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 BubbleBobble
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter in color than any other alt that I have seen. It pours out a darkish yellow, almost like a hefe. Looks good, just doesn't look like an alt. The smell is like raw wheat and more harsh than I expected. The smell is a bit grassy as well. Taste is similar to the smell but more mild. This is an alt? I guess that I don't know much about the style. The grassy notes come through more in the after taste. Actually a well balanced beer, I am just very confused about the style and how this beer fits in.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.49/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great classic (easily recognizable) label. Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze. Foamy head on top has some sparse lacing that does hang around quite a bit.

Aroma is a bit of corn grain and some slightly skunked noble hop twang.

Flavor is very complex for such an innocent looking beer. Some floral sweetness...especially honeysuckle, crisp hops (slight metallic), and some light apple or pear flavors. A slight spice is in here too, maybe chai tea or clove, but its pretty mild.

I like this brew a lot. A bit light in color for the Alt style, but otherwise great. This brew was quite a surprise for me, very flavorful and full bodied for such a light lager. Great subtly and smooth mouthfeel.
Incredible drinkability!

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Photo of moundbz
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sharp and almost like a white wine(sweet kind) Minor dryness in the finish. Avg.

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Photo of Luiz0930
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Atlas1
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pinkus Organic. One of the coolest beer labels out there. Who are those dudes in black and white? The Muller brothers, that's who. Or is it father and son?

Poured into a Belgian snifter, just for the heck of it. Appears dirty, dull blond in color. Thin film of foam on top. Nothing to shake a stick at, that's for sure. But the nose is where this alt really begins to shine. Buttered popcorn, butterscotch, peach, faint lemon, some distant pepper, strawberry. What a beautiful aroma we have here. Seriously, this is perhaps the most pleasant alt nose I've ever enjoyed. Taste follows suit, but with less butterscotch, more lemon and citrus, and a much fruitier overall quality to it. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, rich and creamy, and evenly smooth. A tad watery in the finish, but it doesn't detract too much.

I love this beer. I'm not as familiar with the alt style as I am with other beers, but I really love this one. Totally quaffable and thoroughly enjoyable. Nicely done, Pinkus men.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dim peach. Constant 1/2" skim. Frothy 'latte' head.

Nose is fresh, clean, and slim. Faint suggestions of lemons, various other citric elements, hay, grain, and cream.

Tastes comes on very slowly and smoothly; grain, rainwater, wildflowers, mewn hay. Little sweeter than expected.

Mouthfeel is silk-smooth, and endlessly drinkable.

I've been gravitating towards well-built, subtle beer styles in the summer and this fits the bill perfectly. Went down fantastically while watching the sunset on the porch.

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Photo of Desimoaj
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sporklift87
4.54/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a 500 ml glass (I cannot remember what it is called). I should have tilted the glass when pouring; a massive and thick eggshell colored head developed and dissipated slowly, leaving trails of foam along the glass. The color is a hazy straw that is leaning toward honey. There was a film of yeast at the bottom of the glass, which I swirled loose and poured in.

Smell: Merchant du Vin says the aroma is "herbaceous," which I agree with. (Nice use of a thesaurus.) German barnyard aroma, honey, warm buttered biscuit, lightly toasted malt, and lemon citrus.

Taste: Mirrors the smell. The herbaceousness is complimented by the honey, buttered biscuit, toasted malts, and lemon citrus. It also offers a hop nip at the end.

Drinkability: Very smooth and drinkable. Though I don't think it is true to style, it is really tasty stuff.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As Alts go, this was a bit disappointing. Granted there are variations on every theme, but this was not what I expected from a brewer whose other products I have found to exceed expectations. The color was a hazy pale yellow, with a decent head that fell quickly. Not much in the nose but the typical mix of helles-like malts. And the taste wasn't as rich as I had expected either. Extremly mild blend of malt and generic hops flavor in a rather thin mouthful. I looked at the label twice to make sure I was drinking something called an Altbier. I could have sworn I was drinking a helles-lager or even a cloudy Kolsch. Very drinkable, but therein lies the problem. I was expecting something rich and special. Not this time.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold/amber color with a big thick foamy head that takes several minutes to fade away and it does so leaving some lacework. Flowery and fruity aroma. Strikes a good balance between the hops and malt, yet finishes a bit dry. Moderately spicy hops. There's a very interesting tart, acidic flavor that I like that I'm guessing is contributed by the yeast. Very soft mouthfeel. It would be nice if it was bit more bitter with a bit more body. A very quaffable, yet interesting alt -- very different from other altbiers!

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Photo of Citadel82
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a small thin cylindrical "alt" glass. Poured a hazy yellow with a big head that dissipated rapidly leaving nice lacing. Had a slight citrusy aroma with malty undertone, nice mouth feel with a taste that was at once mildly citrus with hints of wheat and malt and a short dry finish, not at all like Frankenheim, Uerige, nor Ad Astra ( Ah I miss Free State). Definitely worth another try. I think I will grab another.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type- poured out of a bottle into a 0.5L weissen glass

Pours a hazy gold with a nice whipped white head. smelled of yeast, grains, and some citrus. The taste was interesting. There was a slight sense of tart/sour with the citrus. The was a crisp, medium body that flowed smooth. Up front hoppy bitterness mixed with a tart citrus sourness. interesting combo, seemed to get better as we got 1/2 way through.

much lighter then i previous atl beers, almost like a wheat beer

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Photo of matcris
4.26/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of shbobdb
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ahhh! The last surviving member of the Muenster Alts -- a style nearly killed by the Lager revolution, as well as the Pasteur revolution.

If this is what the style was, then I say good-riddance. It suffers from being 'not enough' in oh so many ways.

It pours a pleasant straw yellow, tainted by a pinch of chill-haze with a bubbly head that quickly collapses.

It smells very faint. This will be the beer's trademark. Faint and not enough.

The taste follows the smell. It is incredibly watery with a strong blast of nutty light munich mingling with a hint of wheat. This would be good if it weren't so dilute -- it is like a Helles mixed with seltzer water. Then there is a nice sour bite, but once again, far too muted to really make an impression, followed by a rather unpleasant soapy taste. If either the malt mix were toned up, or the sourness increased, I think this could be a very good beer. But they aren't, so I'm left with glorified dishwater.

The mouthfeel, as mentioned, is very watery and razor thin. If there were more carbonation, this could be rescued. But there isn't.

Drinkability: Why wouldn't I grab a Helles or a Berliner Weiss instead of this beer? This beer has aspects of both (and they are both styles I love) but it manages to do them very poorly.

Like the Gose, I think this is a style of beer best left to the history books.

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Photo of theopholis
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. The head was large, off-white, semi-rocky, and had some, but not a lot of staying power. Some loose lacing. Nothing to write home about.

Smell- Somewhat tart. Fair amount of malt. Somewhat lemony.

Taste- Interesting. A nice tartness, mixed with some malt sweetness up front; light and a little malty. Some grassy, floral hops mixed in there, but not much. Has a light, woody after-taste.

Mouthfeel- Light body. Decent level of carbonation.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, very sessionable.

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Photo of csiewert
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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

This is the third installment I've had from Pinkus Mueller. Naturally cloudy gold color with beautiful snow white head and subtle lacing. Nose is a little sweet and malty and close to a Pils. Taste also is like a Pils but a little sweeter. Nice overall beer. I love the beers from Pinkus, great stuff

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

Served from .5 liter bottle without freshness date.

Poured a somewhat hazy golden amber with big, peaky white head and slight lace. Smells rather grainy and fruity; citrus and banana on a lightly toasted and wheaty malt base. Flavor is a continuing interplay of earthy grains with banana sweetness, finishing very pleasingly dry and tart. Nicely carbonated medium-weight body.

An unusual, but satisfying beer. The initial flavors are what you'd expect from an Alt, while the finish is saison-like; surprisingly tart and full of citrus.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5L bottle poured into pint glass
A - Pale yellow with off white head that falls to a ring
S - Sweet rich malt, grass, hops
T - Sweet up front with hop bitterness and a dry finish.
M/F - Light in body. Lively carbonation yet smooth.
D - All night long!

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Photo of zdk9
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm not too experienced in Alts, and the last one I had was very different from this one, so take the review with a grain of salt.

A- Pours pale yellow with a head that foams like the sea. Small amount of lacing, but not much.

S- A little light lemon, slight oxidation, sharper huskiness.

T- Lemon flavor is really prominent on this one. The malt is light and coarse at the same time in an interesting way. Good but somewhat one dimensional.

M- Quite dry, but lingering. I do like the way this beer feels in the mouth, if only because it's different.

D- Interesting but not earth shattering. I'm curious to see what the rest of their organic line up is like.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the 1 pint 1 fl oz bottle into a pilsner glass. I'm a bit taken aback. The beer is a dark gold, almost clear. Thousands of small bubbles are swarming through the liquid. A thick, white head (about 1 1/2 inches) sits atop the beer. The head lasts well into the beer. Some good lacing. I am still puzzled by the look, I expected this to be much darker.

Smell: Aroma is slightly sweet, all malt. Biscutty, bready, yeasty scent dominated. Some grassy smell as well.

Taste: The taste is similar to the smell. Touch sweet, no bitterness here. The beer is bready, heavy yeasty taste, a little grainy (wheat and perhaps barley). I almost feel like I'm drinking a pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Close to medium in body, the beer starts crisp and lively (highly carbonated) and finishes dry, A nice full mouthfeel to it.

Drinkability: The beer is easily consumable, just not memorable, nor will I actively seek this one out again.

After consuming the bottle I had to double check to make sure that what I had drank was the Alt. The bottle says it was, so I must assume it is right. This just seemed a lot like the Ur Pils.

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Photo of jmathis
2/5  rDev -45.1%

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