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

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Added by RBorsato on 12-16-2002

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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 125
Photo of stcules
2.09/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark ruby colour, with black reflexes. Head very quickly falling.
Smell of malt, chocolate, blueberry and alcohol, berry-fruits. Lightly liqueurous, sheery (?). And then something warm, mouldy, humid..
At the taste is more simple. Grapes, peanuts, berry-fruits. After all, anyway, quite flat, Some liqueur very very watered down. Malt, lightly caramel, dry fruity. Light body.
In the aftertaste the alcohol is again more evident. Lightly toasted.
It is a beer quite variuos, with a smell that changes quickly. But the overall judgement it is not positive.

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Photo of stella77artois
2.49/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass.

A - A cloudy dark brown with a thin head that lasted for less than a minute.

S - Not pleasant. Rancid grapes and other dark fruit. Not a wine fan and this is what it reminded me of. A bit of hop action.

T - Very disappointed. Tasted a lot of the wine aspects mentioned earlier. Was sour and dank. Did not like.

F - Ok. Nothing special, nothing bad. Very little carbonation but was crisp in a good way.

O - Was a drain pourer. Didn't improve as temperature rose. Overall, simply didn't like the sourness. Tasted as much like wine to me as beer. Not sure if this is normal for an organic beer. Either way, will not purchase again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a simple, modest-looking brown body with a thin, wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Wimly, altogether dreary aroma smelling lightly of roasted grains, discarded nut husks, ineffective cocoa powder, and grapes. Oh dear.

Taste: Thin, washed out tastes of roasted nuts and stale hot cocoa mix. Slight sour grain quality lingering in there as well, unfortunately. Faint sweetness. A few drops of grape juice. Very little hop character or bitterness. After presenting hardly any flavor, it just sort of fades out on the dry malt, watery finish. Well, that was a complete waste of money.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: More than a bit bland and watery, making for a fairly uninteresting, unrewarding beverage. Pass on this, as I certainly will in the future.

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Photo of crossovert
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Certified Organic. 500ml bottle.

It pours a nicely medium-dark brown with a huge foamy, creamy white head that slowly recedes with some nice lacing.

The smell here is extremely unique. Huge coffee notes dominate, not usually the norm for the style. It has a nice bit of brown sugar and noble hops as well. An interesting one, and I like it.

The flavor is much different. Lingering coffee notes but also some tartness. The tartness is right up front making me think I got a bad bottle. The nose wouldn't have hinted it at all.

This one started promising but unfortunately a bad bottle so beware.

And if they were trying to replicate an old-school beer then this flavor makes a lot more sense.

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Photo of noeldundas
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a rusty chocolaty brown, decent head with good lacing. The aroma is not very malty and bready - I always compare these "Dunkel" beers to Ayinger, which is outstanding.

The taste is really affected by the acidity though. It's not 'sour', but it seems like there was a fault in the brewing here, but maybe it was an old, or improperly stored bottle. It made it un-enjoyable.

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Photo of peterjk
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer pores reddish brown with a light brown head

Smell: Not overwhelming but nice notes of candy sugar/bock beer and ginger bread spice. As it warms up I get some caramel notes and the spice opens up into a medicinal / herbal snaps smell. Smells great but you really have to stick your nose in there to get anything.

Taste: Also not overwhelming, a little tangy, slightly sweet malt
Very slight hops bitterness on finish but that fades leaving a very mild raisin & cinnamon. Once again all very mild.

Mouthfeel: Big time carbonation up front finishes watery. Carbonation fades quickly and beer gets watery

Not bad but wouldn't search it out, bet it's richer on tap.

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Photo of TOJO12
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a fairly dark chocolate brown with little carbonation and virtually no lacing.

S - Faint malt aroma with little to no hops present.

T - The first sip is metallic but there after there's a pleasant chocolate taste but no hops that I can pick up. I was also expecting some sort of spice because I assumed Jubilate had something to do with Christmas. However, that may be a false assumption on my part as chocolate is the only flavor discernible.

M - somewhat watery.

D - I would drink this beer if someone offered it to me but probably wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of stakem
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a mug. The brew appears a light amber to burnt copper color with an initial surge of head that is a finger strong and slightly tanned. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a film across the top. Overall, it shows some decent clarity.

The aroma is caramel to toffee malt that is a bit buttery and includes some fruity to floral qualities. A bit of mineral inclusion and a slight tang of fruity alcohol becomes more noticeable towards the back.

The taste is caramel malt, a bit buttery and tangy with alcohol. Fruity to floral qualities come forward with a sweetness and minor hop touch. The finish is somewhat crisp with the sweetness lasting inside the mouth like buttery biscuit mixed with a bit of minerals.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall it isn't bad but the tangy character of the alcohol I could live without. It seems a bit off for the style. Take that away and you have a fairly decent dunkel here.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tree bark brown that becomes burnt orange when held up to the overcast morning outside my front window. A good-sized chunk of beige colored foam sits up top. It's deflating at an acceptable pace and is beginning to lay down some pretty good looking lace.

The aroma is par for the style course. I always want darker malts in my dunkel lagers and rarely get them. Oh well, I guess that's what schwarzbiers are for. This one has a bit of musky eartiness and also delivers an underlying off-aroma that is concerning.

Jubilate is the first Brauerei Pinkus Mueller beer (of the four that I've now reviewed) to earn less than an above-average flavor score. Munster Alt was especially solid. Munich dunkel lagers don't need to be porters, but they should be maltier, richer and less sour than this.

It wouldn't suprise me if age has taken a toll, though with no dating on the bottle or label, who's to say? Flavors include watery cocoa, baked nuts and a small splash of lemon juice. The Hallertau and Tettnang hops don't add much in terms of either flavor or bitterness. Lackluster is a word that keeps coming to mind.

Despite a decently loud 'pffft' on crown cracking, the beer is underbubbled... and I'm just now reaching the bottle of the first glassful. It's also too light, no matter the style and the ABV.

Organic Pinkus Jubilate is not worth the $3.89 that I paid for it. I'm not even sure that it's worth half that. If you want to try something from this brewery, go with Munster Alt or Ur Pils. Bottom line: sorry, no jubilation here.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep garnet, the head modest in size, frothy and the lace is quite decent. Nose is that earthy organic malt, slightly sweet, hints of caramel. Front is malt, the top slender in feel, the finish minimally acidic, the hops sparse in presence and bite, dry aftertaste, and a bit of a disappointment to me as I expected a bit more “Robustness” and body, average is the best I can do.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given its current ratings. Cost was $3.99. Acquired at a bottle shop near San Diego. I think it was KnB wines.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a pale translucent brown - very strange. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not very appealing.

Sm: Nuts, cream, biscuit malt, sugars, and caramel. A light aroma.

T: Caramel dominates. Some nuts. Varied mid-range malts. Some amber and biscuit. Nicely balanced, albeit simple. I like it, but it's hardly impressive. Not special or unique. It's got some nice flavour. Hardly any subtlety or layering.

Mf: A bit overcarbonated. Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour nicely. A bit too thick. Too heavy on the palate for the lack of flavours.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from exemplary. I wouldn't get it again. Boring for the style, but definitely on the upper end of those I've tried. A bit pricey by German standards.


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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Organic Pinkus Jubilate poured a dark brown color with a single finger foam head and not much retention. Not real sign of lacing on the sides. Originally when I saw this one with the name Jubilate in it made me think of Jubelale but soon I saw it was a dark lager.

The smell was sweet and of brown bread. The taste was malty sweet but not as full bodied as I was expecting. It was fairly thin. It was lightly carbonated and had a juicy fruit quality to it.

I haven't had many of this style but I felt it didn't quite match up to the Ayinger comrade.

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Photo of nick76
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is sweet and somewhat sour with grain, hay, grass, and herbs. The appearance is deep amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma with a cereal finish. The palate is thin but OK. Overall its a quality beer but I am just not into it. It reminds me of an Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml picked up today with some coaxing from Matt at the Boise COOP.. Matt knows I love good German lagers.. and Dunkels are probably my favorite.. poured into my small weizen glass..

1" head dies back quick with only touches of lace and a firm cap.. the brew is lighter than most.. chestnut liquid.. very clear.. deep ruby when held to a light.

Aroma is light for the style.. toasty malts.. and lite nuttiness and very very mild chocolate.. and now the "bad".. oxidized and sorta banana ester traces...

Flavor is better.. crusty bread and toast.. only traces of caramel and just hints of chocolate.. Munich malts are the main player.. again some wet cardboard and something that I associate with banana esters... tastes like a cross between a dunkel and a dunkelweizen and missing both by a long way.

the body is medium and so is the carbonation... very nice.. yet I don't know ... the overall package is lacking..


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Photo of Anthony1
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type- Bottle poured into a 0.5L weissen glass.

pours a dark amber/brown color, with a clear body. a nice 2 finger off white head. lacing wasn't bad.

Beer had a very earthy aroma with toasted wheat and hops. little bit of a caramel/toffee smell. tasted similar, with another flavor that seemed almost (salty)? Not sure the flavor. I felt like a medium body that flowed smooth, but not too enjoyable after taste. I did not enjoy the flavor too much, but it got better as the beer developed and we progressed down the glass.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look – dark brown in color, with about half a finger’s worth of almost gray-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – fairly malty-smelling, but a tinge of something salty or sharp about it.

Taste – still fairly malty in the taste, but also pretty strongly musky in quality. It almost tastes like it has something like an olive juice or oil added. Not very strong in bitterness or sweetness.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – not a bad tasting brew at all, but also not very intriguing or interesting.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, different label from the one in the site. "certified organic". Ok looking beer medium brown with a tiny tan head. I actually liked the aroma very malty, caramel,toasted cereals, hints of fruit, very nice. Taste is also malt dominated but slightly bitter with some biscuit aspects, Ok on the palate ,nothing special really. Nice enough beer but doesnt really appeal much.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.5L, Germany, best by 5/11. 5.3 percent ABV.

Pours an attractive, clear dark amber with a thick, creamy heady. Good retention and above-average lacing.

Aroma is malty and buttery, with great nutty notes of hazelnut and chestnut.

Flavor is not as malty as expected, but there is some pleasant crusty bread and the slightest roasty note. Oddly acidic-fruity. Bit of caramel. The finish is sub-par though, and this beer is not terribly clean, with a metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin and bubbly.

Drinks pretty well despite the strange flavor. An okay Vienna lager.

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Photo of brentk56
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ice tea brown color with a robust head that sticks and laces

Smell: Crusty brown bread in abundance, with hints of cocoa dust

Taste: Opens with a whole wheat bread flavor but by mid-palate, a sour rye aspect enters the profile and overwhelms the cocoa powder elements that appear underneath; after the swallow, while the sourness ebbs and the breadiness returns, the damage is still done

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation but mouth-puckering sour

Drinkability: Not sure whether the souring flavor is intentional or due to age/mishandling but other reviewers have picked up on this; such a shame as the beer has nice qualities otherwise

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Photo of udubdawg
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks pretty good in the glass. Sort of a dark orange that looks quite brown if not much light shines through it. Clear, and a decent frothy head.
Sadly that is one of the highlights. The aroma is simply underwhelming. I want toast and just general richness - liquid bread! This is thin, moderately bready and nothing like what I expected. Something seems mildly acidic and just off and I can't put my finger on it.
Taste is a few steps up from aroma. The beer isn't quite as thin, but the malt is again lacking in character. Sort of a dunkel-light. Strange sort of citric tartness though it wasn't that strong. Thankfully it sticks with me rather well in the finish, a sort of bready and lightly carmelized malt flavor. All in all not bad.
A little thin, and light on carb. Drinkability was surprisingly high. I guess I kept drinking fast looking for more. I'd try it again, but wouldn't look for it.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep copper color
S: clean, traditional dark lager, maybe needed a bit more malt, good
T: good clean taste, but lacking stronger malt backbone, actually a little watery
M: very good, easy drinking, no off flavors
D: decent enough, but not something I'd buy again

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just recently discovered these versions at the downtown Spec's in Houston. I just tried the Alt and was a bit disappointed, so let's hope that the Dunkel will do better.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a small 1/4" head of tannish foam that was made of small bubbles. The head was there for at least 30 seconds before it started to fade back into the beer. The beer doesn't have the reddish tint or the clarity that I normally expect for this style, so I am saddened to see that. There is some pretty decent lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: The aroma showcases the malt as it should and has some of the required toasty notes, but also has a pretty healthy amount of caramel that seems a bit too strong for this style. Regardless, it isn't flawed and still resembles the style a lot closer than the Alt did. The hops are coming out in the aroma a whole lot more as the beer warms, and are adding both floral and a little bit of earth.

Taste: The flavor has a good bit more hop presence than I thought from the aroma, and I must say that it seems weird. The body is light to medium with ample carbonation so the beer comes across the palate quickly. You don't get a whole lot of the caramel that I got in the aroma, and the toasty notes are even starting to play a supporting role as the beer sits for a bit. Take that back, the caramel is starting to show up on the back of the throat late in the finish. The hops are also in the finish, but more as an addition to the flavor than from bittering additions.

Opinion: Like the Altbier, this beer is all over the place. It still has the elements of a German beer, so it isn't completely off the least it is in the right country, but the beer is pretty far off for the style. This one isn't as far off as the Alt, but it, like it's brother, has too much of some qualities and not enough of others to make it stand up to the classics in the styles. Again, this beer is better overall than the Alt IMO, and comes closer to the style, but it just isn't the best representation I have found.

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Photo of Morbo
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An attractive shade of auburn in color, with about an inch of fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a thin film that sticks around for quite a while.

Toasted malts dominate the moderately sweet nose. There is a bit of a woody aroma and although I'm pretty sure there is no corn in this brew I can smell it. It reminds me of home ...I grew up not too far from an ADM corn processing plant.

Tastes biscuity with a honey-like sweetness and a hint of raisin. There is a bit of spiciness and faint herbal hops linger in the finish.

Pretty light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

There is just enough complexity here that I could drink a few before getting bored of it. It is light and smooth enough to be sessionable but the alcohol starts to peek through a bit too much, especially since it is only 5.5%

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle

A murky, dark brown color with a 1" high whipped-mocha head, slow dissipation and sticky lace.

The aroma on this one is pleasant if not strange with musty herbs, garden greens, sour, peppery fruits in the lager yeast.

A sour yeasty flavor is very bold, wild yeast notes come in sour green veggies, wild berries and a crispy and clean feel.The malt comes off as a wet-bready and doughy flavor. Unique and strange flavor and very wild tasting overall. the balance is strange but worth enjoying slowly, I can understand how some BA's would love this flavor, but it doesn't hit me just right for some reason.

give it a shot, you might like it...or hate it!?

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Certified organic dunkel in a 500mL brown bottle. Pours a very pretty medium brownish-copper color with a large, creamy light beige head. Retention is off the hook and it leaves very impressive sheets of lace on the glass.

Nose is nutty and sweetly caramel with a mild hint of candy apples and brown sugar.

Taste is roasty malt, a bit of unsweetened chocolate with a slightly sour twang to it. The flavor profile is pretty decent, but it very watery and light. It is highly carbonated, but does not seem to affect the beer for better or worse. This would be a great session beer and could easily drink more than just a couple (if not for the relatively high price tag of $3.50), but it is lacking in body and depth of flavor.

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Organic Pinkus Jubilate from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
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