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Organic Münster Alt - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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BA SCORE
82
good

332 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | 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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ATPete

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 18:42:21 | More by ATPete
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DukeofAle

Iowa

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?

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 22:24:46 | More by biboergosum
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TheTrevor

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 21:48:26 | More by TheTrevor
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BrewsCrewSA

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 01:08:26 | More by BrewsCrewSA
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Anthony1

Colorado

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

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 15:17:45 | More by Anthony1
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pants678

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 03:49:22 | More by pants678
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plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 02:24:46 | More by plaid75
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 01:14:09 | More by SurlyDuff
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Haybeerman

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 20:27:16 | More by Haybeerman
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KTCamm

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 01:55:07 | More by KTCamm
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MrIncognito

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 15:52:34 | More by MrIncognito
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dukew456

Oregon

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...?

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 21:16:26 | More by dukew456
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PirateUlf73

Illinois

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)!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 05:32:25 | More by PirateUlf73
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popery

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 05:37:12 | More by popery
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MerkinMan

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 21:35:16 | More by MerkinMan
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 09:18:23 | More by tai4ji2x
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Rayek

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 19:32:55 | More by Rayek
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Patrick999

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Altbier? I can't say I get too much altbier. This should be interesting.

A - Poured the pint perfectly into a weizen glass. Clumpy head, not much lacing, clear dull-sunflower colored body.

S - Upon opening, the aroma of this beer was unmistakable. Nothing too unusual, just a good fresh beery aroma. I also get lavender as the beer warms and the aroma opens up. I really like the fresh, clean smell of this beer.

T - Again, nothing too unusual. Bread-crust malt bill, hops of the spicy, earthy-grassy variety; I'm guessing Saaz. Pretty well-balanced. Very clean to me, this comes off like a very good lager.

F - Crisp feel, with plenty of active carbonation. Light-medium bodied.

D - Not the most unusual beer I've ever had, but crisp, refreshing and tasty. It would be a good, and perhaps excellent, pairing for a wide range of foods. I'm especially thinking raw oysters at a dockside Florida restaurant. File under "refreshing," "versatile."

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 02:45:38 | More by Patrick999
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Ruslanchik

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 06:03:37 | More by Ruslanchik
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into stange.

A - Slightly hazy, bright yellow. Two fingers of white head have decent retention before falling to a thick collar with a thin film. Moderate lacing also.

S - Biscuity, bready, and quite sweet. Lots of helles lager elements. Some metallic aroma is noted along with grassy and somewhat floral hops.

T - Extremely bready backbone and overall sort of bland with a modest sweetness. Suggestions of lemon juice and chalk try to break through but are never full realized. Some grassy/borderline floral hop character appears mid to late palate. Slight graininess and a smidge of bitterness enter late palate with an extremely clean finish.

M - Light to medium bodied with a very soft, almost nonexistent carbonation. It's actually a little strange feeling as I'd expect this beer to be a little more crisp.

D - A refreshing, thirst quenching beer. I'd like to see some more character in Munster Alt, as it's bland enough to drink quickly and easily without having to spend too much time pondering over the flavor. Overall a decent beer reminiscent of southern German pale lagers.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 10:56:29 | More by PatrickJR
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5L bottle poured into pint glass
A - Pale yellow with off white head that falls to a ring
S - Sweet rich malt, grass, hops
T - Sweet up front with hop bitterness and a dry finish.
M/F - Light in body. Lively carbonation yet smooth.
D - All night long!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 20:13:16 | More by ThirstyBird
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin, white head. Smell is grainy and wheaty. Taste is also wheaty, very tart, with a large citrus flavor as well. Very little bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly prickly carbonation. Pretty drinkable though, I would drink this again. I think this is the first Altbier I've had, its OK, but I suspect there may be better examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 00:13:18 | More by tronester
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positiverpr

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a:light golden color chill haze that never cleared. medium carbonation. large bubbled thin white head that was short lasting. lacing on the low end.

a:lemon/tart. german pilsner malt . oddly sweet tea-like aroma. not much hop aroma but what is there is floral. some roasted/munich? malt

t:moderate bitterness. pilsner malt with slight rusty oxidation. some yeasty esters. mild tart(wheat?). minimal hint of sulfur. floral hop flavor is low. lingering pilsenr graininess.

m:medium body and carbonation with slight oiliness. mildly dry finish.

o:mild oxidation skews my perception. pilsner quality is initially offensive and then savory.
expected more color and haze is not to style.
an enjoyable beer and ive not had many alts but adds to my growing list organics that i'm not dying to have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 02:19:31 | More by positiverpr
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 22:29:49 | More by beerthulhu
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.