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Organic Münster Alt - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

Organic Münster AltOrganic Münster Alt

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BA SCORE
82
good

317 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.07%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 317 | Reviews: 255 | Show All Ratings:
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think it was funny that this beer was labeled as organic. Almost every craft beer uses higher quality ingredients.

Overall this was a very drinkable beer. None of the flavors are too challenging or over-the-top distinct. You get caramel notes and some hef quality. I get a little bit of banana.

Pinkus was decent, but I am not really going out of my way to get another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 19:17:09 | More by ummswimmin
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look – slightly pale golden color, clear, with slow carbonation and about two and a half fingers’ worth of just barely off-white colored foam that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell – interesting smell, it’s very spicy, but I can’t tell which spices are being used. Slightly more on the hoppy side, perhaps using Saas hops?

Taste – much like the smell, it’s an interesting taste, perhaps not quite like anything I’ve tasted before. There’s a bit of a muskiness, but it starts off with a sweetness. Still very spicy, but I can’t identify it.

Mouthfeel – the Mouthfeel is fairly solidly on the watery side, but not so much to make it less interesting.

Overall – very intriguing brew! I wish I could figure out more about the taste and what’s in it.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 18:17:31 | More by Nerudamann
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy blonde body, on the light side for an alt bier. No head or lacing present.

S - Sweet Riesling, raw honey, malt sweetness. Once again, a big presence of honey sweetness in the aromas.

T - Sweet malt base but not terribly rich or luscious. A lighter malt sweetness that is paired with a steady presence of honey. Light, filtered honey. Some chewy grains around, with a wet/metallic sort of bite to it.

M - Very drinkable, a light bodied alt, with a pleasant feel. Mildly carbonated.

O - A pleasant beer, I could see taking down a handful of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 23:01:55 | More by BeerForMuscle
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Incredibly cloudy golden colour, with a rocky head of pure white, extremely fine carbonation. Bubbles are obscenely fine, almost like powder as it forms. Body is light and fine. Looks decent.

Nose is bright, but slightly yeasty, with honeyed organic characters, giving a fresh but sweetly underfermented oomph the the aroma. Smells either slightly too sweet or slightly too strong. Either makes me feel uncomfortable.

Taste is crisper and lighter, and it drags it back to the realms of sensibility. There's still certainly a big robust sweetness that gives it an unpleasant malt character, but there's at least a crispness to it that lends it sharp maltiness. Still, there's very little balance, and it's too sweet, but it's at least better than I expected.

Too sweet. To be honest I'm far from a fan, and I don't believe it's a particularly good alt. It's smooth and somewhat drinkable, but depressing in it's expressibility.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 07:41:41 | More by lacqueredmouse
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light orange with a small white head that fades quickly, slightly cloudy.

Smells of pilsner malt, some sweetness, and floral hops. Light and delicate aroma like some pale ales.

Up front floral notes that move into a small honey/bready taste and finish with the slightest hint of noble hop bitterness.

Light bodied, smooth, and slightly dry. It is very easy to drink.

This is a subdued beers in many ways but subtle and tasty. Overall it is floral and bready. Some more complexity would go a long way, still I could easily drink several pints of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 20:23:42 | More by TenHornsProud
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deanhead

Vermont

2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

oxidized and no head. color was not what i was expecting slightly sweet, nutty and fruity.
Nice medium bodied beer, but the typical alt color was missing this beer is a yellow peach color, not the typical brownish porter color of the dusseldorfer alt which I am accustomed to enjoying.
I may have gotten an old beer. I'll certainly keep my out for it in the future and give it another try. Clearly they are doing something right by the other reviews. I fear I just got a bad bottle of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 01:20:42 | More by deanhead
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: very cloudy, hazy. Color is a dirty, ruddy dark gold/bronze. Small thin diminishing head. Doesn't look like an alt, and worse, is not pretty to look at.
S: if I didn't know better id think I was smelling a hefeweizen. Very yeasty w/bananas and spicy cloves-or butterscotch? Just weird and seems off.
T: medium sweet bready malts and again tastes kinda like a hefeweizen. Manages to finish almost dry despite an almost undetectable hop presence.
M: thin and a bit watery. Could use more frothiness and fullness.
O: not at all like any alt I've had and just not good, to my taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 03:10:56 | More by MrMcGibblets
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foogerd

New York

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy yellow almost light orange body with a small white head.

S- Light sweet honey malts, almost a strawlike aroma.

T- Honeyed malts, very light malts almost seem watered down, a touch of light hop presence like a bit of spice. Light lemon which gives a refreshing quality to this brew.

M- Very light body, highly carbonated.

O- Decent alt, Ive had much better, would pass this up if I saw it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 20:50:06 | More by foogerd
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mk3

Utah

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, it doesn't look like an alt, I'm used to Hannen and Kutscher alt, instead of the usual dark amber it is a cloudy pale gold.

Like I've said before, my nose doesn't work too good so I can't comment on the smell.(no, I'm not a coke head).

Now it comes to taste. It doesn't taste like the alts I'm used to, but it's still a pretty tasty beer, not something I'd drink on a regular occasion but a not unpleasant change of pace.

I don't know, I lived in K-Town so maybe there is a difference between southern and northern alts but for an alt, I much prefer a Hannen to the Pinkus.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 04:36:25 | More by mk3
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I just noticed this beer at the downtown Spec's in Houston, so I HAD to pick one up since AltBier is one of my all time favorite styles. I hope that this one leans toward Duesseldorf.

Appearance: Pours the lightest color i have ever seen an Altbier. It looks more like a koelsch being slightly cloudy with a small white head that maintains as a small cap and reserved lacing.

Aroma: I initially got some sweet toasty malt with some light caramel notes and a bit of metallic. The hops are coming out more after the beer has sat for a few minutes and is taking the place of the metallic in the aroma. Some dry biscuity aromatics coming out as the beer sits further. The hops are playing a very supporting role in this beer, and the aroma is a bit more reminiscent of a Helles than an Altbier. So far, this beer is all over the map.

Taste: There is a little more bittering in the flavor than the aroma suggested. The malt is still the main player and there is a bit of sharpness to it as if they sparged the grain too hot. The toasty notes are the biggest player, but the hops are noticeable. The carbonation is quite low and the beer is medium to light bodied, so this makes it come across the palate quite watery. The finish has some hops, but is owned by the malty sweetness and toasty notes.

Opinion: Unfortunately I was disappointed in this beer in that I was really hoping for an Altbier. This is not that. It is a pretty decent German beer, but not even a Northern Alt would work here as it is too light and has too much of some things and not enough of others. It is an OK session beer nonetheless, but the fact that it is grainy makes it a bit hard to just sit and drink. I have one more bottle of this beer that I will drink pretty soon, but I doubt that I will be buying any more of this beer any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:21:19 | More by SkeeterHawk
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a 500 ml glass (I cannot remember what it is called). I should have tilted the glass when pouring; a massive and thick eggshell colored head developed and dissipated slowly, leaving trails of foam along the glass. The color is a hazy straw that is leaning toward honey. There was a film of yeast at the bottom of the glass, which I swirled loose and poured in.

Smell: Merchant du Vin says the aroma is "herbaceous," which I agree with. (Nice use of a thesaurus.) German barnyard aroma, honey, warm buttered biscuit, lightly toasted malt, and lemon citrus.

Taste: Mirrors the smell. The herbaceousness is complimented by the honey, buttered biscuit, toasted malts, and lemon citrus. It also offers a hop nip at the end.

Drinkability: Very smooth and drinkable. Though I don't think it is true to style, it is really tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 03:53:44 | More by TheQuietMan22
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meeekyh

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 01:35:05 | More by meeekyh
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Avagadro

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 22:29:58 | More by Avagadro
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks more like a pils than their ur pils does. This one is a straw slightly hazed, but no yeast sediment in the bottle. Vibrant golden with a nice brilliant white head to match, fine lacing billowing head beauty in a glass. Aroma has a nice honey malt fruit notes/tart citrus/tropical tones with herbal grassiness going strong this smells excellent. Strong tart cereal notes hints of citrus/tropical mango fruits/a touch of pineapple. Very nice expression of malt and German yeast strains, nothing like the brown versions found in Dusseldorf this is a pale Munster alt, totally different version. Carbonation is natural smooth light to medium bodied never heavy/light perfect crisp fruity qualities blend on the palate. Drinkability overall was killer, a beer I remember trying before I started writing reviews. I'm glad I decided to revisit these beers, each one is more interesting than the next. Next up the dunkel...

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 02:56:01 | More by WVbeergeek
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dasenebler

Maine

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

.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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 17:55:51 | More by dasenebler
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nkersten

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Liquid is a hazy yellow with a small white fizzy cap that quickly settles. Smell is incredibly bready, lots of raw dough and crust. Some yeast and malted wheat in the smell as well. Taste seems off - it is equally tart and sour as it is malty. I cant remember having an altbier that was this tart, not to mention this lacking in hop flavor. Mouthfeel is light body with a medium high carbonation. Drinkability is not too good because of the off flavors... Overall this beer's flavors are a bit harsh and unbalanced. Pinkus, meet drain.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 03:20:55 | More by nkersten
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tubacharlie

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 05:46:21 | More by tubacharlie
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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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keithmurray

New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - cloudy straw color, white head

smell - honey, wheat, gingerbread

taste - honey, caramel, malts, wheat

mouthfeel - light bodied, medium carbonation, smooth finish

drinkability - really refreshing beverage, knocked down a bit due to the price, my first Altbier and I am not disappointed

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 03:45:49 | More by keithmurray
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

appearance; lighter colored then some Altbier, straw yellow with the slightest bit of cloudyness. Intricate lacing as a beautiful head retreats at a moderate speed.

smell; malty and some fruit and honey, slightest bit of floral hops as well.

taste; Hops are almost absent, just some floral flavors but slight. Very noticeable fruity malts, that linger into the aftertaste and turn almost toasty and warm. Some grape-like tartness like a Kölsch, but then is quickly neutralized by the malts. This is very solid with the malts, without being sweet, that's what I expect from this style....well done! Great aftertaste!

mouthfeel; Loose and smooth, with weak carbonation, certainly not flat though, nothing special just quality.

drinkability; smooth, light, and tasty, one could drink all night and day.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 18:16:14 | More by Sachsenfreude
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largadeer

California

2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt. Straw colored with some haziness. The head doesn't stick around long on this one, receding in minutes to a thin film. Smells very fruity, but it's hard to place - persimmon maybe? A bit of tartness, citrus zest, light bready malt and a bit of aspirin. Similar on the palate, ambiguously fruity with a touch of lemony tartness and orange peel. Fairly sweet, and lacking the bitter finish I'd expect from an alt (or any finish to speak of, actually - it just falls off the palate). Finishes with an aspirin-like flavor that puts me off. The body is thin and carbonation a bit too low. Pretty mediocre, though it goes down easily enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 00:37:07 | More by largadeer
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omnigrits

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large goblet gives me a pale straw brew with good carbonation and a white head that doesn't leave much lace.

The aroma is musty, earthy, with some grainy malts and a little floral hops.

More grainy malts in the taste. Not too sweet, with some nice floral and herbal hop character. Moderately dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light, and very clean and crisp with a slight fizz from the carbonation.

On a hot day this would be a fantastically thirst quenching beer. I think I could knock a few of these back in quick succession. The organic aspect is a big plus in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 23:00:48 | More by omnigrits
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rjhaupt

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw colored, dramatic white head that dissipates as quickly as it appears.

S - Sweet malts and earthy muskiness.

T - Very sweet and floral with a honey finish.

M - Lighter than expected, very pleasant.

D - I had no idea what to expect with this one. I expected something much darker and rougher but was given a sweet surprise.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 01:17:14 | More by rjhaupt
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BierFan

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 03:26:34 | More by BierFan
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.