Organic Münster Alt | Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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83
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408 Ratings
Organic Münster AltOrganic Münster Alt
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
Germany
pinkus-mueller.de

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 04-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
408
Reviews:
273
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
15.11%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 408 |  Reviews: 273
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Organic Alt is a cloudy yellow color with a high level of carbonation. The head is tall and pretty thick. Aroma is of sweet grain, almost euro lager-like, with an edge of darker malt. Taste starts with sweet malt, with an earthy edge. Graininess is high for the style. Herbal hops stay in the background. A slight lemony flavor is noted mid-sip and is joined by an acidic mouthfeel. Midsip also brings a musty flavor that seems off. This doesn't taste like the few alts I've sampled. Flavors collide all over the place and provide no cohesive taste. Maybe my bottle is off or old. Anyway, this isn't bad, but isn't something I particularly want to drink either.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes.

The pour initially netted a massive two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head that settled into a marshmallow Fluf-like consistency. Color was a beautiful straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was light, slightly sweet, but quite tempting. Mouthfeel was medium with a very dry quality on the tongue. Finish was totally, bone-dry. Man, this would be fantastic in the summer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks more like a pils than their ur pils does. This one is a straw slightly hazed, but no yeast sediment in the bottle. Vibrant golden with a nice brilliant white head to match, fine lacing billowing head beauty in a glass. Aroma has a nice honey malt fruit notes/tart citrus/tropical tones with herbal grassiness going strong this smells excellent. Strong tart cereal notes hints of citrus/tropical mango fruits/a touch of pineapple. Very nice expression of malt and German yeast strains, nothing like the brown versions found in Dusseldorf this is a pale Munster alt, totally different version. Carbonation is natural smooth light to medium bodied never heavy/light perfect crisp fruity qualities blend on the palate. Drinkability overall was killer, a beer I remember trying before I started writing reviews. I'm glad I decided to revisit these beers, each one is more interesting than the next. Next up the dunkel...

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy blonde body, on the light side for an alt bier. No head or lacing present.

S - Sweet Riesling, raw honey, malt sweetness. Once again, a big presence of honey sweetness in the aromas.

T - Sweet malt base but not terribly rich or luscious. A lighter malt sweetness that is paired with a steady presence of honey. Light, filtered honey. Some chewy grains around, with a wet/metallic sort of bite to it.

M - Very drinkable, a light bodied alt, with a pleasant feel. Mildly carbonated.

O - A pleasant beer, I could see taking down a handful of these.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, bright golden color, high carbonation, fat, fuzzy, slowly settling, snow white head.
Aroma: yeasty, softly citric, lemony, and clean, rather spare, actually.
Taste: brief, not quite bitter hop appearance leads the way on the palate, a quick spritz, then it's more emptiness, with just a touch of malt, and a hint of sweetness. Body is light, finish rather blase', and all 'round it's a forgettable affair. You've got to applaud the organic angle, though, and it's drinkable, and tasty, but too simplistic for me to get excited over.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an arrogant bastard glass. Beer is dark yellow / light brown. Smell is wheaty but no hop character. Carbonation / head was large to begin with and fell away quickly, carbonation persists through the life of the beer. Taste is great, wheaty, nice, not hoppy. Mouthfeel is full, drinkability is high. Pinkus is a great brewery and they produce excellent beers. This is one of the best they produce. Check it out if you get a chance.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Gavage
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy pale yellow color with a 2" head. The head quickly falls to a thick surface foam. Some mild lacing paints the glass.

Smell: grassy - no more like a freshly mowed lawn after a spring rain.

Taste: biscuity and grainy, with loads of grass tones and lemon / grapefruit citrus. Very dry.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish. The dryness is most noticeable by the tongue. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: not the altbier I expected. Average drinkability as this is too grassy and dry. This is an example that organic may not always be the better choice.

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Photo of stevoj
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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....

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Photo of Wasatch
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clean/clean golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, spice, and caramel. The taste is malty, slight hop note, spicey, with some caramel. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew.

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Photo of afsdan
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of WesWes
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is decent. It is a bit musty with a lemony zest. It boasts of pale malts and yeast. The taste is fine. It is light and pale with a yeasty finish. It is dry and a bit musty. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. It drinks a little above average, but this is nothing special. Yeah, yeah it's organic. That's cool, but what's the use if the beer is sub-par.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark straw hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light cereal grain, some esters and some fusel alcohol.

The taste consisted of a soft grainy malt, some lemon zing and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter sid eof the style.

Overall a tasty very drinkable alt.

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: body is slightly hazy with a medium-light golden hue. Head is a thick finger of pillowy white foam. This looks OK, overall, but is way lighter than I think of an alt as being.

Smell: aroma is slightly fruity; slightly biscuity. Malt is quite sweet and there's not much here in the way of hops. Not bad, but again, not super altbier-ey.

Taste: quite fruity: pear and apple, mostly. The beer is sweet and bitterness isn't strong enough for good balance (though there is some bitterness at the end). Earthy hops are present, and they are nice, but overall this beer is kind of sticky and I feel like the brewers could have put a bit more care into it. That said, it's not *too* bad.

Mouthfeel: at last, something to celebrate. Medium body (concomitant with all that residual sweetness, no doubt) mixes with a decent carbonation to yield a rich, creamy texture. Like it.

Drinkability: to me this beer is a little too sweet, not really to style, imbalanced and generally flawed. It is pretty refreshing, though, and I dig the texture quite a lot. Split the difference.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.66/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours easily with an almost three-finger thick, pale, just barely tanned, off-white colored head. The beer is a murky gold color that shows an only lightly hazed, bright, pale gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is noticeable spicy as I pour this, though it seems to be a bit more grassy / hay like with grain notes upon deeper inspection. This is definitely interesting smelling, spicy & grain-like, but somehow in a stale grain sort of way. It almost has a savory herbal note to it, somewhat earthy and definitely reminiscent of funky whole grain notes. I am not sure I really dig the aroma of this beer, but I wouldn't say I dislike it either.

Spicy and a bit peppery from a decent carbonation. The beer is very thin bodied, so much so that it almost seems to develop a tartness. This finishes with a light bitterness and graininess that is both grassy as well as a bit like stale crackers. Other flavors of earthy herbs, perhaps a touch of DMS and some green apple like flavors (especially towards the finish). There is not a whole lot of complexity to this beer and for some reason even the flavors I have mentioned have bee hard to pull out.

Really not a very good beer, it might be a bit past its prime, but many of the flavors don't really seem attributable to oxidation; a bottle date would have been really nice as I just bought this. This really just seems poorly constructed.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

17oz bottle picked up today at the Boise Coop for $3.. poured into my standard weizen glass.

White 2 finger head drops leaving nice sheets of lace atop a very slightly hazy straw/lite gold brew.

There is something about the aroma that is particular to this brew/style that I can't put my finger on .. Earthy.. grainy .. malty and lightly fruity all at the same time.. Sorta smells like a pale/very lightly hopped wort before fermentation.

The flavor leans alot to the grainy side of things.. much of the same complexities as the nose but more substantial... really pretty rich given the color and the lower ABV... bready with very low but discernable spicy hops... The body is also sorta unexpected.. more viscous given the light color.. smooth.

My only "problem" with this brew is a personal one .... after plugging away at roughly 50% of the bottle right now, I know I wouldn't want another one immediately.

I know that I've had the Pinkus Munster before because I have the label, but I honestly don't remember drinking it. This is a very nice brew and more complex than my feeble palate/brain can describe. No doubt, I will buy again, if for no other reason, to try and pick out some of the background flavors/aromas that are giving me trouble tonight.

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden brew.

Smell is light and very fruity; fruity to the point that it approaches the level of a Belgian brew. There is an apples and peaches scent to this.

Taste is mild malts and fruit, with some husky grain thrown in. The hops in this create a mild almost tea tannin level bitter finish that is quite nice.

Mouthfeel is good.

A super drinkable brew, I like Alt Biers, this is the best one I have had yet.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a light white head, no real lace, looks like a hefeweizen.

S: Classic German malt smell, bock like a 180 from what I was expected due to the colour. Smells like Alt. Nice minerality.

T: Pilsner malt, with a nice tartness bringing notes of lemon and hard water. Nice flavour, unique for the style.

M: Crisp mouthfeel with carbonation that just dances on the palate makes this beer very refreshing, in this aspect it reminds me a bit of Berliner Weisse.

D: Pinkus has brought a smorgasboard of German beer styles together and created a fantastic ale. This would make a great beer for the summertime.

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Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of jdhilt
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a two-fingered white head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Low carbonation. Slightly cloudy amber color but no chunky bits. Nose is slightly hoppy. Starts with a hoppy dryness and leaves with an aftertaste that has a slight bitterness. To be honest I find it boring. Light bodied. $3.89 for a 500ml bottle.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Wilbur's in Ft Collins.

It pours from 500ml bottle a clear light gold with a fairly large head of foam. After the second pour, the brew becomes cloudy and the head of foam is more substantial and longer lasting. I've got 2 finger foam in my glass right now and it's not shrinking at all. Nice.

The smell is malty and hoppy. Neither is more dominant than the other.

The taste starts of with some malt but then the hops move in and that's on the citrusy side. This is a very delicate beer and in order for me to get the most flavour out of it, I have to swish it back and forth in my mouth. *That's* when this Alt starts to shine. I get some real earthy notes from the malt as well as some sweet caramel and the hops subside to a point where they're just giving the beer the slightest bit of bitter and semi sour character. I miss the fine nuances when I just sip and swallow.

Overall? I think a lot of the flavour with this Alt will be missed if you just sip or drink and swallow but I find that swishing it in your mouth just a few times will help you recognize what's going on here when you return to sipping/drinking. Just something that I find from my experience. Ymmv. Bottom line: I really like this Alt and I hope to try some more of the style in the not too distant future.

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Organic Münster Alt from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
3.64 out of 5 based on 408 ratings.
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