Organic Münster Alt
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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Style:
German Altbier
Ranked #96
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,086
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 15.68%
Reviews:
281
Ratings:
434
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Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
 
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
83
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden yellow body with a thick white collar and surface lacing, this is an alt bier right? Smells like one! Toffee malts, slight fruit esters, especially apple, and plenty of grain. Taste thins out quickly, with the fruit esters leading, malts seem euro-macro quality, get a little corn on the finish. Malts are more cracker like than toffee. Feel is thin, grainy, macro, though the maltiness texture is on point.

Dec 06, 2019
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light, malty, and citrusy, this beer is drinkable for sure. It's refreshing, but not my jam. Definitely going to need to get used to altbier as a style.

Sep 09, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale yellow body; lively carbonation; dense, creamy, thick white head. Beautiful aroma blend; light cereal malt and fruity, clove-like smell; bananas and honey. Light grain and fruity flavors with a nice hop bitterness offset; peach/strawberry notes; honey. Medium body; juicy, slick, and smooth; light sponginess; somewhat sweet but also has a dry quality for balance.

This beer drinks easily, bringing some nice soft and quiet elements of mild fruitiness and gentle malt presence with an equally complementary hop bitterness presence. The beer makes for a fine warm weather thirst quencher.

Sep 01, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i have always thought alt beer was amber beer, i have never known one that wasnt red hued, but this came from the tap to my table looking much like a pils, blonde and see through and clear and airy white headed, i even questioned the server if he brought the right beer, but sure enough, this particular alt is as light as can be. it is a neat beer, more complex than any of the pils types it looks like, with a little curious acid to it, right in the middle, like some acidulated malt is in the mix or something, giving it an almost tannic pop in the center. its summery and refreshing, nice with the pils style malt base and the little bit of body this has, it kind of keeps it light. not sure where that tang comes from, but i notice it like its the first time on each sip, a crazy element in here. the rest of it is clean and seems well lagered, lightly hopped, and well structured for something so drinkable. its neat its organic, and its neat to have a bit of a different take on a style of beer i thought i knew pretty well. also so rad to have this on tap, prost in downtown boise is keeping a heck of a list of old german beers, well worth checking out if you havent yet, all served in the proper branded glassware too! this went down nice and easy on a hot summer evening!

Jul 18, 2019
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy darker golden color. The head was 1 finger, white, and average lasting. No lacing on the glass.
The nose is slightly floral, and slightly sweet.
Taste - The taste is mellow, but on the backside it's kind of fruity, and tart slightly. There's a slight bitterness to it on the backside.
The body is decent. The tart feeling does linger.
Delicious, and it is a beer I'd try again.

May 25, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Pours pale golden and very slightly hazy with a dense, off-white head

Aroma- sweet biscuity malt and perfumy floral hops come together as one

Taste- the biscuity sweetness and floral hops are there along with an underlying mild tang

Feel- light bodied with significant carbonation, dry finish

Overall- this was enjoyable, and my first Munster Alt. The mild tartness coupled with the biscuity malt and floral hops made for an interesting drinking experience

Feb 11, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle coded 04120N8 poured into a stange glass at fridge temp 5.1% ABV. The beer pours very hazy, but not chunky, straw yellow resembling pineapple juice. The head is off white and recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is stale hops and pils malts. The taste is slightly tangy with minimal pils malt presence and a bit to hop flavor on the back end. The mouthfeel is thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, not great. I'm still looking for an answer on the bottle dating. I suspect this is way too old.

Feb 11, 2018
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constantine_272 from Oregon

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light straw and clear with a little sediment at the bottom. Almost zero head despite being well carbonated. Wheat and oats on the nose with a sweet candy sugar. Taste is mellow and smooth oatmeal with maybe a little white peach. A prickly crisp carbonation finish. Zesty rye spiciness but very subdued. Dark bran finish with a light dry hop finish. Thin dry and refreshing with a mild dry finish. Easy drinking. Really tasty light beer. Not all that exciting, but tasty.

Jul 22, 2017
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mikeinportc from New York

4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy gold, creamy white head, with very fine bubbles.

Aroma is fruity/estery, yeast, and (unbaked) bread dough.

Flavor is bready, with just a touch of citrus (tangerine?) and rye bread-like sourness, followed by light sweetness. Finishes with pleasant mild bitterness, accentuated by fine, prickly carbonation on the tip of the tongue.

Seems like a combination of a Belgian blonde + a pils. I like it, and would have it again, especially considering it is $3.99/16. oz bottle. My first altbier, so not sure what it is supposed to be, and rating it as-is , not compared to some standard of the style. *shrug* It's good. I am enjoying it. That's what matters. ;)

May 21, 2017
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Dinglehacker from Oklahoma

4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into stange. Rim of head, bubble lace. Dull straw color.

Malty biscuit nose, with some lemon notes.

Taste very similar to the nose, grassy, rose fruits and lemon, plenty of bread.

Mouth is wet, but not watery. A very refreshing ale.

My first altbier. If not indicative of the style, it is nevertheless an excellent beer that keeps one's interest throughout the experience.

Feb 19, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass, 09010N6 bottle code. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, white bread, pepper, light lemon/pear, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, white bread, pepper, light lemon/pear, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, white bread, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a very good beer. This did not resemble an Altbier style at all; but was nearly spot on to a German Pilsner or Kolsch style. Very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; and was very enjoyable as such.

Aug 05, 2016
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matcris from Arizona

4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: 2 Fingers of white, foamy head that linger and leave a thick layer on top of the beer, with nice thick lacing down the glass. The color is a mustard yellow up to the light with a few medium bubbles rising and the beer is very hazy.
AROMA: Lots of grassy hops. Buscuity, bready, cracker like. Hint of citrus.
TASTE: Good mix of cracker, bready malt and grassy hops. Slight citrus but mild, lemony.
FEEL: Soft, average carbonation, quite dry
OVERALL: Nice beer. Not super crisp, but refreshing, has a very soft feel. Thumbs up.

Jul 13, 2016
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headlessparrot from Canada

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Limited experience with altbiers as a style, but this particular entry both looks and drinks a lot more like a kolsch than an altbier--light-ish gold/amber colour (rather cloudy, turbid, almost orange juice-y), relatively little head, and on the nose and taste a lot of the light, fruity, floral notes I associate with the kolsch as a style. The only difference is a wee bit of toasted malt backbone on the taste, and a slightly sweeter, richer body than I get from most kolsch beers. Perhaps the similarity stems from the fact that this isn't a Dusseldorf alt, but one from Munster? Who knows.

Still, tasty beer, however you want to classify it.

Jul 08, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
It also is reviewed in the "1001.'
This Alt arguably does not need to be on that list, but seems to be because the brewer specializes in using organic ingredients; which is reason enough.
It was a decent Alt, refreshing and balanced and slightly lighter than the style made famous by Dusseldorf. And as U.S. brewers prove: every style is subject to interpretation.

May 04, 2016
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium straw yellow with one finger of bone white head that leaves cool twisted mangrove root lace as it recedes.

Smells of mild pale malt, lemon, soft phenolic yeast, muddled fruitiness and grassy noble hoppiness.

Tastes of pastry-like pale malt, peach and pear, tart citrus and more leafy, grassy noble hops.

Feels light and fuzzy. Medium-light with frothy carbonation. Finishes faintly sweet.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Unusually light for an altbier, but I'm alright with that.

May 03, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’m used to a darker, maltier altbier (Diebels), however this is a nice change, and reminds me more of a kolsch. Golden in color with fast disappearing head.Smell sis malt and some citrus. Taste is sweet, citrusy with a malt base.Very different indeed....

Oct 26, 2015
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight "3.5's" across the board for me. Sampled yesterday while grilling on the upper patio deck on 10/11/15. Comes in a 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle that I picked up at the new World Market this past Friday night in Omaha for $3.49. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5L "ROCK BOTTOM MUG CLUB" handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a slightly hazy straw-yellow in color with a good 3-finger foamy/fizzy white head that settles down to just a few mm after a short while. Some streaky lacing was seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of yeast and light citrus hops for the most part. Pretty much is also said for the taste with a good amount of 'grain' taste. Finished slightly dry. Lighter side of medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it was OK.

Oct 12, 2015
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johlac66 from California

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with a fluffy off white head.
Lightly toasted biscuit aroma. Hint of bubble gum.
A subdued grassy fruit flavor with mild bitterness.
Low carbonation with a slight crisp mouthfeel. Dry finish.
Quite tasty!

Aug 29, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle.
Looks like a run of the mill pale lager, but the aroma and taste prove otherwise.
Light biscuit aroma with a hint of citrus with the hops.
The flavor has more citrus, which here seems like lime, and adequate grain flavor.
Light bodied but not watery with near medium carbonation.

Aug 11, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Quite a lovely pile of suds on the hazed yellow brew. Wet cardboard aroma with some European hop notes. The whiff of the faintly skunky European hops is there too. Sprightly but watery in the mouth.

Taste is bready with some fruity sourish notes. An old fruit taste. Some sweet malt with a touch of oxidation. Persistent metallic aftertaste is the last straw for me. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Whidbey Beer Works in Oak Harbor for $3.00.

Jun 05, 2015
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omahawk from Nebraska

4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little head, hazy straw gold color. Faint smell of malt and light hop hint. Taste is light, crisp and unexpectedly tart. Much lighter color and none of the caramel flavors I've had in other alts. Very enjoyable and drinkable. Traveled well from Germany.

May 03, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Münster Alt pours clean cloudy gold with a 2” off white foam cap that fairly quickly drops to a tinny hillock that leaves lines of lace with each drink. Floral aromas join light fruit and grain on the nose. The palate starts with a hint of sweetness and finishes dry with a little fruity tartness. Light grains form the backbone. Medium body and medium low carbonation. Very easy to drink and very refreshing.

Feb 04, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grape jelly, and white grape juice aromas. Taste is much the same with floral, grass, and white grape juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Jan 07, 2015
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CalgaryFMC from Canada

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden amber with a copious quantity of puffy white foam floating on top. Aroma is sweet grains and some bubble gum and cherry fruity notes, along with another earthy or perhaps musty element. Bready and quite sweet on the palate, with some breakfast cereal, popcorn and toast, classy floral hops and an emergent citrus note, orange I would say. Pleasantly assertive but not overpowering hops. Rather fruity. Light thin body and moderate carbonation. For some reason I am surprised that this is so appealing. More sweet and gentle than my conceptualization of the alt style but a great session brew, with enough complexity to hold one's attention.

Nov 01, 2014
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TheBrewo from New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The brew shows a watered, golden coloring. It holds a two finger head of well-retained white snow, leaving honeycomb lacing as it eventually dissipates. Carbonation appears to be exceptionally high. The aroma is soft, but classically wheaty and yeasty. We pick up white grape and red apple fruitiness, fresh honey drips, wax, dusted lavender, crystal and powdered wheat maltiness, fresh clover, cloven phenols, and tannic breakfast tea leafiness. It is hard not to notice a few things about this beer’s flavor right off the bat. The prominent aromatic honey translates with strength, while the malt bill is comprised mainly of wheat, but this brings with it all the musk and dust to justify the style. Wet wheat, lime and lemon rind, mineral and mud, watered pale maltiness, resinous grassiness, freshly baked buttermilk biscuits, coiny metallics, and curry spice take us through the bulk of the taste. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium, but responsive. The mouth is left dried, with a curiously tart astringent bite towards the front of the palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back as a decent sipper.

Overall, this is a nice and light beer that is easy to drink. Simple as that. The musk and “alt”-ness of it comes all from the malts, which are heavily wheated, and less to the darker, brown side of the spectrum. If this beer was put in front of us we wouldn’t turn it away, but we likely won’t actively seek it out again. Compare this to the Americanized version of the alt, with the musky old ales, and these unfortunately fall to fainter shells of those more robust, flavor-forward offerings. That is us being mighty nitpicky, so don’t get us wrong. This was pleasant, and we are always happy to sip down an organic beverage. Enjoyable, and something Germany should be generally proud to export.

Jun 29, 2014
Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 434 ratings