Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #467
Ranked #44,711
3.6 | pDev: 16.39%
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500ml brown bottle. Label has 5.1% ABV. Label has stamping of '07000N2'.
Clear, straw colored body. Brief white head, which disappears. No lacing.
Aroma of lemon and faint wheat malt.
Taste of wheat malt, banana, and cloves. Faint lemon flavor. Overall, rather weak flavor profile.
Medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation. Dry finish.
Not much for a flavor driven Hefe but does quench the thirst. There are many better HefeWeizen beers out there.

Feb 12, 2021
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty typical Hefeweizen flavor except the slight lemon tartness. It also has a fairly modest flavor.

Look: semi-clear golden with nice thick white head

Aroma: wheat, banana, some yeast

Flavor: wheat, lemon, banana, some yeast.

Body/Overall: light to medium body, easy drinking, thirst quenching

Nov 04, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 16.9 oz bottle Whole Foods $3.74
Very faint smell of spices, citrus.
Hazy golden amber tinged color
Medium-light mouthfeel
Medium-light carbonation
Tastes of oranges, light spices
Overall not an exciting beer. Seems like a light version of a hefe. Wouldn't buy again.

Aug 12, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had Pinkus Hefe-Weizen poured from 16.9-oz. bottle, label stamped "94000N3," into pilsner glass.

This is a sophisticated Hefe, or underwhelming some find, with subtle aromas and only a hint of banana. All the classic flavors are there--hop and wheat spice, cloves, banana--but carried on a mildly-sweet body to a bready finish.

May 09, 2020
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Nass from Florida

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is somewhere between dark yellow & light orange & it is well carbonated. The aroma seems to be muted, but if I really stick my schnoz down in the hefeweizen glass I can pick up on some faint banana & wheat notes. The taste is a mild banana & mild wheat note & water. This beer is too watered down for my liking. I prefer a mucher bolder hefeweizen although I do notice a bottled on date on back of the bottle label. Cheers! B-

Sep 02, 2019
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L-Pours a hazy straw gold bodied beer with with a very tiny, lacy head. An almost murky look.
S- The smell is very faint, but I do pick up some some banana and clove. Some unpronounced sweetness as well as maybe some apple? Not a bad smell, just criminally faint.
T- The flavor is sweet and slightly fruity. Notes of clove and banana, as well as some lemon. Toned down, but interesting enough. There's some nice bitterness at the end as well.
F- Milky and cloudy mouth feel. Medium bodied beer. A little bit of carbonation, but honestly a bit watery too.
O- Below average beer. It isn't bad, and I enjoy it to an extent, but there isn't anything great or even really good about this beer. Seems a bit premature.

Jan 21, 2019
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy yellow. Head is white with decent retention. Minimal lacing.
Wheat up front with bit of lemon. It then transitions into banana peel and clove. No lingering aromas.
Similar to the nose but with out the banana and clove. This one isn't too complex.
Mouthfeel is soft and pleasant. Carbonation feels right.

Jun 12, 2018
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Eaze_in_it from California

2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ehhh..very average. In fact, the most average Hefeweizen I've ever had. I'd say it's the Coors of Hefeweizen.
Nose is a sour wheat mash. Taste is very light, has a slightly thick mouthfeel with slightly sour first note which turns into a light biscuity/bready finish. Everything about this beer is "slight." As one of the other reviewers said, it feels "subdued," like it needs a kick of something to bring it into the big leagues. Leaves much to be desired.

It's not a bad beer. It's just very plain, and not what I would expect of a German hefe or any hefe for that matter.

Mar 19, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DATE: August 26, 2017... OCCASION: another beautiful afternoon deserves a beer that says summer... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephan weizen... pours a dense, murky, carbonated lemon-yellow body (that oddly almost matches its label's color)... four fingers of white froth sits thick as wet snow, with pockets of air trapped between the glass and the beer... banana and clove immediately, some noble hops that ping in a metallic remark, buttery biscuit, old vegetable, and sour dough... not the aroma I expected from a brewery at its craft since 1816--more like a draw... the mouthfeel is aided by its bright introduction, a creamy middle, and its hearty, lingering finish--tart, acidic, and reasonably substantial for a weizen... clove, banana, pear, and biscuit serve a fruity meal in and of itself... the earthy, almost dank vegetable couples with dish detergent lemon to counter the initial flavor profile... the result? A beer I find complimentary to the day, but in need of more pronounced, better balanced ingredients... refreshes, stays around, and treats you with a modicum of respect... maybe a victim of expectation? at $2.99 a 500ml bottle, not quite worth the return....

Aug 26, 2017
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Squire from Mississippi

3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, light gold appearance with disappearing white cap and moderate lacing.

Light, clean scent of citrusy spice with a touch of banana. Some yeasty bread in the background.

Taste is moderately tart on entry followed by spicy banana and something that feels both floral and citrus, but not too much.

Light-medium texture balanced by carbonation.

Overall it's a pleasant lunch time drink that doesn't overpower the dish.

Apr 03, 2017
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DBosco from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange with little head that disappears. Rich bready smell. Tastes bready with some fruity esters. Mouthfeel is good, sparkling carbonation with a bloom of taste and alcohol. Overall, this is a hefeweizen a little outside of the usual taste, but it is very good in all respects. A little creamier than other hefeweizens I have had, but well worth trying and I think can be appreciated many times.

Jan 09, 2017
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seedyone from New York

4.86/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From bottle at home. The label has been changed some 5 years ago. Still yellowish but the 'organic' dots have been enlarged.

This is THE first "craft" beer I got hooked on back in 2007 or so. Found it at Whole foods, took 2 home, went back & ordered a case. That lasted me pretty much all summer.

This is a not a "session" beer. It's full, rich, yet refreshing flavor combines with a rich texture that gets you to maybe 2 pints....maybe. Ever hear a beer described as "satisfying"? Here it is. 2 & out.

To this day Pinkus Heffe has it all. Crisp, but not dry. Flavorful with a polite, slight citrus afterglow. It leaves one trying to discern all the different elements of flavor. Adding up to one of the most distinguished, refreshing beverages I've ever had & to date I've noted 650 beers here at Beer Advocate. Weihenstephaner is without a doubt the granddaddy of the Heffes, but there is a distinguished, yet low level spice character here that I really appreciate.

Buy it, chill it, pour it & get ready for a brew that meets all the criteria you hear time & again in the advertising of the herd. There are crisper, less noble heffes out there that are very good, but if you want a beer that leaves you satisfied, this is it.

Note to the Snarky, I do not work for this or any other company & spent over 20 years in the F&B industry, so I know how to enjoy life.

Sep 04, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In the top hefe-s, I've noticed the WOW factor comes in the nose and then declines in excellence.
Pinkus' hefe approaches me differently (but I still rate it at the top.)
Pinkus is relatively undistinguished in the nose (I really like more banana), but makes up for it in a taste that is not too fruity, as the style is prone to taste like and, surprisingly, keeps that high level as wheat mouthfeel usually goes thin.
If you find it, buy it. I hope to again next summer.

MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave this hefe- 2.5 stars of 4 and said "It is a rather northern-tasting Weizen, though it is has a thoroughly southern ratio of 60% wheat."

Aug 22, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle.
Cloudy yellow gold body topped by a large creamy white head.
Aroma+ earthy hops
Flavor is more balanced, mild, and only slightly bitter.

Aug 21, 2016
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drpimento from Wisconsin

2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Geez, this has got to be my least fav or the German Hefe-Weizens. Doesn't have many of the traditional Hefeweizen characteristics. Aroma has mineral, grain, fruit. yeast. Flavor's like nose, plus caramel, some wheat, on the sweet side more than bitter. Soft carbonation. Wet rag finish.

Apr 20, 2016
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Emersonio from District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour: Pint bottle poured into a weizen glass. Appearance: Light hazy straw in color. Thin to no head. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma: Bready malts and crackery notes. Banana and some funky grassy notes. On first wiff it smelled of barnyard...but i liked it! Taste: Follows the nose in many ways. Less barnyard and more bready and cracker-like, plus banana. Aftertaste: Funky, earthy and grassy return at the end. Overall: This was an interesting imbibe and i suspect my .expereince is note typical of this style. I had another bottle a few days after and it was very different

Feb 28, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy orange, with a decent white fluffy head that gives way to a thin lacing. Smells of citrus hops, bread dough and bananas. The taste follows the same notes, while being a bit too watery and bitter.

Jan 03, 2016
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loubar from California

4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from Whole Foods. A subtle and wonderful light wheat flavor pervades, free of the usual spices. On the drier side, but does have some sweetness. As the flavor advances yeast begins with a light, grassy and hay like presence at the very end. Good carbonation. An extremely smooth and somewhat subdued Hefeweizen. Exceptional.

May 05, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pinkus Muller Organic Hefe Weizen pours a cloudy, straw gold with a vigorous, 2” white head. It has mild spicy fruit and citrus flavors and aromas and is dry and refreshing. The malt is medium low and the beer is dry and refreshing.

Feb 04, 2015
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JamieDuncan from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First impression was that it did not look completely like a Hefe. It seemed lighter in appearance and not quite cloudy enough, also a very limited head that was quickly gone. Smell was similar, seemed to have a rich smell but not very strong. Taste followed the look and smell. Not quite the tasty flavor that you want if you hefe. Kinda a light version, one word description would be bland. There was a little bit of tart which seemed more like a berliner weiss which is more of what it looked like. On the positive side it is very clean, crisp, and easy to drink. Overall, not as rich as you want in a hefe but a pretty good, enjoyable beer.

Nov 27, 2014
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Brookfieldglass from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: This beer is cloudy but a tad on the lighter golden amber side for a Hefe. A quick disappearing two finger head after being poured into a weizen glass with minimal lacing.

Aroma: Grainy/earthy wheat, some yeast and a hint of something sweet.

Taste: Creamy mouth feel albeit a bit on the lighter to moderate side with some hints of grain/earthiness with moderate carbonation.

Everything else: This is an above average Hefe in my opinion and a first for me with this brewery. The flavors aren't as sharp as I'd like but I'd buy this again.

Nov 23, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain and lemon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is refreshing and easy to drink with its slight sourness, but it lacks a lot of the usual aromas and flavors found in other beers of the same style.

Serving type: bottle.

Nov 23, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pinkus Organic Hefe-Weizen has a thick, white, crackly head, a very hazy golden appearance, stray bubbles, which become even hazier when the caked bottom contents are swished & poured in. Lacing is present, but dies away rather quickly. The aroma is quite odd- various sour cheese smells are picked up (cream cheese, cottage cheese, colby). Taste is of white wheat bread, tap water, sourness, and dirt. No coriander or banana was detected. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, soft, and prickly. Pinkus Organic Hefe Weizen finishes refreshing and easy drinking.


Sep 27, 2014
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WAbeerfiend from Washington

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Poured from a pint bottle into a weizen glass on 03.02.14.

A: Yellow. Typical opaque yeast cloud at the top of glass. More see through at the bottom. 1/4 finger head.

S: Lemon with some bitterness.

T: Tangy lemon dominates. Wheat is there too. There's also a strange funk or skunk flavor.

M: Smooth. Watery.

O: This wasn't a complex hef. It was too watery and had no yeast flavor. The funk or skunk quality almost prompted me to drain pour it, but I held on and didn't get sick afterwards. Maybe it was a bad batch. Based on what I had, there are many better hefs out there.

Sep 24, 2014
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brurevu from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

This beer poured an almost crystal clear gold until I decided to activate the yeast and pour in the rest of the beer. There was a stormy mess of a mixture until it all settled into an opaque straw yellow brew. There was the typical thick head, but on the Pinkus it quickly dissipated and left little lacing. There was faint banana on the nose, but I picked up more of the clove spice typical of the style. The taste was strong on the Hefe spice and begins with a bready wheat that melds into the spice. I did not have much in the way of the signature banana and bubble gum yeast notes that I have come to expect, but more spice and wheat. The opaque appearance and creamy mouthfeel belied its light and refreshing finish.

Sep 10, 2014
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