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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 CharlesRiver
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter in color than any other alt that I have seen. It pours out a darkish yellow, almost like a hefe. Looks good, just doesn't look like an alt. The smell is like raw wheat and more harsh than I expected. The smell is a bit grassy as well. Taste is similar to the smell but more mild. This is an alt? I guess that I don't know much about the style. The grassy notes come through more in the after taste. Actually a well balanced beer, I am just very confused about the style and how this beer fits in.

CharlesRiver, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great classic (easily recognizable) label. Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze. Foamy head on top has some sparse lacing that does hang around quite a bit.

Aroma is a bit of corn grain and some slightly skunked noble hop twang.

Flavor is very complex for such an innocent looking beer. Some floral sweetness...especially honeysuckle, crisp hops (slight metallic), and some light apple or pear flavors. A slight spice is in here too, maybe chai tea or clove, but its pretty mild.

I like this brew a lot. A bit light in color for the Alt style, but otherwise great. This brew was quite a surprise for me, very flavorful and full bodied for such a light lager. Great subtly and smooth mouthfeel.
Incredible drinkability!

SurlyDuff, May 01, 2009
Photo of GreenWBush
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dim peach. Constant 1/2" skim. Frothy 'latte' head.

Nose is fresh, clean, and slim. Faint suggestions of lemons, various other citric elements, hay, grain, and cream.

Tastes comes on very slowly and smoothly; grain, rainwater, wildflowers, mewn hay. Little sweeter than expected.

Mouthfeel is silk-smooth, and endlessly drinkable.

I've been gravitating towards well-built, subtle beer styles in the summer and this fits the bill perfectly. Went down fantastically while watching the sunset on the porch.

GreenWBush, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of clarknova
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

clarknova, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

TheQuietMan22, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Citadel82
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a small thin cylindrical "alt" glass. Poured a hazy yellow with a big head that dissipated rapidly leaving nice lacing. Had a slight citrusy aroma with malty undertone, nice mouth feel with a taste that was at once mildly citrus with hints of wheat and malt and a short dry finish, not at all like Frankenheim, Uerige, nor Ad Astra ( Ah I miss Free State). Definitely worth another try. I think I will grab another.

Citadel82, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of Anthony1
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type- poured out of a bottle into a 0.5L weissen glass

Pours a hazy gold with a nice whipped white head. smelled of yeast, grains, and some citrus. The taste was interesting. There was a slight sense of tart/sour with the citrus. The was a crisp, medium body that flowed smooth. Up front hoppy bitterness mixed with a tart citrus sourness. interesting combo, seemed to get better as we got 1/2 way through.

much lighter then i previous atl beers, almost like a wheat beer

Anthony1, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of shbobdb
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ahhh! The last surviving member of the Muenster Alts -- a style nearly killed by the Lager revolution, as well as the Pasteur revolution.

If this is what the style was, then I say good-riddance. It suffers from being 'not enough' in oh so many ways.

It pours a pleasant straw yellow, tainted by a pinch of chill-haze with a bubbly head that quickly collapses.

It smells very faint. This will be the beer's trademark. Faint and not enough.

The taste follows the smell. It is incredibly watery with a strong blast of nutty light munich mingling with a hint of wheat. This would be good if it weren't so dilute -- it is like a Helles mixed with seltzer water. Then there is a nice sour bite, but once again, far too muted to really make an impression, followed by a rather unpleasant soapy taste. If either the malt mix were toned up, or the sourness increased, I think this could be a very good beer. But they aren't, so I'm left with glorified dishwater.

The mouthfeel, as mentioned, is very watery and razor thin. If there were more carbonation, this could be rescued. But there isn't.

Drinkability: Why wouldn't I grab a Helles or a Berliner Weiss instead of this beer? This beer has aspects of both (and they are both styles I love) but it manages to do them very poorly.

Like the Gose, I think this is a style of beer best left to the history books.

shbobdb, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. The head was large, off-white, semi-rocky, and had some, but not a lot of staying power. Some loose lacing. Nothing to write home about.

Smell- Somewhat tart. Fair amount of malt. Somewhat lemony.

Taste- Interesting. A nice tartness, mixed with some malt sweetness up front; light and a little malty. Some grassy, floral hops mixed in there, but not much. Has a light, woody after-taste.

Mouthfeel- Light body. Decent level of carbonation.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, very sessionable.

theopholis, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of marcobrau
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold/amber color with a big thick foamy head that takes several minutes to fade away and it does so leaving some lacework. Flowery and fruity aroma. Strikes a good balance between the hops and malt, yet finishes a bit dry. Moderately spicy hops. There's a very interesting tart, acidic flavor that I like that I'm guessing is contributed by the yeast. Very soft mouthfeel. It would be nice if it was bit more bitter with a bit more body. A very quaffable, yet interesting alt -- very different from other altbiers!

marcobrau, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of csiewert
3/5  rDev -17.1%

csiewert, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Atlas1
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Atlas1, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of SonOfKyuss
4/5  rDev +10.5%

SonOfKyuss, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of BierReise
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the third installment I've had from Pinkus Mueller. Naturally cloudy gold color with beautiful snow white head and subtle lacing. Nose is a little sweet and malty and close to a Pils. Taste also is like a Pils but a little sweeter. Nice overall beer. I love the beers from Pinkus, great stuff

BierReise, May 16, 2003
Photo of dgallina
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from .5 liter bottle without freshness date.

Poured a somewhat hazy golden amber with big, peaky white head and slight lace. Smells rather grainy and fruity; citrus and banana on a lightly toasted and wheaty malt base. Flavor is a continuing interplay of earthy grains with banana sweetness, finishing very pleasingly dry and tart. Nicely carbonated medium-weight body.

An unusual, but satisfying beer. The initial flavors are what you'd expect from an Alt, while the finish is saison-like; surprisingly tart and full of citrus.

dgallina, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5L bottle poured into pint glass
A - Pale yellow with off white head that falls to a ring
S - Sweet rich malt, grass, hops
T - Sweet up front with hop bitterness and a dry finish.
M/F - Light in body. Lively carbonation yet smooth.
D - All night long!

ThirstyBird, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of jmathis
2/5  rDev -44.8%

jmathis, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of BigRedN
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the 1 pint 1 fl oz bottle into a pilsner glass. I'm a bit taken aback. The beer is a dark gold, almost clear. Thousands of small bubbles are swarming through the liquid. A thick, white head (about 1 1/2 inches) sits atop the beer. The head lasts well into the beer. Some good lacing. I am still puzzled by the look, I expected this to be much darker.

Smell: Aroma is slightly sweet, all malt. Biscutty, bready, yeasty scent dominated. Some grassy smell as well.

Taste: The taste is similar to the smell. Touch sweet, no bitterness here. The beer is bready, heavy yeasty taste, a little grainy (wheat and perhaps barley). I almost feel like I'm drinking a pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Close to medium in body, the beer starts crisp and lively (highly carbonated) and finishes dry, A nice full mouthfeel to it.

Drinkability: The beer is easily consumable, just not memorable, nor will I actively seek this one out again.

After consuming the bottle I had to double check to make sure that what I had drank was the Alt. The bottle says it was, so I must assume it is right. This just seemed a lot like the Ur Pils.

BigRedN, May 13, 2006
Photo of slowdaddy
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

slowdaddy, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of baos
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into glass. Nice golden color looks like many of the macro beers, but has a nicer head that goes down rather quickly and laces quite nicely

S- A very faint and fresh caramel cedar spiciness.

T- Uber refreshing with hints of cherry and a wheaty-caramel flavors and a little reminiscent of baked apples with a muted hoppy bite at the end. Leaves the mouth pleasantly dry.

M- Light bodied, carbonation. Es ist mittelmäßig!

D-This beer seems to have more aspects to it than I can glean. I'll want to try it again when my tasters have improved.

baos, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Boozecamel, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Luiz0930
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Luiz0930, May 31, 2013
Photo of tugdriver7
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As Alts go, this was a bit disappointing. Granted there are variations on every theme, but this was not what I expected from a brewer whose other products I have found to exceed expectations. The color was a hazy pale yellow, with a decent head that fell quickly. Not much in the nose but the typical mix of helles-like malts. And the taste wasn't as rich as I had expected either. Extremly mild blend of malt and generic hops flavor in a rather thin mouthful. I looked at the label twice to make sure I was drinking something called an Altbier. I could have sworn I was drinking a helles-lager or even a cloudy Kolsch. Very drinkable, but therein lies the problem. I was expecting something rich and special. Not this time.

tugdriver7, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of Quaffer
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Quaffer, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of gfreed
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this alongside a Pinkus Hefe-Weizen and found many similar characteristics between the two. The Alt is a cloudy amber with a sticky head that lasts all the way down the glass. Aroma is mostly bready but with a decent hit of citrus, but the citrus really overpowers in the taste: way too much orange for me in this style, almost to the point of tasting like a cough drop. Bitterness is quite present, which cuts the sweetness somewhat. In fact, this had more bitterness than other Alt biers I've tried, but in a pleasant way. Not bad, but probably not something I'll try again.

gfreed, Jun 26, 2008
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.