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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
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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)
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

1.81/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

1pt, 9floz. served in a Dogfish Head pint glass

A - Pours a hazy orange color with an odd hue of green. Stark white sinks pretty quick.

S - Soured stone fruit, grapes, salty limes, hay, grain, faint sour berry aroma.

T - Stale grain, hay, chalky yeast, thin honey, faint peaches and general stone fruit. It turns more grassy in the middle and has a tangy sweetness to it. Finishes sweet and tangy.

M - Light thin body with low to medium carbonation.

A strange brew for sure. I almost thought it was brewed from lager yeast. Odd tangy notions that didn't blend well with a ho hum base beer. I like the fact that it's organic but this is a no go.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 01:35:09 | More by StaveHooks
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 02:12:30 | More by HappyHourHero
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle, pours super pale gold, super clear, topped with a fizzy white head that holds decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are grassy, biscuity, fresh, grape juice, apple juice. Tastes are crisp, very dry, tart, white grape, chardonnay, apple juice, grassy, delicate noble hops. Mouth-feel is thin and bubbly, finishes dry. Overall, this is different than any other altbier I've had. Definitely sessionable, but not for the price. I probably wouldn't get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 22:46:44 | More by barnzy78
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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
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a cloudy orange color, with a small bubbly white head on top. Lots of little carb bubbles. The scent is pure malt, caramel. As for the taste, its got a slick pale malt backbone, some hop contrast but not much. This is pretty refreshing, somewhat different from my other alt experiences, but this ones from germany so it should be a pretty good example.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 21:46:38 | More by Tballz420
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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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John

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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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SilentSabre

North Dakota

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

This was much better than I was expecting it to be. Everything else I have ever had from this brewery, I didn't care for. It poured a yellow/orange colour with a bit of chill haze, and a white head that seemed to vanish in about 40 seconds; white patchy webbing and a thick white ring around the edges remained. Smell was all sweet malts. Almost smelled like a bowl of breakfast cereal, actually. Taste was sweet cereals all the way through, with a bit of a sourness right at the finish. Mouthfeel was smooth and very easy to drink. Refreshing. I'm very glad I tried this offering from an otherwise dissappointing brewery. A good brew, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 19:35:06 | More by SilentSabre
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 I’ve 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 19:48:18 | More by pezoids
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marburg

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Odd -- light yellow-gold, slightly hazed, carbonation desperately clings to the sides of the glass. Highly herbal quality to the aroma. Grainy aromas. Light notes of lemon grass. Medium-bodied, feels a bit like a dense, unsweetened cake. Grassy hops. Slightly astringent feel to the aftertaste. Simply a spectacular beer to drink. It isn't the most exciting or most flavorful or most aromatic brew you'll ever have, but it's tasteful simplicity and drinkability make it a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 02:37:23 | More by marburg
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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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GPHarris

Alabama

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - poured a three-fingers thick, fizzy white head into a weizen glass that settles into a thick ring that lasts about halfway through and is gone, never to be seen again. the body has a light haze and is the color of yellow straw. it looks almost thin and lifeless, very dull.
s - acidic and sour like lemons with a little malt graininess.
t - yeast and citrus pervade the front and the finish is very sweet and malty.
m - slick and oily and very thin.
d - forgettable brew, i'm glad i didn't have to pay for this. i'm not too familiar w/ this style but i wasn't impressed w/ this though it did have some good qualities.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 20:29:55 | More by GPHarris
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin, white head. Smell is grainy and wheaty. Taste is also wheaty, very tart, with a large citrus flavor as well. Very little bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly prickly carbonation. Pretty drinkable though, I would drink this again. I think this is the first Altbier I've had, its OK, but I suspect there may be better examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 00:13:18 | More by tronester
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light toasty Pilsner-like malt with touch of honey sweetness and snappy fruit.

Pale-medium yellow, good clarity, mild head, good retention.

Dry toasty malt hits first with grainy overtones and subtle malt sweetness. Touch of fruit and then overcome by bitterness. Few sips. Bitterness mostly gone, now a little tart. Few more sips. Crisp carbonation on medium-thin body. Apple-like fruit sensation and sweetness. Modest hop provides just a light balancing edge on the malt. Few more sips. More malt depth and a growingly tighter balance are interesting.

Pretty light, fairly refreshing, somewhat interesting on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 03:00:17 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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hero27

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle.

Pours incredibly light..nearly colorless. Wasn't quite what I was expecting there.. Decent head retention despite the somewhat fizzy head. Very grassy/herbal aroma of light hops and a strong wheat character. The taste is very wheaty and almost corrosive on the palate...very grainy mouthfeel. A somewhat refreshing light alt from Germany, but overall, nothing too spectacular..and I couldn't care less about the whole "organic" thing.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2006 03:46:10 | More by hero27
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generallee

New York

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 0.9oz bottle into a tall stange glass.

Appearance: The body has a slightly hazy golden body which seems a bit light for the style. There is some visible carbonation that helps support it tall white head. The hangs on very well and makes good splotchy lace patters on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma is mostly malty and nutty with some classic German spicy floral hops mixed in with just the slightest touch of mineral.

Taste/Palate: I get a firm medium bodied beer with loads of bready and nutty maltiness with just a touch of dry earthy yeast. This is balanced by classic German hops that add some spicy and floral flavor notes as well as some moderate bitterness and dryness. Its finish is bready and dry with hints of the hops.

Notes: To some this beer up quickly I would call it simply liquid bread and a tasty one at that.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 01:10:41 | More by generallee
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a slightly hazed golden color with a big beige head. Bready, husky malt aromas as well as a little fruitiness and mustiness. Light and refreshing with a sweet, husky malt profile. Water portion of the beer tastes minerally. Some fruity yeast notes with a light mouthfeel. Good German ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 14:33:51 | More by crookedhalo
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is yellow, with a fizzy white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Really I though Altbiers are supposed to be darker. This looks like a lager.

This smells like a pilsner to me. Grassy and hoppy. A little bit of soapiness to it.

The taste is tart and a bit acidic. Fruity in spots and grassy in other spots. The finish may have just a bit of ginger to it. Doesn't taste bad, but what lingers isn't all that nice.

There isn't much body, perhaps a bit of an oily feel, and the carbonation is prickly on the lips and tongue. Not for savoring.

Even though there isn't much good about this one, it still goes down alright. Perhaps a fair weather beer, however I won't be after this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 13:03:15 | More by elricorico
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ATPete

New Jersey

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

500ml

Pours a transparent yellow orange color with a thin white head. Sweet malts, grainy and lightly toasted, although slightly muted, the floral hop character creates the aromatics of a large pilsner. Crisp and bright in flavor, great balance. A little thin on body, bubbly, but very refreshing. Sure its not true to style 100% per say but a damn good beer, especially now in the summer time.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 18:42:21 | More by ATPete
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a pale straw color with a small white head and very little lacing.

S- grainy and malty, straw, and a bit of faint hops. Pretty earthy.

T- grainy malts, with a very earthy, barn yard like taste. Tastes like a tangy straw, meets forest floor. Finishes with just a bit hops linger.

M- light body, medium-high carbonation, crisp.

O- an interesting beer, very earthy and raw. I don't know of the organic part has anything to do with that but it's definitely intererting.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 18:04:47 | More by Treyliff
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into stange.

A - Slightly hazy, bright yellow. Two fingers of white head have decent retention before falling to a thick collar with a thin film. Moderate lacing also.

S - Biscuity, bready, and quite sweet. Lots of helles lager elements. Some metallic aroma is noted along with grassy and somewhat floral hops.

T - Extremely bready backbone and overall sort of bland with a modest sweetness. Suggestions of lemon juice and chalk try to break through but are never full realized. Some grassy/borderline floral hop character appears mid to late palate. Slight graininess and a smidge of bitterness enter late palate with an extremely clean finish.

M - Light to medium bodied with a very soft, almost nonexistent carbonation. It's actually a little strange feeling as I'd expect this beer to be a little more crisp.

D - A refreshing, thirst quenching beer. I'd like to see some more character in Munster Alt, as it's bland enough to drink quickly and easily without having to spend too much time pondering over the flavor. Overall a decent beer reminiscent of southern German pale lagers.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 10:56:29 | More by PatrickJR
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sleazo

New York

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a light golden like a pilsener with a decent fluffy eggshell head. A small ammount of bubbles float to the top which do not really sustain the head. Lacing is very nice as sheets of foam stick to the glass as you raise it.

S-There is a spicyness here, coriander, pepper and a bt of whitebread.

T-more of that spicyness with a bit of floral type of hops and a nice sweetness to balnce. Aftertaste is somewhat minimal but is dry. The yeast comes through slightly and produces some slightly funky flavours, maybe some fruit. As it warms some of that proper old beer flavour comes through that I have enjoyed in other alts. That sort of twang comes through and makes this pretty pleasant

M-Light bodied, subtle carbonation. Pleasant enough.

D-This is a good beer but I kind of am a little bit at a loss as to what to make of it. It is much lighter than all other alts I have had and has a similar taste to the other beers in Pinkus' lineup. An interesting beer nonetheless and one I probably will get again to explore further.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 01:14:17 | More by sleazo
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Munster Alt pours a straw clear yellow with a solid 2 finger foam head in a pilsner glass. It left some tight bubble foam lacing. A good looking beer. No freshness date.

The aroma was malty and grainy. It was chewy malt most of the way through. It has a little zest in the finish with a slight hop bitterness. It had a lemony taste as it finished. Overall it was refreshing beer after a balmy spring day.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 00:41:30 | More by cswhitehorse
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Patrick999

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Altbier? I can't say I get too much altbier. This should be interesting.

A - Poured the pint perfectly into a weizen glass. Clumpy head, not much lacing, clear dull-sunflower colored body.

S - Upon opening, the aroma of this beer was unmistakable. Nothing too unusual, just a good fresh beery aroma. I also get lavender as the beer warms and the aroma opens up. I really like the fresh, clean smell of this beer.

T - Again, nothing too unusual. Bread-crust malt bill, hops of the spicy, earthy-grassy variety; I'm guessing Saaz. Pretty well-balanced. Very clean to me, this comes off like a very good lager.

F - Crisp feel, with plenty of active carbonation. Light-medium bodied.

D - Not the most unusual beer I've ever had, but crisp, refreshing and tasty. It would be a good, and perhaps excellent, pairing for a wide range of foods. I'm especially thinking raw oysters at a dockside Florida restaurant. File under "refreshing," "versatile."

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 02:45:38 | More by Patrick999
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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
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
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