Organic Münster Alt - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
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4.31/5 rDev +19.1%
Poured from a 16.9 ounce Euro-brown bottle into a sampler. A moderate pour produces about 1/2 inch of a frothy, snow white head. The beer is a hazy pale golden with high carbonation. The color is surprisingly pale.
Wow. This is unique and different (and very tasty). The aroma is so unique that I can hardly describe it, but it is very nice. Delicate hop flavor-aromas are evident, producing hints of citrus and candy-like pale malts- pineapple comes to mind. I think the uniqueness that I can't quite describe might be from mineral water, yeast, or a combination of the two. A little bit of pleasant tartness is evident in the aftertaste. The brew feels tingly on the tongue and produces plenty of pleasant burpiness.
I bought this bottle for $3.29 at Front Street Market in Butte, Montana. This beer is a very reasonably priced treat, and I must extend kudos to my favorite local beer outlet. I've noticed a few of these German imports that are a very good value. Prost!
03-30-2014 03:27:38 | More by archyquaffer
4.31/5 rDev +19.1%
A: Mildly hazy honey colored (soft yellow-orange). Slowly recessing foam with large chunky bubbles, Two fingers tall when poured into a 1L mug.
S: Honey, white bread and honey malt aroma
T: grainy with a bread crust vibe. a bit of fruity, sweetness maybe from the ale yeast? earthy spice hop after taste.
M: moderate body and carb. very smooth
O: A very drinkable bier. My first Alt that wan't a Homebrew and it was much different then I expected. I could easily drink a Liter of this on a warm day, and to me thats a sign of a good German beer.
04-22-2013 00:36:18 | More by guityler83
4.28/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
05-16-2005 13:23:16 | More by Puddleglum
4.28/5 rDev +18.2%
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 Ive 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.
07-15-2004 19:48:18 | More by pezoids
4.28/5 rDev +18.2%
.5L, Germany, best by Oct. 2011.
Pours a clear, light gold with a fizzy head. Decent retention; tiny bit of lacing.
Aroma is interesting for the style. Lots of tangy, ripe fruit -- almost like a wheat beer -- and a good dose of biscuits and grain.
Pinkus Original is brewed to the "Alt" style, but it's completely different from Düsseldorfer Alt, which is more of a brown ale. The flavor is lightly tart and grainy, almost like an amalgamation of Exportbier, Weissbier and Kölsch. Let me explain: this interesting brew combines the grainy maltiness of an Export, the fruity tartness of a old-style Weisse, and the German "aleness," if you will, of a Kölsch. Tangy hop character adds some depth and bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and soda-like, but with relatively creamy carbonation. Finish was a tad too grainy.
At first I wasn't too keen on this stuff (probably because I was expecting a typical Alt) but then I realized how unique and drinkable it is. Unlike any other German ale I've sampled.
01-10-2011 17:55:51 | More by dasenebler
4.25/5 rDev +17.4%
A: Pinkus Alt is deep amber in color with a slight haze, and decorated with healthy lacing and a frothy white head.
S: This beer smells like a mash-tun, rich with grainy goodness. The honey and grain aromas are rich, bold, and let you know that you are about to enjoy a malty treat.
T: As the nose promises, This beer is saturated with flavors of raw barley, wheat, and oatmeal, topped off with a dose of honey to sweeten the deal.
M: Medium in body, carbonation, and chewiness.
D: This is a delightful, readily available Altbier that delivers the goods. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to get to know German beer.
01-23-2011 22:29:58 | More by Avagadro
4.23/5 rDev +16.9%
This is an unusual beer.
I don't have a Stange glass, so I first tried a hefeweizen glass. I later switched to an imperial pint glass which worked well.
The beer poured a yellow-orange color, with a 4F head. Very nice looking beer.
The aroma was sweet clove with some fruit, different than in other German beers I have tasted.
The mouth feel is moderate.
The taste is unusual. Deep fruit, mostly pear, slightly different than other wheat beers. There was an off-taste to the fruit- actually quite good, but unlike other fruit tastes in German wheat beers.
excellent finish: slightly bitter with maltiness as it warms up.
In general, very different. The combination of a different fruit, sweet clove, and maltiness make an excellent beer. Worth seeking out.
04-11-2014 00:45:55 | More by brureview
4.22/5 rDev +16.6%
Pours cloudy pale golden yellow with high foam that recedes quickly and completely.
Wheaty smell that has a slightly sweet back to it.
Citrus taste, slightly sour, with a clean finish. Lingering sour taste. Tartness throughout.
Creamy and sour in the mouth. Virtually no carbonation is evident.
Drinkable, tasty, refreshing.
04-01-2009 01:55:07 | More by KTCamm
4.22/5 rDev +16.6%
Cloudy and gold with a thin white head. Aroma is malty and fruity... a grainy aroma mixed with sour fruit. Flavor is mild but interesting... some grain and bread like flavors with critus and sour apple notes. Finishes with a touch of spicy hops. Crisp and refereshing, with a light to medium body. Would make an excellent summer seasonal.
11-16-2002 08:40:59 | More by zerk
4.2/5 rDev +16%
500 ml bottle. Poured into a cylinder glass.
A: Deep golden-blond color and slightly hazy. The head is somewhat fizzy, yet substantial and white. Lacing was pretty good as well.
S: Has delicious fruity and flowery qualities about it. Also present is a dry crispness from the pale malt. Absolutely gorgeous nose on this one.
T: Starts with an ale-like fruitiness and is complemented by a slightly chalky, lager-like crispness. Pretty sweet, but not overly so by any means. An intriguing blend of flavors.
M: Fairly light-bodied, but substantial enough. Decent carbonation and the finish is slightly sweet and slightly dry.
D: Goes down so smooth and easy that it would be understandable if one lost track of how many of these he/she has had.
A very solid, delicious brew. At first the flavors reminded me of many different styles, and given what I've read, it seems that this beer is lighter (in color anyway) than most altbiers. Nevertheless, this one is infinitely drinkable and tasty. I could see this being a good gateway beer. I'm not sure how its being organic factored into the taste, but hey, it's organic (for what it's worth)!
03-25-2009 05:32:25 | More by PirateUlf73
4.2/5 rDev +16%
A - Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a short pilsner/hefeweizen hybrid glass. Nice fizzy white head atop a lightly haze golden body. Medium carbonation floats to the top and supports the head for a couple minutes. Head leaves nice lacing along the glass.
S - Malty upfront with some sweetness and flowery hop aromas in the back. A bit light a pilsner in the smell.
T&M - Very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation to make this lightly crisp. Pretty light-bodied taste but with wonderful flavors of caramel malts and a nice flowery taste. A touch of honeycomb as the beer warms. Slightly bitter on the back of the tongue for the aftertaste but not too lingering.
D - Such a nice beer with fantastic drinkability. Could easily put down 3 of these in a night and could session it all day. Nice light flavors yet complex and flavorful.
03-30-2009 15:52:34 | More by MrIncognito
4.2/5 rDev +16%
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!
01-30-2005 23:21:18 | More by Quaffer
4.18/5 rDev +15.5%
Pours cloudy rich golden in color with a moderately thick white head, good retention and plenty of lace. Inviting aromas of German malts, apples, honey, estery yeast, and a citric hoppiness. Tastes lightly sweet, but with a dry tarty balance--malty but with apples, tart wheat, estery, and a malty cookie and floral finish. Very light in body, but creamy and complementary to the nicely balanced flavor. This beer gave me a new appreciation for alt biers, very tasty stuff. Very easy to drink, very good.
01-31-2010 03:02:35 | More by vacax
4.18/5 rDev +15.5%
Pinkus Organic. One of the coolest beer labels out there. Who are those dudes in black and white? The Muller brothers, that's who. Or is it father and son?
Poured into a Belgian snifter, just for the heck of it. Appears dirty, dull blond in color. Thin film of foam on top. Nothing to shake a stick at, that's for sure. But the nose is where this alt really begins to shine. Buttered popcorn, butterscotch, peach, faint lemon, some distant pepper, strawberry. What a beautiful aroma we have here. Seriously, this is perhaps the most pleasant alt nose I've ever enjoyed. Taste follows suit, but with less butterscotch, more lemon and citrus, and a much fruitier overall quality to it. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, rich and creamy, and evenly smooth. A tad watery in the finish, but it doesn't detract too much.
I love this beer. I'm not as familiar with the alt style as I am with other beers, but I really love this one. Totally quaffable and thoroughly enjoyable. Nicely done, Pinkus men.
10-01-2008 01:13:47 | More by Atlas1
4.15/5 rDev +14.6%
A very spirited white head bubbles up from an aggressive pour, needing a few moments to recede before pouring the last of the bottle into the half liter glass stein. The slightly hazy straw-yellow brew exhibits loads of active carbonation, keeping the head resupplied.
The aroma is of flowery hops with a little scent of grape and melon.
Full grain flavor predominates, but of an earthy nature, with some slightly sweet fruit overtones and mellow hop accents. Well balanced and enjoyable, the wheat influence gives this beer a lightness that makes it easily digestible (unless you are allergic to wheat). The generous carbonation delivers a frothy fusillade of fun with each sip.
A nice session beer that agreed well with some salty pretzels.
11-21-2010 05:46:21 | More by tubacharlie
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.