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Organic Münster Alt - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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266 Reviews

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Reviews: 266
Hads: 377
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 18.78%
Wants: 19
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller visit their website

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-16-2002

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Reviews: 266 | Hads: 377
Photo of hotstuff
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into my glass, this beer poured a good head and it also had decent lacing to it. In my opinion, it had a fruity aroma and there was a lot of carbonation observed. This beer went down very smooth which is much to my liking and it was a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a golden color with a hint of orange. Had a white, pillowy, two-finger head. Left good lacing.

S - Smelled of berries, wheat and grains.

T - It tasted of wheat and was quite sweet. Also, had a yeasty flavor.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a very nice beer. Another good German brew.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden and much paler than I expected with a white head foam that fell pretty quickly but left a ring and some spots of lace. Nose is malty and earthy. A bit of grass behind the malt. No fruit .A slight honey like sweetness. Just enough to be there and really no more than that.

Taste is round with malt. A bit of depth but no heaviness. Grainy. A slight honey sweetness and the roundness of the malt come together perfectly with a good little bite from carbonation. This finishes dry and with a slight bitter. The herbal is but a whisper in the drink. Just barely there. Crisp and lovely. The mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of meatmallet
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

17oz bottle picked up today at the Boise Coop for $3.. poured into my standard weizen glass.

White 2 finger head drops leaving nice sheets of lace atop a very slightly hazy straw/lite gold brew.

There is something about the aroma that is particular to this brew/style that I can't put my finger on .. Earthy.. grainy .. malty and lightly fruity all at the same time.. Sorta smells like a pale/very lightly hopped wort before fermentation.

The flavor leans alot to the grainy side of things.. much of the same complexities as the nose but more substantial... really pretty rich given the color and the lower ABV... bready with very low but discernable spicy hops... The body is also sorta unexpected.. more viscous given the light color.. smooth.

My only "problem" with this brew is a personal one .... after plugging away at roughly 50% of the bottle right now, I know I wouldn't want another one immediately.

I know that I've had the Pinkus Munster before because I have the label, but I honestly don't remember drinking it. This is a very nice brew and more complex than my feeble palate/brain can describe. No doubt, I will buy again, if for no other reason, to try and pick out some of the background flavors/aromas that are giving me trouble tonight.

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Photo of marc77
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden in hue if decanted off the yeast sediment. Impressive fluffy, thick well retained head. Herbal Hallertauer hop nose, along w/ a bit of mellow tartness due to the unusual use of wheat in the grist. Soft grainy malt flavors in flavor, but that honey - like sweetness is prominent, just as in Pinkus's Pils. Hop bitterness is fairly subdued for an alt and residual malt sweetness is high, but as a beer in itself this is a very tasty one. Hop flavor is absent. Although Munster lacks the crispness and assertive bitterness of an alt, there's plenty of flavor to make it an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer I like. Not so hoppy but full of malty goodness. Color is straw with a modest off white head.

Smell is mildly hoppy, a light citrus nose. Also there is a little biscuity smell.

Taste is crispy and tangy with a great grainy punch. Flavors are mildly sweet and there is a bit of cherry.

Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is moderate with a neutral finish.

I like this beer in many ways and the drinkability is high.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of johlac66
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with a fluffy off white head.
Lightly toasted biscuit aroma. Hint of bubble gum.
A subdued grassy fruit flavor with mild bitterness.
Low carbonation with a slight crisp mouthfeel. Dry finish.
Quite tasty!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: A nice 500ml tall brown glass bottle with a very traditional looking, old Teutonic style red label. On the neck there is a much simpler white rectangular sticker with the word “Organic” – it almost looks as if this was stuck on as an afterthought, maybe it was. Imported by Merchant du Vin, and I paid $2.49 for this.

Appearance: A very cloudy golden color, with milky hints. Massive cloud like white head when poured, that threatened to run a mock. Laces with a smattered look at first, this lace slides down the clean glass back into the beer I noted later.

Nose: Wheat mixed with an earthy herbal and a soft yeasty aspect.

Taste: Grainy malts are very perceptible in the beginning. Biscuit grain transposes to a mix of fresh fruits with some yeast. Has a very “Pilsner” mix of malt and hops in the finish. It also has a very short lived, but clearly acidic tartness in the finish that seems to rapidly “spike” just after you swallow this beer. Lingering grain malts & a light bitterness in the ending.

Mouthfeel: Above average feel, the high carbonation assists in giving this beer a solid feel. Very nice and crisp drinking.

Drinkability: Well above average, but not a beer I would want more than say two Pints (US or UK) of. It was quite easy to mark this one, a very clear cut case of a 3.5.

Overall: Different, dare I suggest that it does indeed taste “Organic”. Maybe it sounds stupid, but it does a very natural earthy aspect to it, which for me dampens the overall appeal of the beer a little.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy straw-golden colored pour with white head. Nose has bright fresh fruits with a whiff of See's hard candies. On the palate the fruit is there as well, but also a pleasant malty component that isn't overly sweet. Rather light bodied but smooth texture of course, with nice carbonation. Good drinkability.

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Photo of sparkydoyle
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured cloudy with slight to medium fluffy white head. Nose is mostly Munich malts (bready), along with a slight hop note mixed in yeasty notes (earthy, cedary).

More assertive in flavor than a German larger, and without the hard water notes that are common in English ales. More low key than American ales, but much less astringint than a typical American micro-ale, thanks to European malts. Flavor profile opens with hop bitterness, followed slowly building mellow sweetness from Munich and caramel malts, and a sweet finish.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Viking
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not an appetizing looking beer, with it's cloudy, pale gold body and weak head. Smells rather nice, however. It has a gentle grainy aroma, with a heavy dose of sour fruit - perhaps Granny Smith apple is the best comparison. Light smell of hops present as well. Taste is smooth and refreshing. Rather grassy, with a bit of tart fruitiness. Finishes clean with some herbal hop bitterness. Good brew for an unseasonably hot day!

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Photo of Wonka
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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

500ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a nice golden yellow with a small white head with some nice lacing. Nose is malty, dry, yeasty and a bit fruity.

Taste is sharp, got that signature German lager flavor that's very crisp and refreshing. It's got a nice light noble hop bite but there's also some creamy maltiness to it. It's super drinkable, especially when it's 90 degrees out.

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Photo of BierFan
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Fluffy white head on a slightly hazy golden body. Head retention and lacing is a little light.

Smell: Sweet and grainy pale malts with some grassy/herbal hops.

Taste: Pale malts, good hop flavors, mild bitterness.

This beer is much more simple than I was expecting. Kinda reminds me of a kolsch.

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

Appearance: Pours a very impressive fluffy two-finger head that is slow to recede and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: A straw scent comes through as well as some light citrus

Taste: Most notably, it had an obvious, lemon-esque taste to it. The grainy straw comes through after the lemon taste. Finishes grainy and a touch citric.

Mouthfeel: citric and sour, but refreshing.

Drinkability: This is a very unique brew. I can see it being very refreshing in the summertime.

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

Pours a hazy dark yellow with a dense off-white head.

The smell is fruity with notes of banana and malt. Some slightly off putting earthyness.

The taste is complex with fruit and malt sweetness and herbal hops and a slight lingering bitterness.

Very smooth and drinkable with a surprisingly rich mouthfeel.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As Alts go, this was a bit disappointing. Granted there are variations on every theme, but this was not what I expected from a brewer whose other products I have found to exceed expectations. The color was a hazy pale yellow, with a decent head that fell quickly. Not much in the nose but the typical mix of helles-like malts. And the taste wasn't as rich as I had expected either. Extremly mild blend of malt and generic hops flavor in a rather thin mouthful. I looked at the label twice to make sure I was drinking something called an Altbier. I could have sworn I was drinking a helles-lager or even a cloudy Kolsch. Very drinkable, but therein lies the problem. I was expecting something rich and special. Not this time.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Alt Beer poured into a mug was golden amber with a white head and slight lace. The smell is fruity with citrus and malt overtones. Nicely carbonated with a medium-weight mouth feel. The taste is a mixture of earthy grains and banana with a tart finish. This was my first beer from this brewery and it was pretty good. About to follow it up with their Pils.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in the brown pint bottle...lovelly old fashioned style label.
Ok after a shaky pour .and a monsterous head the beer settled down to a pale golden , honeyish looking beer..the head goes but leaves nice lace.
Very nice feresh malty, spicy aroma to this..almost Belgian in smell.
MM intresting taste..but its the weirdest altbier I have had..,ore like a Belgian golden ale..spicy, malty and very sweet..citrus tones at the end.
Its pretty nice on the tongue.
A nice drinkable beer..but not really a classic alt..worth a try though.

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Photo of DukeofAle
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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?

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Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.