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Organic Münster Alt - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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BA SCORE
82
good

339 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 12
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 rsdaugherty
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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

rsdaugherty, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of TWHartman
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

TWHartman, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, honey and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey and caramel. Then there is some breadiness from a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, this is a decent beer that it worth drinking for a while but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Poured from a bottle to a stange. Had a brownish-yellow color and a cloudy-murky consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A sweet, grassy smell, with some hops and a sugary quality.

T: The grassiness, more than anything dominated the taste. Also had a tinge of hops and caramel in it as well. An OK taste, but not overwhelmingly awesome.

M: A high amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: For an organic beer (with which I haven't had much luck) this one is drinkable. Not something I'd come running back to.

avalon07, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of tavernjef
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Great looking glass of beer, tall and thick white head just over an inch high, golden straw yellow body, head settles slowly to a thick hazy foam, lace sticks amazingly well in clumpy patches. Aroma is lightly malty sweet and fruity, kinda like sourdough bread and eggs, notes of vanilla, almond, and strawberry. An inticing nose, but lightly so. Taste is mild, some short lived bready sweetness, lightly fruity with strawberry and honeydew, subdued tangyness, malts are quite sweet and frothy fresh. Takes a bit of getting use to, but once it settles in and warms up some it ain't half bad. Feel is close to medium, carbonation is pretty full and raspy in texture with a full on sweetness sticking around long after each sip. A strange, sweetly fruity brew, a bit enjoyable, but I think I'd rather be drinkin' something else.

tavernjef, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

500ml bottle. My first altbier, it would appear.

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of foamy, tightly bubbly eggshell white head, which melts away readily, leaving some patchy webbed lace in its wake. There are also steady streams of effervescence rising from the bottom of the glass, like sparkling wine.

It smells of spicy dried fruit - apple, mostly - a bit of zesty yeast, mild exotic citrus, and a crackery pale malt. The taste is bready, grainy cereal malts, light, ethereal lemon citrus, a hint of toasted nuts, an echo of banana chips, applesauce, spicy yeast, and herbal, floral hops.

The carbonation is a tad bracing, at first, filling the mouth with unwelcome air pockets, but settles to a dull edge in time, all of which somewhat obscures a medium weight body, that nonetheless retains a fair bit of fruity mealiness in its quotidian smoothness. It finishes rather dry and crisp, that masked spiciness lingering.

A refreshing enough summer quaff, once the bubbles settle, and agreeably complex, if a bit light all around. I'd have this again, after checking out a few other instances of the style.

biboergosum, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of horndecker
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

horndecker, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

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 flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: body is slightly hazy with a medium-light golden hue. Head is a thick finger of pillowy white foam. This looks OK, overall, but is way lighter than I think of an alt as being.

Smell: aroma is slightly fruity; slightly biscuity. Malt is quite sweet and there's not much here in the way of hops. Not bad, but again, not super altbier-ey.

Taste: quite fruity: pear and apple, mostly. The beer is sweet and bitterness isn't strong enough for good balance (though there is some bitterness at the end). Earthy hops are present, and they are nice, but overall this beer is kind of sticky and I feel like the brewers could have put a bit more care into it. That said, it's not *too* bad.

Mouthfeel: at last, something to celebrate. Medium body (concomitant with all that residual sweetness, no doubt) mixes with a decent carbonation to yield a rich, creamy texture. Like it.

Drinkability: to me this beer is a little too sweet, not really to style, imbalanced and generally flawed. It is pretty refreshing, though, and I dig the texture quite a lot. Split the difference.

flagmantho, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance: clear, bright golden color, high carbonation, fat, fuzzy, slowly settling, snow white head.
Aroma: yeasty, softly citric, lemony, and clean, rather spare, actually.
Taste: brief, not quite bitter hop appearance leads the way on the palate, a quick spritz, then it's more emptiness, with just a touch of malt, and a hint of sweetness. Body is light, finish rather blase', and all 'round it's a forgettable affair. You've got to applaud the organic angle, though, and it's drinkable, and tasty, but too simplistic for me to get excited over.

feloniousmonk, Jan 27, 2004
Photo of BrunEngr
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%

BrunEngr, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours hazy golden ( I wish I remember what color it was when I drank this in N. Germany, but that was late into the night in Hamelin (sp??)) Not a traditional alt color to my understanding. Thick white head fades to a sight film. below average lacing

Smell: Sweetness/malt and not much else

Taste: Sweetness, some tartness, not much (hints) grainy toasty (none) notes I look for in an alt. Will be interested to see what other reviewers stateside think of this. dryness and some bitterenss in the finish. Reminds me of a golden ale. Not a slave to style but gotta knock it down some for straying this far IMHO. I'd rate this much higher as a golden ale, probably at least .5 more on the overall. I've tryed about 5 German & 3 American alts and this just seems out of whack for the style

MF: Slight prickly but otherwise balanced

Actually quite drinkable, just not in the style box. If you want that, find some Diebels!!

russpowell, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

JamLand, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of moulefrite
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 sammyt728
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

sammyt728, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Not a bad altbier. Pours out to a medium orange color with a small head of white foam. No lace. Aromas of citrus and yeast, mixed with flat and bland malts. Taste is fair; medium bodied malts and sour citrusy yeast notes mellow in the mouth, and hints of fermented grain and flowery hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and a touch creamy. Not bad. Drinkability is pretty good. I'd have this again. I dig that it's organic. Kind of cool... Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of Rdstarr
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Rdstarr, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of scottum
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a yellow amber with a bright white head. Malty sweet, but limited in complexity. Hops are supurb in their crispt bite. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style and thus suffers in ranking, but smooth none the less. Nice and eady to drink.

And my hebrew name is Schlomo ben Pinkus so there we go!

scottum, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of harrisjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

harrisjohnson, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of ACarp
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ACarp, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of dalepryor
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

dalepryor, May 07, 2013
Photo of hunteraw
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Interesting... Definitely not what I was expecting, from beginning to end.

Appearance: Color is lighter than I expect in an alt, more of a gold or straw than the amber to dark brown specified on the style page. Somewhat hazy. Good head and some lacing.

Smell: Grainy, citric, with some ale fruitiness. Not as much malt, and not as mellow as I'd expected...

Taste: Grainy, acidic citrus, not as highly hopped as the last alt I had.. Some fruitiness. Nothing in the way of caramel malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Acidic, on the lighter side.

Drinkability: This seems like a weird altbier to me... Acidity seemed a little much and hurts drinkability. Not bad, but I won't buy it again.

hunteraw, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of rkhaze
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 BryanK
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

BryanK, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Latarnik, May 30, 2014
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.