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Organic Münster Alt - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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BA SCORE
82
good

351 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 16
Gots: 10 | 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 Beastdog75
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another organic brew from the folks from the Pinkus Brewery, and it happens to be an altbier. I don't have that much experience with the alt style, but if this one is any indication of how the rest of the style is, I'll be looking forward to trying more.

Pinkus Alt pours an "organic" hazy copper color, with some golden hints to it. A finger of foam forms and retains for about 30 seconds. The aroma also hinted at the "organic" qualities of this beer, as it had a somewhat distinct but not overpowering mustiness to it. Nice grassy notes, along with the citric/herbal hoppiness add to the aroma, and later on the sweet malts become more pronounced as well. The initial sip struck me with a very sweet, caramel-like maltiness. A rather prominent bitterness hit me within those first few sips as well, although it seemed to mellow out as I drank on. The citric/herbal qualities of the hops here balance out the sweetness of the brew nicely. The aftertaste had some lingering maltiness, nuttiness, grassiness, and a slight touch of bitterness. The brew finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

I thought that this was an interesting brew, and it was quite easy to drink as well. I hope to track down more more alts to see how they comapare with this one.

Photo of tjthresh
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. No date. Pours golden with a larg head the rapidly disapates. More kolsch aromas than what I would expect from an alt. Apples and flowers. The kolsch come though in the flavor also. Very crisp apple notes. Tangy. Slightly bitter. Medium body and high carbonation make this beer prickly over the tounge. Flavor leaves quickly. This is not what I expected. Not really an alt that I’m familiar with.

Photo of Buildscharacter
2.33/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful label designed by Charlie Finkel.

The Pinkus Muller Munster Alt is certainly different than the altbiers common to Dusseldorf. It's yellow-gold in color; with a frothy head of bright-white foam that holds quite well, slowly drops to a creamy cap, and leaves wide rings of sticky lace about the glass with each sip.

The nose offers fresh, sweet, and grainy malt.

In the mouth its gently effervescent carbonation bristles the tongue before it warms to become somewhat creamy, displaying its medium body.

The flavor is much as the nose suggests, with its lightly sweetish and very subtly tart malt dominating. Some hops and a bit of very low key yeasty fruitiness come into play; and it's grassy, slightly doughy, and very mildly bitter with an underlying acidity that also helps to balance it.

This is a great, easy drinking, refreshing, and mildly complex beer that would be perfect in a wide variety of situations; and one that would pair easily with an even greater selection of foods. Quite nice!

Photo of granger10
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very light pale color, very light. Nice size head which is rather foamy and fluffy. Aroma is really nice. Slightly sweet, slightly floral. A bit of yeast in there as well. Flavor is just nice and clean. Light grains hold the base along with a noticeable yeasty breadiness. A bit of hop spice is there and fits in well. More of a floral and lightly acidic finish. Very clean in the end. Well made, I enjoyed this bottle and drank it rather easily. Went very well to cleanse the palate with my corned beef sandwich during lunch. Oh, and the organic thing is really cool.

Photo of RenoZymurgist
1.88/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a huge thick, white head atop a very light golden brew. The color is almost as light as budweiser which really surprised me as the last alt I had was Zum Uerige and it looked nothing like this. Aroma reminds me of hallertauer hops and it is blended with a dry toasty malt flavor and a weird ester I am not familiar with. The flavor is hoppy at first then it segues into an isipid watery flavor that finished very clean except for a touch of misplaced hop flavor. Very weird beer and I find it hard to call it an alt as it is sort of a mix between pilsner, alt, and kolsh. I would not buy this beer again.

Photo of horndecker
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, and the color of polished brass. A bright and fine head, but a short-lived one.

Tart lemon nose, piney, sweet malt aroma and a hint of the vegetable.

A kick of hops starts it, bitter, earthy, and herbal. A mineral citric flash, then round maltiness, a bit less pronounced then expected for an altbier. The finish is stark and mildly bitter.

Medium bodied, yet creamy and with a decent carbonation. Yet it does lack the assertive bitterness and maltiness I like in an alt.

Photo of fizzyfred
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours much lighter than expected for a Dusseldorf Alt, but this is from Munster. Very light head, and the color is a hazy orange-yellow. The smell from the yeast in the bottle is evident along with malty aromas. The taste is mostly from the malt with an almost astringent hop flavor on the tounge. This could also be from the yeast I guess. The body seems very thin yet there is still a good malt base. I would definitly choose a Dusseldorf Alt over this, but still an interesting beer.

Photo of Puddleglum
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Organic Munster Alt

Appearance- piss yellow with no head at all.
Smell- yeasty, pilsner. Sweet.
Taste- sweet and yeasty. Flat.
Mouthfeel- watery and disappointing. Went down smooth though!?

Overall- what is this?! Too watery, too cheap tasting. Maybe I have a bad bottle but this was a total waste.

Photo of unklesyd
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Wonka
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL

Appearance – gold body; erupting white head settles to moderate level; lace was average

Smell – wheat and yeast; German pilsner with less metallic/acid tone; low tone of spice

Taste – slightly hoppy but bigger grainy malts that run to the close; follows the nose rather closely

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – lightly crisp; clean; moderate body; ‘afterfeel’ was pleasant

The Munster Alt isn't a standout beer, but to gain a sense of the altbier, go for it.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0.5L brown bottle, capped, no date.

This altbier poured a very slightly hazy, golden amber color with creamy, white foam that settled flat. A somewhat unexpected color for an altbier. The smell was very lightly sweet and malty with a bit of biscuit and an aroma somewhat grain-like. The taste was lightly sweet and tangy with an almost corn sweetness. A light hoppiness came through in the finish. There was a hint of floral hops in with the bitter. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-light body and low carbonation. Not much of an aftertaste. This was a bit of an odd altbier, unlike the typical Düsseldorf style altbiers that I am familiar with.

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Great looking beer! Pours a cloudy straw color with a puffy white head that hangs around for quite a while and leaves plenty of lacing along the side of the glass

Smell: Very Germanic nose, with plenty of tangy fruit, and touches of floral herbaciousness; perhaps a whiff of vanilla, too

Taste: As you would expect from an alt, the malts are quite pronounced and, after laying down a light toffee base, the bitter lemon hops start to kick in through to the finish; I was expecting something a bit darker and more pronounced on both fronts, but this was not bad

Mouthfeel: Starts out medium-bodied, but thins out toward the finish; well-carbonated

Drinkability: I've had better alts but this is more like a cross between a Munich Helles and an Alt; certainly drinkable, but I wouldn't seek it out everyday

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, dark wheat colored beer with moderately active carbonation. Creamy, bright white head is on the small side and leaves a bit of stringy lace. Pale malt and faint hop aromas are quickly overtaken by a zesty lemon aroma. The taste is a little closer to what I was expecting. Soft, mild malty flavor up front followed my some spicy hops, but the tanginess makes it's way in towards the finish. From what I've read on this style and the altbiers I've sampled this one was way lighter in color then I expected and about half the malt I was expecting in the aroma and flavor.

Photo of mynie
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty pour. A hazy orange beer that sparkles and then explodes into a bright white head that sticks around.

Smells like plums and overripe fruit. It's a very intense smell but not complicated.

Tastes...different. Yeast and malt upfront. Plums giving way to a strong, very juicy taste of generic fruit that disolves into a bitter lemon in the back. Complex and different, and nicely balanced, but not really my cup of tea. Too sweet in strange ways.

Nice body and it goes down smooth.

From what I've heard, this beer really varies from bottle to bottle. If I ever come across it again, I might give it another try. Until then, it's just a rather MOR import.

Photo of Quaffer
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.1 oz. bottle.

Appearance: This beer poured a hazy, golden yellow. The pure white head rose up easily and was very dense and lightly fluffy. A very heavy bead fed it from below and caused it to linger for a long, long time. A think cap of foam still remained as I drained the glass It was sticky and clung to the side of the glass as it dissipated, pretty much coating it solidly. As I drank, the lacing was very heavy and left lovely rings down the length of the glass. I love it when that happens.

Smell: Right after the pour, the aroma was very sweet and floral. After a few minutes, the floral component calmed and was joined by a robust herbalness and some mild hops. Light anise, roasted malts, the slightest hint of vanilla, and a sweet fruitiness were detectable underneath. A lovely and very complex aroma. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and extremely smooth. The lack of carbonation in the mouth, as well as the lightness of the body made this brew seem watery at times, though.

Taste: Very delicate overall. Spicy herbal hops were very evident, but didn't contribute much apparent bitterness; just enough to balance things out. A mild sweetness and apples countered the spiciness. Light, cracker-like malt and a nuttiness rounded things out. Slightly dry, which made this beer go down very quickly.

I've never been a huge alt fan, but I am a fan of this beer. Very nice. The flavors are on the borderline of being too delicate, but the flavor that was there was great.

Thanks for the bottle, babydoc!

Photo of cokes
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Misty cider (how telling) with a thick broth of white head.
Nose of musty pressed apples and brown stalky hops.
Enter with a tart notion of granny smith apple sauce. And here it lingers for a good long while. Doughier in the midlands, but still with a raw tartness that seems ultimately out of place. Fades with vague notions of herbal hops.
Medium in both body and carbonation.
Maybe I just prefer the Dusseldorf renditions, but this one has little worth to me.

Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe that this is my first altbier. Picked up fairly cheaply at my local store. Pours with an assertive 3 finger frothy white head which sits upon its golden body. Nose has notes of malt and also a pleasant sweet floral aroma. Initially a huge pale malt taste smacks you in the face before slowly fading into flower notes and a subtle, sweet finish. Drinkability is very nice on this one. I must get some more alts to try. I'd love to see how this would be fresh.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold color (lighter than many alts i've had). Small white head, very sticky on the side of the glass. Smell is sweet and grainy, very earthy and pungent. Alcohol is present in the smell, but it tastes stronger than it is. Biscuity yeast and earthy. A very unique beer, i can't really compare it with anything else.

Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a brilliant yellow in color with some nice orangish-brown tints. It’s a deep, glowing yellowish-orange-brown, really. The head was magnificent. It puffed up nicely and showed good retention, clinging to the inside of my glass as it dissipated.

Smell – The sweet grainy aroma was terrific. It was very musty and well-complimented with some light hopping and huge sugars. The sugars were more orangy than caramely like one would think for the style, but the nose was a winner regardless.

Taste – The orange flavor really took over at the taste, spoiling what looked to be a solid 4.5 Altbier. There was a hint of caramel in the malts but mostly the Orange Crush dominated.

Mouthfeel – This one is light-bodied and completely overboard on the orangy sugar. I like the light carbonation though.

Drinkability – This isn’t a bad drinking Altbier, just not up to snuff for the style. It will go good with lighter food, but don’t pair it with bratwurst und brotchen. I had it with a spinach fruit salad and it was fine.

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear, pale yellow body with a soapy, vanilla head that retains well and produces a lot of patchy lace. Active carbonation is very apparent in the glass.
Aroma is subdued, with very floral blossomy hops.
Mouthfeel has a light medium body and sparkling carbonation.
Taste is well balanced, with floral and citrusy(orange and grapefruit) hops and a biscuity and bready malt.
Nice taste, excellent balance, and wonderful drinkability.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly milky lemony gold that appears to clear only with bright backlighting. The head is a half shade darker than pure white and stays at two fingers long enough for me to appreciate its tight-bubbled, abundantly pitting nature. So-so lace in thick random scraps.

Munster Alt has an austere nose of flowers and fruit--pear blossoms and pear skins--that is delicate yet substantive. That's a good description of the flavor as well. There's less fruit on the palate (some peachiness now), but orchard fruit peels still come to mind. The floweriness takes on more of an herbal character, although what herb is hard to say. The relatively light body/mouthfeel hangs on long enough to provide a gentle, lingeringly sweet finish.

Pinkus Munster Alt is an easy drinking beer that has as much flavor and body as it needs to have and no more. It's a well-crafted package that is impressively quaffable and it 'alt' to go well with a multitude of foods, as long as they aren't strongly spiced or flavored. I don't see much wrong with this one.

Photo of rkhaze
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a creamy white head and noticeable carbonation.
Smells of malt, a honey sweetness and a mild yeast aroma.
Tastes of sweet pale malt, light tropical fruit, some spiciness and an earthy tangy yeast finish.
Light bodied with a thin, carbonated mouthfeel.
Really light. It would be great on a hot day but ultimately not enough going on to pique my interest.

Photo of Citadel82
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a small thin cylindrical "alt" glass. Poured a hazy yellow with a big head that dissipated rapidly leaving nice lacing. Had a slight citrusy aroma with malty undertone, nice mouth feel with a taste that was at once mildly citrus with hints of wheat and malt and a short dry finish, not at all like Frankenheim, Uerige, nor Ad Astra ( Ah I miss Free State). Definitely worth another try. I think I will grab another.

Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.