color and formed a nice bubbly foamy white head that left some circular lace when it subsided. Some carbonation present. An aroma of malt and grain. A flavor of grain, banana and lightly of citrus. The body was light and the finish slightly dry. My first try of this style, so the review may change.

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured hazy golden yellow in color with a thin white head that quickly dissipated, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacy patterns in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of bread and caramel malts in the nose, along with some notes of apples.
T: Unlike the smell, the malty flavors are not as pronounced in the taste and only lend some hints of sweetness. Fruity flavors are more apparent in the finish; apples and lemons stand out in particular.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The light-bodied nature of this beer makes it go down rather easily.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Brauerei Pinkus Mueller's Munster Alt a couple weeks ago for $3.59 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a new beer to try and I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it did have #06000a9, but I don't know what that means. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty simple looking and it's not too eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy pale yellow color that took on more of golden color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, it's a little light looking for a Altbier, but that could be because it's a Munster Alt.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some bready, sweet malts, grainy, and light caramel like aromas. Up next comes the yeast which imparts a fruity and doughy aroma. This beer had a pretty nice and unique aroma.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by all those malty aspect that I got in the aroma with hardly any of that caramel aspect coming through and the grainy and sweet malts seem to stick out the most. Up next comes the yeast which imparts that same fruity and doughy aspect with the doughy flavors showing up just a little more. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a little more sweetness and a grainy and sweet malt like aftertaste, This was a nice tasting beer, but it was a little on the sweet side.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and nice example a typical German Lager, it had all the aspects that I would expect from that style and it didn't seem to be all that similar to any of the Altbiers I've had, but I've never had a Munster Alt before so that might be typical for the style. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, not filling, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these but the sweetness might start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, that caramel aspect made it pretty nice. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness, if it was toned down a little it would help this beer out. I might buy this beer again when in the mood for this style, it's priced well and I would recommend it to anyone who likes German lagers. All in all I thought this was a solid beer, it was pretty similar to some of the better German Lagers I've had and it didn't have anything off about it. This made for a nice first impression for Brauerei Pinkus Mueller and i wouldn't mind trying a few more of their beers. Nice job guys, keep up the good Organic work..

Photo of TheTrevor
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy golden color with a big foamy head. The smell was mostly malt with a little bit of spicy and slightly grassy hops. The taste follows the smell, starting off with a little sweet malt that gives away to some flavorful hops that aren't overbearing. The mouthfeel was slightly watery with some very refreshing crisp carbonation. This a very drinkable beer that doesn't sacrifice flavor for drinkability.

Photo of watchnerd
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is unlike any altbier I've had before, the look resembling a pilsener, pouring out a hazy golden color, as opposed to a brown or amber. Not much head or lacing, settling down quickly to a tiny tiny ring of foam.

Tastewise, it's dominated by malt, hops, and yeast, tasting almost like a less hoppy version of what Pilsener Urquell used to taste like back before it got bought and was still good. Sort of resembles Budvar/Czechvar.

Very drinkable and a pleasant, if sedate, beer, but not at all representative of a typical altbier. So if you're looking for a classic alt, look elsewhere.

However, if you think of it as a decently good pils, you'll be fine.

Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy gold with mild carbonation from small bubbles. Bone white head starts out fizzy, turns rocky and then settles to a thin film. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Fruity apple and pear scents, with a straw backbone. A little bit musty too.

T: Quite hay like, with a pepper bitterness that provides nice balance. A pear flavor can be tasted throughout the experience. Finishes tart and dry with a lingering lemon flavor.

M: Medium body feels bit syrupy. Carbonation level is a tad too high.

D: A nice unassuming beer. I'm glad I picked it up. Relatively low ABV makes for easy drinking. Seems like a good session beer.

Photo of TheDM
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a full head of finely sized white bubbles with a fair lacing. This brew has a cloudy dark yellow color with carbonation rising continuously up the side of the glass. It has a citrus flavor with a hint of honey full bodied and flavorful with a corresponding citrusy honey aroma. I can tell already that this brew is going to go down well with dinner.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tall pilsner glass
A – 4 finger white fine bubble head settles/coarsens at a moderate pace to a thin layer w/ no lacing, brew is a very pale light yellow 3
S – Granny smith apples, fresh fruity sweet aroma is crisp & light, milder floral and malt notes 4
T – Subtly sweet bitterness with mild florals, an almost hefeweizen like wheat quality, nicely built and well balanced 3.5
M – Light body with a mild dryness, carbonation was needed to give this mild profile some body but was almost fizzy 3.5
O – A much lighter alt than I am used to, refreshing, a very drinkable & sessionable beer I enjoyed but not my favorite of the style, may pick this up again for a summer time thirst quenching session 3.5

Photo of TWHartman
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy golden with a white head that dissipates quickly

S- bready, yeasty smell, with a hint of something zesty, like orange marmalade

T- slightly sweet bready malt with a sour finish, in tune with that marmalade smell

M- Well rounded, right amount of carbonation to drink a bunch of, very smooth

O- overall I like this, but I think it is a little too sour to be a really good Alt. There is not enough malt flavor and aroma or bitterness, and a little too much fruit/yeast ester going on to make this a quaffable Alt.

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter in color than any other alt that I have seen. It pours out a darkish yellow, almost like a hefe. Looks good, just doesn't look like an alt. The smell is like raw wheat and more harsh than I expected. The smell is a bit grassy as well. Taste is similar to the smell but more mild. This is an alt? I guess that I don't know much about the style. The grassy notes come through more in the after taste. Actually a well balanced beer, I am just very confused about the style and how this beer fits in.

Photo of tavernjef
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking glass of beer, tall and thick white head just over an inch high, golden straw yellow body, head settles slowly to a thick hazy foam, lace sticks amazingly well in clumpy patches. Aroma is lightly malty sweet and fruity, kinda like sourdough bread and eggs, notes of vanilla, almond, and strawberry. An inticing nose, but lightly so. Taste is mild, some short lived bready sweetness, lightly fruity with strawberry and honeydew, subdued tangyness, malts are quite sweet and frothy fresh. Takes a bit of getting use to, but once it settles in and warms up some it ain't half bad. Feel is close to medium, carbonation is pretty full and raspy in texture with a full on sweetness sticking around long after each sip. A strange, sweetly fruity brew, a bit enjoyable, but I think I'd rather be drinkin' something else.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, honey and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey and caramel. Then there is some breadiness from a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, this is a decent beer that it worth drinking for a while but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a stange. Had a brownish-yellow color and a cloudy-murky consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A sweet, grassy smell, with some hops and a sugary quality.

T: The grassiness, more than anything dominated the taste. Also had a tinge of hops and caramel in it as well. An OK taste, but not overwhelmingly awesome.

M: A high amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: For an organic beer (with which I haven't had much luck) this one is drinkable. Not something I'd come running back to.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. My first altbier, it would appear.

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of foamy, tightly bubbly eggshell white head, which melts away readily, leaving some patchy webbed lace in its wake. There are also steady streams of effervescence rising from the bottom of the glass, like sparkling wine.

It smells of spicy dried fruit - apple, mostly - a bit of zesty yeast, mild exotic citrus, and a crackery pale malt. The taste is bready, grainy cereal malts, light, ethereal lemon citrus, a hint of toasted nuts, an echo of banana chips, applesauce, spicy yeast, and herbal, floral hops.

The carbonation is a tad bracing, at first, filling the mouth with unwelcome air pockets, but settles to a dull edge in time, all of which somewhat obscures a medium weight body, that nonetheless retains a fair bit of fruity mealiness in its quotidian smoothness. It finishes rather dry and crisp, that masked spiciness lingering.

A refreshing enough summer quaff, once the bubbles settle, and agreeably complex, if a bit light all around. I'd have this again, after checking out a few other instances of the style.

Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden ( I wish I remember what color it was when I drank this in N. Germany, but that was late into the night in Hamelin (sp??)) Not a traditional alt color to my understanding. Thick white head fades to a sight film. below average lacing

Smell: Sweetness/malt and not much else

Taste: Sweetness, some tartness, not much (hints) grainy toasty (none) notes I look for in an alt. Will be interested to see what other reviewers stateside think of this. dryness and some bitterenss in the finish. Reminds me of a golden ale. Not a slave to style but gotta knock it down some for straying this far IMHO. I'd rate this much higher as a golden ale, probably at least .5 more on the overall. I've tryed about 5 German & 3 American alts and this just seems out of whack for the style

MF: Slight prickly but otherwise balanced

Actually quite drinkable, just not in the style box. If you want that, find some Diebels!!

Photo of BrunEngr
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of horndecker
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, and the color of polished brass. A bright and fine head, but a short-lived one.

Tart lemon nose, piney, sweet malt aroma and a hint of the vegetable.

A kick of hops starts it, bitter, earthy, and herbal. A mineral citric flash, then round maltiness, a bit less pronounced then expected for an altbier. The finish is stark and mildly bitter.

Medium bodied, yet creamy and with a decent carbonation. Yet it does lack the assertive bitterness and maltiness I like in an alt.

Photo of flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: body is slightly hazy with a medium-light golden hue. Head is a thick finger of pillowy white foam. This looks OK, overall, but is way lighter than I think of an alt as being.

Smell: aroma is slightly fruity; slightly biscuity. Malt is quite sweet and there's not much here in the way of hops. Not bad, but again, not super altbier-ey.

Taste: quite fruity: pear and apple, mostly. The beer is sweet and bitterness isn't strong enough for good balance (though there is some bitterness at the end). Earthy hops are present, and they are nice, but overall this beer is kind of sticky and I feel like the brewers could have put a bit more care into it. That said, it's not *too* bad.

Mouthfeel: at last, something to celebrate. Medium body (concomitant with all that residual sweetness, no doubt) mixes with a decent carbonation to yield a rich, creamy texture. Like it.

Drinkability: to me this beer is a little too sweet, not really to style, imbalanced and generally flawed. It is pretty refreshing, though, and I dig the texture quite a lot. Split the difference.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, bright golden color, high carbonation, fat, fuzzy, slowly settling, snow white head.
Aroma: yeasty, softly citric, lemony, and clean, rather spare, actually.
Taste: brief, not quite bitter hop appearance leads the way on the palate, a quick spritz, then it's more emptiness, with just a touch of malt, and a hint of sweetness. Body is light, finish rather blase', and all 'round it's a forgettable affair. You've got to applaud the organic angle, though, and it's drinkable, and tasty, but too simplistic for me to get excited over.

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of moulefrite
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, lemony golden in color with only a tease of head. Aromas are of sweet malt and tangy citrus. Flavors are on the bright side-very lemony with a good crisp mouthfeel and basically clean flavors. Some tang to go with the malt here, and a very low hop profile. The mid palate and finish come off as almost sweet, with a lemon soda type of flavor. Perhaps better with food than alone.

Photo of sammyt728
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.