Organic Ur Pils | Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

Organic Ur PilsOrganic Ur Pils
BA SCORE
63.8%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 392 ratings
Organic Ur PilsOrganic Ur Pils
BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 04-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,922
Reviews:
253
Ratings:
392
Liked:
250
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
12.53%
Alströms:
4.29
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 392 |  Reviews: 253
Photo of Shadman
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy straw yellow. Lots of suspended particulates as well. Bright white head receded quickly to a thin cap.

An almost fruity aroma, no doubt from the malt. Faint spiciness also detected.

Interesting flavour. By that I mean it’s tough to pin down. Very watery initially, than followed by some interesting malt/hop. Then I found it almost went blah/watery again before the malt(mostly)/hop returned in the aftertaste.

Found it was watery and quite fizzy on my palate.

Interesting flavour and look to it, but not sure I’ll run out and buy another. Certainly prefer their Hefe to this.

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Photo of jettjon
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bottle, no freshness date noted. Probably not as fresh as it should be. Into a pilsner glass, a pale, slightly hazy golden color with a few large bubbles precipitating up. Smallish crown of white foam fades quickly leaving a solid cap and decent lacing. Nose of rich hops, floral and citrus notes in evidence. A bit bready on the nose. Good malt-to-hops balance. Slightly fruity though with a bit of off-flavor, perhaps from age. Slightly bready. Good pilsner flavor character. Mouth is crisp and middle-viscous, going down smoothly. Drinkability is good; it’s tasty and feels good on the palate.

Overall: Not the best pilsner I’ve had, but a good one nevertheless. This example has probably suffered due to age. Worth a try.

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Photo of sleazo
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gotta love fresh direct. They have a nice selection of beer delivered right to your door.

A-Slightly cloudy light golden. Nice head which dissipates quickly and leaves no lace.

S- First impression is Euro macro skunk. This could be to the age as pilseners dont travel well. No date on the bottle either. After this there is a bread smell but much yeastier than a typical pils. Faint medicinal hops too.

T-Very interesting. Light biscuit flavor hits you at first followed by a nuttiness then rounding out with those same medicinal hops. The aftertaste gives you yeast, a little more hops and a crisp bite. This is a very interesting beer, one I would like to have really fresh.

M-On the thicker side for a pils but it has a nice level of carbonation and a nice astringent dry finish. Well done.

D-This is a good beer. The unfiltered aspect of the brewing makes this a sort of hefe-pilsener. The appearence and smell would probably be better were it not for the long transatlantic voyage. i will seek this one out in Germany when i am there.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium hazy straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront tart lemon with a backdrop of grainy malt.

The taste featured a rich cereal-like malt with an earthy noble hop. Some lemon bitterness and slight diacytl as well. Some esthery yeast as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness and rather chewy.

Overall a nice and hearty unfiltered pils. Very drinkable.

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Photo of McClungbrew2
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was slightly hazy golden straw color, with bright, fluffy white head that fell to a slight bead of bubbles. It left some lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma was mostly malty, with just hints of floral hops.

The flavor was very clean malt sweetness balanced by hop dryness. There was a slight hint of honey in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was light and crisp with a smooth balanced finish.

It is a very drinkable beer. Very nice balance of malt sweetness tempered by the dryness of the hops.

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Photo of kgotcher
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw golden, hazy, light carbonation, small but creamy head with weak retention but for that last lingering haze.

Smells very crackery/bready. Nice and malty grain aroma. Hard to detect any hops over the malt. Mouthfeel is pretty chewy due to lack of filtering.

Taste is slightly bland with heavy cracker malt taste. Just a hint of some citrus hop flavor and bitterness toward the end. Aftertaste is a bit like after you eat a cracker, Grainy.

Actually this is not a bad beer at all but hard to compare to a typical German Pils. There is very little of that light refreshing malt and saaz hop bite that I would expect. This is one is higher on malt to the point were it almost taste like a bock. I imagine this is what differentiates a pils from an ur-pils. I really dig it, but not in the way I expected.

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Photo of shivtim
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Organic beer? Why not. Hoping this will be good, that way I can drink it and save our endocrine systems.
Very light but hazy yellow. Thin white head and lots of bubbles. Nose is grain and old moldy corn. Musty like a barn. Taste is mild and pleasant grains, and a funky hoppy ending (maybe with some anise?). Mouthfeel is very thin; drinkability is average.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on July 4, 2006. Fresh crisp aroma of sweetgrass and seminal light mediterranean salt herbs. Pour of lightly cloudy hot yellow. Flavor is a rich toothy bite of whole grain and rising minutia of toasted oats. Whispers with a drop of sweet lemon extract. Backed with a heavy hand of favoring hops in the high alpine mode. I think the heavy refreshing quality of this beer really helps it along.

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Photo of Cresant
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this undated 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Head was brittle and quickly faded. Body was a cloudy golden yellow.

Smell was malty. Honey and grains.

Taste was lemony. Saltines. There was a light hoppiness with a mild sweetness and spiciness. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel was only moderately zesty, light/medium bodied.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a pilsner glass. The liquid is a hazy pale yellow, with moderate to good carbonation. The head is big 3 fingers and white.

The smell is faint fruit, some hops

The taste is Grainy, with a sour finish, I'm not real impressed.

The Mouth feel is thin to medium body, Carbonation could be better.

The drinkability is ave. maybe a little better, I can find better. MK

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Photo of CWiggins
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This may be my first Pilsener! I've avoided this style, believing it to be rather boring and insipid by my tastes. I really have no objective reason for thinking this; it must be some long, lost association. Here goes.

It definitely has the "straw-colored" appearance described in Beer Advocate's Pilsenser page. It's a deep yellow with hints of dirt-brown. The head is formidable: even with careful pouring the head reached a heighth of more than an inch!

Aromas of light malt and citrus can be detected as one sniffs this beer. Alcohol is present as well.

The first taste is of hop bitterness and citrus. Apples and pears dominate the taste, but the bitterness of hops is just around the corner! The aftertaste is mainly alcohol and hops.

Delightful! While I don't find this beer (and style) very complex and worthy of deep thought, it is quite easy on the palate and enjoyable. I look forward to trying more Pilseners.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first organic beer, and I really enoyed it. There wasn't smell. There wasn't much head, and there wasn't much lace. All that said and done, it tasted good. I got a couple Pinkus from a deli and I'm pretty stoked for the next one. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of Drew966
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Organic Ur Pils pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head from a brown 500 ml bottle. The aroma is grassy hops and just a bit of malt. The flavor is similar, grassy hops matched nicely against some malt. Not a bad choice, certainly worth a try.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beaten gold body and very bright white head that dissipates a touch too quickly. Aromas are of pears on the fruit side, along with some earthiness and a bit of saltiness that came out at higher temperatures. On the tongue, bready malts first assert themselves, then give way to mild pear fruit and zesty hops. Lots of carbonation in the finish. Zesty, very carbonated mouthfeel, with a touch of acidity. Overall, a very smooth, easy liked beer that was very nice in the elements it presented, but lacking a bit in the variety of elements it puts forward.

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Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
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 BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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 russpowell
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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 kimcgolf
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had the Organic Ur-Pils, which is apparently a different name for this same beer. Pours to a hazy yellow, with suspended particles, and a creamy off-white head. Flavor is mostly hoppy, with a hint of malt caramel. Fairly dry, especially midway thru the glass, but overall a good tasting beer with a decent finish.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle

Pours a hazy, very pale straw color with a fizzy white head that maintains. Nice lacing on the glass.

Crisp malty aroma with a nice spicy hop scent.

Taste is very light. Some maltiness upfront with a bit of spicy hops. Not as good as the smell. Finishes bland.

Light body, plenty of carbonation.

Easy enough to drink on a warm summer evening. Although, not much more than a thirst quencher.

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Photo of brushpig
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Uncommon Ground Cafe in Chicago.

The body of Pinkus has a yellow hazy hue to it with at dense small white head, and noticable carbination.

The aroma is not very strong but has a unique scent malts, fruits mostly lemony and what appears to be something sweat like candy.

The texture and the carbination make for a lively feel with a complex taste. Light fruit taste with spice, floral and something tart like candy, and yet well balenced with a dry long finish.

I found Pinkus to be very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another German newbie to Alberta, this Pinkus Pils comes in the 500ml blue-labelled bottle. "Organic" sticker on the neck. I do believe this is my first time ever trying an "unfiltered" Pilsner. I have never seen that before. Pinkus Ur-Pils pours out a slightly cloudy light-honey colour with hints of lemonade-yellow. The head is initially very large and healthy, styrofoam-white and billowy, with an ice-cream consistency. Good lace. As attractive as a pils can be. By the end is looks like a hefe in the glass. Nice. Very light fruitiness smelling above the glass, almost lime-like. In closer is some excellent creamy-sweet malting, adding some faint vanilla and grains. Grassy continental hops are here in good quanity, but the beer smells very sweet, almost sugary at times, with plenty of orange-peel and lemon notes. After pouring again for some more head, the aroma is vaguely spicy and full of sourish malting. Not overwhelming in complexity, just very appetising. The taste is very light, with some citrus salinity and bready malting, with only a little finishing dryness and balanced grassy hops on the follow through. Lots of lemon in the taste, and fairly watery malting altogether. The taste is far too sweet and un-hopped for a good Pilsner. Definitely uncomplex, really nothing more to describe. Very smooth mouthfeel, and very low in carbonation. Light bodied. Extremely drinkable too, just not interesting enough to register more than a blip on my Pilsner-scale.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served from 500ml Euro style brown bottle.
Nice bright, yet somehow cloudy, yellow beer.Has a good sized bubbly pure white head.
Nice strong hoppy aroma, robust even, some honey tones in the background.
A very "brisk" hoppy, sharp flavour to this one, hops are all up front, malts are very subdued.
Quite a good thick mouthfeel compared to others of this style, semi-dry finish.
I found this a good drinkable Pils..then it was 90 degrees outside and this lasted under 10 minutes.

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Photo of phishgator
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Nice foamy head, lacey white. The color is a hazy straw, very light. The aroma is faint, fresh, and earthy. The taste is smooth, but it lacks any kick. As it heats up the sweet smooth malt becomes even sweeter (not for the better because it leaves a film). The smooth texture make this one go down easy. It is enjoyable and it has some bright points.

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Photo of bubrewer
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml brown crown top bottle. Easy to decant the brilliantly clear beer off the well packed lees.

Aroma is predominantly grainy, but what grain? ...I know that smell... it's corn! I'm pretty sure this German beer has no maize, but it sure smells like a big ole bowl of Corn Puffs. I'm sure it's just a combination of my untrained palate and the grainy aroma of decocted pilsener barley malt, but wow that smells like corn.

Taste is sweeter than I expected. I know it should not be as crisply bitter as a czech pils, but this is really sweet. The graininess from the nose holds through the flavor and is quite nice. The corn seems to be mostly in the aroma and not so much in the taste.

Condition and mouthfeel are both fine, finish is, well, medium and balanced I guess. Not really sweet or too dry either.

Overall a pretty nice beer I'd be happy to have in any biergarten on a warm day.

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Photo of biergeniesser
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This .5l brown bottle of Pinkus Ur-Pils poured a rich gold with a fluffy white head that diminished slowly, leaving no lacing. Fine bubbles evolved from the sides and bottom of the lass throughout. This beer was hazy, as it is unfiltered and had a fair amount of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma of Pinkus Ur-Pils was dominated by clean bready malt and accented by a slight grainy aroma and slight noble hop aroma.

The flavor of Pinkus Ur-Pils was wonderfully full and balanced. Crisp, clean, bready malt dominated the flavor profile. Hop bitterness was mild yet assertive and lingered through the finish, the hop flavor was spicy and well balanced. The slightest meaty, yeasty flavor was noticeable in the background, but was not so pronounced as to be a detriment to the overall flavor. Ur-Pils finishes with lingering hop bitterness and a slight malty sweetness.

Pinkus Ur-Pils had a medium body, and is definitely heavier than most other German Pilsners. It has a full mouth coat and is ever so slightly chewy. Ur-Pils is nicely carbonated and has a moderate degree of carbon dioxide bite.

I would recommend trying this beer at your next opportunity. Organic and unfiltered Pinkus Ur-Pils is a prime example of a German Bio-Bier. Whereas you may not buy into the organic aspect, the unfiltered aspect of this beer means none of the flavor has been stripped away; the resulting sensory experience is definitely rewarding.

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Organic Ur Pils from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
Beer rating: 63.8% out of 100 with 392 ratings
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