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Mahr's Hell - Mahrs-Bräu

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Mahr's HellMahr's Hell

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very good

67 Reviews

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-28-2003

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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 122
Reviews by Gatch:
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 putnam
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's really not fair to attempt to describe this beer. Only predictable, "designed" beers can really be described in words. Something like this can only be experienced and remembered.
It is a pastel orange and yellow liquid with a persistent, sticky and thick array of foam on top. The aromas seem to stop time. It is beyond my power to imagine a more perfect mixture of ripe cereal grain, citrus, apricot, butter, brioche crust and seductively slight herbal fragrances. The balance makes it almost impossible to isolate any single "element" in the bouquet. It smells somewhat reminiscent of recent Christoffel Blonds, only half as heady and rich. One mouthful certifies the image. Impressively expansive and full, creamy textured, it remains bone dry thanks to assertive, roasted nutshell-flavored bitterness. Hazelnuts, honey, tall yellow grass ... through it all there is a musical little twang of acidity, like Bluegrass. I give up. This is perfection. Most of all it is highly drinkable.

Oddly, this is quite a different beer than I enjoyed on tap at Manhattan's "d.b.a." last year. Perhaps they were serving Mahr's Leicht? In contrast, this sample has a great deal more chew and presence on the palate.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You dont come around a good German made Helles lager often and it really is a treat when you stumble on one like this.Poured into a .5 liter sten a light clear lemon yellow with a tight one finger fluffy white head that held great retention,lemon stood out most in the aroma with a little funky wet grain-like note.Slightly toasted malt flavors along with a passing mineral character melds into a lemony finish,nothing over complex but sturdy and solid.It went great with a lemon and roasemary whole roasted chicken I made tonight better than any white wine in my mind,just a solid helles lager here to be had.

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Photo of Solinsky
5/5  rDev +26.3%

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 Jason
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Redbones and served in a pint glass. Decent clarity with a bubbly lace ... bright pale golden hue. Fresh aroma of grain and flowery noble hops. Grape skin flavour from the Munich malt. Very clean in the nose and palate ... lots of sweet tasty grain, grass hop and ample crispness.

A very drinkable lager, perfect to pair up with the catfish sandwich.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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 wiwi
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug) bottled on 5022
A- This beer has a deep yellow body with a thin wisp of white head that fades to a ring and some big slow bubbles gliding to the surface.
S- This beer has a big fresh wort aroma with a honey malt quality that is more rich than sweet.
T- The fresh light wort flavor has some rich honey malt flavors that are not to sweet and not to dry with a Noble hop bit in the finish that turns just a bit pungent and lingers a bit, picking up a sulfur note in the end.
M- There is a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz but no alcohol heat noted.
D- This beer has a nice freshness in the malt flavors and a good support by the hops. Just a bit more carbonation could have really helped the finish.

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

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow with bubbly head. Lace left on the glass. Floral and malty aroma. Very drinkable thirst quencher though on bitter side and smoothly malted and carbonated, light bodied. Interesting for a lager.Thanks for the recommendation Putnam, purchased at Cloverleaf in Detroit.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle at Tap and Table. Served with a tall Mahrs glass stein, the beer was a beautiful clear gold with a tall white head - we're off to a good start. There's the appropriate hint of sulfur in the aroma with light bread crust. This is a true German lager. It doesn't have the most unique or compelling flavor, but it's super drinkable and tasty. The subtle bread and grain flavors are complimented by a small spicy hop kick in the finish.

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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 GregaR
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of shbobdb
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours suprisingly dark and cloudy. When I think 'hell' I think 'bright' and this Helles ain't hell. It's more of a murky straw. There is yeast in there too.

The smell is freakin' wonderful, though. Munich malt, bread, and just general beer-y goodness.

The taste is all right, I guess. A pinch too much DMS, if you ask me. But the hops balance it out, so . . . it's not bad. I'm just underwhelmed. I had very high expectations for this beer and it's just not meeting them. It is *very* hoppy for a Helles, couple that with the yeast and . . . it's just too much.

The mouthfeel is very thin. As I drink it, the hops give a nice cottonmouth. Why in the world would I want a helles to give me cottonmouth? And the beer is simply too thin. I had a bud light earler today. This beer is about the same consistancy. That just ain't right.

Not bad, but I'm not terribly impressed. They could have done so much more, done this beer so much better. Too bad.

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Photo of Sailracer
3/5  rDev -24.2%

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 Windigstadt
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A bright golden color, crystal clear with a rocky head typical of a German beer.
S- Quite floral for a Helles, with notes of honey and tangerine in the sweet malt.
T- A slight noble hop flavor up front gives way to sweet malt. A hint of orange peel complements the brown sugar flavor of the malt. The beer finishes with a slightly citrusy hop bitterness that keeps the beer from being cloying.
M- While full-bodied, this beer was on the light side for a Helles, with relatively high carbonation.
D- Definitely a session beer.

Overall: A very good example of a Helles. Nothing crazy, but nothing has to be. That's the beauty of a Helles.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try the complete line-up from Mahr's for awhile, so this and the Bock are on my to-drink list.

Pours a hazy orange, nice to see that it's unfiltered. Two fingers of foam rise and fall over the course of 5 min. Sticky globs of lace mark the rim of the glass. Smell is bready malt and grain, certainly aromatic, but not especially exciting.

Leading off the flavor parade is bready malt, very slightly fruity yeast, followed by a faint honey-tea note, and chased by a dry hoppiness. Not bad, and a good example of the style.

This Helles would be a perfect session beer in warm weather.

edit: Just had a fresher sample. The mouthfeel seemed smoother, and there was a slight butterscotch type flavor. Honey taste was there, but not overly sweet. A subdued yet tasty lager.

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is a pristinely golden beer, with a small, foamy white head that endures. smell is bafflingly wonderful: pear, honey, lemongrass, cooling bread. taste is everything that the smell promises, if not more. pay attention to this one! the flavors are subtle and perfectly blended; it's all so silky smooth that you could swallow and miss it if you're not careful. as drinkable as it gets -- an honor.

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Photo of jsh420
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

bottled 5022
poured a light golden with almost no head

smells bready and hints of grassy hops

taste is similar to the smell - and i also pick up some carmel malt - taste is bigger then the 4.9abv it is

mouthfeel was medium body and flat but this is an old bottle i am guessing 5022 is 2/02/05
not a big seller around my area

drinkability - i would like to try this beer fresh but i think i would have to travel to germany ti di so

overall it mighty flavorful for such a small beer

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Photo of fitzy84
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moan and Dove had this bottled after a long hiatus from the bar. The drink poured with a clear gold appearance. The head quickly thinned away toward mostly lacing. The aromas were, in general, faint fruits, hops, malt and even some hints of vanilla. The taste was mostly bittersweet with sharp hops and doughy flavors. Great carbonation made this enjoyable until the end. Overall, wicked good.

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2.57/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

With a vigorous pour you get about an inch of to quick fading bubbley head. Body is a hazy wheat colored gold.

Nose carries strong yeasty wheat notes with a citrus hint also.

Enters the mouth strongly yeasty and an abruptly bitter feel. A hint of sweetness with some style wouldnt hurt here. Really carmalizing on the taste buds, kind of like eating a fresh baked yeast roll. Mouthfeel is bitter and raw. Drinkable if you are into a raw. Drinkable if you are into a raw yeasty bitter German style brew.

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Mahr's Hell from Mahrs-Bräu
88 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.