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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 Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured two fingers of head on a hazy, lighter straw colored body.
The aroma is great. Lots of grain with lemon and a little banana.
The taste is awesome too. It has a nice fruit flavor to it: banana and lemon again. There is a moderate bitterness back there too. Easy drinking.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev -4%
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 thegodfather2701
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a lemon/honey yellow with a thick, bright white head that dissipates slowly.

S-noble hops, slightly sweet, malty, and yeasty

T-similar to the nose: lemon, noble hops, more yeast and bread notes than expected, and slightly on the sweet side. The malts seem to slightly outweigh the hops, but good flavor.

M-nice and syrupy with just the right amount of carbonation

D-Even though it is slightly on the sweet side, one could definitely drink many of these in a session. Its a great session beer.

Overall, this is a pretty good German Pilsner. Its not as hoppy and doesn't have as much bite as other versions of the style, but its still worth a try. It is a steal for the price, $1.49 for about a pint size bottle.

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Photo of mtboozeaddict41
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into yuppie wine glass for analysis purposes

A: very transparent golden straw color. Looks like sunlight and is extremely beautiful. Small bubbles and rising. Alittle bit of sediment also. Pale white ring of head
S: Scents of sweet malt and yeast. Also fresh grass and light fruit. Faint scents of banana and sweet herbal hops. Great layered aroma.
T: Light malt and alot of grass and grain on the palate. Alittle bit of stale bread also...herbal spices and mellow fruit. Surprisingly hop-bitter on the backend, extremely satisfying. Aftertaste is of bready dough, not bad though
M: Bright carbonation makes this beer palate cleansing. Crisp and medium to full bodied. Dry
O: I know i'm young to German Pilsners but this one might take the cake. Great layers of malt and hops make this borish looking beer extremely complex. Carbonation is spot on also making this beer perfect for summertime evening and late night extravaganzas. Too bad its march but soon I'll be drinking this in june. thx

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.81/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked this one up at Whole Foods today.. Poured into my HotD goblet... slightly hazed straw yellow.. good white head and retention.

Nose is pale maltiness with some significant sulfur/DMS... Hops break through and reveal a bit of spicy/earthy notes.

Flavor is sorta flat pils malt balanced only by just enough hop bitterness and not enough hop flavor.. seems very flimsy.. again there is a pronounced sulfur/corny note that lingers mid-palate to the finish.

Body seems a touch heavy, carbonation seems a little light.

Maybe an old bottle, but I am still unimpressed.


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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly hazy straw golden, very bubbly, tall white head dissipated slowly
S - plenty of grain and spice, herbs, and light fruity finish
T - grainy and fruity yeasty flavours quickly followed by spicy crisp hops and some herbal notes, all very big raw flavours that meld into a very tasty brew
M - crisp and well carbonated start, somewhat yeasty and bready, finishes mildly dry
O - an insatiably drinkable pilsner that has the classic hallmarks with some added yeasty and fruity flavours to make it truly complex

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Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a 2.5 finger pillowy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaked of spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, floral hop aroma with hints of grass, straw, light fruit and pale malts. Nice balance of hops and malt with some apple, pear, bread and biscuit countering the grassy pine notes.

Full bodied for the style with a crisp earthy hop bite that lingers over the pale malt, bready yeast and light fruit notes into a slightly dry finish. Floral with resinous, grassy pine notes along with straw, hay, bread and pilsner malts. Slightly metallic in the finish but this beer us refreshing, decently balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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 metter98
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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 mechamifune
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
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 DevilDogBeer
4.97/5  rDev +31.1%
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 DrewSnyc667
4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with lots of chunky yeast floaties in the body. Carbonation doesn't appear to be very vibrant. The head is a one-finger eggshell color with good density and thickness, but poor retention. Not very aesthetically pleasing by any means.

S: There's a nice dank earthiness to it, and the maltiness smells crisp like it should be. There's also a note of banana and lemon esters as well, hinting to its unfiltered nature.

T: The fruit esters (banana, pear, lemon) from the yeast help give this a bit of a twist from the usual crisp, earthy pilsener qualities. Call me crazy, but I also detect a light nuttiness near the finish. It's not complex (then again I don't penalize pilseners for that), but it's hella refreshing, so its a success in my book.

M: Crisp finish like a pilsener should feature, but slightly too heavy for its own good. Doesn't have the stinging carbonation like some of its brethren.

O: I like a good pilsener every now and then - and this is easily a good pilsener, therefore this is pretty damn enjoyable. Only thing is, I like my pilseners to be more well hopped, but now I'm just nitpicking.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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 kraypd
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a hazy straw to medium yellow. As this is an unfiltered Pils I took care not to add the dregs from the bottle sediment. Nice fluffy white head that was well maintained.

S- Nice subtle malt smell with moderate hop aroma. Also hints of fruity esters.

T- Taste resembles a standard German Pilsner with the addition of some fruity esters. Hop bitterness is moderate to firm and not over the top.

M- Stronger mouthfeel that most other Pilsners with strong carbonation that sizzles on the tongue.

O- A very nice refreshing beer. I am not a super big fan of Pilsners but this one I would have no problem in ordering again even if it wasn't Organic.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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 Nerudamann
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light golden color, clear, with slow carbonation and about a finger or so’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – pale lager type of smell, much like a Bavarian type of lager, pretty high on the barley malt type of smell.

Taste – also much like a Bavarian type of lager with a barley type of tinge to it, and yet a pilsener type of quality. It reminds me a lot of the Bavarian beers that I tried near Munich.

Mouthfeel – very much on the watery side.

Overall – Not a bad brew, and it does have a nice nostalgic quality for me, but in general not terribly intriguing.

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Photo of UnsungBeero
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pint bottle into 16 oz. glass.

A- Pours a hazy dark yellow, almost amber color that resembles more of an IPA than a pils in my opinion. White head that dissipates rather quickly, and carbonation that doesn't seem to stop bubbling.

S- Very earthy and hoppy, with faint hints of fruit and yeast. Smells like it might be a bit bitter.

T- Not bitter at all actually, but other than that tastes pretty much like it smells. Definite fruit shining through here, with some vegetables thrown in there that I can't quite seem to place.

M- Not as watery as some other pilsners I've had, it actually feels kind of thick and full bodied on the tongue (though not at all like a stout or porter). Very fizzy as one would expect.

O- Overall a pretty good beer, it's the first "organic" beer I've had and am definitely not disappointed. I've got a huge soft spot for German beers, and where as pilsners aren't exactly my favorite style, I feel that this one shines above and beyond most.

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Photo of pleasewearpants
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a little glass.

Beer is a slightly hazy pale Kentucky straw color with very active bubbles. Nice foamy white head and traces of lacing down the little glass. Aroma is really great - Light notes of baked bread and yeast. Flavor is light with notes of green apple and grape. Very slight tart/sour finish is really pleasant. Good effervescence keeps the finish nice and short. Overall a nice example of the style with it's own unique twists.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" white head which quickly dissipated. Hazy light straw yellow color. Smells grassy but not much else. Taste is pretty much straight BMC pils with only a very brief finish and not much of hops. Other than being organic I just don't find much remarkable about this sample. Maybe mine was older than its prime (?), I don't know, because most reviewers seem to have a better impression of this beer.

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Photo of olympicgatorade
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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 drabmuh
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #38 top German Pilsener on the beeradvocate.com best of style lists. Poured from a 500 ml bottle into my Köstritzer Schwarzbier stein (badass glass I highly recommend it).

Beer is yellow, light, hazy with a thin white head that starts out big but falls quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing, steady moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and simple, smells quenching.

Beer is medium to light in body, and I love this brewery. The finish is wet and it is quenching throughout. It is a good beer but there is an odd flavor on the finish that I don't think is suppose to be there. There is an almost cidery finish with a mild fruitiness that I would expect perhaps in the midpalate. Other than this it is a perfectly fine beer and I'd have it again, I've had it dozens of times and finally bothered to review it.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy yellow colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, lemon/lime, hops, bread

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with hops and some lemon/lime juice and zest. There is a slight amount of metallic taste. The beer finishes with a citrus and grain aftertaste.

Overall – This is definitely a very highly drinkable and tasty beer. It is perfectly suited to go with the warm summer weather. My only complaint is the fact that it is a little pricey. Maybe I just got a bad deal, but at around 6$ for 500ml, I can think of many other thirst quenching pils that I would rather be drinking instead.

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Photo of greatyg
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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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Organic Ur Pils from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
3.79 out of 5 based on 385 ratings.
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