Organic Münster Alt - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
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3.4/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
01-20-2009 10:56:29 | More by PatrickJR
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
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!
12-07-2008 20:13:16 | More by ThirstyBird
3.05/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
11-24-2008 00:13:18 | More by tronester
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
11-05-2008 02:19:31 | More by positiverpr
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
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
Pours lemon yellow color. Very clear with no head. Smell - mostly honey with touch of grapefruit. Very nice. Taste is the same - honey, malts, a bit too sweet to me, but stil pretty good. Mouthfeel - nice, crisp, not overly carbonated. It's very light beer and it's very drinkable. I would definately have another one (it's fair to mention that it's pretty pricey - about 4.5$ per bottle)
10-12-2008 04:22:25 | More by Voonder
4.18/5 rDev +15.5%
Pinkus Organic. One of the coolest beer labels out there. Who are those dudes in black and white? The Muller brothers, that's who. Or is it father and son?
Poured into a Belgian snifter, just for the heck of it. Appears dirty, dull blond in color. Thin film of foam on top. Nothing to shake a stick at, that's for sure. But the nose is where this alt really begins to shine. Buttered popcorn, butterscotch, peach, faint lemon, some distant pepper, strawberry. What a beautiful aroma we have here. Seriously, this is perhaps the most pleasant alt nose I've ever enjoyed. Taste follows suit, but with less butterscotch, more lemon and citrus, and a much fruitier overall quality to it. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, rich and creamy, and evenly smooth. A tad watery in the finish, but it doesn't detract too much.
I love this beer. I'm not as familiar with the alt style as I am with other beers, but I really love this one. Totally quaffable and thoroughly enjoyable. Nicely done, Pinkus men.
10-01-2008 01:13:47 | More by Atlas1
3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
Pours straw yellow with two finger white head. A little light for a Dusseldorf Alt? Perhaps in Munster Alts are lighter in color. Nice floral aroma. I detect some butterscotch and citrus in the taste. Malt is medium and finishes with a nice citrus bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability good. I could drink several of these-good for a warm summer niight.
09-20-2008 01:15:30 | More by bradybeer
3.73/5 rDev +3%
Appearance: Cloudy dark yellow. Off white head with some staying power. Adequate chunky lacing.
Smell: Very fruity. Earthy lemon with a touch of banana. A bit of floral in the aroma.
Taste: Similar to the nose. Starts off strongly herbal. Goes to a grainy sweet malt with touches of lemon/peach. Finish is tart.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with an effervescence carbonation.
This is a nice alt. Fairly light and refreshing. I could definitely throw back a few of these. Another well done organic brew.
09-16-2008 23:21:09 | More by Sweasty
1.58/5 rDev -56.4%
Think I got a bad bottle. Butterscotch aroma. Butterscotch flavor and odd carbonation. Bleh. Very little head, no lace. Not drinking more of this. Hints of bridal leather and kerosene, reminds me of the fresh earth at a funeral. The finish was thankfully, not that long nor lingering. No bbe date.
09-05-2008 01:22:21 | More by drpimento
4/5 rDev +10.5%
Single bomber bottle copped from Gary's in Madison for $2.75...
Very different than your average Altbier, with a pronounced mustard and butter flavor, very unique with a strong body and flavor to match...
Pours a hazy, murky hue with rising carbonation and a significant amount of lacing...
Smell: Replete with bread, butter, carmel, and slight sugars...
Taste: Flavor strongly complemented the aroma, and as mentioned before, had a mustard-like aftertaste, with bread and butter on the tongue as well...
Good, creamy mouthfeel along with a great level of drinkability...
Certainly a different-style beer...
Worth a try...
08-19-2008 22:32:15 | More by dsa7783
3.2/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
08-12-2008 19:44:59 | More by kinger
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
3.8/5 rDev +5%
Light toasty Pilsner-like malt with touch of honey sweetness and snappy fruit.
Pale-medium yellow, good clarity, mild head, good retention.
Dry toasty malt hits first with grainy overtones and subtle malt sweetness. Touch of fruit and then overcome by bitterness. Few sips. Bitterness mostly gone, now a little tart. Few more sips. Crisp carbonation on medium-thin body. Apple-like fruit sensation and sweetness. Modest hop provides just a light balancing edge on the malt. Few more sips. More malt depth and a growingly tighter balance are interesting.
Pretty light, fairly refreshing, somewhat interesting on the palate.
07-28-2008 03:00:17 | More by MrHungryMonkey
3/5 rDev -17.1%
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..
06-30-2008 16:58:30 | More by Onslow
3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
I tried this alongside a Pinkus Hefe-Weizen and found many similar characteristics between the two. The Alt is a cloudy amber with a sticky head that lasts all the way down the glass. Aroma is mostly bready but with a decent hit of citrus, but the citrus really overpowers in the taste: way too much orange for me in this style, almost to the point of tasting like a cough drop. Bitterness is quite present, which cuts the sweetness somewhat. In fact, this had more bitterness than other Alt biers I've tried, but in a pleasant way. Not bad, but probably not something I'll try again.
06-26-2008 11:39:05 | More by gfreed
2.63/5 rDev -27.3%
Pours easily with an almost three-finger thick, pale, just barely tanned, off-white colored head. The beer is a murky gold color that shows an only lightly hazed, bright, pale gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is noticeable spicy as I pour this, though it seems to be a bit more grassy / hay like with grain notes upon deeper inspection. This is definitely interesting smelling, spicy & grain-like, but somehow in a stale grain sort of way. It almost has a savory herbal note to it, somewhat earthy and definitely reminiscent of funky whole grain notes. I am not sure I really dig the aroma of this beer, but I wouldn't say I dislike it either.
Spicy and a bit peppery from a decent carbonation. The beer is very thin bodied, so much so that it almost seems to develop a tartness. This finishes with a light bitterness and graininess that is both grassy as well as a bit like stale crackers. Other flavors of earthy herbs, perhaps a touch of DMS and some green apple like flavors (especially towards the finish). There is not a whole lot of complexity to this beer and for some reason even the flavors I have mentioned have bee hard to pull out.
Really not a very good beer, it might be a bit past its prime, but many of the flavors don't really seem attributable to oxidation; a bottle date would have been really nice as I just bought this. This really just seems poorly constructed.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
06-25-2008 02:35:38 | More by Gueuzedude
3.05/5 rDev -15.7%
Aroma is strong and malty with fruity undertone, banana and a little apple. Pours a clear golden amber with a fairly thick and fluffy white head. Flavor is a bit thin but not bad - malty with a hint of bananas and just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is jazzy and lively. Not outstanding, but not too shabby.
06-15-2008 21:18:24 | More by Cyberkedi
3.4/5 rDev -6.1%
I'm not too experienced in Alts, and the last one I had was very different from this one, so take the review with a grain of salt.
A- Pours pale yellow with a head that foams like the sea. Small amount of lacing, but not much.
S- A little light lemon, slight oxidation, sharper huskiness.
T- Lemon flavor is really prominent on this one. The malt is light and coarse at the same time in an interesting way. Good but somewhat one dimensional.
M- Quite dry, but lingering. I do like the way this beer feels in the mouth, if only because it's different.
D- Interesting but not earth shattering. I'm curious to see what the rest of their organic line up is like.
05-30-2008 02:51:33 | More by zdk9
4.05/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
05-26-2008 23:14:16 | More by scottg
3.85/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours a light gold with a thin white head. Head retention wasnt as good as expected but there was minor lacing. Has a strong lemon smell with a bit of cider. Taste was better than I expected. Lemon and orange up front with a yeast/musk ending. Mouthfeel was good with light carbonation.
05-20-2008 05:08:43 | More by meatmallet
3.43/5 rDev -5.2%
Pinkus Organic Münster Alt
Bottle Inspection: Brown 500 ml bottle certified organic, not much else to report.
Aroma: Sweet floral nose with noble hop earthiness blending with a light wet grain. Bit of a bready yeast character too.
Appearance: Dark golden yellow with a trace of thin white head and collar that give up some short lived lace, but not much.
Flavor: Definite "German" quality to it that I'm guessing is either the noble hops or the yeast strain, probably the combination. A fruit taste, pear mostly, hints of bubblegum, and lightly sweet malt.
Mouthfeel: The grainy texture really pushes the pear experience, otherwise medium light body with a slightly syrupy feel.
Overall Impression: Good beer, not really refreshing or filling, good middle of the road beer. Great taste for an organic beer, most the others I've tasted have issues, this is just good beer.
Worth a try
05-19-2008 00:03:44 | More by HardTarget
4.75/5 rDev +31.2%
A foamy white head sits atop this yellow munster alt. A bit paler than I had envisioned. The head doesn't last long.
Very floral notes are present and a nice earthy aroma.
Sweet and delicate in the flavor. More floral and straw characteristcs. Simply refreshing and delicious. Crisp and light in character. Finishes fairly dry. There is a left over floral and sweet taste.
This is awesome! I have only had a few sips and I'm in love. A great alt and I wish I could get this more often.
05-09-2008 00:20:28 | More by stewart124
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
2.95/5 rDev -18.5%
Pour from 17 oz bottle
A-Little head on top of golden beer. Carbonation very apparent bubbling up side of glass
S-Sweeter malts, wheat
T-Bready Pilsner without as much hop bite. Kind of a strange sweet taste to me. Hard to describe-Some interesting flavors but not when put in combo together
M-Decent mouth, not too much carbonation
D-Just didn't enjoy it enough to order more than one, but wouldn't turn down one offered.
Overall, probably just not a style for me, but i'm glad I sampled it.
04-23-2008 23:42:31 | More by hopsleeroy
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.