Organic Hefe-Weizen | Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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Organic Hefe-WeizenOrganic Hefe-Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by paleoplant on 04-04-2002

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Reviews:
239
Ratings:
401
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
20.62%
 
 
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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I first opened the bottle I got a strong, sharp wheat aroma with some undertones of spice. It pours out a clear wheat yellow with a thick and fairly persistent head. Flavor is smooth but with a good bite, fairly typical of a hefe-weizen, with a whisper of citrus flavor, a little bit watery, but tingly and pleasant. A decent wheat ale.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into a quarter inch of lacing. Quite disappointing for a Hefe. The aroma is of banana with a hint of clove. The aromatics are nice, but lighter than most hefes. The taste is bready, with hints of banana and clove, and a tangy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. Overall, this beer reminds me of multiple Hefes I drank while living in Germany. It is on the borderline between mediocre and good, and is equally drinkable and forgettable. I wouldn't be upset if I were forced to drink this again, but there are better Hefes out there both German and American.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a bright orange in color and was very hazy. It sported a nice, full white head and certainly looked the part.

Smell – There is some good yeast to be had with this nose. The banana was very light but present along with some bigger, raw-style fruits like oranges and cherries.

Taste – The yeast is good here but the orange and cherry notes are too big and damper the overall flavor profile. I’m also getting an off-style tarty twang.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied Weizen is heavier than I like, and the mouthfeel suffers from the tartness in the taste.

Drinkability – This is pretty good, but the heavy orange sweetness and sour flavors take away from the classic yeast and banana notes and spoil this organic effort by Pinkus.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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 KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the interestingly decorated bottle into a pint glass. A very cloudy yellowish color that generated a high white foam. Lacing left down the side.

Smell was wheaty, with hints of the banana/clove combo typically found in a hefe. Though not as pronounced as others I've sampled.

Taste was citrusy - a lemon tart came through for me and stuck throughout, blending nicely with the wheat. Pleasant in the mouthfeel.

Overall a very drinkable hefe. Great summertime brew.

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blurry mustard with a modest white bonnet.
Lemony-wheat touched aroma, furthered by notions of lilacs and vanilla. It lacks, in part, the phenols of many a hefe, but it still smells inviting.
Begins with a tart-leaning wheat notion that build a huskier graininess over time. Lemon spritz middle, with traces of clove and kiwi. Herbal on the close with nods towards eucalyptus and honeysuckle.
The yeast pour only makes this breadier, and masks most of the nuance. I'd keep it out next time.
Light bodied with a steadfast, uppity carbonation. This is a quencher in the truest sense of the word...one with some subtle flair.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice looking hefe, maybe a tad lighter yellow than the usual ,very nice frothy,thick white head.. Aroma is quite subdued for style but perfectly pleasant with hints of wheat, not very yeasty, lemon grass, a hint of hay, not spicy. Taste is quite weak here mostly wheat, some very feeble esters, bananas, peppery on the back of the tongue. Ok on the palate, i will say average because its a very hot day here. Not impressed with this one a weak German hefe.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

RJT

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Photo of Marius
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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 yemenmocha
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer! Pours a very hazy pale golden color with enormous, jiggly-thick white head. Wow!

Nose is weak to non-existant. Faint whiff of bread.

Palate is light wheat with decent carbonation, but nothing much to enjoy. There's nothing offensive... just nothing good, really. Finish is light. Easy drinking, but watery.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Penn Weizen glass. Yeast swirled in.

The pour looks nice. Eggy white head meringues on top of a cloudy goldenrod beer. Looks creamy and the head retention is superb. Delightful.

Strangely, it smells almost eggy. Custardy yeast, banana yogurt, white bread malts, light lemony sourness, and wheat. Very nice aroma for the lover of the banana-forward hefe!

Deliciously malty with big bready wheat and white bread notes. Banana custard, lemony twang, light peppery spice, some navel orange, and a hint of bitter dandelion roots. There's an herbal quality to the hops, which are still very light. Green apple and carrying banana in the finish. This might be the epitome of spring beer for me. Super!

Fortified mouthfeel; almost creamy in body with some side-mouthed carbonation sizzle that really sets it off. Exquisite.

I don't know if my palate has mutated, or what, but this makes my personal Top 5 Hefeweizens list. And, I'd like to think I've reviewed my fair share of the style after last summer's hefe project. Why didn't I run into this beaut during the warm season? I know where to find her now, and you better believe I'm coming back for more.

Reiteration: A perfect springtime beer!

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Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Half-liter bottle, into a weizen glass. Pours out a pleasant, quite cloudy & turbid yellow color, with a very disappointing head that fades quickly. Aroma is fairly fruity, slightly grassy. More fruity, bubblegum flavors on first taste, with a sharply acidic citric tang. Bitterness is low, and not much cloviness (though there are a few phenols that seem to suggest smoke to me). The tartness makes for an interesting finish. Body a bit unfull--needs more carbonation.

The tartness of this beer makes it very lively and refreshing beer, though the priciness ($4.49) is higher than I like to pay for the style.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy pale golden color, small white head, thick glass-coating lace, slight fine carbonation.

Aroma: Mild citrus hops, tart wheat malt, and earthy yeast. Clove and banana notable only by their absence.

Taste: Tart at the open, with faint hints of cloves midway through the taste, finishes with a musty horse blanket note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, fairly pleasant, with little carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An odd example of the style, does not conform particularly well, not offensive, just rather unremarkable.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint, .9 fl oz bottle copped singly from Gary's in Madison for $2.75...
Heard a lot of different things about this beer, so I was interested in giving this a go... Actually have seen this sample in books by the beer hunter Michael Jackson...
A steady pour resulted in a straw-colored, hazy, cloudy, bright-yellow hue with no head at all, which was dissapointing for a Hefe and hardly any lacing either...
Decent aroma of raw wheat and citrus noticeable along with essences of ripe fruit and pears...
Taste strongly complemented the flavor, with nuances of lemon, citrus, coriander, wheat, honey, and sugars... What I really liked about the flavor was that it was very rich and creamy...
Thick, creamy mouthfeel that seemed pretty well-balanced and in-check...
Easy drinkability with a modest ABV... Certainly not the best representation of the style, but a decent sample nonetheless... "USDA Certified Organic"...

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - an impenetrable hazy brown orange almost like swamp water, short white head dissipated fairly quickly leaving a small lace ring
S - surprising herbal hops, toasty wheat malt, and some lemon citrus, not at all what I was expecting
T - toasty bready wheat malt and dank herbal hops, light lemon and orange zest, and a spicy note, none of the typical yeasty flavour expected from a German hefe, more like pale ale flavours
M - medium refreshing carbonation, a bready chewy feel that is smooth, finishing with slight bitter
D - this is a decent brew, but it seems to have more of the characteristic of a mildly hopped pale ale, and very few of the hefe flavours I'm accustomed to, not sure what they were going for, but it is still enjoyable and fairly easy drinking

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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 ADR
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light apricot color with swirling waves of yeasties. Soft 1/2 inch head to start, clings to the glass in fat incomplete rings. Fresh fruity ester aromas, not overstated, but slightly yeasty. Now here is where my bias comes in...I'm NOT a fan of lots of lemon and banana and tend to avoid Hefes that showcase these estery properties. Here, the wheat graininess combines with a malty flavor closer to pear, touched by just the slightest sense of citrus. Medium body and a slight bit of apple in the restrained but consistent finish. For me, lots of the benefits of a Hefe (satisfying mouthfeel, drinkability, and yeastiness), without a heaping helping of bananas. I could care less for "organic", but these Pinkus brews strike me well.

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Photo of bditty187
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pinkus Organic pours a murky yellow, a bit unique looking. The aroma is sweet, lemony, and doughy. The extra-white head reached about 1/2 inch before it disappeared to a soapy-lace. The taste is tart banana, hints of clove, noticeable yeastiness, and citrus. I enjoyed the zippy tang on my tongue. Finishes dry and clean. Very refreshing, a Hefe I would drink again. Not the best, but something I would keep handy.

Enjoy it while the weather is hot!!

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry this comment is in french :

A : A munster, la brasserie-taverne Pinkus Muller fait une weizen qui posséde l'equilibre entre le froment et le malt d'orge des bières du sud.
S, T & M :En revanche, sa levure du nord la rend florale, séche et un peu acide.
D : Une bière souple, délicate et appétissante.

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Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not that interesting, thineer and less yeasty than most German wheats, a bit more lagerish i think, not a lot of banana flavour in there, which i like in my German wheats.

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Photo of spoony
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle (code says 9313N09) into a hefe glass.

A-A normal pour produces a thin head of barely one finger of white foam. The head drops quickly to a cap that hangs around for a bit. The brew is a bit dull looking with a dijon mustard hue as a result of the yeast.

S-The smell is surprisingly sharp and grassy for a hefe. There is very little clove/banana going on here. Just a bit of lemon and grain.

T-The taste is also light on the banana/clove yeast, but there is a bit of doughy yeast. The main flavor remains a grainy lemon with a bit of astringent grass/straw. It is certainly different from many hefes, but not entirely unpleasant...almost pils like at times.

M-The feel is a bit watery with soft, moderate carbonation and a medium heft. It is really drinkable, however, which is what I want in a hefe.

O-This is a pretty mediocre beer but it has some interesting characteristics. The graininess and lack of typical hefe yeast flavors is disappointing, but the feel is pretty good and goes a long way towards making up for the lackluster smell and taste. Maybe it is the "organic" label working into my subconscious, but I feel like this beer actually tastes like the ingredients that go into it, and not like some magical potion. Weird.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
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."

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Photo of HardTarget
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle Inspection: Nothing useful on the label

Aroma: A mild citric note with very mild hints of malt. Very neutral aroma

Appearance: Hazy, but not cloudy yellow glass with a thin cover of white that left a touch of lace

Flavor: Very mild taste. A little wheat flavor, but almost a macro lager overall taste. No clove or banana notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body with medium carbonation

Overall Impression: Forgettable. Thirst quenching I guess, but just not much here to report. Seriously rousting the yeast toward the end help intensify the taste a bit, but still, a weak and watery hefe.
Thanks to Pegasus for the sample.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy yellow with a foamy head No real retention, no lace.

Sweet grain an wheat and yeast notes. No fruit, clove, banana?

This drinks like an American wheat. Yeast and sweet wheat up front, some husk bitterness and a lemon-like tartness at the end. Finishes fairly clean.

Lighter bodied. Good carbonation.

I was a bit disappointed. An ok brew, but not what I want in a German hefe.

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Organic Hefe-Weizen from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
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