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Organic Hefe-Weizen | Brauerei Pinkus Mueller

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Organic Hefe-WeizenOrganic Hefe-Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
Germany
pinkus-mueller.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by paleoplant on 04-04-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
240
Ratings:
406
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
20.9%
 
 
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Photo of granger10
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Drew966
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pinkus Organic Hefe-Weizen pours a cloudy copper color with a white head from a brown 500 ml bottle. Banana like smells are coming from my glass. Taste is a little less aggressive than I would like, not any bad or off flavors mind you, but fairly tame. Typical hefe character, and quite drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought into Alberta through Delancey Direct. This is another beer that took its time in being imported. The first organic hefe I have tried: this one comes in a 500ml bottle with a strange yellow label showing two pictures of some unidentified men. A little sticker near the neck says "Organic." Pinkus Hefe poured into my weizen glass with a subdued(for a hefe) bright white head. The head is creamy and tight, however. Solid sheets of lacing, not much patchiness. The beer's colour is...well...different. Think murky lemonade or even dirty water--a very dull yellow in any event. Extremely cloudy. The first notes to hit my nose are some dusty continental hops along with light citrus and croutons. Quite a bit of lemon in the aroma. Refreshing and definitely zesty...the citrus is quite strong. Solid light malt smells and milkiness akin to a cream ale. Ginger and cloves. The more I smell it the more I like it actually: not to say it is extremely complex, but solid and appetising for a hefeweizen. The malting is especially good. Whether that is due to the organic growing, I have no idea. The malts just smell very fresh, very doughy and and creamy in a way. Light graininess starts the taste, and the beer thins out a little in the middle of the tongue, showing a little wateriness. By the finish, it is all wheat malt and distant lemon. Again, clean and fresh tasting malts, little detectable dryness, and some estery yeast flavours. A little sourish water in the taste too. Not overly complex, and easily surpassed by some of the better known German hefeweizens. The beer is exceptionally light in body, with relatively low carbonation. Could do with a little more fulness. Goes down like water, though, and serve me this all summer outside and I would be a happy man indeed. A solid hefe, and a wonderful organic product for all your health-conscious friends.

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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 HighCarbDiet
2.66/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

too bad, we were very disappointed. we were expecting something akin to schneider's edel-weiss, organic weizen. dead wrong.

before we continue the review, we're checking the bottle for freshness info, but can't find any. okay, we'll continue...

head dissipates quickly. mouthfeel, almost nonexistant. the beer isn't quite flat, but it's getting there, at least compared to most hefes (including the baltika we drank 5 minutes ago).

the scent is like a weak grass/stale hop combo. very bland. scent reminds me more of a pilsener than a wheat beer.

the flavor is somewhat similar. pretty bland, not all that wheaty, not getting much fruit or spice or anything for that matter. leaves me with a grassy aftertaste.

this beer is weak. we're drinking it out of a schneider glass, a treatment it definitely doesn't deserve. we hope we just got an off bottle. there are no real bad flavors, but there isn't much good going on here. wouldn't look for this again.

overall, we're very disappointed. we like to try organic brews whenever possible, and are big hefe fans. this just didn't cut it.

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Photo of elricorico
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one looks pretty average for a hefe. It is a hazy yellow and the head faded away rapidly. It just doesn't look very lively to me.

I get more of a euro pale lager smell than a hefe smell here. It smells grassy and has a bit of mustiness to it. Disappointing.

The taste is not too exciting either. I get the impression that it has the base of a hefe but all the good parts never made it in there. It is a grassy and tart. Really gives the impression of a lager more than an ale.

The mouthfeel is alright, light to medium bodied with less carbonation than I would expect for the style. Inoffensive but less than impressive.

This is the kind of beer I would expect the masses to cling to. Not much to it really. Throw a lemon on the glass and serve it ice cold, they'll make a mint.

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Photo of acrawf6
2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a light yellow hue with just a little hazy orange color in it and a decent white head that dropped pretty quickly.

Smell. it has a sweet lager aroma to it. i get no fruitiness or spice to it, just a honey and a little lemon cirtus. It is also a little yeasty. Not a big fan of the aroma.

Taste. More on the citris side. It is very light, reminds me more of an american wheat than a hefe weizen. It also has a light hoppiness in it, but not normal clove taste or bananas i was hoping for tonight. Aftertaste is yeasty.

Mouthfeel. decent. decent carbonation, medium to light body. good balance.

Overall, not bad but i dont think its a good hefe. Is quite refreshing though, just not as tasty and complex as i was hoping.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out the color of a very hazy lemonade. The head left something to be desired as it petered out kind of quickly. Not really any phenols really stand out in the nose. Bready malt dominates here. Good wheat twang in the nose, but really far too clean. This reminded me more of a helles (with wheat thrown in) than a weissbier. Odd. This is really a different kind of hefe weizen that I've got here. Just as in the nose, I can't really detect all that much in the yeast character, which is a shame. There's the tangy zip of wheat and that bready malt I smelled earlier, though, and that's just what I'm going to have to settle for with this beer. For what it does, I must admit, I kind of like it. Mouthfeel is carbonated well, but could use more body. Not really any of the fluffiness I like in my wheats. This would be good as it warms up here.

Not a really "textbook" hefe weizen, but decent enough for what it is. I think I'll save my money and invest in 500 ml bottles of Franziskaner (at half the price of Pinkus) in the future.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Let me begin by saying this hefe poured beautifully!!! Wonderful typical hefeweizen colour with a lovely tight-knit white head. Plenty of sediment. This had a BIG yeast smell. In fact, it smell almost identical to the premeasured wads of dough we would separate out in my Pizza Hut days. The taste? I have had better hefeweizens before in my lifetime. This certainly wasn't awful, but there are better selections available. The mouthfeel is incredible!! Very, Very smooth. Almost creamy. I feel I could drink several of these in a sitting, though I likely never will since I absolutely love Tucher's line of hefeweizens a little better. Over all, not a bad hefe.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprising hefeweizen. Big wheat and low barley character. Creates a lightly tart, highly citrus and acidic drink. Slightly fizzy and efforvescent. Sweeter to the smell than the flavor. Very fruity, berry-like and tart. Though cove-like and tropical fruit-like, it is very much lighter in body and pleasantly astringent. A light hint of peaches, apricots, papayas, and pears. Not at all grainy or out of balance. Very crisp and clean in the finish without much of a drying sensation. A must try for all Wheat Beer fans.

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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 whynot44
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied, Light apricot color, cloudy, with a huge white fluffy head.

Aroma is mainly lemon and fresh bread, no detectable bananas or cloves - not all bad.

Taste is mainly lemon, yeast/bread, with a little fruitiness more like apple or pear. Finishes tart with a touch of hops. crisp and refreshing but a little different than the usual hefe-weizen.

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

This Organic Hefe-Weizen pours a semi-hazy yellow with light carbonation, virtually no head. Nice light smell and a basic hefe-weizen taste. Nice mellow finish that is typical of a good hefe. Can’t say that this one sticks out any better than the rest but does hold it’s own. The Pinkus Brewery does provide a good solid beer no matter what the style.

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Photo of drewmprs
2.37/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2.79 at hollinghshead 16.9 oz bottle. I liked the fact that it was organic, label was a little childish.
Sharp, sparkly, and a bit sour. Head foamed at first then settled and was unassuming. Carbonation fades also, this beer followed all German brew laws. Above average for an organic beer. Lack of clove, or wheat, I wouldn't have even known it was a wheat beer if it was put in front of me blind. I'm not impressed with this beer. Only buy it if you are an organic beer aficionado. Otherwise its a below average hefe.

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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 BeerBeing
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. This beer pours out a clear yellow color with a huge, creamy head and heavy carbonation. The aroma is lemony and very metallic, sort of like copper pennies. Crisp malt flavor. Very tart for a hefe, which is strange but interesting. Not much wheat flavor. A little bit of spice in the finish. High carbonation combined with the tartness makes this beer quite refreshing. An odd hefe, but an interesting one.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
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 ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy whitish yellow with a huge, creamy white head that lasts for days. Nice, fragrant nose of citrus, German yeast, floral hops, light wheat, and a hint of bubble gum. Light citrus flavor up front combined with a touch of wheat, followed by a touch of sweetness and some floral hops. Light body is well-carbonated, slgithly foamy, and just right for a hefe weizen. Goes down nice and easy - very drinkable. Although I prefer a Schneider or a Weihenstephaner, this is a perfectly respectable German hefeweizen.

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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 finepaws
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale cloudy yellow, almost grapefruit in appearance. Not much head, but what is there is very frothy/creamy, with lots of lacing. Smells yeasty and bready, but no commonly found banana esters. Slightly citrus too. Has a tart citrus flavor. Somewhat grassy. Good clean finish, crisp carbonation, and slightly hoppy. Very refreshing, not too light. Has a good mouthfeel, with good balance of flavors. Nothing boring on this beer.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Beervis
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 17oz bottle a cloudy yellow with a nice white head, and small yeast particle floating about.

Smell is bready and yeasty with slightly sweet malt.

Taste is very grainy and tart with a really nice creaminess. Palate is medium bodied with a good cleansing carbonation. A small amount of hop bitterness balances it out, and leads into the drying clean finish.

This beer is very drinkable. It was very refreshing throughout, and much better than most hefe's I've tried. I really liked it, and will definitely pick up some more!

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

Pours a very pale yellow with a thick haze and a nice cap of white head. Moderate amount of lacing. Aroma is subdued but is pleasant enough banana bread and cloves. Taste is very sweet banana upfront with a husky wheat body and a tart lemon twang finishing with barely detectable clove . Medium bodied with a high carbonation level and a fairly creamy feel. Overall it's an OK beer, but there's a lot better hefe weizens from Germany out there.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Pinkus hefe-weizen pours a cloudy yellow body beneath a full head of rocky, bright-white froth that holds extremely well (buoyed by the effervescent carbonation rising quickly from beneath), and settles to a creamy 1/4" lid. Unfortunately, it leaves very little more than a few spots and splashes of lace here and there about the glass.

The nose is not as bold as some other examples, but it still offers the same components... wheat malt, lemon, and very mild clove (but not much banana at all).

In the mouth it's delicately effervescent and tingly, then smooth; which can be a nice change from some examples that are a bit bristly.

The flavor is also a touch muted, but very nicely sweetish and rounded; with some sweet malt, lemony zest, some spic & floral hops, and a note of vanilla. It's bitterness is kept low-key; and it finishes smooth with a slowly receeding tide of malty sweetness and lemon. The flavor could be more pronounced and full, but then it wouldn't be as soft, light, and drinkable as it is! And it wouldn't be as unique!

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Organic Hefe-Weizen from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller
3.54 out of 5 based on 406 ratings.
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