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Organic Münster Alt | Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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Organic Münster AltOrganic Münster Alt

Brewed by:
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 271 | Ratings: 397
Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Alt Beer poured into a mug was golden amber with a white head and slight lace. The smell is fruity with citrus and malt overtones. Nicely carbonated with a medium-weight mouth feel. The taste is a mixture of earthy grains and banana with a tart finish. This was my first beer from this brewery and it was pretty good. About to follow it up with their Pils.

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Photo of MillRat
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly hazy straw yellow with a thick meringue-like white head. Malt aroma with a little peach scent in the background. Clean malt flavor, just enough hop bitterness to balance, and a bit of fruity ale yeast flavor. There is a very mild presence of wheat-like spiciness, too. A fairly light mouthfeel, which is proportionate to the rest of the beer. Drinkability is great, a real lawnmower beer that has enough flavor to stay interesting after the first couple. Nice summer beer, certainly a good crossover beer for your BMC-swilling friends.

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very spirited white head bubbles up from an aggressive pour, needing a few moments to recede before pouring the last of the bottle into the half liter glass stein. The slightly hazy straw-yellow brew exhibits loads of active carbonation, keeping the head resupplied.

The aroma is of flowery hops with a little scent of grape and melon.

Full grain flavor predominates, but of an earthy nature, with some slightly sweet fruit overtones and mellow hop accents. Well balanced and enjoyable, the wheat influence gives this beer a lightness that makes it easily digestible (unless you are allergic to wheat). The generous carbonation delivers a frothy fusillade of fun with each sip.

A nice session beer that agreed well with some salty pretzels.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Poured a light amber color with a sizable head that receded quickly. Some fine lacing on the glass. Aroma is light malt and hops. Tast is smooth malt with a little sweetness and a nice hop finish. Very good carbonation and very refreshing. Another beer I could drink all night.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Passed this beer by hundreds of times but finally decided to give it a try. It poured a pale straw color with a huge head that disappeared very quickly. There was some kind of a fruit (raspberry?) odor to it, creating enticement. I get a full malt blast in the mouthfeel. The actual characteristics of the beer come out full blast in the finish, where the real taste lingers. I sense lots of earthy toned flavors intertwining. Somewhat fruity, but subtle and definitely grainy. At the conclusion, you are left with a very bitter twang in the back of your mouth. OK, but I wouldn't seek it out for the price.

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Photo of meatmallet
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a thin white head. Head retention wasnt as good as expected but there was minor lacing. Has a strong lemon smell with a bit of cider. Taste was better than I expected. Lemon and orange up front with a yeast/musk ending. Mouthfeel was good with light carbonation.

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Photo of bradybeer
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow with two finger white head. A little light for a Dusseldorf Alt? Perhaps in Munster Alts are lighter in color. Nice floral aroma. I detect some butterscotch and citrus in the taste. Malt is medium and finishes with a nice citrus bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability good. I could drink several of these-good for a warm summer niight.

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Photo of Wonka
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL

Appearance – gold body; erupting white head settles to moderate level; lace was average

Smell – wheat and yeast; German pilsner with less metallic/acid tone; low tone of spice

Taste – slightly hoppy but bigger grainy malts that run to the close; follows the nose rather closely

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – lightly crisp; clean; moderate body; ‘afterfeel’ was pleasant

The Munster Alt isn't a standout beer, but to gain a sense of the altbier, go for it.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy dark yellow. Off white head with some staying power. Adequate chunky lacing.

Smell: Very fruity. Earthy lemon with a touch of banana. A bit of floral in the aroma.

Taste: Similar to the nose. Starts off strongly herbal. Goes to a grainy sweet malt with touches of lemon/peach. Finish is tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with an effervescence carbonation.

This is a nice alt. Fairly light and refreshing. I could definitely throw back a few of these. Another well done organic brew.

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip glass.

I haven't had many altbiers, so this is a pretty raw assessment. A: Light gold, pretty clear, light puffy head that died down after a minute or two. Very clean. S: A lot going on here, very sweet but a lot of dry grains on top. T: A bit thin at first, but it really comes alive after a moment. Grains, citrus, floral qualities. Very nice. M: Very smooth, moderate carbonation. D: I could drink this beer all night. It's been a very hot summer so I've been looking for some interesting lighter beers, and this fits the bill nicely.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Brewed with up to 40% malted wheat in the grist, this Alt is very different than the class ic Dusseldorfer Alt.

Poured from a 16oz brown bottle (no freshness date) at cellar temps. Cloudy light amber (dull pale colour). A tight 3 finger head head formed which left decent laceing on my ale glass. The aroma was mainly tart with a background maltiness. The large proportion of malted wheat gives this alt a very tart taste profile. Some sweetness from the malts can be detected in the middle, and the finish was a bit sour and dry. The body was thin. Very little hop character.

This Alt is more akin to a poorly brewed American Wheat or Berliner Weiss. It displays none of the characteristics of a classic Alt. For lovers of classic Alts, please avoid

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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Poured into a cylinder glass.

A: Deep golden-blond color and slightly hazy. The head is somewhat fizzy, yet substantial and white. Lacing was pretty good as well.

S: Has delicious fruity and flowery qualities about it. Also present is a dry crispness from the pale malt. Absolutely gorgeous nose on this one.

T: Starts with an ale-like fruitiness and is complemented by a slightly chalky, lager-like crispness. Pretty sweet, but not overly so by any means. An intriguing blend of flavors.

M: Fairly light-bodied, but substantial enough. Decent carbonation and the finish is slightly sweet and slightly dry.

D: Goes down so smooth and easy that it would be understandable if one lost track of how many of these he/she has had.

A very solid, delicious brew. At first the flavors reminded me of many different styles, and given what I've read, it seems that this beer is lighter (in color anyway) than most altbiers. Nevertheless, this one is infinitely drinkable and tasty. I could see this being a good gateway beer. I'm not sure how its being organic factored into the taste, but hey, it's organic (for what it's worth)!

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Photo of genaro
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Organic Munster Alt was a transluscent cloudy gold color. It had a good full head and the lace was decent. The aroma was a bit floral with hay and metalllic elements. The taste was dry, metallic, and citrusy (lemony) with some sweetness. It also had decent hop bite and good carbonation. A little yeastiness led to a dry, bitter finish. Not a bad beer and one worth trying again.

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Photo of ReebShorts
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz dark brown bottle, small label on neck proclaims "Organic".

Pours a very light (almost whitish) pale, cloudy yellow, with a lasting, sticky, foamy white head.

Aroma is a reminiscent of a healthy breakfrast cereal, grains, oats, some sourish citrus notes in there as well.

taste is fairly mild, malty and slightly sour and sweet at the same time. very slight hops become noticeable on finish as it warms up.

Not bad, not bad at all.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour from 17 oz bottle

A-Little head on top of golden beer. Carbonation very apparent bubbling up side of glass
S-Sweeter malts, wheat
T-Bready Pilsner without as much hop bite. Kind of a strange sweet taste to me. Hard to describe-Some interesting flavors but not when put in combo together
M-Decent mouth, not too much carbonation
D-Just didn't enjoy it enough to order more than one, but wouldn't turn down one offered.

Overall, probably just not a style for me, but i'm glad I sampled it.

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Photo of unklesyd
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was pretty disapointing. The beer poured well, although I was wondering about the color. The head came out rocky and well formed, but the brew itself was too pale.
The aroma was nice and fruity (tangerine and apricot) but not enough malt. As I remind myself that this is not an American alt, I suppose that this is not entirely inappropriate, but it was a little offputting.
The taste was well-balanced as such, but fairly insubstantial and fairly watery, as was the mouthfeel.
The self-same attributes lend well too a high drinkability, as does the minimal carbonation.
I was hoping for an earthier, maltier alt, but you live, you drink, you learn.

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Photo of madjr80
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured right into a tapered pint glass from the bottle. The puffy head disappears within 10 minutes. Smell very yeasty in the way of a typical German beer. Very cloudy and hard to see the bubbles rising. I took this beer out of the fridge to allow it to warm up a bit. A yeasty/ citrus like taste that lingers on the palate. Very drinkable and interesting.

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Photo of MerkinMan
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium gold and a tiny bit cloudy. Head diminishes quickly.

S: Dominant scent is of spicy German hops, and a little malty smell to back it up. Otherwise, not terribly aromatic, but Alts just aren't.

T: Clean and fresh. Flavors are subdued and balanced. Nothing jumps out and grabs you but the balance. Not quite as much of a caramel flavor as other alts.

MF: Very light bodied and mildly carbonated.

D: Very drinkable. This would be a great session beer on a hot day. No real bells and whistles, though. Do all beers need bells and whistles? I have to continuously remind myself that the answer is no.

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Photo of DoppleJock
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml. bottle poured into a stange.

A: Pours a light golden/straw-color with 2 inches head. Slightly cloudy. Good carbonation.

S: Some hops and citrus. That's about it...

T: Hops and malt. Really tastes a lot more like a pilsener than anything else. Not too much flavor.

M: Clean and crisp. Goes down easily, but that might also be because it hardly has any taste to it.

D: Not too impressed with this one. Easy to drink, but isn't anything special.

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thin slightly grainy yellow with not much of a head.

Smell: Slightly sweet malts with a little fruit

Taste: Like the smell, a light malt flavor with a little fruity note to it.

Mouthfeel: Thin and refreshing, slightly less astringent than the Pinkus pils.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability.

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Photo of thartman
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, golden color, thin white head that retains well, noticable carbonation.

Smell: Earthy yeast smell, grainy and kind of sour, barnyard hay, very prominant on the nose.

Taste: Similar to the nose, grainy, earthy, tangy, a little sour and bitter on the finish, remind me of a wheat beer, but more complex.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is juicy, medium to light in body, easy to drink. Went well with my kiebasa and sauerkraut sandwich.

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Photo of sdj5
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass. Thick lacing, golden-orange color.

S - Yeast, sweet bread, spice and citrus.

T - Grain, grassy hops, some sourness, sour and grainy aftertaste.

M - Light body but nevertheless good mouthfeel.

O - A very interesting, flavorful and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Puddleglum
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was told this would be a little different than the Dusseldorf Alt style I am familiar with and it was. I found the flavor to be a little more acidic and the flavor and aroma to have a slight citrusy note. Of course there is plenty of malt and a very smooth finish on this. I did enjoy it and hope to again soon. Quaff away.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from local grocery store. no fresh by date. By the state of it though i suspect that its fairly aged. poured into a pint glass

Inch pearly white head sticks to the glass. Golden yellow

Smell is very interesting Herbal and grainy. with maybe a little apple in the background

taste is mild and sweet but musky. Taste like pear bread and butter. lots of yeast and a tiny bit of hops at the end

lingers on the tongue grainy and thick

I haven't tried many organics. This beer is a nice start. Very pleased.

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Photo of Buildscharacter
2.33/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This Pinkus comes in an unattractive old school style bottle. As it pours out it's a yellow tinted color with a very white head. The head goes away in about 2 mins after pouring it into the glass. The whole while the beer bubbles away like mad.

It smells kind of like sour milk and wheat. Not the most appetizing smell.

Slightly sweet wheaty flavor. Reminds me of baking. Not a big fan. The bubbles are a little much too.

Overall I'm not a big fan of this beer. This is the second time that I've tried it and both times now I've not been a fan. Maybe it's my dislike for the Alt style of beer.

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Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
3.63 out of 5 based on 397 ratings.
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