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Organic Münster Alt - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

Organic Münster AltOrganic Münster Alt

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BA SCORE
82
good

317 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.07%


Brewed by:
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-16-2002)
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PirateUlf73

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Poured into a cylinder glass.

A: Deep golden-blond color and slightly hazy. The head is somewhat fizzy, yet substantial and white. Lacing was pretty good as well.

S: Has delicious fruity and flowery qualities about it. Also present is a dry crispness from the pale malt. Absolutely gorgeous nose on this one.

T: Starts with an ale-like fruitiness and is complemented by a slightly chalky, lager-like crispness. Pretty sweet, but not overly so by any means. An intriguing blend of flavors.

M: Fairly light-bodied, but substantial enough. Decent carbonation and the finish is slightly sweet and slightly dry.

D: Goes down so smooth and easy that it would be understandable if one lost track of how many of these he/she has had.

A very solid, delicious brew. At first the flavors reminded me of many different styles, and given what I've read, it seems that this beer is lighter (in color anyway) than most altbiers. Nevertheless, this one is infinitely drinkable and tasty. I could see this being a good gateway beer. I'm not sure how its being organic factored into the taste, but hey, it's organic (for what it's worth)!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 05:32:25 | More by PirateUlf73
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MrIncognito

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a short pilsner/hefeweizen hybrid glass. Nice fizzy white head atop a lightly haze golden body. Medium carbonation floats to the top and supports the head for a couple minutes. Head leaves nice lacing along the glass.

S - Malty upfront with some sweetness and flowery hop aromas in the back. A bit light a pilsner in the smell.

T&M - Very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation to make this lightly crisp. Pretty light-bodied taste but with wonderful flavors of caramel malts and a nice flowery taste. A touch of honeycomb as the beer warms. Slightly bitter on the back of the tongue for the aftertaste but not too lingering.

D - Such a nice beer with fantastic drinkability. Could easily put down 3 of these in a night and could session it all day. Nice light flavors yet complex and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 15:52:34 | More by MrIncognito
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zerk

California

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and gold with a thin white head. Aroma is malty and fruity... a grainy aroma mixed with sour fruit. Flavor is mild but interesting... some grain and bread like flavors with critus and sour apple notes. Finishes with a touch of spicy hops. Crisp and refereshing, with a light to medium body. Would make an excellent summer seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2002 08:40:59 | More by zerk
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy pale golden yellow with high foam that recedes quickly and completely.

Wheaty smell that has a slightly sweet back to it.

Citrus taste, slightly sour, with a clean finish. Lingering sour taste. Tartness throughout.

Creamy and sour in the mouth. Virtually no carbonation is evident.

Drinkable, tasty, refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 01:55:07 | More by KTCamm
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an unusual beer.

I don't have a Stange glass, so I first tried a hefeweizen glass. I later switched to an imperial pint glass which worked well.

The beer poured a yellow-orange color, with a 4F head. Very nice looking beer.

The aroma was sweet clove with some fruit, different than in other German beers I have tasted.

The mouth feel is moderate.

The taste is unusual. Deep fruit, mostly pear, slightly different than other wheat beers. There was an off-taste to the fruit- actually quite good, but unlike other fruit tastes in German wheat beers.

excellent finish: slightly bitter with maltiness as it warms up.

In general, very different. The combination of a different fruit, sweet clove, and maltiness make an excellent beer. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:45:55 | More by brureview
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Avagadro

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pinkus Alt is deep amber in color with a slight haze, and decorated with healthy lacing and a frothy white head.

S: This beer smells like a mash-tun, rich with grainy goodness. The honey and grain aromas are rich, bold, and let you know that you are about to enjoy a malty treat.

T: As the nose promises, This beer is saturated with flavors of raw barley, wheat, and oatmeal, topped off with a dose of honey to sweeten the deal.

M: Medium in body, carbonation, and chewiness.

D: This is a delightful, readily available Altbier that delivers the goods. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to get to know German beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 22:29:58 | More by Avagadro
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy and dull pale yellow color. Huge head of frothy and hearty foam topped this brew off and kept bouncing back after every pour. The aroma yielded sweet musty grains, along with sticky sweet fruity nectar. A beautiful lemon grassiness compliments the beer. The taste is pleasantly light, fruity and refreshing. This is a unique Altbier, and one of the lightest I’ve ever had. Very flavorful, fruity and refreshing with just a hint of spicy sweet malts in the finish. Lacks that peppery spice quality as I have tasted in some other Alts, like a Frankenheim say, but very nice in its own right. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 19:48:18 | More by pezoids
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Puddleglum

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was told this would be a little different than the Dusseldorf Alt style I am familiar with and it was. I found the flavor to be a little more acidic and the flavor and aroma to have a slight citrusy note. Of course there is plenty of malt and a very smooth finish on this. I did enjoy it and hope to again soon. Quaff away.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 13:23:16 | More by Puddleglum
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dasenebler

Maine

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

.5L, Germany, best by Oct. 2011.

Pours a clear, light gold with a fizzy head. Decent retention; tiny bit of lacing.

Aroma is interesting for the style. Lots of tangy, ripe fruit -- almost like a wheat beer -- and a good dose of biscuits and grain.

Pinkus Original is brewed to the "Alt" style, but it's completely different from Düsseldorfer Alt, which is more of a brown ale. The flavor is lightly tart and grainy, almost like an amalgamation of Exportbier, Weissbier and Kölsch. Let me explain: this interesting brew combines the grainy maltiness of an Export, the fruity tartness of a old-style Weisse, and the German "aleness," if you will, of a Kölsch. Tangy hop character adds some depth and bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and soda-like, but with relatively creamy carbonation. Finish was a tad too grainy.

At first I wasn't too keen on this stuff (probably because I was expecting a typical Alt) but then I realized how unique and drinkable it is. Unlike any other German ale I've sampled.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 17:55:51 | More by dasenebler
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Mildly hazy honey colored (soft yellow-orange). Slowly recessing foam with large chunky bubbles, Two fingers tall when poured into a 1L mug.

S: Honey, white bread and honey malt aroma

T: grainy with a bread crust vibe. a bit of fruity, sweetness maybe from the ale yeast? earthy spice hop after taste.

M: moderate body and carb. very smooth

O: A very drinkable bier. My first Alt that wan't a Homebrew and it was much different then I expected. I could easily drink a Liter of this on a warm day, and to me thats a sign of a good German beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 00:36:18 | More by guityler83
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archyquaffer

Montana

4.31/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 ounce Euro-brown bottle into a sampler. A moderate pour produces about 1/2 inch of a frothy, snow white head. The beer is a hazy pale golden with high carbonation. The color is surprisingly pale.

Wow. This is unique and different (and very tasty). The aroma is so unique that I can hardly describe it, but it is very nice. Delicate hop flavor-aromas are evident, producing hints of citrus and candy-like pale malts- pineapple comes to mind. I think the uniqueness that I can't quite describe might be from mineral water, yeast, or a combination of the two. A little bit of pleasant tartness is evident in the aftertaste. The brew feels tingly on the tongue and produces plenty of pleasant burpiness.

I bought this bottle for $3.29 at Front Street Market in Butte, Montana. This beer is a very reasonably priced treat, and I must extend kudos to my favorite local beer outlet. I've noticed a few of these German imports that are a very good value. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:27:38 | More by archyquaffer
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Zorro

California

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden brew.

Smell is light and very fruity; fruity to the point that it approaches the level of a Belgian brew. There is an apples and peaches scent to this.

Taste is mild malts and fruit, with some husky grain thrown in. The hops in this create a mild almost tea tannin level bitter finish that is quite nice.

Mouthfeel is good.

A super drinkable brew, I like Alt Biers, this is the best one I have had yet.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2004 03:59:00 | More by Zorro
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dgallina

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from .5 liter bottle without freshness date.

Poured a somewhat hazy golden amber with big, peaky white head and slight lace. Smells rather grainy and fruity; citrus and banana on a lightly toasted and wheaty malt base. Flavor is a continuing interplay of earthy grains with banana sweetness, finishing very pleasingly dry and tart. Nicely carbonated medium-weight body.

An unusual, but satisfying beer. The initial flavors are what you'd expect from an Alt, while the finish is saison-like; surprisingly tart and full of citrus.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 02:47:58 | More by dgallina
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at Mr. Moto's in Burlington IA, poured from a standard German 0.5L bottle. The beer was much lighter in color than I expected for an Altbier, it was crystal clear and golden colored. The aroma was malty, a little like a muted wort smell, very promising. The flavor was almost all malts, slightly sweet, nothing offensive but nothing too strong either. Very easy for a variety of palates I would guess, almost like a strong Kolsch. Very nice sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 14:16:12 | More by TurdFurgison
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ccrida

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a wiezen glass, the Organic Münster Alt is clear gold with a small white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is sweet and thick, flowers, sugar and

Taste is pretty good, nice sweet malt but clean, almost more like a belgian pale ale, not at all cloying or overly sweet as the nose might sugguest. I've never had an alt beer that I can remember, and though I expected this to be yellow when I bought it, I see BA cites the style is more brown ale.

Mouthfeel is on the crisper, dry side, but very smooth.

Drinkability is really pretty good for me, a tasty german blonde.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 02:30:09 | More by ccrida
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sleek brown euro style 17 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Puffy cloud like white head floats on top of a hazy pale golden brew.

Smell: A bit raw and earthy with yeast, grain and a mild tartness in the nose.

Taste: Medium bodied with a crisp and chewy malt mouth feel. Lots of malt on the tongue with a very rounded grainy undertone. Hop bitterness is slightly assertive leaving a sweet herbal flavour in its path. Mild tart twang from the hops and yeast in the background from start to finish. More sweet grain and a long lasting grain taste make up the finish.

Notes: Brewed in the classic Alt style, lighter in colour though still retaining a sturdy malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2002 21:56:14 | More by Jason
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Halcyondays

California

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a light white head, no real lace, looks like a hefeweizen.

S: Classic German malt smell, bock like a 180 from what I was expected due to the colour. Smells like Alt. Nice minerality.

T: Pilsner malt, with a nice tartness bringing notes of lemon and hard water. Nice flavour, unique for the style.

M: Crisp mouthfeel with carbonation that just dances on the palate makes this beer very refreshing, in this aspect it reminds me a bit of Berliner Weisse.

D: Pinkus has brought a smorgasboard of German beer styles together and created a fantastic ale. This would make a great beer for the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 21:25:50 | More by Halcyondays
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an arrogant bastard glass. Beer is dark yellow / light brown. Smell is wheaty but no hop character. Carbonation / head was large to begin with and fell away quickly, carbonation persists through the life of the beer. Taste is great, wheaty, nice, not hoppy. Mouthfeel is full, drinkability is high. Pinkus is a great brewery and they produce excellent beers. This is one of the best they produce. Check it out if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 00:50:40 | More by drabmuh
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speter

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into stange. (Warning: don't serve this too warm, or you will get lots of foam!)

A: Clear straw color with a copious head that faded with nice lacing.

S: Earthy, grass with a hint of noble hops.

T: Classic altbier. Crisp, tart, and refreshing. Sharp bite up front gives way to a malty center. The finish is grainy and hoppy together.

M: Rather light in body with massive carbonation that cut through the fat in the meal I was having it with.

D: When you're in the mood for an alt, this is one to reach for.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 02:09:45 | More by speter
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foles

Australia

4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Travelled a long way to visit the brewery - and it was worth it (Munster is a great town and Pinkus a great brewery).

Everything says lager about this beer until it hits the back of the palate. A nice fruitiness, slight tartness and a general depth of flavour and complexity emerges from this beer. From the brewmasters mouth, its a simple pils base, with an alt yeast and some PH manipulations to get some tartness.

Top beer, very very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 06:16:08 | More by foles
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marburg

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Odd -- light yellow-gold, slightly hazed, carbonation desperately clings to the sides of the glass. Highly herbal quality to the aroma. Grainy aromas. Light notes of lemon grass. Medium-bodied, feels a bit like a dense, unsweetened cake. Grassy hops. Slightly astringent feel to the aftertaste. Simply a spectacular beer to drink. It isn't the most exciting or most flavorful or most aromatic brew you'll ever have, but it's tasteful simplicity and drinkability make it a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 02:37:23 | More by marburg
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful label designed by Charlie Finkel.

The Pinkus Muller Munster Alt is certainly different than the altbiers common to Dusseldorf. It's yellow-gold in color; with a frothy head of bright-white foam that holds quite well, slowly drops to a creamy cap, and leaves wide rings of sticky lace about the glass with each sip.

The nose offers fresh, sweet, and grainy malt.

In the mouth its gently effervescent carbonation bristles the tongue before it warms to become somewhat creamy, displaying its medium body.

The flavor is much as the nose suggests, with its lightly sweetish and very subtly tart malt dominating. Some hops and a bit of very low key yeasty fruitiness come into play; and it's grassy, slightly doughy, and very mildly bitter with an underlying acidity that also helps to balance it.

This is a great, easy drinking, refreshing, and mildly complex beer that would be perfect in a wide variety of situations; and one that would pair easily with an even greater selection of foods. Quite nice!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2005 13:48:50 | More by NeroFiddled
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Offa

California

4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is light but tasty, with a firm character, a little complexity, and high drinkability.

Slightly hazy straw-gold, it has a medium white head steadily shrinking to a thin foamy ring and a little weak lace.

Aroma is fully fruity grain, herbs, bread, apple, pear, yeast - a bit like a Belgian blonde/pale ale crossed with a helles bier.

Taste is similar, light, crisp, but with a solid, firm character and a little complexity well-rounded. It is strong, fruity grain, yeasty-tangy bread dough, mineral, light herbs, hay, light pear and apple. It finishes with a mineral-lemony dryness, slightly yeasty-lemony-earthy tartness, before a slightly sweeter, lingering aftertaste of grain.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 18:16:19 | More by Offa
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold color (lighter than many alts i've had). Small white head, very sticky on the side of the glass. Smell is sweet and grainy, very earthy and pungent. Alcohol is present in the smell, but it tastes stronger than it is. Biscuity yeast and earthy. A very unique beer, i can't really compare it with anything else.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2004 22:47:36 | More by TastyTaste
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thartman

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, golden color, thin white head that retains well, noticable carbonation.

Smell: Earthy yeast smell, grainy and kind of sour, barnyard hay, very prominant on the nose.

Taste: Similar to the nose, grainy, earthy, tangy, a little sour and bitter on the finish, remind me of a wheat beer, but more complex.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is juicy, medium to light in body, easy to drink. Went well with my kiebasa and sauerkraut sandwich.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 00:32:56 | More by thartman
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
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