Organic Ur Pils - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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338 Ratings

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-16-2002)
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Photo of Douglas88
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Utah State Store. Pours a golden hue with a medium fluffy white head. The aroma is full of malts, some floral hops and grass too. The flavor is pretty good; smooth and rich malts mostly, also, some dry yeast cider-like flavors. A touch of hops and a generally smooth and watery body. Very nice and quaffable.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 16.9oz brown bottle.

Appearance: Rich dark gold beer, pours clear at first, but towards the bottom of the bottle there is a LOT of sediment in suspension. This is an unfiltered beer so I guess that's to be expected, but damn. On the upside, this beer produces a creamy, fluffy stark white head with good retention.

Smell: Rich and grainy. Superb for the style. There's a lot more character here than in your average imported pilsener. The primary aromas are of sweet malt and crisp, freshly-milled grain. Nothing overly complex, but quite nice.

Taste: Much richer than your average pilsener, and less crisp. This is actually somewhat rich, yet at the same time the flavors are somewhat muted (maybe it's a little past its prime?). Overall, characterized by a fairly simple light graininess, backed with a mild floral hop bitterness. Average taste, somewhat of a letdown after the aroma.

Mouthfeel: More substantial than your average pilsener; somewhat creamy with more heft than I was expecting.

Drinkability: Medium.

Conclusion: I was expecting great things from this Merchant du Vin-imported the was just ok. From other reviews, I'm wondering if I got a somewhat outdated sample; it seemed like there were great things lurking underneath (quite rich in heft/flavor) but everything was just a bit muted.

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

Pours out with a murky shaded straw color with a glassy headless top.

A husky smell with a mild vegetal quality and a slight green pepper notion make for an interesting smell. Not foreboding nor offensive, but hard to know what to expect for sure.

The flavor is full of complexity. It comes off grassy, with strong sentiments of clover flowers and violet smells. Thankfully, things do turn nobly bitter bitter at the close, and with a little black pepper blip, the experience is given due closure.

I feared a lack of CO2 based on the Ichabod pour, but fortunately
that is not the case, and an unseen carbonation really breathe
life into this intriguing pils.

Plenty enjoyable. Couple this beer with whatever meal you care to, or have it alone. Hell, have two.

Photo of stewart124
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a straw yellow to golden color with a decent white head.

Smells of grain, bread, and an earthy aroma. There is also a lemon zest to the nose.

Some of the carbonation is gone and I hope I didn't let this one sit too long. Still crisp but has a bigger body than I expected. Bready tastes with a bit of spice from the hops. Drying but still sweet. Lots of malt in the pils but that is to be expected.

I am afraid that I left this beer in the back of the fridge too long. It just isn't as crispy as I would have expected. This just means I'll have to try it again.

Photo of SickBrew
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This unfiltered German Pilsner pours quite turbid, almost milky and imparts a good finger of head. The head is nice and white and leaves a bit of lacing behind. Nose is fresh, somewhat grassy and with a light malt backing. Taste is really good, this is fine pilsner! Flavor gets going with an initial malt sweetness and finishes with the Hallertauer hops imparting their magic bittering spells. Mouthfeel is medium with a some fine CO2 action. Overall this is a really good pilsner that should be enjoyed by all.


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

I'm still a bit of a new kid in the pilsener camp, but this was one of my faves thus far. Served in a weizen glass.

A: Deep yellow hue under a fluffy white 3-finger head, slightly opaque.

S: Smooth combination of grass, honey, and a very, very slight citrus aroma. The pale malt and honey aroma dominated.

T: Sweet malty notes hit immediately. The honey flavor comes out strongly, and the hops finish it off nice and dry. Great balance.

M: Medium carbonation, and a full body. This is something I could drink all afternoon on a sunny summer day (or really, any day). The balance is strikingly good, and leaves a wonderful aftertaste.

D: One of the most easily drinkable beers I've had in a while. I could really quaff this stuff for a good long while. American macros, eat your heart out.

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

This is a pretty tasty, fruity, slightly yeasty pilsner that is highly drinkable and well-rounded. However, though staying interesting, it ends up being a little thin and muted.

It is hazy light straw-gold with a medium-big, dense, rather creamy white head that slowly shrinks to a thin foamy top and leaves a tiny bit of lace but not much.

The aroma is overall very nice, with bread, bread crust, herbs, hay, hints of honey and lemon pulp and a faint metallic hint.

The taste is at first fruity, with apples, hints of pear and dry, tart peach up front followed by light yeasty bread, hay, lightly bitter herbs, grass, and hint of lemon pulp. The elements soon blend after the first sip and the hop quality and light bitterness just dominates the finish over faintly sweet, zesty-fruity-bready base. It has a light, lively, zesty quality and stays interesting. It is a bit on the dryish side, aspecially after the first taste. However, flavours become a little muted and it's slightly on the muted, watery side after the first few sips.

Photo of Herrbrokt
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale white hinted golden haze. Hmmm.... pearl white head
nothing worth mentioning though as it reduces to a small ring immediately.

Big grain smell. light white grape smell. Nothing else registers without considerable effort.

Taste is a plus. Big yeast taste. Light citrus flavor. White grapes again. Earthy hop balance. Lingering bready yeast flavor.

Texture is pleasant. Finishes dry but not overly so.

Easily sessional. Enjoyed with corn tamales.

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 MisterClean
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz from the fresh prince of BEL AIR

A - Gold to straw yellow, light head, dissipates ultra-fast.

S - Honey, pears, & sugars. This beer might be slightly acetyl.

T - Honey, pears, sugar, and bittering hops.

M - Slightly acteyl and bitter. Otherwise good.

D - Not my first choice for an organic pilsener, but a good attempt.

Photo of pweis909
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle at refrigerator temperature (mid 40s F). Appeared yellow, hazy, with about 1 inch of tight foam. The beer initially presented a malty grainy aroma and sweet taste with just enough hops to balance. As the beer warmed, it seemed slightly drier, maybe a bit astringent, maybe the hops coming through.

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 dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle copped from Sparrow Wine and Liquors in Hoboken for $2.99...
Definitely one of the better German Pilsener's I've recently sampled...
Pours a light-golden hue with a minimal head that soon evaporated and deposited a minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild, grainy aroma with slight nuances of vanilla thrown into the mix...
Taste definitely had vanilla essences, a creamy, organic pilsener with a good mouthfeel and an excellent level of drinkability... Very crisp and refreshing and loaded with flavors usually undetectable in a standard Pils...
Good stuff...

Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener glass. Hazy straw color with a smallish white head that leaves no lacing. Aroma is lemony and wheaty. Lots of yeasty wheaty flavors here with little grain or hop. Lemon, unripe banana, and hay make up the flavor profile. Pretty drinkable despite a less-than-clean mouthfeel.

Photo of Greggy
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice clear with only light sedimentation. A 2 finger head recedes into a thin cap with some spare lacing. Really enjoying the light caramel color of this one.

S- Seriously nice lemon, honey, grahamcracker, floral hopiness, baking flour, with the faintest deep down note of skunk if you can even call it that. Very nice.

T- A very nice mineral content reminiscent of kolsch hits the palette immediately with a great hop citrus/hop oil backbone. Finishes with a nice sweet malty and hop dryness.

M- A little less carbonation that I like to see, but still quite good. The nice citric and dry components of this beer please the palette.

D- What a great german pils and @ 5.2% it's easily sessionable. IT was a little pricey at $4/ 16 oz bottle but I can see this in my fridge in the future.

Photo of gfreed
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the beers my wife and I tried at the Dundee Dell in Omaha, NE, and one of the most memorable. I liked this more than I expected. The color was a hazy-cloudy straw. Poured into a tall glass, it had a puffy head that vanished rather quickly but left behind a nice aroma of lemon and hops. Initially it was rather cold, and the carbonation had a lot of bite to it, as did the hops, but as it warmed up the bite mellowed, the body smoothed out and a lovely honey flavor emerged. A good find, as were two other Pinkus beers we tried. Nice label, too.

Photo of EPICAC
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at dba in New York.

Pours a lightly hazed, straw golden. Topped by a thin white film of a head. The aroma is grainy and lightly hoppy with a nice yeastiness. There's a floral quality as well.

Sweet initially, but gives way to a nice grainy maltiness. There's a light sweetness throughout that gives way to a nice graininess and a grassy, herbal hop bite. Medium to light-bodied, smooth with a bit of a sticky character.

Very drinkable, an awesome German Pils.

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 bitterthebetter
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a rich clear, golden yellow with creamy white head

rich rich malty aroma, one sniff and I felt like I was standing over a mash, rich rich malt dominates with solid breadiness and slight apple notes and a slight slight dash of hops

on the palate it starts with fresh fresh malt, not too sweet, not too heavy, just a nice grainy taste, and then slight apple notes followed by a crisp dryness accentuated by the malt again.

very light at first, almost hard to notice, but the carbonation is smooth, crisp, very refreshing and a very different style of pils. Starts very light and crisp, yet somehow continues ever so nicely

I am not a fan of Pilsners or lagers but this offering is completely different than any Pils I've had. Much more bready, and toasty like champagne, yet with a sublime finish that pursues way longer than it should. This is the first Pils ever to last as long as this one. Well worth the money and USDA certification.

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

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy golden color with orange hues and a 1 finger white head with lots of little bubbles and dark colored sediment rising up the glass. Aromas are packed with yeast, banana, cloves, and fruity esters. Up front flavors of lemony hops and malt are very well balanced yielding to the banana flavor which finishes dry and sweet. Well carbonated, light bodied, this is a clean very easy drinking pilsener.

Photo of jklinck
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: upfront I get the dark cherry smell from kettle carmelization, after that fades I get a slight lemon scent, no sulfur, some diacetyl, no hop aroma

Apperance: thin fizzy head that quickly dissipates, no lacing, medium golden color, some haziness because of being infiltered, noticed some floaties even after careful pour

Flavor: medium amount of bitterness that lingered, sweet dark cherry taste from kettle carmelization, some slightly grainy notes, yeast is not contributing much, no flavor from hops

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium high carbonation, some slickness on the tongue from diacetyl, dry finish

Overall impression: beer doesn't hit the style very well, the kettle carmelization is better suited to a scottish ale, the diacetyl is an off flavor, the dry finish and the color and the color as well as the hop usage is true to style

Total 28/50

Photo of Natural510
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pale golden color with one-finger head which dissipates but leaves a soapy lacing on the glass.
Smells strongly of yeast and grain with a slight lemon kick.
Unfiltered hops, yeast & barley blend together well. Subtle citric overtone with an overall breaded flavor to the brew. Tastes almost like a wheat beer minus the banana spiciness of a hefeweiss.
Goes down very smooth & crisp; maintains carbonation throughout.
Overall a very drinkable beer of the style; nothing too extraordinary but nothing to critique either. The fact it is brewed organically is a plus.

Photo of meatmallet
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy gold with a thick white head. The head leaves a great lace and stayed settled on top.
Smells of lemon, malt, and hopps were sweet and strong. Had a better aroma than taste and I was kind of disappointed with that. Taste is strong of hopps and sweet malt. Might be a bit of honey too. I think the after taste was stronger. Mouthfeel and drinkability were good overall but this beer kind of fell flat in the end.

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 ccrida
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a wiezen glass, Ur Pils is cloudy gold with active streamers forming a large fluffy, white head that slowly settles to tight,creamy skim and leaves nice lace. I like cloudy pale beers, so that's not a detraction for me.

Smell is strong, sweet cereals and lots of diacetyl, like buttered popcorn.

Taste is not very clean, a bit sweet and grassy, but too much diacetyl and sulfer, with a quickly fading finish and lingering alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side, but a nice carbonation.

Drinkability is average, not my favorite pils, I like the fuller flavor, but would prefer less fermentation by-products. It really reminds me of another beer that I haven't had in while and can't place, maybe urquell?

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