Organic Pinkus Jubilate | Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

127 Ratings
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 biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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 largadeer
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt. Into a 25cl tulip, Jubilate pours a ruddy brown color that's rather hazy compared to other dunkels I've drank recently. A hard pour leaves me with a finger of off-white head, which settles to a disc.

The nose brings to mind dates and other dried fruits, along with smatterings of toasted malt and brown sugar. Quite nice, the aroma is the highlight of the beer.

On the palate it's a bit more rough; there's a note of grainy, husky astringency up front, leading into flavors of mineral, tart red grapes, toast and herbal hops. The body is a touch thin, and there's a slight metallic astringency that puts me off a bit. It's not an offensive beer by any means, it's quite drinkable and enjoyable, but it's not upper-tier for the style.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Derek
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep copper with a light tan head, thin ring of retention.

S: Floral hops with a light, herbal spicyness, some underlying grainy sweetness.

T: Floral, spicy, grainy, nutty, brown sugar, balanced bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body has a crisp finish.

D: An okay drinker.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 WYVYRN527
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark copper with a thin eggshell head that provides sticky lacing. There is a slight haze as well. Carbonation is fine, and produces tiny bubbles. Aromas are almost non-existant. Faint hints of biscuit and caramel are all I get. Taste is more. Caramel and toast, and some cereal grains, along with some fruity traits. Hops give the beer a dry clean finish. Medium bodied, yet this brew is not filling. A good brew, and a very easy drinking brew, I might add.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cola colored brown with light brown head. Slight haze is noted. Nose has some light bready aromas, with perhaps some very gentle holiday spices. Palate offers a core flavor of toasted malts, faint cocoa, and is rather light bodied and easy drinking.

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Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, russet brown with a thin eggshell head that quickly shrinks to a skim and leaves spotty lace on the glass. Cocoa, caramel and toasty grain comprise the mild aroma. Toasty malt and cocoa with a mild floral hop bitterness in the finish. The flavor of the beer is pleasant enough, but it's a little underwhelming. Light bodied and slightly creamy with palate scrubbing carbonation. A little more body and depth of flavor would really help me like this beer more. Jubilate is a good beer but nothing special.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
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 MAB
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 udubdawg
3.22/5  rDev -11%
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 drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Cubsfan1087
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Parrotbeak
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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 Reidrover
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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 brentk56
3.22/5  rDev -11%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, lager yeast and touches of chocolate and hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of grain, lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and chocolate come in. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, nothing outstanding about this beer, but it's a solid dark and mild lager that is worth drinking if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
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 scottg
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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 BradLikesBrew
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tom for the samples.

Murky brown body, off-white head. The aroma is nutty, bread malt. The flavor has a primarily nutty character. Notes of toffee, caramel, brown sugar and some light fruity esters and a touch of spice. The flavors a balanced, soft, and rounded. The body crisp, yet smooth. Nothing earth-shattering here, but it is a solid offering. Another easy drinking organic lager from Pinkus.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Shawan liquors - poured chilled from the 500ml into a tulip pint.

A- A dark coffee shade of brown w/ light caramel color at the base.The crown is 1 1/2 fingers of light tan. the lace coats the glass and the bead is pin sized. The clarity is very good

S - Sweet dark malt scent w/ lots of toasted grain and subtle toffee-like aroma w/ accent of tobacco and biscuit

M - The feel is creamy w/ caramel feel and subtle toasted grainy texture. The yeast adds a mineral dryness to the finish w/ crisp carbonation

T - The flavor of dark toasted cereal w/ mild yeast flavor which adds a slight mineral note and subtle creaminess. A mellow biscuit-like toasted malt w/ subtle toffee and caramel w/ nutty flavor keeps the taste interesting. A nice dried fruit taste is evident w/ an almost chewy cocoa-like aspect. The malt is the layered taste in the lager yet a mild peppery hop accents the malt keeping the beer from seeming one dimensional

D - A very tasty dark lager- lots of nuance, a very good representative of the style. This was easy to sip while watching a dvd on the laptop

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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 wisrarebeer
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
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 peterjk
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
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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Organic Pinkus Jubilate from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
3.62 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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