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Organic Ur Pils - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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BA SCORE
85
very good

241 Reviews
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Reviews: 241
Hads: 360
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 04-16-2002

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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 241 | Hads: 360
Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of mechamifune
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice gold/straw color with a nice white head that goes away a little too quickly. Some signs of carbonation but not really any lacing to speak of.

Smell is slight lemony/citrus notes with hints of grains/bread as well. A very nice smell for a pilsener, but not overwhelming.

Taste is, for me, about pitch perfect for the style. Dry upfront, slightly sweet, and finishing with strong herbal/hoppy notes.

Mouthfeel is spot on too for the style. Very crisp and well carbonated, making it very easy to drink.

Overall this is a great example of the style.... to the point where I'm not sure what else I could really ask for from a taste/mouthfeel standpoint. Wish it came in a little more of a convenient form but I will take what I can get. A great example of a relatively "small" beer packing in a great flavor profile without being overwhelming. (856 characters)

Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.97/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly what a Pilsener should be. The color was a beautiful deep yellow with a snow white head of small bubbles. The aroma was full of light malt and a subtle noble hop nose. The head did fade as it was drunk. The taste was spot on with a malt front and a smooth hop finish. An excellent offering & exactly what this should be! (334 characters)

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.67/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle into a Pinkus Pils Glass at Monk's Kettle in SF,CA

A - Light and bright lemony yellow. Very cloudy with a small column of bubbles rising to the small but lasting head
S - Citrus and earthy grasses. A bit farm and barn like but in a very pleasant way
T - Tangy Hops balance the earthy grains, yeast is slightly wild giving the beer a slightly acidic bight. Amazingly complex
M - Tight carbonation keeps the palate clean
O - Absolutely great, a must try and something I will look for again (504 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with lots of chunky yeast floaties in the body. Carbonation doesn't appear to be very vibrant. The head is a one-finger eggshell color with good density and thickness, but poor retention. Not very aesthetically pleasing by any means.

S: There's a nice dank earthiness to it, and the maltiness smells crisp like it should be. There's also a note of banana and lemon esters as well, hinting to its unfiltered nature.

T: The fruit esters (banana, pear, lemon) from the yeast help give this a bit of a twist from the usual crisp, earthy pilsener qualities. Call me crazy, but I also detect a light nuttiness near the finish. It's not complex (then again I don't penalize pilseners for that), but it's hella refreshing, so its a success in my book.

M: Crisp finish like a pilsener should feature, but slightly too heavy for its own good. Doesn't have the stinging carbonation like some of its brethren.

O: I like a good pilsener every now and then - and this is easily a good pilsener, therefore this is pretty damn enjoyable. Only thing is, I like my pilseners to be more well hopped, but now I'm just nitpicking. (1,187 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1pt .9 oz. bottle:

The beer poured a hazy, light golden color and produced a big, light fluffy head that was maintained nicely and dissolved into a very thin cap. Pretty much exactly what I would expect from a good German Pils.

The aroma was nice and robust, bready and grainy with hints of a citrus fruit, maybe lemon.

The taste of the beer was exactly what I would want from the style. Full flavor, which consisted of a nice complex grain taste, but is very well balanced with only a very slight hop presence. The beer is light, clean, crisp, and leaves a slightly dry aftertaste. Frankly, after I was done with that bottle, I was wishing that I had another. The ABV was not noticeable at all and this is a beer that I could drink all day. I will be heading back to the store for this one. Overall, an outstanding brew that is indeed, World Class. (852 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of kraypd
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a hazy straw to medium yellow. As this is an unfiltered Pils I took care not to add the dregs from the bottle sediment. Nice fluffy white head that was well maintained.

S- Nice subtle malt smell with moderate hop aroma. Also hints of fruity esters.

T- Taste resembles a standard German Pilsner with the addition of some fruity esters. Hop bitterness is moderate to firm and not over the top.

M- Stronger mouthfeel that most other Pilsners with strong carbonation that sizzles on the tongue.

O- A very nice refreshing beer. I am not a super big fan of Pilsners but this one I would have no problem in ordering again even if it wasn't Organic. (656 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep straw color with a huge white head that surprisingly dissipates almost instantly. Smells of bready malt with lots of melanoids. Slightly earthy spicy hop bite. Taste is bready burnt malt with a hint of earthy spicy hops. Medium to thin body with a crisp level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent brew but a little boring even for the style. Light and refreshing I could see drinking some on a hot summer day. (436 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light golden color, clear, with slow carbonation and about a finger or so’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – pale lager type of smell, much like a Bavarian type of lager, pretty high on the barley malt type of smell.

Taste – also much like a Bavarian type of lager with a barley type of tinge to it, and yet a pilsener type of quality. It reminds me a lot of the Bavarian beers that I tried near Munich.

Mouthfeel – very much on the watery side.

Overall – Not a bad brew, and it does have a nice nostalgic quality for me, but in general not terribly intriguing. (639 characters)

Photo of UnsungBeero
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pint bottle into 16 oz. glass.

A- Pours a hazy dark yellow, almost amber color that resembles more of an IPA than a pils in my opinion. White head that dissipates rather quickly, and carbonation that doesn't seem to stop bubbling.

S- Very earthy and hoppy, with faint hints of fruit and yeast. Smells like it might be a bit bitter.

T- Not bitter at all actually, but other than that tastes pretty much like it smells. Definite fruit shining through here, with some vegetables thrown in there that I can't quite seem to place.

M- Not as watery as some other pilsners I've had, it actually feels kind of thick and full bodied on the tongue (though not at all like a stout or porter). Very fizzy as one would expect.

O- Overall a pretty good beer, it's the first "organic" beer I've had and am definitely not disappointed. I've got a huge soft spot for German beers, and where as pilsners aren't exactly my favorite style, I feel that this one shines above and beyond most. (984 characters)

Photo of pleasewearpants
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a little glass.
Left-handed.

Beer is a slightly hazy pale Kentucky straw color with very active bubbles. Nice foamy white head and traces of lacing down the little glass. Aroma is really great - Light notes of baked bread and yeast. Flavor is light with notes of green apple and grape. Very slight tart/sour finish is really pleasant. Good effervescence keeps the finish nice and short. Overall a nice example of the style with it's own unique twists. (466 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" white head which quickly dissipated. Hazy light straw yellow color. Smells grassy but not much else. Taste is pretty much straight BMC pils with only a very brief finish and not much of hops. Other than being organic I just don't find much remarkable about this sample. Maybe mine was older than its prime (?), I don't know, because most reviewers seem to have a better impression of this beer. (406 characters)

Photo of olympicgatorade
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, a tiny bit cloudy, wispy miniscule head that quickly dissipates.

S: Fresh laundry, hints of sulphur, faint pear.

T: Crisp start, mid-range hints of cider or fruit, slightly bitter and abrupt finish.

M: Very refreshing, palate cleanser, fizzy and tight in the best possible way.

O: Pilsners aren't my very favorite, admittedly, but UR PILS by Pinkus organic is one of the better Pilsners I've had. Super refreshing, highly drinkable, great session beer. Could easily put down 4 of these in a night and not get tired of it. Very tasty but in a brilliantly subtle way. Recommended. (593 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy yellow colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, lemon/lime, hops, bread

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with hops and some lemon/lime juice and zest. There is a slight amount of metallic taste. The beer finishes with a citrus and grain aftertaste.

Overall – This is definitely a very highly drinkable and tasty beer. It is perfectly suited to go with the warm summer weather. My only complaint is the fact that it is a little pricey. Maybe I just got a bad deal, but at around 6$ for 500ml, I can think of many other thirst quenching pils that I would rather be drinking instead. (850 characters)

Photo of greatyg
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Sierra Nevada tulip.

Pours pale yellow and cloudy, like a cross between a witbier and a Hefeweizen. Pretty healthy finger and a half head.

Smells floral, citrusy, Springy.

Taste is crisp like you'd expect from a Pilsner with some sweet lemon going on. Fine bubbles on tongue like sparkling wine. Delicious and clean. (331 characters)

Photo of pauljmccain
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml into halb mass.

cloudy white look, not golden, not straw. white head doesn't last.

smells sour, slightly lemony, and sweet. not too strong.

taste is not strong up front at all, even bland. jbut you sort of expect that from a helles. very citrusy flavor, and a pefectly settling aftertaste, a bit spicy.

good mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, but nothing special. nice and light, not too heavy.

overall a great helles, I'd love to put a few away in a beergarden. very drinkable, a good beer. (497 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Radeberger pokal.

Cloudy titanium yellow body with a ghost white, heavily active head that recedes to a burbling collar and faint slick, both fed by a constant stream of rising bubbles. Average lacing and retention.

Weak but pleasant biscuity, crackery, and grassy aromatics with a hint of lemon zest.

Crisp malt with touches of winter fruit and a faint sourness on the palate from wheat and tangerine. Lasting zesty bitterness (from noble hops) leads into a clean, dry finish.

Light-bodied, crisp yet creamy, with punchy carbonation.

A touch more tartness that usual for the style (possibly from being unfiltered?) making it that much more refreshing, though not more flavorful. (722 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

From notes:
Pours out a hazy, yellow/straw with a minimal head and no lace. The smell consists of wheat malt and bread. Not much in the hops department.
I like German Pilsners but this tastes more like a hefe than a pilsner. No real hop character. The mouth is smooth and light.
I'm just going to assume that I need to try a fresh one. I was unimpressed and of the belief that I got a bad beer. (396 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial strange)
A- The slightly hazy golden body has a strong carbonation of big bubbles that pop to the surface and a head of white lumps that is soon gone.
S- The light green note has a slight herbal and candy quality with a raw grain hint that grows in the finish.
T- The slightly sweet grain flavor has a hint of pale malt to it and finishes with a mellow green note. The finish has a faint sulfur quality and as it warms a citrus tartness comes out in the hops just a bit.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a soft fizz that adds a nice fullness to the beer.
D- This beer has a clean and smooth flavor without a big sulfury quality and some nice subtle hints to it. It still has some Pils character but the unfiltered beer adds some nice depth. (763 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-01-16 in Columbia, PA

A - Slightly hazy, straw color with a big 3-finger head with large bubbles that fade quickly.

S - Lemon, biscut, yeast. Smells very nice.

T - Big, lightly roasted grain, lemon, mild noble hops bitterness a nice sourness on the finish that clears the pallet for the next sip. There's some lingering lemon that is quite nice.

M - Light-medium body, medium-high carbonation. Mildly creamy, light and finishes crisp.

D - Very sessionable. I like the way the lemon shines in this brew. Good for a summer day in place of a wheat beer. A very good pils and quite different than a Pilsner Urquell.

Notes: It isn't my favorite style but for this style, it is really well done. My wife really likes this style and particularly this particular brew. She's tasting it with me now and would give it an A if it were her review. (859 characters)

Photo of tubacharlie
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A full pour into a half liter glass stein yields a one inch white head of fine bubbles, with good retention and lively carbonation fueling it. The beer is a slightly hazy honey yellow and has some lacing. After swishing around the yeasty sediment in the bottom of the bottle, the last remaining teaspoon comes out a muddy brown, increasing the cloudiness and adding to the aroma.

Fruity yeast and hops tickle the nose with a dry cracker afternote. At first sip, the Pilsner qualities are overshadowed by the citrus flavors, leaving the bready grain to assert itself in the middle of the palate and bitter hops at the back of the tongue. Plenty of substance in this brew.

As robust a Pilsner as I have sampled, and equal to the task of washing down a shwarma with onions, olives, pickled turnips and pepperoncini. (814 characters)

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance; cloudy straw yellow with lots of sediment. This is an Ur-pils not a typical Pilsner. That means it's like the old days and not filtered by modern methods. The head could be better but besides that this beer looks true to the style and lovely.

smell; not too impressed here, just average, a little more floral hops than other Pils but a little more bitter spice would be nice.

taste; pretty smooth and bland at first. The finish and aftertaste is where the flavor comes forth. First some lemon zest, followed by a sharp yet small hop bitter spice. Bitterness hangs there for a while and is quite herbal.

mouthfeel; Burning carbonation but besides that smooth and oh so crisp! I little heavier than some Pilsners but right in place with some of the greats of this style.

drinkability; very easy to drink but this is a Pilsner to be respected. More to it than some of the macrobrews, enjoy at home, not the type to buy at a gas station to quench your thirst. (971 characters)

Organic Ur Pils from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
85 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.