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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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enfield249

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy golden in color, with a thick white head that fades to a thin coating.

S - Slightly sour aroma, a little funky even.

T - Sour, funky, slightly grainiy.

M - Light to medium, lots of CO2 sharpness.

O - Not bad at all, but I wouldn't want much of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 22:49:20 | More by enfield249
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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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genaro

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Organic Munster Alt was a transluscent cloudy gold color. It had a good full head and the lace was decent. The aroma was a bit floral with hay and metalllic elements. The taste was dry, metallic, and citrusy (lemony) with some sweetness. It also had decent hop bite and good carbonation. A little yeastiness led to a dry, bitter finish. Not a bad beer and one worth trying again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 21:08:29 | More by genaro
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RiekerStarBrew

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured from its pint bottle to my pint glass, it had an awesome gold color with a bright white head. The aroma was delicate with a sweet malt base and a piney hop scent probably due to the noble hops used (Saaz?).The flavor was delicate with a light body and a dry finish. The piney hop flavor is present during the entire tasting. All and all, it was a light, refreshing, delicate beer. And best of all, it's 100% organic!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 23:08:16 | More by RiekerStarBrew
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RoyalT

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 16:13:49 | More by RoyalT
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

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

Yep, got this from the BA's German Beer Fest. Why aren't you volunteering as well?

Enjoying this brew from a Samuel Adams mug that Marc from Sunset Grill gave us last week at the BA staff meeting. Privileges volunteering has (I'm watching Star Wars Episode III).

So, according to this bottle, the beer inside is organic. I'm sure that means something to some people, for me, not so much.

Appearance: I swear there was a nice, thick head to this beer, but I just looked down and there's none to speak of. Again, it could be that I've had this beer has been in my fridge for awhile and it's due to age or the cleanliness of my glass.

Smell: Sweet malt, straw

Taste: I could only pick up malt when I tasted this beer.

Mouthfeel: smooth, crispiness. No lingering sensation.

Drinkability: I have to say this was a highly drinkable and enjoyable beer. I don't put much credence in something being "organic" but I'm not going to hold it against this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 00:34:22 | More by fdrich29
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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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animal69

Louisiana

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

i have'nt had an alt in a while ; pours a hazy golden-straw colour w/ a thin white head which dissapates quickly, little lacing ; a hoppy aroma w/ some malty undertones, i get a faint, almost smokey aroma in there too ; a little thin on the flavor, mostly hop w/ a "euro-macro" malt profile, not as malty & rich as some alts i've had ; a light, almost dry palate w/ a good amount of carbonation ; a very drinkable brew, i want to try this one head-head w/ some other alts one day ....

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 23:33:29 | More by animal69
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TinusTime

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 05:22:48 | More by TinusTime
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TheDM

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a full head of finely sized white bubbles with a fair lacing. This brew has a cloudy dark yellow color with carbonation rising continuously up the side of the glass. It has a citrus flavor with a hint of honey full bodied and flavorful with a corresponding citrusy honey aroma. I can tell already that this brew is going to go down well with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 15:00:24 | More by TheDM
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John

New York

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

Very Kolsch-like appearance...light straw color and somewhat hazy from the yeast. Huge head when poured, dissipates to a thin layer. Lightly toasted grain, fruity (white grape) aroma. Fresh bread grains and subdued hops summarize the flavor. Once again, for a light colored beer, there's plenty of flavor. An (ale) altbier by definition but unlike any German alt (brown ale) I've ever had. Nevertheless, a tasty light German ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 02:16:17 | More by John
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 23:00:39 | More by brentk56
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2004 23:16:46 | More by CharlesRiver
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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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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
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer poured hazy golden yellow in color with a thin white head that quickly dissipated, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacy patterns in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of bread and caramel malts in the nose, along with some notes of apples.
T: Unlike the smell, the malty flavors are not as pronounced in the taste and only lend some hints of sweetness. Fruity flavors are more apparent in the finish; apples and lemons stand out in particular.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The light-bodied nature of this beer makes it go down rather easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 02:00:11 | More by metter98
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Wildman

Ohio

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

This beer poured a straw color and formed a nice bubbly foamy white head that left some circular lace when it subsided. Some carbonation present. An aroma of malt and grain. A flavor of grain, banana and lightly of citrus. The body was light and the finish slightly dry. My first try of this style, so the review may change.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2002 18:48:42 | More by Wildman
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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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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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watchnerd

California

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

This is unlike any altbier I've had before, the look resembling a pilsener, pouring out a hazy golden color, as opposed to a brown or amber. Not much head or lacing, settling down quickly to a tiny tiny ring of foam.

Tastewise, it's dominated by malt, hops, and yeast, tasting almost like a less hoppy version of what Pilsener Urquell used to taste like back before it got bought and was still good. Sort of resembles Budvar/Czechvar.

Very drinkable and a pleasant, if sedate, beer, but not at all representative of a typical altbier. So if you're looking for a classic alt, look elsewhere.

However, if you think of it as a decently good pils, you'll be fine.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 06:07:54 | More by watchnerd
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budgood1

Minnesota

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

this organic pours out a hazy, dirty, dark golden color. huge foamy head which is painfully slow to die down. sweet aroma of bran and honey cereal. floral hops dance in and out of the nose. very smooth mouthfeel, bordering on slick....this leads to a rather layered taste profile, with malt and toffee...some slight caramel and choco notes...all backed up with an unmistakeable alcohol bite in the finish. seems quite light in all aspects for an alt. but yet pretty stiff because it has some serious alcohol overtones. munster alt definitely is a style all it's own. recommended for it's uniqueness.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 22:37:09 | More by budgood1
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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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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Brauerei Pinkus Mueller's Munster Alt a couple weeks ago for $3.59 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a new beer to try and I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it did have #06000a9, but I don't know what that means. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty simple looking and it's not too eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy pale yellow color that took on more of golden color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, it's a little light looking for a Altbier, but that could be because it's a Munster Alt.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some bready, sweet malts, grainy, and light caramel like aromas. Up next comes the yeast which imparts a fruity and doughy aroma. This beer had a pretty nice and unique aroma.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by all those malty aspect that I got in the aroma with hardly any of that caramel aspect coming through and the grainy and sweet malts seem to stick out the most. Up next comes the yeast which imparts that same fruity and doughy aspect with the doughy flavors showing up just a little more. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a little more sweetness and a grainy and sweet malt like aftertaste, This was a nice tasting beer, but it was a little on the sweet side.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and nice example a typical German Lager, it had all the aspects that I would expect from that style and it didn't seem to be all that similar to any of the Altbiers I've had, but I've never had a Munster Alt before so that might be typical for the style. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, not filling, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these but the sweetness might start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, that caramel aspect made it pretty nice. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness, if it was toned down a little it would help this beer out. I might buy this beer again when in the mood for this style, it's priced well and I would recommend it to anyone who likes German lagers. All in all I thought this was a solid beer, it was pretty similar to some of the better German Lagers I've had and it didn't have anything off about it. This made for a nice first impression for Brauerei Pinkus Mueller and i wouldn't mind trying a few more of their beers. Nice job guys, keep up the good Organic work..

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 04:34:26 | More by StoutHunter
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tall pilsner glass
A – 4 finger white fine bubble head settles/coarsens at a moderate pace to a thin layer w/ no lacing, brew is a very pale light yellow 3
S – Granny smith apples, fresh fruity sweet aroma is crisp & light, milder floral and malt notes 4
T – Subtly sweet bitterness with mild florals, an almost hefeweizen like wheat quality, nicely built and well balanced 3.5
M – Light body with a mild dryness, carbonation was needed to give this mild profile some body but was almost fizzy 3.5
O – A much lighter alt than I am used to, refreshing, a very drinkable & sessionable beer I enjoyed but not my favorite of the style, may pick this up again for a summer time thirst quenching session 3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 05:40:34 | More by rsdaugherty
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TWHartman

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy golden with a white head that dissipates quickly

S- bready, yeasty smell, with a hint of something zesty, like orange marmalade

T- slightly sweet bready malt with a sour finish, in tune with that marmalade smell

M- Well rounded, right amount of carbonation to drink a bunch of, very smooth

O- overall I like this, but I think it is a little too sour to be a really good Alt. There is not enough malt flavor and aroma or bitterness, and a little too much fruit/yeast ester going on to make this a quaffable Alt.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 17:13:53 | More by TWHartman
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.