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Organic Hefe-Weizen | Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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81
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237 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
237
Ratings:
397
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
20.62%
 
 
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Organic Hefe-WeizenOrganic Hefe-Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by paleoplant on 04-04-2002

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Reviews: 237 | Ratings: 397
Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing my German beer theme with this beer.

Pours a clear, white/light gold color with a one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is mainly full of clove with a decent hint of the wheat malt underneath. Simple as it should be. Definitely clove here. No banana.

Taste is light with a light clove flavor and the flavor of the wheat malt (why am I even describing this? Well, it's a wheat beer, isn't it?) standing out well. Flavorful.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering clove flavor and wheat malt. There's a bit of citrus at the back of the throat as well. It's very smooth and with no harshness at all.

Let's see, it's light, flavorful and organic to boot. Probably not the greatest example but you can make up your mind by trying it and comparing it to others that you've had. It's worth a try.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle with some freshness code on the back label. It pours an opaque orangey yellow, with moderate carbonation and two fingers of white head that reduces quickly to a thin cap, then fades away completely. It has a thin, candy sweet aroma with a grassy, lightly metallic twang. The flavor is sweet and doughy, with wheat, yeast, noble hops, and a minerally, grassy/earthy edge on top of an extremely light, tingly body. A tasty beer, but it's not incredibly hefe-esque. The bottle was priced at a reduced rate, but it doesn't necessarily taste old or skunked. Maybe this was an off bottle, but it did not strike my fancy.

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Photo of corby112
2.66/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
2.71/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a reasonably fluffy head that leaves a few strands of lace; looks more like a pilsner

Smell: Lemony and chalky; smells a bit like Pez

Taste: A bit of a wheat bread flavor up front, but then we move into the lemony flavor; not too much banana and even less cloves; after the swallow, the flavor is rather bland except for the lemony remnants in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: There are not too many organic beers that have impressed me and this is certainly not one of them

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Photo of yesyouam
2.14/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pinkus Hefe Weizen is a cloudy, highly sparkling, pale yellow beer with a small white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is a bit faint, and of bubble gum, banana and lemon. It is light bodied and fluffy in the mouth. It seems pretty watery and it leaves the tongue a bit ragged and chalky. I taste wheat, but there really isn't any presence from the esters. There is a little bit of fusel going on here. The flavor is pretty disjointed. It kind of tastes like chalk, aspirin, Natural Ice and Wheaties. I will smoke a cigarette while drinking the rest of this beer. It seems like an American wheat beer gone wrong.
(rated Sep 5, 2008)

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this because I am pretty sure I have never had it. Anyway, pours a glowing golden color, with little to no heading, which as far as I know is unusual for this style. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be viewed rising towards the top of the beer. Smell has some toasted wheat bread with hints of citrus fruits; mainly orange and lemon. Taste is almost juicy with fruit flavors, plus bubblegum, wheat bread and a chalky medicinal characteristic. Body is light, nicely carbonated and really very refreshing. Drinkability is damn good; I could go through a few bottles of this in a session. I have to admit that when I first popped this beer open, I was not at all impressed. After a little time to let it open up though, it came through with flying colors. Great Hef, great beer.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blah. Very boring beer. Weak yellow pour with a big head. Kind of cloudy. Aroma is stale hay blended with faint yeast. No banana or cloves that one would expect. Taste is musty yeast with grass, again with no banana or clove. Too expensive to try again.

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Photo of cleeze
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I gotta admit I'm a sucker for lables and bottles and I love this slick bottle.

It's got a good and cloudy golden hue to it, just like a good hefey should. You can't see through it that's for sure. Prettyu good lacing. Stickey and condensed, but disappeared rather quicky though.

Smell was really subtle all together. Faint clove smell. Really little bannana smell.

Taste is really rounded. My favorite thing about the beer. Very smooth. clove and the wheat mix great with the bannana. I think the drinkabilty on this brew is great. Wish i could find it more

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Photo of stephens101
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow gold with a decent white head with adequate retention. Smells of banana, spice, and sugar cane. Not bad there, but something's off with the taste. Oranges, malts and furtive coriander exist but are thrown off by a weird tartness. Otherwise there's just not much going on here with this light bodied hefe.

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Photo of mpyle
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App - very pale gold color, a bit cloudy, pours a robust white head, exceptionally creamy and with good retention.

Aroma - a bit of a cidery fruitiness, subtle clove

Flav - A gentle wheat maltiness, a bit bready with just a subtle hint of yeast character. Not an overpowering banana/clove kind of hefe flavor. No hop flavor, very low bitterness. Finishes with a gentle fruitiness, and the overall flavor profile is quite soft and gentle - nothing jumps out.

MF - medium body and very high carbonation, both style appropriate.

D'ability - A nice refreshing hefe, but I personally like ones brewed with more prominent tasting yeast strains. But if a nice clean wheat beer is what you seek, this one fits the bill. Is the extra cost worth the organic label? Something for each person to decide for themself.

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Photo of KeefD
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle. Hazy yellow orange with no foam and very little lacing. Perfect color for a Hefe, however. An interesting, sweet cake-batter aroma, a bit of earthiness, with the slightest hint of banana and bubblegum. Clove doesn't seem to be in the picture, but it's a nice aroma, nonetheless. Sweet, malty flavor, plenty of wheat malt, a bit of banana, some tartness halfway through the sip, and slight spiciness. Dry on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, ample carbonation, goes down smooth. A very nice organic beer, and would definitely have again. I would love to find this one on tap!

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Photo of diamondc
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'Typical' hefeweizen appearance .. loads of bubbles, a nice fluffy head, but not as hazy as seen in other German hefes.

Smell was a bit grainy, lemony, grapes, bread dough. Maybe some banana in there.

The taste was different from the norm of banana & cloves. This one had a more grape bubblegum taste, muted lemon flavors. Towards the end of the glass I was getting some nice saison-esque flavors like ginger and fresh flowers. I really dig it.

Very easy drinking, but the price is about a buck more than Paulaner, Franziskaner, & Weihenstephaner hefes I usually pick up. Still, its at least worth trying once.

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Photo of elniko
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weizen glass from bottle

A: Nice hazy weizen golden amber, huge fluffy head that stuck around for a while. Really nice looking brew.

S: Wheat tones with light banana scent. Not as strong as other hefs that I've had in the past.

T & M: Mouthfeel is solid, not watery at all. Taste has spice but not overwhelming. No sense of any bitterness whatsoever. As far warmed up it became too sweet in my opinion.

D: Drinkable but not one of my favorites hefs. Don't think I will see out again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color weizen with a huge white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of banana ester with some wheat malt also noticeable. Taste is also a well balance mix between some light banana ester and some wheat malt. Full body with great carbonation which I enjoy in this style. While this is well done, I would have appreciated some more banana and clove ester.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Appears a cloudy golden yellow with a two finger white head. Looks like pretty much every other Hefeweizen. Leaves giant sheets of lace.

Aroma is different from many other Hefes. It's neither clove nor banana that dominate, instead it's more like apple and pear esters with a bit of green grapes.

The taste is not so great either. It starts out with a very small amount of banana and then it's very similar to apple juice. On the finish the green grape flavor comes out and leaves a bit of tartness on the palate.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than many Hefes, and lower carbonation. Not bad but for the style it's not really ideal.

I picked this up because there was no Paulaner at the liquor store. Needless to say, I won't be getting it again. It's different from many others, but not in a good way.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 bottle into weizen glass.

A - Decidedly average for a hefeweizen. Very pale, cloudy, but with much less yeast sediment than expected. Brew never takes on the yeast laden brownish opaqueness. Head comes to about a finger, perhaps a little more, and falls rather quickly to a thin film, moderate lacing.

S - More of a grape bubble gum aroma than banana, with a solid backing of tangy, citrusy wheat malt.

T - Good, but slightly lacking. A sort of tasteless grows into the same grape bubble gum flavor from the nose and peaks mid palate with a good deal of sweetness. The beer begins to dry out and expose the full breadth of the sour-ish wheat malt without becoming too overbearing. A touch of phenols (particularly clove and iodine) in the finish, after which the brew finishes fairly clean.

M - My favorite thing about this beer. Light to medium bodied, with an excellent balance of smooth creaminess with a moderate to high carbonation level to accompany the sourness.

D - A decent hefeweizen, but nothing that hasn't been done better. This is a very mild example of the style, and though the grapey flavor is somewhat out of place, it is unoffensive and fairly balanced.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pinkus Organic Hefeweizen is a cloudy, unfiltered brew, yellowish/straw in color, and with a nose that combines wheat, yeast, and a small amount of clove with a sour character. The foam on this beer is pretty good, but it falls apart quickly leaving behind a thin layer of bubbles.

This beer is light and refreshing, with flavors of wheat, yeast, green apples, a small amount of clove, and a touch of lemon. The finish of this beer contains almost no bitterness and it's very clean, with a slight taste of bubblegum that eventually gives way to an aftertaste of green apples and wheat.

Pinkus Organic Hefeweizen is a very refreshing beer and it makes a good choice for both lovers of the style and for those who do not normally like this type of beer. Pinkus Organic Hefeweizen doesn't have the spicy character common in the finish of some hefeweizen beer. This makes it more likely to please reluctant consumers. For the rest of us, this is still a very good beer. It is lighter than I normally prefer, but it offers a great deal of taste and is very refreshing.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into pint glass(i was at a diner glad they had this at all)

A: Cloudy straw with white head and average lacing.

S: Sour, with yeast and floral accents coming in and our, mild.

T: Spicy with malts and cloves, was expecting more sweetness from the malts.

M: Medium with good carbonation and crispyness.

D: Mild and forgettable, perhaps too complex for me, never heard of and was glad to try nonetheless.

Tried another one of these at Hop Devil Grill in Jul08. Lowering the appearance to 3.5 from 4.0 due to almost comoplete lack of head and retention.

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Photo of gfreed
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite pretty when poured into a glass: a pleasant hazy lemony hue with a decent head that lasts a while. Plenty of carbonation hits after the initial sip, but not overly so. What is most striking is the flavor: very little traditional wheat-beer taste, lacking in the expected banana/clove combo. Instead it's loaded with lemon and orange, almost to a fault. Also tasted overly sweet as it warmed up. Not bad, worth a try for something new, but I prefer something less citrusy in this style.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
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

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown 16.9 ounce bottle, no freshness date.

Pale golden in colour, very hazy with almost an orange hue in the glass. Compacted goodies at the bottom of this Bier. Aromas rich of bready goodness with some slight sweetness. Surprisingly crisp and sharp on the palate. The balance between the grains and yeastiness really work well. Nice fruit action in the back with a good, lengthy, dry finish.

Very nice indeed and a thirst quencher in the best sense of the word. The twinge from the Altbier house yeast makes this one slightly different fare, but stellar nevertheless. Well done.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of Patrick999
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Most hefes make a good run at presentation, and this is not an exception. Poured a slightly cloudy white gold, filled a hefe glass nicely.

S - Mostly notes of wheat and a good deal of spicy clove.

T - Very smooth, wheat backbone underlying that considerable clove presence. In fact, so much that this almost manifests itself to me as a witbier - I don't get as much banana/bubblegum as in some others. Still enjoyable though. Dry finish; very little sweetness.

F - Very good. The first split second instinct is to say it seems watery, but the ample carbonation rushes in.

D - Drinkability nearly rivals that of water. Crisp and quenching, a good summer option.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clearish pale gold body with minimal head and not much lacing into a hefe glass.
Some faint notes of pepper and citrus mixed with earth tones/grass for a not very outstanding aroma. Too smooth for my liking, as this seemed a little bit watery and bland. The beer just rolled over my tongue w/o registering much. There was some citric notes and smoothness from wheat (not even a little sweetness though), combo'd w/ a dash of spice but a rather generic hefe compared to others. I didn't really enjoy this beer that much and I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of Strix
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale golden with minimal head.

Smells citrusy and sweet.

A somewhat atypical hefe for me, no banana and clove, but it was pretty good nevertheless. Light sweet fruits, lemon, green apples, wheat, and even bubblegum? Taste is understated though.

Mouthfeel not bad, pretty crisp.

Overall, this was not anything particularly noteworthy, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of stewart124
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow color with fizzy white head.

Smell is clean. Earthy straw notes present. Slight pear esters.

Taste is very clean with lots of spritz. Little to no banana or clove. Lots of carbonation and a tingle on the tongue. Grainy tastes with little to no hop aroma or presence. Sweet tastes in the finish but finishes dry.

This is a really clean beer that reminds me more of an American Hefe. No flaws and it's very tasty. I could put down quite a few of these. Very refreshing.

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Organic Hefe-Weizen from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
81 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.