Organic Ur Pils | Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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Organic Ur PilsOrganic Ur Pils

Brewed by:
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 04-16-2002

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.97/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly what a Pilsener should be. The color was a beautiful deep yellow with a snow white head of small bubbles. The aroma was full of light malt and a subtle noble hop nose. The head did fade as it was drunk. The taste was spot on with a malt front and a smooth hop finish. An excellent offering & exactly what this should be!

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Photo of meeekyh
4.94/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What we have here is a 500ml brown bottle with an interesting, mostly blue label alluding to things old and German. I opted for my favorite pilsner glass (which is actually a belled flute), the glass really shows off the color and visual density of a beer.

The lager issues forth and reveals itself as a golden elixir with an orange tint and a haze. The head is bone white and dissipates kinda on the quick side leaving no lacing.

The smell is really pleasing with bread and citrus notes leading the way. Complexity doesn't seem to be the order of the day but the quality and quantity of the existing flavors is high and there is a clear focus on quality ingredients.

Taste is tart and refreshingly clean. There is a really nice malt note and a great tangyness from the carbonic acid, and the hops provide the smidgen of bitterness that rounds this beer out nicely. I would aspire to represent the basic ingredients of a pilsner beer so well as this one if I were ever to brew this style.

Mouthfeel is crisp,clean and dry as few beers could be, let alone a beer with this much beer in it (abundance of flavor). Also abound are the wonderful tiny bubbles (thank you grandpa) which carry the joy into the recess of ones mouth and effervesce happily on the tongue.

Drinkability is unsurpassed except maybe by water. This is a joy to drink and a testament to what a simple, clean beer should be, not in the slightest bit watery and as refreshing as lemonade.

Slainte! and Gesundheit!

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Photo of stirgy
4.89/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy golden yellow color with a bright and creamy white head of foam. The aroma has a wonderfully sharp graininess about it. Truly smells like fresh and musty cooking grains. The same ones that make your mouth water when you’re on a brewery tour, or brewing beer yourself. Something like musty Saaz hops come through, too. Really just a perfect aroma.

The taste is perfectly sweet and musty. An excellent sharp bitterness melds into a sweet, but dry graininess. There’s a solid body of pungent and grainy malt. This is very close to my perfect pilsner. Sharp with the fresh grains accented, which all pilsners really should have. A benchmark beer. Excellent.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- groovy cascading bubbles as the big creamy dense head settles. the foam has a deep yellow tint to it, giving off sort of a custard color. the texture is absolutely perfect- firm and sturdy with a nice skin on top. best head on a pils i've seen since probably sam adams noble pils. nice lightly hazy unfiltered amber body with lemon yellow highlights with trails of fine rising bubbles still visible.

S- sweet malty aroma akin to pound cake with notes of pear and melon with just a touch of banana. buttery and vanilla and almost tropical aroma without being overly fruity. very floral hop nose with the slightest hint of lime zest. grassy, leafy, and dry white wine hop aromas emerge as the beer warms, similar perhaps to a nice rheinheissen sweet/dry riesling.

T- perfect balance between bitter and sweet with a mild tart accent. starts off with the buttery vanilla sweetness followed by zesty and somewhat white peppercorn spice hop bitterness backed up by a citrus twang. finishes crisp and dry with lingering grain husk flavor. very fresh.

MF- juicy and almost milky i'm assuming because it's unfiltered. very nice body on this one. almost the feel of a hefe without the super soft wheat. carbonation is on the low end until the swallow and that is probably what lends the body its nice feel. very clean on the cheeks.

D- i'm pretty sure this is my first organic pils AND my first unfiltered pils so i'll raise a bratwurst to that. this is just another log on the fire of my recent burning affinity toward german beers of both high and low quality. pinkus is at the ultra violet end of that spectrum.

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Photo of CptBlackBeerd
4.69/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pilsner glass. Bright golden color and dense long lasting white head. Great floral aromas. Taste is delicate and refreshing with the same floral notes and just enough tangy hops.. Good carbonation & medium mouthfeel. This is everything a great German pilsner should be. Darn near perfect.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle into a Pinkus Pils Glass at Monk's Kettle in SF,CA

A - Light and bright lemony yellow. Very cloudy with a small column of bubbles rising to the small but lasting head
S - Citrus and earthy grasses. A bit farm and barn like but in a very pleasant way
T - Tangy Hops balance the earthy grains, yeast is slightly wild giving the beer a slightly acidic bight. Amazingly complex
M - Tight carbonation keeps the palate clean
O - Absolutely great, a must try and something I will look for again

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Organic Ur Pils pours a crisp, crystal clear bright pale straw to gold with a 1” thick white foam cap. It has a grainy malt nose with hints of floral. The body is just below medium and the carbonation is moderate. A hint of initial sweetness gives way to a smooth, dry, crisp finish.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

want a pilsner -- this is what you want!

perfect pour, very lively out of the bottle.... clear pale yellow liquid with inviting bubble fizz... 2 finger white head that fizzes out quick.

aroma is superb, clean bohemian hops and a touch of yeast.... the taste is excellent as well.... bright and dry... grassy, hints of apple and pear.... some herbal elements, tea-like.... very light and refreshing --- just what the doctor ordered.

this is the best pils i have ever had... i am going over the top with 4.5s here.... but i would buy a case of this if i could.


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Photo of Greggy
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice clear with only light sedimentation. A 2 finger head recedes into a thin cap with some spare lacing. Really enjoying the light caramel color of this one.

S- Seriously nice lemon, honey, grahamcracker, floral hopiness, baking flour, with the faintest deep down note of skunk if you can even call it that. Very nice.

T- A very nice mineral content reminiscent of kolsch hits the palette immediately with a great hop citrus/hop oil backbone. Finishes with a nice sweet malty and hop dryness.

M- A little less carbonation that I like to see, but still quite good. The nice citric and dry components of this beer please the palette.

D- What a great german pils and @ 5.2% it's easily sessionable. IT was a little pricey at $4/ 16 oz bottle but I can see this in my fridge in the future.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1pt .9 oz. bottle:

The beer poured a hazy, light golden color and produced a big, light fluffy head that was maintained nicely and dissolved into a very thin cap. Pretty much exactly what I would expect from a good German Pils.

The aroma was nice and robust, bready and grainy with hints of a citrus fruit, maybe lemon.

The taste of the beer was exactly what I would want from the style. Full flavor, which consisted of a nice complex grain taste, but is very well balanced with only a very slight hop presence. The beer is light, clean, crisp, and leaves a slightly dry aftertaste. Frankly, after I was done with that bottle, I was wishing that I had another. The ABV was not noticeable at all and this is a beer that I could drink all day. I will be heading back to the store for this one. Overall, an outstanding brew that is indeed, World Class.

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint bottle into Kolsch glass.

Golden and bubbly. Leaves a nice,foamy white head.

Bready with a faint sweetness.

Awesome. Malty up front, with as tasty, not too sweet finish.

Nicely carbonated, with a creamy, dry finish. Very refreshing.

Amazing drinkibility. Incredible beer. New favorite German pilsner.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite hazy (bottle conditioned), golden with a creamy 1/4" head that holds excellently and leaves some good lace. The aroma is of a sweetly floral and grassy hop that's lightly backed by malt. Excellent. The body is medium with a very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation that gently caresses the tongue and becomes quite creamy as it warms in the mouth. The flavor starts with a great blend of rich, sweet malt and a unique floral hop flavor that's at least partially from Hallertauer. The sweet malt decreases as it crosses the palate, revealing some more grassy hop flavors and some bitterness. It finishes dry and fairly short with some lingering hop flavor and light bitterness as would be expected of a good pilsener. Very well balanced, allowing the malt and hop flavors to remain clear throughout while also giving an enjoyable bitter bite at the start, and maintaining enough bitterness to keep it dry and refreshing. Extremely well done, however, I must note that it's important to obtain a fresh sample. This is not a huge seller in the U.S., and I've had many old & damaged bottles before I came across this fresh one. I should also note that all Merchant Du Vin products are conspicuosly absent of any dating. (Sorry Charlie, but you know it's true).

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Photo of Zorro
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy sunny yellow brew.

Smell is a BIG grain smell with a touch of lemon; mild perfume is in this too.

Taste is big grain flavor with a nice malt flavor. Distinct honey and flowers flavor, almost tastes like they bottled the season "Spring" in this. Solid grain backbone to this one, a real "Liquid Bread" brew.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Real drinkable brew, practically a meal in a bottle.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this. Am wondering if it's more along the lines of a KellerBier, as it is unfiltered. Lovely light tangerine in my pilsner glass, I received a lovely two inch snow white head after pouring. It's gone now, with just a thin layer on top of the brew. I really like the aroma on this one, it's decidedly spicey and perfumey, and a bit bready as well. Mouthfeel wise is medium+, good carbonation, spot on, enough, but not too much. Tastewise, you get your money's worth...the malt is a hanging in the back, so you experience an initial perfumey note (again), with some citrusy notes in the finish. Unique and Tasty, would love to get on draft (if possible).

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a rich clear, golden yellow with creamy white head

rich rich malty aroma, one sniff and I felt like I was standing over a mash, rich rich malt dominates with solid breadiness and slight apple notes and a slight slight dash of hops

on the palate it starts with fresh fresh malt, not too sweet, not too heavy, just a nice grainy taste, and then slight apple notes followed by a crisp dryness accentuated by the malt again.

very light at first, almost hard to notice, but the carbonation is smooth, crisp, very refreshing and a very different style of pils. Starts very light and crisp, yet somehow continues ever so nicely

I am not a fan of Pilsners or lagers but this offering is completely different than any Pils I've had. Much more bready, and toasty like champagne, yet with a sublime finish that pursues way longer than it should. This is the first Pils ever to last as long as this one. Well worth the money and USDA certification.

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Photo of olympicgatorade
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, a tiny bit cloudy, wispy miniscule head that quickly dissipates.

S: Fresh laundry, hints of sulphur, faint pear.

T: Crisp start, mid-range hints of cider or fruit, slightly bitter and abrupt finish.

M: Very refreshing, palate cleanser, fizzy and tight in the best possible way.

O: Pilsners aren't my very favorite, admittedly, but UR PILS by Pinkus organic is one of the better Pilsners I've had. Super refreshing, highly drinkable, great session beer. Could easily put down 4 of these in a night and not get tired of it. Very tasty but in a brilliantly subtle way. Recommended.

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Photo of putnam
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow with a fine, frosty head that crawls up the glass with authority. The nose is quite ripe with sugary, candied, dried fruit, gum drops and Haribo candy. There is a faint whiff of alfalfa sprouts too. Rich, full texture is hewn into shape by bitter hops. Big, chewy, rustic flavor featuring notes of lemon, watercress and chervil. Seriously unique Pils.

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Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a light, slightly hazy gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is just great in this pilsener, showing honey, bread dough, black pepper, light tangerine and light brown sugar. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, but I was struck by the amount of flavor this 5.2% beer delivers. On the other hand, there's nothing heavy about this beer, and I love the crisp, bitter finish. The hoppy bitterness, while not the least bit over powering, balances the modest honey bread dough sweetness pretty much perfectly. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long finish. Carbonation is pretty good and seems perfect for the style (this beer is not the least bit gassy). Drinkability is pretty much perfect. It was all I could do to keep from gulping this beer down, it was that delicious and easy drinking. Just a loverly beer...

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Photo of djbreezy
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

appearance - straw yellow, huge head, settled quick but good retention, foam on the glass and lacing that sticks, carbonation bubbles rising up in the glass

smell - hops, floral, citrus

taste - citrus hops, floral notes, zest, just bitter enough to add a zing

mouthfeel - medium body, high carbonation, some lingering flavor, tingling on the tongue

drinkability - flavorful and simple, crisp, refreshing, great session beer

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Photo of mechamifune
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice gold/straw color with a nice white head that goes away a little too quickly. Some signs of carbonation but not really any lacing to speak of.

Smell is slight lemony/citrus notes with hints of grains/bread as well. A very nice smell for a pilsener, but not overwhelming.

Taste is, for me, about pitch perfect for the style. Dry upfront, slightly sweet, and finishing with strong herbal/hoppy notes.

Mouthfeel is spot on too for the style. Very crisp and well carbonated, making it very easy to drink.

Overall this is a great example of the style.... to the point where I'm not sure what else I could really ask for from a taste/mouthfeel standpoint. Wish it came in a little more of a convenient form but I will take what I can get. A great example of a relatively "small" beer packing in a great flavor profile without being overwhelming.

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Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener glass - left the yeast sediment in the bottle.

Poured cloudy gold with a one-finger foamy white had that fell to a wisp, but left some rings of lacing down the side of the glass.

The smell was strong - floral and citrusy with a touch of grains. Very fresh and inviting - one of the best-smelling that I've had of the style.

The taste was complex and rich, yet had a lighter quality to it. The taste was of spiced yeast, sweet malt, and had a touch of a bitter bite - wonderfully balanced. It had a strong citrusy spin that was unique.
Despite complexities and richness, it had a light feel to it that made it feel refreshing. Very smooth. The unfiltered quality gave it more of a body than most pilseners. Fresh, clean, complex and unique.

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Photo of DarthMalt
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum! That was good.

I totally expected this to be a dud--all dusty, as it was, sitting sideways on the proprietor's shelf next to the hot fridge exhaust. But I'll be darned, this is one of the best damn pilseners I've ever eaten! Poured huge and foamy, with a Monsters-of-Rock head that sat up like stiff egg whites. The aroma was so lubricious and slippery with protien that I almost suspected the suspect Isinglass fish guts to be in there. But the body reveals otherwise. Nice hoppy punch in the nose, with that dark, musty, bottom-of-the-barrel, English-IPA sort of vibe, but more in line with the spirit of the TRULY HEAVENLY malt body that this beer posesses. Scrumptious as all get-out!

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours to a golden color with a little cloudiness to it. the head is average in size; white and pillowy with a lot of sticky lace. you will smell a fine array of malts with an interesting bit of hops there.

the malts are arranged beautifully with a hop balance that just makes this beer a great brew. it has light carbonation, enough to make it crisp. it is very smooth with a medium to light body. the drinkability is right up there with the best of 'em. this is a fine pils, that is a must try for any beer drinker.

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Photo of greatyg
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Sierra Nevada tulip.

Pours pale yellow and cloudy, like a cross between a witbier and a Hefeweizen. Pretty healthy finger and a half head.

Smells floral, citrusy, Springy.

Taste is crisp like you'd expect from a Pilsner with some sweet lemon going on. Fine bubbles on tongue like sparkling wine. Delicious and clean.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Worlds first Organic brewery since 1816

A mostly clear, solid gold color. Fizzy but firm white foam cap. Lots of life, well carbonated and jazzy look.

A crystal, pils, malty aroma. Canned corn, dry wheat, various grains, and very herbacious hops. Slight vanilla/cream.

A very crisp and clean German Pils. Light, crispy, bready and grain-filled malt taste, just perfect balance wise. Bold, herbal, earthy hops, multiple grain flavors, canned cream corn and lots of wonderful, funky yeast stuff. Once again: classicly balanced and rather bold without too much hop.

The mouthfeel is authentically light, crisp and maybe slightly dry in the finish with a smooth ride at the very end.

American Pils are usually hop-extreme for the style, while that works for hop heads, lovers of the classic pils have to seek out the imported european classics for authentisity. It's nice to have a readily available, German, Organic pilsner.

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