Organic Hefe-Weizen | Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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Organic Hefe-WeizenOrganic Hefe-Weizen

Brewed by:
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky pale golden; almost like a Witbier. The medium-large fluffy white head dissipates into decent lacings.

S: More lemon and lime than bananas - strange in a Hefeweizen. Kind of sour and dry. Far from the Hefeweizens I've had before.

T: Citric, very citric. Some ripe bananas without the sweetness. Sour and spicy.

M: Long bitter but also sour aftertaste. Body is light and carbonation mild. Smooth and refreshing.

O: Interesting; I liked it, but I wouldn't have guessed Hefeweizen in a blind test, due to that the bananas was in the back compared to the dry and citric notes.

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Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought that this would be alot better than it was,poured a standard hazy yellow color with big fluffy head,an aroma of bananas and some slight spicy notes.Pretty yeasty tasting not real tart,seems to come up short on alot of traits of the style.An average underachieving beer in my opinion.

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Photo of akorsak
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500 mL bottle purchased at Wegmans in Mechanicsburg.

A: The pour lacked the vigor associated with a hefeweizen; I managed to fill my weizen glass in just two pours. A large head, over 3 fingers, was fast to recede, leaving no head behind. The weizen is hazy and golden, pale but translucent. Did someone put a kristalweizen in my glass instead?

S: Grainy, the ale smells like a brewhouse fresh with spent malt. The breadiness outshines wheat and yeast by-products, taking control of the ale.

T: At least the ale returns to its weizen base when I take that first sip. Mild wheat, lightly tart, and a strong clove presence define the taste. The wheat sharing space up front, comes back with a bit more force near the finish. The weizen may be best described as clove-y. The weizen is mediocre, so it may not be the best thing to splash 'organic' all over.

M: The mouthfeel is grainy with enough wheat to make me notice. The abundance of clove is a bit of a turn-off.

D: I'll finish off this bottle. It works if you prefer a clove-driven hefeweizen.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle into weizen glass.

Cloudy golden yellow, turning more toward orange in the wider parts of the glass. Somewhat spotty lacing. Not much head for a wheat beer.

Very light fruity yeast aromas, hints of orange and light creaminess.

Once again, light on the flavor. Some presence of the yeast and light malt. The most noticeable part was the slight hop bitterness at the end. Almost tastes watered down.

Low carbonation and watery mouthfeel.

This isn't really a bad beer, as there are no poor qualities in the taste or smell. It is if someone turned down the "intensity" knob when brewing this beer.

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Photo of horndecker
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy with a prodigious head, sticky and rocky, fairly bright white, but hey, it doesn't hang out. It's gone within a few minutes.

The nose has the expected banana and clove elements, but they are muted, not very assertive. A bit of lime appears occasionally. No whiff of hops or malt.

The taste has a slight bitterness at first, a bit of mineral hops, a peppery note, very slight, subdued malt and grain flavors, and a tea-like finish.
It's rather light-bodied with very little residual carbonation. Rather thin and lifeless after a bit, actually.

A disappointing brew, given my past experiences with Pinkus Mueller. I'd give it another try, but wouldn't expect alot.

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Photo of Fatheranderson
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow, a little more so than the average Hefeweizen, but not absolutely spectacular.

Smell: Faintly reminiscent of lemons, orange zest, and citrus. Nothing particularly stands out. Overall not a bad smell, but not a great one either.

Taste: Somewhat lemony with a hint of wheat, very smooth, but falls short on a proper finish. A little too watery to make a proper 4 or 5, and could use a little more body to taste like a proper hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: This is where it loses big points. The beer is too thin to really impress me unfortunately, since a hefeweizen by nature should be a heartier beer, and unfortunately this one just falls short of that standard.

Drinkability: It's definitely a drinkable beer, and would pair very well with a good juicy steak or maybe some sea food. Very refreshing as compared to the usual offerings on the market, but could use a little extra body.

Overall: It's a very strong offering compared to the more commercial hefeweizens on the market, but it falls short of it's potential. It has the potential to be one of the absolute best beers on the market, but it needs a little extra thickness and strength.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow with a white frothy head similar to a latte. Aroma is citrus, lemony, yeasty.

Taste is sweet and wheaty. Mild lemony citrus notes with a light malt background and some traces of yeast. An acidic bite keeps the mouthfeel lighter, even though not very carbonated. Aftertaste is dry. No hints of that typical organic sour mash present in so many other organics.

Doesn't cut it as a hefe for me, runs more towards a weisse or even a weak witbier. Not bad but misses the mark; needs more of a yeasty, banana element.

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Photo of theopholis
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Almost opaque, apricot/yellow with a semi-decent amount of white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, and leaves no lacing behind.

Smell- For a wheat, this has lots of malt sweetness. Very little sourness. Not as yeasty as other Weizens.

Taste- For a wheat, lots of malt sweetness. Some wheatiness, but not as much as you'd expect from a Hefe. A hint of banana. No cloves at all.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Just a hint of astringency. Good CO2 level. Very refreshing, very drinkable.

Drinkability- Nice and refreshing after work. A good quaffing beer. Not as good as other Hefes, but in the top 10%.

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Photo of sfprint
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: beautiful two inch creamy head. Incredible creamy yellowy orange color with micro rising carbonation.
S: a chemical-ish aroma that has a nasal cavity opening freshness to it. floral soap (but not in a gross way)
T: different from the last one I had. I feel like this beer doesn't have a particularly consistent flavor. slightly sweet lemon zest. somewhat bland. slightly nutty, slightly sour.
M: smooth, but not particularly appealing. watery.
O: An ok hefeweizen. drinkable but not special, sadly. I will have to try it again to see if its any different.

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Photo of Autoeros
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dull gold and hazy, and light toward the top; Hazy enough that I can’t see my fingers on the other side of the glass. Pours a thin, rocky head that fades fast, with very little lacing, though the carbonation is certainly there.

S: Orange, faint lemon, with a yeasty character, very much what a weizen should be.

T: The same fruits as the nose with a spicy (coriander) character that lends it a nice definition, with less yeast than I thought there would be from the nose, and a surprising amount of carbonation on the tongue.

MF: Very tingly with carbonation, close to soda-like, and not too thick. This beer is fantastic for summer drinking; it has a low ABV and a refreshing bounciness on the palate.

O: A fairly disappointing pour with its short-lived head, but a very relaxing beer. It’s thoroughly enjoyable, and my ecological college-minded side especially likes its organic certification.

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Photo of granger10
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Semi hazy yellow bronze color with a dense, medium creamy head. Not too much lacing. Aroma is odd in that the German yeast flavors were lacking. More of a wheat and acidity smell with some sweet fruit notes in the background. Taste had more clove than aroma but the banana was lacking and the grains were quite sweet. Lemony acidic finish. All the flavors were a bit weak and this beer in general was weak and somewhat watery. Easy to consume but not the most enjoyable. A decent lawn mower beer and the fact that its organic is cool but not the greatest hefe by any stretch.

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Photo of Bierkenner
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: I loved the appearance. It was poured from the bottle into a Schneider Weisse 0,5 L hefeweizen glass. Very cloudy and a nice golden orange glow with a white frothy head that quickly dissipated. This is organic and unfiltered and it showed. It gave the look of a thick, refreshing hefeweizen. Unfortunately, for me this category gets the highest rating.

S: Light and along the lines of a crisp citrus soap

T: I think a lot of people have reviewed this with the "ideal" banana & clove in mind. That's fine, but I don't think it completely ruins this beer because it doesn't punch you in the face with those classic notes. It tastes good, light citrus with just a hint of spice. No over the top b & c here. The taste was all right, the problem I had was that it just was too light of taste. I really like a strong flavor from my beer... or food for that matter

M: Watery. With the cloudy, opaque look of this stuff I was expecting (and hoping for) a little creamier or more substantial mouthfeel. I didn't really get that.

O: Really a decent beer... just don't go in expecting classic banana & clove. I had it out back in my bier garten with a brat, Stadium Mustard and potato salad. It was quite refreshing. Don't know if I'd buy it again though. It was purchased at Whole Food's in Cleveland Heights.

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Photo of Stimack
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this at Oliver’s the other day and was intrigued that it was Organic and the fact that I have taken a liking to Hefe’s. The brew poured to a pale yellow/golden color, quite cloudy, as I could not see through it with a nice sized white head that’s retention was good but left limited lacing. The aromas seemed to be quite muted – as it did not come across as a hefe-weizen, did not have the banana or clove scent. Seemed to have a strong grain scent that actually seemed to be a slight detractor. The aromas clearly where not there for me, such a disappointment. The flavor again was missing the mark if this is a Hefe-weizen. Though not a bad tasting brew it had limited banana flavors. Does have some citrus like flavors that go well. To me this is an easy drinking brew but to me it is missing some normal flavors that should be there or are just overly muted. Again the beer went quick, just seemed to miss the mark for the style.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: A nice looking 500ml tall brown glass bottle with a very traditional looking, old Teutonic style mish-mash yellow 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 Wheat Ale and 5.1% Alc./Vol.

Appearance: A milky pale yellow-golden body. Massive frothy white head forms quickly settles down to a crisp but creamy ½” thick covering. Minimal lacing but decent conditioning.

Nose: Soft cloves and breaded dough laden middle with fresh wheat that has some yeast encrusted resembles

Taste: Crisp and very sharp, light citric elements with a soft body that benefits from a tart wheat middle. Some banana in the back end mixes with a creamy clove feel that lingers with a sharp clove tasting yet fruity finish.

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

Drinkability: Average Hefe-Weizen and quite light for a Teutonic offering. I could handle a couple of bottles of this but it’s a tad one-dimensional to be drinking it all night.

Overall: The “Organic” could also mean “light”, or is that “Lite”? in this case. If I was to put this in Yorkshire terms, I would call it a Jessie-Hefe.

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Photo of Marius
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy light gold..big white head that settles down to 1/4 " with little lacing.
Smells very much like a bag of flour with some lemon.
Flavors are all pretty mute. There is a sour lemon taste at first followed by sweet bread dough....too raw, though. Some yeasty wheat (duh )...just a hint of banana at the end..., which is clean ,and no clove. Kind of thin all around.
Light / medium body with lots of carbonation....gassy stuff.
Not as flavorful as most German hefes....I would not seek this one out. Still, better than most American hefes....might go good with a light meal.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy straw in color with a crisp head, light lace. Smell has a light wheat and green apple aroma. Taste is lightest German hefe I've tried, it's clean with the wheat in the background. Mouthfeel has good body and carbonation. Not what I expected from this German hefe, but tis refreshing.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another one of the new labels to hit the shelves in these parts, and one that I'd never heard of before. Came in a 500 ml brown Euro bottle, no best before date.

Pours out an aggressively carbonated hazy lemon hue, thin cap of creamy head with sticky lacing. Bready malt on the nose, passive floral hops, a bit of leaf and grass, and kind of a musty character. The flavour is quite an enigma, I'm trying to put my finger on it. I don't quite recognize it, can't place it, but am drawn back to it. I taste white grapes, it's a bit on the acidic side, and lots of lemon. A bit of earth and old leather. It then picks up some mild tartness on the finish, like red currants. Some orange peel. Some straw. Hell, I'm lost here now. An herbal tartness lingers in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, a bit watery but it adds to the overall, doesn't detract.

An interesting experience, but I am still a bit lost and wondering, I'm well off the map with this organic hefe, no landmarks to steer by. Lots and lots of citrus rind well into the aftertaste now, it keeps unravelling in subtle layers. I'm glad I paid my tickets and got to marvel at it in the tent, but at the moment I'm still contemplating if I'm going to have to go back for another peep or not. It is starting to grow on me, so perhaps another long gaze might be in order, if only to finally decipher it.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Pinkus-Mueller brewery is pretty much known for their lineup of brews created with only organic ingredients. Of course this hefeweizen happens to be one of those brews. I doubt if the "organicness" of organic beers has any real effect on a beer's flavor, but this particular beer was pretty average every way I looked at it.

Pinkus Hefeweizen pours a cloudy, pale, almost straw-like yellow color with a nice foam head that lasts for a little under three minutes. The aroma was slightly yeasty, with some light spicy notes and a somewhat harsh grassy note. The mouthfeel was light-bodied with a low-moderate amount of carbonation, but it lead to some easy drinkability. A good amount of weissbiers stress the banana and spicy qualities, but this one was a bit more grassy and citric. Some bready, wheaty qualities show up along with some banana, but there is very little spiciness and hoppiness in this beer. In the aftertase, the grassiness lingers on with what little spiciness there is, and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

This is an easy to drink beer and makes for a good summer-thirst quencher, but overall it was not quite as flavorful as I would have liked. Average hefeweizen all around.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. Had a light yellow color that was so light it reminded me of a witbier. Good size head and lacing with good carbonation. For a wheat beer, it had a average to slightly below average smell. Mouthfeel was pretty good but overall the taste was sorta bland. Worth trying and maybe a rare repeat but if wanting a wheat you can find many better (3.25, RB, T, Y)

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into a standard Weizen glass.

A. Poured a golden pale with a rapidly dissipating 3 finger head. Little lacing.

S. Yeasty citrusy odor. Pretty mild and bland for this class.

T. Very bland. I am used to a more aggresive clove/yeast taste in this class.

M. Lightly carbonated. Again not to impressed.

This is a very mild and bland example of a Hefe. Much better examples readilly available.

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Photo of budgood1
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this organic hefe-weizen pours out a mostly clear pure gold color. a big foamy head and lots of visible active carbonation. adequate lace. mostly fruity almost genuine banana far the most banana smelling hefe i've ever had. absolutely no smoky or clove notes. odd neutral lemony taste. the addition of the hard packed yeast and dregs add some additional flavors, and add a welcome fullness to the mouthfeel. some spicy flavors presents themselves, and a honey undertone adds a unique twist. in fact it almost gets too sweet in the end. an odd hefe, but enjoyable. probably one i won't revisit though.

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Photo of roblowther
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Whole Foods. Pours with a nice head that forms a nice, rocky surface. Looks great, on the whole. Smell is muted, but thin and a wee sharp. Taste is pleasant, but tending to be a bit on the bland side. It could use a bit more of the wheat sweetness. Nice aftertaste with notes of banana. If that taste came on a bit quicker the beer would definitely benefit. Mouthfeel is good, again could maybe use a bit more of the wheat gluten. Drinkability is good, going down very easy & could do so again on a hot afternoon. Overall, maybe this one could benefit from the addition of a lemon, although I would rarely say that as I tend to be an "NFL" guy. I think the addition of a citrus flavor might jazz up this pleasant, if innocous entry.

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Photo of BeerBeing
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml brown glass euro generic bottle, multicolored label

Appearance: hazy yellow color, large white head, no lacing

Smell: mildly yeasty with banana and citrus

Taste: light body, crisp mouth feel, citrus, banana, spicy clove and yeast

Notes: refreshing, but average

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Organic Hefe-Weizen from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
3.55 out of 5 based on 412 ratings.
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