Organic Münster Alt - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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263 Reviews
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Reviews: 263
Hads: 365
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 15
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 263 | Hads: 365
Photo of zerk
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another organic brew from the folks from the Pinkus Brewery, and it happens to be an altbier. I don't have that much experience with the alt style, but if this one is any indication of how the rest of the style is, I'll be looking forward to trying more.

Pinkus Alt pours an "organic" hazy copper color, with some golden hints to it. A finger of foam forms and retains for about 30 seconds. The aroma also hinted at the "organic" qualities of this beer, as it had a somewhat distinct but not overpowering mustiness to it. Nice grassy notes, along with the citric/herbal hoppiness add to the aroma, and later on the sweet malts become more pronounced as well. The initial sip struck me with a very sweet, caramel-like maltiness. A rather prominent bitterness hit me within those first few sips as well, although it seemed to mellow out as I drank on. The citric/herbal qualities of the hops here balance out the sweetness of the brew nicely. The aftertaste had some lingering maltiness, nuttiness, grassiness, and a slight touch of bitterness. The brew finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

I thought that this was an interesting brew, and it was quite easy to drink as well. I hope to track down more more alts to see how they comapare with this one. (1,266 characters)

Photo of kinger
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mellow aroma of sweet breads, lightly spicy. Dark yellow with a huge white creamy top and nice lacing, slow carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and creamy at the very start but finished with a little bit of a thin quality. Flavor is mild and easy on the palate making this alt very drinkable. Slightly sweet with a good breadiness. Enjoyable but slightly better than average. (370 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of deanhead
2.77/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

oxidized and no head. color was not what i was expecting slightly sweet, nutty and fruity.
Nice medium bodied beer, but the typical alt color was missing this beer is a yellow peach color, not the typical brownish porter color of the dusseldorfer alt which I am accustomed to enjoying.
I may have gotten an old beer. I'll certainly keep my out for it in the future and give it another try. Clearly they are doing something right by the other reviews. I fear I just got a bad bottle of this stuff. (496 characters)

Photo of Onslow
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

altbier my foot!?! ... very pale gold... some foam but low .. some nice flavours, honey lychee- kinda of intriguing ... again, if this is an altbier, i'd be very surprised- i am not an altbier expert but it seems like a light version .. a decent enjoyable beer but nothing like i expected.. (290 characters)

Photo of alkemy
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy straw yellow pour out of the 500ml bottle with a couple fingers of fluffy white head. Has some sweet banana yeast on the nose, but then the smell of a musty barn enters. Faint hops in the aroma and taste. A bit of lemon-like tartness mixed in with a touch of sweetness. This beer just doesn't do it for me. I'm not real familiar with this style, so I may have to come back to this at a later date. (402 characters)

Photo of xgrigorix
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Half liter brown bottle, no bottling date.

Burnished straw gold in color, with a small white cap that quickly reduces to a thin halo.

Has aromas of lemons, & herbs.

Wheat, a sour tingle, some pepper, solvent, & floral hops.

Medium bodied, slightly crisp.

Not really what I'm after in an altbier. Not a lot going on, and what was going on didn't interest me. (372 characters)

Photo of packetknife
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter than I'd expect. Relatively solid head that heald about an inch for a few minutes. Malts come through. A good amount of sweetness. Reminds me of a chocolate factory actually. Smooth. (190 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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! (974 characters)

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light orange with a small white head that fades quickly, slightly cloudy.

Smells of pilsner malt, some sweetness, and floral hops. Light and delicate aroma like some pale ales.

Up front floral notes that move into a small honey/bready taste and finish with the slightest hint of noble hop bitterness.

Light bodied, smooth, and slightly dry. It is very easy to drink.

This is a subdued beers in many ways but subtle and tasty. Overall it is floral and bready. Some more complexity would go a long way, still I could easily drink several pints of this. (560 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
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. (386 characters)

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.54/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

appearance; lighter colored then some Altbier, straw yellow with the slightest bit of cloudyness. Intricate lacing as a beautiful head retreats at a moderate speed.

smell; malty and some fruit and honey, slightest bit of floral hops as well.

taste; Hops are almost absent, just some floral flavors but slight. Very noticeable fruity malts, that linger into the aftertaste and turn almost toasty and warm. Some grape-like tartness like a Kölsch, but then is quickly neutralized by the malts. This is very solid with the malts, without being sweet, that's what I expect from this style....well done! Great aftertaste!

mouthfeel; Loose and smooth, with weak carbonation, certainly not flat though, nothing special just quality.

drinkability; smooth, light, and tasty, one could drink all night and day. (804 characters)

Photo of guityler83
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. (549 characters)

Photo of TinusTime
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all Im not sure why this is concidered an alt.. But pours a golden light copper colour with a nice fluffy white head. Nose is of sweet malt and a bit of hops, but its lacking the usual malt profile of a true ALT. Taste is more of a lager than a Dusseldorf ALT.. Maybe I got the styles confused, but this beer was clean and crisp and with a little hoppy. Mouthfeel was good and it was very drinkable, but just not what i was looking for with the word ALT. (463 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of MrIncognito
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. (845 characters)

Photo of pants678
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank this from a pint poured from the bottle. A gold that's almost transparent. Bubbly and I got a single finger head that sounds clearly then recedes with hardly even a lacing.

Picking up hints of citrus but mostly malts and not a lot else.

The first sip is stinging and it stays that way through out. I'm getting coriander through mild carbonation that provides zero cover. That being said, the flavor lingers with citrus and garlic and it's all front and no back. There is a staining aftertaste that offers little more in terms of flavor. Re-asserts itself, I suppose. Very malty and opens up to serious citrus toward the middle third.

It's a light brew that's doesn't pack much in the way of carbonation. Can't hold it on the tongue for long, honestly.

Sting is admittedly problematic as this is not a necessarily smooth brew. That being said, it can be dealt with quickly and the lack of back helps this area out. (923 characters)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.02/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer jumps out a pale translucent yellow color with a big foamy white head. Whaa? There is a light berry aroma. The flavor is very fruity, again, berry. It is sugary sweet with a slight soapiness in the finish/ aftertaste. Mouthfeel is the best thing here. It's mid-weight and fluffy. I was really expecting more from Ayinger on this. Maybe I'm just a dumb american, but his beer is not only antithetical to my idea of alt, its just not a very good beer for any style. (472 characters)

Photo of wiseguy142
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a really nice, bright, light head. The head itself seemed to be bubbling, not just sitting there which was interesting. A nice level of carbonation with the bubbles on the bottom climbinb up the side of the glass and those on top rushing quickly to the surface. Average, golden, slightly hazy color, with an aroma like rice krispies. This was my first altbier and it definitely brought me back to my time in Deutschland. I expected a sweeter, deeper malt taste, but this tasted almost like a wheat beer. Good though, I would drink it again but probabl won't buy it for a while. (584 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
1.94/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a huge thick, white head atop a very light golden brew. The color is almost as light as budweiser which really surprised me as the last alt I had was Zum Uerige and it looked nothing like this. Aroma reminds me of hallertauer hops and it is blended with a dry toasty malt flavor and a weird ester I am not familiar with. The flavor is hoppy at first then it segues into an isipid watery flavor that finished very clean except for a touch of misplaced hop flavor. Very weird beer and I find it hard to call it an alt as it is sort of a mix between pilsner, alt, and kolsh. I would not buy this beer again. (611 characters)

Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe that this is my first altbier. Picked up fairly cheaply at my local store. Pours with an assertive 3 finger frothy white head which sits upon its golden body. Nose has notes of malt and also a pleasant sweet floral aroma. Initially a huge pale malt taste smacks you in the face before slowly fading into flower notes and a subtle, sweet finish. Drinkability is very nice on this one. I must get some more alts to try. I'd love to see how this would be fresh. (468 characters)

Photo of Freshie
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very sleek, old-style bottle. Labeled as organic, with USDA organic stamp on back.

Pours a golden color, with a hazy clarity. Head was slight and dissipated rapidly. Carbonation lasts for a good while.

The smell is raw and tart. A lemony (acidic?). Malt is strong.

The taste is light, and malty. Carbonated bite lends the grain/malt flavor. Sweetness comes in the middle and is a bit fruity. Hops are floral/grassy , and a bit subdued.

Sticky in the throat, and a bit watery. This beer is just not flavorful enough for me. I don't have a lot of Altbier experience, but this doesn't satisfy. However, I don't think this is a poorly constructed beer either. It has plenty of depth and complexity. Just not my cup o' tea. But all in all very drinkable beer. (759 characters)

Photo of scottg
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Cloudy, meadlike honey color with a one finger white head with moderate retention. Fruity, floral aromas similar to a cherry blow pop. Lots of sweet fruit flavors going on up front, sour cherry, rose water, cotton candy/bubblegum, with a smooth malty middle and a dry light finish balancing out the sweetness. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, the dry balanced finish reduces the overall sweetness of the smell and early taste to bring about a very drinkable beer. (511 characters)

Photo of nkersten
2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Liquid is a hazy yellow with a small white fizzy cap that quickly settles. Smell is incredibly bready, lots of raw dough and crust. Some yeast and malted wheat in the smell as well. Taste seems off - it is equally tart and sour as it is malty. I cant remember having an altbier that was this tart, not to mention this lacking in hop flavor. Mouthfeel is light body with a medium high carbonation. Drinkability is not too good because of the off flavors... Overall this beer's flavors are a bit harsh and unbalanced. Pinkus, meet drain. (574 characters)

Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
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