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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: 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 Exeter
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Exeter, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Zraly
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours clear gold with a nice, two finger head. Delicate smell of floral hops.

Crisp grainy flavor that has an interesting twang in the finish. A touch of lemon and citrus, followed by flowers and earth mid-palate. Super easy to drink, light-medium bodied. Carbonation is good for style. Really tasty and -- without any doubts -- a great session ale.

A delightful alt beer. I've grown to expect alt to appear darker, but I can totally take a pass at this because of its flavorful goodness. Great on a humid summer eve with a nice cheese plate -- would probably be wonderful with grilled sausages.

Zraly, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Bnoise11
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Bnoise11, Aug 04, 2013
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 Jackal
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Jackal, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Pinkus Münster Alt has a thick, foamy off-white head, a hazy, somewhat bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, and a fairly heavy amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of very aged, cellared, over-ripe light fruit, dank grain, and mold, plus sweetness and an unusual hop zing. Taste is of those things, plus lemony sweetness, light bitterness, biscuit, and water. Mouthfeel is light and watery, with some carbonation prickle, and Pinkus Münster Alt finishes lager like- crisp and refreshing. Overall, this is a very different beer, and I would recommend it to the adventurous types.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +10.5%

mrfrancis, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

JamLand, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of petermethot
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

petermethot, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Maillard
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Maillard, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Jame515, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of KohlbeckM
1/5  rDev -72.4%

KohlbeckM, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Luiz0930
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Luiz0930, May 31, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

While I'm not familiar with what differentiates a Munster Alt and a Dusseldorf Alt other than the usage of wheat malt giving the beer a more pale appearance and less-pronounced caramel malt flavors, based upon this sample, I generally think I'd choose the Dusseldorf representation. While my bottle clearly had some age to it, I still found the uncomplicated and light malt flavors to be not entirely satisfying. There's also little to suggest that this would be a world-class beer even when fresh. Without bottled-on dates being available, I wouldn't consider purchasing this again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of fairly clean, white bubbles, which are small to medium in size, resulting in a fairly non-compact mass of foam. Retention is around one minute, average for the style, the foam settling to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a large island of thin, residual foam atop the body. Lacing is very modest, a few small dots remain affixed to the inner sides of the glass. The body is pale, dirty tan-brown color, with light bringing out a pale yellow-orange hue; this is the lightest alt I have seen. Carbonation is not visible through the hazy (50% opaque) body.

Aroma is mildly sweet, of light caramel malts with bread yeast, a touch of diacetyl and vegetal like hop usage.

The overall flavor combination is of light caramel malts with very modest hints of toasted nuts and mulch and herb-like hops; fairly one-dimensional and uninteresting. Front of palate notes light caramelized malt sugars with a hint of toasted nuts. The mid-palate notes an increase in caramel malt flavor and sweetness, the modest appearance of bread yeast, slighty mulch-like and herbal hops, and a continued faint hint of toasted nuts. Back of palate primarily features light caramelized malt sugars with pale malt sugars (Pilsner?) as well. Aftertaste reminds one of watered-down Grape Nuts cereal, perhaps indicating some percentage of Munich malt in the grain bill.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a light, smooth, and slightly foamy mouthfeel that actually complements the body's weight quite well. Closes semi-dry, with little to no residual stickiness clinging to the mouth.

falloutsnow, May 23, 2013
Photo of dalepryor
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

dalepryor, May 07, 2013
Photo of guityler83
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.

guityler83, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

shigg85, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Arsenal0328
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Arsenal0328, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Chucker17, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

pknyc, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of grittybrews
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

grittybrews, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured into a Pinkus glass on 2/12/13

Dimmed golden straw color; rather clear. A one inch head of white, crackling foam is fed by constantly rising bubbles. Smooth, thinner retention. No lace.

Grass, straw, hay, floral and herbal hops are prominent in the aroma. Smells mildly spicy, too; maybe a little allspice? Toasted grains with a hint of biscuit.

The taste is similarly sharp in terms of the herbal grassiness of the hops; though it tames of time. There are some light juicy overtones especially in the middle. The malt bill is concise and dry. Biscuity malt fills out toward the end.

Light, juicy body with smooth, easy going carbonation. Grass notes linger on the finish.

I think this is my first proper German Alt. Pretty well enjoyable.

Ryan011235, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

matjack85, Feb 02, 2013
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.