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Organic Ur Pils | Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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Organic Ur PilsOrganic Ur Pils

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Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 249 | Ratings: 385
Photo of NEhophead
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dense, foamy white head that fades to a porous half sheet. Faint foam-enhanced lace with not much durability. Thin, pale straw with a chill haze.

Stiff wheat, tobacco, and German hop aromas. Musty lemon, light tartness. A distinct clean and natural sweetness.

Metallic wheat/grain with a hefty sweet maltiness (sweeter than the average Pils). Clean and dry German hop profile; combined with the sweetness leaves an aftertaste of a lemon-like floor cleaning product. A good tasting Pils foiled a bit by its aftertaste.

Light bodied; fizzy on the palate and very carbonated. Crisp and dry.

A crisp middle of the road German Pils. Nothing unpleasant besides the semi-bleach flavored aftertaste. Not my favorite style so I probably won't be returning to this one, but a decent Pils with most of the style's traditional character.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Organic, unfiltered pilsner caught my attention.
Pours a hazy, golden color.
Even when warmer than it should be there isn't much in the way of an odor; whenst straining I found some floral and sweet herbal notes.
The flavor is smooth and mild for a pils. It may deserve more points for flavor but I like more of a sharpness out of my pilsners. Still better than average flavor and has an almost buttery mouthfeel... maybe from the organic or the unfiltered... has a pleasant lingering finish.
This is a great beer for this current, sweltering weather. It would be a little too easy to drink a lot of these. Both fortunately and unfortunately, I have only the one bottle.

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Photo of fizzyfred
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy appearance fits in with the earthy, organic theme. I was kind of surprised it was so hazy, maybe a bit malted wheat in the background? Smell has a hint of noble hop and spicy, phenol sniff. Tastes like a German Pils, very clean with a stiff noble hop flavor. The carbonation is perfect at medium - medium high. This is a tasty beer.

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Photo of maek228
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Organic! This definitly ups the appeal of the beer for me. Bought a 22 oz. of this for %3.75

Appearance: A cloudy pale yellow. Very hazy. Through the fog like haze you can see plenty of little bubbles bursting to up the beer, so I can tell its going to be nicely carbonated. A thick 2 finger head came upon pouring it...and as I drank it the foam clumped to the sides of the beer. Really nice.

Smell: Smells of yeast, wheat, and faint spices. Smelled good but it was real hard to get a good scent.

Taste: Damn this stuff is on point. This is what an easy drinking pilsner should be. So obviously a product of Europe....some American pilsners I've recently had like Prima Pils and Small Craft Warning have been pretty extreme interpretations of the pilsner style...not that they were bad...they were just extreme. This definitly isn't extreme, this is quite old school and to be honest with you, ba-da-bop-ba-bah...I'm loving it.
It's silky and tastes of raw yeast, barley, and with a minor presence of hops. I detect some spices and possibly some wheat? Is there wheat in this beer? If anyone reading this review knows please Beer Mail and tell me because by God I taste some wheat in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium bodied.

Drinkability: I could drink this till the sun goes down. This beer has nothing offensive or unlikeable about it. Nice clean taste. This would be a great breakfast beer.

Highly recomended

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloud, dull light golden, frothy white heat, with moderate retention, leaves lts of fine and well stratified lacing. Nose is mildly herbal,and of bananas, wheat beer like. This is an earthy, crisply hoppy Pils, unusual cloudy appearance, and fruity yeasty nose. Refreshingly sharp, flavorful and tasty. Nice warm weather brew, try it with a salad and chicken or fish

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Photo of travolta
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: Golden straw in color. Head is a pillowy, foamy white marshmellow with very nice retention. the lacing is very nice, it painted the inside of my glass white.

Nose: Dry. A wood and straw aroma. Almost like wood shavings. Slight wet hops. Tiny bit of citrus.

Taste: A crips mouthfeel. Frothy at the end. Hops and slight bitter taste lingers on the palete for a while. A hard water taste at the end.

Notes: A very nice example of a pils. Nice job!

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Photo of Tballz420
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a darker-than-expected orange color, nice sized white head on the top. A few fish food floaters swimming in the body. Good lace. Nice light malt scent, lemons, hop flowers. Light bread malt front, citrus tones, light bitter hop backbone. Smoother mouth than i would have thought as well. A different look at the style than im used to, nice and refreshing.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Turbid, mellow yellow gold neon color glows and is chock full of suspended matter. Thick hazing abounds, mottled with creamy bubble islands. Nose is medium in strength, with hints of lemon tartness and a smooth underlay of oaty grain.

Taste is pilsener, smooth (what is an ur-pils? unfiltered?). Lightly sweet, touches of lemon. Awesome, smooth and delicate mouthfeel. Slightly dry, white wine finish. Light, balanced body. One of the better composed pilseners I've had.

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Photo of rousee
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I pour it deliberately to get a decent head and it lvs maybe 7-10mm cap of big bubbled foam which disappears pretty quickly. Murky gold color-no lace.

The smell is very mild and neutral--has a certain sourness to it which I have noticed in some of the helles style beers--one in particular that I think had too much of this trait--whereas here it is milder and better. Some biscuity aroma and maltiness too but rather faint.

Taste is nice and malty --quite smooth--it has some tart lemony character to it--kinda chalky too but tastes just plain dry after that. It does leave a little of the sourness on the aftertaste which is now not as pleasant.

Mouthfeel is nice carbonation--fizziness and then the sourness is present again.

Drinkability is good. Yes you could have a few of these in a session--it would also pair well with a lot of different types of food.

I should note that I am not in a huge hurry to seek this one out again, but it is certainly worth a try if you see it..

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Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/16/04- Given to me from my girlfriend, purchased at Bevmo in Colma, CA

Presentation- Another 16.9 oz brew with no expiration date. Poured into my Ayinger Weizen glass.

Appearance- Mid to dard golden color, thick and puffy white head and average lacing.

Smell- At first smell it had a scent that I knew, but couldn't think what it was. Well, I figured it out! SPAGETTI-O's! Yes, this beer smells like spagetti-o's. Sounds strange, but it's true. Plus there is a bit of bitterness in the smell, maybe some hay or grass and maybe even some fruity characteristics. Lots of wierd stuff going on here.

Taste- Thankfully, it doesn't taste like spagetti-o's. Very grainy and some lemon or some kind of citrus fruit floating around in the distance. Settles down into almost a herb tea kind of taste. Very soft and refreshing. There is also some sweetness and bitterness at the same time.

Mouthfeel- THis beer feels a bit thick. I guess that would mean this beer had a full kind of taste. The carbonation level is fine.

Drinkability- I can't believe it! Two pils in a row that I actually like and would consider having again. This beer has tons of different flavors and stuff going on. Try it and see what you think. I guess organic is a good thing in beer too!

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Photo of ybnorml
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A hazey golden yellow beer. Has a big bright white head. The aroma has a grainy sweetness with ahint of lemon zest in the background. A light grainey sweetness at the start of the taste with a dull bitterness sneaking thru the finish hiding a little biscuit flavor. OK so it's organic. The flavors are so muted that it is almost a bad as megaswill.
OK oddly enough this beer taste's better close to 55 Deg F. Not expected for a pils. The lemon zest in the bitterness comes out more then.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: A nice looking 500ml tall brown glass bottle with a very traditional looking, old Teutonic style mish-mash dark blue background label. On the neck there is a much simpler white rectangular sticker with the word “Organic” stuck on the bottle at an angle – it almost looks as if this was stuck on as an afterthought, who knows, maybe it was. Imported by Merchant du Vin, and I paid $2.69 for this. Listed as an Unfiltered Pilsener and 5.2% Alc./Vol.

Appearance: A light milk hazed pale yellow body with some golden hints. Thick frothy white head forms quickly but just as fast dies down to a thin covering that resembles a broken blanket. Minimal lacing and below average conditioning. Drops a half mark for me with its lifeless body.

Nose: Reduced sweet malts mixed with a light “I can’t believe it’s not butter” aroma that has some lemon grain traits and a yeasty grainy smell that has a funky bitterness. Sure smells like an Organic Pilsener.

Taste: Extremely crisp, clean functional lines. Citric bitterness that is low in strength but discernable. Fresh tasting with a yeasty grain feel that has a Munich Pilsener Malt dimension. Herbal feel mixes with a floral dimension. Low brow but tasty.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing. Above average feel, the high carbonation assists in giving this beer a solid feel. Very nice and crisp drinking. Clean and slick.

Drinkability: Middle of the road Pilsener that is easily imbibed but a tad boring long term.

Overall: Not bad but rather boring, hey at least it is Organic, that means something right??

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful light hazy yellow in color with a big, light, puffy, delicate Pils head. Well, it looks the part.

Smell – The light, dainty Noble hop nose is right on queue. The light grain here is actually quite nice as well.

Taste – The light grainy notes come out nicely at the taste if a bit on the dominant side. The hops take a step back up front but are solid at the finish.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied Pils has no sweetness whatsoever and some good dryness in the back of the tongue. The carbonation is light and delicate.

Drinkability – Much better than their effort at an organic Hefe Weizen.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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 TastyTaste
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body is very hazy, most likely from the lack of filtering. Dark gold, slightly orange color with a big white head that quickly fades into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. Has a very pungent malt smell, slightly grassy, but is obviously no slouch like many of it's euro lager counterparts. Yeastiness in the nose. Taste is sharp grassy malt that fades to a satisfying hop finish. Carbonation accentuates this beer perfectly. Slight metallic twang in the aftertaste, which doesn't hurt the flavor that much. Good beer.

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

Tonight turned out to be German Pils night as I've just finished a Allgäuer Büble Bier. I was a bit surprised that I had not yet reviewed the Pinkus Ur Pils since I've had it so many times before. I pick this up regularly grocery shopping at Wegmans. The unfiltered pils pours a hazy light yellow gold. Head is substantial upon initial pour. An enduring layer of foam is left behind. Faint fruit aromas are detected, some pear and green apple. Flavor is rather subtle light grain, imparting a sourdough bread essence. Hops are leafy, grassy and biting leaving a welcome lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and with crisp carbonation. Good drinkability and a solid brew.

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Photo of Crosling
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yellow. Classic German Pilsner aroma, with pils malt, light fruits, clove, honey, herbal, spicy and grassy hops. A very pleasant tasting Pils, especially up front and on the mid-palate. Grainy, fruity malty texture. Notes of clove, light fruits, bananas, pears and honey. The hops are subtle, which is why I liked it, grassy and herbal. The onlu complaint is the poor finish. Nontheless, this is an impressive Pilsner.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this. Am wondering if it's more along the lines of a KellerBier, as it is unfiltered. Lovely light tangerine in my pilsner glass, I received a lovely two inch snow white head after pouring. It's gone now, with just a thin layer on top of the brew. I really like the aroma on this one, it's decidedly spicey and perfumey, and a bit bready as well. Mouthfeel wise is medium+, good carbonation, spot on, enough, but not too much. Tastewise, you get your money's worth...the malt is a hanging in the back, so you experience an initial perfumey note (again), with some citrusy notes in the finish. Unique and Tasty, would love to get on draft (if possible).

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Photo of mschofield
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow-amber, topped with a three finger mashmallowy white head. Leaves rings of lacing behind.
Lemon, zesty aroma, fruity and honey notes.
Taste has a good tartness to it, lemon, citrus rind, bread and limes.
An odd mustyness throws it off style, kind of a weird beer. More of a kellerbier maybe?

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Photo of Godspeed
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first Pinkus beer I've tried, and also possibly the only unfiltered pilsner I've had the pleasure of drinking. I'm not sure about that, but I will say that this was markedly different than other pilsners I've tasted.

The beer is cloudy gold in color topped by a respectable creamy white head. Smells very grainy with perhaps some mild fruity aromas. A sweet malt flavor to start, masterfully balanced by bitter (but not too bitter) hops. A crisp refreshing finish. Overall this is a highly drinkable pilsner that really stands out from the rest.

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Photo of pezoids
4.89/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy golden yellow color with a bright and creamy white head of foam. The aroma has a wonderfully sharp graininess about it. Truly smells like fresh and musty cooking grains. The same ones that make your mouth water when you’re on a brewery tour, or brewing beer yourself. Something like musty Saaz hops come through, too. Really just a perfect aroma.

The taste is perfectly sweet and musty. An excellent sharp bitterness melds into a sweet, but dry graininess. There’s a solid body of pungent and grainy malt. This is very close to my perfect pilsner. Sharp with the fresh grains accented, which all pilsners really should have. A benchmark beer. Excellent.

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Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a lot of floaties and a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, yet malty scent with a musty, dry aroma. It has a bit of lemon zest. The taste is good. It has a smooth, bitter flavor with a malty hop aftertaste. It is a dry, musty brew with good mouthfeel. It is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. This is a fine German Pilsner. It has excellent flavor and mouthfeel; a good drinker.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lemony, herbal hops on the nose reminiscent of British pale ale. The lemon continues on the palate with a drying rind-like bitterness and judicious honeyed malt. The nose -- butterscotch/diacetyl/sugary lemon drops? and pure, fresh barley malt (if you've never smelled this, visit a homebrew store and buy a cheap pound of British, Belgian, or German malt for under 2 bucks) -- is so distinct from the tongue. Each is wonderful in its own right, but almost of two different styles. International. Sweet bready backbone is in harmony with the British pale nose.

This is where style guidelines begin to fall apart. Though pilsner is a widely varied style, for one to have this much malt seems almost unnatural. Yet it has the parching dry finish typical of this beer and a tingling mineral quality in the midpalate.

The maltiness is almost oxidative and lends an old ale/weak barleywine quality to the taste unheard of for pilsner beer. But, despite this unusual richness, everything is upped accordingly. Ur Pils is inordinately balanced. Though much bigger than the rest of this style combined, it manages to stay refreshing and quaffable.

This is a deep beer -- a pilsner for those who prefer alts, zwickels, and other half-malty Germans. Left unfiltered, it has a dynamic yeastiness that lends body but also somehow seems to give off a lot of gorgeous esters atypical of any lager beer. But that might just be the hops. Or the malt. Or the fairy who lives inside each bottle.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of merlin48
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, yellow body with a one finger, white head. Minimal lace, but no "floaties" observed. Aroma has a sweet, bready, pilsner malt backbone, and grassy/lemony hops character that produces an elegant and enticing bouquet. Mouthfeel is surprising for its robust, medium body. Adequate carbonation adds to the interest.
The taste is excellent for a pilsner, but this isn't your ordinary pils. Tart, citrusy lemon is smooth on the palate and matches very well with the sweet pilsner malt backbone. Apple and pear notes appear early on, and lend an amazing complexity to this "organic" pils. Finish is crisp and very clean. I love this offering, and plan to stock up several of these at my next opportunity.

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Organic Ur Pils from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
3.79 out of 5 based on 385 ratings.
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