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Organic Ur Pils - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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BA SCORE
86
very good

338 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-16-2002)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patterns of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grass, hay, and some slight lemon zest. Taste is of grain, grass, and citrus zest. There is a slight bitterness and lemon sourness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a somewhat flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsener but the mouthfeel is very lacking in my opinion.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy and very light yellow in color; it exhibits a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger white head that died down, leaving a few bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of bready and grainy hops as well as grassy and floral hops in the nose.
T: The beer has a mélange of bready and grainy malt flavors and is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer tastes a little more rugged and less clean compared to other pilsners—possibly due to its organic nature—but it is still relatively easy to drink.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's about as good as a German Pilsner gets. Rich, firm pilsner malts with light grainy flavors, a light citrus / apple character evident in the aroma and flavor, and a refreshing crispness in the finish. Hopped for a mild bitter balancea and a light earthy flavor. Bottle condition leant a mild haze, but otherwise strong straw color and moderately impressive head retention. More rich and full than most pilsners without pushing the gravity too high. Remains light and fresh throughout. Nice beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige/yellow color pils with a good size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of malt with a light floral profile and some crisp dry hops are also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some floral malt with some distinctive hops from Plzen. Full body with some great carbonation. I thought it may have been a bit too grainy but it was still very enjoyable.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly milky amber with an afterthought of orange. The alabaster head is impressively creamy and displays a sturdy persistence that keeps the beer looking good long after the pour. A mixture of sweet grain and noble hops makes up the nose. The musky, floral character of the German hops is especially noted.

This is tasty beer. It's sweeter, more lightly toasted malty and less hoppy than many pilseners and is a joy to drink. The start favors malt that is crusted sourdough bready, the middle is characterized by a grassy, lightly spicy hoppiness and the finish is increasing bitter and impressively, puckeringly dry. Drinkability is on the high side due to the enjoyable flavor and the light-medium body.

Ur Pils is a unique take on the style. The progression from a modestly sweet beginning to a parchingly dry, bitter finish is interesting (but is a phrase that I hope doesn't end up on my headstone). Although pilseners can't be counted among my favorite styles, this one is a keeper.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Whole Foods last night and enjoyed it with a bite of pizza. I had not tried it, but being organic and light it seemed as though it would fit the bill. Served in a pint glass and consumed on 09/18/2008.

The pour was less then dramatic to say the least. The slightly hazy, and bright star color liquid emerged from the bottle without much applause. Lots of carbonation coming up through the glass, but the overall appeal was less then I would have thought. Small head actually, which again surprised me giving the style and carbonation and virtually no side glass contribution.

The aroma was lots of wheat and bready malts. Slight hints of sweetness to it and a touch of maybe some very bright citrus in the smell. Very light though and bordering on bland to be honest. The flavor was more of the same. Light grain and a touch of wheat, some slightly bitter hoppiness toward the finish but mostly a dull grain feel to it. Nice carbonation though on what I would describe as a solid light bodied ale. Easily session able with virtually no alcohol holding me back.

Overall not bad, but more then average would be an accurate way to describe it. I have had more then better in the style, but still, nothing to really knock on it as it was definitely very solid.

Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured nicely with orange/yellow hue,with pretty good rocky head.Nice balanced smell with a nice crisp hop tone,also a little bread-like.I like the maltiness of this pilsner some overhop for the style but not this one.The hop came through but it was not to promident.Was pretty drinkable,I have had better but this wasnt bad at all.

Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A hazy straw-like color with incredibly good head retention. A bit of sediment can be seen floating around, but it's minimal.

Smell: Bready and yeasty, lemon, subtle spiciness from the hops.

Taste & mouthfeel: Bready and yeasty just like the nose. Medium in body. Dry malt character with a bit of husky grain to it and a hint of lemon zest. Excellent balance here, just enough earthy/herbal hop flavor to add a bit of spice to the finish but it's otherwise very clean.

Notes: Was surprised with this one, it's richer and more complex than most pils, but without compromising drinkability.

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, at a local university area pub that seems to be getting better and better with their beer fridge offerings.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a few sparse specks of island group lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sharply crispy bready pale malts, a prominent black pepper aerosol essence, a bit of tame apple skins, and softly earthy and grassy noble hops. The taste is much more of the same - pale crackery, bready grainy malt, a bit of spicy lemon pepper, and subtle earthy, leafy and mildly grassy hops.

The carbonation is middling, with a softly edgy astringency at times, the body medium-light in weight, and so-so smooth. It finishes somewhat off-dry, the fairly crisp graininess sticking it out, complemented by the residual noble hops.

A pleasantly drinkable pilsener, made true to spec, and well rounded between the malt and hop components. Sturdy like German ox, buffalo, yak, or whatever they've got over there.

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle.

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head. No lacing at all.

S - It smelled very fruity. Also a good grain aroma and a yeastiness.

T - It tasted very sweet. It had an apple or pear-like flavor. It had a light caramel malt taste, too.

M - It was crisp and fairly smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - A unique pils. The fruit flavors are unusual but good.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite hazy (bottle conditioned), golden with a creamy 1/4" head that holds excellently and leaves some good lace. The aroma is of a sweetly floral and grassy hop that's lightly backed by malt. Excellent. The body is medium with a very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation that gently caresses the tongue and becomes quite creamy as it warms in the mouth. The flavor starts with a great blend of rich, sweet malt and a unique floral hop flavor that's at least partially from Hallertauer. The sweet malt decreases as it crosses the palate, revealing some more grassy hop flavors and some bitterness. It finishes dry and fairly short with some lingering hop flavor and light bitterness as would be expected of a good pilsener. Very well balanced, allowing the malt and hop flavors to remain clear throughout while also giving an enjoyable bitter bite at the start, and maintaining enough bitterness to keep it dry and refreshing. Extremely well done, however, I must note that it's important to obtain a fresh sample. This is not a huge seller in the U.S., and I've had many old & damaged bottles before I came across this fresh one. I should also note that all Merchant Du Vin products are conspicuosly absent of any dating. (Sorry Charlie, but you know it's true).

Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sleek brown euro style 17 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy yellow straw with a dense compact well formed white head.

Smell: Malty and grainy (bread like), very mild tartness with hints of fruit and lemon.

Taste: Sparkling wine like carbonation makes for a very crisp mouth feel. Very rich in flavour with lots of grain on the tongue, some spicy and fruity flavours from hops and esters merely add to this complex brew. Hops do a little more than balance and leaves a touch of herbal flavour. More on the dry side leaving little sweetness and a earthy yeast taste tags along ... finish is long lasting with grain and residual hop flavour.

Notes: Very interesting with raw complexities ... packed with flavour and could be paired with numerous types of foods, Pan-Asian worked best.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle appears much like a hefeweizen. Deep orang golden hue with some yeast sediment settling to the bottom of my glass. Aroma has a biscuit malt sweetness with herbal/grassy hops weighing in...a really nice noble hop nose. Flavor again nice malt presence/sturdy hop backing with herbal/grassiness that just works for the pils style. Biscuit malts dryness in the finish from the malt balance, a very nice drinking beer. Mouthfeel has easy going natural carbonation smooth easy going, on the palate. Drinkability overall is a nice sessionable organic pils the best version of any organic beer I've had thus far.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, grain, light malts and good amount of hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet up front with flavors of grain and barley. There's pretty decent hops presence for the style and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, not a bad beer but there are definitely several others in the style that I would pick first.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw with a white head. Nose is a hint towards lemongrass. White grapes. Flavor is light and refreshing with a sweet and soft tang that stays fairly constant while delivering a lot of citrus tones. Feel is pretty decent. Nice bubble on it. Very drinkable. Smooth and even. Just probably not my style or something I would prefer to go for again. For me the lemon flavors come out way too much for it to be a repeat performance.

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a 4 fingers white head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Slight floral hops nose & some fruittyness

T: Soft fruitty notes & grainyness up front. Floral hops notes follow as the pils warms. Finishes fruitty & refreshing

MF: Light to medium with good carboantion

Drinks pretty easy, but just a slightly above average german pils IMO. I can think of a dozen others I'd rather have

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #38 top German Pilsener on the beeradvocate.com best of style lists. Poured from a 500 ml bottle into my Köstritzer Schwarzbier stein (badass glass I highly recommend it).

Beer is yellow, light, hazy with a thin white head that starts out big but falls quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing, steady moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and simple, smells quenching.

Beer is medium to light in body, and I love this brewery. The finish is wet and it is quenching throughout. It is a good beer but there is an odd flavor on the finish that I don't think is suppose to be there. There is an almost cidery finish with a mild fruitiness that I would expect perhaps in the midpalate. Other than this it is a perfectly fine beer and I'd have it again, I've had it dozens of times and finally bothered to review it.

Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a lot of floaties and a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, yet malty scent with a musty, dry aroma. It has a bit of lemon zest. The taste is good. It has a smooth, bitter flavor with a malty hop aftertaste. It is a dry, musty brew with good mouthfeel. It is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. This is a fine German Pilsner. It has excellent flavor and mouthfeel; a good drinker.

Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener glass - left the yeast sediment in the bottle.

Poured cloudy gold with a one-finger foamy white had that fell to a wisp, but left some rings of lacing down the side of the glass.

The smell was strong - floral and citrusy with a touch of grains. Very fresh and inviting - one of the best-smelling that I've had of the style.

The taste was complex and rich, yet had a lighter quality to it. The taste was of spiced yeast, sweet malt, and had a touch of a bitter bite - wonderfully balanced. It had a strong citrusy spin that was unique.
Despite complexities and richness, it had a light feel to it that made it feel refreshing. Very smooth. The unfiltered quality gave it more of a body than most pilseners. Fresh, clean, complex and unique.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very impressive chalky white head. The bottle advertises "unfiltered" and sure enough, it is appropriately murky. The color is straw golden.

Crisp smell of lagered malt. The hop is more muted than expected. There is a slight yeast aroma.

Slightly watery taste. Like the aroma, the malt is more pronounced than the hop, which shows up in the swallow and aftertaste. Ironically, this is a full-bodied pilsner with very nice carbonation. There is a "roundness" to the mouthfeel that is similar to an ale.

This is easily consumable beer. It is also interesting enough to warrant more tastings.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A reasonably soft pour produces an almost three-finger thick, frothy, pale, off-white colored head that retains quite a bit of structure as it slowly recedes. The beer is a lightly hazed honey color that is incredibly well carbonated and shows an almost clear, straw-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet grain, hay, lightly herbal hops and lemon zest. While this has some hop notes, the nose is quite grain focused and actually the aroma is fairly complexly malty considering that it is a Pils.

Clean, sweet grain flavors are tempered just a touch by a crisp hop bitterness that becomes more noticeable upon the second quaff. This somehow tastes a bit like watered down lemon juice without the tartness (if that makes any sense). Grassy / hay like notes seem to be contributed by both the grain and hop character and this is no where as sweet as my first sip of this seemed to have suggested. This does have a hint of tartness to it and perhaps even a wisp of diacetyl is just barely noticeable. The malt character is the most interesting thing in the flavor, though perhaps not quite to the same level as the aroma; saltine cracker grain notes, and a pale malt character add just enough to make this somewhat interesting.

Not bad, but does not really seem a very good example of a pills. I do like the grain character here, but it is not enough to really make this good.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/16/04- Given to me from my girlfriend, purchased at Bevmo in Colma, CA

Presentation- Another 16.9 oz brew with no expiration date. Poured into my Ayinger Weizen glass.

Appearance- Mid to dard golden color, thick and puffy white head and average lacing.

Smell- At first smell it had a scent that I knew, but couldn't think what it was. Well, I figured it out! SPAGETTI-O's! Yes, this beer smells like spagetti-o's. Sounds strange, but it's true. Plus there is a bit of bitterness in the smell, maybe some hay or grass and maybe even some fruity characteristics. Lots of wierd stuff going on here.

Taste- Thankfully, it doesn't taste like spagetti-o's. Very grainy and some lemon or some kind of citrus fruit floating around in the distance. Settles down into almost a herb tea kind of taste. Very soft and refreshing. There is also some sweetness and bitterness at the same time.

Mouthfeel- THis beer feels a bit thick. I guess that would mean this beer had a full kind of taste. The carbonation level is fine.

Drinkability- I can't believe it! Two pils in a row that I actually like and would consider having again. This beer has tons of different flavors and stuff going on. Try it and see what you think. I guess organic is a good thing in beer too!

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Organic Ur Pils from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
86 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.