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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

(view ratings)
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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budgood1

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this organic pours out a hazy, dirty, dark golden color. huge foamy head which is painfully slow to die down. sweet aroma of bran and honey cereal. floral hops dance in and out of the nose. very smooth mouthfeel, bordering on slick....this leads to a rather layered taste profile, with malt and toffee...some slight caramel and choco notes...all backed up with an unmistakeable alcohol bite in the finish. seems quite light in all aspects for an alt. but yet pretty stiff because it has some serious alcohol overtones. munster alt definitely is a style all it's own. recommended for it's uniqueness.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 22:37:09 | More by budgood1
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Drew966

Florida

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

Pinkus Organic Munster Alt pours a hazy golden color with a white head. Mild, malty aroma. Taste definitely tends to the malty side, some metallic taste present but not too distracting. I like this compared to the other Alt beers I've had, its not as intensely malty, and quite drinkable, more drinkable than the other Alts I've had, perhaps, I think because it is a lower alcohol than the others. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 19:48:35 | More by Drew966
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 21:02:31 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden/blond color. Poured a 2 finger coarse, stark white head with good retention. Thick lacing clung to the glass.

S: Delightful fruity presence; orange and grapes. Bitter crispness tickles the nose.

T: Opens with a light malty sweetness. Fruit flavors came through int he middle. Bitter finish gave a bit of crispness, but some lingering sweetness.

M: Light side of medium body. ied, but substantial enough. Decent carbonation but not sufficient; seemed a little flat.

D: Very smooth and pretty flavorful. Goes down real easy; crisp and dry. I only had one bottle, but easily sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 20:27:16 | More by Haybeerman
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granger10

Wisconsin

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

This beer poured a very light pale color, very light. Nice size head which is rather foamy and fluffy. Aroma is really nice. Slightly sweet, slightly floral. A bit of yeast in there as well. Flavor is just nice and clean. Light grains hold the base along with a noticeable yeasty breadiness. A bit of hop spice is there and fits in well. More of a floral and lightly acidic finish. Very clean in the end. Well made, I enjoyed this bottle and drank it rather easily. Went very well to cleanse the palate with my corned beef sandwich during lunch. Oh, and the organic thing is really cool.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 20:41:26 | More by granger10
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy straw-golden colored pour with white head. Nose has bright fresh fruits with a whiff of See's hard candies. On the palate the fruit is there as well, but also a pleasant malty component that isn't overly sweet. Rather light bodied but smooth texture of course, with nice carbonation. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 03:33:45 | More by yemenmocha
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My first altbier! Pours murky dark yellow with a small white quickly receding head. Aroma of sweetly tart cherries, some alcohol, not much else. Flavor is sweet up front with the cherry and honey, then fades into pilsner malt characteristics. Light and lots of carbonation, so would be fine for a hot day. Overall, a small step up from a pale lager if you ask me. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:40:18 | More by BMMillsy
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

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

Not a bad altbier. Pours out to a medium orange color with a small head of white foam. No lace. Aromas of citrus and yeast, mixed with flat and bland malts. Taste is fair; medium bodied malts and sour citrusy yeast notes mellow in the mouth, and hints of fermented grain and flowery hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and a touch creamy. Not bad. Drinkability is pretty good. I'd have this again. I dig that it's organic. Kind of cool... Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 18:31:28 | More by Frozensoul327
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ML bottle>massive mug

AP: A pale golden color with a mild white hazed effect, very macro-lager-ish with a small, thin all-white head that displays some decent retention and a bit of lacing.

Nose: There's a slightly sweet roasted barley and-wheat smell with a mild yeast and bready effect. some minor herbalized hop scent way down deep.

Taste: A watery and slightly sweet malted wheat taste that is rather thin lager-like. There's a yeastie and bready effect, but is not nearly complex or deep enough to keep my taste buds happy. Much, much thinner and weaker than most good Altbiers that I've had.

MF: This feels very lively and active but thin and forgetable.

DA: Another, not-so-good organic offering. I was really routing for this one to be decent. I expected an Alt and got a thin American Macro Lager. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 01:17:34 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a nice golden yellow with a small white head with some nice lacing. Nose is malty, dry, yeasty and a bit fruity.

Taste is sharp, got that signature German lager flavor that's very crisp and refreshing. It's got a nice light noble hop bite but there's also some creamy maltiness to it. It's super drinkable, especially when it's 90 degrees out.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 23:22:36 | More by kingcrowing
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aracauna

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this the same day that I had Copper Creek's excellent alt. This isn't bad, but it doesn't hold up with the Athens, Ga., brewpub's take on the style. This is a little paler and has less of a hop bite, but it still doesn't fall into the realm of just another crappy beer called alt.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 01:05:41 | More by aracauna
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a stange.

A: Light golden hue. Heavy carbonation. Pours about a half finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly, but not completely. Fair sporadic lacing.

S: Fresh flora, bubble gum, molasses, and a little citrus.

T: Papery malt, with a certain plantlike character.

M: Light and crisp, with a lightly pungent and stale finish.

D: Session if you like.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice hue, decent head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is full and floral. Flavor is of cardboard and fresh hay. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 06:14:15 | More by bmwats
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Errr...I'm not entirely sure what I'm drinking here. The front and neck label simply say "Original Pinkus" but the back label says "Pinkus Alt." It looks and tastes like a pilsner. It has the body and mouthfeel of a pilsner. The smell is a bit more maltier than a pilsner, but all in all this really reminds of Czechvar.

I don't know...maybe this isn't the Alt, maybe I got a mislabelled bottle, but this really seems like a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 03:39:01 | More by BDTyre
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falloutsnow

Illinois

2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 16:01:28 | More by falloutsnow
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rtepiak

Poland

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

a beer with slightly more than a golden look. sort of mild white head. a nose of apple and a hint of sourness. very very discreet. palate of hay and apple doughiness but also a very mild sour finish. no smokey qualities though. and the malt is a bit lean. the carbonation is good on the tongue. and a good late summer early autumn feel.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 21:10:15 | More by rtepiak
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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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Wildman

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a straw color and formed a nice bubbly foamy white head that left some circular lace when it subsided. Some carbonation present. An aroma of malt and grain. A flavor of grain, banana and lightly of citrus. The body was light and the finish slightly dry. My first try of this style, so the review may change.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2002 18:48:42 | More by Wildman
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woemad

Washington

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

Bought a bottle at Huckleberry's. Pours a dark gold color with a big white head. The big smell I'm getting out of this is honeyish. Nice lacing. The taste is predominantly the honey that I smelled, but with a citrusy hop flavor vying for attention. A bit paler than I remember the alts I had in Germany, but a tasty beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 09:45:50 | More by woemad
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a .5L bottle to a big glass mug. The liquid is yellow, Good carbonation, nice head 2 finger white, and good lace.

The smell is faint, with a fruity lemonish twang.

The taste is ok but not quite what I was expecting, seems to be out of style, A little citric, fruity. Malt and hops are not standing out.

The mouthfeel is ok, medium body, carbonation is ave.

The drinkability is not so great, I would try it again, but I will not seek it out. MK

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 04:02:15 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a huge ivory head that was tightly built over a hazy apricot colored body. The head tended to depart rather quickly, but it left behind great lace deposits from the filmy residue head. A very good looking beer. The nose seemed to build as the head lowered and the beer warmed. Mostly it gave off scents of malt and yeasty breadiness from the medium bodied brew. Very creamy and mild. The taste is mostly sweet malt with some light graininess. Also some grassy notes. Finishes somewhat tart and has a long aftertaste that is bitter in the front.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 18:08:30 | More by AtLagerHeads
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interesting dull gold with a nice foamy/frothy head and trails of sliding lace. The aroma is faintly of yeast, malt and hops. The malt is lightly sweet with a trace of herbs. Lightly lime-like citrus hops with a hint of cloves. The alcohol peeks through from time to time. Becomes sweeter and more evenly balanced throughout. This is a gulpable beer. I kept raising my ratings as I drank it.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 19:01:50 | More by BeerResearcher
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Brauerei Pinkus Mueller's Munster Alt a couple weeks ago for $3.59 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a new beer to try and I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it did have #06000a9, but I don't know what that means. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty simple looking and it's not too eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy pale yellow color that took on more of golden color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, it's a little light looking for a Altbier, but that could be because it's a Munster Alt.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some bready, sweet malts, grainy, and light caramel like aromas. Up next comes the yeast which imparts a fruity and doughy aroma. This beer had a pretty nice and unique aroma.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by all those malty aspect that I got in the aroma with hardly any of that caramel aspect coming through and the grainy and sweet malts seem to stick out the most. Up next comes the yeast which imparts that same fruity and doughy aspect with the doughy flavors showing up just a little more. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a little more sweetness and a grainy and sweet malt like aftertaste, This was a nice tasting beer, but it was a little on the sweet side.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and nice example a typical German Lager, it had all the aspects that I would expect from that style and it didn't seem to be all that similar to any of the Altbiers I've had, but I've never had a Munster Alt before so that might be typical for the style. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, not filling, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these but the sweetness might start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, that caramel aspect made it pretty nice. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness, if it was toned down a little it would help this beer out. I might buy this beer again when in the mood for this style, it's priced well and I would recommend it to anyone who likes German lagers. All in all I thought this was a solid beer, it was pretty similar to some of the better German Lagers I've had and it didn't have anything off about it. This made for a nice first impression for Brauerei Pinkus Mueller and i wouldn't mind trying a few more of their beers. Nice job guys, keep up the good Organic work..

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 04:34:26 | More by StoutHunter
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt, .9fl oz brown bottle. no date found.

pale golden straw, almost clear. some head, but fades to wispy layer. nice lacing.

aroma of toasty malts and noble hops. hint of white grape or yeasty esters.

similarly malty and toasted flavors with classic noble hops. gentle to moderate bitterness. clean finish with flash of more malt and even a trace of acidity beforehand.

light, but smooth. moderate, spritzy carbonation.

paler than i've come to expect of alts, but manages to retain quite a lot of malt character.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 09:18:23 | More by tai4ji2x
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to golden color, with very thin white head and no lacing. Aroma of sour fruit, hops and I actually thought I detected wheat. Taste somewhat sour fruit, warmed to a little more flavor, with bitter palate. An OK beer, but nothing special enough to convince me to start drinking organics on a regular basis..

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 01:08:45 | More by kimcgolf
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putnam

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Heady, over-ripe, mushy bartlett pear fragrances are obvious from arm's reach. The color is orange, yellow and bronze with a substantial, cream-colored head. Tons of fermenting pear fruit to this beer complete with seeds and doughy, wheaty, dried herb-infused slate nuances.
The texture is rich, with vanilla and chai notes sprinkled across an improbably dry frame of soft wood, orange candy, ginger and cream. Wow! Olivier Humbrecht-like skill here. Stubborn greatness. This beer takes no prisoners and doesn't stand criticism well. Utterly uncompromising.
My first Alt was a brand called "Hannen," which was better than Ganter products, but second choice to anything by Rothaus. Hannen was mocha-flavored, thin-bodied and brown. This is better and 180 degrees different.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 02:31:34 | More by putnam
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
82 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.