Organic Münster Alt - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
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3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
Pinkus Münster Alt has a thick, foamy off-white head, a hazy, somewhat bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, and a fairly heavy amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of very aged, cellared, over-ripe light fruit, dank grain, and mold, plus sweetness and an unusual hop zing. Taste is of those things, plus lemony sweetness, light bitterness, biscuit, and water. Mouthfeel is light and watery, with some carbonation prickle, and Pinkus Münster Alt finishes lager like- crisp and refreshing. Overall, this is a very different beer, and I would recommend it to the adventurous types.
07-23-2013 21:02:31 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
02-06-2009 19:32:55 | More by Rayek
3.43/5 rDev -5.2%
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
05-19-2008 00:03:44 | More by HardTarget
3.65/5 rDev +0.8%
i have'nt had an alt in a while ; pours a hazy golden-straw colour w/ a thin white head which dissapates quickly, little lacing ; a hoppy aroma w/ some malty undertones, i get a faint, almost smokey aroma in there too ; a little thin on the flavor, mostly hop w/ a "euro-macro" malt profile, not as malty & rich as some alts i've had ; a light, almost dry palate w/ a good amount of carbonation ; a very drinkable brew, i want to try this one head-head w/ some other alts one day ....
11-11-2007 23:33:29 | More by animal69
3.34/5 rDev -7.7%
Poured into a Pinkus glass on 2/12/13
Dimmed golden straw color; rather clear. A one inch head of white, crackling foam is fed by constantly rising bubbles. Smooth, thinner retention. No lace.
Grass, straw, hay, floral and herbal hops are prominent in the aroma. Smells mildly spicy, too; maybe a little allspice? Toasted grains with a hint of biscuit.
The taste is similarly sharp in terms of the herbal grassiness of the hops; though it tames of time. There are some light juicy overtones especially in the middle. The malt bill is concise and dry. Biscuity malt fills out toward the end.
Light, juicy body with smooth, easy going carbonation. Grass notes linger on the finish.
I think this is my first proper German Alt. Pretty well enjoyable.
02-21-2013 05:29:44 | More by Ryan011235
3.2/5 rDev -11.6%
Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a stange.
A: Light golden hue. Heavy carbonation. Pours about a half finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly, but not completely. Fair sporadic lacing.
S: Fresh flora, bubble gum, molasses, and a little citrus.
T: Papery malt, with a certain plantlike character.
M: Light and crisp, with a lightly pungent and stale finish.
D: Session if you like.
Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice hue, decent head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is full and floral. Flavor is of cardboard and fresh hay. Overall, this is a decent quaff.
10-19-2012 06:14:15 | More by bmwats
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
Clear golden in hue if decanted off the yeast sediment. Impressive fluffy, thick well retained head. Herbal Hallertauer hop nose, along w/ a bit of mellow tartness due to the unusual use of wheat in the grist. Soft grainy malt flavors in flavor, but that honey - like sweetness is prominent, just as in Pinkus's Pils. Hop bitterness is fairly subdued for an alt and residual malt sweetness is high, but as a beer in itself this is a very tasty one. Hop flavor is absent. Although Munster lacks the crispness and assertive bitterness of an alt, there's plenty of flavor to make it an enjoyable brew.
06-08-2002 18:34:50 | More by marc77
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
01-24-2003 22:37:09 | More by budgood1
3.33/5 rDev -8%
Pinkus Organic Munster Alt pours a hazy golden color with a white head. Mild, malty aroma. Taste definitely tends to the malty side, some metallic taste present but not too distracting. I like this compared to the other Alt beers I've had, its not as intensely malty, and quite drinkable, more drinkable than the other Alts I've had, perhaps, I think because it is a lower alcohol than the others. Worth a try.
05-24-2006 19:48:35 | More by Drew966
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
Nice cloudy straw-golden colored pour with white head. Nose has bright fresh fruits with a whiff of See's hard candies. On the palate the fruit is there as well, but also a pleasant malty component that isn't overly sweet. Rather light bodied but smooth texture of course, with nice carbonation. Good drinkability.
09-11-2010 03:33:45 | More by yemenmocha
4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
This beer poured a very light pale color, very light. Nice size head which is rather foamy and fluffy. Aroma is really nice. Slightly sweet, slightly floral. A bit of yeast in there as well. Flavor is just nice and clean. Light grains hold the base along with a noticeable yeasty breadiness. A bit of hop spice is there and fits in well. More of a floral and lightly acidic finish. Very clean in the end. Well made, I enjoyed this bottle and drank it rather easily. Went very well to cleanse the palate with my corned beef sandwich during lunch. Oh, and the organic thing is really cool.
06-14-2005 20:41:26 | More by granger10
3.33/5 rDev -8%
I think it was funny that this beer was labeled as organic. Almost every craft beer uses higher quality ingredients.
Overall this was a very drinkable beer. None of the flavors are too challenging or over-the-top distinct. You get caramel notes and some hef quality. I get a little bit of banana.
Pinkus was decent, but I am not really going out of my way to get another bottle.
11-06-2011 19:17:09 | More by ummswimmin
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
06-21-2006 18:31:28 | More by Frozensoul327
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
Bought a bottle at Huckleberry's. Pours a dark gold color with a big white head. The big smell I'm getting out of this is honeyish. Nice lacing. The taste is predominantly the honey that I smelled, but with a citrusy hop flavor vying for attention. A bit paler than I remember the alts I had in Germany, but a tasty beer nonetheless.
08-03-2003 09:45:50 | More by woemad
2.65/5 rDev -26.8%
500 ML bottle>massive mug
AP: A pale golden color with a mild white hazed effect, very macro-lager-ish with a small, thin all-white head that displays some decent retention and a bit of lacing.
Nose: There's a slightly sweet roasted barley and-wheat smell with a mild yeast and bready effect. some minor herbalized hop scent way down deep.
Taste: A watery and slightly sweet malted wheat taste that is rather thin lager-like. There's a yeastie and bready effect, but is not nearly complex or deep enough to keep my taste buds happy. Much, much thinner and weaker than most good Altbiers that I've had.
MF: This feels very lively and active but thin and forgetable.
DA: Another, not-so-good organic offering. I was really routing for this one to be decent. I expected an Alt and got a thin American Macro Lager. Oh well.
02-09-2007 01:17:34 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
500ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
Pours a nice golden yellow with a small white head with some nice lacing. Nose is malty, dry, yeasty and a bit fruity.
Taste is sharp, got that signature German lager flavor that's very crisp and refreshing. It's got a nice light noble hop bite but there's also some creamy maltiness to it. It's super drinkable, especially when it's 90 degrees out.
09-02-2010 23:22:36 | More by kingcrowing
3.38/5 rDev -6.6%
I tried this the same day that I had Copper Creek's excellent alt. This isn't bad, but it doesn't hold up with the Athens, Ga., brewpub's take on the style. This is a little paler and has less of a hop bite, but it still doesn't fall into the realm of just another crappy beer called alt.
05-10-2003 01:05:41 | More by aracauna
3.83/5 rDev +5.8%
The brew shows a watered, golden coloring. It holds a two finger head of well-retained white snow, leaving honeycomb lacing as it eventually dissipates. Carbonation appears to be exceptionally high. The aroma is soft, but classically wheaty and yeasty. We pick up white grape and red apple fruitiness, fresh honey drips, wax, dusted lavender, crystal and powdered wheat maltiness, fresh clover, cloven phenols, and tannic breakfast tea leafiness. It is hard not to notice a few things about this beer’s flavor right off the bat. The prominent aromatic honey translates with strength, while the malt bill is comprised mainly of wheat, but this brings with it all the musk and dust to justify the style. Wet wheat, lime and lemon rind, mineral and mud, watered pale maltiness, resinous grassiness, freshly baked buttermilk biscuits, coiny metallics, and curry spice take us through the bulk of the taste. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium, but responsive. The mouth is left dried, with a curiously tart astringent bite towards the front of the palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back as a decent sipper.
Overall, this is a nice and light beer that is easy to drink. Simple as that. The musk and “alt”-ness of it comes all from the malts, which are heavily wheated, and less to the darker, brown side of the spectrum. If this beer was put in front of us we wouldn’t turn it away, but we likely won’t actively seek it out again. Compare this to the Americanized version of the alt, with the musky old ales, and these unfortunately fall to fainter shells of those more robust, flavor-forward offerings. That is us being mighty nitpicky, so don’t get us wrong. This was pleasant, and we are always happy to sip down an organic beverage. Enjoyable, and something Germany should be generally proud to export.
06-29-2014 00:22:16 | More by TheBrewo
British Columbia (Canada)
3/5 rDev -17.1%
Errr...I'm not entirely sure what I'm drinking here. The front and neck label simply say "Original Pinkus" but the back label says "Pinkus Alt." It looks and tastes like a pilsner. It has the body and mouthfeel of a pilsner. The smell is a bit more maltier than a pilsner, but all in all this really reminds of Czechvar.
I don't know...maybe this isn't the Alt, maybe I got a mislabelled bottle, but this really seems like a pilsner.
07-28-2006 03:39:01 | More by BDTyre
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.