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Organic Münster Alt - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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BA SCORE
82
good

339 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 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.

UncleJimbo, Mar 10, 2005
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

brentk56, Feb 21, 2005
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.

HappyHourHero, Feb 05, 2005
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.

mynie, Feb 03, 2005
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!

Quaffer, Jan 30, 2005
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.

cokes, Jan 05, 2005
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.

soper2000, Nov 30, 2004
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.

TastyTaste, Nov 29, 2004
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.

RoyalT, Nov 23, 2004
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.

merlin48, Oct 31, 2004
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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 24, 2004
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.

rkhaze, Sep 16, 2004
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.

Citadel82, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter in color than any other alt that I have seen. It pours out a darkish yellow, almost like a hefe. Looks good, just doesn't look like an alt. The smell is like raw wheat and more harsh than I expected. The smell is a bit grassy as well. Taste is similar to the smell but more mild. This is an alt? I guess that I don't know much about the style. The grassy notes come through more in the after taste. Actually a well balanced beer, I am just very confused about the style and how this beer fits in.

CharlesRiver, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of pezoids
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy and dull pale yellow color. Huge head of frothy and hearty foam topped this brew off and kept bouncing back after every pour. The aroma yielded sweet musty grains, along with sticky sweet fruity nectar. A beautiful lemon grassiness compliments the beer. The taste is pleasantly light, fruity and refreshing. This is a unique Altbier, and one of the lightest I’ve ever had. Very flavorful, fruity and refreshing with just a hint of spicy sweet malts in the finish. Lacks that peppery spice quality as I have tasted in some other Alts, like a Frankenheim say, but very nice in its own right. Quite drinkable.

pezoids, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of coasterfreak75
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a light yellow with quite alot of haze. Had a one finger head that quickly dissapated and left nothing.

The smell was quite fruity and sweet.

The drink started with a mineral water taste followed by a slight hop bite. It finished with a clean water, nothing lingered.

Not a bad beer, but in my opinion it's just not an alt. I'm not really sure how to classify this one. It is a quite drinkable and refreshing beer, but to me it's just mis-labled.

coasterfreak75, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a slightly hazed golden color with a big beige head. Bready, husky malt aromas as well as a little fruitiness and mustiness. Light and refreshing with a sweet, husky malt profile. Water portion of the beer tastes minerally. Some fruity yeast notes with a light mouthfeel. Good German ale.

crookedhalo, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of Hhawk06
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Passed this beer by hundreds of times but finally decided to give it a try. It poured a pale straw color with a huge head that disappeared very quickly. There was some kind of a fruit (raspberry?) odor to it, creating enticement. I get a full malt blast in the mouthfeel. The actual characteristics of the beer come out full blast in the finish, where the real taste lingers. I sense lots of earthy toned flavors intertwining. Somewhat fruity, but subtle and definitely grainy. At the conclusion, you are left with a very bitter twang in the back of your mouth. OK, but I wouldn't seek it out for the price.

Hhawk06, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of Sixpack595
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy body, golden orange in color with a thin yet persistant film of white foam. Sweet, fruity aroma with a musty, yeasty touch. Flavor is sweet and malty with a herbal note and light, hoppy finish. Well balanced and very drinkable. Rich, substantial mouthfeel.

Sixpack595, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden brew.

Smell is light and very fruity; fruity to the point that it approaches the level of a Belgian brew. There is an apples and peaches scent to this.

Taste is mild malts and fruit, with some husky grain thrown in. The hops in this create a mild almost tea tannin level bitter finish that is quite nice.

Mouthfeel is good.

A super drinkable brew, I like Alt Biers, this is the best one I have had yet.

Zorro, May 11, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a cloudy orange color, with a small bubbly white head on top. Lots of little carb bubbles. The scent is pure malt, caramel. As for the taste, its got a slick pale malt backbone, some hop contrast but not much. This is pretty refreshing, somewhat different from my other alt experiences, but this ones from germany so it should be a pretty good example.

Tballz420, May 05, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, lemony golden in color with only a tease of head. Aromas are of sweet malt and tangy citrus. Flavors are on the bright side-very lemony with a good crisp mouthfeel and basically clean flavors. Some tang to go with the malt here, and a very low hop profile. The mid palate and finish come off as almost sweet, with a lemon soda type of flavor. Perhaps better with food than alone.

moulefrite, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all Im not sure why this is concidered an alt.. But pours a golden light copper colour with a nice fluffy white head. Nose is of sweet malt and a bit of hops, but its lacking the usual malt profile of a true ALT. Taste is more of a lager than a Dusseldorf ALT.. Maybe I got the styles confused, but this beer was clean and crisp and with a little hoppy. Mouthfeel was good and it was very drinkable, but just not what i was looking for with the word ALT.

TinusTime, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a two-fingered white head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Low carbonation. Slightly cloudy amber color but no chunky bits. Nose is slightly hoppy. Starts with a hoppy dryness and leaves with an aftertaste that has a slight bitterness. To be honest I find it boring. Light bodied. $3.89 for a 500ml bottle.

jdhilt, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a murky brownish tan, with a few rather scary sediment chunks drifting about. Not nearly enough heft to the malt, the beer leaned in the direction of a thin astrigency. I kept waiting for the flavor in this beer to get up and do something, but it seemed content to languish in mediocrity. No punch of any kind from the hops, and the malt just had no horsepower.

Brent, Mar 28, 2004
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.