Organic Hefe-Weizen - Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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364 Ratings
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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paleoplant on 04-04-2002)
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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought that this would be alot better than it was,poured a standard hazy yellow color with big fluffy head,an aroma of bananas and some slight spicy notes.Pretty yeasty tasting not real tart,seems to come up short on alot of traits of the style.An average underachieving beer in my opinion.

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, shared with my sweet'ums, at our mutual friend's early-starting birthday shindig at the Metro in downtown Edmonton.

This beer pours a cloudy, medium yellow apple juice colour, with two fat fingers of billowy, tightly foamy bone-white head, which recedes at a measured pace, leaving a bit of streaky, arched lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, rather bready wheat malt, very subtle clove spice and banana fruitiness, and grassy, somewhat fresh hay hops. The taste is more dry bready, slightly sour wheaty graininess, yeasty, well-aged fruit - banana and apple, mostly - and earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite low, and generally unobtrusive, the body medium-light in weight, but hardly thin, and surprisingly somewhat smooth, given those yeast and fruit esters flitting about. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, as the wheaty malt approaches critical mass, abetted by the inherent fruitiness.

A rather refreshing tipple, if not all that complex in flavour, which is no big thing. While maybe not the finest, most prime example of a hefeweizen, this is still a hell of a good introduction to the style.

Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very cloudy, golden/yellow color with a large, foamy, white head. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of some clove. Also, a sweet citrus and wheat aroma. It had a few floral notes, too.

T - It was quite sweet. Also, a nice wheat and fruity taste.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good hefe. Nothing fabulous, but still very drinkable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Pinkus hefe-weizen pours a cloudy yellow body beneath a full head of rocky, bright-white froth that holds extremely well (buoyed by the effervescent carbonation rising quickly from beneath), and settles to a creamy 1/4" lid. Unfortunately, it leaves very little more than a few spots and splashes of lace here and there about the glass.

The nose is not as bold as some other examples, but it still offers the same components... wheat malt, lemon, and very mild clove (but not much banana at all).

In the mouth it's delicately effervescent and tingly, then smooth; which can be a nice change from some examples that are a bit bristly.

The flavor is also a touch muted, but very nicely sweetish and rounded; with some sweet malt, lemony zest, some spic & floral hops, and a note of vanilla. It's bitterness is kept low-key; and it finishes smooth with a slowly receeding tide of malty sweetness and lemon. The flavor could be more pronounced and full, but then it wouldn't be as soft, light, and drinkable as it is! And it wouldn't be as unique!

Photo of Jason
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pale yellow golden colour and quite hazy with a tightly bubbled white lace. The dregs are well packed on the bottom.

Smell: Bready and lightly biscuity with a sweet aroma.

Taste: Very crisp with a sharp palate cleaning bite and lightish in build. The tartness is the back bone for this brew staying all the way to the finish. Grainy and yeasty with a trace hop oil flavour ... vague fruit on the palate though it gets lost as soon long dry finish comes along. Oddly enough this has a clean palate.

Notes: Lively and spritzy ... down right refreshing and almost lager like due to the alt beer house yeast. This is certainly a quality product ... very well structured and we would guess not a very easy beer to clone either. This sample was poured without swirling the yeast in.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had the Munster Alt and remember good things, and I have heard good about their pils so I decided to try their hefe during this beautiful weather. Appears a white cloudy highly carbonated head with a sunshine golden hue. Relatively no lace forming as the head dwindles. Aroma contains a great yeast profile with a sharp sweetness in the scent along with the characteristic wheat malt aroma. The flavor has none of the usual banana or clove, but overall still remains one refreshing pretty tasty brew. Very crisp and refreshing helped get me started during my nice tasting session this evening. A lighter bodied beer that tickles the back of the throat with each sip, this is one very drinkable session beer just lacking in just about anything that sets it apart as a special beer.

Again the beer hasn't changed much in 2011, pours pale hazy golden/orange with a bright white head forming thick fine uneven bands of lacing. Aroma has a nice vanilla/bubblegum nose with soft citrus wheat notes underneath. Flavor is smooth drinkable tasty wheat beer not a typical Ayinger/Paulaner/Franziskaner. Less bubblegum but sill super appealing. Citrus/chalky/dryness explains the citrus yeast combo here...no overt fruitiness. Mouthfeel is effervescent carbonation god I love this brewery. Drinkability maybe unsurpassed, this was a beer I used to drink on special during my early days of drinking at the Sharp Edge. I really respect it in hindsight.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint and contains some wheat, banana, lemon and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise very dull, with the same flavors that you get in the smell: wheat, banana & lemon. The malt character is very thin as is the hops presence, but at least it doesn’t have that nasty bite that I’ve gotten from many other organic brews. The after-taste is slightly bready with a touch of sweetness.

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

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, decent representation of style, if you’re into the organic beers for the cause, then you’ve got yourself a decent beer to drink. However compared to other Hefeweizens, this beer falls short of acceptable.

Photo of nickfl
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice sized white head with little retention on a hazy yellow body.

S - Aroma of wheat with a slight bubble gum note and a bit of pepper.

T - Sour wheat, some pepper. Not a lot of yeast character; pretty weak overall.

M - Thick body, high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Pretty dead and sour. Not pleasant. I don't know this to have been mistreated, but for the sake of the brewer, I hope it was a bad bottle.

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw to well, er almost a pink with much effervescence & 3 fingers+ white head. Minimal lacing & head retention

S: Slightlty grassy notes

T: Wheat malt, then grassyness followed by lemon notes. Some yeasty & fruitty flavors surface & the ale warms. Finishes tart & slightly juicy

MF; A bit thin & good carbonation

Drinks okay, but just an average to run of the mill hefe

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good hefeweizen, light on the flavor side but still a great great beer. Beer served in a stein. Beer is yellow and hazy with a nice white head, one finger, heavily carbonated, no real lacing but overall a great looking beer.

Aroma is sweet with mild cloves a some banana, the wheat is very present in the nose.

Beer is medium in body and wet on the finish, the whole thing is very interesting and very DRINKABLE. I could kill a keg of this stuff with no problem. The finish is wet and wonderful. Not my favorite hefeweizen out there but this is surely a great one and I'd have it again.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy, dull yellow color, with a several-inch thick head, big and beauteous.
Aroma is fruity and fresh. spicy, lemony.
Smooth and quaffable to the extreme, with a texture far too delicate for my tastes.
Warm and bright, sweet and yeasty.
Flavor and body is just-so, and the lack of complexity is overcome by the supreme drinkability.

Photo of mactrail
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The palest Hefeweizen ever. Quite an attractive foam that clings to the tall glass. A pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. Lemony flavor without being too sharp. A slight bready flavor, I swear it's oyster crackers. Even kind of metallic. No hint of banana or clove in the nose.

On the whole, quite quaffable, but rather anemic for a Hefeweizen. I've had Witbiers with more German esters. The 750 ml bottles showed up at the non-mainstream Sprouts Market in San Diego. New label advertising the alleged organic certification seems to be the draw.

Photo of WesWes
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slightly musty scent with a lemony wheat aroma. It is dry and light. The taste is average. It has a light wheat flavor with a bit of lemon zest and a crisp dry finish. It lacks that clove and banana taste that is typical with most. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This isn't the best hefe I've had. It lacks flavor and aroma as well as mouthfeel.

Photo of jwc215
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a murky yellow (more murky than cloudy) yellow - highly carbonated - and more transparent than most others of this style. It had a fizzy white head that became a spotted lace.
The smell was a bit thin, but did have hints of lemon, clove and some yeast.
The taste was of lemon and yeast, but was too thin. Water was predominant. It seemed like a beer version of a wine spritzer. the carbonation came through and seemed to interfere with the flavors.
A fizzy lemon feel stuck on the tongue for awhile, but there was no bad aftertaste.
The high carbonation and lack of anything offensive made it drinkable for the one bottle, but it is not something that I would seek out again, as there are more substantial, flavorful examples of this style for the same, or less, price.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

An average pour produces an almost four finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a clearish, gold color that shows lightly hazy, straw gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is lightly fruity with an almost tropical edge to it. A solid wheat / grain character kicks in at the finish providing aromatic notes reminiscent of crushed saltine crackers and dusty crushed grain. Lightly tart wheat notes and perhaps a touch of esters join the general fruitiness of this beer. This has a pretty nice nose, though it seems to get a little deflated in the finish and never has much in the way of complexity.

A faint, sweet grain character up front quickly dries out in the finish and in subsequent sips. This has a very creamy mouthfeel to it despite being fairly well carbonated. Soft grain flavors of hay, crushed wheat and even some light honey notes seem to be the most noticeable part of the flavor. Cracker like malt, some touches of stale grain, some tart wheat notes and a dusty graininess also are here. On the whole, other than the grain character this comes off as being a very clean, almost non-descript beer.

Not your typical, traditional HefeWeizen, it is fairly clean all around and really not much to write home about. In fact it can almost be downright bland. The grain notes that do form the bulk of the flavor don't really work all that well either as parts of them come off as being a bit stale.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half pint bottle,

A: Pours a light translucent yellow with a mild but long-lasting white head, small spots of lace.

S: Fairly bready, cake batter, lemon squares.

T: Dominated by lemons with a hint of sulphur, very mineral driven. Not a traditional flavour, but the minerality keeps it really interesting, almost a Berliner Weisse/hefe hybrid.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, mildly acidic. Very spritzy.

D: Unique, as I found with all of Pinkus' beers. Well worth a pickup.

Photo of woodychandler
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I could have sworn that I reviewed the Pinkus line of beers at one point, bottle be darned if I CAN find them!

I agitated the beer in the bottle before I poured, but even at that, I just got a finger of bone-white head that quickly became wisps. Color was a VERY cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose was unlike any hefeweizen I can remember - it had a honey-like lager sweetness! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and had a lemony tartness on the tongue. I swear, I was reviewing a hefeweizen because that is what it had on the label! Man, this was right out of left field and I liked it. I will openly cop to liking any hefeweizen that does not go heavy on the banana/bubble gum esters and it is possible to do so. Finish was still slightly tart and highly refreshing. This was so unlike any of the others that I could not help but like it.

Photo of corby112
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very mirky yellowish color with a thin white head. It kind of looks like a banana beer. Weak citrus aroma with hints of wheat, banana and lemon zest. Bland flavor with hints of citrus and lemon peel, bread, banana and clove with a sweet and slightly sour lemon juice finish.

Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mid sized bottle, no freshness dating. Pours a very cloudy light washed out orangy/yellow color. Large white head quickly settles a a thick sheen/film and leaves dispersed/scattered lacing. Strong nose of yeast, lemon, flour, wheat. This a tart, dry wheat beer, low complexity/high citric lemonyness. So-so german wheat, lacks much intrigue and interest. Sort of a German high class lawn mower beer, good on a hot day, not much more

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pinkus hefeweizen appears hazy and yellow with a half inch of thick white head. Some sediment can be seen floating around the beer. Perhaps I poured too aggressively.

S: The aroma is weak. There is nothing wrong or off here, but the nose brings only the most subtle scents of wheat and lemons.

T: This is certainly unusual for a hefeweizen. The beer lacks the bold banana and clove flavors I have to come to expect from this style. That being said, the beer tastes pretty good, albeit simpler and different than is typical of a hefeweizen.

M: Thin in body, with appropriate carbonation, and very smooth.

D: The thin body and simplicity of this beer make it very easy to gulp. There are better hefeweizens available, but this one is unique and worth a try, especially if you're in the mood for something different.

Photo of akorsak
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500 mL bottle purchased at Wegmans in Mechanicsburg.

A: The pour lacked the vigor associated with a hefeweizen; I managed to fill my weizen glass in just two pours. A large head, over 3 fingers, was fast to recede, leaving no head behind. The weizen is hazy and golden, pale but translucent. Did someone put a kristalweizen in my glass instead?

S: Grainy, the ale smells like a brewhouse fresh with spent malt. The breadiness outshines wheat and yeast by-products, taking control of the ale.

T: At least the ale returns to its weizen base when I take that first sip. Mild wheat, lightly tart, and a strong clove presence define the taste. The wheat sharing space up front, comes back with a bit more force near the finish. The weizen may be best described as clove-y. The weizen is mediocre, so it may not be the best thing to splash 'organic' all over.

M: The mouthfeel is grainy with enough wheat to make me notice. The abundance of clove is a bit of a turn-off.

D: I'll finish off this bottle. It works if you prefer a clove-driven hefeweizen.

Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light yellow brew, looks a lot like a Belgian White Beer.

Smell is light with a lemon and a bread dough smell.

Taste is mildly sweet and fruity; there is a mild tart tang to this.
Mild flavor for a hefe, this is a mellow brew for mellow times. I detected none of the expected cloves and banana flavors I normally expect from a German Hefe-Weissen. Flavor is much closer to an American wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is good, a not so thick brew.

Certainly drinkable, a mild beer that is right at home as a summer thirst quencher and cool down beer.

Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Organic Hefe-Weizen from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
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