Organic Münster Alt - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
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3.03/5 rDev -16.3%
Appearance: pours a hazy pale yellow color with a 2" head. The head quickly falls to a thick surface foam. Some mild lacing paints the glass.
Smell: grassy - no more like a freshly mowed lawn after a spring rain.
Taste: biscuity and grainy, with loads of grass tones and lemon / grapefruit citrus. Very dry.
Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish. The dryness is most noticeable by the tongue. Medium bodied.
Drinkability: not the altbier I expected. Average drinkability as this is too grassy and dry. This is an example that organic may not always be the better choice.
04-15-2006 23:07:25 | More by Gavage
3.23/5 rDev -10.8%
1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at KnB Wines near San Diego for $3.99 and served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings.
Served refrigerator cold. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. I quite like altbiers.
A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of some cream, pretty good thickness, and favorable retention. Colour is a clear pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Quite light for an alt. Fairly vibrant. I've seen far better looking beers in the style, but it's generally appealing.
Sm: Lime, lemon, salt, clean malts, artifical lime syrup, vague tequila, fresh citrus, full barley, vague lactic notes, and berry. A very interesting altbier aroma, though elements of it remind me of crappy Spanish lagers. I don't detect wheat at all. I'm intrigued, if suspicious. A pretty strong aroma.
T: Lime, lemon, and even some salt are all there. A bit gose-esque in that sense. Clean malts and full barley lend it some body. Some cream on the open. Lactic tang on the climax. Through it all, maybe a bit of middling wheat in the background. No yeast or alcohol come through. Not subtle or complex, but certainly...different. Alaskan Amber this is not. It's quite fresh - especially in terms of the clean pale malts and the lactic character. I do like it, but I can't place some of the notes. Hopping is background and vague; hardly noticeable.
Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit syrupy from the artificial crap I detect in it. (If it isn't artificial lime, that's even more of a problem. What real ingredient is causing this off-note?). Thickness is acceptable. Decent carbonation.
Dr: Drinkable but largely unremarkable. Worth trying for its intriguing build within the style, but otherwise forgettable. I'm not one to trust the organic health nut craze, and this is evidence of why. I like the freshness and the bold approach to the style, but it never enters any truly remarkable territory. I doubt I'd get it again.
10-09-2012 05:51:48 | More by kojevergas
1.4/5 rDev -61.3%
Pours a very hazy, dark golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind. Much lighter in color than expected for the style.
The aroma of this beer is extremely bland with some bready yeast, subtle pale malt and a very faint earthy hop presence. There's really not much else going on and it's hard to pick up anything except the yeast and faint grassy hops.
On the lighter end of medium bodied with an odd combination of bready yeast, grassy hops, citrus and astringent metal. Really weird and off style with a very watered down mineral like flavor. Some zesty spice, bready yeast, citrus peel and rusted tin. Bland and very unpleasant.
11-02-2012 05:50:20 | More by corby112
3.88/5 rDev +7.2%
Transcribed from undated notes.
The pour initially netted a massive two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head that settled into a marshmallow Fluf-like consistency. Color was a beautiful straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was light, slightly sweet, but quite tempting. Mouthfeel was medium with a very dry quality on the tongue. Finish was totally, bone-dry. Man, this would be fantastic in the summer.
08-09-2010 23:28:43 | More by woodychandler
2.93/5 rDev -19.1%
Incredibly cloudy golden colour, with a rocky head of pure white, extremely fine carbonation. Bubbles are obscenely fine, almost like powder as it forms. Body is light and fine. Looks decent.
Nose is bright, but slightly yeasty, with honeyed organic characters, giving a fresh but sweetly underfermented oomph the the aroma. Smells either slightly too sweet or slightly too strong. Either makes me feel uncomfortable.
Taste is crisper and lighter, and it drags it back to the realms of sensibility. There's still certainly a big robust sweetness that gives it an unpleasant malt character, but there's at least a crispness to it that lends it sharp maltiness. Still, there's very little balance, and it's too sweet, but it's at least better than I expected.
Too sweet. To be honest I'm far from a fan, and I don't believe it's a particularly good alt. It's smooth and somewhat drinkable, but depressing in it's expressibility.
10-22-2011 07:41:41 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
( Served in an Imperial pint glass)
A- This beer pours has a hazy golden orange body with creamy white head that last and last. The carbonation is a slow gentle note of tiny bubbles.
S- The notes of dry pale malt with a slightly sweet caramel malt note. No real note of hops. As it warms the smell of fresh malt and a slight earthiness comes through.
T- This beer has a dry pale malt and biscuit note that is soon followed by a bright fruity almost orange note. The finish has a slight green noble hops bitterness. As it warms the orange note has a slight nutty quality to it.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slightly thick texture that is note really creamy and not really watery.
D- This is not what I was expecting in an alt. The bright fruit notes are nice and adds more depth. The malt flavors are light but complex with fresh grain qualities that are refreshing.
02-24-2006 01:09:10 | More by rhoadsrage
2.68/5 rDev -26%
Pours with a two-fingered white head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Low carbonation. Slightly cloudy amber color but no chunky bits. Nose is slightly hoppy. Starts with a hoppy dryness and leaves with an aftertaste that has a slight bitterness. To be honest I find it boring. Light bodied. $3.89 for a 500ml bottle.
03-31-2004 23:36:51 | More by jdhilt
4.33/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
05-11-2004 03:59:00 | More by Zorro
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
11-25-2009 23:07:14 | More by Wasatch
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured a dark straw hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a light cereal grain, some esters and some fusel alcohol.
The taste consisted of a soft grainy malt, some lemon zing and a grassy hop.
The mouthfeel was toward the lighter sid eof the style.
Overall a tasty very drinkable alt.
05-06-2009 02:24:46 | More by plaid75
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
A: Poured a pale golden-orange with a bright white pillowy head. Visible carbonation was moderate.
S: spicy and yeasty with oranges and citrus.
T: The flavor had some nutbread, oranges, and citrus. There was a moderate citric bite (lemons) and a light breadiness with a light herbal hopping. The beer finished with a nice spicy and zesty lemony tang.
M: citric, tart, with light carbonation.
D: Ok drinkability, a modest drinking alt.
10-21-2008 22:29:49 | More by beerthulhu
2.55/5 rDev -29.6%
Hazy straw golden. A little beige head provides minimal lace. The aroma is quite bready. And yeasty. And mildly fruity. This beer seems slippery on the tongue. Quite slick and not too enjoyable. There's a trace tart quality that really isn't appropriate. Lemony as well. Some bready malts and german hops noted as well. Probably my least favorite alt to date.
01-20-2004 04:26:51 | More by Bighuge
3.8/5 rDev +5%
17oz bottle picked up today at the Boise Coop for $3.. poured into my standard weizen glass.
White 2 finger head drops leaving nice sheets of lace atop a very slightly hazy straw/lite gold brew.
There is something about the aroma that is particular to this brew/style that I can't put my finger on .. Earthy.. grainy .. malty and lightly fruity all at the same time.. Sorta smells like a pale/very lightly hopped wort before fermentation.
The flavor leans alot to the grainy side of things.. much of the same complexities as the nose but more substantial... really pretty rich given the color and the lower ABV... bready with very low but discernable spicy hops... The body is also sorta unexpected.. more viscous given the light color.. smooth.
My only "problem" with this brew is a personal one .... after plugging away at roughly 50% of the bottle right now, I know I wouldn't want another one immediately.
I know that I've had the Pinkus Munster before because I have the label, but I honestly don't remember drinking it. This is a very nice brew and more complex than my feeble palate/brain can describe. No doubt, I will buy again, if for no other reason, to try and pick out some of the background flavors/aromas that are giving me trouble tonight.
02-07-2008 09:08:47 | More by JohnGalt1
4/5 rDev +10.5%
A nice "Organically Cloudy" golden amber color, the head large and frothy, the resultant lace a fine latticework to coat the glass. The organic musk is quite noticeable, the malts and a nice crisp tone also present, and start is quite sweet, the top middling in feel. Finish is a bit tart and the acidity biting with the hops plentiful and the aftertaste dry and long lasting. Ive really gotten quite fond of these organic unfiltered beers; they have a certain appealing earthiness.
12-29-2002 08:09:31 | More by Gusler
3.38/5 rDev -6.6%
Pours a very clear, cloudy color with minimal head. Aroma is light and somewhat malty upfront. Taste is somewhat bitter in front with a lot of malt crispness. It's nice and bready as well. A bit hard to describe but otherwise, I think this is a decent altbier. It's not as dark as other altbiers that I've had and seems more true to the style as well. Regardless, I'll chalk this up as being very drinkable much like the Ur Pils.
10-14-2007 02:57:42 | More by Brad007
4.33/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
08-10-2007 14:16:12 | More by TurdFurgison
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
08-26-2010 04:03:09 | More by flagmantho
4.33/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
04-27-2008 02:30:09 | More by ccrida
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
Purchased at Wilbur's in Ft Collins.
It pours from 500ml bottle a clear light gold with a fairly large head of foam. After the second pour, the brew becomes cloudy and the head of foam is more substantial and longer lasting. I've got 2 finger foam in my glass right now and it's not shrinking at all. Nice.
The smell is malty and hoppy. Neither is more dominant than the other.
The taste starts of with some malt but then the hops move in and that's on the citrusy side. This is a very delicate beer and in order for me to get the most flavour out of it, I have to swish it back and forth in my mouth. *That's* when this Alt starts to shine. I get some real earthy notes from the malt as well as some sweet caramel and the hops subside to a point where they're just giving the beer the slightest bit of bitter and semi sour character. I miss the fine nuances when I just sip and swallow.
Overall? I think a lot of the flavour with this Alt will be missed if you just sip or drink and swallow but I find that swishing it in your mouth just a few times will help you recognize what's going on here when you return to sipping/drinking. Just something that I find from my experience. Ymmv. Bottom line: I really like this Alt and I hope to try some more of the style in the not too distant future.
08-12-2007 18:32:20 | More by Bitterbill
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
01-07-2010 14:47:12 | More by avalon07
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.