Organic Pinkus Jubilate | Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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Organic Pinkus JubilateOrganic Pinkus Jubilate

Brewed by:
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RBorsato on 12-16-2002

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Photo of RBorsato
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronzish brown color with a nice tan head and good carbonation and lace. Malty, raisiney, rummy spice aroma and taste. Tastes just like it smells: delicious ! light bodied and smooth with a malty dry finish.

Label states "Special Reserve Anniversary Ale"

[17 oz / 500ml]

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Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Transcribed from undated notes (probably Spring 2009).

I had not even heard of this Certified Organic beer until I was turned onto it at Bridgewaters Pub. It poured with a finger of fluffy, light-tan head with mild retention. Color was a brownish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a cereal-like, grainy, biscuity quality. Mouthfeel was medium with a chocolate/honey/toasty taste on the tongue. Finish had the distinct lager sweetness. A very clean tasting beer!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Poured a root beer brown, with 1 finger of white foam. Minimal lacing down the side.

Smell is sweet - caramel and malt. Somewhat grainy as well.

Taste is magnificent! Extremely tasty. There is caramel in there. I get a little bit of the alcohol, but its balanced in there nicely. Modestly carbonated in the mouthfeel. There's a spice in there I can't quite place, but it is wondeful.

Highly drinkable - I could have a bunch of these. What a nice surprise - expected a good beer, but this was fantastic.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish copper with a thick, frothy white head that slowly thins out but remains full.
Smell is fairly sweet, spicey malts. Creamy, mild caramel notes, butter, and faint toffee.
Taste slightly toasty and buttery malts. Faint notes of spice, fig, ginger, and with some more nutty malts on the finish.
Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, with a crisp and slightly dry finish. Good level of carbonation.
Very drinkable beer. ABV is relatively low, and the beer is very well-rounded.
I was more than pleasantly surprised with this one, especially after seeing the overall rating. I personally think this one is vastly underrated!

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Photo of pat61
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jubliate Dark Lager pours a beautiful ruby brown with a tan head. Nutty malt and a slight hint of dark dried fruit provide the nose . On the palate clean nutty malt tastes combine with kettle sugars and light roast flavors from the dark malts. There are just enough hops to keep it interesting.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pinkus Organic Jubilate - Special Reserve Dark Lager
500 ml bottle. Merchant Du Vin - that almost guarantees there'll be no freshness date... nope.

Appearance: Copper colored body. Generally clear. A short head of creamy 'antique-white' foam rises and then slowly dwindles. Decent lacing.

Smell: Medium-dark caramelish malt and light hops that are seemingly floral, herbal, and mildly grassy.

Taste: Mildly sweet malt upfront reveals more of its caramel character as it warms across the palate. The more it warms the more the grainy character of the malt shows - very nice. The hops become apparent towards the swallow: floral, herbal, and mildly grassy (much easier to pick up than in the nose). The bitterness is balancing, and mainly low-key. It finishes with a dollop of golden syrup sweetness and a light touch of caramel that dries to reveal more residual hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body, and gently crisp. It delicately caresses the palate.

Overall: It's generally fairly basic, but with an emphasis on malt flavor and a bit of sweetness, yet it's never cloying. It's maltiness is kind of like that of a bock, but less full, and not as 'dark'... think of it as a standard Munich dunkel but amped up a bit. It's really quite nice. It's remarkably drinkable, and it seems to go quite well with food. After tasting the initial bottle I had another one with a fresh, light pasta sauce made ingredients from my garden (tomato, onion, garlic, some green pepper, and basil/thyme/oregano) and olive oil, salt/pepper, and Pecorino Romano cheese and it was a splendid match - I have no doubt that it would be brilliant with pizza. Well worth trying!

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass. Lovely dark, thick brown. Fizzy head fades away.

Nose of mostly cooled roasted malt.

Taste is rich in chocolate, caramel, bran, raisin. A good nutty mix.

Mouth is great. Really smooth.

A rich beer that isn't demanding. Nice and savory. Lots of delightful chocolate and not over on ABV.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at The Liquor Shed in Casper for $2.60

It pours from the 500ML bottle a brown red with a 1 finger, nah, closer to a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is a very nice mix of caramel and roasted malt.

The taste has caramel malt and roasted malt with some flavours of toffee and nice earthy and bready notes that kick in after my first sip. The flavours are on the subtle side but that fits the style very well as I'm looking to relax with this beer.

Medium mouthfeel and lightish carbonation, it finishes slightly sweet and roasty. This is a *very* smooth Dunkel. Head retention is very good and it has some good lacing.

Drinkability? I find it very tasty and very "comforting" so...I give it great marks. An excellent example of the style and I'm glad it showed up locally and for a very reasonable price.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me preface this by stating the following. My review of this beer is predicated on the fact that it is a Munich Dark Lager and not a Dunkelweizen; I am rating it as such [Munich Dark]. Upon pouring it into my glass, I immediately knew something was amiss. It didn't take long to discover that this is listed as a Dunkelweizen whilst its label declares it a Dark Lager. Since anything with the suffix "weizen" is an ale....(A revision submission has been sent to the bros.)
I found this to be a wonderful example of the style, pouring a medium dark to dark brownish orange with medium orange highlights. Head was an off-white and didn't last long, but the web of frost laces the sides of the glass nicely.
Smell is fantastic with this one being an amalgam of sweet, toasted malts, brown sugar, and strangly, wet, freshly split hickoy logs. The only other beer I have found this in is Einbecker Schwartzbier. Very nice indeed. Flavour, too, reminds me of the afore-mentioned brew and is dominated by robust malts and sweet, dark cereal grains. Mouthfeel is a little "meaty" for a lager, which I really enjoy in this style. A nice Munich Dark, for sure.

It's also worth mentioning, that my label looks nothing like the one pictured. The label on my bottle is white with gold text and says, "Pinkus Jubilate Special Reserve Dark Lager".

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Photo of dsa7783
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, maroon, puple-tinted hue...
Smell: Malts, malts, malts...
Taste: Rich, purple grapes, slight mocha essences... Easily drinkable... Flavorful, light, refreshing... Great stuff... Organic too? I really liked this brew...
Good stuff...

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

This rendition of an early 19th century German Dark Lager was first brewed in 1966 to pay tribute to 150 years of brewing.

Clear orangey-brown in color with an impressive-looking head that is off-white in color with tiny beaded bubbles clinging to the glass. Clean aroma with hints of cocoa powder, faint herbal hop and a kiss of grape skin. Smoothness runs deep with a rolling crispness in the back that shows a moderate-sized body. Extremely clean palate with a full jacket of malt flavors, from bready to cracker to light carob. Kiss of grape skin and clean, grassy husk show off the quality malts. Balanced hoppiness gives a quick hit of bitterness and some herbal flavor. Finishes dry with lingering carob powder and bread crust.

Sometimes complexity is not needed to make or break a beer. There are subtle complexities here, but its cleanliness and drinkability, along with the old-world lager flavor, makes this beer what it is. Lovely stuff it is--put it on your must try list.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only my second Pinkus beer. The Jubilate pours a very dark amber, but is still somewhat transparent. There is nice head that laces the glass. It smells very rich, somewhat familiar but I can't put my finger on it. Taste is somewhat sweet at first, a little more bitter in the aftertaste. The taste lingers with you. Not my favorite beer, but it isn't bad.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pinkus Organic Jubilate

Appearance: 16.9 oz bottle, into a large weizen glass. Pours a amber with a light haze. A nice frothy, fizzing head forms leaving rings of lace on the glass.

Smell: Straight up munich style malting and bavarian yeast. Bready caramel notes.

Taste: Malt forward with some nutty, caramel and vague roasted flavor. Hops come off as tea like, leafy and lightly sour. Clean and mellow flavors, making for an easy drinkable lager.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied, a nice crisp bite of carbonation and hops. Fairly clean and refreshing.

Overall: A simple, pleasing dark lager which takes the taste buds to rural Germany, in that it tastes very authentic and true to brewing traditions of the region.

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Photo of MAB
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite nice.
It looks very nice in a glass, with its white head contrasting its dark brown color.
It smells like a beer should, I suppose. This one is not very hoppy.
In the initial taste, I mostly got malty flavours, with a roasted and caramel kind of undertone. There's a modicum of hop bitterness but its mostly sweet and light on the palate.
Nice-sized bottle; the amount was just right to enjoy before dinner. I'd have it again.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown raisin colored body with a faint white head and some sticky lacing.

S - Lots of sweet syrupy malt and copious aromas of sweet dark honey. Some caramel and molasses in the mix too but overshadowed by that wonderful honey nose.

T - A chewy batch of grains on the palate, with sweet malt, nutty grains, and toasty breads. Molasses and malt syrup sweetness. A bitter hop touch with some dried dark fruit hints.

M - Chewy and medium bodied, well carbonated and subtly dry in the end.

O - A great Dunkel, this one is sweet and hearty.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a murky dark ruby, thumb of head dissipate fairly quickly to random islands and some lacing
S - rich aromas of molasses and candied cherries, some light leafiness, finishing with more sweetness
T - strong in sweet molasses malts and mineral flavours, light leafy hops with some cedar
M - medium to light body with a good carbonation kick, a mineral like feel sticks with a puckering finish
O - the term 'organic' is a legally defined term that means nothing like what it implies, but this is a very enjoyable brew, I've had dunkels at bier halls in Munich, and I've had many a lager, this is something different yet very familiar, well worth a try or 2

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL poured into a pint glasss

Pours murky brown amber. Very little of a white head. This beer reminds me of a doppelbock mixed with an oktoberfest. The beer has massive caramel qualities and flavors that dominate the tongue. The beer has a nice dark fruit presence as well. There is a dark grain presence in this beer that is again, all toffee and caramel. The feel of this beer is velvety smooth and quite creamy. There is a slight tart fruit flavor in this beer as well. Overall, its a nice old fashioned German brew.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour into my 25cl glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a deep, burnt amber color that shows a clear, red-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet, toasted malt and reminds me of prunes, brown sugar crusted nicely toasted dark whole grain bread crust, a touch of umami like salty / caramelized malt character, a touch of almost roasted grain in the finish. I really like how rich and satiating the nose on this beer smells; it is surprisingly hearty for a beer of this strength.

Somewhat lighter bodied than the nose suggested (but I didn't expect a beer of 5.5% to actually feel rich on the palate), but it still has some viscous body to it that coats the palate and makes this more of a sipping brew than one meant to be quaffed in mass quantities. Toasted, whole grain, brown bread notes form a solid core to this beer and these are backed by a complexly caramelized malt character that is offset by a hint of herbal and bitter hop notes in the finish. A touch of roast character towards the finish adds some touches that are a bit like a city roast coffee, but with a grain-husk edge to it. Very smooth feeling as it slides across the tongue. Richly caramelized malt character (though not like the typical American Crystal Malt flavors at all) contribute a nice richness and suggest some touches of concentrated fruit like dates or prunes (though this doesn't really have much in the way of fruit flavors to it).

This is quite the nice brew; I am really digging the rich malt character in the nose and even the flavor has something similar. This has definitely been a nice surprise.

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Photo of scottg
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a brown/dark garnet when helkd to light with a one finger off white headwith good retention leaving rings of lacing. Bready malt aromas-one note. Caramel and molasses backbone with some subtle spices mixed in- all spice & cinnamon with the maltiness returning in the finish. Mediium high carbonation, medium body with a chewy consistency. Nicely balanced, an easy drinking beer with clean flavors.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nose is darkly malty with lots of bread dough and notes of butterscotch. Some sweet-smelling malt character. Soft balancing hop. Smells okay.

Pours clear very dark mahogany brown, moderate head with mild last. Looks pretty good.

Dark malt follows nose and is unexpectedly outshined by lighter flavors: tart, sour, hoppy. no butterscotch, much to my approval. Soft nutty character. Lighter flavors include grape, almost artificial grape, and the sourness of grape-flavored nerds candy. Minimal sweetness. Dry finish. Tastes good. Feels good. Highly drinkable and enjoyable.

The most enjoyable of the 3 Pinkus beers I've tried. Looks like it got mixed reviews.... I think it's delightful.

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Photo of jerryjeff
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mainly malt, getting figgy/raisin/date like sweetish notes. Really nice and vibrant.

Medium carbonation, some residual presence on the palette being a bit heavier than water

Poured initially to a 3/4" head from 1/2 liter bottle in a goblet, fairly large bubbles so dissipated pretty quickly but having nice residual lacing. Burghandy in color, very dark amber.

Sharp, almost sourish kind of taste on the palette. Get a hint of the raisiny (almost prunelike) kind of flavor. It tastes good, although I think it may end up being cloying with the raisin/sourness.

Rather, same issue as above with the taste. I'd give it a go at a session although I don't think it's as drinkable as a schwarzbier.

I like the mouthfeel and aroma as I've continued to drink I think the sourness and raisin tones would become an issue in how drinkable. Good, but not my favorite.

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Photo of Domingo
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at my local Old Chicago of all places. No complaints from me as it was fresh tasting.
Poured a medium to deep brown with a pretty aggressive head depending on your pour.
Smells very much like the dunkels I had in Germany. Malty, bready, but still very clean.
Tastes sweet and bready up-front, then the cocoa really comes out in the middle. A little hops to keep things from being overly sweet and a very clean finish that leaves you ready for more. Not super-bold like some examples (Augustiner, Ayinger, etc.) but still pretty tasty.
Texture's light and designed for consumption of several at a time.
Not bad at all. I couldn't care less about the organic nature of the beer, but it's nice that it didn't take anything away either.
Münster might not be anywhere near Bavaria, but this is tasty and very reminiscent of the dunkels from in and around Munich.
Grab it if you like the style or German lagers as a whole.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark rusted brown colour, with two fingers of soapy tan head, which leaves some pretty solid painted lace around the glass in its wake. Its smells of toasted biscuit/caramel malt, a bit of ash, and strong earthy, leafy hops. The taste is mildly roasted, and sour, caramel malt, some soft fruitiness, and more earthy, herbal hops. The carbonation is slightly on the low side, the body medium-heavy in weight, but still with the palate-scraping edge. It finishes dry and crisp, like a beefed-up lager should.

A malt-heavy concoction, but still pleasingly dry, and complex enough in its follow-through.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is brown and slightly hazy. Carbonation is really high and the bubbles are small. Forms a thick white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks awesome.

Aroma is slightly sweet and wet.

Beer is medium in body and slightly....tart? I'm going to taste again, I think the carbonation is giving me a slight sour note to the whole thing but not like a sour. There is some bitterness from the grains at the back. Overall its OK. Not my favorite Pinkus but a good beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown, with a full white head, some spots of lace, good head retention.

S: Dark bread, pretty much it, but fragrant.

T: A lot more in tune with the direct dark malt flavour than other dunkels I've had in the past. Hop character is very light. Minor note of iron. Good flavour.

M: A bit too light on the body at times, medium carbonation, easy to drink.

D: I always like finding a new dunkel to try, and I certainly enjoyed this very solid effort from Pinkus.

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Organic Pinkus Jubilate from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
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