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Organic Münster Alt - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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BA SCORE
82
good

339 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of armock
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweeter malt

T - Follows the nose with a sweet malt taste

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a good enjoyable beer nothing crazy going on but Just being a good easy drinking beer it's like a chillout beer worth trying sometime

armock, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

avalon07, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of thartman
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

thartman, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Wasatch, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is light but tasty, with a firm character, a little complexity, and high drinkability.

Slightly hazy straw-gold, it has a medium white head steadily shrinking to a thin foamy ring and a little weak lace.

Aroma is fully fruity grain, herbs, bread, apple, pear, yeast - a bit like a Belgian blonde/pale ale crossed with a helles bier.

Taste is similar, light, crisp, but with a solid, firm character and a little complexity well-rounded. It is strong, fruity grain, yeasty-tangy bread dough, mineral, light herbs, hay, light pear and apple. It finishes with a mineral-lemony dryness, slightly yeasty-lemony-earthy tartness, before a slightly sweeter, lingering aftertaste of grain.

Offa, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL brown bottle with no freshness code on it. Pours a mostly clear light gold color with a full three-fingers worth of fluffy white foam. Retention is excellent, as is the lacing. A bit lighter in color than expected, but it is a really good looking beer.

Smell is grainy and rye bread maltiness with a fair shot of grassy hops (Hallertau?). Malts continue to develop as it warms into some nice sweet caramel and toffee notes. Pretty big nose for an alt.

This is a pretty refreshing and tasty brew. The malts are slightly sweet and crackery. Hops provide enough balance and even a bit of hay-like grass flavors. Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side and it is not exactly a complex beer, but its a nice drinker that I wish was cheaper and sold in six-packs. A good sessionable beer.

twiggamortis420, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an arrogant bastard glass. Beer is dark yellow / light brown. Smell is wheaty but no hop character. Carbonation / head was large to begin with and fell away quickly, carbonation persists through the life of the beer. Taste is great, wheaty, nice, not hoppy. Mouthfeel is full, drinkability is high. Pinkus is a great brewery and they produce excellent beers. This is one of the best they produce. Check it out if you get a chance.

drabmuh, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of ATPete
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml

Pours a transparent yellow orange color with a thin white head. Sweet malts, grainy and lightly toasted, although slightly muted, the floral hop character creates the aromatics of a large pilsner. Crisp and bright in flavor, great balance. A little thin on body, bubbly, but very refreshing. Sure its not true to style 100% per say but a damn good beer, especially now in the summer time.

ATPete, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of DukeofAle
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?

DukeofAle, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. My first altbier, it would appear.

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of foamy, tightly bubbly eggshell white head, which melts away readily, leaving some patchy webbed lace in its wake. There are also steady streams of effervescence rising from the bottom of the glass, like sparkling wine.

It smells of spicy dried fruit - apple, mostly - a bit of zesty yeast, mild exotic citrus, and a crackery pale malt. The taste is bready, grainy cereal malts, light, ethereal lemon citrus, a hint of toasted nuts, an echo of banana chips, applesauce, spicy yeast, and herbal, floral hops.

The carbonation is a tad bracing, at first, filling the mouth with unwelcome air pockets, but settles to a dull edge in time, all of which somewhat obscures a medium weight body, that nonetheless retains a fair bit of fruity mealiness in its quotidian smoothness. It finishes rather dry and crisp, that masked spiciness lingering.

A refreshing enough summer quaff, once the bubbles settle, and agreeably complex, if a bit light all around. I'd have this again, after checking out a few other instances of the style.

biboergosum, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy golden color with a big foamy head. The smell was mostly malt with a little bit of spicy and slightly grassy hops. The taste follows the smell, starting off with a little sweet malt that gives away to some flavorful hops that aren't overbearing. The mouthfeel was slightly watery with some very refreshing crisp carbonation. This a very drinkable beer that doesn't sacrifice flavor for drinkability.

TheTrevor, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BrewsCrewSA, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type- poured out of a bottle into a 0.5L weissen glass

Pours a hazy gold with a nice whipped white head. smelled of yeast, grains, and some citrus. The taste was interesting. There was a slight sense of tart/sour with the citrus. The was a crisp, medium body that flowed smooth. Up front hoppy bitterness mixed with a tart citrus sourness. interesting combo, seemed to get better as we got 1/2 way through.

much lighter then i previous atl beers, almost like a wheat beer

Anthony1, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of pants678
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

pants678, May 18, 2009
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

plaid75, May 06, 2009
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great classic (easily recognizable) label. Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze. Foamy head on top has some sparse lacing that does hang around quite a bit.

Aroma is a bit of corn grain and some slightly skunked noble hop twang.

Flavor is very complex for such an innocent looking beer. Some floral sweetness...especially honeysuckle, crisp hops (slight metallic), and some light apple or pear flavors. A slight spice is in here too, maybe chai tea or clove, but its pretty mild.

I like this brew a lot. A bit light in color for the Alt style, but otherwise great. This brew was quite a surprise for me, very flavorful and full bodied for such a light lager. Great subtly and smooth mouthfeel.
Incredible drinkability!

SurlyDuff, May 01, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden/blond color. Poured a 2 finger coarse, stark white head with good retention. Thick lacing clung to the glass.

S: Delightful fruity presence; orange and grapes. Bitter crispness tickles the nose.

T: Opens with a light malty sweetness. Fruit flavors came through int he middle. Bitter finish gave a bit of crispness, but some lingering sweetness.

M: Light side of medium body. ied, but substantial enough. Decent carbonation but not sufficient; seemed a little flat.

D: Very smooth and pretty flavorful. Goes down real easy; crisp and dry. I only had one bottle, but easily sessionable.

Haybeerman, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy pale golden yellow with high foam that recedes quickly and completely.

Wheaty smell that has a slightly sweet back to it.

Citrus taste, slightly sour, with a clean finish. Lingering sour taste. Tartness throughout.

Creamy and sour in the mouth. Virtually no carbonation is evident.

Drinkable, tasty, refreshing.

KTCamm, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of MrIncognito
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

MrIncognito, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of dukew456
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into my Lazy Magnolia glass

A - Pours a very pale yellow with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates to a very thin cap. This doesn't look like what I think an alt should look like.

S - Smells of earthy malts, with a crisp, very slight hop backing. This smells very "German," if that makes sense... probably from either noble or hallertau hops? Also, a faint pear/cider like aroma pulls through, maybe a result of a cross atlantic trip?

T - Bready malt is very assertive up front, and this is good. A sweet, fruity hop character comes through towards the very dry finish. Still getting a sour, pear-like characteristic.

M&D - Extremely carbonated, and not the smooth, creamy, yet light mouthfeel I love about alts. Pretty weird. However, I could see myself drinking this in the summertime, but over a good hefe or german or czech pils or lager...?

dukew456, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of PirateUlf73
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Poured into a cylinder glass.

A: Deep golden-blond color and slightly hazy. The head is somewhat fizzy, yet substantial and white. Lacing was pretty good as well.

S: Has delicious fruity and flowery qualities about it. Also present is a dry crispness from the pale malt. Absolutely gorgeous nose on this one.

T: Starts with an ale-like fruitiness and is complemented by a slightly chalky, lager-like crispness. Pretty sweet, but not overly so by any means. An intriguing blend of flavors.

M: Fairly light-bodied, but substantial enough. Decent carbonation and the finish is slightly sweet and slightly dry.

D: Goes down so smooth and easy that it would be understandable if one lost track of how many of these he/she has had.

A very solid, delicious brew. At first the flavors reminded me of many different styles, and given what I've read, it seems that this beer is lighter (in color anyway) than most altbiers. Nevertheless, this one is infinitely drinkable and tasty. I could see this being a good gateway beer. I'm not sure how its being organic factored into the taste, but hey, it's organic (for what it's worth)!

PirateUlf73, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of popery
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw gold liquid with a big puffy white head.

S: Fruity malt without any hop character that I can distinguish. Some vinous yeasty notes.

T: Lots of fruity grain flavor. Mild apricots are somehow brought forth from malted barley. It has the meticulous attention to grain that you find in German beers. It just doesn't draw me in as much as the best of them.

M: Pretty good mouthfeel. It's a touch thin but fresh and crisp on the palate.

D: Interesting but not incredible. It's a surprisingly solid beer, but I can't say that I'll necessarily buy another bottle.

popery, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of MerkinMan
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

MerkinMan, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt, .9fl oz brown bottle. no date found.

pale golden straw, almost clear. some head, but fades to wispy layer. nice lacing.

aroma of toasty malts and noble hops. hint of white grape or yeasty esters.

similarly malty and toasted flavors with classic noble hops. gentle to moderate bitterness. clean finish with flash of more malt and even a trace of acidity beforehand.

light, but smooth. moderate, spritzy carbonation.

paler than i've come to expect of alts, but manages to retain quite a lot of malt character.

tai4ji2x, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Rayek, Feb 06, 2009
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.