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Mahr's Hell - Mahrs-Bräu

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67 Reviews

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 122
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 17
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-28-2003

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is a fine example of the style, but for me it seems a little simplistic, a little dumbed down compared to some of its german counterparts. it just doesnt have that extra burst of grain flavor in the middle, not dusty and earthy and dry enough, i found it a little generic in that way, not so sturdy in the grain, and a little sweeter than it needs to be. its crystal clear and holds a nice head, looks great in the glass. i get very little hops on the nose, seemingly bittering only there, and probably lower dosed than many other imports. great carbonation to it, and it drinks plenty light even with that hint of confectioners sugar there at the end. smooth and round, not watery at all for how light it is. i like the more rustic interpretations of the style, where i get some of the protein from the hull and a more flavorful lager yeast, but i can see this as having mass appeal among the german lagers among american consumers. tasty and well made, but i would like to try their other stuff here while the season is prime.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours gold with a slight haze under a 2” persistent, clingy white foam cap with very fine bubbles.
S: Grainy malt nose with some spice, faint vegetal (DMS).
T: Malt forward, not overly sweet, very clean, no fruit, some spice from the hops, bitter accent on the finish.
F: Very crisp, medium body and carbonation.
O: A very solid malt forward lager that is very easy to drink.

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Photo of spoony
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle (bottled on 7 according to the label) to a nonic glass.

A-The head is surprisingly short for the style with just a wisp of white foam that settles to a film. The beer is a nice light, clear golden color. I can see a few streams of carbonation in there.

S-The aroma has a good dose of clean grain and very light hop notes. The beer tends toward malty with lots of honey and a bit of caramel and some caramelized barley sweetness. Not mind blowing.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with a light, clean grain flavor, some hop spice (especially on the finish), and a honey flavored malt bill. Despite the honey and doughy bread malts, the beer is not "sweet," just sweeter than average for this style.

M-The feel is pretty robust with a softer level of carbonation. It drinks really well.

O-This is a solid tasting beer that drinks easily. It doesn't have the complexity of the best lagers and it probably is a bit too malty, but it would be very easy to drink a few of these over the course of an afternoon or evening when hanging out with friends.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep bright and dark glowing shimmering brass yellow body. Very clear with super fine carbonation. Head is creamy in look and creation, with a big bleach white color and sitting easily three fingers tall. Speckled and pill like lacing with some good staying power and some clumping. Very nice.

Good notes of chewy malt, and a bready sweetness. Liquid bread once again, with a mild herbal hop tone, and faint honey sweet slightly. Very nice.

Palate comes more with a denser malt creation, more to standard German Pils. THick bready coating with large mouthfeel. Dense and continuing with a mild coating sweetness almost like faint honeycomb. Moderate carbonation, with just a hint of hop and popping herbal bubbles to come out.

Overall a real interesting helles that seems to be bigger on taste and certainly feel than expected. All this in a slightly lighter package, really well done.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a tight, bubbly white head.

S: Aromas of straw, grass, grain, wax, honey, lemon, biscuit, crackers, and mild herbs are present on the nose.

T: Gentle notes of minerals, herbs, beeswax, honey, grass, straw, grain, lemon, biscuits, and crackers slowly fill the mouth. The finish is clipped, yet flavorful with a great integration of biscuit, herb, lemon, and honey flavors.

M: Fairly full in body, at least for the style, yet not all that dry. Carbonation is delicate and airy, imparting near effortless ease in drinking.

O: A superb German lager and a wonderful, authentic representation of a classic and often underappreciated style.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

.5L bottle:

The beer poured a clear golden color that produced big, light, white head that was very well retained, which settled into a thin cap for the duration of the beer. The beer had a good aroma to it, sweet malt with a hint of lemon and spice. The taste of the beer was just as good, if not better, and exactly what I would think of for this style. Nice balance with just a slight edge to the malt and still with that hint of lemon. The beer had a light body to it. The beer was clean, crisp smooth and extremely easy to drink. I could drink this all of the time.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times now, updating from a 3.5 'Had' score.

500ml bottle pours to a pint glass a very light orange/dark yellow color. Decent retention and lace.

Lots of baked bread and pilsner-y malts with some grassy and earthy tones and light fruitiness as well. Decent strength, solid.

Taste follows suit nicely. Grains and toasted bread mostly with light sweetness, decent hop presence of grass, herbal, floral, light fruitiness. Really nothing for off-flavors which is nice for this type of lager.

Very full, nice malty mouthfeel, carbonation is maybe a bit low for the style but ample, nice crispness to it and some hop bitterness.

I think freshness is definitely key for this beer, I've had some 'meh' bottles and I've had great ones, this particular one falls in the latter category. Nice straight up lager that's stellar all around, definitely sessionable, the 500ml size is nice but I'd love to see this in 6-packs.

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Photo of Gatch
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The "bottled on" space on the label is blank!

A: Clear, clean, golden-straw-yellow with a big, fluffy, pillowy, bright white head leaving behind a bit of lace and retention.

S: Lots of sweet and sugary malt with a hint of hops. Spot-on for the style!

T: So damn smooth, clean, crisp, and delicious! Everything I expected from this long-awaited drinking experience.

M: Carbonation is good. Body is great. Finish is superb.

O: Wish I had another bottle. This is seriously good stuff. I'm a huge fan of the style and this is up there with Schlenkerla. I could drink endless amounts of this delicious lager!

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Photo of stella77artois
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Looks like a lager. Yellow with a somewhat thin head. I expect this beer wasn't exactly fresh, as there was very little carbonation, and the head dissipated very quickly.

S - A light amount of sweet malts, lager dankness, and a slight bit of hops. Spicy-ish hops, not fruity. Good smelling lager.

T - Kind of disappointed. This may be due to the beer not being too fresh, as it's among the top rated Munich Helles' here at BA. The slightly sweet malts are noted up front, along with a small amount of hops and yeast. The aftertaste is pleasant, and I notice a bit of black pepper. Most likely from spicy hops. Overall, not a bad tasting Helles, but I'm disappointed, as it's my favorite style, and I wasn't huge on this stuff. Similar to Weihenstephaner Original: rated highly, but I'm not a huge fan of.

F - Refreshing and crisp as a lager should be, but not refreshing in the way that my favorite Helles' make me want to take a long sip over and over do. I could certainly see drinking this on a hot day or on the golf course, though.

O - Not a bad beer, but I am disappointed. One of the best rated beers of this style (which happens to be my favorite), but nothing makes me want to purchase again. I would gladly try again if found somewhere cheaper (paid $5.49 for this 500 ml bottle - not worth it at all), but in the end, there are many better (and cheaper) Helles lagers. It's worth a try for lager fans.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Mahrs itself in a 500 ml mug, on to the beer:

This one is golden yellow in color with a thick collar which retains well. Honey and grass make the aroma, and both aromas are vibrant. The taste is clean with pleasant grassy notes, honey bread, and a subtle citric note. With a slight crispness and light-medium body which helps make this beer very refreshing, this is one of many candidates for the stereotypical helles lager.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It’s always a great day when I’ve got a real German beer in my fridge. I just hope it made the trip overseas relatively quickly.

The date code reads “Bottled on: 312,” which could mean the 31st day of 2012 (January 31, 2012) or the 312th day of the year (earliest possible being November 8, 2011); either way, this one is over eight months old. Not optimal for a lager, but whatever.

A: Very pale yellow with a bright white, sudsy head that sits at about an inch: yep, that’s a German lager. Tumults of bubbles throughout the body support a thin covering of retention, accompanied by soapy lacing.

S: Nice bready aroma to the nose, with subsequent sniffs fleshing out buttery biscuit, grain husk, soft straw, and clean lager yeast. Hops give a sharp note of acidic intensity, pepper, lemon-lime, and floral herb character wafting up above the malts – it’s a great balance of scents. Some residual sugars show up as creamy vanilla and strawberry puree, showing off that sweet malt scent I’d been hoping for. This lager seems to be hitting all the right notes so far.

T: A beautifully-crafted lager at first sip: its flavors are silk on the tongue. Flavorful malt and clean, bready yeast take center stage in a battle between sweet, toasted graininess, floury biscuit dough, and mild grape and banana. None of them really wins, and that’s alright with me; I really enjoy that intricate balance. There is a noticeable lack of hop bite (possibly due to age), but notes of lemon rind, citrus (mostly mango), and tea leaf astringency are still there. Finishes with barely any aftertaste: only a tiny taste of sweet grains and metals linger.

M: Not a thin body, but one that doesn’t have a ton of carbonation. This is the definition of a smooth-drinking lager, with a light body.

O: It seems like the brewer was trying to make the easiest-drinking beer on the planet – something that Bud, Miller, and Coors have been trying to do for years – and I think they just may have succeeded. From first sip to last, this was everything I wanted in an everyday beer: smooth, pleasing flavors that still don’t lack depth, as well as a creamy texture that doesn’t fill you up. It’s a shame I won’t be able to have it fresh unless I buy a ticket to Europe; still, I’ll be buying up whatever bottles I can while I have the chance. Prost!

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Photo of TheRealBigC
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of trying this one tap during its short span at 775 Gastropub. It's a perfectly clean lager with a nice dose of malts and just enough hops to balance it out. It was very, very smooth - almost too smooth! A little more crispiness would have been cool, but I liked it for what it was just fine. Why did the glass have to be 14oz? I wanted so much more.

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Photo of jonb5
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden colour, medium head, clear. Initial red cabbage aroma faded, also detected some malt and citrus. Initially I tasted a burst of nut and mushroom which promised much but soon faded. It had a pleasant, balanced malty sweetness but it could have been more. Crisp texture, smooth on the palate, light to medium carbonation. Expected a lot after the first sip, eventhough it didn't quite deliver it was still not bad.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Lord Hobo in a stein- pouts a clear golden straw color with two fingers of creamy white head; modest retention, a few spots of lacing, visibly effervescent.

Smells nice- pretty sharp dry hops and pale grains, good side if earthy yeast.

Taste is consistent with the smell- a little more pale malt sweetness, followed by a nice mic if the yeast and dry hops.

Mouthfeel is great- light body, moderate to full carbonation. Exceptionally refreshing for a hot summer day.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Big creamy head fades at a med pace with lots of lacing, crystal clear light golden pilsner color.

Nose lots of big toasty malts, very complex and layered with decoction softness, a light fresh laundry like strange aroma, light grainy soft straw and toastiness, creamy malts, light grassy hops.

Taste had lots of fresh toasty grainy malts, light creamed fermented straw, huge layered soft complex decoction mash flavor, quite grainy and hint of sweetness. Decent bite and almost farmhouse like earthiness, hint of grassy earthy hops, just a touch of lager fruits and crispness. Finish is fairly dry and crisp, nice lingering malty fresh mash flavor, hint of bitterness.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, soft and complex, decent carb.

Overall quite nice, wish I could try this on cask, its quite tasty and drinkable, sessionable, and good for what I've come to expect of good german beers esp mahrs.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Peoria, IL
Bottled on: "5022" which is very confusing.
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

Mahr's helles lager comes across as a fairly standard version of the style, well-balanced between malt and hops, though the malt seems to have won out a bit in this bottle (probably due to age). While this beer was certainly drinkable, I found it lacking in excitement or robustness. Again, maybe due to age, but the hops were just not spicy or bright, and the malt was a bit one dimensional. I would probably look for a different helles next time, one with a bottled on date, because Mahr's does not get very good turnaround in North America, it would seem.

Pours a 2cm tall head of large bubbles on top, supported by smaller bubbles underneath, each of a fairly clean, white color. Retention is about average, slowly reducing to a thin cap atop the beer's body with some larger bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Body is a transparent copper-orange color, with light bringing out yellow-orange tones. Carbonation is visible, rising up from bottom center of the glass.

Aroma is similar to sweet bread with substantial graininess and a light bit of hop spiciness at the close. Fairly typical for a helles lager, not particularly standing out in any way.

Taste opens with some graininess and sweetness, tempered slightly by light hop bitterness. Mid-palate picks up continued sweetness, some bread-like flavors, and some floral and bitter hop contributions. Back of the palate focuses on noble hop bitterness more than any other component. Lingering aftertaste of sweet and bread-like malts with some residual bitterness. Again, fairly typical for a helles, not particularly exciting.

Beer is medium-bodied with fairly active carbonation, though the beer isn't prickly on the palate. Resulting mouthfeel is crisp and tight across the palate, the sip is moved along quickly due to the carbonation. Finishes quite dry, with little residual sugar as there isn't any stickiness on the mouth afterwards.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a .5L bierkrug at Mahrs Brau in Bamberg, Franconia, Germany. Cost was 2.30 euro. Reviewed from notes taken June 2011.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and average retention. Colour is a clear light copper-yellow. Appealing.

Sm: Cream, barley, light caramel, and maybe nuts.

T: Cream on the finish, with slight caramel on the fringe. Some indistinct nuts are in the body. Aftertaste is slight butterscotch (diacetyl?). Simple to an extent. Layered hop notes come together well on the climax. A bit imbalanced.

Mf: Buttery. A bit biscuity as well. Smooth and a bit too wet, complementing the flavours only slightly.

Dr: Very affordable in Germany, and quite drinkable - but it's nothing special. I might get it again if I'm in the mood for a decent lager.

High C+

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at When Pigs Fly. These guys put out a wonderful beer lineup.

A deep golden color with a medium-sized white head that left a fair amount of lace.

Nice aroma of sweet malt and floral hops. A good clean, grassy aroma.

Sweet bread taste, a hint of honey. Floral hops. Very rich.

This was a crisp, beautiful beer. I had two of these and could have had several more.

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Photo of dpasotti
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear with very nice light gold color. Minimal head that quickly vanishes to nothing. Nose is fresh malt, grape-like lager character, and some clean sulfur notes. Slight chlorine/soap undertone as well, but in a good way.

Taste is very similar: slightly sweet pils malt, expected yeast-derived lager character, and no hops to speak of. Low bitterness pushes it barely into 'sweet' territory, but keeps things in check. Not much else here.

Medium carbonation and medium body are solid. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think a lighter body would turn up the crisp factor. All in all, this is an excellent example of the style and is no doubt a fine beer. The malt character is just too one-dimensional, even for a Helles. I'll stick with Weltenberger Kloster Barock Hell, especially at half the price.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at the Jester King tasting.

This is a golden straw color with a sweet, floral honeyed aroma. Lucky bees! The taste has a hint of that honey-sweetness which lasts all the way through. There’s a fizzy effervescence that keeps it light.

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Photo of Domingo
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have my local tavern to thank for this opportunity. The Bull and Bush managed to get a keg of this served on gravity. They even had a bunch of Mahrs branded halbe mugs as well. It was almost like being back in Germany for the evening....but with nachos!
Arrived a golden color with about 1/8" of foam that stuck to the glass as you worked your way down. There's just the faintest of haze since this is unfiltered, but you can still see right through it.
The nose and flavor matched each other pretty much perfectly. Bready and malty with a lot of lager yeast character adding a honey note. The hops don't add a ton of bitterness, but more of an herbal character in this case. While there's obviously no honey involved, the malts combined with their yeast and that herbal note make this almost like drinking something infused with honey.
This was served on natural gravity, so there was not crazy carbonation bubbles, but still the right amount of foam and texture.
I had 3 of these and had it been earlier in the day I'm sure another 3 would've been in the cards, too. It's almost the perfect version of a Bamberg helles, and this serving proves that we certainly can get something that's tastes just as fresh and authentic as they serve at the source.
I have no idea how the bottled product stacks up to this (the ungespundetes imports tend to be so-so), but this was was up there with the best beers I've had anywhere.

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Photo of steveh
4.79/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found this one locally at a pretty reputable shop, but I'm a little worried that the bottled-on date is an indistinguishable code.

I probably haven't had Mahrs Bräu since my visit to Bamberg almost 10 years ago.

A -- Gusher when capped -- not usually a good sign. Otherwise, a slightly hazy deep golden color with a dense white head that holds up well and leaves good lacing.

S -- Wonderful bready maltiness, some mild yeastiness and DMS back. Maybe the vaguest sourness in the finish -- old brew? Can't say, but it doesn't distract.

T -- Big, toasty, bready, juicy, mildly sweet malts. Just a touch of spicy bitterness in the finish to compliment the malt sweetness. Great flavor for the style.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and chewy with a light-medium to medium body.

O -- Anyone who wants to learn what German beer can be all about and wants to know why many of us look for the best examples of the styles owes it to themselves to look into this beer. Imagine all this malt character in a 4.9 ABV beer. That's precision lager brewing.

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Photo of crossovert
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

It pours a deep vibrant gold with a nie white head that leaves some good lacing.

The smell is sweet and malty with some slight herbal hops.

The flavor is nice, a sweet balance of hops and malt. Just a light bitterness. Smooth.

Another good one from Mahr's.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color capped by several inches of foam; both the retention and the lacing were decent

Smell: Bready malt with grassy hops; pilsneresque

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing grassy hop character; the finish adds a bit of lager twang, but retains the essential flavor elements

Mouthfeel: Light body with crisp carbonation

Overall: More hoppy than expected; a rather fine example of the style

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Photo of bceagles39
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Gastropub 775 in Reno, NV on July 26 2011.

This poured a rich golden color with average white head, decent lacing.

This had a wonderfyl light malty flavor and was sweet! There was virtually no bitterness, and there was a long finish of honey. Despite the lack bitterness, there was an earthiness to balance sweet malt

The beer was moderately carbonated and light to medium bodied.

I do not often drink this style (or lagers at all), and I found this beer to be much better than expected. It was subtle and very drinkable.

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Mahr's Hell from Mahrs-Bräu
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