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Organic Münster Alt - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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BA SCORE
82
good

337 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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unklesyd

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

This was pretty disapointing. The beer poured well, although I was wondering about the color. The head came out rocky and well formed, but the brew itself was too pale.
The aroma was nice and fruity (tangerine and apricot) but not enough malt. As I remind myself that this is not an American alt, I suppose that this is not entirely inappropriate, but it was a little offputting.
The taste was well-balanced as such, but fairly insubstantial and fairly watery, as was the mouthfeel.
The self-same attributes lend well too a high drinkability, as does the minimal carbonation.
I was hoping for an earthier, maltier alt, but you live, you drink, you learn.

04-12-2005 02:11:04 | More by unklesyd
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madjr80

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured right into a tapered pint glass from the bottle. The puffy head disappears within 10 minutes. Smell very yeasty in the way of a typical German beer. Very cloudy and hard to see the bubbles rising. I took this beer out of the fridge to allow it to warm up a bit. A yeasty/ citrus like taste that lingers on the palate. Very drinkable and interesting.

01-15-2008 00:04:56 | More by madjr80
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Gregvg

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

04-16-2014 07:44:15 | More by Gregvg
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MerkinMan

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Medium gold and a tiny bit cloudy. Head diminishes quickly.

S: Dominant scent is of spicy German hops, and a little malty smell to back it up. Otherwise, not terribly aromatic, but Alts just aren't.

T: Clean and fresh. Flavors are subdued and balanced. Nothing jumps out and grabs you but the balance. Not quite as much of a caramel flavor as other alts.

MF: Very light bodied and mildly carbonated.

D: Very drinkable. This would be a great session beer on a hot day. No real bells and whistles, though. Do all beers need bells and whistles? I have to continuously remind myself that the answer is no.

02-21-2009 21:35:16 | More by MerkinMan
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KohlbeckM

Virginia

1/5  rDev -72.4%

06-14-2013 01:28:39 | More by KohlbeckM
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BWMKappaSig

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: Thin slightly grainy yellow with not much of a head.

Smell: Slightly sweet malts with a little fruit

Taste: Like the smell, a light malt flavor with a little fruity note to it.

Mouthfeel: Thin and refreshing, slightly less astringent than the Pinkus pils.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability.

04-08-2008 22:06:39 | More by BWMKappaSig
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thartman

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +23.5%

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.

01-04-2010 00:32:56 | More by thartman
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DoppleJock

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -12.2%

01/21/2010
500 ml. bottle poured into a stange.

A: Pours a light golden/straw-color with 2 inches head. Slightly cloudy. Good carbonation.

S: Some hops and citrus. That's about it...

T: Hops and malt. Really tastes a lot more like a pilsener than anything else. Not too much flavor.

M: Clean and crisp. Goes down easily, but that might also be because it hardly has any taste to it.

D: Not too impressed with this one. Easy to drink, but isn't anything special.

01-22-2010 02:09:59 | More by DoppleJock
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BogAl

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

07-15-2014 01:47:43 | More by BogAl
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Bluegrass49

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-06-2014 23:52:04 | More by Bluegrass49
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sdj5

New York

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

A - Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass. Thick lacing, golden-orange color.

S - Yeast, sweet bread, spice and citrus.

T - Grain, grassy hops, some sourness, sour and grainy aftertaste.

M - Light body but nevertheless good mouthfeel.

O - A very interesting, flavorful and drinkable beer.

02-19-2012 23:51:23 | More by sdj5
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Dan114

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

02-27-2014 12:09:18 | More by Dan114
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Puddleglum

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Bottle from local grocery store. no fresh by date. By the state of it though i suspect that its fairly aged. poured into a pint glass

Inch pearly white head sticks to the glass. Golden yellow

Smell is very interesting Herbal and grainy. with maybe a little apple in the background

taste is mild and sweet but musky. Taste like pear bread and butter. lots of yeast and a tiny bit of hops at the end

lingers on the tongue grainy and thick

I haven't tried many organics. This beer is a nice start. Very pleased.

08-07-2008 23:24:21 | More by Herrbrokt
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Buildscharacter

Georgia

2.33/5  rDev -35.6%

This Pinkus comes in an unattractive old school style bottle. As it pours out it's a yellow tinted color with a very white head. The head goes away in about 2 mins after pouring it into the glass. The whole while the beer bubbles away like mad.

It smells kind of like sour milk and wheat. Not the most appetizing smell.

Slightly sweet wheaty flavor. Reminds me of baking. Not a big fan. The bubbles are a little much too.

Overall I'm not a big fan of this beer. This is the second time that I've tried it and both times now I've not been a fan. Maybe it's my dislike for the Alt style of beer.

07-11-2005 01:43:12 | More by Buildscharacter
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RiekerStarBrew

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

When poured from its pint bottle to my pint glass, it had an awesome gold color with a bright white head. The aroma was delicate with a sweet malt base and a piney hop scent probably due to the noble hops used (Saaz?).The flavor was delicate with a light body and a dry finish. The piney hop flavor is present during the entire tasting. All and all, it was a light, refreshing, delicate beer. And best of all, it's 100% organic!

11-18-2007 23:08:16 | More by RiekerStarBrew
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johnbonham1980

Idaho

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

Extremely drinkable, and that's about all I liked about this one.

I need to get more familiar with this style, but like most reviewers I really feel this beer is lacking in many areas.

Had this one poured from bottle into tall pilsner glass, drank with some fontina cheese.

Poured pleasant golden with pillowy 3 finger head which dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell and taste is pretty flat. I detect a lot of yeast presence with an odd bitterness and some pronounced fresh apple and grapefruit with a touch of spice (nutmeg?)

Silky mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finished it in 5 minutes due to drinkability and my overall desire to get through it and grab another from my fridge.

Be hard pressed to buy this one again. Time will tell, at least to me, whether this is at all like a true altbier.

11-02-2006 02:12:06 | More by johnbonham1980
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BrewsCrewSA

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Cloudy, hazy shades of gold. Thin head formed at the top and dissolved after a few seconds. Looks much like a slightly darker hefeweizen.

S - Smells of alcohol and citrus. Hints of overripe banana and other herbal aromas.

T - Solidly good all around. The beer spashes on the tongue spicy and assertive yet it does not overpower the senses. Grains, cereal, and lemon peel were the first flavors I detected. There's actually a lack of presence of flavor, maybe because this feels like a traditional Belgian - but it works!

M - Thin on the palate and it kind of stings when it sits. Not very good in this particular area.

D - Goes down smooth and delicious. Decent drinkability.

06-26-2009 01:08:26 | More by BrewsCrewSA
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dhilltop2000

Arizona

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

Pours a hazy golden lemon cloud color with long lasting foamy head. The bubbles are moderately tight on top and larger and more soapy looking further down. Tastes of a lemon haze - pilser/hefe mix. Notes of lemon, sweet vanilla and plain graham cracker. Nicely drinkable.

08-20-2006 01:32:34 | More by dhilltop2000
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biergeniesser

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

This .5l brown bottle of Pinkus Münster Alt poured a hazy blond to gold color, definitely unexpected for an Alt. It had a thick fluffy white head which dissipated slowly leaving a slight lacing. Fine bubbles evolved from the sides and bottom of the glass throughout.

The Aroma was dominated by toasty, bready clean malt. Spicy noble hop aromas were also evident with a slight earthiness reminiscent of wild mushrooms.

The flavor profile was dominated by clean bready malt, but contained fruity, floral and citrus elements as well. Hop bitterness was mild but assertive and the hop flavor was of spicy noble hops. This beer had a relatively dry finish with lingering bitterness and a slight hint of earthy wild mushroom which came out late.

The body of this beer was lighter than expected… it had a light mouthcoat and a light degree of carbon dioxide bite.

An unusual Alt to be sure, Pinkus Münster Alt was not what I had expected, but was a great beer none the less. Organic and unfiltered… this beer was full flavored and enjoyable.

05-09-2006 17:24:27 | More by biergeniesser
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SSBrennan

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a hazy dark yellow with a dense off-white head.

The smell is fruity with notes of banana and malt. Some slightly off putting earthyness.

The taste is complex with fruit and malt sweetness and herbal hops and a slight lingering bitterness.

Very smooth and drinkable with a surprisingly rich mouthfeel.

01-03-2008 23:22:20 | More by SSBrennan
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DukeofAle

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Sorry, I can't get as worked up about this beer as its rating would suggest. Alt is one of my favorite styles so I assumed Munster Alt would be similar. Not so. The appearance is fine, light straw with a decent head, and the nose was encouraging. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin, the taste delicate, but bland. This maybe a case of rating a beer based only on personal perception rather than judging it as compared to other examples of the same style - but realistically, how many authentic Alt beers am I going to find?

07-04-2009 15:06:44 | More by DukeofAle
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RevDru

New Mexico

2.95/5  rDev -18.5%

A - Pours a very light golder yellow with a thin head. Fairly active carbonation.

S - Light and crisp with citrus, apple, and fresh hay.

T - Orange, lemon, and sweet grain.

M - Crisp, but a little on the thin side.

D - Goes down pretty easy, but it is very light, almost like a macro. This is ballpark beer. Gave my wife a taste, and she thought it tasted like a very heavily watered-down Hoegaarden.

01-11-2007 07:15:54 | More by RevDru
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Rdstarr

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-14-2012 01:55:18 | More by Rdstarr
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Ruslanchik

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

500ml bottle with no dating info.

I've never had an alt before so this review is strictly based on my impression of this beer.

This beer is a very hazy gold with light orange highlights and fizzy white head. The head started at about 1 finger but quickly diminished to a small film and a nice collar. No lacing.

The aroma is light a fruity, similar to champagne. Taste is tart and dry. Again, this is like a champagne or fruity white wine. The finish is clean with very little aftertaste. The flavor is not very strong, though. I would like a little more punch.

Mouthfeel is light and clean. Very refreshing.

This is definitely a beer that I could down a few of. I imagine that on a summer evening five or six of these would disappear without too much effort.

01-24-2009 06:03:37 | More by Ruslanchik
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.