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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patterns of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grass, hay, and some slight lemon zest. Taste is of grain, grass, and citrus zest. There is a slight bitterness and lemon sourness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a somewhat flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsener but the mouthfeel is very lacking in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i liked this pils a lot, a good brewery that i havent had nearly enough beers from. frothy in the glass, i mean a big tall white head with great retention and a lot of bubbles, but its not all that lighter, a darker shade of golden, goldenrod more, less yellow, more dense, richer. the nose and taste both produce fresh cereals, grassy hops, very german all the way, but less dusty on the grain, a touch more weighted crystal malt, and a yeast strain thats both clean and extremely flavorful, which is uncommon in the style to say the least about it. its bready and sturdy and unlike most others, which i think makes this beer special. a little filling for a pils with all the body, and maybe dominant for more delicate foods, but its a darn good beer, interesting its organic, and i think something a little more robust on the pils spectrum, nice in cold weather. well made.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy and very light yellow in color; it exhibits a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger white head that died down, leaving a few bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of bready and grainy hops as well as grassy and floral hops in the nose.
T: The beer has a mélange of bready and grainy malt flavors and is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer tastes a little more rugged and less clean compared to other pilsners—possibly due to its organic nature—but it is still relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's about as good as a German Pilsner gets. Rich, firm pilsner malts with light grainy flavors, a light citrus / apple character evident in the aroma and flavor, and a refreshing crispness in the finish. Hopped for a mild bitter balancea and a light earthy flavor. Bottle condition leant a mild haze, but otherwise strong straw color and moderately impressive head retention. More rich and full than most pilsners without pushing the gravity too high. Remains light and fresh throughout. Nice beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, at a local university area pub that seems to be getting better and better with their beer fridge offerings.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a few sparse specks of island group lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sharply crispy bready pale malts, a prominent black pepper aerosol essence, a bit of tame apple skins, and softly earthy and grassy noble hops. The taste is much more of the same - pale crackery, bready grainy malt, a bit of spicy lemon pepper, and subtle earthy, leafy and mildly grassy hops.

The carbonation is middling, with a softly edgy astringency at times, the body medium-light in weight, and so-so smooth. It finishes somewhat off-dry, the fairly crisp graininess sticking it out, complemented by the residual noble hops.

A pleasantly drinkable pilsener, made true to spec, and well rounded between the malt and hop components. Sturdy like German ox, buffalo, yak, or whatever they've got over there.

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Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A hazy straw-like color with incredibly good head retention. A bit of sediment can be seen floating around, but it's minimal.

Smell: Bready and yeasty, lemon, subtle spiciness from the hops.

Taste & mouthfeel: Bready and yeasty just like the nose. Medium in body. Dry malt character with a bit of husky grain to it and a hint of lemon zest. Excellent balance here, just enough earthy/herbal hop flavor to add a bit of spice to the finish but it's otherwise very clean.

Notes: Was surprised with this one, it's richer and more complex than most pils, but without compromising drinkability.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige/yellow color pils with a good size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of malt with a light floral profile and some crisp dry hops are also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some floral malt with some distinctive hops from Plzen. Full body with some great carbonation. I thought it may have been a bit too grainy but it was still very enjoyable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle.

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head. No lacing at all.

S - It smelled very fruity. Also a good grain aroma and a yeastiness.

T - It tasted very sweet. It had an apple or pear-like flavor. It had a light caramel malt taste, too.

M - It was crisp and fairly smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - A unique pils. The fruit flavors are unusual but good.

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Photo of superspak
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a small foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, cracker, toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and solid robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid Pilsener, obviously showing signs of age. Well balanced pale malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink despite lacking carbonation. It was still pretty enjoyable as it stood.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured nicely with orange/yellow hue,with pretty good rocky head.Nice balanced smell with a nice crisp hop tone,also a little bread-like.I like the maltiness of this pilsner some overhop for the style but not this one.The hop came through but it was not to promident.Was pretty drinkable,I have had better but this wasnt bad at all.

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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 chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served from a bottle.
Pours with a typical pils appearance, but with a weak head.
Aroma: Light malts and grains with only mild spicy hops.
Flavor: follows the nose: this is mild even for style.
Overall: a solid but unremarkable pils; well crafted but just too tame.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, grain, light malts and good amount of hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet up front with flavors of grain and barley. There's pretty decent hops presence for the style and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, not a bad beer but there are definitely several others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of mactrail
2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

This is wierd stuff. Sweet, flabby, bitter, aromatic. Looks nice, though-- rich amber color with a long-lasting white foam. Sediment in the bottom, and it hazes the pour if you don't do it carefully. Pleasantly spritzy in the mouth.

Interesting perfumey aroma and a flavor like a pumped up Kolsch.But it has that skunky Eurotrash smell as well. I suppose this would go down well in a bower of elderberry blooms with the sound of gutteral German laughter, but here in the Betty Crocker test kitchen it's a raw-boned sweet and bitter sister.

The hops are bitter and faintly herbal, but mostly just the aspirin taste. There are so many better Pilseners. From the capped 500 ml bottle purchased at Hallam's Wine in La Conner, Wash.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a bottle at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer along with a thin to medium thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready and cereal grain malts with slightly light aromas of grassy and floral hops.

T: Similar to the smell, upfront this beer has a moderate strength combination of bready and cereal grain malts. After that there is a light amount of grassy and floral hops. A moderate amount of bitterness lingers in the finish of this beer.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable but not as clean as a lot of other beers in this style (German Pilsener) - likely due to the fact that it seems to be unfiltered.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly milky amber with an afterthought of orange. The alabaster head is impressively creamy and displays a sturdy persistence that keeps the beer looking good long after the pour. A mixture of sweet grain and noble hops makes up the nose. The musky, floral character of the German hops is especially noted.

This is tasty beer. It's sweeter, more lightly toasted malty and less hoppy than many pilseners and is a joy to drink. The start favors malt that is crusted sourdough bready, the middle is characterized by a grassy, lightly spicy hoppiness and the finish is increasing bitter and impressively, puckeringly dry. Drinkability is on the high side due to the enjoyable flavor and the light-medium body.

Ur Pils is a unique take on the style. The progression from a modestly sweet beginning to a parchingly dry, bitter finish is interesting (but is a phrase that I hope doesn't end up on my headstone). Although pilseners can't be counted among my favorite styles, this one is a keeper.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a 4 fingers white head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Slight floral hops nose & some fruittyness

T: Soft fruitty notes & grainyness up front. Floral hops notes follow as the pils warms. Finishes fruitty & refreshing

MF: Light to medium with good carboantion

Drinks pretty easy, but just a slightly above average german pils IMO. I can think of a dozen others I'd rather have

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Whole Foods last night and enjoyed it with a bite of pizza. I had not tried it, but being organic and light it seemed as though it would fit the bill. Served in a pint glass and consumed on 09/18/2008.

The pour was less then dramatic to say the least. The slightly hazy, and bright star color liquid emerged from the bottle without much applause. Lots of carbonation coming up through the glass, but the overall appeal was less then I would have thought. Small head actually, which again surprised me giving the style and carbonation and virtually no side glass contribution.

The aroma was lots of wheat and bready malts. Slight hints of sweetness to it and a touch of maybe some very bright citrus in the smell. Very light though and bordering on bland to be honest. The flavor was more of the same. Light grain and a touch of wheat, some slightly bitter hoppiness toward the finish but mostly a dull grain feel to it. Nice carbonation though on what I would describe as a solid light bodied ale. Easily session able with virtually no alcohol holding me back.

Overall not bad, but more then average would be an accurate way to describe it. I have had more then better in the style, but still, nothing to really knock on it as it was definitely very solid.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very impressive chalky white head. The bottle advertises "unfiltered" and sure enough, it is appropriately murky. The color is straw golden.

Crisp smell of lagered malt. The hop is more muted than expected. There is a slight yeast aroma.

Slightly watery taste. Like the aroma, the malt is more pronounced than the hop, which shows up in the swallow and aftertaste. Ironically, this is a full-bodied pilsner with very nice carbonation. There is a "roundness" to the mouthfeel that is similar to an ale.

This is easily consumable beer. It is also interesting enough to warrant more tastings.

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Photo of Jason
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sleek brown euro style 17 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy yellow straw with a dense compact well formed white head.

Smell: Malty and grainy (bread like), very mild tartness with hints of fruit and lemon.

Taste: Sparkling wine like carbonation makes for a very crisp mouth feel. Very rich in flavour with lots of grain on the tongue, some spicy and fruity flavours from hops and esters merely add to this complex brew. Hops do a little more than balance and leaves a touch of herbal flavour. More on the dry side leaving little sweetness and a earthy yeast taste tags along ... finish is long lasting with grain and residual hop flavour.

Notes: Very interesting with raw complexities ... packed with flavour and could be paired with numerous types of foods, Pan-Asian worked best.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Transcribed from undated notes (probably Spring 2009).

Another Certified Organic beer! The pour resulted in a finger of bone-white head with low retention. Color was a slightly cloudy golden-yellow due to its being unfiltered as noted on the label. Nose was tending more to malty with a light hops presence. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a light, dry taste on the tongue as well as a light graininess, perhaps due to being unflitered. There were hops present, but not in the in-your-face way that the Czech-style Pilsners can be with their Saaz hops. I am really coming to enjoy lagers more and more and I now recognize that German Pilsners are equally worthy of my attention. The finish even evidenced the characteristic lager-like honey sweetness. More!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle appears much like a hefeweizen. Deep orang golden hue with some yeast sediment settling to the bottom of my glass. Aroma has a biscuit malt sweetness with herbal/grassy hops weighing in...a really nice noble hop nose. Flavor again nice malt presence/sturdy hop backing with herbal/grassiness that just works for the pils style. Biscuit malts dryness in the finish from the malt balance, a very nice drinking beer. Mouthfeel has easy going natural carbonation smooth easy going, on the palate. Drinkability overall is a nice sessionable organic pils the best version of any organic beer I've had thus far.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep straw color with a huge white head that surprisingly dissipates almost instantly. Smells of bready malt with lots of melanoids. Slightly earthy spicy hop bite. Taste is bready burnt malt with a hint of earthy spicy hops. Medium to thin body with a crisp level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent brew but a little boring even for the style. Light and refreshing I could see drinking some on a hot summer day.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw with a white head. Nose is a hint towards lemongrass. White grapes. Flavor is light and refreshing with a sweet and soft tang that stays fairly constant while delivering a lot of citrus tones. Feel is pretty decent. Nice bubble on it. Very drinkable. Smooth and even. Just probably not my style or something I would prefer to go for again. For me the lemon flavors come out way too much for it to be a repeat performance.

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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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