Organic Ur Pils
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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German Pilsner
Ranked #43
Ranked #17,170
3.86 | pDev: 12.44%
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
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Reviews: 254 | Ratings: 407
Photo of MoreThanWine
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
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 +14.8%
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 -1%
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 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 -0.3%
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 +12.2%
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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Photo of pauljmccain
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml into halb mass.

cloudy white look, not golden, not straw. white head doesn't last.

smells sour, slightly lemony, and sweet. not too strong.

taste is not strong up front at all, even bland. jbut you sort of expect that from a helles. very citrusy flavor, and a pefectly settling aftertaste, a bit spicy.

good mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, but nothing special. nice and light, not too heavy.

overall a great helles, I'd love to put a few away in a beergarden. very drinkable, a good beer.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Radeberger pokal.

Cloudy titanium yellow body with a ghost white, heavily active head that recedes to a burbling collar and faint slick, both fed by a constant stream of rising bubbles. Average lacing and retention.

Weak but pleasant biscuity, crackery, and grassy aromatics with a hint of lemon zest.

Crisp malt with touches of winter fruit and a faint sourness on the palate from wheat and tangerine. Lasting zesty bitterness (from noble hops) leads into a clean, dry finish.

Light-bodied, crisp yet creamy, with punchy carbonation.

A touch more tartness that usual for the style (possibly from being unfiltered?) making it that much more refreshing, though not more flavorful.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

From notes:
Pours out a hazy, yellow/straw with a minimal head and no lace. The smell consists of wheat malt and bread. Not much in the hops department.
I like German Pilsners but this tastes more like a hefe than a pilsner. No real hop character. The mouth is smooth and light.
I'm just going to assume that I need to try a fresh one. I was unimpressed and of the belief that I got a bad beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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 rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial strange)
A- The slightly hazy golden body has a strong carbonation of big bubbles that pop to the surface and a head of white lumps that is soon gone.
S- The light green note has a slight herbal and candy quality with a raw grain hint that grows in the finish.
T- The slightly sweet grain flavor has a hint of pale malt to it and finishes with a mellow green note. The finish has a faint sulfur quality and as it warms a citrus tartness comes out in the hops just a bit.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a soft fizz that adds a nice fullness to the beer.
D- This beer has a clean and smooth flavor without a big sulfury quality and some nice subtle hints to it. It still has some Pils character but the unfiltered beer adds some nice depth.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-01-16 in Columbia, PA

A - Slightly hazy, straw color with a big 3-finger head with large bubbles that fade quickly.

S - Lemon, biscut, yeast. Smells very nice.

T - Big, lightly roasted grain, lemon, mild noble hops bitterness a nice sourness on the finish that clears the pallet for the next sip. There's some lingering lemon that is quite nice.

M - Light-medium body, medium-high carbonation. Mildly creamy, light and finishes crisp.

D - Very sessionable. I like the way the lemon shines in this brew. Good for a summer day in place of a wheat beer. A very good pils and quite different than a Pilsner Urquell.

Notes: It isn't my favorite style but for this style, it is really well done. My wife really likes this style and particularly this particular brew. She's tasting it with me now and would give it an A if it were her review.

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A full pour into a half liter glass stein yields a one inch white head of fine bubbles, with good retention and lively carbonation fueling it. The beer is a slightly hazy honey yellow and has some lacing. After swishing around the yeasty sediment in the bottom of the bottle, the last remaining teaspoon comes out a muddy brown, increasing the cloudiness and adding to the aroma.

Fruity yeast and hops tickle the nose with a dry cracker afternote. At first sip, the Pilsner qualities are overshadowed by the citrus flavors, leaving the bready grain to assert itself in the middle of the palate and bitter hops at the back of the tongue. Plenty of substance in this brew.

As robust a Pilsner as I have sampled, and equal to the task of washing down a shwarma with onions, olives, pickled turnips and pepperoncini.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance; cloudy straw yellow with lots of sediment. This is an Ur-pils not a typical Pilsner. That means it's like the old days and not filtered by modern methods. The head could be better but besides that this beer looks true to the style and lovely.

smell; not too impressed here, just average, a little more floral hops than other Pils but a little more bitter spice would be nice.

taste; pretty smooth and bland at first. The finish and aftertaste is where the flavor comes forth. First some lemon zest, followed by a sharp yet small hop bitter spice. Bitterness hangs there for a while and is quite herbal.

mouthfeel; Burning carbonation but besides that smooth and oh so crisp! I little heavier than some Pilsners but right in place with some of the greats of this style.

drinkability; very easy to drink but this is a Pilsner to be respected. More to it than some of the macrobrews, enjoy at home, not the type to buy at a gas station to quench your thirst.

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Photo of dirkchivers
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Craggy head that shrunk quickly to a film of white. Nice straw color and pretty see through, but these have no impact on flavor. Laces alright, but again, no flavor impact.
S. Metallic, corny malt smell, a bit of the noble hop peaking in, and a vaguely skunky smell wavering through
T. fresh and crisp. a bit lemony but a fresh hop flavor and a hay malty flavor.
M. highly carbonated but still a smoothness there.
D. gimme more!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight haze, but otherwise pale golden, perhaps straw in color. Nice white head at first poor lasts for awhile, but never leaves completely. Nose is light and clean with a hint of herbal notes. On the palate the malt sweetness is appreciated right off the bat, with a nice herbal/grassy flavor that comes through to the finish. Light bodied and very drinkable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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 MirkoCroCough
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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 hustlesworth
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
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 Rhettbuck
1.98/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance - a light golden color, with small amount of head around the sides of the beer

Smell - this is the best part of the beer, its light with just a hint of of orange/citrus.

Taste - bitter, which comes as a shock after the smell. the taste of the beer killed it for me

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Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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 Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a translucent orange with a long lasting white head, light lace.

S: Classic pils malt notes, very dry hops, hint of acid.

T: Lots of bready malt, earthy hops. Minerality comes to the forefront with a hint of acid. I love this type of complexity coming out of a lager.

M: Light-bodied, clean finish, smooth.

D: Classic country pilsner, how it was done in the 1800s. I'd love to try this out of a wooden keg. This is olde time pils.

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Photo of wolfsleepy
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale straw yellow with a dense pillow of foam that dissipated within a few times. Slight haze.

Smells of cereal and is faintly honey-ish, with hop aroma on the back end.

The taste is bready, dry and crisp. Pretty much what the aroma lead me to expect. Decent level of carbonation and slight metallic aftertaste or astringency on the palate.

I guess the coming summation is trite by now but; "not really into pilsners, this one was okay, I probably wouldn't buy it again".

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Photo of djbreezy
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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 kkoz
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife has been doing a lot of research lately on organic foods and in her reading on organic foods, she actually found a section on organic beers. I happened across this one and thought I'd give it a try.

It poured with a nice head that disappeared pretty quickly. It was also super clear, which surprised me a bit since it is labeled as being unfiltered, and a nice straw yellow color. It had a nice bready, pilsner malt aroma with a hint of fruitiness.

The taste was clean and crisp and it had a light, but not too light body. It had a great sort of pilsner malt flavor that was a bit sweet and bready. This isn't the sort of pilsner that lacks flavor... it was very full of flavor, compared to the big commercial American Pilsners.

This is what I tend to think of when I think of good German Pilsners - plenty of good flavor and I pick up a slight hint of fruitiness along with a slight dry hop bitterness in the finish. While it came in a 1 Pt, 9 fl oz. bottle, I can really see how the German's love this kind of beer in a big mug.

This beer would be perfect for sitting around on the deck with friends on a hot summer night. It's clear, crisp, and refreshing, but it's got plenty of flavor. This is one of those beers that I'll add to my list of beers to have again.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.94/5  rDev +28%
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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Organic Ur Pils from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 407 ratings