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Organic Münster Alt - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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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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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 500ml brown Euro bottle, red label, no freshness date.

Pours out a light chill hazed golden honey colour, small dash of white head that recedes to a thin film. Cut grass and hay on the nose, along with some faint bready malt, and just as faint metallic grain. The flavour starts out with some light malt, more grainy and dry in the middle, blending into a hop finish akin to thick wet grass, and somewhat floral. The aftertaste is sticky but dry, it coats the palate yet still has something of a parching effect. A fairly light altbier, but enjoyable for what it is. I'm not craving another, nor do I have any major plans to run out and buy more, but it's one of the more decent organic beers that I've sampled, it has it's own small charm.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 22:10:07 | More by IronDjinn
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zdk9

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm not too experienced in Alts, and the last one I had was very different from this one, so take the review with a grain of salt.

A- Pours pale yellow with a head that foams like the sea. Small amount of lacing, but not much.

S- A little light lemon, slight oxidation, sharper huskiness.

T- Lemon flavor is really prominent on this one. The malt is light and coarse at the same time in an interesting way. Good but somewhat one dimensional.

M- Quite dry, but lingering. I do like the way this beer feels in the mouth, if only because it's different.

D- Interesting but not earth shattering. I'm curious to see what the rest of their organic line up is like.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 02:51:33 | More by zdk9
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into stange.

A - Slightly hazy, bright yellow. Two fingers of white head have decent retention before falling to a thick collar with a thin film. Moderate lacing also.

S - Biscuity, bready, and quite sweet. Lots of helles lager elements. Some metallic aroma is noted along with grassy and somewhat floral hops.

T - Extremely bready backbone and overall sort of bland with a modest sweetness. Suggestions of lemon juice and chalk try to break through but are never full realized. Some grassy/borderline floral hop character appears mid to late palate. Slight graininess and a smidge of bitterness enter late palate with an extremely clean finish.

M - Light to medium bodied with a very soft, almost nonexistent carbonation. It's actually a little strange feeling as I'd expect this beer to be a little more crisp.

D - A refreshing, thirst quenching beer. I'd like to see some more character in Munster Alt, as it's bland enough to drink quickly and easily without having to spend too much time pondering over the flavor. Overall a decent beer reminiscent of southern German pale lagers.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 10:56:29 | More by PatrickJR
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foogerd

New York

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy yellow almost light orange body with a small white head.

S- Light sweet honey malts, almost a strawlike aroma.

T- Honeyed malts, very light malts almost seem watered down, a touch of light hop presence like a bit of spice. Light lemon which gives a refreshing quality to this brew.

M- Very light body, highly carbonated.

O- Decent alt, Ive had much better, would pass this up if I saw it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 20:50:06 | More by foogerd
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a huge ivory head that was tightly built over a hazy apricot colored body. The head tended to depart rather quickly, but it left behind great lace deposits from the filmy residue head. A very good looking beer. The nose seemed to build as the head lowered and the beer warmed. Mostly it gave off scents of malt and yeasty breadiness from the medium bodied brew. Very creamy and mild. The taste is mostly sweet malt with some light graininess. Also some grassy notes. Finishes somewhat tart and has a long aftertaste that is bitter in the front.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 18:08:30 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Vancer

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first alt brew, so I gonna review with a grain of salt. I read the style characteristics, so here we go:

Hazy lemon yellow pour, foamy white head, some lacing.
Aroma: lemons and grass, both weak
Taste: Hmmm. Again, lemon and grass to start, very subtle and unremarkable. This style seems awfully thin – almost like lemon soda water. Would make a decent summer brew, but deep in Nov. it lacks backbone and character. The Pinky may be a good rep. of the alt, but this is something I’m not going to go after.

A different alt is needed for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 13:43:13 | More by Vancer
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a .5L bottle to a big glass mug. The liquid is yellow, Good carbonation, nice head 2 finger white, and good lace.

The smell is faint, with a fruity lemonish twang.

The taste is ok but not quite what I was expecting, seems to be out of style, A little citric, fruity. Malt and hops are not standing out.

The mouthfeel is ok, medium body, carbonation is ave.

The drinkability is not so great, I would try it again, but I will not seek it out. MK

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 04:02:15 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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HardTarget

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pinkus Organic Münster Alt

Bottle Inspection: Brown 500 ml bottle certified organic, not much else to report.

Aroma: Sweet floral nose with noble hop earthiness blending with a light wet grain. Bit of a bready yeast character too.

Appearance: Dark golden yellow with a trace of thin white head and collar that give up some short lived lace, but not much.

Flavor: Definite "German" quality to it that I'm guessing is either the noble hops or the yeast strain, probably the combination. A fruit taste, pear mostly, hints of bubblegum, and lightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: The grainy texture really pushes the pear experience, otherwise medium light body with a slightly syrupy feel.

Overall Impression: Good beer, not really refreshing or filling, good middle of the road beer. Great taste for an organic beer, most the others I've tasted have issues, this is just good beer.
Worth a try

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 00:03:44 | More by HardTarget
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mk3

Utah

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, it doesn't look like an alt, I'm used to Hannen and Kutscher alt, instead of the usual dark amber it is a cloudy pale gold.

Like I've said before, my nose doesn't work too good so I can't comment on the smell.(no, I'm not a coke head).

Now it comes to taste. It doesn't taste like the alts I'm used to, but it's still a pretty tasty beer, not something I'd drink on a regular occasion but a not unpleasant change of pace.

I don't know, I lived in K-Town so maybe there is a difference between southern and northern alts but for an alt, I much prefer a Hannen to the Pinkus.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 04:36:25 | More by mk3
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a pale straw color with a small white head and very little lacing.

S- grainy and malty, straw, and a bit of faint hops. Pretty earthy.

T- grainy malts, with a very earthy, barn yard like taste. Tastes like a tangy straw, meets forest floor. Finishes with just a bit hops linger.

M- light body, medium-high carbonation, crisp.

O- an interesting beer, very earthy and raw. I don't know of the organic part has anything to do with that but it's definitely intererting.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 18:04:47 | More by Treyliff
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I poured this I was thinking "This is an Alt?". The color was way off, imo. It was a medium to light golden color, with some chill haze. I was expecting something more copper-hued. The head was bright white, fine and creamy, though, with so-so lacing. I found the nose to display mostly hops, and in sort of a grassy type of fashion, too. I found no hints of any malt in the nose. The body was leaning towards medium, yet not quite there; a fine carbonation produced a foamy, creamy feel on the tongue. As in the nose, I found no maltiness to speak of in the taste, either. It was predominantly a grassy, slightly floral hoppiness. This tasted more like a Munchner Helles to me, imho. Granted, it's not bad, yet nothing like I was expecting!

As a sidebar, after posting my review I read others. I noticed MississaugaMatt mentioned that this is in the "Munster" Alt style. Is that a recognized sub-category? If so, what are the parameters? I judged this solely by the Dusseldorf Alt parameters and personal experience drinking that style of Alt. Vielen Dank!!

Furthermore, I just consulted a Michael Jackson bier book, and he mentions that this bier is definitely much different from the Dusseldorf style, and made with 40% wheat to boot....

overall: 3.4
appearance: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

444

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2002 11:28:10 | More by Bierman9
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a small thin cylindrical "alt" glass. Poured a hazy yellow with a big head that dissipated rapidly leaving nice lacing. Had a slight citrusy aroma with malty undertone, nice mouth feel with a taste that was at once mildly citrus with hints of wheat and malt and a short dry finish, not at all like Frankenheim, Uerige, nor Ad Astra ( Ah I miss Free State). Definitely worth another try. I think I will grab another.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 02:36:59 | More by Citadel82
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Wasatch

Utah

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clean/clean golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, spice, and caramel. The taste is malty, slight hop note, spicey, with some caramel. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 23:07:14 | More by Wasatch
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden stereotypical lager look with ample bubbles and a white head that falls down quick but sticks around for most of the drink drink before falling apart.

Grain, earth, honey, yeastiness, grass, and lemon.

Lots of grain the flavor. The earthiness also plays a big role in the flavor. It's got some breadiness to it. There is some subdued lemon flavour as well.

Light to medium body and crisp. There is a mild tartness about it. Slightly drying.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 04:34:34 | More by MattSweatshirt
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle, pours super pale gold, super clear, topped with a fizzy white head that holds decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are grassy, biscuity, fresh, grape juice, apple juice. Tastes are crisp, very dry, tart, white grape, chardonnay, apple juice, grassy, delicate noble hops. Mouth-feel is thin and bubbly, finishes dry. Overall, this is different than any other altbier I've had. Definitely sessionable, but not for the price. I probably wouldn't get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 22:46:44 | More by barnzy78
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BierReise

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the third installment I've had from Pinkus Mueller. Naturally cloudy gold color with beautiful snow white head and subtle lacing. Nose is a little sweet and malty and close to a Pils. Taste also is like a Pils but a little sweeter. Nice overall beer. I love the beers from Pinkus, great stuff

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2003 14:21:13 | More by BierReise
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scottum

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow amber with a bright white head. Malty sweet, but limited in complexity. Hops are supurb in their crispt bite. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style and thus suffers in ranking, but smooth none the less. Nice and eady to drink.

And my hebrew name is Schlomo ben Pinkus so there we go!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 19:52:17 | More by scottum
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 01:43:14 | More by moulefrite
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rkhaze

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a creamy white head and noticeable carbonation.
Smells of malt, a honey sweetness and a mild yeast aroma.
Tastes of sweet pale malt, light tropical fruit, some spiciness and an earthy tangy yeast finish.
Light bodied with a thin, carbonated mouthfeel.
Really light. It would be great on a hot day but ultimately not enough going on to pique my interest.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 01:07:21 | More by rkhaze
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fizzyfred

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours much lighter than expected for a Dusseldorf Alt, but this is from Munster. Very light head, and the color is a hazy orange-yellow. The smell from the yeast in the bottle is evident along with malty aromas. The taste is mostly from the malt with an almost astringent hop flavor on the tounge. This could also be from the yeast I guess. The body seems very thin yet there is still a good malt base. I would definitly choose a Dusseldorf Alt over this, but still an interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 14:23:11 | More by fizzyfred
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -3%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 04:00:17 | More by russpowell
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad altbier. Pours out to a medium orange color with a small head of white foam. No lace. Aromas of citrus and yeast, mixed with flat and bland malts. Taste is fair; medium bodied malts and sour citrusy yeast notes mellow in the mouth, and hints of fermented grain and flowery hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and a touch creamy. Not bad. Drinkability is pretty good. I'd have this again. I dig that it's organic. Kind of cool... Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 18:31:28 | More by Frozensoul327
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hunteraw

China

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting... Definitely not what I was expecting, from beginning to end.

Appearance: Color is lighter than I expect in an alt, more of a gold or straw than the amber to dark brown specified on the style page. Somewhat hazy. Good head and some lacing.

Smell: Grainy, citric, with some ale fruitiness. Not as much malt, and not as mellow as I'd expected...

Taste: Grainy, acidic citrus, not as highly hopped as the last alt I had.. Some fruitiness. Nothing in the way of caramel malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Acidic, on the lighter side.

Drinkability: This seems like a weird altbier to me... Acidity seemed a little much and hurts drinkability. Not bad, but I won't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 21:49:35 | More by hunteraw
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MisterTiat

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden/straw color. A bit cloudy. White head dissipates to a thin line of white foam with pretty good lace.

S: Carmel sweetness comes through on top. A little doughy maltiness. Just a wee bit of grassy hop character.

T: Sweetness and maltiness, honey character. I also get a sort of sourness, a fruity acidity that is a little off putting at first, but then begins to lend itself to a nice crisp finish. The hop character is restrained, but in nice balance with the sweetness.

M: Carbonation is a little too thin for me. Other than that it has a nice clean finish and a lingering sweetness. The taste left on the tongue after a glass of the stuff is almost as if you just finished off some cider.

D: Smooth and crisp. The finish is really the best part of this beer. You could drink a few of these, especially on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 04:00:47 | More by MisterTiat
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 08:02:24 | More by feloniousmonk
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
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