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Organic Ur Pils | Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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 +4.7%
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%
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 +4.4%
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 +5%
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 +17%
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 +26.1%
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 -48.3%
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 +14.9%
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 +8.4%
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 -10.4%
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 +14.4%
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 +11.5%
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 +29%
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 MisterTiat
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden-orangish body. White head recedes pretty quickly into spotty foam. Leaves just a wee bit of lace.

S: Cut grass and honey malt.

T: Honey-like sweetness with a nice balance of hop spiciness. Citrus hop finish.

M: Not enough carbonation, also a bit watery but that makes it refreshing.

D: Very drinkable, nice like flavor and very refreshing.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect from an organic pilsner. Overall, I liked this beer. The major downside was the smell. As soon as I popped the cap there was a skunky smell coming from the bottle. The smell doesn't really translate to the taste. The aftertaste is a little bitter, but it's a decent beer. A pilsner might not be my first choice for a beer, but this turned out to be a decent beer.

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

500 ml bottle into a 12 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with mild orange coming through, a bubbling fizzy head that dissipates a bit too quickly and doesn't leave much retention, even with subsequent pours.

Smell: Big whiffs of grass, spicy citrus, and some earthiness. A nice hint of honey sweetness tops it and melds with everything nicely.

Taste: A solid balance of spicy citrus, honey and caramel sweetness, and raw earthiness comes together very well. Finish is slightly dry and citrus with nice earthiness and little sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A nice initial burst of champagne-like carbonation settles nicely, and oddly quickly, into the lighter body of the brew. It's a quick transition, but somehow it works, and it's lip-smacking in the process.

Drinkability: For around $4, this was a very solid purchase. Tasty, balanced, and quality stuff. I'd definitely pick up another one in the future.

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Photo of therica
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= slightly cloudy light straw yellow, modest white bubbly head, few bubbles rising.

S= gardens of florals and sweet malts.

T= sweet malts, hops florals, modest carbonation. I would have actually liked a little more carbonation, the beer seems almost flat after about 5 minutes. But the flavor is better than Budvar in my opinion. Slightly dry, modest hops bitters and grassy notes.

M= very nice, some malts and florals and mild hops bitters to savor for a while. It seems to have more stay than many of the other great German or Czech Pils.

D= very drinkable, a bit pricey at $2.99 for a 21-ounce bottle though.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle. Yellow gold color, with about 2 inches of thick foamy head. Strong scents of lemon-like citrus. I can taste the naturalness of the brew the unfiltered grain flavor. Strong biscuit like, whole grains. Pretty mild hops. Great pilsner taste and easy to drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Nutleybeer
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out leaving a pleasant foamy head within the glass. Surprisingly heavy lacing all around the glass's interior.

A constant flow of bubbles make their way to the surface.

Kind of a funky smell. A bit cloudy, with a dull golden color. Much different in appearance from the macro pilsners out there.

First sip, smooth. Lightly hopped. Not much bitterness either. Quite drinkable. A mellow yeasty character to the flavor.

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Photo of JBogan
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fills the flute glass with a hazy light golden color and a small white head which soon turns into a thin film and leaves moderate lacing.

The aroma consisted of sourdough bread along with some lemon accents. I'd have liked it to have been a bit more assertive, as it seemed somewhat subdued.

Tasted exactly as it smelled, mostly a breadiness with the lemon making it's presence known towards the finish.

The best thing about this beer was it's mouthfeel. It was smooth, crisp medium bodied and refreshing.

While this isn't the best Pils out there, it was certainly enjoyable and a bit of a twist from the usual pils. I'd have liked a little more bite in the taste and aroma, but this is still a beer worth trying.

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Photo of squirrelpirate
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brauerei Pinkus Mueller Ur Pils pours a clear deep gold hue with a thick white head. Some lacing down the glass. Aroma consists of malty sweetness with citrusy hops.

Very malty taste, which comes across tasting like honey. Spicy hops slightly bitter in the finish. A light, crisp mouthfeel, but a little sticky on the palate for a pils. Medium body and low carbonation.

This was my first organic beer and a very pleasant surprise. A refreshing beer, and definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight citrus, and some spice notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, bitter, hoppy, slight citrus/spice note. Medium body. Drinkable, this brew surprised me.

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Photo of confer
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow with a cloudy haze. Nice white head.
S- not much aroma only a faint malt.
T -Extremely light almost watery taste. light hoppy finish. More flavor comes out as it warms.
M- Very light and dry.
D- I expected a little more flavor , but an overall okay beer.

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Organic Ur Pils from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 393 ratings
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